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Today, Aug. 10


Free live music: West Mountain Inn, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For info, please call 802-375-6516


Novel talk: Green Mountain Academy will host a talk at 5:30 p.m. on Tolstoy and the legacy of the great Russian novel with Williams College Professor Julie Cassiday. The talk will be held at The Bennington Museum. Written at the end of a long and productive career in 1897, Tolstoy's essay What is Art? asks what place beauty, feelings, and morals have in the truly great and universal artwork. Why did Tolstoy reject the esthetic value of his own fiction? What does his ruthless moral resolve tell us about the great art he created? Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit our website at

Library event: Bennington Free Library is celebrating the efforts of summer readers at the program, Drum to the Beat at the Finish Line in the library's Rotary Room at 2 p.m. Participants in On Your Mark, Get Set...READ! and Get in the Game are invited to drum their hearts out with musician, Otha Day. Otha will lead a drum circle beginning at 2 p.m., followed by the awarding of reading certificates. The program will conclude with yummy snacks. Call the library at 802-442-9051 for more information.

Concert: Looking for a great way to spend time with your family? The Legato Blues band will be at the Vermont Veterans' Home located at 325 North Street from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This outdoor concert is free and is open to the community, bring blankets or chairs to enjoy the performance. Parking will be located behind the main building or the deer park parking lot.

Support group: There is a support group for anyone living with any type of loss due to a death at Second Congregational Church the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 6 p.m.

Stress relief with easy moving meditation: No experience necessary. Free to attend. Every Wednesday 7 a.m. to 7:30 am at Upper Willow Park Pavilion. Contact Tracy Purdy-Martin with questions at 802-379-8339.

Meetings at Turning Point Center: Narcotics Anonymous, noon. Alcoholics Anonymous, 6 p.m.

Free workout group: Get Fit Bennington meets 6 p.m. at Willow Park. All ages and abilities welcome.

Cambridge, N.Y.

Theater: Madama Butterfly, Aug. 10, 12, 13, 18, 19 at 7 pm, Aug. 20, 21 at 2 p.m. Hubbard Hall, $35 General Admission/ $10 Students. Cultures clash when a trusting young geisha marries an American naval officer stationed in Nagasaki. Puccini's classic gut-wrenching music will be sung in Italian with a 23 piece orchestra conducted by Michael Sakir. Boston-based director, Nathan Troup, will lead the audience on an emotionally charged journey through innocence, betrayal and sacrifice towards a heartbreaking finale. Visit


Health: The next SpeakSooner community program "Being A Caregiver and Caring for Oneself: A Delicate Balance" is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Manchester Community Library. Free and open to the public. Visit for news and updates and view the online version of the Difficult Conversations Toolkit.

Movie: Manchester Community Library presents a classic romantic comedy at 2 p.m. in the Lower Level Gallery. In the 1940 film, a newspaper reporter (Cary Grant) uses every trick in the book to keep "His Girl Friday," his ace reporter ex-wife (Rosalind Russell), from remarrying. Running time is 92 minutes. The film screening is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center. Info: 802-362-2607.


Living Room Theatre: Park McCullough House, through Aug. 13 at 7:25 p.m. Living Room Theatre is back. In their fifth season they are preforming "Playing with Fire" by August Strindberg and "Overruled" by George Bernard Shaw, co-directed by Allen McCullough and Randolyn Zinn. In both plays Shaw and Strindberg talk humorously about marriage in bold and surprising ways, providing audiences with laughter and provocative food for thought. The show starts outside allowing for optimal sunset and finishes in the carriage barn making the experience magical for all attending. All shows are pay-as-you-will (suggested donation $30). There are talk backs after the show with the theatre company on Aug. 10 and 11.

Thursday, Aug. 11


PAVE Family Workshop: Project Against Violent Encounters will be hosting a Meditate and Paint Family Workshop at 4 p.m. Participants will be led in Body Scan Meditation by Jane Schaeffer of Bennington Yoga. Afterwards, participants will be able to paint what they thought, felt, saw, or they can take the restful time to paint what they feel in the moment. This workshop is free, open to the public, and all materials are provided. Moms with kids who are 9 and up are encouraged to register with PAVE at 802-442-2370. A dinner will be provided afterwards to those who register.

