Today's Calendar


Today, Dec. 30


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.

Thursday, Dec. 31


New Year's Eve Dinner/Dance Party at Legion Post 69: Public welcome. $10 P /$15 per couple. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Spaghetti dinner. 9 p.m., The Julie Shea Band will play. Call: 802-375-6157 for more information. Tickets on sale now at the Legion. Facebook: American Legion Post 69 Arlington, Vermont.


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.

Annual New Year's Eve Cello Concert To Be Held at Left Bank

New Year's Eve cello concert: Presented by the Bennington Cultural and Arts Council, in cooperation with The Left Bank. The eleventh annual New Year's Eve cello concert. The concert takes place this year at The Left Bank in North Bennington at 7:30 pm.m. Cellist Maxine Neuman of North Bennington and New York City will perform works by Schickele, Arnold Rosner, and J. S. Bach. The concert is free, though donations are appreciated. Neuman's solo and chamber music career spans North and South America, Europe, and Japan. A grant recipient from the Rockefeller and Ford Foundations, and the National Endowment for the Arts, she is a three-time Grammy Award winner. Her biography appears in Who's Who in the World. Neuman is a founding member of the Claremont Duo, the Crescent String Quartet, the Vermont Cello Quartet, and the Walden Trio, groups with which she has traveled and recorded extensively.


Bingo: The American Legion Post 90 in Pownal will host bingo at 6:30 p.m. (Re-opens March, maybe)

Friday, Jan. 1


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


New Years Day Breakfast: Arlington Red Mountain Chapter no. 41 of the Order of the Eastern Star will hold the annual New Years Day Breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon. at the Masonic Lodge on 117 East Arlington Road in Arlington. The lodge is located next to Mack Molding. a large selection of breakfast items will be available for a $7.50 donation .Kids under 6 free. the community is invited to attend. Tickets will be available at the door. The Eastern Star is the largest fraternal organization in the world to which both men and women may belong. For information on the breakfast or the Eastern Star, contact Kathy Cotrofeld at 802-375-6782.

Sunday, Jan. 3


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.

Monday, Jan. 4


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.

Turning Point: Making Recovery Easier meeting, noon.


Kevin's Senior Luncheon: Seatings at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. If you did not make reservations at the last luncheon and would like to attend, call Emily at 442-9490. Reminder, space is limited.

Tuesday, Jan. 5


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.

Women's self-esteem group: Turning Point Center, 11 a.m.

Mediation group: Turning Point Center, 5 p.m.

Grief support group: A confidential and free grief support group for any parent living with the death of a child (any age), meets every first Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m., at the Second Congregational Church on Hillside Road. For information, call 802-688-4557.


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.


Bennington County water quality outreach project underway

BENNINGTON >> Through a grant provided from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) the Bennington County Regional Commission (BCRC) has launched a multi-pronged outreach effort focused on improving water quality in compliance with the Vermont Clean Water Act (VCWA) which was made into law this past spring.

The BCRC will work with municipal staff and boards to provide information about the requirements for municipalities triggered by the VCWA and also work with them on options such as stronger municipal protections against flood hazards and river corridor erosion, stormwater master planning, and other town plan or zoning changes to improve water quality. BCRC staff will also update fluvial erosion hazard/river corridor maps for the towns and assist them with compiling existing information to use in developing implementation plans under the municipal roads stormwater general permit.

As part of DEC's Tactical Basin Planning program, the BCRCC will work closely with DEC staff to facilitate municipal and stakeholder participation in the development of the Hudson River Basin 1 Tactical Water Quality Management Plan. The Hudson River Basin includes the Batten Kill, Walloomsac, and Hoosic River watersheds, which includes all the land in Vermont that drains to the Hudson River. The Tactical Basin 1 Plan actions are intended to protect, maintain, and improve surface waters by managing activities that result in surface water stressors. Implementation actions will initially place significant emphasis on flood resiliency work related to restoration efforts necessitated by Tropical Storm Irene. BCRC will provide the DEC Watershed Coordinator with comments and inputs into the Basin 1 Plan including project prioritization.

The BCRC provides planning and technical assistance in the areas of community development, transportation, agriculture, natural resources, housing, economic development, and emergency management to the 17 municipalities of Bennington County and the public. The collaboration between the BCRC, Bennington County municipalities and other related resource agencies results in the development and implementation of plans that support sustainable development and improve the region's environment and quality of life. For more information about the BCRC, please visit

For more information, please contact Jim Henderson , BCRC Environmental Program Manager: (802) 442-0456.


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