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Event listings for Friday, August 18

Performing arts

WEST CHESTERFIELD "Table Manners": A simple dinner at a family's country home evolves into a family squabble that Britain's playwright Alan Ayckbourn turns into delightful and thoughtful comedy. The house belongs to an unseen, tyrannical invalid woman whose unmarried daughter, Annie, cares for her. As the play opens, Annie's brother Reg and his wife Sarah have arrived to take care of Annie's mum so that she can get away for a weekend. Sarah assumes (incorrectly) that a tryst has been arranged with the local vet, Tom. Havoc ensues, especially when the rest of the family show up. The household explodes as siblings and in-laws engage in combat over love, marriage and things that have been bottled up for a lifetime. Featured are Sadie Fischesser as the lonely Annie with Bruce Holloway as her vapid next-door neighbor/boyfriend Tom; Nan Mann as the clueless Sarah with H. Sherman G. Morrison as her irritating husband Reg; and Mo Hart as the dominating Ruth, with Sam Murphy as her irrepressible husband Norman, who wants to make everyone happy. 7:30 p.m. Through Saturday, August 19. $15 ($8 students on Friday). Actors Theatre Playhouse, Corner Brook & Main St. Information: 877-666-1855; Click for more info on Web in new window.

WILLIAMSVILLE Audition for Rock River Players' "Vermont Trap": (See 8/17). . Williamsville Hall. .

The written word

BRATTLEBORO Write Action Open Readings: Read your own work: poetry, prose, and/or come to listen to local writers. There is an 8-minute time limit for each reader. Refreshments will be served. Third Friday of every month. 7:30 p.m. (next to SuperFresh! cafe). Free; donations welcome. River Gallery School: Gallery 34, 34 Main St. Information: arlene@arlenedistler.com.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Jessica Weston of SuperFresh! Cafe: Jess will be discussing her recently published books. 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 Jazz Fridays: Bob Stabach Quartet: Curated by Eugene Uman of the Vermont Jazz Center. 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. No cover. The Lounge, 4 High St. Information: 802-254-4141, https://www.facebook.com/TheLoungeinVT/.

GREENFIELD Michael Sherry: Humble Digs: 7 p.m. $8 to $10. Hawks & Reed (The Wheelhouse), 289 Main St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Instruction

BRATTLEBORO Center for New Leadership: Nonprofit Summer Camp Empowers Organizations: Workshops are targeted to help "campers" build individual skills that will make their nonprofit organizations stronger. This year, "campers" can learn to empower their organization with shared leadership; transform their meetings into efficient, productive, (and fun) gatherings; learn more about how to make collective impact an awesome endeavor; gain skills to give and receive feedback and give powerful acknowledgement; increase their productivity and overcome the myth that they can get it all done; and improve email communication while conquering their email inbox. There will be two 2-hour sessions--morning and early afternoon--interlaced with networking/fun events and lunch. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. $75 ($65 Marlboro program alum). Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies Center, 28 Vernon St. Emily Blistein: eblistein@Marlboro.edu, https://tinyurl.com/y7xjyqxa.

Farmers' markets

WEST TOWNSHEND West Townshend Farmers' Market: Vendors, pizza-making in the outdoor oven. Sunny Lowdown plays the Blues. EBT and F2F accepted. This Project is part of The West River Community Project, a nonprofit community center dedicated to promoting local agricultural, economic and social activities. 4 p.m. market opens behind the Store; 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. music. Through Friday, October 06. West Townshend Country Store and Cafe, Rte. 30. Information: 802-874-4800; Click to e-mail for more information.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO KidsPlayce Healthy Snack and Story Time: We'll read a story (or a few) and make a healthy snack from the Brattleboro Food Co-op. 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on Fridays. Free. KidsPLAYce, 20 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-5212.

Well-being

BRATTLEBORO A Meditative Silent Vigil of Lovingkindness: Join us in providing a meditative presence for the loving, compassionate society we are seeking. The vigil will be held under a banner that reads "May All Beings Be Free Of Pain And Suffering, May All Beings Know Peace And Happiness." All too often, when we become caught up in the evil and negativity of our world, we can lose sight of the importance of expressing and simply being our inherent heart values that are the basis of the wholesome society we want to live in. Although silent, this Vigil of Lovingkindness is intended to give voice to these values and to speak up for them. It hopefully will remind us that as important as it is to resist the pain and suffering that human beings inflict on each other, it is equally important to be creating the caring alternative at the same time. We will stand, sit or kneel. Bring a chair, cushion, or mat. Sponsored by Post Oil Solutions. 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. or any portion thereof. Wells Fountain, South side of the Windham County District Courthouse. Information: 802-869-2141, bereal@vermontel.net.

BRATTLEBORO Sitting and Walking Meditation in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh: Offered by the Mountains and Rivers Mindfulness Community. 7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. in Room 2E on Fridays. Donations welcome. Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St. Richard Brady and Elisabeth Dearborn: 802-387-2382, mountainsandriversmc@gmail.com.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Friday Night Group with Outright Vermont: This is a social support space for queer and questioning youth ages 13-22, with super-cool adult facilitators. Free pizza every week. 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information: erika@outrightvt.org.

BRATTLEBORO TD Bank Vigil: This peaceful vigil in front of the Brattleboro branch of TD Bank is intended to both inform our fellow citizens about and to protest the bank's financial support of tar sands and the Dakota Access Pipeline. Most importantly, the vigil is an act of public solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe who have taken a courageous and principled stand to affirm their treaty rights, tribal sovereignty, and the protection of their lands, waters, cultural, and sacred sites. We are also calling out the State of VT for its extensive financial involvement with TD which is at odds with its energy policy. In fiscal year 2014, the State deposited almost 70% of its unrestricted cash in TD Bank (over $230 million based on average end-of-day balances) and during the 2-year period of FY13 and FY14, the state paid TD Bank almost $1.5 million in fees. The weekly Friday vigil at the Brattleboro branch has been highly successful in terms of educating people and convincing many to close their accounts or otherwise cease doing business with TD. noon - 1 p.m. (signs available). TD Bank, 215 Main St. Tim Stevenson: 802-869-2141, www.postoilsolutions.org.