Climate Change and Carbon Tax: Unitarian Universalist Church, 7 p.m. Area 350 is sponsoring a House Meeting for a community dialogue about climate change. Proposals have been submitted to the Vermont legislature for a revenue neutral carbon pollution tax. You are invited to come and discuss these proposals with us. A speaker from Energy Independent Vermont will outline the proposals for us. Our state representatives at the meeting to hear our opinions and ideas and to let us know what they are thinking about climate issues. We will also have refreshments for you.

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(Funk & Jazz Music with That Strange) 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 workout group: Get Fit Bennington meets 6 p.m. at Willow Park. All ages and abilities welcome.


Animal yoga: Come to the Manchester Community Library at 10:30 a.m. for a special Summer Reading Program Family Event featuring animal yoga, music and movement with Manchester's own Alexandra Langstaff of Hullabaloo. This free program will encourage kids to experience playful motion as they try a variety of animal yoga poses and creative movement.

Concert orchestra: Manchester Music Festival concert, 7:30 p.m., Southern Vermont Art Center, Arkell Pavilion, Manchester West Road. Tickets, $52 for adults, $18 for students, can be purchased at box office, online at or by calling 802-362-1956.

Yoga classes: Irene Cole will offer hatha yoga on Thursday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 9:40 a.m., through June 30 at the Manchester Community Library in the Hunter Community Room. All levels are welcome. Please bring a yoga mat and whatever props you might like (blocks, straps or blanket) and wear comfortable clothes to stretch in. The yoga session is offered by donation to benefit the Manchester Community Library with a suggested minimum donation of $5-10 per class. For more information about the class, contact Irene Cole at


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.


Bingo: The American Legion Post 90 in Pownal will host bingo at 5 p.m. Bingo begins at 6:30 p.m.


Farm chores for children: On Thursday afternoons in July and August (through Aug. 18), from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., children (and their adult companion) may join the farm staff at Merck Forest and Farmland Center for daily chores. Youngsters may feed the horses, pick berries, collect eggs and perform other tasks. These farm-centered workshops are designed to introduce children to simple farm routines and products, and to meet our animals under expert supervision. These hands-on/hands- dirty activities are suitable for children ages 3 and up. Please Pre-Register early, because participation is limited. Cost is $2.50 per participant. If you go: Thursday afternoons, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Merck Forest and Farmland Center, 3270 Route 315, Rupert, Vermont. For more information about this activity, call the Visitor Center at 802-394- 7836, or visit the website at

Friday, Aug. 12


Music: Robert Oakes and Katherine Smith are a duo from the Berkshires with a harmonious blend of voices. The duo will be at the Meetinghouse Café, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 108 School St. at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.

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.


Author: Northshire Bookstore, 7 p.m., Robin MacArthur, "Half Wild." A powerfully authentic new literary voice debuts with stories that carve out a distinctive vision of the wildness and beauty of rural Vermont.


Lego Club: McCullough Free Library, meets every Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Ages 5 and up.

Cocoa and coloring: McCullough Free Library, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Join your neighbors for a cup of cocoa and meditative adult coloring activities. All materials are provided, but feel free to bring your own coloring book if you'd like.


