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On Thursday April 19 the Fortnightly group at Grace Congregational Church in Rutland will enjoy “Celebrating Poetry,” led by Janice Prindle. The program begins at 2 p.m. and ends with tea and sweets.
POULTNEY WOMAN’S CLUB
The Poultney Woman’s Club April meeting will be held at the Methodist Church on Main Street at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday April 19. Preparations are underway for the annual banquet to be held in May.
URINARY INCONINENCE IN WOMEN
Marble Valley Urology, a department of Rutland Regional Medical Center, will be presenting a free program, “Urinary Incontinence in Women,” Tuesday, May 22, from 6 – 7:30 p.m., at the CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center at Rutland Regional, 160 Allen Street, Rutland.
Join Dr. Ernest Bove and Kathy Felder, WHNP-BC, CUNP, Marble Valley Urology’s newest provider for women’s urologic issues, for this educational talk that addresses the problems caused by urinary incontinence in women. Learn what urinary incontinence is, as well as its various types and causes. Kathy Felder will discuss the non-surgical interventions, and Dr. Bove will talk about the surgical options for treatment.
Advance registration is required at www.rrmc.org or by calling 802-772-2400. Refreshments will be provided.
HU CHANT: SOUND OF SOUL
Wednesday, April 18, 5:30 p.m. at Rutland Free Library, 10 Court Street, Rutland. Are you looking to find more inner peace and balance in your life? Chanting HU has helped people from all backgrounds throughout time to find inner healing, strength and expanded awareness. All are warmly invited to experience the HU at the Rutland Library. You are welcome to chant out loud or simply listen, whatever is right for you. The chants last about 20 minutes, followed by brief contemplative time and conversation with others of like heart. Hosted by Eckankar, a spiritual teaching that provides simple exercises for people of all faiths, traditions and walks of life to develop and deepen a conscious and practical relationship with spirit. More info: www.eckankar-vt.org or 800-772-9390.
ADVANCE HEALTHCARE PLANNING: NAVIGATING ADVANCE DIRECTIVES
Planning for a time when we might not be capable of making important medical decisions is crucial for each of us. Having an advance directive in place allows you to select a significant other, family member, or friend as the decision maker regarding health-care issues should you become unable to do so.
In recognition of National Healthcare Decisions Day, Rutland Regional Medical Center and the Community Health Team will be holding a discussion on this very topic, Wednesday, April 18, from 6 – 8 p.m. in the CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center, at Rutland Regional, 160 Allen Street in Rutland. Eva Zivitz of Rutland Regional’s Palliative Care Program will review the forms used in Vermont to document health-care wishes, and will walk participants through the process of completing them. Volunteer explainers from the Community Health Team will be available to assist those who are interested in making an appointment for assistance in completing an advance directive. Refreshments will be provided. To register for this free event, visit www.rrmc.org or call 802-772-2400.
AUDUBON WEST RUTLAND MARSH WALK
April 21, kids, new birders and non-members will enjoy early returning birds and learn from friendly bird experts, then brunch afterwards. Walk the full 3.7 mile route or go halfway. Meet at the West Rutland Price Chopper parking lot at 8 a.m. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for info.
THERE AND BACK AGAIN
There and Back Again — Migration Patterns of Golden-winged and Blue-winged warblers April 24, at 7 p.m. at Grace Congregational Church.
Join Audubon Vermont’s Mark LaBarr and Margaret Fowle along with The Nature Conservancy’s Murray McHugh for a discussion on migration and wintering locations of golden and blue-winged warblers fitted with geolocators in Vermont. Cool science in our backyard.
This free program is presented by Rutland County Audubon. For more info contact: email@example.com.
LEVEL II TAI CHI CLASS
For those who wish to continue beyond Tai Chi for Beginners, Rutland Regional Medical Center is now offering Level II Tai Chi classes which will meet Wednesdays from April 25 through May 23 from 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. in the CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center.
It is recommended that registrants complete the Beginners Tai Chi before enrolling in Level II. In this class you will be guided to move in other directions, adding slightly more complicated movements that will bring more depth to your practice. There are five movements to the left and then repeated to the right. The instructor will break these movements down in the same manner as the basic movements in the beginner’s class.
