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Farmers' Market:
Bennington Farmers' Market returns to the Riverwalk on Depot Street, weekly, starting Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. In addition to an array of fresh vegetables and storage crops, handcrafts, and prepared foods and bakery items, Ransom Notes will provide live music.

Memory cafe:
The Bennington County Memory Caf meets on the last Saturday of each month at the Bennington Free Library. The caf begins at 10:00 a.m. and lasts until approximately 11:30 a.m. The caf is very loosely structured with activities ranging from music, art, games, singing, crafts and poetry. There may also be an occasional guest speaker.

North Bennington

Tales for Tots:
This growing group meets every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the McCullough Free Library for stories, games, songs and occasional crafts. All ages are welcome.



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 Brunch with Banulis and Miller. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jam session open to additional artists from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Irish music sessions: A gathering of musicians for the purpose of celebrating a common interest in the traditional music of Ireland and Scotland by playing it together in a relaxed, informal setting. Every Sunday at The Publyk House from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., free to the public.



Bennington Free Clinic Monday hours: The Bennington Free Clinic will be open from 10 a.m. to noon at 121 Depot Street. 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.

Meetings at Turning Point Center: All Recovery; a support group that welcomes people on all pathways to recovery. It is a facilitated topic-discussion meeting with the focus on recovery, 4 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous at 5:30 p.m. Al-Anon Beginners at 6:30 p.m. Al-Anon at 7 p.m., for anyone whose life is affected by someone else's drinking or substance abuse, free, anonymous, confidential.

Open mic night: South Street Cafe, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Mothers' substance abuse recovery: Meeting from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Monday for ten weeks from Sept. 11 to Nov. 20, the program offers assistance to pregnant and parenting women who are seeking to reduce the effects of substance abuse in their lives, acquire improved life skills, and learn more about safe, nurturing parenting. Transportation, childcare and breakfast, including coffee will be provided. There is no charge for participants. The Rocking Horse Program is funded through a grant from the Vermont Department of Health, Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs.

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Coloring and Zentangle:
De-stress at Cheney Library at 5 pm with Coloring and Zentangle. Zentangle is a creative art form where all you need is paper, pencil and pen. Drawings can be turned into art designs. Your stress will also be reduced with Zentangle and your focus improved. Zentangle can be done by almost any age ... children, teens and adults. Cheney Library supplies the sturdy paper and the Micron pens; you supply the imagination.

Free qigong: Spring Forest Qigong certified instructor, Tracy Purdy-Martin invites you to join this healing circle every Monday from 5 to 5:45 pm at Eastwick Physical Therapy on Route 7 in Hoosick Falls. Healing for the body, mind and spirit. Contact Tracy at 802-379-8339 or



Overeaters Anonymous meeting:
Overeaters Anonymous meets Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. at the Second Congregational Church.

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.

Live piano: South Street Cafe, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. featuring Rakia Montane

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.

Celebrate Recovery: Bennington Celebrate Recovery meets every Tuesday evening at 6:30 pm. We meet at the Second Congregational Church,115 Hillside St. Every third Tuesday is a potluck event that starts at 5:45 p.m. Contact persons are Peter and Pauline Grimes 518-677-5414. Celebrate Recovery is a Christ Centered 12 Step Recovery Program that promotes healing from hurts, hang-ups or habits. All are welcome to attend.

Meetings at Turning Point Center: Women's self-esteem group, 11 a.m; Meditation group, 5 p.m.; Hand in Hand recovery meeting, a facilitated meeting where family members in recovery come together with persons in recovery from substance abuse.

Gentle Yoga for Cancer Survivors: The Cancer Center sponsors free Gentle Yoga for Cancer Survivors weekly, Tuesdays 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

Story night: Two Brews Cafe, 230 North Street, seating at 7 p.m. Everyone has a story to tell. Inspired by Moth radio hour on NPR. Contact Forest Byrd at for more information.

Alzheimer's Support Group: Alzheimer's disease changes the lives of both the person diagnosed and those that are connected to them. Brookdale Fillmore Pond is proving an opportunity for caregivers, family and friends of persons with dementia to meet and develop a support system. Brookdale be hosting monthly Alzheimer's Education and Support Group at their local community the last Tuesday of every month from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The next group will meet on July 25. Please RSVP to Jennifer Hill, sales manager at 802-447-7000 or and take home two meals to go at the conclusion of the support group.

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Story time at Cheney Library:
Cheney Library will have storytime for preschoolers and their caregivers on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. There will be crafts and snacks.


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.

Yoga classes: Manchester Parks and Recreation Department. Classes are designed for all levels of yoga and includes meditation, breathing techniques, and postures on the mat. Classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Activity Room at the Park House at the Dana Thompson Memorial Park. Class fees are $10 or purchase a package of 6 classes for $50. Mats are available and drop-ins are welcome. For more information please contact MPR at 802-362-1439.

Buddhist Meditation Group: 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.



Meetings at Turning Point Center:
Narcotics Anonymous, noon. Alcoholics Anonymous, 6 p.m.

Power nap: On Wednesdays from noon to 12:30 p.m., Susan Beal will offer a short lunchtime Yoga Nidra session to recharge your batteries at The Yoga Place. Attendees can be in and out in half-an-hour, power nap style, for a $5 donation. For more info: 802-447-0393 or



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(Funk & Jazz Music with That Strange) 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.

Meetings at Turning Point Center: All Recovery meeting, 11 a.m. Making Recovery Easier meeting, 4 p.m., this is a 6-week series of workshops for those new to recovery or for those who have struggled with the recovery process. It helps people to better understand and get the most out of 12-step meetings. A certification of completion is awarded for completing the series; Codependents Anonymous 6 p.m.

Free workout group: Get Fit Bennington meets 6 p.m. at Willow Park. All ages and abilities welcome.

Live music: South Street Cafe, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Hale Mountain Pickers.


Knitting club:
Come to the Manchester Community Library on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. to join the Library Knitting Club and create warm clothing items for yourself or others. Involvement is free and open to all. Drop-ins welcome.

Free yoga: Manchester Community Library, 8:30 to 9:40 a.m. The class is led by Irene Cole, RYT. Please bring your own mat and any other props you would need. Attendance is free with a suggested $5 to $10 donation benefiting the Manchester Community Library.

North Bennington

Yarncrafting Club:
Every Thursday from 1 p.m. to 6 at McCullough Free Library. Bring your own knitting and crochet materials or help yourself to ours, including yarn from our free bin.

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.



Meetings at Turning Point Center:
All Recovery meeting, 4 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous, 5:30 p.m. Dual recovery, for those who experience both chemical dependency and an emotional or psychiatric illness, 5:30 p.m.

Play group: Sunrise Family Playgroup, open to all, birth to five years old, 12:30 to 2 p.m. 238 Union Street, building out back. Join us for snacks, activities, play and connecting to other parents Contact Rose Morrison 802-442-6934 for more information.

North Bennington

Lego Club:
McCullough Free Library, meets every Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Ages 5 and up.

Coloring for adults: McCullough Free Library, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Join your neighbors for a beverage and meditative adult coloring activities. All materials are provided, but feel free to bring your own coloring book if you'd like.


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