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Intro to QiGong:
Wednesday, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington, 108 School St. Qigong is a 7000 year old healing method that anyone can do to heal self and/or heal others. Qigong can be done sitting, standing or lying down. It is based on energy movement and blockages in the body. The event is free, but registration is required to ensure enough materials and seating. This VCIL sponsored event is open to people with disabilities, their caregivers and allies. Light refreshments provided. Wear comfortable clothes. This is a chemical- and scent-free event. For more information, to register and/or to request ASL interpreter by Monday 9/11 or other accommodations: Lynn Mazza, VCIL, 601 Main St. Bennington, 802-442-1876,

Meals on Wheels Live Telethon: Live event will raise the revenue needed to ensure all Vermont seniors have access to healthy meals. A live studio event produced by GNAT-TV and simulcast by Catamount Access Television will raise both awareness and donations needed to help ensure access to healthy, home-cooked meals for seniors in Southwest Vermont. GNAT-TV will produce the live studio event at their Sunderland studio on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. Please join them on this special evening by tuning in to GNAT Television Channel 15, Catamount TV Channel 15, or GNAT's website: GNAT.TV for an exciting and entertaining event.

Poetry reading: Gabrielle Calvocoressi will read as part of the Poetry at Bennington series Wednesday, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Tishman Lecture Hall, Bennington College.

Vermont Archaeology Month Lecture: Archaeologist Charlie Paquin's presentation, "Vermont Archaeology: History, Paradigms, and Current Directions" will describe the changes in archaeological theory and practice in the Northeast from the beginnings of the discipline to the present day. The lecture will happen on Wednesday, 8 p.m. at the Center for the Advancement of Public Action at Bennington College.


Public Meeting:
The Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Arlington Town Hall, 3828 VT Route 7A. The purpose of the meeting is to review the final report on the 2016 to 2017 work plan, adopt a budget for 2018 to 2019, plan for the Sept. 30 household hazardous waste event, discuss the Universal Recycling Law and other matters and to offer members of the public an opportunity to discuss programs and activities of the Alliance with the Alliance board. For more information, including a copy of the agenda, please visit or contact Michael S. Batcher at 802-442-0713 x 2 or


Kids' Potholder Weaving Workshop:
The Manchester Community Library invites kids in first grade through fourth grade to a potholder weaving workshop on Wednesday, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. It's simple and fun. There will be snacks and all the supplies needed, and instructors to teach how to use a loom, hook and loops to make a creation.

A completed potholder will become part of the Library's Super Secret Soft Art Project, a mysterious piece of work that will be unveiled in the near future. Free program, open to kids in grades one through four. Snacks will be served. Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave./Corner of Rte.7A.

Judy Garland Musical: On Wednesday, at 2 p.m., the Manchester Community Library will screen a 1944 classic musical starring Judy Garland and directed by Vincente Minnelli. Meet Me in St. Louis won one Oscar and was nominated for four additional awards. In the year leading up to the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York. The film screening is free and open to the public. Running time is 113 minutes. Refreshments will be served. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. Information: 802-362-2607.

Tale of Two Paintings: Join Don Trachte Jr. at the Manchester Community Library on Wednesday, at 6:30 p.m. for a free talk, "A Tale of Two Paintings: A Norman Rockwell Painting, Not Known to be Missing, Was Found."



Post 69 Joint House Committee meeting:
On Thursday at 6 p.m., there will be an American Legion Post 69 Joint House Committee meeting at Post 69. 802-375-6157 for more information.

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 69 meeting:
On Thursday at 7 p.m., there will be an American Legion Auxiliary Unit 69 meeting at Post 69. All Unit 69 members are invited to attend the monthly meeting. Those interested in finding out what the American Legion Auxiliary is about, or would like to become a member and have never been asked, come join in.Call 802-375-6157 for more information.


A lecture on "States' Rights: The Struggle Between the President and the States" will be held Thursday, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the CAPA Symposium, Bennington College.

