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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO Shoot the Moon Theater Company Annual Halloween Spectacular - "Frankenstein": This production is very funny but combined with terror. Company members portray multiple characters in the show, but the principle roles are Dr. Frankenstein (Sean Fitzharris), the Creature (Josh Goldstein), Elizabeth (Jennifer Moyse), Igor (Elias Burgess), Henry (Colin Grube), and Dr. Waldman (Jon Mack). 7:30 p.m. Repeats 11/2-11/3. Through Saturday, October 27. $12. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Reservations recommended: 802-254-9276; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Acrobatic Conundrum: "The Fig Tree Waltzes": This is a moving exploration of indecision, desperation, and tenacity in the face of choice. This work features virtuosic athletics infused with relatable humanity. Add in choreography from Costa Rica's Jimmy Ortiz and you have a blend of circus and dance that pushes the artists to the edge. In a world where stakes are high and time is running out, this performance is a paean to the human drive to keep playing against overwhelming odds. 7:30 p.m. Through Saturday, October 27. $15, $10 ages 12 and under, $25 front row. New England Center for Circus Arts (Trapezium), 10 Town Crier Dr. Information: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3592234.

BRATTLEBORO "Peter Pan & Wendy": Come fly with us out of Wendy's window and into Peter Pan's world of pirates, fairies, mischievous children, a giant crocodile and endless make-believe. Adapted by Doug Rand and directed by Doran Hamm, this is a fun-filled retelling of this beloved tale of youth and lost innocence. 10/26: 7 p.m., 10/27: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. (Repeats 11/2 and 11/3). Through Saturday, October 27. $11, $10 seniors, $7 students. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-246-6398; Click for more info on Web in new window.

The written word

BELLOWS FALLS Author Lynne Kennedy - Historical Mysteries Solved by Modern Technology: Kennedy's latest book, "Hart of Madness," features Hart Island, a small island located in the Long Island Sound, off the coast of the Bronx, in New York City. It has been a public mass burial ground, a colossal "potter's field" for a million souls since 1869. The crumbling remains of its buildings once served as a Union Civil War prison camp, a tuberculosis sanatorium, a boys' reformatory, and... a woman's lunatic asylum. NYC, 1902 - Born into society, 19-year-old Ruby Hunt is accused of killing her mother, father, and brother in their Central Park apartment. She's committed to a lunatic asylum at Hart Island for the rest of her life. Over a century later, a descendant of the Hunt family is murdered, and homicide detective Frank Mead is convinced there is a connection. Thanks to the contents of a battered suitcase passed down from Ruby's caretaker, old photographs, letters, and a diary, Mead is led on a convoluted trail of greed, deception, and murder spanning two centuries. Attend this event also if you want to learn about writing, writing mysteries, self-publishing. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. Village Square Booksellers, 32 Square. Book and event reservations: 802-463-9404.

Visual arts and shows

GREENFIELD Artist's Reception: "Nukkua/To Sleep" - Ink Transfer Prints by Turners Falls Photographer Anja Schutz: The black and white ink transfer prints of photographs Schutz took at a month-long artist's residency in Finland this summer resonate with a dream-like quality. Small leaves seem to grow from a woman's hands, or a large leaf completely obscures a woman's face. The line between flora and fauna is shown to be arbitrary, transmutable. Embroidered elements in earth-toned thread add evidence of a human touch and a sense of three-dimensionality to the prints. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free. The Greenfield Gallery, 231 Main St. Information: 413- 772-9334.

Celebrations and festivals

BRATTLEBORO Inclusion Center's Fifth Year Anniversary Celebration: This all-volunteer organization invites the public to join in: Acting and leadership with TAP; create a dance video; make a mural, karaoke, games; meet a service dog in training; have some cake and more. 11:30 a.m. TAP, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Celebration. Free. Inclusion Center, St. Michaels Episcopal Church, 16 Bradley Ave., lower level. Information: 802-387-5285; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Film and video

BELLOWS FALLS Vision - From the Life of Hildegard of Bingen: This is the story of twelfth-century Benedictine abbess Hildegard von Bingen - a Christian mystic, author, counselor, naturalist, scientist, philosopher, physician, herbalist, poet, channeller, visionary, composer, and polymath. 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel. Free (donations accepted at door). Stone Church Center, 12 Church St. Information: 802-463-3100; Click for more info on Web in new window.

