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Vermont Women's Business Center's (VWBC) Networking Luncheon: Monday Nov. 3 from 11:30-1:30 at Woodbury College in Montpelier. Guest speaker is Lisa Geraghty of Citizen's Bank on the topic, "Business Banking in Today's Economy".  Bring your business's marketing materials, and a bag lunch.  Free and open to all, pre-registration not required.  For more information call VWBC 229-2181.

VWBC Artist's Learning Circle: Wednesday, Nov. 5 from 9:30-11:30 at Woodbury College in Montpelier. This month's discussion and activity will focus on creating an artist's mission statement. Free and open to any kind of artist, pre-registration not required.  For more information call VWBC 229-2181.


International Babywearing Week
November 12-18

The Northern Vermont Babywearers, Babywearers of Central Vermont and Bebop Baby Shop in Essex Junction will be celebrating International Babywearing Week with a variety of activities on Saturday, November 15th. We will start at Bebop (167 Pearl Street) with a Babywearing Walk down Pearl Street at 10am, followed by demonstrations of various types of carriers. Meanwhile, there will be a "Sling Swap" upstairs at Bebop, allowing moms and dads to try out babywearing with gently used carriers available for purchase. Parents can drop off their used carriers and slings at Bebop the week of November 5th- 11th for credit to be used in the "Sling Swap" or for cash.

In Montpelier, the Babywearers of Central VT, will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday, November 13th at the Kellogg-Hubbard library, have a Babywearing Walk through downtown (meeting outside the children's library at 10:45am) on Friday, November 14th and share Babywearing Demos at Langdon Street Cafe on Monday, November 17th.

Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence’s 4th Annual Luncheon
Friday, December 5th, 11-2:30 at the Woodstock Country Club

Event features Jean Tabachnick, founder of Stop It Now! Speaking about sexual violence prevention and policy; Network Award Ceremony; and member program recognition.

Lunch is $20 for non-Network members. Please RSVP by November 21st to [log in to unmask] or call 802-223-1302 X103.
Request for Proposals

My Story Matters: A History Conference for High School Students in the Northeast Kingdom
Due: November 15, 2008

Date of Event: Wednesday, April 8th, 2009 at Lyndon State College


This event if sponsored by the Vermont Women’s History Project (Vermont Commission on Women), and Lyndon State College, LSC Women’s Group, with collaboration from the Fairbanks Museum and the Grace Stuart Orcutt Library (St. Johnsbury Academy). Vermont’s history is built upon the rich and varied experiences of its women and men, young and old. It’s time to celebrate their, and our, stories. This conference is for grades 9 – 12. We’re especially interested in proposals about women and other new areas of research.  This conference will help educate Northeast Kingdom youth about Vermont history through a fun, interactive, reflective day featuring thoughtful speakers and workshops.  We’re looking for the following: Workshops, Dramatic performances, Research or stories. For additional information, please contact Judith Irving at [log in to unmask].
Forum on Vermont’s Energy Future and Renewables offered by the Southeastern Vermont Unit of the League of Women Voters of Vermont
Thursday, October 23, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Brattleboro Municipal Building, Selectmen’s Meeting Room  

Vermont is moving ever closer to a critical crossroad.  Vermont Yankee could well close in 2012.  The State’s long term contract with Hydro Quebec ends in 2015.  Today these two companies provide 65% of Vermont’s energy needs.  Where will the State turn to meet its energy needs in the future?  What roles can renewable resources, such as wind, geothermal, biomass and solar play in meeting this challenge?  The State adopted a Renewables Standard Portfolio in 2005 which establishes both goals and a timeline for renewable to be on line in Vermont.  The speakers will focus on the opportunities

  various renewables offer, potential constraints on their development and the role of the Renewables Standard Portfolio. Scudder Parker, Managing Consultant with Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, will also talk about Efficiency Vermont and progress on creating a Clean Energy Development Fund which would promote smaller, community scaled renewable resources.  Robert Dostis, a member of the leadership team at Green Mountain Power, will speak about renewable initiatives from the utility’s perspective.  Dostis just retired from the Vermont State Legislature where he served as chair of the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee in 2005.  Paul Cameron, director of Brattleboro Climate Protection, will talk about the Brattleboro Thermal Utility and its goal to diminish the town’s dependency on fossil fuels for heating.  Carolyn Partridge, House Representative from Windham, will moderate the discussion.




New “Child Protection Hotline” makes it easy for Vermonters to share their concerns about a child’s safety.  You can now call 1-800-649-5285 to report suspected child abuse and neglect—from anywhere in the country. The hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by trained intake social workers.  If you are not sure that what you are observing is abuse, call the hotline. Sharing your concerns could protect a child, get help for a family, and may even save a child’s life.  Child protection truly is everyone's business.

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