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Rutland Regional Medical Center will be holding a free community presentation on concussion injury, on Thursday, August 30 from 6 – 8 p.m. in the CVPS/Leahy Community Education Center at Rutland Regional.
Certified athletic trainers from iSport and Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic will discuss the latest and most up-to-date information on concussion injuries. They will discuss the myths and misconceptions concerning concussions and provide information regarding the diagnosis of an injury, as well as return-to-learn and return-to-play guidelines.
Registration is required. For more information or to register visit or call 802-772-2400.

On Sunday, September 2 from 1 to 3 p.m., historian and site administrator Elsa Gilbertson and site interpreter Paul Andriscin will be looking at the happenings of 1776 and the start of construction of this Revolutionary War defense. What remnants can still be seen on the ground today? Who were some of the key figures involved in building Independence on Lake Champlain? Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Bring water if you like. The hike is included with regular site admission.
Mount Independence is located on Mount Independence Road, six miles west of the intersections of VT Routes 22A and 73 near Orwell village. Mount Independence, a National Historic Landmark, is one of the best-preserved Revolutionary War sites in America. Carefully follow the signs. The site is open daily through October 14. Call 802-948-2000 for more information. For information on the Vermont state-owned historic sites, visit:
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A spaghetti dinner to benefit the Haynes House of Hope will take place on Sunday, Sept. 2 at the Modern Woodmen of America (MWA) Hall in Wells, Vermont from 5 to 8 p.m.
The Perry girls will be in the kitchen serving up a dinner featuring salad, bread and spaghetti with a choice of meat sauce or meatless, plus dessert. A beverage of soft drinks or water is also included in the meal. Cost to dine in is $15 per person. Take-out is $10 per person and does not include beverage.
Starting at 6 p.m., guests will enjoy the music of musician Fritz Henry. An accomplished singer/guitarist/songwriter, Henry specializes in classics of folk, pop, rock and country-rock from the 1960s and 1970s. He has been seen on PBS, ABC, NBC and CBS, and has opened for notables including Livingston Taylor, the Association and Marilyn McCoo of the Fifth Dimension.

Billings Farm & Museum and Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park are partnering to host Labor & Leisure Day on Saturday, September 1, a day to experience the daily work — and fun — of life on a farm, while enjoying leisure activities at the park.
At Billings, build a split rail fence, do laundry the old-fashioned way, and crank ice cream by hand. Wagon rides, crafts, and a rousing game of historic “base ball” round out the activities. At 3:15 p.m, watch the milking of the herd. At Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller, the public is invited to “play” as the Billings and Rockefeller families might have. Lawn games, such as bocce, croquet (and the less traditional) giant jenga will be available, putting on the Rockefeller’s green and tennis on the estate’s tennis court — with a pro from the Woodstock Inn to provide pointers. Create your own take-home flower arrangement from Mary Rockefeller’s cutting garden, or enjoy Animal Olympics and nature-inspired art projects and more.
Admission to Billings Farm & Museum includes all activities and programs, plus the 32nd Annual Quilt Exhibition. Admission to Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park is free of charge.
Find more information for Billings Farm & Museum at or by calling 802-457-2355; and for Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park at or by calling 802-457-3368.

This year’s raffle, the proceeds from which go back into the community, will be held Friday, September 7, at Spartan Arena in the Diamond Run Mall. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the drawing will start at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $110 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 to bring nonperishable food items for the Rutland Area Community Cupboard.
For more information or to purchase tickets contact John Sanborn, raffle chairman, at 802-345-9873.

The Alzheimer’s Association invites Rutland area residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The walk will take place on September 8, at 9 a.m., beginning at Main Street Park in Rutland.
Participants will complete a 2-mile walk, with a shorter option available, and will learn about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment, and support programs and services from the Alzheimer’s Association. Walk participants also honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony.
In addition to the Walk, participants will enjoy a healthy breakfast, fresh coffee, local sponsor tables, water stations along the Walk route, and the community of those who also support the fight for Alzheimer’s first survivor.
Register today. Sign up as a Team Captain, join a team or register to walk as an individual at

