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HARVEST FESTIVAL AT BILLINGS

Billings Farm & Museum will host its Annual Harvest Weekend on October 12 & 13, from 10 a.m. — 5 p.m. The weekend features a husking bee and barn dance, plus a variety of 19th-century harvest activities and programs for the entire family.

A traditional husking bee will begin at 12:30 p.m. each day, followed by a barn dance from 1 — 4 p.m. Lend a hand pressing cider, preserving apples, threshing grain and making ice cream. Harvesting the heirloom vegetable garden will be nearing completion, and children can help dig potatoes and other root crops and learn how crops are “put up” for the winter.

Other activities include apples-on-a-string and pumpkin bowling. Hot-spiced cider and doughnuts will be available for purchase. Admission includes all programs and activities.

Billings Farm & Museum offers a year-round calendar of programs and family-friendly events. Find more information online at www.billingsfarm.org or by calling 802-457-2355.

60TH ANNUAL HALLOWEEN PARADE

Saturday, Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Rutland.

If you plan on being in this year’s parade, please fill out the information below. The DEADLINE to submit an entry into the parade is Thursday, October 10. https://www.rutlandrec.com/halloween.

Want to help out with the parade? We are looking for volunteers to help with staging entries prior to the parade and support with crowd control during the parade. Contact Aprilc@rutlandrec.com for more information.

9TH ANNUAL FALL DISC GOLF TOURNAMENT

Saturday, Oct. 19 at Pittsford Recreation Area, 223 Recreation Area Road, Pittsford. Sign up with your best disc golf buddy & form your 2-player team, or sign up as a single to be paired up with someone. Drop-ins welcome. Bring your own discs, or discs will be provided. $10 per person. Each player’s registration includes a round of 18 holes of disc golf, hot chocolate, donuts and a fun time. Pre-register by Wednesday, Oct. 16. Check-in 8 – 8:30 a.m. Announcements at 8:30 a.m. Shotgun start at 9 a.m. Rain or shine.

If you have any questions please contact the Pittsford Rec. Dept. at 802-483-6500 ext 17, or recreation@pittsfordvermont.com.

HAM RADIO OPERATORS AT CHIMNEY POINT

Sunday, October 13, 10 a.m. — 4 p.m., members of the Addison County Amateur Radio Association will set up shop at the Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison, Vermont. They will practice communication with other operators and are happy to talk with the public. Visitors are welcome to drop in any time that day.

How far away can they reach with their radios? Learn how you can get involved with ham radio.

This outdoor program on the grounds is free. If you’d also like to visit the museum on this last day of the 2019 season, the fee is $5 for adults and free for children under 15. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Chimney Point State Historic Site is at the intersections of VT Routes 125 and 17 in Addison. For more information about the Chimney Point State Historic Site or to confirm the program, call 802-759-2512.

HOSPICE VOLUNTEER TRAINING

The Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region is providing training for those interested in becoming hospice volunteers. This two-day training will be held in the Rutland office at 7 Albert Cree Drive on Friday, October 25, and Saturday, October 26. Training is free and refreshments will be provided.

Pre-registration is requested for the training. Once training is complete, assignments and schedules are tailored to the volunteer’s geographic and time commitment preferences. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and need to pass a background check. No previous hospice and health care experience is required.

Hospice volunteers provide comfort and support to patients facing terminal illness, as well as respite and support to their families. Volunteer training covers the basic principles of hospice, understanding the special needs of patients and their families, effective communication, patient care, pain and symptom management, spiritual caregiving, and understanding grief and loss. Hospice volunteers are trained in listening skills, family dynamics, and in using appropriate words to comfort patients and their loved ones at the end of life.

After completing the class, volunteers can provide respite for caregivers, offer companionship for the patient, run errands and help families and patients in many meaningful ways. Community members are encouraged to join the supportive and rewarding Hospice volunteer program where they can contribute their unique interests, skills and talents.

For more information or to enroll call John Campbell at 802-770-1683 or email at john.campbell@vnahsr.org.

