This weeks’ Mind & Body
The Visting Nurse Association and Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNAHSR) will now offer a bereavement support group for the community at the UU Fellowship Meetinghouse, 108 School Street, Bennington. Facilitated by Reverend Lucy Ijams, this new daytime group is designed to meet a need in the community for coping with loss. “Grieving is a unique and personal process,” says Ijams. “Maybe you’ve lost someone close to you recently, or perhaps it was long ago. This group will focus on mutual support, education and identifying strategies and skills for coping with grief and loss.” The group will meet the first and third Thursday of each month from 11 a.m. to 12 noon; it’s free and open to the public. For information contact Reverend Ijams at 802-442-0510 or [email protected]
Level ll Tai Chi
For those who wish to continue beyond Tai Chi for Beginners, Rutland Regional Medical Center is now offering Level II Tai Chi classes which will meet April 25, May 2, 9,16 and 23 from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Registrants should complete Beginners Tai Chi before enrolling in Level II. In this class you will be guided to move in other directions, adding more complicated movements that will bring more depth to your practice. The cost of the course is $15; registration is required and space is limited. Visit rrmc.org or call 802-772-2400.
Anyone can dance! Bring your friends to Nataraja, a monthly gathering on Friday, April 20, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at The Yoga Place, 532 Main Street, Bennington. Nataraja was created out of a desire from and for dancers of any shape, size and ability to have a safe and fun place to find their artistic expression. Talking is kept to a minimum. Please bring your water bottle. Each person is encouraged to make a $5 donation, with the proceeds to be donated to Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services. Call 802-442-5331 for more information.
Bennington Blood Drive
Southern Vermont College (SVC) will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday, April 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds. According to the American Red Cross, one blood donation can save up to three lives. For more information or to volunteer, contact Audrey Ames at 802-447-6328 or [email protected] Individuals may also contact the American Red Cross directly at 800-RED-CROSS or redcrossblood.org to sign up; walk-ins are also welcome.