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Performing arts

PUTNEY Black Umfolosi: This self-taught a cappella (Imbube) singing and traditional dance group was formed in 1982 by school friends in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, who wanted to develop themselves and contribute to their community. They named themselves after the Umfolozi Omnyama River in South Africa, where their ancestors can be traced. Specializing in imbube music, gumboot dance and Zulu dance, Black Umfolosi has toured internationally with their fantastic harmonies, energetic dancing and gentle humour. 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.

Visual arts and shows

GREENFIELD Artist's Talk and Reception - Visions of Love" by Cameron Schmitz: Trained as a representational landscape and portrait painter, Schmitz has lately been putting aside the impulse to plan and overly control her work, preferring to let intuition take over. Visit http://bit.ly/CameronSchmitzGG. Artist's talk: 5:30 p.m. - 6 p.m; Reception: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free. The Greenfield Gallery, 231 Main St. Information: 413- 772-9334.

Ideas and education

LONDONDERRY Understanding the New Cannabis Law: In January, Vermont became the ninth state to legalize marijuana and historically the first to end cannabis prohibition through an act of lawmakers rather than a ballot initiative. While Act 86 took effect July 1, citizens remain unclear on its intent and criminal penalties. Fran Janik, influential cannabis activist and advocate, will explain the new law and answer your questions. 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Free. Neighborhood Connections, The Meeting Place, Rte. 100, 5700 Marketplace (across from the p.o.). Information: 802-824-4343; Click to e-mail for more information.

BRATTLEBORO Windham World Affairs Council - "El Salvador Beyond the Headlines": Wendy Wallas will talk about community media in El Salvador and Radio Victoria's role in the struggle against transnational gold mining companies. Jaime Armando Sánchez will talk about the challenges Salvadoran youth face getting access to university careers and how education can be a dynamic motor for development on both personal and community levels in a country that confronts high levels of social violence. Wallas is a VT resident who has lived/worked in El Salvador for 30 years. She helped start Radio Victoria, a community radio station run by youth in the countryside. She serves as the in-country coordinator/interpreter/guide for student and solidarity groups as well as journalists and academics. Sánchez was born in a Honduran refugee camp during El Salvador's civil war. He lives in Santa Marta, a rural community and is in charge of fundraising and grantwriting for ADES, the Economic Social Development Association in the Cabañas province. He's a member of the Community University Scholarship Program where he studied International Relations at El Salvador's National University. Parlor: 7 p.m. coffee, tea and conversation; 7:30 p.m. talk. Free and open to the public. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Information: 802-254-4730; Click to e-mail for more information.

Music

GRAFTON Kevin Parry: Parry plays blues and folk standards - guitar and vocals. 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Free. Grafton Inn, 92 Main St. Information: 802-843-2248, www.kevinparrymusic.com.

BELLOWS FALLS Your Rhythm, Your Life Concert: Join Grammy-Award-winning master drummer Glen Velez, vocal phenomenon LOIRE, and acclaimed cellist Eugene Friesen for a rare opportunity to experience new rhythmic awareness and the creative collaboration of world class musicians. Glen and LOIRE, along with Friesen, will share their innovative approaches to rhythm using stepping, gesture, and rhythm vocals exploring pulse flow and time awareness. 7:30 p.m. $20, $15 seniors, $45 premium (all in advance). Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St. Information: 802-463-3100; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Well-being

BRATTLEBORO Chronic Pain and Recovery Group: Recovery-support group for people in recovery who also deal with chronic pain. Chronic pain can be a difficulty for many people in recovery. The severity and frequency of chronic pain can often lead to opioid dependence because of the medications prescribed. Finding ways to manage pain that don't interfere with the recovery process can be a challenge, but group members can share the approaches that have worked for them. Facilitator is Cecil McLaury, who has been in recovery for 33 years and has been in daily chronic pain since 2003. 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. every Friday. Free. Turning Point, 39 Elm St. Information: 802-257-5600, tpwc.1@hotmail.com.

