Today's Calendar


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Today, March 30


Fisher Elementary pre-k registration: Starting this fall, Fisher will expand its pre-k program to include 3-year-olds. To be eligible for the 2016-2017 school year, children must reside in Arlington or Sandgate and be ages three or four by Aug. 29. Registration forms are available at the school's main office and are due at the school by today, March 30. School office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. To have a registration form mailed to you, contact Priscilla Klauder at or 375-6409.

Music jam: West Mountain Inn, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., local artist and musician, Bob Ray performs locally with the Catamounts, Paul Bousquet and Dave Arnold. Bob and Dave were recently featured on the showcase stage at Joe Val Festival in Boston. Bob lives in Londonderry with his wife Kim, a Vermont mural painter. We welcome all to come and enjoy a free night of music. For info please call the inn at 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

Free Senior Exercise Class: Focusing on balance and strength every Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Bennington Project Independence at 614 Harwood Hill. Please call Tracy at 442-8136 for more information.

Meetings at Turning Point Center: Narcotics Anonymous, noon. Alcoholics Anonymous, 6 p.m.


Transcendental meditation lecture: Manchester Community library, 6:30 p.m., advanced lecture at 8:15 p.m. To learn more, visit To reserve seats, please call 802-282-3910 or

Thursday, March 31


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.

Blood drive: Southwestern Vermont Medical Center is hosting an American Red Cross Blood drive 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in its employee cafeteria. Red Cross blood donor eligibility requirements have changed recently. Those who have been deferred from donating in the past are encouraged to check their eligibility again. The website has more information about eligibility. Potential donors can also call 1-800-RED CROSS for more information about whether they are eligible to donate. 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 for directions to the drive.

Act 166 program discussion: Local women educators of ETA Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International will present a program discussing Act 166, Pre-School Education for 3 and 4-year olds, featuring SVSU Director of Early Education Kate Abbott. Interested teachers, parents, and citizens are invited. Second Congregational Church at 4 p.m.

Bennington Airport Committee meeting: Morse State Airport, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Terminal Building


Morning Yoga: Manchester Community Library, 8:30 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. every Thursday until April 28. 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 free with a suggested minimum donation of $5-10 per class to benefit the Manchester Community Library. Please come at least 10 minutes before class begins to set up. For more information, contact Irene Cole at

Film screening: PBS Film & Discussion Series presents "PBS' MAKERS: Women in Politics" at Manchester Community Library, 6:30 p.m. The film profiles the long, slow fight of women in politics over the last century, from the first woman elected to Congress in 1916 to a young woman running for Detroit City Council in 2013. Deb Markowitz, secretary of the Vermont State Agency of Natural Resources, will lead the post-film discussion. As former Vermont Secretary of State (1999 -- 2011), founder of the Vermont Women's Leadership Initiative, and former candidate in the close race for the Vermont Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 2010, Secretary Markowitz is well equipped to facilitate a lively exchange of ideas on the topic.


Marijuana hearing: The House Committees on Judiciary and on Government Operations will hold a public hearing at 5 p.m. The hearing will be held in the House Chamber at the State House. Members of the public interested in testifying regarding the above bill may sign up 30 minutes prior to the hearing outside the House Chamber. Each person will have two minutes to testify, and the hearing will adjourn at 7 p.m. Due to our time frame, please note that everyone may not be able to testify.


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.

Friday, April 1


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.

Dance: The West African group Saakumu Dance Troupe will perform at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse at 7:30 p.m. These performers are dedicated to introducing audiences to traditional and contemporary African music and dance. Admission is $10 for individuals; $5 for children over five; $25 maximum per family. The Fellowship is at 108 School St.


Empty bowls: The upcoming Empty Bowls Mac 'n' Cheese & Chili Cook-Off is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Long Trail School. Students, faculty, families as well as the community at large are invited to enter their best mac and cheese or chili. Entries are judged by the event attendees in kid, teen, amateur and professional categories. Proceeds from the $5 admission fee benefit Empty Bowls 2017 and local food cupboards. It's free to enter. Register to compete via the Long Trail School website or mark your calendar to attend to sample and vote for your favorites! For more information, contact Courtney Callo at or call 802-867-5717 ext. 141.

