READER BULLETINS: March 9-15, 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.”

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.

‘SLEEP TIGHT FARM’ STORY TIME WITH EUGENIE DOYLE
Children and families are invited to celebrate the turn of the seasons when children’s author and local farmer Eugenie Doyle visits Phoenix Books Rutland on Saturday, Mar. 11 at 11 a.m. for an event featuring her new book, “Sleep Tight Farm.” All ages are welcome to this free event. There will be a story time and Q&A on “What do farmers do in the winter?” plus Eugenie will bring along a couple of “show and tell” items from her farm.
A captivating exploration of how a family gets a farm ready for the snow of winter, “Sleep Tight Farm” lyrically connects each growing season to the preparations at the very end of the farm year. Eugenie Doyle is the author of two novels for young adults and many short stories. She and her family operate The Last Resort Farm, an organic berry, vegetable and hay farm in Vermont.
Phoenix Books Rutland is located at 2 Center St. in Rutland, Vermont. Copies of “Sleep Tight Farm” will be available for attendees to purchase and have signed. For more information, please call 802-855-8078 or visit www.phoenixbooks.biz.

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!

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 adult; $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

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 St. 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 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

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

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 – 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.

FUEL & ELECTRICAL BILLS ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE
BROC-Community Action offers multiple fuel assistance programs, including crisis fuel and Warmth; agency staff can also help clients apply for seasonal fuel and sign up for utility discount programs.
Some programs have eligibility criteria, but thanks to funding from generous community partners, people of all incomes can be served. Our mission is to take care of our communities, so we encourage anyone in need to contact us.
Please call to make an appointment today. In Rutland, call 802-775-0878. In Bennington, please call 802-447-7515

FREE TAX PREPARATION
BROC-Community Action in Southwestern Vermont is an Internal Revenue Service-recognized Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site. Certified staff and volunteers from the Castleton University accounting program are available to prepare and file your Federal income tax return, Vermont income tax return, Homestead Declaration and Property Tax Adjustment Claim, Household Income Schedule and Renter Rebate Claim. The VITA program offers FREE tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and taxpayers with limited English who need assistance in preparing their tax returns. Call today to make your appointment. In Rutland County 802-775-0878 or in Bennington County 802-447-7515.