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Monthly Peace Circle scheduled for June 30

This month's Peace Circle will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Second Congregational Church, at 115 Hillside St. in Bennington. The focus of this month's Peace Circle is to acquire tools to elevate participants' hearts, minds and souls. Participants will practice sitting still in silence and explore numerous ways to find "pockets of peace" in their lives.

Peace Circles are offered on a sliding scale of $15-25/person. They are based on Gandhi's philosophy that in order to have more peace in the world, we must become peace.

Peace Circles are facilitated by Teresa King. She brings tools from teaching yoga for 24 years and from facilitating circles and workshops for 22 years. Their mission is two-fold: to help people acquire and deepen their sense of inner peace and to bring peace into our communities on a larger scale. To RSVP, email For more information, visit


Town, chamber offer meet and greet today

The Town of Pownal and the Bennington Regional Chamber Of Commerce invite local businesses to a meet and greet at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 26, at the Pownal Campus of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, 7237 Route 7, Pownal. Enjoy light refreshments and enjoy the opportunity to meet neighboring businesses. For more information, contact Town Administrator Michael A. Walker at or 802-823-0116, ext. 110.


Pownal Rescue Squad to hold open house

The Pownal Rescue Squad will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 29. There will be CPR demonstrations, door prizes, games, a Chinese auction, a bake sale, blood pressure readings and free hamburgers and hot dogs. Pownal Rescue Squad is located at 22 Ladd Road.


Free legal advice for older Vermonters

Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging and Vermont Legal Aid are sponsoring a free legal advice clinic from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 28 at SVCOA's office at 160 Benmont Ave., Suite 90.

An attorney from the Senior Citizens Law Project of Vermont Legal Aid will be conducting free 20-minute consultations on civil legal issues for Vermonters age 60 and older. Examples of the types of issues for which the attorney will be able to give advice or referrals include: wills, powers of attorney, landlord-tenant issues, Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, SSI, other public benefits, debt collection, consumer problems, guardianship, divorce, foreclosure, small claims, bankruptcy, and any other civil legal matter.

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The attorney cannot help with criminal cases or issues, and cannot provide consultation on issues involving family members or neighbors.

For more information or to sign up for a free 20-minute consultation, call 802-442-5436. Please bring any information or documentation about your issue with you.


QiGong classes offered on Sunday mornings

Sunday Morning QiGong will be offered at The Loose Cannon Cafe, 139 Main St., from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Sunday mornings through Aug. 25. The classes are free, and will be held rain or shine. Participants should wear loose clothing; yoga mats are optional.


Basketball, soccer camp

Northshire Baptist Church is sponsoring a Fellowship of Christian Athletes basketball and soccer camp July 8 through 12 for ages 5 through 12. It will meet at the Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park in Manchester Center from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The fee of $55 includes an athletic FCA Camp T-shirt, FCA Bible, and snacks. Scholarships requests and registration are available at Dave Shehadi, former BBA varsity basketball coach, will be running the basketball component. Eric Hartwell, an experienced soccer coach, will be running the soccer component. For more information, email or call 802-362-1988.


Library offers programs on animals, Star Wars

The Manchester Public Library is offering the following programs in early July:

Summer Reading Kids program: 11 a.m., July 11. Wildlife tales by the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum, including a live animal visit. Free and open to the public.

Everything Star Wars crafts: 2 p.m. July 10. Make lightsabers from glow sticks, droid-inspired mason jars and Wookies from cookies. Free program for ages 12-18.

Super Saturday program: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 13. The 501st Legion, Green Mountain Squad will be at the library for a demonstration and picture opportunities with troop members in realistic costumes of some of your favorite Star Wars characters. Free and open to the public.

Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center.


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