Today's Calendar


Today, July 11


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.


Music classes: Area children, ages 6-14 have the opportunity to try out violin, viola, cello or piano (or continue study on their current instrument) for just $25. This unique program has been part of the Manchester Music Festival (MMF) since 1985. Lessons are taught by the talented festival's Young Artists who will be in residence for 6 weeks. Parents can choose between two 45-minute sessions every day at 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. with lessons taking place at the First Congregational Church and Festival House in Manchester Village. The week concludes with a recital on July 15, 11 a.m. at the FCC. For more information or to download an application form visit or call 802-362-1956.


Grandma Moses: Cheney Library, at 7 p.m there will be a program with Ken Gottry; he will talk about Grandma Moses.


Pre-school summer camp: Two pre-school summer camps for children ages 3-5 who are also out of diapers will keep your little ones busy learning and having fun. These camps take place in the wonderful pre-school classroom at the Village School of North Bennington, which has given Vermont Arts Exchange full access to their pint sized tables, chairs, indoor play areas and the outdoor playground. Both camps are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and are $195 with a 10 percent family discount when signing up more than one family member or more than one camp. All camp registration and payment is now completed online. A $50 drop in fee per day where space is available is an option. Please call VAE for drop in availability. For detailed descriptions of all the 2016 VAE Summer Camp programs and to register and pay please go to our website at or call 802-442-5549.

Tuesday, July 12


Ladies Auxiliary Members meeting: The Ladies Auxiliary VFW meets the second Tuesday of every month. We welcome all members and look forward to your participation. Those who are interested in joining or finding additional information about the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 1332, can contact the VFW Post 1332 at 802-442-9857 and leave a call back number.

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.


Concert series: The Bank of Bennington Town Green Concert Series kicks off at 6 p.m. with Moose Crossing, a jazz band from Poultney. Concert is at the Factory Point Town Green, located on Depot Street (Rt. 11/30), just east of the intersection with Main Street (Route 7A). Attendees are reminded to bring a lawn chair or blanket. There is no smoking on the Town Green, and dogs must be leashed at all times. Vending, including hot dogs, chips, soft drinks and other drinks, will be available during the concerts. Questions about the 2016 Town Green Concert Series, including cancellations, should be directed to the Manchester Parks and Recreation Department at 802-362-1439 or Weather-related cancellations will be posted on the Town of Manchester Facebook page at

The GMALL Debate: Green Mountain Academy will host a genuine debate based loosely on the format used since 1823 by the Oxford Union of Oxford University in England. The debate will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Manchester Community Library. The debaters are Derek Boothby and Peter Radford, and the proceedings will be moderated by Steven Sinding. One speaker will propose the motion and the other oppose it. The motion in question: Populism Leads to the Decay of Democracy. Members of the audience will then be invited to make short statements for or against the motion. After concluding remarks by the two speakers, there will be a vote by show of hands. Registration for the talk 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

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 13


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


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.

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.


Live Raptor Program: At 6:30 p.m. at Hubbard Hall. Free tickets are available for pick up at the Cambridge Public Library. This exciting program allows learners of all ages to see live birds of prey up-close and to learn about the impressive adaptations and behaviors of these remarkable birds. We also discuss the conservation issues that impact them and how to make a difference.


Humanity in the Modern World; Refugee Crisis: Green Mountain Academy will host a talk accompanied by a photo presentation about the refugee crisis in Europe at 5:30 p.m. The talk with artist and photographer Susan Weiss will be held at Burr and Burton Academy in the Riley Center for the Arts. Susan Weiss was recently in Lesbos, Greece, to document the refugee crisis and then in Berlin to continue the project there. This photo presentation will tell a story that is both heartbreaking and triumphant. 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

Greatest Generation Film Series Presents Classic War Drama: Manchester Community Library will screen an Oscar Winning WW II war drama at 2 p.m. in the Lower Level Gallery. At "Twelve O'Clock High," a hard-as-nails general takes over a bomber unit suffering from low morale and whips them into fighting shape. Blending "thrilling action" with "personal drama brought to heroic heights" (The New York Times), this 1949 winner of two Academy Awards stars Gregory Peck in "the best performance of his career" (Look), a role which earned him a Best Actor Oscar nomination. The film screening is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served, courtesy of Equinox Terrace. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center. Info: 802-362-2607.

