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CHANGING THE SYSTEM Addison Central Teens is connecting locals to the “Seeing and Disrupting Racism” online workshop on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 1-2 p.m. Run out of the Peace & Justice Center of Burlington, the workshop will define racism and white fragility — exemplified in the image above — explore how white fragility perpetuates racism, and challenge participants to consider what steps they can take to disrupt racism at every level. U.S. Government photo/Jack Delano

Thursday, Jan. 14

Submissions accepted for “Expressions of Color” art gallery in Middlebury. Thursday, Jan. 14-Wednesday, Feb. 17, M-F, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Addison Central Teens, 77 Mary Hogan Dr. Addison Central Teens is hosting our Expressions of Color Art Gallery in honor of Martin Luther King Day and Black History Month and are looking for submissions from youth of color. ACT wants to create a space where the identities and experiences of youth of color can be highlighted in a community where their lives can go unseen. Make something you feel is representative of your identity as a person of color. Any and all teens of color are welcome to enter a piece, whether a painting, sculpture, drawing, etc. The gallery will open the week of Feb. 22. Registration form at forms.gle/yeq9CVrHC93ho1WV8.

“Understanding and Living with Vermont Black Bears” virtual presentation. Thursday, Jan. 14, 7-8:15 p.m., Zoom. Join Forrest Hammond, Wildlife Biologist and Black Bear Project Leader from Vermont Fish & Wildlife, and Ferrisburgh Conservation Commission for a virtual program on black bear ecology, management and bear conflict avoidance. Zoom link on Ferrisburgh Conservation Commission webpage at ferrisburgh.org. More info contact Jen at cirillo.jen@gmail.com.

“Qualities of ‘Mercy?’” online film. Thursday, Jan. 14, 7 p.m. Join Peter Gould, founder of the “Get Thee to the Funnery” Shakespeare camp, and young actors in Vermont and Mumbai, India, for the world premiere of their streaming film, which will stream the film on the Vermont Humanities Council Facebook page, YouTube channel and website. The film will remain available for viewing after the premiere. The camp took on the controversial Shakespeare play, “Merchant of Venice” and used it to confront prejudice and hate speech, deal with the pandemic lockdown, and examine the Black Lives Matter movement. Sign up for a free discussion with Gould and others involved in making the film, which will take place on Zoom on Thursday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m.

 

Sunday, Jan. 17

“Honoring Dr. King” virtual presentation. Sunday, Jan. 17, 3 p.m. The Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center will host a remembrance of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Tim Wise, a prominent anti-racist writer and educator. No registration is required for this free event. Learn more about how to stream this talk at vermonthumanities.org/digital.

“Sweat” by Lynn Nottage online reading. Sunday, Jan. 17, 4 p.m. The Middlebury Acting Company’s American Dream project brings this winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama to your computer screen. The play, based on the playwright’s interviews with residents of Reading, Penn., tells the story of a group of close friends struggling to stay connected when their factory is at risk of collapse. When backed up against the wall and left with neither income nor hope, people sink into racism almost by reflex. Modertaed by Margo Whitcomb. Series subscription $20. Play bundles available at Vermont Book Shop at a 15 percent discounted rate using coupon code THTAD. Visit townhalltheater.org for details and to register.

 

Friday, Jan. 15

Virtual CD release party. Friday, Jan. 15, 7 p.m. Romy Munkres of Cornwall was selected as the 2019/2020 Young Tradition Vermont Youth Commission artist for the year. As such, Munkres recruited a group that included brother Ben Munkres and friends Abi Sandy, Hadley Stockwell and Fern Tamagini-O’Donnell to create a CD project that they will share via Facebook. The online event will also include the 2020/2021 Youth Commission ensemble led by Maeve Fairfax with members Anya Hardy-Mittell, Eme Zelis, Hadley Stockwell and Ben Munkres. More info at at youngtraditionvermont.org, YTVermont@gmail.com or facebook.com/YoungTraditionVermont.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 19

American Red Cross Blood Drive in Vergennes. Tuesday, Jan. 19, noon-5 p.m., Assembly of God Christian Church, 1759 Route 7. Individuals can schedule an appointment to give blood by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or activating the Blood Scheduling Skill for Amazon Alexa.

