READER BULLETINS: May 3-9, 2018

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SPRING RUMMAGE SALE
Grace Congregational Church in Rutland will hold a Spring Rummage Sale on Thursday, May 3 from 6 – 9 p.m.
The sale continues on Friday, May 4 from 9 a.m. to noon with a bag sale. Please use the Center Street entrance to the church.

ASTRONOMY NIGHT AT HUBBARDTON BATTLEFIELD
The solar system and the deep sky will be the focus on Saturday, May 5, for the first astronomy program of the year at the Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site in Hubbardton, Vermont. The program runs from 7 – 11 p.m. Members of the Green Mountain Astronomers will be on hand to share their telescopes and knowledge with you.
If the sky conditions permit, you’ll first safely observe the sun before it sets and then the deep night sky. Call 802-273-2282 to confirm the program is on. Admission is by donation. Consider bringing a flashlight. The Hubbardton Battlefield has little modern light pollution and a sweeping open sky, and is the perfect spot to observe the heavens. Other 2018 astronomy programs at the battlefield are on June 16, July 14 and October 6.
The battlefield is the site of the only Revolutionary War battle fought in Vermont. It is located in Hubbardton on Monument Hill Road, seven miles north of US Route 4 from Castleton or six miles east of VT Route 30 in Hubbardton. The site opens for the regular season on Saturday, May 26 and is open Wednesdays through Sundays, and Monday holidays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through October 14. Regular admission is $3 for adults and free for children under 15.
For more information about the state-owned historic sites, visit www.historicsites.vermont.gov. Join the Vermont State Historic Sites on Facebook.

5K FOR THE FIGHT
Saturday, May 5, Relay For Life of Rutland County team Nancy’s Nit Wits will be holding a 5K run/walk, “5K For The Fight.” This is the first event of this type as a fundraiser for Relay For Life of Rutland County. The 3.1-mile course is designed for everybody (strollers are welcome). It will start at 10 a.m. at Giorgetti Arena in Rutland, wind through the streets of Rutland, and finish back at Giorgetti. There will be giveaways for all participants and prizes for top finishers in various age categories. Plus, every participant will be entered to win a Vermont Teddy Bear. Registration is $35 for age 13 and older, $25 for children 6-12, and children 5 and under are free. Individual registration in person at the event, starting at 8:30 a.m. Discounts are available for teams of five or more (email FiveKForTheFight@gmail.com to register). Further information: 5KForTheFight.Ticketspice.com/5K. Questions can be sent to FiveKForTheFight@gmail.com

ROAST PORK DINNER
May 5 at the Pawlet Community Church. The Ladies and Gentlemen’s Supper Club invite you to dinner starting at 4:30 p.m. Cost of dinner is adults $12, age 12 & under $6, age 5 & under free. If you have questions regarding the dinner, please call Doreen Mach at 325-3428 or Judy Coolidge at 325-3073. Take out orders can also be made on the day of the dinner by calling the church at 325-3022.

GREEN UP DAY AT THE WEST RUTLAND MARSH
May 5 Green Up Day is in its 48th year, and as always, RCAS will be at West Rutland Marsh to help tidy up one of our favorite birding spots. Meet at the West Rutland Town Hall at 9 a.m. Bags provided. Bring gloves. Waterproof boots or old sneakers are recommended. More info: birding@rutlandcountyaudubon.org

SOUTH WALLINGFORD GRANGE BINGO
Sunday, May 6, doors open at 11 a.m. First game starts at 1 p.m. Food is available. South Wallingford Grange, 31 Dugway Rd., S. Wallingford. Contact: Dennis Stocker. 802-353-4651

NEW EVENT: DRAFT ANIMAL DAY
Billings Farm & Museum will feature Draft Animal Day on Sunday, May 6, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The event will feature local teamsters, including area 4H students, with their draft horses and oxen.
Learn all about the historic role these powerful animals played on the farm and how they are used today in sustainable land practices with pulling and plowing demonstrations and programs. 4H students will test their knowledge in a quiz bowl and put their teams through an obstacle course. The Hartland Cattle Club will sell soup and grilled cheese lunches with proceeds to benefit the 4H Club.
Admission includes all programs and activities plus the farm life exhibits, 1890 Farm House, and working dairy farm. For additional information, contact the museum: 802-457-2355 or www.billingsfarm.org.

Chalk the Walk at Godnick
Mark your calendars for Hands On Minds On Children’s Art Studio’s 4th Annual Chalk the Walk on Sunday, May 6, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Godnick Center.
Enjoy art and the outdoors. Grab friends, or come and make new ones, all while creating a colorful piece of art. Families are encouraged to come participate in chalk art or just come to watch and enjoy some of the other activities. More details about the event are available at www.rutlandrec.com/chalkthewalk. This is a free event with a suggested donation of $3. Proceeds benefit the Hands On Minds On Art Studio. We hope to see you there. Questions: 773-1822

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT THE WEST RUTLAND MARSH AND BOARDWALK?
Join Rutland County Audubon Society members Sue and Marv Elliott for a slide show presentation and informational talk about the unique qualities that make the West Rutland Marsh one of the top birding hot spots in the United States. The event will be held on Thursday evening, May 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the West Rutland Town Hall community room ( 1st floor ) at 35 Marble Street. ADA accessible. Free and open to the public and all ages. Light refreshments to be served. The meeting is sponsored by the West Rutland Historical Society. For more information contact Peter Kulig at 802-438-2255 or e-mail ptkulig_207@outlook.com.

