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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO Green Mountain Mummers: Sword dance and music. Rain or shine. 11am Town Center (Williamsville), 12 noon The Common (Dummerston Ctr.), 1pm Tavern Green, Main St. (Putney). Free. Samuel Elliot Apartments, 107 Elliot St. Fred Breunig: 802-254-9019,

BRATTLEBORO "Clowntown's Newsreels of the 1930's": (See 10/27). . New England Youth Theatre. .

The written word

GRAFTON Meet the Author: Rosie Wilson: Wilson, a former resident of Grafton, has written "The Game of Life," her autobiography. She will read excerpts from her new book, which will be available on site. Five dollars of each sale will go to the Grafton Historical Society. 3 p.m. in the Brick Meeting House. Free. Grafton Historical Society, 147 Main St. Information: 802-843-2584.

CHESTER Vermont Voices Series: Robert Madrygin and Katherine Arden: In Madrygin's "The Solace of Trees," a Bosnian War orphan of Muslim heritage escapes his homeland, finds a new family in New England, and learns to deal with his trauma--and years later falls into the depths of post-9/11 America's extraordinary rendition program. This book is a piercing and resonant debut novel about war and the endurance of the human spirit, and a cautionary tale about the damage that can be inflicted upon war victims when wealthy nations become obsessed with self-protection and retribution. Arden's "The Bear and the Nightingale" take places in a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year. A stranger presents a new father with a gift--a precious jewel on a delicate chain, intended for his young daughter. Uncertain of its meaning, When mysterious forces threaten the happiness of their village, the daughter discovers that, armed only with the necklace, she may be the only one who can keep the darkness at bay. 2 p.m. Free. Phoenix Books Misty Valley, 58 The Common. Information: 802-875-3400; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Celebrations and festivals

TOWNSHEND Valley Cares' 10th Anniversary Celebration: This fall marks 10 years since Valley Cares opened the doors to its assisted living and independent living apartments for seniors in Townshend. Live music by The Moon Dogs, good food, tours and gifts. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Parking at Grace Cottage with shuttles to/from Valley Cares. Free and open to the public. West River Valley Assisted Living, 361 Grafton Road. Becca Schaefer: 802-365-7190,

Local history

Orchard Pageant at Green Mountain Orchards: (See 10/28). . .

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Third Annual Halloween Party: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Positive Geek, 12 Flat St. Information: 802-258-2808; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Edible Brattleboro's "Share the Harvest" Free Produce Stand: Come to pick up some fresh veggies or drop off some from your garden to share and/or exchange. Bring your own bags. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. (rain location: in front of Experienced Goods on Flat St.). Free. Elliot Street Park. Marilyn Chiarello: 802-254-9121,

BRATTLEBORO Film: "Break the Silence": Community event and fundraiser featuring interviews with 17 Brattleboro area locals about their personal sexual and reproductive health histories. With a Q&A afterwards, the panelists include six participants from the film: facilitator Robyn Manning-Samuels, filmmaker Willow O'Feral, Dru Roessle of VT Access to Reproductive Freedom, VP of Public Policy for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England Lucy Leriche, and a Women's Freedom Center representative. All proceeds will go to VT Access for Reproductive Freedom to help Windham County residents pay for abortion services, including transportation to clinics. Hosted by the Women's Action Team and Planned Parenthood Defenders of Southern VT. 4 p.m. $10 and up suggested donation. Latchis (Films), 50 Main St. Willow:


BRATTLEBORO Community Circle Dance: All dances taught. No partner needed. Led by Mary Koon and Floyd Guyette. 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Donations welcome. River Valley Aikido Center, 11 Cottage St. Parker Huber: 802-257-9108,



October 2017