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Event listings for Friday, May 18

Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO "Words to Move By": Students and teachers of Brattleboro School of Dance offer a whimsical and thoughtful foray into the world of literature--as told through dance. This year, choreographers find inspiration in poetry, newspaper articles, short stories, field guides, novels, and more. Produced by Company of Muses, all proceeds from this performance go towards funding scholarships and opportunities for dancers in the area. 5/18: 7:30 p.m.; 5/19: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; 5/20: 2 p.m. Through Sunday, May 20. $15. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-246-6398; Click for more info on Web in new window.

The written word

BELLOWS FALLS Reeve Lindbergh: "Two Lives": Reeve, daughter of aviator-authors Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, writes about the intersection of fame and privacy from her unique perspective as the spokesperson for the arguably most famous family of the 20th century. In her new book, she reflects on her own "Two Lives," navigating her role as the public face of her family while, at the same time, leading a very quiet existence in rural Vermont. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free. Village Square Booksellers, 32 Square. Information: 802-463-9404; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Film and video

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Solidarity: "The Wanted 18": This film is about Palestinians in Beit Sahour who start a local dairy farm in order to boycott the Israeli dairy industry. They manage to hide a herd of 18 cows from Israeli security forces when the dairy collective is deemed a threat to Israeli national security. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Information: 802-246-2821; Click to e-mail for more information.

Music

WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with Singer/Songwriter Marc Delgado: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. Marc will be performing his own songs in the alt rock and Americana style. 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.

SAXTONS RIVER House Blend: In this a cappella concert, 15 singers offer songs from five continents in 11 languages. Their diverse repertoire includes songs from American folk traditions such as spirituals, soulful gospel numbers, hill songs of Appalachia, and jazz, as well as lush Italian and Spanish ballads, work songs from the Republic of Georgia, South African freedom songs, village music of Italy, France, Quebec and Brazil, as well as Renaissance madrigals, Jewish choral tradition, contemporary Latin chant and Bach. 7:30 p.m. $12. Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Information: 802-869-2960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ceremonies and memoriams

BRATTLEBORO Vigil of Lovingkindness: People may stand, sit, or kneel, as they see fit. Please bring a chair, cushion, mat, or whatever you are comfortable with. Stay for a few minutes or for the hour. Hosted by Post Oil Solutions. 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. on the lawn. First Baptist Church, 190 Main St. Tim: bereal@vermontel.net, 802-869-2141.

Kids and families

TOWNSHEND Preschool Story Hour: Hear a fun story and get to know other preschool kids and parents in the area. 10 a.m. Townshend Public Library, 1971 Route 30. Information: 802-365-4039; Click to e-mail for more information.

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.

Well-being

BRATTLEBORO Why Use Essential Oils? - Empower Yourself/Your Family to Better Health Naturally: Wellness advocate Supriya Shanti will introduce you to oils that can support your immune system, soothe muscle tension, relieve anxious feelings, support your digestive system, give you feelings of rejuvenation, and more. 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.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Move and Connect: A teacher and artist, Sarah Lavigne trained to teach Let Your Yoga Dance with founder/creator Megha Buttenheim at Kripalu, as well as taking classes for nine years with local teacher Kelly Salasin. She invites the public to spread joy and expand consciousness through grace in motion. Move and Connect is a free movement class for all abilities, aimed to get your body moving in a fun judgement-free zone. 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Fridays. Windham Movement Apparel, 2 Elliot St. Information: 802-246-1223.

BELLOWS FALLS "Bellows Falls 3rd Friday": Stroll through venues of Bellows Falls and vicinity for Art, Music, Literary Events, Food, and late-night shopping. 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Bellows Falls 3rd Friday. Information: www.facebook.com/BellowsFalls.3rdFriday.

