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Today, Sept. 26


Music: Mary Halvorson and Stephen Crump 8 p.m. - 9:30, Bennington College, Deane Carriage Barn

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, Sept. 27


Act 46 forum: ACT 46 School Consolidation Community Forum, 6 p.m., Bennington Fire House On River Street. Sponsored by the Town of Bennington and the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union member districts

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: Cheney Library will have a Fall Story Time from Sept. 27 through Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. in the Children's Room of the library. We will have songs and stories about wild things, crafts and of course snacks. This story time is for preschool children and their caregivers.

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.


Defying the Nazis: Manchester Community Library and Vermont PBS will present a film preview and discussion of Defying the Nazis: The Sharp's War, a new film directed by Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky, at 6:30 p.m. The program is free and open to the public

End of growth: Green Mountain Academy will host a talk with economist Peter Radford at 5:30 p.m. in Burr and Burton Academy's Hunter Seminar Room. American economic growth has been very slow since the Great Recession of 2008. This has led to an ongoing discussion about the nature and possibility of future growth. Some analysts have even suggested that the era of high growth during the early post-war years will never be repeated and that we should accept very low growth, if any, going forward. This talk explains the debate and tries to answer that same question is growth over? Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit our website at

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, Sept. 28


Free live music: West Mountain Inn, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For info, please call 802-375-6516


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.


Nobel speaker: Peace activist, author, priest and Nobel Peace Prize nominee John Dear will speak on "Creating a Culture of Non-Violence" from 7 p.m. to 8 at the First Baptist Church.

Thursday, Sept. 29


Grad school fair: Southern Vermont College will host a Graduate School Fair from 1 to 3 p.m. in Everett Mansion's Burgdorff Galley on campus. Representatives from more than 18 graduate and professional schools will attend. The Fair is an excellent opportunity for students to explore graduate school programs and the associated application process. The public is invited to this event. For more information, contact Betsy Dunham, Career Development and Internships Coordinator, at 802-447-4631 or e-mail

Blood drive: Southwestern Vermont Medical Center is hosting an American Red Cross Blood drive 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in its employee cafeteria. Red Cross blood donor eligibility requirements have changed recently. Those who have been deferred from donating in the past are encouraged to check their eligibility again. The website has more information about eligibility. Potential donors can also call 1-800-RED CROSS for more information about whether they are eligible to donate. To make an appointment to donate, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text bloodapp to 90999 to download the app to your smartphone. As always, walk-ins will be accommodated as well. Those who are unfamiliar with the SVMC campus may stop at the information desk in the main lobby for directions to the drive.

Planning committee: Local Emergency Planning Committee 7 will hold its fall meeting from 6 p.m. to 8:15 at Bennington Project Independence located at 614 Harwood Hill Rd. Please contact Allison Strohl at 802-442-0713 x 7 or if you have any questions.

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

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.


School open house: The Cambridge Jr./Sr. High School will host an open house from 6 p.m. to 7:30. Parents will follow their child's schedule on "Day 1." The schedules will be available near the display cases in the Science Wing. If you are interested in this program, please stop in and fill out the parent form and be sure to bring a photo ID required to sign up. IF you do not have a photo ID we will have a notary in the 7-12 office available.


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


Yoga classes: Irene Cole will offer hatha yoga on Thursday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 9:40 a.m., through June 30 at the Manchester Community Library in the Hunter Community Room. All levels are welcome. Please bring a yoga mat and whatever props you might like (blocks, straps or blanket) and wear comfortable clothes to stretch in. The yoga session is offered by donation to benefit the Manchester Community Library with a suggested minimum donation of $5-10 per class. For more information about the class, contact Irene Cole at


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.


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

Friday, Sept. 30


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.


Art and craft fair: Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival will be held Sept. 30, Oct. 1 and 2 at the Practice Tee in Manchester. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 daily, Friday through Sunday. Adult admission is $10, children are free. Rain or shine-under tents. Plenty of free parking. No pets, please. Complete information is available at

Singles 55: Manchester Community Library will host "Ice Cream Social & Words with Friends" at 6 p.m. The event is open to adults, age 55 and up, who are single (divorced, widowed, separated, or never married) who want to meet fellow singles and establish new friendships through participation in a rousing game of Scrabble. The event is free and open to singles, age 55 and over. Pre-registration is required; call Cindy at 802-549-4577 or email by Sept. 26.


Loyalist lecture: Bennington Battlefield, 5 p.m. to 6. Loyalists and the Battle of Bennington. Come hear a lecture on loyalists who fought in the battle. This will be the third and final presentation on the topic by site assistant David Pitlyk. The lecture will be held out doors on the grounds of the Tory Redoubt. Warm attire is suggested. Parking will be available at the Barnett Homestead at 30 Caretakers Rd. A short walk to the redoubt is required. The event is free and open to the public, no RSVP required.


