UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS & ACTIVITIES:
GREEN UP DAY - MAY 7
In Brandon, the Brandon Rotary Club will be handing out bags and suggested routes from 8:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. at Central park. There will be refreshments served. For more information, contact Andrew Carter at his office in Brandon at 465-8142 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
SUNSHINE RUN - May 7
Annual race returns with a USTAF-certified 5K course and new Kids Fun Run. The second annual Sunshine Run holds promise for a sunny day in Brandon on Saturday, May 7, 2011, whether the weather cooperates or not. Expected to draw 300 runners and walkers, this fun community 5K event raises money to benefit the Sarah Leary Scholarship Fund, which provides financial resources to high-school students interested in participating in school-sponsored travel opportunities.
New this year is a Kids Fun Run, which begins promptly at 9:45 a.m. and provides the perfect opportunity for young enthusiasts to gain experience and confidence in the sport of road racing. Parents and grandparents are welcome to accompany kids along the short course that leads out and back on Ella Dean Road, which serves as a long dirt driveway for Transfiguration Farm. Registration for the fun run is $6.
First male and female finishers in the professionally-timed 5K will also be awarded winners' medals. The race culminates with music, refreshments and an awards ceremony at the start/finish line.
The Sarah Leary Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Sarah Leary, a 16-year-old Brandon resident who died tragically in a car accident on Mother's Day 2009. The scholarship fund aims to enrich the lives of financially challenged local high-school students by providing full or partial scholarships for school-sponsored travel opportunities.
For more information about the Sunshine Run 2011 and to register, visit www.SunshineRun.com. For more information about sponsoring the event, contact Sue Hoxie at (802) 247-1412 or Nancy Leary at (802) 558-1444.
BRANDON FARMER'S MARKET
Friday's May 27 - October 7from 9am to 2 pm located in Brandon's Central Park. Seasonal Vegetables and Plants-Honey-Vermont Maple Syrup. Handcrafted Jewelry-Local mohair and Alpaca Products-Hand Knit and crocheted items- Baked Goods-Jams -Jellies-Local Meats-Much More.For Information & Vendor Space Contact Wendy Cijka at 273-2655
SPRING WILDFLOWER WALK AT MOUNT INDEPENDENCE
Orwell, Vt. - Spring into spring on Sunday, May 8 at noon for a wildflower walk at the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell. Amy Olmsted, a nursery professional for more than 20 years, will lead the program. Olmsted is a horticulturist with Rocky Dale Gardens in Bristol.
Learn about the tender beauties of spring, plant names, and their habitats in this special event before the site opens for the season on May 28. Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. This walk, co-sponsored by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and the Mount Independence Coalition, is open to the public. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 15. Meet at noon outside the Museum. Call 802-759-2412 for more information.
The Mount Independence State Historic Site is one of the best-preserved Revolutionary War sites in America. It is located near the end of Mount Independence Road, six miles west of the intersections of Vermont Routes 22A and 73 near Orwell village; carefully follow the signs. The site will open for the regular season on May 28. Regular hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Oct. 10.
For more information about the Vermont State-owned Historic Sites, contact John Dumville at 802-828-3051 or visit www.HistoricVermont.org/sites.