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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.
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/.
CSJ ANNOUNCES SPRING OPEN HOUSE AND ACCEPTED STUDENTS DAY
College of St. Joseph in Rutland is hosting its Spring Open House and Accepted Students Day on Friday, April 27. The Open House provides both prospective and accepted students and their families the opportunity to learn more about CSJ’s many degree programs, explore campus, and speak with admissions and financial aid counselors. The event begins at 9 a.m. and will run until 12 p.m.
Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the College’s intimate campus and speak with faculty from each academic program. Current CSJ students will be available to answer questions and provide insight about CSJ’s supportive nature, inclusive atmosphere and student life programs.
Members of CSJ’s athletic staff will be available to meet with anyone interested in becoming a Fighting Saint or an Archangel (eSports team). The Fighting Saints currently have teams for men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, softball, baseball and women’s volleyball. The eSports team, which launched in 2017, competes in games like League of Legends, Fortnite, Rocket League and Hearthstone.
Those interested in attending CSJ’s Spring Open House are encouraged to register in advance at www.csj.edu/visit, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 802-776-5205.
3rd Annual Pittsford Trail Runs
5k & 1 mile runs at the Pittsford Recreation Area on Saturday, April 28 at 9 a.m. Register online or at the Pittsford Town Office.
Pittsford Indoor Lawn Sale, Saturday, April 28 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Lothrop School Gym. $15 per table, fees benefit the Pittsford Christmas for Kids Fund. Contact Laurie: 802-282-3956.
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.
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
Rutland Regional Medical Center is hosting an AARP Smart Driving Course, Thursday, May 3 from 5 – 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; learn 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.
5K FOR THE FIGHT
Saturday, May 5, Relay For Life of Rutland County team Nancy’s Nit Wits will be holding a 5K run/walk, “5K For The Fight.” This is the first event of this type as a fundraiser for Relay For Life of Rutland County. The 3.1-mile course is designed for everybody (strollers are welcome). It will start at 10 a.m. at Giorgetti Arena in Rutland, wind through the streets of Rutland, and finish back at Giorgetti. There will be giveaways for all participants and prizes for top finishers in various age categories. Plus, every participant will be entered to win a Vermont Teddy Bear. Registration is $35 for age 13 and older, $25 for children 6-12, and children 5 and under are free. Individual registration is available online until April 30, and in person at the event, starting at 8:30 a.m. Sign up online before April 30 for $5 off individual registrations — promo code available online. Discounts are available for teams of five or more (email FiveKForTheFight@gmail.com to register). Further information and online registration: 5KForTheFight.Ticketspice.com/5K. Questions can be sent to FiveKForTheFight@gmail.com
GREEN UP DAY AT THE WEST RUTLAND MARSH
May 5 Green Up Day is in its 48th year, and as always, RCAS will be at West Rutland Marsh to help tidy up one of our favorite birding spots. Meet at the West Rutland Town Hall at 9 a.m. Bags provided. Bring gloves. Waterproof boots or old sneakers are recommended. More info: firstname.lastname@example.org
SOUTH WALLINGFORD GRANGE BINGO
Sunday, May 6, doors open at 11 a.m. First game starts at 1 p.m. Food is available. South Wallingford Grange, 31 Dugway Rd., S. Wallingford. Contact: Dennis Stocker. 802-353-4651
Chalk the Walk at Godnick
Mark your calendars for Hands On Minds On Children’s Art Studio’s 4th Annual Chalk the Walk on Sunday, May 6, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Godnick Center.
Enjoy art and the outdoors. Grab friends, or come and make new ones, all while creating a colorful piece of art. Families are encouraged to come participate in chalk art or just come to watch and enjoy some of the other activities. More details about the event are available at www.rutlandrec.com/chalkthewalk. This is a free event with a suggested donation of $3. Proceeds benefit the Hands On Minds On Art Studio. We hope to see you there. Questions: 773-1822
ROAST PORK DINNER
May 5 at the Pawlet Community Church. The Ladies and Gentlemen’s Supper Club invite you to dinner starting at 4:30 p.m. Cost of dinner is adults $12, age 12 & under $6, age 5 & under free. If you have questions regarding the dinner, please call Doreen Mach at 325-3428 or Judy Coolidge at 325-3073. Take out orders can also be made on the day of the dinner by calling the church at 325-3022.
WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT THE WEST RUTLAND MARSH AND BOARDWALK?
Join Rutland County Audubon Society members Sue and Marv Elliott for a slide show presentation and informational talk about the unique qualities that make the West Rutland Marsh one of the top birding hot spots in the United States. The event will be held on Thursday evening, May 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the West Rutland Town Hall community room ( 1st floor ) at 35 Marble Street. ADA accessible. Free and open to the public and all ages. Light refreshments to be served. The meeting is sponsored by the West Rutland Historical Society. For more information contact Peter Kulig at 802-438-2255 or e-mail email@example.com.
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.
Business Start-up Class
You are cordially invited to attend our FREE workshop, “Introduction to Starting a Micro Business” to be held at BROC Community Action on Thursday, May 10, at 9 a.m. The workshop ends about noon. We are located at 45 Union St. in Rutland. You are free to bring a beverage and/or snack.
Plan to make more money or turn your hobby into a business? We will help you unlock the key to your future, so that you can start your own business. BROC’s business counselor will provide an interactive, fun workshop with many resources available to you.
Registration is requested and greatly appreciated. Please call 802-665-1744 or email email@example.com to register today.
Bike Safety Day
On Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The Wallingford Community Bike Safety Day, will host its 20th Annual event, at the Wallingford Elementary School. This fun, interactive and collaboratively sponsored event always has something for all ages; from free helmet fitting to an obstacle course, and from bike safety inspections to 911 rescue vehicle / law enforcement interactions, etc. In addition, (as a tradition), there are always terrific prize give-a-ways, face painting, refreshments and much more; because of the generous support of sponsors and volunteers.
As a piece of history, the “Bike Safety Day” was started in the late 90s, by Wallingford’s Brad Kelley. Over the years, he enlisted the aid of Rotary, many local businesses, and volunteers to fund, facilitate and diversify this project. To date, major sponsors are the Wallingford Rotary and the GE Volunteers, rallied by Rodney Ward. The event is modeled from a program initiated by the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute and New England Medical Center in Boston, MA.
For more information, to make a donation, or to get involved as a volunteer, contact Rotarian co-chair Adrian Eisler at 802-446-7011 and / or GE co-chair Rodney Ward at 802-446-3672.
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. For more info: www.eckankar-vt.org or 800-772-9390.
URINARY INCONTINENCE 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.
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.
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.
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.