Community Calendar This Week


Monday, Sept. 9

Celebrate Open House at the Library

BENNINGTON -- The library will hold its annual Open House celebration from 1 to 6 p.m.

The Children's Room will feature activities throughout the day, and from 3 to 6 p.m. the reference staff will offer a "Technology Petting Zoo." Bring in your personal electronic devices and learn how to access the library's online databases, sign up for a free class through Universal Class or download e-books and audio books. Check out the expanded young adult area or join a tour of the library between 2 and 4 p.m. Light refreshments will be available.

Patrons who check out materials on today will be entered into a drawing for door prizes. Nor will late charges be assessed for overdue materials returned today.

Young at Heart Seniors Lunch

NORTH BENNINGTON -- The Young at Heart Seniors luncheon will be held at Kevin's, with 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. seatings. Call Gail Boutin to reserve seats at 447-6210. Luncheons are the first Monday each month: (seconnd Monday in July and September.)

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.

'Principles of Progressive Education' series

BENNINGTON -- The Hiland Hall School, an independent Progressive school, will host a fall seminar series titled, "Principles of Progressive Education" taught by Jessica Howard.

Howard was a staff member at the former Prospect School and founder of The Hiland Hall School. In the series, she will explore the fundamental applications and values of progressive thought while outlining the local historical roots of this educational practice.

The seminar will meet at the school, 2196 Harwood Hill Road from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays. Twelve sessions run from Sept. 9 through Nov. 25, excluding Oct. 14 and Nov. 11. Cost for the entire seminar is $250, with tuition assistance available.

Contact the school office for syllabus details and to register at 802-442-3868 or email

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, 447-3700. Drop-ins will not be seen.

Tuesday, Sept. 10

Gary ‘Gig' Antognioni Benefit Golf Tournament

BENNINGTON -- A golf tournament in memory of the late Gary "Gig" Antognioni, a Bennington native, will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Mount Anthony Country Club. Registration will be at noon, start playing at 1 p.m. Format will be a four-person scramble. Cost of $100 per player includes golf, cart, prizes and post tournament party. To sign up or any questions, call TJ Carmody at 802-598-2390 or Todd at Kevin's or John B. at Man of Kent.

Overeaters Anonymous meets

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

Bereavement support group

BENNINGTON -- A weekly adult grief support group 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.

Taconic Grange meets

SHAFTSBURY -- All meetings of the 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.

Wednesday, Sept. 11

Bennington Legion bingo

BENNINGTON -- American Legion Post 13 hosts bingo on Sunday. Doors open at 5 p.m. and bingo starts at 6 p.m. No one under 14 will be admitted.

Woman's Club meeting

SALEM, N.Y. -- The Salem Area Woman's Club will start its 90th year at the Mackenzie Chapel in the First United Presbyterian Church on West Broadway in Salem. The Membership Tea will begin at 1 p.m.

The yearbook listing each month's program will be available at the September meeting. Profits from the 2013 Women's Health Day will be awarded to Ann Marie Hatch, from Glens Falls Hospital, and to Rachel Gartner from Catholic Charities Domestic Violence Program. Each will give a short talk about her organization.

In addition to discussion, a committee will be formed to prepare for the Fall Adirondack District meeting on Sept. 28. All are welcome to attend.

Gentle Yoga

for Cancer Survivors

BENNINGTON -- Gentle Yoga For Cancer Survivors, a free class, begins Wednesday, Sept. 11, from 6 to 7 p.m., in Conference Room C at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.

This gentle yoga class is structured specifically to help in the healing and restoration of those who are coping with a cancer diagnosis or who have recovered from cancer. This class is ongoing so you can join anytime. It is sponsored by a special grant through the Cancer Center at SVMC.

The instructor is Jane Schaeffer, MA, a registered yoga teacher and psychologist-master, owner of The Yoga Place. Call her at 447-0393 for further information.

Thursday, Sept. 12

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 wll be two progressive games and 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 the health care system. It is located in the First Baptist Church, 601 Main St. Call 447-3700 for an appointment to be seen.

Stroke Support Group meets

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Northern Berkshire Healthcare's Stroke Support Group will meet at the Spitzer Center in North Adams at noon.

The stroke support group is free and open to those who are recovering from a stroke, family members, and caregivers of stroke patients. Space is limited. For more information or to register for the NBH Stroke Support Group meeting, call 413-664-5326. Tara Johnson, a Speech-Language Pathologist at North Adams Regional Hospital, will speak to the group. Her presentation will cover the swallow function, universal strategies to promote health and safety, and recent changes in how modified diets are prescribed, to improve patients' experience.

