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Event listings for Thursday, April 13, 2017

Performing arts

W. BRATTLEBORO "A Midsummer Night's Dream": The actors embrace their characters from "the inside out": Egeus embodies the emotions of a father betrayed by his daughter Hermia, while Hermia grapples with being both the headstrong daughter standing up to her father, and the young woman hopelessly in love. Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, heads the Court with wisdom and sympathy, and Demetrius, played by three actors, presents all of his conflicting emotions with truth and feeling. Bottom, played by two actors, skillfully uses pantomime as the clown of the story. Puck, Oberon, Titania, and several other fairies bring magic and whimsy to this unforgettable tale. Presented by New England Youth Theatre's Theater Adventure. Thurs: 10:30 a.m.; Fri: 7 p.m. Through Friday, April 14, 2017. $10. West Village Meeting House, 29 South St. Tickets: 802-246-6398,

The written word

BRATTLEBORO AAUW Celebrates Women's History Month with a Look at the Other Mrs. Adams: Mary Ackerman Hayes gives a talk based on the biography "Louisa Catherine: The Other Mrs. Adams." Ackerman Hayes helped bring the biography to fruition after its author, her sister Margery Heffron, died in 2011 before its publication. Heffron's more than 30 years of research, combing through Adams family archives and the letters between the Adamses of both generations have resulted in a portrait of a woman who was shrewd, intellectual, articulate and a keen observer and commenter on the political and social scene of her time in London, St. Petersburg, and Washington. Through her skill as a hostess and keen sense of the moment, she is largely credited with her husband's successful bid for the presidency in 1824 in a close and controversial four-way race. Presented by the American Association of University Women. 1 p.m. in the upstairs Meeting Room. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

PUTNEY From Paris to Putney: The Art of Gildas Chatal: Gildas Chatal grew up in Southern Brittany, France with a passion for drawing. He followed that passion to an art school in Paris and developed his skills to enter the world of graphic design. In the graphic tradition, ink line art was his focus, until he discovered acrylic paint. The resulting illustrations have been published in a comic book magazine in Europe with writer David Boriau and a children’s book entitled "The Elephant in the Room." After 19 years in this country, Gildas' drawings have also become a wonderful addition to the newsletter and general postings at the Putney Co-op. Mon.-Fri. 10:30 a.m .- 6 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Through Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BELLOWS FALLS Gardening for Pollinators: Join Laura Gaudette and JoAnne Russo for a presentation and discussion about attracting pollinators to your yard and gardens. Gaudette gardens in Putney and is an avid naturalist with a particular interest in creating backyard habitats. Russo lives in Rockingham and has participated in the VT bumble bee survey and is helping identify the moth species of Vermont. They will suggest ways to make your property more attractive while helping bees, butterflies, and birds thrive. Refreshments and door prizes. 7 p.m. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Film and video

PUTNEY "The Eagle Huntress" (Sundance 2016, shortlisted for Oscar, Best Documentary): Thirteen-year-old Aishol-pan trains to become the first female in 12 generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. Many old Kazakh eagle hunters vehemently reject the idea of any female taking part in their ancient tradition, but Aishol-pan's father believes otherwise. Presented by producer Stacey Reiss. This is part of the new documentary series [framed] in collaboration with Tribeca Film Festival former director Nancy Schafer. Film runs from 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m., followed by Q&A with the filmmaker. $10 ($12 at door). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.


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.


WEST TOWNSHEND Yogurt and Cheese-Making Workshop: Learn a simple and efficient way to make your own yogurt. Then learn how to turn plain yogurt into delicious yogurt cheese, flavored with herbs and other tasty additions. 6:30 p.m. in the basement (West River Community Project kitchen). Free. West Townshend Country Store and Cafe, Rte. 30. RSVP:

Business and economy

BRATTLEBORO Cybersecurity: What Does It Mean For Your Organization?: Codestar presents "Disaster-proofing your business and computer systems." Learn what it takes to truly secure and back up the information your business relies on for daily operations. Expect the unexpected, and you'll be able to safely sail through hazards such as computer failures, ransomware attacks, fire, and other disasters. Charles F. Gibson, MSIA, will cover ransomware attacks, the human factor in office security, data backup options, and assessing the effectiveness of existing security and backup protocols. 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Development Credit Corp., 76 Cotton Mill Hill. Information:

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Magic Draft: Includes three packs of Magic the Gathering cards, with a prize for the top winner. Every Thursday. 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. $15. Positive Geek, 12 Flat St. Information: 802-258-2808; Click for more info on Web in new window.


LONDONDERRY Kundalini Yoga: Liza Eaton, a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher and owner of Chester's Buddhaful Yoga, offers this gentle introduction to Kundalini Yoga as taught by the Master of Kundalini, Yogi Bhajan. Learn the basics of this practice which can bring the body, mind, and spirit into balance quickly and effectively. Open to all ages and abilities. Participants may use a chair. Bring a mat or blanket and wear comfortable clothes. 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Free. Neighborhood Connections, The Meeting Place, Rte. 100, 5700 Marketplace (across from the p.o.). Register: 802-824-4343; Click to e-mail for more information.

Arts and crafts

BRATTLEBORO Fun with Food & Art: Spring Things: 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 something sweet, spring-y and luscious with the Vermont Harvest of the Month: carrots. 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,


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, 2017. $5/$7 non-Brattleboro residents. Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. Information: 802-254-5808,

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