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Event listings for Friday, December 22, 2017

Performing arts

PUTNEY Sean Altman's "Jewmongous": Ex-Rockapella star Altman writes hilarious and irreverent acoustic rock songs about his awakening Jewish awareness. (Not appropriate for kids under sixteen unless you’re training them to be sailors.). 7:30 p.m. $20 ($24 at door). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information:


WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and The Merry Pranksters: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. The Merry Pranksters will play traditional and contemporary folk songs and tunes. 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.

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; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY Family Weaving Workshop: Make a Holiday Gift : Kids ages 7 and up and their grown-ups are invited to make woven potholders and bookmarks. Shana Frank and friends will lead children in these simple crafts. All materials provided. 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO ​Pop-Up Holiday Gift Shop: A ​festive day of last-minute gift shopping, tasty treats, and more. 11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

PUTNEY Putney Food Distribution: All are welcome to come for free produce and some non-perishable items distributed by the Vermont Foodbank and the Putney Foodshelf. Open to anyone in the community. Bring your own shopping bags. 9 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. (usually the 4th Thurs. of every month). Free. Putney Meadows, 17 Carol Brown Way.

TOWNSEND Free Food at Grace Cottage "VeggieVanGo": Fresh food generally includes potatoes, carrots, squash, kale, yogurt, apples, and more. Take only what you need for your household and bring shopping bags or boxes to carry items home. 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. behind the hospital. Grace Cottage Hospital, Ambulance Garage, 185 Grafton Rd. Information: 802-365-9109.

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

BELLOWS FALLS TD Bank Vigil (Bellows Falls and Brattleboro): These peaceful vigils in front of the Brattleboro and Bellows Falls branches of TD Bank are intended to both inform our fellow citizens about and to protest the bank's financial support of tar sands and the Dakota Access Pipeline. noon - 1 p.m., 215 Main St., Brattleboro (signs available); 1 p.m. - 2 p.m., Bellows Falls (bring signs). TD Bank (Bellows Falls), 22 Church St. Tim Stevenson: 802-869-2141,


BRATTLEBORO "The Nutcracker": The cast for Pyotr Tchaikovsky's holiday-themed ballet is comprised of students, faculty, and alumni of the town's esteemed dance studio, as well as members of the local community, ranging in age from 6 to over 60 years old. Featured guest artists dancing the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier are Samantha Watson, a former student of Brattleboro School of Dance, and Calvin Bittner of the Vivid Ballet Company based in Hartford, CT. Jennifer Moyse, Executive Producer. All proceeds benefit Company of Muses, a non-profit that provides scholarships to local dancers. Fri: 7 p.m.; Sat. 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sun: 1 p.m. Through Sunday, December 24, 2017. $15. Brattleboro School of Dance, 22 High St. Information: 802-254-6884,

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