CALLING ALL YOUTH: A SUMMER MUSICAL
A fun way for children ages 7 – 12 to be exposed to acting and singing in a nurturing, low-key environment where the emphasis is on developing confidence while having fun, as they learn the lines and songs of this upbeat musical, “Rescue in the Night,” by Allen Pote and Tom Long, a retelling of the Old Testament story of “Daniel and the Lions’ Den.”
Everyone is included and encouraged to stretch their abilities and acquire new skills, under the direction of June Hale, who has 30 years experience as a school music teacher and director of over 100 musical shows.
Daily, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 25-29, with a dress rehearsal and performance on June 30, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 146 N. Main St., Fair Haven.
The cost is $150 per child, which covers scripts, a copy of the audio CD of the musical to aid with memorizing lines and songs, snacks and afternoon activities. Scholarships are available. No one will be turned away because they cannot pay the tuition. Parents/guardians are encouraged to volunteer at least one afternoon to help supervise and transport the youth to afternoon activities. To register or for questions, call or email June Hale: junehale2015@gmail.com, 203-500-2796.

VOLUNTEER AS A DOCENT AT THE COOLIDGE SITE
Do you have an interest in history and enjoy sharing your enthusiasm with students and the public? Imagine spending a lovely afternoon in the historic schoolhouse at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site chatting with visitors about President Coolidge amid hands-on activities about his life and times. Volunteers are needed to staff the schoolhouse on summer and fall Thursdays and Saturdays from 1 – 3 p.m., as well as on special-event days. Sign up for the times that work for you.
You are also invited to join a group of dedicated volunteers who lead Coolidge Site History Exploration visits with students, their parents and teachers. Most school visits are between mid-May and mid-June, and September through October, usually between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Orientation and materials are provided, and the schedule is flexible.
For further information, please contact Diane Kemble, education director, Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation at education@coolidgefoundation.org or call 802-324-9465.
Business Start-up Class
You are cordially invited to attend our FREE workshop, “Introduction to Starting a Micro Business” to be held at BROC Community Action on Thursday, May 10, at 9 a.m. The workshop ends about noon. We are located at 45 Union St. in Rutland. You are free to bring a beverage and/or snack.
Plan to make more money or turn your hobby into a business? We will help you unlock the key to your future, so that you can start your own business. BROC’s business counselor will provide an interactive, fun workshop with many resources available to you.
Registration is requested and greatly appreciated. Please call 802-665-1744 or email ahoyle@broc.org to register today.

AUDUBON WEST RUTLAND MARSH WALK
Kids, new birders and non-members welcome May 12. Learn from friendly bird experts at our local Important Bird Area, where 152 species have been seen. Walk the full 3.7 mile route or go halfway. Meet at the West Rutland Price Chopper parking lot at 7 a.m. Contact birding@rutlandcountyaudubon.org for more info.
Bike Safety Day
On Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The Wallingford Community Bike Safety Day, will host its 20th Annual event, at the Wallingford Elementary School. This fun, interactive and collaboratively sponsored event always has something for all ages; from free helmet fitting to an obstacle course, and from bike safety inspections to 911 rescue vehicle / law enforcement interactions, etc. In addition, (as a tradition), there are always terrific prize give-a-ways, face painting, refreshments and much more; because of the generous support of sponsors and volunteers.
As a piece of history, the “Bike Safety Day” was started in the late 90s, by Wallingford’s Brad Kelley. Over the years, he enlisted the aid of Rotary, many local businesses, and volunteers to fund, facilitate and diversify this project. To date, major sponsors are the Wallingford Rotary and the GE Volunteers, rallied by Rodney Ward. The event is modeled from a program initiated by the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute and New England Medical Center in Boston.
For more information, to make a donation, or to get involved as a volunteer, contact Rotarian co-chair Adrian Eisler at 802-446-7011 and/or GE co-chair Rodney Ward at 802-446-3672.

“SNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN DWARFS”
Just Dance Studio Presents will present “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” May 12 at noon and 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 13 at 3 p.m. at Rutland Intermediate School. Ticket prices for matinee performances are $8 adult, $5 under age 10, and free under age 3. The evening performance is $10 for adults, $6 under age 10, and free under age 3. Tickets available at the door or purchase in advance by emailing justdancevt@gmail.com or rutlandcommunitycupboard@yahoo.com. All proceeds will be donated to the Rutland Community Cupboard.

