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The written word

DOVER Poetry Reading and Pie Eating: Local poets are invited to participate. All ages. 12 noon. Free. Dover Free Library, 22 Holland Rd. Information: 802-348-7488; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Matt Brown, Artist Talk: "Conversations with Color Woodblock Prints": Brown's talk features a demonstration of his printmaking process following the Japanese hanga method, the same technique used by Hokusai and Hiroshige. His prints are created by applying watercolor to hand-carved wooden blocks which are transferred onto paper with a baren. 4/21: 5 p.m. (exhibit runs through 5/6). 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 Home Improvement & Garden Expo: Explore the best and most innovative trends in home renovations, remodeling, and landscaping. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free. River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Film and video

BRATTLEBORO "Vanishing Kings: Desert Lions of the Namib": This documentary by Will and Lianne Steenkamp follows five male lions in their journey from newborn cubs to adulthood. The unforgiving climate of the Namib desert, which stretches for more than 1,200 miles along the Atlantic coast of the African continent, has pushed these lions to the brink of extinction. The lessons learned by the "Five Musketeers" are key to the pride's survival. Following the film, Dr. Andrew Stein will discuss conservation efforts to protect lions in their natural habitat. Stein is a National Graphic Explorer and an Associate Professor of Natural Science at Landmark College. He founded the CLAWS (Communities Living Among Wildlife Sustainably) Conservancy to help promote coexistence between African communities and large predators. Presented in honor of Earth Day weekend. 7 p.m. Donations for use in the conservation of lions accepted. Latchis (Films), 50 Main St. Reservations:


W. BRATTLEBORO Women in Music Gala Benefit: "O, Britannia!": Chamber works by British composers Madeleine Dring, Dame Ethel Smyth, and Lucy Broadwood. Performers include soprano Jenna Rae, pianist Hugh Keelan, and the Guilford Chamber Players. Plus a festive supper buffet, intimate concert, desserts by area chefs/bakers, and a popular Silent Auction featuring gift certificates and 2-for-1 pairs of tickets or season passes to movies, plays, concerts, and more. Presented by Friends of Music At Guilford. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. $25 to $35 suggested donation. Private location in W. Brattleboro. Reservations: 802-254-3600,

PUTNEY Cantrip and Lindsay Straw: Traditional and contemporary Celtic music featuring high energy bagpipes/fiddle/guitar trio Cantrip and folksinger/multi-instrumentalist Lindsay Straw. The concert celebrates their 20th anniversary, with the band performing a mix of brand new music, as well as their entire 2001 album "Silver." From the strong base of its Celtic roots, Cantrip branches out into the music of other European cultures. Weaving together songs and tunes, Dan Houghton, Jon Bews, and Eric McDonald take an audience on a cultural journey. Known for their innovative arrangements, unproduced sound, and dry wit, they have toured throughout Scotland and the US, expanding the boundaries of Celtic music along the way. 7:30 p.m. $20 ($24 at door). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO "Dylanophrenia: Chimes of Freedom" performed by The Same Thing Band: Classic Dylan for the Trump era. Celebrate the hopefulness of resisting abusive authority and taking a stand for human rights, something that feels ever more needed in these times where human dignity, truth, and even life and liberty are so harshly threatened. Presented by Cracked Glass Productions. 8 p.m. $5 donation helps support Hooker-Dunham. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Information: 802-254-9276; Click for more info on Web in new window.

WEST BRATTLEBORO The Butterfly Swing Band: Hot jazz for listening and dancing. 7:15 p.m. - 10 p.m. No cover. New England House, 254 Marlboro Rd. Information: 802-254-6886.


WEST TOWNSHEND Gerda's Equine Rescue: From Leading to Liberty Work Clinic with Caryl Richardson: We will refine communication with your horse on the lead line to develop a foundation for liberty work--working your horse off the line. We'll cover important training tools and techniques that will help you build the connection and trust necessary for liberty work. Your horse will become lighter and more responsive in everyday handling. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. $125 (includes stall and lunch); $30 audit (includes lunch). Gerdas Equine Rescue, Rte. 30 (south of Townshend Dam Diner). Register:

Kids and families

GUILFORD Yoga for You: Yoga & Childcare: Class let by Marybeth Kover. Mats available. Childcare for ages 5 and under in the pre-K classroom. Offered by the Community Collaborative for Guilford and the Guilford Rec. Committee. 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Saturdays in the gym. Through Saturday, May 12. $2 to $5 suggested donation. Guilford Central School, 374 School Rd. RSVP:

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Literary Festival's Teen Poetry, Prose, and Pizza Slam: These teens have a lot to say, and our community is listening. Winner receives a $100 cash prize and publication online at Green Mountains Review, and the runner-up receives a $50 cash prize. Door prizes and a raffle with gift certificates from local businesses, a performance by the Burlington teen slam quartet Muslim Girls Making Change, and a pizza party donated by Ramunto’s Pizza. Judges are Diana Whitney, J River Helms, and Shanta Lee Gander. Sponsors: Vermont Performance Lab and the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation, and major donors Ramunto’s Pizza, Chroma Technology, Putney Charities (led by Basketville and JD McCliments Pub), Guilford Sound, Vermont Country Store, Silver Forest, and Farnum Insulators. 8 p.m. Free. Boys & Girls Club, 17 Flat St. Information: 802-254-5990; Click for more info on Web in new window.

