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By the way for July 5

The annual St. Stephen’s Peasant Market will take place this Saturday, July 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. As usual, it will feature family fun, a silent auction, food and, of course, some major bargains on a variety of donated items. There will be a kayak raffle at 1 p.m. A shuttle bus will run a loop from Mary Hogan School to the Middlebury Green from 9 a.m. to noon for the convenience of shoppers. St. Stephen’s Church will donate proceeds from the market to local charitable causes. More information can be found at ststephensmidd.org.
 
Attention dog lovers and people with big hearts: Champlain Valley Canine Rescue (CVCR), a nonprofit group that rescues and offers for adoption dogs that would otherwise meet their demise in overcrowded kill shelters in some Southern states, needs your help. The CVCR needs a foster/permanent home for a puppy found near the body of a South Carolina child who on July 1 had been sexually abused prior to being murdered, allegedly by his mother and a boyfriend. Rescue volunteer Valerie Mullin of Monkton said the puppy is currently in a foster home in South Carolina. The organization now needs Vermont volunteer(s) to temporarily or permanently adopt the pup and a couple other dogs recently saved from kill shelters in South Carolina. Anyone able to help should email [email protected] more details on the breed of dogs involved, or visit the CVCR Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ChamplainValleyCanineRescue. If you can’t adopt a dog, CVCR officials would gratefully accept donations to transport the dogs to Vermont and pay for food and veterinary expenses.
 
How about a two-mile walk to support a good cause? A “Raise a Roof for Haiti” walk-a-thon is scheduled for Saturday, July 14 at 9 a.m. to help raise money for repairs to an orphanage in Haiti. The walk will begin at the Bristol Town Green and wind for two miles through the village. Participants will get financial pledges from sponsors prior to the event. Free ice cream and bottled water will be provided, along with prizes for walkers who raise the most money. The orphanage in question serves 26 children ages 2 through 18 who are currently sleeping on a cement floor in their one-room school house because there is no roof on the house to keep a bed dry on a rainy day. Email [email protected] to request more information and to register, or call/text Karen at 802-349-9351.
 
The Addison Central Teens center off Mary Hogan Drive is seeking the donation of various items to support its annual summer camp. Desired items include a cooler for transporting lunches and snacks, Frisbees, balls for outdoor games, puzzles, blankets and crafts for rainy days. If you can contribute, contact ACT Executive Director Zoe Kaslow at [email protected].
 
The Open Door Clinic (ODC) at Porter Medical Center is looking for bilingual (English and Spanish) alternative healers, body workers and mental health practitioners willing to donate as much or as little time their schedules allow them each month. The ODC is a free health clinic based in Middlebury for uninsured and underinsured adults who meet financial eligibility guidelines. For more information, call 388-0137 or email [email protected].
 
Get ready to help Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater (THT) celebrate its tenth birthday on Tuesday, July 31, from 5 to 7 p.m. The thriving THT on Merchants Row opened in 2008 following a major fundraising campaign to purchase the former Knights of Columbus Hall and transform it into a performing arts center. Have some cake with the THT crew, take a walk down memory lane and catch some live entertainment at the July 31 celebration.

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