Community Calendar This Week

Monday May 13, 2013

Monday, May 13

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. ’Penny-a-Page’ Read-a-Thon

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- The students at Cambridge Central School have committed to sponsor a "Penny a Page" read-a-thon from May 13 to June 10. The students will raise a penny for every page they independently read during this time. These pennies will be donated to a Cambridge Central School family in need.

Battenkill Books, in Cambridge, has volunteered to partner with them in this undertaking. The Read-a-thon is intended to encourage the students to read and share books, while helping others. Questions can be directed to CCS 5th and 6th grade students or their teachers at 518-677-8527.

Tuesday, May 14

Bennington Lions Club May Dinner meeting

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Lions will hold its May dinner meeting at the Bennington Station Restaurant starting at 6:30 p.m.

Overeaters Anonymous meets

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

CAT-TV open house

BENNINGTON -- Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV) will hold an open house presentation beginning at 6 p.m.

During the one hour long event, those attending will have the opportunity to learn about the organizations history -- why and how it exists, classes it offers, how to submit messages to the community bulletin board, how CAT-TV can help non-profit organizations, the new logo, and many more topics. Staff members will be available to answer questions about the organization, equipment used, classes, and other topics. A tour of the facility will be given. Light refreshments will be served.

CAT-TV Studio is located at 625 Main St., just to the right of the First Baptist Church, across the street from Mahar’s Funeral Home. For more information, contact William Gardner, CAT-TV operations manager, at or Darlene Young,at or 442-8868.

Man to Man support group

BENNINGTON -- The American Cancer Society Man to Man prostate cancer support Ggoup meeting for Bennington County will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Cancer Center Library at the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center.

This open discussion may include subjects of concern, updating personal prostate cancer histories and sharing experiences. Man to Man monthly meetings are open to the public, especially designed for men recently diagnosed with prostate cancer, those successfully treated, or men dealing with side effects from cancer treatment. Additionally, it is for men having problems with recurrence. All are welcome, including spouses, partners, family members, or anyone interested in understanding more about this disease.

For more information: Contact Jerry Hall at 802-375-9719 or Tara Genzlinger, with the local American Cancer Society, at or call toll free 1-866-466-0626 (press 3 at greeting, ext. 6309).

Taconic Community Grange meeting

SHAFTSBURY -- Taconic Community Grange No 491 will meet at 6 p.m. at the Grange Hall on Grange Road, next to the Shaftsbury Head Start building. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. All are invited to the pot luck supper that begins at 6 p.m. The program will include discussing arthritis and flowers.

Fisher Elementary School Chorus performs

ARLINGTON -- The Fisher Elementary School Chorus will perform "Music Rocks" at 6 p.m. in the Mack Performing Arts Center. The Fisher Chorus Concert, comprised of students in grades 3, 4 and 5, will celebrate music with songs that affect mood and show how importance music is in a person’s life.

Arlington Choral Director and Music teacher Patti Cody and the students will be accompanied by Pianist Deborah Weiler. For more information about the Choral Concert or the Arlington Music program, contact Cody at or 802-375-2589, ext. 149.

Wednesday, May 15

Benedict Arnold program

MANCHESTER -- At 7 p.m., professor Paul Andriscin will give a presentation about Benedict Arnold at the First Congregational Church. Andriscin, a history professor at Castleton State College, will talk about Arnold, who was an American Revolutionary War general but defected to the British Army in 1780. Arnold’s wartime actions included the capture of Fort Ticonderoga in 1775 and defensive and delaying tactics during the unsuccessful Battle of Valcore Island on Lake Champlain in 1776.

This event is cohosted by the Manchester and Dorset Historical Societies. Ye Olde Tavern has sponsored this program their behalf. The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will follow. Visit for more information.

Thursday, May 16

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.

Friday, May 17

Outdoor Movie Night at Fisher

ARLINGTON -- Bring a blanket! Bring a friend! Bring the whole family to Outdoor Movie Night at Fisher Elementary School on Friday, May 17, with a rain date of Friday, May 24. There is no cost for the movie, but donations will be accepted for the Fisher Afterschool and Fisher Summer programs. The snack bar will open at 6:30 p.m. followed by "Looney Tune Classics" at 7 p.m. and the feature movie, "The Goonies." Refreshments will be available for purchase. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information or to make a donation to the Fisher programs, contact Fisher Afterschool Director Tai King at or 802-375-6409, ext. 228.

Northern Berkshire Contra Dance

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The last contra dance of the 2012-2013 season is at 7:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 906 Main St. Live calling and teaching of every dance is by Michael Kernan. The live music is led by Eric Buddington on fiddle, Ronadh Cox on bodhran and others.

No partner is necessary and all experience levels are welcome. Bring clean soft soled shoes, pot-luck cookies for the dance break and a water bottle. is $10. There is a pot-luck before the dance that begins at 6:30 and new dancers can have a beginner’s warm up at 7:15. The dance runs from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. More information and specific directions can be found at or email

Saturday, May 18

Children’s fishing derby

ARLINGTON -- A children’s fishing derby will be held beginning at

9 a.m. Registration will be held at Arlington American Legion Post No. 69. Derby begins at 10 a.m. West Arlington Fire House. Bring your own bait. Trophies and gifts will be given out. Call the Legion at 802-375-6157 with questions.

Yankee Pot Roast Dinner at Federated Church

EAST ARLINGTON -- A Yankee Pot Roast family dinner will take place beginning at 6 p.m. at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road. On the menu will be pot roast, vegetables, mashed potatoes, coffee, milk for the children, fresh salad and home-baked pie for dessert. No reservations are needed and take-out dinners will be available. Free-will donations will be accepted with all proceeds going to provide emergency assistance for local families in need of help with such things as fuel and utilities. Phone 802-375-2548 for additional information.

