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Today, Dec. 2


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

Free Senior Exercise Class: Focusing on balance and strength every Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Bennington Project Independence at 614 Harwood Hill. Please call Tracy at 442-8136 for more information.

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.

Tree lighting: What will the Community Tree look like, lit up? We invite you to come to Vermont Veterans' Home at 5:30 p.m. and find out. Hot chocolate, cookies, carols and a guest visit from the jolly old man himself.


Tree lighting and pot-luck: The Dorset community tree lighting and pot-luck supper will be held at 5 p.m. at the Dorset green. Again this year we will be joined by the faculty, students, and families of Long Trail School. We'll begin at the Christmas tree on the Dorset Green for a Christmas Carol sing-a-long (carol books provided, please bring a flashlight). Then we will head over to the church for a chili and soup potluck. Please bring a pot of your favorite chili or soup. We'll provide bread and drinks, Long Trail School will provide salad, and the Christian Education Committee will provide cookies and brownies.


Don Quixote: Celebrated literary critic and author Ilan Stavans will consider the impact of the masterful novel Don Quixote in a talk at Manchester's First Congregational Church at 7 p.m. His talk, "Don Quixote of La Mancha: The Novel that Invented Modernity" is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays series and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Manchester Community Library at 802-362-2607


Village School of North Bennington Winter Concert: The community is invited to join us at 6:30 p.m. for the annual winter concert which features our band, chorus, string ensemble, students in grades Pre-K - 2, as well as special faculty and staff guests and a sing-along. The Village school is located between School Street and Church Street.


Joint lectures: Williams College Croghan Bicentennial Visiting Professors in Biblical and Early Christian Studies J. Albert Harrill and David Brakke will present two lectures at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Both lectures will take place at the Faculty House. Harrill will present the first lecture, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., titled "'Exegetical Torture' in Early Christian Biblical Interpretation." Brakke will present the second lecture, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., titled "From Rewriting to Exegesis: Gnostics, Valentinians, and the Birth of Early Christian Biblical Interpretation."

Chinese Music Ensemble at Williams College: The Williams College Department of Music presents the Chinese Music Ensemble in their fall concert in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall at 7 p.m. This free event is open to the public. The Chinese Music Ensemble, one of the department's newest ensembles, performs traditional and contemporary pieces. The ensemble features such instruments as the zheng, erhu, yangqin, and zhongruan, and is focused on the Chinese sizhu genre of chamber music. The talented student performers are directed by Artist-in-Residence Wang Guowei.

Thursday, Dec. 3


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 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.

Codependents Anonymous meeting: 6 p.m. Turning Point Club of Bennington

All Recovery meeting, 11 a.m. Turning Point


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.

Diabetes screening: The NorShaft Lions will once again be offering free diabetes screening from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church on Houghton Street.


American Legion: Post 69 monthly meeting, 7 p.m. EBoard meeting immediately follows. Call 802-375-6157 for more information or to join.


Film: Williams College will host a screening of the film "Dear Mandela" at 7:30 p.m. in the Paresky Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public. This event is the final installment in this year's Global Studies Film Series.

Friday, Dec. 4


All Recovery meeting: 4 p.m. Turning Point Center.

Bennington Elks scholarship apps due: Bennington Elks Scholarship Chair Terri Burdick reminds all high school seniors at Hoosick Falls Central School, Mount Anthony Union High School, Burr and Burton Academy, and Arlington Memorial High School, that submitting the MVS application is due to all guidance offices and/or the Bennington Elks. Applications can be downloaded from the following site: This form is also used to judge our local scholarships; same due date.

67th annual Snowball Bazaar: Second Congregational Church, 115 Hillside Street from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday Dec. 5 from 9:30 a.m to 3 p.m. Christmas wreaths, homemade crafts, baked goods, huge tag sale, homemade desserts and luncheon, silent auction, pet-pourri (gifts for pets and their owners). Handicap accessible.


Lego club: The Cheney Library will host a lego club on the first and third Fridays of the month for fifth and sixth graders. The fun will begin at 4 p.m with snacks and then building with our never-been-used set of Legos. Bring your imagination and build unique creations. Parents may ask the school to have the bus drop your child at the library and then you will pick him/her up at 5 p.m.


The Hobbit: The Rupert Kittay Library will welcome the No Strings Marionette Company's presentation of "The Hobbit," at 7:30 p.m. in the Rupert Firehouse. Two years in the making, this adaptation of "The Hobbit" is by far No String's most ambitious production to date. The puppets range in style from marionettes to body beings to interactive scenic pieces. The Rupert Firehouse is located on Route 153 in the center of Rupert. For more information visit the library website at or call the library at 802 394-2444.

Williamstown, Mass.

Holiday concert and supper: Kick off Williamstown's Holiday Walk Weekend with an evening of the festive sounds of the season at 6:30 p.m. followed at 7:45 p.m. by a gourmet meal prepared by the Clark's Executive Chef, Dan Hardy, of STARR Events. Williams College alumnus Jonathan Dely leads a jazz ensemble performing a wide selection of holiday favorites. The concert will be held on the lower level of the Clark Center. Concert tickets are $25 ($20 Clark members). After the concert, a three-course supper will be served in Café 7. Supper tickets are $85 ($80 Clark members). Supper will be followed by dancing to the sound of Dely's quintet. Concert and supper tickets are sold separately; reservations are required. To reserve tickets or for more information, visit or call 413 458 0524.

