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Thursday October 11, 2012

Oct. 13

Canfield Library hosts Monopoly Tournament

ARLINGTON -- The Martha Canfield Library will be the place for lovers of the game Monopoly -- and who doesn't love Monopoly -- when the library hosts its first Monopoly Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 13, with play beginning at 1 p.m.

The tournament is free to the public. (The date event is a changed from an earlier announced date.) Monopoly turned 75 years old in 2010.

The tournament will consist of two rounds of about 90 minutes each. There is a limit of 16 players. The four winners of the first round will meet in the second round for the championship. Prizes will be awarded.

The chief judge of the tournament will be Phil Orbanes, who headed the research and development department at Parker Brothers and is now the president of Winning Moves, Inc. Orbanes as been described as "the closest thing to a real-life Mr. Monopoly as you can get." He is considered the world's foremost Monopoly historian and when officials at Hasbro, who now owns Monopoly, have a question they reportedly call him. Orbanes is responsible for adding a third die to the game which speeded up the game and has been a part of all Monopoly games sold since 2008.

The Martha Canfield Library is located at 528 East Arlington Road. For information and to sign up call 802-375-2219 or visit 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

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

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

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

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 or 802-445-5280, or visit For information about VAE call 802-442-5549 or visit

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 or call 802-447-2553.


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