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Event listings for Friday, April 7

Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO "The Hot L Baltimore": The Hotel Baltimore used to be the swankiest place in town but now it has a date with the wrecking ball, and its residents--a rag-tag collection of down-and-outers living on the fringes of society--have just received their eviction notices. So begins the story of Lanford Wilson's play about the denizens of a dilapidated residential hotel in 1973 Baltimore. Directed by Hallie Flower. (Repeats 4/14-15). Fri. 7 p.m., Sat. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. Through Sunday, April 09. $13, $12 seniors, $10 students. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-246-6398; Click for more info on Web in new window.

The written word

BELLOWS FALLS Spring Book Sale: All proceeds from the book sale will benefit the Rockingham Free Public Library. 4/7: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. (just for Friends of the Library members); call for hours on other days. Through Sunday, April 30. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY Green Writers Press Book Launch Party: Annual affair to honor Earth Day and bring out the best of Vermont literature and new books from outside the state. Dede Cummings will read from her first poetry collection, "To Look Out From;" Tim Weed, "A Field Guide to Murder & Fly Fishing," a short story collection; Megan Buchanan, poetry from "Clothesline Religion"; Peter Gould, "Horse-Drawn Yogurt: Stories from Total Loss Farm," memoir of commune tales; and Cardy Raper will be honored for "An American Harvest." There will be a special event for the late Mark Green, a Putney resident and author of the posthumously published "Void if Detached.". 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. $10 or sliding scale (drinks and refreshments served). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Helen Schmidt and Colleen Leech: Recent Works: Opening reception during Gallery Walk. 6 p.m. Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery, 139 Main St. Information: 802-254-9276; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO "Drawing from the Visible World": Paper, paintings and sculptures by Jason Alden, Paul Bowen, and Myles Danaher. (4/7 opening reception.). 4/7: 6 p.m. opening reception. Through Thursday, April 27. Free. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: 917-239-8743; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Jeffrey M. Lewis' Photographs of NECCA Graduates and Students: These black and white photos of students from the New England Center for Circus Circus Arts are for sale. . Through Tuesday, June 06. Vermont Artisan Designs, 105 Main St. Information: 802-257-7044; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Celebrations and festivals

BRATTLEBORO Pasta Party -- aka Spaghetti Dinner: Choose from several sauces, add garlic bread, salad, and Anne Fecto's famous chocolate sundaes. Come after Moment for Peace or before you head out for your First Friday arts walk. 6 p.m. $10, $5 kids 5-12, free for kids under 5. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Information: 802-254-4730; Click to e-mail for more information.

Film and video

LONDONDERRY "Where to Invade Next!": Doreen Fabiano and Carlene Lindgren, local activists for the environment and other important issues facing our world today, screen this latest Michael Moore comedy/documentary in which he confronts the most pressing issues facing America today and finds solutions in the most unlikely places. It's an eye-opening call to arms to recapture the American Dream and restore it to, of all places, America. 6 p.m. Free. Neighborhood Connections, The Meeting Place, Rte. 100, 5700 Marketplace (across from the p.o.). Register in advance: 802-824-4343; Click to e-mail for more information.

Music

BRATTLEBORO Jazz Fridays: Rob Fletcher and Nancy Janoson Bossa Trio: 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. in the Lounge. No cover. The Lounge, 4 High St. Information: 802-254-4141.

BRATTLEBORO Eight Concerts and Five Educational Presentations on Solo Jazz Piano: This is a celebration of the Steinway D, nine-foot concert grand piano gifted to the VJC by the McKenzie Family Charitable Trust and rebuilt by piano technician Bill Ballard. Pianists presenting concerts and educational offerings include world-renowned players Stanley Cowell, Luis Perdomo, Amina Figarova, Miro Sprague, and Yoko Miwa as well as local performers Franz Robert, Alki Steriopoulos, and VJC director Eugene Uman. . Through Saturday, April 08. $30 to $80 (discounts possible). Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, #222. Tickets: 802-254-9088, ginger@vtjazz.org, www.vtjazz.org.

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 Acousticrush: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. The Acousticrush musicians are Laura Molinelli, Ben Campbell, and Christian Heins. 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.

Local history

WALPOLE "The History of Geological Change in New England": Presented by Dr David Howell. 7 p.m. Free. Walpole Town Hall, Elm St. Information: 603-756-3672.

Government

BRATTLEBORO "Promoting U.S. Interests in Asia During a Time of Change": Patrick Murphy, Deputy Asst Secretary, US Dept of State for Southeast Asia, 04/2016 to present (and BUHS Alumnus). A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, W. Patrick Murphy served previously as Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d'affaires in Thailand (2013-2016) and Lesotho (2006-2008). Mr. Murphy's prior Washington service includes Special Representative for Burma, Director/Deputy Director of the Office for Mainland Southeast Asia, political advisor for the Haiti Working Group, and desk officer for Burma and Laos. Since joining the Department of State in 1992, he has also completed diplomatic assignments in Burma, China, Iraq, Guinea, and Mali. Sponsored by the Windham World Affairs Council and Marlboro College. 6:30 p.m. coffee, tea, conversation; 7 p.m. talk. Free. Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: www.windhamworldaffairscouncil.org.

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 Basics Recipes: Feed four for under $10 with delicious dishes we're demonstrating. 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, msbfc@sover.net.

NEWFANE "The Month of the Child": Art from Timson Hill Pre-school and NewBrook Elementary: This exhibit comprises mixed media, sculpture, watercolor and fingerprint design. 4/7: reception: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Exhibit continues to 4/28. Free. Crowell Gallery at the Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Youth Services' Summer Camp Fair: Parents can pick up information about and/or register their children for nearly two dozen summer camps. 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Free. River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-257-0361, www.YouthServicesInc.org.

DUMMERSTON "Into the Woods with Our Children": Forester Lynn Levine of Dummerston describe a hands-on approach to awakening in youngsters an enduring love of the natural world. She'll begin with a brief surprise audience-participation activity. The key to having our children enjoy the woods is providing them with the opportunity to experience the forest with a parent or other relative, friend of the family, or schoolteacher. A focus of this talk will be how to break down the barriers so that children will want to go into the woods (rather than playing with electronic devices), and how we can help them develop a need to return to the woods again and again. This event promises to be particularly valuable for our region's environmental and science teachers. Lynn's created and taught nature-based curricula for the Vermont Institute of Natural Resources and local elementary schools. She is co-author of "Working With Your Woodland: a Landowner's Guide," and "Mammal Tracks and Scat: Life-size Tracking Guide"; and is the sole author of "Mammal Tracks and Scat: Life Size Pocket Guide," and "Snow Secrets" and "Is it Time, Yet?,: two children's books. Windham Regional Woodlands Association is co-sponsoring this with VT Learning Collaborative, Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society, Dummerston Conservation Commission, Putney Mountain Association, Windmill Hill Pinnacle Assn. 7 p.m. Free. The Learning Collaborative, 471 Route 5. Arthur Westing 802-387-2152, westing@sover.net.

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