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Event listings for Saturday, May 27

Performing arts

SAXTONS RIVER Auditions for "The Spitfire Grill": All male roles for this musical featuring Cass Morgan. No preparation required. noon - 3 p.m. Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Information: mainstreetarts.org.

Celebrations and festivals

BRATTLEBORO West Brattleboro Association Sponsors Chicken Barbecue: Chicken, baked beans, and coleslaw. The chicken is being supplied by the Guilford Country Store; coleslaw is being made by members of his Green Mountain Chapel under the direction of Rev. Bill Steele. Both the barbecue chicken and the baked beans are tried-and-true local specialties with the barbecue sauce made from a recipe used by the Guilford Fair for years and the beans fashioned from a published Thurber Farm recipe furnished by Helen Robb (Marjorie Thurber's daughter). Joe Jewett and his crew will once again get the coals going early in the day for the barbecue chicken. Proceeds of the barbecue will help fund the WBA's community activities and initiatives. 11 a.m. till sold out. $10 ($7 if just 1/2 chicken). First Congregational Church of West Brattleboro, 880 Western Ave. Information: 802-254-6731.

Music

SAXTONS RIVER Coffeehaus features Folk Quartet 2 X 2: Mark Grieco, Valerie Kosednar, Betsy Rybeck Lynd, and Lee Rybeck Lynd will join their voices in a concert of a cappella and accompanied music distinguished by its broad range of styles, including traditional and contemporary folk songs from around the world. Formed three years ago, the group has been well received in concerts around the region. The concert will include songs arranged for four voices, several arranged by local composers. Kosednar is a well-known area music teacher who has conducted children's choirs in the Midwest, New York City and locally. Grieco has played in various rock and roll bands in the area and sings with Kosednar in the hospice choir Hallowell. Betsy Rybeck Lynd was a school chorus director for many years, and she and Lee Rybeck Lynd have led pub sings for Muskeg Music, occasionally performed as a duo, and are active in musical theater. All four have also sung together in the group House Blend. 7:30 p.m. $10 ($12 at door). Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Information: 802-869-2960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

GREENFIELD Samirah Evans Presents "Ladies in Jazz" featuring vocalist Wanda Houston: Each installment of "Ladies in Jazz" brings Evans together in concert with another female jazz vocalist or instrumentalist. The goal of the series is to introduce new women artists to audiences in western Massachusetts, and to attract more established women artists to the area. 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. $17 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.

Kids and families

DUMMERSTON Sale of Fine Household Furnishings to Benefit St. Michael's Episcopal Church: (See 5/26). . Private location in Dummerston. .

PUTNEY Putney Cares Annual Tag Sale: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. . Putney Cares Activities Barn, 54 Kimball Hill. Information: putneycares@svcable.net.

Well-being

BRATTLEBORO Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow Yoga: Laura Tabachnick leads this vigorous, all levels class. Accompanied by live gentle music. Saturdays. 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. By donation (all monies given to area non-profits). One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: 917-239-8743; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Debtors Anonymous: For people who suffer from compulsive spending, chronic under earning, constant credit card debt, IRS problems, terminal vagueness about money and other financial issues. Debt coaches available. Free coffee. Saturdays. 10 a.m. Free. Turning Point, 39 Elm St. Information: 802-257-5600.

Arts and crafts

ROCKINGHAM VT Crafts Council Open Studio Weekend: Stroll through the downtowns of Bellows Falls and Saxtons River. Participating artists include Robert McBride, Phyllis Rosser, Chris Sherwin of Bellows Falls; Clare Adams and Jeanette Staley of Saxtons River; Ailyn Hoey, Mark Goodenough of Rockingham; and ceramicists Virginia Wyoming and Nancy Calicchio of Westminster West. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Through Sunday, May 28. Free. Rockingham Arts and Museum Project. Robert McBride: 802-463-3252, ramp@sover.net.

Dance

WINCHESTER Monadnock Tri-State Dance Club with Music by Playin' Possum: 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. $10 includes refreshments. Elmm Community Center, 21 Durkee St. Information: 603-357-0794, jeansp1@ne.rr.com.

PUTNEY Contra Dance: Traditional New England contra dance with live music. All dances taught. All ages and skill levels. No partner necessary. 7:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. beginners, 8 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. dancing. $10 suggested donation. Pierces Hall, 121 E. Putney Rd. Information: 802-387-0163.

PUTNEY Zumba Fitness: Cardio dance to Latin and world music. No experience necessary. 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays. $8, free for ages 14 and under. Putney Community Center, Christian Sq. Rachael Shaw: 802-869-3184.

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