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A reunion concert of Mount Abraham Union High School’s a capella group Sweet Transition will take place this Friday, June 7, at 7 p.m. at the school’s auditorium. “Sweeties” from the past and present will celebrate 20 years of a cappella singing at Mount Abe. Started in 1998 by then-Mount Abe senior Georgia Wright, a capella activities have grown to be part of the local culture. The all-female “Sweet Beats” was first on the scene, followed by the men’s group “In Transition.” In 2006 they joined forces to become Sweet Transition. Through the years the singers have entertained the school, local and state communities.
 
Doesn’t this sound delicious? The 2nd Annual Race for Sundaes, which will benefit several local nonprofits, is scheduled for Sunday, June 9. The races and celebration will take place from the Battell Woods parking off Route 7, across from Denecker Chevrolet in Middlebury. The trail “fun run” and bike race start at 8:30 a.m.; the 5K starts at 9:15 a.m. Racers of all ages receive a free race bib, donated by Middlebury Fitness. All proceeds from the event benefit four local non-profits: Middlebury Area Land Trust, the Better Middlebury Partnership, Addison Community Athletics Foundation, and the Addison County Bike Club. Free ice cream sundaes, music, games, and raffle prizes will be available at the finish line. The entry fee is $8 for adults, $5 for kids and a maximum of $26 for a family. Day-of registration and check-in begin at 8 a.m.
 
The Otter Creek Child Center’s Annual Online Auction for 2019 is still open for final bids. The auction can be accessed at biddingOwl.com/OCCC, until Friday, June 7, at 8 p.m. Close to 200 items up for bid. There’s something for everyone, so tell your friends. Proceeds from the auction help OCCC provide excellent childcare for local families. For more information, contact OCCC at 388-9688, or by email at [email protected].
 
Ilsley Public Library and the Vermont Book Shop are joining forces for this year’s Summer Reading program. Summer readers can pop into the bookstore any time between 3:30 and 5 p.m. on Monday, June 10, to find out about summer reading programs offered by the bookstore and Ilsley Library. There will be handouts and information, light refreshments and a big pile of free books. These are paperback advance reading copies of books that are recently or not yet published. It will also be an opportunity to meet the Ilsley Public Library staff member Renee Ursitti. Ursitti has been a substitute on both youth and adult desks at Ilsley for a year now and is very familiar with the summer reading program. She has also just been hired to fill the new Adult Services and Circulation position, so this is a great opportunity to welcome her to the community.
 
Groovy, man! Cornwall Community Tie Dye Day is set for Saturday, June 15, 10 a.m. to noon, at the Cornwall Town Hall at 2629 Route 30. Looking to kick off your summer in style? Come join others in tie-dye fun. Organizers will have everything you need; just bring your own t-shirt/garment. The event is sponsored by the Cornwall Recreation Committee. Donations accepted. Call 462-2775 for more info.
 
Wellspring Hospice Singers, a program supported by End of Life Services, is looking for a music director. For 15 years Wellspring has offered vocal music in area community care facilities, for patients receiving hospice and palliative care, and other community members at end of life. The music director is responsible for leading approximately 30 singers at rehearsals twice a month, as well as consulting on repertoire. The group is looking for someone with a solid choral singing background, experience in directing (or the desire to learn), and some comfort playing piano/keyboard. This position comes with a modest stipend. End of life singing is a meaningful, comforting, and often-joyful gift offered to those at the end of life, and their family and friends. For more information, or to apply, contact Priscilla Baker at [email protected].
 
If you are doing spring cleaning or moving and have extra-large, collapsible metal dog cages in good condition (no rust) please consider giving them to Homeward Bound, the Human Society of Addison County. Please deliver said crates to the animal shelter at 236 Boardman St. in Middlebury.
 
Do you enjoy movies and have some free time in late August? Consider volunteering at the fifth Annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, to be held in the county’s shire town this Aug. 22-25. Volunteers play a huge part in the festival. Around 75 percent of the festival venues are volunteer-run, and all event photos come from volunteer photographers. People also donate their time to run the MNFF’s merchandise store. Volunteers are paid in tickets, applicable at any fest screening, with the exception of the opening and closing nights. The MNFF showcases the work of first- and second-time filmmakers. The festival last year hosted 60 filmmakers and many distinguished guests for panel discussions and film-minded conversation. If you’d like to join this thriving festival community or have any questions, please email [email protected].

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