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Event listings for Saturday, September 9

Performing arts

WEST CHESTERFIELD Staged Reading of "A Delicate Balance" -- Tribute to Edward Albee: Both harsh and heart wrenching, this is a needling play that's of its time and yet still surging with post-modern vitality. The uneasy existence of upper-middle-class suburbanites Agnes and Tobias and their permanent house guest, Agnes' witty alcoholic sister Claire, is disrupted by the sudden appearance of lifelong family friends Harry and Edna, fellow empty nesters with free-floating anxiety, who ask to stay with them to escape an unnamed terror. They soon are followed by Agnes and Tobias's bitter 36-year-old daughter Julia, who returns home following the collapse of her fourth marriage. Premiering in 1966, it won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Albee passed away last fall. (Repeats 9/16). 7:30 p.m. $8. Actors Theatre Playhouse, Corner Brook & Main St. Information: 877-666-1855; Click for more info on Web in new window.

The written word

BELLOWS FALLS "I'll Be Seeing You" with author Eileen Charbonneau: Charbonneau is an award-winning author of nine published novels, short stories, and non-fiction. Her work has received the Golden Medallion, Hearts of the West, Andre Norton, and Phyllis A. Whitney awards. This is part of the historical romantic suspense novel series "The Code Talker Chronicles." Luke and his childhood friend Nantai are young shepherds of the Navajo reservation in Arizona. They volunteer for an experiment: to come up with an uncrackable code based on the Navajo language to be used by the US as it enters World War II and fly into New York to join the spy agency the Office of Strategic Services. 11 a.m. Free. Village Square Booksellers, 32 Square. Information: 802-463-9404; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Creative Writing Group: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, more. Bring original work to read and discuss. Newcomers welcome. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., top floor. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Celebrations and festivals

WESTMINSTER WEST 28th Annual Westminster West Community Fair: Fun run for kids and 5K race for adults, bake sale, a parade through the village, and a raffle. "Pick your own raffle prize" includes a Tim Cowles painting "High over the North Atlantic," a pair of 19th century brass andirons, a Marriott hotel voucher worth $250, a silk Persian rug valued at $450; or $250 in cash. Plus a silent auction on local goods and services and a White Elephant Sale in the Grange Hall in the village. Live music, a talent show, a chicken barbeque lunch for sale with a vegetarian alternative, and a fruit and vegetable-growing contest. This event will also introduce babies, who will serve as grand marshals, and new residents to town. Proceeds from the fair help support the community use of the Congregational Church of Westminster West building and community suppers held there. 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free. Congregational Church of Westminster West, 44 Church St. Information: http://bit.ly/2iBdTXV.

Film and video

BRATTLEBORO "Burned: Are Trees the New Coal?": "Burned" tells the little-known story of the accelerating destruction of our forests for fuel and probes the policy loopholes, huge subsidies, and blatant green washing of the burgeoning biomass power industry. A dedicated group of forest activists, ecologists, carbon scientists, and concerned citizens fight to establish the enormous value of our forests, protect their communities, debunk this false solution to climate change, and alter energy policy both in the US and abroad. There will be a post-viewing discussion with filmmakers Alan Dater and Lisa Merton, Associate Producer Chris Hardee, composer Ty Gibbons, and William Moomaw, one of the scientists in the film. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. By donation. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: 917-239-8743; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Music

PUTNEY Cheryl Wheeler, Willa Mamet & Paul Miller: Contemporary folk singer/songwriter and comedienne Cheryl performs with Americana duo Willa and Paul. As a poet, Cheryl writes achingly honest songs of love and loss. Contrasting the prosaic landscapes of native small-own America with the hopelessly rootless life of the traveling performer, she touches the common chords with any who feel the tug between busy times and the timeless longing for simplicity and silence. As a comic, Cheryl comes on like a fiercely everyday woman with a barbed-wire tongue. Willa and Paul play a mix of Americana, folk, country, and grassy soul music. For 40 years, Paul has performed with Coco and the Lonesome Road Band, Bluebird, Andy Shapiro, Breakaway, and the Bluegrass Gospel Project. Willa has sung with Paul for 15 years. They won the Vermont Times Argus “Tammy” Award for Best New Album in 2013 and 2015. 7:30 p.m. $22 ($25 at door). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Peter Ciluzzi -- Guitar Virtuoso: Ciluzzi's music transports listeners on a journey through virtuosic, evocative compositions that tell a story without words. His acclaimed solo instrumental work has accumulated millions of views on YouTube and more than 6 million plays on Spotify. As a luthier, his performances also showcase some of his own hand-crafted guitars. 8 p.m. $10 ($15 at door). Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery, 139 Main St. Information: 802-254-9276; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Instruction

DUMMERSTON Introduction to Brewing Beer with Fresh Hops: Visit the hop yard to harvest fresh hops for the class. Learn home brewing techniques in this hands-on workshop for making extract/partial mash beer and evaluating craft brew styles with Master Brewer Thomas Coleman, the former owner of Black River Brewing Co. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. $50. Scott Farm, 707 Kipling Rd. Information: 802-254-6868; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BELLOWS FALLS Architecture and Illusion I -- A Drawing Class: A little study of one and two point perspective can help a lot to make your drawings of urban or rural buildings look three dimensional. This class includes linear perspective instruction plus practice drawing buildings around town from observation, weather permitting. If the weather does not cooperate, we will work on interiors. With Jean Cannon. 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. $45. Currier Hall, Stone Church Arts, 12 Church St. Information: 802-460-0110; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Business and economy

BRATTLEBORO Tri Town Collectors Club: Coin, Comic Book, Sports Card and Postcard Show: Coins, currency, comic books and sports cards. Quiz for collectors at the coin club table with door prizes. Anyone reaching into the collectible grab bag and selecting a free Indian Head cent or Buffalo nickel will be able to double their prize if they can say who was president in the year the coin was minted. The Indian Head cents were issued from 1859 until 1909 while the Buffalo nickels were released from 1913-1938. Other door prizes available for hobbyists of all ages. Fun for the whole family. 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Free. Holiday Inn Express, 100 Chickering Dr. Joe Fuller: 802-297-1274, pepsijoseph@yahoo.com.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Back to School Day: Tastings and product demonstrations throughout the store plus free kids activities. 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Creepy Clown and Pirate Night: Come dressed as a creepy clown or pirate. Meet comic artist Nick Shakespeare, creator of "Siren's Song," an exciting graphic novel of swashbucklers. Autographs will be available. Prizes awarded for best creepy clown costume, best pirate, and best overall outfit. Afterwards, head out to see the new Stephen King movie, "It," at the Latchis Theatre. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free. Positive Geek, 12 Flat St. Information: www.positivegeek.com.

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.

Tag sales, auctions, bazaars

WEST DUMMERSTON Rummage and Tag Sale: Items for sale include books, toys, games, kitchenware, clothing, footwear and many miscellaneous items. Coffee and Lester's donuts will be for sale. 9 a.m. - noon (rain or shine indoors). Free. Dummerston Community Center, 150 West St. Information: 802-254-2703.

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