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The written word

Youth Essay Contest (Senator Bernie Sanders 11th annual State of the Union essay contest): Each January, the U.S. President delivers the "State of the Union" address to a joint session of Congress, which outlines priorities for the coming year. Because Sanders knows that great ideas can come from everyone - not just those in power - and wants to encourage young people to become engaged in the political process, he created this contest, giving an opportunity for VT high school students to describe a major issue facing our country and propose what they would do to solve it. The 250-500 word essays can be on any issue of national importance. Senator Sanders will enter the essays of the ten finalists into the Congressional Record – the official archive of the U.S. Congress. "I started this essay contest 11 years ago to help our students be actively engaged, no matter where they stand on the issues," said Sanders. "This year, our state and nation face a health and economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with a renewed fight for racial justice. Many of you have seen family members struggle because of lost wages or health concerns, you have been asked to learn online, and you face a future that may feel uncertain. To my mind, the unprecedented nature of this time makes it more important than ever to hear perspectives and innovative ideas from you, our young people." Over 4,600 students from high schools throughout VT have written essays in the past 10 years about critically important issues, including climate change, access to mental health care, the rising cost of college, and much, much more. A volunteer panel of VT teachers will judge the essays on the students' ability to articulate an issue and propose a solution, without regard to the students' political views. Through Tuesday, January 12. State of the Union Essay Contest. Information: More info: or call 800-339-9834.

WARDSBORO Winter Book Sale: Hardcover adult fiction, non-fiction, paperback young adult, children, audio books and DVD's. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; 4-7 p.m. Thursdays. Indoors. Covid 19 safety precautions need to be followed. Through Thursday, March 18. $2 per book. Wardsboro Public Library, 170 Main St. Information: Beth Liller: 802-896-6988,

Community building

Artist Development Grants - Call for Applications: Supporting artists at all stages of their careers, these grants can fund activities that enhance mastery of an artist's craft or skills and activities that increase the viability of an artist's business. New this year: Grants can also support teaching artists in developing the skills necessary to provide instruction in K-12 schools remotely during the COVID-19 crisis. Funding may also support aspects of the creation of new work when the activity allows the grantee to accept a rare important opportunity. Who may apply: Artists who have been residents of VT for at least one year prior to the application deadline and are residents at the time the award is granted; are 18 years of age or older at the time of application and have submitted all required reports on any prior Council grants; meet all the above requirements and are applying as a representative of an artist group. Grant amounts range from $250-$1,000. DL this round: 1/11/21. Applications evaluated in 3 areas: impact, planning, and budget. Priority given to first time grantees and proposals for rare or unique opportunities. The Artist Development program has supported 277 VT artists since 2009. For examples of previously funded projects, see list of recent grantees. Through Monday, January 11. Vermont Arts Council. Information: Full details and online application:

Community meals

MARLBORO Marlboro Community Food Share: Fill a grocery bag with non-perishables and fresh local produce. No registration or eligibility needed. This weekly opportunity is available to anyone who could use an extra bag of groceries or knows someone who does. Food will be set up in the entry-way to the Marlboro Community Center. For proper social distancing, enter one person at a time. Bring a grocery bag or use ours. Masks required. 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. in the entry-way on Thursdays. Deliveries will be made through Marlboro Cares for those needing assistance (call 802-258-3030 in advance). Non-perishable food donations should be left at the donation box at the Marlboro Post Office. Gardeners and farmers are welcome to donate produce. Wear masks and wash hands when harvesting and handling food. Fresh produce can be dropped off at the Community Center on Thurs. between 1 and 4 p.m. Leftover produce will be taken to FoodWorks the next morning. Free. Marlboro Community Center, 524 South Rd. Information: ; Click to e-mail for more information.

GUILFORD Guilford Cares Food Pantry: The Guilford Cares Food Pantry continues to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure food security for all our citizens and vulnerable populations. They are well stocked with the staples you need for your family and are following viral guidelines to limit risk. Guilford Cares welcomes anyone in need of supplemental food for themselves or their families. 5 - 6 p.m. on Thursdays. Remain in your car. A volunteer will give you a "shopping list" (fresh produce, staples, meat, dairy) for you to mark items you would like (bring a pen). Another volunteer will fill a bag (bring one) and bring it to porch where you will pick it up. Questions, concerns, donate groceries/monetary gifts, call Pat Haine: 802-257-0626. If you cannot come due to illness/high risk, call Pat to arrange for food delivery by a volunteer. Broad Brook Community Center, 3940 Guilford Center Rd. Information: More questions/info: 802-579-1350,



January 2021