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Today, Jan. 5


Monthly meeting of American Legion Post 69:
At 6 p.m. at the Post. Executive Board meeting will immediately follow. Call: 802-375-6157 for more information or to become a member.


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.


Radio club:
The Hoosick Falls Amateur Radio Club Meets at 7 p.m. at the Cornerstone Fellowship Church, 22022 Route 22. The club promotes interest in Amateur Radio communication and provides radio communication in the event of a disaster. If you are interested in learning more about Amateur Radio, stop in and speak with members. One need not be a member of the church or have a ham radio license to attend the meetings. For more information, follow them on Facebook at K2FCR Cornerstone Fellowship Radio Club or email us 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


Knitting club: Come to the Manchester Community Library on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. to join the Library Knitting Club and create warm clothing items for yourself or others. Involvement is free and open to all. Drop-ins welcome.


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.

Friday, Jan. 6


Clustertruck Arcade: Join in the fun at 3 p.m. when CAT-TV presents the "Clustertruck Arcade." Watch as CAT-TV staffers try to negotiate their trucks on a swiftly moving highway by remaining fast and perform acrobatic like feats while trying to score points. For more information please contact CAT-TV at 802-442-8868.

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.


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, Jan. 7


Auditions for Bennington Community Theater's production of "Love Letters" will be held at 1 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library (second floor meeting room). For more information visit

Peace vigil:
Vigil for peace, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Four Corners. Sponsored by the Greater Bennington Peace & Justice Center.


Stress reduction:
Enjoy a free day of relaxation and renewal at the Manchester Community Library from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Participants should bring a yoga mat and towel or blanket and wear comfortable clothing. Email or call Cindy at 802-362-2607 to reserve your space for this free program.


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, Jan. 8


Legion breakfast:
American Legion Post 69, 8 to 10 a.m. Call 802-375-6157 for more information:


Hoops contest:
The Bennington Elks Lodge will hold its annual Hoop Shoot Contest on at the Mount Anthony Union High School gymnasium. Registration starts at 12:30 pm and the competition starts at 1 pm. The contest is open to Boys and Girls ages 8-13. The age is determined by the age on April 1, 2017. A birth certificate is required at registration. There is no cost for this event. For further information contact Dale Corbett at 802-447-0958.

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.

Monday, Jan. 9


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.

Free Qigong (chee-gong): Slow moving group to heal your body, mind and spirit every Monday at 5:15 p.m. to 5:45 pm at Eastwick Physical Therapy, 4976 Route 7, Hoosick Falls, NY. Call Tracy Purdy-Martin at 802-379-8339 with questions.


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.

Tuesday, Jan. 10


Intro talk to stress management:
The Yoga Place is offering a special mindfulness stress management program on Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. with a free introductory talk today. Sessions begin Jan. 17. Pre-registration is requested and the fee is $160 for the eight week program. To register or for more information, 802-379-8339 or

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.

Prostate Cancer Support Associates: Meets second Tuesday every month at the SVMC Cancer Center Library at 5:30 p.m. New members, spouses, and/or anyone interested is welcome. For info call 802-375-9719

Overeaters Anonymous meeting: Overeaters Anonymous meets Tuesdays at 5:30 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.

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.


Financial planning:
Manchester Community Library, 5:30 p.m., financial advisor Rhonda Lathrop will present a financial planning workshop for those who are experiencing or have friends and family who have experienced an unexpected event. Free and open to the public. To reserve your space, email or call 802-362-2607.

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, Jan. 11


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.

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

Power nap: On Wednesdays from noon to 12:30 p.m., Susan Beal will offer a short lunchtime Yoga Nidra session to recharge your batteries at The Yoga Place. Attendees can be in and out in half-an-hour, power nap style, for a $5 donation. For more info: 802-447-0393 or

Stress relief with easy moving Qigong meditation: No experience necessary. Free to attend. Every Wednesday 7 a.m. to 7:30 am at Bennington Project Independence.If local schools are closed or delayed due to inclement weather, there is no class. Contact Tracy Purdy-Martin with questions at 802-379-8339.

Senior strength and Balance Class: Free Class includes Qigong, every week from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Bennington Project Independence. Contact Tracy Purdy-Martin at 802 379-8339 with questions.


Film screening:
Manchester Community Library, 2 p.m., "Citizen Kane." Free to the public. Call 802-362-2607 for more info.

Blood drive: First Congregational Church, noon to 5:30. Call 1-800- RedCross to make an appointment or just walk in.


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