Morning Briefing for May 22


Thursday, May 22

Pownal Legion bingo

POWNAL -- The American Legion Post 90 in Pownal holds bingo on Thursdays. Doors open at 5 p.m., bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. promptly.

Snack Bar available. Cookie jar and progressive games. Everyone is invited to attend. Bennington Free Clinic hours

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 our fractured health care system. It is located in the First Baptist Church at 601 Main St. Please call 802-447-3700 for an appointment to be seen.

Food shelf hours

NORTH BENNINGTON -- The Food Shelf at the North Bennington Baptist Church is open every Thursday from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Infant-Toddler playgroup

NORTH BENNINGTON -- Bennington County Head Start in collaboration with Building Bright Futures and the Vermont Agency of Human Services is hosting Infant Toddler Playgroups on Thursdays, from April 26 through June 5, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the North Bennington Head Start Cottage. This is a parent-child, drop-in playgroup including art, music and movement, story time, snack, outdoor play and discussion.

For more information, contact Beth Wallace at bwallace@ucsvt .org or call 802-442-3686 ext. 231.

Prelicensing class

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Northeast New York Safety and Health Council will sponsor a five-hour prelicensing course at the Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation on Danforth Street beginning at 3:30 p.m. This program is $50 at the door and requires a valid NYS driver’s permit. Successful completion of the class, which includes passing a test, provides the student with the paperwork (MV-278) to take NYS Driver’s Test and is valid for one year.

Healthier living workshops

BENNINGTON -- Chronic health conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, lung disease, arthritis or diabetes don’t have to control your life. In this workshop developed by Stanford University, you can learn ways to get things done that you have been putting off, stay optimistic, cope with frustrations and fears, manage pain and stress, beat fatigue, improve communication, and increase self-confidence. Meet others coping with similar challenges. Family and supportive friends also welcome.

There will be six sessions: Thursdays, May 22-June 26 from 4 to 6:30 p.m., at SVMC.

These sessions are free. Sponsored by the VT Blueprint for Health.

Register in advance by calling Janice Provost 802-440-4098 or online at

Movie showing

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- In the spirit of The Hoosick Quilt Project this spring and summer, HAYC3 is pleased to announce a special free showing of the movie "How to Make an American Quilt," starring Winona Ryder, Ellen Burstyn, Anne Bancroft and a host of other stars. The screening will take place at The HAYC3 Armory on Thursday, May 22, at 7 p.m. Rounding out the evening, and in keeping with the all-American quilting theme, we will be serving delicious slices of pie with a variety of fillings.

Admission to the movie is free, voluntary donations for the pie will be applied directly to the cost of making the Hoosick Barn Quilts and the Hoosick Barn Quilt Trail Map.

Bennington Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- On Thursdays in May, the Senior Center will have Bone Builders from 8:30-9:45 a.m., and from 10-11:15 a.m., RSVP. They will also have quilting from 1 to 3 p.m. and Beginning Belly Dance from 5-7:30 p.m.

Williamstown Rural Lands to hold children’s summer outdoor nature programs

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is offering week-long, half-day summer outdoor nature programs for children at its Sheep Hill headquarters on Cold Spring Road (Route 7).

Environmental educator and Science Enrichment Specialist Kathy Chesney and outdoorsman Art Evans return to Sheep Hill in Williamstown to lead programs designed to engage children in nature and artistically express its wildness.

Kathy and Art both have a variety of experience in teaching and in running summer outdoor programs.

Summer begins on Monday, June 30, from 10-11:30 a.m. with Parent and Preschooler Nature Exploration with Kathy Chesney, Leslie Reed-Evans and staff. The program will include gentle nature exploration through discovery walks, outdoor play, craft activities and stories to engage children in nature. The program runs every day through July 3.

Week-long science and nature programs with Kathy Chesney will start on Monday, July 7, with Habitat Exploration for 5-7 year olds from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Each day will introduce a nature topic featuring the pond, meadow, stream and woodlands, and their swimming, hopping, and flying inhabitants.

Discover and Create for 6-8 year olds will begin Monday, July 14, also 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily. Functional and imaginative craft projects will use a variety of materials including leather, wool, and clay dug from the stream.

Beginning August 4, the three-day, all-day Building for Nature workshop for 8-11 year olds will be led by outdoor educator Art Evans. In this year’s workshop we will build imaginative bird houses and insect pollinator habitats to take home and to install at Sheep Hill. This program will combine building with ecology and bird and insect identification.

Beginning in July, summer naturalist and interpreter Maria Dunlavey will be offering drop-in nature programs for children and adults on Saturday mornings at Sheep Hill.

Pre-registration is required for all summer programs. Space is limited. For more information on fees or for registration forms contact the WRLF at, or 413-458-2494. Information is also available on the WRLF website, at


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