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Event listings for Thursday, May 25

Visual arts and shows

PUTNEY "Lay of the Land": Paintings by Julia Jensen: Jensen paints landscapes drawing on her experiences living in VT and Nantucket. She recently transitioned from oils to encaustic, a wax medium giving the surface an added dimension. 5/26: Artist reception 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Through Tuesday, August 22. Free. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

LONDONDERRY Planting and Using Medicinal Herbs and Medicinal "Weeds": Medicinal plants have been used since ancient times to either cure or lessen symptoms from illness. Lini Mazumdar, owner of Lotus Moon Medicinals at Anjali Farm, is an herbalist certified by the Southwestern School of Botanical Medicine. She has been growing certified organic herbs and making products here in Vermont for the past 14 years. Lini will talk about various medicinal herbs which you can easily grow in your garden, such as dandelions, and discuss how to use them. 11:15 p.m. Free. Neighborhood Connections, The Meeting Place, Rte. 100, 5700 Marketplace (across from the p.o.). Sign-up: 802-824-4343; Click to e-mail for more information.

BRATTLEBORO Brattlemasters (local Toastmasters Club) Reflect on Memorial Days Past: There will be prepared speeches, evaluations, and reports by members. Guests are welcome and invited to participate in the extemporaneous speaking exercises. Robert Packard will be the Toastmaster of the Evening and the theme is "Favorite Memorial Day.". 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Free. Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: brattleboro.toastmastersclubs.org.

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Area Techies Technology Show and Tell: Bring your tech toys, gadgets, fitness bands and watches, Amazon Echo skills, VR capable phones, geiger counters, infrared cameras, indoor drones, Arduino/Raspberry Pi projects, 3D printers, and other electronics that you're comfortable talking about and sharing with this kid-friendly group. 6 p.m. Free. Coworking Plus, 139 Main St., #701. Dave Evans: hello@coworkingplus.net; CoworkingPlus.net.

Film and video

PUTNEY Dinner (at the Gleneary) & A Movie: "Pina": Pina is a ground-breaking feature-length dance film for Pina Bausch by Wim Wenders. Wenders takes the audience on a sensual, visually stunning journey of discovery into a new dimension: straight onto the stage with the legendary Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch ensemble. He follows the dancers out of the theatre into the city and the surrounding areas of Wuppertal--the place which for 35 years was the home and centre for Pina Bausch's creativity and the birth of her new art: dance theater. Introduction and Q&A with Sharon Lehner, Director of Archives, Brooklyn Academy of Music and Archives Advisor to Pina Bausch Foundation. 5:30 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. movie. $23 ($5 to $10 suggested donation for movie only). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Music

GREENFIELD David Wax Museum (duo): Dietrich Strause and Suz Slekak. 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. (18 and over). $15 to $20. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center (The Arts Block), 289 Main St. Information: 413-774-0150; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Union High School: Pops Concert: The concert includes performances by the chorus, Madrigals, band, jazz band, and jazz workshop. The chorus will present highlights from "Les Misérables" and many soloists will be featured. The band's program includes John Philip Sousa's 1893 march, The Liberty Bell. Senior Honors Band student, Elijah Taylor, will conduct the band's performance of the overture to Crazy for You. Senior clarinetist, Phelan Muller, on bagpipes in Michael Sweeney's Celtic Farewell, based on the Irish song, The Parting Glass. Jazz Workshop presents Chano's Blues, composed by ensemble co-director, Eugene Uman. Their program also includes two jazz standards--Doxy by Sonny Rollins and Una Más by Kenny Dorham. Jazz band's performance includes Charles Mingus's tribute to saxophonist, Lester Young, Goodbye, Porkpie Hat, featuring senior vocalist, Gabrielle Walton. They will also perform the Artie Shaw band arrangement of Cole Porter's Begin the Beguine featuring senior clarinetist, Elijah Taylor. Bob Mitzer's Mofongo is in a Latin style and the jazz band's interpretation will be enhanced by contributions from local Latin percussionists, Julian Gerstin (congas) and William Rodriguez (timbales). Madrigals will present Africa as performed by Toto. They'll also sing Run to You, an original a cappella work by members of Pentatonix. Their final piece is Mont Blanc: Lines Written in the Vale of Chamouni, an original composition by senior Elijah Taylor based on the poem by Percy Shelley. Stephen Rice directs the band and jazz band. Eugene Uman and Rob Freeberg lead Jazz Workshop. Patty Meyer directs vocal ensembles. 7 p.m. in the Auditorium. Free. Brattleboro Union High School, 131 Fairground Rd.

