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Rutland Rec Department begins variety of classes and activities this week

Courtesy of Rutland Youth Theatre

Young cast members ready for the upcoming production of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” at Rutland Intermediate School.

RUTLAND — The Rutland Recreation Department has a busy weekend ahead, brimming with activities.

The 11th annual Leaf Chase 10K will be held on Saturday, Oct. 17. Lace up those shoes and hit the dirt in this fun run/walk on the Carriage trial. It’s a low-key race, fun for all ages and abilities. Pre-register at for $20, or register at the race for $25. The fee includes a long-sleeve t-shirt and a lunch at the end of the race. Meet at Giorgetti/Pine Hill Park to be transported to the trail head in Proctor at 9:30 a.m. Race day registration will end promptly at 9:15 a.m. This will be the Rutland Rec’s last trail race of the season.

The second session of rock climbing also begins on Saturday, Oct. 17 and the Rec Department is now taking registrations. They offer a wide range of levels from beginner to advanced. Staff from the Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center will assist in learning all aspects of climbing.

Hands On Minds On art studio is offering a Clay Fairy/Gnome Houses Day on Friday, Oct.  16 (a day off for Rutland schools) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for grades 3 – 6. Bring wild imaginations to design, create and decorate a magical fairy/gnome house made out of clay. To break up the day, other activities will be offered. Participants will go home with their own masterpiece to be displayed in a room or in the garden. Dress for a mess, and bring outdoor clothing as well, plus a lunch. Class is limited to 12 participants so register early. The fee is $50 for Rutland city residents and $61 for non-residents.

Register for any of the events at or visit the offices at 16 North Street Extension, Rutland.

The Rutland Youth Theatre is also gearing up for the spooky season with its production of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” on Friday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Rutland Intermediate School’s Theatre. Produced and directed by Saskia Hagen Groom, it’s the classic story adapted into a comedy with music. Tickets are $8 students and seniors and $10 adults.

Auditions for Rutland Youth Theatre’s winter play, “Elf Jr. — The Musical” will be
Sunday, Oct. 18, 3 to 6 p.m. or Monday, Oct. 19, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Rec Center at 16 North Street Extension. No experience is necessary. Show dates are Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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