READER BULLETINS: April 13-19, 2017

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Tee-ball will begin May 14 and will run through June 25 on Sundays from 3-4 p.m. This program is for boys and girls using a safety ball. We’ll teach fun games and drills to teach the basics. Parent involvement is mandatory. Fee to participate is $33 city resident and $44 non-resident. Register at $10 late registration fee applies after May 4.
Mitey Mites is a pitch league for girls and boys in grades 1 & 2 using a safety ball. Players will build upon the skills learned in tee-ball and will have the opportunity to put those skills in play by playing games. This program is open to those in Grades 1 & 2 and runs Sundays May 14 – June 25 from 4:30 – 5:45. Games will be played on Wednesdays May 17 – June 21 from 6 – 7 p.m. Fee to participate is $38 city residents and $49 non-residents. $10 late registration fee applies after 5/4. Register at
Cooking Workshop at Godnick Adult Center featuring “Cooking for One”. The workshop focuses on quick and nutritious meals you can make either on a stovetop or in the oven. We’ll talk about ways to stretch those ingredients that often spoil and offer menu planning tips for the week. Workshop participants will be entered into a raffle with an opportunity to attend our June workshop, Lots O’ Lasagna’s, free of charge. Class is on Wednesday, April 12 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and the fee is $5. Register at
Nature Hike with naturalist Tom Estill on Friday April 28 from 7 – 9 p.m. Join us for a night stroll along the Carriage Trail as we search for the night critters of Pine Hill Park. We’ll be listening to the call of the wildlife and observing the night work of beavers at Rocky Pond. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. Bring along water, a small snack and a flashlight on this easy to moderate walk. Open to ages 11+, Free event. There will be a variety of other nature hikes offered in May, June and July, so if you miss this one you still have opportunities to participate in another one.
Flip Side Skate Park season pass is ONLY $99 until April 20 for city residents and non-residents! Get out and enjoy some exercise and work on those skills — many camps are being offered this summer including a travel camps. Plus there is free skate time for new skaters every Saturday from 12 – 1 p.m. Get your pass now as the rate will go up to $150 for residents and $180 for non-residents if purchased April 21 – May 20. After May 20 the rate goes up again to $200 for residents and $230 non-residents. Don’t wait!! Register at

Billings Farm & Museum will feature its annual Baby Farm Animal Celebration on Friday and Saturday, April 14 and 15, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Farm’s most popular event, the Baby Farm Animal Celebration has been expanded to two days and will feature the opportunity to meet the farm’s baby animals and attend family-centered programs. Wagon rides and heirloom seed and children’s craft activities also will be featured.
Our skilled staff will introduce you to the farm’s calves, lambs, chicks, ducklings and goslings and discuss their care, diet and growth, while you see them up close. Craft activities including making pom-pom chicks and lamb handprints will be available for children.
Start planning your garden! Learn about the importance of heirloom seeds and select a few varieties from the Billings Farm to plant at home.
Admission includes all programs and activities plus the farm life exhibits, 1890 Farm House, working dairy farm, and horse-drawn wagon rides. For additional information, contact the museum: 802-457-2355 or

Help United Way of Rutland County. Purchase a dozen roses through the UPS Mother’s Day Roses Sale for $18, and $9 will go to UWRC. Roses arrive at noon Friday, May 12. Orders and payment must be received by Friday, April 21. For more information, call United Way at 773-7477 or email

April 22, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Rutland Free Library, Fox Room, Rutland. Earth Day, non-partisan celebration of science. Speakers include noted Climatologist Alan Betts and Rutland Wastewater Management Lab Manager Rod Munro. Activities include projects for children and demonstrations of science.

