Community Calendar This Week


Monday, Feb. 10

Bennington Free Clinic Monday hours

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Free Clinic has added Monday hours, in addition to its Thursday schedule. It will be open from 10 a.m. to noon at the First Baptist Church, 601 Main St. Call for an appointment, 802-447-3700. Drop-ins will not be seen.

Elks hosts bingo

BENNINGTON -- Every Monday, the Bennington Elks hosts bingo. There will be a $1,000 jackpot and 31 games for $13. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and bingo starts at 7 p.m. The Bennington Elks is located at 125 Washington Ave.

Free beginner meditation

BENNINGTON -- Mondays from 5 to 5:30 p.m., join in the quest to de-stress with others who are new to meditation at Bennington Project Independence at 614 Harwood Hill. No floor sitting (unless you want to). Call Tracy Purdy-Martin at 802-442-8136 (or just show up).

Young at Heart Seniors lunch

NORTH BENNINGTON -- The Young at Heart Seniors Luncheon at Kevin's will take place on Feb. 10 this month. There will be 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. seatings. Call Gail Boutin to reserve seats at 802-447-6210.

Tuesday, Feb. 11

Bereavement support

BENNINGTON -- Weekly adult grief support for those who have lost a loved one is held every Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at the Vermont Veterans Home on North Street. For more information, call VNA & Hospice of SVHC at 802-442-5502.

Overeaters Anonymous meets

BENNINGTON -- Overeaters Anonymous meets on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver St.

Bingo Tuesdays

at Bennington Moose

BENNINGTON -- Bingo is held every Tuesday at the Bennington Moose Lodge. Doors open at 5 p.m. Food and refreshments will be available.

Story Time at Cheney Library

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Cheney Library holds a story time for preschoolers and their caregivers on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Several of the classic tales and songs. There will be crafts and snacks. Plan to come with your preschool child.

Meditation for Everyone

BENNINGTON -- Meditation is practiced Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library. There is a $1 requested contribution if possible. Beginning and experienced meditators are welcome. Chairs are available. If you wish to sit on a cushion, bring one.

Library talk

WILLIAMSTOWN -- Michael J. Lewis, Faison-Pierson-Stoddard Professor of Art History, will discuss the architecture and history of the Williams College libraries. The talk, titled "Chalices of Words and Light: Williams College and its Four Library Buildings," will take place at 4:15 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Center. The event is free and open to the public.

There are currently four freestanding campus structures built to be libraries. Each was designed by an architect of national distinction. Lewis will explain how each successive library differs radically in form and style from its predecessor and illustrates the changing nature of the college over time.

Lewis also will discuss how each library represents a different understanding of books and the nature of reading. The four different buildings illustrate that the notion of a house for books has always been in flux.

Shambhala meditation group

MANCHESTER --Manchester Shambala meditation group will offer a new course beginning from 7 to 9 p.m. titled "The Path of Individual Liberation, Volume One" of the newly published "The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma," by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

This new three-volume text is edited from twelve seminaries presented by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, to advanced students only, between 1973-1986. Now available to the public, longtime students Maggie Bernstein and Roger Guest will guide us through the first volume, which presents the wisdom of the hinayana, the first stage on the Buddhist path introducing core teachings on the nature of mind and the practice of meditation.

People new to meditation and students of all levels of experience are welcome. Classes will be held at Manchester Shambhala Meditation Group's center located at 107B Bonnet St. A $10 donation, per class, is suggested. For more information, contact Janette at 802-362-4015 or email For more information about the content of this course, contact Maggie at 802-681-7057 or email The center's website is

Southern Vermont VBSR Chapter meeting

BRATTLEBORO -- Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) has formed and launched a Southern Vermont VBSR Chapter. Designed to give forward-thinking professionals an ongoing forum to network with like-minded peers, learn about operating their businesses in a socially responsible context, and discuss issues unique to the region, the chapter is open to VBSR members and guests from Rutland, Windsor, Windham, and Bennington counties. The first Southern Vermont VBSR Chapter Meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Marlboro College Graduate Center in Brattleboro.

