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Today, Aug. 12


Battle Day Weekend events begin: Bennington Fire Department to host events at its station on River Street. Lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Burgers, sausage and hot dogs available for purchase. Chicken barbeque dinner at 4 p.m. until gone, $10 per person. Silent auction from 4 to 9 p.m. Car cruise 6 to 8 p.m. A parade of cars down Main Street is at 8:15 p.m. Las Vegas Night, 6 to 10 p.m. with DJ Ben Patten from Magic 590 AM and 100.5 FM. VSFA Executive Board Meeting and Dinner, 6 p.m. at the Bennington Station Restaurant, 150 Depot St.

Music: Robert Oakes and Katherine Smith are a duo from the Berkshires with a harmonious blend of voices. The duo will be at the Meetinghouse Café, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 108 School St. at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.

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: Northshire Bookstore, 7 p.m., Robin MacArthur, "Half Wild." A powerfully authentic new literary voice debuts with stories that carve out a distinctive vision of the wildness and beauty of rural Vermont.


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.


Reception: The public is invited to Confluence gallery for an artist's reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jen Violette is the featured artist. For more information see the web site: or email


Alive & Dead Fest: A special weekend of music and camping is coming to Woodford today through Aug. 14. Three days of Grateful Dead inspired music will be performed by some of the best talent in the Northeast today. Kicking off at 4 p.m. Aug. 12. Join your Grateful Dead Family and enjoy the beauty of Prospect Mountain. Tickets are available online now at You'll find pre-event pricing that's just right for you. A family weekend ticket is $80 per adult. Kids under 11 free. Weekend Adults can choose to upgrade to the "Inner Circle" for an additional $120, rounding the weekend ticket price to $200. Inner circle access get you a weekend of meals, backstage, and wifi service. Other ticketing options include a Friday or Sunday dday pass at $20 per person, and an RV-site camping option that includes two $80 weekend camping passes for the price of $200 (Inner Circle upgrade not included). The "Bed Head" ticket, $50, is a 3-day weekend ticket designed for those who live a reasonable travel distance away and, instead of camping, chose to sleep "in their own beds," outside of the festival grounds.

Saturday, Aug. 13


Norman's Attic: St. James' Episcopal Church again presents the community-wide festival of Norman's Attic from 9 am. to 4 p.m.


Pow wow: 11th Annual Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow, Vermont Veterans' Home, 325 North Street, today and Sunday. All tickets purchased at the gate. Pow Wow One Day Admission; adults - $8, seniors 65+ and youth 11-17 - $5. Children 10 and under - $1. Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Grand Entry: 1 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Grand Entry: 1 p.m.

French Toast Fly-In Breakfast: William Morse Memorial Airport, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Contact Info: Leik Myrabo, 802-447-6275,

Battle Day Weekend events: Kids Day from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Bennington Rec Center, 655 Gage St. sponsored by Bennington Fire Department. VSFA Sports Parade and games, 12 and 12:30 p.m., Willow Park. USS Bennington Memorial Service wreath-laying ceremony at the Ship's Bell, 12 p.m., Bennington Town Office, 205 South St. Softball game, Bennington Fire Department versus the Bennington Police Department, 6 p.m., Willow Park.

Battle Day 5k: Starting at the Bennington Battle Monument. The race starts with historic cannon fire and celebrates Vermont's famous August 16, 1777 Battle of Bennington. Cost is $18 for pre-registration, $20 day-of, or $15 and $17 for Battenkill Valley Runners. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The course is mostly flat and takes runners from the Monument to the Bennington airport and back. Following the 5K will be the children's fun race around the circle. For further information, visit us online at the Friends of the Monument's website, like us on Facebook at Vermont State Historic Sites, or call 802-447-0550.

Living History Encampment: Historical re-enactors will be at the Bennington Monument from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Drill presentations, musket and artillery demonstrations, educational exhibits, and activities for children will be ongoing hourly. Authentic cannons will be on display and fired periodically during the day Saturday and Sunday. The event is free and open to the Public.


Bike ride: The Hoosic River Ride is a recreational bike ride leaving and returning from the Hoosac School in Hoosick. There are rides of 100, 75, 50, 30 and a guided 7 mile family ride in Hoosick Falls. The first ride (a Century Run) begins at 8 a.m. and other rides every 1/2 hour after that. Riders can register at the by the Hoosac School dining hall on the day of the ride. Arrive at least 1/2 hour before the starting time. For more information, go to or and search for Hoosic River Ride. Proceeds from this event benefit the Hoosic River Watershed Association.


Scavenger hunt: Northshire Bookstore, 2 p.m. Our annual store-wide scavenger hunt is back. This year, we invite kids of all ages to uncover a trail to hidden prizes by deciphering picture clues and riddles. All sleuth skill-levels are welcome, though our youngest guests might want some parental guidance. Drop in between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to begin your quest. Bookseller help and some snacks will be provided.

Author: Northshire Bookstore, 7 p.m. Cynthia Kane, "How to Communicate Like a Buddhist."

Novice triathlon: Manchester Parks and Recreation will be hosting its 6th annual novice triathlon. The triathlon will include a 200 yard swim, a 5 mile bike ride, and a 2 mile run. The cost is $20 for pre-registration or $25 for registration on the day of the event. Registration will begin at 8:15 a.m. and the event will begin at 9 a.m. at the Manchester Parks and Recreation Park House. Winners will receive prizes, and all participants will receive a free t-shirt.


