Community Calendar This Week


Monday, Jan. 13

Legion bingo

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

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.

Library Hours

BENNINGTON -- Starting today, the library will transition to its new catalog, part of the Catamount Library Network. The library will open at 1 p. m. and will be open until 7 p. m.

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.

Bennington Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- Every Monday in January the Bennington Senior Center on Pleasant Street will host painting from 9 a.m. to noon; walking aerobics from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; bridge/cards from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; and Belly Dance from 5 to 7:30 p.m. This week, they will also hold massage from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 802-442-1052 for questions.

Tuesday, Jan. 14

Bennington Lions January meeting

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Lions will hold its January dinner meeting at 6 p.m. at the Bennington Station Restaurant. Past District Governors Ted Thomas, Adrian Lane and Bob Wilcox will discuss plans for the club's upcoming 75th anniversary dinner. For reservations, call 802-442-4033.

Taconic Community Grange No. 491 meetings

SHAFTSBURY -- All meetings of Taconic Community Grange No. 491 are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Grange Hall on Grange Road, next to the Shaftsbury Head Start building. Meetings begin at 7 p.m.

Bereavement support

BENNINGTON -- Weekly adult grief support for those who have lost a loved one are 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.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- Every Tuesday in January the Bennington Senior Center will host Bone Builders from 10 to 11:30 a.m. RSVP. The center will also hold HELP from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m. Call 802-442-1052.

Bingo Tuesdays at the Bennington Moose Lodge

BENNINGTON -- Bingo is held Tuesdays at the Bennington Moose Lodge. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Storytime at the library

BENNINGTON -- "Story Rhythms for Babies & Toddlers" will be held from 10:30 to11:00 a.m. for children 4 months to 36 months, upstairs in the Rotary meeting room at Bennington Free Library. This special time for babies and toddlers will include stories, finger plays, songs and movement that involve active participation. Come early and play. For more information, call Linda or Chris at 802-442-9051.

Vt. think tanks host debates

MANCHESTER -- The Ethan Allen Institute and the Public Assets Institute are facing off this winter in 3 debates around the state on the proper role of government in education. The second debate in the series, moderated by Andrew McKeever, editor of the Manchester Journal, will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Park House Activity Room in Dana Thompson Park, 340 Recreation Road.

These debates, made possible by a grant from the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation, are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, Jan. 15

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- The Senior Center will hold Zumba Gold from

9:30 to 10:30 a.m., the Wednesday movie screening from 1-3 p.m. and breakfast at Falls Diner from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Call 802-442-1052.

Concert at Drury High School

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- At 7 p.m. at Drury's auditorium, the Drury High School band and chorus will present Mozart's Requiem in full concert.

The band and chorus will come together to present the Mozart Requiem for the first time. The performance will be led by Katie Gardiner of Skidmore College and feature orchestra members from the University of Massachusetts. The concert is free and open to the public.

Bennington School to hold Yoga, Tai Chi studio open house

BENNINGTON -- Relax, unwind, and take a moment to breathe in the middle of a hectic week with complimentary Yoga and Tai Chi classes.

The Bennington School, located at 192 Fairview St., will open the doors of its new Yoga and Tai Chi studio to the greater Bennington community for an open house celebration from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

During the open house, participants may indulge in an hour-long gentle yoga class and/or an hour-long Tai Chi class. Classes will be suitable for students of all experience levels. Beginners are welcome and encouraged to attend.

In addition to both classes, guests will learn about the integration of yoga and Tai Chi into The Bennington School's everyday curriculum and the benefits our students reap by engaging regularly in both modalities.

Upon arrival, park in the lot across from the school's administrative offices and walk across the street to the studio, located directly next to the offices. For more information, call The Bennington School at 802-447-1557.

Thursday, Jan. 16

Multiple Sclerosis support group to meet

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- A Multiple Sclerosis support group meeting is held on the third Thursday each month from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the MS Resource of the Tri-State Area, located at 85 Main St., Suite 212. No registration or fee is required. Contact Lisa at 413-664-2011 for more information.