American Red Cross Blood Drive in Bristol. Tuesday, Jan. 19, 12:30-5 p.m., American Legion Bristol Post 19, 56 Airport Dr. Individuals can schedule an appointment to give blood by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or activating the Blood Scheduling Skill for Amazon Alexa.

“Seeing and Disrupting Racism” online workshop. Tuesday, Jan. 19, 1-2 p.m. Addison Central Teens is promoting this workshop run out the Peace & Justice Center of Burlington. The workshop will define racism and white fragility, explore how white fragility perpetuates racism, and challenge participants to consider what steps they can take to disrupt racism at every level. This workshop was developed for predominantly white audiences, but all are welcome. Open to all community members. Capacity: 50 people. Registration at secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s/aIn9LMDfe73fs6ekRub5fA. “Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow” virtual presentation. Tuesday, Jan. 19, 6:30 p.m. Rokeby will host this virtual discussion of the book by Henry Louis Gates Jr. Published in 2019, the text details the rise of white supremacy after the Civil War and the response of Black America. Find details about registration on the museum’s website, rokeby.org. 

 

Wednesday, Jan. 21

Students of Color group in Middlebury. Begins on Thursday, Jan. 21, 4-5 p.m. Addison Central Teens will host weekly meetings of its new Youth of Color Group. This will be a space where any youth of color in Addison County, ages 12-18 can find connection and community with one another while also learning about the systemic issues faced by marginalized groups. This group will meet virtually on Google Hangouts until it is safe to meet in person. The link to each session will be made available on the Teen Center’s Discord Server, and will be emailed to any participant without a Discord account. Registration form at forms.gle/2ypt9abMWcWcjD9N6.

Leath Tonino — “Finding adventures close to home” online presentation. Thursday, Jan. 21, 7:15 p.m., Zoom. Author Leath Tonino will give this presentation as part of the Green Mountain Club Bread Loaf Section’s annual meeting. He will share the joys and surprises found while exploring the Green Mountains of Vermont, his home state. The Zoom link can be found at gmcbreadloaf.org. Members of the public may join the meeting any time prior to 7:15 p.m.

 

Friday, Jan. 22

Gloria Chen in concert. Friday, Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m., go.middlebury.edu/digitalstages. Gloria Chien, an internationally acclaimed musician, educator, and presenter with many special connections to Vermont, has performed live on the Mahaney Arts Center stage as part of the popular Sophie Shao and Friends concerts; she was part of Middlebury’s virtual season last fall, in partnership with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; and she is co-artistic director of the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, along with her husband, violinist Soovin Kim. The broadcast will remain available for several days after as an encore presentation. It’s free and open to everyone. Pre-registration available at go.middlebury.edu/pas. More info at -802-443-MIDD (6433) or middlebury.edu/arts.

 

Saturday, Jan. 23

American Red Cross Blood Drive in Middlebury. Saturday, Jan. 23, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, 133 Valley View Dr. Individuals can schedule an appointment to give blood by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or activating the Blood Scheduling Skill for Amazon Alexa.

Drive-through cash/food drive in Brandon. Saturday, Jan. 23, 11 a.m.-2 p.m, St. Thomas & Grace Episcopal Church, Route 7. A drive-through collection for the Brandon Food Shelf will take place on Conant Square across from the St. Thomas Church building. Members of the church (wearing masks) will meet you at your car and take your donations. Cash is needed so the food shelf can purchase gift cards to Hannaford supermarket for perishable items; checks are acceptable, made out to Brandon Food Shelf. Food items needed are: peanut butter,  pasta, sauce, canned pasta, tuna/chicken/beef in cans, mayonnaise and soups/stews.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 27

“Aware in Care: Parkinson’s Foundation Virtual Presentation.” Wednesday, Jan. 27, 1-2 p.m., Zoom. Liz Brouillard, social worker and Parkinson’s Foundation Care Ambassador will help you learn about the resources available from the Parkinson’s Foundation for caregivers, and those living with Parkinson’s disease. Complimentary Aware in Care Kits will be available (in limited quantities) to participants.Sponsored by The residence at Otter Creek. RSVP and get Zoom link by Jan. 26 to Suzanne Bennett at 802-377-3393 or sbennett@lcbseniorliving.com.

