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Intro to Feldenkrais: Mindful Movement

August 22, 11:15-1:15 

In this Introduction to the Feldenkrais mindful movement method, Ann Guhman, a certified Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement (ATM) practitioner, will explain the technique and apply it by teaching us how to get down to and back up from the floor! Sounds so simple - yet this method allows movement (even upward) with ease, painlessly, whatever shape you are in. Stay mobile longer with this method. 

About the practice: Moshe Feldenkrais was a physicist who injured himself through sports and was told he would eventually lose the ability to walk. But what if he could walk without causing further injury? No doctors knew how to help him, so he figured it out for himself using what he knew of levers and pulleys, and shared what he learned for the remainder of his long and mobile life.





"Thursday Night Out at The Common" 5-7

Check out our art exhibit, "Harry Rich, the Vermont Years so far. . ." and see your neighbors and friends for a relaxed night of chatting, art, and community! We will offer beer, wine, soft drinks, cheese, and crackers on Thursday night through August 11. There may even be a few small plates, too!








Art at The Watkins House: Susan Weiss: "Great Vermont"

Opening Reception Sep 16, 2022 5pm to 7pm 








"Greater Vermont" is a photographic essay on life and living in post-pandemic Vermont. Using various photographic genres, including documentary, portraiture, and street photography, the images and stories chronicle how we live, what we are doing, and the unique character of Vermont. 

It is an anthropological and documentary study of people and communities throughout the state. The story of modern life is influenced by hundreds of years of history of people living and working in this part of the country.


Speaking Event: "Growing the Next Generation of Environmental Stewards: A Celebration of The Student Conservation Association"

Sep 28, 2022 1-3 PM


The Bennington Garden Club has partnered with the SCA to host a special event to be held at the Arlington Common on Wednesday, September 28 at 2:00 pm and is free and open to the public. The Event will highlight the transformative power of teamwork for environmental conservation and will celebrate the 100,000 volunteers in the SCA's 65-year history. It will feature presentations by Kevin Hamilton, SCA's VP of Communications, and Donald Campbell, Regional Director for the Vermont Land Trust and an SCA alumnus.

SCA members protect and restore national parks, marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks, and community green spaces in all 50 states. The SCA encourages volunteers from high school through graduate school level and beyond, and it fosters experiences that strengthen life skills that are crucial to prospering in school, work, and home. Volunteers combat climate change and make a positive difference in parks and green spaces throughout the United States. Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about the SCA and learn how you or a family member might benefit from a volunteer experience.


Sep 29, 2022 7pm to 9pm










For one week this fall over 100,000 film-lovers will gather in over 350 cinemas, universities, and museums spanning six continents for one purpose: to view and vote on the ten short films (18 minutes and under) that are finalists in the annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival.

MANHATTAN SHORT is not a touring Festival; rather, it is an instantaneous celebration that occurs simultaneously across the globe, bringing great films and great artists to great venues and allowing the audiences to select their favorites. All films selected in MANHATTAN SHORT 2022 will be eligible to enter the Oscars in 2023.

You be the judge! Audiences from around the world are given the opportunity to unite not only to view the films but to vote for the ONE film they think is best. Votes are tallied at each venue and sent through to MANHATTAN SHORT headquarters in NYC where the winner will be announced on Monday, October 3, 2022. MANHATTAN SHORT is, quite simply, a collection of some of the best short films currently screening in the world today.

Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 seniors, $8 students.


Clubs for Adults

@The Watkins House

 Mah Jongg Open Play Club

Monday from 7-9 pm Free**

Watkins House, Doyle Gallery

Open play for experienced American Mah Jongg players (level from beginning-experienced and up). 

If you have a Mah Jongg set and/or mat, please be sure to bring it with you. Card tables and chairs provided. If you are a first-time player at The Common, please be sure to provide proof of vaccination. There is no charge to play in this group; however, donations to The Common are greatly appreciated. 

 Individuals who can lead a Mah Jongg Open Play during the daytime. If you are interested, please let us know.

If you want to learn how to play American Mah Jongg, free lessons with Lynn Kaplan will start in the spring.

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