CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Friday, December
BELLOWS FALLS Holiday Art Fundraiser - Bellows Falls 3rd Friday: During this show, 1% of profits will be given to a fund for the maintenance of existing public art in The Town of Rockingham. Work is appropriately sized and priced for gifts, offering selected artworks priced under $100, $50, and $25. Recognizing the abundance of historic monuments, sculptures and murals in the town, the Gallery hopes this will continue the effort to increase appreciation for Rockingham's public art and raise money for needed restoration and annual upkeep. Over 163 artworks from 23 local artists: Clare Adams, Zoee Blossom, Jean Cannon, Christine Cole, Sloane Dawson, Spaulding Dunbar, Melanie Gregory, Karl Jacobson, Carol Keiser, Carla Liguori, Lisa Mansfield, Robert McBride, Lisa Eckhardt McNealus, Scott J. Morgan, Charles Norris-Brown, Bonnie North, MC Noyes, Gil Perry, Mark Ragonese, Phyllis Rosser, Matthew Saxton, Alyssa Schmidt, and Chris Sherwin. "ANNIVERSARY!" is on view to the public from through 1/12/19. Canal Street Art Gallery, 23 Canal St. Information: 802-289-0104; Click for more info on Web in new window.
NEWFANE Holiday Concert: Jeff Smith presents a program of holiday and traditional music from Scotland, Ireland and England. He plays guitar, autoharp, and bouzaki and he intersperses his songs with stories about people from the British Isles. 7 p.m. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Flathead Rodeo / Wild Bill & The Flying Sparks: 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information: www.stonechurchvt.com/index.php/event/flathead-rodeo-wild-bill-the-flying-sparks.
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 Sample Deli Sides for Christmas with Laurie Klenkel: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. at the Demo Counter. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.
PUTNEY Baby Playgroup and Story Time: Emily Zervas reads simple stories and leads songs to delight and stimulate your baby's senses. Stay afterwards to play with other babies (birth to 2). 11 a.m. every Friday. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
BRATTLEBORO Developing a Painter's Mindset - Gong Meditation for Creativity: The process of creating art requires one to relax, to focus, and to practice non-attachment - three attributes that are known to evolve through the practice of meditation. To create space for creativity, gong meditation with singing bowls will encourage deep relaxation. Following gong, participants will partake in a guided drawing/painting session. All materials provided. No experience necessary. All ages welcome. 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (3rd Fri. of every month). $15 suggested donation. Setu Yoga & Meditation Retreat Center, 241 Quails Hill Rd. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BELLOWS FALLS Not Just Men's Night - Third Friday: Local musicians Fred Tipton on sax and Maryann McArdle on keyboards. Jazz and holiday Tunes. Hardcover books are 20% off and free gift wrap. 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. music. Open till 8 p.m. or later. Free. Village Square Booksellers, 32 Square. Information: 802-463-9404; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Solstice Ride: A Critical Mass Bicycle Ride: Join a fun and empowering community ride in celebration of the winter solstice. Kids and families welcome. Critical (and "Kidical") Mass rides have a unique way of energizing folks around bike mobility, transportation solutions and amplifying our collective ability and power to begin reclaiming our streets and communities. Hosted by VBike and 350 Brattleboro. Weather-dependent: 5:30 p.m: Starting (and ending) at the Brattleboro Common. We'll begin by getting organized, signing in, decorating bikes, going over our route. 5:45 p.m: Begin Critical Mass ride. This is a high-visibility downtown route. 6 p.m: Ride ends at the Brattleboro Common. Celebrate with hot apple cider and solidarity in community. Free. Brattleboro Common, bet. Putney Rd. & Linden St. Information: www.facebook.com/events/274664056726137.