READER BULLETINS: Aug. 2-8, 2018

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Rutland Regional Offers Tai Chi Class for Beginners
This beginner-level class runs from 8/27 to 10/1 and is taught by Laurie Knauer, in the CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center at Rutland Regional. It will be offered twice each evening: 5:15-6:15 p.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese form of graceful exercise that involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner accompanied by deep breathing. It is considered safe for all ages and levels of fitness. The benefits of Tai Chi include stress reduction, increased balance and flexibility, relaxation and pain relief. It is recommended for anyone with arthritis, diabetes, stress, and a variety of other health conditions.
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.

Bingo at Maple Valley Grange
On Sunday August 5, Maple Valley Grange on Dugway Road in South Wallingford will host bingo. Doors open at 11 a.m. with the first game at 1 p.m., and food will be available. For information, Contact Dennis Stocker at 802-353-4651.

A New Candlelight Evening Service
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Fair Haven announces the addition of a new half-hour service to its weekly schedule: a Candlelight Evening Service held every Wednesday until Thanksgiving, from 7:30 – 8 p.m. The newly installed Smith-Gilbert five-rank pipe organ will be heard in each service, and the church’s new Chorister program, open to children ages seven through twelve, will provide some of the music throughout the year.
The service follows the Order of Compline which draws upon texts from the psalms, biblical readings, hymns and prayers entreating God for a peaceful rest after a day of work and activity.
St. Luke’s is open and inclusive and welcomes everyone, without regard to religious affiliation. The service is free. No offering will be collected. The church is located at 146 N. Main St, Fair Haven, VT. For more information or questions, call 802-537-2198 or email junehale2015@gmail.com

Farm to Ballet returns to Billings
Grab your blanket, picnic basket, and the entire family to experience Farm to Ballet — an early-evening, full-length ballet performance at Billings Farm, on Saturday, August 4 at 6:30 p.m. The colorful program reinterprets classical ballet pieces to tell the story of three seasons on a Vermont farm, accompanied by a live string sextet playing Vivaldi. General admission $20, children 12 & under are free. Tickets are available through Billings Farm & Museum’s website: www.billingsfarm.org/farm-to-ballet or by telephone: 802-457-2355.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for exploring the operating dairy farm, featuring the Jersey herd, draft horses, sheep and oxen. Pack a picnic or purchase a fresh-off-the-grill Billings Farm grilled cheese sandwich with tomato jam and a garden-fresh side salad prepared by the Woodstock Inn. Also available at the Dairy Bar: Billings Farm picnic supper, Vermont-made ice cream and beverages.
For more information and tickets please visit billingsfarm.org or call 802-457-2355. To learn more about The Farm to Ballet Project, visit farmtoballet.org.

18th Annual Antique Tractor Day
Billings Farm & Museum, gateway to Vermont’s rural heritage, will host its 18th Annual Antique Tractor Day on Sunday, August 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring both restored and unrestored tractors dating from the 1920s to the 1970s. The narrated tractor parade at 1 p.m. provides a wonderful opportunity to see the machines operating, while learning the details and historical background of each tractor. Tractor-drawn wagon rides will be offered along with activities for children to include: make-it-take-it wooden tractors, a toy tractor sandbox, ice cream making, and pedal tractor pulls.
Admission to Antique Tractor Day, and all related programs and activities, is included with general admission to Billings Farm & Museum. A bonus for event attendees is admission to the 32nd Annual Quilt Exhibition, on display at Billings Farm & Museum through September 16.
The Billings Farm & Museum is operated by The Woodstock Foundation, Inc., a charitable, nonprofit institution. For further information: 802-457-2355 or www.billingsfarm.org.

Birding the Split Rock Trail with RCAS
On Saturday, August 11, Rutland County Audubon will hike the relatively easy, 1.9 mile, Split Rock Trail in Pittsford through a variety of habitats to look for birds. Meet at St. Alphonsus Church on Rte. 7 in Pittsford at 8 a.m. (MUST meet at church — there is VERY limited parking at the trailhead). Contact birding@rutlandcountyaudubon.org.

Free High School Career Program
Linking Learning to Careers is a free program available for a limited time only, to students Grades 10—11 who are supported by IEP or 504 plans. Parents who are interested or have children receiving Vocational Rehabilitation services and want help preparing for their future are encouraged to contact Marianne Langello, Linking Learning to Careers, Career Consultant at Vocational Rehabilitation Marianne.Langello@vermont.gov or 802-786-5143.

