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The Bowen-Walker Fund Support Committee will present their 7th annual art lecture and fundraiser on Sunday October 2, 2011 from 3-5 pm at the Maclure Public Library. The Bowen-Walker Fund provides support for families in town who are experiencing temporary financial hardships and has been quietly going about its work since 1884.

The 2011 committee is pleased to present a lecture and social hour featuring Betty Atwood of Florence as the guest speaker. Betty will talk about her work as an artist, weaver, and teacher over the 4 + decades of her career in Vermont. The lecture will be accompanied by weaving demonstrations by some of Betty's current students as well as an opportunity to bid on some of Betty's artwork. The committee is asking for a suggested donation of $5 per person to attend this lecture.

Betty Atwood grew up near Rutland's Mill Village and attended the Rhode Island School of Design where she studied painting and fabric design. A longtime faculty member at the University of Vermont, Betty also taught weaving at the Shelburne Craft School and Ludlow's Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts. Betty was a colleague of the famed Aileen Webb and served on the board of the American Crafts Council as well as other organizations. She has a detailed knowledge of the weaving traditions of the American Southwest and has recreated weave patterns from prehistoric fabrics. Betty lives in Florence where she continues teaching and works daily in her weaving studio.

For more information about this event, or to make a direct donation to the Bowen-Walker Fund, contact Bob Hooker at 483-6739 or bjhookervt@gmail.com.

In honor of the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, the Rutland County Humane Society and Reverend Lee Crawford of Trinity Episcopal Church will host the Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, October 2 at 2 pm. It will be held at the Rutland County Humane Society at 765 Stevens Road in Pittsford, VT. All pets, or a picture of your pets, are welcome for a special blessing by Reverend Crawford. All dogs must be on leashes and cats and other pets in safe carriers.The ceremony will be held outside and all pets are encouraged to attend! After the ceremony the shelter will be open until 5 pm so attendees can visit with the adoptable animals. For more information about RCHS and/or the Blessing of the Animals, please contact RCHS at 483-9171 or visit www.rchsvt.org.

There will be a Church Smorgasboard Supper on Sat, October 8, 5pm - 7pm at the Congregational Church Fellowship Hall on Route 7 Main St, Brandon. Price for adults $12; youth 5-12; $6 under 5 free. Baked Turkey, Ham, Meatballs, Vt. maple bake beans, scallop potatoes, macaroni and cheese, different pastas/lasagna, variety of salads/slaws, Vt squash/veggies, rolls/fruit breads, condiments, hot/cold drinks, baked Vt. apples/ice cream. Don't miss it!

Brandon's HarvestFest is a terrific family event that will take place on Saturday, October 1, 10am - 2pm in Brandon's Central Park. Come make Harvest People (aka stick figures, scarecrows, Leaf People...) with the experts. You can even take one home! There will be hay rides, music, pumpkins, food, and more. This events starts at 10:00 am in Central Park. There will be a rain location if needed. This event is sponsored by Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce.

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