Today's Calendar


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Today, June 24


Charity tourney: Hole-in-One Tournament. Get a Hole in One & Win a Car. This event is sponsored by Catamount Rotary Club & Bennington Subaru. Mt. Anthony Country Club, Qualify on June 24 & 25 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 26 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Finals on 26 at 1 p.m. $10.00/tray of balls. Event benefits Catamount Rotary Club's scholarships.

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.


America's First Forest: Carl Schenk and the Asheville Experiment, a documentary on Carl Schenck and the Biltmore Forest School. Riley Center for the Arts, Burr & Burton Academy. Friday June 24, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Free.

Saturday, June 25


Family workshops: Project Against Violent Encounters (PAVE) will be hosting a series of Family Art Workshops for the community. The workshops will be lead by Carrie O'Neil Houlihan at the Second Congregational Church at 115 Hillside St. Fairy and Dinosaur Gardens is at 3 p.m. These workshops are geared towards parents with children 9 and up and will help foster a creative environment that will help families work together. The workshops are free, all materials will be provided, and are open to the public. These workshops are made possible through the Children Trust Fund Grant. Registration is required and there is a limit of 15 families. Dinner will be provided after the workshops for everyone who registers. Please contact PAVE at 802-442- 2370 to register.

Ball drop: Catamount Rotary Club's 50/50 Ball Drop. Mt. Anthony Country Club, 7 p.m. A huge can of numbered golf balls will be dropped from an extended crane. Top three winners that are closest to the pin split 50 percent. Raffle tickets available before event. Tickets are $5 each.

Dairy month: The farmers and vendors of the Bennington Farmers' Market invite you to celebrate Dairy Month with them Saturday, June 25 from 10 a.m. till 1 p.m. Grateful Morning Farm, a local dairy farm associated with Organic Valley Dairy Co-op, is bringing a newborn calf for children to pet. The Shaftsbury farm will also host an activity tent where games, stickers, educational materials and complimentary Organic Valley treats will be shared with visitors. From 11:30 a.m. till 1 p.m. market patrons will be treated to ice cream cones courtesy of Wilcox Dairy and the Bennington Farmers' Market. The Bennington Farmers' Market is held on the Riverwalk off Depot Street in Bennington every Saturday throughout the summer and through the end of October. Additional markets are held Tuesday afternoons from 3 -till 6 p.m. in the parking lot adjacent to the Chamber of Commerce off Route 7 North.

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.


Garden tour: "Through the Garden Gate" is a tour of eight spectacular private gardens in Manchester and Dorset from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine, to benefit GCM's scholarship program for local students pursuing horticultural studies. Purchase Advance Tickets ($25) at Aubuchon Hardware, Dorset Union Store, Equinox Valley Nursery, Mettowee Mill Garden Center & Landscaping, Northshire Bookstore and online at or Tour Day at Manchester Community Library and On the Dorset Green from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For further information, see GCM's website.


Amateur radio club: Members of the Cornerstone Amateur Radio Club (K2FCR) will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise at 623 Johnson Hill Road. This event is open to the public and visitors are welcome from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. If you don't have a amateur radio license, you can register and sign up to operate our Get On The Air station, where our GOTA coach guides you to make your own contacts on air. This is a great way to experience amateur radio without having a license. For more information contact Greg Fox at & 518-410-5621 or Tim Colaneri at & 518-431-9750


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.


Crafts: Volunteer Mary Natalizia will offering a variety of student craft activities at the Solomon Wright Public Library from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Class size is limited to ensure materials for all so do call the library to preregister at 823-5400. Your own Mancala game will be one of the choices for participants who also can also sign up for the summer reading program and/or check out books for pleasure reading.


Herbal first aid: Transition Town Manchester will be holding an Herbal First Aid workshop from 10 a.m. to noon at GNAT studio on Rt 7A in Sunderland. There is a $10 fee. The workshop will be led by herbalist Susan Stanton. Stanton has studied Plant Medicine with Rosemary Gladstar and taught herbal workshops at the Brattleboro Food Co-op. She will be teaching the identification and use of garden and yard plants for first aid. This will be a hands-on-experience. You will participate in making herbal preparations and leave with a jar of salve. Space is limited so please register in advance at 802-867-0341.

