Today's Calendar


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Today, May 13


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.

Pre-sale: Bennington Free Library book pre-sale. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at First Baptist Church. $10 admission. Regular sale with free admission is May 14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 802-442-9051.


Finance Friday: GNAT is partnering with Common Good Vermont in presenting Finance Fridays, a live webcast event for nonprofit staff and board members who want to improve their organization's financial performance. Wendelyn Duquette will demonstrate how to use QuickBooks to manage and report on what is often a juggling act for nonprofit organizations. Learn the best data fields to use to track both organizational programs and grant funds (or multiple funding sources) and how to use them. The event will take place at the GNAT-TV Studio from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., for more information and to register go to


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!

Pastapalooza: Southshire Community School welcomes the public to Pastapalooza 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Park McCullough Carriage Barn. Tickets available at the door, $10 for adults, $5 for children and free for children under 2 years. In its thirteenth year, this all-you-can-eat dinner is a fundraiser for this local independent school. Local restaurants and school community members donate signature pasta dishes which are accompanied by a salad for the price of admission. Visit for more information or call 802-442-4601.

Saturday, May 14


Book sale: Bennington Free Library Book Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. We have great book selections and amazing deals! All proceeds benefit the Bennington Free Library. First Baptist Church, 601 Main St. Free admission. Also featured Pop Up Science Tent from the Montshire Museum. For more information, call 802-442-9051.

Hour for Our Community: Orientation, learn how to join Hour for Our Community, a local organization that facilitates the exchange of services among its members without the exchange of money. An hour of service to any member earns a "time-credit" that entitles you to an hour of service from any member. Members have full control over what services they offer and from whom they request services. The organization maintains a database of services and tracks members' "time-credit" balance. Session is from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Bennington Free Library. For further information email or call 802-379-5951.

Household hazardous waste: A household hazardous waste event will take place at the Bennington Transfer Station from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The second event will take place at the Dorset School on October 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. For more information, please visit or contact Michael Batcher at 802-442-0713 ext. 2.


Chili supper: Cambridge Historical Society and Museum is holding a chili supper from 4 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum on Broad Street.


Spring cleaning: From 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., New York City home organization expert (and Bennington native) Maeve Richmond, will be giving a talk on the top 10 tips to get your house in order for spring. Bring questions and curiosity and learn how to declutter and organize from a pro. The talk is free and open to the public at the Wilburton Inn. For more information or to RSVP visit or call 917-885-2806.


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.

Sunday, May 15


Grange breakfast: Battenkill Grange #487 will hold a Pancake Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Bailey Hall on Ice Pond Road. The menu includes pancakes, real maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, home fries, sausage gravy and biscuits with coffee, milk and juice. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children under 12. For more information call Lillian Wood at 802-375-2518


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.

Historical Society meeting: Bennington Historical Society Meetings are normally held the third Sunday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m in the Ada Paresky Education Center located on the second floor of the Bennington Museum.


Thomas Jefferson talk: Sydney N. "Chip" Stokes Jr., founder and chairman of the Jefferson Legacy Foundation will give a talk for the Bennington Historical Society at the Bennington Museum at 2 p.m. in the Ada Peresky Educational Center. Stokes will talk about the importance of Thomas Jefferson's living legacy and his famous trip to Bennington with James Madison during the summer of 1791. All Bennington Historical Society Meetings are free and open to the public.

Monday, May 16


Music Scholarship auditions: Second Congregational Church, 6 p.m. The Bennington County Choral Society (BCCS) proudly invites the public to its 39th annual student scholarship auditions, which provide financial support for the continued study of music. The BCCS plans to award two $500 scholarships based on a competitive audition.

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.


History: "The Power of Water in the History of Manchester and Dorset." Join the Historical Societies of Manchester and Dorset for an fascinating look at the role water has played in local history. This is a preview to this year's Vermont History Expo program, "H2O: The Power of Water in Vermont History," which takes place June 18-19 at the Tunbridge World Fairgrounds in Tunbridge. The joint program will include maps and photographs that tell the story of the waterways in the geology and history of Manchester and Dorset, including the uses they were put to for manufacturing and recreation. The program will be presented at the Manchester Community Library at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 17


Garden club meeting: Martha Canfield Library, 12:30 p.m. Arlington Garden Club monthly meeting. 1 p.m. regular meeting followed by presentation by Emily DeBolt of Fiddlehead Creek Farm Native Shrub Nursery

on "Native Shrubs." For information please call Nancy Hadley 375-1354 or visit


Government contracting workshop: A free workshop titled "Selling to the Government" will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lightning Jar. This introductory level class on government contracting is open to the public and was designed for Vermont Small Businesses by the Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center and the SBA. For more information, contact or register online at

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.

Story night: Tap House, 309 County Street, seating at 7 p.m. Everyone has a story to tell. Inspired by Moth radio hour on NPR. Contact Forest Byrd at for more information.

Grief support group: A confidential and free grief support group for any parent living with the death of a child (any age), meets every first Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m., at the Second Congregational Church on Hillside Road. For information, call 802-688-4557.


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.

Cooking talk: The "Cook by the Book" Discussion Group will next meet at 2 p.m. at the Manchester Community Library. Cookbook enthusiasts will discuss their favorite cookbooks and learn about new books and cooking trends.

Wednesday. May 18


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


Bennington Community Theater board meeting: The BCT's monthly board meeting is open to the public. Join us for a discussion of the theater's plans and productions. 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 601 Main St.

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.


Film: A free film screening of "Most Likely to Succeed" will be held at Manchester Community Library at 6 p.m. "Most Likely To Succeed" is the best film ever done on the topic of school — both its past and its future. For more info, email or call the library at 802-362-2607.

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


Scams, fraud and identity theft: The Solomon Wright Public Library will host Amy Schram, Better Business Bureau senior community outreach specialist serving Vermont at 7 p.m. She will address common and current scams, major "red flags" to be aware of in our daily financial transactions, etc. Precautionary steps that we can take to protect ourselves, our assets and our identity will be presented followed by a question and answer period. As instances of scams and fraud increase it is more important to be an informed and cautious consumer aware of the myriad of ways that one can be a target of thieves. This public service program with important information for all ages is at 97 Main St. If you have questions regarding this program call 802-823-5400.

Thursday, May 19


Spring concert: The MAU Choirs will present a Spring Concert at 7 p.m. in the MAU Auditorium. The first half of the program will include Opera Choruses by composers such as Mozart, Offenbach, Gershwin and Verdi and the second half will feature a review of the teen favorite, High School Musical I, II and III. Admission is free, donations will be accepted at the door to benefit the Ashley Sullivan Memorial Scholarship fund,

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.


Meet Clara Barton: Cheney Library, 7 p.m. It should be an exciting evening as Clara Barton (Phyllis Chapman) talks about her life. Barton was a native New York State resident and a very active woman of her time.


Film and panel: Free film screening and discussion of the PBS POV film 15 to Life: Kenneth's Story at 6:30 p.m. at the Manchester Community library. A distinguished panel will lead the discussion, including Vermont Superior Court Judge Cortland Corsones; Bennington/Rutland Court Manager and Executive Director of the Vermont Bar Assocation Therese Corsones; Superior Court Judge David Howard; State's Attorney Erica Marthage; Beth Sausville, District Director of the Bennington District Office of the Department of Children and Families; and Jessica A. Smith, Esq. For more info about this free program, email or call 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.


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