Bennington hazardous waste day at Transfer Station

BENNINGTON -- Bennington hazardous waste day will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bennington Transfer Station, on Houghton Lane. Free to the residents of Bennington and Woodford. For more information, call 802-442-1037. Oct. 12 will be the next hazardous waste day.

Park McCullough House spring clean up days

NORTH BENNINGTON -- Individuals and groups are invited to help with spring cleanup of the Park McCullough grounds on Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19. The fun begins at 9 a.m. both days. Come for an hour or stay for the day. Bring your rake, gloves, clippers. First-time gardeners to professional landscapers, everyone is welcome. There is much to be done. Pick your project from a list including, tree and shrub trimming, leaf raking, stick pick up, weeding, preparing the planting beds, edging, and more.

All volunteers are invited to attend the season opening party on Thursday, May 23. For more information call 442-5441 or email

Annual Community Health and Safety Fair

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Rescue Squad will host its annual Community Health and Safety Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bennington Rescue Squad Headquarters, 120 McKinley St.

The event is being held to kick off the start of EMS week. National

Emergency Medical Services Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine’s "front line."

This year’s fair will include a number of activities including

diabetes and blood pressure screenings, car seat inspections, free bicycle helmet fittings while supplies last, snowmobile safety and child ID. There will also be an auto extrication performed by local fire departments at 11 a.m. and the Vermont Fire Safety House with demonstrations throughout the day.

Violin recital at Manchester church

MANCHESTER -- The Michael Rudiakov Music Academy presents Elizabeth Kilpatrick, violin, and her brother Jonathan Kilpatrick, piano, at the First Congregational Church in Manchester at 4 p.m. Free admission, but any free-will donations will benefit the scholarship fund of the academy. The First Congregational Church is located at 3624 Main St.

Indoor flea market

READSBORO -- An Indoor Flea Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the E.J. Bullock Building, 7012 Main St. Find old and new treasures, baked goods, grinders, handcrafted jewelry, antiques, crafts, raffles and much more. For more information contact, Betty Bolognani at 802-423-5432. All proceeds to benefit the E. J. Bullock Building (circa. 1891) Restoration Fund. Sponsored by Readsboro Hometown Redevelopment, Inc., 501(C)3 non-profit.

Readsboro Historical Society open house

READSBORO --The Readsboro Historical Society will be open to visiters during the Flea Market at the Bullock Building across the street on Main Street Saturday, May 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There are some new exhibits and the old ones will be dusted off. The Flea Market fundraiser for renovation of the Bullock Building will be ongoing at the site. There is no admission to the Historical Society.

’Memorial Day - A Local Tribute’ held

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Voice of a Vet and Heroes at Home will sponsor a special community event: "Memorial Day - A Local Tribute." Organizers encourage veterans and the public to attend at the Hoosick Falls Armory at 80 Church St. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., later proceeding to Wood Park. The doors will open at 10 a.m. for you to begin perusing the exhibits and checking out local veteran service organizations. A full schedule of events will follow. If you have any questions, call the Hoosick Falls Community Alliance Church at 518-686-3269.

Hoosick Historical Society participates in tribute day

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Hoosick Township Historical Society will participate in the "Memorial Day-A Local Tribute" event at the Hoosick Falls Armory from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Historical Society will also participate in the village wide tag sale on Saturday, May 25. On these days stop by the museum and learn more about the museum and historical society while browsing booklets, pictures, and other items of interest to the Hoosick area available for purchase.

Grafton Library Plant and Book Sale

GRAFTON, N.Y. -- The Grafton Community Library, located at 2455 Route 2, will be the site of a multi-sale event. Doors open at 8 a.m. for the Plant and Book Sale which will run until 1 p.m. Stop by the library to pick up some fresh reading material as well as plants to enhance your garden.

Proceeds from the plant sale will benefit the Lillis Bunce Memorial Award and Ethel Simmons Award for Grafton high school seniors. Book sale will be in the basement. There are still some VHS tapes available for free. Visit the Grafton Community Library on Facebook or for more news about programs and events, or call 518-279-0580.

Plant donations wanted: The library will welcome donations of plants during the week of May 12. Plants may be dropped off at the rear of the building. Call 518-658-3422 with any questions about plant donations.

Texas Hold’em Tournament

STEPHENTOWN, N.Y. -- The Stephentown Volunteer Fire Department will hold a Texas Hold’em Tournament in the Stephentown Fire Hall, 35 Grange Road. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and close at 6 p.m. Play begins at 6:15 sharp.

A free buffet will be served at the first break and refreshments will be available. No advance registration is required, and a donation of $35 per player will be accepted. Players can make an additional $10 donation at the door for 1,000 extra chips. This tournament will pay one place for every 10 players with a minimum of four places and a maximum of nine places. For further information, call John Linton at 518-733-0469.

Sunday, May 19

Grange breakfast

ARLINGTON -- The Battenkill Grange No. 487 Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, May 19, from 8 to 10 a.m. will include pancakes, sausages, real Vermont maple syrup, homefries, sausage gravy and biscuits. Admission is adults $6, children under 12, $3.

The grange is located on Route 313 west at the covered bridge.

Shires of Vermont Marathon registration

BENNINGTON COUNTY -- The third annual Shires of Vermont Marathon, a classic point-to-point 26.2 mile road race connecting Bennington and Manchester, is accepting registrations for Sunday, May 19, for the third annual running.

Race applications and online registration are available at The race is organized by the Batten Kill Valley Runners to benefit community mental health and developmental services. For information on registering, volunteering or sponsoring the race, contact Robert Pini at or 802-442-5491, ext. 281.

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