Instruction

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro WordPress Meetup: How to Learn CSS: Marjorie Ray will provide a short introduction to CSS. Use the Customizer to make simple changes to your WordPress website. Members will share strategies, tools, online learning programs, tips, and more. All are welcome. 5:30 p.m. 7 p.m. in Rm. 2C. Free. Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St. RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/Brattleboro-WordPress-Meetup/events/239893262/.

BELLOWS FALLS Genealogy Group: Discover Your Family Roots: Beginners and seasoned genealogists are welcome to join genealogy enthusiast Wayne Blanchard. With the many free databases available at the library, it's hard to tell what you might find. Thursdays. 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Fundraising and awareness events

BRATTLEBORO Green Mountain Crossroads Fundraiser: Includes a three-course dinner from local producers and gratuity. The evening will also feature a raffle including work from local artists such as photographer Evie Lovett, jeweler Will Alderfer, and others; four round trip tickets to Boston from GMC Board Member Connie's MAX Regional Bus; gift certificates at Popolo, and more. "Celebrating resistance is one of our core organizational values. We inherit a tradition of radical people making radical change in their communities and the wider world, and strive to honor them through our work. We are held in that work and our community by those who were standing up and speaking out before us.". 7 p.m. $75. Duo Restaurant, 36 Main St. HB Lozito. Reserve your ticket: greenmountaincrossroads.org/celebrateresistance.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Star Wars 40th Anniversary Celebration: Star Wars premiered 40 years ago this day! Come dressed as your favorite character, and you could win prizes. Sangha Martial Arts Studio of Brattleboro will be offering free light saber battles and lessons. Special guests, giveaways, and contests will be happening all evening. 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free. Positive Geek, 12 Flat St. Information: 802-258-2808; Click for more info on Web in new window.

TOWNSHEND Leland and Gray Players: "Dracula": Richly staged with environmental design by Fairen Stark and incidental music by Trevor Wood. Directed by Annie Landenberger. 5/25: 7 p.m., 5/26: 7:30 p.m., 5/27: 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., 5/28: 3 p.m. in the Dutton Gym. Through Sunday, May 28. $6, $4 students/seniors. Leland and Gray Players, Leland and Gray Union High School, 2042 VT Rte 30. Information: alandenberger@lelandandgray.org.

PUTNEY Free Produce Distribution: All are welcome to come for free produce and non-perishable items distributed by the Vermont Foodbank and the Putney Foodshelf. Bring your own shopping bags. 9 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. (4th Thursday of each month). Putney Meadows, 17 Carol Brown Way.

BRATTLEBORO Astronomy from Your Backyard: Exploring the Skies Above: Join James Maynard from Positive Geek, a lifelong amateur astronomer, as he provides a guide to what can be seen in the night sky above Brattleboro. No experience or special equipment is necessary, just a sense of wonder. Children are encouraged to attend. 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.

NEWFANE Playgroup: For babies and toddlers (and their caregivers). 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. on Thursdays. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948.

Well-being

BRATTLEBORO Free Yourself From Chronic Pain: Chronic pain affects millions of Americans and can happen to us at any age—-children as young as three or four, teens, and adults of all ages may suffer with chronic pain. If you or a loved one has chronic or frequent pain, please join us to learn to use delicious healing foods and safe herbal remedies for long-term relief. 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Registration required: 802-246-2821, msbfc@sover.net.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Sale of Vermont Yankee to Northstar?: This Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel meeting is open to the public. The sale of Vermont Yankee will be the subject of discussion and Q&A. 6 p.m. in the multi-purpose room. Brattleboro Area Middle School, 109 Sunny Acres Dr. Information: 802-451-3500; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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