Today's Calendar


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Today, Feb. 13


Time exchange: Hour for Our Community Time Exchange — Orientation. 10:30 a.m. to noon, at the Bennington Free Library. Call 802-379-5951 for more information.

Benefit dinner: Three venues at 4 Corners North will host a Valentine Eve Progressive Dinner in part to support PAVE. The evening will start with hors d'ourvres at Hawkins House, corner of County and North Streets, any time between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Buffet dinner entrée will be served at the Tap House on County Street 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and across the street diners will enjoy dessert at Bennington Potters 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wine and beer will accompany the three course dinner. The timing allows folks to move between venues at their own pace and finish in time to take in the 8 p.m. show of Gypsy Layne Cabaret and Concert at Oldcastle Theatre on Main Street. Tickets are $30 and available for purchase at each of the venues or call 802-447-7531 extension 21. PAVE receives $5 from each ticket sold.


Author: Award-winning children's author Whitney Stewart is coming to the Manchester Community Library at 10:30 a.m. She will share her book, "Meditation Is an Open Sky: Mindfulness for Kids," with children ages 4 to 7. Kids are encouraged to bring towels, dress in loose, comfortable clothing and be ready to relax and have a joyful experience.

Sunday, Feb. 14


Legion breakfast: American Legion Post 69, Arlington 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Seniors are free, 65 and older. All others are $5 each, donations are greatly appreciated. Omelets to order are back on the menu. Call: 802-375-6157 for more information:


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.

Concert: Sage City Symphony will perform the second concert of its 2015-16 season, 4 p.m. at Greenwall Auditiorium in the VAPA Building on the Bennington College campus. Admission is free. The symphony will perform the Concerto Grosso, Opus 6, No. 4, in D Major by Arcangelo Corelli, Grande Duo for Cello and Double Bass, by Giovanni Bottesini, featuring soloists David Runnion on cello and Robert Zimmerman on bass, and Symphony no. 5 in C minor, opus 67 by Beethoven."

Monday, Feb. 15


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: Making Recovery Easier, at noon. 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, just walk in.

Closed: The Bennington Free Library will be closed today for Presidents' Day, but will re-open for normal business hours tomorrow.


Church supper: The Pownal United Methodist Church will be serving its annual free Presidents Day Chicken and Biscuit Supper 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. or until gone. Everyone is welcome to attend. No reservations are needed. Donations will be accepted of canned foods etc. or money to benefit the Pownal Food Pantry which is located in the church. The menu includes: homemade chicken and baking powder biscuits, cranberry sauce, assorted desserts (cookies, cupcakes, brownies), and coffee, tea, or lemonade. Questions: Contact Mary Louise at 802-823-7769.

Tuesday, Feb. 16


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.


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.

Wednesday, Feb. 17


Live music: West Mountain Inn, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Free admission, old fashioned porch picking. For more info, call the West Mountain Inn 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.

Thursday, Feb. 18


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.

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 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.


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.


Transgender film and discussion: Manchester Community library, 6:30 p.m., the PBS Film & Discussion Series presents "A Self-Made Man" at Manchester Community Library. The film takes a candid look at what it means to be transgender, and focuses on children coming to grips with their own sexual nonconformity. A panel discussion will follow the film screening. The program is free and open to the public.

Art show: The Gallery at Equinox Village will present an exhibit of art by Rachel Barlow titled "Spring Fling" from Feb. 18 through March 14. The exhibit opening, scheduled for today at 5:30 p.m., is free and open to the public and will feature light refreshments and music.

Friday, Feb. 19


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 circle: Come dance away the winter blues at Nataraja, a monthly gathering for the local dance community at The Yoga Place, 532 Main Street, over Panache, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Please call 802-442-5331 for more information.


Author: See author Eric Shonstrom for his new book "Wild Curiosity" at the Northshire Bookstore at 7 p.m. This book brings together cutting-edge neuroscience and psychology research with experiences from the authors own life to explore what, exactly, makes us curious and why.

Saturday, Feb. 20


Food drive: The Norshaft Lions will be collecting canned and boxed food items and toiletry items at the Bennington Price Chopper from 10 a.m to 3 p.m as well as at Whitman's Feed Store in North Bennington. This year's recipients for all food and toiletry items will be the food pantries at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and the North Bennington Baptist Church. All animal food items collected will be given to the Second Chance Animal Center's Community Pet Pantry. If you have any questions, please contact Lion Nancy Merritt at 442-4759.


Author: Join Heidi Pitlor, author of the novel "The Birthdays" and editor of "The Best American Short Stories" as she discusses her newest book, "The Daylight Marriage," a page-turning, riveting exploration of unexpressed love and unnecessary loss. Northshire Bookstore, 7 p.m.


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