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Performing arts

PUTNEY "The Uncertainty Principle" with Adam Strauss: This is a new solo comedy about sex, God, OCD, quantum physics, and the fundamental uncertainty of everything. Strauss won the New York Fringe Festival’s Overall Excellence Award and the Leffe Beer International Craft Your Character Storytelling Competition. 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.

BRATTLEBORO "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown": The BUHS Players present this popular Broadway musical directed by Bob Kramsky and Elyse Wadsworth and based on the beloved characters from the Charles M. Schulz comic strip. 7 p.m. in the auditorium. $6 at door. Brattleboro Union High School, 131 Fairground Rd. Information: 802-451-3762.

BRATTLEBORO "The War of the Worlds" Radio Play: (See 10/20). . Hooker-Dunham Theater. .. ..

The written word

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Creative Writing Group: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, more. Bring original work to read and discuss. Newcomers welcome. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., top floor. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

SO. NEWFANE Bark Harvest Intensive: Hands-on Ethical Wild-Crafting in the Botanical Sanctuary: Experience educational wildcrafting. We will learn to identify and harvest a selection of the following trees: willow, prickly ash, witch hazel, birth, and/or cherry based on seasonal availability. Wild-crafting methods and ethics will be discussed as well as bark techniques and medicinal uses for your family's health. Participants take home plenty of processed bark. Adults only. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. (rain date 10/22). $80. Old Ways Herbal School of Plant Medicine, 569 Dover Rd. Reservations required: 802-365-0251,

Celebrations and festivals

WEST TOWNSHEND Harvest Festival and Chili Cook Off: Join the West River Community Project for cider pressing, scarecrow building, and other activities for kids. Pizza baked in the outdoor oven and more food will be for sale. Live music and a chili cook off with prizes. Some of our Farmers Market vendors will be there and tickets will be sold with a drawing for a raffle with prizes. 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. behind the Store. West Townshend Country Store and Cafe, Rte. 30. Information: 802-874-4800; Click to e-mail for more information.


WILMINGTON Samirah Evans and Evelyn Harris: Tribute to Jazz and Blues Artists Nina Simone and Etta James: Program includes solo performances as well as duets of iconic songs by Simone and James, plus compositions that personally resonate with the two presenters. The band accompanying them is comprised of Miro Sprague (piano), David Picchi (bass), and Jon Fisher (drums). 8 p.m. $15 ($18 at door). Memorial Hall, 14 W. Main St. Information: 802-464-8591.

BRATTLEBORO Me2/Music for Mental Health: Celebrate HCRS's 50th birthday. The Me2/Orchestra consists of musicians living with mental illness and the people who support them as well as musicians who support Me2/'s goals. The goal is to erase the stigma surrounding mental illness through supportive, classical music ensembles. 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. $10 ($15 at door). Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Tickets: 802-886-4567 x 2191,

BELLOWS FALLS Adam Boyce: Old Country Fiddler: Join living history presenter and fiddler Adam Boyce as he portrays Charles Ross Taggart in the last years of life, reminiscing about his adventures and playing some tunes. Taggart was a musical humorist who performed on the Chautauqua circuits, made recordings with the burgeoning record companies like Victor & Edison, and appeared in a 1923 Phono-Film "talkie." This is a Vermont Humanities program. 1 p.m. (top floor Meeting Room). Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BELLOWS FALLS Caravan of Thieves with Opening by The Meadows Brothers: Driving gypsy jazz rhythms, acoustic guitars, upright bass and violin lay the foundation for mesmerizing vocal harmonies and fantastic stories. It's theatrical and humorous. It's musical and intense. It entertains, dazzles, and defies classification while welcoming the spectator to join the band throughout the performance in momentary fits of claps, snaps and sing-alongs. Partial proceeds from this concert will go to the Transportation Assistance Program at The Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center to pay for gas cards given to cancer patients who need help covering transportation costs. 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. $20 to $40. Bellows Falls Opera House, Town Hall, 7 Square. Tickets:


DUMMERSTON Heirloom Apple Pie Workshop: Tackle "pie dough anxiety" with the Queen of Tarts! Join Pastry Chef Laurel Roberts Johnson to make flaky pie dough and bake an apple pie with our heirlooms. Take home your pie, extra dough, and a tote of heirloom baking apples. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. $50. Scott Farm, 707 Kipling Rd. Information: 802-254-6868; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Fundraising and awareness events

BRATTLEBORO Halloween Dance Puerto Rico Relief: Oldies music ('50s and '60s) with host/DJ Rick John. Prizes for costumes. 100% of donations goes to relief. 7 p.m. $15 ($25 per couple). Or donate directly: American Legion Hall, 32 Linden St. Information: 802-254-5290.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO 36th Annual Design-A-Plate: Make a 10-inch melamine plate or 20-ounce melamine bowl. Plates and bowls will be ready for pickup in December, just in time for holiday gift giving. Design-A-Plate is great for children of all ages and a fun measure of your child’s changes through the years. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Meeting Room. $6 for each item (cash or check). Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290 x 110.

