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Event listings for Sunday, December 17

Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO The Flying Nut Express: (See 12/15). . New England Center for Circus Arts. .

BRATTLEBORO "Tuck Everlasting": (See 12/14) . . New England Youth Theatre. .

BRATTLEBORO "The Nutcracker" Bolshoi Ballet (Only in Cinemas): 1 p.m. $20; $10 students. Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Information: 802-257-5717; Click to e-mail for more information.

Music

BRATTLEBORO BMC Madrigal Singers to Perform "Christmas in Song": Ten-member ensemble led by madrigal director Douglas Frank. The Singers will celebrate the 70th anniversary of "Christmas in Song," the popular treasury of Christmas songs, hymns and carols first published in 1947. The performance includes holiday tunes and texts from the Middle Ages through the 20th century, featuring classic works by rarely heard composers--Palestrina, Schutz, Praetorius, Nicolai, and more. 2 p.m. $10, $15 supporter. Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Information: 802-257-4523; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO TubaChristmas: A Brattleboro tradition that combines Christmas music with heavy metal brings together tuba, euphonium, and baritone horn players from throughout the region to play carols specially arranged for a choir of low brass. Audience members are urged to sing along with the instrumentalists. This year's event is dedicated to the memory of one of its original organizers and participants, Bruce Corwin--a retired music educator and former director of the Brattleboro American Legion Band as well as the Grafton Cornet Band. Those interested in playing in the concert should gather for rehearsal, bring a music stand, and dress festively. 1 p.m. rehearsal; 3 p.m. concert/sing-along. Concert is free; a free-will offering is requested for the church. First Congregational Church of West Brattleboro, 880 Western Ave. Information: 802-451-3511.

CHESTER Barishi, Lord Almighty, & Hepatagua: Homecoming show for local progressive metal band Barishi. Formed by guitarist Graham Brooks, bassist Jon Kelley, and drummer Dylan Blake in Southern VT in 2010, they performed as an instrumental trio throughout the east coast. Their style of gritty progressive metal has been honed by the addition of vocalist Vern Davidson. Lord Almighty is bare-bones metal. Hepatagua is a sludge, doom, dark rock/metal duo. 8 p.m. $5. Stone Church/First Universalist Parish, 211 N. St. Information: 802-875-3257; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Instruction

PUTNEY Yule Log Baking Class: This traditional dessert, served close to Christmas in countries such as in Belgium, France, Switzerland, and Quebec, is made of sponge cake to resemble a miniature actual Yule log. This is partly a demonstration class with some hands-on work. 1st Yule Log with a chocolate sponge cake and buttercream filling. 2nd Yule Log with a chocolate sponge cake and a chocolate ganache filling. Coffee will be served. Everyone will go home with a yule log. Led by Ann-Michele Klug. 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. $65. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3094875.

Well-being

BRATTLEBORO Sunday Sounds: Patrick Spurlock: Quiet gatherings cultivate contemplation and daydreaming in the presence of great music and art. 10:30 a.m. - noon (music starts at 11 a.m.). Free; donations welcome. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: 917-239-8743; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Cultivating Inner Stillness: "It is inner stillness that will save and transform the world." (Eckhart Tolle). Join us as we listen to a portion of an Tolle's talk, then sit silently for the remainder of the hour. Chairs provided. 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. RSVP with Marilyn Marks, LICSW: cultivatingstillness33@gmail.com.

BRATTLEBORO Longest Night Service: The holiday season can magnify what is going on in our lives, including pain and loss. "Peace on earth," or even peace in our hearts, may seem an impossible dream. Sadness and memories may seem overwhelming at a time when joy and celebration are expected. The Longest Night is an inclusive service of hope for all who carry sorrow of any kind. We honor the burdens we bear and claim the promise of light that follows even the darkest night. The hope is that the music, readings, candles and chants may help us to find the comfort we need and strengthen the connection we share. 4 p.m. Free. St. Michaels Episcopal Church, Putney Rd. and Bradley Ave. Information: 802-254-6048.

W. BRATTLEBORO The Compassionate Friends of Brattleboro: Self-help organization for families who have had a child die provides highly personal comfort, hope and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family. Meetings are for all families regardless of race, religious orientation, economic background, or the cause and age of the child at death, from pre-birth up. All immediate family members are welcome including adult siblings. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. (3rd Sunday of every month). Free. West Village Meeting House, 29 South St. M. Beverly Miller: 802-490-2326.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Soul Food Sunday: Meet other people of color from around the southern Vermont area. Eat, talk, play games--whatever we like. Open only to self identified persons of color, indigenous, and their children. Bring a potluck dish to share, if you can. Drinks and fusions welcome. We are creating a safe space for us to build relationships, share information, support one another, and build our resources. 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information: 508-737-8477, shelasocialjustice@gmail.com.

Arts and crafts

READSBORO Readsboro Glassworks Holiday Open Studio Sale: (See 12/16). . Readsboro Glassworks. .

BRATTLEBORO Stone Church Winter Craft Market: (See 12/16). . Stone Church in Brattleboro. .

Dance

BRATTLEBORO Community Circle Dance: All dances taught. No partner needed. Led by Windsong (Clara Daims). 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Donations welcome. River Valley Aikido Center, 11 Cottage St. Parker Huber: www.brattleborocircledance.org.

Activism

MARLBORO Local Love Brigade Community Gathering: Send cards of love to victims of hate. Materials and addresses provided. Potluck refreshments. Bring a musical instrument! Hosted by Ann Braden of the Vermont Love Brigade. Kids of all ages are welcome. 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. downstairs. Marlboro Meetinghouse School, 524 South Rd. RSVP: woodyandsusan@gmail.com.

BRATTLEBORO End Occupation Now!: Rally and Radio: The world over, people are in the streets opposing neo-colonial occupation: control of land, people, and resources to benefit the wealthy. Our brothers and sisters in Asia, Latin America, and Africa face brutal repression/ exploitation under a global system of profit. Profit has become more important than people's lives. This occupation extends across the seas to Palestine. The US government writes checks for $3.8 billion every year to Israel. Israel imprisons the Palestinian people in their own land--robs them of their water/resources. The US maintains over 800 official military bases worldwide training soldiers and military forces in repressive tactics. Here, the US government continues to seize the land of indigenous people to extract resources. They built the Dakota Access Pipeline in spite of the will of people and are doing the same with the Keystone XL. They've seized Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante so that corporations can pillage precious natural resources; use racist deportations and a Muslim ban to exploit/divide; cut taxes for corporations while increasing military spending. They continue to cut money for education/food stamps/healthcare. We must struggle against these forces internationally and at home, seeing them as all connected. Join Brattleboro Solidarity and Indigo Radio at this rally. noon - 2 p.m. Pliny Park, Corner Main & High St. Information: brattleborosolidarity@gmail.com.

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