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Today, Aug. 18


Landowner workshop: "What Every Woodland Owner Should Know," at One World Conservation Center, 413 US Route 7S, Bennington. Social hour, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Presentation, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required. To register, contact Holly Betit at One World Conservation Center,, or call 802 447-7419. Or view the agenda at A fee of $5 for the evening will be collected at the door.

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.


Concert: Manchester Music Festival, Four outstanding singers, all current or alumni of the Metropolitan Opera's prestigious Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, will be performing arias, duets and ensemble pieces from popular operas. These talented artists perform at the Arkell Pavilion, Southern Vermont Arts Center starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets priced at $52, $18 for students, are available at or 802-362-1956.

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


Celebrate Recovery Meeting: A Christ centered 12-step recovery program Thursdays 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


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.


Peach shortcake supper: The Pownal United Methodist Church, located at the corner of RT 346 and Church Street, will be serving its annual Peach Shortcake Supper at 5 p.m. The menu includes: grilled chicken breast and thighs, baked ham, pineapple sauce, baked beans, potato and Jello salads, sliced tomatoes, rolls, coffee, iced tea, or lemonade, and homemade peach shortcake. Tickets available at the door: $12 for adults, $6 for children 4-10 years, free for children 3 years and under. Take-outs available at south side entrance: $12 for adults, $6 for 1/2 portion dinner. Filtration system installed. Pownal water is safe. Questions: Contact Mary Louise at 802-823-7769.

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 in July and August (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. 19


Reading program: Adult Summer Reading Programs continue at 10 a.m. at the Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver St. Meet Anytime Fitness staff and learn about the importance of exercise, why proper form is important, and ask any of your fitness questions. For more information call 802-442-9051 or visit

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. Joseph Cardillo, PhD "Body Intelligence: Harness Your Body's Energies for Your Best Life."

Concert: The Marshall Tucker Band will take the stage at Northshire Civic Center at Riley Rink in Hunter Park. Showtime is 7 p.m. It's part of the Southern Vermont Rockin' Concert Series. Proceeds will benefit the L.E.A.D. initiative in Vermont. The performance is also part of the Southern Rock group's Long Hard Ride Tour and 45th anniversary celebration.


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. 20


Festival: Sun and Fun Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 115 Hillside St. (Second Congregational Church). There will be live music by the Hale Mt. Pickers, food, kids activities including face painting, giant bubbles, and mural painting, and over 25 different community and environmentally friendly groups. First 100 guests receive a gift. In addition at 11 a.m. there will be Moth Style Story telling, at noon a back yard compost demonstration by a master composter, and at 1 p.m. a presentation solar panels. Admission is free. Rain or Shine. Questions: 442-2559.

Monument anniversary: A special birthday party will honor the Bennington Battle Monument from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. A brief ceremony will take place at 2:30 p.m. during the Monument's birthday celebration, followed by music, cake, ice cream, and activities for children of all ages. The interior stairs will be open for the day so visitors seeking the authentic 1891 experience can climb the 412 steps to reach the viewing level. The new elevator will also be in operation for the event. Admission will revert to the 1891 rate of 10 cents. Additional information can be found at or by calling Marylou Chicote at 802-447-0550.


Author event: Northshire Bookstore, 7 p.m. "John Elder - Picking up the Flute."

Author event: Tilting at Windmills Gallery, 5 p.m. John Dobbyn, "Fatal Odds."

Reading program: Come to the Manchester Community Library between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Get a free Ben & Jerry's ice cream cup and a free raffle ticket when you turn in your Reading Logs. This is also the last day to purchase raffle tickets. The winning tickets will be drawn on Aug. 22. For more information, contact the library at 802-362-2607.


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: Readsboro Arts Summer Concerts presents The Darryl Kniffen Quartet at 8 p.m., in the EJ Bullock Building on Main Street.


Vermont Total Doberman Club dog show: Howard Park in Shaftsbury, today and Sunday, 9 a.m. The Crossover Cloggers dance group will be hosting a concession stand (burgers, hot dogs etc...) each day from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Then they will also perform an hour long show each day at 2 p.m. They will be using the concession as a fund raiser towards the annual dance competition in March The dog show portion opens at 9 a.m. with free admission. In addition to the dog show there will be vendors, a silent auction, tag sales and a raffle.

