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Today, July 29

BENNINGTON

Fife and drum concert: Bennington Battle Monument, noon. Enjoy an afternoon of 18th century music performed by the Plymouth Fife and Drum Corps of Michigan. The Corps is made up of 44 students ranging in age from 12 to 18 and includes fifes, drums and a color guard. Fifing and drumming was used during times of war to relay commands to soldiers, direct movements of units, as well as to provide inspiration and marching rhythm. The shrillness of the fifes and pounding of the drums could be heard over the cries of battle.

Microphone workshop: Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV) will present a workshop on different types of microphones from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be held at the CAT-TV Studio at 525 Main Street. The workshop, taught by Production Coordinator Beq Lendvay, will be free and is open to the public. To reserve a space or for questions, please contact the CAT-TV studio at 802-442-8868

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.

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y.

Charity Golf Tournament: To benefit the Hoosick Falls Health Center Foundation at the Hoosick Falls Country Club. A four-person best ball scramble, there will be two shotgun starts – the first at 7:30 a.m. and the second at 12:30 p.m. The day includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, breakfast, a quick lunch of hamburgers and hotdogs and a dinner celebrating the 102 nd anniversary of the Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Hoosick Falls. For further information and to make your reservation call Linda Goyette at 518-686-4371 or Joyce Davis at 518-686-0221.

MANCHESTER

Food author: Northshire Bookstore, 7 p.m. Larry Olmsted, Real Food/Fake Food. Award winning food journalist and travel writer Larry Olmsted exposes this pervasive and dangerous fraud perpetrated on unsuspecting Americans.

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 Spanish conversation classes are free and open to the public. Participants should have at least a basic knowledge of the Spanish language.

NORTH BENNINGTON

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, July 30

BENNINGTON

Music: Special Olympics presents Peaches in her musical cabaret "It's a Beautiful Day," at the Second Congregational Church. Dinner and silent auction begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 each and available at the Bennington Bookstore or by calling 447-3899. All proceeds to benefit Bennington Area Special Olympics.

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.

CAMBRIDGE

Music from Salem – Listening Club: Madama Butterfly at 2 p.m. at Hubbard Hall Suggested ticket price $15 – Pay what you can – all are welcome. Come experience and discuss Puccini's masterwork with some of the singers from Hubbard Hall Opera Theater's production of Madama Butterfly before going to see their performance in August! www.hubbardhall.org

MANCHESTER

Author: Northshire Bookstore, 11 a.m. Join children's author Stephen Swineburne for a reading of his new book "Safe in a Storm." This book is a fun, imaginative good-night story featuring loving animal characters and written to comfort young children during scary storms and always.

Harry Potter: Northshire Bookstore, 9 p.m. Midnight release party of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child." Food, games, costumes and activities.

Walk in the Woods: Green Mountain Academy will host a walk in the woods of the Pew Forest at 9 a.m. with forester Alan Calfee. The group will meet at the intersection of Three Maple Drive and Wideawake Road. Mr. Calfee will lead an exploration in the rich northern hardwood forests of the Taconic Mountains. The walk will focus on tree identification, natural history of the forest, wildlife interactions, as well as some of the current threats to the forest and strategies for their management. Participants should be prepared to walk in the woods and on some moderate slopes. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the trail. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit our website at greenmtnacademy.org.

NORTH BENNINGTON

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.

POWNAL

Pownal Valley Fair Association Community Fair: The 23rd annual fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Route 346, just off U.S. Route 7 behind the post office and firehouse. Don't miss out on the fun! Kid's games and activities, tractor pulls, crafters and vendors, demonstrations, an exhibit hall, games, prizes, food and more. A car show presented by the State Line Car Club will present antique and street cars and bikes. Entertainment will be provided by live bands that will play classic rock and country music. "The Original Express Band" will play from 3 to 6 p.m. and "Ridge Runners" from 6 to 9 p.m. A fantastic fireworks display starts at 9:30 p.m. To participate, volunteer, exhibit or for general information, call Nell Winchester at 802-823-5258.

Sunday, July 31

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.

CAMBRIDGE

Music from Salem - The Winged Energy of Delight : At 4 p.m. at Hubbard Hall Suggested ticket price $25 – Pay what you can – all are welcome. John Kennedy "The Winged Energy of Delight" for toy piano Federico Mompou from Musica Calada for toy piano Heitor Villa-Lobos Duo for violin and viola, W 463 Erich Korngold Piano Quintet, opus 15 www.hubbardhall.org.