GUILFORD "The Whisperer In Darkness": H.P. Lovecraft wrote "The Whisperer In Darkness" while living in Guilford. Join the Historical Society for a showing of this cult classic movie. This event is part of The Haunting of Guilford Center Village. Best for pre-teens and adults. 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Donations welcome. Guilford Meeting House, Guilford Center Road (next door to the Guilford Free Library).

Music

PUTNEY Cambodian Living Arts - Heartstrings: Heartstrings explores the personal journeys of five musicians from Cambodia. Through a mix of storytelling and music, the artists share some intimate insights into their experiences over the past 20 years. What does it mean to conceal your passion and your livelihood, or to be forced to play propaganda music to survive? What does it mean to rewrite memories you thought you had? And what does it mean to be a daughter of one of the few surviving Master Artists? Witness the music that defined them, hear their stories, learn about the people who shaped them, and celebrate the power of the arts in building peace. Featuring renowned flute player, human rights activist, and founder of Cambodian Living Arts, Arn Chorn-Pond. 7:30 p.m. $20. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: www.cambodianlivingarts.org.

WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with Mary Cay Brass and Mary Lea: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. Refreshments at the cafe. Enjoy traditional music from New England, French Canada, Cape Breton and other parts of the world, on fiddle, accordion, and piano. 5 p.m. pizza, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. music. $12 pizza pie. Donations appreciated by the musicians. West Townshend Country Store and Cafe, Rte. 30. Information: 802-874-4800; Click to e-mail for more information.

BRATTLEBORO Funkin' Pumpkin Spooktacular with Jen Durkin & The Business / Parsonsfield with Sawyer Fredericks: 10/26: 8 p.m. - 12 midnight "Funkin," 10/27: Parsonsfield, 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Through Saturday, October 27. 10/26: $12 to $15; 10/27: $25 to $30. The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information: 802-579-9960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO KidsPlayce Healthy Snack and Story Time: We'll read a story and kids will have a healthy snack from the Brattleboro Food Co-op. 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on Fridays. Free (KidsPLAYce fees apply if you want to stay and play). KidsPLAYce, 20 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-5212; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Fridays with Katherine at the Co-op - Try Before You Buy!: Sample sale items including Fall Truckload products. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Demo Counter. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Well-being

WILLIAMSVILLE Healing Walk at Manitou: Meditative walk includes poems or other readings and chances to share. Led by Mike Mayer. 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. rain or shine. Meet at the parking lot. Free. Manitou Project, 300 Sunset Lake Rd. Fred Taylor: 802-387-2681.

BRATTLEBORO "Medication-Assisted Recovery from Opiate Misuse: Not Zombies": Turning Point of Windham County discusses what Medication-Assisted Treatment is and is not in the world of people in recovery from opiate use disorder - more commonly known as addiction. In short, it works. 12 noon - 1 p.m. Free. River Garden - Brown Bag Lunch Series, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Chronic Pain and Recovery Group: Recovery-support group for people in recovery who also deal with chronic pain. Chronic pain can be a difficulty for many people in recovery. The severity and frequency of chronic pain can often lead to opioid dependence because of the medications prescribed. Finding ways to manage pain that don't interfere with the recovery process can be a challenge, but group members can share the approaches that have worked for them. Facilitator is Cecil McLaury, who has been in recovery for 33 years and has been in daily chronic pain since 2003. 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. every Friday. Free. Turning Point, 39 Elm St. Information: 802-257-5600, tpwc.1@hotmail.com.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Windham County Democratic Committee - "Your Vote is Your Voice": The goal is to bring together candidates, community members, and interest groups for three purposes: to share perspectives on important issues, to generate focused energy for the final week of campaigning, and to begin a longer-term, action-oriented collaboration. The Committee is also providing food and drink. There will be a few brief remarks by featured candidates and information tables, but the core of this event will be one-on-one discussions among voters and candidates. Sara Coffey, Christine Hallquist, and David Zuckerman have confirmed their attendance. This is not a fundraiser - think of it more as an energy raiser. We want people to come out and feel empowered by their central role in the upcoming election and beyond. 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. Free. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. RSVP with John Hagen: hagenjohn@me.com, www.facebook.com/events/274258343420500.

Activism

BELLOWS FALLS Bi-Weekly Solidarity Vigil: A vigil of community, solidarity, and diversity. We are one cause of peace, freedom and social justice for all living beings. Bring signs expressing your passion and concerns. Sponsored by Post Oil Solutions. 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. at the corner, across from Flat Iron Cafe. The Windham Hotel, 36 The Square. Information: 802-869-2141, bereal@vermontel.net.

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