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Lock Your Doors, Dorr Drive

Mountain Top Inn in Chittenden hosts the Vermont Symphony Orchestra TD Bank Summer Festival Tour with the program "Symphony Royale," Anthony Princiotti conducting, Thursday, July 9, 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. The program includes Scheherazade's Kalendar Prince, the King and Queen of Troy, the King of Siam, and America's own Duke Ellington. Come early and picnic; enjoy celebratory fireworks in conclusion. Call 863-5966 for details.

Rutland Town's new Market Fair opens at 3:00 p.m. Friday afternoon, offering a farmers market, country crafts, children's activities sponsored by Vermont Soap, music by Aaron Audette, Cathy Reynolds' yoga demo and class at 6:00 p.m., and energy work by Kacie Winston. The location is the Home Depot/Big Lots Plaza, 299 Rt. East. Call 558-6155 to find out more.

The Chaffee Art Center holds an ArtHop Rutland reception Friday, July 8, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., punctuated by a 6:00 p.m. reception by Peter Huntoon.

Relative Soul headlines the July 8 Friday Night Live in downtown Rutland. Stop in to enjoy children's activities in the early evening, outdoor dining, vendor booths, and merchants who stay open Friday just to talk to you. For more info, call the Rutland Downtown Partnership, 773-9380.

The cars stream into the Vermont State Fairgrounds, 175 S. Main St., Rutland for two days of automotive-oriented fun Friday and Saturday, July 9 and 10, in the Rutland Area Vehicle Enthusiasts (RAVE) Car Club show. Highlights include a "cruise" Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and a 7:30 p.m. dance at the Holiday Inn of Rutland (benefiting the Rutland Regional Bone Marrow Donor Program). Judging encompasses 29 classes with 3 trophies per class. The awards announcement and trophy parade is at 3:00 p.m. Sunday; show proceeds go to a number of local charities. Call 265-8026 to find out more.

Other weekend activities include the Southwest Freedom Riders' Ron Williams Memorial Poker Run (call 1-888-299-SWFR) and a trailer loading clinic hosted by Spring Hill Horse Rescue in North Clarendon, hosted by Gina Brown (call 770-0914).

Ride the train from Rutland to Fort Edward, NY, as you dine on a four-course meal (non-alcoholic beverages) followed by an after-dinner cordial on Sunday, July 12. Your 1950s era car departs Rutland at 4:45 p.m., pulling into Fort Edward at 6:23; you return via Amtrak, arriving in Rutland at 9:05 p.m. Call (800) 292-7245 for your reservation.

Race your cross country bike around Pine Hill trails Sunday afternoon. The racing begins at 9:00 a.m. Call 773-1822 for details. Bring a lovely Sunday to a close listening to the Rutland City Band in Main Street Park (corner of Route 7 and West Street), at 7:00 p.m.

The Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce "mixes" at Sanctuary Integrated Medicine, 90 Mahoney Ave., Tuesday, July 12, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Call 773-2747 for more info.

Walker Brothers Circus fills the Vermont State Fairgrounds, 175 S. Main St., Rutland, Tuesday and Wednesday, July 12 and 13. Showtimes are 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. both days. Call 775-5200 for details.

The brassy sound of Enerjazz spills out of Main Street Park Wednesday, July 13, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Rutland Recreation and Parks Department puts together both the Wednesday and Sunday evening open-air concerts throughout the summer. 

The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in West Rutland offers a five-day introductory course on carving in soft stone, July 18-22, taught by instructor Robert Babcock. The organization also offers a weekend class for more experienced artists in stone July 16 and 17, taught by Bill Nutt. Get the details by calling 438-2097.

Children eligible for free and reduced price school lunches are also eligible to participate in the Summer Food Service Program for Children. Meals are available at both 8:30 a.m. and 12 noon July 25 through August 12 at the Boys & Girls Club in Rutland.

Central Vermont Public Service Corp. recently received the 2011 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence for its Pollution Prevention effort, replacing 5,000 gallons a year of petroleum bar chain oil with biodegradable animal-based oils in chainsaws, reducing pollutants in clearing rights-of-way. Another recipient is Sustainable Rutland coordinator Jim Sabataso, as is the 17-year-old SolarFest, Inc.

Part of the skyline at one of Rutland's main entranceways is undergoing a reduction. The Howe Center Chimney, standing at the complex entrance since 1870, recently received a lightning strike. The 111-foot chimney, rebuilt only a few years ago, is being removed.

The West Rutland Public Library is being made Americans with Disabilities Act accessible, largely thanks to donations from Goldie Nelson and Martha Alexander. Improvements are a three-stop elevator, two ADA-compliant restrooms, and an enlarged parking lot.

Burglars have been hitting residences on and near Dorr Drive, the Rutland City Police Department recently announced. Entrance has been through unlocked doors, so, if you live in that area, lock up, even when you're home. And, if you see someone acting suspiciously, call Detective Robert Gorruso at 773-1816.

The Blood in This Town, the documentary created by filmmaker Art Jones and his Great Jones production company, is receiving wider and wider acclaim. It will be shown at the Pratt Institute's sustainable planning department, complete with forum, and also shown at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center in the not-too-distant future.

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