Lions meeting

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Lions will hold its February dinner meeting at 6:30 p.m. at The Bennington Station Restaurant. This meeting is the District Governor's official visit. Two new members will be inducted into the club by the District Governor and Years of Service Awards will be presented to a number of members. For reservations, call Lion Kathy at 802-442-4033.

Ecumenical Service for Caregivers of the Sick

BENNINGTON -- To observe the World Day of the Sick, on Tuesday, Feb. 11, Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Parish will celebrate an eucmenical service for caregivers of the sick at 7 p.m. This service is meant to show support and ask blessings for the caregivers of the sick in our community.

Organizers invite everyone who assists the sick, whether on an individual at-home basis or as an employee of an agency or nursing facility to take part in this special celebration.

Wednesday, Feb. 12

Community Yoga

BENNINGTON -- Enjoy a gentle yoga class free of charge, led by Laurae Coburn, Ph.D RYT every Wednesday evening at The Bennington School, 192 Fairview St. from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.

Solar electricity program

ADAMS, Mass. -- Solarize Massachusetts is bringing low-cost solar electricity to Adams. Learn how homeowners and businesses can participate by attending Solar 101 at 6:30 p.m. at the Adams Free Library, G.A.R. Memorial Hall (second floor), 92 Park St.

At the Solar 101, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) representatives will present an informational program about the benefits of going solar. The program will explain the options, through Solarize Adams, to either purchase a solar system at a reduced cost or enter into a lease/purchase power arrangement with no money down.

Visit the website for more information or email Solarize@town.

Beekeepers Meeting

MANCHESTER -- Southern Vermont Beekeepers Association will hold its winter meeting at 7 p.m. at the Manchester and the Mountains Chamber of Commerce on Bonnet Street. Topics of the meeting will include a brief business meeting and a special presentation of Jack and Sarah Rath's trip to Ukraine to attend Apimondia, the World Beekeeping Federation meeting. They also toured Crimea and visited several beekeepers, a queen breeder and several bee therapy institutions. All are welcome.

Newcomers always welcome. For more information, visit www.southernvtbeekeepers or call Susan Marmer at 802-362-2080.

Safe Routes by to School

SHAFTSBURY -- Shaftsbury Elementary School students, teachers and parents, along with members of the school board and select board, will be participating in the Safe Routes to School Winter Walk on Wednesday, Feb. 12, rescheduled from Feb. 5, at 8:15 a.m. Walkers will gather at T&M plastics at 251 Church St. or at Howard Park. Parking and drop off starts at 8 a.m. The walk to school is about a half-mile from either location.

Tech night in Pownal

POWNAL -- Bring your Ipad, Ipod, Apple laptop and/or android devices amd questions to the Solomon Wright Public Library from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and we will exchange tips for use of your device if possible. Please send your name and questions for registrations prior to Wednesday so we can make the most efficient use of your time and share the best practices, shortcuts, etc. This will also give us an idea of attendance numbers for seating set up.

Questions can be sent to:

Thursday, Feb. 13

Pownal bingo at Legion

POWNAL -- The American Legion Post 90 in Pownal holds bingo on Thursdays. Doors open at 5 p.m., bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. promptly. There will be two progressive games. A snack bar will be available.

Bennington Free Clinic

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Free Clinic is held each Thursday starting at 6 p.m. This clinic is for uninsured people 18 years of age or older, who would otherwise fall through the cracks of our fractured health care system. It is located in the First Baptist Church at 601 Main St. Call 802-447-3700 for an appointment to be seen.

Faculty lecture series

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- During February and March, Williams College will sponsor its annual Faculty Lecture Series. The aim of the series is to present big ideas beyond disciplinary boundaries. The six lectures of the series will occur on Feb. 13, 20, 27, and March 6, 13, and 20. All lectures will be held at 4:15 p.m. in Wege Auditorium, Thompson Chemistry, with a reception to follow in Schow Atrium. The lectures are free and open to the public.

