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Thursday January 10, 2013

Jan. 10

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 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 or call Kylee at 802- 362-4061. 10 a.m.

Gnosis Classes offered at HAYC3

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- What is gnosis? The word Gnosis is derived from the Greek language and means "knowledge of an intuitive nature; the intuitive apprehension of spiritual truths." Gnosis is a knowledge that cannot be arrived at through books or lectures, but rather through one's own direct experience. This knowledge or wisdom, therefore, is not found outside of us, but within ourselves.

What is the format of the classes offered at the gnosis center? Open classes are being offered on Thursday nights from 6:30-8 p.m. In each class, there will be a talk and a practice. Practices range from introductory techniques for relaxation and meditation, to keys that can be applied in daily life. No previous experience is needed. Meditations will be structured for all levels, with breaks and explanations of techniques used. Come to any or all. Donations are welcome to cover expenses. NAGA is a 501(c)3 not for profit.

Jan. 10 The 4 Ways Jan. 17 The 2 Lines of Life Jan. 24 Need & Greed Jan. 31 Ego, Essence & Personality.

These adult classes will be held in the Bodidharmha Room (Basement of the HAYC3 Armory).

Jan. 11

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. Please call Kylee Ryan with any questions at 362-4061. 10 a.m. Jan. 16

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.

Jan. 17

Holistic Health Workshop Press (HAYC3) Honey Heart Holistic Health Workshop at the HAYC3 Armory

HOOSICK FALLS -- Honey Heart Holistic Health is a new office that has opened at the HAYC3 Armory on the second floor, Suite 19. Owner, Jennifer Contessa, will be holding her first of many two hour health workshops. The Jan. 17 workshop at 6:30 p.m. will focus on Whole Foods:

-What are whole foods and how one can incorporate more of them into their diet.

- What are refined foods and how to reduce the amount of refined foods that you and your family consume.

- The importance of drinking quality water and how much you should be drinking.

The work shop will also cover how individuals can reach obtainable goals for the New Year, including: -Mental health and meditation - Managing stress and improving physical health with positive lifestyle changes.

The cost is $30 for HAYC3 members and $45 for non-members. Please call 518-281-6715 for more information and to register.

Jan. 23

Minerva Arts Center announces e winter/spring Gleekers workshop to be held at the First Congregational Church of Williamstown.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Inspired by the hit T. V. show Glee, students explore dance, song and theatricality ranging from Broadway tunes to modern songs and choreography with the direction of dance instructor Nicole Rizzo and vocal coach Kimberly Rose. Workshop offers two sessions, Wednesdays and Saturdays with 2 performances on April 27.

Wednesday classes will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Youth Chapel, and will run January 23, 30, February 6, 13, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3,10, and 24. Saturday classes will be held from 10 a.m. to Noon, and will run Jan. 26, Feb. 2nd, 9, 16, March 2nd, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 24.

There will be a 2 p.m. and a 7 p.m. performance for the public on April 27 in Fellowship Hall. Tuition for the 12 week session is $275.

To register go to

or email Kay at Payment installments and financial assistance is available, in inquire call Kay O'Mara at 413-441-6120


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

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.

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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