Today's Calendar


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Today, May 6


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, May 7


Free workout: Anytime Fitness of Bennington is hosting fun-infused exericses at Mount Anthony Union High School track from 7:30 a.m. every Saturday during the month of May and all day at MayFest.

Fire benefit: Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle, spaghetti dinner to benefit victims of Grant Street fire, 4 p.m. at the Bennington Fire House on River Street. The dinner will be $10 for adults, $5 children 10 and under. Tickets available. Please call Robin Lafountain for more information at 802-733-8901. All proceeds will be donated to the six families devastated by the March 12 fire.

Green Up Day: From 8 a.m. to noon. If you wish to clean an area, street or neighborhood, please call the Town Office at 442-1037 to register. We must know the area you will be cleaning up ad where the trash will be in order to facilitate collection.

Soccer ID clinic: Southern Vermont College women's soccer will host a Spring Soccer ID Clinic for girls in grades 9 through 12 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Under the direction of Head Women's Soccer Coach Michael Zauzig, the one-day, five-hour clinic will focus on skill development and instruction with tactical training and small-sides games. Assistant Coach Shawnee Webster '13 and members of the women's soccer team will assist with the clinic. Participants should bring cleats, weather-appropriate clothing, water bottle, shinguards and indoor shoes in case of inclement weather. The cost is $40 per person, which includes lunch and a t-shirt. To register and/or for more information, contact Coach Zauzig at 802-447-4639 or

Farmers market: The Bennington Farmers' Market returns to its weekly summer schedule and location this from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Riverwalk on Depot Street by Bennington Station. Celebrate the outdoor market with 20+ vendors and live music by the Hale Mountain Pickers. At 9 a.m., before the opening bell, pitch in with green up day activities on site led by a market volunteer.

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Battenkill Chorale: Janet McGhee, artistic director, will sing "The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass," by Carol Barnett with internationally famous bluegrass band Monroe Crossing, 7 p.m. and May 8, 4 p.m., at Immaculate Conception Church. Concert includes an entire set of bluegrass music by Monroe Crossing in their only northeast appearance in 2016. Tickets are $15 and can be reserved by calling 518-692-7458 or emailing


Author visit: Manchester Community Library, 10:30 a.m., celebrate "Goodnight My Honey Bunnies," written by Sandy Wilbur with paintings by Kim Ray.


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.

Running: Iron Horse Walk Trot Canter, 5k race up Lookout Mountain, Kimberly Farms Stables, 1214 Cross Hill Rd. The race will take place on at 10 a.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. In addition, we are working with the Bennington Road Race this year, and if you register for both our race and the Bennington Road Race on May 8, you will receive a discounted rate of $10, and there will be special prizes for those who run in both. All of the proceeds will be used for horse camp scholarships. You can register by phone or at (Check out the Bennington Road Race t It is a family event, so all are welcome, including spectators.


Green Up Day: 9 a.m. to noon. Gather at the intersection of Mt. Anthony Road and North Pownal Road for a roadside clean-up.

White Creek, N.Y.

BBQ: White Creek's annual Spring Barbecue will be at Jermain Community Hall. Servings will start at 4:30 p.m. and takes outs will be available as soon as the chicken halves are cooked. The meal will be served family style ending with home made pies. Tickets are available at the door and if you want to hear the menu or have any questions you can call 677-3021, 802-442-9559 or 686-9307


Fishing derby: Hale Mountain Annual Fishing Derby, for children ages 12 and under, 9 a.m. Registration is between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. No treble hooks allowed. Derby is held at Daily's Pond, past Paulin's on Route 7A

Sunday, May 8


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.

Mother's Day tea: Bring your mothers to a delightful event that is fun for all ages at the Forrest Ward Memorial School at 404 Houghton Lane, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is jointly hosted by FWMS and Boy Scout Troop 334. Visit for more information. The Bygone Boutique and Bennington Children's Museum will be open too.


Mother's Day event: Dorset Farmers' Market, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. we will be having an old fashioned Vermont pig roast. Stay tuned, on Facebook, our website and in subsequent newsletters for more details. We will be asking for donations of $10 a plate to support our wonderful market.


Mother's Day pancakes: The West Hoosick Fire Department announces an "All You Can Eat" Mothers Day Breakfast at the firehouse from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. The menu includes pancakes, French toast, eggs, sausage, bacon, toast, juice, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. The firehouse is located at 1270 Pine Valley Rd. near the intersection of county routes 109 and 103. Any questions please call the firehouse at 686-1814.

Monday, May 9


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: 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.

Tuesday, May 10


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.

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.; Veteran's families and friends meeting, 6 p.m.; Hand in Hand recovery 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.

College info night: Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' (MCLA) Office of Admission announces it will hold an information night at 5 p.m. at the Community College of Vermont (CCV) at 324 Main St. This information session will provide an opportunity for students to learn more about the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Education (MEd), and bachelor's degree completion programs at MCLA. To register for the information session or to learn more about each program, please contact the Office of Admission, 413-662-5410, or go to


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.

History: Green Mountain Academy kicks off its 15th summer season at 5:30 p.m. at the Manchester Community Library with a talk on the Sykes-Picot Agreement by perennial favorite Derek Boothby. He will talk about the accord secretly reached by Great Britain and France by which most of the Arab lands under the rule of the Ottoman Empire were divided into British and French spheres of influence with the conclusion of World War I. 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

Wednesday, May 11


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


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

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.


Author: Karen Gross, author of "Lady Lucy's Quest," will be visiting the Manchester Community Library at 10 a.m. to share her book with children ages 4 and up. Karen is the former president of Southern Vermont College and has served as an educational consultant in Washington, D.C. She is presently a visiting faculty member at Bennington College. Lady Lucy's Quest is the story of a feisty young girl who wants to become a Knight in the Middle Ages. She confronts many hurdles but ultimately succeeds because she is able to solve problems in creative ways. Through her actions and words she demonstrates the power of the possible for both girls and boys. Karen's program will be interactive and will include a craft component and possibly a quest. Free program, open to the public. Children must be supervised by adult caregivers.

Woodworking course: Green Mountain Academy presents a course on woodworking with hand tools with Jon Mowry, starting at 6 p.m. This three-evening class will provide an introduction to choosing, sharpening, setting up and working with hand tools such as squares, marking tools, saws, hand planes and chisels. The workshop series will take place at the Burr and Burton Academy Woodshop on Wednesdays, May 11, 18 and 25 from 6 p.m to 8 p.m. The fee for the three-week class is $75. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit our website at

Thursday, May 12


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; Wellness in Recovery Meeting, 5 p.m. Codependents Anonymous 6 p.m.

Musical: The middle school students of The School of Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales will be presenting the musical, "Bye Bye Birdie" - The Young Performer's Edition, on May 12, 13, and 14 at the school. Tickets for advanced seating will go on sale starting May 9, at 8 a.m. All shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5.


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

Tech training: Greater Northshire Access Television (GNAT) offers digital media classes starting in May. Whether you want to make your own television show, web video or brush up on your camera skills, GNAT is the place to learn. Classes at GNAT are for all ages and skill levels and anyone living or working in GNAT's service territory is welcome to participate. Classes are held at noon or at 6 p.m. on select Thursdays. The schedule is as follows: Studio Production on May 12, digital photo scanning on May 19; photo enhancement on May 26; iPad animation for adults on June 16, GoPro basics June 23, and field production on June 30. Video editing with Final Cut X is a one on one four-week course scheduled by appointment. For more information visit: or call 802-362-7070.


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.


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