Reception: The public is invited to Confluence gallery for an artist's reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jen Violette is the featured artist. For more information see the web site: or email


Alive & Dead Fest: A special weekend of music and camping is coming to Woodford today through Aug. 14. Three days of Grateful Dead inspired music will be performed by some of the best talent in the Northeast today. Kicking off at 4 p.m. Aug. 12. Join your Grateful Dead Family and enjoy the beauty of Prospect Mountain. Tickets are available online now at You'll find pre-event pricing that's just right for you. A family weekend ticket is $80 per adult. Kids under 11 free. Weekend Adults can choose to upgrade to the "Inner Circle" for an additional $120, rounding the weekend ticket price to $200. Inner circle access get you a weekend of meals, backstage, and wifi service. Other ticketing options include a Friday or Sunday dday pass at $20 per person, and an RV-site camping option that includes two $80 weekend camping passes for the price of $200 (Inner Circle upgrade not included). The "Bed Head" ticket, $50, is a 3-day weekend ticket designed for those who live a reasonable travel distance away and, instead of camping, chose to sleep "in their own beds," outside of the festival grounds.

Saturday, Aug. 13


Norman's Attic: St. James' Episcopal Church again presents the community-wide festival of Norman's Attic from 9 am. to 4 p.m.


Pow wow: 11th Annual Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow, Vermont Veterans' Home, 325 North Street, today and Sunday. All tickets purchased at the gate. Pow Wow One Day Admission; adults - $8, seniors 65+ and youth 11-17 - $5. Children 10 and under - $1. Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Grand Entry: 1 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Grand Entry: 1 p.m.

French Toast Fly-In Breakfast: William Morse Memorial Airport, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Contact Info: Leik Myrabo, 802-447-6275,

Battle Day 5k: Starting at the Bennington Battle Monument. The race starts with historic cannon fire and celebrates Vermont's famous August 16, 1777 Battle of Bennington. Registration begins at 8 a.m. on the circle around the 306' Monument. The course is mostly flat and takes runners from the Monument to the Bennington airport and back. Following the 5K will be the children's fun race around the circle. For further information visit us online at the Friends of the Monument's website and like us on face book at Vermont State Historic Sites. We can be reached by phone at 802-447-0550.


Bike ride: The Hoosic River Ride is a recreational bike ride leaving and returning from the Hoosac School in Hoosick. There are rides of 100, 75, 50, 30 and a guided 7 mile family ride in Hoosick Falls. The first ride (a Century Run) begins at 8 a.m. and other rides every 1/2 hour after that. Riders can register at the by the Hoosac School dining hall on the day of the ride. Arrive at least 1/2 hour before the starting time. For more information, go to or and search for Hoosic River Ride. Proceeds from this event benefit the Hoosic River Watershed Association.


Scavenger hunt: Northshire Bookstore, 2 p.m. Our annual store-wide scavenger hunt is back. This year, we invite kids of all ages to uncover a trail to hidden prizes by deciphering picture clues and riddles. All sleuth skill-levels are welcome, though our youngest guests might want some parental guidance. Drop in between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to begin your quest. Bookseller help and some snacks will be provided.

Author: Northshire Bookstore, 7 p.m. Cynthia Kane, "How to Communicate Like a Buddhist."

Novice triathlon: Manchester Parks and Recreation will be hosting its 6th annual novice triathlon. The triathlon will include a 200 yard swim, a 5 mile bike ride, and a 2 mile run. The cost is $20 for pre-registration or $25 for registration on the day of the event. Registration will begin at 8:15 a.m. and the event will begin at 9 a.m. at the Manchester Parks and Recreation Park House. Winners will receive prizes, and all participants will receive a free t-shirt.


Tales for Tots: This growing group meets every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the McCullough Free Library for stories, games, songs and occasional crafts. All ages are welcome.

Sunday, Aug. 14


Battle Day Parade simulcast: CAT-TV from Bennington and GNAT-TV from Manchester, will once again simulcast The Bennington Battle Day Parade. The show will be on Channel 15 on both stations beginning at noon with the pre-parade show and run through the entire length of the parade which usually lasts until approximately 2:30/3 p.m. The pre-parade show this year will focus on previous Battle Day Parades and historical facts presented by Judy Ziller, previous CAT-TV Board of Director and former CAT-TV staff member. Beginning live at 12:30pm, CAT-TV hosts, Matt Harrington, executive director of the Bennington Chamber of Commerce and John Shannahan, executive director of the Better Bennington Corporation, will give a live synopsis of what the television viewers will see throughout the afternoon. At 1 p.m. radio announcer Ben Patten, from Magic 100.5 FM & 590 AM, takes over with a description of what's coming up next throughout the afternoon.

