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BURLINGTON — Make-A-Wish Vermont and ArtsRiot have teamed up for a fundraiser with the Second Annual Vermont Beardies: The Contest To Find the Best Beard in Vermont — held at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at ArtsRiot in Burlington.
Bearded Vermonters are invited to enter in support of Make-A-Wish Vermont via social media appeals, and to pre-register now at
The goal of this Make-A-Wish Vermont event is to fund wishes for two children in Vermont facing critical illnesses.

The Environmental Careers and Opportunities (ECO) AmeriCorps program, part of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, is accepting applications for new members and program partners.
ECO AmeriCorps program focus is to protect, enhance, maintain and restore Vermont’s water quality and reduce the amount of waste entering our landfills.
During 2016-17, ECO members:
— Completed 40,942 service hours to the state of Vermont.
— Organized, recruited, supervised and/or supported 778 community volunteers who logged 5,355 hours of volunteer service.
— Provided environmental stewardship education to 3,245 Vermonters.
— Improved more than 25 miles of rivers and nearly 350 acres of public land.
The deadline for program partners to apply is March 16. Program member applications are accepted through March 30. Applications are available at:

WEST RUTLAND — A Basket raffle, to support Duane Atwood Sr.’s recovery from cancer treatment, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3, at the West Rutland Legion, 871 Pleasant St.
Free admission includes first sheet of tickets for anyone who brings a basket. Or, first sheet of tickets is $5, additional sheets $2.

Common Good Vermont is pleased to announce Vermont’s 13th Annual Nonprofit Legislative Day on March 22, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., at the Vermont State House in Montpelier.
Nonprofit leaders and supporters from across the state will join together at the State House to advocate for and raise awareness about the crucial role nonprofits play in supporting communities, strengthening our economy, and making Vermont a better place to live.
Legislative Day provides opportunities for nonprofit leaders and staff to learn, network and become informed about current legislative proposals. The day will also be a chance to interact with lawmakers and state leaders and educate them about the strength and value of Vermont’s nonprofit sector and why that work matters. Participants will learn advocacy best practices from experienced lobbyists, legislators and each other.
The morning session includes an update on state legislative issues and a panel on the impact of federal policy and budget on Vermont. In the afternoon, attendees will have the opportunity to meet legislators, attend committee meetings, sign-up for advocacy training or a tour of the State House.
Learn more and pre-register at Contact 802-862-1645 x21 or for more information.

BROC Community Action is pleased to offer “Introduction to Starting a Micro Business” on Thursday, March 8, 9 a.m. – noon, at 45 Union Street, Rutland. Sign up for this free workshop if you have ever considered self-employment, want to make more money, turn a hobby into a business or are unemployed with a trade skill.
A business counselor, Annette K. Hoyle, will walk you through what it takes to start a micro business and become a budding entrepreneur. Register by contacting Annette at 802-665-1744 or Learn more at

The 8th Annual Woodstock Vermont Film Series at the Billings Farm & Museum will feature the award-winning documentary “Fire at Sea,” on Saturday, March 3, at 3 p.m. and 5:15 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.
“Fire at Sea.” An incisive, poignant and deeply moving portrait of the small, windswept Mediterranean island of Lampedusa — and the humanitarian crisis occurring in the seas around it. Situated 150 miles south of Sicily, Lampedusa is the first port of call for hundreds of thousands of African and Middle Eastern refugees hoping to make a new life in Europe. The film slowly builds a breathtakingly naturalistic portrait of the Lampedusan people and the events that surround them. The result is a lyrical, poetic and searingly powerful documentary that casts neither judgement nor aspersions, but simply shows the world to the viewer — to utterly devastating effect. Academy Awards: Best Documentary Feature Nomination; additional 14 wins and 24 nominations.
Adults 16 & up: members $9, nonmembers $11. For information: or 802-457-2355.

Rutland Regional Medical Center (RRMC) is making it easier for local community members to access multiple agencies in one location. Monday, March 12, 1-4 p.m., RRMC’s Social Work Department will be hosting a free, Community Resource Fair in the CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center.
Many local nonprofit agencies and organizations will be represented from areas such as transportation, behavioral health, substance abuse, home health and nursing services, housing, community action, food security and pediatrics. This event will give individuals an opportunity to have face time with these organizations to ask questions and take away valuable resources and information.
Light refreshments will be served. For more information contact Jessica Guardado, manager, Social Work Department at Rutland Regional Medical Center. 802-747-1636.

