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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO Shakespeare's "Macbeth": (See 8/10). . New England Youth Theatre. .

Ideas and education

SAXTONS RIVER Advanced Backyard Composting with Cat Buxton: Crafting a recipe for the backyard compost system is a critical element for success in making a healthy soil amendment and for protecting wildlife. A master composter and Vermont community educator, Cat will give an overview of the soil food web to help you understand how and why to create compost that benefits your soil while managing kitchen and yard waste. At this backyard workshop, Cat and friends will take apart an existing compost pile, analyze it and then rebuild it according to best principles as taught by Dr. Elaine Ingham. Learn about the spectrum of practical compostable ingredients and how to construct a pile that applies principles of structure and density to ensure that your living compost can hold air and water, creating the conditions that diverse microbial populations need to thrive. Suitable for all levels of understanding, and applicable for all sizes of family and neighborhood compost systems. Bring a chair. If it's hot, bring an umbrella for shade. Sponsored by the Living Earth Action Group of Westminster West. 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. $5 to $10 suggested donation (no one turned away). Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Register with Caitlin Adair 802-387-5779,


BELLOWS FALLS Mandolin Festival Ensemble Concert: The ensemble presents a fresh, engaging concert experience for audiences of classical music, traditional folk music, and fans of the mandolin, mandola, mandocello, and classical guitar. Directed by mandolinist and composer August Watters. Ekaterina Skliar, domra and mandolin; Celeste McClain, classical guitar, and participants of the Festival of Mandolin Chamber Music X. 3 p.m. in the Chapel. $15 to $35. Stone Church Center, 12 Church St. Information: 802-463-3100; Click for more info on Web in new window.

W. DOVER Three Way Street: 1 p.m.-3 p.m. (rain location: big tent at Dover Forge). Free. Dover Park, Rte. 100. Information: 802-464-5100,

PUTNEY M.O.D: Molly Steinmark and her funk, soul-jazz, hip hop and R&B band. Presented by Twilight Music. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. 6 p.m. Free; donations accepted. Putney Tavern Lawn, Downtown Putney on the lawn. Information: 802-387-5772,

MARLBORO Ravel, Beethoven, Strauss, Britten, Farrenc, Dubussy: (See 8/10) . . . Marlboro College Persons Hall. .

Kids and families

WESTMINSTER WEST Indigenous Tales, Science, and Music with Michael Caduto: Caduto presents a powerful and entertaining program about renewable energy explored through science and the arts. Storytelling, music, and participatory experiences of today's energy technologies will engage audiences with the process of transforming the forces of nature into energy for everyday living. The program features kid-powered demonstrations of wind power, solar energy, and magnetic-electrical power; indigenous tales of sun and wind; Fun Energy Facts quiz show (with prizes!); music for all ages to sing along to; cool renewable-powered toys and gadgets; a demonstration of how to make your own personal power station. This humorous program by this popular author is full of facts, activities, and special effects that reveal simple ways to harness natural sources for energy and reduce global climate change. 2 p.m. Westminster West Public Library, 3409 Westminster West Road. Information: 802-387-4682,


BRATTLEBORO Mantra, Pranayama, and Gong Meditation: Participants can expect to partake in call-and-response style chanting feature harmonium, talas, and tabla - pranayama exercises to settle the mind and connect with the breath, and a deeply relaxing meditation to the sound of gongs and singing bowls. No experience necessary and all ages are welcome. 7 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. on Sundays. Through Sunday, August 26. $12 suggested donation. Setu Yoga & Meditation Retreat Center, 241 Quails Hill Rd. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Edible Brattleboro: "Share the Harvest": The "Share the Harvest" stand is offering free produce, thanks to the generosity of local gardeners and farmers. We welcome donations from your garden. Bring your own bags. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Sundays. Through Sunday, October 28. Free. Turning Point, 39 Elm St. Donations of fresh produce accepted at the stand or contact Marilyn to arrange a different time/location:

BRATTLEBORO Indigo Radio - Ongoing Educational Programming: Deepen understanding and make connections with a group of area educators seeking to learn through engaging with others in our community and throughout the world. Talk about educational and social issues both globally and locally and connect them to our lives and Brattleboro community. Archive recordings of past shows: 12 noon (every Sunday). Brattleboro Community Radio. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Conscious Dance: Talk-free dance practice intended to enjoy and explore embodiment, physical expression, and your body's wisdom. After an unguided warm-up period, the facilitator leads a brief opening circle on a theme or guided practice, followed by a selected playlist of music - beginning spacious and mellow, gaining intensity, and arriving back into stillness. We close with a sharing circle in which you are welcome to speak about your experience in the dance. This time is meant to be reflective, sharing awareness and emotions that arise in the dance. Primarily offered for adults, children are welcome with adult accompaniment provided they can follow the talk-free and intentional structure and be mindful of their impact on others in the space. No experience or partner or shoes are needed. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 2nd and 4th Sun. of every month. $10. Headroom Stages, 17 Elliot St. Information:,

BRATTLEBORO Community Circle Dance: All dances taught. No partner needed. Led by Doris Schload. 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Donations appreciated. River Valley Aikido Center, 11 Cottage St. Parker Huber: 802-257-9108,



August 2018