Community Calendar This Week

Monday July 8, 2013

Monday, July 8

Young at Heart Seniors luncheon

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

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

Tuesday, July 9

Grange No. 491 meets

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, unless otherwise noted. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. All are invited to the pot luck supper that begins at 6 p.m. This month’s meeting will feature the Community Citizen Program held at the Shaftsbury Methodist Church, on Church Street.

Overeaters Anonymous meets

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

Talk on author of ‘The Killer Angels’ and Battle of Gettysburg

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Michael Shaara wrote "The Killer Angels," a novel that some consider the best fictional account of the Battle of Gettysburg ever written.

How did Shaara become so interested in this battle and, why did he write this novel? What books and historical events influenced him? Come to the Cheney Library in Hoosick Falls on Tuesday, July 9 at 7 p.m. to find out. Local Civil War historian and former Hoosick Falls Central teacher Michael Russert will examine Shaara’s troubled life and his approach to teaching and writing. It will also explore the differences between the actual battle and Shaara’s fictional treatment of the people and events that were part of the Battle of Gettysburg.

The program is being offered at part of the Friends of Cheney Library Love Your Library Series.

Wednesday, July 10

Story time, workshops at Bennington Free Library

BENNINGTON -- Children 3 to 6 years are invited to "Deep, Down, Underground," a story time held on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. The school age explorer, 6-12 years old, can participate in "Dig Into Thursdays," a series of hands-on workshops with an emphasis on art, movement, cooking and history on Thursdays at 2 p.m.

All programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 802-442-9051 or email:

Bingo in Arlington

ARLINGTON -- The Arlington Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will host bingo at 7 p.m. at the Arlington Fire Department on Old Mill Road. The rest of Bingo schedule is as follows: July 24, Aug. 14, and Aug. 28.

Thursday, July 11

Hoosick Dems hold chicken barbecue

HOOSICK, N.Y. -- The Town of Hoosick Democratic Party will host a chicken barbecue from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Polish Hall.

HOOSICK, N.Y. -- The Town of Hoosick Democratic Party will host a chicken barbecue from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Polish Hall.

Everyone is invited to come and enjoy some slow-cooked barbecued chicken with potato salad, coleslaw, dessert and cold beverages.

Meet this year’s candidates for town and county office. The candidates are Mark Surdam for town supervisor, Dave Sutton and Michael Hickey for town council, William Shiland III for highway superintendent, Tom Restino for town justice and Sue Stradinger for town clerk. County candidates are Ben Patten and Jackie Elacqua, for Rensselaer County Legislature from District 5, representing the towns of Berlin, Grafton, Hoosick, Petersburgh and Stephentown. Josh Sabo is a candidate for surrogate court judge.

Tickets are on sale at Thorpe’s Pharmacy or from Jim Monahan, Kevin O’Malley 518-686-9460, Maggie Casey, Mark Surdam 518-686-0745, or Bob Ryan at 518-686-4857 and at the Polish Hall. Tickets will be available at the door at a cost of $12.

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.

Peace and Justice Center July meeting

BENNINGTON -- The Greater Bennington Peace and Justice Center will hold its July meeting on Thursday, July 11, at the CAT TV Headqarters. 625 Main St. at 6::15 p.m., with a potluck dinner followed by the business agenda at 7 p.m. The raffle drawing for the winner of the hammock from Nicaragua taken at Mayfest will be made on CAT TV. All are invited to attend.

Five-hour prelicensing class

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Northeast New York Safety and Health Council will sponsor the prelicensing course at the Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation (Hoosick Falls Health Center), on Danforth Street, beginning at 3:30 p.m. promptly.

This program requires a pre-registration fee of $40 payable to NENY Safety and a valid New York driver’s permit. Successful completion of this class, which includes passing a test, provides the student with the necessary paperwork (MV278) to take the New York driver’s test and is valid for one year. You must pre-register at 518-686-4854.

Pownal Legion 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. Snack bar will be available.

Health lecture

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- A health lecture will be held at 14 Ashland St. at 6:30 p.m.

The discussion will be about the connection between nutrition and our health and the benefits of cleansing your body. Healthy refreshments will be served. For more information, email or cal 413-329-4710.

Talk: ‘Wiggly worms and fly fishing’

MANCHESTER -- Anglers of all ages will fall hook, line and sinker when Tom Deck visits the Mark Skinner Library to tell us all about wiggly worms and fly fishing. Come to the Mark Skinner Library at 10:30 a.m. for the details at this fun family event.

