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Event listings for Friday, February 2

Visual arts and shows

NEWFANE "Around the Pond" by David Parker: Photographic exhibit. Artist reception 2/3. 2/3 reception: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Through Wednesday, February 28. 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 "Come Play With Me": Gwen Murphy's Surreal Wall Dolls: Murphy continues her exploration of humor and pathos with a series of Wall Dolls. She is primarily a found-object artist, recognized as the creator of Surreal Shoes, an ongoing project. The new textile and clay wall characters clearly reference historic puppetry and illustration. They elicit refrains from classic fantasy fairy-tale illustration and invite storyline and metaphor with their playfulness. (2/2 artist reception). 2/2: 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. artist reception with music by the Moondogs. Through Monday, April 02. Free. Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St. Information: 802-257-4777.

BRATTLEBORO "New Passage": Work by Brattleboro-West Arts Members and Reception: Pastels by Lesley Heathcote, encaustics by Jen Wiechers, and acrylic paintings by Walter Slowinski will be shown in this new exhibit space during Gallery Walk. Share the evening with a reception for the artists and light refreshments set to the folksy music of The 2Bit 2Man Froggy-Went-aCourtin' Orchestra (duo featuring Slowinsky on clarinet and Ron Bos-Lun on mandolin). 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (6 p.m. - 7 p.m. music) in the Atrium Hallway Gallery. Free. Brooks House, Crnr. Main Street and High Street. Information: www.brattleboro-west-arts.com.

Ideas and education

WESTMINSTER WEST Meeting Designer Adrian Segar: Author of two books on meeting design, Segar leads The Three Questions, an exercise for participants to share about themselves, their needs and wants, and their experience and expertise. Get to know your peers. 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Free. Congregational Church of Westminster West, 44 Church St. Information: 802-387-2334; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Film and video

BRATTLEBORO Forest Kindergarten Film: "The Best Day Ever" & Reading: "Wild Play: Parenting Adventures in the Great Outdoors": Following the film showing, David Sobel will read short excerpts from his newly reissued "Wild Play" book. The film reveals the magic going on in local public school kindergartens where teachers take their students outdoors one full day every week. The readings describe natural world stories, conversations with children, and family adventures from the early childhood years. Inspired by European Forest Kindergartens, a handful of teachers in the Upper Valley began dedicating one day-per-week to nature-based play and learning five years ago. The idea, since featured on National Public Radio and on The Atlantic Education blog, has caught the attention of parents/educators nationwide. Regionally, dozens of classrooms now spend frequent time in wild spaces, cooking over campfires, learning and playing outdoors, including Academy School in Brattleboro, Guilford Central, Marlboro Elementary, Deerfield Valley Elementary, Westminster Central, Hilltop Montessori, Putney Central School. Other independent early childhood programs using nature-based approaches: Garland School in Brattleboro, Sophia's Hearth in Keene, Wild Roots Nature School in Chesterfield, Robin's Nest Nature Preschool in Peterborough. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: www.antioch.edu/bestdayever, http://greenwriterspress.com.

Music

BRATTLEBORO Barbara Ween: Curated by the Vermont Jazz Center. 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. No cover. The Lounge, 4 High St. Information: 802-254-4141.

BRATTLEBORO Acoustic Duo: Sharon and Daniel: With playful harmonies, acoustic guitars, percussion and upright bass, Sharon Leslie and Daniel Kasnitz perform acoustic versions of popular hits with a funky, jazzy twist. 12 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 The Gaslight Tinkers: African, Caribbean, Funk, Reggae, and Latin grooves meet traditional fiddle music. It's the genre-bending future of the music of the past. Audrey, Jopey, Garrett, and Peter's blend of global rhythms creates a danceable sound around a core of traditional New England old-time and Celtic fiddle music, merging positive energy with melody and song. 8 p.m. $8 ($10 at door). The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information: 802-579-9960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO High School A Cappella: Featuring over 55 local teens representing six regional high school a cappella ensembles: Brattleboro Union High School Madrigals--auditioned co-ed choral group under the direction of Elyse Woodward. Students earn credit for participation by rehearsing, once a week, a wide range of a cappella music including traditional madrigals, world music, new works and standard pop and jazz. Plus five student-directed independent ensembles: Renegade--all-girls group from several area high schools. They perform songs that empower women and strive to be role models, keeping in mind the fun and love that singing brings. Shoulder Narrows--all-boys group from BUHS. Singing together since 2004, they are the oldest student-run group in Brattleboro. They perform vocal music from many genres and traditions and add their own flavor to new hits and old classics. Spiralia--all-girls group whose covers range from pop to jazz and classic rock. Xpressivo--coed group in the Brattleboro area who brainstorm and select songs that work best for them. Local Vocals--some singers had to drop chorus due to classes but they missed singing too much to not have a group. 8 p.m. $10, $5 students with all proceeds going to support the In-Sight Scholarship Fund. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-251-9960, jerry@insight-photography.org.

WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with John Pozzi: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. John, who has played with the Turkey Buzzards and Joinery, will give an intimate, solo performance and sing some of his personal favorites, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar. Sponsored by the West River Community Project, promoting community, the arts, and local, sustainable agriculture. 5 p.m. pizza, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. music. $12 pizza pie. Donations appreciated by the musician. West Townshend Country Store and Cafe, Rte. 30. Information: 802-874-4800; Click to e-mail for more information.

Recreation

BRATTLEBORO Move and Connect: This movement class spans a range of genres from yoga to Zumba and Light Saber Combat to no-tap-shoes tap class. New instructors each week focus on getting your body moving and having fun. Open to all abilities; no experience needed. 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Free. Windham Movement Apparel, 2 Elliot St. Information: 802-246-1223.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO KidsPlayce Healthy Snack and Story Time: We'll read a story and kids will have a healthy snack from the Brattleboro Food Co-op. 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on Fridays. Free. KidsPLAYce, 20 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-5212; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Arts and crafts

BRATTLEBORO Arts Council of Windham County: Art Night: Make a Treasure Map Collage and create a colorful plan of your goals for 2018. This project, with all supplies, is free and open to the community. No art experience necessary. 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. The Works Cafe, 118 Main St. Information: 802-254-6201.

Dance

BRATTLEBORO "Shall We Dance?": Cha Cha Lesson and Party: Refreshments. 7 p.m. lesson, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. dancing. $12. Headroom Stages, 17 Elliot St. Information: 802-380-6675.

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