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CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Thursday, November 

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Film and video

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Film Festival: Offering films from the U.S. and around the world that inform, challenge, entertain, and inspire, emphasizing viewpoints and characters often unseen in mainstream media. . Through Sunday, November 11. $10, $8 ages 62 and up or those with college identification; $5 children, free for high-school students ($40 for 5 tickets). Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Information: www.brattleborofilmfestival.org, ticketelf.com/events/brattleboro-film-festival.

Music

BRATTLEBORO Big Sam's Funky Nation: . $15 to $20. The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information: www.stonechurchvt.com/index.php/event/big-sams-funky-nation.

BRATTLEBORO "The American Mandolin": This concert spotlights the music and magic of the Mandolin and features Flynn Cohen and August Watters, who recently played Carnegie Hall. The duo demonstrates the breadth of mandolin music by performing selections covering 400 years of plucked string compositions and ranging from classical, folk, and popular styles. They'll also give a presentation on the American mandolin tradition, tracing its roots from Italy in the 19th century through Jazz, Bluegrass, and beyond. Audience members can try out a selection of mandolins at the end of the presentation. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. $15 ($10 students). Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Information: 802-257-4523; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Instruction

BRATTLEBORO Putting the Garden to Bed with Cheryl Wilfong : Harvest is over and it is time for the garden to rest. Cheryl, a Master Gardener, will discuss how to put the garden to bed for the winter so that it's ready for spring. 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.

Kids and families

PUTNEY Preschool Story Time: Susan Hessey will read and tell stories, do pass-arounds, and lead crafts (ages 2 and up). 11 a.m. every Thursday. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO 11th Annual LEGO Contest and Exhibit: Prizes for Creativity and Craftsmanship will be awarded in seven age groups: preschool, grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, adult, and adult/child collaborations. Other prizes will be awarded at the judges' discretion. 11/8: 5 p.m. Awards Ceremony. Through Sunday, November 11. 11/8 - 11/11: $5 adults/teens, $3 ages 6-12, free for ages 5 and under and BMAC members. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Well-being

BELLOWS FALLS Vipassana (Insight) Meditation Group: This is an ongoing, open group, consisting of silent meditation, dharma instruction, and discussion. 6:45 p.m. in the Chapel (Thursdays, dates vary). $12 suggested minimum donation (no one is turned away for lack of funds). Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St. Manny Mansbach: 802-490-4599, satisukha@gmail.com, www.mannymansbach.com.

NEWFANE Medicare Rights: Facilitated by the Community of Vermont Elders, you do not have to be a Medicare recipient or senior citizen to attend. Today's workshop is about how to spot Medicare fraud and stop yourself or your loved one falling victim to it. Q&A. 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m./3 p.m. following the Community Luncheon at Newfane Church next door. Six-month series of workshops (2nd Thur. of each month). Through Thursday, April 11. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Led Ashtanga Yoga: Experience the Indian tradition of yoga as taught by master teacher Sri K Pattabhi Jois and his daughter, our teacher, Saraswathi Jois. Students can expect to be led through part of the Primary Series practice. 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. every Thursday. $15, $12 student/senior rate. Se-tu Yoga Inn, 24 Quails Hill Rd. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Dance

CHESTER Wundergroove Dance Party: Dancing starts with DJs regaling you with funk and disco and continues with house music all night. Tapas-based menu. 9:30 p.m. - 11 p.m. pop/disco; kitchen closes at 9:30 p.m., restaurant closes between 12 midnight - 1 a.m. No cover. Academy Building, 330 Main St.

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