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Today, March 18

Arlington

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.

Bennington

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: www.aauwvt.org/Benningtonvt.html.

North Bennington

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.

Sunderland

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 burdettcommonsinc@yahoo.com

Sunday, March 19

Arlington

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.

Bennington

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.

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, March 20

Bennington

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.

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.

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

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: Spring Forest Qigong certified instructor, Tracy Purdy-Martin invites you to join this healing circle every Monday from 5 to 5:45 pm at Eastwick Physical Therapy on Route 7 in Hoosick Falls. Healing for the body, mind and spirit. Contact Tracy at 802-379-8339 or tpurdymartin@gmail.com

Manchester

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, March 21

Bennington

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

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

Story night:
Two Brews Cafe, 230 North Street, seating at 7 p.m. Everyone has a story to tell. Inspired by Moth radio hour on NPR. Contact Forest Byrd at forest.byrd@gmail.com 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 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

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 www.benningtonyoga.com.

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

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.

Manchester

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 greenmtnacademy.org.

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 www.meetup.com/Southern-VT-Entrepreneur-Small-Business- 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 or purchase a package of 6 classes for $50. Mats are available and drop-ins are welcome. For more information please contact MPR at 802-362-1439.

Wednesday, March 22

Arlington

Hunger council meeting:
Hunger Council of Bennington County, Methodist Church, 66 Ice Pond Road, 10 to noon. Membership in the Hunger Council of Bennington County is open to anyone with an interest in combating food insecurity in their community.

Bennington

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.

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 www.benningtonyoga.com.

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.

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.

Thursday, March 23

Bennington

Live music:
Singer-Songwriter, Ken Swiatek at the South Street Caf from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Playing 6 and 12 string acoustic guitars, Swiatek performs a mish-mash of traditional folk songs, old folk chestnuts, and songs he has composed. He describes his music as songs of peace, love, justice, and relationships. There is no cover charge.

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.

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

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

Manchester

Bird watching: Green Mountain Academy will host a talk about bird watching with Bridget Butler, aka The Bird Diva. 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 greenmtnacademy.org.

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.

North Bennington

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.

Stamford

NARH history book talk:
Dr. Paul Donovan, author of "North Adams Regional Hospital: A Historical Perspective, Part Two 1910-1956" will talk about his latest book on at 6:30 p.m. in the Stamford Community Library.

Friday, March 24

Bennington

Film screening:
"Boys of 2nd Street Park, 7 p.m., Oldcastle Theatre. All proceeds will benefit the Center for Communication in Medicine's (CCM) SpeakSooner Community Education Programs. This Sundance Film Festival selection tells the story of love, loss and family of a group of friends growing up in the innocence of the 1950's, confronting the cultural upheaval of the 1960's and follows their lives as they make sense of their formative years. CCM co-founder Dr. Bernard Bandman is one of the `boys' featured in the film. The evening will include the screening of the film, discussion and reception. Tickets for the event are $25 and are available online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2871734 or by sending a check to CCM PO Box 197, Bennington, VT 05201. Please be sure to include your contact 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.

Play group:
Sunrise Family Playgroup, open to all, birth to five years old, 12:30 to 2 p.m. 238 Union Street, building out back. Join us for snacks, activities, play and connecting to other parents Contact Rose Morrison 802-442-6934 for more information

Cambridge, N.Y.

Live theatre:
Cambridge Central School Drama Club to Presents "Fiddler on the Roof," Hubbard Hall, 25 East Main St. There are six performances to choose from:     March 24, 7 p.m., March 25, 7 p.m., March 26, 2 p.m., March 31, 7 p.m., April 1, 7 p.m., and April 2, 2 p.m. Tickets are $10, and $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the Hubbard Hall box office at 677-2495 or online at www.hubbardhall.org.

Manchester

Independent television screening:
Burr and Burton Academy, Riley Theater, 6:30 p.m., free and open to the public.

Shaftsbury

Spaghetti dinner:
Shaftsbury Elementary School will be having its annual sixth grade spaghetti dinner and silent auction from 5 to 7 p.m. Dinner prices are $7 per adult, $4 per child or $20 for a family of four. The SES band will be performing during the night. There will be a 50/50 raffle and lottery tree as well.

North Bennington

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, March 25


Arlington

Mineral club:
The Southwestern Vermont Mineral Club will meet at noon at the Martha Canfield Library. Guest speaker will be Carole Fraser who will talk about mineral crystals and their various properties. Carole is a highly regarded and long-time employee of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in Albany. Public is welcome. For more information on the meeting or the Mineral Club you may call Bill Cotrofeld at 802-375-6782.

Children's Easter party:
American Legion Post 69, 1 to 3 p.m. for children ages birth to 8 years of age. Fun and games and a visit with the Easter Bunny. Light snacks will be served. Arlington American Legion Auxiliary Unit 69 , call 802-375-6157 for more information.

Bennington

Live music:
Join Vermont Arts Exchange at 8 p.m. at Masonic Hall for an evening with Billy Wylder and opening with Woven Collective. "A spiritual cousin to Paul Simon's Graceland", says Seven Days. Tickets for this show are available through our website at vtartxchange.org at $10 for students, $18 for adults purchased in advance and $22 for adults at the door. Thanks to our partnership with Bennington College's Program Activity Council, Bennington College students will pay $5 per ticket when a valid college ID is presented at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Pet adoption event:
Tractor Supply, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. hosted by Second Chance Animal Center.

Beethoven: Yoshiko Sato and Christopher Lewis will present a concert of Beethoven Sonatas at Oldcastle Theatre at 3 p.m. Admission is free, donations are gratefully accepted. For more information visit www.oldcastletheatre.org or call 802-447- 1267.

Memory cafe: The Bennington County Memory Caf meets on the last Saturday of each month at the Bennington Free Library. The caf begins at 10:00 a.m. and lasts until approximately 11:30 a.m. The caf is very loosely structured with activities ranging from music, art, games, singing, crafts and poetry. We also have an occasional guest speaker.

Dorset

Empty Bowls:
Long Trail School will raise funds to combat hunger in the region by hosting Empty Bowls. A $12 admission fee includes soup, bread, dessert, live entertainment and a handmade bowl to take home. The recipients of this biennial event's earnings are the Community Share project, the Stratton Foundation and BROC. If you would like more information about tickets, volunteering or donations, more information can be found at longtrailschool.org/empty-bowls or call 802-867-5717.

North Bennington

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, March 26

Bennington

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.






















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