BELLOWS FALLS Learn to Create and Write Games: Have you ever been playing your favorite video game and thought "I could make this so much better?" Youth ages of 9-14 can sign up for the Library's Google CS First Game Design Club to experiment with those ideas and make their own cool computer video games--a racing game, maze game, falling objects game, and more, then share with friends/family to play. No computer science experience necessary. CS First is a free program that increases student access and exposure to computer science (CS) education through programs at the Library. noon - 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Through Saturday, December 9. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Registration required: 802-463-4270,

TOWNSHEND Dash to the Dam: Annual Halloween Costume 5K: All proceeds support area Girls on the Run and Heart and Sole programs. Sponsored by West River Valley Thrives. 9 a.m. $20, $15 for youth under age 15. West River Valley Thrives. Register below or day of: 802-365-4700,,

Community building

PUTNEY World Singing Day: Community sing-along. This family-friendly event is the local iteration of the world-wide event organized by World Singing Day in Boulder, CO. The organization's mission is to unite millions of people in communities around the world by singing together on the same day each year. The local event is sponsored by Rich Grumbine, the Putney Public Library, and Song & Solidarity. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Rich Grumbine: 802-387-4020,

WILMINGTON Wilmington Women's Weekend: Presented by Wilmington Works, Friends of Memorial Hall, and the Southern VT Deerfield Valley Chamber of Commerce, along with downtown Wilmington merchants--guided morning walks; wellness/fitness open house, Desha Peacock, author of "Your Creative Work Space: The Sweet Spot Style Guide to Home Office and Studio Decor"; wine and cheese tasting, spirit and/or craft beer tasting, baked goods sampling, jazz concert, and more. 9 a.m. through the evening. Through Sunday, October 22. Wilmington Works. Meg Staloff: 802-234-1433,

Arts and crafts

BELLOWS FALLS Two Classes on Celtic Knotwork Drawing: Simple Celtic Doodles and Tangles: Learn to draw simple ornamental designs found in The Book of Kells, The Book of Durrow, and The Lindisfarne Gospels and apply them to abstract drawings using the Zentangle method or as free-flowing line art. You'll also learn a few tangle patterns that are reminiscent of Celtic knotwork. Beginning Celtic Knotwork is an easy-to-learn introduction to simple shapes that overlap and then will focus on learning how to interlace them with pencil, pen, and ink. See how different shapes produce unique knots. We will also introduce the best tools to use to make drawing knots easy to learn. With Sadelle Wiltshire. 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m: Simple Celtic Doodles and Tangles, 1:30 p.m. - 4 pm: Beginning Celtic Knotwork. $45 for each workshop. Stone Church Center, 12 Church St. Information: 802-463-3100; Click for more info on Web in new window.


PUTNEY Saturday Morning Zumba: Upbeat music and dance fitness with a Latin/world flavor. Everyone is welcome, no experience necessary. There are no mistakes in Zumba, it’s all about dancing, letting go, and having fun. Bring indoor dance shoes/low traction sneakers/shoes, a water bottle. 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (no class 11/25). Through Saturday, December 30. $8. Putney Community Center, Christian Sq. Information: 802-869-3184.

KEENE "What the Day Owes to the Night": Fourteen men from Algeria and Burkina Faso deliver a performance packed with back flips, head spins, and emotional intensity. Created by French-Algerian choreographer Hervé Koubi, the eclectic score includes Johann Sebastian Bach, Hamza El Din & the Kronos Quartet, and traditional Sufi music. 7:30 p.m. in the Main Theatre. $18 to $25 ($5 KSC students). Keene State College, Redfern Arts Center, 90 Wyman Way. Information: 603-358-2168; Click for more info on Web in new window.

DUMMERSTON Community Contra Dance: Cedar Stanistreet on fiddle. Mary Cay Brass on piano. Andy Davis calling and storytelling. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. Potluck supper. 5:30 p.m. supper, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. music and dancing. $8, $5 kids, $20 families. Evening Star Grange, 1008 East-West Rd. Information: 802-257-1819,


BRATTLEBORO New England Coalition on Nuclear Pollution 46th Annual Meeting: David Kraft, educator, organizer, and founder/director of Nuclear Energy Information Service will speak to the issue of our times as we work to safely decommission Vermont Yankee. Lineup also includes a video greeting from Winona LaDuke, Exec. Dir. of Honor the Earth, a Native environmental advocacy organization; our own workhorse Ray Shadis; and Arnie Gundersen, director/chief engineer of Fairewinds Energy Education. Bring your ideas and support. 1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Free. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Schedule: 802-257-0336,



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