Thrive Center Sponsors “A Trifecta Twist Winter ~ Spring Sampler: Classes & Workshops.” Experience the joy of restoring movement to all areas of your body while learning how to unravel the restrictions produced from daily life; with three different instructors, on the following Sundays: March 11 — A Pilates Focus, with Mandy Rigler-Dansereau of Motivation Studio. March 18 – Fitness & Yoga, with Christie Garofano of Body Essentials Personal Training. March 25 — Yoga, with Darci Whitehorne of Therapydia.
The classes and workshops of “The Sampler” are open to those who are new to yoga and other offerings (some new twists this year), as well as those who are looking to grow an experienced practice.
The sessions will start at 2:30 p.m., and will be held at the Wallingford Elementary School Gymnasium, 126 School Street / Route 140 East, Wallingford. The investment (fee) is $10 per class and $20 per workshop, each to be announced. Pricing subject to change.
For further detailed information and to register call 802-446-2499 or Email:, today. For weekly updates, check:

Warm up with a delicious pasta dinner on Saturday, March 3, when the American Legion in Granville, New York hosts a spaghetti dinner to benefit the Haynes House of Hope. The dinner will be served from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Granville American Legion Hall Post 323, located at 10 Columbus Street, Granville. Cost of the dinner is $9 per person.
Diners can enjoy a “workingman-sized portion” of spaghetti with either meat sauce or vegetarian sauce, salad, bread, tea, coffee or water plus a homemade dessert. Soft drinks and adult beverages will be available for purchase at the bar.
The dinner has the option of eat in or take out. Tickets are available at the door.
More information is available at the Haynes House Facebook page, or by calling 518-642-8155.

Being klutzy is no longer a laughing matter. In fact, one of the most serious medical problems facing older people is falling. After we reach 30, the muscles we use to stand tall begin to weaken. The length of our stride shortens, and the pace of our steps slows. Even our vision becomes fuzzier. However, aging isn’t the only reason people lose their sense of stability. With balance, you either “use it” or “lose it.” You can maintain it if you stay active.
The staff in Rehabilitation Services at Rutland Regional Medical Center has developed a workshop specifically addressing walking, balance and stability. The workshop, entitled, Gaining Traction: Improve your walking, balance, mobility, and stability, will be held every Thursday, March 29-April 26 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. in the CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center, at Rutland Regional Medical Center.
Participants will learn the mechanics of walking and how various conditions such as arthritis, foot and joint issues, and neurological problems impact gait, and what strategies can be used to compensate for these conditions. There will be discussions on setting realistic walking goals, how to track progress using a pedometer and other technology, utilizing exercises that will enhance your mobility, and how to select appropriate footwear. At the conclusion of the program there will be a panel discussion with the folks from Rehabilitative Services, followed by a walk around the Rutland Regional Loop, weather permitting.
The cost is $15 and registration is required. For more information or to register visit or call 802-772-2400.

PEG-TV is looking for traditional string musicians and singer/songwriters to audition for the chance to be showcased in a traditional folk music variety show airing monthly from May to September.
All performers are invited to participate in a final Harvest Hootenanny collaboration in October, which will also be recorded and aired on the public-access station, according to Gale Finlayson of PEG-TV.
Interested musicians may upload a Youtube video of their performance by Mar. 2 and send the link to

Early Bird online registration is open for the Susan G. Komen Vermont Race for the Cure on Saturday, July 21, beginning at Riley Rink at Hunter Park of Manchester. Standard registration pricing of $20 for adult/survivor or $5 for youth age 12 and under will go up by $10 beginning April 8. Seventy-five percent of proceeds raised stay local to support community service organizations, the remaining 25 percent goes to vital national breast cancer research. To register, visit

The Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region is providing a training for those interested in becoming hospice volunteers. Trainings will be held in the Rutland office at 7 Albert Cree Drive beginning March 15, and will meet twice a week for four weeks. Pre-registration is requested for the training. For more information or to enroll call John Campbell at 802-770-1683 or email at

The Rutland Area Medical Community Scholarship application is now available on Rutland Regional Medical Center’s website for qualified candidates interested in pursuing a career in health care. In its second year, this scholarship is made possible thanks to the generosity of Rutland-area physicians, retired physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners.
Eligible candidates include high school seniors, local college students, and Rutland-area medical community employees who are all working towards advancing their goal of a career in health care.
To learn more, visit Rutland Regional Medical Center’s website at Applications must be completed and returned by March 15, 2018 to be considered.