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Event listings for Thursday, July 13, 2017

Performing arts

PUTNEY "Mother Courage and Her Children": This modern classic drama changed the direction of theater in the 20th century. In Bertolt Brecht's boisterous play, nine actors play 32 different characters: officers, soldiers, peasants, a prostitute, a cook, a chaplain, Mother Courage's two sons and mute daughter. Set during the Thirty Years War of the 1600s, a period as vivid in the memory of Brecht's native Germany as the Civil War is for us, he was thinking about his own time. He had fled from the Nazis. Fascism was ascendant, threatening all of Europe, fomenting anti-semitism and racial prejudice. War would come in a few months. Today, many consider that we live in a new "dark time" with some of the same threats reappearing: xenophobic nationalism, refugees fleeing ethnic or religious hatred, civil war in Syria, terrorist atrocities. Presented by The Apron Theater. 7/13-7/15: 7:30 p.m., 7/16: 2 p.m. Through Sunday, July 16, 2017. $15. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO "The Drowsy Chaperone": This story concerns a middle-aged, musical theater fan known only as Man In Chair as he plays the record of his favorite musical, the (fictional) 1928 hit "The Drowsy Chaperone." The show comes to life onstage while he wryly comments on the music, story, and actors. Laugh-out-loud funny, it lovingly skewers the tropes of early 20th century musical theater through the lives and action of the characters. Written by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, with music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison. Directed by Rebecca Waxman, Mary Sugar is the Music Dir., Shoshana Bass is the lead choreographer. 7/13-7/14: 7 p.m; 7/15: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Through Saturday, July 15, 2017. $15, $13 seniors, $11 students. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-246-6398; Click for more info on Web in new window.

The written word

PUTNEY "Horse-Drawn Yogurt: Stories from Total Loss Farm" by Peter Gould: This book is a collection of true-life stories of a young man's life on a Vermont farm commune (Packer Corners in Guilford) at the height of the utopian movement. Learn how locals and newcomers helped each other out in a pivotal moment of U.S. history, and how young people, new to the land, learned to cut wood, clear fields, tend organic gardens, and raise animals, while still belonging to a national movement against the Vietnam war and for peace and justice around the world. Gould was a founding member of the 1970's "Back-to-the-Land" commune movement in VT, a story he has told in various ways in his two nationally-known novels, "Burnt Toast" and "Write Naked." There will be an auction for these and his other books. Also a donation basket, and baked goods by donation, for the benefit of Cynthia Payne-Meyer, a Putney resident and storyteller friend of Peter's, who sustained a very serious injury in April. 7 p.m. Free. Donations welcome for storyteller Cynthia Payne-Meyer. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

WESTMINSTER "Mind Your Money": These workshops are open to the public and introduce basic money management techniques which help participants work through budgeting challenges. Instructors utilize tools from the Your Money Your Goals curriculum developed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to help participants set and meet financial goals. Offered by SEVCA's Economic Development Dept. 10 a.m. - noon (2nd Thursday of every month). Free. SEVCA, 91 Buck Dr. Register with Denise Morton: 800-464-9951 x 150.

BRATTLEBORO Vermont Associates for Training and Development: Ages 55+: ​Are you interested in learning new skills while training part-time and receiving a wage at one of the many non-profits in Vermont? Retail, Food Prep, Health Care, and Customer Service. You must be a Vermont resident, age 55+. With Mary Ann Higgins-Beeler, Mature Worker Specialist. 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.

Celebrations and festivals

BRATTLEBORO Community Potluck and Performance: Hosted by Edible Brattleboro and Southern Vermont Dance Festival. All are welcome. If possible bring a dish to share. If you can’t bring a dish, we still want you there. 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. (Rain location: The River Garden, 157 Main St.). Free. Harmony Parking Lot. Marilyn Chiarello:


BELLOWS FALLS Creative Cello Wokshop with Eugene Friesen: From singer/songwriters, Brazilian combos, bluegrass bands, and every breed of rock group, people are inventing new uses for the cello that bring this special instrument into contemporary settings. Special guests: Joel A. Martin on piano and Myles Bulen, poet and rapper. All day and evening. Through Sunday, July 16, 2017. $525 (includes dinners). Stone Church Center, 12 Church St. Information: 802-463-3100; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY Yellow Barn: Works by Haydn, Reger, Furrer, Schnittke, and Brahms: 8 p.m. $18, $16 seniors, $9 students. Yellow Barn, 63 Main St. Information: 802-387-6637,


BRATTLEBORO Outdoor Boot Camp: Designed for everyone, this workout concentrates on improving strength, agility, mobility and cardio just using your body. Every workout is different, building on core moves over time. Trisha Selbach is a certified personal trainer, weight loss specialist, yoga teacher, group exercise instructor. 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m., Lower Softball Field. $12, $15 non-residents. Living Memorial Park, Guilford St. Ext. Information: 802-254-5808,

Local history

BELLOWS FALLS "What the Vilas Bridge Tells Us": Architectural historian and author Richard Ewald will discuss the history of the Vilas Bridge, built in 1930 (and other Bellows Falls bridges). This is part of a fundraising effort for the Library to acquire and permanently exhibit a large painting of the Vilas Bridge by the late, nationally-known local artist Jerry Pfohl. It is already on display in the library. Refreshments will be served. 7 p.m. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Class for Kids: Hand Pies: Make delicious fillings for our hand pies with the abundance of colorful berries and fruits available right now. Each child will make a hand pie and some dough to take home. Lizi Rosenberg instructs. 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, 7 Canal St. Information: 802-246-2821; Click to e-mail for more information.

BELLOWS FALLS Summer Lunch: Youth 18 and younger eat for free every weekday. 11:15 a.m. - noon. Through Wednesday, August 16, 2017. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO "Raptors and Their Homes": Humans aren't the only creatures that build amazing homes for their families. Nesting season is the most important time of the year for bird populations, and we can take actions that help them out. This presentation from the Vermont Institute of Natural Science is about what to do if you find a baby bird. You can also consider becoming a citizen scientist through conservation projects like NestWatch. You'll find out what bird parents are busy doing at this of time year, and meet three live raptors up close to learn from the experts themselves. This program is geared towards children and their families, but all are welcome. 6:30 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Arts and crafts

BRATTLEBORO Strawbees: Thrive Thursdays is a summer series. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290 x 110,

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