Addison County 4-H Foundation virtual Annual Meeting. Wednesday, Jan. 27, 7 p.m. For more information or to receive a link to attend the meeting, contact 4-H Educator Martha Seifert at 388-4969 or email to martha.seifert@uvm.edu.

 

Tuesday, Feb. 2

Yoga Philosophy virtual program in Middlebury. Begins Feb. 2, 7 p.m., hosted by Ilsley Public Library. Join Prem Prekash, well-known local yogi, for three discovery sessions covering yoga philosophy, guided meditation on self discovery, relaxation and general breathing practices. Program continues on Feb. 10 and 24. To register contact Renee at renee.ursitti@islelypubliclibrary.org.

Writing for Work virtual program. Begins Tuesday, Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m. If writing is part of your job, profession, business or community role, you want to do it well and on time. No matter what kind of writing you must do — letters, proposals, reports, business plans, etc. — the course will provide basic principles, guidance for specific situations, and individual attention. The course will consist of four 90-minute online group sessions plus an individual half-hour tutorial for each student. Continues Feb. 9, 16 and 23. Space is limited to 15. To register contact Renee at renee.ursitti@ilsleypubliclibrary.org.Wednesday,

 

Feb. 3

Sourdough 101 with Brotbakery online workshop. Wednesday, Feb. 3, 6 p.m., Zoom. RESCHEDULED FROM TO WEDNESDAY, JAN. 6. Bixby Library offers this workshop with Hieke Meyer at Brotbakery in Fairfax. Learn about the process of making natural sourdough breads and get an introduction to maintaining a starter and baking with sourdough. Register at tinyurl.com/sourdogh-brotbakery.

“Andy Warhol’s Animal Advocacy” digital presentation. Wednesday, Feb. 3, 7 p.m., hosted by Ilsley Public Library. Andy Warhol famously demonstrated that art could be as mundane and mechanical as a can of soup or a bottle of soda. But contrary to his reputation as a mechanical figure, Andy Warhol was a biocentric artist with a deep interest in non-human life. Author Anthony Grudin examines this contradiction, which has been overlooked by most of the artist’s commentators. Registration required via Vermont Humanities at vermonthumanities.org/first-wednesdays/library-schedules/first-wednesdays-middlebury.

 

Saturday, Feb. 6

“Four Dimensional Love” online performance. Saturday, Feb. 6, 7 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 7, 2 p.m. Want to know what love is? Love is sometimes a “Many Splendored Thing,” or “All You Ever Need,” or even “A Battlefield.” Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre explores beyond romantic love to celebrate the different levels, aspects, and ways of loving during their February virtual short play festival. The festival is free of charge and open to the public. Talkbacks with playwrights, performers and directors will follow the performances. Zoom links will be available through Vermont Actor’s Repertory Theatre facebook page or by emailing actorsrepvt.org@gmail.com.

 

Sunday, Feb. 14

“The Royale” by Marco Ramirez online reading. Sunday, Feb. 14, 4 p.m. The Middlebury Acting Company’s American Dream project  presents its Feburary installment with the story of charismatic African-American boxer Jay “The Sport” Jackson. Jackson  has a burning desire to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. Jackson’s fight begins long before the match, though; it takes careful negotiations to convince the white reigning titleholder to even recognize him as a worthy opponent and enter the ring. Modertaed by Nicolas Caycedo. Series subscription $20. Play bundles available at Vermont Book Shop at a 15 percent discounted rate using coupon code THTAD. Visit townhalltheater.org for details and to register.

 

Tuesday, Feb. 16

Virtual book discussion in Middlebury. Tuesday, Feb. 16, 6 p.m., hosted by Ilsley Public Library. Join Renee to discuss “Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country,” by Pam Houston. On her 120-acre homestead high in the Colorado Rockies, beloved writer Pam Houston learns what it means to care for a piece of land and the creatures on it. Houston’s ranch becomes her sanctuary, a place where she discovers how the natural world has mothered and healed her after a childhood of parental abuse and neglect. More info or to check out a copy of the book, contact renee.ursitti@ilsleypubliclibrary.org.

