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May 9 BROC Community Action will offer an Exploring Self-Employment workshop at their facility at 45 Union Street in Rutland from 1 — 4 p.m. This workshop is for anyone who wants to make more money, turn a hobby into a business, is curious about being your own boss, needs help starting a small business or already owns a business and just needs guidance. There will be a drawing for a door prize too. Register by contacting Annette at 802-665-1744 or For more information about BROC Community Action’s programs and services, visit


The Wallingford Community Bike Safety Day will host its 21st annual event, Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 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 & 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, Boston, MA.

For more information, to make a donation, or to get involved as a volunteer, contact Rotarian Co-Chair Adrian Eisler, 802-446-7011 and/or GE Co-Chair Rodney Ward at 802-446-3672.


Billings Farm & Museum will host Draft Animal Day May 12, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The event will feature local teamsters, including area 4H students, with their draft horses, working steers 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 through plowing and skill demonstrations and hands-on programs. 4H students will demonstrate their knowledge and skills by putting their animals through obstacle courses, and will show off their teams in the Working Steer & Oxen Parade.

Admission includes all programs and activities plus access to the 1890 Farm Manager’s House and working dairy farm. In honor of Mother’s Day, mothers receive free admission. For additional information, contact the museum: 802-457-2355 or


Are you curious about how you arrived at this place in your life? In this class, you will begin to discover your patterns and beliefs and where they came from. You will also learn how to tell your story or personal narrative and learn ways to rethink and retell your story in new ways to create a happier life. No writing skill is required. This is a class of self-discovery and will be held Tuesday, May 14 from 6 — 7:30 p.m. in the CVPS/Leahy Community Education Center at Rutland Regional Medical Center, and taught by Certified Life Coach, Bonnie Olson,

The cost for this course is $10. There are 25 openings available, so space is limited. Scholarships are available based on need. Preregistration is required by calling 802-772-2400 or registering online at


Vermont is leading the citizen science charge, with projects like Vermont eBird, the Vermont Atlas of Life on iNaturalist, eButterfly, and Mountain Birdwatch, gathering valuable biodiversity data thanks to the help of nature enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels. A presentation by Nathaniel Sharp from the Vermont Center of Ecostudies on May 15 at 6:30 p.m. will provide an introduction to these citizen science projects, including information on what they are, what we have learned from them, and how you can contribute.

The presentation will take place at the Maclure Library, on the corner of Route 7 and Arch Street in Pittsford, VT. 483-2072, Sponsored by Maclure and Rutland County Audubon. Free and open to the public.


May 18 marks Rutland County Audubon’s annual attempt to tally 100 or more species at birding hotspots throughout Rutland. Kids, new birders and non-members welcome. Go for the full day or for a part. Bring lunch. Meet at the West Rutland Price Chopper parking lot at 6 a.m. Contact


Rescheduled to Sunday, May 19, 11 a.m. — 2 p.m., the 6th Annual Chalk the Walk sidewalk chalking event hosted by the Rutland Recreation and Parks Department at the Godnick Center. This event is made possible by generous sponsors Same Sun of VT, Carpet Warehouse and Thomas Dairy.

Join Hands On Minds On Art Studio in this sidewalk chalk art festival. Enjoy art and the outdoors. Grab some friends, or come and make new ones, and create a colorful piece of art in one of the squares. Families are encouraged to participate in the chalk art, or come and enjoy other activities including outdoor games and food. There will be chalk drawing contests with prizes awarded. The event is free, with a suggested donation of $3 to benefit Hands on Minds On Art Studio programs. For more information, visit


Community members come together to honor and celebrate the lifelong contributions of canine caregivers to cancer patients at the American Cancer Society Bark For Life event on Sunday, May 19, at All Points Dog Park, Rutland Regional Medical Center. The event takes place from 11 a.m. — 3 p.m. The celebration will include keynote speaker Kelley from HeartSong Reiki and HeartSong For Animals, as well as Linda Somerville from Caring Canines. The day is filled with fun activities for all. We will have a dog costume contest, face painting, dog demos, ice cream from Stewarts and vendors selling goodies for the pups as well as humans.

The event is part of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life movement, which is the world’s largest peer-to-peer fundraising event to save lives from cancer. At Relay For Life events, participants celebrate people who have been touched by cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action for lifesaving change. Funds raised help the American Cancer Society attack cancer in dozens of ways, each of them critical to achieving a world without cancer — from developing breakthrough therapies to building supportive communities, from providing empowering resources to deploying activists to raise awareness. Visit


Call for vendors! The Pittsford Village Farm, 42 Elm Street, is hosting a Flea Market on Saturday, June 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join us for a variety of vendors with unique goods. All proceeds support the Pittsford Village Farm. $15 per table, bring your own tent, table and chairs. Find us on Facebook.


The Bowse Health Trust, a Department of Rutland Regional Medical Center, has begun its 2019 grant cycle, with letters of intent due by June 15, 2019.

Organizations that submit letters of intent with program ideas that best address the community’s health needs will be invited to submit a full proposal on September 15, 2019. Grant announcements will be made by December 1, and the funds will start on January 1, 2020. The letter of intent and the community health needs assessment are available on the Rutland Regional Medical Center website For more information call the Bowse Health Trust office at 802-747-3770.


May 22 BROC Community Action will offer a free Savvy Spending Solutions workshop at their facility at 45 Union Street in Rutland from 10 a.m. to noon. This month you will learn tips and tricks for how to spend wisely, save big and plan ahead for large purchases. Register by contacting Shelley at 802-665-1742 or For more information about BROC Community Action’s programs and services, visit

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