Today's Calendar


Today, Feb. 2


Overeaters Anonymous meeting: Overeaters Anonymous meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver St.

Free Peer Support group meetings: NAMI Vermont Connection Recovery Support Group for individuals living with mental illness meets every Tuesday at 12 p.m. at United Counseling Services, 316 Dewey St.

Open mic night: Tuesdays are Open Mic night at South Street cafe from 5 to 7 p.m., all are welcome.

Thrift store hours: Bygone Boutique, located in the rear of the Seventh-day Adventist Church on Houghton Lane, is open from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. All proceeds go directly to the operating budget of Forrest Ward School.

Bennington Celebrate Recovery: A Christ-centered 12-step recovery program, find healing from hurts, hangups and habits. Group meets Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Every third Tuesday is a potluck/meeting at 6 p.m. Held at 115 Hillside St. at the Second Congregational Church. For more information, contact Peter Grimes at 518-677-5414 or Christa Jan Ryan at 631-559-1594.

Meetings at Turning Point Center: Women's self-esteem group, 11 a.m. Meditation group, 5 p.m. Veteran's families and friends meeting, 6 p.m.


Story time at Cheney Library: Cheney Library will have story time for preschoolers and their caregivers on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. There will be crafts and snacks.

Celebrate Recovery Meeting: A Christ centered 12-step recovery program Tuesdays 6:30 pm Hoosick Falls Community Alliance Church 484 Hill Road. Come find healing from any of life's hurts, hangups, and habits For more information call, Jonathan 518-686-3269, Bob 518-779-3485 or Sandy 518-686-5962


Buddhist meditation and teachings: Buddhist meditation and teachings will be offered by Roger Guest every Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. Call Harda at 802-447-7065 with any questions.

Small Business Networking Group: The group meets every Tuesday in the Cafe Commons at Manchester Community Library at 9 a.m. To join or contact organizer Suzanne Moore, go to Networking-Group.

Yoga classes: Manchester Parks and Recreation Department. Classes are designed for all levels of yoga and includes meditation, breathing techniques, and postures on the mat. Classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Activity Room at the Park House at the Dana Thompson Memorial Park. Class fees are $10.00 or purchase a package of 6 classes for $50.00. Mats are available and drop-ins are welcome. For more information please contact MPR at 802-362-1439.

Board games and pizza: Manchester Community Library's Cafe Commons from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Kids in grades 5 and up, game on for an evening of board games and pizza. Play your favorite games, learn some new ones, even bring your own games from home. Hang out with friends and enjoy a pizza dinner. What will your game be? Settlers of Catan? Sorry? Chess or checkers? Mastermind? The Library's got them all and many more. This free program is open to students in grade 5 and up.

Wednesday, Feb. 3.


Meet the author: Ali Benjamin, author of "The Thing About Jellyfish," will be at the Bennington Free Library's Children's Room at 3:30 p.m. This debut novel about grief and wonder was an instant New York Times bestseller and captured widespread critical acclaim, including selection as a 2015 National Book Award finalist. The book will appeal to kids ages 10 and up. There will be a book signing, activities, and snacks. For more information, call 802-442-9051.

History club meeting: The Bennington History Club will meet from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church at 601 Main Street. Bring stories, artifacts, findings, and questions. Light refreshments served.

Quilt meeting: Quiet Valley Quilters meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Second Congregational Church. Program will be sharing quilt retreat experiences. All levels of quilters are welcome.


Poetry discussion: Mount Holyoke professor Amy E. Martin will discuss W. B. Yeats' iconic poem "Easter, 1916" in the context of its centenary in a talk at Manchester's First Congregational Church at 7 p.m. Free admission.

Thursday, Feb. 4


Bennington Free Clinic hours: The Bennington Free Clinic is held each Thursday at 6 p.m., for uninsured people 18 years of age or older, in the First Baptist Church at 601 Main St. Please call 802-447-3700 for an appointment.

Live music at South Street cafe: Come to South Street cafe for live music for your lunch hour, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thrift store hours: Bygone Boutique, located in the rear of the Seventh-day Adventist Church on Houghton Lane, is open from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. All proceeds go directly to the operating budget of Forrest Ward School.

Meetings at Turning Point Center: All Recovery meeting, 11 a.m. Making Recovery Easier meeting, 4 p.m., this is a 6-week series of workshops for those new to recovery or for those who have struggled with the recovery process. It helps people to better understand and get the most out of 12-step meetings. A certification of completion is awarded for completing the series. Codependents Anonymous 6 p.m.

Free Women's Weight Management Group: Bennington Project Independence, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Losing weight with the help of a support group works better than going it alone. We discuss options, ideas, roadblocks, failures in a non-judgemental, private space. Call Tracy if you need more info at 802-379-8339.

Our Rivers and Streams: The rivers we monitor and issues affecting water quality. Steve McMahon, Hoosic River Watershed Association All lectures begin at 7 p.m. One World Conservation Center 413 Route 7.

Blood drive: Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The American Red Cross urgently needs blood donors to make an appointment to give this winter. Eligible blood donors of all types are needed, especially those with O, AB, B negative and A negative. Blood donations are urgently needed now and throughout the winter to maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients in need. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Children's chorus: The Bennington Children's Chorus, directed by Kerry Ryer-Parke, begins its spring term today. The Junior Ensemble (ages 7-12) meets from 3:45 p.m. 4:45 p.m; the Senior Ensemble (ages 10-18) meets from 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Weekly Thursday rehearsals are held at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, 108 School Street. There is a fee to participate and scholarships are available. New choristers may try the first two weeks of the term before making a financial commitment. There is no audition required. For more information please visit:


Food Shelf Hours: The Food Shelf at the North Bennington Baptist Church is open the last Thursday of every month from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.


