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Event listings for Friday, April 21

Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO "Der Rosenkavalier": The Metropolitan Opera HD Live: 7 p.m. $22, $10 students ($20 for MET Club Forever members). Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Information: 802-257-5717; Click for more info on Web in new window.

The written word

BRATTLEBORO Write Action Open Readings: Read your own work: poetry, prose, and/or come to listen to local writers. There is an 8-minute time limit for each reader. Refreshments will be served. Third Friday of every month. 7:30 p.m. (next to SuperFresh! cafe). Free; donations welcome. River Gallery School: Gallery 34, 34 Main St. Information: arlene@arlenedistler.com.

BELLOWS FALLS Alice Fogel Reading: New Hampshire Poet Laureate Alice B Fogel reads from her new collection, "A Doubtful House," which explores what happens to boundaries-- psychological, emotional, physical, formal, even syntactical--when people live together for a long time in one house. The house itself has the main point of view and addresses all its inhabitants as you. Every poem offers a very different view of the house's inhabitants and the relationships embodied. 6 p.m. Free. Village Square Booksellers, 32 Square. Information: 802-463-9404; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO National Autism Awareness Event Benefits NEYT's Troupe for Actors with Disabilities: Screening of "Life, Animated," an award-winning film about Owen Suskind, a young man with autism whose affinity for Disney characters opens the door to communication with others. It's based on the "Life, Animated," book by journalist Ron Suskind, father of Owen, and will be followed by a panel discussion with autism experts about the so-called "autism cliff"--matriculation from the federally mandated care of the public school system. Vermont students with disabilities may stay in the public school system until the day before their 22nd birthday. The period immediately following matriculation from high school has been dubbed "the autism cliff" because of the steep drop-off in social activities and learning for those on the autistic spectrum. Many parents and caregivers are not prepared for their now-adult child to be entirely in their care, often underfoot at home, with little stimulation or productive activities to keep their child occupied. The panel includes Julie Cunningham, Exec. Dir. of Families First; Karen Price, Parent Training and Information Center Project Director and Family Support Dir. at the Vermont Family Network, part of a federal program to support families raising children with disabilities; and others from the educational and non-profit housing field. 6:30 p.m. dessert bar, coffee and tea reception; 7 p.m. film; 8:30 p.m. discussion. $15 (no one will be turned away for lack of funds). New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-257-7024, laura@theatreadventure.org.

Celebrations and festivals

SAXTONS RIVER April Senior Lunch: The menu includes a salad bar and homemade apple pie. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are available. 12 noon. $7. Christs Church of Saxtons River, 24 Main St. Call Donna for reservations: 802-869-3582.

Music

WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with Lil Orphans: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. Linda Simoneax and Liza Constable will be playing Cajun songs and fiddle tunes. 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 are appreciated by the musicians. West Townshend Country Store and Cafe, Rte. 30. Information: 802-874-4800; Click to e-mail for more information.

PUTNEY Cantrip and Emerald Rae: Traditional and contemporary Celtic music featuring high energy bagpipes/fiddle/guitar trio Cantrip and multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Emerald Rae. From the strong base of its Celtic roots, Cantrip branches out into the music of other European cultures. Weaving together songs and tunes, Dan Houghton, Jon Bews, and Eric McDonald take an audience on a cultural journey, putting their own spin on each style. Known for their innovative arrangements, un-produced sound and dry wit, Cantrip has toured throughout Scotland and the U.S., expanding the boundaries of Celtic music along the way. 7:30 p.m. $20 ($24 at door). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY Club Night Fridays: Dance floor, light show, full bar, dinner, craft beer on tap, dancing. 8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. on Fridays. No cover. Katys Great Food, 118 Main St. Information: 802-536-4196; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Jazz Fridays: Trio mambo featuring Wes Brown, Julian Gerstin, Dan DeWalt: Dan DeWalt is a pianist/composer with the world beat ensemble Simba, and has worked with De Lomas y Sones, the Vermont Jazz Center Big Band, and Joe Velez’s Creación. Wes Brown has performed with such major jazz names as Earl "Fatha" Hines, Wadada Leo Smith, Fred Ho, Blood Spirit Drums. Julian Gerstin performs and composes for the Julian Gerstin Sextet, drums with Afrocuban folkloric group Iroko Nuevo, and also performs samba, afrobeat, and more. 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. in the Lounge. No cover. The Lounge, 4 High St. Information: 802-254-4141.