WALLINGFORD RECREATION SUMMER CAMP
Calling all children in the towns of Wallingford, Clarendon, Shrewsbury, Tinmouth and Danby for a four-week Summer Recreation Program. If you have completed Kindergarten through 6th grade, join us for games, sports, arts and crafts, cooking, hiking and swimming daily at the Wallingford Recreation field and Elfin Lake starting at Wallingford Elementary School. Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. (program 8:45 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.). Program cost: $65 per week ($60 for Wallingford residents). Registration forms available at Wallingford, Clarendon, Shrewsbury Mountain, Tinmouth and Currier Memorial Schools or at the Wallingford Town Office and on the documents page of the Wallingford website www.wallingfordvt.com. For more information or questions, please call the town office at 446-2872.

MINING THE SPIRITUAL OF ADVERSITY
Wednesday, May 16, 5:30 – 6:03 p.m. — Rutland Free Library, 10 Court Street, Rutland. The question of why bad things happen to good people has been around forever. We each face problems — some large, some small. What causes them? Can we avoid them? This open discussion will explore spiritual keys to find the root cause of our problems and to unlock the secrets of effective problem solving. We will try a spiritual exercise to kindle creativity and help us to understand and begin to resolve our challenges. Come share your stories and insights as we look to discover the spiritual growth that can arise from adversity. Hosted by Eckankar, a spiritual teaching that provides simple exercises for people of all faiths, traditions and walks of life to develop and deepen a conscious and practical relationship with spirit. For more info: www.eckankar-vt.org or 800-772-9390.

CENTURY COUNTY XXIII
Our annual attempt to count 100 species or more at birding hotspots in Rutland County is May 19. Go for the full day or for part. Bring lunch. Meet at the West Rutland Price Chopper at 6 a.m. Contact: birding@rutlandcountyaudubon.org.

URINARY INCONTINENCE IN WOMEN
Marble Valley Urology, a department of Rutland Regional Medical Center, will be presenting a free program, “Urinary Incontinence in Women,” Tuesday, May 22, from 6 – 7:30 p.m., at the CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center at Rutland Regional, 160 Allen Street, Rutland.
Join Dr. Ernest Bove and Kathy Felder, WHNP-BC, CUNP, Marble Valley Urology’s newest provider for women’s urologic issues, for this educational talk that addresses the problems caused by urinary incontinence in women. Learn what urinary incontinence is, as well as its various types and causes. Kathy Felder will discuss the non-surgical interventions, and Dr. Bove will talk about the surgical options for treatment.
Advance registration is required at www.rrmc.org or by calling 802-772-2400. Refreshments will be provided.

BRANDON FARMERS MARKET
The Brandon Farmers Market 2018 season begins May 25 at its new location in Estabrook Park, 760 Grove St, Brandon. It will be held every Friday until mid-October, rain or shine, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Local farmers and artists will be selling produce, preserves, baked goods, maple syrup, goat cheese, jewelry, crafts, handmade clothing, folk paintings, and more. Vendor slots available — call 802-273-2655.

TABLE 24 ANNOUNCES 10TH ANNUAL CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT
On Monday, June 4, Table 24 Restaurant, located in downtown Rutland, will proudly host their 10th Anniversary Charity Golf Tournament at the Rutland Country Club. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region (formerly RAVNAH). Past beneficiaries have included the Rutland County Humane Society, Rutland County Parent Child Center, the Carly Ferro Purple Angel Foundation, Project Vision, and the Foley Cancer Center.
The 5-person, Scramble-format tournament begins with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The event will also include a raffle and silent auction, and donations will be gratefully accepted. For more information about the tournament, contact Steve Sawyer at 802-775-2424, or visit Table 24’s Facebook page at facebook.com/Table24.Rutland.
For more than 70 years, Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNAHSR) has served vulnerable populations such as at-risk children, the elderly, those with disabling and chronic illness, and people facing the end of life. Founded in Rutland, Vermont, VNAHSR is a nonprofit, Medicare-certified home-health and hospice agency delivering a wide range of advanced medical care with compassion, dependability and expertise to people of all ages. More information is available at www.vermontvisitingnurses.org.

HU CHANT: SOUND OF SOUL
Wednesday, June 20 at 5:30 p.m. – Rutland Free Library, 10 Court Street, Rutland. Are you looking to find more inner peace and balance in your life? Chanting HU has helped people from all backgrounds throughout time to find inner healing, strength and expanded awareness. All are warmly invited to experience the HU at the Rutland Library. You are welcome to chant out loud or simply listen, whatever is right for you. The chants last about 20 minutes, followed by brief contemplative time and conversation with others of like heart. Hosted by Eckankar, a spiritual teaching that provides simple exercises for people of all faiths, traditions, and walks of life to develop and deepen a conscious and practical relationship with spirit. More info: www.eckankar-vt.org & 800-772-9390.

RACE FOR THE CURE – MANCHESTER
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 www.komennewengland.org.