Reader Bulletins: November 6 – 12

Veteran Small Business Conference
The Veteran Small Business Conference will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 6, at the Heritage Family Credit Union Operations Center, 26 Allen Street in Rutland.
Veterans are invited to the free event to learn about financing options, market research, developing a business plan and the resources available to launch a small business.
American Veterans own 2.4 million businesses, accounting for 9 percent of all businesses nationwide, and employ more than 5.7 million people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
“If you are a veteran or service-disabled veteran, the SBA has resources to help you start and grow your small business,” said Chris Herriman, Small Business Administration Vermont District Office veterans business officer. “From creating a business plan to finding your first customer, we can assist you in several areas.”
Registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. To register, call 828-4422, ext. 206. For more information about opportunities for potential and existing veteran small businesses, visit www.sba.gov/veterans.

ALL THAT JAZZ
The Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble plays at 51 Main by the Bridge, at 8 p.m. Thursday. Middlebury College’s big band plays music that will have you snapping your fingers and tapping your toes. In previous appearances, the band played to full houses that didn’t want the music to end. For more information, visit www.middlebury.edu.

RUMMAGE and BAKE SALE AT TRINITY CHURCH
The Women of Trinity Episcopal Church will hold a rummage and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 85 West Street, Rutland. Fill a bag with clothing for $3. Bags will be provided. There will also be books, toys, trash & treasures, Christmas items.

Free Family Fun Event “JUST PLAY? NO WAY!”
Play prepares a young brain for life, love and even schoolwork. To celebrate the benefits of play, Rutland Building Bright Futures will host a Free Family Fun Time Community Event — “JUST PLAY? NO WAY!” from 10 a.m. until noon Nov. 15 at Godnick Adult Center, 1 Deer Street, Rutland.
This year’s theme is “Highlighting Healthy Brain Development in Young Children through Play.”
Susanne Engels, principal of Northeast Elementary School will kick off the event with opening remarks.
Stations will be set up featuring lots of creative hands-on activities involving art, music, reading, exercise, health and nutrition. Snacks — some of which are donated by Cabot Cheese, Champlain Orchards and Westminster Cracker Co. — and beverages will be provided in addition to door prize giveaways. Parents, Families, and Community Members are encouraged to attend.
Community information will be available from local organizations and businesses participating in the event, such as Rutland County Starting Points Network, Rutland County Parent Child Center, Rutland County Head Start, Vermont Achievement Center, Vermont Department of Health, Wonderfeet Kids Museum, Vermont Start with the Arts, Rutland Free Library, Wellness for Life, Children’s Integrated Services, BROC Community Action in Southwestern Vermont and Vermont Birth through Three.
Here are interesting facts to consider: 80 percent of a child’s brain develops in the first three years of life building the foundation for future success. Beginning at birth, the brain is rapidly forming 700 connections every second, building connections for future learning in cognitive, social and emotional development. Basic interactions such as reading, playing and talking create strong positive connections in the growing brain and help create a strong foundation.

CALLING ALL WRITERS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS!
Poultney Public Library is running a contest to benefit expansion of the library. It is open to anyone who wants to submit photography, poetry or prose writing. There is a $50 prize in each category and participants’ work will be judged by a professional writer, poet or photographer. Two runners-up in each category will receive $25 gift certificates to area businesses. The prose pieces can be fiction or nonfiction, in any form. The maximum length is 1,500 words. Prose entries will be judged by Poultney resident and published writer Jon Harrison. Poetry entries will be judged by Poultney resident and published poet David Mook. The photography judge will be announced soon. The judges will not know the names of the entrants before choosing the winners. Entries will be accepted from Oct. 25 to Dec. 20. Winners will be announced on Jan. 30, 2015. For more information, call Poultney Public Library at 287-5556. Entries can be mailed to, or dropped off at, Poultney Public Library, 205 Main St., Poultney, VT 05764 or emailed to ppl5556@yahoo.com.

CASTLETON THEATRE ARTS DEPARTMENT PRESENTS ‘MACBETH’  
The Castleton Department of Theatre Arts presents “Macbeth,” directed by Harry McEnerny.
One of William Shakespeare’s best-known plays, “Macbeth” takes viewers on a journey through one man’s lust for power and the horrific consequences that befall him and those around him.
“Macbeth” marks the first Castleton production to feature undergraduate and graduate students, since the addition of the master’s program in Theater Arts, which launched in fall. Robert Valenti, a May Castleton graduate now enrolled in the master’s program, plays the lead role in the production.
Performances begin at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 through Saturday, Nov. 15, in Casella Theater, with an additional performance Sunday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m.
Tickets for this performance are $12 for adults and $7 for Castleton faculty and staff, as well as children younger than 12 and are available at www.castletontickets.com or the Fine Arts Center Box Office one hour before curtain.
For more information, contact the Fine Arts Center Box Office at 468-1119.

CLARENDON HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR
The Four Winds Program will be holding their Annual Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Clarendon Elementary School, North Clarendon, VT.  25 crafters will have lots of great holiday gifts from sewn, knitted, & crochet items to jams & jellies.  Lunch will be available.