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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO NEYT Production of "Rags" plus Your Family Immigration Stories: "Rags" tells the story of Jewish immigrants during the height of the great wave of immigration flooding into America from Eastern Europe in 1910. As they struggle to make a new life on Manhattan's Lower East Side, they are faced with inequality, intolerance, corruption. And while the city streets may not be paved with gold, they echo with the music of opportunity, optimism, hope in this inspirational saga of awakenings and disappointments, greed and power, strength and love. It examines the issues of prejudice, violence, hate that immigrants experienced upon arriving in this country and that still have relevance today. Whether your family has been here for generations, or arrived a few years ago; whether traveled many miles to set down roots or came from just over the border, NEYT wants to hear your story. If you have a picture and/or a short description of your family's immigration story, email them to, bring them to the theater weekday afternoons, or to a performance. Stories and photos will be posted on the "What's Your Story" Immigration Wall in the lobby for audience members to enjoy as a part of the theater experience. 12/6-12/7: 7 p.m., 12/8: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., 12/9: 2 p.m. (Repeats 12/13-12/16). Through Sunday, December 9. $15, $13 seniors/students. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information:,

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Men, Patriarchy, and Capitalism: From the European witch hunts of the 1300's to rape culture, male violence has been a troubling theme of modern history. Thanks to the visibility gained by social mobilizations such as the MeToo movement, one would be hard-pressed to argue that we have made much progress in decreasing it. In mainstream discourse, male violence is explained away as the actions of deviant individuals, "bad apples." This explanation avoids questions that implicate the system in which we live. In order to really understand where male violence comes from, we need to situate our understanding in a larger analysis of history. Grounded in readings from (but not limited to) Angela Davis, bell hooks, Silvia Federici, and Jackson Katz, we will focus on the following questions: Is male violence a men's issue for men to analyze, discuss, and end? What are the connections within the current political climate to historical events? How do our thoughts and ideology shape our actions and interactions? Does capitalism affect how men act in the world?. 12/6: 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.; 12/13: 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Through Thursday, December 13. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Men, please join us in doing this work. Readings provided. Refreshments served. Sign-up:

BRATTLEBORO What is Baha'i?: With Marie Procter. 12 noon - 1 p.m. Free. River Garden - Brown Bag Series, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

NEWFANE Free DIY Weatherization Workshop: Jeff Manney will talk about the basics of air sealing and insulating as well as show some simple DIY measures you can take at home. All attendees will get a free weather stripping kit to use at home. This is part of the Button-Up Vermont programs. Attendees will also learn how to get a $100 rebate on DIY weatherization efforts. Presented by Efficiency VT and the Windham & Windsor Housing Trust. 6 p.m. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; 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.

PUTNEY Minecraft Club: For kids ages 8-16. Bring a tablet or computer if you have one, or use one of the library computers. All participants will sign a registration form with contact information for a parent/guardian. 5:45 p.m. check-in. Event: 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. First Thur. of the month. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.


TOWNSHEND Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group: Given the long duration of this disease, the strain on Alzheimer's caregivers can last several years and produce serious declines in caregiver physical, emotional, and financial well-being. In 2017, 16 million Americans provided an estimated 18.4 billion hours of unpaid care in the form of physical, emotional, and financial support. Led by trained facilitators: Claire Bemis, RN, of Grace Cottage and Alicia Moyer of SASH. 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (1st Thur. of every month). Free. Grace Cottage Hospital, Heins Conf. Rm., 133 Grafton Rd. Registration appreciated: 802-365-3763.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel Meeting: Representatives from Entergy and the State of Vermont will provide updates on decommissioning activities at Vermont Yankee. Additionally, the Panel will discuss the first draft of its 2018 Annual Report to the Vermont Legislature. Open to the public. Request remote access connection by 12/5, 5 p.m: 6 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. in the Maria Lawrence Room. Vermont Agricultural Business Education Center, 11 University Way. Complete agenda:

WEST DUMMERSTON Deer Run Nature Preserve Community Informational Meeting: A group of people have been working over the last year to conserve a large tract of wild lands already identified as a critical wildlife corridor in the northwest corner of Dummerston. Learn about the proposed Deer Run Nature Preserve. See photos and maps of this special area. Learn why many people feel that this area should be conserved. 7 p.m. Free. Dummerston Community Center, 150 West St. Information: 802-254-2703.

Arts and crafts

BRATTLEBORO Knit and Chat: Take a moment out of your busy week to connect with others, work on something you enjoy (or need to finish for the holidays) and sip tea in good company. Bring your handcraft of choice. Assorted teas available while you craft. A selection of locally hand-dyed yarn is available. 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Free. Windham Movement Apparel, 2 Elliot St. Information: 802-246-1223.


BRATTLEBORO Bop and Shop: We are designed to move our bodies! Only the best songs for dancing will be playing every Thursday evening through the whole month of December. Stop by for a dance or the whole evening. No purchase necessary. Water provided. 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Free. Windham Movement Apparel, 2 Elliot St. Information: 802-246-1223.

Community meals

TOWNSHEND Community Meal: Sponsored by Senior Solutions, Inc., the food is prepared by the Townshend Dam Diner's Chef Stephanie. Take-out meals available. All are welcome. 12 noon. $3.50 to $4 suggested donation. Townshend Church, 46 Common Rd. Information: 802-365-4321.



December 2018