INTRO TO TAI CHI

A beginner Tai Chi program will be held on Thursdays 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Castleton Community Center starting on Oct. 10. Within these seven weeks the beginning level of Falls Prevention Tai Chi will be taught. Benefits of practicing Tai Chi include reduced stress, increased balance and flexibility, relaxation, muscle strength, and improved overall mind and body. Medical studies confirm the Tai Chi program relieves pain, reduces falls and improves the quality of life. The class is free and anyone is welcome. Register by calling the Center at 468-3093.

RRMC OFFERS FREE WELLNESS RECOVERY ACTION PLAN PROGRAM

The WRAP program is designed to help individuals develop action plans to improve self-management and recovery skills. Attend the eight weeks of WRAP workshops if you are struggling with mental health difficulties, have substance abuse problems, are a caregiver or human service provider, and are committed to making positive change.

The free workshop is Saturdays, Oct. 12 through Nov. 30, 8:30 – 11 a.m., Rutland Regional Medical Center, Conference Room K, 435 West Street, Rutland. Register by contacting Krista Neary at 802-776-5507.

RRMC PRESENTS “HOW DID I GET HERE?”

Are you curious about how you arrived at this place in your life? 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 Oct. 15, 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. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required by calling 802-772-2400 or registering online at https://www.rrmc.org/classes-events/.

MINING THE SPIRITUAL GOLD OF ADVERSITY

Wednesday, October 16, 5:30 — 6:30 p.m., Rutland Free Library, 10 Court Street, Rutland. We each face problems — some large, some small. What causes them? Can we avoid them? This open discussion series will explore spiritual keys to find the root cause of our problems and to unlock the secrets of effective problem-solving. All are invited. Learn how you can find a graceful solution to any problem. We will try a spiritual exercise to kindle creativity and help us to understand and begin to resolve our challenges. Come share your stories and insights as we look to discover the spiritual growth that can rise from adversity. Hosted by Eckankar, a spiritual teaching that offers simple exercises for people of all faiths, traditions and walks of life to develop and deepen a conscious and practical relationship with spirit. More info: www.eckankar-vt.org and 800-772-9390.

FREE DIABETES MANAGEMENT PROGRAM OFFERED

If you are living with Type 2 Diabetes, the Healthier Living Workshop for Diabetes can get you the support you need to better manage your disease and prevent some serious problems. This free program runs on Mondays, October 14-November 18, from 8 – 10:30 a.m. at the Gables, 200 Gables Place, Mendon, Vermont.

This small-group workshop is led by specially trained leaders. You will learn about healthy eating, exercise, monitoring blood sugar, managing stress and handling sick days.

For more information and to register, contact Krista Neary, Community Health Team, a department of Rutland Regional Medical Center at 802-776-5507.

FREE CHRONIC PAIN SELF-MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

Rutland Regional Medical Center’s Community Health Team is hosting a free Chronic Pain Self-Management Program on Mondays, October 14 — November 18, from 1 — 3:30 p.m. at the Gables, 200 Gables Place, Mendon and from 5 — 7:30 p.m. at the Godnick Adult Center, Deer Street, Rutland. This six-week evidence-based program is led by trained, experienced leaders who have experienced chronic pain themselves. It focuses on problem-solving, proper medication usage, emotions, exercise and nutrition. There is also guidance offered around talking with family, friends and health-care professionals regarding pain.

For more information or to enroll in this free workshop contact Krista Neary, RRMC Community Health Improvement at 802-776-5507 or email klneary@rrmc.org.

BOOK DISCUSSION

Local author Diane Poczobut will be at the Castleton Community Center on Oct. 17 at 1 p.m. to do a reading and hold a discussion on her most recent book, “Robbie B and Mimmy’s Treasure,” a short novel about the relationship between a high-functioning autistic young man and his grandmother who is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. The story describes the turmoil and decisions a family must face when dealing with a loved one with that type of diagnosis. For more information call the Center at 468-3093.

Trinity Rocks!

