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Event listings for Thursday, March 16

Performing arts

BELLOWS FALLS "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street": Main Street Arts offers this full-stage musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. This hauntingly chilling story explores love, loss and blood-soaked revenge—with a sense of humor. Cast and crew includes leaders from the ranks of New England Youth Theatre, New England Center for Circus Arts, Sandglass Puppet Theatre, Vermont Theatre Company, The River Theatre, and Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA. (Repeats 3/23-3/25). 7:30 p.m. Through Saturday, March 18. Bellows Falls Opera House, Town Hall, 7 Square. Tickets: 802-869-2960, http://mainstreetarts.org/sweeney-todd.html.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO David Rohn: Watercolors: 1974-2016: Opening, 5-7 p.m. Through Sunday, April 30. Free. Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main St. Information: 802-251-8290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO The Grammar School: Art Electives: Opening exhibit of b&w photography, jewelry, sculpture, painting, video. 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery, 139 Main St. Information: 802-254-9276; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Film and video

BRATTLEBORO 26th Annual Women's Film Festival: This Women’s Freedom Center fundraiser offers 40 films, documentaries, romances, thrillers, and comedies from around the world directed by and about women. There is something for everyone — films about activism, art, reproductive rights, mothers and daughters, romances, discrimination, aging, gender roles, incarceration, stage fright and synchronized swimming, to name a few. 7 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Through Sunday, March 19. $9, $8 students/seniors. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-257-7364, www.womensfilmfestival.org.

Music

BRATTLEBORO Kevin Parry: Open Mic: Participating musicians receive 50% off of their meal. Every Thursday. 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Free. Marina Restaurant, 28 Spring Tree Rd. Sign up: 802-257-7563; www.kevinparrymusic.com.

PUTNEY Open Mic: Every Thursday. 8 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Katys Great Food, 118 Main St. Information: 802-536-4196; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Local history

WARDSBORO Ephemera and Old Photos from the Wardsboro History Group: The Photo Committee of the Wardsboro History Group has been diligently cataloging and developing old glass plates and negatives for many years. Bob and Janet LeBlond, Danny Hescock, Charlie Marchant, Jane Robinson, Carol Bessette, Lester Dunklee and Jan Hull meet one night a week spending hours processing, discussing, and identifying old photos of Wardsboro and the surrounding area. They are keenly interested in local history and in preserving the ephemera that show people, places, and things from Wardsboro's past. (Also see 3/19). Exhibit: Mon. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Tues./Wed. 2 p.m.-7 p.m., Thur. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Through Thursday, March 30. Free. Wardsboro Public Library, 170 Main St. Information: 802-896-6988; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Pet Bites Treat-Making Class: Bring your children to a fun, free, and informative class where we turn the bean of the month--Black Beans--into delicious treats for furry friends! An animal advocate will educate children about caring for their pets. Take home a sample of Black Bean treats for your canine friends along with the recipe to make them at home. 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, 7 Canal St. Registration required: 802-246-2821; Click to e-mail for more information.

BRATTLEBORO Shop Bulk!: Join Jon to learn about tips for shopping in this special section of our store. Shop little, shop big, shop gift, shop bulk! To thank you for participating, we'll have a free drawing—win fun and cool containers you can use. 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. in the Bulk Dept. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.

GRAFTON Mighty Acorns Club: "Marvelous Maple Syrup": This program is for budding naturalists ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Learn how a tree makes sap, how to tap for the sap, and the process of making sap into syrup. This preschool club meets inside the Museum and explores the outdoors on a variety of adventures to field, forest and pond. Children should be dressed accordingly. (3rd Thursday of every month of the school calendar year.). 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. $5 per child, drop-ins welcome though pre-registration is encouraged. Nature Museum, 186 Townshend Rd. Information: 802-843-2111; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Well-being

BRATTLEBORO Natural Strategies for Optimal Brain Health: Supporting the brain with nourishing foods and safe herbal remedies is a powerful way to improve memory, focus, attention, test scores, and overall quality of life. Join us to learn some of the best natural options for coping with our high speed world. You will find a wealth of sensible options for your entire family. 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Registration required: 802-246-2821; Click to e-mail for more information.

BRATTLEBORO Bonebuilders -- An Osteoporosis Prevention Program: Light arm and ankle weights stem the effects of osteoporosis, increase muscle tone, improve balance, and enhance energy and well-being. Thursdays and Tuesdays. 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the Exercise Room (Main Building). Free. Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, 17 Belmont Ave. Information: 802-254-7515.

BELLOWS FALLS Bonebuilders -- An Osteoporosis Prevention Program: Light arm and ankle weights stem the effects of osteoporosis, increase muscle tone, improve balance, and enhance energy and well-being. Thursdays and Tuesdays. 2 classes: 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Free. Bellows Falls Senior Center, 18 Tuttle St. Information: 802-463-3907.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Sen. Bernie Sanders to Speak about Windham Grows: In collaboration with state and regional partners, Windham Grows is a "business hatchery" project of Strolling of the Heifers that aims to build the food and agriculture business sector in Windham County by connecting startup and early-stage businesses with critical services, resources and financing. Led by a pair of seasoned entrepreneurs-in-residence, Windham Grows seeks out and develops great business ideas by providing startups and scale-up stage businesses with a custom-tailored package of support services and resources designed to maximize chances of success. Also speaking will be representatives of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Economic Development, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, and the Working Lands Enterprise Board, all of which provided matching grants. 4 p.m. Free. Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982, www.strollingoftheheifers.com.

BELLOWS FALLS Artists' Town Meeting: Hosted by The Rockingham Arts and Museum Project in tandem with artists Chris Sherwin, Jeanette Staley, and Clare Adams. One of the topics to be discussed is participation in the Vermont Open Studio Weekend, which will be held this year on Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28. Other updates include developing a series of art-themed films as part of Classic Movie Night hosted at the Bellows Falls Opera House, developing a pop-up art store in downtown Bellows Falls, and opportunities to partner with FactTV and WOOL FM. The meeting includes a potluck. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free. Thirty Three Bridge Street, 33 Bridge St. RSVPs appreciated: 802-463-3252, ramp@sover.net ("Artists' Town Meeting" in subject line).

Dance

BRATTLEBORO Zumba: Latin Dance Fitness Program: Offers cardiovascular and body-shaping benefits while strengthening your core and increasing your balance. Fun and suitable for all levels. With Emily McLoughlin. Thursdays. Sponsored by Brattleboro Rec. & Parks. 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. in the gym. Through Thursday, April 27. $5/$7 non-Brattleboro residents. Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. Information: 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.

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