GRAFTON Abenaki and Nature: A Special Earth Day Program (and Party!): Long ago, the Abenaki people relied on nature's many resources to survive. This included making clothing and building shelters from natural materials. Their food came from hunting, gathering, farming, and fishing. Knowing all about the natural world, and being connected to it, was very important. Experience native artifacts, listen to Native American stories, play traditional games, and make a craft. We'll enjoy Earth Day Cake too. 11 a.m. program (open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.). By donation. Nature Museum, 186 Townshend Rd. Information: 802-843-2111; Click for more info on Web in new window.

WESTMINSTER WEST Vernal Pool Walk on Earth Day: Celebrate the bounty, fragility, complexity, and interconnectedness in the natural world by taking a guided walk to examine some vernal pools and the fascinating creatures that depend upon them for survival and reproduction. Sponsored by the Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association, the discovery walk is being led by State Wetland Ecologist Becky Chalmers. She'll discuss the different animals found in vernal pools and VT's rules to protect those special places and their inhabitants. Last year's discoveries included fingernail clams, fairy shrimp, spotted salamanders, and wood frogs. Wear waterproof boots; no bug repellent allowed on hands if you wish to handle found creatures. 10 a.m. - noon. We'll carpool to the mystery site. Free. Congregational Church of Westminster West, 44 Church St. Information: 802-869-1166,

BRATTLEBORO Super Bee Dance Performance: Adventures with Super Bee, a fun and interactive performance for all ages. Presented by Cyndal Ellis of Sobo Studios. 11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Free. KidsPLAYce, 20 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-5212; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

Move and Connect: Free movement class. Get your body moving in a fun judgement-free zone. All abilities; no experience needed. 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Fridays. .

SO. NEWFANE Restorative Practice Training: Restorative Practice is a way to resolve conflicts and repair relationships by enabling the conflicted parties to fully express their thoughts and needs, while being able to fully listen to the thoughts and needs of the other party. This training will teach you about the practice and how to facilitate a Restorative Conference. Once trained, you can be a volunteer or simply enjoy the benefits of learning the methods involved in the practice. This work is being used increasingly by Vermont schools and by the Vermont Department of Corrections. Offered by the Restorative Community Justice of Southern Vermont. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Free. South Newfane School House, Dover Rd. RSVP to Dan DeWalt: 802-348-7701,

BRATTLEBORO VTC Nursing Honor Students Host Bone Marrow Drive: Donors need to be between the ages of 18 and 44 years old. Register with just paperwork and a cheek swab. The only hope for individuals with blood cancers, like leukemia, or other blood disorders, such as sickle cell anemia, is a marrow transplant. By donating bone marrow, one can help save people's lives. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Atrium. Brooks House, Crnr. Main Street and High Street. Kerry Ellis:

BRATTLEBORO Edible Brattleboro: Now in its fourth year, non-profit Edible Brattleboro has scheduled a clean-up day and planting of early seeds. All interested in growing fresh, organic vegetables and fruit in and around town, and want to be part of this group of gardening angels--helping both the community and the environment--are welcome to join. Fresh veggie snacks for all plus a seed planting activity for children. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (stay as long as you wish). Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Marilyn Chiarello: 802-254-9121,

Arts and crafts

PUTNEY Landmark College Craft Fair and Plant Sale: The fair will feature arts and crafts made by current Landmark College students, as well as offerings from faculty, staff, and local craft vendors. There will also be a plant sale table sponsored by Landmark College's Gardening Club. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on the Quad (rain or shine). Free. Landmark College (outdoors), 19 River Rd.


DUMMERSTON Village Dance celebrates New England Dancing Masters 1988-2018: Community dance in celebration of New England Dancing Masters' 30 years of collecting and publishing traditional dances and singing games for children and communities. Andy Davis, Mary Cay Brass, Mary Alice Amidon and Peter Amidon will be calling and playing (accordions and piano) along with guest fiddler (and Village Dance regular) Laurie Indenbaum. There will be a break with baked goods made by Robin Davis and a folktale told by Mary Alice and Peter Amidon. This dance will be filmed by Michael Hanish and Alan Dater to be used in NEDM’s ongoing effort to document and promote traditional American community dance. Attendees will be asked to sign a waiver in lieu of admission for the use of any footage that they may appear in. 5:30 p.m. potluck; 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. dancing. Free. Evening Star Grange, 1008 East-West Rd. Information: 802-257-1819,



April 2018