Today's Calendar


Thursday, Nov. 19


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

Emergency planning: Local Emergency Planning Committee 7 will hold a meeting from 6 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. at Bennington Project Independence, 614 Harwood Hill Road. Please contact Allison Strohl at 802-442-0713 x 7 or if you have any questions.


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 6:30 p.m. The Legion will be discontinuing Bingo on Thursday nights starting Nov. 26 through the winter. They hope to re-start it in March 2016.

Friday, Nov. 20


Dance circle: Come shake your tail feathers at Nataraja, a monthly gathering for the local dance community at The Yoga Place in Bennington, 532 Main Street, over Panache. Nataraja was created out of a desire from and for dancers of any shape, size and ability to have a safe and fun place to find their artistic expression. Talking is kept to a minimum. Please bring your water bottle. Please, no alcohol or mind-altering substances. Each person is encouraged to make a $5 donation, with the proceeds to be donated to Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services. Music is eclectic and will vary each month. All dancers welcomed to help create an all-inclusive and tight-knit dance community. Please call 802-442-5331 for more information.

Native American presentation: One World Conservation Center, Route 7, 10 a.m., for children, youth, and families. Fidel Moreno, award winning ethnographic documentary filmmaker will share local Native American history and cultural materials associated with tribal cultures of the tri-state region. Fidel will also bring the Healing Winds big medicine Pow Wow drum and facilitate round dance friendship dances.

Film screening: "Red Fury," a story about a Navajo boy that is separated from his family and is taken in by a local rancher. Noon, at One World Conservation Center. Please RSVP for lunch. 802-447-7419.

Photo reception: Special Reception for the Jones Blackfeet Photo Exhibit. 6 p.m. at National Native American Month Exhibition Space, 520 Main Street next to Allegro restaurant. Francis "Shep" Jones will tell the story of how his grandfather was the engineer for the electrical locomotive that went through Blackfeet tribal lands and the Blackfeet tribe honored him by adopting him as a tribal member and presented him with a traditional chief's war bonnet.

The St Petersburg Men's Ensemble: a male vocal quartet from Russia, returns to St. Peter's Church in Bennington at 7:30 pm. They will sing the famous setting of the Russian Orthodox Vespers service written by Sergei Rachmaninov. Kirill Sokolov, Sergey Shapinskiy, Andrei Volikov and Vadim Smanster will also sing a selection of popular Russian folk songs, including the Volga Boatmen and Kalinka. Rachmaninov wrote the Vespers, also known as the All-Night Vigil, in 1915 for a large church choir. Sokolov, who has led the St Petersburg Ensemble since 2003, worked with another Russian choral musician to adapt the work for four voices, right in time for its 100th anniversary. The concert begins at 7:30 pm on Friday, November 20. Admission is by freewill offering. For more information, contact St Peter's Church at 802-442-2911.


Christmas Craft Workshop: This Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. there will be a free Christmas Craft Workshop being held at the North Bennington Baptist Church located at 19 Church Street in North Bennington. There will be pizza, snacks, Christmas music and of course, some really great crafts to be made. This event is open to all ages! For additional information, call Vicki at 802-375-4474.


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.


Diabetes screening: The NorShaft Lions are offering free diabetes screening from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Methodist Church.

Saturday, Nov. 21


SVC open house: Southern Vermont College will host its second Fall Open House 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Prospective students and their families will have an opportunity to learn about the College's programs of study, athletics, campus life, scholarships, and financial aid. The event includes tours of campus with laboratory demonstrations in the Healthcare Education Center.

Film screening: "We are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For," 6 p.m. National Native American Month Exhibition Space, 520 Main Street next to Allegro restaurant. The short film is based on the Hopi Prophecies, produced and directed by Fidel Moreno. Talking Circle to follow regarding Bennington After School program, "A Seat at the Table," a youth and family healing and empowerment project.

Green Mountain Christian Center: 440 Main St. Benn. Vt. Free Clothing Giveaway this Saturday 9 a.m. to noon.

Bennington Lions to hold annual Diabetes Screening Clinic: November is Diabetes awareness month. The Bennington Lions will hold its annual Free Diabetes Screening Clinic on Saturday, Nov. 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Bennington Price Chopper in the Pharmacy area. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of blindness. Lion Patricia Babcock, RN will conduct the blood glucose testing. The Bennington Lions thank the Price Chopper Corporation for allowing them to hold the Clinic at their store and the Vermont Veterans for providing the supplies necessary for the testing.

International Games Day @ Bennington Free Library: Bennington Free Library will join over a thousand libraries around the world on Nov. 21 for the eighth annual celebration of gaming in libraries, International Games Day @ Your Library. Bennington Free Library has a tradition of providing opportunities for families to play and learn together, and it has partnered with The Gamers Grotto and Drew Davison, host of the upcoming WBTN-AM show On the Table, to offer a day of table top gaming fun Event will be held from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. A variety of modern and classic table top games for all ages and skill levels will be set up in the Children's Room and the Reference Reading Room. Learn a new game, rediscover the fun of table top gaming, meet new people, and enjoy free snacks. For more information call the Library: 442-9051 or visit

Annual Harvest Dinner: Sacred Heart St Francis DeSales Church will be holding their Annual Harvest Dinner following the 4:00 pm Mass on November 21,2015. Come join the fun and fellowship along with a wonderful meal. This is always a well attended event so we recommend reserving your seats or table now. For more information or reservations please call the parish office at 1-802-442-3141 or Mary Flood at 1-802-447-1967.


