Today's Calendar


Today, Dec. 15


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.

Multiple myeloma support group: The Southern Vermont Myeloma Support Network (including eastern New York state and the northern Berkshires in Massachusetts) will hold a support group meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Community Resource Room at the SVMC Regional Cancer Center, 140 Hospital Drive. We utilize the Difficult Conversations Workbook: Finding a Path through Illness, an interactive toolkit produced by the Center for Communication in Medicine's Speak Sooner initiative. Interested patients with blood diseases, caregivers, family members and friends are encouraged to join us! Remember, knowledge is patient-power, so learn and share as much as possible about myeloma. Our group is affiliated with the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF). For more information, please contact Jan Martin Bopp, group leader, at 802-375-5494 or .


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.

Holiday Talk and Reception: Manchester Community Library hosts the illustrated talk "Charles Dickens and the Writing of "A Christmas Carol" with lecturer Barry Deitz at 6 p.m. A reception featuring hors d'oeuvres donated by some of the area's finest restaurants as well as mulled cider and wine will follow. The Library's holiday gift to the community. Free and all are welcome. Info: 802-362-2607.

Wednesday, Dec. 16


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.

Winter play: Southshire Community School will be performing their annual winter play at the Old Castle Theatre on Main Street. This year the play will be "Hershel and the Hannukah Goblins". The show will begin at 7 p.m.. It is free and the public is welcome to attend.

North Bennington

Village School Presents "Humbug" musical: At 6:30 p.m. , the VSNB after-school drama program students are performing the musical "Humbug!" By Mark Burrows. "Humbug!" is based on Dickens A Christmas Carol with the action taking place in a present-day classroom of Ms. Ebenezer, who has lost her charm & spunk, to say the least! Through three special visitors she rediscovers her love of teaching, and is reminded how we often teach children by the lives that we live. Directed by Leslie Koelker and Kathleen Backus. Please join us in the Village School of North Bennington's gymnasium.

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Christmas concert: The Hoosick Falls Community Band will present its 33rd annual Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church where it began this tradition when Pastor Bob Sprunger was Pastor there and a clarinet player with the band. There will be a reception after the concert. All are invited to this wonderful Christmas program.

Thursday, Dec. 17


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.

Friday, Dec. 18

Cambridge, N.Y.

Winter concert: CCSD kindergarten classes will present a winter concert at 1:30 p.m. in the in the Pride Cafeteria. The students will be sharing songs, stories and the musical skills they are learning, as they ring in the holiday season with this fun, light-hearted and enjoyable performance. Please contact Mrs. Chadwick with any questions at


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.

Saturday, Dec. 19


Ukulele society: Members of the Bennington Ukulele Society will be at Knapp's Music Store from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to lead a sing-a-long of Christmas carol and songs. They will also answer questions about ukulele playing and lessons. For information please call 802-440-0257 or 802-379-6043.


Holiday farmers market: The Manchester Farmers Market will be holding a holiday market this year from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m, at the Park House in the Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park, Route 30 in Manchester Center. There will be dozens of local vendors with homemade food and crafts. There will also be gift basket raffles, with all proceeds going to Northshire Grows.

Pajama party: A young boy, lying awake one Christmas Eve, is welcomed aboard a magical trip to the North Pole . . .Through dark forests, over tall mountains, and across a desert of ice, the Polar Express makes its way to the city atop the world, where the boy will make his Christmas wish. For millions of readers worldwide, this mysterious journey to the North Pole has become a beloved classic. Join us at 6 p.m. in The Children's Department at Northshire Bookstore. We invite all little ones to wear your jammies and join us for a cozy evening visiting with Santa and a reading of The Polar Express. Hot cocoa and a treat will be provided to all Polar Express passengers - and unlike in the book, you will not need a ticket to ride the train.

Sunday, Dec. 20


Grange breakfast: Battenkill Grange #487 will hold a Pancake Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Bailey Hall on Ice Pond Road. The menu includes pancakes, real maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, home fries, sausage gravy and biscuits with coffee, milk and juice. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children under 12. For more information call Lillian Wood at 802-375-2518


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.

Historical Society meeting: Bennington Historical Society Meetings are normally held the third Sunday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m in the Ada Paresky Education Center located on the second floor of the Bennington Museum.

Williamstown, Mass.

Holiday farmers market: Berkshire Grown will host holiday farmers' markets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Williams College Towne Field House (82 Latham Street). More than 50 vendors will be at each market, coming from Massachusetts, Vermont, and New York. Admission is free, and the markets will be equipped to process EBT cards/SNAP benefits on site.

Monday, Dec. 21


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.


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