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Performing arts

BELLOWS FALLS Absurdist Geek Comedian Ed Smyth: A brain-twisted fabric of odd topics and micro-sketches with no politics and no mean jokes; intellect-friendly, one-man vaudeville act for grown-ups with a silly streak. Stage 33 Live isn't a bar, club, restaurant, or fancy venue. It's entirely run by volunteers on a mission to help local and regional talented and knowledgeable people reach wider audiences on multiple platforms. 7 p.m. Stage 33 Live, 33 Bridge St. Information: 802-289-0148; Click for more info on Web in new window.

The written word

BRATTLEBORO Author Talk - "Screwnomics (How Our Economy Works Against Women and Real Ways to Make Lasting Change) ": The idea that women should always work for less or, even better, for free is the economic theory behind Screwnomics, the subject and title of a new book by Rickey Garde Diamond that she will discuss. Despite a major shift in economic ideas over the past 50 years, few women can identify or talk about the source or influence of those ideas on their lives. Diamond hopes to change that. She says her book is here to translate economic history, terms, and definitions that especially disadvantage women while introducing countering ideas and solutions that don't require a Ph.D. She hopes to empower women to successfully negotiate the economic changes needed for a sustainable future by giving them the basic tools for understanding the micro- and macro-economy, while introducing solutions that women (and the men who love them) can use. Co-sponsored by the bookstore and the Brattleboro branch of the American Association of University Women. 6 p.m. Free. Everyones Books, 25 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-8160; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Southern Vermont Career Expo: Windham region residents and job-seekers of all ages and various employment needs will be able to connect with employers and learn about both full-time and part-time job opportunities, or look ahead to explore career pathways and the training needed to pursue them. 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Free. The River Garden, 157 Main St. Information:

BRATTLEBORO "Sources of Inspiration - Creative Lineage": Four artists speak about their sources of inspiration and how these nourish their creative work - Zon Eastes, visual artist; gallery owner Petria Mitchell; writer Ned Olmsted; and jazz artist Eugene Uman. 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. $8 at door. Series tickets purchased at earlier events will be honored. Work trades available. Latchis Arts, 60 Main Street. Information: 802-275-8152 (text),


JAMAICA Ida Mae Specker: A third generation fiddle player and local folk icon, Ida Mae was born in a one-room cabin in the woods of VT. She learned to play the fiddle at a very early age from her father, John Specker. Her multifaceted bowing technique is particularly impressive. Hosted by the Jamaica Community Arts Council. 7 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Jamaica Town Hall, 17 Pikes Falls Rd. Information:


BRATTLEBORO Borter's Jewelry Studio Workshop - Basic Jewelry Design : Bob Borter will co-teach with fellow silversmiths Susanna Haas and Chris Lann. Explore the process of designing a small body of original work. Students will experiment with various methods of design, including sketching and model making, to generate a thorough plan of construction and develop a solid practice of critical thinking with consideration of materials, tools, technique, and basic metalsmithing principles. Unlike other classes, the object will not be to complete a piece of jewelry designed by the instructors. Instead, you will leave with a step-by-step plan to execute your jewelry design in your own time. Advice offered for equipping your first jeweler’s bench and sourcing tools and materials, or rent bench time at Borter's. 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (10/18, 10/19, 10/25, 10/26). Through Friday, October 26. $400 (materials included). Borters Jewelry Studio, 22 High St., #202. Information: 802-254-3452,,


BRATTLEBORO Adult Co-ed Volleyball: For all levels of players who want to gain knowledge, experience and improve on their game. Sneakers must be worn in order to participate. 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Through Thursday, April 25. $3 ($5 non-Brattleboro residents); $30 ($55 non-Brattleboro residents) for 10-session punch card. Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. Information: 802-254-5808; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Adult Co-ed Badminton: Freelance program with no instructor. Pick-up games will be played. Participants must wear sneakers and bring your own racquet. All levels and abilities are welcome. 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. on Thursdays. Through Thursday, April 25. $3 ($5 non-Brattleboro residents); $30 ($55 non-Brattleboro residents) for 10-session punch card. Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. Information: 802-254-5808; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Local history

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Words Roundtable - "Windham County's Historical and Archival Treasures": Unique, rare, important, and humorous historical treasures and archival collections reside within Windham County's numerous historical societies, public libraries, and museums. The Brattleboro Words Project has gathered representatives who work with these treasures in recognition of National Archives Month in October. 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (5 p.m. special professional development session for teachers). Free. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information:


BRATTLEBORO Support Group for Caregivers of those with Dementia: Conducted by trained facilitators. Sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association of Vermont. 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. in the parlor. No registration required. (3rd Thur. of every month). Free. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Information: 257-0775 x 102.


BRATTLEBORO Nail Care Clinics for Dogs: Yankee Dog is offering clinics for dog owners and care givers to learn how to care for their dog's nails. Clinics will be conducted by Sara Matters of Training Matters LLC in Brattleboro. (Continues 10/25). 6:30 p.m. $20 ($35 for both sessions). Yankee Dog, 94 Vernon St. Register: 802-490-4233; Click to e-mail for more information.

Community building

W. BRATTLEBORO West Brattleboro Association Meeting: Election of Trustees for the coming year and nominations for the Community Leader of the Year Award. The meeting will include a review of the visit from the Preservation Trust of Vermont folks to Melrose Terrace and Dalem's Chalet, as well as discussion of other spaces in W. Brattleboro. Refreshments provided. 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Hayes Court, Garfield Dr.


BRATTLEBORO Zumba Classes: This Latin Dance Fitness program offers a fun workout for all levels that also gives you cardiovascular and body-shaping benefits while strengthening your core and increasing your balance. With Emily Mcloughlin. 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Through Friday, April 26. $5 per class ($7 non-residents); 10-session punch card for $50 ($70 non-residents). Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. Information: 802-254-5808; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community meals

TOWNSHEND Family-Style Community Meal: Food is prepared by the Townshend Dam Diner's Chef Stephanie. Takeout available. Sponsored by Senior Solutions. Flu shots will be administered free (with your Medicare card or other insurance proof). Visiting Nurse/Hospice of VT/NH is providing this service. 10:30 a.m: flu shots; 12 noon: meal. Suggested donation: $4, $3.50 ages 60+. Townshend Church, 46 Common Rd. Information: 802-365-4321.



October 2018