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Event listings for Friday, December 8

Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO "Tuck Everlasting": (See 12/7) . . New England Youth Theatre. .

BRATTLEBORO "A Christmas Carol": Vermont Theatre Company presents its fourth annual production of the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a lonely miser whose life is forever changed when visited by the three spirits of Christmas. (Repeats 12/14-12/16). Fri. and Sat: 7 p.m.; Sun: 3 p.m. Through Sunday, December 10. $16, $13 students/seniors, $5 ages 10 and younger. Donate a canned good and pay $1 less. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Tickets: 802-258-1344, vtcreservations@gmail.com.

BRATTLEBORO Jonas Cain: "Positive Words": What do you do when life gives you "lemons?" If your answer is to get a new life, then we need to talk! Experience this motivational magic show that will engage you with magic demonstrations, empower you with strategies to overcome negative self-talk, and encourage you to live a more positive life. This is much more than just a magic show…it’s a Life Show!. 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.

Celebrations and festivals

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Music School Community Open House: Drop by and join faculty, staff, trustees, students, and members of the BMC Music School community in a celebration. A variety of finger foods will be accompanied by mulled cider, winter punch, and musical interludes. Families and friends welcome. Petey Mitchell will be on hand to sign copies of the BMC 65th Anniversary season poster featuring her work, "Floating in Lavender.". 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Information: 802-257-4523; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Film and video

BRATTLEBORO "The Color of Paradise" (Understanding Iran Through Film series): This film explores the world of a gifted blind boy at the mercy of his father's crippling sense of shame. Mohammad is an energetic 8-year-old who is much like the other children in his small Iranian village except in one regard--he is blind. But his heightened remaining senses make him even more receptive to the world around him. Introduced by Michael Pittman, Ph.D. with Q&A to follow. 6:30 p.m. Iranian tea/pastries, 7 p.m. screening. Free. Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: www.windhamworldaffairscouncil.org.

Music

PUTNEY Mark Erelli and Stephen Chipman: Contemporary folk singer/songwriters. 7:30 p.m. $16 ($20 at door). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO The Edd: Psychedelic Rock Quartet: Take an improvisational journey through odd time signatures, funky riffs, and heavy electronic grooves. The band's debut album, "I'm with Bob," was released this year. 8 p.m. $10 ($12 at door). Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information: 802-579-9960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Bob Stabach 4tet: Original and standard jazz. Eugene Uman, keys; George Kaye, bass; Jon Fisher, drums; Bob Stabach, sax. 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. No cover. The Lounge, 4 High St. Information: 802-254-4141; Click for more info on Web in new window.

WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with And the Neighbors: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. Alt-country duo, inspired by Appalachia and the grit of the Lower East Side. 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.

GRAFTON "Being Connected to Nature: Learning from the Abenaki": In this interactive nature program for preschoolers, you and your young nature-lover will investigate Abenaki artifacts, hear the Abenaki story of creation, and go on a scavenger hunt outdoors to test observation skills in nature. Discover what life was like before our time and how the Abenaki have developed a strong relationship with the land through hunting and gathering. 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. $5 ($8 drop-in). Nature Museum, 186 Townshend Rd. Information: 802-843-2111; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Well-being

WESTMINSTER WEST Mending the Web of Life with Sarah Pirtle : Sarah was one of 24 people who helped develop despair and empowerment work and the Interhelp Network starting in 1981. Currently called The Work That Reconnects, the best known leader of the work is the Buddhist teacher, author, and brilliant thinker Joanna Macy. Sarah will guide us on an experiential introduction to this work that can help restore the basic web of life. When we tell our truths about pain for the world, we also feel the embrace of caring listeners and this aids us in finding voice and speaking up. 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Free. Congregational Church of Westminster West, 44 Church St. Information: 802-387-5779, caitlin@sanctuaryvermont.com.

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.

BRATTLEBORO Americans with Disabilities Act/ADA Committee: Open Forum: Learn more about this committee's work and the interests of people with disabilities in the Brattleboro community at this Inclusion Center meeting. 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. in the Hannah Cosman Rm. Municipal Building, 230 Main St. Julie Tamler: 802-387-5285.

BELLOWS FALLS Ladies Night: Many businesses in Bellows Falls and vicinity are donating a portion of their proceeds from Ladies Night to Dance Away Cancer/Relay for Life Team Super Hero; others are donating to a local charity. 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. (some stores close earlier). Bellows Falls Downtown Development Alliance. Information: www.facebook.com/Bellows-Falls-Downtown-Development-Alliance-BFDDA-118134114887946.

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