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. 1


Corn hole tournament: Call 802-375-6157 for more information, American Legion Post 69

Harvest Fest: St. James' Episcopal Church will be hosting its annual Harvest Fest, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., rain or shine, in front of the church on Rt. 7A. For more information, call the church office at 802-375-9952, or follow us on Facebook.

Gallery: David Frey Utiger will be the solo exhibitor at the Canfield Gallery in Arlington during the month of October. The artist will host a reception at the gallery from 3 p.m. to 5, and the show can be seen during library hours until November 2.


SVC Fall Fest: The public is invited to celebrate Fall Fest at Southern Vermont College. Fall Fest will offer a variety of events and activities for all ages. Most of the events will take place at the historic Everett Mansion (Everett Theatre, terrace, and front lawn). From noon to 4 p.m., the festivities will include food, live music and entertainment, local Vermont crafts and gifts, campus and Everett Mansion tours, fun activities for children, and Orvis fly fishing demonstrations. At 2 p.m., the nationally-acclaimed puppeteer from The Puppet Brigade will present a fun performance for children. From 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., SVC's "Town Hall" discussion will take place with President David Evans and the College's cabinet members. Men's and women's soccer games will take place at Everett Field: women vs. Newbury College at 1 p.m., men vs. Mitchell College at 3 p.m. Parking will be limited at the Mansion. Shuttle service will be available from the Mountaineer Athletic Center parking lot. For more information call 802-447-6328 or e-mail

Chicken pie supper: St. Peter's Episcopal Church, two seatings, 5 p.m. and 6:30. The menu is chicken pie with lots of chicken and gravy topped with homemade biscuits, mashed butternut squash with butter and a touch of maple syrup,apple cabbage salad, homemade cranberry orange relish and apple crisp with homemade whipped cream for dessert. The cost is $12 for adults, under 12 is $5 and under 3 is free. Call for reservations at 442-2911 — if leaving reservation on the answering machine please leave a call back number.


Hazardous waste disposal: The Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance will hold a household hazardous waste collection event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dorset School, 130 School Drive. The event is free for residents of the towns of Arlington, Bennington, Dorset, Glastenbury, Manchester, Pownal, Rupert, Sandgate, Searsburg, Shaftsbury, Stamford, Sunderland and Woodford. Small businesses from those towns may also bring materials but must pre-pay for the cost of disposal and must register by September 23rd. Visit or visit us on Facebook for details. Contact Michael Batcher at 802-442- 0713 or email at for more information or for business registration.


Tractor show: The 2016 Walter A. Wood Tractor and Agriculture Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wood Park. For more information contact Kevin O'Malley at 518-894-5035 or email The Hill Hollow Band will be appearing from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30. Admission is free.

Hoosick history race: Come join us at Cheney Library at 1 p.m. for Cheney Library's Hoosick History Race. It will be an afternoon of clues and camaraderie. The adventure begins when you and your team receive a set of riddles that will lead you on a driving adventure through Hoosick and Hoosick history. You only need a vehicle to hold your team and a camera to record your success. Be one of the first three teams to complete your mission and receive a prize! Refreshments will be served after the race at the library. Pre-registration at the library is encourage. For more information go to


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.


Chicken BBQ: Jermain Community Hall, eat-in supper and takes outs will be available at 4:30 p.m. The menu will be half a chicken, baked potato with sour cream, cole slaw, candied carrots, cranberry sauce, pickles, rolls, beverages and home made pies. Tickets are sold at the door and if you need more information or directions, call 802-442-9559, 518-677-3021 or 518-686-9307.

Sunday, Oct. 2


Duck run: 8th Annual Battenkill River Duck Run in West Arlington. The event starts with a 1K fun run for the kids at 8:30 a.m., followed by a 5k run/walk and a 12K run/walk at 9 a.m. The Battenkill River Duck Run benefits Arlington Area Childcare dba Happy Days Playschool. Registration the morning of the Duck Run begins at 7:30 a.m. and is $18 for the 5K and 12K and $3 for the fun run, (free for Happy Days' students). Tie-dyed t-shirts will be given to the first 150 entries. Age group awards will be given for the top 3 in each age group from 12 and under to 80 and over. Each participant in the kids 1K fun run will receive an award. Volunteers are also needed to help with registration and other race day tasks, so contact Happy Days at 802-375- 6039 to find out how you can be a part of this community event or for more information about how to register for the event.


Bennington VFW breakfast: The Bennington VFW Post 1332, 137 North St., hosts a senior breakfast on the first Sunday of the month beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing "until gone." Donation: $5. Call 802-442-9857 with questions.

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.


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