Today's Calendar


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Today, April 23


Karenna Gore to speak: Karenna Gore, the eldest daughter of former Vice President Al Gore and the director of the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary, will speak at Southern Vermont College as part of the community's All-Species Day and Earth Day celebrations. The fundraising event, which will take place at Everett Mansion at the College at 6 p.m. after an afternoon of All-Species Day events in Bennington, will be preceded by dinner provided by Ramunto's Restaurant. Proceeds for the event will benefit the CEE and SVC Student Environmental Initiatives. Tickets for the event are $35 for adults and include dinner, talk and cash bar. Children under 10 can attend the dinner and talk for $20. Due to limited seating at the Everett Mansion, tickets must be purchased in advance and are available at Ramunto's in Bennington (519 Main Street), or may be ordered at Brown Paper Tickets:, or by visitng the SVC Web site at For more information, please contact Colleen Little at 802-447-6317 or

SVC open house: Southern Vermont College will host its Spring Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Prospective students and their families will have an opportunity to learn about the College's programs of study, athletics, campus life, scholarships and financial aid. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at 802-447-6300 or If unable to attend the Open House, visit to schedule a personalized visit.

Live music: South Street Cafe, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., The Long Journey (bluegrass, folk, and more)

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Solar group: Solarize 7+, a volunteer group promoting solar energy in southern Washington County, will hold its 2016 campaign kickoff from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cambridge United Presbyterian Church. Join us for a free lunch of soup and bread, see a solar photovoltaic panel up close, and learn how practical and affordable solar power can be! In case of rain, we'll be inside the church. For more information, visit our website,, or find us on Facebook.


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.

World Book Day: McCullough Free Library. Stop in for a free book to keep. Make-Your-Own Book Workshop at 11 a.m. for ages 7 and up.

Sunday, April 24


Family history: Martha Canfield Library, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Please join us for a seminar focusing on how to organize your family history findings, developing charts and numbering methods, and learning about software for genealogy. For more information, call 802-375-6153, or email the The seminar is free to the public.


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.

Science Exploration Fair: Members of the Biology Club at Southern Vermont College will host a Science Exploration Fair from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Everett Mansion on campus. The Fair will be a fun time to explore science features and projects for families with children pre-K to 6th grade, but anyone can attend. Children will have an opportunity to create their own silly putty/slime and mini lava lamp bottles to take home as souvenirs. Other experiments will include elephant toothpaste, static orbs, and observing some plants and worms. Admission is $2 per child. A portion of the proceeds will go to Second Chance Animal Center in Shaftsbury, and the remainder will go to SVC's Biology Club. For more information on the Science Exploration Fair, contact SVC's Biology Club advisor Tammy Kenny at 802-447-4663 or

Trail mix event: Southern Vermont College, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., students in the sports management program, in partnership with members of the Bennington Area Trail System (BATS), will host a kickoff event called "The Trail Mix" to create awareness of BATS's multi-use trail systems. The event, to be held at SVC's Everett Mansion, will include an outdoor portion with trail information, the opportunity to ride, run, hike or perform trail maintenance. The mixer will feature the sale of pizza and local craft beer by Ramunto's as well as musical entertainment by DJ Showtime. All in the community are invited. For more information about sponsorship or the event in general, contact Event Coordinator DeShawn Hamlet and Professor Gorham:,, 802-447-6382. For more information about the trail organization, please visit the BATS Facebook page. To learn more about SVC, visit


Soap making class: Hosted by Stark Naturals, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Learn the basics of making natural bar soap with organic ingredients. Registration required by 4/22 by emailing Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Course is free, limited to 12 participants.


Discovering the Plausible: A poetry reading by Annie Raskin, 3 p.m. at The Left Bank. Light refreshments will be served

Monday, April 25


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.

Tuesday, April 26


Potluck and peace: The community is invited to a potluck dinner and presentation at 6 p.m. in Bailey Hall at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road by Gloria Vicente of Global Ministries. Gloria will share information about her important and on-going work in Guatemala where she works through the Christian Ecumenical Council of Guatemala on peace and reconciliation issues. Plan to bring a dish to share for this informative evening. Phone the church office at 802-375-2548 or email for additional information.


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

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.

Long-term illness management: Oldcastle Theatre, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Center for Communication in Medicine will present, "Finding Your Path Through Illness & Getting The Help You Need." This event will assemble a panel of experts to discuss resources available in our region that help to support patients and loved ones facing healthcare challenges. Learn to be better prepared to ask for the supports you need. Free, open to the public, limited space so RVSP at or call 802-442-5800

Bereavement support group: Bennington Free Library, 6 p.m. The group is for those that are survivors of the sudden unexpected death of their spouse or significant other. For more information, a brochure or current newsletter, please call 802-441-5562 or email or find us on Facebook.


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.

