Today's Calendar


Today, Aug. 2


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

Lions: The Bennington Lions will hold their August Board of Directors Meeting in the TD Bank Conference Room starting at 6 p.m. All members are invited to attend.

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.


Populism in the 2016 Election: Green Mountain Academy will host a talk about the role of populism in the 2016 election at 5:30 p.m. with population expert Dr. Steven Sinding. The talk will be held at Burr and Burton Academy in the Hunter Seminar Room. 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, Aug. 3


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


Quilting: Lynn Way, an accomplished quilter and member of Quiet Valley Quilt Guild, will demonstrate how to make hour glass quilts at the next Guild meeting at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome. Members and visitors look forward to "Show and Tell" at each meeting when quilters display their current projects. The Guild welcomes all who are interested in the art of quilting to the monthly meetings held on the first Wednesday of each month at the Second Congregational Church on Hillside Street. For more information about the Guild 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.

Free Qigong session every Wednesday at 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. at upper Willow Park pavilion. Contact Tracy Purdy-Martin for more info at 802-379-5745. Donations accepted but not necessary.

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.


From Rembrandt to Van Gogh and Beyond: Carol Berry will present "From Rembrandt to Van Gogh and Beyond" as part of the Summer Wednesdays Series at Manchester Community Library at 7 p.m. in the Hunter Community Room. The illustrated talk will focus on artists such as Rembrandt, Delacroix, Millet and others who inspired Van Gogh and lead him to develop a personal and universal art language that ultimately resonated with 20th century artists.

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, Aug. 4


Artist: An oil painter of exceptional talent, Kate Edwards of Schuylerville, N.Y, will be the featured artist at Arlington's Canfield Gallery in August. Her work will be on exhibit from Aug. 4 thru Aug. 29, with an opening reception at the gallery on Aug. 6 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.


Fundraiser: The Bennington Garden Club will be holding a "Tea with the Arts" fundraiser at the Bennington Center for the Arts. This fund raiser will support the BGC Education Fund. There will be two seatings in order to allow our guests to leisurely browse in the galleries. The first seating will be from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and the second seating will be from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Our guests will enjoy dainty tea sandwiches and mini sweet treats prepared by the ladies of the BGC from old family recipes and served on their own exquisite, colorful antique china. The Bennington Center for the Arts is located at 44 Gypsy Lane. Tickets can be purchased ahead from a BGC member; or at Bennington Pottery, 324 County Road or at the door on Aug. 4. The cost for the tea and the self guided gallery tour is $25. Should you have any questions, please call 802-375-6097 or 802-375-6973.

Free literacy event: For children & families at Bennington Free Library at 9:30a.m. The Children's Literacy Foundation has funded a storyteller (Marv Klassen-Landis) and free book give-away. It will be held in the library's Rotary Room & it's air-conditioned. Please call the library for further information at 802-442-9051.

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.


Hospice presentation: Cheney Library, 6:30 p.m. Patricia Spreitzer will present a program on Hospice. Patricia is an RN and Provider Relations Specialist Community Nurse Liaison with The Community Hospice located in Rensselaer, N.Y.

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


Frog program: Hop on over to the Manchester Community Library at 10:30 a.m. for a free family program all about frogs. By special invitation, former MCL children's librarian, Jan Ketterer, will read the book, "The Frightened Frog: An Environmental Tale." Kids and their families will enjoy crafts, activities and a very tasty froggy snack.

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.


Farm chores for children: On Thursday afternoons through Aug. 18, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., children (and their adult companion) may join the farm staff at Merck Forest and Farmland Center for daily chores. Youngsters may feed the horses, pick berries, collect eggs and perform other tasks. These farm-centered workshops are designed to introduce children to simple farm routines and products, and to meet our animals under expert supervision. These hands-on/hands- dirty activities are suitable for children ages 3 and up. Please Pre-Register early, because participation is limited. Cost is $2.50 per participant. If you go: Thursday afternoons, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Merck Forest and Farmland Center, 3270 Route 315, Rupert, Vermont. For more information about this activity, call the Visitor Center at 802-394- 7836, or visit the website at

Friday, Aug. 5


Theatre: Oldcastle presents The City of Conversation. The play opens today and runs through Aug. 21. For reservations or information visit the Oldcastle website or call the theatre at 802-447- 0564.

