Today's Calendar


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Today, May 27


Live Music: Woven to preform at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10; $5 for students. Information is at

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, May 28


Free workout: Anytime Fitness has been delivering Free Workouts to our community every Saturday this month. We invite the community to join Anytime Fitness staff, instructors and trainers for any of our fun-infused group fitness classes we will do all day. It's our last Free Workout Saturday that will include exercises for a variety of fitness levels. You don't need to be a member to attend Free Workout Saturdays, everyone's invited! Grab your friends and a water bottle and come get to a healthier place with us! Join us at MAUHS High School track off Park Street, 7:30 a.m. For Mayfest; Main St, Bennington, VT - Zumba - 10:15 a.m. - Zumba Toning - 11:15 a.m. - Summer Shred - 1:15 p.m. - Senior - 2:15 p.m. - Core - 3:15 p.m.

Garden sale: A garden sale to benefit the Josh Bressette Commit to Save a Life organization will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. outside of Family Footwear Center at 120 Northside Drive. The sale will feature flowers, tomato plants and herbs for sale as well as birdhouses, planters and garden stakes decorated by local artists. The event will also include a bake sale with all proceeds benefiting the organization. Josh Bressette Commit to Save a Life is a non-profit organization committed to assisting in the recovery from heroin and opiod addiction. For more information please visit their website at

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.


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.


Plant sale: The Peru Church invites you to our annual Plant Sale to be held on the church steps from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information call Pastor Margaret at 379-1438.


Meet the lambs: From 9 a.m. to noon, Merck Forest and Farmland Center staff will host a "Meet the Lambs" celebration. The public is invited to meet the newest members of the flock, to participate in family-fun activities, horse-drawn wagon rides and farm tours. Merck-produced sausage & biscuits will be offered for sale, and visitors may enjoy a picnic on the hillsides.


Veterans appreciation dinner: Salem Community Fellowship is hosting a free dinner to honor all veterans, active duty military, and their families at 4 p.m., at 224 Main Street (The Central House building). Guest speaker will be U.S. Army Captain Daniel Severson, who served our country in Vietnam with Company B, 4th Battalion (Airborne), 503d Infantry, 173d Airborne Brigade (Separate). Dinner will be served immediately following the message. For more information call 518-854-3208 or email us at

Sunday, May 29


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.

Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day)


Memorial Day Parade: Line up by 10:45 a.m. on School Street. Parade at 11 a.m. Ends at the memorial at Fisher Elementary School.


Memorial Day Parade: Line up at 11 a.m. at the former Jr. high school on Main Street. Parade begins at noon, turns north at the Four Corners and ends at the Vermont Veterans Home where there will be a brief service.

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.


Memorial Day events: The community is invited to attend the Dorset Memorial Day Service and Parade. The service will begin at 1 p.m. at the United Church of Dorset and East Rupert, 143 Church St. At the end of the service the parade will march to the Maple Hill Cemetery and then return to the Dorset Green for the lowering of the flag. A Pot-Luck Community picnic will be held on the Dorset Church lawn after the event. Please bring a salad or dessert to share and we'll provide the hotdogs! Everyone is welcome to join in the celebration! Questions call the Dorset Church at 867-2260.

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Memorial Day rites: Begins with the raising of the American flag by Edward "Ike" Powers commander of the American Legion at the Maple Grove Cemetery, followed by the flag raising at the St. Marys Cemetery. At 8 a.m. the flag will be raised at Wood Memorial Park with a salute by the American Legion and Auxiliary. At 8:15 a.m., the American Legion accompanied by the Hoosick Falls High School Band will march from Wood Park to the Shop Bridge to honor the men of the Navy who lost their lives at sea. The group will then march to the Civil War Monunment at the junction of Classic and High Streets to honor the dead of the Civil War at 8:40 a.m. At 9:15 a.m., the Legion wth the American Legion and local veterans will assemble at the World Word I Memorial in Wood Park. Wreaths will be placed at the World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam Monuments. The chaplain of the American Legion will then offer a prayer. A parade consisting of two divisions will assemble at 9:15 a.m. and will step of at 10 a.m.


Pancakes then parade: Come to breakfast at the Readsboro Lions Park for an outdoor Pancake Breakfast, 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Plain pancakes, blueberry or chocolate chip, local maple syrup, plus hash browns, sausages and drinks. $12 Adults, children under 5, $3 or Big Boy all you can eat $20. Maple syrup will be available to purchase and we will also have a 50/50 raffle. All proceeds will benefit the Bullock Building Restoration Project. Hosted by Readsboro Hometown Redevelopment, Inc. Then join us on Main Street at the Bandstand for Memorial Day Ceremonies and parade.


Norshaft Memorial Day Parade: Line up at 8:30 a.m. starting at Cole Hall on Buck Hill Road. Parade begins at 9 a.m., crosses Route 7A, down Church Street, left on Cleveland Avenue and back to Route 7A. Prior to the start, Linda Meskun and family will place a wreath on the Honor Roll. A wreath will also placed in the Village Cemetery to honor firefighters and first responders who have given their lives. Refreshments will be served at the Shaftsbury Fire House following the parade.

Tuesday, May 31


Medicare info: Learn how to navigate through the Medicare system by attending an informational session regarding Medicare Part A, Part B, and Part D Prescription Drug Coverage Medicare Supplemental Insurance 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging 160 Benmont Ave Suite 90 .Please call or email Sandy Bartlett to register 802-442-5436 or

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.

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.

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


Judaism; An Explanation: Burr and Burton Academy's Hunter Seminar Room, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Green Mountain Academy welcomes Rabbi Michael Cohen who will look at the fundamental elements which make up Judaism. The different streams within Judaism will be examined, as well as the evolutionary dynamic of 4,000 years of this religion. $15 in advance/$20 at door, For more information call 802-867-0111 or visit

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, June 1


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


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.

Quilting: Quiet Valley Quilt Guild welcomes all who are interested in the art of quilting to monthly meetings held at 6:30 p.m on the first Wednesday of each month at Second Congregational Church on Hillside Street. For more information, visit

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

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.


Merck Forest master plan: The public is invited to join the Trustees and Staff of Merck Forest and Farmland Center at the Manchester Community Library from 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., for a presentation and discussion of preliminary Conceptual Designs for the Merck Forest Master Site Plan. Light refreshments will be served; please call the Center at 802-394-7836 for further information and to reserve a seat.

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


VSNB string concert and celebration: The Village School of North Bennington is celebrating 25 years of its string program. Please join us at 6:30 p.m. in the gym at The Village School to honor the exceptional people who have made this possible. We are planning a party full of good music and yummy food. All of our string students will be playing our newest version of Star Wars! VSNB parking is available on School Street and Church Street.

Thursday, June 2


Blood drive: Southwestern Vermont Medical Center is hosting an American Red Cross Blood drive 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. in its employee cafeteria. To make an appointment to donate, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text bloodapp to 90999 to download the app to your smartphone. As always, walk-ins will be accommodated as well. Those who are unfamiliar with the SVMC campus may stop at the information desk in the main lobby for directions to the drive.

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.


Knitting club: Manchester Community Library is forming a new knitting club. The initial meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Café Commons at the library. Melissa Weston, an experienced knitter with over 20 years experience who is employed at a local knitting shop, will facilitate the group and serve as a resource. The group is open to all age levels. Beginners welcome; a basic knowledge of knitting is needed. Joining a knitting group is a great way to meet others who share a common interest, swap knitting tips, and get motivated to knit more. Participants should bring their own yarn and needles and/or a knitting project. Involvement is free and open to those who knit. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center. For more info, contact the library at 802-362-2607.

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.


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