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Event listings for Thursday, July 20

Performing arts

WILLIAMSVILLE The Rock River Players present "The Fantasticks": This is the world's longest-running musical with a brilliant score enhancing the script's timeless themes of love and life. 7/20: 7 p.m., 7/21: 7:30 p.m., 7/22: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., 7/23: 2 p.m. Through Sunday, July 23. $12, $8 students/seniors, group rates available. Williamsville Hall, Dover Rd. Reservations: 802-348-7156 (option 2), verbatimvt@gmail.com.

PUTNEY "Mother Courage & Her Children": Bertolt Brecht's modern, boisterous, classic drama confronts the savagery of war with sardonic humor, frequently expressed through song. Nine actors play 32 different characters: officers, soldiers, peasants, a prostitute, a cook, a chaplain, Mother Courage's two sons and mute daughter. The sons explain how she got the name: "She drove though a bombardment with fifty loaves of bread in her wagon!" Was this heroism to feed starving people or a chance to make a sale? "I couldn’t help myself," she says, "They were going moldy." She fights to survive and keep her children safe, but she can’t resist the lure of a deal. Then there’s the wagon with her merchandise, almost another character. The final image is of her hauling it alone across the scarred landscape of war. Is she a tragic heroine or a war profiteer? Victim or exploiter? Presented by Apron Theater Company. 7:30 p.m. Through Saturday, July 22. $15. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

GREENFIELD "Chapatti": The only thing preventing Dan from committing suicide is his dog, Chapatti. But his faithful companion cannot fill the hole in his life caused by the death of his life-long companion. Full of sharp humor and prickly compassion, playwright Christian O’Reilly introduces Betty, a similarly lost soul, with unpredictable consequences. Presented by Silverthorne Theater Co. (Repeats 7/27-7/29). 7:30 p.m. Through Saturday, July 22. $18 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.

Ideas and education

WILMINGTON "Cougars" with Wildlife Tracker/Photographer Susan Morse: Cougars are not only being seen in eastern North America, some are attempting to recolonize their former habitats. Where once it was flatly dismissed as an impossibility in the so called "developed" east, scientists have now documented cougar dispersals and even occupancy in a growing list of eastern states and provinces. Join us for a illustrated introduction to cougar biology and ecology in the broad diversity of habitats where Sue has studied them, from Alberta to the Arizona/Mexico border. Get the low-down regarding the latest confirmations of cougars in the east, including the recently documented suitability of a substantial amount of wild habitats from Manitoba to Louisiana and Maine to Georgia. Presented by the Hogback Mountain Association. 7 p.m. Free. Historic Memorial Hall of Wilmington, 2 E. Main St. Information: hmca@hogbackvt.org.

Celebrations and festivals

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Time-Trade Monthly Potluck: Time to get together and share food and learn more about Time Trade. 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information: brattleborotimetrade@gmail.com.

Music

JAMAICA Ukulele Extravaganza: Join two of Vermont's finest ukulele players for an evening dedicated to the joys of playing and listening to the friendly little stringed instrument. Led by seasoned musicians Ben Carr and Jake Geppert, the evening features a beginners' workshop, a performance, and an open jam session. All are welcome. Have a uke? Bring it. Interested in trying but empty-handed? We'll have some on loan to share. Geppert has been performing all kinds of music for 30 years with his popular local bluegrass band, the Bondville Boys. Carr is a ukulele musician, specialist, and educator from Saxtons River. Presented by the Jamaica Community Arts Council. 7 p.m. $10, $5 kids and seniors. Jamaica Town Hall, 17 Pikes Falls Rd. Jacki Brown: 802-558-4020.

Instruction

BRATTLEBORO Summer in Vermont: Ice Cream: While our strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc. are plump and juicy, let's make some home-made ice cream the old-fashioned way. We will use the Vermont Harvest of the Month: Berries. Dairy and non-dairy options available. Lizi Rosenberg instructs. 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, 7 Canal St. Information: 802-246-2821; Click to e-mail for more information.

Recreation

BRATTLEBORO LEGO-palooza: Thrive Thursdays is a summer series. 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290 x 110, cr@brookslibraryvt.org.

Local history

DUMMERSTON Dummerston Historical Society: "Exploring our Collection" and Quarterly Meeting: Directors Tom Zopf and Chuck Fish have assembled artifacts from the Society's collections for viewing. Many of the items have not been on display recently. A special tribute will be paid to Green Mountain Camp as the camp is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Refreshments will be served. Open to the public. 7 p.m: Brief business meeting followed by program. Free. Dummerston Historical Society, Dummerston Center. Information: 802-254-9311.

Kids and families

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

GUILFORD Special Storytime: Cathi Wilken presents songs, stories, books for babies, toddlers, and their older siblings. A simple snack, too. 5 p.m. Free. Guilford Free Library, 4024 Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-254-6545.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Milk Money VT: What is Milk Money? How does it work? Learn how easy it is to invest in local businesses. Vermont has pioneered a new type of crowdinvesting that puts your money to work locally while giving you the possibility for a financial and social return. Investments can made for as little as $250 and up to $10,000. Milk Money is Vermont's first portal for local crowdinvesting, allowing Vermonters to directly invest in Vermont companies. 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.

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