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Event listings for Thursday, September 14

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Frank M. Costantino: "Watercolors and Illustrations--One Artist's Overview": This exhibit is an overview of 50+ Plein Air and Studio Watercolors, including a variety of subjects and locations around New England and the US, together with examples of professional architectural illustrations. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.), Sat. noon - 4 p.m. Through Saturday, September 30. Free. River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-258-7070; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Brattlemasters (local Toastmasters Club) -- Speech Contest: Humorous speeches followed by speakers competing to give the best evaluation of a speech. There will be prepared speeches, evaluations, and reports by members. Guests are welcome and invited to participate in the extemporaneous speaking exercises. Susan Riedo will be the Toastmaster of Evening. 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Free. Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: brattleboro.toastmastersclubs.org.

Music

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Women's Chorus -- Open Rehearsal: Be our guest to see (and hear) if Chorus is right for you. 10 a.m. - noon in the Parlor. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Information: www.brattleborowomenschorus.org.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Fun with Food and Art for Kids--Fall Colors: Meet at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center for an up-close look at the current art exhibit followed by a hands-on creative activity led by Linda Whelihan, educator for BMAC. Then we'll walk to the Brattleboro Co-op Kitchen to make something delicious wth Lizi Rosenberg honoring the Vermont Harvest of the Month: Summer Squash. 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Free for kids. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Registration with the Co-op required: 802-246-2821, msbfc@sover.net.

WESTMINSTER "Wet Sneakers and Muddy Clothes: The Importance of Nature-Based Play and Education": David Sobel, author, teacher, and nature activist, discusses why children need to play outside in nature for their own well-being and for their future stewardship of the earth. The program is aimed at parents and educators. Organized by the Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association and co-sponsored by The Nature Museum, Putney Mountain Association, and Windham Regional Woodlands Association. 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Free. Compass School, 7892 U.S. Rte. 5. Lillian Willis: 802-875-1340, lbwillisct@comcast.net.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Downtown Parking Plan Update: Andy Hill, the Town of Brattleboro's Parking Consultant, presents preliminary findings from the ongoing downtown parking study and survey effort and leading a discussion on how parking will play a role in downtown commerce and vitality. Andy is the Director of Consulting Services for Desman Design Mgt. and has been studying parking in downtown Brattleboro since June. 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.

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