By the way for Feb. 28

The Phoebe Stone/Francois Clemmons event at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater is listed with the wrong date in the Arts + Leisure section of today’s edition. A+L goes to the printer early and just after it rolled off the presses we were alerted to the mistake. It will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12 (not March 2 as it’s listed). The “New England Review” presents these two Middlebury artists, known for their work in painting, opera, TV, and children’s books, as they read from and discuss their memoirs-in-progress, with an audience Q&A and a reception in the Jackson Gallery. This free  event is open to the public. Sorry for any confusion.
The Residence at Otter Creek retirement community on Wednesday, March 6, will host the third in a series of four events relating to memory loss and ways in which activities like art, movement/dance, music and writing can be a source of joy and expression for those living with memory loss and/or cognitive challenges. Attendees will explore memory, coordination, balance and more based on the Movement for Parkinson’s program. The event, to be held from 1-3 p.m. at 350 Lodge Road, is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Refreshments provided. RSVP to Suzanne Bennett at 802-377-3393, or [email protected]
The Sheldon Museum of Vermont History has been offered a challenge grant by one of its trustees. That trustee has pledged $2,500 if matching funds can be raised by this coming March 31. Museum officials reported this week that 19 supporters had chipped in a combined total of $1,700. So that leaves around $800 to raise to secure the $2,500 gift. The combined funds will be used for painting the front façade of the museum’s core building, the Judd-Harris House built in 1829 by two marble merchants. The Middlebury museum attracted an impressive 2,400 visitors between Dec. 1 and Jan. 24. Donations can be made on-line through henrysheldonmuseum.org/support/donate, or by mailing a check to the Sheldon Museum, One Park Street, Middlebury, Vt. 05753. Please be sure to indicate your donation is for the “Painting Challenge.”
The newly formed Middlebury Conservation Commission will hold two public meetings to get feedback on residents’ conservation priorities for their community. Monica Przyperhart of the Community Wildlife Program at Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, will facilitate a process an interactive process involving maps, markers, and conversations among neighbors. In essence, participants will be asked to describe what they believe makes Middlebury a special place to live. The meetings are slated for Thursday, March 14, from 5-7 p.m. at the Middlebury town offices; and on Sunday, March 24, from 2-5 p.m. at the Sarah Partridge Community House in East Middlebury.
Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department’s Dead Creek Visitor Center is seeking volunteers for April to mid-November to greet visitors, share information about nature and the wildlife management area, and assist with special events. The center opened in September 2017 and is great location to see migrating birds. The center has welcomed thousands of guests since its opening, and staff are currently working on further expansion of the visitor experience. Officials are in particular need of volunteers for April through mid-November. Training will be held March 23, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Dead Creek. You’ll be given all the materials needed to serve as an ambassador for the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. No need to be an expert; just bring your enthusiasm for nature and your willingness to talk with people. Volunteers must be willing to undergo a background check and commit to eight hours of service per month. Please contact Amy Alfieri at [email protected] for more information or to register for the training.

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