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Today, March 14


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

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

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

The Renaissance of Hops and Farmstead Brewing:
Join us for the fourth lecture in our series "Global Issues, Local Solutions: A lecture series on the regional farm and food system." Laura Ten Eyck, co-author of The Essential Guide for Sustainable, Small-Scale Production for Home and Market along with several local brewers, will describe how the runaway craft beer market's convergence with the ever-expanding local foods movement is helping spur a local hops renaissance. The lecture will be held at Brown's Brewing Company, 50 Factory Hills Road. The snow date is March 21. Please pre-register by calling 518-743-2238 or emailing There is a suggested donation of $5 per person Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. the lecture starts at 7 P.M. Walk-in's are welcome.


World War I talk: Green Mountain Academy will host a talk to mark the 100th anniversary of America's entry into World War I with Derek Boothby, former director of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs. The talk will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Hunter Seminar room at Burr and Burton Academy. 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

Wednesday, March 15


Solid waste alliance:
The Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance will hold a public meeting on from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Arlington Town Hall. The purpose of the meeting is to review the progress to date on the 2016 to 2017 work plan, plan for the upcoming household hazardous waste event and compost sales and to offer members of the public an opportunity to discuss programs and activities of the Alliance with the Alliance board. The Alliance consists of the towns of Arlington, Bennington, Dorset, Glastenbury, Manchester, Pownal, Rupert, Sandgate, Searsburg, Shaftsbury, Stamford, Sunderland and Woodford. For more information, please visit or contact Michael S. Batcher at 802-442-0713 x 2 or


Encore screening:
Manchester Community Library, in cooperation with GNAT-TV and Vermont Humanities Council, present ENCORE!: A Second Showing of Favorite Programming. Bring your bag lunch at noon to the Library and enjoy a daytime screening of some choice First Wednesdays talks, from the GNAT-TV archives. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, March 16


Legion bingo:
Auxiliary Unit 69 will be hosting bingo at the Vermont Veterans Home at 7 p.m. Call 802-375-6157 for more information.

Renting 101:
A free three-week course on responsible home renting strategies. Thursdays, March 16, 23 and 30, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Second Congregational Church, 115 Hillside St. Topics will include: Housing Readiness and Search, Tenant Responsibilities, Landlord Relations and Panel. Course participants will receive a certificate of attendance for each unit completed. A great verification of your willingness to be a responsible renter when meeting a perspective landlord. To register contact Denise Main at 802-442-6934 or email at

Winter birding: Talk on winter birding and preparing for spring migration with Randy Schmidt. One World Conservation Center, 7 p.m. Admission is $5, members are free.


The Dorset Historical Society will feature Randy Schmidt discussing birdhouse preparation. Schmidt will lay out all the necessary details so attendees can get their birdhouses just right in time for springtime and the arrival of those welcome creatures. Free, begins at noon, lasts about an hour. For more info call 802-867-0331.


Women in comedy:
In celebration of Women's History Month, the PBS Film Series presents MAKER'S Women in Comedy at 6:30 p.m. at Manchester Community Library. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Library at 802-362-2607.

Friday, March 17


Dance circle:
Bring your friends to Nataraja, a monthly gathering for the local dance community from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at The Yoga Place in Bennington. Talking is kept to a minimum. Please bring your water bottle. There will be no alcohol or mind-altering substances. Each person is asked for a $5 donation, with the proceeds to be donated to Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services. Please call 802-442-5331 for more information.


Author event:
Northshire Bookstore, 7 p.m. Author Malcolm Bell, "The Attica Turkey Shoot: Carnage, Cover-up, and the Pursuit of Justice."

Saturday, March 18


Rabies vaccines:
Come to the East Arlington Firehouse on East Arlington Road from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to have your dog or cat vaccinated for $12 per animal. Then immediately visit the town clerks from Arlington, Sunderland, and Sandgate to register your pet right at the firehouse. Dr. Raymond Koch will administer the vaccines, and Second Chance Animal Center will complete the rabies certificates. The shelter will also bring along some free cat and dog food from our Pet Food Pantry.


Home brew festival:
Southern Vermont Wings and Winter Homebrew Festival, held at the Masonic Lodge, 504 Main Street, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The group has invited some of the areas top home brewers asking them to bring their very best home brewed beer, cider, mead, braggot and wine for a chance to be crowned, "Best Home Brewery." In addition, the group has also invited area restaurants to submit their best chicken wings for the chance to be crowned, "Best Local Wings." A $30 entrance ticket to the event will get each participant a commemorative glass, the chance to try the brews and wings, and the ability to vote for the winners of each through a voting process.

Tribal India, Orissa: The public is invited to explore a remote tribal village in India with Pownal adventurer, traveler, lecturer and photographer Ronnie Jane Levin on at 1 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library. Free, refreshments to follow. Information:


Basket party:
Sunderland Elementary School, 11 a.m., bidding until 1 p.m. Hosted by Burdett Commons of Arlington, $5 for the first sheet of tickets which also includes a door prize ticket and it is $3 for each additional sheet of tickets. Fifty-fifty raffle during the Basket Party. For questions, email

Sunday, March 19


Historical talk:
Bennington Museum, 2 p.m. Bennington Historical Society presents The Life and Death of Mary Rogers. On Dec. 8, 1905, Mary Rogers became the last woman to be legally executed in the state of Vermont, when she was hanged in Windsor for the murder of her husband. She was living in Bennington in 1902 when her husband began working as a laborer in Hoosick Falls, N.Y. All Bennington Historical Society Meetings are free and open to the public.

Monday, March 20


Academic open house:
From 8:30 to 3 p.m., prospective students and families are welcome to come to Grace Christian School. Families can join classes and/or receive tours. Call ahead, or just stop by. The school is located at 104 Kocher Dr. For more information, or to make an appointment, contact Administrator, Shawn Smith at 802-447-2233.


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