Weekend Briefing


March 22

Family Fitness Saturdays

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Tired of all the snow and wet snow pants and mittens? Join us at the Cambridge Central School Gym every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. during the month of March for some indoor family fitness fun. A half-hour family-friendly fitness program will be led by Aimee Smith of Hip Fitness. All ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. A $10 fee per family includes all five Saturdays or pay $3 per family each visit.

Movie matinee at Bennington Free Library

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Free Library is showing a recent animated movie (rated PG) on Saturday, March 22. The movie will begin at 2 p.m. and will be shown in the Rotary Room of the library, 101 Silver St. Refreshments will be available. Admission is free and open to the public. The library is wheelchair accessible. For specific movie information, call the library at 802-442-9051.

Zumbathon to benefit PAVE

BENNINGTON -- Come join the fun and learn moves to Latin and African rhythms anytime between 2 and 3:30 p.m. The Zumbathon, led by Bennington's premier instructor Andrea Malinowski, will happen at The Dance Mill at 160 Benmont Ave., 4th floor. Enter near the mailboxes at the south wing of the Benmont Mill. Supporters with all levels of Zumba experience are welcome. A tax deductable donation will be your ticket for entry. There will also be a 50/50 raffle. All proceeds will go to Project Against Violent Encounters, a community organization that offers support and aid to survivors of domestic violence and their families.

Animal tracking workshop

GRAFTON, N.Y. -- There will be an animal tracking workshop for School Age Children (1st Grade and Up) at 11 a.m., meeting at the library. Join tracking expert and Grafton resident Dan Yacobellis to learn how to read animal tracks and signs right in the library's back yard. The program will focus on how animals celebrate the emergence of spring and prepare for the changing of the seasons. Bring warm clothes and boots. Pre-register at the library by phone or email.

Pancake breakfast fundraiser

SHAFTSBURY -- Start off Vermont Maple Weekend with pancakes and syrup. Bennington's Catamount Rotary Club will host its 24th Annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser on Saturday at Shaftsbury Elementary School. Fluffy homemade pancakes and succulent sausages, topped off with local maple syrup will be served from 7 to 11 a.m. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 6 through 10, and free for children 5 and under. All of the pancake breakfast's proceeds go to support local scholarships and community projects.

Rabies clinic

ARLINGTON -- There will be a rabies clinic from 10 to noon at the East Arlington Fire House.

Sportsman's banquet

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- At HFCAC at 6 p.m., Hoosick Falls Community Alliance Church will host its 5th Annual Sportsman's Banquet. Guest speaker is outdoor sports enthusiast Pastor Gary Rogers of North Pownal Congregational Church. Pastor Gary loves being out in the woods and has been hunting since his teen years. He has hunted for deer, turkeys, quail, dove, feral hogs, javelinas, geese, and elk in his travels to South and North Central Texas, Virginia and Idaho, Pennsylvania, New York and Vermont.

This event has proven to be one of our most popular of the year, with lots of fun and camaraderie, and a menu that both can both please and challenge the palate. Past offerings have included alligator, bear and elk to the more common venison. Rumor has it we'll have some possum this year. What can you add to the menu? There is no cost for the event, but if you are interested in attending, we ask that you call and make a reservation so we will know how many to set up for. Attendees are asked to bring a "game" dish of their choice (though not required). Side dish, beverage and dessert will be provided.

Hoosick Falls Community Alliance Church is located at 484 Hill Road. To reserve a ticket, call HFCAC at 518-686-3269.

Long Trail School presents play

DORSET -- Actors Anonymous, Long Trail School's drama troupe, will perform "Silenced on Barbour Street" by William Prenetta on March 22 at 7:15 p.m. The performance will be preceded by a dinner and auction to benefit the students who will be traveling to Scotland to act in this summer's Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Diners will be entertained by singers from Dee Tigue's music class. The one act play will be performed after the dinner and auction.

