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Today, Sept. 7


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


Alzheimer's programs: Vermont Veterans Home, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Join the Vermont Chapter's new Director of Programs and Outreach, Pamela Beidler, for a fun and interactive training on the Alzheimer's Association's Common Programs. Through a demo and practice session you will walk away with the skills and materials needed to host evidence informed programming in your local community. Just a few of the common programs you will be eligible to lead following this workshop: The Basics , Know the 10 Signs , and Effective Communication Strategies. Space is limited. Registration and application required. Please call Pamela at 802-316-3839 for more information.

Quilt show: Susan Stewart will present a trunk show of her quilts at the next meeting of the Quiet Valley Quilters at 6:30 p.m. The Guild meets on the first Wednesday of each month at the Second Congregational Church on Hillside Street. For more information about the Quiet Valley Quilters and Bennington QuiltFest, visit

Elks benefit dinner: Serving a choice of baked or fried fish or baked chicken, served with scalloped or French fried potatoes, coleslaw, clam chowder, dinner rolls and coffee — all for only $9. Serving 5:30 p.m. until gone. Benefits Elks National Foundation for Scholarships and Veterans Programs. This is a monthly event on the first Wednesday of each month. The Bennington Elks is located at 125 Washington Ave. This event is open to members and guests.

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.


Illustrated talk: Join Retha Charette for "A Trail to Machu Picchu," at the Manchester Community Library at 7 p.m., as part of the Summer Wednesdays Series. During the illustrated talk, Charette will describe the four-day journey she took from the glaciers and jungles of the Salkantay Trek to the city of Aguas Caliented and up to Machu Picchu – the hidden city of the Incas. The program is free and open to the public. For info, email or call Cindy Waters at the library, 802-362-2607.

Support group: For anyone living with any type of loss due to a death. The first and third Wednesday of every month at 2 pm, Manchester Library. For more information contact Beth Newman at 802-688-4557 or

Thursday, Sept. 8


Legion meetings: 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. American Legion Auxiliary Unit 7 p.m. Sons of the American Legion Squadron 69 7 p.m.


Diversity discussion: The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington Diversity group welcomes you to a book discussion as part of our focus to raise awareness of systemic racism, and white privilege. We will read and discuss Waking Up White by Debby Irving. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 8. A morning group will meet Sept. 14. Meetings will be held at the UU Meetinghouse: 108 School St, Bennington. All are welcome. Books are available at the Bennington Bookshop for a 20 percent discount. You may sign up by email or phone 802-440-9816.

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.


Healthy aging: Manchester Community Library, 2 p.m. To help people age well, the Alzheimer's Association® is offering the "Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research" program. The program is free and open to the public. Register in advance by contacting the Alzheimer's Association at or 800-272-3900.

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


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


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.

Friday, Sept. 9


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.


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, Sept. 10


Annual clam bake: Noon. $30 per ticket. There will be raffles for a television and grill. American Legion Post 69. Call 802-375-6157 for more information or to join.


Auditions: The MAU Drama Club's Fall Musical is OLIVER! — The classic musical based upon the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. Open auditions will be held for young pickpockets and the title role of Oliver at 10 a.m. in the MAU Auditorium. Interested students in grades 5-8 are encouraged to audition. For more information about audition requirements, please visit or contact Lynn Sweet at 447-7511 ext. 229 or

Food contest: Sponsored by the Bennington Farmers' Market at its Old Fashioned County Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Food growers have a chance to win glory in one of four vegetable competitions: heaviest tomato; longest zucchini; most bizarre veggie, and prettiest veggie. The bizarre and prettiest vegetables will be chosen by popular vote. Bakers and cooks can compete in three categories: zucchini bread; jam, jelly or preserves; and salsa. Local food professionals will be judging the entries. Bring entries to the market on the River Walk in Bennington anytime after 10 a.m. Winners will be announced between 12:30 and 1 p.m. Any questions may be directed to Audrey Pietrucha, 802-733-6981 or

Ceramic workshops: Local adult residents are invited to participate in a series of ceramic workshops on Saturdays in September and October at Bennington College in support of 2016 Bennington Empty Bowls. At these skill sharing workshops, adults over the age of 18 will have the opportunity to dialogue about food security issues while learning to produce beautiful ceramic bowls. Kick-off session Sept. 10 from noon to 4 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Please call Sue at Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services 802-379-0149 to register or for more information.


