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We know you are just counting down the minutes as you wait for May 5th and 7th to pick up your Midd Foods order, so we decided to pick out some cool activities in and around Addison county to pass the time more quickly! And what’s even more exciting than simply cool learning, eating, and community building events: many of them are free!

You can find tons of things to do this weekend on the online Addison Independent Calendar (http://www.addisonindependent.com/201412calendar) and the family and kid focused mini-bury calendar (http://www.minibury.com/calendar/). We chose some of our top picks from these calendars for this upcoming weekend, many of them food related (duh), and all of them kid friendly events for you and your kid on school break!

FRIDAY – SATURDAY, APRIL 28TH – 30TH:

Vermont Maple Festival: This outdoors festival hosts a carnival, tons of maple flavored treats, maple tastings, pancake meals, local vendors, and tons of other activities. Check out the schedule of events to plan your trip (http://vtmaplefestival.org/schedule-of-events/4388748). St. Albans might be a slight drive, but the Maple festival makes a great all-day or half-day excursion.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 28TH :

Rummage and bake sale in Salisbury: Friday, April 28, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Salisbury Congregational Church. The Salisbury Contact Nancy Galvin at 352-4375 to make donations of good quality, clean items or baked goods. Continues Saturday.

Table of Grace free meal in Vergennes. Friday, April 28, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Vergennes Congregational Church. The menu will include roast pork, potatoes, applesauce, vegetable and dessert. Come and bring your friends. Free.

Stargazing open house in Middlebury: Friday, April 28, 9-10:30 p.m., Middlebury College Observatory, McCardell Bicentennial Hall. The Observatory and Middlebury Physics host a stargazing open house, weather permitting.  See Jupiter in the evening, and view a variety of interesting stars, star clusters, and nebulae through the Observatory’s telescopes. Observatory open house nights are free and open to the public if the sky is expected to be mostly clear. Please check the Observatory web site at http://go.middlebury.edu/observatory/ or call the Observatory at 443-2266 after 7 p.m. on the evening of the event for weather status.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 29TH:

Free backyard composting workshop in Middlebury: Saturday, April 29, 1:30 p.m., Addison County Solid Waste Management District, District Transfer Station, 1223 Route 7 South, Middlebury. Workshop will cover the basics of backyard composting, and will have both an indoor presentation and an outdoor demonstration component. Each participant will receive a voucher for a half-priced Soil Saver Composter ($23, orig. $45) or a half-priced Green Cone Solar Digester ($63, orig. $125). To register, visit AddisonCountyRecycles.org, or call 802-388-2333. For questions, call and ask for Jaclyn Hochreiter.

SUNDAY, APRIL 30TH:

All-you-can-eat public breakfast in Vergennes: Sunday, April 30, 7:30-10 a.m., Masonic Lodge. Only $8 for Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Pancakes, Blueberry Pancakes, French Toast, Home Fries, Waffles, Corned Beef Hash, Sausage, Gravy and Biscuits, Juice, Coffee and Tea. Proceeds from the breakfast are used to support various local community needs and organizations. Everyone is welcome.

Sunday Grill Community Lunch: The newest food program of Charter House Coalition is the Sunday Grill from 2:00 - 3:00pm. The program was launched as a partnership of Charter House Coalition and the Middlebury College Rugby Team. Guests enjoy a fresh grilled item, along with fruit, salad and a delicious dessert.

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