Today's Calendar


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Today, June 2


Potluck: The Greater Bennington Peace & Justice Center invites you to join us for our June Gathering at the UU Meetinghouse at 6:15 p.m. with a Pot 'Luck Supper followed by our business meeting at 7 p.m.

Veteran benefit info: Do you have questions about your veteran benefits? Need help filing a claim? Would you like more information about your rights? The DAV National Service Officer Mobile Unit will be at the Vermont Veterans Home near the Luke Crispe Room today and on June 3 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.. You will receive free information and help with all your questions and concerns by our qualified National Service Officer. This is open to all veterans and their family members. You do not need to be a member of the Disabled American Veterans to take advantage of this service. For more information, call Lisa Sloan at 802-688-9644. Please leave a message if necessary.

Blood drive: Southwestern Vermont Medical Center is hosting an American Red Cross Blood drive 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. in its employee cafeteria. To make an appointment to donate, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text bloodapp to 90999 to download the app to your smartphone. As always, walk-ins will be accommodated as well. Those who are unfamiliar with the SVMC campus may stop at the information desk in the main lobby for directions to the drive.

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.


Knitting club: Manchester Community Library is forming a new knitting club. The initial meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Café Commons at the library. Melissa Weston, an experienced knitter with over 20 years experience who is employed at a local knitting shop, will facilitate the group and serve as a resource. The group is open to all age levels. Beginners welcome; a basic knowledge of knitting is needed. Joining a knitting group is a great way to meet others who share a common interest, swap knitting tips, and get motivated to knit more. Participants should bring their own yarn and needles and/or a knitting project. Involvement is free and open to those who knit. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center. For more info, contact the library at 802-362-2607.

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


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, June 3


Celebrate 20 years: Martha Canfield Library-Invitational Show at the Canfield Gallery, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a gala opening reception. The Canfield Invitational Show is part of a wider celebration the first weekend in June, marking the 20th anniversary of the Martha Canfield Library's "new" building across from the high school on East Arlington Road. Plan to join the festivities both Friday evening in the gallery, and Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the main library. For more information, call the library at 802-375-6153 or visit the library's website at


Mass chorus: For the first time ever, The Choruses from the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union schools in, directed by MAUHS Choral Director, Lynn Sweet, will combine for a mass choir event at 7 p.m. on the MAU Football field. More than 400 voices in grades 3-12 from all over the District (Bennngton, Molly Stark, Monument, Woodford, Pownal, Shaftsbury and the Middle School) will gather for a one night only performance of a musical review called "PROUD - A Celebration of Ourselves."

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.


National Bike Travel Weekend: Join us for a weekend outing at Lake Shaftsbury State park, June 3-5. Free lean-to shelters the nights of June 3 AND 4, great roads to ride in the area, and two ice cream shops within three miles. A chance to try bicycle camping, or just come for the day. To register for a campsite, or for more information, mailto: subject; Bike travel Weekend reservation.

Saturday, June 4


Duck derby: Duck Derby and Family Fair: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Arlington Rec Area. Come to our annual duck derby and family fair. Prizes, silent auction, kiddie games, bouncy houses, magician, pony rides, truck rides, food and much more Grand Prize $1,000! Free admission. Benefits Happy Days Playschool. Call 375-6039 or visit our website


Peace vigil: The June Peace Vigil of the Greater Bennington Peace & Justice Center will be at the Four Corners at 12:30 p.m. Please join us for this event.

Remembrance day: The Cancer Center Community Crusaders will host their 3rd annual Community Remembrance Day at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. The group calls for volunteers, fundraising groups, runners, and walkers to participate in the day's festivities. Remembrance Day activities include inflatable bounce houses, face painting, cupcake tastings, entertainment, a dunk booth, and food provided by the Bennington Booster Club. This year's event will include the first Freedom 5K Run/Walk. The entry fee for the run/walk is $20 and all proceeds benefit the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center's Patient Resource Fund. To register for the walk/run in advance visit:


Car show: The Cambridge Lions Club is hosting its annual Car Show during the Cambridge Valley Balloon Festival in front of the historic Cambridge Hotel. All proceeds go towards Alex's Lemonade Stand to help the fight against childhood cancer. The car show starts at 10 a.m. and awards will be given at 2 p.m. Rain date is June 5 at 10 a.m. Please contact King Lion Matt Herrington with any questions at 518-222-0266.

Open house: New Skete Monasteries, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free bake sale 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., church tours 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., puppy socialization demonstration, 10 a.m., cheesecake bakery tour 11:30 a.m., dog training demonstration 1 p.m., anniversary concert 2 p.m., vigil 5 p.m.


