Today's Calendar


Today, July 5


Lions meeting: The Bennington Lions will hold its July Board meeting at 6 p.m. in the TD Bank Conference Room. All members welcome to attend.

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.


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.


Summer camps: Greater Northshire Access Television, the region's community media and training center is offering five tech inspired summer camps. There will be two sessions of Stop Motion Animation Camp, session one is open to ages 10-12 on July 5, and session two is on July 18 for ages 7-9. Campers will learn the process of Stop Motion Animation on iPad and go home with one or more finished animations. Scary Movie Editing Camp is a three day camp where campers will learn the fundamentals of editing, storytelling, special effects, and other techniques! The camp takes place July 6-8 and is open to ages 12-14. Kid's Kitchen Studio Production Camp is three day camp, from July 20-23, the campers will learn the skills needed to create, produce, star in and film a real live cooking show. Kid on the Street News Camp is a two day camp where the campers will learn the basics of scripting, HD video camera and audio equipment operation, reporting, filming and interviewing. This camp is July 27 and 28, open to ages 10-14. For more information and to register visit, or call Ann at 802-362-7070

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, July 6


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


Veterans Home concert: The Eagles Band and Trombone Ensemble from Pittsfield, Mass, will be performing music from Broadway and movies, to marches and patriotic tunes, at the Vermont Veterans' Home from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. This outdoor concert is free and is open to the community. Bring blankets or chairs to enjoy the performance. Parking will be located behind the main building or the deer park parking lot.

Quilting: Guild member Sandy LePoidevin will present quilts made by her mother, Norma LePoidevin, at the monthly meeting of Quiet Valley Quilters Guild at 6:30 p.m. The beautiful quilts may offer just the inspiration needed to launch a fun and satisfying new hobby this summer. The guild welcomes all who are interested in the art of quilting to their 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

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.

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.


Summer library program: Grumbling Gryphons present Ananzi the Trickster Spider at 6:30pm at Hubbard Hall. Free tickets are available for pick up at the Cambridge Public Library. This original dramatic adaptation of the well-known folktale of Anansi - The Trickster Spider tells how Anansi, with the aid of the children in the audience, tricks the various animals of the jungle and retrieves the stolen stories of the world from Nyame, the greedy Sky God. During the show, children take part by acting, singing, chanting and playing such roles as spiders, hippos, bees, monkeys and various jungle animals.


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

Kids' Summer Book Club: Manchester Community Library. The first meeting will be held from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Following meetings are scheduled weekly from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. through Aug. 10. Meetings will be led by Kate Coss and will feature book discussions, snacks and creative activities. Roald Dahl's whimsical story inspired the new movie out in July, but the book came first. Get the inside scoop by reading the original. The book club is open to kids entering third or fourth grade in September. Space is limited and preregistration is required. Call the library now at 802.549.4580 to reserve your spot. Each participant will receive a copy of The BFG as well as one free raffle ticket good for prize baskets on display in the Children's Barn. Kids will continue to receive one free raffle ticket at every meeting they attend. Free program, open to the public.

Mt. Equinox Hillclimb: Learn about Mt. Equinox Hillclimb at Manchester Community Library. The Library and Manchester Historical Society are proud to present a free illustrated talk, Mt. Equinox Hillclimb with Jim Donick, on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Library in the Hunter Community Room. For more info, call the Library at 802-362-2607 or email

Thursday, July 7


Potluck and meeting: The Greater Bennington Peace & Justice Center's monthly gathering will be at 6:15 p.m. starting with a potluck supper, followed by our business agenda at 7 p.m.

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.

Piano camp: Summer Sonatina International Piano Camp will hold free to the public piano concerts at the Bennington Center for the Performing Arts (Route 9, Gypsy Lane) at 7 p.m. on June 23, June 30, July 7, July 14, and July 21.


Play: "Othello," By William Shakespeare, 7 p.m. at Hubbard Hall. See website for outdoor location details. Free.


