Community Calendar This Week

Monday April 22, 2013

Monday, April 22

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.

Tuesday, April 23

Overeaters Anonymous meets

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

BENNINGTON -- The Sudden Unexpected Death of a Spouse bereavement support group will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver St. No registration required and it’s free. For additional information about the group or this meeting, call 802-440-8100, email or find the group on Facebook.

Wednesday, April 24

Living with black bears presentation

MANCHESTER -- On Wednesday, April 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Beckwith Room at the Hildene Visitors Center, Forrest Hammond, Black Bear Project leader with the Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife, will give the presentation Living with Vermont’s Black Bears - on the natural history of black bears and how the public can better deal with bear conflicts in their neighborhoods.

The presentation is sponsored by BCCD, the Bennington County Sustainable Forest Consortium, and Vermont Coverts. There is no fee to attend, but donations will be gladly accepted. For more information, contact Shelly Stiles, 802 442-2275 or Folks are encouraged to visit theBCCD Facebook page (at Bennington County Conservation District) to post their own photos of bear, bear sign, bear damage, and everything bear. Folks are also invited to post questions Hammond can try to answer at the workshop.

SKYWARN Training Session

BENNINGTON -- The National Weather Service will be conducting a SKYWARN Weather Spotter Training session at the Bennington Free Library from 7 to 9 p.m. in the main meeting room upstairs. These classes are designed to give participants the knowledge and observational skills they need to make accurate reports on local weather conditions to the National Weather Service.

In this spring session the focus is on severe summer weather. The class is free and all members of the public are welcome to attend. Please join us for an interesting and informative presentation.

Produce preservation workshop

NORTH BENNINGTON -- The seminar "Preserving Your Produce" -- from canning to freezing to drying will be offered by Diane Lamb, former Home Extension Agent for Bennington County. The seminar will be held at Whitman’s Feed Store, North Bennington, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. RSVP to 802-442-2851 or to

’Books for Breakfast’ author talk

MANCHESTER -- Join author and speaker Bruce Piasecki at The Equinox Resort from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Piasecki is the author of several seminal books on business strategy, valuation, and corporate change, including "Doing More with Teams," "In Search of Environmental Excellence: Moving Beyond Blame," as well as the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller "Doing More with Less."

Piasecki is the president and founder of AHC Group Inc., a management consulting firm specializing in energy, materials, and environmental corporate matters. Tickets for "Books for Breakfast" are $25 per person and for sale at the Chamber of Commerce’s Visitor Welcome Center, 39 Bonnet St.

Thursday, April 25

VCIL observing Alcohol Awareness Month

BENNINGTON -- In observance of Alcohol Awareness Month, Vermont Center for Independent Living will hold a community meeting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the VCIL office located in the First Baptist Church education building at 601 Main St. The guest speaker will be Joan Walsh, managing director of the Bennington Turning Point Center, who will speak about the center’s services. Light refreshments will be available. Contact VCIL at 447-0574 with requests for accomodations.

Cambridge Central School Kindergarten Registration

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- An informational meeting intended only for parents on next year’s kindergarten students at Cambridge Central School will be held at 6 p.m. in Room 84. At this meeting, parents will learn about our educational program via a presentation by the kindergarten teachers.

Administrators and other school personal will also describe the intent and scope of the "new student" screening process. Learning strategies and techniques will be provided for parents to prepare their child for kindergarten. Parents will be able to sign-up for appointments to have their child/children screened. The school nurse will review the New York State health department requirements and registration packets will be distributed. Parents who are unable to attend the informational meeting should stop by the elementary office afterward to sign-up for a screening appointment and to pick up their registration materials.

Parents of children residing in the Cambridge School District who will be 5 on or before Dec.1 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 kindergarten lists for the upcoming school year.

5-hour pre-licensing class

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Northeast New York Safety & Health Council will sponsor the pre-licensing 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 (MV-278) to take NYS Driver’s Test and is valid for 1 year. You must pre-register by calling 518-686-4854.

Friday, April 26

’Bill W.’ documentary to be shown in Bennington

BENNINGTON -- The First Baptist Church of Bennington announces a one-time showing of the film "Bill W." at 6 p.m. This documentary shares the story and legacy of "Bill W.," the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous who founded the respected 12-step program along with fellow Vermonter "Dr. Bob."

The documentary will be offered with free admission (seating limited to 150 persons) at the First Baptist Church (601 Main St.). The event is open to all who wish to learn more about Bill W.’s story and the living legacy of the recovery movement ongoing around the world. Light refreshments will be offered with a brief panel discussion afterwards. DVDs of "Bill W." will be available at the event for $20 (cash only).

Spring Fling Dance at Arlington Legion

ARLINGTON -- A Spring Fling Dance will be held at 8 p.m. at Arlington American Legion Post No. 69. D.J. Wooddell will be back spinning favorite tunes. Cover charge is $10 per person and $15 per couple.

