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Event listings for Sunday, August 20

Celebrations, festivals, community meals

GREENFIELD Samirah Evans Showcases Nolabratts Choir at Leo Party: All Leos in attendance (all signs of the zodiac are welcome) will be eligible for raffle prizes that include tickets to area concert venues. Other benefits include a complimentary slice of cake made by Alison West, a former pastry chef at the renowned New Orleans restaurant, Jacques-Imo's. The chef at Hawks and Reed will also prepare a special menu featuring New Orleans-style cuisine. Under the direction of Evans, The NOLABratts perform classic New Orleans R&B and Jazz. Evans, the NOLABratts, and other special guests will be accompanied by Paul Arslanian (piano), David Picchi (piano) and Jon Fisher (drums). The choir was a big hit at last year's Leo Party, which was the inaugural show for the ensemble. Evans also featured them at a benefit concert last fall for Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro. 6 p.m. $10 ($13 at door); free will donation for musicians/vocalists joining the jam (2nd set). Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center (The Arts Block), 289 Main St. Information: 413-774-0150; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Music

BELLOWS FALLS Fear of Singing Breakthrough Workshop for Non-Singers: If you can talk, you can sing. Learn in a way that's supportive, comfortable, and fun. Discover your own natural voice. Become more confident--experience some singing success. Take home skills to start you on your way. Through a combination of games, improvisation, and simple songs from around the world we'll explore different aspects of the voice. We'll create a tool kit of accessible techniques for you to take home and use as you develop your skills. Discover the joy of your unique voice and let go of that old idea that singing isn’t for you. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. $130 ($145 includes lunch). Stone Church Center/Immanuel Episcopal Church, 12 Church St. Information: 603-357-4693.

PUTNEY Twilight on the Tavern Lawn Presents Simba: Blazing horns and scorching percussion on a highly danceable mix of funk, Latin, reggae, world beat, soca calypso, ska, jazz, and blues. The eight-member band has been together 28 years and includes Charlie Schneeweis, Wim Auer, Steve Sonntag, Derrik Jordan, Dan DeWalt, Johnny Yuma, Steve Leicach, and Bob Stabach. Simba has released one CD, a self titled collection of original songs and grooves created to make you dance. Simba is dedicated to Peace, Love, and Unity for our community and world. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Food will be available. 6 p.m. (rain location: Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill). Free; donations accepted. Putney Tavern Lawn, Downtown Putney on the lawn. Information: 802-387-5772, www.twilightmusic.org.

Instruction

ROCKINGHAM Build Soil with Sheet Mulch: When Laurel Green first moved to Singing River Farm in Rockingham, the soil was so compacted that she couldn't stomp a shovel into the ground to take soil samples. Neighbors joked, "What did you expect? This is ROCK-ingham." Long story short, you, too, can learn how to build soil with the help of Mother Nature and sheet mulching at at this workshop. Sheet mulching is the practice of creating new soil by preparing a future garden area without cutting away the sod or tilling. Instead, you can add many layers of bio-degradable materials to provide a feast for all the creatures in the soil. The micro life in the soil does the hard work of changing the organic matter into compost-rich soil. The hands-on workshop includes Permaculture ideas and methods that will deepen your understanding of life in the soil. Participants will compare soil in gardens that were sheet mulched 4 years ago to areas sheet mulched only 2 months ago. You'll prepare and lay out sheet mulch in a new garden bed. Be prepared to get your hands dirty. Take home a great sheet mulch "recipe" plus real experience you can use when you want to get help with your soil from the natural world. The content of this workshop is based on Laurel's lifetime of gardening, observation of nature, and years of reading, research and experimenting. 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. $40, $70 for 2 people. One scholarship available to person under age 18. Singing River Farm, 2128 Brockways Mills Rd. Register by 8/18: 802-275-4646, Laurel@SingingRiverFarm.net.

Recreation

BRATTLEBORO Tabletop Gaming: A different game every week. 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Free. Positive Geek, 12 Flat St. Information: 802-258-2808; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Mushroom Foray: This wet summer has led to a proliferation of fungi. Herbalist Justin Garner will lead the walk and will be looking for choice edibles among the weird and wonderful variety. This is the season for lobster mushrooms, oyster mushrooms, hen of the woods (maitake), black trumpets, hedgehog mushrooms and more. Justin will discuss the nutritive, medicinal, and toxic properties of our diverse fungi. Bring a bag or basket for collecting mushrooms and a mushroom knife or small pocketknife. Be prepared for off-trail hiking in wooded terrain. Hosted by the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center. 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. $15 ($10 BEEC members). Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, 1221 Bonnyvale Rd. Register: 802-257-5785; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Well-being

W. BRATTLEBORO The Compassionate Friends of Brattleboro: Self-help organization for families who have had a child die provides highly personal comfort, hope and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family. Meetings are for all families regardless of race, religious orientation, economic background, or the cause and age of the child at death, from pre-birth up. All immediate family members are welcome including adult siblings. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. (Every month, usually the 3rd Sun.). Free. West Village Meeting House, 29 South St. M. Beverly Miller: 802-490-2326.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Edible Brattleboro's "Share the Harvest" Free Produce Stand: Come to pick up some fresh veggies or drop off some from your garden to share and/or exchange. Bring your own bags. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free. Elliot Street Park. Marilyn Chiarello: 802-254-9121, EdibleBrattleboro@gmail.com.

Dance

BRATTLEBORO Paneurythmy Dance: Paneurythmy is a sacred circle dance of love, wisdom, and truth created by Beinsa Duono of Bulgaria for the benefit of spiritual seekers. Open to all. 9 a.m. on Sundays (weather permitting) on the hill. Through Sunday, September 17. Free. Living Memorial Park, Guilford St. Ext. Information: 802-490-2213.

BRATTLEBORO Community Circle Dance: All dances taught. No partner needed. Led by Juniper Talbot and Dan. 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Donations welcome. River Valley Aikido Center, 11 Cottage St. Parker Huber: 802-257-9108, brattleborocircledance.org.