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Event listings for Friday, December 1

The written word

BRATTLEBORO Nature Books at Gallery Walk: Peruse a selection of nature books. Find field guides, favorite authors, and nature books for kids. Mark Mikolas will sign copies of his new book, "A Beginner's Guide to Recognizing the Trees of the Northeast." Patti Smith will show video footage of the beavers featured in her book, "The Beavers of Popple's Pond." Enjoy Christmas cookies and cider, and get your holiday shopping done. Proceeds from the book sale will benefit the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center. 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Dianich Gallery (through the glass doors down the alley that leads to the Hooker-Dunham Gallery), 139 Main St. Information: 802-380-1607; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro West Arts--17 Artists--Art Show and Sale: (See 11/30). . One Eighteen Elliot. .

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Wheel Pad--for Wheelchair Users/Mobility Issues: Wheel Pad is an an eco-friendly, completely portable bedroom suite that can be attached to an existing home. The pad has a built-in Hoyer lift track to facilitate moving a resident between bed and bath. Everything is at wheelchair height. Talk by Julie Lineberger, President of Wheel Pad, www.WheelPad.com. Hosted by the Inclusion Center. 2 p.m. Free. St. Michaels Episcopal Church, Putney Rd. and Bradley Ave. Julie Tamler: 802-387-5285.

BRATTLEBORO Vermont Tech Brattleboro Nursing Site Open House: Nursing faculty and staff will be available to answer questions about this program and offer tours of the facilities to individuals interested in starting or continuing a career in nursing. 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Vermont Tech Brattleboro Satellite Campus, 41 Harmony Pl. Register: 800-442-8821, www.vtc.edu/admissions-aid/tours-event.

Music

BRATTLEBORO The VJC Big Band: Jazz standards, Great American Songbook, original arrangements. Special guests: vocalist Kevin Mahogany and guitarist Dave Stryker. Dessert buffet. All money raised from this annual gala will go to VJC’s Scholarship Fund. 8 p.m. $25 to $50 (includes dessert buffet). Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, #222. Information: 802-254-9088; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY "The Turning of the Year: A Holiday Celebration with John Whelan, Low Lily & Katie McNally": Seven-time All-Ireland accordion champion and Narada recording artist John Whelan teams up with roots band Low Lily and Scottish-style fiddler Katie McNally for a spectacular holiday mini-fest of traditional and original music from Ireland, Scotland and America. Alongside uptempo jigs and reels will be lesser-known Christmas carols and wintry classics, featuring two fiddles, accordion, guitars, mandolin, double bass and lush, layered vocals. 7:30 p.m. $18 ($22 at door). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with Ray Mason: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. Original songs, in that old-time rock and roll style, on a Silvertone guitar. Sponsored by the West River Community Project promoting community, the arts, and local, sustainable agriculture. 5 p.m. pizza, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. music. $12 pizza pie. Donations appreciated by the musicians. West Townshend Country Store and Cafe, Rte. 30. Information: 802-874-4800; Click to e-mail for more information.

Ceremonies and memoriams

BRATTLEBORO Community to Commemorate World AIDS Day: Commemoration of those affected by the AIDS virus and those working to combat it features a sidewalk candlelight vigil. Rev. Dr. Lise Sparrow will talk about the Guilford Community Church's work in Kaiguchu, Kenya. Music led by Peter Amidon. The Brattleboro-based project, serving over 80 clients, is one of 3 AIDS service organizations in VT working to balance steady caseloads. AIDS is not just another sexually transmitted disease. 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.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO KidsPlayce Healthy Snack and Story Time: We'll read a story and kids will have a healthy snack from the Brattleboro Food Co-op. 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on Fridays. Free. KidsPLAYce, 20 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-5212.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Friday Night Group with Outright Vermont: This is a social support space for queer and questioning youth ages 13-22, with super-cool adult facilitators. Free pizza every Friday. 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information: erika@outrightvt.org.

Arts and crafts

BRATTLEBORO Cotton Mill Open Studio & Holiday Sale: Celebrate the local artists, musicians, specialty food producers, craftspeople, and local entrepreneurs of the century-old mill, as well as juried artists and artisans from surrounding communities. Meet seasoned and emerging artists. Savor culinary delights on every floor. Sip cocktails crafted from local spirits. Enjoy art installations, live music, dance, demos, classes, and puppetry. Shop for fine jewelry, iron art, pottery, jams and syrup from local farms, functional wooden art, sculpture, body care, woven goods, games, photography, fine art prints, pet products, and more. Fri. 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.; Sat: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Through Sunday, December 03. Free admission. Cotton Mill Artisans Open Tour, 74 Cotton Mill Hill #300. Information: www.thecottonmill.org.

Dance

MARLBORO Dances in the Rough: New dances from the fall semester created by student choreographers Lucy Hammond, Erin Huang-Schaffer, Moon Livingston, Nicktae Marroquin-Haslett, Alta Millar, Phoebe Okoomian, Xander Porter, Karla Julia Ramos, Nakita Richards, Cyane Thomas, Lailye Weidman, and Karissa Wolivar. 7:30 p.m. Through Saturday, December 02. Free. Marlboro College/Serkin Center Dance Studio, 2582 South Rd. Information: 802-251-7644; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Tag sales, auctions, bazaars

W. BRATTLEBORO All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church Holiday Bazaar: Holiday handmade swags, wreaths, table arrangements made from locally cut fresh greens and natural wonders to decorate the largest and smallest of spaces will be available for sale. Berries, cones, and other natural contributions adorn the wreaths to make an artistic statement celebrating the beauty of our Vermont environment. Handmade ornaments to decorate your Christmas tree. Friday: Children can decorate cookies; chili to go. Saturday: soup lunch, holiday bake goodies. Felted and knit items for sale, maple syrup, jewelry holders, and more. Raffle tickets. All proceeds benefit the Church. Fri. 3 p.m. - 7 p.m; Sat. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. (11 a.m. - 2 p.m. soup lunch). Through Saturday, December 02. All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 29 South St. Information: 802-365-7388.

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Area Hospice Holiday Shopping Extravaganza: All gift items are donated by our community with the wish that proceeds of the sales of the items benefit others by making possible free support services to people at and around end of life. The eclectic collection is curated with an eye for gift giving. Items represent a wide range in style, taste and price--contemporary, tribal, vintage, antique. Hand-crafted artisanal treasures, jewelry, creative toys, plush scarves and other winter accessories, vintage collectibles and other curios. Live music by The Moondogs and complimentary sweet treats. And if "things" aren't on your loved one's list, you can make a donation to Brattleboro Area Hospice in their name. 12/1: 5:30 p.m - 8:30 p.m., 12/2: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Atrium. Through Saturday, December 02. Brooks House, Crnr. Main Street and High Street. Information: 802-257-0775, andrea.livermore@brattleborohospice.org.

Activism

BRATTLEBORO "Changing the World Without Having a Clue": Greg Bennick explains how we can all find within ourselves the creative focus and direction we need to help make the world a better place than we found it. He draws on his experiences helping in Haiti, touring across Russia, and interacting with people in over thirty countries to express the idea that you don't need a perfectly defined plan to change the world, but more importantly just the DESIRE for one and the courage to get started. This keynote rocks and is intended for audiences who want BIG impact. 7:30 p.m. Donation requested to cover costs but no one will be turned away. Headroom Stages, 17 Elliot St. Information: 802-380-6675.

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