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.


Art sale: The 2016 Readsboro Arts Festival will take place between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Over 20 vendors set up in the gymnasium of Readsboro Central School. Lunch and dessert will be available.

Sunday, Sept. 11


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.


Church rally: The United Church of Dorset would love to invite you and your family to join us for worship at 10 a.m. The Church Choir will be back in service after their summer break. Following worship we hope you will join us for an all church potluck in the Vestry.


911 Memorial Service: In remembrance of the tragic events that happened on September 11, 2001, the Town of Hoosick Emergency Services will be holding a 15th anniversary 911 Memorial service at 4:30 p.m. in the village park. The service will begin at 4:00 p.m. with a short ceremony at the peace pole at the Hoosick Falls fire station on Griffin Avenue. At 4:15 p.m. several fire departments, rescue squads, police agencies, individuals from our local churches and members of several government agencies will march down Main St. to the village park where the main 911 memorial service will take place. Musical selections from the Town of Hoosick Community Band, along with several guest speakers will be held. A candle light vigil will follow the ceremony. Refreshments will be served following the service. This event is open to the general public. Any group or organization that would like to participate in the parade may do so by contacting Chief Alan Bornt of the North Hoosick Fire Department by September 4th. Please come and honor those individuals who lost their lives on this horrific day back in 2001.

Monday, Sept. 12


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.


Resume clinic: Learn how to build a resume that showcases your knowledge, skills, and abilities, and is both attractive and persuasive to potential employers, at the Manchester Community Library. This workshop will consist of two sessions: Sept. 12 and 19, both held at 6 p.m. The resume clinic is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required and space is limited; email or call the Library at 802-362-2607 to reserve your spot.

Music lessons: The Michael Rudiakov Music Academy (MRMA), established in 2001 under the wing of the Manchester Music Festival (MMF) offers lessons in violin, viola and cello to area children. The new semester starts today. Home-schooled children are welcome. Some financial aid is available. Visit for more information or call 802-362-1956.


Kevin's Senior Luncheon: Seatings at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. If you did not make reservations at the last luncheon and would like to attend, call Emily at 442-9490. Reminder, space is limited.

Tuesday, Sept. 13


Ladies Auxiliary Members meeting: The Ladies Auxiliary VFW meets the second Tuesday of every month. We welcome all members and look forward to your participation. Those who are interested in joining or finding additional information about the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 1332, can contact the VFW Post 1332 at 802-442-9857 and leave a call back number.

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


Mushroom walk: Learn to identify a variety of mushrooms that grow along the trail system of the Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site. This is an educational program only and will not include harvesting. Free and open to the public. Hikers will meet at the main hilltop parking area of Bennington Battlefield on Route 67, 4 p.m. to 5:30

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.


Pre-k program: Manchester Community Library, 10:30 a.m. This weekly program focuses on helping children ages 4 to 5 develop school readiness and a love of books and reading, and reinforces early language and literacy skills. It will feature age appropriate stories, nonfiction, poetry, music, crafts and art projects. School groups are welcomed. "Rhyme Time for Tots" begins Sept. 15 at 10:30 a.m. This weekly lap sit program features lots of bouncing, wiggling and rhyming with songs, stories, books and music especially appealing to the youngest children. Daycare groups are welcomed. Free programs, open to the public. Children must be accompanied and supervised by adult caregivers.

Faith and humor: Green Mountain Academy will host a talk about the spirituality of laughter with Rabbi Bob Alper at 5:30 p.m. at the Manchester Community Library. This talk will explore humor in ancient through modern times, demonstrating why laughter is far more than a simple diversionary entertainment. Registration for the talk 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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