Community Calendar This Week

Monday January 21, 2013

Monday, Jan. 21

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. Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Senior Center activities will include oil painting from 9 a.m. to noon; walking aerobics from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; bridge/cards from 1 to 4 p.m.; and beginning belly dance from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

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.

Community Event in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

BENNINGTON -- The Greater Bennington Peace and Justice Center and the Greater Bennington Interfaith Council will offer an evening to remember and live out the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The sponsoring groups will today offer a peace candlelight vigil and singing at the Four Corners at 6 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., a candlelight procession will move participants to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (108 School St.) for light refreshments, warm beverages and the opportunity to view the 30-minute film "Education Under Fire." The film explores the Iranian government’s treatment of adherents to the Baha’i Faith, the largest religious minority in Iran.

For more information, contact the Rev. Jerrod Hugenot at 802-442-2105 or David O’Brien at 802-447-0259.

BCC closed on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Berkshire Community College, (BCC) including the Paterson Field House and the college’s South County Center, will be closed today in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Free ladies clinics to be offered

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Free Clinic has scheduled a series of free Ladies Clinics to be held on the third Monday of each month from 5 to 8 p.m.

The ladies clinics will be staffed by local medical practitioners who volunteer their time to provide care to women who do not have health insurance. Breast, cervical and cardiac health will be addressed at the clinic. Age-appropriate mammograms, PAP tests and blood tests will be available.

Clinic staff will be available to apply for the Vermont Ladies First program as well as other state health insurance programs. Appointments for the ladies clinic can be made by calling 802-447-3700. The clinic is located in the Nichols Education Building of the First Baptist Church at 601 Main St.

Tuesday, Jan. 22

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 or e-mail or find the group on Facebook.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Senior Center activities for Tuesday will include Bone Builders from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The help weight group weigh in will be held from 4:30 to 4:55 p.m. Meeting starts at 5 p.m. sharp.

Overeaters Anonymous meets

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

Wednesday, Jan. 23

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Senior Center activities will include the movie from 1 to 3 p.m., "Chase," starring Robert Cummings and Peter Lorre. Zumba Gold will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and a trip to the Berkshire Mall from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 24

Bingo at Pownal Legion

POWNAL -- Pownal American Legion Post No. 90 offers bingo every Thursday evening. Doors and concession open at 5 p.m. There will be 30 games, including three progressive jackpots, door prizes, raffles, and family fun.

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 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.

At the Senior Center

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Senior Center activities will include bone builders from 10 to 11:30 a.m.; quilting from 1 to 3 p.m.; and beginning belly dance from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Tips for winter health

STAMFORD -- The Stamford Community Library will present "50 Shades of Health," tips for being healthy this winter, at 6:30 p.m. at the Stamford School. A healthy living panel of local experts will include school nurse Jeanette Linnehan, Dr. Paul Donovan and Darrell Carlson, healthcare facility administrator.

The panel will cover subjects including avoiding the spread of germs and the flu, winter sports safety and avoiding winter accidents and what to do in case you do get sick or injured. All are welcome to attend.

Friday, Jan. 25

Spaghetti and meatball dinner

ARLINGTON -- The Arlington American Legion spaghetti and meatball Ddnner will be held at 5 p.m., until the food is gone. Call the Legion at 802-375-6157 with any questions.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Senior Center activities will include ceramics from 9 to 11 a.m.; oil painting from 9 a.m. to noon; bingo will be held from 1 to 3 p.m.

Home buyer education workshop

BENNINGTON -- A home buyer education workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Vermont Department of

Health,169 North St. This workshop meets the lender

requirement for homebuyer dducation. Topics covered include affordability and the loan process, shopping for a home, home inspection, insurance and more. Lunch provided. There will be a $60 workshop fee. Registration is required.

This workshop is offered by NeighborWorks of Western Vermont. Call 1-802-438-2303, ext. 228 for more details.