"Silenced on Barbour Street" features a cast of 21 students from grades 8-12 and two student technicians. It recounts the 1944 circus fire in Hartford, Conn. that took the lives of 168 people. Tickets for the March 22 performance are $25 for dinner, entertainment, dessert and the play. Tickets for the play and dessert only are $10. This is a play for mature audiences only. For more information, contact Chelley Tifft at ctifft@longtrailschool.org or 802-867-5717 ext. 190.

Yankee pot roast dinner to benefit Arlington food shelf

EAST ARLINGTON -- Bring your appetites for a traditional Yankee Pot Roast Dinner on Saturday, March 22, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Federated Church on Ice Pond Road. This popular meal will feature pot roast, vegetables, mashed potatoes, beverages and desserts provided by Mother Myricks, The Stratton Market and cheesecake baker Sandy Barnes. A free will offering will go to support the Arlington Food Shelf. No reservations are needed, take-outs will be available and the dinner will be served until all the food is gone. Call 802-375-2548 for mroe information.

Winter concert

BENNINGTON -- An all-star group of musicians will join soprano Ida Faiella in "I Love a Piano," the final winter concert of L'ensemble at 7:30 p.m. at Oldcastle Theatre. Accompanying Faiella are: Pianist Lincoln Mayorga, cellist Jesse Levy, violinist Dale Stuckenbruck, violist Olivia Koppell and violinist Ashley Horne.

For further information, call Oldcastle at 802-447-0564.

Bottle drive

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Dollars for Scholars will be holding a bottle drive on March 22, starting at 10 a.m.

To schedule a bottle pick-up by the students, call Sue at 802-442-5295.

Yoga Nidra workshop

BENNINGTON -- The Yoga Place is offering a Yoga Nidra workshop on Saturday, March 22, from 9 to 11 a.m. at 532 Main St. Yoga Nidra is a guided practice which helps participants to enter a deep level of consciousness, promoting profound rest and relaxation. The practice allows a deep form of healing to occur. The workshop is facilitated by Jane Schaeffer and costs is $25 at the door. For more information, call 802-447-0393 or go to www.benningtonyoga.com.

Dinner buffet fundraiser

BENNINGTON -- Help support our local World War II Veterans Leatherstocking Honor Flight to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Come to a Roast Pork Dinner Buffet and Dessert on March 22; social hour at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. at the American Legion Post 13 on Northside Drive. World War II veterans eat for free, all others pay $10 per person. If you are unable to attend but wish to support the trip, mail your tax deductable donation to L H F P.O. Box 621, Cobleskill NY 12043.

March 23

Legion Bingo

BENNINGTON -- Bingo at American Legion Post 13 is held every Sunday. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Bingo starts at 3 p.m. No one under 14 admitted.

Texas Hold'Em fundraiser

BENNINGTON -- Sign up starts at 12:30 p.m.; tournament starts at 1 p.m. at the Elks Lodge. There's a $40 buy-in, $25 rebuy. All proceeds will benefit the Bennington County Child Advocacy Center. The Child Advocacy Center provides resources and support to children and families during the abuse investigation process.

Kids' scavenger hunt

DORSET -- Sunday from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at JK Adams Kitchen Store, bring the kids and participate in a Farmers' Market Scavenger Hunt. Free T-shirt to all kids who complete the hunt! There will be live music from Tin Penny.

Every Sunday at market through the end of April find fresh picked greenhouse greens, storage crops, grass-fed meats, free-range eggs, honey, maple syrup, prepared and preserved foods, and Vermont artisan crafts.

For additional information, contact: marketmanager@dorsetfarmersmarket.com.

Tri Town Collectors Club hobby show

BENNINGTON -- The Tri Town Collectors Club will hold a coin, sports, postcard and family hobby show this Sunday, March 23, at the Hampton Inn from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Many dealers and collectors from the tri-state area meet there monthly with a daylong series of fun-packed family hobby activities. Besides offerings of interesting coins, currency, stamps and sports cards, there will be a special quiz for collectors at the coin club table with interesting door prizes including a nice group of collectable quarters.

Three new coin collectors will be present including a Canadian coin specialist. A collector with a large presentation of vintage sports cards and dealer with local post cards will be presenting. Free admission. If you have any questions, call Charles Suss at 917-714-7893 or 802-688-7893.


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