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Event listings for Thursday, January 11

The written word

BRATTLEBORO Robin MacArthur Book Launch and Fundraiser: Celebrate local author and musician Robin MacArthur's debut novel "Heart Spring Mountain" with music, food, and a cash bar provided by Whetstone CiderWorks. MacArthur will read and sign books available for sale by Everyone's Books which will donate 20% of book sales to Peoples, Places, and the History of Words in Brattleboro (Words Project). Half of Whetstone Ciderworks' profit and all donations at the door will also support the Words Project's mission to stoke collective community research to create inspired, words-themed audio tours of the Brattleboro area. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: brattleborowords@gmail.com.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Artist Talk: Joan O'Beirne: Joan O'Beirne's installation, "The Scarf," is on view in the East Gallery. She will discuss her work. 7 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: www.brattleboromuseum.org/2017/10/08/artist-talk-joan-obeirne/.

BRATTLEBORO Winter Group Show 2018: Featuring new work from Jackie Abrams, Josh Bernbaum, Eric Boyer, Tiffany Heerema, Anne Johnstone, Gene Parulis, Torin Porter, Erika Radich, Donald Saaf, and other gallery artists. 1/11: Opening 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. (11 a.m. - 5 p.m. other days). Through Sunday, March 18. Free. Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main St. Information: 802-251-8290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO BrattleMasters (local Toastmasters club): Keep Your New Year's Resolutions: Many people make a New Year's Resolution to get over being afraid to speak in public. Feeling comfortable when speaking is a surprisingly easy way to enhance one's career and one's life. Toastmasters provides a proven method for overcoming that fear in a friendly and supportive group. The public is encouraged to attend. There will be prepared speeches, evaluations, and reports by members. Carolyn Handy will be the Toastmaster of the evening. 6 p.m. Free. Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 888-258-5665; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Winter Gardening with Your Houseplants: Master Gardener and Master Composter Cheryl Wilfong discusses the houseplants that cheer us up in the winter. 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.

Film and video

PUTNEY Putney Art Stories: The Putney Central School 8th grade Social Studies class offers this screening of short videos of artists, craftspeople, and makers who live and work in the Putney community. Each student was paired with an individual in Putney's creative community, including sculptor Joe Fichter, custom drummaker Nathaniel Hall, and printmaker Briony Morrow-Cribbs. Students produced short video portraits of these individuals and their perspectives on creativity, inspiration, and the viability of making a living from your art in Putney. As part of their "Putney Art Stories" curriculum, the students partnered with the Vermont Folklife Center's Education program to learn the fundamentals of ethnographic research, interviewing techniques and media production. The Vermont Folklife Center's "Discovering Community" Education program encourages students to learn to be "storytellers"; to explore and capture stories in their communities by doing primary source research; to listen to others' stories, thereby building empathy and compassion; and to come to see themselves as part of a wider, interwoven community. 6:30 p.m. Free. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Music

BRATTLEBORO BUHS Instrumental Chamber Ensembles: This concert breaks the 65 musicians of the Brattleboro Union High School Music Dept. band into 16 chamber ensembles. While some rehearsals include coaching from adult musicians (including BUHS music alumni), much of the preparation is done independently, challenging the students' musical problem-solving skills. The program features eight woodwind ensembles, five brass, two percussion, and a string quartet. It includes band members who double on the violin, viola and cello. Many area musicians have served as coaches for these ensembles, including Rob Freeberg, Michelle Liechti, Kathy Andrew, Alison Hale, Patty Meyer, Gideon May, Judith Serkin, and Kyra Johnston. 7 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Information: 802-451-3511.

Well-being

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Area Hospice offers Winter Support for Grieving: Adults grieving the death of a loved one are welcome to attend. Connie Baxter will facilitate. 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room. Brattleboro Area Hospice, 191 Canal St. Information: 802-257-0775 ext. 104.

Community building

BELLOWS FALLS Artists' Town Meeting: The focus of these meetings is to bring together artists, artisans, and local growers in order to share ideas, challenges, and opportunities. Some of the topics will include a debriefing of current gallery tours, past Vermont Open Studio weekend, planning for a month-long arts celebration in May culminating with Memorial Day open studio weekend, and an update on the Vermont Arts Council Creative Network Initiative. The meeting includes a potluck. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Thirty Three Bridge Street, 33 Bridge St. RSVPs encouraged: 802-463-3252, ramp@sover.net.

Dance

PUTNEY Folk Dancing: 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Through Thursday, June 28. Free. Laura Heller Community Barn, 54 Kimball Hill. Sign up: 802-387-5593, putneycares@svcable.net.

SAXTONS RIVER Cherylyn Lavignino Dance Recital: This New York City company strives to create movement that engages an audience by aligning the rigor of ballet with the humanistic performance values of contemporary dance. Lavignino, the artistic director, is the chair of the dance department at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Nita Choukas Theater at Horowitz Performing Arts Hall. By donation. Vermont Academy, 10 Long Walk. Information: 802-869-6612, www.vermontacademy.org.

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