READER BULLETINS: July 13-19, 2017

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Monday – Wednesday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Closed Sunday and holidays. 10 Court Street, Rutland.

BROC Community Action will be hosting two FREE financial capability workshops in July. Join the thought-provoking discussion on Wednesday, July 18 at the Bennington Free Library and on Wednesday, July 26 at BROC Community Action, 45 Union St, Rutland. Come find out how to pay down debt, how to build a credit score, reading credit reports, credit repair, and determining your SMART goals. Both workshops run from 10 a.m. until Noon. Register by contacting Shelley at 802-665-1742; 1-800-717-2762 or

Rutland Rec and RAFFL family cooking workshops at the Godnick Center.
Finger Foods — Saturday, July 15 from 11 a.m. to noon. Making spring rolls, veggie pizza and maple soda; $5 adults, kids are free!
Grilling — Saturday, Aug. 5 from 11 a.m. to noon. Making meat and veggie kebabs and vegetarian stuffed zucchini boats; $10 adults, kids are free! All participants will learn knife skills and bring home the bag of veggies they chop. We will use as much local produce and meat as possible.
For more information contact Grace Davy, Everyday Chef coordinator,

154 species have been recorded at this Audubon Important Bird Area (IBA). Join us July 20 for the 3.7 mile loop around the marsh (dirt and paved roads) or go halfway. Kids, non-members and new birders always welcome. Learn from our friendly experts and join us for brunch afterwards. Meet at the West Rutland Price Chopper parking lot at 7 a.m. Contact
Play Bingo at the grange on Friday, July 21. Doors open at 6 p.m., the first game starts at 7 p.m.
Food is available. For more information contact Dennis at 802-353-4651. Maple Valley Grange, Dugway Road, Wallingford.

Saturday, July 22 at 4 p.m. celebrate the 3rd annual Hubbardton Day celebration at the Hubbardton Battlefield, located on Monument Hill Road in Hubbardton. Bring lawn chairs or blankets, tents will be provided. Rain date, Sunday, July 23. Children’s games and contests, corn hole competition, volleyball games, frying pan throwing contests, raffles, facepainting. fried bread dough, water, and souvenir t-shirts.
Beginning at 5 p.m. until 6:15 p.m., a “Fantastic PIG-ROAST” and Chicken Barbecue, with all the fixins, will be served again by the Hubbardton Center Grange 290. Tickets for the roast/barbeque, are $12 for adults, and $6 for kids under 10. Free ice cream will also be given out. For advanced tickets call 273-2651, or 273-2951.
During the evening music will be provided by the very popular Steve Kyhill and David Hughes and the Mt. Independence Seth Warner Fife and Drum Corps will perform. Square dancing will follow the dinner, with Pete Tobin, master caller, doing the honors. You can bring a picnic supper if you want to, and don’t forget to bring a lawn chair.
Taking center stage at 7 – 9 p.m. Bluegrass and Americana musicians, Northern Homespun.
The fantastic fireworks extravaganza will close out the evening.
For more information contact 273-2951.

Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre will hold auditions for its 2017-2018 season on July 25 and 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 75 Woodstock Avenue, formerly the Vermont Flower Exchange (Next to Awesome Graphics). The 13th season will be filled with comedy, drama and moth storytelling. People of all ages and genders are welcome to audition. Sides from each of the plays will be available at auditions. ART is also looking for people to fill crew positions. A stipend will be provided.
The season includes “The Whale” by Samuel D. Hunter, directed by Joanne Greenberg and presented November 2 to 5 and November 9 to 11. “Zig-Zag Woman” and “The Wasp” by Steve Martin directed by Garrett Robin and presented January 18 to 20. “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” by Christopher Durang, directed by Bonnie Pritchard and presented February 22 to February 25 and March 1 to 3. “Alabama Story” by Kenneth Jones directed by Gary Meitrott and presented April 26 to 29 and May 3 to 5.
All ART shows will be presented at the Brick Box, which is an intimate theatre space, located within the Paramount Theatre, 30 Center Street in Rutland. For more information, please contact ART Producer Sandra Gartner,

Where’s Waldo? In Rutland, of course. The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting over two-dozen local businesses throughout our community this July. Those who spot him can win prizes — and get entered into our grand-prize drawing! Find Waldo is a fun summer vacation activity, and a wonderful way for residents to get to know some great local businesses. July 1 – 30 at Phoenix Books Rutland, 2 Center Street…and 24 other local businesses and organizations throughout our community. Free. For more info visit www, or call 855-8078.

The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce’s free summer concert series “Music at the Riverbend,” will be happening every Wednesday night in July and August at its new location, the lawn behind the Brandon Inn. The Inn is located at 20 Park St, Brandon.
Enjoy a diverse musical menu and the sweet sounds of the Neshobe River and the summer nights. Bring a lawn chair, blanket and a picnic, or pick up dinner from our local eateries. Many will be offering concert specials. Beer and wine will be available for purchase, NO BYOB permitted.
These concerts are FREE! Thanks to the generous donations from our community members and area businesses.

Vermont Farmers Food Center (VFFC) will be offering a locally sourced meal with seasonal produce every Thursday evening through July starting at 5:30 p.m. until the food is gone, at VFFC, 251 West Street, home of the Vermont Winter Farmers Market in Rutland. The VFFC’s goal in serving this meal is to provide an opportunity for more of the Rutland community to experience and enjoy the freshness and better taste of locally grown produce in season. The weekly dinner provides an occasion for eating local food as an experience in the community, and the French concept of terroir, the belief that it does matter where our food comes from, and we do appreciate the hard-working farmers providing us with real life-giving nourishment. The $5 price for entrée is made possible because our farmers are generous in their donations. Thank you to all the farmers, volunteers and supporters who are participating in helping VFFC build on our strengths as a resilient community.

