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Event listings for Saturday, August 12

Performing arts

WEST CHESTERFIELD "Table Manners": (See 8/11) . . Actors Theatre Playhouse. .

PUTNEY "Appropriate" by Brandon Jacobs-Jennings: (See 8/10). . Next Stage Arts Project. .

PUTNEY "El Beto" with Kalob Martinez and "Kasper and Gretel" with Jana Zeller: "El Beto" is a one-man, bilingual, hand puppet version of Shakespeare's Macbeth and is set in the world of the Mexican drug cartel. "Kasper and Gretel" is raucous hand puppet piece featuring traditional German hand puppet heroes as they struggle with the duties of a married couple inside an old shack. The action turns comical, tragic, and grotesque as the two juggle the baby, their chores, making money, dream of a better future, and hide a dangerous secret from each other. Based in a tradition that first appeared in the fairgrounds in Europe in the 17th century, these stock characters survive to this day and continue to comment on their surrounding society. 7 p.m. $16, $14 students/seniors. Sandglass Theater, 17 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-4051; Click for more info on Web in new window.

The written word

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Creative Writing Group: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, more. Bring original work to read and discuss. Newcomers welcome. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., top floor. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO All About Vermont!: Featuring products about Vermont, and those made right here in the Green Mountain state! Learn more about our state, its history, and the unique place we call home. This celebration is open to the public. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Free. Positive Geek, 12 Flat St. Information: 802-258-2808; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Celebrations, festivals, community meals

BRATTLEBORO 11th Annual "Gathering in Gratitude": Two theatrical happenings with live music, storytelling, dance, and a focus on audience participation based on Iroquois practices honoring nature. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $10 suggested donation to benefit Groundworks Collaborative and Mahalo Art Center. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: www.mahaloartcenter.org.

Music

DOVER Dulcimer Daze Concert: Featuring Susan Trump, Bing Futch, Pan Weeks. 8 p.m. $15. MHCA Cinema, Dover Mountain Park Plaza. Information: 802-464-8411.

GREENFIELD Saved by the 90s: This is a '90s cover band. 10 p.m. - 1 a.m. $14 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.

Instruction

SO. NEWFANE "Herbal Salves & Infused Oils: Putting it All Together": Join us in the forest for a hands-on salve-making experience. We will also weave in foundational principles of herbal medicine including energetics and synergy, do a plant walk and harvesting, plant at-risk seeds in the Botanical Sanctuary, and have a medicine swap as part of the Home Medicine Maker Course. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. $60. Old Ways Herbal School of Plant Medicine, 569 Dover Rd. Reservations required: https://oldwaysherbal.wordpress.com/about/.

Recreation

DUMMERSTON Prospect Hike: Join arborist Jonathan Royce on this hike to Dummerston's Town Forest. Enjoy magnificent views to the east, south and west. Learn about local nature using the new Prospect Hill Trail guide, available at the base, developed by Dummerston School 5th graders. Families welcome. Bring snacks and/or lunch. 10 a.m. - noon. Free. Dummerston Town Parking Lot, 1523 Middle Rd. Information: info@dummerstonconservation.com.

Business and economy

BRATTLEBORO Tri Town Collectors Club: Coin, Comic Book, Sports Card and Postcard Show: Coins, currency, comic books and sports cards. Quiz for collectors at the coin club table with door prizes. Anyone reaching into the collectible grab bag and selecting a free Indian Head cent or Buffalo nickel will be able to double their prize if they can say who was president in the year the coin was minted. The Indian Head cents were issued from 1859 until 1909 while the Buffalo nickels were released from 1913-1938. Other door prizes will also be available for hobbyist of all ages. Fun for the whole family. 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free. Holiday Inn Express, 100 Chickering Dr. Joe Fuller: 802-297-1274, pepsijoseph@yahoo.com.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO "Farm to Ballet": The Farm to Ballet Project returns to Retreat Farm to celebrate the rich farming culture of Vermont. Set on a grassy stage, the full-length whimsical outdoor ballet tells the story of a Vermont farm from spring to fall. The production will feature live Vivaldi played by a string sextet. Come early to tour the Children's Farm & Forest and enjoy the new kid's nature trail and interactive play spaces. Local food trucks--Dosa Kitchen, Rigani Wood-Fired Pizza, Ro's Petite Fete, and Tito's Tacos--will be onsite. A fixture of the Brattleboro landscape for 180 years, Retreat Farm encompasses more than 550 acres of conserved forest and farmland, trails and waterways, and the familiar seven-barn Farmstead on Route 30. Through preservation and restoration, the Retreat Farm's mission is to promote stewardship of the land and provide a platform where innovative local enterprises can collaborate and carry out community-sustaining-initiatives. The newly renovated Calf Barn is home to the Children's Farm and Forest program which features a hands-on farming experience for all ages designed to foster a love of the land. 4:30 p.m. gates open; 6 p.m. show. $15, free for children under 12. Retreat Farm, 350 Linden St. Information: 802-490-2270; Click for more info on Web in new window.

JACKSONVILLE Craft and Story Time: Children of all ages are welcome to join Amanda, Youth Service Librarian, for crafts, stories, games, and other activities. 11 a.m. Free. Whitingham Free Public Library, 2948 VT Rte. 100. Information: 802-368-7506.

Well-being

BRATTLEBORO Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow Yoga: Laura Tabachnick leads this vigorous, all levels class. Accompanied by live gentle music. 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. on Saturdays. 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. 10 a.m. on Saturdays. Free. Turning Point, 39 Elm St. Information: 802-257-5600.