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Event listings for Friday, May 19, 2017

The written word

BELLOWS FALLS "Megan of the Mists" with author Bill Lockwood: During "the troubles" in Northern Ireland in the 1970s, Megan helps run contraband over the border for the illegal Irish Republican Army, trusting the ancient fairies of the mounds along the way to see her safely home. As she is drawn farther into rebel plots, she falls for a British soldier and is horrified to learn the IRA plans for him and his fellows to be blown up at their favorite bar--with a bomb she delivers and sets off. This is Lockwood's second novel. 7 p.m. Free. Village Square Booksellers, 32 Square. Call for book and event reservations: 802-463-9404; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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:

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Co-op Grain of the Month Demo: Masa Harina: Join us at the Demo Counter for the Recipe of the Month with Masa Harina, Corn Tortillas. Free samples. 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-246-2821,

Celebrations and festivals

WEST DUMMERSTON Transition Dummerston Potluck and Program: Vegetable Gardens: Informal discussion and plant and seed swap plus potluck. Share garden tips and stories. Bring plants and seeds to swap. 6 p.m. potluck: 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. discussion. Free. Dummerston Community Center, 150 West St. Information:


BRATTLEBORO Jazz Fridays: Aliya Cycoon Ensemble: Arabic-infused Jazz with Oud. 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. No cover. The Lounge, 4 High St. Information: 802-254-4141.

WARDSBORO Wardsboro Curtain Call: Dance Party with The Wyld Nightz Band: Michael McKinney (guitar, trumpet, vocals) and Jeff Brewer (guitar, vocals) emphasize dance music with exciting ensemble playing. Fred "Freighttrain" Epstein (drums) and Matt Martyn (bass guitar) anchor the rhythm section, while keyboard duties and vocals are covered by Tony Speranza. 6 p.m. pasta supper, 7 p.m. music. $10 includes supper. Wardsboro Town Hall, 71 Main St. Information:,

WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with Ray Mason: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. Ray plays classic rock and roll and original songs, accompanying himself on a Silvertone guitar. Sponsored by the West River Community Project, promoting community, the arts, and local, sustainable agriculture. 5 p.m. pizza, 6 p.m. - 8 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.


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 New England Center for Circus Arts ProTrack Circus Graduates Performance: Before leaving to dazzle audiences around the world, come see "Wayward Ladies' Finishing School—A Circus Show" featuring trapeze, contortion, juggling, cyr wheel, and other high flying talents. NECCA ProTrack students train in the fundamentals of contemporary circus--dance, theater, acrobatics, and circus arts. Each student chooses two acts to develop. Working with Director Aimee Hancock, a NECCA Faculty coach and acclaimed aerialist who toured internationally with Cirque Eloize, the students created a themed show around their graduation presentations. They'll go on to work with Cirque du Soleil, Ringling Bros, 7 Fingers, Cirque Eloize, Circa, European cabarets, and circus cruises. Fri: 7:30 p.m., Sat: 3 p.m and 7:30 p.m. Through Saturday, May 20, 2017. $15, $8 youth under 12, $25 VIP. New England Center for Circus Arts (at the Austine School), 130 Austine Dr. Information: 802-254-9780; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO How Chinese Medicine Can Help Children: Pediatric Chinese Medicine is a 2,000-year-old system that holistically treats and prevents childhood illness. By balancing a child's body and strengthening their constitution, It can help kids heal from allergies, asthma, colic, digestive problems, ear infections, eczema, low immunity and more, without the use of pharmaceuticals. Children are treated with herbs and non-needle techniques such as TuiNa massage and Shonishin, as well as acupuncture needles. PCM treatments are safe, effective and free from side effects and, most importantly, help restore and maintain a child's health. With Michaela Wood. 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 have taken 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, 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,

Common Cause to Benefit Groundworks Collaborative: Overnight campout to raise awareness about homelesses in our community, and help support Groundworks' efforts to house our neighbors experiencing homelessness. 4 p.m. start pitching tents, 10 a.m. up and out after light breakfast. . Additional ways to contribute to get involved, Libby: 802-275-0066 x 1101,


BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro School of Dance Annual Spring Concert: "Earth Dances": The theme of this year's spring concert celebrates the woodlands that are part of the New England landscape--adult dancers clad as fairies and fireflies and young dancers serving the roles of birds, butterflies and other woodland creatures. Choreography for the pieces feature the genres of modern dance and contemporary ballet. Proceeds will benefit The Company of Muses scholarship program, a non-profit made up of faculty, family, and friends of the Brattleboro School of Dance whose purpose is to raise funds for dance scholarships. Fri. and Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 4 p.m. Through Sunday, May 21, 2017. $15, $12 seniors and kids under 12. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information:

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