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Today, Dec. 20

BENNINGTON

Winter concert:
The MAU Bands joined by the Green Mountain Youth Orchestra will present their annual winter concert at 7 p.m. in the MAU Auditorium. Admission is free. Non-perishables will be collected at the door.

Financial capability workshop:
Bennington Free Library 10 a.m. to noon for SMART Goals for 2017 and Planning for the New Year. Free to attend. Registration Required - Please contact Shelley Faris at 802-665-1742 or sfaris@broc.org

Music: The St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble, an a cappella quartet from St Petersburg, Russia, will be singing a program of Russian Sacred Music and Russian Folksongs at 7 p,m, at St Peter's Episcopal Church

Story night: Tap House, 309 County 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 (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.

Free workout group: Get Fit Bennington meets 6 p.m. at Willow Park. All ages and abilities welcome.

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

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 $10.00 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, Dec. 21

BENNINGTON

Stress relief with easy moving meditation:
No experience necessary. Free to attend. Every Wednesday 7 a.m. to 7:30 am at Upper Willow Park Pavilion. Contact Tracy Purdy-Martin with questions at 802-379-8339.

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

Free workout group: Get Fit Bennington meets 6 p.m. at Willow Park. All ages and abilities welcome.

Senior strength class: Free senior strength and balance class every week from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. at Bennington Project Independence. Contact Tracy Purdy-Martin at 802 379-8339 with questions.

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.

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y.

Christmas concert:
The Hoosick Falls Community Band will perform its 34th annual Christmas Concert at the Presbyterian Church at 7:30 p.m.

MANCHESTER

Support group:
For anyone living with any type of loss due to a death. The first and third Wednesday of every month at 2 pm, Manchester Library. For more information contact Beth Newman at 802-688-4557 or bnewman@bayada.com

Thursday, Dec. 22

BENNINGTON

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

Christmas pajama party: Northshire Bookstore, 6 p.m. The Children's Department invites all little ones to wear their jammies and join us for a cozy evening with a reading of The Polar Express and a visit from Santa Claus. Hot cocoa and a treat will be provided to all Polar Express passengers.

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

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, Dec. 23

ARLINGTON

Blood drive:
American Legion Post 69, 54 Legion Road, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

BENNINGTON

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.

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, Dec. 24

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, Dec. 25

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.

Monday, Dec. 26

BENNINGTON

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.

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 (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.

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.




















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