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Today, Aug. 25


Live music: South Street Cafe, 5 to 7 p.m., Hale Mountain Pickers

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.


Spanish conversation: Sue Ritchie will be offering a Spanish Conversation class at the Manchester Community Library 3 to 3:55 p.m. People of all ages are invited to join. The Spanish conversation classes are free and open to the public. Participants should have at least a basic knowledge of the Spanish language. For more info, contact the library at 802-362-2607.


Celebrate Recovery Meeting: A Christ centered 12-step recovery program Thursdays 6:30 p.m. 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 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, Aug. 26


Northshire Bookstore: Author Events Adam Krakowski Author of Vermont Prohibition at 7 p.m. Krakowski will be here to discuss his book Vermont Prohibition, which discloses the tumultuous side of Vermont's temperance movement. In 1853 Vermont became the nation's second dry state. But some locals refused to comply, and inept law enforcement led to ineffective consequences. What was intended to increase wholesomeness forced a newly carved detour toward crime and corruption. Early laws, such as the Liquor Law of 1853, targeted distilled spirits while conveniently protecting cider. As regulations tightened, morals loosened. Without legalized booze, smugglers imported liquor from Canada, and bootleggers ensured that domestic speakeasies kept the liquor flowing. Crime ran so rampant that Newport, Richford and Lyndonville residents relocated to escape rum- running gangs. Adam Krakowski has worked at museums, historical societies, art galleries and restoration firms all over New York and New England. Adam co-authored Vermont Beer: History of A Brewing Revolution. He writes for Yankee Brewing News, a brewing industry newspaper. In 2010, he was the recipient of the Weston Cate Jr. Research Fellowship from the Vermont Historical Society on the project A Bitter Past: Hop Farming in Nineteenth-Century Vermont. The Runpus and Story Time Present The Northshire Bookstore Story Slam, and Evening of Live Storytelling.

Saturday, Aug. 27


The Freight Project: At 7 p.m. at Hubbard Hall. Suggested Donation: $15. Rachael Shane grew up acting in plays on the Hubbard Hall stage. Her love for Hubbard Hall brings her back to Cambridge each August with Oscar + Lottie Productions, where clusters of artists emerge gratefully from New York City for a week in residence at Hubbard Hall's Freight Depot. On the web:

East arlington

Chicken Barbecue: To be held on Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. outside at the Federated Church of East Arlington. This fundraiser to benefit the Arlington Food Shelf will have barbecued chicken, coleslaw, corn on the cob, cookies and beverages on the menu with takeouts available. Tickets are $12 per person.


Reading and Yogurt: To celebrate kids' reading accomplishments this summer, children and their parents are invited to the John G. McCullough Free Library's End-of-Summer-Reading Medieval Workout and Yogurt Parfait Social at 12 p.m. Work up a sweat with an interactive Medieval mock combat demonstration with members of the Society for Creative Anachronism and cool down with a treat from our yogurt parfait buffet. Children who have established reading goals with librarians are encouraged to return their progress tracker sheets to the library anytime before this program to be entered into our bike raffle. Raffle winners will be selected at the end of this event.

Beethoven at the Park McCullough House's Carriage Barn: Pianists Christopher Lewis and Yoshiko Sato will be offering the third in their series of free concerts devoted to the complete piano sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven. The concert will take place Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Park McCullough House's Carriage Barn. The series comprising all 32 of Beethoven's Sonatas is being offered in a variety of venues in the area and will be spread over a three year period. Saturday's program will include Piano Sonatas op. 28 in D major ("Pastoral"), op. 31, #2 in D minor ("Tempest"), op. 78 in F# Major, and op. 79 in G major. The concert is free, with donations accepted.


Live animal Program at the Solomon Wright Public Library: Michael Clough from the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum in Marlboro will present "Turtles to Toads: reptiles and amphibians of Vermont" at the Pownal Library. This presentation will include an interactive slide show, live animals and touchable artifacts. This free program for all ages will be held in the Case Reading Room at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. For more information contact the library at 97 Main St., 802-823-5400.

Sunday, Aug. 28


Events, worship at St. Peter's: On the 15th Sunday after Pentecost at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, the Rev. Justin Lanier will preside at Holy Eucharist at 8 a.m. (Rite I) and at the 10 a.m. (Rite II) service, using the Book of Common Prayer. The service will include music lead by our Organist and Choirmaster, John Riddle, accompanied by the Contemporary Group. The gospel for this Sunday is Luke 24: 1, 7-14. A healing service follows both the 8 a.m. and the 10 a.m. Eucharist.

Worship and school at Second Congregational Church: School starts this Sunday for many of the children and families — and faculty and staff — and those without children can also sense a change in the year's rhythm. What a good time to pause and reflect on who we are as well as Whose we are! All people of faith or in search of faith are warmly welcome to join in worship at Second Congregational Church at 10 a.m. this Sunday morning. Special music is offered by the Gospel Singers, and Rev. Mary Lee-Clark's sermon, based on the readings from Jeremiah and Hebrews, is entitled, "Leaky Cisterns" — What are the ways we let our life force dribble out? Nursery care is provided during worship. A time of fellowship and refreshment follows in Webster Hall, with a celebration of the musical ministry of our retiring accompanist, Nancy Wright. The Ministries Council meets in the Clayton Room at 11:30. Second Congregational Church is an Open and Affirming, Green Justice Congregation of the United Church of Christ. We welcome to our work and worship all people of faith or in search of faith, without regard to age, race, economic condition, disability, or sexual orientation. Our building is wheelchair-accessible and is located at 115 Hillside St. For further information, call the church office at 802-442-2559 or visit

East arlington

'Music as Worship' at The Federated Church: The Federated Church of East Arlington will hold a worship service at 10 a.m. titled "Music as Worship". Mary Edwards will lead the service with Patti Cody, Matt Edwards and the church choir. Come to listen, sing and worship through the gift of music that God gives us all. The Service will be followed by a time of fellowship and refreshment in Bailey Hall. For additional information phone the church office at 802-375-2548, send an email to or visit our Facebook page. Located on Ice Pond Road.

North Hoosick, NY

Bennington Battlefield Event: Most people know August for the anniversary of the Battle of Bennington, but it is also the birth month of General John Stark. On Sunday at 1 p.m., visitors may gather at the Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site for a tour followed by celebratory cake in honor of the General's 288th. The gathering will begin and end at the hilltop parking area of the site, located on Route 67 near North Hoosick, NY. Call site assistant David Pitlyk at 518-860-9094 for more information. The program is free and open to the public.


'A Verbal Walking Tour of Readsboro': At 1:30 p.m., Readsboro Hometown Redevelopment Inc. will present "A Verbal Walking Tour of Readsboro" by videographer historian Al Scaia at the E. J. Bullock Building at 7012 Main St. Scaia will be sharing information he has gathered during the 100 plus interviews that he has conducted with area residents. The "tour" will start in Heartwellville recalling the days of the Dutch Hill Ski Area. Before leaving Heartwellville, the glory days of the Old Coach Inn and golf course will be brought back to life. Next on the tour will be Readsboro Falls and it's lumber mills. Before entering the village of Readsboro, there are hope that individuals will remember the Pellegrini swimming hole. Mr. Scaia will be encouraging audience participation throughout the tour as everyone winds through the roadways and streets of Readsboro. In some small way we hope to relive the vibrant Readsboro by recalling the buildings, businesses, services, organizations, social clubs, churches, schools, sports, holidays, and forms of government. Individuals are asked to bring artifacts that they can share with the attendees. A short photo slide presentation of early Readsboro will precede the "tour."


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