Morning Briefing -- Friday


Friday, July 18

Culinary workshop at SVC

BENNINGTON -- The Culinary Workshop at SVC scheduled for July 18 has been canceled.

Bennington Dance community gathering

BENNINGTON -- Come dance at Nataraja, a monthly gathering for the local dance community on the third Friday of each month. The next gathering will be from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at The Yoga Place (532 Main St., over Panache).

The forming of Nataraja came out of a desire from and for dancers of any shape, size and ability to have a safe and fun place to find their artistic expression. Talking is kept to a minimum. Bring your water bottle and there will be no alcohol or mind-altering substances. Each person is asked for a $5 donation, with the proceeds to be donated to The Greater Bennington Interfaith Council's Food Pantry or the Homeless Shelter.

Music is eclectic and will vary each month. All dancers welcomed to help create an all-inclusive and tight-knit dance community. Call 720-298-7910 for more information.

Texas Hold'Em

ARLINGTON -- American Legion Post No. 69 will host Texas Hold ‘em. Sign up is at 6 p.m. Start time is 7 p.m. There will be a $40 buy-in, and there is no rebuy. Food will be available to purchase. Call 802-375-6157 for more information.

Chris Bohjalian at bookstore

MANCHESTER -- Chris Bohjalian presents "Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands" at Northshire Bookstore on July 18 at 7 p.m.

Chris Bohjalian is the critically acclaimed author of seventeen books, including the New York Times bestsellers "The Sandcastle Girls," "Skeletons at the Feast," "The Double Bind," and "Midwives."

For more information on this and other events, call 802-362-2200 or 800-437-3700, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- On Fridays in July the Bennington Senior Center will hold sculpture from 9 to 11 a.m., painting from 9 a.m. to noon, and bingo from 1 to 3 p.m.

Bennington Free Library activities

BENNINGTON -- Join the Bennington Free Library for Library Lunch Club. Children can enjoy a free lunch served in the Rotary Room at noon. We will be showing "The Lego Movie" at 12:30 p.m.

Interfaith Action Initiative meeting

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Friday, July 18, meeting of the Northern Berkshire Interfaith Action Initiative (NBIAI) will feature State Rep. Gail Cariddi talking about funding for food programs and other issues of interest. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. and be held in the Eagle Street Room of the First Baptist Church of North Adams. All are welcome.

There will be no NBIAI public meeting in August.

The NBIAI is a group of people of various faiths and denominations working together with people of goodwill to serve our community. It runs the Friendship Center Food Pantry and administers an emergency voucher system. For more information, call Mark at 664-0130, visit or check out our Facebook page.


Arts-based literacy program

EAST ARLINGTON -- VSA Vermont's arts-based literacy program, Start With the Arts, brings the excitement of experiment, the thrill of literature and an invitation to use all the senses and forms of intelligence, to Vermont's youngest children in home-based childcare sites across Vermont. VSA Vermont's Start With The Arts instructors are weekly mentors for child care providers for 16 weeks at a time, introducing the children at each site to music, dance, drama and visual arts all linked to fine children's literature, and meeting outside of child care hours with neighboring pairs of child care providers to encourage them in their own creative expression so that they can carry that joy forward beyond the 16-week mentoring period. By the end of each 16-week session, child care providers are creating and presenting lessons they develop on their own. Local provider Michelle Cummings has worked for 16 weeks with SWTA instructor Carol Newell.

Through SWTA, providers earn professional development credits that they can use in applications for the STARS program (Step Ahead Recognition System) and Advanced Specialized Care.

There is a display of work created by the children participating in the Spring 2014 session with Michelle Cummings of Arlington Vermont. The display will be at Martha Canfield Library in Arlington Vermont from July 15-July 31. Everyone is invited to visit and enjoy the art show.

VSA Vermont is a member of the VSA Affiliate Network, a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. VSA Arts of Vermont makes Start With The Arts free to child care providers with support from the Turrell Fund, A. D. Henderson Foundation, Vermont Children's Trust Foundation, Kathleen Dolan and the Jane B. Cook 1983 Charitable Trust.

For more information, contact VSA Vermont director, Judith Chalmer at (802) 655-7735.

Caroline Pennell concert

MANCHESTER -- Caroline Pennell is an 18-year old singer-songwriter from Saddle River, New Jersey. She brings a unique phrasing, tone and artistry to her vocal performances. In the style of Adele, Norah Jones, Ellie Goulding, Ingrid Michaelson, Caroline is influenced by Indie-Pop threads. She will be performing at the Riley Center on August 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Pennell was featured on NBC's season five of THE VOICE, where she joined the Top 8 performers. This concert is sponsored by Unplugged. Go online to for tickets. Over half of the tickets have been sold, get yours now.

Praise and Worship

Celebration in Stamford

STAMFORD -- The Seventh Annual Praise and Worship Celebration at Stamford Community Church (SCC) will take place on Saturday, July 19, from 11 a. m. until 5 p. m.

The day-long event features praise groups from Berkshire County, southern Vermont, and New York. Highlighting the program will be the group Hearts of Fire, comprising young people from New York City who use music, poetry and skits to bring joy and hope to diverse communities. They have done humanitarian trips domestically and internationally.

Other participants include Joe Frey, a Vermont-based guitarist and songwriter who has recorded in Nashville, Nick Winnard and the New Life Band, a well-known group from Pittsfield, and Paul Lesure of Stamford, in addition to the praise teams from the Stamford Community Church and North Adams First Baptist Church. Michael Lawler, a professional musician and local educator, who has served as a missionary in India, will also perform.

The family-oriented performances will be outside under cover in the church pavilion. Seating is available, but taking your own preferred chairs is acceptable as well. Admission is free and open to all. There is plenty of parking. Attendees are encouraged to stay for the entire event or come and go as desired.

Food and drinks for refreshments will be available for sale all day. In addition, there will be a bake sale to benefit the SCC Youth Group's missionary trip to New York City.

Stamford Community Church is at 1059 Main Road (Route 8), a mile north of the Massachusetts-Vermont line. For more information, call 262-290-6679.


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