READER BULLETINS: January 11-17, 2018

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AUDUBON MARSH WALK
Join us January 11 for the 3.7-mile loop around the West Rutland Marsh (an Important Birding Area) or go halfway. Kids, new birders and non-members always welcome. Learn from our friendly bird experts and join us for brunch after the walk. Meet at the West Rutland Price Chopper parking lot at 8 a.m. Contact birding@rutlandcountyaudubon.org.

LAKES REGION SPRING STRINGS
The LRYO Strings program is holding placement auditions for strings players (violin, viola, cello, bass) Friday, January 12 at 4:30 p.m. at Trinity Church, 85 West Street, Rutland. We welcome students in 5th grade through college with at least one year of prior strings experience. Rehearsals are every Friday afternoon. There is a semester fee. For more information, please contact LRYOinfoVT@gmail.com.

COSTA RICA – A BIRDER’S PARADISE
January 23 at Grace Congregational Church in Rutland at 7 p.m. A presentation on the birds and their beautiful Caribbean habitat. Marv Elliott, a longtime member and past president of Rutland County Audubon, narrates the photo story of his trip to Costa Rica this past spring. Sponsored by Rutland County Audubon. The public is invited to attend. Free. For more info contact: birding@rutlandcountyaudubon.org

ART PRESENTS TWO ONE-ACTS
On January 18, 19 and 20 Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre will present two short plays by Steve Martin at 7:30 p.m. in the Brick Box of the Paramount Theatre, 30 Center Street. The two shows are “Zig-Zag Woman” and “The Wasp.” Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Paramount Theatre Box Office 775-0903, on-line at www.paramountvt.org or at the door.

THE VILLAGE FARM COMMUNITY FORUM
Thursday, January 18 at 6 p.m. at Lothrop Elementary School Gym, Pittsford. A community gathering to share ideas for this unique property in the Town of Pittsford.
Light refreshments will be served and childcare will be available. Topics for discussion include: Housing, economic development/businesses/agriculture, recreational/educational/social opportunities. Find us on Facebook, search for Pittsford Village Farm.

POULTNEY WOMAN’S CLUB
The Poultney Woman’s Club will meet at 7 p.m. on January 18 at the Methodist Church on Main Street. After a short business meeting, we will hear from our town librarian, Rebecca Cook, always an entertaining event. Refreshment to follow.

SEEKING COSA VOLUNTEERS
The Rutland County Community Justice Center, a program of BROC Community Action, is seeking Circle of Support and Accountability (COSA) volunteers. COSA is a group of community volunteers who support an individual (Core Member) coming out of incarceration and re-entering into a community. The objective of COSA is to repair the relationships between the Core Member and the community by facilitating restorative activities.
Contact Maggie at MGanguly@broc.org or 802-665-1746 for more information.

HISTORIC LAND USE CHANGE & THE WILDLIFE OF VERMONT
Learn about the history of land use in what is now Vermont from the time of the Native Americans to present, and about its effects on the state’s native wildlife populations. This informative presentation will be given by Kim Royar, a biologist with the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, on Tuesday, January 23, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. She will discuss how human changes to the landscape influenced the wildlife that live in Vermont, particularly beaver, otter, coyote, bobcat and wolf. The presentation will be held at the USDA Forest Service Office Conference Room located at 231 North Main Street in Rutland, Vermont. This event is free and family-friendly.
Royar has worked for the Department for 36 years in various roles, including as a habitat biologist, furbearer biologist, deputy commissioner, and private lands biologist. She is passionate about maintaining Vermont’s beautiful landscape for both wildlife and future generations of people.
Registration is suggested. Register online at vermontwoodlands.org/workshops.asp, email info@vermontwoodlands.org or call the VWA office at 802-747-7900.

8TH ANNUAL WOODSTOCK VERMONT FILM SERIES
The 8th Annual Woodstock Vermont Film Series at the Billings Farm & Museum will feature the award-winning documentary “I Am Not Your Negro,” on Saturday, January 13, at 3 and 5 p.m. in HD projection and surround sound, with complimentary refreshments. All films are open to the public and accessible to people with disabilities. Reservations are strongly recommended.
This Oscar-nominated portrait of writer James Baldwin uses the author’s words to bridge the civil-rights past with our racially incendiary present. “It’s unmissable and unforgettable”. –Peter Travers, Rolling Stone. Academy Awards: Best Documentary Feature Nomination; additional 21 wins and 40 nominations.
Ticket prices: members: adults 16 & up: $9; non-members: adults 16 & up: $11. For information: www.billingsfarm.org/filmfest or 802-457-2355.

SLEIGH RIDES WEEKEND
Horse-drawn sleigh rides around the Billings Farm, programs and activities for all ages, plus the award-winning documentary, “A Time for Justice,” will be featured at the Billings Farm & Museum’s Sleigh Ride Weekend on Saturday, Sunday, & Monday, January 13, 14 and 15, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Climb aboard the horse-drawn sleigh and enjoy a scenic ride through the frosty farm fields. Warm up with hot cider and a visit to the dairy farm for interactive programs including An Introduction to Milking and Milking the Herd at 3:15 p.m. each day.
In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend, “A Time for Justice,” the 38- minute award-winning documentary film by Charles Guggenheim will be shown on the hour each day from, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the museum’s theater. The film is included with regular admission.
Sleigh Ride Weekend admission includes sleigh rides, the operating farm, restored 1890 Farm House, activities and the film. The Billings Farm & Museum is owned and operated by The Woodstock Foundation, Inc., a charitable nonprofit institution. 802-457-2355 or www.billingsfarm.org

GROWN-UPS PLAYDATE
The 2nd annual Grown-Ups Playdate hosted by Stonehedge Indoor Golf to benefit the Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum will take place on Saturday, January 20, 7 – 11 p.m. This event is a 21+ party for all the grown-ups that just wanna play.
The cost for the event is $40 per person, which includes participation in a variety of contests with prizes, demonstrations and instruction by PGA pro Greg Nelson, shuffleboard round-robin tournament and a buffet with delicious desserts. Raffle tickets and silent auction also available for your chance to win some great prizes. Drink specials available throughout the evening. Advanced ticket purchase is preferred, visit www.WonderfeetKidsMuseum.org/Playdate.
For more information call 802-282-2678 or visit www.WonderfeetKidsMuseum.org

WINTER REGULARS & RARITIES
Rutland County Audubon’s annual trek, Winter Regulars & Rarities in the Champlain Valley, to seek out the winter residents and visitors in the Champlain Valley on January 20. We will make several stops along the lake. Dress for the weather and bring lunch. Meet at the Otter Valley Union High School parking lot at 8 a.m. Contact birding@rutlandcountyaudubon.org.