READER BULLETINS: November 23-29, 2017

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Equinox Village is teaming up with the Manchester Garden Club to host Wreaths for a Cause, a holiday wreath-making workshop and champagne brunch to benefit the Manchester Community Food Cupboard. This special holiday event is set for Saturday, December 9 at 10 a.m. at Equinox Village.
Jane Childs and members of the Manchester Garden Club will provide instruction on how to make your own holiday evergreen wreath, while the executive chef of Equinox Village will supply a delectable holiday brunch, complete with champagne. The festive morning will bring friends and neighbors together to raise funds to support the important work of the Manchester Food Cupboard.
The cost to attend is $50 per person and includes all food, beverages and wreath-making materials. Tables of four are also available at a cost of $180. The event is open to the community. Wreaths will also be available for purchase that day.
Space is limited, and reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation, call Heather Aldrich at 802-362-4061 or email

Rotary Clubs Join Together in support of Habitat for Humanity’s Work in Rutland County. When one thinks of Habitat for Humanity, one mostly thinks of building affordable homes with homeowners and volunteers to keep costs low. But four area Rotary clubs — Fair Haven, Killington-Pico, Rotary Club of Rutland South, and Poultney — decided that a significant way to support Habitat for Humanity’s work in Rutland County was to pool their resources to help them purchase a trailer. This construction trailer will move from site to site where homes are being built. Their gift ensures that Habitat of Rutland County will be able to safely store building supplies and tools, providing easy access and storage right on site each day where they are needed.
Although Rotary Clubs have supported projects all over the world, this was one of the first times clubs have combined contributions in such a way to make an impact on a specific local project, according to Fair Haven Rotary member Jennifer Larson. “We saw a need, and realized that if several Rotary clubs gave a partial contribution, it would make the construction trailer possible. Habitat has made such a great job of providing an important basic need in our communities — safe, affordable housing. This new trailer will now be a part of every job locally!”

Join Bennington County Forester, Kyle Mason, as we learn about how to look at forests through the eyes of a forester. We will look at considerations such as wildlife habitat, timber potential, and human-based aesthetics on different forest types and management approaches. The event will be on Sunday, December 3 from 4 – 5 p.m. at the Manchester Community Library, located at 138 Cemetery Ave., Manchester Center, VT.
This program is free and open to the public. This workshop is sponsored by the Vermont Woodlands Association and the Manchester Community Library.
Contact: Silvia Cassano, Vermont Woodlands Association 802-747-7900

FREE Stress Management and Reduction workshop on Wednesday, December 13, from 10 a.m. to noon. It will be held at BROC Community Action, 45 Union Street in Rutland. To register, please contact Donalee Kirk at 802-665-1725 or

The Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNAHSR) will host its 29th Annual Tree of Remembrance ceremony at the Franklin Conference Center, Howe Square in Rutland on Tuesday, December 5 at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. In the event of inclement weather, a snow date of Wednesday, December 6 has been set.
The Tree of Remembrance ceremony is a way for community members to reflect, honor and celebrate loved ones and friends who have passed away. The ceremony will feature music by the Hospice Trillium choir, remarks by Hospice medical director Dr. Allan Eisemann, recitation of loved ones’ names, the lighting of the tree, refreshments and fellowship.
“This ceremony is about families who have lost a loved one and their legacy,” says Nicole Moran, director of the Hospice program. “Our caregivers, volunteers and staff care deeply for the families of our patients and offer a variety of services to them to help deal with grief and loss. This ceremony is a beloved annual event and is just one of the many ways we want to honor and remember their loved ones for years to come.”
To add a loved one’s name to the wall of remembrance, to RSVP or for event questions, please call 802-775-0568.

Sunday, December 3, Grace Congregational Church will present the annual performances of Handel’s “Messiah.” The Rutland Area Chorus, soloists and orchestra will perform the concerts at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., under the direction of Alastair Stout, minister of music at Grace Church. The “Messiah” soloists are Allison Devery of Montpelier, soprano; Amy Frostman of South Burlington, alto; Cameron Steinmetz of Montpelier, tenor; and Zebulun McLellan of Tinmouth, bass.
A free-will offering will be received and a reception will follow the 7 p.m. performance. For more information, please call the church office at 775-4301.

Grade 1 & 2 Instructional Basketball
Children have fun while learning the basic skills needed to play the game of basketball. Learn to dribble, pass and shoot (but no dunking please) in this introduction to the world of basketball. Parents are encouraged to get involved and help out the staff. Saturdays Jan. 6 thru Feb. 10, 8 – 9 a.m. Leo Keefe gym. Registration is available Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Courcelle or online at Questions? Call 802-772-1822.

Co-ed Drop-In Basketball
Men or Women, high school graduates and older are welcome to attend. There is a $5 drop-in fee. We will supply basketballs, pinnies and an on-site supervisor. Drop-in nights Mondays, Nov. 20 thru Feb. 19, 7:45 – 9:15 p.m. Rutland Intermediate School. Questions? Call 802-772-1822

Kids & Family Fun Day at Giorgetti Arena
Once again this year, Dream Center in partnership with Rutland Recreation & Parks Department will be hosting a free Kids and Family Fun Day at Giorgetti Arena. Activities include a cookout, s’mores, skating, music, raffles and games. There is no charge for the event, but a donation of non-perishable food is suggested and encouraged to support our less-fortunate neighbors. Saturday, November 25, 1 – 3 p.m. Giorgetti Arena. More information is available on Rutland Recreation’s Facebook page or call 802-772-1822.

The Gables at East Mountain will be hosting their annual Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, November 18 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. This free-to-attend event will feature 30 vendors selling a variety of artwork, jewelry, holiday-themed gifts, maple products, baked goods and much more. The Gables is located at 1 Gables Place, off of Gleason Road, in Rutland. For more information call 770-5263.

Spartan Arena is sponsoring a series of co-ed Learn to Play instructional hockey sessions, led by members of the Rutland Cutting Edge women’s ice hockey team. Instruction will be geared to players of varying ability, even if you have never skated before. No experience is necessary!
The following equipment is required:
Helmet with face shield
Hockey gloves
Hockey skates (rentals are available at the rink)
Hockey stick
It is also highly recommended that you wear elbow and shin pads. The Cutting Edge has some equipment to loan to get you started.
Sessions run from 6 – 7 p.m. on the following Sundays: Nov. 26, Dec. 10 and Dec. 17. A second round will begin in January. Cost is $10 per session payable to Spartan Arena. No preregistration is necessary. We recommend you arrive 20 to 30 minutes ahead of time to suit up.
Questions? Email Spartan Arena or rutlandcuttingedges

A free, peer-run workshop is held at Vermont Psychiatric Survivors, 128 Merchants Row Ste. 606, in downtown Rutland, Tuesdays from 1 – 2:30 p.m. to make fun, easy, useful crafts with an instructor. The entire workshop is free to the public. Supplies are provided. RSVP suggested by calling 802-775-6834.

“Men’s Health Update”
Join Dr. Ernest Bove, board-certified urologist, of Marble Valley Urology, on Thursday, December 7, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the CVPS/Leahy Community Education Center at Rutland Regional Medical Center, 160 Allen Street, Rutland for a discussion on male urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction.
Dr. Bove will explain the concerns individuals have regarding these important health issues, as well as current treatments for managing them. A question-and-answer period will immediately follow the presentation. The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. To register, please visit or call 802-772-2400.