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VERMONT SUN’S ANNUAL racing series returns after the 2020 COVID hiatus. Their first event, the Vermont Sun Half Marathon, takes place Sunday, May 16, at 9 a.m. at Branbury State Park in Salisbury.

Thursday, May 6
Red Cross blood donation in Brandon. Thursday, May 6, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Brandon Congregational Church, 1 Carver St. Schedule an appointment now to give blood and make it a summer full of life for patients. Appointments can be made by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. As long as blood donors are symptom-free, feeling well and can provide the COVID-19 vaccine manufacturer’s name, there’s no waiting period required after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine currently authorized in the U.S.
“Does American politics have a future? A reflection on time and Democracy” virtual lecture. Thursday, May 6, 3 p.m., Virtual Middlebury. Yale Historian Timothy Snyder, author of the best-selling book, “On Tyranny,” will deliver the 2021 Charles S. Grant Memorial Lecture. To join this webinar, please consult the Middlebury College Weekly Calendar at middlebury.edu/events.
The Makery Tool Training in Middlebury. Thursday, May 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Hannaford Career Center, 51 Charles Ave. Toll Training is a prerequisite for anyone interested in attending the Makery’s Woodworking Lab. More information and registration is available for all classes at makeryatpahcc.org/events.
 
Friday, May 7
Green Mountain Club wildflower hike in Ferrisburgh. Friday, May 7, Kingsland Bay State Park. Easy 2-3 mile hike, mostly level, with great views of Lake Champlain and likely sightings of Hepatica and white Trillium. Contact David Andrews at 802-388-4894 or vtrevda@yahoo.com for more information and to register. Conducted in accordance with statewide GMC COVID-19 protocols Limited to 10 participants. More info at gmcbreadloaf.org.
Art opening reception in Brandon. Friday, May 7, 5-7 p.m., Brandon Artists Guild, 7 Center St. Brandon. “Signs of Life” features works by printmaker Jeannie Podolak and painter Dan Brett. The exhibit runs from May 7 through July 5. Free.
Spring dance concert in Middlebury. Thursday, May 6 and Friday, May 7, 7:30 p.m., Virtual Middlebury. This dynamic evening of ideas in motion showcases choreography by emerging student dance artists. The evening is directed by Scholar in Residence Karima Borni in collaboration with the student choreographers. Free. Watch at middlebury.edu/events/event/spring-dance-concert or live stream at Dance Program YouTube channel: go.middlebury.edu/danceconcert. More info at middlebury.edu/arts or 802-443-3168.
 
Sunday, May 9
Green Mountain Club wildflower hike in Ripton. Sunday, May 9, Mt. Moosalamoo. Moderate hike of 5.8 miles round-trip, with 1,125-foot ascent, starting from Moosalamoo campground. Contact Morris Earle 802-734-0984 for details and to register. Conducted in accordance with statewide GMC COVID-19 protocols Limited to 10 participants. More at gmcbreadloaf.org.
Green Mountain Bicycle Club ride: Vergennes Voyager. Sunday, May 9, meet at 9:15 a.m., Vergennes Union High School, Monkton Road. A 26-mile rolling or 39-mile flat to rolling rural ride running along Otter Creek to Middlebury for a bakery stop. The longer ride heads toward Kingsland Bay State Park before heading south to Middlebury. More info contact leader Kevin Batson at 802-825-2618, kevbvt@gmail.com; co-leader: Brian Howard at 802-304-0610, bjhowd@gmail.com; or social ride leader Donna Leban at 80 862-1901, lightspd@comcast.net.
 
Tuesday, May 11
Red Cross blood donation in Middlebury. Tuesday, May 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, 2 Duane Ct. Schedule an appointment now to give blood and make it a summer full of life for patients. Appointments can be made by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. As long as blood donors are symptom-free, feeling well and can provide the COVID-19 vaccine manufacturer’s name, there’s no waiting period required after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine currently authorized in the U.S.
 
