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Today, Oct. 12


Reading: Bennington College, Franklin Living Room, 7 p.m. Brando Skyhorse, author of "The Madonnas of Echo Park," which received the 2011 PEN/Hemingway Award, will read.

Conversation: Making Wholeness for Creativity and Innovation, Bennington College, 7 p.m., CAPA Symposium

Shutterbug Club: One World Conservation Center, OWCC Nature Art Gallery – The Shutterbug Club, 5:30 p.m. to 7.

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.


Math night: Cambridge Elementary school is hosting "Family Math Night," a fun and free opportunity for parents and family members to get involved and participate in their child's mathematical growth and strengthen the mathematical application, problem solving, and communication skills of students through the power of family interaction. From 6 p.m. to 7:30 for Pre-K through grade 3, then on Oct. 19, same time, for grades 4-6


Flu shots: Hoosick Falls CSD will be having a flu shot clinic from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at HFCS in the high school auditorium. You may call for an appointment: 518-686-7321 x1304 or x1514. Walk-ins are also welcome. Please report to the visitors entrance and check in when you arrive. Also, please bring your insurance card with you. Please note: Empire Blue Shield is not being accepted at this clinic.


Hitchcock: Manchester Community Library will screen a 1943 classic Hitchcock thriller at 2 p.m. in the Hunter Community Room. A young woman discovers her visiting "Uncle Charlie" may not be the man he seems to be, casting a "Shadow of a Doubt." The film screening is free and open to the public. Running time is 108 minutes. Refreshments will be served.

Thursday, Oct. 13


Legion meetings: Monthly house committee meeting, Post 69, 6 p.m. Monthly joint meeting of the Post 69 Legionnaires, Sons Squadron 69 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 69, American Legion Post 69. Call 802-375-6157 for more information or to join. Sons of the American Legion Squadron 69, 7 p.m.


Historic preservation: Bennington Historic Preservation commission meeting, Town Office conference room, 4 p.m. Agenda, proposed Stark Hose Fire House Renovation

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.


Celebrate Recovery Meeting: A Christ centered 12-step recovery program Thursdays 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


Hamilton's America: Manchester Community Library and Vermont PBS will host a sneak preview and discussion of PBS's "Hamilton's America" at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and will take place at Manchester Community Library. A reception will follow the screening and discussion. For more information, call the library at 802-362-2607.

Night of poetry: Northshire Bookstore, 6 p.m. Join us for an evening of poetry as Tim Mayo reads from his new book, "Thesaurus of Separation," and Jayne Benjulian from her new book, "Five Sextillion Atoms."


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.

Yarncrafting Club: Every Thursday from 1 p.m. to 6 at McCullough Free Library. Bring your own knitting and crochet materials or help yourself to ours, including yarn from our free bin.


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

Friday, Oct. 14


White cane awareness: Bennington will celebrate this year's 52nd annual White Cane Safety Awareness Day at Vermont Department of Health at 324 Main Street, Suite 2. The white cane is a symbol of strength and independence for blind and visually impaired people. This year's celebration, which begins at 11 a.m. in the Community Room, will include an experiential walk followed by a reception. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome. For more information contact: Carol Wood, Vermont Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired, at 802-786-5822 or

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 event: Northshire Bookstore, 6 p.m. Stephen Long, auothor of, "Thirty-Eight: The Hurricane That Transformed New England."


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.

Saturday, Oct. 15


Children's Halloween party: American Legion Post 69, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Children up to 12 are welcome. Arts and crafts, games, music, snacks will be available. Hosted by American Legion Auxiliary Unit 69. Call 802-375-6157 for more information.


College open house: Southern Vermont College, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged and can be done online at For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at 802-447-6300 or If unable to attend one of the Open Houses, individuals are encouraged to schedule a personalized visit thought

Apple pie competition: Bennington Farmers' Market, at the River Walk on Depot Street in Bennington. Bakers from throughout the area are invited to enter their best apple pie to be judged by local food professionals. All entries must be homemade and use local apples. Pies will be judged on the quality of the crust, the flavor of the filling and overall appearance. First, second and third place prize ribbons will be awarded. Sign up to compete at the Bennington Farmers' Market manager's tent during regular Saturday market hours, 10 a.m. till 1 p.m. Entries will be accepted until noon on Oct. 15. Questions may be directed to Audrey Pietrucha, 802-733-6981 or through email at

Community day: From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. admission to the Bennington Museum is free for all visitors. At 3 p.m. join with artist Leslie Parke in the Regional Artists Gallery for an artist's reception celebrating her exhibition "Particle/Wave: Photographs by Leslie Parke."


