READER BULLETINS: March 16-22, 2017

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POULTNEY WOMAN’S CLUB TO MEET
The Poultney Woman’s Club will return to evening meetings beginning Thursday, March 16. Those attending are asked to bring personal items for filling “Tatum’s Totes” bags. Suggestions might be a fleece blanket, school supplies, brush, toothbrush/paste, disposable diapers/wipes. They would be distributed under Liz Saltis’s program for those who find themselves unexpectedly removed from a family situation. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Methodist Church on Main Street and will include a sign-up time to assist with the April 8 annual “Breakfast with the Easter Bunny.”

WEST RUTLAND VARIETY SHOW FOR RUTLAND COUNTY WOMEN’S NETWORK & SHELTER
Sunday, March 19, 3 p.m., West Rutland Town Hall, 35 Marble St., West Rutland.
The eighth annual West Rutland Variety Show will showcase local talent to raise money for the Rutland County Women’s Network and Shelter. Tom Leypoldt, executive director of PEG-TV, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. Members of St. Bridget and St. Stanislaus Kostka Churches in West Rutland will perform, as will the Rutland Curbstone Chorus and dancers from “Just Dance” Studio. Adult and youth singers, musicians and comedians will round out the program. The event will also feature a 50/50 raffle and a bake sale. All funds raised will go directly to the Rutland County Women’s Network and Shelter. Tickets: $8 for adults; $5 for seniors/children (under 12); $20 family, call 802-438-2490.

BASIC INTERNET FOR BEGINNERS
A workshop on learning how the internet is used, browser basics, understanding search engines, how to navigate a website, how to surf the web safely, and much more. BROC-Community Action, 45 Union Street in Rutland on Mar. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon. $15 per person. Scholarships are available upon request. You must register with Annette K. Hoyle at 802-665-1744 or email at ahoyle@broc.org
Conflict and Stress Management Workshop
A workshop partnering with Goodwill Industries will be held on Tuesday, March 21 from 9:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. at BROC-Community Action, 45 Union Street in Rutland.
Please contact Donalee Kirk at 802-665-1725 or dkirk@broc.org

WEST RUTLAND MARSH BIRD MONITORING WALK
Thursday, March 23 monthly bird monitoring walk. To date 151 species have been recorded at this Important Bird Area (IBA). And our migrant species have begun returning. 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. A few binoculars are available if you have none. Meet and learn from some friendly bird experts 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

1950S DINNER AND DEALS
Saturday, March 25 dinner and silent & live auction to benefit the Rutland Area Christian School located on Lincoln Ave. in Rutland. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Please purchase tickets in advance by calling 802-775-0709. Tickets are $12.50 per person for dinner and the auction or $5 per person for dessert and the auction.

MARCH MEANS MINI-GOLF AT RUTLAND FREE LIBRARY
Play golf inside the library. Eighteen fun, themed holes all around the library for two days. Mini-Golf Mixer for adults Saturday, March 25 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. includes golf, silent auction, finger foods, cash bar, prizes. Tickets $40 per person, available at the Library or from a library trustee.
Family Fun Day, Sunday, March 26 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. (last tee time 2:30). Besides the golf course, there will be activities in the Fox Room, door prizes, a bake sale & more. Tickets just $5, $15 for a family. 10 Court Street, Rutland. www.rutlandfree.org.

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.

THE BIG TREES OF RUTLAND, VERMONT, THE USA AND THE WORLD
Tuesday, Mar. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Fox Room of the Rutland Free Library, a talk by Gary Salmon, retired forester with the Vermont Dept. of Forests, Parks, and Recreation. Presented by Rutland County Audubon. Free and open to the public. Gary is presently the Tree Warden for the town of Shrewsbury and active in the National and Vermont Big Tree Programs. He is particularly interested in the concept of “old growth” as it relates to how a tree could live to be multi-centuries old. On April 29 Gary will lead a follow-up walk to see some of our local Big Trees. 10 Court Street, Rutland. www.rutlandfree.org.