Wednesday May 12
Age Well grab-n-go meal pick-up in Shoreham. Wednesday, May 12, 11 a.m.-noon, Halfway House, Route 22A. Menu includes chicken and biscuit dinner with mashed potatoes, stuffing, vegetable, cranberry and dessert. Contact-free pick up. Drive up to the back door and honk once. Your meal(s) will be brought out to you. Advanced reservations only! Call the Halfway House at least 24 hours in advance to reserve 802-897-5160. Open to anyone age 60 and over. All meal recipients must register with Age Well. Forms available at the pickup. One meal per person. At this time there is no suggested donation. Call Tri-Valley Transit (TVT) at 802-388-2287 if you need a ride or a meal delivery.
Age Well grab-n-go meal pick-up in Vergennes. Wednesday, May 12, 10:45 a.m.-11:45 p.m., St. Peter’s Parish, 85 S Maple St. Menu includes beef stroganoff over noodles, broccoli, Harvard beets, roll, pumpkin cookie with craisins and milk. Loop around the parking lot to the check in spot. Stay in your car. Meal will be put in your back seat or trunk. Advanced reservations only! Call Michelle by Sunday, May 9, at 802-377-1419. Open to anyone age 60 and over. All meal recipients must register with Age Well. Forms available at meal pick up. One meal per person. At this time there is no suggested donation. Call Tri-Valley Transit (TVT) at 802-388-2287 if you need a ride or a meal delivery.
 
Thursday, May 13
“On Golden Pond” screening and virtual discussion. Thursday, May 13, discussion begins at 7 p.m., ZOOM. In the final installment of the Middlebury Classic Film Club’s spring series on perspective, “On Golden Pond” reveals the evolving and sustaining love of an aging couple summering for perhaps the last time at their New Hampshire cabin. Making the situation more complex is the troubled relationship between father and daughter portrayed by real life father Henry Fonda and his daughter, Jane Fonda. Available on Kanopy through Ilsley Public Library. More info at info@ilsleypubliclibrary.org. To register for Zoom discussion call 802-388-4095 and leave a message.
 
Friday, May 14
Green Mountain Club adventure hike in Lincoln. Friday, May 14, Bristol Cliffs Wilderness. Let’s explore the wilderness, maybe find the ponds. This trail-less area may have wildflowers, wildlife, views and more, all waiting for us to find.  Bring plenty of water, food and a sense of adventure. Contact Ellen Cronan, 908-595-2926 to register. Conducted in accordance with statewide GMC COVID-19 protocols Limited to 10 participants. More at gmcbreadloaf.org.
 
Sunday, May 16
Vermont Sun Half Marathon in Salisbury. Sunday, May 16, 7:45 a.m., Branbury State Park, 3570 Lake Dunmore Rd. 5K, 10K, and Half-Marathon. Pre-registration/bib pick up, 7:45-8:45 a.m. sharp at Branbury State Park on race morning. All runs start at 9 a.m. More info at vermontsuntriathlonseries.com.
“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” by August Wilson online reading. Sunday, May 16, 4 p.m. The final online reading in Middlebury Acting Company’s American Dream Project, was inspired by the real-life Gertrude “Ma” Rainey. What begins as a routine recording session becomes more strained as tensions rise between the members of a blues band and the owners of the recording studio. The white producers mean to exploit the talents of the band — especially the gifted and impulsive Levee — but when Ma insists on having things her way, tensions are enflamed and the play builds to an unexpected climax. Moderated by Ro Boddie and François Clemmons. Visit townhalltheater.org for details and to register.
 
Monday, May 17
Kelly Boe Memorial Bike Ride in Middlebury. Monday, May 17, 4-7 p.m., meet at Middlebury Union High School, 73 Charles Ave. A slow-paced 8-mile bike ride in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roads, including Middlebury’s Kelly Boe, for which the ride was started and named. Goes through Middlebury and Weybridge via Weybridge Street and Hamilton Road, escorted by police, and returns to MUHS by about 5 pm. Wear helmet. Cancelled in event of heavy rain.
 
Wednesday, May 19
Age Well grab-n-go meal pick-up in Vergennes. Wednesday, May 12, 10:45 a.m.-11:45 p.m., St. Peter’s Parish, 85 S Maple St. Menu includes beef stroganoff over noodles, broccoli, Harvard beets, roll, pumpkin cookie with craisins and milk. Loop around the parking lot to the check in spot. Stay in your car. Meal will be put in your back seat or trunk. Advanced reservations only! Call Michelle by Sunday, May 9, at 802-377-1419. Open to anyone age 60 and over. All meal recipients must register with Age Well. Forms available at meal pick up. One meal per person. At this time there is no suggested donation. Call Tri-Valley Transit (TVT) at 802-388-2287 if you need a ride or a meal delivery.
 
Saturday, May 22
Green Mountain Club wildflower hike in Leicester. Saturday, May 22, Leicester Hollow Trail. Moderate hike, 6-8 miles depending on conditions starting from Minnie Baker Trail to Leicester Hollow and maybe the ridge. Bring water, snacks/lunch, layers and rain gear. Contact Jenn Mayhew to register, jennifer.wallace86@gmail.com. Conducted in accordance with statewide GMC COVID-19 protocols Limited to 10 participants. More at gmcbreadloaf.org.
Human Powered parade and celebration in Bristol. Saturday, May 22, 10-2:30 p.m., Bristol Rec Park. This community event launches with a professional high-flying BMX show and moves through town on human powered wheels. An after party includes a community-wide party at the skate park with bands, pickleball, cargo bike test rides and bike races for kids.
 
