Today's Calendar


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Today, Oct. 7


Cancer benefit: Cancer Center Community Crusaders Benefit sponsored by American Legion Family Post 13, Northside Drive. Roast pork dinner limited seating, 6 p.m. $12.00 pre-buy ticket at American Legion.

Live music: Eric Despard Latin Jazz Quartet (LJQ) lights up the Masonic Hall stage at 504 Main Street. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets for this event are only available at the door, $10 general admission and $5 for students.

Coral reef talk: Bennington College, Dickinson 232, 1 p.m.

Drama performance: "Dry Land," Bennington College, VAPA Margot Tenney, 8 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.


Author event: Northshire Bookstore, 7 p.m. Ken Davis, author of, "In the Shadow of Liberty."


Poetry reading: Lucie McKee, 5 Bank St., 5:30 p.m. Free. Refreshments to follow.

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

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

Saturday, Oct. 8


Basket party: American Legion Post 69, 11 a.m. A light lunch will be served. Tickets are $7 for 1 sheet and $3 for additional. 50/50 raffle. We are would greatly appreciate help with basket donations. Call 802-375-6157 for more information.

Mineral and gem club: The Southwestern Vermont Mineral & Gem Club, Inc. will have its monthly meeting at noon at the Martha Canfield Library. Guest speaker will be Dr. Robert Ballad, a long-time member of the Capital District Mineral Club in Albany, N.Y. , and an experienced collector. The topic will be on "Organizing and cataloging your collection." Everyone is welcome. There is no charge. Please call Bill Cotrofeld at 802-375-6782 if attending, or if you would like information on the club.


Book signing: Local author Phil Holland will be signing his book, "A Guide to The Battle of Bennington and the Bennington Monument" at the Bennington Battle Monument from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


National Theatre Live: "One Man, Two Guvnors," Burr and Burton Academy's Riley Center for the Arts at 3 p.m. Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning is excited to offer the screening of "One Man, Two Guvnors." Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for seniors and $9 for students. Tickets may be purchased online at

Gallery: Vermont artist, Elizabeth Torak, and gallery owner Lisa Helmholz-Adams invite the public to "A Force of Nature," a special exhibition and reception from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Helmholz Fine Art.


Children's clothing swap: McCullough Free Library, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring at least 10 pieces of laundered, gently used children's clothing and come home with new-to-you items. This event will be free as always, no reservations will be required. Little ones are always welcome.

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.

Sunday, Oct. 9


Breakfast: 8 a.m. to 10. Seniors 65 and over are free; all others are $6 each, donations are greatly appreciated. American Legion Post 69.


Free pet clinic: For dogs and cats, restricted to families who are homeless or receiving public assistance: 3SquaresVT, Medicaid, fuel assistance, Meals on Wheels. For treatment of minor illnesses, wounds or injuries, wellness exams, vaccinations, parasites. Dogs must be on leashes, cats in a safe container Between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 601 Main St.

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.


Cow plop bingo: St. Mary's Academy Annual Cow Plop Giveaway and Car Show will be held at the Town of Hoosick Athletic Field. Food, fun, games, music, and vendors all afternoon long. Get there early for the car show which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Car registration is $10 per vehicle. Vendors are welcome, $10 for a 10' by 10' space. Sponsorship for $100 or more is also available. The cow plop and family activities kick off at 11 a.m. Deeds are $20 and there will only be 550 sold. If the cow "plops" in your square, you will win $1000. To purchase a deed or for more information, please call the school at 518-686-4314.

Monday, Oct. 10


Bennington Free Clinic Monday hours: The Bennington Free Clinic will be open from 10 a.m. to noon at the First Baptist Church, 601 Main St. 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.

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


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.

Tuesday, Oct. 11


Visual arts lecture: 7 p.m., Bennington College, Tishman Lecture Hall. Mariam Ghani is an artist, writer, filmmaker and teacher. The recipient of numerous honors and widely exhibited, her research-based practice spans video, installation, photography, performance, and text. More.

