READER BULLETINS: February 16 – 22, 2017

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POULTNEY WOMAN’S CLUB
Feb. 16, the Poultney Woman’s Club will meet at the Trolly Stop Restaurant on Main Street. After lunch at noon there will be a short business meeting and a program with Liz Saltis of Tatum Totes.

WEST RUTLAND MARSH BIRD MONITORING WALK
Rutland County Audubon’s monthly bird monitoring walk will take place Saturday, Feb. 18. To date, 151 species, from Least Bittern to Northern Shrike, have been recorded at this Important Bird Area (IBA). Join us for the 3.7 mile loop around the marsh (dirt and paved roads) or go halfway. New birders, children and non-members welcome. Dress for the weather! A few binoculars are available if you have none. Meet and learn from some friendly bird experts and learn why birding is such fun (and important to wildlife conservation science). Meet at the West Rutland Price Chopper parking lot at 8 a.m. Join us for brunch at Mary’s Café afterward. Contact birding@rutlandcountyaudubon.org

FINANCIAL CAPABILITY WORKSHOPS
BROC-Community Action in Southwestern Vermont will be hosting two FREE financial capability workshops in February. Shelley Faris will present on Making Ends Meet, Emergency Savings and Preparing for Your Taxes (where to go for tax help and planning for your tax refund). Join the thought-provoking discussion on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the Bennington Free Library and Wednesday, Feb. 22 at BROC-Community Action, 45 Union St, Rutland. Register by contacting Shelley at 802-665-1742; 1-800-717-2762 or sfaris@broc.org.

BRANDON NIEDERAUER TO JOIN JOEY LEONE TRIO AT THE FOUNDRY
Thirteen-year-old Broadway sensation Brandon Niederauer will join the Joey Leone Trio on Feb. 23 at The Foundry in Killington for a special one-night-only appearance. The music begins at 6 p.m.
Niederauer appeared in Killington with Leone back in 2014, then a ten-year-old talent.
The young guitarist and vocalist with the nickname “Taz” has already built up a solid reputation in the music world, and played alongside some of the most prominent musicians of our time. Inspired by his father’s record collection, Brandon took up guitar at the age of eight. Just four years later, he was cast in the principal role of guitarist Zack Mooneyham in the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical, “School of Rock.”
The Foundry at Summit Pond is located on the Killington Road in Killington, Vermont, and features the talent of Joey Leone every Monday and Thursday night. For more information, visit www.foundrykillington.com or call 802-422-5335.

POETRY READING AT THE CASTLETON FREE LIBRARY
Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. a reading by poet Tom Smith. Tom Smith recently retired from Castleton University, Professor Emeritus, and has been publishing poems since 1959. Tom Smith is also an actor and has appeared in many roles in summer stock at Killington, Vermont, community and college theater in Rutland and Castleton. His reading will be from various volumes and will cover his entire body of work. Free. Accessible and open to the public.

DOWNHILL FOR DIABETES SKI AND SNOWBOARD EVENT
Our 7th Annual Downhill for Diabetes Ski and Snowboard Event will be Feb. 25 at Pico Mountain Resort. Participants will raise money to ski or snowboard, similar to a donation walk, just Vermont style! The purpose of this event is to raise money to continue funding research and ultimately come up with a cure for this disease. One hundred percent of the proceeds from this event will be donated to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). For more information visit www.donationsfordiabetes.org/p/sponsor.html

A CONCERT OF COMPASSION: A MUSICAL BENEFIT FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES
A musical benefit for Syrian refugees coming to Rutland will be performed Sunday, Feb. 26 at 3:30 p.m. at Grace Congregational Church. Instrumentalists Stefanie Taylor, violin; Court Gettel, flute; David Baasch, cello; Diane Chartrand, piano; and Jennifer Hoult, harp, will play music of Telemann, Ibert, Cui, Bolling and other classical composers. A quartet of singers will perform “Where Do We Go?,” an original, poignant and compelling composition by Montpelier High School 2016 graduate, Anna Scoppettone. This vocal piece tells of the hardship, despair and fears of a Syrian refugee family, with each of the four voice parts representing a refugee father, mother, daughter and son’s viewpoint. Anna says of her piece, “I want people listening to this piece to take away the idea that refugees are people just like us, who have gone through something really, really hard,” and hopes that her music will encourage people to respond to others not from a place of hatred and fear, but from a place of love and compassion. She wrote the piece during her senior year at Montpelier High School as part of the Student Composer Showcase featured on Vermont Public Radio. Also on the concert program will be other choral music directed by Eddie Wilkin, reflecting the oppression, injustice, hopelessness and pain experienced by many peoples and the role we can play in uniting in our shared humanity with a response of welcome, compassion, hope, peace and love. Free will offering. For more information, please call the church office at 802-775-4301.