Rummage sale: Dorset Church, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Outside sale at 8:30 a.m. The church located at 143 Church St. right off Route 30 and the Dorset Green. Call 867-2260 for any additional information.


Tag/bag/bake sale: Eagle Bridge Methodist Church on Route 67, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Roald Dahl party: Celebrate Roald Dahl's 100th Birthday at a Family Bubble Dance Party at Manchester Community Library's Super Saturday at 10:30 a.m.. Come as your favorite Roald Dahl character or wear your Halloween costume.

Home tour: Elise and Rob Redmond are graciously opening their home, "Point O' View," in Manchester Village for exclusive house tours as a benefit event for the Manchester Historical Society. Their 10 bedroom home with additional service housing is available for you to see via pre-purchased tickets. All proceeds will support MHS as it continues to collect, preserve, interpret and present the story of Manchester. Limited to 15 people in each hour-long accompanied tour at 1 p.m., 2 or 3. Tickets are available to purchase at $50 each by contacting or calling (802) 549-4582.

Author event: Northshire Bookstore, 7 p.m Caitlin Shetterly, author of, "Modified: GMOs and the Threat to Our Food, Our Land, Our Future."

Chicken pie supper: The First Baptist Church of Manchester is holding its annual Chicken Pie Supper at 6 p.m. and invites the community to attend. A donation of $12 for adults and $5 for children 8 and under is requested. Reservations may be made by calling Martha Thompson at 802-362-3473.

Food fundraiser: Event to fundraise for the Community Food Cupboard. Held at Equinox Valley Nursery from 1 1a.m to 4 p.m. Fun for the whole family. Features pumpkin carving, bouncy house, crazy corn maze, face painting, scarecrow stuffing, costume parade, Roger's cider donuts, local food and vendors, beer and win, and lots more.


Music: The Village School of North Bennington invites the community to join us for "Moonlight Merriment — An Evening of Big Band Music, Fine Food and Good Cheer!" This fundraising event runs from 6 p.m. to 9 at the Park McCullough Carriage Barn. Tickets are $25 each and should be purchased in advance from Powers Market in North Bennington, the Bennington Bookshop, the Village School of North Bennington, or online via PayPal (accepts most credit cards). To purchase online, please click on the Moonlight Merriment button at For more information, call 802 442-5955.

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, Oct. 16


Rockwell talk: The Bennington Historical Society will host Don Trachte at 2 p.m. He'll talk about his experience of discovering an original Norman Rockwell painting behind a secret wall in his father's house in Sandgate. Called "Breaking Home Ties" it was voted the second most popular image in the magazine's history, and was on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post on Sept. 25, 1954. Trachte purchased the painting from Norman Rockwell for $900. The meeting is at the Bennington Museum in the Ada Paresky Education Center. Admission is free.

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.

Monday, Oct. 17


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.


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.


Potluck lunch: The Northshire Seniors invite everyone to come to our potluck lunch and teacup auction at St. Paul's Catholic Church at noon. Everyone over 55 is welcome to join us.

Tuesday, Oct. 18


Concert: Bennington College, Deane Carriage Barn, 8 p.m., visiting faculty member Sergei Tcherepnin presents his eclectic work in performance, composition, and sound installation.

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.

Gentle Yoga for Cancer Survivors: The Cancer Center sponsors free Gentle Yoga for Cancer Survivors weekly, Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., in Conference Room C, at SVMC. You can join at any time and at any stage in your treatment or recovery regime. For more information, please call Jane Schaeffer, 802-447-0393 or go to


Foliage hike: 4 p.m. Come enjoy the colors of fall on the Battle Loop Trail. Light refreshments will be available at the conclusion of the hike. Free and open to the public. Hikers will meet at the main hilltop parking area of Bennington Battlefield on Route 67.

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.


Talk on Scalia: Green Mountain Academy will host a talk about Antonin Scalia with Albany Law School Professor Vincent Bonventre at 5:30 p.m. in Burr and Burton Academy's 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

Cookbook group: The "Cook by the Book" Discussion Group will meet at 2 p.m. at the Manchester Community Library. Cookbook enthusiasts discuss their favorite cookbooks and learn about new books and cooking trends. The group meets monthly and is led by Lily Van Haverbeke. Sandy Kraehling, chef and owner of Pan Latin Catering & Bake VT, will be joining the group this month to discuss her career as a chef, describing her food food style and inspiration for her unique and delicious Latin food. Participation is free and open to the public.

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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