The Public Policy Forums at CAPA series invites guest speakers from the private and public sectors to address a range of important topics in the current national dialogue. The guest speakers at this event are TJ Donovan, Vermont Attorney General and Jim Condos, Vermont Secretary of State. The conversation will be facilitated by CAPA director Susan Sgorbati and Vermont State Senator Brian Campion.

Big Pharma Movie: Bennington Rights and Democracy is showing the movie "Big Pharma, Market Failure" three times in Bennington over the next few weeks. Thursday, outdoors at Merchants Park, corner of North and Pleasant Streets, at 7 p.m.; bring a chair (if rain, St. Peter's Church, just down Pleasant Street); Sunday, in the Crispe Room of the Vets Home on North Street, at 2 p.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 10 at the Bennington Free Library on Silver Street, at 7 p.m. For more information: Dick Dundas, 802-447-7433;

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Business owner workshop:
Hoosick Falls is ready to begin the rebranding of our village area, as well as the Town of Hoosick.

New businesses are opening and we are inviting all entrepreneurs and business owners wishing to expand their business to a free workshop from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, at the HAYC3 Armory, 80 Church St.

Meeting of the Friends: On Thursday, at 3 p.m. there will be a Meeting of the Friends of the Bennington Battlefield, Barnett House, 30 Caretakers Rd. Meetings of the Friends group are open to the public. New members are always welcome. The group operates a website, pens a newsletter and plans events.

HFCS PTA Meeting: The next business meeting of the HFCS PTA will take place on Thursday, in the Elementary School Library beginning at 6:30 p.m. To become a member or to learn more about PTA and its programs, please attend this meeting or contact membership chair Jenny O'Connor at



Community Dance Circle:
Come to Nataraja, a monthly gathering for the local dance community at The Yoga Place (532 Main Street, upstairs over the DMV, entrance and free parking in rear of building, off Pleasant Street) on Friday, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Talking is kept to a minimum. Bring a water bottle. No alcohol or mind-altering substances. Each person is encouraged to make a $5 donation, with the proceeds to be donated to Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services. Music is eclectic and will vary each month. All dancers welcomed to help create an all-inclusive and tight-knit dance community. Call 802-442-5331 for more information.

Science Workshop: On Friday, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Dickinson 232, Bennington College, Dr. Jay Pasachoff (Williams College) will be discussing the exciting topic of "The Eclipse." Snacks will be served.

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Movie Screening:
On Friday, at 7 p.m. near the Barnett House, 30 Caretakers Rd.,there will be a showing of a movie with a Revolutionary theme on the grounds of the caretaker's house. The screening will be outdoors. Warm clothing suggested. Picnic coolers welcome. The event is free and open to the public. Rain date: Saturday, Sept. 16, 7 p.m.


Launch Party and Author Presentation:
Join the Northshire Bookstore on Friday, for a launch party at 6 p.m. for one of our favorite local authors, Eric Rickstad, as he presents his newest thriller, "The Names of Dead Girls," his much-anticipated sequel to "The Silent Girls." The night will start at 6 p.m. with drinks and small bites. At 7 p.m., enjoy an author presentation followed by Q&A and a book signing.

NANA Meeting: The Yale Alliance for Nonprofit Associations of New England, is forming a group in Vermont. There are groups in Boston, Connecticut, New Hampshire. NANA is seeking all Yale alumni to see what activities or events are of mutual concern or interest. Participants do not have to work for or be involved in a nonprofit nor is involvement restricted to Yale alum. The activity or event that we carry out has to be nonprofit. Meet at Spiral Press, on Friday, Sept. 15, at 5 p.m. For more information, email at



Annual Bennington Quiltfest:
More than 100 new quilts and challenge quilts will be on display at the 24th Annual Bennington Quiltfest on the weekend of Sept. 16-17 at Mount Anthony Union Middle School, 747 East Rd. The annual event is presented by the Quiet Valley Quilters Guild on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 pm, and Sunday from 9 a.m until 4 p.m. Tickets for this year's raffle quilt, "Autumn Splendor," can be purchased both days and the drawing takes place on Sunday at 3 p.m. People's Choice Awards in two categories are presented to the winners at the same time. Quiltfest Caf is open both days for breakfast and lunch selections. Admission is $7 (children 12 and under free). The show is handicap accessible and there is plenty of free parking. For more information, visit

Recovery walk: Turning Point Center will host a Recovery Walk starting at 11 a.m. at the former middle school on Main Street.

