Weekend Briefing


May 31

Cupcake Crusade and Community Remembrance

BENNINGTON -- Please join SVMC, the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, and the Cancer Center Community Crusaders this Saturday, May 31, from 2 p.m. until dark, for a Cupcake Crusade and Community Remembrance. This event will raise much-needed funds for local cancer patients and local cancer research while giving our community a way to get together in support. Organized by the Cancer Center Community Crusaders, the event will be held on the hospital campus at 100 Hospital Drive and will feature: a cupcake competition, dunking booth, food venders, musical entertainment, basket bingo, bounce house and slide, bouncy horse maze, a remembrance candle lighting ceremony with the lighting of the cauldron, and more.

St. Mary's Academy Duck Race

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- A fun, family-friendly event hosted by Brown's Brewery, 50 Factory Hill Road: The First Annual "Quack" will be held, on Saturday, May 31, from noon to 7 p.m. The focus of this event is a quarter mile rubber-ducky race down the Walloomsac River. Ducks will be sold for $10 each, or 3 ducks for $20. First place wins $1,000, second place $250 and third place $100.

The event will include carnival games, carnival food, live entertainment and the greatest attraction -- the duck race. The ducks will be launched at 5:30 p.m. While playing the games and eating some great food you can enjoy the sounds of Three's Harmony (Krissy, Sherri and Wayne).

For more information, call St. Mary's Academy at 518-686-4314.

AMHS Alumni banquet

BENNINGTON -- The AMHS 2014 Alumni Banquet will be held on Saturday, May 31, at The Elks Lodge. The evening will begin at 5 p.m. with snacks and beverages. The dinner will begin at 6 p.m.

The Elks Lodge is located at 125 Washington Ave. There will be music for your enjoyment as well.

Tri-trip barbecue

EAGLE BRIDGE, N.Y. -- Eagle Bridge United Methodist Church on Route 67 is having a steak barbecue from 4 p.m. until gone. Tickets are $10; take-out only. Call Sandy at 518-686-9845.

Cheney Library open house

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Cheney Library will host an Open House on May 31 at 10 a.m. to celebrate the renovation of a basement room into a beautiful and fun Children's Room. Stateline Builders, Eric Amidon, worked through the winter months to insulate the outside walls, new wiring, put up wallboard, paint, lay a new floor, new light fixtures, and build bookcases to house the library's collection of children's books. He did a wonderful job and the children who have used the room love it. There is a new rug for story time, a sitting corner, a wall mural painted by college student Emma Fricke, two puppet theaters with puppets, and some new educational toys purchased with money from a grant.

Bruce Piasecki at Northshire Bookstore

MANCHESTER -- A Seminar with Bruce Piasecki: Doing More with Less. A new way to help your family, firm and friends earn and enjoy wealth and independence, as we compete in a world of 7 billion people. $5 registration good towards purchase of the New York Times, USA Today and Publisher's Weekly Bestseller, "Doing More with Less: The New Way to Wealth."

The event will start at 5 p.m. with a presentation followed by an interactive Q-and-A session. After the presentation the author will take part in a book-signing reception with light hors d'oeuvres served.

For more information on this and other events, call 802-362-2200 or 800-437-3700, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at www.northshire.com.

Indoor tag sale

POWNAL -- An Indoor Tag Sale will be held on May 31 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Pownal United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Route 346 and Church Street. There will be a variety of items including men's and women's clothing (some still have the original tags), shoes and accessories, puzzles, dishes and glassware, books, toys, games, holiday items, and much more.

Contact Mary Louise at 802-823-7769 with questions.

Yoga Assists with Peter Rizzo

BENNINGTON -- The Yoga Place is offering Yoga Assists with Forward Bends, a workshop with Peter Rizzo on Saturday, May 31, from 9 -11:15 a.m. at 532 Main St. The workshop is primarily geared for instructors. All are welcome, including students interested in improving their technique.

Peter Rizzo teaches yoga in the Jivamukti, or bliss, style and is a master teacher, teaching internationally, in New York City and at his Bhava studio in Brattleboro.

The cost is $35 at the door, or by donation. To register or for more information, call 802-447-0393 or visit www.benningtonyoga.com.

Farmers' market

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Farmers' Market will be held Saturday, May 31, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Riverwalk Park on Depot Street. Join our region's farmers and producers for the best in fresh, local plants, vegetables, cheeses, meats, eggs, prepared foods, specialty items and crafts. Rebel Alliance will provide music for the market.

Master gardeners will be holding a plant sale.

The market will run through October every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Town of Bennington Project List

BENNINGTON -- Throughout the week, Water Department crews will be painting and making repairs on Fire Hydrants. Manpower and equipment will be working at the edge of the traveled portion of the roadway. Please use caution when approaching these worksites.

Beginning on June 2, Bank Street in North Bennington will be closed to through traffic between Route 67A and Hawks Avenue. This road closure is expected to last through the month of June, and is necessary to accommodate the installation of a new Sanitary Sewer Pump Station on Bank Street. The detour routes will be Main Street to Hawkes Avenue to Bank Street. Signage will be posted. All residents in the area of the closure will have full access either from Route 67A or from Bank Street.

All week, the Highway Department will be setting up and pouring sidewalk all week on Silver Street; drainage and landscaping will also take place. Road closures will be in place.

Tuesday through Friday a crew will be doing shoulder work on Gore Road. Road closures, and one lane roads will be in place.