Lacross: Equinox Lacrosse welcomes 72 teams to its annual Equinox Shootout Tournament to be today and tomorrow. The Shootout will take place at our new home within The Manchester Rec park. The boys (grades ¾, 5/6 and 7/8) playing June 4 and the Girls (grades ¾, 5/6 and 7/8) playing on the same fields June 5. Teams from New York, Mass, CT and NH will be joining teams from VT. Admission is free for visitors, parents and friends.


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.


Ordinary heroes: Shaftsbury Historical Society Presents a unique blend of strong yet humble; ordinary yet extraordinary civic- minded Shaftsbury residents. Ruth Levin - 2014, Ken Coonradt - 2015 Join us from 2-4 p.m., along with our town's talented S.E.S chorus to congratulate the 2016 recipient at The Galusha Homestead.

Sunday, June 5


Free pet clinic: For dogs and cats, restricted to families who are homeless or receiving public assistance: 3SquaresVT, Medicaid, fuel assistance, Meals on Wheels. For treatment of minor illnesses, wounds or injuries, wellness exams, vaccinations, parasites. Dogs must be on leashes, cats in a safe container Between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 601 Main St.

Spring concert: The Bennington Children's Chorus presents its Spring Concert at 2 p.m. at the Second Congregational Church on Hillside Street. Free and open to the public.

VFW breakfast: The Bennington VFW Post 1332, 137 North St., hosts a senior breakfast on the first Sunday of the month beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing "until gone." Donation: $5. Call 802-442-9857 with questions.

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.


Roller derby: Southshire Roller Derby is hosting a new skater orientation 6 p.m. at 441 Water Street. If you have seen our games, heard about us, always wanted to try roller derby now is your chance. Men and women ages 18 and over are invited to come check us out. Our team will be on hand to answer questions, go over information and you later you will be able to skate with the members of the Southshire Roller Derby League. For more information please email

Salem, N.Y.

Free Reiki: This month's Reiki Share will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the office of Joyce Getty, wellness coach, 4318 State Route 22, across from Borador Animal Hospital. Reiki practitioners of all levels and lineages and people who have no experience with Reiki are welcome. There is no charge, but please bring non-perishable food or a monetary donation for the Salem food pantry. For more information, contact Evan Lawrence at 518-677-5662 or

Monday, June 6


Blood drive: VSECU, a member-owned cooperative and not for profit credit union for everybody in Vermont, will host a blood drive for the American Red Cross at its Bennington Branch, 194 North St., from 10 am. to 3 p.m.. Make reservations at or stop in at any time during the event to participate.

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.

North Bennington

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, June 7


Belly dancing: Bennington Beledi Tribal Bellydance presents "Spice Routes", this year's annual fundraising hafla, 7 p.m. at the Masonic Hall, 504 Main St. Come watch many area dancers perform the wide spectrum of bellydance styles from cabaret to tribal, fusion to evocation. The show is appropriate for all ages. Proceeds from this year's event will be donated to Bennington Meals on Wheels. A $10 donation is suggested, though any amount is welcome, and food and drinks will also be available for purchase.

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.; 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.


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


Russian Public Life After Socialism: Green Mountain Academy will host a talk at 5:30 p.m. on Russian life after Socialism with Williams College Professor Olga Shevchenko. The talk will be held at Burr and Burton Academy in the Hunter Seminar Room. Professor Shevchenko will talk about new currents of public sentiment that have become prominent in Russia, from state-sponsored nativist patriotism to the distrust and apprehension about Russia's position in the international arena. How do these sensibilities manifest themselves in everyday life, and how does one understand their appeal? 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

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, June 8


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


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.

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.

Free workout group: Get Fit Bennington meets 6 p.m. at Willow Park. All ages and abilities welcome.

Why Canada?: The history of Canada and its relationship with the U.S., Bennington Museum, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Green Mountain Academy welcomes Williams College Professor Emeritus John Hyde to address the differences – and similarities – between Canada and the U.S. by tracing in broad strokes the history of Canada and its relationship with the United States from the moment the division began in 1783 to the present day. $15 in advance/$20 at door, For more information call 802-867-0111 or visit


Living room theatre: "Men of Tortuga,'" a dangerous comedy of power and politics, 7:30 p.m. at Park McCullough Carriage Barn, 1 Park St, North Bennington, reservation 802 442 5322, pay-what-you-will.

Head Start open house: Any parent/guardian interested in a pre-school program for their child is invited to attend an open house at our Head Start Center, North Bennington campus on 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Children must be at least three years old by Aug. 31 to enroll for the 2016-2017 school year. For more information, please call Beth Wallace at 442-3686 ext.148


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