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Today, Jan. 10


Free business training:
The Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center and Small Business Administration are hosting a free workshop to assist Bennington business owners understand the HUBZone Program at 1 p.m. at The Lightning Jar located at 194 North Street. The HUBZone Program assists small businesses gain preferential access to federal contracts due to limited development in rural communities. The workshop is free, but registration is required. To register, visit For more information, email

Lions meeting: The Bennington Lions will hold its January Dinner Meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Mount Anthony Country Club. For information and reservations, please call Lion Sharon at 802-442-0105.

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


Hunger council meeting:
Hunger Council of Bennington County will meet at the Vermont Department of Health Community Room, 324 Main St. from 10 a.m. to noon. The topic will be regarding seniors. Membership in the Hunger Council of Bennington County is open to anyone with an interest in combating food insecurity in their community.

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

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.

Thursday, Jan. 12


Legion meetings:
American Legion Post 69, House Committee meeting, 6 p.m. Monthly joint meeting of the Post 69 Legionnaires, Sons Squadron 69 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 69. Auxiliary meeting at 7 p.m. Call 802-375-6157 for more information


Lecture series:
Join One World Conservation Center in the new year for The Valley We Live In Lecture Series. The five part series starts with "Your Garden, Weather and Climate- What will the Future Bring?" presented by Alan Baker. Begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 and is free for members.

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


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.


Author talk:
Stamford Community Library, 6:30 p.m. Adam Boyce will discuss "Because I Loved the Daffodil: The Writings of a Vermont Farm Wife, Mildred F. Boyce." Mildred F. Boyce was Boyce's grandmother. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please call Nancy at 802-694-1379.

Friday, Jan. 13


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:
Penny Gill, "What in the World is Going On?" Northshire Bookstore, 7 p.m.


Writing workshop:
The Vermont Story Lab, in partnership with the Threshold Collaborative, will host a day-long workshop, "Storytelling and Story Skills for Nonprofits," from 9:30 to 3 p.m. at The Left Bank, 5 Bank St. The workshop, hosted by Meg Campbell of the Preservation Trust of Vermont, will focus on how effective storytelling can strengthen a nonprofit organization's communication, outreach and fundraising efforts. Nonprofit professionals from all fields are invited to attend. The cost is $35, and attendees are asked to register in advance:

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. 14


Author event:
Julia Alvarez, and Sabra Field, "Where Do They Go?" Northshire Bookstore, 4 p.m. The book is a beautifully crafted poem for children that gently addresses the emotional side of death.

Family program:
Manchester Community Library, 10:30 a.m., "Music In Action," an interactive demonstration of string instruments. Free and open to the public.


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. 15


Pancake breakfast:
Battenkill Grange #487 will hold a pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Bailey Hall on Ice Pond Farm Road. Pancakes, sausage, home fries, sausage gravy and biscuits, scrambled eggs, orange juice, and coffee. For more information call 375-2518.


Rani Arbo and Greg Ryan will be featured at the Meetinghouse Caf at 3 p.m. 108 School 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. 16


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.


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