Calling All Artists: Want to learn more about building and performing with large-scale puppets? There will be an informational meeting at the Vermont Arts Exchange on Saturday, Nov. 21, at 10 a.m. for any local artists, craftspeople, or others that are interested in building large puppets, outdoor set pieces, and other items for a processional puppet show, Hero, that will take place at Bennington College in May.


Laura Ben-David presentation: On Saturday at 7 p.m.. Israel Congregation of Manchester will host Laura Ben-David as she presents "One Nation Many Faces: Jewish Demography and Destiny". Laura is a writer, photographer, public speaker and media specialist. In her talk she will discuss hidden communities in Northern India, China and other parts of the globe. Laura works with Shavei Israel, a non-profit dedicated to assisting the descendants of Jews and the Lost Tribes of Israel to reclaim their roots. The lecture is open to the public but donations are always gratefully accepted. For more information please call 802-362-4578.


Meet New England's Eagles: Wildlife photographer Bill Dean has spent the last 8 years studying the eagles of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. Mr. Dean will be coming to the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum at 5 p.m. to share his experiences along with fantastic videos and photography. Of local interest, Bill was on hand to confirm the new eagle nest on Harriman Reservoir this spring and assisted biologists in monitoring and protecting the nest. You didn't know about the nest? Come to the program and learn more! This presentation is FREE and will be livestreaming to the Cutloose Wildlife Photography website, contact the museum with any questions at 802-464-0048.

Pittsfield, Mass.

Concert: The Berkshire Concert Choir presents "Mozart" with choir and soloists. Paula Nuss, artistic director; Nancy King, organ; Aurora Cooper, piano; Zion Lutheran Church, 74 First Street. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15 for adults, $12 for seniors/students, children twelve and under are free. Tickets will be available at the door or from choir members. Info: call 413-442-6120, or visit

Sunday, Nov. 22


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.

Organist recital: 3 p.m., Donald McMahon, organist for the Catholoic community of Bennington, will perform a free recital at the organ of Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church at 238 West Main Street. Free to the public, program will include compositions by Charles-Marie Widor, Johann Sebastian Bach, Henri Mulet, Leon Boellmann, and Marcel Dupre. McMahon will also perform two movements from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite. All facilities at the church are accessible to those with special needs and convenient parking is available.


Film screening: "They Shall Have Music,": 10: 30 a.m. at Village Picture Shows. The film is a heart-warming story of an underprivileged boy who attends a music school on the verge of bankruptcy, and convinces violin virtuoso Jascha Heifetz to perform to raise money for the school. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $8 for students and kids. All proceeds will benefit the scholarship fund of the Michael Rudiakov Music Academy. For more information on Manchester Music Festival's concerts and programs visit or call 802-362-1956.

Williamstown, Mass.

Public Welcome at Pie Palooza: The annual Great Pie Palooza will be held at 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22, at the First Congregational Church, 906 Main St.This event will provide a variety of pies for the Berkshire Food Project's Thanksgiving feast at the First Congregational Church in North Adams. At the same time everyone who attends the Great Pie Palooza will be able to sample a number of pies and vote for the ones that are most delicious. Participants are asked to bring in or drop off two pies of any kind (homemade or professionally baked) at the Williamstown church (Community Hall) on the morning of Sunday, November 22rd – any time between 9 am and 11 am. Pie #1 will be sent to the Food Project. Pie #2 will be entered in the Pie Palooza contest and will be sampled by the congregation and visitors. Be sure your Pie #1 is in a pie plate/tin that you do not want back. Please do not bring a pie that needs refrigeration. Donation of gluten free pies is encouraged and some will be available for diners.

Monday, Nov. 23


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.

Blood Drive American Red Cross: at the American Legion, 225 Northside Drive:.Monday, Nov. 23, - 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Walk -in or for an appointment, visit or call 1-800-Red Cross (1-800-733-2767) The need for blood is ongoing, esp. during the holidays.

Tuesday, Nov. 24


Bereavement Support Group: The sudSSpirit Bereavement Support Group will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library. The group is for those that are survivors of the sudden unexpected death of their spouse or significant other. No registration is required and it is FREE. For more information, a brochure or current newsletter, please call 802-441-5562 or email or find us on Facebook. Thank you for your cooperation with informing our community of this support group to help those in need.

Wednesday, Nov. 25


Healing Ancestral Wounds and Curses Talking Circle: Nov. 25th, Wed 7pm - Healing Ancestral Wounds and Curses Talking Circle, Devotions and Drum Tie. Bring a candle and a photo of a loved one who has passed and/or ancestor. Location: Aurora Natl Native American Month Exhibition Space, 522 Main St next to Allegro Restaurant.

Annual VFW Bake Sale: VFW Auxiliary of Bennington Post 1332 will hold its annual craft and bake sale: on Wednesday, Nov. 25, at 11 a.m.. Looking for that special dish to compliment your Thanksgiving Dinner? We just may have what you need. Be sure to stop in to view all the fresh homemade treats we will have for purchase. All proceeds go toward our VFW Auxiliary projects to support or Veterans, their families and community. Have a craft you are passionate about, contact Sandra Hamilton at 802-447-7148 to reserve a table. All Donations can be dropped off before 11 a.m. on the 25th.


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