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Candidates forum to be held Monday

A Pownal Candidates Forum, sponsored by Friends of Pownal, Inc. will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, at the Pownal Elementary School gym. Following the candidates' introductory comments, there will be time for citizens to ask the candidates questions. Following the forum, light refreshments will be served.


Pizza, bingo party to benefit charity

All are welcome to a family friendly fun night of pizza and bingo on Saturday at Second Congregational Church to help raise money for charity. The pizza party begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by 10 games of bingo. Each of the 10 winners will get to choose a non-profit of their choice to receive $100 and the opportunity to tell everyone why this group is important to them. Music will be provided by Matt Edwards, DJ and callers will be special guests from the community. Admission is $10 per adult and $5 per child, which provides your pizza supper and one card for each of the 10 games of bingo. Extra cards may be purchased if you want to increase your chances to win. Tickets are available at the church at 115 Hillside Street, Bennington today and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or at the door. For more information, call 802-442-2559.


Harry Potter Night at Northshire tonight

Wizards and muggles alike are invited to join in Northshire's annual celebration of Harry Potter Book Night from 4:30-6:30 tonight. Come in your best Hogwarts robes or themed outfits for a chance to win the costume competition, participate in Harry Potter trivia, hunt throughout the bookstore for he-who-must-not-be-named's horcruxes, attend Divination class, and more.

Please bring a pair of socks to donate in order to free the house elves (and help warm the needy).

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The event takes place in the kids department.

The Northshire is located at 4869 Main St., Manchester Center.

First Wednesdays talk rescheduled to April

A talk by Amherst College professor Catherine A. Sanderson on the power of mindset in affecting life outcomes has been rescheduled to Wednesday, April 17 at 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Manchester. The talk had been scheduled for Wednesday night, but was postponed because of a prediction of freezing rain.

"There is Nothing Either Good or Bad, But Thinking Makes It So," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

Is this famous quotation from Hamlet true? Sanderson, author of "The Positive Shift," will outline the significant difference we can make in our daily lives simply by adjusting our outlook.


Food pantry serves up pot roast dinner

What tastes better than a pot roast dinner on a cold winter day? One that is cooked for you and will benefit a worthy cause. The Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry in Cambridge, N.Y. on Rt. 22 will do just that. The dinner will be served on Saturday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The menu includes pot roast with potatoes, onions and carrots, Vicky's famous coleslaw, dinner rolls, dessert and beverage.

Come on into Loaves & Fishes' warm "kitchen," bring friends and enjoy a hearty hot meal prepared by talented chefs and helpers. There is lots of parking space and ground level entrance. Take-outs will be available.


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