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Thursday January 3, 2013

Jan. 3

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.

Jan. 4

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. 6 --18

Ski Lessons

Killington College

KILLINGTON -- Attend Killington College for your two-week semester in ski-tistics, board-ology and Party 101. Your future starts here! The Collegiate Winter Games run Jan. 7 -- 11 and college ID is required to participate.

Jan. 7

Bennington County Choral Society seeks singers

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington County Choral Society (BCCS), directed by Edwin Lawrence, has opened a call for singers for its spring 2013 performances of Fauré's "Requiem." Rehearsals begin Monday, Jan. 7, at the Second Congregational Church in Bennington. New singers are welcome and encouraged to join.

This spring's concert, with performances on Saturday, March 23, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 24, at 3 p.m., celebrates one of the best-loved choral works of the 19th century, French composer Gabriel Fauré's "Requiem," Op. 48.

Fauré (1845-1924) is regarded as one of the masters of the French art song, or "mélodie." Although requiems are usually associated with death and mourning, Fauré's "Requiem" reflects, as the composer said in a 1902 interview, death as "a happy deliverance, an aspiration towards happiness above, rather than as a painful experience." The composition was not conceived as a complete liturgical setting, but developed over several years as movements were added between 1887 and 1900; it was performed in its full orchestral version at Fauré's own funeral in 1924.

The BCCS spring concert program also includes Romantic music by composers such as Mendelssohn, Brahms and others.

The Bennington County Choral Society is a mixed adult chorus of voices is drawn from southern Vermont and nearby New York and Massachusetts communities. It aims to foster an environment in which chorus members coalesce as a group and develop as an ensemble, with the goal of growing musically through weekly rehearsals and performances that are a source of pride and pleasure. 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 the first rehearsal on Monday, Jan. 7, and should arrive at 6:45 p.m., to allow time to register and sign out music, and to greet friends old and new. Regular weekly rehearsals are on Monday nights from 7 to 9 p.m.; a modest membership fee of $25 ($10 for students with ID) is requested. The Second Congregational Church, located at 115 Hillside Street in Bennington, is a fully handicapped-accessible space. For more information about the BCCS and its concerts, visit

Jan. 8

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. 9

Cognitive Journaling Workshop

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Many studies have found that Cognitive Therapy is as effective as anti-depressants for curing the blues. Good news in brain science makes this work even more hopeful and worthwhile. Learn to check the logic of your depressive thoughts and being the slow healing procss of retraining your brain. There will be no registred therapists in the class, just people like you who are determined to stop wasting time on "stinkin' thinkin. ‘" This workshop will be on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Armory. The workshop is $20 for HAYC3 members and $30 for non-members. Please call HAYC3 at 686-9050 to register.

Jan. 10

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. 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.


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

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

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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