Saturday, April 27

Spring Rummage Sale at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church

BENNINGTON -- A Spring Rummage Sale will be held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be clothes, books, and more. Hot dogs and drinks will be available. At noon a bag sale will begin. St. Peter’s is handicapped accessible.

Rabbinic Installation at Congregation Beth El

BENNINGTON -- Bennington’s Jewish community will officially install its new rabbi, Jarah Greenfield, with a day-long celebration, beginning with Shabbat services and luncheon at 10 a.m. and concluding with a reception and installation ceremony beginning at 6 p.m. Attending the events will be Rabbi Jacob Staub, professor of Jewish Philosophy and Spirituality at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Reverend Jerrod H. Hugenot of First Baptist Church in Bennington and Brian Campion, Vermont House of Representative for Bennington and North Bennington. The evening ceremony will include performances by the Bennington College Vocal Chamber Ensemble and violinist Katianna Nardone.

All events are free and open to the public, and will take place in the Ada and Paul Paresky Sanctuary and the Pamela and Richard Ader Social Hall at Congregation Beth El, 225 North St. For more information about the installation ceremonies, call 802-442-9645. Website:

Defensive Driving Course offered

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Northeast New York Safety and Health Council will sponsor the Defensive Driving Course at the Hoosick Falls Health Center, 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.

Dorset Church spring rummage sale

DORSET -- The Dorset Church Spring Rummage Sale will be held from from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Dorset Church.

Outside sales begin at 8:30 a.m. (No early bird shopping) The bag sale will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Donations of clean, serviceable winter clothing (children’s clothing is always appreciated), jewelry, purses, linens, kitchen and household items and books will be accepted at the Dorset Church on Tuesday, April 23, Wednesday, April 24, and Thursday, April 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The sale now have a tent for tools and outdoor supplies. Do not donate furniture, large appliances, TVs, stereo equipment, computer and computer related items.

The church is located at 143 Church St., off Rte 30, in Dorset. If you have any questions, call 802-867- 2260.

See movie at the library

BENNINGTON -- A recent movie (Rated R) will be shown at the Bennington Free Library at 2 p.m. Admission free. Includes snacks. For information, call 802-442-9051.

BENNINGTON -- A recent movie (Rated R) will be shown at the Bennington Free Library at 2 p.m. Admission free. Includes snacks. For information, call 802-442-9051.

Church bake and tag sale

EAGLE BRIDGE, N.Y. -- The Eagle Bridge Methodist Church Ladies will hold a bake sale and a tag sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church on Route 67.

Spring at Cheney Library

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Friends of Cheney Library are bringing Belle from Beauty and the Beast to the library at 10 a.m. Belle will read and talk with the children. As a part of this day, all children who are currently 5, 6 or 7 will be able to get their own Cheney Library card. Because several children wondered why they couldn’t have their own card the trustees of Cheney Library discussed the issue and voted to lower the age of getting a card from 8 to 5.

Family event at farm

LONDONDERRY -- Taylor Farm in Londonderry will once again host an open house for families from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. The event will include a free kite building activity with supplies provided along with information on the Fresh Air Fund.

The Fresh Air Fund is a non-profit organization founded in 1877. It offers a chance for inner-city kids to get a taste of a different way of spending a week of summer with host families. To find out more about the Fund and becoming a host, visit or call the local volunteer, Pat Meulemans 802-297-9886.For more information on Taylor Farm, visit to

Sunday, April 28

’A Day of Divine Play’

BENNINGTON -- Area women are invited to a day of indulgence, nourishment, creativity and fun from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Best Western Conference Room, 220 Northside Drive.

The day will begin with a long luxurious gentle yoga class. There will be a deep relaxation period and a playful guided visualization. Those attending will identify more ways to play and help each other make room for these things in their lives.

Wear loose comfortable clothing for yoga and bring a yoga mat, water, your lunch, pen, journal or writing pad, and an item that represents play to you. Pre-registration is required to reserve a space. RSVP before April 24. Fee is $70.

Contact Teresa King at or 802-733-5729 to register or with any questions.

Organ recital

at Old First Church

BENNINGTON -- On Sunday, April 28, at 3:30 p.m., as part of the church’s recently launched "Musick and Song at the Old First Church" series, the First Congregational Church of Bennington (the "Old First Church") presents an organ recital featuring Charles Olegar, current organist at Old First and First Baptist Churches in Bennington, and Scott Smedinghoff, Olegar’s immediate predecessor in both positions. The program includes great classical works for organ by Bach, Buxtehude, and Mendelssohn. Free and open to the public; donations gratefully accepted, to be directed toward funding improvements to Old First’s 45-year-old pipe organ, along with operational costs of the "Musick and Song" series.

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