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 email@example.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.
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. March 16
Bookbinding workshop with Malcolm Summers
MANCHESTER -- Malcolm Summers of The Chester Bookworm will be offering a one day workshop in traditional English bookbinding at his studio in Chester, Vt. from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 16. This hands on class will teach participants every aspect of leather book construction. Learn the skills and techniques required to create a book from scratchm including: folding, sewing, edge cutting, affixing endpapers, Headbanding, Rounding and backing, lining the spine, paring leather, pasting the book into it's case and lettering the cover.
Throughout the course of class, Malcolm will talk about the history of books, tools and equipment, binding, decoration, and other points of interest to those in attendance. Tickets are $150. 00 and include all materials and a light lunch. Space is limited to six students.
For more information on this and other events, call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at www.northshire.com
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.
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
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 St. For information visit bccsmusic.wordpress.com.
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.