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Ideas and education

PUTNEY Brain Science of the Early Years: Join child development specialist Jessica Barquist from Lets Grow Kids to learn about practical applications of early childhood brain science. This is an interactive training focused on the latest research in early childhood brain development. Participants will leave with the knowledge to explain why high-quality early experiences during the first few years are so important for lifelong success. Learn to: Articulate the fundamentals of early childhood brain science; define different types of stress and their impacts on the developing brain; infer connections between the science of healthy early brain development and children's everyday environment; share one piece of information about early childhood brain development with a friend, family member, colleague, or community member. 6 p.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.


NEWFANE Music Night: Bard Owl: This acoustic duo with T. Breeze Verdant and Annie Landenberger, delivers driving rhythms and sweet harmonies in an eclectic range of old tunes and new. Verdant plays guitar, works the stompbox drum, and sings. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. No cover. Four Columns and Artisan Restaurant Inn, 21 West St. Information: 802-365-7713; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Jazz Guitar Performance with Paul Speidel: Speidel has been a prominent beacon on Boston's extensive blues/jazz music scene for more than two decades. 1:30 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Senior Center, 207 Main St. Information: 802-257-7570; Click to e-mail for more information.

BRATTLEBORO Back-to-Back Music: Solo Jazz and Blues Guitar / Southern Vermont Lyric Theatre: "Fierce Opera: Soprano Untethered": Paul Speidel has performed at major clubs and festivals in the Greater Boston area. Last year, he performed live on WBUR's "Radio Boston" program to nearly 500,000 listeners and has appeared on many area radio shows including WBZ with Jordan Rich. He has nine CDs. Next up are Operatic sopranos at their most ferocious: Lucia, Suor, Angelica, Aida, and more. In 2013, Ken and Julie started Southern Vermont Lyric Theatre. They presented "Amahl and the Night Visitors" in 2013 and have been presenting the annual concert "Verdi in Vermont." Upcoming are productions of "La Boheme" and "A Little Night Music.". noon - 1 p.m. Solo Jazz and Blues; 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. "Fierce Opera: Soprano Untethered". Free. River Garden - Brown Bag Series, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

NEWFANE Playgroup: For babies and toddlers (and their caregivers). Thursdays. 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948.

Arts and crafts

BRATTLEBORO Putney Craft Tour--Special Preview Exhibition Opening: This year for the first time, 12 Putney Craft Tour artists will participate in a special exhibition. Many of the artists will be available during the opening to discuss their work. Refreshments will feature Putney Winery's "Putney Bubbly," along with award-winning cheese from Parish Hill Creamery. The show presents a unique opportunity to purchase works directly from the artists either at the gallery or at the 39th Annual Putney Craft Tour slated for Thanksgiving weekend (11/24-11/26). 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free. Latchis 4 Gallery, 50 Main St.


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,

MARLBORO Celebrating the Artistry of the Male Dancer: 10 Hairy Legs is a New York City–based, all-male dance company. They have performed nationally and internationally, including being the only American dance company appearing at the Ikapa Dance Festival in Cape Town, South Africa (November 2017). 7:30 p.m. Free. Marlboro College/Serkin Center Dance Studio, 2582 South Rd. Information: 802-257-4333; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Vermont Climate Action Commission Listening Tour -- Brattleboro: In June, Governor Scott formed the Climate Action Commission to draft and recommend an action plan (by July 2018) aimed at reaching the State's renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals while driving economic growth, setting Vermonters on a path to affordability, and ensuring effective energy transition options exist for all Vermonters . This event is the final of four events held across the state. It's your chance to share your ideas for the kind of climate action Vermont needs. The Energy Independent Vermont coalition which includes 350 VT, VPIRG, VNRC, Sierra Club, and others have been pushing for people to show up and speak out for bold progressive solutions such as carbon pollution pricing. There will be a prep session in Room 2-D for folks to gather and prepare their comments and receive advice on how to make the best use of their two minutes. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. in Rm. 1E. Free. Twenty-Eight Vernon Street, 28 Vernon St. Register:



October 2017