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Rutland Report October 6, 2011

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Thursday, October 6 - Applications are due to audition for this year's Really Big Show in November. Auditions will be Friday, October 7 and Tuesday, October 11 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. at Rutland Intermediate School. Call United Way, 773-7477, with your questions.

Thursday, October 6 - Have your Thursday night supper at the First Congregational Church, 189 S. Main St., in Wallingford, with chicken pie, cole slaw, cranberry sauce and relish, glazed carrots, beverages, and homemade pies. Have the additional satisfaction of knowing moneys raised go into a fund to restore the church steeple. Service begins at 5 p.m. Find out more by calling Evelyn Smith, 446-2341.

Friday, October 7 - James Cassarino and Rebecca Purdom perform a concert at 12-noon at the Trinity Church, 85 West St. They play organ and flute, respectively. To find out more about the half-hour of music, call 775-4368.

Friday, October 7 - Clarendon Elementary School hosts an evening of laughter Friday from 6 - 8 p.m. Special guests are the Clarendon Volunteer Fire Department, Clarendon Town road crew, the state transportation department, and the town select board for all their hard work post "Mean Irene." Enjoy cider and cookies, snacks, and more while your contributions help teacher Susan Mordecai, whose home was wrecked by the storm.

Saturday, October 8 -  Saturday is a great day for eating and fun, plus raising money for local causes. Downtown Rutland businesses celebrate the season with the community's annual Harvest/Heritage Festival and a Heritage Cake commemorating the 250th anniversary of Rutland Town's official charter. Call 773-9380.

October 8 & 9 - Catch a horse-drawn wagon to ride up the hill to the 50th annual Chaffee Aft Center's Art in the Park gathering in Main Street Park at the corner of Nain and West streets. Begin your holiday shopping with selections from the numerous vendors. Relish the autumn sunshine (we hope). Come back Sunday to see the treasures you missed the first time through.

Saturday, October 8 - Spend your evening at a dinner plus silent auction to benefit the Rutland Women's Shelter, enjoying a dinner by Applebee's and dessert by Café Provence, held at Shear Heaven Salon and Day Spa, 168 N. Main St. In addition to a silent auction, 50/50 raffle and cash bar, you receive an opportunity to win a facial, pedicure, and manicure. Time is 5-8 p.m. Call 773-8880 to reserve your seat.

Sunday, October 9 - As the week begins, the Vermont Dining Train offers a view of Vermont and New York countryside plus a four-course dinner on wheels on the rails. Call (800) 292-7245 for info.

Tuesday, October 11 - Voc Rehab Vermont hosts the Chamber's October mixer from 5 - 7 p.m. Check in with the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce, 773-2747.

Wednesday. October 12 - The documentary film Deaf Jam shows in the Rutland Free Library's Community Cinema series, 7 p.m. It tells the story of Aneta Brodski, a deaf New York teen as she immerses herself in American Sign Language poetry and readies herself to be one of the first deaf poets to compete in a youth slam. For more info, call the library, 773-1860.

Saturday, October 15 - The College of St. Joseph Lady Saints Basketball Team hosts local girls basketball clinics on. The session for 9th through 12th graders is from 9-10:30 a.m.; 5th through 8th graders, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. All are welcome, regardless of ability level. Call 773-5900 to find out more.

October 13 & 14 - FW Webb in Rutland hosts a free 10-hour Construction Industry Outreach Training Program Thursday from 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and Friday, 7:30 - 11:30 a.m. Completion meets state requirements for an OSHA 10-hour construction safety training. Call 773-0672 (Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Southern Vermont) to make sure you get a seat.

OTHER NOTES AROUND THE REGION:

Volunteers continue to work with Samaritan's Purse, removing mud and silt, and flood-damaged flooring, sheetrock, and insulation. Restaurateur Bill Gillam recently thanked staff and volunteers with a dinner at his South Station Restaurant. The Samaritan's Purse International Relief's command post continues to operate out of Calvary Bible Church, 2 Meadow Ln., Rutland. Call 345-5705 to volunteer or ask for help.

Thanks to Chef Donald Billings and his crew at Roots Restaurant for their fund raising for farm disaster relief. In two evenings, they collected $3500.

Do you have an old lawnmower, garden tractor, ATV, or motorcycle? Students in Stafford Technical Center's Power Mechanics/Welding program are looking for equipment to repair and sell to earn money for their program. Call instructor Kevin Corkins, 770-1058.

When you have some time, stop in the Chaffee Art Center, 16 S. Main St., Rutland, to enjoy Enduring Traditions: The Art of Memorials from Marble Valley, a new exhibit pulled together by Anne Tait of Roger Williams University. On display through November 13, it looks at the art of "monumental" art from the 1860s through the present.

The corn maze at Hathaway Farm received no significant damage from tropical storm Irene and is open and busy. This year its theme is Celebrating 250 Years in honor of the numerous communities that celebrate their 250th charter anniversaries this year.

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