Thursday April 4, 2013

April 4

Tai Chi for Seniors

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

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.

April 5

Get Active exercise class

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. 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. Call Kylee Ryan with any questions at 362-4061. 10 a.m. April 10

MANCHESTER -- Come to "Game Night" which will be held on Wednesday, April 10 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Israel Congregation. Scrabble, Monopoly, poker and more. Bring your favorite board game (or poker chips) to challenge those who come through the door. Brown Bag supper (no meat allowed). We will provide sodas, prizes, and lots of good cheer. The public is invited; middle school and older children are also welcomed. Entry fee: $3/person. Israel Congregation is located on Route 7A/Main Street in Manchester. Questions? Call Eileen Wolff at 802-768-8292 or Mickey Kent at 802-824-6809.

April 15

VAE Open Studio Art Camp

NORTH BENNINGTON. -- It’s time to make vacation plans! April school vacation week is right around the corner, but there’s still time to make sure your child has a fun, inspiring school break immersed in the arts. Register now for Vermont Arts Exchange’s special Vacation Week Open Studio Art Camp in VAE’s Sage Street Mill studios, Monday to Friday, April 15-19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

VAE’s Open Studio Art Camp is one of VAE’s most popular -- and fun! -- programs. With artist-instructor Ann Webster-Lang, students ages 6-12 are exposed to a wide variety of materials, tools and supplies not often found in other art programs. Campers get the chance to work both individually and in groups, and are encouraged to try new things.

As campers work at their own pace throughout the week, structured activities and themes act as guides -- and freedom of expression is encouraged. Students experiment and work with wood shop tools, mixed media and recycled material, plaster, wood, fiber, drawing materials, acrylic paint, watercolor, oil pastel and chalk pastel. Weather permitting, the group heads outdoors to explore the VAE grounds -- the "outdoor studio."

Tuition for this Open Studio Art Camp is $185 per week. Campers should bring lunch, a snack and clothing that can get messy.

Continuing

Spring sing and dance classes offered in Weston

WESTON -- The Weston Playhouse Theatre Company is offering two classes this spring which are sure to chase away the winter blues. On a series of five Tuesdays, from April 23 to May 21, students in grades 4-8 are invited to participate in "Broadway Bound"; and adults are encouraged to sign up for "Community Cabaret." Both classes will be held in the theatre’s rehearsal space on Main Street in Weston and taught by Broadway performer and Weston favorite Susan Haefner.

Broadway Bound is designed for kids who love to perform. Time will be allocated to singing, dancing and acting -- as all three skills are necessary if one is to journey from Vermont to the Great White Way. Learning songs and dances from popular Broadway musicals, students will develop confidence, learn how to project, and get a taste of what it’s like to be a future Broadway star. Tuesdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. $85.

Community Cabaret is designed for adults with a dose of post-winter cabin fever and at least a smidge of talent. Susan, who has directed cabarets for the Weston Playhouse, will lead class participants as they choose material, learn songs, develop skits, dig up props and basically just have a lot of laughs. If the class so chooses, a sixth session can be added and friends can be invited to a performance not to be missed! Tuesdays from 7 to 8:45 p.m.

$125.

Classes start April 23. Registration is requested by April 10. Class size is limited, so sign up today. A registration form can be downloaded on our website, westonplayhouse.org

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.

The Junior Chorus (ages 7 to 12) meets from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., and Senior Chorus (ages 10 to 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

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 to 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

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.