February 8, 2016

Volunteer Opportunities

Choose one of the options below or go to www.unitedwaycc.org/volunteer to check out more than 300 other volunteer options from local nonprofits, schools and public partners or call 860-1677.

A FRIENDLY VISIT OR HELP WITH MONEY [Read more…]

Osher Foundation contributes $1 million to OLLI

The Bernard Osher Foundation of San Francisco has awarded $1 million to the University of Vermont to support its Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).

OLLI of the University of Vermont is part of a national lifelong learning network for adults aged 50 and over, supported by the Bernard Osher Foundation, “architect” of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute program operating on the campuses of 119 institutions of higher education from Maine to Hawaii and Alaska. The UVM program was first launched in 2003, and a $1 million endowment from the Osher Foundation in October, 2006, permanently established the program in Vermont. The first OLLIs were established in Brattleboro, Central Vermont, Lamoille Valley, Newport, Rutland, St. Albans, St. Johnsbury, and Springfield. The Osher Foundation granted additional funds to the university in 2010 to establish the program on the UVM campus, in Burlington, as well.

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How to calculate your retirement number

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

Can you help me calculate about how much my wife and I need to save for retirement? We are both in our late 50s and want to see where we stand.

Looking Ahead

Dear Looking,

Calculating an approximate number of how much you’ll need to save for a comfortable retirement is actually pretty easy, and doesn’t take long to do. It’s a simple, three-step process that includes estimating your future living expenses, tallying up your retirement income and calculating the difference. There are even a host of online calculators that can help you with this, too.

Living Expenses [Read more…]

What’s Cooking: Super Bowl and chili

Americans look forward to the Super Bowl, perhaps to cheer on their favorite team, enjoy the social time with friends, watch the commercials, share the food or just to celebrate the end of the football season. The Super Bowl and chili just seem to go together. When I was about 10 years old, our neighbor introduced me to chili one night at their home and I asked for the recipe. I have made chili using this basic recipe hundreds of times with many variations. Some suggestions to dress it up might include adding mushrooms, corn, hot peppers, black beans (drained and rinsed), zucchini, summer squash, maple syrup or whatever suits your fancy. Try using ground turkey, lamb, venison or veggie scramblers instead of ground beef. I like to top a hot bowl of chili with chopped red onions and a sprinkle of grated cheddar cheese. Great served with cornbread.

Quick Homemade Chili

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Day camp or overnight camp?

The Crossroads for Kids Camps in Massachusetts offers overnight and day camp options.

The Crossroads for Kids Camps in Massachusetts offers overnight and day camp options.

How to find the best fit

By Lucy Norvell

Director of development & communications
American Camp Association, New England

So, what is better – day camp or overnight camp?

This excellent and frequently asked question doesn’t have a simple answer. [Read more…]

Obituaries

Michael Lowe

Michael Lowe

Michael Lowe

Michael Lowe, of Williston (“Big Dog,” “Bubba,” “The Doctor”), The man, The myth, The legend was granted his angel wings on Jan. 30, 2016 after giving ALS a run for its money. He was born in Burlington on Aug. 23, 1956 son of the late Everett and Theresa (Laliberte) Lowe. [Read more…]

Festival schedule

Thursday, Feb 11

6 p.m. – Reception/cash bar, meet filmmaker Leila Sansour

7 p.m. – Screening: “Open Bethlehem”

Friday, Feb 12

11:15 a.m. – “Almost Friends”

4 p.m. – “Theeb”

6 p.m. – Reception and cash bar

7 p.m. – Double Bill: “Women in Sink” and “Write Down, I’m an Arab”

Saturday, Feb 13

12:45 p.m. – “Omar”

3 p.m. – “In Search of Israeli Cuisine”

5:30 pm – Israeli/Palestinian food and cash bar – meet filmmaker Roger Sherman

6:30 p.m. – “Wadjda”

Global Roots Film Festival features films from the Middle East

Observer courtesy image A still from 'Wadjda', the story of a rebellious Saudi girl (Waad Mohammed) enters a Koran recitation competition at her school and hopes to win enough money to buy her own bicycle.

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A still from ‘Wadjda’, the story of a rebellious Saudi girl (Waad Mohammed) enters a Koran recitation competition at her school and hopes to win enough money to buy her own bicycle.

'Write Down, I'm an Arab' seeks to unearth the story behind Mahmoud Darwish is the Palestinian national poet and one of the most influential writers of the Arab world.  In 1964, Darwish was imprisoned for his defiant poem, 'Write Down, I am an Arab'.  At around this time, he met and fell in love with Tamar Ben-Ami, a young Jewish-Israeli to whom he wrote love letters in Hebrew, which she kept secret for decades.

‘Write Down, I’m an Arab’ seeks to unearth the story behind Mahmoud Darwish is the Palestinian national poet and one of the most influential writers of the Arab world. In 1964, Darwish was imprisoned for his defiant poem, ‘Write Down, I am an Arab’. At around this time, he met and fell in love with Tamar Ben-Ami, a young Jewish-Israeli to whom he wrote love letters in Hebrew, which she kept secret for decades.

The Vermont International Film Foundation will host the 2016 Global Roots Film Festival: Films From The Middle East Feb. 11-13 at Contois Auditorium in downtown Burlington. The festival features films from Israel, Palestine, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

Two filmmakers will be attending and introducing their films: Leila Sansour (“Open Bethlehem”) and Roger Sherman (“In Search of Israeli Cuisine”). [Read more…]

‘Cabin Fever’ series at Bryan Memorial Gallery

Observer courtesy image A still life by Jeffersonville artist Karen Winslow.  Winslow will present several workshops at the Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville during the month of February, part of its 'Cabin Fever' winter series.

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A still life by Jeffersonville artist Karen Winslow. Winslow will present several workshops at the Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville during the month of February, part of its ‘Cabin Fever’ winter series.

Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville presents a winter series of workshops and demonstrations with well-known Vermont artists. Karen Winslow of Jeffersonville launches the series with a one day workshop in alla prima portrait painting on Feb. 13. The next day, Valentine’s Day, she offers a two-hour portrait painting demonstration. [Read more…]

‘32°: The Art of Winter’ opens at Shelburne Museum

Observer courtesy image Sonja Hinrichsen’s ‘Snow Drawings,’ like this one created in Briancon, France, are among the works in Shelburne Museum’s latest exhibit.

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Sonja Hinrichsen’s ‘Snow Drawings,’ like this one created in Briancon, France, are among the works in Shelburne Museum’s latest exhibit.

Observer staff report

Those discouraged by the lack of snow this year can get a shot of winter at the Shelburne Museum’s newest exhibit.

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