Morning Briefing -- Friday


Friday, Feb. 28

Help form ‘Seniors with a Cause'

BENNINGTON -- A fun informational session will be held tonight at 6:30 in the home of Brian Steckley, to form a crew of volunteers called "Seniors with a Cause." We are part of the newly established Cancer Center Community Crusaders. Our mission is to raise tax deductable donations to assist patients and their families dealing with cancer. Also, a portion of funds go to support local and regional research efforts to end cancer. Our target area is the local communities that are served by Southwestern Vermont Health Care, but we certainly reach out to any others. Will you please consider joining us? Light refreshments will be served. Contact 802-442-4937 for information and location.

Blood drive in Bennington

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Health and Rehabilitation Center is hosting an upcoming Blood Drive along with the American Red Cross. The drive will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at BH&R located at 2 Blackberry Lane. Buy one, get one free adult ski or ride ticket for all presenting donors. Walk in for an appointment, visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to schedule a time for donation.

Bennington Rotary speaker

BENNINGTON -- Good eating and sleeping habits are the most important way to tackle the stressful challenges we face every day. Renee Tassone, owner of Eat To Total Health located in North Adams, Mass., will share with the Bennington Rotary recipes made with vegetables and fruits. She will also talk about how a company can cut the cost of health insurance and absenteeism by encouraging healthy eating habits.

Tassone will present her program at 1 p.m. at the Bennington Station. For more information on this program, call Susan Coons at 518-686-4689. The public is welcome to attend.

Visiting pianist performs at Williams

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College Department of Music presents pianist Joel Fan at 8 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public.

Experience the Human Library

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Williams College invites all members of the community to experience the Human Library on Friday, Feb. 28, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, March 1 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. To learn more about the Human Library, visit

Gentle Yoga classes

BENNINGTON -- New gentle Yoga sessions will start in Bennington at 9:30 a.m. at Second Congregational Church, 115 Hillside St. The fee for a six-week session is $65. Arrive 10 minutes before the class, if this is your first time. If interested, please contact Teresa King at or by leaving a message at 802-733-5729 to reserve your space. A Tuesday evening class in Arlington also continues.

Food and farm film festival

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- "Fresh Fest," a food and farm film festival, will take place from Friday, Feb. 28, through Sunday, March 2. The event features films about food, farming, culture, and community. There will be a screening of "A Place at the Table" at 5 p.m., on Friday at Images Cinema. From 10:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. on Saturday there will be a live-stream broadcast of "TEDx Manhattan: Changing the Way We Eat" in Wege Auditorium. Also on Saturday, there will be screenings of "After Winter, Spring" and "Soul Food Junkies" at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively, at Images Cinema. Lastly, "Leviathan" will be shown at Images Cinema at 3 p.m. on Sunday. All events are free and open to the public.

Spaghetti dinner at St. Peter's

BENNINGTON -- St. Peter's Episcopal Church will hold a spaghetti dinner from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Chef Gary Whiting and his team will be preparing spaghetti with marinara and meat sauces, garlic bread, green salad with Nancy Bower's homemade dressing, brownies with real whipped cream and beverages. The price is $10 for adults; $8 for children under 12; and children 3 and under are free. The church is accessible to all. For information, call 802-442-2911 between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.

Williams Theatre Dept. original cabaret

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Performances of an honors thesis on Margaret of Anjou -- the "She-Wolf" of France who was once the Queen of England. will be held tonight at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. and Sunday, March 2, at 7 p.m. in the ‘62 Center's MainStage Lobby, located at 1000 Main St. Tickets are $3. Seating is limited.


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