Press release workshop: A presentation and workshop on writing press releases and communicating with news media outlets will be held at the Manchester Community Library at 5:30 p.m. The presentation will be given by Andrew McKeever, the Manchester Journal's managing editor. The presentation is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center. Reservations are not required, but are helpful and encouraged. To reserve a place, or for further information, call Cindy Waters at the Library, 802-549-4577, or email

Preschool story time: Manchester Community Library's PreSchool Story Time will be an especially delightful event when former MCL Children's Librarian, Jan Ketterer, joins Janet Kleinberg in presenting a Spring Time Story Time at 10:30 a.m. Free program, open to the public. Children must be supervised by adult caregivers.


Book Review Club: McCullough Free Library at 5:30 p.m. Review a book of your choice for the group and come away with a few ideas of what to read next. Light refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, April 27


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

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

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.

Documentary screening: A PBS/Frontline documentary entitled, "Poor Kids" will be shown at Southern Vermont College (SVC) at 4 p.m. in Everett Mansion's Theatre. The documentary, said to be an intimate portrait of the economic recession shown through the eyes of children, will be followed by a faculty-led discussion with the audience. The showing of this film is free to everyone. For more information, contact Christopher Cummings (, Anthony Contreras (, or Scott Fitzgerald (

Friends of the Bennington Battle Monument annual meeting: The Friends of the Bennington Battle Monument will hold its annual meeting on at 7 p.m. at the Old First Church Barn on Monument Circle. Guest speaker will Betty Gershaneck. Betty spent a good part of childhood in the caretaker's house that is now the Monument Gift and Museum Shop. She has many interesting stories to tell about her life in Old Bennington and the days before the elevator. The event is free and open to the public. A brief business meeting will follow Betty's talk. Light refreshments will be served. Further information 802-447-0550.


Playwrite workshop: Learn to write a play, today, and tomorrow, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Manchester Community Library. Participants will study the building blocks of what makes a great play through improvisation and theatre games. At the end of the 2nd day's workshop you will have the beginnings of a new play in the works, which can be submitted, if desired, to the DTF Young Playwrights Competition by May 31. Sign up now for this exciting program. Call Janet at 802.549-4580 or email her at Program is free.

Free video press releases: Come to the GNAT studio today to film a one minute video announcement or bring your high resolution photos and record a voice over. You bring the message, GNAT does the production. It's a fun and free way to get your information to our community.

Thursday, April 28


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.

Live music: South Street Cafe, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Hale Mountain Pickers


Surgery discussion: Join Dr. William Andrew "Drew" Lighthart, a surgeon at Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a discussion on the potential benefits of minimally invasive hip and knee replacement surgery. The program will be held at The Dorset Inn on 8 Church Street and is free and open to the public. To register for this free program or for more information, please visit or call 802-772-2400.


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


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.

Kindergarten screening: Village School of North Bennington for those who will be 5 years-old on or before December 15, 2016. Call 802-442-5955 between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. for further information and to make an appointment.


Bingo: The American Legion Post 90 in Pownal will host bingo at 5 p.m. Bingo begins at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, April 29


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.


Spanish conversation class: Sue Ritchie will be offering a Spanish conversation class at the Manchester Community Library from 3 p.m. to 3:55 p.m. People of all ages are invited to join. The class meets once a month on the last Friday of the month. The Spanish conversation classes are free and open to the public. Participants should have at least a basic knowledge of the Spanish language. For more info, contact the library at 802-362-2607.


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, April 30


Memory cafe: The Bennington County Memory Café meets on the last Saturday of each month at the Bennington Free Library. The café begins at 10:00 a.m. and lasts until approximately 11:30 a.m. The café is very loosely structured with activities ranging from music, art, games, singing, crafts and poetry. We also have an occasional guest speaker.

Live music: South Street Cafe, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Glenn Roth (fingerstyle guitarist)

Pancake breakfast: From 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Peter's Church. Event is sponsored by the Catamount Rotary Club and will benefit scholarships and community projects.

Garage sale: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., look for signs on East Road past Dee's Market. Benefits local cancer center.


Preschool Community Soccer: The program is for youth ages 3-5 years and will meet on Saturday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. from April 30 to May 21 at the Dana Thompson Memorial Park. This is a popular program and registration is limited to the first 100 players. All players will receive a soccer ball and t-shirt as part of the program. Registration fees are $25 for Manchester residents and $35 for non-residents. We are also looking for volunteer coaches for the program. For more information and to register please contact the MPR Department at 802-362-1439 or email


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 1


Lecture: As part of the Sunday Afternoon at the Library series, "The Genealogy of Happiness: From Aristotle to Positive Psychology", will take place at 2 p.m. in the Martha Canfield Library Meeting Room. What is happiness? Can it be measured? And what is the relationship between happiness and virtue, money, pleasure, relationships, mindfulness, and satisfaction? Marlboro College Professor William Edelglass will begin with an overview of different conceptions of happiness, then turn to the numerous claims about what makes us happy, and will conclude by reflecting on the findings of positive psychology in the context of the history of the idea of happiness. 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 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.

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.

Free pet clinic: First Baptist Church, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Help-a-Pet, a free clinic for dogs and cats, for families who are homeless or receiving public assistance such as 3SquaresVt, Medicaid etc. For treatment of minor illnesses, wounds or injuries, wellness exams, vaccinations, parasites. Dogs must be on leashes, cats in a safe container.


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