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Lakes Region News 9/20/11

Mary Wesley calls an exuberant contra dance with the Cold River Band (Marcos Levy and Mary Barron) providing live music at the Tinmouth Community Center at 8:00 p.m. Friday, September 23. Come early, especially if you're new to contra dance; the evening begins with the easier dances, becoming progressively more difficult. Call 235-2718 for more info.

Great brains Picasso and Einstein meet in a Paris bar and discuss the value of genius and talent on the Casella Theater at 8:00 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, September 22 through 24, and 2:00 p.m. Sunday, September 25. Steve Martin wrote the play, so you know it will be neither boring nor tedious. Call 468-1119, the Castleton State College box office, for tickets (required).

Bring your digital photos and favorite items to create a time capsule at St. Raphael's Catholic Church Rectory Friday, September 23. See a slide show put together by the Poultney Historical Society. Come prepared to dance to locally grown bluegrass (maybe play a little too).

Poultney's Main Street acquires a spicy aroma Saturday, September 24, as Poultney Rotary Club hosts its annual chili cookoff, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Organizers say they expect more than 25 competitors in this year's contest. Yum! This year also features a silent auction. Call 287-9987 for details.

More fun in Poultney on Sunday, with the burying of the time capsule that was put together Friday night, and a matinee reading of Burnham Holmes' play Horace's Sum total. The Poultney Summer Theatre Company presents the play at the East Poultney Baptist Church.

Canine exuberance is the center of attention during the third annual flying dog dock diving competition at Lake House Pub and Grille in Bomoseen Sunday, September 25. The event benefits the Rutland County Humane Society. Dogs compete in longest jumps, biggest splash, and most comical leaps. Call 483-9171 to find out more.

Get your reservation in for the Castleton Community Center's pot luck dinner on Friday, September 30. Guest chefs are the CCC program committee, making Elly Anderson's renowned meat loaf. Nan Sevigny presents the evening program, on her experience building a school in the village of Malindi, Kenya. Call the Center, 468-3093, to reserve your seat.

Green Mountain College soccer teams recently helped in the after-storm clean-up in Manchester, VT, tearing out sheetrock, insulation, and carpeting; helping rebuild washed-out roads; and cleaning out recently flooded basements.

Green Mountain College graduate Kerrilee Knights recently joined the college staff as gallery coordinator for The Feick. She previously was house and operations manager at the Dorset Theatre Festival.

Congratulations and thanks to all involved with Pawlet's 250th birthday party. The names of all who made such great contributions make a list that is far too long for us to print.

Castleton residents will help choose how to renovate their community's town hall. A seven-member building spent the summer sorting through a variety of possibilities before generating a detailed report on the project.

Help pay Circle of Hope K9 Rescue veterinarians' bills and have fun with a book/lawn/bake sale at 1991 Main St., Castleton, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, September 24. To donate items for sale, drop them off at 1991 Main, next to the old medical center (now Ducharme's Funeral Home), or arrange pick-up by calling Angela, 468-5298. 

Fair Haven Union High's community chorus has begun one-hour weekly rehearsals Mondays at 6:30 p.m. in the high school chorus room. Your participation is welcome as the group prepares for a concert Wednesday, December 7. Find out more by calling 265-4966 ext. 254.

Need flu shots? Make your appointment with Mettowee Valley Family Health Center by calling 645-0580. Dates are Thursday, September 29; October 4, 11, and 18 (all Tuesdays); Thursday, October 20; Tuesday, October 25; Friday, November 9; Wednesday, November 23; and Wednesday, November 30.

The Episcopal Ministry Center in Poultney hosts its monthly community breakfast from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 24. Organizers promise a feast of farm-fresh eggs, sausage, homemade biscuits and preserves, juice, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate.

Castleton State College hosts a schedule of wellness-inducing activities throughout the week, open to all community members. They include Monday Bodyflow (yoga mixed in with Pilates) exercises and nutrition; Tuesday yoga, zumba, and kickboxing; Wednesday Weight Watchers, integrative yoga, and cardio exercise; and Thursday zumba. Call college Wellness Director Martha Coulter, 468-1314, for details.

Poultney High School hosts art club and open studio sessions on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. They are open to students in grades 7 through 12 from Poultney, Fair Haven Union, Mill River Union, Proctor, and West Rutland high schools. Students create their own two- and three-dimensional projects.

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