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NOW MORE THAN EVER: The severe weather that has paralyzed a good part of the nation and acutely affected states like Texas has forced the cancellation of hundreds of blood drives, making the need for blood donations soar. The American Red Cross is asking those unaffected by the extreme weather to donate blood, especially type O, and platelets to help those in affected areas. There are three opportunities to be of help in the coming weeks in Middlebury on Feb. 26 and March 9 and in Bristol on Feb. 27. See calendar for details. Photo courtesy of the American Red Cross

Friday, Feb. 26

American Red Cross blood drive in Middlebury. Friday, Feb. 26, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Middlebury Parks and Recreation, 154 Creek Rd. With the forced cancellation of hundreds of American Red Cross blood drives due to extreme weather events across the country, individuals in areas unaffected by severe weather are urged to make appointments to donate 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.

 

Saturday, Feb. 27

American Red Cross blood drive in Bristol. Saturday, Feb. 27, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Bristol Recreation Department, 1 South St. With the forced cancellation of hundreds of American Red Cross blood drives due to extreme weather events across the country, individuals in areas unaffected by severe weather are urged to make appointments to donate 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.

Danish String Quartet virtual performance. Saturday, Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m., go.middlebury.edu/digitalstages. In this new, exclusive broadcast for Middlebury audiences, The Grammy-nominated Danish String Quartet performs a program of Bach, Webern and Nordic folk music, recorded in one of their favorite Copenhagen venues. The performance will remain available through March 5. Pre-registration available at go.middlebury.edu/pas. The performance is free and open to all. More info at (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or middlebury.edu/arts.

 

Tuesday, March 2

Town Meeting curbside dinner in Cornwall. Tuesday, March 2, 5-6:30 p.m., Order by Tuesday, Feb. 23. The Friends of Cornwall School (FOCS) will provide Cornwall residents with a dinner of Greek lemon baked chicken or tofu, roasted potatoes, green beans and Turtle brownies for dessert, all for $10 adults/$5 kids. To order send name, contact information, how many meals you want (adult/child and chicken/tofu), and approximate pick-up time to Ian Ross at addison.department.store@gmail.com or call 462-3729. Payment will be taken upon pickup.

 

Wednesday, March 3

Age Well drive-thru meal pick-up in Middlebury. Wednesday, March 3, noon-12 p.m., VFW, 530 Exchange St. Contact-free pick-up. Menu includes pork cutlet with white gravy, mashed sweet potatoes, green beans, wheat bread, milk and apple crisp, served freshly chilled as a heat-and-eat-at-home meal. Advanced reservations only. Sign up by 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26. Call Michelle to reserve at 802-377-1419. Open to anyone age 60 and over. All meal recipients must register with Age Well. Snow date Thursday, March 4.

“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.

 

Monday, March 8

“A History of the American Musical” online presentation. Monday, March 8, 7-9 p.m., Zoom. Town Hall Theater’s Doug Anderson will give this four-class series, a celebration of the legendary composers, lyricists and performers who forged a distinctly American art form, illustrated by archival footage from vaudeville to Hamilton. The first session begins March 8. Individual series ticket $40/household series ticket $60. Register at townhalltheater.org.

 

 

Tuesday, March 9

American Red Cross blood drive in Middlebury. Tuesday, March 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, 2 Duane Ct. With the forced cancellation of hundreds of American Red Cross blood drives due to extreme weather events across the country, individuals in areas unaffected by severe weather are urged to make appointments to donate 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.

 

Thursday March 11

“Rashomon” screening and virtual discussion. Thursday March 11, discussion begins at 7 p.m., Zoom. Conflicting perspectives are at the heart of Akira Kurosawa’s classic “Rashomon,” Middlebury Classic Film Club’s second film in it’s spring series, “A Question of Perspective: A Lot Depends on One’s Point of View.” Following the death of a samurai, those closely involved give alternative, self-serving versions of what happened. But who is telling the truth? This film’s focus on truth, lies, and their life and death consequences rings eerily relevant to our own times. 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, March 12

Sullivan Fortner, Jazz Piano virtual performance. Friday, March 12, 7:30 p.m., go.middlebury.edu/digitalstages. Grammy Award-winning pianist Sullivan Fortner has gained international praise as a pianist, composer and band leader, and for his collaborative work with well-known artists. In this exclusive broadcast for the Middlebury campus and community, he’ll play a mix of original works and jazz standards. The performance will remain available to watch on demand through March 19. Pre-registration available at go.middlebury.edu/pas. The performance is free and open to all. More info at 802-443-MIDD (6433) or middlebury.edu/arts.

