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Event listings for Thursday, April 6, 2017

The written word

BELLOWS FALLS 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. 6:30 p.m. p.m. Free. Village Square Booksellers, 32 Square. For book and event reservations: 802-463-9404; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

PUTNEY "Series": Artist's Talk by Michael Poster: Poster's series in this show documents a theme over time as he immerses himself in a particular community. In this case, he shares his experience with a women's roller derby team as he developed trust and knowledge of his subjects. He delivers a series that is at once a documentation of the raw, feminist energy of this kind of aggressive sport as well as a nod to the tender and unguarded moments captured outside the rink. (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:

Ideas and education

PUTNEY Garden Design: Spring is coming and so are desires for gardens and other landscape projects. Rod Payne-Meyer, a professional designer and builder of landscapes from Putney, gives garden and landscape design tips. If new garden spaces are in the plans, choosing the right spots and right shapes for the garden spaces will go a long way toward a visually pleasing and satisfying project. 7 p.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.


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;

BRATTLEBORO WVEW Fundraiser: Belle Machine, Thomas Nola and Snow Pot: Join WVEW 107.7FM, Brattleboro's community radio station, for local acts Belle Machine, Thomas Nöla, and Snow Pot. All proceeds from this show go to keeping this independent local voice on the air. 7 p.m. $7. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information:

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.

BRATTLEBORO Old-Time Folk Songs with Singer/Guitarist Tina Olsen: Tina fell in love with the folk music of the '60s and '70s (Carter Family and Leonard Cohen songs) when she was 12 and taught herself guitar. She especially likes sing-alongs but is happy to sing folk favorites and takes requests. 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.

Local history

BELLOWS FALLS "Getting from Here to There: A History of Roads and Settlement in Vermont": The difficulties of traveling in VT played a significant role in the state's settlement, development, culture and politics. But Vermonters weren't always eager to have good roads. Opposition began in 1753, when the Abenaki joined forces with the French to protest the building of a British military road along an established Abenaki trail. Resistance to new roads has continued ever since, from the Green Mountain Parkway to the building of the interstates. Novelist Deborah Lee Luskin asks, given this opposition, how is it we now drive cars in all seasons, in all weathers, in all corners of the state? Presented by The Rockingham Historical Commission, this is a Vermont Humanities Council event. 7 p.m. Free. Windham Antique Center, 5 The Square.


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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