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BRATTLEBORO

Bowling in the Dark registration ends Sept. 11

The deadline for registering for the Second Annual Bowling in the Dark fundraiser for the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired is Sept. 11. Registration is online through Eventbrite.com and the event takes place at Brattleboro Bowl on Putney Road in Brattleboro from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14.

Teams of five will include four bowlers under blindfold and one team captain who will provide support with finding the correct ball, orienting to the center of the lane, and keeping score. Tickets are $20 per player, which includes the game, shoe rental, and a swag bag. Bowlers are also asked to raise additional funds through pledges prior to the event. Teams made up of friends, community-based organizations, and businesses are encouraged to sign up. Individuals may also sign up and will be assigned to a team on the day of the event.

This White Cane Awareness Day event is designed to raise awareness of the work of VABVI which provides services to help children and adults with visual impairments to be successful in school and in life. Prizes will be awarded to the highest individual and team fundraisers as well as the highest individual and team scorers. There will also be door prizes, an online auction, and a 50/50 raffle on the day of the event.

If you have difficulty registering online or need more information, contact Andrea Capron by phone 802-254-8761, or email acapron@vabvi.org.

BRATTLEBORO

Lead paint safety courses offered

Three Essential maintenance Practices Courses on lead-safe renovation will be offered by Lead Safe Homes, in collaboration with the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board and the Vermont Department of Health.

The Vermont Essential Maintenance Practices courses will be offered free of charge from 5 TO 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. Vermont law requires that all landlords, property managers, contractors and daycare facility owners follow EMPs to maintain painted surfaces in properties built before 1978. During both courses, participants will learn about the requirements of state and federal regulations governing lead, the health effects of lead in children and adults, lead-safe work practices, and how to protect themselves from liability.

Registration is strongly suggested for both courses due to limited space. Contact Denice Brown at 802-463- 9927, ext. 107, or email denice@parksplacevt.org Lead Safe & Healthy Homes is a non-profit program of Parks Place Community Center.

MONTPELIER

Vermont AG launches lead safety program

Vermont's housing stock is among the oldest in the nation. More than 70 percent of homes in the state were built before 1978 and are presumed to contain lead.

To help property owners and landlords address lead exposure and protect the health of tenants and their children, the Attorney General's Office is launching a community-focused program to assist property owners who are landlords comply with Vermont's lead safety laws.

The Landlord Restoration Program will provide information and assistance to eligible property owners to restore rental properties with lead paint hazards. This includes allowing extended time for repairs, without state enforcement for past non-compliance for participating landlords. The program does not apply to existing enforcement or court actions already underway by the Office of the Attorney General or the Vermont Department of Health.

"This is a win for everyone involved. Landlords will receive compliance help from my office without facing adverse consequences, while Vermonters and their children will benefit from safer housing conditions," said Attorney General T.J. Donovan.

The Landlord Restoration Program will focus on Vermont towns with some of the highest rates of elevated blood levels in children, beginning with a pilot program in Rutland. The Attorney General's Office will hold a community meeting in Rutland on Sept. 13 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Green Mountain Power Energy Innovation Center located at 66 Merchants Row.

Donovan said a key aspect of the program is the broad spectrum of state and community partners. "I am pleased to work with such supportive partners like the Vermont Apartment Owners Association, the Department of Health, Vermont Legal Aid, Vermont Housing Conservation Board, and the Burlington Lead Program."

Property owners can learn more at this web site www.vhcb.org/Lead-Paint/ or contact VHCB at (802) 828-5064 or leadinfo@vhcb.org.

Landlords and property owners who have questions about the program or the community meeting can call the Attorney General's Consumer Assistance Program at 800-649-2424 or email AGO.CAP@vermont.gov

For more information about Vermont's lead law visit the Attorney General's website at http://www.ago.vermont.gov and choose "Lead" from the A-Z listing.

Learn more about lead and childhood lead poisoning at healthvermont.gov.

TOWNSHEND

Fall wellness classes at Grace Cottage

Making time to exercise and participate in healthy activities is vitally important to your health! Benefits may include improved muscle tone, better balance, increased confidence, reduced stress, better sleep, more energy, emotional relief, and a happier you.

For the following classes, please call to register before the first class at 802-365-3649. For yoga classes, walk-ins are welcome. Most events are held at the Grace Cottage Community Wellness Center, 133 Grafton Rd. For more information, visit www.gracecottage.org.

Yoga starts Sept. 12 or 15 — Tuesdays, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., or Fridays, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. An invigorating yet gentle yoga class that focuses on breath work and poses. $5 a class. Walk-ins welcome.

Strong Bones is ongoing, Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 5 to 6 p.m.; and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. or 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. A popular strength and balance class for older adults. $3 a class.

Tai Chi for Fall Prevention: Level 1 Beginner's Class starts Sept. 12, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Level 2, on-going class, Tuesdays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Balance and flexibility training for those with physical limitations. Free. Register at 802-365-4115, ext. 108.

Weight Loss Support Group is the second Tuesday of every month from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Led by Health Coach Liz Harrison. Free. Register at 802-365-3766.

Living Alone Support Group is the third Wednesday of every month from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. Focused on the challenges of living alone, led by SASH coordinator Alicia Moyer. Free. Register at 802-365-3753.

"Forks Over Knives," a free movie showing is every Tuesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. by request; registration required at 802-365-3766. A compelling documentary about the benefits of a plant-based diet.

Healthy Cooking Class is every second Wednesday, September through October from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Learn how to prepare nutritious, delicious meals, using fresh local ingredients, on a limited budget. West Townshend Community Kitchen. Register at 802-365-3766.

The Healthy Aging Conference is set for Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 7 and 8 at the Grafton Inn. Take charge of your health, your security, and perhaps even your longevity. Learn from more than a dozen presenters about how you can live a happier, healthier, more peaceful life. Registration is limited; register soon at 802-365-9109.

WESTMINSTER

'Health care for everybody'

With the future of the Affordable Care Act hanging in the balance, now is the time to decide how to affordably provide health care for everyone.

On Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m., come to the Westminster Institute and Butterfield Library. Join the discussion with Dr. Marvin Malek, Medical Director of the Hospitalist Program at Springfield Hospital, and talk about the proposed Single Payer National Health Insurance and how it might be the answer.

Sponsored by Physicians For A National Health Program

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