October 18 at 6 p.m. in Nourse Hall of Trinity Church, 85 West Street, Rutland, a three-course dinner catered by Steve Sawyer, executive chef of Table 24, will be served. Reservations are required in advance and tickets can be purchased at the church office. Seating is limited so purchase tickets early. Following dinner a concert will be performed by Rutland’s own Satin & Steel in the sanctuary. A highlight of the night’s events will be the drawing of a sport’s raffle. Tickets for the raffle are also available at the church office.

Purchase all tickets at the church office, 85 West Street, Rutland during regular office hours Monday — Friday 9 a.m. — 1:30 p.m., or call 802-775-4368 for information. Sport’s raffle winner does not need to be present to win.

RRMC OFFERS LEVEL II TAI CHI CLASS

For those who wish to continue beyond Tai Chi for Beginners, Rutland Regional Medical Center is now offering Level II Tai Chi classes which will meet 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, and 11/20. 5/16, from 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. in the CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center.

It is recommended that registrants complete the Beginners Tai Chi before enrolling in Level II. In this class you will be guided to move in other directions adding slightly more complicated movements that will bring more depth to your practice. There are five movements to the left and then repeated to the right. The instructor will break these movements down in the same manner as the basic movements in the beginner’s class.

Cost of the course is $15. Registration is required and space is limited. For more information or to register visit www.rrmc.org or call 802-772-2400.

AUDUBON WEST RUTLAND MARSH BIRD MONITORING WALK

Oct. 19. 155 species have been recorded at this IBA (Important Bird Area). Join us for the 3.7 mile loop, or go halfway. Kids, new birders and non-members always welcome. Grow your bird identification skills with our friendly bird experts! Meet at the boardwalk on Marble Street at 8 a.m. birding@rutlandcountyaudubon.org.

Community Health Clinics – October 2019

October Blood Pressure/Foot Care Clinics

Tuesday, 10/01/2019, Bennington, Bennington Senior Center, 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, 10/02/2019, Wallingford, Wallingford House, 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, 10/03/2019, Rutland, Parker House, 10 a.m.

Thursday, 10/03/20219, Rutland, Bardwell House, 12:30 p.m.

Friday, 10/04/2019, Poultney, Young at Heart Senior Center, 9:30 a.m.

Friday, 10/04/2019, West Rutland, Ira Town Hall, 12:30 p.m.

Monday, 10/07/2019, Pittsford, Village Manor, 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, 10/09/2019, Manchester, Manchester office of VNAHSR, 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, 10/10/2019, Castleton, Castleton Meadows, 12:30 p.m.

Friday, 10/11/2019, West Rupert, Rupert Firehouse, 8:30 a.m.

Tuesday, 10/22/2019, Bennington, Walloomsac Apartments, 11 a.m.

Thursday, 10/24/2019, Fair Haven, Appletree Apartments, 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, 10/30/2019, Rutland, Godnick Adult Center, 12:30 a.m.

The cost of the foot clinic is $10. Please contact 802-775-0568 to find a clinic near you. No appointment necessary.

Cholesterol Screening

Wednesday, 10/02/2019, Rutland, Rutland office of VNAHSR, 8:30 a.m.

The cost is $30. Call 802-775-0568 for more information.

Bereavement Support Meetings

Manchester – Every Monday at 5 p.m. at Bromley Manor’s The Chapel. Reverend Andrew Carlson, office chaplain for the Rutland VNAHSR office, will facilitate.

Rutland – Every Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Grace Congregational Church. The Reverend Andrew Carlson, office chaplain for the Rutland VNAHSR office, will facilitate.

Bereavement support meetings are free and open to the public. Call 802-770-1613 for more information.

Flu Clinics

Manchester – Every Tuesday in October, Manchester office of VNAHSR, 2 – 4 p.m.

Rutland – Every Friday in October, Rutland Office of VNAHSR, park down in the lower parking lot, 9 a.m. – noon

Visit our website for a listing for other flu clinics near you. For more information call 802-775-0568.

Ostomy Support Meeting

The Vermont Ostomy support meeting will be held Saturday, October 12 from 10:30 a.m. — noon at the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region, 7 Albert Cree Drive, Rutland, park down in the lower parking lot. For more information contact Kate Lawrence at 802-770-1682 or email kate.lawrence@vnahsr.org.

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