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Today, 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.

Live music: Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with international Celtic and American music recording artists Janie Rothfield (fiddler) and Allan Carr (Scottish singer) who will perform at the Meetinghouse Caf of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. They will present a concert of traditional folk music and stories from Scotland to Appalachia. Concert begins at 8 p.m., with doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door; students are $10. The UU is located at 108 School St.


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


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. For more information call 375-2518.


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.

Tuesday, March 21


YMCA community visits:
YMCA Staff will be available to community members at the following locations and times to listen to questions, hopes and concerns. Bennington Senior Center, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., 124 Pleasant Street, Bennington Recreation Center, noon to 1 p.m., 655 Gage Street, Dept. of Health/CCV - Community Room, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., 324 Main Street

Oral Health Commission: Town Office Conference Room, 5:30 p.m. Agenda: 1. Minutes 2. Discuss rough draft of Report circulated by Don in January     3. Presentation on Fluoridation, Robin Miller. 4. Next meeting

Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales annual Basket Bingo, doors open at 5 p.m. and games beginning at 6 p.m.


A History of nativism in the U.S.:
Green Mountain Academy will host a talk about the deep roots of American nativism with Williams College Professor Chery Shanks. The talk will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Hunter Seminar room at Burr and Burton Academy. By definition, nativism is the policy of protecting the interests of native-born or established inhabitants against those of immigrants. 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 22


Italian night:
Bennington Rotary Club presents its annual Italian Night Dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Elks Lodge on Washington Ave. In addition to a raffle and cash bar, this dinner features all the delicious Italian delicacies you have enjoyed over the years. Proceeds from dinner and raffle will benefit the Rotary Scholarship Fund. Cost of the dinner is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at the door or from a member of the Bennington Rotary Club.

Cambridge, N.Y.

Family Science Night:
Cambridge Central School District, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Pre-k through 6th grade students and their families are invited to participate. This will be fun and free night of science fun as members of the community, faculty, and students will be sharing their expertise on various science topics and activities that include making slime, fun with physics, robotics, mastodon bones, and more.


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