Today's Calendar


Today, Nov. 27


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

Artist reception: Timothy James Shay. 7 p.m. Shay will present and share his work and tribal history, National Native American Month exhibition space, 520 Main Street, next to Allegro

Thanksgiving Art Camp: Fiddlehead at Four Corners art gallery is offering three days of art enrichment for grades 1-6. Students will experience the best of Fiddlehead's classes rolled into one. Projects will include painting, ceramics, Lego architecture, Lego Star Wars, cupcake decorating, and much more. November 27-29 (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Snacks are provided, students bring lunch from home. The cost of the camp is $75. Please call 802-379-8703 to register or email for more information.

Saturday, Nov. 28


Film screening: "One Heart, One Spirit," 7 p.m. featuring Director John Pritchard. The documentary follows Wampanoag elder, Ken Little Hawk as he travels to Australia and engages in a cross cultural Indigenous dialogue and sharing with one of Australia's oldest tribal cultures and peoples! Location: Bennington Center for the Arts, 44 Gypsy Lane, off Route 9.


Classical music concert: Composers Franz Joseph Haydn, Sergei Rachmaninov, Luigi Boccherini and Steven Dankner will visit Dorset for Manchester Music Festival's annual post-Thanksgiving Day concert at the Dorset Church. The concert starts at 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $8 for students. MMF Quartet members are Deborah Buck and Joana Genova, violins; Ariel Rudiakov, viola; and Benjamin Capps, cello. Tickets are available at 802-362-1956, Northshire Bookstore, or at


The Poet is In: Northshire Bookstore, 2 p.m. Members of the Gossamer Stone Poets Group are bringing the joyful tradition of "The Poet Is In" to our community. If you would like a poem written just for you, all you have to do is present yourself at The Poet Is In booth, and one of the poets will write it, "write" then and there, in that inspired moment. You'll get it printed out at the store on paper fit for a frame or a keepsake. The 5ยข Lucy jar will be out for free will donations which will benefit Northshire Bookstore's Book Angels Program, getting new books to children who mightn't otherwise receive them at Christmas.


Musical: "Good God, Why?" at Memorial Hall. showings at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday showing is 1 p.m.. Also appearing Saturday is singer/songwriter Juliet Wright at 5 p.m. Come experience a musical that will honestly help you to connect to the piece of your life that has kept you from moving forward, Blazing Humor that helps us laugh at the insanity of it all, and the Hope that keeps us trusting there's more to life than this. Foot tapping music that will stay in your mind for days. Internationally Acclaimed Blues and Gospel Singer/Songwriter Robin O'Herin. Suggested Donation of $10.00.

Sunday, Nov. 29


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.

Monday, Nov. 30


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.

Tuesday, Dec. 1


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 1 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.

Free Women's Support Group: Make lifestyle changes such as reducing stress, and weight management. Build confidence in a judgement free environment. Every Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Bennington Project Independence. Please call Tracy at 802-379-8339 for more information.

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 at 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.

Skiing talk: Green Mountains, White Gold: The Origins of Vermont Skiing. Green Mountain Academy is happy to welcome Jeff Leich, executive director of the New England Ski Museum, to talk about the history of skiing in Vermont. The talk will be held at the Manchester Community Library from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit our website at

Wednesday, 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 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

December Yoga in Arlington: A 5 week session of Gentle Yoga will begin at 9 a.m. at the Martha Canfield Library, 528 East Arlington Road. Treat yourself to this Gift and change how you approach the holiday season. The fee is $60. Bring a mat and wear loose comfortable clothing. If this is your first time, please arrive at 8:50 a.m. To register, contact Teresa King at or leave a message at 802-733-5729.


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.


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