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Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Terry Hauptman (Artist/Writer): Poetry Reading and Talk about her Scrolls on Exhibit: Hauptman will read a few poems and then focus on The Songline Scrolls--how music, poetry, and the way light moves through the body spiral through each other to create a unified whole. She will answer questions and talk about singular vision, collaboration, and process. noon - 1 p.m. Free. River Garden - Brown Bag Series, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

SAXTONS RIVER Community Art Show: Over 40 artists are displaying their work in a variety of media, including paintings and wood collages. The artists include Jeanette Staley, Nancy Lanoue, Iris Morehouse, Kathleen Maynard Giurtino, Amber Paris, Delia Thompson, Edward Cooney-Moore, to name a few. . Through Sunday, November 19. Free. Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Information: 802-869-2960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO BrattleMasters (local Toastmasters club) Celebrates 10th Anniversary: This organization is known for improving communication skills through public speaking. In addition, Toastmasters is about leadership skills, running effective meetings, enhancing communication with others, and learning how to think on one's feet, all in a safe, fun, and nurturing environment. Rebecca Balint, Vermont State Senator for Windham County, will deliver a speech at the celebration and will receive the Toastmasters Communication Achievement Award. The public is encouraged to visit Toastmasters meetings for free as many times as they like before joining. 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month). Free. Twenty-Eight Vernon Street, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-579-5975,,

Film and video

PUTNEY "When God Sleeps, A Love Story in the Age of Terror": Rapper Shahin Najafi's bold style and transgressive lyrics put him in the cross-hairs of religious clerics in his native Iran. The clerics issued a fatwa for his death incensed by one of his rap songs that focuses on the oppression of women, sexism, and human rights abuses. Against the backdrop of the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks and the global right-wing backlash against Middle Eastern refugees, Shahin's escape leads to an impossible romance when he falls in love with the granddaughter of the first Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Till Schauder, the writer/director, and Shahin Najafi, featured in the film, will be present for the intro and Q&A following the screening. Winner "Most Valuable Documentary of the year" Cinema for Peace 2017 and winner Best Music Documentary Krakow Film Festival 2017. 7:30 p.m. $10 ($12 at door). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.


PUTNEY Silverback Swing: Featuring violin, accordion, guitars and vocals, this band will play gypsy jazz and other hot music. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. No cover. The Gleanery, 133 Main St. Information: 802-387-3052; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Windham Orchestra "Music in the Schools" Concert: For area students in grades 3 to 6. The Windham Orchestra features serves important roles in the musical community: Performing live orchestral music in Brattleboro and surrounding towns; providing performance opportunities for musicians of all backgrounds; educating local school children; and providing an orchestral ensemble for performance of music by local composers. 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Contact Carol to enter your school: 802-257-4523.

Kids and families

WESTMINSTER Compass School: Come See What School Can Be!: Compass Day is for parents, alumni, and prospective families to experience Compass in action. For grades 7 through 12. Join for lunch, observe classes, meet the dedicated teachers, and get to know the students. 11:30 lunch, 12:10 p.m. - 2:10 p.m. classes, 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Exploratories. Free. Compass School, 7892 U.S. Rte. 5. RSVP: 802-463-2525,,

BRATTLEBORO "Drawing from Life": The Elaine Raphael Arts Fund has partnered with the Boys and Girls Club to offer this art class to students ages 12-15. 4 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. for 6 weeks on Thursdays (no class on Thanksgiving). Through Thursday, December 7. Free. Boys & Girls Club, 17 Flat St. Sign up: 802-254-5990.


BRATTLEBORO "The Journey of Positive Aging": The Brattleboro Senior Center offers this interactive presentation led by Claire Halverson, PhD, Professor Emeritus, writer, presenter and coach on Positive Aging. What is challenging and what is rewarding in aging? What are the phases of aging with well-being? How can I draw on my strengths and passions to make my aging journey the most positive? For seniors of all ages. 10:30 a.m. - noon. Free. Brattleboro Senior Center, 207 Main St. Information: 802-257-7570.

Community building

PUTNEY Putney Food Distribution: All are welcome to come for free produce and some non-perishable items distributed by the Vermont Foodbank and the Putney Foodshelf. Open to anyone in the community. Bring your own shopping bags. 9 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. (4th Thurs. of every month). Free. Putney Meadows, 17 Carol Brown Way.

BRATTLEBORO 2017 Meeting of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel: Representatives from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and GEI Consultants will provide a presentation on Brownfields restoration and reuse. The panel will also hear from representatives of the Elnu Abenaki Tribe; New England Coalition; Vernon Planning and Economic Development Commission; and Windham Regional Commission, intervenors in the Entergy/NorthStar license transfer petition before the Vermont Public Utility Commission. The complete agenda for this meeting can be viewed at: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room. Free and open to the public. Brattleboro Union High School, 131 Fairground Rd. Remote access available (if requested by noon on 10/26). Contact Tony Leshinskie:


PUTNEY Folk Dancing: 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays through 6/2018. Free. Laura Heller Community Barn, 54 Kimball Hill. Sign up: 802-387-5593,



October 2017