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Event listings for Friday, March 24, 2017

Performing arts

BELLOWS FALLS "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street": (See 3/23). . Bellows Falls Opera House. .

The written word

BRATTLEBORO Alison Taylor and Neil Taylor: "The Life We Got: Losing Sight and Gaining Vision, A Memoir": Neil Taylor was a young teacher and athlete when the discovery of a brain tumor catapulted him into a life of blindness. With his dreams shattered and the future uncertain he began, with unwavering support from his family, one step at a time, rebuilding a life worth living and worth celebrating. A monumental step in his journey toward acceptance and wholeness was the writing of this memoir with his mother Alison. Told from both of their perspectives, their account is a road map of one family's journey in the face of trauma. Neil is a massage therapist and owner of The Blind Masseur, in Brattleboro. Alison is a former elementary school teacher and yoga practitioner. She lives in Brattleboro. 6 p.m. Free. Everyones Books, 25 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-8160; Click for more info on Web in new window.


PUTNEY Sarasa Chamber Concert: Train-Inspired Music: The program includes the "American" String Quartet by 19th-century train enthusiast Antonín Dvorak and Steve Reich's personal account of railways in the 20th century in his "Different Trains." HIF Biber’s exuberant Violin Sonata No. 3 from the 1660s, composed some 100 years before trains were even invented, anticipates those very sounds we imagine when a locomotive chugs along its route. British violinist Miranda Fulleylove joins Jesse Irons and Jason Fisher of "A Far Cry." Jennifer Morsches, cello; Simon Martyn-Ellis, theorbo. 7:30 p.m. $18, $15 senior, $10 student. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 617-429-0332,

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Art Talk with Sculptor Paul Bowen: Welsh-born Bowen will give a slide talk about his 40-year career offering a unique glimpse into Bowen's creative process. The talk will be followed by an open conversation. A resident of southern VT, he is represented in public and private collections in the U.S. and abroad. 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. $10. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Julia Jensen:


BRATTLEBORO Jazz Fridays: Julian Gerstin Sextet: 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. in the Lounge. No cover. The Lounge, 4 High St. Information: 802-254-4141.

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.

WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with with Aura Shards: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. Aura Shards plays mesmerizing music on tabla and handpan. Sponsored by the West River Community Project, promoting community, the arts, and local, sustainable agriculture. 5 p.m. pizza, 6 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.

GRAFTON Kevin Parry: Blues, rock, and country on the guitar and harmonica. Music by Jorma Kaukonen, Ry Cooder, Taj Mahal, Eric Clapton, plus originals. 7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. in Phelps Barn. Free. Grafton Inn, 92 Main St. Information: 802-257-7428,

PUTNEY Windham Orchestra Offers Beethoven's Heroic and Sublime Works: Beethoven's Symphony No. 4 and "Eroica" Symphony No. 3 (Also see 3/26). 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. $5 to $50. Putney School, 418 Houghton Brook Rd. Tickets: 802-257-4523,

Business and economy

BRATTLEBORO Where Should You Invest in 2017?: Better Growth but More Uncertainty. Presented by Joshua Roberts from Edward Jones. 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.

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; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Co-op Basics Recipes: Feed four for under $10 with delicious dishes. This week it's Southwest Black Bean Chicken and Rice. 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,

GRAFTON Brave Bears Camp : Fun, hands-on indoor and outdoor experiences that cultivate a deeper relationship with the natural world. Kids (ages 6-9) should bring a hearty bagged snack, lunch, a water bottle carried in a backpack, and wear appropriate late winter clothing and gear for a day of adventure. 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. $30. Nature Museum, 186 Townshend Rd. Information: 802-843-2111; Click for more info on Web in new window.


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. Fridays and Mondays. 10 a.m. - 11 a.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. Fridays and Mondays. 10 a.m. Free. Bellows Falls Senior Center, 18 Tuttle St. Information: 802-463-3907.

Community building

DUMMERSTON Transition Dummerston: Potluck & Program: Panel discussion with Dummerston farm community. Moderated by Vern Grubinger, UVM Ag Ext. Officer. Open to the public. Transition Dummerston is part of the international Transition Town network of local initiatives that build community resilience and well-being in the face of energy, climate, and economic challenges. 6 p.m. potluck supper, 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. program. Free. Dummerston Congregational Church, 1535 Middle Rd. Bill: 802-257-1020,


BRATTLEBORO Shall We Dance?: East Coast Swing: This dance comes from early rock and roll. No partner needed. Carry shoes to dance in. Refreshments. 7 p.m. lesson, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. dancing. $10 for lesson and dance. The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information: 802-365-0233,

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