 

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% discounted rate using coupon code THTAD. Visit townhalltheater.org for details and to register.

 

Monday, March 15

“A History of the American Musical” online presentation. Monday, March 15, 7-9 p.m., Zoom. Town Hall Theater’s Doug Anderson will give this second of a four-class series, a celebration of the legendary composers, lyricists and performers who forged a distinctly American art form, illustrated by archival footage from vaudeville to Hamilton. The session is “From Rodgers & Hart to Rodgers & Hammerstein.” Individual series ticket $40/household series ticket $60. Register at townhalltheater.org.

 

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.

 

Thursday, March 18

“History of Abenaki in Vermont, Sovereignty, and Recognition” virtual discussion. Thursday, March 18, 5-6 p.m., Zoom. CCV hosts Don Stevens, Chief of the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk - Abenaki Nation, award-winning leader, businessman, writer, and lecturer in the second presentation in their Abenaki series. Stevens has been featured in magazines, books, TV shows, and documentaries. For more information and to register, visit ccv.edu/speakerseries.

 

Friday, April 2

Christal Brown and Lida Winfield: “Same But Different” online dance performance. Friday, April 2, 7:30 p.m., go.middlebury.edu/digitalstages. Same but Different is a collaborative duet between Middlebury dance faculty Christal Brown and Lida Winfield, exploring their similarities and differences in a cultural commentary on race, age, and gender. A Q & A with the artists will follow the broadcast, and the program will remain available to watch on demand for through April 9. Pre-registration available at go.middlebury.edu/pas. The performance is free and open to all. More info at (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or middlebury.edu/arts.

 

Monday, April 5

“A History of the American Musical” online presentation. Monday, April 5, 7-9 p.m., Zoom. Town Hall Theater’s Doug Anderson will give this final of a four-class series, a celebration of the legendary composers, lyricists and performers who forged a distinctly American art form, illustrated by archival footage from vaudeville to Hamilton. The session is “The Contemporary Musical.” Individual series ticket $40/household series ticket $60. Register at townhalltheater.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.

 

Thursday, April 8

“The King of Hearts” screening and virtual discussion. Thursday, April 8, discussion begins at 7 p.m., ZOOM. This film looks back on World War I and wonders how the world could have fallen so deeply into such horrific violenceand pushes the question further — who exactly is sane and who is really deranged? A British soldier is sent to a small town in France to defuse a bomb planted by retreating German troops. While many of the villagers have evacuated, those living in a local asylum celebrate his coming and their own liberation in surrealistic scenes reminiscent of Fellini. The third film in the Middlebury Classic Film Club’s spring series. 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.

 

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.

 

Thursday, April 15

“Indigenous Ways of Knowing, Healing, and the Path Forward” virtual lecture. Thursday, April 15, 5-6 p.m., Zoom. Melody Walker Brook, Abenaki educator, activist, and artist will give this talk as the final installment of CCV’s Abenaki series. Walker Brook is a citizen of the Elnu Abenaki Band and has previously served as the vice chair and chair of the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs. For more information and to register, visit ccv.edu/speakerseries.

 

Friday, April 23

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: “Bach: The Complete Brandenburg Concertos” virtual performance. Friday, April 23, 7:30 p.m., go.middlebury.edu/digitalstages. At the end of every calendar year, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center has a tradition of presenting the complete set of six Brandenburg Concertos. A Q&A session with the artists follows the broadcast. The concert will be available on demand through May 3. Pre-registration available at go.middlebury.edu/pas. The performance is free and open to all. More info at (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or middlebury.edu/arts.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

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