Around Town1/15/09

Jan. 15, 2009

Junk art contest

The deadline for submissions to the 13th annual Creative ReUse Showcase, open to all high school students in Chittenden County, is Jan. 15 and 16.

Students can create art out of material otherwise destined for a landfill. The contest, hosted by the Chittenden Solid Waste District, has nine categories. For more information, go online to Prizes include a display spot at Frog Hollow Gallery in Burlington, the chance to sell artwork and gift certificates.

Submissions should be delivered to Adam’s Farm Market, located at the corner of Old Stage and Mountain View roads in Williston, between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Jan. 15 or 16.

Mentoring events

Mobius, The Mentoring Movement, will celebrate National Mentoring Month with a Thank Your Mentor Day on Jan. 22.

A recognition breakfast will held at 7:45 a.m. at Contois Auditorium in Burlington City Hall. Mobius will honor one mentor from each of Chittenden County’s 20 mentoring programs. The event is free and open to the public.

Other events throughout the month include a Mentoring Expo on Jan. 17, from noon to 6 p.m. at the University Mall in South Burlington, and four benefit dinners throughout Chittenden County. Proceeds will help find mentors for hundreds of kids on waiting lists.

For more information, go online to

Distinguished Writers Series returns

The New England Federal Credit Union is again hosting its Distinguished Writers Series. The 2009 series kicks off on Jan. 22 when Dr. Jeanne Harvey-Berino, chairwoman of the University of Vermont’s Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences and author of the “The EatingWell Diet: The University-Tested VTrim Weight-Loss Program,” visits NEFCU’s Williston branch.

Harvey-Berino will appear from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The credit union is located at 141 Harvest Lane.

The series is free and open to the public. Anyone interested in attending should sign up through or by calling 800-400-8790.