MOUNT INDEPENDENCE HIKE INTO HISTORY
On Sunday, August 5, the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell, Vermont, will offer a special guided “Hike into History. The walk runs from 2 to 4 p.m. and is included in regular site admission of $5 for adults and free for those under 15.
Stephen Zeoli is your guide. Learn about the stirring story of Mount Independence and its important role in the American Revolution and in the making of our nation. It was built as an American defense of New England against the British in 1776-77, and then occupied by the British and Germans from July to November 1777.
Mount Independence is located on Mount Independence Road, six miles west of the intersections of VT Routes 22A and 73 near Orwell village. This National Historic Landmark is one of the best-preserved Revolutionary War sites in America. Carefully follow the signs. The site is open daily through October 14. Call 802-948-2000 for more information. For information on the Vermont State-Owned Historic Sites, visit: www.historicsites.vermont.gov.

WOOF! WHAT IS THAT DOG SAYING?
Is a yawn always just a yawn? Why does a dog shake off even when it’s not wet? Is a tail wag always friendly? Learn all about how dogs communicate and what they say with their bodies.
Deb Helfrich will demystify dog communication, explain how dogs express themselves, and explore how we can all live safely and happily together.
Helfrich is the owner and co-founder of Gold Star Dog Training LLC, based in Fairfax, VT. She has been a therapy-dog handler since 1996 and the volunteer director of training and certification for Therapy Dogs of Vermont (TDV) since 2005. In this role, she manages the testing and evaluation of new therapy dog teams, oversees a statewide team of testers and evaluators, and is responsible for all policies and guidelines related to therapy dog certification.
The program is free, accessible and open to humans only. Please leave the pups comfortably at home. Light refreshments for all humans will be served.
Castleton Free Library, located at 638 Main Street in Castleton, can be reached at 802-468-5574.

32nd Annual Quilt Exhibition
Billings Farm & Museum will hosts its 32nd Annual Quilt Exhibition through September 16, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., featuring quilts made by Windsor County quilters.
The exhibition will include quilting activities and demonstrations for every age and skill level, with quilters on hand to discuss their work. Challenge quilts made by the Delectable Mountain Quilt Guild will also be exhibited. A quilt challenge requires specific design and construction rules agreed upon by guild members, with the goal of improving their quilting skills.
Admission to Billings Farm & Museum’s 31st Annual Quilt Exhibition includes the operating dairy farm, orientation and farm life exhibits, the restored and furnished 1890 Farm House, plus daily programs and activities.
The Billings Farm & Museum is owned and operated by The Woodstock Foundation Inc., a charitable nonprofit institution. For further information call 802-457-2355 or visit www.billingsfarm.org.
Addison County Gospel Choir to Perform
The choir will offer a special concert on Saturday evening, August 4 at 7 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Rutland. This 35-voice choir with accompanying praise band performs traditional gospel favorites like “Blessed Assurance” and “I’ll Fly Away,” as well as contemporary worship songs like “Oceans” and “What a Beautiful Name.” Enjoy clapping along or soaking in the full sound of the choir and band. A free-will offering will be accepted for the performers.

ART and CSJ Team up
College of St. Joseph is pleased to announce a new partnership with Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre (ART), giving ART a new home stage for the 2018-19 season, and giving CSJ its first resident theatre company.
Beginning this fall, ART will move its performances from the Paramount Theatre’s Brick Box to College of St. Joseph’s Tuttle Hall Theatre, which will be reconfigured to seat 75 patrons per show, creating a more intimate theater experience. ART Executive Producer Sandra Gartner announced the move recently.
“For the past thirteen years, Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre has been producing quality and evocative theatre at The Paramount,” said Gartner. “What has attracted and built our audience over the years is not only the quality of our shows but the intimate, theatrical experience. We are excited to continue this tradition at the Tuttle Hall Theater.
“The staff at CSJ has made us feel so welcomed. They are supportive of us creating the space we need to present the intimate, theatre experience our audience members have enjoyed over the years.”
Jennifer Arnado handles external affairs for the college, and says having a resident theatre company on campus will greatly enhance the student experience, giving students access to all areas of production, from box office to auditions to building sets to marketing.
Open auditions for the first two shows of the upcoming season will be held on Friday, August 3 from 6 to 8 p.m,, and on Saturday, August 4 from 10 a.m. to noon in Tuttle Hall Theater at CSJ. Auditions for the second and third productions will be held on Thursday, September 6, from 6 to 8 p.m., and on Saturday, September 8 from 10 a.m. to noon. The company is also looking for people to fill crew positions. A stipend will be provided.