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Event listings for Sunday, April 30

Ideas and education

SAXTONS RIVER "Migrating Songbirds and Vernal Pools" / "Abenaki Culture and Contemporary Issues": The first event, the outdoor part of the Windmill Hill Pinnacle Assn. Annual Meeting, is an Interpretive Walk at the Dunn Nature Trail. Field biologist Paul Wilson, naturalist Andy Toepfer, and forester Silos Roberts will focus on migrating songbirds, vernal pools, and forest ecology on this hike along a 1.1-mile loop trail located in the Stephen Martin Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary. The second event welcomes speakers Rich Holschuh and Roger Longtoe Sheehan. Holschuh serves on the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs and traces his heritage to the Mi'kmaq and Penobscot--fellow Nations with the Abenaki, Maliseet, and Passamaquoddy in the Wabanaki Confederacy--discusses the Abenaki Heritage in VT, the indigenous people's relation to the land, their interactions with the European settlers, and their efforts to reclaim their culture. Sheehan--Abenaki artist, native musician, educator, and Chief of the El-Nu Abenaki Tribe--is a self-taught artist and well-known creator of soapstone pipes and Native arts and tools. 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m: Songbirds; 4 p.m. - 6 p.m: Abenaki. Free. Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Registration required with Paul Wilson for first event: 802-869-1166, wilsonupaul@gmail.com, www.windmillhillpinnacle.org.

Music

GREENFIELD Jazz Sundays: Robert Fletcher Trio: Wayne Roberts, Ed Brainard, and Robert Fletcher perform Chet Baker. 5 p.m. $8 ($10 at door). Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center (The Arts Block), 289 Main St. Information: 413-774-0150; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY Eliza Gilkyson and Gretchen Peters: Eliza Gilkyson and Gretchen Peters will perform solo and then together. Sponsored by Comin' Peace, this is a benefit to bring recovery services to Bellows Falls. 6 p.m. Meet and Greet, 7 pm. show. $20. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Jesse Burke: "Wild & Precious"--A Walk for Photographers and Kids: The April exhibit at the Vermont Center for Photography, brings together treasures from a series of road trips traveled over 5 years by photographer Jesse Burke and his daughter Clover. As part of the exhibition, Jesse invites you to "unplug from the digital matrix, to get dirty and seek adventure," and to do it with him at BEEC. Meet Jesse in the BEEC camp classroom before we head out to the woods and fields. Jesse will talk about how to get great photographs of kids and nature, and kids in nature, and why it is important to bring the two together. Bring your camera/cell phone. A BEEC naturalist will keep your kids engaged while Jesse shares his tips for great pictures and great parenting. Jesse is a member of Childhood Unplugged, a cooperative group of photographers who are making a conscious effort to encourage our children to get back to the art of play. noon - 2 p.m. Free. Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, 1221 Bonnyvale Rd. Information: 802-257-5785; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro School of Dance Recital: While the informal, family-friendly performance includes students as young as three years old up to adults dancing in hop-hop, jazz, tap, creative and modern styles, Artistic Director Jennifer Moyse says the recital is a chance to feature the 10 to 14 year olds who make up the Brattleboro School of Dance junior company. Collaborating on the recital is the West Bee Nursery School. Students in the nonprofit preschool program will sing selections learned during the academic year. A portion of the proceeds will assist their co-operative, student-directed learning preschool program. 3 p.m. $10. Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Information: www.brattleboroschoolofdance.com.

Dance

BRATTLEBORO Community Circle Dance: All dances taught. No partner needed. Led by Doris Schload. 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Donations welcome. River Valley Aikido Center, 11 Cottage St. Parker Huber: 802-257-9108, brattleborocircledance.org.

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