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Event listings for Friday, May 26

Visual arts and shows

PUTNEY Artist Reception for "Lay of the Land": Paintings by Julia Jensen: (See 5/25). . Next Stage Arts Project. .

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Day Kitchen Demo: Masa Harina, Coriander, and Cilantro: Watch us cook with these three ingredients featured for May. Then you taste it and take home the recipe. 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-246-2821, msbfc@sover.net.

BRATTLEBORO The Woodland Garden: Explore the woodland garden with Cheryl Wilfong, Master Gardener. 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.

Music

BRATTLEBORO Jazz Fridays: Bob Stabach Quartet: 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. No cover. The Lounge, 4 High St. Information: 802-254-4141.

Farmers' markets

WEST TOWNSHEND West Towshend Farmers' Market Opens for the Season: Vendors, pizza-making in the outdoor oven, a Maypole and activities for kids. Old time StringBand music will be played by Michael Donahue, Sally Newton and friends. The Windham Ukulele Kids will also be performing. EBT and F2F accepted. 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. behind the Store. Through Friday, October 06. West Townshend Country Store and Cafe, Rte. 30. Information: 802-874-4800; Click to e-mail for more information.

Kids and families

DUMMERSTON Sale of Fine Household Furnishings to Benefit St. Michael's Episcopal Church: A treasure trove of household furnishings, donated by former parishioners who have moved from the area, will be sold with all the proceeds going to St. Michael's. Items for sale include air conditioners, quality bedding, small appliances, china, artwork and supplies, kitchenware, silk pillows, lamps, and small rugs. Reasonable prices. 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Through Saturday, May 27. Private location in Dummerston. Information: 802-254-4717.

BRATTLEBORO New England Center for Circus Arts: "Unknown is the Ripple": Performance by Professional Track students against the backdrop of the Connecticut River and a public art project. "From the River to the River" art installation was curated by Evie Lovett, Andrea Wasserman, and Elizabeth Billings. NECCA has created a site specific performance based on the theme of the grant project that was designed to entice community gathering around art and the river. The performance will be followed by a potluck picnic by the river in downtown Brattleboro. 5:30 p.m. Free. Twenty-Three Depot Street, 23 Depot St.

Well-being

TOWNSHEND "Seven Natural Strategies and Lifestyle Habits to Lower Blood Pressure": Led by Grace Cottage Community Health Team members Claire Bemis, RN; Bill Monahan, RN; and Cheryl Shaw, Health Coach. A blood pressure screening will be included. 2 sessions: 7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Free. Grace Cottage Hospital, Heins Conf. Rm., 133 Grafton Rd. RSVP: 802-365-3766.

WILLIAMSVILLE Healing Walk at Manitou: Meditative walk, includes poems or other readings, and chances to share. Led by Fred Taylor. 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. rain or shine. Meet at the parking lot. Free. Manitou Project, 300 Sunset Lake Rd. Information: 802-387-2681.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Friday Night Group with Outright Vermont: This is a social support space for queer and questioning youth ages 13-22, with super-cool adult facilitators. Free pizza. 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. on Fridays. Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information: erika@outrightvt.org.

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, www.postoilsolutions.org.

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