Friday, Sept. 13

Car Show and Quilt Show

BENNINGTON -- The weekend of Sept. 13-15 there will be a "Threads and Treads" celebration. The 47th Annual Bennington Car Show at Willow Park will feature special marque such as Studebaker, Corvette, and Austin Healy vehicles. There will be food, fun, and free parking, a tractor pull and a variety of vendors.

The Quilt Show will be down the street at the high school.

Contact the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce at for more details and to ask about lodging availability.

Vendors sought for Car Show

BENNINGTON -- Vendors are being sought for the Big Swap Meet at the Bennington Car Show Sept. 13-15.

Visit for a vendor registration form. Spaces are $50 for the three-day event and are 10-feet wide by 30-feet deep. The event will be held at Willow Park. Enter through the gate by Nemer Automotive off Kocher Drive. Register on site for available spaces.

Saturday, Sept. 14

No Limits benefit bike ride

MANCHESTER -- The sixth annual Bart Center's "No Limits" bike ride will be held, starting at the Dana Thompson Memorial Park in Manchester. A variety of rides will meet everyone's abilities with a century ride, a metric century ride, a 30 mile recreational ride and a 10 mile family fun ride. All rides are supported with aid stations. Rides start at 7 a.m. based on the lengths. Go to to see routes and to pre-register at a cost $35.

Day of registration is available at a price of $40 for the 100, 65, 30 and $25 for the 10 mile. T-shirts are available for first 100 riders. A barbeque is included and starts at 1 p.m. or when riders come in. Call Joe at 802-384-4032 with any questions.

Auction at the Bullock Building

READSBORO -- The annual fall auction will be held at the EJ Bullock Building, on Main Street, at noon. A preview of items will be at 9 a.m. A larger than ever selection of dropleaf tables, chairs, old bottles and other attic treasures will be auctioned by Bob Tool, assisted by Bob Lambert. Food and beverages will be available. All proceeds will go to the Bullock Building basement renovation. Donations of items will be gratefully accepted. For more information, call Bob Tool at 802-423-7648 or Betty Bolognani at 802-423-5432.

Free chronic pain self management workshops

BENNINGTON -- Free chronic pain self management workshops will be available at several locations locally starting Sept. 14.

Self-management programs help people build confidence in their ability to manage their own health and maintain active, fulfilling lives. Chronic conditions do not have to stop you. Trained facilitators using evidence-based guidelines will share skills and techniques to help balance your life with self-care and support from others with similar problems.

Learn about problem-solving, stress management, nutrition, making informed treatment decisions, better sleep, pain management, and more. Also open to spouses, partners, or caregivers. Six two-hour weekly sessions. Free, relaxation CD and book included.

A schedule of the workshops:

For people with chronic pain as a primary diagnosis: Chronic pain

self-management workshops:

* Wilmington, DVHC, Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Sept. 14 to Oct. 19

* Manchester, Equinox Village, Thursdays, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Sept. 19 to Oct. 24

* Bennington, SVMC, Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Oct. 26 to Dec. 7.

For people with any chronic condition: Healthier Living Workshop: * Bennington Dept. of Health, Fridays, 1:30 to 4 p.m., Sept. 20 to Oct. 25.

To register, contact Janice at 802-440-4098 or Sponsored by United Health Alliance and Vermont Blueprint for Health.

Annual ABC Linen Sale

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The annual ABC Linen Sale, for bed, bath, table, and closet will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 906 Main St. This is a giant sale of name brand, gently used sheets, towels, blankets, comforters, pillows, table linen, as well as robes, pajamas, slippers, and stuffed animals. To genefit Greylock A Better Chance. For more information, call Carolyn Behr at 413-458-5557.

Sunday, Sept. 15

Grange Pancake Breakfast

ARLINGTON -- The Battenkill Grange No. 487 Pancake Breakfast will be held from 8 to 10 a.m.

The menu includes pancakes, sausages, real Vermont maple syrup, homefries, sausage gravy and biscuits. The price is sdults $6; children under 12, $3. Located on Route 313 West at the covered bridge.

Adams Farmers Market

ADAMS, Mass. -- The Farmers' Market is running every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. through the month of September. Located in the Depot Street parking lot in Adams.

Legion Bingo

BENNINGTON -- American Legion Post 13 bingo is held on Sunday. Doors open at 5 p.m. and bingo starts at 6 p.m. No one under 14 will be admitted.

Historical Society bus tour

BENNINGTON -- "What Bennington made: Made Bennington," is the topic of a Bennington Historical Society Bus Tour, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Join the BHS on a bus tour of three mill sites and learn more about Bennington and North Bennington as industrial communities.

The school bus will be at the Bennington Station parking lot at 1:30 p.m. It will depart promptly at 2 p.m. The tour will last about 3 hours. There is a charge of $20 per person and $25 per couple and families. Space is limited. Reservations are required. Call Bill Morgan at 802-440-8075 for reservations and further information.


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