Sunday, Aug. 21


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.

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.


Open Farm Week: Dorset Farmers' Market Open Farm Week Special Kids' Events from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will be celebrating Open Farm Week with a fun scavenger hunt for kids with little prizes. Our young market friends will have the opportunity to learn a bit about how farmers work and live. And to familiarize themselves with how organic fruits and veggies are grown. We'll also be hosting a short Kids' Open Mike hosted by our market friend August Stauffer, a young musician and busker from New York City. Stay tuned for details and timing by checking out our Facebook page, website. Why not sign up for our weekly newsletter too?! Please feel free to write Carol Adinolfi, the market manager to join our mailing list:

Monday, Aug. 22


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.


Mandatory for athletes: "Code night" will be at 6 p.m. in the Hoosick Falls Central School high school auditorium. Attendance is mandatory for all fall sports athletes (modified, JV and varsity). At least one parent or guardian must attend.

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.

Tuesday, Aug. 23


Jay Craven screening: Jay Craven's new seaside film drama, "Peter and John," screens at the Bennington Museum in the Ada Paresky Education Center at 7:30 p.m. Craven will introduce the film and lead a post-screening Q & A. Tickets are $12, $10 for 62+, and $7 for students with current college or high school ID. Advance purchase recommended by calling 802-447-1571 ext. 203. Information is available at or by contacting Jay Craven (

Wildlife management meeting: The Vermont departments of Fish & Wildlife, and Forests, Parks, & Recreation are holding a public meeting to discuss future management and use of a Bennington-area wildlife management area. The meeting will discuss the proposed long-range management plan for Whipstock Hill Wildlife Management Area. The meeting will be held at one World Conservation Center, 413 U.S. Route 7S from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information about the meeting or the planning process for Whipstock Hill Wildlife Management Area, or to comment on the draft plan before October 1, please contact Doug Blodgett at or Lisa Thornton at The draft plan is available at Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities are available upon request. Please include a description of the accommodation you will need. Individuals making such requests must include their contact information. Please send an e-mail to: or call the office staff at 802-828-1000 (voice), 1-800-253-0191 (TTY).

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 (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.


Cook book discussion: The "Cook by the Book" Discussion Group's August meeting is at 2 p.m. at the Manchester Community Library. Cookbook enthusiasts will discuss their favorite cookbooks and learn about new books and cooking trends. The group is led by Lily Van Haverbeke. Participation is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center. For additional information, email or 802-362-2607.

Supreme Court: Green Mountain Academy will host a talk about the power of the Supreme Court at 5:30 p.m. with Williams College Professor Justin Crowe. 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. 24


Bingo: East Arlington Fire Station, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Benefits Arlington Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. 50/50 bingo, 50/50 raffle, and snacks

Solid waste meeting: The Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance will hold a public meeting from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Arlington Town Hall. The purpose of the meeting is to review the work plan from Jan. 1 through June 30, review the proposed updated contract with the Bennington County Regional Commission, and discuss the upcoming household hazardous waste event and other aspects of the Universal Recycling Law. A complete agenda can be found at the Alliance website at Please call Michael S. Batcher at 802-442-0713 x2 if you have questions. "

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.

Stress relief with easy moving meditation: No experience necessary. Free to attend. Every Wednesday 7 a.m. to 7:30 am at Upper Willow Park Pavilion. Contact Tracy Purdy-Martin with questions at 802-379-8339.

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.


BBA freshman orientation: Burr and Burton Academy will welcome the class of 2020 with Freshmen Orientation at 8 a.m. in the BBA Riley Center along with the class of 2018 who will be on campus for Junior Jumpstart. School will open on for all students on August 25 with an anticipated enrollment of 670. New parents and families are encouraged to get involved with the school and see first hand the myriad of experiences that await Burr and Burton students. For more information on how you can volunteer as a parent, contact Gina Vickers, Parent Association President, or call her at 802-549-8277.


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