Today's Calendar


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Today, April 21


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; Wellness in Recovery Meeting, 5 p.m. Codependents Anonymous 6 p.m.

Author: Robert Sugarman will be at the Bennington Free Library at 7 p.m. discussing his book "Antibes 1950: A Novel." Set in 1950, the novel recalls the time in post-World War II France when the country was rebuilding and becoming a hub for the arts and attracting expatriate Americans. The program is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Bennington Bookshop and the Bennington Free Library. Call 802-442-5059 for more information.

Video workshop: Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV) will present a workshop on Video Production in the real world at 5 p.m. The event will be held at the CAT-TV Studio at 525 Main St. The workshop, taught by Production Coordinator Ryan Scutt, will be free and is open to the public. Reservations are a must. Please contact the CAT-TV studio at 802-442-8868 to sign up.

Food waste: One World Conservation Center, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Join in an Earth Day discussion on wasted food.


History of opiates in Vermont: The Dorset Historical Society's Third Thursday Lunchtime Lecture features Gary Shattuck on opiates and their backstory in the Green Mountain State. Shattuck will give a PowerPoint presentation and discuss the wide use of these drugs in Vermont, tracing the tale from the 18th century into the early 20th. The event, free and open to the public, starts at noon at DHS's Bley House Museum on Route 30 at Kent Hill Rd. Bring a bag lunch; liquid refreshment and dessert are provided. For further information, see or call 802-867-0331.


Morning Yoga: Manchester Community Library, 8:30 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. every Thursday until April 28. 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 free with a suggested minimum donation of $5-10 per class to benefit the Manchester Community Library. Please come at least 10 minutes before class begins to set up. For more information, 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, April 22


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.

Earth Day Open House: One World Conservation Center, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Schools Out- Kids Activities: Refreshments, Environmental Education Displays & Discussions- Presenters: Northeast Recycling Council, Efficiency VT, 350VT, Electric Cars, TAM Organics. Door Prizes for everyone, Music & Art. One World Conservation Center at 413 US Route 7S in Bennington. Please call the Center at 802-447-7419 for more information or visit our website at or on Facebook at One World Conservation Center.

Live music: The Scottish band Cantrip will perform at Bennington's Meetinghouse Café at 8 p.m. The trio includes piper Dan Houghton, fiddler Jon Bews and guitarist Eric McDonald. Tickets are $15 at the door. Information is at

Open house: Rental property owners are invited to an open house at the Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity home to have a first-hand look at the comprehensive energy efficiency improvements that are being implemented on this home. The Habitat House is located at 334 North Branch St. in Bennington. Refreshments will be available. Two tours of one and a half hours each are planned starting at 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. For more information, contact Jim Sullivan, Bennington County Regional Commission at 442-0713 x5 or


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!


Organ tissue donation: At 1:30 p.m., Denise Swistak from the New England Donor Bank will answer all of your questions on organ and tissue donation. Handouts and pamphlets will also be available to take home and share with family and friends. Please join us for this very important program in the Auditorium at Sweetwood of Williamstown, 1611 Cold Spring Rd. Light Refreshments will be served. This program is free but RSVPs are appreciated. To RSVP and with questions, please call director of Marketing & Community Relations Jill Drummond at 413-458-8371, ext. 13.

Saturday, April 23


Karenna Gore to speak: Karenna Gore, the eldest daughter of former Vice President Al Gore and the director of the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary, will speak at Southern Vermont College as part of the community's All-Species Day and Earth Day celebrations. The fundraising event, which will take place at Everett Mansion at the College at 6 p.m. after an afternoon of All-Species Day events in Bennington, will be preceded by dinner provided by Ramunto's Restaurant. Proceeds for the event will benefit the CEE and SVC Student Environmental Initiatives. Tickets for the event are $35 for adults and include dinner, talk and cash bar. Children under 10 can attend the dinner and talk for $20. Due to limited seating at the Everett Mansion, tickets must be purchased in advance and are available at Ramunto's in Bennington (519 Main Street), or may be ordered at Brown Paper Tickets:, or by visitng the SVC Web site at For more information, please contact Colleen Little at 802-447-6317 or

SVC open house: Southern Vermont College will host its Spring Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Prospective students and their families will have an opportunity to learn about the College's programs of study, athletics, campus life, scholarships and financial aid. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at 802-447-6300 or If unable to attend the Open House, visit to schedule a personalized visit.

Cambridge, N.Y.

