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Event listings for Saturday, January 27

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Food Choices: Overfishing & Sea Vegetables (for Adults): We read and hear how we should eat more fish for health reasons, but with our growing population and modern technology, we're fishing some species close to extinction. The huge cod fisheries of the past have collapsed, and Bluefin Tuna is now an endangered species. Learn how to make sustainable choices when it comes to fish and discover the pros and cons of aquaculture. We'll also look at sea vegetables, another bounty of the sea. Learn the many health benefits of consuming sea vegetables and taste some during class along with easy ways to incorporate them into your diet. 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, 7 Canal St. Registration required: 802-246-2821,

PUTNEY Wildlife Tracking: Join Patti Smith, Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center naturalist and master tracker, for a walk through wet meadows, stream banks, and forest to discover how wildlife are using this varied winter landscape. Snow reveals the presence and activities of wildlife that remain elusive much of the year. We'll discuss the art and essence of interpreting their tracks and signs. We're hoping to find tracks of weasel, coyote, mink, fox, and perhaps a bobcat. If the snow is deep, you may want to bring snowshoes. Co-sponsored by the Putney Conservation Commission, the Putney Mountain Association, and BEEC. 1 p.m. Turn right just past the school building, park toward rear of main parking lot. (2/3 snow date). Free. Putney Central School, 182 Westminster Rd. Information: 802-387-5521.

Celebrations and festivals

BRATTLEBORO Celebrate Mardi Gras: Creole cuisine and the Celebration Brass Band. Colorful masks a must--bring one or make one with us. Open to the public (ages 21 and up). 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. $10. American Legion Hall, 32 Linden St. Walk-ins welcome but RSVP preferred: 802-257-1872.


BRATTLEBORO Annual Northern Roots Festival: Drawing on Brattleboro's rich local scene as well as colleagues from across New England, Northern Roots presents traditional Irish, Scottish, Scandinavian, and French Canadian music in intimate settings. Highlights include English duo John Roberts and Tony Barrand, Franco American singer Josee Vachon, and New England fiddling veteran Skip Gorman. Teaching workshops, performances, and jam sessions. Presented by the Brattleboro Music Center. (Also see 1/28). 12 noon. $10 to $25. Brattleboro Music Center. Tickets and participants:

BELLOWS FALLS Emerald Rae, Fiddler and Folksinger: Rae is steeped in the traditional music of the Celtic countries, Cape Breton, and Appalachia. 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel. $20, $15 seniors, $45 premium ($5 more at door). Stone Church Center, 12 Church St. Information: 802-463-3100; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ceremonies and memoriams

WARDSBORO Afternoon of Music Benefit for the Cutts Family: In memory of Elizabeth Cutts and her father, Bruce Cutts. In honor of Sally Harris Cutts: mother, wife. The Cutts lost members of their family in a fire in Brookline and another family member is still hospitalized. Musicians: Alan Bills, Jimmy Knapp, Chuck Hamby, Ned Phoenix, Mary Beth Porter, Liz and John Wheeler, Big Marv Bentley, Little Marv Bentley, Dennis Warning--bluegrass, country, gospel, jazz. Pete Carlson will emcee. 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Admission by donation; refreshments for sale. Wardsboro Town Hall, 71 Main St. Pete: 802-896-6141,

Farmers' markets

BRATTLEBORO Winter Farmers' Market: Vegetables, fruits, meat from local farms, a variety of baked goods, locally and regionally-produced artisan crafts, and freshly prepared food. Local musicians perform, cafe seating, restrooms, no pets. EBT customers can turn $10 into $20 with CropCash. Sponsored by Post Oil Solutions. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Through Saturday, March 24. River Garden, 157 Main St. Sherry Maher: 802-869-2141, farmersmarket@postoilsolutions.


BRATTLEBORO Tavernier Chocolate, Good Body, Yoga Locally: These three businesses have combined efforts to raise money for our local Planned Parenthood Clinic. Each participant receives a Tavernier Chocolate and is entered to win a selection of products from Good Body. Laura Tabachnick leads this vigorous, all levels class. 5 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. Saturdays; 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays. $10 to $25 suggested donation (all proceeds go to Brattleboro Planned Parenthood). Yoga Locally, 74 Cotton Mill Hill, The Loft #A-209. Information: 802-275-4403; Click for more info on Web in new window.


PUTNEY Traditional New England Contra Dance with Live Music: Foot in the Door String Band. Carey Bluhm, Caller. All dances taught. No partner necessary. 7:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. beginner's session, 8 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. dancing. $10 suggested donation. Pierces Hall, 121 E. Putney Rd. Information: 802-387-0163.

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