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Event listings for Thursday, August 17

Performing arts

WILLIAMSVILLE Audition for Rock River Players' "Vermont Trap": A unique adaptation of Agatha Christie's "The Mouse Trap," the longest running show in London's West End theatre history, this version takes place in Williamsville, Newfane, and Brattleboro. Actors of various ages are needed. Also, those interested in behind-the-scenes work are welcome to join the Rock River Players premiere of this new version of an old classic. Fri: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., Sat: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Through Friday, August 18. Williamsville Hall, Dover Rd. Robert Fritz: robert_fritz@robertfritz.com.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Artist Talk: Nathalie Miebach: In conjunction with the exhibit "Lost Porches," artist Nathalie Miebach discusses her use of basket-weaving as a means of deepening our understanding of extreme weather. 7:30 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Einkorn Cookbook: Author-Led Discussion and Tasting: Join Carla Bartolucci, founder of Jovial foods and Bionaturae products and author of "Einkorn, Recipes for Nature's Original Wheat," to learn of her personal journey bringing health and wellness back to her daughter. The Bartoluccis re-discovered einkorn after their daughter was diagnosed with severe gluten sensitivity. Because einkorn has never been hybridized, it is much weaker and easier for our bodies to digest (it's not recommended for those with Celiac Disease). Carla will discuss einkorn, her cookbook, open up to Q&A's, and offer samples of freshly prepared einkorn breads and more. You'll receive a free bag of einkorn flour with the purchase of her book after class (purchase not required to attend class). 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Free (for adults). Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Register: 802-246-2821, msbfc@sover.net.

BRATTLEBORO What Can You Learn From Horses?: It's very important to have a good relationship when the other participant weighs ten times more than you do! We'll discuss what causes aggression and how to deal with fear (yours and others). Gincy Bunker has provided Foundation Teaching to riders of all ages for 70 years. She's published books under the name of Gincy Self Bucklin. 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.

Music

BRATTLEBORO Latin & Caribbean Percussion Class: Drums and songs of Cuba, Brazil, and elsewhere in the African Diaspora. Rhythmic skills and creativity. Instruments include conga, bongo, shekere, bells, guiro, claves, surdo, tamborim, and more. Traditional rhythms such as rumba, bembe, and samba de roda; band styles including son, salsa, samba, soca, zouk. Julian Gerstin has taught percussion for over 30 years and leads the Julian Gerstin Sextet. Instruments provided. Beginners to advanced; adults and mature teens. 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Through Thursday, August 31. $15. Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, #222. Information: julian@juliangerstin.com.

GREENFIELD Home Court Advantage: Wiki Good , Dro Brown, Gabe Gill: 9:30 p.m. $10 to $12. 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

BRATTLEBORO LEGO-palooza: Come create, build, and play with the library's Legos. 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. (every 3rd Thurs.) in the Meeting Room. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290 x 110.

Well-being

WILMINGTON Aging in Place: Lecture/Roundtable Discussion: Diane Chapman from Chapman's Antiques will talk about downsizing. Our kids do not want our stuff! What to do with a lifetime of prized possessions when inevitably our lives change. 3 p.m. in the downstairs Community Room. Free. St. Marys in the Mountains Episcopal Church, 95 E. Main St. Information: 802-464-5156.

LONDONDERRY Death Cafe: Death Cafe helps people explore and express their thoughts, experiences, and feelings about death. This is not a bereavement or grief support group but an informal, safe, and confidential environment where we can discuss death as a natural part of our lives. Replete with refreshments, people are encouraged to sit at a table with strangers and, aided by guided questions, enter into discussions about death. 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Free. Neighborhood Connections, The Meeting Place, Rte. 100, 5700 Marketplace (across from the p.o.). Reservations: 802-824-4343.

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