11TH ANNUAL DKG SOUP BOWLS FOR HUNGER
Enjoy a bowl of soup, crackers, roll, dessert and beverage, and choose your own handcrafted bowl to take home. Bowls are being made by RHS ceramics program teacher Darren Spafford, local high school students and professional potters. Thursday, Mar. 30 at the Rutland High School (RHS) Cafeteria.
This event is sponsored for the seventh year by Delta Kappa Gamma Society of women educators, and all proceeds will be donated to the Rutland Community Cupboard and other local food shelves.
There will also be raffles for various donated items and a silent auction. Music will be provided by Dan Graves. Tickets are $20 per person (make checks payable to: Soup Bowls for Hunger) and must be purchased at Rutland High School. There will be two sittings (4:45 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.) with top-quality bowls available at each sitting. To purchase tickets, contact Lynn Colomb at 770-1116, Rutland High School main office at 773-1955, or Ann Bannister at 747-0569, beginning March 1.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE — BECOME A NONPROFIT BOARD MEMBER
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 info@uwrutlandcounty.org.

PHOTO EXHIBITION AT CASTLETON FREE LIBRARY
“Seeing the Familiar” a show of still lifes, florals and landscapes by Mary Gorman, now through April 13.
Mary Gorman is a photographer from Mt. Holly, Vermont. Mary’s background in photography began as a family hobby when years ago she used film cameras to explore the fun of taking pictures to capture family outings. Her recently renewed interest in photography brought back her film cameras as well as new digital cameras. Mary now enjoys mixing old and new techniques to expand her view of traditional subjects as well as abstract ones. The photographs in this exhibit will, she hopes, allow others a chance to see details, colors, shapes and connections they might otherwise miss.
The library hours are: Mon. and Thurs. 3 – 8 p.m., Tues. and Wed. 2 – 6 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – noon.
For more information: Mary Kearns, 802-468-5574 or e-mail castletonfreelibrary@gmail.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 St. The workshops will be held every Wednesday in April from 9 a.m. to 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 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

RUTLAND FREE LIBRARY
Books & more sale is Wednesday, April 5, from 3 – 7 p.m. Books, DVDs, puzzles, comics, software. Great people, great prices and an enormous selection of items carefully curated by Friends of Rutland Free Library. 10 Court Street, Rutland. www.rutlandfree.org.

“Life in the Studio,” April 5 at 7 p.m., Fox Room. David Macaulay, award-winning author and illustrator of “Castle,” “Cathedral,” and “The Way We Work,” among many other titles, discusses current projects and challenges. Free and open to all. Part of the First Wednesdays series sponsored by Vermont Humanities Council.Underwriter: Healthy Living Fund of the American Endowment Foundation. Library Underwriters: Friends of the Rutland Free Library

“INTRODUCTION TO STARTING A MICRO BUSINESS”
Have you ever considered self-employment? Do you want to make more money? Do you want to turn a hobby into a business? Are you unemployed with a trade skill? Does the process seem puzzling? We can help you put the pieces together!
If you answered yes to any of the questions, we invite you to join the Economic & Workforce Development Program for “Introduction to Starting a Micro Business,” April 13, 9 a.m. – noon. This FREE Workshop will help you put the pieces together.
BROC-Community Action, 45 Union Street, Rutland, VT 05701. Contact Annette to register 802-665-1744, ahoyle@broc.org. The Economic & Workforce Development Program is a department of BROC-Community Action in Southwestern Vermont

PITTSFORD TRAIL RUNS
2nd Pittsford Trail Run 5K and 1-mile runs Saturday, Apr. 29 at the Pittsford Recreation area. This event encourages all ages and fitness levels and last year included many 4-legged friends. Entry fees: Pre-register by Apr. 7 to be guaranteed a T-shirt. $10 for 5K, $5 for 1-mile. Race day registration — $15 for 5k, $10 for 1-mile.
For more information or to register: www.pittsfordvermont.com or call 483-6500. recreation@pittsfordvermont.com Please visit event page: www.facebook.com/events/188251851641576/?ti=cl

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.