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Event listings for Thursday, September 7

Performing arts

JAMAICA Comedy Night: Rabbi, stand-up comedian, Bob Alper, a daily presence on Sirius/XM satellite radio, will be the headline performer. His comedy career began in 1986 when he entered the "Jewish Comic of the Year Contest" at the Going Bananas Club in Philadelphia. Television, radio, and personal appearances followed. His humor is fast-paced and sophisticated, yet gentle. He is the author of three books, including the recently released "Thanks. I Needed That." He will be preceded by Michael Kingsbury from Rutland who has pursued comedy at the local homegrown comedy scene as well as at the Vermont Comedy Club in Burlington and Word X in MA. 7:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation (split between Neighborhood Connection and Jamaica Community Arts Council). Jamaica Town Hall, 17 Pikes Falls Rd. Information: 802-874-4743; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

NEWFANE Reception: "Tangled Roots Rising" Ceramic Sculptures by Kathie Gatto-Gurney: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Free. Crowell Gallery at the Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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 The Fabulous Fall Garden: Master Gardener Cheryl Wilfong has a fall garden full of flowers. She'll tell you how she does it and bring some samples of what's blooming now. 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.

BRATTLEBORO Healing with Art: Artists and the Environment: Many artists express a deep caring for the environment, which is so vulnerable in this time. How can art empower us to take part in the healing of the world? How can art ground our sense of interconnectedness in the web of life? Can an artistic practice deepen one's experience of the natural world and one's experience of being part of it? How does art engage our outer and inner worlds? Come explore these timely questions in a way that engages the mind, heart, spirit. Refreshments served after the program. 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Free. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Pre-registration required: 802-275-8152, www.acwc.us.

Film and video

BELLOWS FALLS Ken Burns--Documentary and Panel Discussion--"The Vietnam War": Prior to this film's release on PBS stations nationwide (18 hours), there will be this one-hour preview, assembled by the film's editors, covering all 10 episodes. Following the film, VT's PBS's Community Engagement Dir. Chuck Pizer will facilitate a panel discussion with Smokey Aumand, Commander of the Bellows Falls American Legion and Army (1971-1974) and an NSA Security Agency veteran; Susan Hammond, Dir. of The War Legacies Project which helps children in Southeast Asia with disabilities caused by unexploded ordnance or from birth defects as the result of exposure to Agent Orange; Aaron Phillips, US Marine and Exec. Dir. of The Warrior Connection who runs a nationwide retreat program for veterans and military spouses in southern VT focused on PTSD and MST recovery; and John Tracy, State Dir. of Sen. Patrick Leahy's VT office and a Vietnam Veteran. 7 p.m. Free. Bellows Falls Opera House, Town Hall, 7 Square. Reserve tickets: 802-662-0087.

TOWNSHEND Free Screening of "Being Mortal": This film, which aired on PBS, delves into the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness. It investigates the practice of caring for the dying and explores the relationships between patients and their doctors. It follows a surgeon, Dr. Atul Gawande, as he shares stories from the people and families he encounters. When Dr. Gawande’s own father gets cancer, his search for answers about how best to care for the dying becomes a personal quest. The film sheds light on how a medical system focused on a cure often leaves out the sensitive conversations that need to happen so a patient’s true wishes can be known and honored at the end. "Being Mortal" underscores the importance of people planning ahead and talking with family members about end-of-life decisions. Seventy percent of Americans say they would prefer to die at home, but nearly 70 percent die in hospitals and institutions. Ninety percent of Americans know they should have conversations about end-of-life care, yet only 30 percent have done so. After the screening, audience members can participate in a conversation about the film facilitated by Dr. Robert Backus, MD. Panelists include Susanne Shapiro, RN, Director of West River Valley Cares Assisted Living; Claire Bemis, RN, Clinical Coord., Grace Cottage Community Health Team; and Joanna Rueter, MSW, Coord., Taking Steps Brattleboro. Topics include how to identify and communicate one’s wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences.Hosted by Grace Cottage Hospital and Brattleboro Area Hospice. 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. in Holt Conference Room. Free. Grace Cottage Hospital, 85 Grafton Rd. RSVP: 802-257-0775 x 102, patty.dunn@brattleborohospice.org.

Music

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Women's Chorus -- Open Rehearsal: Be our guest to see (and hear) if Chorus is right for you. (Also see 9/13). 10 a.m. - noon in the Parlor. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Information: www.brattleborowomenschorus.org.

Recreation

BRATTLEBORO Played Out! LGBTQ & Ally Game Night: Games available. Bring your favorite games to share. Open to all identities, abilities, and ages. People under 16: Bring a responsible adult with you. Fragrance free. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. (first Thursday of every month). Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information: 802-254-3400; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Well-being

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Area Hospice offers "First Thursdays in the Memorial Garden" : Community memorial service with reflections on grief and loss, an opportunity to decorate a memorial stone to place in the garden or take home, and some quiet time to enjoy the beauty of the garden. 5:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. (Guilford Street, on the hillside adjacent to the road). Free. Living Memorial Park, Guilford St. Ext. Connie: 802-257-0775 x 104.

LONDONDERRY Learn the Importance of Advance Directives: Estate lawyers will tell you to include three important documents in your estate planning. They are a Living Will, a Durable Power of Attorney, and an Advance Directive. Claire Bemis from Grace Cottage will discuss how an Advance Directive differs from a Living Will and why an Advance Directive is important to direct your end-of-life and other critical healthcare decisions. You do not have to hire a professional to complete an Advance Directive. Claire will have forms on hand and discuss what to do once the Advance Directive is completed. 2 p.m. Free. Neighborhood Connections, The Meeting Place, Rte. 100, 5700 Marketplace (across from the p.o.). Information: 802-824-4343; Click to e-mail for more information.

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