Free Skin Cancer Screening: From 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 16, Lixia Ellis, MD, PhD, a dermatologist at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, will perform free full-body skin checks at SVMC Dermatology, 140 Hospital Drive, Suite 205. This event is supported by SVMC Cancer Committee. While open to everyone, the screenings are offered especially for people with no insurance or with high deductibles, and an appointment is required. To make an appointment, call 802-440-4264. The screening is first-come, first-served, and the schedule fills quickly.

Pet Appreciation Week: On Saturday, Sept. 16, Bennington Tractor Supply will host a Pet Appreciation Week community event featuring pet adoptions, demonstrations on pet nutrition and a free Greenies dental dog treat for customers while supplies last. This year's Pet Appreciation Week community event will also include Second Chance Animal Center on site 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information on the week's events or to participate, contact the Bennington store at 802-440-9937.


Author presentation:
Award winning author and public radio commentator, Bill Schubart, first introduced Lila and Theron characters in his 2008 short story collection, "The Lamoille Stories." After being influenced by William Faulkner's acceptance speech on winning the Nobel Prize, he returns seven years later to finish their stories. Join the Northshire Bookstore for his presentation of his newest book on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m.

Movie screening: National Theatre Live, the best of British theatre broadcast to cinemas around the world, comes to Burr and Burton Academy's Riley Center for the Arts on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 3 p.m. Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning is excited to offer the screening of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for seniors and $9 for students. Tickets may be purchased online at

Best Tag Sale in Vermont: This year's Barn Sale will take place (rain or shine) on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 9 to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 17 from 9 to 1 p.m. at Riley Rink at Hunter Park. The annual event is organized by the Barn Sale committee, a group of dedicated women who donate much of the items, devote time and energy to get the event off the ground, and determine reasonable prices for the high quality merchandise.The proceeds of the Barn Sale support the Northshire UCS office and the services they provide. United Counseling Service's mission is to build a stronger community by empowering individuals and families to live healthy and meaningful lives. For information on United Counseling Service or to make a donation please visit or call 802-442-5491.



The Battle of Bennington:
On Sept.17 at 2 p.m. the Bennington Historical Society program will feature author Phil Holland in a discussion of "The Battle of Bennington: Tellers and Retellers." The program will take place in the Bennington Museum, in the Ada Paresky Educational Center and is free and open to the public.

Big Pharma Movie: Bennington Rights and Democracy is showing the movie "Big Pharma, Market Failure" over the next few weeks. Sunday, Sept. 17 in the Crispe Room of the Vets Home on North Street, at 2 p.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 10 at the Bennington Free Library on Silver Street, at 7 p.m. For more information: Dick Dundas, 802-447-7433;

Cambridge, N.Y.

Reiki Share:
Kimberly Hayden, licensed massage therapist and Reiki practitioner, will host a free Reiki share from 1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 17, at the Healing Arts Studio, 46-48 East Main St., Cambridge, NY. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is gentle, non-invasive, and recipients remain fully clothed. Reiki practitioners of all levels and lineages and people who have no experience with Reiki are welcome. For more information and to RSVP, contact Kim at 518-859-0842 or

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

On the Trail of Julius Friedrich Wasmus:
On Sunday, Sept. 17, 1 p.m. at the Barnett House, 30 Caretakers Rd., join in for a presentation delivered by battlefield docent Bob Hoar that will follow the path of the most famous chronicler of the Battle of Bennington, the Braunschweig surgeon J. F. Wasmus.


Pancake breakfast:
Battenkill Grange #487 will hold a pancake breakfast on Sunday, Sept. 17 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Bailey Hall on Ice Pond Farm Road. Pancakes, sausage, home fries, sausage gravy and biscuits, scrambled eggs, orange juice, and coffee are on the menu. For more information call 802-375-2518.