Park Lawn Cemetery sacred space dedication

BENNINGTON -- Congregation Beth El has created a beautiful and very unique sacred space in our Section (J-5) of Park Lawn Cemetery. We will be dedicating this on Saturday, May 31, at 1 p.m., with remarks by Rabbi Jarah Greenfield and Lance Wang, president of the Congregation. The purpose of this meditation space is to give family members who have loved ones buried in our cemetery a place to sit, pray, meditate and, we hope, earn a sense of peace in this beautiful setting overlooking the Pownal Valley. We are very proud of creating something so beautiful and unique to Bennington and for the Jewish community in the region.

June 1

Film Series

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Once again, Congregation Beth Israel will have a Jewish Film Series during the summer. Although the films are still to be determined, the theme will be Jewish-French films. Doors open at 11:11 for a brunch of bagels, lox, and coffee, with the film to follow. Films will be shown on Sundays, June 1, June 29, August 3, and August 31. All events are free and open to all interested.

Music video to benefit children with cancer

MANCHESTER -- Join us for a drum circle that we'll tape for a video. No prior experience or singing required. Drums provided. Free to participate. 100 percent of after-tax profits derived from this video will be donated to benefit kids with cancer other serious illnesses. This event till be held on June 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Maple Street School.

All ages -- kids, teens, adults are invited to participate, rain or shine. Rewards for all participants.

Flag Football fundraiser

MANCHESTER -- Teams sought: Gather your friends, coworkers, and family for the Second Annual EVFC Flag Football Tournament to be held on June 1 at Manchester Elementary Middle School. The EVFC is looking for up to 20 coed teams to compete against one another in this fun-filled family event to claim the title as EVFC adult flag football champions. Teams will compete in a double elimination style tournament, held rain or shine. The cost is $20 per player with no maximum number of players per team. Players must be at least 16 years of age. New this year -- a Punt, Pass, Kick competition for children ages 5-13 and an early registration discount for flag teams.

Contact Jamie Wright at 802-375-1282 or j67wright@yahoo.com for more information or to request a signup form for your team. Registration forms can also be downloaded from www.equinoxfootball.com.

Each year more than 150 youth, kindergarten through eighth grade, participate in the Equinox Valley Football Club. This is one of our major fundraisers for the upcoming 2014 season.

NorShaft Lions pancake breakfast

SHAFTSBURY -- The NorShaft Lions Club is holding their Eighth Annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, June 1, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. The breakfast includes pancakes, bacon, sausage, Vermont maple syrup, juice and coffee, tea or milk. Suggested donation is $6 per person. Children under 8 are free.

The proceeds from the breakfast support the Lions Club work in our community. One of our key services is providing sight and hearing assistance to residents in need in Shaftsbury and North Bennington. Lions have restored sight to 7.5 million people through cataract surgeries, prevented serious vision loss for 30 million people and improved eye care services for hundreds of millions. Lions take an active role in promoting hearing loss prevention and assisting those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Together as a community we can bring vision to the sight-impaired and hearing to those who are challenged.

The breakfast is being held at the Shaftsbury Elementary School (Buck Hill Road).

Children's Chorus celebrates anniversary

BENNINGTON -- On Sunday, June 1 at 2 p.m., the Bennington Children's Chorus will present a concert followed by a reception in the Deane Carriage Barn at Bennington College.

For 25 years the Chorus has been dedicated to giving children ages 7 to 17, the opportunity to study and perform the finest choral literature written for the treble voice. This concert includes a newly commissioned piece composed by Bennington College faculty member, Nicholas Brooke, called "This is about Putting Humans on Other Planets," with guest artist Nathaniel Parke on cello. The repertoire will also include some of our favorite pieces from the past 25 years. We hope former choristers and their families will join us for the concert. The chorus is directed by Kerry Ryer-Parke, and accompanied by Yoshiko Sato on piano. This event is free and open to the public.

Pownal bingo

POWNAL -- The Pownal Valley Seniors will be holding bingo at 1 p.m. There will be a progressive jackpot and free lunch, at the Pownal Center Firehouse.

Restorative Yoga workshop

BENNINGTON -- Come to a Restorative Yoga Workshop on Sunday, June 1, from 5:30-7 p.m. at 532 Main St.

Restorative yoga is a passive form of yoga in which bolsters, blankets and other props are used to facilitate fully supported poses for total body healing in conscious and purposeful rest. It is great practice for the overactive mind and/or body and for healing old injuries by guiding one to a place of deep relaxation and letting go.

Facilitated by Laura Nash at the Yoga Place, the fee is $25 at the door. To register or for more information, call 802-447-0393 or visit www.benningtonyoga.com.

Bennington VFW breakfast

BENNINGTON -- 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.

Legion bingo

BENNINGTON -- 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.

CrossFit Basics class

BENNINGTON -- Bennington CrossFit runs CrossFit Basics every Sunday at both 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. CrossFit Basics is a completely free class, which is open to the public. This class is an introduction to the CrossFit methodology in a manner that is ideal for someone new to CrossFit.

Our primary focus in this class is for the participants to learn proper form and technique, while finishing each class with a short, high intensity workout. Like any of our other classes, any aspect of this class can be modified to accommodate all levels of fitness. For more info regarding this class, call 802-681-7350.

Practice Climb of the Bennington Monument

BENNINGTON -- Sunday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to noon, the American Lung Association of the Northeast is hosting a practice climb for all registered participants in the Fight for Air Climb: Bennington Battle Monument. Registrants can try the stairs and turn in pledges.

Non-registered guests may register for the climb event on June 7 and try the stairs for a $5 donation to the Monument at the practice climb. Visit fightforairclimb.org or email vtclimb@lungne.org for more information.


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