Free program, open to the public. Children must be accompanied and supervised by adult caregivers. For more information, call the library at 362-2607.

Friday, July 12

The Georgi Museum closed for two Fridays

SHUSHAN, N.Y. -- The Georgi Museum will be closed July 12 and 19 but will reopen on July 26 at 10 a.m. The Shushan Notables Exhibit will be on display in the Battenkill Room of the museum. This collection of photos, art, crafts, books and life stories represent a small slice of a very notable community of people. The Shushan Notables exhibit will be added to as the season progresses and as folks choose to share their own stories. From July 26 through Columbus Day The Georgi will be open every Friday from 10 to 4 p.m. We are highlighting a filmed conversation by Anne Buffum Brown and Mary Buffum Hamlin that took place at the Georgi in the 1990’s and it is titled, Recognition of Shushan. For more information call 518-854-3773 or email

Saturday, July 13

Library announces Summer Wall Works exhibit

BENNINGTON -- The newest installation of Wall Works features recent works by Michael Williams, and the public is invited to an opening reception for the artist from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library.

A regularly changing exhibit, Wall Works provides an opportunity for the public to enjoy fine art while visiting the library, and to learn more about the talented artists who live and work in our community.

Williams, a native of Washington, moved to Vermont in 1972 and has lived and worked in South Dorset for many years. Hes studied extensively over a ten-year period at several prestigious art schools such as the Corcoran School of Fine Art, Washington, D.C.; the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and St. Martin’s School of Fine Art in London, England.

For two years in the early 70’s Williams was the sculpture teaching assistant at Bennington College and was studio assistant to Kenneth Noland, South Shaftsbury, Vermont and South Salem, New York.

Light refreshments will be served.

Defensive driving course

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Northeast New York Safety & Health Council will sponsor the defensive driving course at the Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation (formerly Hoosick Falls Health Center), on Danforth Street, beginning at 8:30 a.m. promptly.

Successful completion of this class allows for 10 percent insurance reduction on collision and liability for three years, as well as reduces four points from one’s driver’s license on points acquired in the prior 18 months. The course fills up quickly, so register early by calling 518-686-4854.

UNO’s Neighborhood Tag Sale

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The UNO Neighborhood Tag Sale will be held from 9 a. m. to 4 p.m.

Thirteen streets in the UNO neighborhood will be holding the sale. The streets participating are: Bracewell Ave. Freeman Ave. Chase Avenue, Chase Hill, River, North Holden, Houghton, Hall, Liberty, Grove and Temple Streets, Brook Terrace and part of Eagle Street.

Besides the many tag sales, at the Bracewell Avenue Playground, free face painting will be provided by The Family Place and refreshments provided by The North Adams Lions Club.

Summer cheese pairing

SALEM, NY -- Rob Southerland of Gardenworks will host a cheese tasting at 11 a.m. at Gardenworks. Participants will sample cheeses with diverse flavors and textures and learn about fresh and aged artisan and farmstead products. Expect recommendations for creative pairings of fresh blueberries and raspberries, pastes, jams and honey, and tips on creating a cheese board for a summer dinner party. The pairing will feature artisan cheeses from some of the area’s best known farms.

Gardenworks is located on Route 30, five miles west of Route 22.

Grafton Town Festival

GRAFTON -- The Grafton Town Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Town Park on Roxborough Road.

The Grafton Historical Society has announced it will offer a new publication that will be on sale at the Town Festival. A series of letters written from Grafton to Alonzo Philleps in New York City provides insight into the attitudes and values of Grafton in the late 19th century. They are a source of local history as well. The booklet "Dear Lonnie: A Glimpse of Grafton 1893 to 1895" by Estella Myers Hovnanian.

For more information, contact 518-641-9660,, or visit You can also find the Grafton New York Historical Society on Facebook.

Sunday, July 14

Legion bingo

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

Variety show benefit for Bullock Building

READSBORO -- A variety show will be presented on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Bullock Building, on Main Street.

Several vocalists and musicians and a Hula Hoop performer from the surrounding towns are donating their time to help raise funds for continuing restoration of the historical Bullock Building. A ticket at the door will be $10 -- $5 for those under twelve. Jim Bushika of Stamford will be master of ceremonies. The program will end with a make-your-own ice cream sundae. All proceeds will go to Readsboro Hometown Redevelopment, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.


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