MANCHESTER

Trump protest: Town Green, 4 p.m. Protest against the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump. We will gather for an aerial photograph and video of local residents who oppose his message of fear, racism and hatred. Wear a yellow t-shirt.

Monday, Aug. 1

arlington

Grange presentation: Battenkill Grange #487 Invites everyone to the Grange Pavilion in West Arlington at 6:30 p.m. to a presentation by Kathy Comar, executive director of the Second Chance Animal Center, about the history, community programs, and the future of the center in Arlington. Please, bring a chair and a blanket and enjoy free ice cream sundaes. For any questions please call Nathalie Caler at 802-375-6135

BENNINGTON

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.

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y.

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.

NORTH BENNINGTON

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, Aug. 2

BENNINGTON

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.

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y.

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.

MANCHESTER

Populism in the 2016 Election: Green Mountain Academy will host a talk about the role of populism in the 2016 election at 5:30 p.m. with population expert Dr. Steven Sinding. 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 greenmtnacademy.org. ####

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 www.meetup.com/Southern-VT-Entrepreneur-Small-Business- 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. 3

ARLINGTON

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

BENNINGTON

Quilting: Lynn Way, an accomplished quilter and member of Quiet Valley Quilt Guild, will demonstrate how to make hour glass quilts at the next Guild meeting at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome. Members and visitors look forward to "Show and Tell" at each meeting when quilters display their current projects. The Guild welcomes all who are interested in the art of quilting to the monthly meetings held on the first Wednesday of each month at the Second Congregational Church on Hillside Street. For more information about the Guild visit www.benningtonquiltfest.com/welcome.html

Elks benefit dinner: Serving a choice of baked or fried fish or baked chicken, served with scalloped or French fried potatoes, coleslaw, clam chowder, dinner rolls and coffee — all for only $9. Serving 5:30 p.m. until gone. Benefits Elks National Foundation for Scholarships and Veterans Programs. This is a monthly event on the first Wednesday of each month. The Bennington Elks is located at 125 Washington Ave. This event is open to members and guests.

Free Qigong session every Wednesday at 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. at upper Willow Park pavilion. Contact Tracy Purdy-Martin for more info at 802-379-5745. Donations accepted but not necessary.

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.

MANCHESTER

From Rembrandt to Van Gogh and Beyond: Carol Berry will present "From Rembrandt to Van Gogh and Beyond" as part of the Summer Wednesdays Series at Manchester Community Library at 7 p.m. in the Hunter Community Room. The illustrated talk will focus on artists such as Rembrandt, Delacroix, Millet and others who inspired Van Gogh and lead him to develop a personal and universal art language that ultimately resonated with 20th century artists.

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 bnewman@bayada.com.

Thursday, Aug. 4

ARLINGTON

Artist: An oil painter of exceptional talent, Kate Edwards of Schuylerville, N.Y, will be the featured artist at Arlington's Canfield Gallery in August. Her work will be on exhibit from Aug. 4 thru Aug. 29, with an opening reception at the gallery on Aug. 6 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

BENNINGTON

Fundraiser: The Bennington Garden Club will be holding a "Tea with the Arts" fundraiser at the Bennington Center for the Arts. This fund raiser will support the BGC Education Fund. There will be two seatings in order to allow our guests to leisurely browse in the galleries. The first seating will be from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and the second seating will be from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Our guests will enjoy dainty tea sandwiches and mini sweet treats prepared by the ladies of the BGC from old family recipes and served on their own exquisite, colorful antique china. The Bennington Center for the Arts is located at 44 Gypsy Lane. Tickets can be purchased ahead from a BGC member; or at Bennington Pottery, 324 County Road or at the door on Aug. 4. The cost for the tea and the self guided gallery tour is $25. Should you have any questions, please call 802-375-6097 or 802-375-6973.

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.

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y.

Hospice presentation: Cheney Library, 6:30 p.m. Patricia Spreitzer will present a program on Hospice. Patricia is an RN and Provider Relations Specialist Community Nurse Liaison with The Community Hospice located in Rensselaer, N.Y.

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

MANCHESTER

Frog program: Hop on over to the Manchester Community Library at 10:30 a.m. for a free family program all about frogs. By special invitation, former MCL children's librarian, Jan Ketterer, will read the book, "The Frightened Frog: An Environmental Tale." Kids and their families will enjoy crafts, activities and a very tasty froggy snack.

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 doowee09@comcast.net.

NORTH BENNINGTON

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.

POWNAL

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

Rupert

Farm chores for children: On Thursday afternoons 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 www.merckforest.org.


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