STAFFORD CELEBRATES CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION MONTH
Students and faculty at Stafford Technical Center will join others across the nation during the month of February to celebrate national Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month®. This year’s theme is Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow! CTE Month provides CTE programs across the country an opportunity to demonstrate how CTE makes students college- and career-ready and prepares them for high-wage, high-demand career fields. Among the special activities scheduled is our first ever Business Open House Feb. 28 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on a drop-in basis.
CTE encompasses 94 percent of high school students and 13 million postsecondary students in the United States and includes high schools, career centers, community and technical colleges, four-year universities and more. CTE is a major part of the solution to myriad national economic and workforce problems, such as high school dropout rates, a weakened economy, global competitiveness and massive layoffs. At a time when opportunity for employment is so critical, CTE programs in every community are ensuring students are equipped with the skills to successfully enter the workforce.
For more information about Stafford Technical Center, call 770-1033. For information about the Open House contact Cindy Dunigan, STC Outreach Coordinator, cindy.dunigan@rcpsvt.org

HOW ANIMALS SURVIVE WINTER
Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Fox Room of the Rutland Library, Rutland County Audubon Society will present a talk by naturalist Sean Beckett on how America’s coldest creatures survive winter.
In this photographic journey he will explore how our continent’s most creative and ingenious inhabitants deploy tricks of evolution and ecology to survive against the toughest odds. Learn how animals and birds survive, and even thrive, in brutal conditions and temperatures down to -40 degrees.
Sean Beckett was born and raised in Williston, Vermont. He is a naturalist, guide and photographer specializing in winter ecology. He spent the last several years guiding expeditions in Yellowstone National Park and the Canadian Arctic. Sean is currently completing his master’s in UVM’s Field Naturalist Program, where he studied under the tutelage of renowned winter ecologist, Bernd Heinrich.

WINTER DANCE FOR LOVED ONES AND LITTLE ONES
Wonderfeet Winter Dance For Loved Ones and Little Ones will be held Saturday, Feb. 25 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The Palms, 36 Strongs Ave, Rutland. This event is part of a whole week of Winter Fest events brought to you by Rutland Recreation & Parks Department and partners. Visit www.rutlandrec.com for more info. Kids will dress up, eat desserts and dance the evening away to music by DJ Brett Myhre with their favorite adult and make a memory that will last forever. Get ready moms, dads, grandpas, grandmas and super-special people for experiencing a night to remember with your little ones. $15 per couple. All proceeds benefit Wonderfeet Kids Museum. To purchase tickets or for more details visit www.wonderfeetkidsmuseum.org/winterdance.

STORY TIME WITH CHARLES NORRIS-BROWN
Children’s book author and anthropologist Charles Norris-Brown will visit Phoenix Books Rutland on Saturday, March 4 at 11 a.m. for a story time featuring his new picture book, Did Tiger Take the Rain? (Green Writers Press, 2016).
All ages are welcome to this event. Did Tiger Take the Rain? is ideal for ages 5-7.
Phoenix Books Rutland is located at 2 Center Street. Copies of Did Tiger Take the Rain will be available for attendees to purchase and have signed. For more information, please call 802-855-8078 or visit www.phoenixbooks.biz.

HOME OWNERSHIP
Home Ownership presented by Nicole Fabian. Learn the home buying process, renting versus owning, pre-homebuyers plan, shopping fora mortgage. March 8 from 10 a.m. – noon At BROC, 45 Union Street, Rutland. Please contact Shelley Faris to register, sfaris@broc.org or call 802-665-1742.

RAFFL EVERYDAY CHEF ALL-AGES COOKING WORKSHOP
Join the fun Mar. 12 at 11 a.m. at the Godnick Center for a cooking workshop called “Greens and Goodies!” Please register to attend at www.rutlandrec.com. Workshops are $5 per person when pre-registering; $6 at the door. Children under 16 are free!

MAPLEFEST 2017
Poultney Area Chamber of Commerce invites craft vendors to sign up for the Maplefest 2017 craft fair held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 25, in Poultney. Inside spaces are first-come, first-served. For more information, call 802-468-5370; or download an application form at www.poultneyvt.com/.

RESULTS BASED ACCOUNTABILITY 4-PART TRAINING SERIES
The Marlboro College Center for New Leadership and Benchmarks for a Better Vermont are pleased to announce the Results Based Accountability 4-Part Training Series will be held in partnership with BROC-Community Action in Rutland at their venue at 45 Union Street. The workshops will be held every Wednesday in April from 9 a.m. – noon.
This four-part, tool-based training series introduces the key components of Results-Based Accountability, with a focus on program performance. No prior experience with RBA is necessary. Each three-hour workshop will introduce a tool or concept and allow ample time for teams to practice and receive feedback. By the end of the series, participants have walked through the process of embedding RBA into a program. Participants are encouraged to come in organizational teams, including management, staff, and board members, although individuals are welcome to join.
The training is held for four weeks, with about 90 minutes of work expected between trainings. Participants are expected to attend all four trainings. If you have scheduling conflicts, please contact Julie van der Horst Jansen at jjansen@gradschool.marlboro.edu before registering for the workshops.
Registration is open and space is limited. The registration site has detailed information about each workshop in the series: bit.ly/RBARutland
For more information contact Julie van der Horst Jansen at: 802 258-9204, or jjansen@gradschool.marlboro.edu

POULTNEY’S ANNUAL TOWN-WIDE YARD SALE DAYS
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 or two spaces for $30 if you sign up before April 1. Reserve your space by calling 802-287-1120 or email maryhelm1@yahoo.com.