Monday, May 24
“Navigating and Belonging: A Special Session for First-Generation and Low-Income Students” virtual presentation. Monday, May 24, at 8 p.m. or Wednesday, May 26, at 8 p.m. Register at sixcolleges.org/rsvp/rsvp-students-may24.html or sixcolleges.org/rsvp/rsvp-students-may26.html.
Green Mountain Club hike in Lincoln. Sunday, May 30, Mt. Abraham via Battell Trail. Strenuous hike of 6 miles. Chance to see mountain wildflowers, learn bird songs at elevation, bring food, water, extra layers and a bug net in case of blackflies. For info and to register, contact Morris Earle 802-734-0984. Conducted in accordance with statewide GMC COVID-19 protocols Limited to 10 participants. More at gmcbreadloaf.org.
 
Wednesday, May 26
Author Angie Thomas Zoom presentation. Wednesday, May 26, 7 p.m., Zoom. Join the author of “The Hate U Give” in a free Zoom presentation for Vermont Reads 2020. Thomas’ bestselling YA novel about the Black Lives Matter movement is finding an even wider audience now than when it was first published in 2017. More info and registration for this free event at vermonthumanities.org/event/an-evening-with-angie-thomas.
 
 
Saturday, June 19
Microchipping and rabies clinic in Middlebury. Saturday, June 19, 10 a.m. to noon, Homeward Bound, 236 Boardman St. The clinics are open to both dogs and cats. Shelter staff asks that all dogs be on leash and cats be in carriers. Pre-register at 802-388-1100. First come, first serve. The rabies vaccine is $10 and the cost of microchipping, which includes the microchip implant and initial registration.
 
Saturday, June 26
Triathlons in Salisbury. Saturday, June 26, Branbury State Park, 3560 Lake Dunmore Rd. Vermont Sun sponsors two USAT State Championship races. The Lake Dunmore Triathlon includes a 0.9-mile swim, 28-mile bike, and 6.2-mile run. Registration/bib pick up 6:40-7:30 a.m. Race starts at 8 a.m. The shorter Vermont Sun Triathlon includes a 600-yard swim, 14-mile bike and 3.1-mile run. Pre-registration/bib pick up, 6:45-7:45 a.m., race begins at 8:30 a.m. More info at vermontsuntriathlonseries.com.
 
Sunday, July 18
Triathlons in Salisbury. Sunday, July 18, Branbury State Park, 3570 Lake Dunmore Rd. Vermont Sun Triathlon features a 600-yard swim, 14-mile bike and 3.1-mile run. The Branbury Classic triathlon features a 1.5-mile paddle, 14-mile bike and 3.1-mile run. Pre-registration/bib pick up for both races is 6:55-8 a.m.; races begin at 8:30 a.m. More info at vermontsuntriathlonseries.com.
 
Saturday, Aug. 7
Vermont Gran Fondo in Bristol and surrounds. Saturday, Aug 7, beginning 4:30 a.m., meet at Bristol Rec Park, Airport Rd. Road cycling over Addison County mountain gaps: Appalachian, Middlebury, Lincoln. Choose from three courses. Details at vermontgranfondo.com.
 
Sunday, Aug. 15
Triathlons in Salisbury. Sunday, Aug. 15, Branbury State Park, 3570 Lake Dunmore Rd. The Lake Dunmore Triathlon covers a 0.9-mile swim, 28-mile bike & 6.2 mile run. The Vermont Sun Triathlon includes a 600-yard swim, 14-mile bike & 3.1-mile run. Pre-registration/bib pick up, 6:25-7:45 a.m., races begin at 8:30 a.m. More info at vermontsuntriathlonseries.com.
 
Sunday, Sept. 19
18th Annual TAM Trek in Middlebury. Sunday, Sept. 19, Wright Park, Seymour Street Ext. Help raise funds for the Trail Around Middlebury. More info at maltvt.org/tam-trek.
 
Saturday, Sept. 25
Microchipping and rabies clinic in Middlebury. Saturday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m. to noon, Homeward Bound, 236 Boardman St. The clinics are open to both dogs and cats. Shelter staff asks that all dogs be on leash and cats be in carriers. Pre-register at 802-388-1100. First come, first serve. The rabies vaccine is $10 and the cost of microchipping, which includes the microchip implant and initial registration.

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