Ladies Auxiliary Members meeting: The Ladies Auxiliary VFW meets the second Tuesday of every month. We welcome all members and look forward to your participation. Those who are interested in joining or finding additional information about the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 1332, can contact the VFW Post 1332 at 802-442-9857 and leave a call back number.

Overeaters Anonymous meeting: Overeaters Anonymous meets Tuesdays at 7 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 (BEGINS April 26)

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.

Bennington Celebrate Recovery: A Christ-centered 12-step recovery program, find healing from hurts, hangups and habits. Group meets Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Every third Tuesday is a potluck/meeting at 6 p.m. Held at 115 Hillside St. at the Second Congregational Church. For more information, contact Peter Grimes at 518-677-5414 or Christa Jan Ryan at 631-559-1594.

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.

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

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


Reinvent state government: The State Government Restructuring and Operations Review Commission will be holding a public hearing at the Manchester Community Library from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Commission plans to hold four hearings statewide to listen to ideas Vermonters may have about "reinventing" state government.

Buddhist meditation and teachings: 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.

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 $10.00 or purchase a package of 6 classes for $50.00. Mats are available and drop-ins are welcome. For more information please contact MPR at 802-362-1439.

Wednesday, Oct. 12


Reading: Bennington College, Franklin Living Room, 7 p.m. Brando Skyhorse, author of "The Madonnas of Echo Park," which received the 2011 PEN/Hemingway Award, will read.

Conversation: Making Wholeness for Creativity and Innovation, Bennington College, 7 p.m., CAPA Symposium

Shutterbug Club: One World Conservation Center, OWCC Nature Art Gallery – The Shutterbug Club, 5:30 p.m. to 7.

Support group: There is a support group for anyone living with any type of loss due to a death at Second Congregational Church the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 6 p.m.

Stress relief with easy moving meditation: No experience necessary. Free to attend. Every Wednesday 7 a.m. to 7:30 am at Upper Willow Park Pavilion. Contact Tracy Purdy-Martin with questions at 802-379-8339.

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

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


Flu shots: Hoosick Falls CSD will be having a flu shot clinic from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at HFCS in the high school auditorium. You may call for an appointment: 518-686-7321 x1304 or x1514. Walk-ins are also welcome. Please report to the visitors entrance and check in when you arrive. Also, please bring your insurance card with you. Please note: Empire Blue Shield is not being accepted at this clinic.


Hitchcock: Manchester Community Library will screen a 1943 classic Hitchcock thriller at 2 p.m. in the Hunter Community Room. A young woman discovers her visiting "Uncle Charlie" may not be the man he seems to be, casting a "Shadow of a Doubt." The film screening is free and open to the public. Running time is 108 minutes. Refreshments will be served.

Thursday, Oct. 13


Legion meetings: Monthly house committee meeting, Post 69, 6 p.m. Monthly joint meeting of the Post 69 Legionnaires, Sons Squadron 69 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 69, American Legion Post 69. Call 802-375-6157 for more information or to join. Sons of the American Legion Squadron 69, 7 p.m.


Bennington 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.


Celebrate Recovery Meeting: A Christ centered 12-step recovery program Thursdays 6:30 pm Hoosick Falls Community Alliance Church 484 Hill Road. Come find healing from any of life's hurts, hangups, and habits For more information call, Jonathan 518-686-3269, Bob 518-779-3485 or Sandy 518-686-5962


Hamilton's America: Manchester Community Library and Vermont PBS will host a sneak preview and discussion of PBS's "Hamilton's America" at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and will take place at Manchester Community Library. A reception will follow the screening and discussion. For more information, call the library at 802-362-2607.

Night of poetry: Northshire Bookstore, 6 p.m. Join us for an evening of poetry as Tim Mayo reads from his new book, "Thesaurus of Separation," and Jayne Benjulian from her new book, "Five Sextillion Atoms."


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.

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.


Bingo: The American Legion Post 90 in Pownal will host bingo at 5 p.m. Bingo begins at 6:30 p.m.


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