Lecture on ‘Vt.'s Farm Legacy'

BENNINGTON -- A talk, "A Sense of Place: Vermont's Farm Life Legacy," with Gregory Sharrow of the Vermont Folklife Center will be held at the One World Conservation Center at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more information call the OWCC at 802-447-7419. Sponsored by the Bank of Bennington.

Pownal bingo

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

At the Senior Center

BENNINGTON -- Today the Senior's Center will be holding Zumba Gold from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., and the movie screening from 1 to 3 p.m. This week is also a trip to the Berkshire Mall from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 802-442-1052.

Town revitalization workshop

ARLINGTON -- Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, Windham Regional Commission, and Bennington County Regional Commission will present a village and town revitalization workshop at the Martha Canfield Library, East Arlington Road, at 6:30 p.m. This event is open to anyone who is organizing or interested in organizing to create a more resilient village or town center economy.

Three panelists will include Susan McMahon, associate director at Windham Regional Commission; John Broderick, executive director, Regional Affordable Housing Corporation for Bennington County; and Darren Winham of DarWin Dynamic Solutions and executive director of Barre Area Development Inc.

The Implementing Strategies program is the fifth in a series of six informative village and town revitalization workshops held in Windham and Bennington Counties over the next three months until March 2014. Through these interactive forums community members will learn about reinvigorating their villages and towns through public and private partnerships, building on community assets, design approaches, implementation strategies, and village and town promotion.

Irish Basket Bingo

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The St. Patrick's Day Committee will presents Basket Bingo at the Immaculate Conception Church, 67 Main St. Doors open at 5:15 p.m.; games begin at 6 p.m. Cost: $10, regular games; $3, special game. Packets, daubers, and extra packets will be available. Pizza, hotdogs, desserts, soda, and water will be sold. For more information, contact Marie O'Neil at 518-686-4829

Friday, Jan. 17

5th annual ‘Stuff the Bus'

BENNINGTON -- Green Mountain RSVP, Green Mountain Express and Price Chopper will once again partner to hold Stuff the Bus. The event will take place at the beginning of the Martin Luther King Weekend to honor his vision of neighbors banding together to fight hunger, homelessness and poverty.

On Friday, Jan. 17, and Saturday, Jan. 18, volunteers will welcome shoppers and urge them to purchase a little extra to Stuff the Bus.

The non-perishable items will then be distributed each evening to local food pantries. The most needed itemss are pasta, sauce, canned tuna, peanut butter, cereal, soup, canned vegetables, baby food and diapers, personal care items and pet food.

Northern Berkshire Contra Dance

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Northern Berkshire Contra Dance will be held from 7:30 p.m. to10:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 906 Main St.

Admission is $10 per person. This is a non-profit event. Dance admission funds use of space and live performers. Live music by Eric Buddington on fiddle, Tony Pisano on accordion and Josh Pisano on percussion. Dance teaching and calling is by Peter Stix. This is an all ages and levels welcomed dance. A dance partner is not necessary. Brinng comfortable and clean soft-soled shoes to dance in and some pot-luck goodies for the dance break. Visit or email for more information.

Benefit spaghetti dinner for Dan Williams at HFCS

HOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Hoosick Falls Central School District and HAYC3 will co-sponsor a spaghetti dinner in honor of Dan Williams. The dinner will be served in the cafeteria at the Hoosick Falls Central School from 4 to 6 p.m.

HFCS administrators and faculty will serve the spaghetti dinner, which includes all-you-can-eat spaghetti and sauce, meatballs, garlic bread, cake and drinks. Take-out is available.

All proceeds from this event will be used to help Williams and his family. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 4 to 12. Children under 4 are free. You can get tickets in advance through HAYC3 at The Youth Center, 115 Church St., weekdays between 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.; at the Hoosick Falls Central School; at the Hoosick Federal Credit Union or at the door. For more information contact HAYC3 at 518-686-9050.

