READER BULLETINS: July 12-17, 2018

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Like board games? Like to strategize? Like and know your history? Come to the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell on Sunday, July 15, for our inaugural afternoon of Revolutionary War tabletop war-gaming.
On hand will be several strategy games and scenarios, including Saratoga 1777, directly about this area and the Northern Campaign of the American Revolution. Suitable for ages 12 and up. The event is included in the regular site admission of $5 for adults and free for those under 15. Enjoy the air-conditioned building while you play.
If you want to get ready for the games, take a look at the rules for Saratoga 1777 at

It’s time to take a close look at the planet Mars, which is at its best for viewing in mid to late July as it approaches the earth. Come to the Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site in Hubbardton, on Saturday, July 14, from 7 to 11 p.m.. for “Mars Astronomy Night.”
Members of the Green Mountain Astronomers bring their telescopes and their knowledge to share with you. First look at the sun before it sets, with Vermont’s largest commercially made telescope dedicated to solar astronomy. Then enjoy the night sky, including Mars.
Bring a flashlight, and, if you like, blankets or lawn chairs and your own binoculars or telescopes. The Hubbardton Battlefield is a perfect spot to observe the night sky, with little modern light pollution and a sweeping open sky. The program is dependent on weather and sky conditions. Call ahead, at 802-273-2282, to confirm the program is on.
Admission is by donation. Fun for the whole family.
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 is regularly open Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The last regular day of the season is October 14. Regular admission is $3 for adults and free for children under 15.
For more information about the state-owned historic sites, visit Join the Vermont State Historic Sites on Facebook.

Trip to the Birds of Vermont Museum
Carpool to the Birds of Vermont Museum in Huntington. Meet at the Home Depot in Rutland at 8 a.m. on July 21 or Otter Valley Union High School at 8:30 a.m. Bring lunch. As time allows, we will hike the trails around the museum and Green Mountain Audubon Center, departing for home around 2 p.m. Handicapped accessible. $7 per person ($6 seniors, $3.50 ages 3-17). Contact

“Taste & Make” Workshop Series at Stone Valley Community Market
On Saturday July 14 from 4 – 6 p.m., Stone Valley Community Market (the Co-op in Poultney) is offering the second of three monthly “Taste & Make” workshops focused on homemade probiotic foods. This month, learn about the joys and benefits of fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut. The event begins at SVCM for a tasting and discussion, then participants will walk to Green Mountain College’s commercial kitchen to make batches to take home. An optional tour of the college’s Cerridwen Farm will follow. This event is free, just bring your own quart or half-gallon glass jar. To register, call Stone Valley Community Market at 287-4550 or email Eleanor Tison,
All three “Taste & Make” workshops, scheduled for the 2nd Saturday of the summer months from 4 – 6 p.m., allow participants to sample, make and learn more about incorporating probiotic foods into our diets. You do not have to be a member of the Co-op to participate.
Stone Valley Community Market, located at 216 Main St. in Poultney, is co-operatively owned by its members and is overseen by a volunteer board of directors. Non-members are always welcome to shop.

HU Chant: Sound of Soul
Wednesday, July 18, 5:30 p.m. at Rutland Free Library, 10 Court Street.
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: or 800-772-9390.

A monthly bird monitoring walk July 14. Kids, new birders and non-members welcome. 155 species have been recorded at this Important Bird Area (IBA). Join us for the 3.7-mile loop around the marsh (dirt and paved roads) or go halfway. Meet at the marsh boardwalk on Marble Street at 7 a.m. Contact

ENT & Audiology, a department of Rutland Regional Medical Center, is sponsoring three separate Audiology talks at their East Dorset Medical Campus at 51 Tennis Way, in East Dorset, Vermont. These sessions are led by audiologists Dr. Stephanie O’Flaherty, Dr. Kelley Rohrer and Dr. Philip Sanchez, and will cover an assortment of topics related to hearing loss, hearing health,and available treatment options.
July 26, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.: Buy Smart! Common Questions about Buying Hearing Aids, presented by Dr. Stephanie O’Flaherty.
August 2, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.: What to Know About Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids, presented by Dr. Stephanie O’Flaherty. What are OTC hearing aids, and what does it mean for patients?
August 9, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.: Can You Hear Me? Communicate Effectively With the Hard of Hearing, presented by Dr. Stephanie O’Flaherty, Dr. Kelley Rohrer and Dr. Philip Sanchez. Learn techniques to speak clearly so that the hearing-impaired population can understand your message and enjoy their experience.
Registration is required for each of these events. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information or to register for these free events visit or call 802-772-2400

Free ice cream social with family activities. Saturday, July 28, 1 – 3 p.m.
Village farm work day: Volunteers are needed. Saturday, July 21, 8 – 11 a.m. Bring gloves, rakes, shovels. Meet at the farm for some general clean up on the property in preparation for upcoming events.
Concert & BBQ. Saturday, August 4, 5 – 7 p.m. Jeri Katherine Howell Trio with Jimmy Kalb and Nat Colten as part of their Bluegrass in the Green Mountains 2018 tour. Bring your chairs and blankets for a night of good food and great music at the farm.
42 Elm Street, Pittsford,,

Storytime — every Friday from 10:30 – 11 a.m. Join us weekly for stories, fingerplays and songs on a monthly theme. All ages are welcome.
STEM Storytime — Wednesdays through Aug. 1 from 10:30 – 11 a.m. Join us for a story and a STEM activity, and take home a free book. Ages 3-7.
Rock and Roll at the library! Instrument making — Wednesday, July 11, 1 – 2 p.m. and 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. As part of the Libraries Rock! summer reading program, we will experiment with making instruments from everyday items. All ages.
Summer Encore Theatre presents “In Search of a Song” — Wed., July 18, 1 – 2:30 p.m. This special show includes a pre-performance workshop to enhance audience participation. Ages 5-12.
Escape Room at the Library — Wednesday, July 18, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. This mythology-themed challenge is for grades 5 and up. Storywalk — Wed., July 25, 1 p.m. Enjoy a music-themed story at your own pace, in the great outdoors.
Movie Sing-along — Wed., July 25, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Raise your voices and let it all go at this interactive movie showing. All ages.
VINS presents Screech and Hoot — Wed., August 1, 1 – 2 p.m. Why do owls hoot? What are those hawks talking about? How do scientists find out what birds are saying? Join VINS this summer at the library and meet some of these talkative hawks, falcons and owls up close. We’ll practice identifying raptors by their calls, learn what these vocalizations might mean, and how they are made. You’ve never heard bird song like this. Ages 4 and up.
Book Club — Wed., August 1, 4:30 p.m. Pick up a copy of “Family Game Night and Other Catastrophes” from the library any time throughout the summer, and join us for a lively discussion and snacks. Grades 5 and up.