Sing away the winter with Hudson Community Chorus

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Hudson Community Chorus welcomes new members

Hudson Community Chorus, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2012-13, invites all area singers to join the chorus for its spring season. Rehearsals begin Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Hudson Congregational Church on Aurora Street. New singers are asked to arrive to the music room by 6:45 p.m. in order to register. The fee for the spring season is $25. No auditions are necessary but new members may be asked to sing in a small group to determine voice rang.

The chorus, directed by Nathaniel Duvuvuei, will prepare for several performances including its annual spring concert, as well as material for its first international competition, Musica Sacre a Roma in Rome in July 2013. The competition trip is optional and material for this program will also be performed as part of the spring and send off concerts. The chorus is also scheduled to sing the National Anthem for the Cleveland Cavaliers on March 12.

For more information on the Hudson Community Chorus, contact hudsoncommunitychorus@yahoo.com or visit hudsoncommunitychorus.org.

Distance Learning programs set

University Circle Inc. and Laurel Lake Retirement Community have announced the following Distance Learning programs for January and February, made possible through a grant from The Laurel Lake Foundation. These live HD videoconference programs are free and open to the public at 200 Laurel Lake Drive in Hudson. Call 1-866-650-2100 to register.

For a complete list of lifelong learning programs at Laurel Lake, visit www.laurellake.org.

"The Korean Conflict and Cold War" will be offered Jan. 14 at 3:30 p.m., live from Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial, Camden, N.J. It discusses the causes of the Korean Conflict and the dynamics of the United States' involvement in the early Cold War period. A virtual tour of the Battleship New Jersey is included.

"The Fab Fifties, Cleveland Style" will be offered Jan. 21 at 3:30 p.m., live from Western Reserve Historical Society. It relives 1954 in Cleveland.

"Fitness, Nutrition and Obesity" with Dr. William Dietz will be offered Jan. 28 at 1 p.m. Dietz, a national fitness and nutrition expert, will preview his Town Hall of Cleveland presentation scheduled for 6 p.m. that day at Playhouse Square. Dietz is Director of the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He received the 2006 Nutrition Research award from the American Academy of Pediatrics for outstanding research in pediatric nutrition.

"Tomb Culture of Ancient China" will be offered Feb. 4 at 3:30 p.m., live from The Cleveland Museum of Art. It will survey history from the late Neolithic (3,000 BC) era to the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD) through objects found in ancient Chinese tombs.

"The China Trade: Economics, Past and Present" will be offered Feb. 11 at 1 p.m., live from The Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia. Participants will learn about the basics of commerce and trade through Philadelphia's China trade.

"Innovations and Inventions: Science and Technology Along The Silk Road" will be offered Feb. 18 at 1 p.m., live from The Inner Asian & Uralic National Resource Center at Indiana University. Explore the many contributions to math, medicine, science and technology pioneered in Central Eurasia during the period known as the "middle ages."

Laurel Lake Chorale welcomes new singers

The Laurel Lake Encore Chorale is recruiting new singers -- age 55 and older -- for its winter/spring 2013 season. The season starts Jan. 8 at 3 p.m. at Laurel Lake Retirement Community, 200 Laurel Lake Drive in Hudson.

Under the direction of Donna Anderson, singers will learn about vocal technique and rehearse a repertoire that includes Aaron Copland's "Zion's Walls," "Simple Gifts" and "Ching A Ring Chaw"; Irving Berlin's "Alexander's Ragtime Band" in a lively medley with "Play A Simple Melody," "Blue Skies" and "Puttin' on the Ritz"; a lush arrangement for men's chorus of "Down In The Valley," and more.

Two spring concert dates will be announced for late May.

Encore Creativity for Older Adults (www.encorecreativity.org) is the nation's largest and fastest growing choral program for older adults.

Encore stands for artistic excellence, physical and mental benefits, and the chance to socialize with people who love music. Encore Chorales are open to all singers age 55 and up who love to rehearse and perform four-part choral music.

At Laurel Lake, Encore rehearses every Tuesday from 3 to 4:15 p.m. in the Community Room, with the first rehearsal set for Jan. 8.

There are no auditions and participation is free. All singers, and especially men, are invited to join.

For more information, call Anderson at 330-285-7516.

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