Cost of the course is $15. Registration is required and space is limited. For more information or to register visit www.rrmc.org or call 802-772-2400.
The award-winning and gripping drama “Alabama Story” by Kenneth Jones will be presented by Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre on April 26, 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m., April 29 at 2 p.m. and on May 3,4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. All performances take place in the Brick Box at the Paramount Theatre. The play was a finalist in the 2014 National Playwrights’ Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, and ART is presenting its Vermont premiere.
In 1959, the children’s book “The Rabbit’s Wedding,” by Garth Williams, became the center of controversy between Emily Wheelock Reed, director of the Alabama Public Library Service Division (also a resident of Newfane, Vermont) and enraged Alabama segregationists, who wanted it banned. Director for the show is Gary Meitrott and stage manager is Kristen Hixon. The cast features: Chuck Battle, Sandra Gartner, Tom Noble, Nikita Privalov, Richard Reed and Jen Sanford. Tickets can be purchased at the Paramount Box Office, at the door, or prior to the performance or online at www.ParamountVT.org.
“PEACE AND CALM IN CHAOS” CLASS
Inner chaos can take many forms in our outer lives, including burnout, health problems, financial distress and relationship issues. The most important thing to understand is that inner frenzy is what causes the outer chaos (not the other way around). Rutland Regional Medical Center is offering a three-part class, Peace and Calm in Chaos, April 26, May 2, 9, 16 and 23 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at Rutland Regional in the CVPS/Leahy Community Education Center at 160 Allen Street, taught by Certified Life Coach Bonnie Olson. The sessions will include presentations on grounding and centering exercises, basis and guided meditation, and ways to manage your thoughts, each designed to help you restore your inner balance.
The cost for the course is $15, and advanced registration is required. Class size is limited to 23, and scholarships are available based on need. For more information and to register, please call 802-772-2400, or register online at www.rrmc.org/classes-events/.
26TH ANNUAL VERMONT SPORTS MEDICINE CENTERS 5K
The 26th Annual Vermont Sports Medicine Center’s (VSMC) 5K Run/Walk will be held this year on Saturday, April 28. All proceeds from the event will benefit Kids on the Move and Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports. The annual event has become a staple among the first 5Ks of the season, and all ages and abilities are welcome to walk or run for two local causes.
The 5K course starts and finishes at VSMC, located at 5 Albert Cree Drive, across from Rutland Regional Medical Center. Pre-registration is suggested. The first 100 to pre-register will receive an event T-shirt. The pre-registration entry fee is $20 for adults ages 18 and older and $15 for kids ages 10-17. The day-of registration entry fee is $25 for adults and $20 for kids ages 10-17. Kids under 10 are $5 and adaptive athletes participate for free.
Race-day registration will be 8 – 9:30 a.m. The Adaptive Athlete Run will start at 9:45 a.m. The Kids Fun Run will begin at 10 a.m., and the 5K Run/Walk will immediately follow it. Refreshments will be available for all participants, and prizes will be awarded to first-place finishers in all runner age groups.
Runners, walkers, sponsors and volunteers will join us in support of Kids on the Move pediatric rehabilitation program and Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports. We’re proud that with our sponsor support we have been able to donate over $70,000 to these valuable programs.
3RD ANNUAL PITTSFORD TRAIL RUNS
Join us Saturday, April 28 at the Pittsford Recreation area on the amazing trails for this event. One-mile begins at 9 a.m., 5k begins at 9:30 a.m. This event encourages all ages and fitness levels, and last year included many four-legged friends. This is a rain-or-shine event. Pre-register by April 8 to be guaranteed an event T-shirt. This event is a Fun Run, it is not a timed race. Find the event on Facebook or visit www.pittsfordvermont.com. Online registration available: runsignup.com/Race/VT/Pittsford/PittsfordTrailRuns5k1Mile.
CALLING ALL YOUTH: A SUMMER MUSICAL
A fun way for children ages 7 – 12 to be exposed to acting and singing in a nurturing, low-key environment where the emphasis is on developing confidence while having fun, as they learn the lines and songs of this upbeat musical, “Rescue in the Night,” by Allen Pote and Tom Long, a retelling of the Old Testament story of “Daniel and the Lions’ Den.”
