Women strength training classes

SUNBURY - Penn State Extension, in collaboration with researchers at Tufts University, will offer strength training and nutrition classes at the extension office, 443 Plum Creek Road.

The class runs from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Jan. 21 to April 10. Gail Tobin is the instructor. A free informational session will be held from 4:15 to 5 p.m. today.

The class is designed for women 40 years and older who have been active or relatively sedentary for the past few years and are interested in improving their health, vitality and well-being.

Strength training offers physical, mental and emotions benefits, including increased strength, improved bone density, reduced risk for osteoporosis and related fractures, reduced risk of diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, depression and obesity, improved self-confidence and sleep and improved balance.

To register, go to http://extension/psu.edu/strongwomen/events or call 570-988-3950 or 800-851-9710. Cost is $75 for the 12-week session.

SVC auditions set for Tuesday

LEWISBURG - The Susquehanna Valley Chorale (SVC) will host Spring Session auditions for adult singers from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 42 S. 4th St.

The Chorale welcomes new singers twice every season through auditions in mid-January and late August. This spring's auditions will be a bit more rigorous than they have in years past according to SVC Music Director and Conductor, Dr. William Payn.

"Singers auditioning should be prepared to sing a selection of their choice and demonstrate knowledge of a musical score," said Payn. The audition piece should be a test of the performer's range and their understanding of intricate works. hymns, the National Anthem and/or pop songs will not be accepted.

"Any of the arias in Handel's Messiah would be excellent examples of the type of pieces we'd like to hear during this round of auditions," Payn added, "Also Italian arias, French songs or German lieders would work well." For more info on accepted musical works, please, please visit the "Singer Info" page on the SVC website at SVCMusic.org.

There is no appointment necessary and auditions are open to the public. Singers who are accepted into the chorale should be prepared to stay after the auditions for rehearsal from 7 to 9 p.m. Throughout the season, each chorale singer will be responsible for purchasing his or her own music scores for concerts and required to pay membership dues $55, which covers membership for the season from July 1 to June 30. Two complimentary tickets, dresses for women and folders will be provided. For more information, call 570-547-0455.