Sunday, June 26


Cooking challenge: Southern Vermont Cooking Challenge, Madison's from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Musicians Julie Shea and John Carson playing for entertainment. Ten cooks will compete for a $200 gift card from Hannaford as well as having their appetizer on the menu at Madison's. Second place is a $100 gift card, third is a $50 gift card. Silent auction with half proceeds benefiting Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless. Percentage of tickets sales benefits BCCH as well. Tickets will be $30 each or two for $50. Includes tasting and four sample beer.

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.


American Salute Pops Concert: 4 p.m. Members of the Sage City Symphony and The Music Company Orchestra present an "American Salute" Pops Concert at the Village School of North Bennington. Fee-will donation with all proceeds benefiting the Village School's String Program, now celebrating its 25th year. Rain or Shine. For more info to the Events page at


Robert Frost: Robert Frost's granddaughter Lesley Lee Francis will be the speaker at the first program in the 2016 "Sunday Afternoons with Robert Frost" summer lecture series at the Robert Frost Stone House Museum at 2 p.m. "You Come Too: My Journey with Robert Frost" is the title of her talk. It is also the title of her recently published book that integrates her own memories of her grandfather with a unique kind of literary criticism. She brings a personal perspective on Frost as family man and on the women who played a key role in his life and in the development of his career as a poet. No reservations are necessary and the program is free of charge. The Museum is located at 121 Vermont Route 7A in South Shaftsbury. For directions or more information, call 802-447-6200

Monday, June 27


Coloring for Big Girls: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on June 29. Presented by Vermont Center for Independent Living at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington, 108 School Street. Events are free, but registration is required to ensure enough materials and seating by June 27. Participation is open to women with disabilities, their female caregivers and allies. Light refreshments provided. This is a chemical- and scent-free event. For more information, to register and/or to request accommodations: Lynn Mazza, VCIL, 601 Main St. Bennington, 802-442-1876,

Public meeting: Campus Holdings, LLC, along with its business partner Bennington College, will hold a public meeting at 1 p.m. The meeting will be held on the Bennington College campus at the Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA) in the Symposium room. The purpose of this meeting is to give the citizens of Bennington, Vermont and the surrounding areas the opportunity to become acquainted with certain proposed USDA rural development financing, which will fund the renovation of the Commons building on the Bennington College campus as well as provide other funding. B.C. Campus Holdings, LLC and Bennington College are applying for project financing through the USDA Community Facilities Loan Program. Attendees will be able to ask questions and comment about the project, general financing, economic and environmental impacts, alternatives, and any other general inquiry. For more information or directions to the meeting please contact Megan Demarest at 802- 440-4335.

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.

Tuesday, June 28


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.


Alzheimer's: Cheney Library, 6:30 p.m. Molly McCann, program manager for Columbia, Greene and Rensselaer counties of the Northeastern New York Chapter of Alzheimer's association, will be here with a discussion of the basics of Alzheimer's.

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


Eugenics: "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Eugenics and Were Afraid to Ask", Burr and Burton Academy's Hunter Seminar Room, 5:30 p .m. to 7 p.m. Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning welcomes Dr. Scott Tenenbaum of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering of the SUNY Polytechnic Institute to talk about the history of the eugenics movement, as well as its implications for our current genomic age and how this could impact our society. $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 29


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.

Free workout group: Get Fit Bennington meets 6 p.m. at Willow Park. All ages and abilities welcome.

Thursday, June 30


Live music: South Street Cafe, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Hale Mountain Pickers

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 30, July 7, July 14, and July 21.


Storytellers: Manchester Community Library and Manchester Historical Society are bringing back the "Hometown Storytellers," Dave Quesnel, Bob Stannard, and Terry Tyler, at 7 p.m. in the Hunter Community Room at the Library. This evening of amusement and reminiscence is free and open to the public; a suggested donation of $5 - $10 will benefit Manchester Community Library and Manchester Historical Society.

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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