Play festival: The Dorset Players will present its 13th Annual One Act Play Festival today and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. and April 3 at 2 p.m. The shows include "The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe" by Jane Wagner directed by Christine Decker; "The Monkey's Paw" by W.W. Jacobs directed by Dom Degnon; "Electric Roses" by David Howard directed by Richard Grip; and "The Footsteps of Doves" by Robert Anderson directed by Peter Van Haverbeke. Each play will present the audience with a slice of life through comedy, satire, farce, the supernatural and hard times. The box office will be open March 30 and 31 from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m, and two hours before each performance, 802-867-5570/5777. However, we suggest tickets be purchased on-line at


Authors: Northshire Bookstore, 7 p.m. Author Jung Yun will be here for her new book, "Shelter." She will be in conversation with James Scott, author of "The Kept." Yun's highly anticipated debut novel is receiving great accolades from The New York Times, and several other notable publications. A riveting story beginning with a violent home invasion, explores the depths of forgiveness and the lengths one goes to in order to provide for ones family.


Lego Club: McCullough Free Library, meets every Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Ages 5 and up.

Saturday, April 2


Artist reception: Martha Canfield Library, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring watercolor artist Rachel Barlow, of Sandgate, whose work is being show in the Canfield Gallery for the month of April.


Free table top gaming: From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Bennington Free Library. Play a mix of modern and classic table top games the whole family can enjoy. Co-hosted by Drew Davidson, of WBTN-AM's "On the Table." For more info email or call the library: 802-442-9051

Bowl for Kid's Sake: Bennington Lanes, 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bennington County. For more information on forming a team or sponsoring the event, please contact Michael Veitch at 802-442-5491 or email him at Big Brothers Big Sisters is the youth mentoring program of United Counseling Service.

Farmers Market: The Bennington Farmers' Market will be at the First Baptist Church, 601 Main Street, Bennington from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Local farmers and vendors of prepared foods, baked goods and artisan goods will be on hand to meet all your shopping needs.

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Book sale: The First Saturday Book Sale at Cheney Library, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


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.

5k walk/run: Tthe Village School of North Bennington will be hosting its 2nd Shamrockin' run/walk event. Registration at 8 a.m. with the one-mile Family Fun Run/Walk starting at 9 a.m. and the 5K run/walk starting at 10 a.m. The cost for the 5K is $25 for race day registration. The one-mile Family Fun Run/Walk is $10. The first 100 registrants will receive a tee shirt.

Sunday, April 3


Archeology presentation: Sunday Afternoon at the Martha Canfield Library presents "Paleoindians & The Inland Sea," 2 p.m. in the Martha Canfield Library Meeting Room with Jess Robinson, Vermont State archaeologist. The Champlain Sea was an inland arm of the Atlantic Ocean that occupied the Champlain Basin at the end of the last ice age. Recent research by Mr. Robinson and colleagues suggests that Paleoindians, the first Native Americans to enter Vermont, were drawn to the area partially because of the resources the Champlain Sea contained. Mr. Robinson will present an interesting look at this early period in Vermont's ancient past. For more information visit the library's website at or call 802-375-6153.


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, 11 a.m. to 1 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.

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.


Recital: The Michael Rudiakov Music Academy will present its Spring recital at 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church. Violin, viola and cello students of Deanna Baasch, Vesela French, Joana Genova, Ariel Rudiakov and Jared Shapiro and Suzuki violin students of Elizabeth Kilpatrick will showcase what they have learned during the course of the semester. Students' ages and levels vary from 4 year olds who are just learning how to hold the instrument to high-school seniors who would be giving their farewell performance at MRMA before going to college. For more information on Manchester Music Festival's concerts and programs visit or call 802-362-1956.

Illustrated talk: Discover some of the world's most spectacular and remote wilderness frontiers at 4 p.m. at the Equinox Village, when Expedition Rafting Guide Steve Merrow shares his experiences on Alaska's Alsek and Tatshenshini Rivers. The illustrated talk is sponsored by Equinox Village and hosted by Manchester Community Library. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Cindy Waters at 802-362-2607.

Salem, N.Y.

Reiki share: From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., April 3, at the office of Joyce Getty, wellness coach, 4318 State Route 22, across from Borador Animal Hospital). Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is gentle, non-invasive, and recipients remain fully clothed. 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, April 4


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.

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, April 5


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.

Open mic night: Tuesdays are Open Mic night at South Street cafe from 5 to 7 p.m., all are welcome.

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.

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.

Poetry discussion: Manchester Community Library and Northshire Bookstore present "A Celebration of Poetry with Major Jackson" at the Library at 7 p.m. Jackson will discuss his newest collection, Roll Deep, and speak about the importance of poetry as it defines us as humans and serves as a record of our existence. The event is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Avenue at the corner of Route 7A and Cemetery Avenue. Jackson's books will be available for purchase. Call the Bookstore at 802-362-2200 or the Library at 802-362-2607 for more info.


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