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College of St. Joseph will host a Fall Open House on Thursday, October 25 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The public is invited to attend and learn more about CSJ’s many degree programs, explore campus, and speak with current students, faculty, admissions and financial aid counselors.

The event schedule includes a Q&A panel with current freshmen, a tour of the campus, a presentation from the Office of Student Success, and informational round tables on athletics, activities and more.

Those interested in attending CSJ’s Fall Open House are encouraged to register in advance at, by email to, or by phone at 802-776-5205.


If you are considering hip or knee replacement surgery, it is important to understand the facts. Join Dr. Andrew Lighthart, of Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic, October 25, from 6 - 7:30 p.m., in the CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center, 160 Allen St., Rutland, for a discussion on minimally invasive joint replacement surgery.

Dr. Lighthart’s presentation, “Minimally Invasive Joint Replacement Surgery,” will focus on its potential benefits, including faster, less painful recovery and rehabilitation; less damage to the important muscles and tissues around the joint; shorter hospital stays; and the durability of the joint materials.

The program is free. To register, please visit or call 802-772-2400.


In honor of Rotary Week, Rutland South Rotary Club is inviting you to join them for their Rotary Week Mixer, October 25, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Elks Club Lodge, 44 Pleasant Street, Rutland. Come and see up close what Rutland South Rotary does for your community, and meet the Rotarians who make it happen. There will be free hors-d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

For more information contact April Kuhl at


Rutland Regional Medical Center is hosting an AARP Smart Driving Course, October 27 from 8 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. at the CVPS/Leahy Community Education Center, 160 Allen Street in Rutland. This is an opportunity to refresh your driving skills and learn strategies to stay safe behind the wheel. Among the topics covered will be how to adjust your driving to age-related changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time; defensive driving techniques; new traffic laws and rules of the road; and how medications impact driving. Completing this course will entitle you to auto insurance discounts and can help to reduce costs on your overall vehicle maintenance.

Register online at or call 802-772-2400. The fee for non-AARP members is $20 and $15 for AARP members. To qualify for the member rate, please put your AARP member number in the memo section of your check, made payable to AARP. After you have enrolled in the course, mail the check to Baird Morgan, 799 Elm Street, Florence, VT 05744.


The 9th Annual Woodstock Vermont Film Series at the Billings Farm & Museum will feature the award-winning documentary “Dina,” October 27 at 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. in HD projection and surround sound, with complimentary refreshments. Reservations are strongly recommended.

After a short break from its successful first-ever summer series, the Woodstock Vermont Film Series begins the 2018-19 season with Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini’s 2017 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner, “Dina.” This unconventional and deeply affecting love story tracks the complex relationship of an outspoken and eccentric suburban woman and a Wal-Mart door greeter, each of them neurologically diverse characters.

Tickets prices: $11 adults (16 & up); $6 children (under 16). BF&M members receive discounted prices. For a complete list of screenings and to purchase tickets: or 802-457-5303.


MSJ will hold a vendor and street fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 27 at 127 Convent Ave. The event will include food, vendors, crafters, face painting, a bounce house and music.

The vendor and street fair is free and open to the public. The fair is continuing to add vendors. If you are interested in being a vendor at the fair, contact or The cost for vendors is $40. Proceeds benefit the prom.


The Michele Fay Band will play a benefit concert on Sunday, October 28 at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Rutland starting at 4 p.m. Following the concert at 5:30 p.m., there will be a spaghetti dinner at the church. The money raised will be used by the Rutland Meals Challenge to purchase food and supplies for its January community food packing event.

The Michele Fay Band features original and Americana music that brings forth a comfortable groove of folk, swing and bluegrass-influenced songs that are woven seamlessly together. Concert tickets are a minimum suggested donation of $10 per person.

The dinner will feature homemade spaghetti sauce, garlic bread and a garden salad. There will also be a selection of homemade desserts and coffee. The dinner is $8 per person. Tickets for the dinner must be purchased in advance.

Tickets for the concert and/or the dinner may be purchased by calling the church at 773-9659 or emailing For more information about the Rutland Meals Challenge, please visit


The Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region is providing training for those interested in becoming hospice volunteers on Friday, October 26 from 4 — 8 p.m. with dinner provided, and Saturday, October 27 from 8 a.m. — 4 p.m. with light refreshments.

