Today's calendar


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Today, Jan. 19.


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.

Women's self-esteem group: Turning Point Center, 11 a.m.

Mediation group: Turning Point Center, 5 p.m.

North Bennington

Breastfeeding support group: Park McCullough Free Library, 11 p.m. Brought to you through a partnership with Green Mountain Birth Connections, we are happy to offer a safe, clean and warm space for nursing mothers to share information and personal experiences. Weigh your baby on the infant scale to measure growth. This group is free and is always looking for new members. Little ones are 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.

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.

Orwell talk: John Berninghausen of Middlebury College will talk about The Life and Writings of George Orwell. This talk will take up several distinctive features of Orwell's incisive and outspoken literary style as found in his earlier works. 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., $15 in advance/$20 at door, Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Avenue. For more information call 802-867-0111 or visit


Sunderland Safe Roads Committee: Public meeting to present and discuss the final draft scoping report that evaluates possible alternatives for pedestrian and bicycle improvements along Sunderland Hill Road and Hill Farm Road. All residents and interested parties are invited to attend. There will be time for discussion and questions. 7 p.m., Town Hall.

Wednesday, Jan. 20.


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.


GNAT hosts video press release day: Come to the GNAT studio from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to create your one minute video announcement or PSA. You bring the message, and GNAT does the video production. It's fun, and free. The program is open to individuals, nonprofits, town governments and community groups promoting non-commercial community wide events, activities and information. Your video will air on GNAT's five TV channels that reach 7,000 homes in the Northshire and Mountain Towns. They will also be available on GNAT's online Video Player for viewing and sharing on your social media and website. If you can't make it to the studio Jan. 20, you may set up another time to film your video. For more information or to register visit:, or call Hoss at 802-362-7070.

Thursday, Jan. 21


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 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.

Codependents Anonymous meeting: 6 p.m. Turning Point Club of Bennington

All Recovery meeting, 11 a.m. Turning Point

Free Women's Weight Management Group: Bennington Project Independence, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Losing weight with the help of a support group works better than going it alone. We discuss options, ideas, roadblocks, failures in a non-judgemental, private space. Call Tracy if you need more info at 802 379 8339.

Managing stormwater in our watershed: Low impact development and green stormwater infrastructure. Jim Henderson. Bennington County Regional Commission. All lectures begin at 7 p.m. One World Conservation Center, 413 Route 7.


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.

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

The Car Guy: Cheney Library will host Gordon Fricke, the "Car Guy," at 7 p.m. Gordon has been on WAMC, 90.3, once a month for many years. He knows a lot about cars. So if you have car questions here is your chance to get them answered by an expert in the field of cars.

Friday, Jan. 22


Chicken and biscuit dinner: The Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road invites one and all to the Chicken and Biscuit Dinner. The "home chefs" from the church will prepare the dishes in their own kitchens and then deliver them to the church kitchen piping hot. Mixed vegetables, extra gravy, beverages and ice cream with homemade hot fudge are also on the menu. A free will offering gathered will support the extensive mission and ministry of the church. Dinner is at 6 p.m. but come early to ensure a seat. The first 90 guests will be fed. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. For additional information contact the church office at (802) 375-2548 or visit the website at


All Recovery meeting: 4 p.m. Turning Point Center.

Android and Apple workshop: Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV) is hosting a workshop teaching people how to use their smart phone and tablet devices for both Android and Apple products. To sign up for this workshop event, or further questions, please call Darlene Young, outreach coordinator, 802-442-8868 or email her The workshop is at 4 p.m.

Park McCullough Free Library: Meet Dot and Dash the coding robots, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Our children's librarian will be on hand to demonstrate Dot and Dash to young people. After (and only after) a brief tutorial will kids be able to use Dot and Dash in the library. These robots are a fun way for kids to learn computer programming.

Saturday, Jan. 23


Stranded!: STEM tinkering activity for kids 5-12 will be held at Bennington Free Library between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Families are invited to drop by the Children's Room for this activity led by Tracy Truzansky, STEM educator with Vermont Afterschool, Inc. What would you make to survive or be rescued if you were stranded in a remote part of the world? Using visual prompts and familiar materials, kids will create small replicas of their ideas for display or to take home. For more information, contact Bennington Free Library at (802)442-9051 or email

Cabin Fever Dance: American Legion Post 13, 6 p.m. Dinner is homemade chicken cordon bleu. Music is Cold River Band from Rutland. Tickets on sale now for $10, entry at the door $12.

North Bennington

Basil and Prune the Pug Storytime: Park McCullough Free Library. Local author and illustrator Kimalie Wassick will join us for a special Tales for Tots Storytime at 10:30 a.m. No reservations are necessary.

Sunday, Jan. 24


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 with Dave Banulis and Gary Miller with friends from 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.


Book signing: Local author Peter Henry has published a book about his father, the former headmaster at Burr and Burton Academy. Entitled, "In the Shadow of Equinox Old Burr and Burton Stands," it traces the 27 years that Al Henry was at the helm. This touching memoir recounts Al's relationships with family, faculty, and his friendships with poets Robert Frost and Walter Hard. A book signing and brief synopsis will take place at JJ Hapgood store at 11 a.m. For further details contact Peter at 802-824-6618.


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