 

Wednesday, Feb. 17

Juniper Creative art class in Middlebury. Wednesday, Feb. 17, Addison Central Teens, 77 Mary Hogan Dr. In preparation for its Expressions of Color Art Gallery, ACT will be hosting a one-day art class for youth of color to create pieces for the gallery. The class will be taught by Juniper Creative’s Will Kasso Condry and Jennifer Herrera Condry and will hopefully be hosted in person, but may occur virtually. The day will be split into two sections: self portrait work and then a collaborative piece. Participants will also have the opportunity to have their portraits taken by Juniper Creative’s photographer, Alexa Herrera Condry. These photographs will also be entered in the gallery. Registration at forms.gle/Mx9tPJ3Xh3P3Zf7g6.

 

Thursday, Feb. 18

Bill McKibben — “The Climate Fight: A Report From the Front” online presentation. Thursday, Feb. 18, 7-8 p.m., Zoom. This presentation is part of the Green Mountain Club’s James P. Taylor Outdoor Adventure Series. Author, environmentalist, and activist, McKibben is a Ripton resident and GMC member. Admission to this Zoom program is free with an optional donation to GMC to support its Education Program. More info and registration at greenmountainclub.org/education/speaker-series.

 

Wednesday, March 3

“U.S. Immigration Policy in Historical Perspective” virtual presentation. Wednesday, March 3, 7 p.m., hosted by Ilsley Public Library. It may seem that the current anxieties about immigration in the U.S. have never been more intense, but history suggests otherwise. Dartmouth professor Richard Wright examines the present-day contradictions of US immigration policy and places them in historical perspective. You must register via Vermont Humanities for this talk at vermonthumanities.org/first-wednesdays/library-schedules/first-wednesdays-middlebury.

 

Sunday, March 14

“Topdog/Underdog” by Suzan-Lori Parks online reading. Sunday, March 14, 4 p.m. The Middlebury Acting Company’s American Dream project presents this powerful 2002 Pulitzer Prize-winning play about two brothers, Lincoln and Booth, who are locked in a battle of wits as quick as their game of Three Card Monte, struggling to come to terms with their identity and what history has handed them, even their names. Moderated by Ro Boddie Series subscription $20. Play bundles available at Vermont Book Shop at a 15 percent discounted rate using coupon code THTAD. Visit townhalltheater.org for details and to register.

 

Tuesday, March 16

Virtual book discussion in Middlebury. Tuesday, March 16, 6 p.m., hosted by Ilsley Public Library. Join Renee to discuss “The Lager Queen of Minnesota,” by J. Ryan Stradal. Two sisters, one farm. A family is split when their father leaves their shared inheritance entirely to Helen, his younger daughter. Here we meet a cast of lovable, funny, quintessentially American characters eager to make their mark in a world that’s often stacked against them. For more information or to get a copy of the  book, contact renee.ursitti@ilsleypubliclibrary.org.

 

Wednesday, April 7

“On Athletes and Activists” virtual presentation. Wednesday, April 7, 7 p.m., hosted by Ilsley Public Library. Sports have a clear relationship to American culture.  Social science gravitates toward an analysis of cultural issues like race, class, gender, and politics.  Jack and Jamie McCallum address both perspectives in an unusual collaboration.  Jack is a sportswriter while his son Jamie is a professor of Sociology at Middlebury College. You must register via Vermont Humanities for this talk at vermonthumanities.org/first-wednesdays/library-schedules/first-wednesdays-middlebury.

 

Sunday, April 11

“The Niceties” by Eleanor Burgess online reading. Sunday April 11, 4 p.m. The Middlebury Acting Company’s American Dream project continues with this play about Zoe, a black student at a liberal arts college, who is called into her white professor’s office to discuss her paper about slavery’s effect on the American Revolution. What begins as a polite clash in perspectives explodes into an urgent debate about race, history and power. Moderated by Bill Hart. Visit townhalltheater.org for details and to register.

 

Sunday, May 5

“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.

“From Politics to Poetry” virtual presentation. Wednesday, May 5, 7 p.m., hosted by Ilsley Public Library. As the first female governor for the State of Vermont, the ambassador to Switzerland for President Clinton, and the holder of other prestigious positions, Madeleine Kunin has inspired women and girls to discover their own voices as leaders. Governor Kunin will speak about her life in politics and read from her newest book of poetry, “Red Kite, Blue Sky.” You must register via Vermont Humanities for this talk at vermonthumanities.org/first-wednesdays/library-schedules/first-wednesdays-middlebury.

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