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Event listings for Friday, March 10

Performing arts

TOWNSHEND Leland and Gray Players present "Hats Off": This is an eclectic parade of music, dance and comedy. Fri: 7:30 p.m., Sat: 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Dutton Gym. Through Saturday, March 11. $5, $3 students and seniors at the door. Leland and Gray Players, Dutton Gymnasium, Leland and Gray Union High School. Information: 802-365-7355 x; Click to e-mail for more information.

The written word

BRATTLEBORO Patricia Austen: "Patisserie Gluten Free: The Art of French Pastry": Austen is a local author who will read from her new book. She makes her swoon-worthy gluten-free pastries using ingredients from nearby farms, local purveyors, and her own backyard complete with hens, honeybees, and edible flowers growing out back. This beautifully photographed cookbook is unique in presenting some of the tastiest treats made without gluten. Home bakers will be able to create memorable European-style desserts, ranging from the simple comfort of hand cookies to the ooh-la-la of elaborate puff pastries. 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Free. Everyones Books, 25 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-8160; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Talk by Dary L. Thompson, Founder/Director of the Louisville Story Program: The Louisville Story Program aims to strengthen community by amplifying unheard voices and stories via writing and oral history workshops--enabling books, exhibits, and radio programs being shared as widely as possible. Thompson was a managing director for Teach For America, and helped found Teach For America - Appalachia. Open to the public. 4:30 p.m. in El Cafe. Free. SIT Graduate Institute, 1 Kipling Rd. Maira Tungatarova: maira.tungatarova@sit.edu.

CHESTER "Growing Healthy Fruit Trees and Berries, the Biological Way": Michael Phillips, author of "The Apple Grower," "The Holistic Orchard," and his newest book "My Corrhizal Planet: How Fungi and Plants Work Together to Create Dynamic Soils," is The Nature Museum's featured speaker. Recommended for adults and kids over 12. 7 p.m. $10 at door. Newsbank Conference Center, 352 Main St. Information: 802-843-2111, www.nature-museum.org.

Film and video

BRATTLEBORO Women's Film Festival Opening Night: Bring your platform shoes and favorite '70s outfit because this year's festival kicks-off with an electric, disco-themed gala. Champagne, wine, hors d'oeuvres followed by a screening of "Jewel's Catch One." The film tells the story of Jewel Thais-Williams and her club, "The Catch," the oldest black-owned disco in America and one of the original safe spaces for both the LGBT and Black communities. The film celebrates four decades of music, fashion, celebrity, and activism that helped change the course of our country by breaking down racial, social, and cultural barriers. 7 p.m. $30. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Purchase tickets on website: 802-257-7364, www.womensfilmfestival.org.

BRATTLEBORO French Film Fridays: Classics. Jean Vigo's short film "Zero for Conduct" and Francois Truffaut's masterpiece "The 400 Blows." French with English subtitles. 7 p.m. $5. Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery, 139 Main St. Information: 802-254-9276; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Music

PUTNEY Music and Dancing: Every Friday. 8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. No cover. Katys Great Food, 118 Main St. Information: 802-536-4196; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Jazz Fridays: Darby Wolf Organ Trio: 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. in the Lounge. No cover. The Lounge, 4 High St. Information: 802-254-4141.

GREENFIELD Butterfly Swing Band and Dance Lessons: Guest vocalist Kate Nicolaou joins the band playing classic swing music for dancing. Dance lessons by Emily Cox (East Coast Swing) and Greg Perham (Lindy Hop). 7 p.m. dance lessons, 8:30 p.m. music. $10 ($12 at door). The Arts Block, 289 Main St. Information: 413-774-0150; Click for more info on Web in new window.

GUILFORD Wendy's Soiree: Bob Stabach 4tet: With special guest Rich Greenblatt, master vibraphonist and faculty member at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. The 4tet which includes Eugene Uman, piano; Jon Fisher, drums; George Kaye, bass; and Bob Stabach, sax. 7 p.m. $15 to $20 sliding scale. Wendys Soiree. Call for address/directions: 802-254-6189.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO KidsPlayce Healthy Snack and Story Time: We'll read a story (or a few) and make a healthy snack together with a Brattleboro Food Co-op volunteer. Fridays. 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Free and open participation, but KidsPlayce fees apply if you want to stay and play afterwards. KidsPLAYce, 20 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-5212.

BRATTLEBORO Co+op Basics Recipes: Feed four for under $10 with delicious dishes. This week it's Irish Heritage Potato, Cabbage and Ham. You can afford to eat well. 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Demo Counter, across from the Deli. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-246-2821, msbfc@sover.net.

Well-being

BRATTLEBORO Blood Pressure Clinic: Blood pressure clinic with nursing students from Vermont Technical College. 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.

Arts and Crafts

BRATTLEBORO Inclusion Center: Bring your own lunch, Local Love Brigade Art project, accessible sports, calligraphy, discussion. 11:30 a.m. lunch, noon: art project, 1 p.m. sports, 2 p.m. calligraphy, 3 p.m. discussion. Free. St. Michaels Episcopal Church, Putney Rd. and Bradley Ave. Information: inclusioncenter.webs.com.

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