All basketball fans at the Panthers' game at the school that day are encouraged to come to the dinner.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- Every Friday in January, the Bennington Senior Center on Pleasant Street will host ceramincs and painting from 9 a.m. to noon and bingo from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, call 802-442-1052.

Interfaith meeting features Ecu-Health Care

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Friday, Jan. 17, meeting of the Northern Berkshrie Interfaith Action Initiative will feature a presentation by Chip Joffe-Halpern, executive director of Ecu-Health Care.

The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of North Adams. All are welcome. Joffe-Halpern will speak about health access issues and opportunities such as the Affordable Care Act.

Ecu-Health Care is a local nonprofit health care access organization, located in the Doctors' Building on the campus of North Adams Regional Hospital.

The organization, which has been connecting uninsured and underinsured residents with affordable health care for the last 18 years, was recently named as one of 10 Navigator sites by the Massachusetts Health Connector.

The Northern Berkshire Interfaith Action Initative is a group of people of different faiths and denominations work together with others of goodwill to find ways to serve our community. It runs the Friendship Center Food Pantry in North Adams, an emergency voucher system in Northern Berkshire, and holds monthly meetings to discuss topics and programs of civic and religious concern.

For more information, call Mark at 664-0130; visit or visit our page on Facebook.

Local chorale celebrates contemporary Jewish Music

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Northern Berkshire Chorale, directed by Andrea Goodman, will present its winter concert ot 7:30 p.m. in Chapin Hall on the Williams College campus. The program is made up of a diverse collection of music arranged by contemporary Jewish composers, including Charles Osbourne, Kurt Weill, Charles Davidson and Leonard Bernstein.

The 30-voice chorale will be joined by soloists Robert Sherr and Robert Szczepaniak and the performance is sponsored by Y'diyah Memorial Fund, a Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Fund and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Suggested donation for adults is $10, students $5. For further information, find the Northern Berkshire Chorale on Facebook or visit

Saturday, Jan. 18

Diabetes support group at NARH

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- REACH for Community Health will offer a free diabetes support group that will meet on the third Saturday of every month at noon.

Meetings will be held in the ground floor conference room near the North Adams Regional Hospital cafeteria. The first meeting will be held Jan.18, from noon to 1 p.m. The topic will be "Diagnosing Diabetes." Registered dietitians Kristin Irace and Melissa Davis will discuss different topics at each meeting. The first half of the hour-long meetings will be devoted to education on diabetes management, and the second half to open discussion.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a healthy lunch or purchase lunch in the NARH cafeteria.

For more information, contact Kristin Irace at 413-664-5266 or Melissa Davis at 413-664-5263.

Habitat for Humanity potluck dinner

EAST ARLINGTON -- Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity volunteers and families will share good food, good company and inspiring conversation at the Annual Potluck Dinner which will be held at the Federated Church on Ice Pond Road in East Arlington at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome.

Bring a main dish or a side dish for eight people. Beverages and dessert will be provided.

It's not necessary to RSVP, but if possible, let organizers know you'll be attending. Contact Alison at 802-367-1000 or at

Winter snow animal tracking

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation invites winter outdoor enthusiasts to join in a winter snow animal tracking program at Sheep Hill. The program will be led by naturalist and tracker Dan Yacobellis. A family friendly walk for beginners will take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

From noon through 4 p.m. there will be a more in-depth program for adults and children 8 and older. Venture into the forest to look for some of our more secretive creatures, like fisher and bobcat; examine tracks more closely, and go a little deeper with interpretations. Program cost is $5 per individual and $10 per family. Space is limited and reservations are required.

The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is a non-profit land conservation trust working to preserve the rural New England character of Williamstown and to connect children and adults to the natural world.

Sheep Hill is located on Route 7 approximately one mile south of the Rotary in Williamstown. For more information, contact the WRLF at 413-458-2494,, or visit

Rutland Flea Market

RUTLAND -- The Rutland area flea market is open every Saturday in January, February, and March from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 200 West St. This weekend, there will be a live performance by Keeghan Nolan.

