Thursday December 13, 2012

Dec. 13

Tai Chi for Seniors

Equinox Village

Manchester Center

Rich Marantz of Green Mountain Tai Chi leads interested seniors toward health and happiness using the methods and philosophies of Tai-chi chuan, Qigong and traditional Chinese external-qi healing. For more information, contact Rich directly at (802) 645-1960 or rich@greenmountaintaichi.com. 10 a.m.

Mixed Media Painting with Collage

Equinox Village

Manchester Center

We'll use traditional materials, along with torn paper and fabric to create what will likely be abstract works. It will be fun and freeing without the pressure of doing or painting something the "right way." The class is $50 for the public (and free for Equinox Village residents.) For more information, visit http://tonyconner.com/classes-workshops/ or call Kylee at 802- 362-4061. 10 a.m.

Dec. 14

Get Active Exercise Class

Equinox Village

Manchester Center

Get Active is a safe and fun introductory exercise class tailored for individuals that may have conditions, injuries, or a lack of experience that would prevent them from participating in a more mainstream exercise class. It includes all areas of fitness: aerobic, strength, flexibility, and balance.


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It is designed to be one level more difficult than the Get Moving class. Get Active is led by Chris Uchida: a personal trainer, past professional dancer, and licensed physical therapy assistant employed with Prospect Rehabilitation. The cost of the class is $15 per class for the general public, $10 per class for Cornerstone Fitness Clinic members, and free for Equinox Village residents. Please call Kylee Ryan with any questions at 362-4061. 10 a.m. Dec. 19

Wandering Wednesdays

Grafton Lakes State Park -- Friends of Grafton Lakes State Park

Grafton, N.Y.

Wandering in the Grafton Lakes State Park. Bring snacks, warm clothing, cameras or binoculars and a flashlight or headlamp. 4 pm.

Continuing

Bennington Children's Chorus rehearses

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Children's Chorus, directed by Kerry Ryer-Parke, recently began its 25th season and continues rehearsals each Thursday.

The BCC is an independent community-based nonprofit organization for children of unchanged voices to study and perform the finest choral literature written for the treble voice. Weekly rehearsals are held on Thursdays at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 108 School St. in Bennington.

The Junior Chorus (ages 7-12) meets from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., and Senior Chorus (ages 10-17) meets from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. There is a fee for each term and scholarships are available.

For information visit benningtonchildrenschorus.com

String instrument lessons at music academy

MANCHESTER -- The Michael Rudiakov Music Academy will offer string instrument lessons to students ages 6-18, with the Fall semester running through Dec. 3. Faculty members are Joana Genova, violin; Vesela French, violin; Ariel Rudiakov, viola and Jared Shapiro, cello. All lessons take place at Festival House in Manchester and there is one recital each semester.

The Academy is dedicated to the memory of internationally renowned cellist, Michael Rudiakov (1934-2000) who helped to bring classical music to Manchester area children through youth concerts, in-school demonstrations and Music Discovery Week.

Tuition is $440 for 11 lessons, with scholarships available. For information call 802-362-1956 or visit mmfvt.org

Green Mountain Youth Orchestra accepting applications

BENNINGTON -- The Green Mountain Youth Orchestra is now accepting applications for the 2012-2013 season. The orchestra, under the direction of Ellen Sager, offers orchestra opportunities for the string, woodwind, brass and percussion player.

The orchestra meets weekly at the Mount Anthony Union High School band room.

The orchestra offers 3 ensembles: Repertory String Ensemble, for the young developing string player; Senior String Ensemble, for string players of intermediate to advanced level; and Symphonic Orchestra for Strings, Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion players.

The orchestra performs 2-4 times a year with a gala performance this season with the Lakes Region Youth Orchestra.

For information call 802-442-6229 or visit gmyo.org

BCCS has openings for singers for winter

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington County Choral Society, directed by Edwin Lawrence, has opened a call for singers for its winter holiday concert. Rehearsals are Monday evenings at the Second Congregational Church. New singers are welcome and encouraged to join.

This year's concert, with performances on Nov.17-18 at St. Peter's Episcopal Church. The BCCS is a mixed adult chorus of voices drawn from southern Vermont and nearby New York and Massachusetts communities. The chorus, which performs three concerts each year, is open to ages 15 and older and all singing/reading abilities.

Any interested singer can join rehearsal and should arrive at 6:45 p.m., to allow time to register and sign out music and to greet friends old and new. A membership fee of $25 ($10 for students with ID) is requested. Regular weekly rehearsals are held Monday nights from 7 to 9 p.m.

The Second Congregational Church is located at 115 Hillside Street. For information visit bccsmusic.wordpress.com.

Art from around the world at SVAC

MANCHESTER -- Grab your passports and take a journey around the world as students explore art from many lands! In addition to creating an art project from a specific region of the world, you will become fully immersed by learning about the areas' geography, culture, customs, language, music and more.

These art classes will provide a multi-sensory, cross-curricular enrichment opportunity and will foster an awareness of different cultures and greater global understanding. This after school program will be taught by local artist and educator, Stacy Gates, of Create with Bogate. Stacy has been teaching various art and craft mediums in the area for more than 15 years.

Wednesday after-school art classes 3 -- 5 p.m. 6 week session: Jan. 9-Feb.13 $100 To register call Courtney at 802-367-1300 or cweir@svac.org

VAE offers space in PrintRoom

NORTH BENNINGTON -- The Vermont Arts Exchange has now opened the PrintRoom -- a "free range" co-working space for creativity, collaboration and work -- located at the Sage Street Mill and open for daily drop-ins or monthly, quarterly or annual members.

The PrintRoom, aptly named for its collection of letterpress equipment donated by Bill Scott, is a sunny, airy space with worktables, stools and shared desks. The fully accessible facility offers Wi-Fi, shared color printers and a coffee bar and espresso machine.

For information about the PrintRoom co-working space at VAE, contact Amy Anselmo at amyanselmovt@gmail.com or 802-445-5280, or visit vtartxchange.org/artistops.php. For information about VAE call 802-442-5549 or visit vtartxchange.org.

Bennington Arts Guild seeks members

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Arts Guild (BAG), a cooperative organization of professional artists from Bennington and the surrounding areas, is actively seeking new members. Juried professional artist members run the gallery two-to-three shifts each month, work on a committee, and attend four mandatory meetings each year.

The BAG Gallery at 103 South St. For more information visit benningtonartsguild.com or call 802-447-2553.