Saturday, Jan. 26

Library shows animated movie

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Free Library will show a recent animated movie (rated PG) at 2 p.m. in the Rotary Room of the library, which is located at 101 Silver St. Refreshments will be available. Admission is free and open to the public. The library is wheelchair accessible. For specific movie information, call the library at 802-442-9051.

Masonic Lodge bingo

BENNINGTON -- The Masonic Lodge, 504 Main St., hosts bingo every Saturday at 6:30 p.m., except major holidays. Doors open at 5 p.m. Snacks and beverages will be available.

North Bennington Winter Festival 2013

NORTH BENNINGTON -- North Bennington Winter Festival 2013 will feature numerous winter fun events. The day starts off with the Penguin Plunge for Special Olympics at the Lake Paran Boat Launch. Check-in begins at 9 a.m.; costume contest at 10:30 a.m.; plunge at 11 am.

Then from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. the After Plunge Party will be held at the Vermont Arts Exchange. There will be the opportunity to taste more than 20 different chilies, a cash bar, and live music and ice cream sandwiches. Penguin Plunge awards take place at 12:30 p.m. There will be chair massages, and art activities as well.

The ice carving competition at the North Bennington Train Station starts on Friday, with the bulk of the sculpting happening on Saturday. Prizes will be awarded at 3:30 p.m. Other events will be the Indoor Winter Carnival at the North Bennington Graded School and a special program at the McCullough Library.

There will be Wagon Rides from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. to take people around the village to all the event venues. The day concludes with the annual Pet Fashion Show, which starts at Whitman’s Feed Store at 4 pm.

First ‘Glance of Romance’ Sale starts

ARLINGTON -- The Martha Canfield Library will hold its first ever "Glance at Romance" sale from Saturday, Jan. 26, through Thursday, Feb. 14, or until supplies last. Decorative bags filled with romance novels, all only $3 per bag, are placed throughout the library.

Each bag was specially decorated by Martha Canfield Library patrons and volunteers Stop by the library anytime from Jan. 26 through Feb. 14 to view the bags, and learn more about the other services and programs available at the library. Stop by early as supplies are limited.

Additional information is available at The Martha Canfield Library which is located at 528 East Arlington Road or call 802-375-6153.

Gun show and sale

ALBANY, N.Y. -- A gun show and sale will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center. More than 400 exhibits and displays will be provided by collectors and dealers from all over the northeastern United States and Canada.

Admission: $6 per day, Children under 12, with parents, free; $5 per day for senior citizens. For additional information, contact Sandy Ackerman Klinger at 607-748-1010.

’Walking in Miracles’ conference

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- "Walking in Miracles," a one-day conference and workshop at St. Luke’s Church, will feature the Rev. Susan Baker-Borjeson of Jubilate Deo Ministries. The conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and cost $20. Bring a bag lunch. (Refreshments will be provided)

Baker-Borjeson, the featured speaker, will guide participants in aligning themselves with The Holy Spirit so they may walk in the miraculous. Jubilate Deo Ministries is a ministry of encouragement and healing for pastors, ministers, and church leaders, especially in small, struggling congregations or chaplaincies.

To register, call 518-677-2632 and leave a message on how many will be attending. All are welcome.

Sunday, Jan. 27

American Legion Post 13 hosts bingo

BENNINGTON -- American Legion Post 13, 225 Northside Drive, hosts bingo. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and bingo starts at 3 p.m. every Sunday. No one under 14 will be admitted.

Reiki Level II class

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Bonnie Strange, MA Ed., will hold a Reiki Level II class starting at 9:30 a.m. at 1544 Hancock Road.

The cost is $300. Registration is required. Call 413-458-3076.

Arlington community ice skating party

ARLINGTON -- The members of Red Mountain Masonic Lodge will hold their annual community ice skating party from noon to 4 p.m. at the Arlington Ice Skating Rink on Route 313. (Weather permitting). The public is invited and the lodge will provide hot dogs and hot chocolate, free of charge.

As the rink has no comfort facilities, parents are reminded not to leave small chilften without a responsible adult. In case of questionable weather conditions you may call 375-6782 or 375-6432 to see if the party is still on.

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