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Today, Oct. 4


Talent show: Arlington Memorial High School's Talent Show & Café Night. An annual fundraiser, the Talent Show will be held at 7 p.m. in the Mack Multi-Purpose Room at Fisher Elementary School. Admission for the evening is $4 for the general public and free for children under 10. Proceeds from the evening help offset costs for the annual AMHS chorus trip to Proctors and students' acceptance fees to District, State and All New England chorus competitions.


Lions meeting: The Bennington Lions will hold its October Board of Directors meeting in the TD Bank Conference Room at 6 p.m. All members are invited to attend.

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.


French conversation group: Brush up on your French conversation skills at Manchester Community Library. Six-week session on Tuesdays through Nov. 8, at 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 in the Cafe Commons. These meetings are not lessons, rather opportunities to practice conversation skills. Beginners are always welcome but their participation may be limited to listening and absorbing until they are ready to join the conversation. Free and open to everyone.

Author event: Northshire Bookstore, 6 p.m. Book launch party for David Macaulay, author of "The Way Things Work Now."

Art project: Renowned local artist Kim Ray will come to the Manchester Community Library to facilitate a process art project for 4- and 5-year-olds, immediately following Pre K Story Time which begins at 10:30 a.m.. Process art is all about the experience children have while they're creating, using a variety of materials. It's an open-ended process that allows kids to make their own decisions and just create. Free program, open to the public.

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. 5


Music: Bennington College, Deane Carriage Barn, 8 p.m. The Power of Drum. Will Calhoun, Jonathan Joseph and Ronnie Burrage — This is a drum set clinic and concert event featuring Will Calhoun from the Grammy Award winning group Living Colour, Jonathan Joseph, drummer with the Grammy Award winning guitarist Jeff Beck, and Ronnie Burrage drummer with the legendary NEA 2016 Jazz Master Award Winner saxophonist Archie Shepp.

Quilting: A demonstration of La Passacaglia English Paper Piecing will be presented at the Quiet Valley Quilt Guild monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Second Congregational Church on Hillside St. For more information about the Guild visit and click on Quiet Valley Quilters Guild.

Poetry reading: Bennington College, Tishman Lecture Hall, 7 p.m., Mary Ruefle.

Elks benefit dinner: Serving a choice of baked or fried fish or baked chicken, served with scalloped or French fried potatoes, coleslaw, clam chowder, dinner rolls and coffee — all for only $9. Serving 5:30 p.m. until gone. Benefits Elks National Foundation for Scholarships and Veterans Programs. This is a monthly event on the first Wednesday of each month. The Bennington Elks is located at 125 Washington Ave. This event is open to members and guests.

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.


Chinese philosophy: Harvard Professor of Chinese History Michael Puett and journalist Christine Gross-Loh will discuss the impact of Chinese philosophy in a talk at Manchester's First Congregational Church at 7 p.m.

Video press release: Come to the GNAT studio from 10 a.m. to 4 to create your one minute video announcement or PSA. You bring the message, and GNAT does the video production. The program is open to individuals, nonprofits, town governments and community groups promoting non-commercial community wide events, activities and information. If you can't make it to the studio , you may set up another time to film your video. For more information or to register visit:, or call Hoss at 802.362.7070.

Support group: For anyone living with any type of loss due to a death. The first and third Wednesday of every month at 2 pm, Manchester Library. For more information contact Beth Newman at 802-688-4557 or


Squishy Circuits: McCullough Free Library, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30. Come join us after a school to build playful and colorful sculptures using conductive play dough. Using jumbo LEDs and batteries you'll learn to build parallel and series circuits and then use these patterns to build unique sculptures that light up.

Thursday, Oct. 6


Legion: Monthly meeting, 6 p.m. Post 69, call 802-375-6157 for more information or to become a member.


Renters 101: A free three- week course on responsible home renting strategies. Renters 101 will be offered every Thursday, 12:30-2:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 6 at the Second Congregational Church, 115 Hillside St. To Register: Contact Denise Main at 802-442-6934 or email at

Job fair: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bennington Firehouse on River Street The event is free to all jobseekers. More than 20 employers are scheduled to attend, including some of the largest employers in the area. Job seekers should dress in business attire and bring résumés to present to employers. For more information or to request an exhibitor table, please call your local Vermont Department of Labor office at 802-442-6376.

Author event: Vermont Mystery Author Archer Mayor, 7 p.m. at Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver St. Discussion and signing of latest book, Presumption of Guilt. Contact co-sponsor Bennington Bookshop 802-442-5059 or for more info.

Children's chorus: The Bennington Children's Chorus, directed by Kerry Ryer-Parke, begins its fall term on Oct. 6. The Junior Ensemble (ages 7-12) meets from 3:45-4:45 p.m.; the Senior Ensemble (ages 10-18) meets from 4:45-5:45 p.m. Weekly Thursday rehearsals are held at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, 108 School St. There is a fee to participate and scholarships are available. New choristers may try the first two weeks before making a financial commitment. There is no audition required. For more information please visit:

PFOA lecture: Joyce Donohue of the Environmental Protection Agency, 7 p.m. Bennington College, CAPA building

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.


Basket Bingo: Immaculate Conception Church will be having its annual basket bingo in the church hall. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. and games begin at 6:30. There will be door prizes and raffles. Tickets will be sold at Thorpe's Pharmacy and the Rectory. For questions, please call 518-686-4737.

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


Moon talk: Green Mountain Academy will host a talk about NASA's Apollo moon missions with Dr. John Delano of SUNY Albany at 5:30 p.m. at the Manchester Community Library. Registration for the talk 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

Author event: Northshire Bookstore, 6 p.m. Book launch party for Jack Mayer, author of "Before the Court of Heaven."

Chronic pain workshop: The Healthier Living Workshop — a free, fun, and interactive six-week educational program in southern Vermont — can help patients manage symptoms and gain skills to live their best life possible every day. Registration for the fall session is open now. The workshop is scheduled 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Oct. 6, 13, and 20 and Nov. 3, 10, and 17 at Equinox Terrace, 324 Equinox Terrace Road. Those interested in attending should contact Kathy Dockum, regional coordinator, at 802-440-4098 or


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, 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.


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.


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