NEWFANE Laura Wetzler -- "Two Doves: Songs of Resistance, Hope & Love": In this benefit for Moore Library, Wetzler sings upbeat, powerful songs of uncommon beauty, new and traditional, that give us the courage to speak out and survive our troubled times today. Celebrate music from homegrown U.S. social justice and environmental movements, as well as communities in Uganda, Yemen, Ethiopia, Spain, Turkey, Germany, Eastern Europe, and more. 7 p.m. $12, $10 seniors. Crowell Gallery at the Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Recreation

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Bowl Military and Emergency Services Appreciation Night: For military and emergency service people and their families. (3rd Friday of every month). 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. $5 for 1 hour of bowling (must show ID). Brattleboro Bowl, 865 Putney Rd. Information: 802-257-1177; 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.

BRATTLEBORO Co-op Spice of the Month Demo: Za'atar: Try Manoushe, the featured recipe in the monthly Co-op newsletter, "Food For Thought.". 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.

GUILFORD Special Storytime: Cathi Wilken presents songs, stories, books for babies and toddlers and their older siblings. Apples and cheese, too. 5 p.m. Free. Guilford Free Library, 4024 Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-254-6545.

BRATTLEBORO New England Center for Circus Arts Workshops: Adults: 4/21: Manipulation 201--Roll, Toss & Trap Your Hoop with Kristen Leophard; 4/22: Acrobatic Partnering 301: Hand to Hand with Virgile Peyramaure. 4/23: Dance Pole 101: Basics & Classics with Jenna Ciotta. Kids: 4/22: Partnering for Kids: Duo Trapeze & Pyramids with David Corlew and Tara Jacobs Mini Tramp & Parkour for Kids with Zeb Galipeau; Mini Tramp & Parkour for Kids with Zeb Galipeau. New for kids: workshops for kids 8 years and up, workshops for youth over 12, plus free morning warm ups and a pizza party. . Through Sunday, April 23. New England Center for Circus Arts, 10 Town Crier Dr. Schedule and prices: /.

Well-being

BRATTLEBORO "What Does It Take to Be a Healthcare Agent?": If you had a serious accident or illness and couldn’t communicate, would people know your wishes? Presentation by Edie Mas. This is part of National Healthcare Decision Week, promoting the importance of Advance Care Directives. Sponsored by Taking Steps Brattleboro. 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.

Community building

BELLOWS FALLS TD Bank Vigil (Bellows Falls and Brattleboro): These peaceful vigils in front of the Brattleboro and Bellows Falls branches of TD Bank are intended to both inform our fellow citizens about and to protest the bank's financial support of tar sands and the Dakota Access Pipeline. Most importantly, the vigil is an act of public solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe who are taking a courageous and principled stand to affirm their treaty rights, tribal sovereignty, and the protection of their lands, waters, cultural, and sacred sites. We are also calling out the State of VT for its extensive financial involvement with TD which is at odds with its energy policy. In fiscal year 2014, for example, the State deposited almost 70% of its unrestricted cash in TD Bank (over $230 million based on average end-of-day balances) and during the 2-year period of FY13 and FY14, the state paid TD Bank almost $1.5 million in fees. The weekly Friday vigil at the Brattleboro branch has been highly successful in terms of educating people and convincing many to close their accounts or otherwise cease doing business with TD. We're hoping for similar results with the BF TD Bank vigil. noon - 1 p.m., 215 Main St., Brattleboro (signs available); 1 p.m. - 2 p.m., Bellows Falls (bring signs). TD Bank (Bellows Falls), 22 Church St. Tim Stevenson: 802-869-2141, www.postoilsolutions.org.

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