Solar group: Solarize 7+, a volunteer group promoting solar energy in southern Washington County, will hold its 2016 campaign kickoff from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cambridge United Presbyterian Church. Join us for a free lunch of soup and bread, see a solar photovoltaic panel up close, and learn how practical and affordable solar power can be! In case of rain, we'll be inside the church. For more information, visit our website,, or find us on Facebook.


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.

World Book Day: McCullough Free Library. Stop in for a free book to keep. Make-Your-Own Book Workshop at 11 a.m. for ages 7 and up.

Sunday, April 24


Family history: Martha Canfield Library, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Please join us for a seminar focusing on how to organize your family history findings, developing charts and numbering methods, and learning about software for genealogy. For more information, call 802-375-6153, or email the The seminar is free 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, 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.

Science Exploration Fair: Members of the Biology Club at Southern Vermont College will host a Science Exploration Fair from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Everett Mansion on campus. The Fair will be a fun time to explore science features and projects for families with children pre-K to 6th grade, but anyone can attend. Children will have an opportunity to create their own silly putty/slime and mini lava lamp bottles to take home as souvenirs. Other experiments will include elephant toothpaste, static orbs, and observing some plants and worms. Admission is $2 per child. A portion of the proceeds will go to Second Chance Animal Center in Shaftsbury, and the remainder will go to SVC's Biology Club. For more information on the Science Exploration Fair, contact SVC's Biology Club advisor Tammy Kenny at 802-447-4663 or

Trail mix event: Southern Vermont College, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., students in the sports management program, in partnership with members of the Bennington Area Trail System (BATS), will host a kickoff event called "The Trail Mix" to create awareness of BATS's multi-use trail systems. The event, to be held at SVC's Everett Mansion, will include an outdoor portion with trail information, the opportunity to ride, run, hike or perform trail maintenance. The mixer will feature the sale of pizza and local craft beer by Ramunto's as well as musical entertainment by DJ Showtime. All in the community are invited. For more information about sponsorship or the event in general, contact Event Coordinator DeShawn Hamlet and Professor Gorham:,, 802-447-6382. For more information about the trail organization, please visit the BATS Facebook page. To learn more about SVC, visit


Soap making class: Hosted by Stark Naturals, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Learn the basics of making natural bar soap with organic ingredients. Registration required by 4/22 by emailing Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Course is free, limited to 12 participants.


Discovering the Plausible: A poetry reading by Annie Raskin, 3 p.m. at The Left Bank. Light refreshments will be served

Monday, April 25


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: 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.

Tuesday, April 25


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.; Hand in Hand recovery 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, April 26


Potluck and peace: The community is invited to a potluck dinner and presentation at 6 p.m. in Bailey Hall at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road by Gloria Vicente of Global Ministries. Gloria will share information about her important and on-going work in Guatemala where she works through the Christian Ecumenical Council of Guatemala on peace and reconciliation issues. Plan to bring a dish to share for this informative evening. Phone the church office at 802-375-2548 or email for additional information.

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

Meetings at Turning Point Center: Narcotics Anonymous, noon. Alcoholics Anonymous, 6 p.m.

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.

Long-term illness management: Oldcastle Theatre, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Center for Communication in Medicine will present, "Finding Your Path Through Illness & Getting The Help You Need." This event will assemble a panel of experts to discuss resources available in our region that help to support patients and loved ones facing healthcare challenges. Learn to be better prepared to ask for the supports you need. Free, open to the public, limited space so RVSP at or call 802-442-5800

Bereavement support group: Bennington Free Library, 6 p.m. The group is for those that are survivors of the sudden unexpected death of their spouse or significant other. For more information, a brochure or current newsletter, please call 802-441-5562 or email or find us on Facebook.


Press release workshop: A presentation and workshop on writing press releases and communicating with news media outlets will be held at the Manchester Community Library at 5:30 p.m. The presentation will be given by Andrew McKeever, the Manchester Journal's managing editor. The presentation is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center. Reservations are not required, but are helpful and encouraged. To reserve a place, or for further information, call Cindy Waters at the Library, 802-549-4577, or email

Preschool story time: Manchester Community Library's PreSchool Story Time will be an especially delightful event when former MCL Children's Librarian, Jan Ketterer, joins Janet Kleinberg in presenting a Spring Time Story Time at 10:30 a.m. Free program, open to the public. Children must be supervised by adult caregivers.


Book Review Club: McCullough Free Library at 5:30 p.m. Review a book of your choice for the group and come away with a few ideas of what to read next. Light refreshments will be served.


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