Billings Farm & Museum, gateway to Vermont’s rural heritage, announces its popular farm programs for children ages 3 and up, offered Wednesday mornings in September from 9 – 10:30 a.m. Each program features a story, visit to the farm, hands-on activity, and a snack. The cost is $3 per person for members, $5 per person for non-members (includes admission to the Farm & Museum).
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf. September 5. In the fall, the trees put on a spectacular art show for us. We’ll read “Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf,” then travel across the road to the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park and look for signs of fall. We will make crowns with colored leaves and enjoy maple cookies for a snack.
The Boy and His Quilt. September 12. Discover the steps a young boy goes through in making his very own quilt as we read “The Boy and His Quilt.” We’ll visit the quilt hall to see this year’s quilts, enjoy a snack with friends, and make your own paper quilt pattern.
Ten Red Apples. September 19. Ten red apples hang on the tree. Horse, cow, pig and the other farm animals each eat an apple, will there be enough for everyone? Join us for a trip to our orchard to see if there are any red apples on the trees. Enjoy an apple for a snack with friends. An apple tree craft will complete your visit.
Pumpkin Jack. September 26. Have you ever wondered what happens to your pumpkin after it has been carved? Follow the story of Tim and his pumpkin named “Jack” as they discover Jack’s new world. We’ll visit the pumpkin patch, make a pumpkin craft, and enjoy a pumpkin treat.
To register for Programs for Preschoolers, please call 802-457-2355, weekdays, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Each program has limited enrollment, and advance registration is required.

BROC Community Action in partnership with Goodwill Industries is offering a free workshop on customer service relationships on Tuesday, September 11 from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants will discuss how to provide good customer service, whether or not the customer is always right, and if they are not, what do you do then.
Registration is appreciated by contacting Donalee Kirk at 802-665-1725 or The workshop will be held at BROC Community Action, located at 45 Union Street, Rutland.
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BROC Community Action is offering two workshops in September at their 45 Union Street, Rutland facility. Thursday, September 13 join business counselor Annette Hoyle for Introduction to Starting a Micro Business. If you have ever thought about becoming your own boss, turning a hobby into a business or if you have started a micro business and need some guidance, this workshop is for you. Annette can help point you in the right direction to your success. 9 a.m. to noon. Register by contacting Annette at 802-665-1744 or
Wednesday, September 26 join instructor Shelley Faris for Savvy Spending Solutions — Financial Capability Workshop and learn how to get control of your money and make it work for you, as well as how to stretch a dollar. 10 a.m. to noon. Register by contacting Shelley at 802-665-1742 or
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RCAS will sponsor a trip to Putney Mountain on September 15 to hike, hawk watch, and seek unusual plants. Car pool from Dick’s in Rutland at 8 a.m. and return in the afternoon. Bring a bag lunch, water and insect repellent; wear appropriate clothing and shoes for climbing a 1,600 ft. mountain. Call 287-9338 for more info.

Become an exhibiting member of the Brandon Artists Guild. Join a vibrant community of 30+ Vermont artists and artisans, exhibit at the Guild Gallery in downtown Brandon, and participate more fully in Vermont’s creative economy. Vermont artists and artisans in all media are invited to apply online by Wednesday, September 19 at

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 invited to experience the HU at the Rutland Library, located at 10 Court Street in Rutland, on Wednesday, September 19 at 5:30 p.m. 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: or 800-772-9390.

When shoulder pain interferes with your ability to perform daily tasks like driving a car, carrying groceries, hitting a tennis ball or swinging a golf club, it might be time to consider various treatment options. One of those options being a total shoulder joint replacement.
Join Dr. Eric Marsh, MD, surgeon with Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic for a discussion on the best diagnostic tools, treatments, and surgical options to improve the range of motion in your shoulder. This program is free and will be held Wednesday, October 24, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., in the CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center.
For more information and to register call 802-772-2400.

155 species have been recorded at this Important Bird Area (IBA). Join us September 22 for the 3.7 mile loop around the marsh (dirt and paved roads) or go halfway. Kids, new birders and non-members welcome. Learn from our friendly bird experts. Meet at the marsh boardwalk on Marble Street at 8 a.m. Contact

Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre will hold auditions for its 2018- 2019 season on Thursday, September 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, September 8 from 10 a.m. to noon at the College of St. Joseph’s Tuttle Hall Theatre, 71 Clement Road, Rutland. On these dates we will audition for our second and third shows of the season. The second show of the ART season, “And Then There Were None,” by Agatha Christie, will be directed by Susan Gladding-Heitzman. It will be presented at Tuttle Hall Theatre on February 7-10 and February 14-16. The third show of the season, “The Last Night of Ballyhoo,” by Alfred Uhry, will be directed by Alex Nicosia. It will be presented at Tuttle Hall Theatre on April 4-7 and April 11-13. For more information, please contact Sandra Gartner at