Harry Potter book night: Northshire Bookstore, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Muggles and Wizards of all ages are invited to this special party. Following a Sorting Ceremony, enjoy trivia games, costume contests, a wizard's duel and much more! Prizes awarded to Hogwart's finest and don't forget your magic wands.

Friday, Feb. 5


Meetings at Turning Point Center: All Recovery meeting, 4 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous, 5:30 p.m. Dual recovery, for those who experience both chemical dependency and an emotional or psychiatric illness, 5:30 p.m.

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Lego club: The Cheney Library is expanding Lego Club. On Feb. 5 and 19, March 4 and 18, April 1 and 15 the Lego players will be fifth and sixth graders. On Feb. 12 and 26, March 11 and 25, April 8 and 22 the players will be second, third, and fourth graders. The Lego Club meets after school from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the main floor of the library.


Webinar: GNAT-TV Studios in Sunderland, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Event is free. GNAT-TV is partnering with Common Good Vermont to bring live web viewing of their very popular Media Maven Webinar Series to local audiences. Features Vermont tech translator, Steven Shepard. His presentation will explore The Internet of Things and the technology changes of the past decade. Register at For more information visit or call GNAT-TV at 802-362-7070.

Local author: Northshire Bookstore, 7 p.m. From one of our staff's favorites and bestselling Vermont author Eric Rickstad, comes another unforgettable thriller set in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, "Lie in Wait." Fans of Archer Mayor and Chris Bohjalian will love this book and this rising star.

Saturday, Feb. 6


Chili cook-off: First Baptist Church, 601 Main Street, 9:30 a.m. Registration for the cook-off is five dollar and chili samples will sell for a dollar a piece. Proceeds from the cook-off will benefit the Bennington County Meals on Wheels program. For more information or a registration form, visit or call Audrey Pietrucha, 802-733-6981. Organized by Bennington Farmers' Market. Prizes are "gold, silver, and bronze" spoons, plus gift certificates to Spice N' Nice.

Music: Vermont Arts Exchange Basement Music series, Masonic Hall, 504 Main Street, doors open at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m. The Snaz with opener Phil Yates and the Affiliates.

Food collection: Bennington Lions will be collecting food donations at Walmart from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to benefit His Pantry Food Shelf. Eye glasses can also be donated.

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Book sale: Cheney Library, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hard cover 50 cents, paperback and children's books 25 cents


Love Your Library: Manchester Community Library's Super Saturday Family Program, 10:30 a.m. at the library. Come to the Children's Barn and visit our new barn playhouse, hear stories about friendship, sing songs and enjoy making a craft. Free program, open to the public.

Talk on Bernie Sanders: Northshire Bookstore, 6 p.m. Author and reporter, Harry Jaffe, on "Why Bernie Sanders Matters." Hot from the campaign trail, a vivid new biography goes inside Bernie Sanders's views, his unusual life, and his electrifying quest to make the American dream a reality for all.

Biathlon: Today, and Sunday, the 12th Annual Southern Vermont Primitive Biathlon, Skinner Hollow Farm, Route 7. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. For more information about this event and links to other Primitive Biathlons, please visit our website at . If you wish to pre-register while you are there, you may print a form at All proceeds from this event will benefit the Manchester Rod and Gun Club's Youth Conservation Camp Scholarship Fund, and gun range reconstruction project. If you would like to volunteer to help with this event, we can use your help either manning a shooting station or working in the tent. e-mail, or call Eric Severance at, or 802-688-4662 if you have some time to assist.

Sunday, Feb. 7


Legion bingo: Bingo at American Legion Post 13 is held every Sunday. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.; bingo starts at 6 p.m. No one under 14 admitted.

Jazz at South Street cafe: Come to South Street cafe for Jazz with Dave Banulis and Gary Miller with friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Irish music sessions: A gathering of musicians for the purpose of celebrating a common interest in the traditional music of Ireland and Scotland by playing it together in a relaxed, informal setting. Every Sunday at The Publyk House from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., free to the public.

Bennington VFW breakfast: The Bennington VFW Post 1332, 137 North St., hosts a senior breakfast on the first Sunday of the month beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing "until gone." Donation: $5. Call 802-442-9857 with questions.

Concert: New Orleans' Mardi Gras will inspire a performance at the Meetinghouse Café, located at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington at 108 School Street. The concert features Matt Edwards on piano and voice, Jay Sager on percussion and Mike Lawrence, bass. Begins at 3 p.m. Admission is $15; $10 for students. Information at

Monday, Feb. 8


Bennington Free Clinic Monday hours: The Bennington Free Clinic will be open from 10 a.m. to noon at the First Baptist Church, 601 Main St. Call for an appointment, 802-447-3700. Drop-ins will not be seen.

Elks hosts bingo: Every Monday, the Bennington Elks hosts bingo at the Bennington Elks, 125 Washington Ave. 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.

Healing Winds at the Vets' Home: Healing Winds offers Native American healing chants and drumming on Mondays at 10 a.m. in the Chapel at the Vets' Home. Across from the Veterans' Home at the Vietnam Veterans Outreach Center at 1 p.m., they have Native American traditional crafts and arts.

Meetings at Turning Point Center: Making Recovery Easier, at noon. All Recovery; a support group that welcomes people on all pathways to recovery. It is a facilitated topic-discussion meeting with the focus on recovery, 4 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous at 5:30 p.m. Al-Anon Beginners at 6:30 p.m. Al-Anon at 7 p.m., for anyone whose life is affected by someone else's drinking or substance abuse, free, anonymous, confidential, just walk in.


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