Visual Social Media will be presented and you will learn how to use Pinterest, Instagram and Snapchat. The cost for the workshop is $15 and scholarships are available upon request.
This workshop will be held at BROC Community Action, 45 Union Street in Rutland, on Tuesday, April 18 from 9 – 11 a.m.
To reserve your seat, please contact Annette K. Hoyle at 802-665-1744 or email at

Phoenix Books Rutland will celebrate National Poetry Month with Vermont poets Dede Cummings, Megan Buchanan and James Crews at a reading on Thursday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m.
Dede Cummings is a writer, literary agent/publisher and commentator for Vermont Public Radio. At Middlebury College, she was the recipient of the Mary Dunning Thwing Award, attended the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference as an undergraduate fellow, and studied with Hayden Carruth at the Bennington Writers’ Workshop. In 2013, she was a poetry contributor at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Her poetry has been published in Mademoiselle, The Lake, InQuire, Vending Machine Press, Kentucky Review, Connotation Press, Mom Egg Review, and Bloodroot Literary Magazine. She was a Discover/The Nation poetry semi-finalist, and was awarded a writer’s grant and a partial fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center in 2016. Her first poetry collection, “To Look Out From,” was awarded the 2016 Homebound Publications Poetry Prize and is due out in April 2017. Dede lives in Brattleboro, Vermont, where she designs books and runs the startup Green Writers Press.
Phoenix Books Rutland is located at 2 Center Street in downtown Rutland, Vermont. Copies of the featured books will be available for attendees to purchase and have signed. For more information, please call 802-855-8078 or visit

‘The Kid’ (1921) starring Charlie Chaplin and Jackie Coogan, will be screened with live music on Saturday, April 22 at 7 p.m. at Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium, 137 Depot St. in Ludlow, Vt.
The special program will be presented with live music by silent film accompanist Jeff Rapsis. The screening is free and open to the public.
The screening is sponsored by the Friends of Ludlow Auditorium. Admission is free; donations are encouraged. For more information about the FOLA and its events, visit or call 802-228-7239.

BROC’s Economic & Workforce Development Program presents a Free Financial Capability Workshop April 26 from 10 a.m. until noon. Workshop focuses on the home buying process, renting versus owning and shopping for a mortgage. Workshop held at the BROC Office, 45 Union Street, Rutland. Registration required. Please contact Shelley Faris, instructor, 802-665-1742,

April 26 at 6 p.m. at Rutland United Methodist Church, 71 Williams Street. We need your help to build community and neighborhood pride in the Northwest through the collaborative creation and installment of public art. Seeking suggestions for locations, recruiting youth and volunteers. Door prizes and free snacks. For more information call Neighborworks of Western Vermont 802-797-8606 or email Shannon Kennelly at

The United Way will be presenting a series of workshops to develop leadership for nonprofit boards. The classes will be held Wednesdays from April 26 to May 24 at Heritage Family Credit Union on West Street. Are you interested in making your community a better place to live? Do you want to be more effective in your community? Do you want to make connections? Are you ready for a new challenge? This series is for those of you who want to explore the roles, responsibilities and rewards of nonprofit board membership, with the goal of joining a board sometime in the near future. This program is presented by local leaders, who will provide you with the tools you need to make the most of nonprofit board membership. Classes start promptly at noon and end at 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided and served at 11:45 a.m. Thanks to our sponsors and volunteers there is no charge for this program. Seating is limited, so please sign up soon by emailing

Join us for a discussion of this growing problem with Rick Rawson, Ph.D, on Thursday, April 27 at 7 p.m. at the Brandon Inn, 20 Park Street in Brandon. Dr. Rawson is a research professor at the Center for Behavior and Health at the University of Vermont and a professor emeritus in the UCLA School of Medicine. He has a 40-year history in addiction research and treatment at UCLA, where he has conducted research on many forms of addiction treatment. He has worked with U.S. and U.N. agencies, including the World Health Organization, on international addiction projects in many parts of the world. He established a nonprofit treatment program, the Matrix Institute, in Los Angles in 1984, and subsequently over 15,000 patients have received treatment in the Matrix clinics. Dr. Rawson has published six books, 40 book chapters and over 240 professional papers, and annually conducts over 50 workshops, paper presentations and training sessions.
In the summer of 2015, Dr. Rawson returned to Vermont to establish a farm sanctuary. He has become involved in evaluating Vermont’s innovative response to the opioid crisis. He is currently traveling throughout the state, interviewing and collecting data from patients, family members, doctors and opioid users not in treatment, to evaluate the state’s effort and provide feedback for improvement.
Presented by Brandon CARES.