Historical society: Bennington Historical Society meeting, 2 p.m., Ada Paresky Education Center at Bennington Museum. David Pitlyk will speak about the role of the Loyalists, the "other" participants in the Battle of Bennington.

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 Brunch with Banulis and Miller. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jam session open to additional artists from 1 p.m. to 2 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.


Music from Salem: "The Great Arch of Unimagined Bridges," 4 p.m. at Hubbard Hall. Suggested ticket price $25 – Pay what you can – all are welcome. Visit

Monday, Aug. 15


Office closed: Bennington Town Offices will be closed today in Observance of Bennington Battle Day and will reopen tomorrow at 8 a.m.

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.

Meetings at Turning Point Center: 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.

Open mic night: South Street Cafe, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Free workout group: Get Fit Bennington meets 6 p.m. at Willow Park. All ages and abilities welcome.


Fundraiser: Hathaway's Drive-in movie theater screening "Footloose" at 8:30 p.m. to raise money for the Mount Anthony Union High School Dance Team. $20 per car load. Adult single is $9, child single is $5. Half of money raised goes to the team.

Coloring and Zentangle: De-stress at Cheney Library at 5 pm with Coloring and Zentangle. Zentangle is a creative art form where all you need is paper, pencil and pen. Drawings can be turned into art designs. Your stress will also be reduced with Zentangle and your focus improved. Zentangle can be done by almost any age ... children, teens and adults. Cheney Library supplies the sturdy paper and the Micron pens; you supply the imagination.

Tuesday, Aug. 16


Garden club meeting: Arlington Garden Club meets at 12:30 p.m. at "Rogerland" in East Arlington. Photographer Matt Lerman will be there to speak to us. "Picture Perfect" is the theme. The club will enjoy Lunch and a Tour hosted by Roger Cooper and Kathy Cotrofeld. Assisting Hostesses: Linda McDevitt, Anna Giglio, Dale Wood. Web site: will show you some of the the special events and projects of the club. We welcome new members: call Nancy at 375-1354


Story night: Tap House, 309 County Street, seating at 7 p.m. Everyone has a story to tell. Inspired by Moth radio hour on NPR. Contact Forest Byrd at for more information.

Grief support group: A confidential and free grief support group for any parent living with the death of a child (any age), meets every third Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m., at the Second Congregational Church on Hillside Road. For information, call 802-688-4557.

Overeaters Anonymous meeting: Overeaters Anonymous meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Second Congregational Church.

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.

Live piano: South Street Cafe, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. featuring Rakia Montane (BEGINS April 26)

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.; Hand in Hand recovery meeting, a facilitated meeting where family members in recovery come together with persons in recovery from substance abuse.

Free workout group: Get Fit Bennington meets 6 p.m. at Willow Park. All ages and abilities welcome.


Battle ceremony: The Battle of Bennington will be commemorated at 7 p.m. with a ceremony at the New York State Bennington Battlefield Historic Site located on New York State Route 67. The event is open to the public at no charge. It should be noted that the Bennington Battle Monument in nearby Bennington, Vt., will be celebrating its 125th anniversary this summer, and both sites can be easily visited in one outing.

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.


SpeakSooner Community Education Program: "Being A Caregiver & Caring For Oneself: A Delicate Balance" Manchester Community Library from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. The program, second in CCM's 2016 SpeakSooner community education series, will explore the challenges of caring for a loved one who is seriously ill and addressing one's own needs. The program is free and open to the public. Space is limited, so please RSVP: or call 802-442-5800

Cuban history: Green Mountain Academy will host a talk about the history of Cuba at 5:30 p.m. with Dr. Mark Szuchman, Professor Emeritus of Florida International University. The talk will be held at Burr and Burton Academy in the Hunter Seminar Room. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit our website at

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.


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