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Event listings for Saturday, August 19

Performing arts

WEST CHESTERFIELD "Table Manners": . Actors Theatre Playhouse. .

The written word

BRATTLEBORO The Brattleboro Literary Festival's Writing Workshops: For both aspiring writers and seasoned pros looking for a jolt of new inspiration, the Brattleboro Lit Fest is offering two workshops with award-winning professional writers Tim Weed and Suzanne Kingsbury. Weed will teach "Writing Immersive Fiction" in which you will learn how to hook a reader's interest and keep it to the last page. Kingsbury offers "Finding Your Genius on the Page." You'll learn how to access your own wellspring of creative inspiration. 9 a.m. noon: Weed, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m: Kingsbury. $75. Brattleboro Literary Festival. Information: http://brattleboroliteraryfestival.org/events/category/workshops/.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Artist Talk by Jim Giddings and Petria Mitchell: Oils and Watercolors: Jim has new watercolors as well as salvaged, reworked, and revisited oil paintings. Petria has a selection of new oil paintings that continue her exploration of the ethereal world through light and ambience. (Exhibit runs through 9/17). 5 p.m. Free. Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main St. Information: 802-251-8290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Music

WILMINGTON Southern Vermont Deerfield Valley Jazz Concert Series: 8 p.m. Freewill donations will benefit The Pool Learning Center. Memorial Hall, 14 W. Main St. Information: 802-464-7500.

BRATTLEBORO Richard Evers: Singer-Songwriter, Guitar, and Harmonica Player: Contemporary and traditional folk, rhythm & blues, satire, protest and originals. Adult songs for tough times. 8 p.m. No cover. Superfresh! Organic Cafe, 30 Main St. Information: 802-579-1751; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Local history

NEWFANE Sixth Biennial Windham County History Fair: This is a festival of vintage exhibits, demonstrations, and historic tours featuring Windham County's rich heritage. Special exhibits by the Vermont Archaeology Society, the Vermont Historical Society, along with exhibits by Windham County's Historical Societies feature pre-European and 18th, 19th and early 20th-century life in Windham County. Learn how to research your family's roots at the Genealogy Presentation. Bring your attic treasures for professional Antique Appraisals. Bookbinding and Restoration presentations--bring your old books for a free professional evaluation. The story of the Salmon Hole Massacre told by Re-enactor Rob Rowell includes Musket firing demos. Colonial Cooking demos, Carding and Spinning, Quilting, Woodworking, and Dowsing demos throughout the day. Dave Allen will present Old Maps of Vermont and have copies available for purchase. The Honorable Judge John Wesley will take visitors on a tour of the County Courthouse. Tours of the County Jail, the historic Village of Newfane, as well as a tour of the old Newfane Cemetery on Cemetery Hill are also scheduled. Antique Cars including the Vermont State Police cruiser "Old Monty," Antique Tractors, Fire Engines, as well as Crafters, Bargain table, and Raffles. Food by NewBrook Auxiliary. . Newfane Common, Main Street (Rt. 30) downtown. Information: info@historicalsocietyofwindhamcounty.org, www.historicalsocietyofwindhamcounty.org.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO BASIC: Brattleboro Area Skatepark: Members of the BASIC Committee are invited to attend the VT Stance Car Show. (While it is possible that a quorum of the Committee may be present at the car show, it is not a “meeting” of the Committee as defined in the Open Meeting Law and members of the committee will not take action or discuss any committee business.). 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Union High School, 131 Fairground Rd. Karen Isaacson: 802-254-5808.

S. LONDONDERRY Balloon Madness: Watch as Linda makes a balloon animal or hat for you. 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Free. South Londonderry Free Library, 15 Old School St. Information: 802-824-3371; Click to e-mail for more information.

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.

Community building

TOWNSHEND Townshend Food Shelf: The Townshend Food Shelf is looking to fill a large red truck at Riverbend Market and meeds volunteers to help load food items. They are looking for items to help stock the shelves and would also appreciate "back to school" items. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Riverbend Market, 625 VT-30. Joe Winrich: jkwinrich@gmail.com.

Dance

WINCHESTER Monadnock Tri-State Dance Club with Music by Champagne Jam: 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. $10 ($8 members) includes refreshments. Elmm Community Center, 21 Durkee St. Information: 603-357-0794, jean@sp1@ne.rr.com.

BRATTLEBORO Zumba Gold with Adrasteia Andrews: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. $13 for drop-ins. SoBo Studio, The Cotton Mill, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, #346. Information: http://adrasteia802.zumba.com, www.sobodance.com.

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