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Event listings for Thursday, March 23

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. 7:30 p.m. Through Saturday, March 25. Bellows Falls Opera House, Town Hall, 7 Square. Tickets: 802-869-2960, http://mainstreetarts.org/sweeney-todd.html.

KEENE "Made in China": Wakka Wakka Productions performs this darkly comic puppet musical—a fantastical exploration of human rights, consumerism and morality as told through the unlikely love story between an odd middle age woman and a Chinese ex-pat. 7:30 p.m. $12 to $25 ($5 KSC students). Keene State College, Redfern Arts Center, Wyman Way. Information: 603-358-2168; Click for more info on Web in new window.

The written word

BELLOWS FALLS Discussion: "Brown Girl Dreaming" by Jacqueline Woodson: Any child or adult who has read this book about a young person finding her voice is invited to participate. Vermont Humanities Council chose this book as the VT Reads title for 2017 and awarded Rockingham Library 60 copies to share with the public. noon and 6 p.m. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.

LONDONDERRY "The Attica Turkey Shoot: Carnage, Cover-Up and the Pursuit of Justice": Malcolm Bell will sign copies of his re-released book about his role as chief assistant to the special prosecutor assigned to prosecute law officers who participated in killing and torturing unarmed inmates during the 1971 Attica prison uprising. 5:30 p.m. Free. Neighborhood Connections, The Meeting Place, Rte. 100, 5700 Marketplace (across from the p.o.). Information: 802-824-4343; Click to e-mail for more information.

Visual arts and shows

PUTNEY "Series": Artist's Talk by Susan Wilson: Wilson’s large-scale sculptures capture a series of emotions and personalities via the skillful and subtle use of the materials of her trade. The faces are drawings materialized into three dimensions and stories waiting to be plumbed from the angle of an eye or furrow of a brow. Up close, the subjects of her work seem both familiar and alien, evoking the sense of how distinct each is, while also asking the viewer to find kinship and community among them. (Exhibit with four other artists runs through 4/14). 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Free. Landmark College Fine Arts Center, 1 River Rd. So. Christie Herbert: cherbert@landmark.edu.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Brattlemasters (local Toastmasters Club): Practice Speaking Skills: There will be prepared speeches, evaluations, and reports by members. Guests are welcome and invited to participate in the extemporaneous speaking exercises. Drew Adam will be the Toastmaster of the Evening. 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Free. Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: brattleboro.toastmastersclubs.org.

BRATTLEBORO A Science of Consciousness: A Conversation About Spirit: What is Consciousness? What is Holy Spirit? Shiva C.A.D. Shankaran is the author of "A Science of Consciousness: Pneumatology for a New Millennium." He invites us to go on an imaginary journey with him into a new world of implications, possibilities, and powers of human creativity. 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.

BRATTLEBORO Brattlemasters (local Toastmasters Club): Practice Speaking Skills: There will be prepared speeches, evaluations, and reports by members. Guests are welcome and invited to participate in the extemporaneous speaking exercises. Drew Adam will be the Toastmaster of the Evening. 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Free. Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: brattleboro.toastmastersclubs.org.

BRATTLEBORO Brattlemasters (local Toastmasters Club): "April Showers Bring May Flowers": There will be prepared speeches, evaluations, and reports by members. Guests are welcome and invited to participate in the extemporaneous speaking exercises. Eddie Sause will be the Toastmaster of the Evening. 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Free. Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: brattleboro.toastmastersclubs.org.

Celebrations, festivals, community meals

BRATTLEBORO Lunch & Listen with Beethoven : Concert and lunch sponsored by Brattleboro Senior Meals. 12 noon. $20 general admission/$10 seniors for lunch and concert; $10 for lunch only or for concert only. Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Information: 802-254-6459.

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.

Instruction

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro WordPress Meetup: You found a theme you love, but it's not quite perfect. Aside from theme options, what tools do you have at your disposal to customize your new theme? In this workshop, Alex Martines of Just Peachy Consulting & Web Design will share some of the ways you can easily change the design and functionality of a WordPress theme. No CSS or PHP knowledge required—we'll be working in the code, but not writing much of it ourselves. Bring your computer and own WordPress site you can use as a sandbox. 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in Room 2C. Free. Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St. Marjorie Ray: codewryter@gmail.com.

Kids and families

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 will 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.

NEWFANE Playgroup: For babies and toddlers (and their caregivers). Thursdays. 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948.

Well-being

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.

DUMMERSTON 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 Mondays. 9:30 a.m. Free. Dummerston Congregational Church, 1535 Middle Rd. Information: 802-257-0544; 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.

Arts and Crafts

BRATTLEBORO Fun with Food & Art: Imaginary Creatures: We'll meet at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center for an up-close look at the current art exhibit followed by a hands-on creative activity there. Then we will walk to the Brattleboro Food Co-op Kitchen to make magical, amazing creatures that are edible and delicious. 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (The BFC Kitchen is at 7 Canal St.). Free. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Registration required: 802-246-2821, msbfc@sover.net.

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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