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Event listings for Thursday, August 10

Performing arts

PUTNEY "Appropriate" by Brandon Jacobs-Jennings: Every estranged member of the Lafayette clan has descended upon the crumbling Arkansas homestead to settle the accounts of the newly-dead patriarch. As his three adult children sort through a lifetime of hoarded mementos and junk, they collide over clutter, debt, and a contentious family history. But after a disturbing discovery surfaces among their father's possessions, the reunion takes a turn for the explosive, unleashing a series of crackling surprises and confrontations. This production will be the regional premier. Winner of the 2014–2015 Obie Award for Best New American Play. 7:30 p.m. Through Saturday, August 12. $15. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO "We are All Refugees: Honoring the Children of Aleppo"--Lori Schreiner Discusses her Exhibit and Work: The paintings in this show are inspired by photos posted online and in newspapers over the past year. Photos of Syrian boys and girls behind barbed wire, in refugee camps, amid bombed out buildings. A boy being evacuated from Aleppo on a bus flashing the peace sign. A teenager sitting on the ground outside a field hospital keening over his father's body wrapped in a turquoise blanket. And Omran rescued after an airstrike in Aleppo sitting alone on an orange seat inside an ambulance. Lori honors the White Helmets who dig through the rubble every day to save survivors and the photojournalists who courageously walk through the war to bear witness. Schreiner is a painter, writer and social worker. She's studied painting at the Arts Students league in NYC, at the River Gallery School since 1988, and was a member of the Windham Art Gallery. Her work has been shown in NYC and local venues in VT. Her writing has appeared in The Best of Write Action 1 and 2. Twenty-six of her paintings appear in a collaborative book with the poems of Theresa Senato Edwards called Painting Czeslawa Kwoka, honoring Children of the Holocaust, which won the Tacenda Literary Award: Best Collaboration, 2010 for "Last Look.". 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.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO BrattleMasters Practice Public Speaking Skills: Nancy Aichele will be the Toastmaster of the evening. The public is encouraged to attend, and all are invited to participate in the extemporaneous speaking portion of the meeting. There will also be prepared speeches, evaluations, and reports by members. 6 p.m. Free. Winston Prouty Center (Austine School), 130 Austine Dr. Information: http://brattleboro.toastmastersclubs.org.

Music

JAMAICA "From Trash to Tunes": Inspired by world music, Dennis Waring provides interesting sights, sounds, and stories to give audiences new insights into folklore, music, science, and world views. He demonstrates handmade musical instruments crafted from recycled materials. Making your own musical instruments is part of the fun. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Sponsored by the Jamaica Memorial Library's "Build a Better World" summer reading program. 1:30 p.m. Free. Jamaica Town Hall, 17 Pikes Falls Rd. Information: 802-874-4901, waringmusic.com.

PUTNEY Vermont Jazz Center Faculty Concert: Sheila Jordan and Jay Clayton, vocalists; Jason Palmer, trumpet; Jeff Galindo, trombone, Scott Mullett, Michael Zsoldos, saxophone; Dominque Gagne, flute; Luís Perdomo, Harvey Diamond, Ray Gallon and Eugene Uman, piano; Marcus McLaurine, Malik McLaurine, George Kaye, David Picchi and Cameron Brown, bass; Franciso Mela, Brian Adler, Claire Arenius, drums; and Julian Gerstin, percussion. 8 p.m. in the Michael S. Currier Center. $20, $15 students, free for local music students. Putney School, 418 Houghton Brook Rd. Information: 802-387-6297; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY The Silverback Swing Quartet: Dave Sullivan, Gus Hollingsworth, Alton Lathrop, and Mark Anagnostopulos, will be playing hot jazz featuring violin, accordion, guitars, and vocals. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. (Thursdays in August). No cover. The Gleanery, 133 Main St. Information: 802-387-3052; Click for more info on Web in new window.

GREENFIELD The Nth Power & Fat Bradley: Soul music quintet. 9:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. in the Ball Room. $13 to $17. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center (The Arts Block), 289 Main St. Information: 413-774-0150; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Local history

BELLOWS FALLS Cultural History of the Vilas Bridge: Discover who lived by the Vilas Bridge in Bellows Falls centuries ago. Gail Golec and Annette Spaulding explore its significance and location going back to the local indigenous communities living here before the bridge was built. Golec's talk will discuss the evolution of the island and how its landscape defined Bellows Falls. She'll focus on the land surrounding the 'great falls' and how the area has been settled and changed over the centuries. Spaulding will discuss her scuba diving finds (including millstones) in the Connecticut River industrial area. She's been diving the Connecticut River and other parts of New England for more than 30 years. She actively researches potential historical underwater sites and has rediscovered several important sites, such as the "Elephant Bridge" and underwater petroglyphs in Brattleboro. She'll bring some of her Connecticut River finds to show. This event is part of a fund-raising effort by the Friends of the Rockingham Library to acquire and donate to the Library a large painting of the Vilas Bridge by Jerry Pfohl. The large 6’ X 6’ evocative painting 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

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.

Well-being

WILMINGTON Aging in Place: Lecture/Roundtable Discussion: Jan Terk and Christine Fayetteville from the Moover will showcase the many services that this local transportation facility offers. If you can no longer drive, living in a rural area presents many challenges and the Moover has been working for years to address those needs. 3 p.m. in the downstairs Community Room. Free. St. Marys in the Mountains Episcopal Church, 95 E. Main St. Information: 802-464-5156.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Load The Latchis Food Drive (at the Co-op): Purchase non-perishable food items for those in need to help us "Load the Latchis!" The goal of this annual event is to fill every seat in the theatre with grocery bags full of food to donate to food insecure folks in our area. Canned and boxed goods ready for purchase. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.

TOWNSHEND Townshend Select Board Workshop with the Governance Study Committee: The public is welcome. 6:30 p.m. Townshend Town Hall, 2006 Rte. 30. Information: 802-365-7300.

Arts and crafts

BRATTLEBORO Milk Carton Bird Houses: . 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290 x 110, cr@brookslibraryvt.org.

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