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Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Arts Council of Windham County Creativity Forum--"A Room of One's Own: The Creation of Inner Space": Public conversation with regional artists about creativity. What do we mean when we say "creative space" within ourselves? How can we arrange our lives so as to protect and support the creative work we seek to do? Can artists' experiences suggest ways that we all can creatively contribute to the community and the world in this particular time and place? Artists will share examples of their work and tell how they nourish and deepen their creative practice by maintaining an "inner space"—and each of the three artists on the panel has a different story to tell. Internationally known jazz percussionist and composer Claire Arenius will share how she creates her innovative musical stylings; visual artist Sarah Bowen will talk about the space she discovers within her meditative paintings; and writer Suzanne Kingsbury will discuss how she motivates, encourages, and teaches the joy of writing. Shanta Lee Gander will moderate the conversation and open it to the audience for questions. 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. $8 (work trades available). One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: 802-275-8152 (text),,

KEENE County Commissioner Jack Pratt to Share Civil Rights Experience: Pratt served as the political advance man for Eleanor Roosevelt during the last year of her life. He was the Legal Counsel for the Commission on Religion and Race of the National Council of Churches during the early 1960s, a role which brought him into frequent contact with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 6:30 p.m. Free. Keene Public Library, 60 Winter St. Information: 603-352-0157.


BRATTLEBORO Kevin Parry hosts Open Mic: Sign up for 20-minute slot. Performers receive 50% off their meal. 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. every Thursday. Free. Marina Restaurant, 28 Spring Tree Rd. Information: 802-257-7563,

BRATTLEBORO Big Woods Voices Benefit: Four veteran area singers unite in celebrating their common passion for a cappella harmony: Alan Blood, long-time member of area groups including the Blanche Moyse Chorale, I Cantori, Blue Moon and House Blend; Will Danforth, singer-songwriter, traditional acoustic artist, and the group’s arranger/composer; Becky Graber, leader of the Brattleboro Women's Chorus and Animaterra Women's Chorus in Keene; and Amanda Witman, founder and co-leader of the Brattleboro Pub Sing with Tony Barrand. Big Woods Voices marries singing traditions from around the world with various American roots genres. 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. $15. Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Information: 802-257-4523; Click for more info on Web in new window.

KEENE Keene State College Student Composers: Andrew Brace, Geoffrey Edwards, Derrick Hegeman, Tyler Martin, Alex Wilderman, Nicholas Blitchington, and Corrine Colgrove present their original compositions. The KSC Music Dept. composition faculty train students in compositional techniques. Student composers also learn about orchestration, notation, rehearsal skills, and applicable technologies and develop a piece from concept to performance. These works are showcased in the bi-annual Student Composers Recital, with student and faculty performers working in collaboration with composition students to bring new compositions to life. 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Free (family-friendly). Keene State College, Alumni Recital Hall, Redfern Arts Center, 229 Main St. Information: 603-358-2168.


BRATTLEBORO How to Create an Engaging Instagram Feed: Instagram is currently one of the most powerful platforms for branding, marketing and increasing visibility for your target audience. Designer Laura Briedis shares strategies and techniques for creating an inviting and cohesive Instagram Feed. All are welcome. 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. in Room 2B. Free. Twenty-Eight Vernon Street, 28 Vernon St. RSVP:

Kids and families

BELLOWS FALLS Active Parenting of Tweens & Teens: Skills-based workshop empowering parents and caregivers to face the changes, choices, and challenges arising throughout the teen years. This is an opportunity to increase understanding of how to stay connected and how to communicate respectfully during conflict. Learn how to support your child in balancing stress and responsibilities. Be prepared to talk to your tween or teen about sensitive issues such as drugs, sexuality and violence, and set clear expectations. Don Tretler and Nancy Panelle facilitate. Childcare and dinner provided. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Through Thursday, May 31. Sign up with Deb Witkus:. Parks Place Community Center, 44 School St. Information: 802-463-9927 x 212,

GUILFORD Andy and Robin Davis Present "Making Music with Children": Music is a fundamental part of the human experience that builds a foundation for learning about ourselves and about each other. This workshop will focus especially on the role of parents, guardians, and other caregivers in making music a vital part of a child's growth and development. Andy and Robin will provide a handout of songs and other activities, a list of highly recommended resources, and hopefully will inspire participants to make music a part of their own family's life. Light dinner provided. Childcare available. 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Free. Guilford Central School, 374 School Rd. RSVP:,


BRATTLEBORO Lunchtime Yoga for Co-op Shareholders: All-levels, led by a different local teacher each Wednesday. Bring a yoga mat. noon - 1 p.m. (Wednesdays). Free (only open to shareholders). Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Information: 802-246-2821; Click to e-mail for more information.

BRATTLEBORO "Advance Care Planning, Grief, and Your Own Experience": Presented by Brattleboro Area Hospice. 12 noon - 1 p.m. Free. River Garden - Brown Bag Series, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

PUTNEY Author Kathy Leo and Hallowell Read: Kathy Leo and other members of Hallowell--the Brattleboro Area Hospice choir--read from her new book, "On the Breath of Song: The Practice of Bedside Singing for the Dying." They'll sing from their repertoire, share stories, and answer questions. Kathy hopes that this gathering and other planned area readings will inspire community conversation and sharing--another way for Hallowell to hold sacred space in this time of so much uncertainty. "On the Breath of Song" offers guidance and insight through the telling of true stories that Kathy gleaned from over a decade of experience in song and spirit. Most of the stories are ones that she tells, but she also weaves in the voices of families who were recipients of Hallowell's music and those of other Hallowell singers. 7 p.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

TOWNSHEND Free Food at Grace Cottage "VeggieVanGo": Fresh food generally includes potatoes, carrots, squash, kale, yogurt, apples, and more. Take only what you need for your household and bring shopping bags or boxes to carry items home. No proof of eligibility required. 12 noon - 1 p.m. Please do not arrive before noon. Fourth Thur. of every month. Grace Cottage Family Health, 185 Grafton Rd., Rte. 35. Information: 802-365-9109.

PUTNEY Free Food Distribution: All are welcome to come for free produce and some non-perishable items distributed by the Vermont Foodbank and the Putney Foodshelf. This event is open to anyone in the community. Please bring your own shopping bags. 9 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. (4th Thurs. of every month). Free. Putney Meadows, 17 Carol Brown Way.


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,



April 2018