Healthier living: Adult Summer Reading Programs continue at 10 a.m. at the Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver Street. Meet Kathy Dockum, regional coordinator, Vermont Blueprint for Health, who will introduce the healthier living workshops offered locally through Southwestern Vermont Health Care. FMI: 802-442-9051 or

Arts and crafts: For the fourth consecutive year, the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival will be the jewel in the crown of an ever expanding Bennington Arts Weekend. In 2016 the Bennington Arts Weekend is August 5-7. The Art and Craft Festival will be held at Camelot Village on route 9 about two miles west of downtown Bennington, VT. 125 artists, artisans, and specialty food producers will showcase their creations under gleaming white Camelot tents. Along with craft shopping, the ambiance is festive: live music, craft demos, kids' activities, and a food court, featuring Vermont craft beers, serving a menu to please any palate.

Live tattoo exhibition: Bennington Museum from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. the museum presents Living Exhibition: Tattoo 2 featuring live models showing their art and sharing their stories. Cash bar from Madison's Brewing Company, live music with Hawke Sleigh and Friends, body painting demonstration by Shay Francis, and more. Vote for your favorite tattoo. The winner receives a certificate to the tattoo artist of their choice. Admission is "pay what you wish," but if you contribute $5 or more, you receive a Love Bennington Museum temporary tattoo. All galleries will be open so take the opportunity to wander Milton Avery's Vermont; in the Works on Paper Gallery, Duane Michals: Photographs from a Floating World; and in the Regional Artist Gallery, Something About Summer: Paintings by Mark Barry.

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.


Author event: Northshire Bookstore, 7 p.m. Judith Schwartz, "Water in Plain Sight." Schwartz is a Vermont journalist whose recent work looks at soil as a hub for multiple environmental, economic and social challenges-and solutions. She writes on this theme for numerous publications and speaks in venues around the world.


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, Aug. 6


Norman Rockwell Day and Cookout: Norman Rockwell lived and painted in Arlington from 1939 to 1953. It is during this time span that his work began to reflect small-town American life. Rockwell used local Arlington residents as his models for many of his most famous Saturday Evening Post covers. These models will be gathering for a reunion on Aug. 6 and you'll have the opportunity to chat with them about their experiences. Rockwell's studio will also be available to tour. The festivities start at 2 p.m. Governor Jim Douglas will dedicate a Vermont Historical Marker at Rockwell's home at 2:30 p.m.. Tours of the studio will start at 3 p.m.. The Arlington Lions Club will be offering a cookout at 5 p.m.


Family fun walk: The Tristate Breastfeeding Awareness Task Force will host the Third Annual Family Fun Walk at Willow Park. The first 100 people to register receive a free event tote bag. There will be refreshments, door prizes and raffle, stroller/baby carrier decorating contest, infant clothing exchange, and wellness information for young families. Check-in is at 8:30 a.m. Quarter mile walk begins at 9:30 a.m. followed by the Global Big Latch-On at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome. Register @ For more information, call 802-447-6411.

PAVE event: Project Against Violent Encounters will be sponsoring two family events in August. The first is a Tea Party for Moms and Kids where families will create their own mugs, enjoy lunch, and have lots of fun! This event is at 11 a.m. in the Willowbrook Community Room. The second event is a "Meditate and Paint" with Jane Schaeffer of Bennington Yoga. Moms and Kids will be lead in a body scan meditation and then will be able to paint afterwards. This event will be on Aug. 11 at 4 p.m. in the Second Congregational Church in Bennington. Both events are free, open to the public, and will be lots of fun for moms and kids. To register please call PAVE at 802-442-2370.

Gallery: On view at the Bennington Museum from now through October 30 is a remarkable photography exhibition of works by Duane Michals, known by many as one of the great photographic innovators of the last century, widely known for his work with series, multiple exposures, and text.