The first lecture in the series is scheduled for Feb. 13. Ngonidzashe Munemo, associate professor of political science and chair of the international studies program, will deliver a talk titled "Elite Games, Institutional Choice, and Stability in Post-Reform Africa."

Activities for children at the Bennington Museum

BENNINGTON -- ABCs Kicks-off the Year with "Happy Birthday, George Washington!" At 1:30 p.m., Bennington Museum's ABCs program presents Happy Birthday, George Washington! Celebrating President's Day with a tribute to America's first president, participants will look at and talk about the Leroy Williams painting "Prisoners Taken at Bennington Battle, August 16, 1777."

After discussing gray-haired fashions of the 1770s, enjoy stories about the life of George Washington, have your portraits taken in full Washingtonesque regalia, make birthday cards for the president, and even enjoy a celebratory red, white and blue snack in his honor.

Museum ABCs is a story hour that takes place once each month in the galleries of the Bennington Museum. Created especially for children ages 3 to 5, their parents and caregivers, each monthly program includes stories about the selected topic, visits to galleries in the Bennington Museum to observe and talk about an actual piece(s) of art, and an art or craft activity. All children must be accompanied by at least one adult. Free and registration is not required.

Stroke support group

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Northern Berkshire Healthcare's Stroke Support Group will meet at the Spitzer Center, on Ashland Street, at noon. The stroke support group is free and open to those who are recovering from a stroke, family members, and caregivers of patients who have had a stroke. Space is limited. For more information or to register for the NBH Stroke Support Group meeting, call 413-664-5326.

Long Trail School trip fundraiser

MANCHESTER -- Due to the forecast of inclement weather on Feb. 5, the LTS 8th grade Montreal trip fundraiser at Sherrie's Cafe in Manchester was rescheduled for today from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The breakfast-for-dinner menu costs only $10 per person. Diners will choose from vegetable and 3-cheese quiche; steak and scrambled eggs; or French toast topped with fruit. Each meal includes a side of bacon, sausage or ham, and a maple rice pudding dessert. Make reservations now by phoning 802-362-3468; take-out is available during service times. Long Trail 8th graders are visiting Montreal in early April. For more information about the LTS trip, contact Justin Bendall at 802-867-5717, ext. 107.

BCRC puppet workshop

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Berkshire Cultural Resource Center a puppet workshop at 6 p.m. in the North Adams Puppet Lab, 107 Main St. This workshop will include the cast of the "Chronicles of Rose" puppet production, which is part this season's MCLA Presents! Inaugural Puppet Fest.

At this workshop, North Adams puppeteer David Lane will offer a chance to explore techniques for articulation, breath and character, using simple, directly manipulated puppets. Lane will bring all of the CoR puppets to this workshop, and give a hands-on presentation on how to bring a puppet to life. No experience is required. For more information, call the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center at 413-664 8718.

Friday, Feb. 14

Ham and bean supper and dessert auction

EAST ARLINGTON -- Happy Days Playschool announces the annual Ham and Bean Supper and Dessert Auction sponsored by the Men's and Women's Groups of the East Arlington Federated Church. The family style supper offers ham (macaroni and cheese for the kids), homemade baked beans, cole slaw, rolls, drink and dessert.

Following the dinner, the famous "dessert auction," with auctioneer Dick Coss will be held. You can bid on cakes, pies, tortes, cheesecakes or cookies and maybe even go home with a special treat baked by Nathan Johnson, chef and owner of Lil' Britain's Fish & Chips in Bennington. Even those who can't attend the dinner, are welcome to the auction to bid on a dessert to take home.

The supper will be held at 6 p.m. at Bailey Hall, with the sessert auction beginning at 7 p.m. A freewill offering will be accepted for dinner, with all proceeds to benefit Happy Days Playschool. For more information, call Happy Days at 802-375-6039 or the Federated Church at 802-375-2548.

