Community Calendar This Week

Monday February 25, 2013

Monday, Feb. 25

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, at 601 Main St. Call for an appointment, 447-3700. Drop-ins will not be seen. Dinner for those in need

BENNINGTON -- Congregation Beth El sponsors a community dinner for those in need on the last Monday of every month at 5 p.m. The congregation is located at 225 North Street (Between Spice N Nice and Subway) For more information or questions, call 802-442-9645.

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, Feb. 26

Families Together caregiver gathering

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Project Independence, Adult Day Service, partners with families to share information and

problem solve to make caregiving for a loved one easier. Families Together meets at BPI on the last Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Bennington Project Independence is located in the Dr. Richard A. Sleeman building at 614 Harwood Hill. For more information on the services available at Bennington Project Independence, or to schedule a complimentary visit or tour, call 802-442-8136 or email Online at

CCSD budget workshops

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- The Board of Education of the Cambridge Central School District has announced the dates of its budget workshops.

The first one will be Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m.; the second will be Monday, March 11, at 7 p.m.; and the third will be Wednesday, March 27, at 7 p.m. All meetings will be held in the Auditorium at 24 South Park St.

Wednesday, Feb. 27

Live show on GNAT TV

MANCHESTER -- "Green Mountain Challenge LIVE" - an entertainment and information, audience-participation theme show -- will present another live program at 7 p.m. on Greater Northshire Access TV, Channel 15. The show will also be streamed LIVE on GNAT-TV's website. Host Sam Liss will speak with Kevin O'Toole and others, to discuss American theater and playwrights. O'Toole a local attorney, actor, singer and playwright assosciated with the Dorest Players will speak of the upcoming presentation of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible."

Thursday, Feb. 28

Focus on urban agriculture

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The spring 2013 "Green Living" seminars at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will continue at 5:30 p.m. in Murdock 218 with a lecture titled "The Agrarian City." This lecture will be presented by Andres Duany, principal at Duany Plater Zyberk and Company, and Jennifer Munoz, director of the local Growing Healthy Garden program. The public is invited to attend this free series, which will continue on Thursdays through April 25.

For more information, visit or contact Elena Traister at 413-662-5303.

Bennington Free Clinic

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Free Clini is held each Thursday starting at 6 p.m. This clinic is for uninsured people 18 years of age or older, who would other wise fall through the cracks of our fractured health care system. It is located in the First Baptist Church at 601 Main St. Call 447-3700 for an appointment to be seen.

Free community supper at Dorset Church

DORSET -- The Dorset Church will serve a free community supper from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The church is located at 143 Church St. (off Route 30). All are welcome for free meals. Take outs available. Questions, call Jane at 867-2260.

HFCS Pops Concert

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Music Department will present its annual Pops Concert at 7 p.m. in the Hoosick Falls Central School auditorium. There is no charge for admission, and all are invited to attend. The concert will feature popular music of many types from the last 50 years ago. The performing groups are the Elementary Chorus, Junior Chorus, Senior Chorus, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Jazz Band.

Friday, March 1

St. James free community suppers

ARLINGTON -- St. James' Episcopal Church in Arlington will present a free community supper from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the undercroft of the church, located on Route 7A at the intersection with Route 313 West.

St. Mary's Academy Lenten fish fry Fridays

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- St. Mary's Academy is offering Fish Fry dinners for $9 on Fridays during Lent from 5 to 7 p.m. or until sold out at the Immaculate Conception Church Hall. Dinners include hand battered fish fry on a roll, french fries, homemade cole slaw, dessert and choice of homemade cocktail or tartar sauce. There is plenty of seating to eat in or take outs are available. Call the school at 518-686-4314 for more information.

Human Library at Williams College

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Williams College invites all members of the community to experience the Human Library from 1 p. m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday, March 2, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Paresky Center on the Williams College campus. This is a free, interactive event and reservations are not required.