Book sale: Cheney Library will have the First Saturday Book Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Book Sale room.


Lyme disease: Pat Smith, president of the Lyme Disease Association, will discuss the tick-borne infection with a Q & A session to follow from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Hunter Community Room at the Manchester Community Library. Also, there will be the Gear Up For Lyme Mt. Equinox Uphill Bike Climb , a 5.4 mile bike race up the fully paved and scenic Mt. Equinox Skyline Drive auto road . This race can provide a unique training opportunity or a challenging single event. While the average overall grade of 12 percent is equivalent to that of Mt. Washington, it does include a brief downhill section. The base elevation is 600 feet and the summit elevation is 3,848 feet. Additional Information: Adult 20 and over $65 – Youth 19 and under $20 – Tandem $100. T-Shirts guaranteed to all entrants registered by July 30, 2016. Award ceremony and delicious lunch (free to all entrants) following race. Additional meal tickets can be purchased for $7 per guest or $5 for children 12 and under. Free parking and bottled water provided. Registration Registration is via and all information can be found on the event web site Club contact information or 802-430-1608

Fly fishing: The American Museum of Fly Fishing is holding its 9th annual Fly Fishing Festival: A Taste of the Great Outdoors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. The museum's signature event of the summer is back showcasing the joy of fly fishing with demonstrations, local vendors, and a gathering of people who are all equally enthused about the sport.


Family fun: Please join us 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for Gallop to Success' 3rd annual Family Fun day at Kimberly Farms. This event raises money for Gallop to Success (GTS), a non-profit organization that serves at-risk youth through horse and farm experiences. Family Fun Day will be just that-- fun for family members of all ages. Experience great food, live music, horses and pony rides, games and activities for kids, 50/50 raffles and more. The event will be held at Kimberly Farms, 1214 Cross Hill Rd, North Bennington. Tickets are $5 for kids and $10 for adults. All proceeds will benefit GTS. To purchase tickets, visit For more information about GTS, visit

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.


Concert: From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the sweet sounds of bluegrass music will roll across the meadows at Merck Forest and Farmland Center, as Bob Amos and Catamount Crossing perform.

Sunday, Aug. 7


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.

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.

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.

Bennington 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.


Herbal Workshop: Green Mountain Academy will host a mead brewing workshop with herbalist Danielle Laberge from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The workshop will take place at the Laberge Barn in Dorset. Danielle Laberge will give instruction on the ins and outs of brewing mead with traditional and novel combinations of herbs for enjoyment and good health. Deceptively simple to make, the mastery of brewing the honey wine called mead lies in the details of the process, and the most difficult recipe is also the simplest, with only honey, yeast and water. This class includes some tasting, for those aged 21 and over. Preregistration is required and costs $20. For more information or to register, please call our office at 802-867-0111 or visit our website


Readsboro-Variety Show & Ice Cream Social: Bullock Building, 7012 Main St., 1 p.m. Featuring Patrick Alaggio with the Bleeker Street Musician's Guild; Jess & Jullisa; Colleen, Fred & Ben; Forrest Hicks and GOLF Gospel Singers; Kim & Sharon; Normajean Marchegiani with MC: Al Scaia. Enjoy a fun filled afternoon of entertainment and your favorite Ice Cream Sudae! $12/Adults $5for kids 12 and under. Fundraising event to support Readsboro Hometown Redevelopment, Inc. a 501 (C)3 Non-Profit. All proceeds benefit the restoration of the Historic Bullock Building.


Robert Frost talk: Professor Donald Sheehy will talk about famed poet Robert Frost at 2 p.m. at the Robert Frost Stone House Museum. All programs are offered free of charge. Reservations are not required. Both the Museum and the little Red Barn are handicap accessible. For directions or more information, call 802-447-6200. The Robert Frost Stone House Museum is located at 121 Vermont Route 7A in South Shaftsbury. It is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The website address is


Book sale: Winhall Memorial Library, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. There will be hot dogs, soda, an ice cream truck and live music. Admission is free. The event is at the Library located on Route 30 and Kendall Farm Road. The event is held rain or shine.

Monday, Aug. 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.

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.


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