Today's Calendar


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Today, 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.


Film Screening: "Trail Magic: The Grandma Gatewood Story" documentary tells the story of the first women to solo thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. Free event. Manchester Community Library at 6:30 p.m. Q and A with director.

Tuesday, Feb. 9


Debate: Candidates running for Bennington Select Board will debate from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Oldcastle Theatre at 331 Main Street.

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.

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.

Play: 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. VAPA Margot Tenney Theater, Bennington College. "The Danube" is a play about trust and remembering home by Maria Irene Fornes: In a hopeful and happier time, a good-hearted young American travels to Budapest for a career opportunity. He falls in love and starts a new life, but learns of a seismic change that will divide everyone. This student production is directed by Patrick Harnett-Marshall '16. For tickets email


Auditions: The Dorset Players announce auditions for their 13th Annual One Act Festival at 7 p.m. at the Dorset Playhouse today and Feb. 10. Four diverse plays will be cast. The Monkey's Paw, WW Jacobs, Electric Roses, David Howard, Riverside Drive, Woody Allen, and Visitors from Forrest Hills, Neil Simon. Call 867-5570 with questions.


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.

Wednesday, Feb. 10


Gentle yoga for cancer survivors: The Cancer Center sponsors free Gentle Yoga for Cancer Survivors weekly, Wednesdays 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

Free Senior Exercise Class: Focusing on balance and strength every Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Bennington Project Independence at 614 Harwood Hill. Please call Tracy at 442-8136 for more information.

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

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.

Screening: Film Screening and Q & A with film director. "Trail Magic: The Grandma Gatewood Story" documentary tells the story of the first women to solo thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. Free event. One World Conservancy Center, 6:30 p.m.

BRATTLEBOScleroderma support group: The second Wednesday of every month the Scleroderma support group meets, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital in Conference Room 3.


Screening: Greatest Generation Film Series presents the 1940's romantic comedy "The Philadelphia Story" 2 p.m. at Manchester Community Library. Free event.

Thursday, Feb. 11


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.

Lecture: "Our Post Agricultural Forests" Our forested landscape and its future are shaped by its human history. Kerry Woods, Bennington College., 7 p.m. One World Conservation Center, 413 Route 7


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.

Youth concert: The Village School of North Bennington Strings ensemble will join forces with members of the Green Mountain Youth Orchestra to present a concert in honor of the Strings program's 25th Anniversary. The concert will be held at The Village School in North Bennington at 6:30 p.m. This free concert is open to the public and will take place in the VSNB gymnasium.

Friday, Feb. 12


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.

Live radio comedy: Bennington community Theater presents live radio comedy "My Darling Valentine," performed and broadcast live on WBTN 1370 AM at 7 p.m. Livestream on the web at

Burlesque: The Vermont Arts Exchange (VAE) is excited to welcome Gypsy Layne back to perform for two nights at Oldcastle Theatre as part of VAE's Basement Music Series. Please join us today and Feb. 132 at Oldcastle Theatre in downtown Bennington. Doors open at 7pm, the show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets to the Gypsy Layne shows are $22 through Brown Paper Tickets, the first and only fair-trade ticketing company, at or, or by calling (toll free) 800-838-3006 — a small processing fee will be charged. Tickets are $26 at the door on the day of show on a first-come, first-served basis. Libations will be available from Thyme Tables Catering.


Lenten fish fry: St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Cambridge will be having a fish fry dinner during Lent from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. On the following dates every Friday: Feb. 12, 19, 26, March 4, 11, and 18. The menu will include fish on a roll, cold slaw, home made dessert, and a drink. Eat in or take outs are available. Cost is $11

Saturday, Feb. 13


Time exchange: Hour for Our Community Time Exchange — Orientation. 10:30 a.m. to noon, at the Bennington Free Library. Call 802-379-5951 for more information.


Author: Award-winning children's author Whitney Stewart is coming to the Manchester Community Library at 10:30 a.m. She will share her book, "Meditation Is an Open Sky: Mindfulness for Kids," with children ages 4 to 7. Kids are encouraged to bring towels, dress in loose, comfortable clothing and be ready to relax and have a joyful experience.

Sunday, Feb. 14


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.

Concert: Sage City Symphony will perform the second concert of its 2015-16 season, 4 p.m. at Greenwall Auditiorium in the VAPA Building on the Bennington College campus. Admission is free. The symphony will perform the Concerto Grosso, Opus 6, No. 4, in D Major by Arcangelo Corelli, Grande Duo for Cello and Double Bass, by Giovanni Bottesini, featuring soloists David Runnion on cello and Robert Zimmerman on bass, and Symphony no. 5 in C minor, opus 67 by Beethoven."


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