The Williams Human Library contains 35 to 40 "books" -- Williams students, faculty, staff, and community members who have volunteered to be "checked out" for up to 30 minutes each. Each book shares their story in a one-on-one conversation with readers and each book asks their readers questions as well: prompting an engaging discussion about their similarities, their differences, and their particular life experiences. To learn more about the Human Library, visit

Saturday, March 2

'Wintertastic Celebration' of parish school

BENNINGTON --The School of Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales is celebrating its history of over 120 years with a party and auction at the Mount Anthony Country Club. The event, Wintertastic Celebration and Live Auction, is sponsored in part by Bennington Health and Rehab by Revera and Rifenburg Construction Inc. The third annual Wintertastic Celebration will commemorate the strong history but also secure the bright future of the parish school.

For more information, contact the school at 442-2446 or Kathy Murphy at 802-442-5037. Visit the Wintertastic Celebration and Auction event on Facebook for updated auction items.

Bennington Legion to host Pitch Tournament

BENNINGTON -- American Legion Post No. 13, Northside Drive, will host a one-day Pitch Tournament. Sign up begins at 11 a.m.; the tournament starts at noon. Cost is $25 per team. The public is welcome.

Open hearth cooking classes

SALEM, N.Y. -- The 1786 Wilson Homestead in Hebron, N.Y. will offer one-day open hearth cooking classes March 2 and 9. All meals will be cooked in the stone fireplace and bake oven. Students will use original or reproduction hearth equipment such as a tin reflector oven, Dutch oven, iron pots, kettles and fireplace tools. The meal consists of roasted meat, local root vegetables, whole grain bread, fruit pies and cider.

The classes of up to seven people begin at 9 a.m. and run until about 2 p.m. The class fee is $45 and gift certificates are available. Registration is encouraged to assure a place in the class. Contact instructor Sally Brillon at 518-854-3134.

Arlington American Legion birthday dinner

ARLINGTON -- The Alington American Legion will offer a Legion birthday dinner. The menu includes baked ham, mashed potatoes, vegetables, rolls and dessert. The meal will cost $10 for members and legal guests. All officers and invited state guests are free.

Cocktail hour is from 5 to 6 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. Call the Legion at 802-375-6157 with questions.

Sunday, March 3

Eagles hold memorial service

BENNINGTON -- The Fraternal Order of Eagles will hold a memorial service at 11 a.m. Aerie: William Dehnert, William Harrington, Philip Reilly, William Hebert. Auxiliary: Anna Wahl, Murial Wilwol, Roberta McGurn, Ruth Goodwin.

Any member who would like to have a name read, leave a note with the bartender. Refreshments to follow.

Old First Church sponsors ‘Bach Musicale'

OLD BENNINGTON -- On Sunday afternoon, March 3, at 3:30 p.m., Bennington's own Kerry Ryer-Parke, soprano, and Katie Beck, mezzo-soprano, will be showcased at the Old First Church, through their performance of Bach Cantatas 35 and 52, assisted by a chamber orchestra drawn from local talent, and the Choir of the Old First Church. Under the direction of Old First's recently appointed music director and organist, Charles Olegar, the program will also feature several Bach solo organ pieces. While open to the public, there will be a free-will offering.

Each of the two cantatas is a multi-section work written for solo voice and orchestral instruments, No. 35, "Spirit and Soul are bewildered" for alto (Ms. Beck), and No. 52, "O thou deceitful world" for soprano (Ms. Ryer-Parke). Cantata 35 is also distinguished by the extensive concerto-like role assigned to the organ.

Talk on U.S. foreign policy and military strategy

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Andrew Bacevich, professor of international relations and history at Boston University, will present a lecture titled "Washington Rules," at 7:30 p. m.

The lecture is in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall in the Bernhard Music Center on the Williams College campus. The event is free and open to the public, and there will be a book signing after the lecture.

Bacevich served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, later holding posts in Germany, the U. S. , and the Persian Gulf. Bacevich offers an uncompromising critique of the principles that guide America's foreign policy and military strategy, a set of assumptions he calls "Washington rules."

Bacevich is the author of "The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War" (2006), "The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism" (2009), and "Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War" (2010). He has also written for numerous publications.

Bacevich graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and he received his Ph. D. in American diplomatic history from Princeton University.

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