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


Eco tour: From 9:30 a.m. to noon, Hildene's horticulturist, education director and Dene Farm manager will lead a program on the ecology of Hildene's lower meadows and wetland. Andrea Luchini will discuss the issue of invasive plants. Diane Newton will lead the group into the wetland for a hands-on activity to gain an understanding of the ecosystem and its ecological importance. Brooke Decker will complete the tour with a visit to the adjacent bird sanctuary where she will talk about meadow ecology and efforts to encourage bobolinks and other pollinators. Registration is required. Enrollment is limited to 20 participants: $10 for Hildene members, $15 for non-members. Attendees will park at the Welcome Center and Hildene will provide all transportation to and from Dene Farm. The bus will leave the parking lot promptly at 9:30 am. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a water bottle. The shuttle will return to the Welcome Center by noon. The rain date is July 21, from 9:30 am to noon. For more information and to register, contact Stephanie at 802-367-7960 or

Stuffed toy Olympics: Bring your stuffed animal buddy to the Manchester Community Library at 10:30 a.m. for the Stuffed Animal Olympics. This super-fun event will feature an agility demonstration by Olive, the Amazing Jack Russell Terrier, followed by fun and games for kids and their stuffed animal buddies. Generously sponsored by Mother Myrick's Confectionery and the Northshire Bookstore, this program is free and open to the public and is recommended for children ages 4 and up.

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


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.


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

Friday, July 8


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.


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.


Children's theater: Peter and the Blue Witch Baby with the Summer Children's Theater Company at 6 p.m. in the Hubbard Hall Freight Depot. $10 General Admission, $5 Students, Children under 5 Free. Peter and the Blue Witch Baby is a Russian folktale in which a young Tsar Peter is searching for a bride. He refuses a beautiful woman, who turns out to be a witch, and travels to court the Little Sister of the Clouds. A strange baby with black teeth is brought to his palace for the servants to take care of while Peter is away. Along his journey he meets three giants, only to arrive at his destination and find out that the baby is now huge (and blue) and is destroying his palace! He must return to save the day.


Harp/flue concert: Kairos - A Flute - Harp Duo, Alíx Raspé & Fanya Wyrick-Flax will perform at a free concert at the Dorset Church at 8 p.m. The program includes Narthex by Bernard Andres, Algues by Bernard Andres, Serenade for Flute and Harp by Vincent Persichetti, Histoire du Tango by Astor Piazzolla, and Entr'acte by Jacques Ibert. The church is located at 143 Church St., Dorset. Questions, call the office at 867-2260. We hope the community will come and enjoy the concert.

Saturday, July 9


Author skype: As part of our exciting lineup of Summer Reading events, the McCullough Free Library in North Bennington has teamed up with Shouthshire Roller Derby to bring children, parents and caregivers an opportunity to Skype with Victoria Jamieson, author of the hit graphic novel Roller Girl at 2 p.m. at Southshire Roller Derby's fantastic new practice space: 441 Water Street, North Bennington. A Roller Derby demonstration will follow. Children who attend will be entered to win one of two signed copies of Roller Girl! As always, this event is free and open to the public.


Music: Readsboro Arts Summer Concerts is pleased to present contemporary bluegrass and folk music quartet The Stockwell Brothers on Saturday, July 9th at 8pm in the historic EJ Bullock Building, 7012 Main St. Cabaret seating — Tickets $12 in advance $15 at the door. Advance tickets are available by calling 802-423-5600 or

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, July 10


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.


Herbal Workshop: Green Mountain Academy will host a fermentation workshop with herbalist Danielle Laberge from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The workshop will take place at the Laberge Barn in Dorset. Fermented foods are the most traditional super-foods, containing live cultures of beneficial bacteria necessary for gut health. Start your own live cultures of traditional sauerkraut and kombucha, a fermented tea beverage, and learn the simple knack of keeping these cultures growing strong for your own health benefits. This participatory class will cover troubleshooting cultures gone wrong, adding flavors to the standard recipes, and you will leave with your own kombucha starter. Preregistration is required and costs $20. For more information or to register, please call our office at 802-867-0111 or visit our website


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