READER BULLETINS: September 7-13, 2017

To list your event in the Reader Bulletins email

Rutland South Rotary Club has raised thousands of dollars for over 40 years to benefit numerous projects in the greater Rutland Community. From high school scholarships to the Rutland County Boys & Girls Club, to the WSYB Christmas Fund, Rutland South Rotary has left a large footprint in the region, especially around projects benefiting area youth.
It is the generosity of so many that has enabled Rutland South Rotary to continue their philanthropy. This year’s raffle will be held Friday, September 8, at Spartan Arena in the Diamond Run Mall. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the drawing starts at 7:30. Cost is $110.00 per ticket, which admits two adults 21 and over. Catering is provided by East Creek Catering. GRAND Prize is $10,000, plus numerous other cash and door prizes. Rutland South Rotary is also asking those attending the raffle to bring non-perishable food items to benefit the Rutland Area Community Cupboard.
For more information contact John Sanborn, raffle chairman, at 802-345-9873.

Sue DiCicco and The Peace Crane Project are visiting Phoenix Books Rutland on Saturday, September 9 at 3 p.m. We’ll have a story time featuring Sue’s picture book “Origami Peace Cranes,” and attendees will be invited to fold an origami crane. Writer, illustrator, sculptor and former Disney animator Sue DiCicco is the creator of the Peace Crane Project, which is designed to promote the concept of peace within and between our schools, homes, communities, states and nations, with participation from over 150 countries.
All ages are welcome to this free event. Phoenix Books Rutland is located at 2 Center Street in Rutland, Vermont. Copies of “Origami Peace Cranes” will be available for attendees to purchase and have signed. For more information, please call 802-855-8078 or visit

September 10 from 3-5 p.m. Music, face painting and more. Join your neighbors for free ice cream and family-friendly activities at the Village Farm (formerly the Forrest Farm) 32 Elm Street, Pittsford.
Don’t forget to check out the vista view and dream about what the property could become! Pittsford Community Connects invites you to share with us your vision for how the Village Farm can connect the Pittsford community and visitors with nature and one another.
Contact: Betsy, 802-989-0480,

BROC Community Action is offering three free workshops in September at our facility located at 45 Union Street in Rutland.
September 12 there will be a Self-Employment Tax workshop from 10 a.m. – noon. Participants will get a great education about this topic from Grant Peterson, a tax consultant with the IRS. To register contact Annette Hoyle at 802-665-1744 or
September 14 there will be an Introduction to Starting a Micro Business workshop from 9 a.m. – noon. Participants will have a chance to explore whether becoming self-employed is a viable option and what next steps would need to be taken to accomplish it. To register contact Annette Hoyle at 802-665-1744
September 27 there will be a Savvy Spending Solutions financial capability workshop from 10 a.m. – noon. Participants will explore saving strategies, how to plan for financial goals and planning to purchase a home. To register contact Shelley Faris at 802-665-1742 or
To learn what other programs and services BROC Community Action offers visit and like us on Facebook.

Tuesday, September 12 at 6:30 p.m., Phoenix Books Rutland will host Bill Mares, Christopher Louras and Bob Stannard for a talk on “The Full Vermonty: Vermont in the Age of Trump.”
“Come to ‘The Full Vermonty’ for the cartoons by the incomparable Jeff Danziger. Stay for a primer for the millions of Americans who’ve been asking, ‘What do we do NOW?’ Bill Mares and his gang of Vermont wits and sages actually have answers,” says U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy.
This event is free and open to all. Phoenix Books Rutland is located at 2 Center Street in downtown Rutland, Vermont. Books will be available to purchase and have signed. For more information, please call 802-855-8078 or visit

Friday September 15. The 13th Annual Castleton Community Center Golf Outing at Lake St. Catherine Country Club will benefit the Center’s Elderly and Disabled Transportation program. Over 4400 rides were provided last year for essential travel to doctor’s appointments, nursing home visits, therapy, adult day care and senior meals. The CCS transportation program provides seniors and the disabled the flexibility and independence that allows them to remain in their homes and improve their quality of life. The event features 18 holes (Captain & Crew format), a $10,000 hole-in-one-contest and prizes for low gross, low net, longest drive and closet to pin for both men and women. The $90 registration fee includes greens fee, golf cart, dinner, gifts, raffles and prizes, great day of fun, friendship, and golf “for a cause.” To register call 802-468-3093.