Everyone is included and encouraged to stretch their abilities and acquire new skills, under the direction of June Hale, who has 30 years experience as a school music teacher and director of over 100 musical shows.
Daily Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 25-29, with a dress rehearsal and performance on June 30, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 146 N. Main St., Fair Haven.
The cost is $150 per child, which covers scripts, a copy of the audio CD of the musical to aid with memorizing lines and songs, snacks and afternoon activities. Scholarships are available. No one will be turned away because they cannot pay the tuition. Parents/guardians are encouraged to volunteer at least one afternoon to help supervise and transport the youth to afternoon activities. To register or for questions, call or email June Hale: firstname.lastname@example.org, 203-500-2796.
VOLUNTEER AS A DOCENT AT THE COOLIDGE SITE
Do you have an interest in history and enjoy sharing your enthusiasm with students and the public? Imagine spending a lovely afternoon in the historic schoolhouse at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site chatting with visitors about President Coolidge amid hands-on activities about his life and times. Volunteers are needed to staff the schoolhouse on summer and fall Thursdays and Saturdays from 1 – 3 p.m. as well as on special-event days. Sign up for the times that work for you.
You are also invited to join a group of dedicated volunteers who lead Coolidge Site History Exploration visits with students, their parents and teachers. Most school visits are between mid-May and mid-June, and September through October, usually between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Orientation and materials are provided, and the schedule is flexible.
For further information, please contact Diane Kemble, education director, Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation at email@example.com or call 802-324-9465.
AARP DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM AT RUTLAND REGIONAL
Driving is a complicated task. It requires people to see and hear clearly; pay close attention to other cars, traffic signs and signals, and pedestrians; and react quickly to events. It’s common for people to have declines in visual, thinking, or physical abilities as they get older. As a result, older drivers are more likely than younger ones to have trouble in certain situations.
Rutland Regional Medical Center is hosting an AARP Smart Driving Course, Saturday, May 3 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at the CVPS/Leahy Community Education Center, 160 Allen Street in Rutland. This is an excellent opportunity to refresh your driving skills and learn strategies to stay safe behind the wheel. Among the topics covered will be how to adjust your driving to age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time; defensive driving techniques; new traffic laws and rules of the road; and how medications impact driving. Completing this course will entitle you to auto insurance discounts and can help to reduce costs on your overall vehicle maintenance.
Register online at www.rrmc.org or call 802-772-2400. The fee for non-AARP members is $20, and $15 for AARP members. To qualify for the member rate please put your AARP member number in the memo section of your check. Make the check payable to AARP. After you have enrolled in the course, mail the check to Baird Morgan, 799 Elm Street, Florence, VT 05744.
WALLINGFORD RECREATION SUMMER CAMP
Calling all children in the towns of Wallingford, Clarendon, Shrewsbury, Tinmouth and Danby for a four-week Summer Recreation Program. If you have completed Kindergarten through 6th grade, join us for games, sports, arts and crafts, cooking, hiking and swimming daily at the Wallingford Recreation field and Elfin Lake starting at Wallingford Elementary School. Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. (program 8:45 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.). Program cost: $65 per week ($60 for Wallingford residents). Registration forms available at Wallingford, Clarendon, Shrewsbury Mountain, Tinmouth and Currier Memorial Schools or at the Wallingford Town Office and on the documents page of the Wallingford website www.wallingfordvt.com. For more information or questions, please call the town office at 446-2872.
GAINING TRACTION WORKSHOP
Being klutzy is no longer a laughing matter. In fact, one of the most serious medical problems facing older people is falling. After we reach 30, the muscles we use to stand tall begin to weaken. The length of our stride shortens, and the pace of our steps slows. Even our vision becomes fuzzier. However, aging isn’t the only reason people lose their sense of stability. With balance, you either “use it” or “lose it.” You can maintain it if you stay active.