Seminar with Phyllis Gimbel Schnitman

MANCHESTER -- A seminar with Phyllis Gimbel Schnitman on "Healthy Schools: The Hidden Component of Teaching and Learning" will be held at the Northshire Bookstore from 6 to 7:15 p.m.

This will examine the complex issue of effective school leadership and how to build and sustain a healthy school culture, creating conditions for better teaching and learning. Attendees will learn how to use communication skills to establish interpersonal trust; how to build a collaborative team; how to listen to what is said and not said; how to incorporate multiple perspectives.

Reservations are required; admission is $5 per attendee; admission receipt will be good as voucher towards the purchase of "Healthy Schools: The Hidden Component of Teaching and Learing." Stop by the store or call 802-362-2200.

Healing service in Manchester

MANCHESTER -- Zion Episcopal Church invites the community to a Healing Service on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 6 p.m. The special guest will be the Rev. Roy Henderson of The Ministry for the Renewal of Love and Mercy.

Henderson received the gift of healing a year after a personal pilgrimage to Lourdes which led to his conversion into the Roman Catholic faith and his ordination as a Roman Catholic priest. In 2012, after 20 years, Roy decided to leave active ministry to promote the healing ministry full time. Those who attend the healing service enjoy a quiet, gentle, compassionate environment where it is safe to receive God's healing love. A free will offering will be taken for the Ministry for the Renewal of Love and Mercy.

For more information visit

Zion Church is located at 5167 Main St., between Gringo Jack's and Ye Olde Tavern. For more information contact Zion Church at 362-1987.

Sunday, Jan. 19

Bennington Legion bingo

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

Stewart Burns to speak at annual interfaith service

MANCHESTER -- The Interfaith Council of the Northshire will welcome historian Dr. Stewart Burns to the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Service on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 4 pm, at Israel Congregation of Manchester, 6025 Main St.

Burns is on the staff of Williams College's Center for Learning in Action. He is the author of "To the Mountaintop: Martin Luther King's Sacred Mission to Save America 1955-1968" published to commemorate what would have been Dr. King's 75th birthday 10 years ago.

"The Interfaith Council of the Northshire embodies the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. whose memory, as a modern prophet, continues to inspire us to strengthen our sacred efforts in our communities," said the Rev. Kathy Clark, chairwoman of the Interfaith Council.

Refreshments will be served following the service. For more information, contact Rabbi Novak at Israel Congregation: 362-4578.


Kindergarten orientation process in Cambridge

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Cambridge Elementary School has announced that plans have been finalized for the Kindergarten orientation process for the 2014-2015 school year.

Parents of children residing in the Cambridge School District who will be 5 on or before Dec. 1, 2014, should contact the elementary office at 518-677-8527, ext. 1416 to provide the district with the required information. This information will assist in developing our kindergarten lists for the upcoming school year.

Volunteers needed for PAVE Hotline

BENNINGTON -- PAVE is currently seeking new applicants for the crisis hotline and court advocacy. Since its inception in 1979, PAVE has relied heavily on volunteers to provide round-the-clock emergency crisis intervention, and assistance during court procedures. Our volunteers have included teachers, office managers, college interns, therapists, retirees, and survivors. The one component they have in common is their belief that no one deserves to be abused and their strong commitment to ending domestic and sexual violence.

No prior experience or specialized education is necessary; just a willingness to help. PAVE will provide relevant advocacy training that will increase a volunteer's confidence in his or her ability to provide a heightened level of support for and trust from victims of violence, and a degree of professionalism needed to work with various agencies within the community.

Volunteer advocates are an integral part of PAVE, and become part of a valuable community-wide support system that promotes and helps create positive outcomes for individuals and families affected by relationship violence. Training will begin mid-February. Please join our team of dedicated advocates. Call Nancy at PAVE at 802-442-2370 for additional information and for an application.


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