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Event listings for Wednesday, November 15

Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO Auditions: Robin Hood / The Laramie Project: Robin Hood and his merry band have been roaming Sherwood Forest for about 1,000 years now--robbing the rich and giving the money to the poor. Bring a one-minute audition piece, poetry, or favorite word play. Peter Gould then offers physical and voice exercises (ages 9-13). The Laramie Project is about the aftermath of the 1998 murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard. Bring a less than two-minute monologue from a contemporary play or novel (ages 13-19). 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Robin Hood; 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. The Laramie Project. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: www.neyt.org/programs/auditions.

The written word

GUILFORD Talk About Books: "Commonwealth" by Ann Patchett: 6:30 p.m. Free. Guilford Free Library, 4024 Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-257-4603; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

DUMMERSTON The Essential Beaver: Presentation by Patti Smith--stories, photos, and videos of the beavers she has been studying for the past decade and the role these keystone animals play in helping to make landscapes resilient. Biologist Skip Lisle will talk about his work resolving conflicts between beavers and people and why it is important to keep beavers in place. Co-sponsored by Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center and Dummerston Conservation Commission. 7 p.m. in the Science Room. Free. Dummerston Conservation Commission, 150 West St. Information: 802-257-5785, patti@beec.org.

BRATTLEBORO Resistance Then and Now: with Mary Dingee Fillmore: Fillmore asks us to consider the following questions: "What would I have done to stop the Holocaust? What should I resist in our world today?" To help us find answers, Mary will examine the dilemmas people faced in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam--how people resisted and what happened when they did. We'll look at resistance in our own times and connect our experience to Rachel Klein, the teenage underground worker who is the heroine of Fillmore's historical novel, "An Address in Amsterdam," about a young Jewish woman who risks her life in the anti-Nazi underground. 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Music

GREENFIELD Creacion Latin Big Band: Twenty-piece band. Playing son, salsa, cha cha, boogaloo, merengue, cumbia, and bolero styles, there is an open floor for dancers. 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. (1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month). Free. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center (The Arts Block), 289 Main St. Information: 413-774-0150; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Union High School Fall Concert: Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Sea Songs" followed by "City Rain," a jazz-influenced work by Judith Lang Zaimont and Frank Ticheli's settings of music of the Shakers, "Simple Gifts." Jazz Workshop performs "Road Song" and "Sonnymoon for Two." Madrigals open with a classic doo-wop tune "Come Go With Me" followed by "O Magnum Mysterium." Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo's "Northern Lights." Madrigals conclude with "Pseudo-Yoik." Jazz Ensemble's program begins with an homage to the Count Basie Band, Stompin' on a Riff. Followed by a New Orleans street march version of Duke Ellington's "C-Jam Blues," Horace Silver's Latin standard, "Nutville," and Paul Baker's funky hip-hop "Arnge Drank." The Chorus performs "It Takes A Village," a new tradition of performing works by female composers. Followed by Dirait-on from Morten Laurdisen's Les Chansons des Roses (poetry by Rainer Maria Rilke). "Esto Les Digo" by Kinley Lange follows. Concert concludes with Jeffery L. Ames's gospel arrangement of "Let Everything That Hath Breath.". 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Free and open to the public. Brattleboro Union High School, 131 Fairground Rd.

Recreation

BRATTLEBORO Drop-in Scrabble: All game paraphernalia provided. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. in the History Room on Wednesdays. Through Wednesday, December 20. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Well-being

PUTNEY Al-Anon: For friends and relatives of alcoholics. 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. Free; donations welcome. Putney Friends Meeting House, 17 Bellows Falls Rd. Information: 866-972-5266; www.vermontalanonalateen.org.

BRATTLEBORO Lunchtime Yoga for Co-op Shareholders: All-levels, led by a different local teacher each Wednesday. Bring a yoga mat. noon - 1 p.m. Free (only open to shareholders). Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Information: 802-246-2821; Click to e-mail for more information.

BRATTLEBORO Freedom from the Blood Sugar Blues: Holistic Strategies for Mood Swings, Diabetes and Hypoglycemia: Blood sugar imbalances can affect mood, memory, and quality of life. Learn about foods and herbal remedies which can balance blood sugar. The instructor is Cindy Hebbard. 6 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Registration required: 802-246-2821; Click to e-mail for more information.

BRATTLEBORO Women's Support: Drop-in and confidential support group for women who have experienced domestic violence. 12 noon on Wednesdays. Free. Womens Freedom Center. Information: 802-257-7364.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Democracy Forum: The State of Democracy in Brattleboro: Advancing common sense and fairness in town government--making global issues local. Current agenda: Lowering the voting age for local issues. Conscious community policing. Reversing centralization of power on the Select Board. More. Presented by Kurt Daims with Brattleboro Common Sense. noon - 1 p.m. Free. Brown Bag Lunch Series, River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Activism

BRATTLEBORO Fossil Free Windham County Launch Party: In conjunction with 350.org, join 350 Brattleboro for a Fossil Free campaign launch party. Working together, we will end the use of fossil fuels and transition our world to 100% renewable energy for all. Find out what you can do in your town to begin the Fossil Free future we need and connect with other activists equally passionate about this work. Pizza and snacks provided. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information: brattleboro@350vt.org.

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