By the way for August 30

It’s time to register for the 15th annual Tam Trek, designed to raise money for the ongoing maintenance of the 19-mile Trail Around Middlebury, which is affectionately known as the TAM. The Middlebury Area Land Trust organizes the event on Sept. 16. Tam Trek participants can take on the full 19-mile TAM, a 10K, or a 2-mile fun run for families — the start/finish is in Wright Park. MALT started building the TAM in 1989 and it now encircles the village of Middlebury, traveling through Cornwall, Weybridge and New Haven. It links several hundred acres of town land, MALT conserved properties, schools and other local landmarks. The TAM Trek is MALT’s main fundraiser for this special community resource; the race donation for the longer runs is $50 before Sept. 1, $20 for the fun run and prices go up $5 after the 1st. For more information and to register, log on to maltvt.org/tam-trek, email [email protected], or call 388-1007.
The Starksboro Mentoring Program is seeking community members willing to be a friend to a Robinson Elementary School student for one hour each week throughout the academic year. The program is very flexible regarding the times mentors meet with their mentees and is tailored to the individual likes and needs of both. Mentors are friends and role models, not teachers or counselors, and the goal is to match children with compatible adults for a positive, on-going relationship experience. The program is coordinated by Robinson Guidance Counselor Amy Johnston and Assistant coordinator Taylor Hutchison and offers extensive support in the form of activities, arts and craft supplies, gift certificates to local businesses and restaurants, and lots of ideas for fun things to do with your mentee. There are regular events for the entire group of mentors and mentees as well as occasional pot luck get-togethers and support sessions for mentors only. If interested, call Johnston at 453-2949 or email her at [email protected]. New mentor training is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 24, from 5-7:30 p.m. at Robinson Elementary.
The Have a Heart Food Shelf is based in the basement of St. Ambrose Church in Bristol. It provides free food to hungry low-income residents in the five-town area. Food shelf organizers will gratefully accept any surplus vegetables produced by your garden during the coming weeks. Please drop them off between 4 and 5 p.m. at the church, located on the town green in Bristol. Go in the side door and down the stairs.
Addison Central Teens, which provides the teen center in Middlebury, is searching for a Youth Health and Success AmeriCorps member. The Youth Health and Success AmeriCorps member would serve as a near-peer mentor in supporting positive youth development, building resiliency, and creating pro-social programming. As a small organizational team, this position will play a vital role in the operations of the teen center, including developing programming, building partnerships, and cultivating youth participation in quality activities that encourage a healthy, active lifestyle, according to ACT Director Zoe Kaslow. You can find more detailed information about the position and application process at middteens.org/jobs-and-internships. Incidentally, the teen center, located at 77 Mary Hogan Drive, will celebrate the new school year with a Back to School Bash scheduled for Friday, Sept. 7, from 3:15 to 6 p.m. The event will include outdoor games, burgers, hotdogs, and a prizes. All teens and parents are welcome.
Mystery lovers may want to check out the used book sale at Middlebury’s Ilsley Public Library on Saturday, Sept. 1, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Friends of the Library will have boxes and boxes of donated mysteries in excellent condition priced at $1 each for hardbacks and 50 cents for paperback. All sales will go toward funding library programs for children and adults.
The non-profit Lewis Creek Association is seeking a dynamic program coordinator. The role includes working with an active board on grant seeking and grant management, water quality stewardship program management, program oversight, social media, and the annual appeal. The candidate must have outstanding written and oral communication skills, be an excellent time manager, creative, organized, adaptive, and be knowledgeable and passionate about the protection of our local natural resources. This is a part-time position, 20 hours per week. Applications are due Sept. 21, and the successful candidate is expected to start work on Oct. 29. A full job description and compensation details can be found at lewiscreek.org. To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Lewis Creek Association at [email protected]
The Addison County Relocalization Network (ACORN) is seeking volunteers for its 11th Annual Tour de Farms. This year’s tour, to be held on Sunday, Sept. 16, will kick off at Vergennes Union High School at 8 a.m. and visit several farms throughout Ferrisburgh and Charlotte, before concluding at 6 p.m. Volunteers are integral to the success of this casual cycling event, which is ACORN’s largest fundraiser. All proceeds from the event support ACORN’s mission to promote the growth and health of local food and agriculture in Vermont’s Champlain Valley. Volunteer positions include on-farm helpers who will serve up samples of local food to riders, registration and parking assistants, and more. Most time slots are for three or four hours. All volunteers receive a free T-shirt and most get to ride the tour for free. Please e-mail [email protected] for more information and to sign up.

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