New parents talk: The Clark warmly welcomes new parents and their infants into the galleries for a free guided gallery talk on at 10:15 a.m. The informal one-hour talk is designed to give parents a break from thinking about "all things baby" and is best suited for parents with pre-toddlers. Strollers and front-style baby carriers are permitted. Meet at the admissions desk in the Clark Center. The series continues at 10:15 a.m. on Jan. 8, Feb. 5, and March 4.

Saturday, Dec. 5


First Baptist Church Christmas bazaar: The First Baptist Church of Bennington announces its Christmas bazaar taking place on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market will feature 20+ tables, children's craft-room, and silent auction; homemade lunch and snack items provided by and sold by the First Baptist Church. For vendor information or to make table reservations, please contact Grace Wilson at 379-4548. First Baptist is located at 601 Main Street. To learn more about First Baptist visit Worship services are held Sundays at 9:30 a.m.

Holiday Bazaar: The American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 13 in Bennington will be holding their annual Holiday Bazaar at Post 13 in Bennington from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. It will include holiday crafts, bake sale and white elephant. All of our proceeds support our veterans and our children and youth and the programs they are involved in.


Cookies and clay at the Long Trail School: Long Trail School welcomes children of all ages to decorate a cookie to enter into its Gingerbread Man/Woman Decorating Contest from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Students will be on hand to assist younger children with their sweet artistic creations. Prizes will be awarded to cookies in three categories: ages 2-5, ages 6-9 and ages 10+. At the same time, adults and children are invited to make some clay bowls for Empty Bowls 2017. After Cookies and Clay, join us at the 6th Annual Lighted Tractor Parade at 5 p.m. in Manchester, part of Manchester and the Mountains Manchester Merriment celebration. For more information about Cookies and Clay, contact Chelley Tifft at 802-867-5717 x190.

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Holiday cabaret: St. Mary's Academy will be holding its annual holiday cabaret featuring The Oldies Show. The Oldies Show are an eight piece orchestra out of Albany, N.Y. celebrating the memories and rich history of the 50s, 60s, and 70s rock-n-roll. Tickets are $25/person at the door. In addition to music and dancing, there will be a silent auction, cash bar, lite fare, dessert auction, and wine pull. Doors open at 6 p.m. with music beginning at 7 p.m.. Call 518-686-4314 for more information or visit to purchase tickets.

North Bennington

Winter Fun Day: Kimberly Farms Stables is pleased to announce an exciting fundraising event. (1214 Cross Hill Rd, North Bennington, phone 802-442-5454, email Come spend a fun Saturday at the farm with pony rides, good food (chili, hot dogs, apple cider, and more), riding demonstrations, and, of course, a picture opportunity with Santa and his reindeer/horse. From 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. There is no admission fee. The event will be open to everybody. Come get your picture taken on top of one of Santa's reindeer, alongside Santa himself! While the event is totally free, participants are encouraged to donate as much as they would like. All proceeds will go to Gallop To Success, a 501 c3 nonprofit organization serving at-risk youth through horses and farm experiences. Call 802-442-5454 or email with questions. See for directions.


Pownal Valley Fair annual Christmas bazaar: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To be held at the American Legion Post 90 on Route 7. Vendor Space is available. Call Nell at 802-823-5258. Santa will arrive at noon to 2 p.m. with grab bags for all the kids. Lunch will be available from the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 90. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


Second Chance Animal Shelter open house: From noon to 2 p.m. at the shelter on Route 7A. The event will include tours of the shelter and an opportunity to meet the staff that cares for the animals awaiting their 'forever' homes. Visitors are encouraged to bring photos of their pets to decorate the "Angel Tree." Individualized Angel Tree decorations are made by Bennington artist Claudia Dalton and may be purchased for $5, with photo, and $3 with name only. As a special treat for young children, Claudia will help them make a holiday card of their very own to take home – for $1. Note cards from Splashing Cow Books, which make great holiday gifts, will be on sale, as well. Snacks, dips, homemade cakes, cookies and punch made by SCAC board will be offered. Staff and board members will be on hand to tell you more about our future home just up the road in Arlington.


SVHC Foundation's 2015 Jingle Bell: One of Southwestern Vermont Health Care Foundation's most anticipated events of the year is scheduled at the Hermitage Club. The Jingle Bell reflects the giving spirit of the season and provides local businesses and community members the opportunity to demonstrate their support for SVHC in a fun and festive way. Highlights of the Jingle Bell include dinner, dancing, and a live auction featuring an exceptional selection of donated items. This year's auction items include vacations, exclusive memberships to ski and golf clubs, and much more. The Putnam Challenge, a call to support a specific need within our health system, is a featured part of the program. This year's Putnam Challenge will support the relocation of the SVMC Deerfield Valley Campus. Tickets are $150 per person. Sponsorships are available. Complete information, including invite, program, auction preview, and link to buy tickets online is available at For more information and to reserve your tickets, contact the SVHC Foundation at 802-447-5017 or by e-mail at

Sunday, Dec. 6


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 with Dave Banulis and Gary Miller with friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Bennington VFW breakfast: The Bennington VFW Post 1332, 137 North St., hosts a senior breakfast on the first Sunday of the month beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing "until gone." Donation: $5. Call 802-442-9857 with questions.


Dollar skate to benefit Mettawee School: Do you like to ice-skate? Then grab your skates and come on out to support the Mettawee Community School PTO at the Dollar Skate and Bake Sale being held between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at Riley Rink at Hunter Park, off Route 7A. Don't have skates? No problem, you can rent skates for $6 at Riley Rink. Questions? Call Mettawee Community School between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., weekdays at 802-645-9009.


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