Today's Calendar


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Today, Sept. 14


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.


Author event: Northshire Bookstore, 6 p.m. We are pleased welcome pastry chef and debut novelist Louise Miller for a reading from her book "The City Baker's Guide to Country Living."

Thursday, Sept. 15


Meditation course: St. James' Episcopal Church is sponsoring an eight-week mindfulness meditation course at the church starting at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 15. This is an introductory course designed for the student with no prior experience or as a refresher for those with some experience. Preregistration is appreciated, although it's all right to come to the first session to try it out and determine if you wish to register for the remaining sessions. For more information and to register, please contact David at 518-677-3329 or


Machu Picchu: One World Conservation Center, 7 p.m. Retha Charette describes the four day journey in Peru that she took from the glaciers and jungles of the Salkantay Trek to the city of Augas Calientes and up to Machu Picchu – the hidden city of the Incas.

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.


Youth hockey registration: Northshire Hockey Association will be hosting a registration night for all interested youth hockey players (ages 4-14) at Riley Rink 5:30 p.m. to 7. The program for NHA's newest players (boys and girls ages 6 and under) will cost $50 for approximately 16 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

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


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


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. 16


Dancing: Nataraja, a monthly gathering for the local dance community on the third Friday of each month, returns from summer break at 7 p.m. to 8:30 at The Yoga Place, 532 Main Street, over Panache, entrance and free parking in rear of building off of Pleasant Street. Please call 802-442-5331 for more information.

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., Meg Little Reilly, "We Are Unprepared."


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.


Car show: The Green Mountain Car Show, presented by the Bennington Cruisers, comes to the site of the former Green Mountain Race Track, Route 7, today, Sept. 17 and 18.

Saturday, Sept. 17


Golf tournament: Arlington Rec Park, 10 a.m. registration, tee off at 10:30 a.m. Two-person teams – all ages are welcome, bring the kids to play. First prize is a new golf bag for both team members. Lunch at American Legion Post 69 is included for all golfers. Lunch for non-golfers $10.00/pp Kids under 12 are $5 each; hamburgers, hot dogs, etc. Call 802-375-6157 for more information.


Free cancer screening: Lixia Ellis, MD, PhD, a dermatologist at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, will perform free full-body skin checks from 8 a.m. to noon. While open to everyone, the screenings are targeted at people with no insurance or with high deductibles, and an appointment is required. To make an appointment, call 802-447-5544. The screenings will be done at SVMC Dermatology, 140 Hospital Drive, Suite 205.

Quiltfest: Presented by the Quiet Valley Quilters Guild at Mount Anthony Union Middle School today and Sept. 18. This year's show will feature award winning quilter Pat Delaney. She will give free lectures at 1 p.m. on both days of the show. Our show is handicapped accessible and there is plenty of free parking. We host many vendors and have a wonderful Quiltfest Café. Come help pick our People's Choice Award, watch our demonstrations, view our Special Exhibit and Guild Challenge, or shop in our Consignment Boutique. The drawing for our raffle quilt will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $7 and we are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information visit our web site:

Bottle drive: Mt. Anthony Music Parents Association (MAMPA) will be holding a bottle drive to fundraise for music activities this year. The bottle drive will start at Mt. Anthony High School at 8 a.m. and convene at noon. Band and chorus students will be collecting the bottles and cans throughout the neighborhood. If you have any donations, please contact You may also check out the MAMPA page on Facebook. Bottles and cans may also be taken directly to Bennington Beverage on 125 Northside Drive indicating that you'd like to donate the proceeds to MAMPA.

Pet adoption event: Tractor Supply Co. will be celebrating your furry friends for Pet Appreciation Week's Main Event. It will include pet adoptions with community groups, samples, giveaways, drawings for gift cards, and other family friendly activities. In addition, deals on pet products, from food and treats to toys and crates, will be featured from Sept. 14-18. Community partners for this year's Pet Appreciation Week include Second Chance Animal Center on site at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Book and bake sale: John G. McCullough Free Library from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you have any questions, please call 802-447-7121.

Concert: Park-McCullough House Carriage Barn, 7 p.m. Mathieu Langlois on baroque flute and Sandra Mangsen on harpsichord. Free admission, suggested $15 donation. Cash bar.

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, Sept. 18


Pancake breakfast: Battenkill Grange #487 will be having its Pancake Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Bailey Hall on Ice Pond Road. Pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, home fries, sausage gravy, coffee and juice.


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.


Vendors for a day: Come on over and join us for our first Kids' Day of the School Year at the Dorset Farmers' Market. Come on out and support our neighborhood kids as Vendors For a Day! They'll be selling their own handcrafted goodies and wares. These days are always so much fun for kids and shoppers alike. While you're at it, you can enjoy delicious prepared foods, crafts, produce and more prepared and created and grown by our full time, adult vendors. Our market runs from 10 a.m. to 2 every Sunday year round except for Easter.


Robert Frost letters: Talk on Robert Frost's letters from Shaftsbury, 2 p.m. at the Stone House Museum, the speaker, Mark Richardson, co-editor of the newly published Vol, 2 of Frost's "Letters :1920-1928," will focus on how the letters illuminate the arc of Frost's life and poetry during the Shaftsbury years. The program is free and open to the public. For more information call 802-447-6200 or visit its website at

Monday, Sept. 19


Food Fit Bennington: Do you want to eat more healthfully but don't know where to start? Free 12 week food, cooking, nutrition and fitness class for low and moderate income adults. Two different sessions starting the week of September 19: Mondays 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 and Wednesdays 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 .Transportation available. Call Sue at Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services: 802-379-0149 for more info.

Act 46 discussion: Informal discussions about Act 46 noon to 1 p.m. and from 7 p.m. 8. CCV conference room, 324 Main St.

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. 20


Money management workshop: BROC-Community Action in Southwestern Vermont will present a "Savvy Spending Solutions Financial Literacy Workshop" from 10 a.m. to noon at the Bennington Free Library. It's is free and open to the public. Instructor Shelley Faris will teach you how to track your spending, set financial goals, how to set up a spending plan, how to organize a home office and speak about credit reports and repair. Registration is required by calling 802-665-1742 or email

Story night: Tap House, 309 County Street, seating at 7 p.m. Everyone has a story to tell. Inspired by Moth radio hour on NPR. Contact Forest Byrd at for more information.

Grief support group: A confidential and free grief support group for any parent living with the death of a child (any age), meets every third Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m., at the Second Congregational Church on Hillside Road. For information, call 802-688-4557.

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.


Author event: Author and educator Karen Gross will be at the Manchester Community Library at 10 a.m. to share her book, "Lady Lucy's Quest," with children ages 4 and up. Lucy a feisty young girl who wants to become a Knight in the Middle Ages. She confronts many hurdles but ultimately succeeds through creative problem solving. Event is free.

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.


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