Thursday, July 14


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.


Concert: Titled "Flirting With Fusion," the concert will take place 7:30 p.m. at the Southern Vermont Arts Center's Arkell Pavilion on Manchester West Road. The program continues with "MMF (Manchester Music Festival) After Hours," featuring the Vermont-based acoustic duo of Laura Molinelli and Ben Campbell, who perform together with band mates as Luminous Crush, assisted by MMF faculty and guest artists. Tickets are $42 for adults, $18 for students, and may be purchased at Festival House, 802-362-1956, or online at

Family Fun & Fitness Event: On your mark, get set, go to the Manchester Community Library's Family Fun & Fitness Event along the walking path at Dana Thompson Memorial Park at 10:30 a.m. Put on your sneakers and enjoy a healthy series of fun activities meant to exercise minds and bodies. They include a hula hoop frisbee toss, an egg and spoon game, pool noodle hopscotch, and many other fun challenges. Start walking at the beginning of the 1-mile track and enjoy reading the StoryWalk book, Bad Kitty, as you move from one activity to another. This free family Summer Reading Program event is generously sponsored by Mother Myrick's Confectionery and the Northshire Bookstore.

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


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


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 15


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.

Saturday, July 16


Gallery: Opening today and on view through Oct. 2 in the Regional Artists Gallery of Bennington Museum is a vibrant exhibition of recent paintings by Baltimore and North Bennington painter Mark Barry, who describes his work as "Painting the seemingly ordinary moments in life that aren't ordinary at all." Meet the artist at 3 p.m. in the gallery.


Parade: The Cambridge Central School invites current students and alumni to represent CCS in the 150th anniversary of the Cambridge parade. Participants are encouraged to show their school spirit, by wearing their orange and black, letter sweaters, jackets, and any other CCS attire. Participants of all ages are welcome and encourage to join the school's Music Teacher, Mrs. Jill Chadwick, (formerly Jill Hahn, class of 1992) to sing the CCS alma mater on a CCS alumni singers float. Interested participants are to meet to rehearse the CCS Alma Mater at 9 a.m. on Academy Street. Chairs, songs sheets, and float will be provided, you bring your singing voices. For more information, please contact Jill (Hahn) Chadwick at 677-7070.

North Adams, Mass.

Thoreau hike: Hike the historic route of American naturalist and writer, Henry David Thoreau to the summit of Mount Greylock at 10 a.m. (rain date: July 23). The event is free. Participants should meet at the Mount Greylock State Reservation, Notch Road gate parking lot, 300 feet up from the intersections of Reservoir and Notch Roads, off Route 2 in North Adams. Recommended for ages teen to adult.


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 17


Historical Society meeting: Bennington Historical Society Meetings are normally held the third Sunday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m in the Ada Paresky Education Center located on the second floor of the Bennington Museum. This month, Jane Griswold Radocchia will talk about Vermont architect, George Guernsey's design for the "new" Saint Francis de Sales Church (1888) from the towering steeple to the life size statue of the Virgin Mary placed 75 feet above West Main Street. All Bennington Historical Society Meetings are free and open 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 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, N.Y.

Concert: Music from Salem - The Unbroken Message, Hubbard Hall at 4 p.m. Suggested ticket price $25 – Pay what you can – all are welcome. Luigi Boccherini String Trio, opus 47 Thomas Oboe Lee Oboe Quartet, world premiere. Ernest Chausson Piano Quartet, opus 30.

North Bennington

History: The John G. McCullough Free Library, through a partnership with the Historic Park-McCullough House, is proud to present Connected Through The Land: An Oral and Visual History of the Park-McCullough House and Grounds at 7 p.m. in the Library's backyard. Join us for oral history recordings and a photo slide show with live musical accompaniment. Light refreshments will be available. As always, this event is free and open to the public.


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