Local teams will show off the vibrant community of Rutland in a Lip Sync Battle at the Paramount Theater Saturday, April 29 at 6 p.m. live on stage to raise funds for Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum and its operations, including outreach and ongoing exhibits and programs to meet the needs of our community.
Teams will lip sync and perform a song or medley of songs with determination, raw talent and fun. Judges will award points for accuracy, creativity and choreography to select the semi-finalists. The audience will participate by text-to-vote to select the winning team. With much anticipation and team preparation, these teams promise to put on a great show and work hard for your votes in hopes to win the battle.
Teams include people from Rutland Recreation & Parks Department, Rutland City Police Department, City of Rutland Fire Department, Green Mountain Power, Rutland Herald, Rutland Regional Medical Center, Mount Saint Joseph Academy and museum members.
Tickets are available now at The Paramount Theater Box Office, by calling 775-0903, or at Children may attend, but parents are reminded that the night’s content may not be suitable for all ages. All proceeds will benefit Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum, located at 11 Center Street in Rutland. For more information call 802-282-2678 or visit or follow the event on facebook or #LipSyncRutvt.

2nd Pittsford Trail Run 5K and 1-mile runs Saturday, April 29 at the Pittsford Recreation area. This event encourages all ages and fitness levels, and last year included many 4-legged friends. Entry fees: Race-day registration — $15 for 5k, $10 for 1-mile.
For more information or to register: or call 483-6500. Please visit event page:

Search for the tender beauties of spring wildflowers in a guided walk at the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell, Vermont, on Sunday, April 30, from 1 to 3 p.m. Amy Olmsted, a nursery professional for over 20 years, leads this informative walk. Olmsted is a horticulturist with Rocky Dale Gardens in Bristol, Vermont.
Olmsted will show participants where and how to look for early wildflowers, will identify the flowers you see, tell you their common and Latin names, and will discuss their habitat. What difference might this winter have made on what you will see at the end of April? Wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather, and bring water if you like. This special event brings you to this historic site before the official opening on Saturday, May 27.
The program, co-sponsored by the Mount Independence Coalition and Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, is open to the public. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 15. Meet by 1 p.m. outside the Museum. Call 802-759-2412 for more information.
The Mount Independence State Historic Site, one of the best-preserved Revolutionary War archeological sites, is also known for its natural resources. It is located at 497 Mount Independence Road, six miles west of the intersections of Vermont Routes 22A and 73 near Orwell village. Carefully follow the signs. The site will open for the regular season on Saturday, May 27. Regular hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through October 15.
For more information about the Vermont State-owned Historic Sites, visit:

The 25th Annual Vermont Sports Medicine Center’s (VSMC) 5K Run/Walk will be held this year on Saturday, May 6. All proceeds from the event will benefit Kids on the Move and Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports.
The 5K course starts and finishes at VSMC, located at 5 Albert Cree Drive, across from Rutland Regional Medical Center. Pre-registration is suggested. The first 100 to pre-register will receive an event T-shirt. The pre-registration entry fee is $20 for adults ages 18 and older and $15 for kids ages 10 – 17. The day-of-registration entry fee is $25 for adults ages 18 and older and $20 for kids ages 10 – 17. Kids under 10 are $5, and adaptive athletes participate for free.
Race-day registration will be 8 – 9:30 a.m. The Adaptive Athlete Run will start at 9:45 a.m. The Kids Fun Run will begin at 10 a.m., and the 5K Run/Walk will immediately follow it. Refreshments will be available for all participants, and prizes will be awarded to first-place finishers in all runner age groups. The Grand Prize for overall male and female winner is a one-year Mountain Top Inn & Resort Pinnacle Membership.
For more information or to pre-register, visit or call 802.775.1300

Poultney Chamber of Commerce invites merchandisers, vendors and crafters to reserve spaces on Main Street for Poultney’s annual Town-Wide Yard Sale Days, to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, June 3 and Oct. 14. Each vendor space for each event is $20. Reserve your space by calling 802-287-1120 or email