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Event listings for Sunday, December 9, 2012

The written word

BELLOWS FALLS "Tale of Lucia Grandi, The Early Years" : Discussion/Reading by Susan Speranza: When an old woman is asked to recount the story of her life, she tells a tale about growing up in and surviving a warring suburban family during the 1950s and '60s. Written as a memoir, each chapter describes an incident in Lucia's life which shows the constant struggle between her parents and the perverse effect it has on her and the family. From her complicated and unwanted birth, to her witnessing a suicide at age 3, to her stint as a runaway at age 14, the story progresses to the final crisis where as a young woman, she is turned out of her house and banished from her family forever. This is a dying woman's attempt to come to terms with her past and the troubled family that dominated it. Susan Speranza, the author, is also a School Librarian at Bellows Falls Union High School. 2 p.m. Free. Village Square Booksellers, 32 Square. Information: 802-463-9404; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Celebrations, festivals, community meals

BRATTLEBORO Laredo, Tenenbom, Robinson, Hochman Chamber Concert/Holiday Celebration: Food & Drink: Jamie Laredo, violin; Steven Tenenbom, viola; Sharon Robinson, cello; and Benjamin Hochman on piano playing Stravinsky Suite Italienne, Beethoven Sonata for cello and piano in A Major, Faure Piano Quartet in C minor. This is Brattleboro Music Center's annual fundraiser. This concert is sponsored by Against the Grain Gourmet and Vermont Public Radio. A Holiday Celebration follows at the River Garden, with food and drink from Hillside Organic Catering and live and silent auctions (plus the first 100 people who make a reservation for the Celebration receive a Verizon Wireless store $25 gift card). 3 p.m. concert; 5 p.m. holiday celebration. $10-$30 for concert; $25 holiday celebration at River Garden. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Information: 802-254-9181,; River Garden, 153 Main St., 802-257-4523.


BELLOWS FALLS Messiah Sing: Accompanist for the Messiah Sing on the church organ will be Christian Huebner of Brattleboro. Scores of George Frideric Handel's work will be available. A time of fellowship and refreshments will follow. 1 p.m. Free will offering. United Church of Bellows Falls, 8 School St. Information: 802-463-4323.

Folk Musician with Celtic Lap Harp: Matt DeBlass, a visiting folk musician who sings and plays several instruments, offers a mix of traditional and modern music, along with a few holiday tunes, on the Celtic lap harp. 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Free. .


BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Contra Dance: Farmer and caller Rebecca Lay will lead the dance, and live music will be provided by locals Ethan Hazzard-Watkins on fiddle, Anna Patton on clarinet, and Andy Davis on piano. Contra dancing is an upbeat, accessible, community dance tradition that is deeply rooted in the culture of rural New England. All dances are taught, no partner is required, and everyone is welcome. Delicious treats will be on hand to keep dancers fueled up and a free raffle for admission to a future dance. Since this is a benefit for Rural Vermont, an advocacy group founded by farmers in 1985 that organizes/advocates for farmers’ freedom to produce and their customers’ freedom to buy the food that supports their values, there will be an opportunity to learn about their current initiatives: advocating for a GMO labeling bill, expansion of the direct sale of farm fresh foods, and the protection of farmers and their customers from burdensome and inappropriate regulations. 7:30 p.m., 7:15 beginners' lesson. $10-$15 sliding scale, $7 students/seniors. Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St.

Community building

TOWNSHEND Local Artists Support Senior Housing Expansion/Auction: Over 30 artists from around the region have donated paintings, drawings, etchings, prints, photographs, pottery and fiber art. The auction includes pieces from Bobbi Angell, Homer Johnson, J.Mark Littlehales, Matthew Peake, Janet Picard, Bill Schommer, Matthew Tell, Lydia Thomson, Chris Triebert, Malcolm Wright, and more. Dr. Timothy Shafer, a local physician, is the guest auctioneer for the live event. An assortment of prints and originals fit a range of budgets. Refreshments will be served. Valley Cares is sponsoring this new event whose proceeds will go towards the physical expansion of West River Valley Assisted Living. 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Silent Auction; 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. Live Auction. Free. West River Valley Assisted Living, 361 Grafton Road. Becca Schaefer, 802-365-4115 x 107 802-365-7190.

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