BRATTLEBORO Whetstone Walkabout & Open House: As part of the Confluence Project, Middle School students at the Hilltop Montessori School have been working with Abeneki artist and educator, Judy Dow, and river experts and regional planners to focus on the floodplain restoration project at 250 Birge St. in Brattleboro at the 12-acre parcel along the Whetstone Brook, known as "Saw Dust Alley." Join neighbors and hear from local youth for a site walk and community conversation. Hilltop students will share recommendations on potential future uses for the site to transform it into an ecological and cultural asset for the community. Refreshments provided. Co-organized by Hilltop Montessori, the Town of Brattleboro, Vermont Performance Lab, Vermont River Conservancy. Hosted by Root Social Justice Center. 4:30-7:30 pm. 5:15 pm site walk w/Steve Libby, VT River Conservancy; 6-7:30 pm student presentations/conversation. Whetstone Studio for the Arts, 28 William St., 1st fl.

Arts and crafts

ROCKINGHAM Bellows Falls Applauds Artists in the Month of May: Music, performing artists, theatre, and open studios are featured during May in Bellows Falls, Rockingham, and Saxton's River. Participating visual artists and craftspersons include Robert McBride, Phyllis Rosser, Chris Sherwin, Cathy Tretler and Tsuga Studios of Bellows Falls; Clare Adams of Cambridgeport; Jeanette Staley of Saxton's River; and Ailyn Hoey and Mark Goodenough of Rockingham. Work will be on display at the Canal Street Art Gallery, Project Space 9, and the Flat Iron Exchange in Bellows Falls. During the Vermont Crafts Council's annual Open Studio Weekend on May 26 and 27, these artists will open their studios to the public and mount group shows in all three galleries. . Through Sunday, May 27. Rockingham Arts and Museum Project. Information: 802-463-3252, www.ramp-vt.org.

Dance

BRATTLEBORO Friday Night Dance Party: Plus Foxtrot lesson. Carry in your dance shoes. Come join the wonderful world of Social Ballroom Dancing. 7 p.m. Foxtrot lesson, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. dancing to mixed rhythms (upstairs). $12 lesson and/or dance. Headroom Stages, 17 Elliot St. Information: 802-579-9990, ray@shallwedance.biz.

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Queer Dance Parties partners with SoBo Studio for a Pumpathon Fundraiser : Proceeds benefit SoBo's scholarship program--giving the gift of dance to those who need it most. Sobo (located in the Cotton Mill Bldg.) is a dance studio for people of all ages, body types, experience to learn to dance and express themselves through movement. Dance prevents aging, inspires joy, provides fundamental emotional release. SoBo is committed to serving those that are financially taxed/feel dance is outside of their budget and supports parents with free child-care. Tonight is a super power-themed costume party where participants are encouraged to wear a costume of their choice birthed from their imagination. Come as your own personally branded super hero or super villain--whatever creative vision inspires you. There will be two 3-act short performances and a raffle to win free dance classes, branded SoBo organic T-shirts/tanks, and more. Beats spun by DJ Wooly Mar and DJ OCS. Performances by Natasha Romanova, Ciara Grey, Lily De Valley, the SoBo Players. Hosts: Biz Hallett with her light saber along with Toni Bologna. 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. $5 to $10 sliding scale. The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information: www.facebook.com/events/559275507788092.

Tag sales, auctions, bazaars

JACKSONVILLE Spring Rummage, Tag & Bake Sale: Come by for bargains. There will be four rooms of clothing and home goods plus a huge indoor tag sale. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Through Saturday, May 19. Jacksonville Community Church, Rte. 112. Information: 802-368-7626.

Activism

BRATTLEBORO Protest Vigil at TD Bank: TD is a major investor in Tar Sands. TD helps to fund the Dakota Access Pipeline. The State of Vermont keeps most of our cash in TD. In addition to attending this vigil (signs will be provided), if you're a TD depositor, you can change banks. Sponsored by Post Oil Solutions, founded in 2005, a 501c3 community organizing project in Southeastern VT whose mission is to help empower the people of the Central Connecticut River Valley bioregion in this era of global warming and climate change to develop sustainable, resilient, collaborative, and socially just communities leading to a self- and community-sufficient post petroleum society. 12 noon - 1 p.m. TD Bank, 215 Main St. Information: www.postoilsolutions.org.

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