The staff in Rehabilitation Services at Rutland Regional Medical Center has developed a workshop specifically addressing walking, balance and stability. The workshop, entitled “Gaining Traction: Improve Your Walking, Balance, Mobility, and Stability,” will be held every Thursday, March 29-April 26, from 4 – 5:30 p.m. in the CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center, at Rutland Regional Medical Center.
Participants will learn the mechanics of walking and how various conditions such as arthritis, foot and joint issues, and neurological problems impact gait, and what strategies can be used to compensate for these conditions. There will be discussions on setting realistic walking goals, how to track progress using a pedometer and other technology, utilizing exercises that will enhance your mobility, and how to select appropriate footwear. At the conclusion of the program there will be a panel discussion with the folks from Rehabilitative Services, followed by a walk around the Rutland Regional Loop, weather permitting.
The cost is $15 and registration is required. For more information or to register, visit www.rrmc.org or call 802-772-2400.
Rutland Regional to offer Chair Aerobics
If you have difficulty standing or walking, it doesn’t have to mean exercise is out of the question. Rutland Regional Medical Center is offering a Chair Aerobics, Tuesdays & Fridays, April 3-27, from 4 – 5 p.m. in the CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center at Rutland Regional, 160 Allen Street, Rutland.
The class, instructed by Allyson Taggart, NASM-CPT, will focus on strength, endurance and flexibility. It is suitable for most beginner levels, and geared towards those who are disabled, recovering from an injury, experiencing joint problems, and/or have difficulty performing exercises that require standing, walking or running for any length of time.
Each class will open with an introduction on a topic, a review of the exercises, a workout and a take-home exercise assignment. Topics covered throughout the course will include shoulder mobility/flexibility, endurance and isometric exercise, balance and core strength, and education on the health benefits of aerobic exercise.
Cost for this course is $15. Payments not received within two weeks of the class date will be considered cancelled (unless special arrangements have been made). Since we have a limit in class size, we often have a waiting list of individuals who want to take this class. Scholarships are available based on need. Please call Community Education at 802-772-2400 to discuss this.
If you would like to pay by credit card, please call 802-772-2400. Checks should be payable to RRMC and mailed to: Rutland Regional Medical Center Community Education 435 West Street Rutland, VT 05701.
RACE FOR THE CURE – MANCHESTER
Early Bird online registration is open for the Susan G. Komen Vermont Race for the Cure on Saturday, July 21, beginning at Riley Rink at Hunter Park of Manchester. Standard registration pricing of $20 for adult/survivor or $5 for youth age 12 and under will go up by $10 beginning April 8. Seventy-five percent of proceeds raised stay local to support community service organizations, the remaining 25 percent goes to vital national breast cancer research. To register, visit www.komennewengland.org.
MINING THE SPIRITUAL OF ADVERSITY
Wednesday, May 16, 5:30 – 6:03 p.m. — Rutland Free Library, 10 Court Street, Rutland. The question of why bad things happen to good people has been around forever. We each face problems — some large, some small. What causes them? Can we avoid them? This open discussion will explore spiritual keys to find the root cause of our problems and to unlock the secrets of effective problem solving. We will try a spiritual exercise to kindle creativity and help us to understand and begin to resolve our challenges. Come share your stories and insights as we look to discover the spiritual growth that can arise from adversity. Hosted by Eckankar, a spiritual teaching that provides simple exercises for people of all faiths, traditions, and walks of life to develop and deepen a conscious and practical relationship with spirit. More info: www.eckankar-vt.org or 800-772-9390.
HU CHANT: SOUND OF SOUL
Wednesday, June 20 at 5:30 p.m. – Rutland Free Library, 10 Court Street, Rutland. Are you looking to find more inner peace and balance in your life? Chanting HU has helped people from all backgrounds throughout time to find inner healing, strength, and expanded awareness. All are warmly invited to experience the HU at the Rutland Library. You are welcome to chant out loud or simply listen, whatever is right for you. The chants last about 20 minutes, followed by brief contemplative time and conversation with others of like heart. Hosted by Eckankar, a spiritual teaching that provides simple exercises for people of all faiths, traditions, and walks of life to develop and deepen a conscious and practical relationship with spirit. More info: www.eckankar-vt.org & 800-772-9390.