BRATTLEBORO What is the Opposite of Addiction? - The Happy Rat Pack Model: Turning Point of Windham County presents a spoiler alert: The opposite of addiction is connection. Let us fill you in on the details of the science behind this discovery. 12 noon - 1 p.m. Free. River Garden - Brown Bag Lunch Series, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

WILLIAMSVILLE Healing Walk at Manitou: Meditative walk, includes poems or other readings and chances to share. Led by Mike Meyer. 4 p.m.-6 p.m. rain or shine. Meet at the parking lot. Free. Manitou Project, 300 Sunset Lake Rd. Mike Meyer: 802-258-8598.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Move and Connect: 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. Free. Windham Movement Apparel, 2 Elliot St. Information: 802-246-1223.

NEWFANE An Evening of Stories - Historical Society of Windham County: Following the Society's annual meeting and potluck (bring a dish to share; drinks will be provided), local stories will be shared by: Bill Toomey of Grafton (whose stories have enraptured audiences at this event for the past two years); Keith Clark (whose stories at South Newfane's "Moth Radio Hour" brought the County Sheriff new acclaim); and Roger Albee (whose family came to settle in Newfane and Brookline five generations ago. 5:30 p.m. meeting, 6 p.m. potluck, 7 p.m. stories. Free. NewBrook Fire Station, Route 30. Information: 802-348-7891, info@historicalsocietyofwindhamcounty.org, www.historicalsocietyofwindhamcounty.org.

Dance

BRATTLEBORO Shall We Dance? - American Tango Lesson and Dance Party: No partner needed. Refreshments. Ray and Lucinda Warren teaching and hosting. 7 p.m. lesson, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. dance party. $12 lesson and dance party. Headroom Stages, 17 Elliot St. Information: 802-579-9990, ray@shallwedance.biz.

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro School of Dance Senior Company - "Together": Duets, dualities, and dance exploring what it means to be together. This performance will feature original works of modern, contemporary, and ballroom dance created by company members Jamie Gehring, Erika Klemperer, Justin Vasselli, Sonya Marx, Sophia Marx, Ellery Witman and Rachel Hebert. Bring a blanket, chair, picnic and your friends and family. 6 p.m. at the Rotary Amphitheater Stage. Through Saturday, August 25. $10 at door (free for kids 12 and under). Living Memorial Park, Guilford St. Ext. Information: 802-490-8149, rhmusic10@gmail.com.

Activism

BRATTLEBORO Protest Vigil at TD Bank: TD is a major investor in Tar Sands. TD helps to fund the Dakota Access Pipeline. 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. every Friday. TD Bank, 215 Main St. Information: www.postoilsolutions.org.

BELLOWS FALLS Bi-Weekly Solidarity Vigil: A vigil of community, solidarity, and diversity. We are one cause of peace, freedom and social justice for all living beings. Bring signs expressing your passion and concerns. Sponsored by Post Oil Solutions. 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. at the corner, across from Flat Iron Cafe. The Windham Hotel, 36 The Square. Information: 802-869-2141, bereal@vermontel.net.

CALENDAR

TODAY

  • Kevin Parry
  • Artist's Talk and Reception - Visions of Love" by Cameron Schmitz
  • Understanding the New Cannabis Law
  • Chronic Pain and Recovery Group
  • Move and Connect
  • Your Rhythm, Your Life Concert
  • Windham World Affairs Council - "El Salvador Beyond the Headlines"
  • Black Umfolosi
  • An Evening of Stories - Historical Society of Windham County
  • What is the Opposite of Addiction? - The Happy Rat Pack Model
  • Shall We Dance? - American Tango Lesson and Dance Party
  • Brattleboro School of Dance Senior Company - "Together"
  • Healing Walk at Manitou
  • Protest Vigil at TD Bank
  • Bi-Weekly Solidarity Vigil

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