Club Zambezi dance party

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College Department of Music presents Club Zambezi Dance Party. Led by Artist-in-Residence in African Music Performance, Tendai Muparutsa, this group of young performers will heat up the dance floor in the midst of the winter. The first Club Zambezi Dance Party takes place in the Greylock Dining Hall at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14. The second is at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, in the same venue. These free events are open to the public.

Lifeguard training course

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Recreation Center will hold a lifeguard training course Feb. 18 to 21. The hours are 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and the cost of the course is $200. Re-certification cost is $100. Must be at least 15 years of age. Call the Recreation Center at 802-442-1053 to register and information about course prerequisites. Payment is due by Feb.14.

Saturday, Feb. 15

Forest Service waives fees

BENNINGTON -- The U.S. Forest Service will waive fees at most of its day-use recreation sites on Feb. 15 through 17 in honor of President's Day Weekend.

Evening of Romance program

BENNINGTON -- The Mount Anthony Union High School Music Department presents an Evening of Romance Cabaret, featuring the MAU Chamber Singers performing favorite love songs of yesterday and today. This year's event will feature a buffet of soups, salad and fresh baked breads from many of our local restaurants, businesses and bakeries as well as and array of decadent desserts.

This event will be held at 7 p.m. Reservations are required; there is limited seating. Tickets on sale now. Tickets are $15 per person and $25 per couple. For tickets, contact Christina Gabrus in the MAU Main Office or call 802-447-7511.

Long Trail School parenting course

MANCHESTER -- Long Trail School and the Long Trail Parent Association will offer a free discussion at 7 p.m. with parent wducator Vicki Hoefle. "Duct Tape Parenting: A Less is More Approach to Raising Respectful, Responsible and Resilient Kids" will be held in the Long Trail theater.

The Bennington farmers' market continues in winter

BENNINGTON -- The winter season of the Bennington farmers' market continues indoors and out of the cold at the First Baptist Church from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. In addition to being able to purchase produce, dairy products, eggs, and meats; baked goods, jams and maple syrup; and lots of arts and crafts -- all produced locally -- visitors will be entertained by music by Sarah and Scott Sanfilippo, who will offer original compositions as well as familiar songs.

Additional parking is available behind the church. Winter markets will be held through April on the first and third Saturday of each month. For more information, visit

Free community day

BENNINGTON -- This year, the Bennington Museum took an extended winter break to re-create many of its permanent and changing galleries making its opening line-up bigger and better than ever. The Bennington Museum invites everyone to celebrate Community Day to explore the permanent, as well as the changing exhibitions. Admission is free for everyone.

Sunday, Feb. 16

Bennington Legion Bingo

BENNINGTON -- Bingo at American Legion Post 13 is held every Sunday. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Bingo starts at 3 p.m. No one under 14 admitted.

Battenkill Grange breakfast

ARLINGTON -- The Battenkill Grange Breakfast will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. at the American Legion on East Arlington Road. The menu is pancakes, sausage, home fries, sausage gravy, and biscuits, coffee, juice and now we have added scrambled eggs to our menu.

The Women's Council group

BENNINGTON -- The Women's Council is creating a sanctuary of support and a foundation of stability and inner peace. It will gather from 2 to 4 p.m. at Second Congregational Church, 115 Hillside St. You decide the fee, according to what this is worth to you.

Come with an open heart and mind, willing to honor privacy by keeping what is shared. Bring a sacred object that holds significance for you and paper and pen, if you'd like. If you know you will be attending, contact Teresa King at or by leaving a message at 802-733-5729.

Historical Society

presentation on Route 7

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Historical Society (BHS) welcomes Ted Bird, who will give a presentation at 2 p.m. on Route Seven, Then and Now in the Ada Paresky Education Center of the Bennington Museum.

Also known as The Ethan Allen Highway, this north-south route along the western border of Vermont has been the main highway for travelers as long as we can remember. Bird's presentation will examine this road from Pownal to Manchester. The relocated Route 7 from Pownal to Pownal Center (built in 1960-1961) and the new Route 7 from Bennington to Manchester (built in the late 70s and early 1980s) is not included.


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