Just Dance of 41 East Center Street in Rutland has announced they will once again award scholarships. Owner, Ana Araguas, will offer ballet, lyrical, hip hop and Flamenco scholarships. Ana’s wish is to give the same opportunity to dance and achieve goals to all students who have the heart for dance. In the past, Ana has combined her love of dance and giving spirit by choreographing two performances with one hundred percent of the proceeds donated to the Food Shelf and offering Hip Hop lessons to local schools free of charge. Interested students should plan to attend one of the upcoming Open House/Registration Dates. Open House and registration dates are Saturday, July 29 from 9 am-11 am, Sunday July 30 from 1-3 pm, Monday, July 31 from 5-7 pm and Saturday, August 26 from 9 am-11 am, Sunday, August 27 from 1-3 pm, Monday August 28 from 5-7 pm. A free dance class and ballet scholarship audition will be held Saturday, July 29th at 11 am, Sunday, July 30th at 3 pm, and Monday, July 31 at 7 pm. A free dance class and lyrical, hip hop, and Flamenco audition will be held on Saturday, August 26th at 11 am, Sunday, August 27th at 3 pm, and Monday, August 28th at 7 pm. For more information call 802342-2084.

Downtown Rutland Partnership has released the line-up for its summer concert series and the dates for the downtown sidewalk sales.
The Friday Night Live series has been a popular draw in Rutland both for local residents and visitors.
The concerts, which take place in The Pit at the corner of Center and Wales streets, will be:
— July 14: has been performing and touring for more than 30 years. The band has released five albums of original music.
— July 21: Country artist Jack Ingram has a number of hit records including “Barefoot and Crazy,” “Barbie Doll,” “Free,” and “That’s A Man.” Ingram is a singer and songwriter from Texas.
— July 28: The Trammps, a Grammy award-winning band best known for the 1976 hit, “Disco Inferno,” which contained the memorable lyric, “Burn, baby, burn” and which was included on the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack.
— Aug. 4: Ken Block and Drew Copeland, two of the founding members of Sister Hazel, a Southern rock band. Block and Copeland are expected to perform some Sister Hazel favorites and some new material.
The annual sidewalk sales event will be Aug. 4-5 in downtown Rutland.

This summer, from June 1 through August 31, children entering 4th – 8th grade in the fall are invited to take the Reading Without Walls Bingo challenge! National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang started the Reading Without Walls program to celebrate reading and diversity by challenging children nationwide to read a book about a character who doesn’t look or live like them; read a book about a topic they don’t know much about; and/or read a book in a format that they don’t normally read for fun. Sign-up begins June 1, but feel free to join throughout the summer.
Free. Phoenix Books Rutland, 2 Center Street, Rutland, VT. For more info, call 802-855-8078 or visit

Greater Killington Women’s Club (formerly Sherburne Women’s Club) will host a Ladies Golf Outing and Fundraiser on August 20 at 2 p.m. at Green Mountain National Golf Course, 476 Barrows Towne Road, Killington.
Gather your foursome together! Individuals and beginners are also welcome as a FREE clinic is included. This is a great value of golf at a world-class course. Prices start at only $50 per person including a clinic, nine holes, cart, dinner, raffle prizes, and gifts! Please RSVP early for discounted prices as this event can only accommodate 50 participants.
Not a golfer? Join us for dinner only and an awesome raffle! Prices begin at only $20. Space is limited, so please RSVP early so there is still room for you to attend.
Event proceeds benefit area charities and scholarships. For player forms, go to the club’s website at Please contact Janina Curtis by email at or phone at 802-775-0521 for more information.

The Vermont Woodworking & Forest Festival will be held on Saturday & Sunday, September 23-24, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in Woodstock at the Billings Farm & Museum and the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park.
The farm and park are directly across the street from each other. Visit with about 20 artisan vendors and woodworking demonstrators who will be in the Visitor Center, barn and on the farm lawn. Vermont wooden furniture, utensils, jewelry, bowls, cutting boards, home & kitchen accessories and other woodenware, toys, cabinetry, flooring, wildlife carvings, bowls and all other products made of wood will be for sale.
The scenic backdrop of the farm along with live music by local musician Mike Kelley and locally sourced, wood-fired pizza from Woodbelly Pizza provides a perfect accompaniment for shopping or watching live turning demonstrations outdoors. Meet the draft horses, sheep, jersey cows and chickens as you discover more about Vermont’s farming and forest heritage. Billings Farm, as always, will have their cheese for sale in the gift shop. Just across the street, visitors can enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, forest walks, additional woodworking demonstrations, make-your-own wood crafting, and other family activities at Vermont’s only National Park.
Vendors currently include well-known wood artisans from around our state, like Andrew Pearce Bowls, ClearLake Furniture, Rockledge Farm Woodworks, Copeland Furniture, T. Breeze Verdant Jewelry, Kettler Woodworks, Green Mountain Woodturning, Birds in Wood, Art Wolff, Wildlife Sculpting, Maple Landmark Woodcraft, Vermont Farm Table, Vermont Tree Goods, Pompanoosuc Mills, and others. Please check out or call 802-747-7900, email for information about admission, parking and activities planned. Admission ranges from free (under 3) to $14 (adults). Free parking available on site.