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Event listings for Saturday, May 26

Performing arts

WILLIAMSVILLE "Comic Relief: An Evening of Short Comedy & Improv": (See 5/25). . Williamsville Hall. .

BRATTLEBORO "Too Many Heroes": (See 5/25). . New England Youth Theatre. .

Instruction

WINDHAM Farmscaping for Native Beneficials: Learn how to create habitat in your gardens or on your farm in order to enhance your native beneficial insects. Jarrod Fowler, an entomologist and expert in insect habitat creation, will be teaching us. He will focus on mason bees teach how to make a mason bee home and care for these native bees. 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. $10 includes farm lunch and a mason bee to take home. Meadows Bee Farm, 4980 Windham Hill Rd. Reserve your spot: 802-874-4092, toni@meadowsbeefarm.com.

WEST TOWNSHEND Gerda's Equine Rescue - Versatility Clinic with Philip Whitmore: This is a fun Clinic designed to help teach your horse (and rider) how to handle anxiety and fear in a safe way. We and can accommodate most ages/levels, in hand or under saddle. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. $125, $30 to audit. Includes lunch. Gerdas Equine Rescue, Rte. 30 (south of Townshend Dam Diner). Register: www.gerdasequinerescue.org.

Local history

BRATTLEBORO Estey Organ Museum: See and play organs of many styles and sizes. Walk through a working pipe organ. Learn about Brattleboro's industrial past. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Sat. and Sun. Through Sunday, October 14. $5 suggested donation. Estey Organ Museum, 108 Birge Street. Information: 802-246-8366; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Pets

BRATTLEBORO Pet Adoption Event: Buddy's A Pet's Store is proud to present their Pet Adoption Celebration. Every pet deserves the chance to find a loving family. Come view their new adoption center to locate a pet who is searching for a forever home. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Buddys A Pets Store, 76 Cotton Mill Hill. Information: 802-579-1616; Click to e-mail for more information.

Community building

GUILFORD Guilford Community Church: Memorial Day Weekend Pie Sale: In addition to homemade apple, strawberry rhubarb, pecan, pumpkin and specialty pies, the church's famous baked beans and potato salad will be sold, a great addition to any holiday barbeque or picnic. All proceeds benefit the church, which actively supports over 15 local programs that serve the community including Hospice and Meals on Wheels. 9 a.m. - noon. Free. Guilford Community Church, Crnr Rte. 5 and Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-257-2776.

Arts and crafts

ROCKINGHAM Bellows Falls Applauds Artists in the Month of May: Music, performing artists, theatre, and open studios 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, Clare Adams, Jeanette Staley, Ailyn Hoey, and Mark Goodenough. 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

WINCHESTER Monadnock Tri-State Dance Club with Music by Bushwhack: 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. $10 ($8 members) includes refreshments. Elmm Community Center, 21 Durkee St. Information: 603-357-0794, jean@sp1@ne.rr.com.

PUTNEY Traditional New England Contra Dance: Beginners welcome. All dances taught. No partner necessary. Amy Cann and the All Comers Band. Caller: Lisa Sieverts. 7:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. beginners' session. Dancing till 10:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Pierces Hall, 121 E. Putney Rd. Information: 802-387-0163.

Community meals

BRATTLEBORO West Brattleboro Association: Memorial Day Weekend Chicken Barbecue & Baked Beans: This event's chicken/beans/coleslaw staple will be accompanied by a bake sale from the folks at the church. Helen Robb's recipe, "Marjorie Thurber's Home-Baked Beans," as handed down from her mother, is recognized in a book of Great New England Recipes. Joe Jewett and his crew will once again get the coals going early in the day for the chicken itself. The birds are being supplied by the Marc and Susan Tessitores, proprietors of the Guilford Country Store and West Brattleboro village residents. The McDermet household, Kris and Stewart, will be providing the coleslaw. Proceeds of the barbecue will help fund the WBA's community activities and initiatives. Sales of baked goods will support the church's programs. 11 a.m. until sold out. $10 full meal, $7 half-chicken. First Congregational Church of West Brattleboro, 880 Western Ave. Information: 802-254-6731.

Tag sales, auctions, bazaars

WARDSBORO Annual Spring Plant Sale: Fundraiser for Friends of the Wardsboro Library. Annuals, perennials, shrubs, vegetables, herbs. Bargain prices. Garden advice, two raffles, bake sale. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. rain or shine (2nd location, same time--Wardsboro Town Common). Free admission and parking. Wardsboro Public Library, 170 Main St. Information: 802-896-3416; www.friendsofwardsborolibrary.org.

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