Music and poetry:
A classical pianist in his eighth year of study in an Italian Conservatory and two poets will perform and read at the Green River Inn on Sept. 17 from 3 to 5 p.m. The public is invited. Oscar Rodriguez, from Poughkeepsie, NY, is an advanced student at the Conservatorio Bruno Maderna, Cesena, Italy. Oscar's audiences rise to their feet to applaud his versatility and lively style. Steve Haggerty, from the Poughkeepsie, NY area, began his journalism career at the Bennington Banner while at Southern Vermont College. With an M.A. in Journalism from the University of South Carolina, he is the author of "Cows in the Fog and Other Poems and Stories." He will read new material and poems about his experiences in The Bronx, New York. He will also share a story from his book on the artist Norman Rockwell, a work in progress. Jeff Edrich, from Croton-on-Hudson, NY, will read poems from his book "Iron in the Country."


Robert Frost:
"The Mystical Suspense of Robert Frost" is the intriguing title of Chard deNiord's talk on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Stone House Museum. Following Frost's lead as a Poet Laureate of Vermont, deNiord will also read some of his own poems after the discussion. The program is free. Call 802-447-6200 for more information.



A lecture on "Class Inequalities in India and China in Neoliberal Times" will be held Monday, Sept. 18, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the CAPA Symposium, Bennington College. This lecture is part of the Fall 2017 Society, Culture, and Though Colloquium. This year's theme is "Neoliberalism and its Discontents." The guest speaker is Vamsi Vakulabharanam, Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In his research, Vamsi Vakulabharanam argues for a theoretical framework that incorporates two levels of political economic processes.


Make Your Own Sushi:
On Monday, Sept. 18, Green Mountain Academy welcomes Chie Addington and Katsuko Lord of Caf Sora to demonstrate how to make sushi. Come learn authentic and healthy Japanese cooking and experience the culture of Japan. Katsuko and Chie will share recipes and techniques for successful sushi roll and Origami making. The class will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Caf Sora, located in Yester House at the Southern Vermont Arts Center. Registration is required and is $35 per person. For more information or to register visit or call our office at 802-867-0111.



BROC Community Action is offering three free a workshops in September at the Bennington Free Library. On Tuesday, Sept. 19, there will be two workshops. First, a Savvy Spending Solutions financial capability workshop from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., participants will explore saving strategies, how to plan for financial goals and planning to purchase a home. To register contact Shelley Faris at 802-665-1742 or Second, a Self-Employment Tax workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., participants will get a great education about this topic from Grant Peterson, a tax consultant with the IRS. To register contact Annette Hoyle at 802-665-1744 or On Tuesday, Sept. 26, there will be an Introduction to Starting a Micro Business workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., participants will have a chance to explore whether becoming self-employment is a viable option and what next steps would need to be taken to accomplish it. Feel free to bring a snack and beverage. To register for this workshop also contact Annette Hoyle. To learn what other programs and services BROC Community Action offers visit and Like us on Facebook.


Youth Hockey:
Northshire Hockey Association will be hosting an information night for all interested youth hockey players, ages 4-14, at Riley Rink Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Practices start the week of Oct. 22 and run through March 3. The 6U program for boys and girls ages 6 and under will cost $50 for approximately 15 weeks of instruction. Participants must be independent skaters. NHA has limited numbers of equipment rental packages available for $30. Packages include all equipment needed by new players except for a hockey stick and skates. For more information about equipment packages or getting started in playing youth hockey please visit the NHA website at or email Karen Grabher at

Green Mountain Academy welcomes Albany Law School Professor Vincent Bonventre to talk about Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's appointee to the Supreme Court. The talk will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the Manchester Community Library. Neil Gorsuch compiled a distinctive record as a federal appeals court judge. His positions on workers' rights, social issues, constitutional interpretation, and other important legal questions paint a clear ideological picture of this newest member of the nation's high court. Indeed, in his very brief tenure to date on the Supreme Court, he has already begun to compile a similarly distinct ideological record. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit



Wellness Fair:
Shires Housing and Bennington Support and Services at Home are hosting a Wellness Fair at the Bennington Fire House on Thursday, Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be up to 30 local vendors, a flu clinic, vendor giveaways, and gift baskets that will be awarded to attendees.


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