A “Harry Houdini Double Feature” will be shown with live music on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. at Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Route 7, in Brandon. Admission is free; free-will donations are encouraged, with proceeds to support ongoing renovation of the town hall. For more information, visit
For more info on the music, visit

Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum 3rd Annual Wonderpaws Festival & Paw Parade, a community event for all ages to enjoy a day in downtown Rutland with their dogs, will be Saturday, September 16, on Center Street from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. The kid-friendly and dog-friendly festival features demonstrations, a scavenger hunt, crafts, an obstacle course, a hay maze, activities, photo opportunities, food and more. A raffle of Pet Gear merchandise will be open to all. The Paw Parade will take place at noon.
The event is free and open to the public. All dogs must register to participate. Registration and $10 per dog fee includes participation in the Paw Parade, a token of appreciation for all participants, a chance to win a mystery prize and the opportunity to win a judges’ choice award in categories such as best pet/owner look-a-like, most entertaining, wildest wag and much more. Pre-register online at or registration begins at 10 a.m. the day of the event. For more information call 802-282-2678 or visit

Join the women of the The Rutland Cutting Edge ice hockey team for another fun-filled season. Whether you have never played before or have been looking for a chance to get back on the ice, we can provide the opportunity for you to get involved in this amazing sport. We are a recreational team that practices Sunday nights and plays house league games on Thursdays. Our fall session will start with a practice on Sunday, September 17 at 7 p.m., a clinic (facilitated by some of Castleton’s finest) on Thursday, September 21 and the first official house game on Thursday, September 28 at 8 p.m. We also provide a Learn to Play program starting in late October on Sundays at 6 p.m. and have equipment available to help get you started. There will be an informational meeting/social at 6 p.m. Sunday, September 10 at the Draught Room in the Diamond Run Mall. Please come see what it’s all about — great exercise, camaraderie and fun! Questions? Email us at

Rutland Regional Medical Center will be hosting a free showing of the newly released documentary, “All of Me,” on Monday, September 18, at 5:30 p.m. in the CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center, 160 Allen Street, Rutland.
This film by award-winning filmmaker Bess O’Brien focuses on the lives of women, girls and boys who are caught in the downward spiral of eating disorders, and their struggle to regain a sense of self-compassion and healing. It also focuses on the parents who struggle with their children around this devastating disease.
Although the film focuses primarily on bulimia and anorexia, the underlying issues of other eating disorders are touched upon in the film. In addition, “All of Me” delves deep into the often pervasive ways that food, dieting and body image affect all of us on a daily basis. Many of us may not be diagnosed with an official eating disorder, but struggle with our own histories and insecurities around food and weight.
Most importantly, “All of Me” centers on the underlying emotional issues that eating disorders stem from, including depression, anxiety, trauma, sensitivity, control, perfectionism and other mental health issues.
In addition, the movie gives hope to those struggling — people can recover and reclaim their bodies, and their emotional connection with themselves and others.
For more information about this free film viewing, visit

You can have the motivation, but also need the preparation to run or walk in a distance race. With events like The Vermont Great coming up on Saturday, September 23 in downtown Rutland, it is important to be ready. Rutland Regional Medical Center’s iSport Training is sponsoring a free program, Get Ready… Go! on Wednesday, September 13, 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Rutland Country Club, 275 Grove Street in Rutland.
Tyler White, athletic trainer with Rutland Regional’s iSport, will present valuable information on what to wear, proper nutrition, avoiding injury, and the challenges of training in a short period of time before a race.
Registration is required in advance by contacting or 802-772-2400. Refreshments will be served.

September 28 — A monthly bird monitoring walk at this Important Bird Area (IBA). Kids, new birders and non-members always welcome. Join us for the 3.7 mile loop around the marsh (dirt and paved roads) or go halfway. Learn from our friendly bird experts and then join us for brunch afterwards. Meet at the West Rutland Price Chopper parking lot at 8 a.m. Contact

If you have difficulty standing or walking, it doesn’t have to mean exercise is out of the question. Rutland Regional Medical Center is offering Chair Aerobics, Mondays & Thursdays, October 2-19, 10 – 11 a.m. in the CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center at Rutland Regional, 160 Allen Street, Rutland.
The class, instructed by Allyson Taggart, NASM-CPT, will focus on strength, endurance and flexibility. It is suitable for most beginner levels, and geared towards those who are disabled, recovering from an injury, experiencing joint problems, and/or have difficulty performing exercises that require standing, walking or running for any length of time.
Cost is $15 and payments must be received by September 18. Registration is required by calling 802.772.2400 or visiting

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, 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.