The training course will be held at the Rutland office of the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region at 7 Albert Cree Drive in Rutland. Pre-registration is required. Once training is complete, assignments and schedules are tailored to the volunteer’s geographic and time commitment preferences. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, and need to pass a background check. No previous hospice and health-care experience is required.

For more information or to enroll call John Campbell at 802-770-1683 or email at


Billings Farm & Museum, along with the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, have teamed up to offer a seasonal twist on our popular Farm House / Manor House tours on Saturday, October 27 and Wednesday, October 31. From 1 — 3 p.m., join us for a “Life & Death Tour” of Billings Farm’s 1890 Farm Manager’s Home and the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park Mansion. Tour guides will share tales of the people who lived (and died) on the Billings farm and estate while exploring Victorian-era superstitions and death and mourning traditions through artifacts and stories. This tour will provide a fascinating new perspective on each historic home and an easy way to get into the Halloween spirit.

The tours meet at the Billings Farm & Museum Visitor Center; admission to both homes and to Billings Farm & Museum is included in the fee. (Admission to the National Historical Park and its hiking trails is free.) Space is limited, reservations are strongly suggested by calling Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park: 802-457-3368 ext. 222.


November 6, admissions representatives from 10 Vermont colleges and universities will be on hand at the College of St. Joseph in Rutland for a Vermont College Fair. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in CSJ’s Athletic Center.

Organized by CSJ’s Office of Admissions, the event gives students and their families a unique opportunity to meet with admissions staff from multiple Vermont schools in one location, and ask questions about admission requirements, housing, financial aid, scholarships, athletics, and specific majors. High school students and their families, current college students, and other prospective students from the region are encouraged to attend.

Participating colleges and universities include Bennington College, College of St. Joseph, Green Mountain College, Marlboro College, Northern Vermont University – Johnson, Norwich University, Saint Michael’s College, Southern Vermont College, Sterling College and Vermont Technical College.

For more information, contact CSJ’s Office of Admissions at 802-776-5205, or visit


Vermont Actors Repertory Theater will perform this contemporary drama on November 1-4 and November 8-10 at its new home in Tuttle Hall Theater. Set in a near future, “Marjorie Prime” explores aging, memory and technology. Performance dates at Tuttle Hall Theater, College of St. Joseph, 71 Clement Road, Rutland, are November 1-3 and November 8-10 at 7:30 p.m. and November 4 at 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased from or via the direct link, in person at the Rutland Herald at 77 Grove Street, or at the door.


The Housing Trust of Rutland County (HTRC) will raise the roof at the Flannel Formal, a fun, flannel-filled event hosted at Southside Steakhouse on Friday, November 9 at 6 p.m. This casual, light-hearted fundraising event will feature a karaoke contest with cash prizes, a mac n’ cheese bar, sliders, and a down-home pie bar, as well as DJ Greg providing music for guests who want to dance and raise the roof for the HTRC. Tickets are $50 per person and available at Eventbrite

Proceeds raised at the event will help provide affordable housing to people in need in Rutland County. For more information about the event, please call Emily Delong at 802-775-3139 ext. 218 or visit


The competition will take place on Saturday, November 17 at Pittsford’s Holiday Craft Show (Holiday Craft Show is from 9 a.m. -2 p.m.) in the Lothrop Elementary School cafeteria, Route 7 in Pittsford.

Registration begins at 11 a.m., with tasting/voting from 11:30 — 1 p.m., and winners will be announced at 1:30. The cost is $5 to enter your chili.

Please bring a crockpot with your chili already made and a serving spoon. Having your name on the back of your crock pot would also be helpful if you are just dropping off your chili. Sign up at

Sara’s Stories is a book program that promotes early literacy for children ages 0-5 and is in memory of Sara Gallipo, a beloved community member who passed away a few years ago. Our goal is to give away a newly published hardcover book each month.

Please contact Kayla Desabrais at or Meghan Fox at if you have any questions.


In this class, you will begin to discover your patterns and beliefs and where they came from. You will also learn how to tell your story or personal narrative, and learn ways to rethink and retell your story in new ways to create a happier life. No writing skill is required. This is a class of self-discovery and will be held Thursday, November 8 from 6 — 7:30 p.m. in the CVPS/Leahy Community Education Center at Rutland Regional Medical Center, and taught by Certified Life Coach, Bonnie Olson,

The cost for this course is $10. There are 25 openings available, so space is limited. Preregistration is required by calling 802-772-2400 or registering online@

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