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, Aug. 14


Battle Day Parade: Annual parade kicks off at 12:30 p.m. This year's grand marshal is Scott Legacy, who served as head wrestling coach at Mount Anthony Union High School for 31 years. Legacy is a New England Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee and 2014 USA Today National Coach of the Year. Parade lineup is from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The parade route is Main and Safford Streets to Depot Street, north on Depot Street to River Street, River Street to the fire station. Reviewing stand at intersection of Route 7 and 9. Marching route is one mile.

Battle Day Parade simulcast: CAT-TV from Bennington and GNAT-TV from Manchester, will once again simulcast The Bennington Battle Day Parade. The show will be on Channel 15 on both stations beginning at noon with the pre-parade show and run through the entire length of the parade, approximately 2:30 to 3 p.m. The pre-parade show will focus on previous Battle Day Parades and historical facts presented by Judy Ziller, previous CAT-TV Board of Director and former CAT-TV staff member. At 12:30 p.m., CAT-TV hosts, Matt Harrington, executive director of the Bennington Chamber of Commerce, and John Shannahan, executive director of the Better Bennington Corporation, will give a live synopsis of what the television viewers will see. At 1 p.m. radio announcer Ben Patten, from Magic 100.5 FM & 590 AM, takes over with a description of what's coming up the rest of the afternoon.

Historical society: Bennington Historical Society meeting, 2 p.m., Ada Paresky Education Center at Bennington Museum. David Pitlyk will speak about the role of the Loyalists, the "other" participants in the Battle of Bennington.

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.


Music from Salem: "The Great Arch of Unimagined Bridges," 4 p.m. at Hubbard Hall. Suggested ticket price $25 – Pay what you can – all are welcome. Visit

Monday, Aug. 15


Office closed: Bennington Town Offices will be closed today in Observance of Bennington Battle Day and will reopen tomorrow at 8 a.m.

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.


Fundraiser: Hathaway's Drive-in movie theater screening "Footloose" at 8:30 p.m. to raise money for the Mount Anthony Union High School Dance Team. $20 per car load. Adult single is $9, child single is $5. Half of money raised goes to the team.

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. 16


Garden club meeting: Arlington Garden Club meets at 12:30 p.m. at "Rogerland" in East Arlington. Photographer Matt Lerman will be there to speak to us. "Picture Perfect" is the theme. The club will enjoy Lunch and a Tour hosted by Roger Cooper and Kathy Cotrofeld. Assisting Hostesses: Linda McDevitt, Anna Giglio, Dale Wood. Web site: will show you some of the the special events and projects of the club. We welcome new members: call Nancy at 375-1354


History podcast: Join local history enthusiasts Jonah Spivak and Bob Hoar for a special live version of their podcast, "History and a Pint" at the McCullough Free Library in North Benningtonat 6 p.m.. Learn more about the Battle of Bennington and the hosts' recent research and experiences at the battlefield. A question and answer period will follow. Folks who are 21+ are also invited to sample Harvest Brewing Company's homebrew.

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 third Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m., at the Second Congregational Church on Hillside Road. For information, call 802-688-4557.

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.


Battle ceremony: The Battle of Bennington will be commemorated at 7 p.m. with a ceremony at the New York State Bennington Battlefield Historic Site located on New York State Route 67. The event is open to the public at no charge. It should be noted that the Bennington Battle Monument in nearby Bennington, Vt., will be celebrating its 125th anniversary this summer, and both sites can be easily visited in one outing.

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.


SpeakSooner Community Education Program: "Being A Caregiver & Caring For Oneself: A Delicate Balance" Manchester Community Library from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. The program, second in CCM's 2016 SpeakSooner community education series, will explore the challenges of caring for a loved one who is seriously ill and addressing one's own needs. The program is free and open to the public. Space is limited, so please RSVP: or call 802-442-5800

Cuban history: Green Mountain Academy will host a talk about the history of Cuba at 5:30 p.m. with Dr. Mark Szuchman, Professor Emeritus of Florida International University. 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. 17


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


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.


La Pizza con Funghi: Aug. 17, 19, and 20 at 7 p.m. at the Freight Depot at Hubbard Hall. Pay what you will! (Advance Reservations $15) This year's conservatory performs Seymour Barab's satiric 50 minute piece that pokes good fun at opera seria with a story of four characters caught in a lovers' quarrel, full of miscues and witty humor. Sung in English with piano, this piece presents a perfect pill for anyone who needs to remember to take opera less seriously. Directed by Kirk Jackson. Visit


Japan presentation: The Garden Club of Manchester presents "Japan from Tokyo to Hiroshima" at 1 p.m. at the Manchester Community Library. Garden Club member Hoa Campbell and her husband Orland visited Japan in 2014. Orland will present a pictorial tour of temples and gardens from Tokyo to Hiroshima and answer any questions about their visit.

Author event: Northshire Bookstore, 6 p.m., Anam Thubten, "Embracing Each Moment: A Guide to the Awakened Life."

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


Music: Park McCullough, 7 p.m. Cellist Ashley Bathgate. $15.

Thursday, 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


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