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Performing arts

W. BRATTLEBORO "Twelfth Night": Gender fluidity, love triangles, sibling loyalty, and dreams of breaking class barriers are the "food for fodder" in this much beloved comedy. Performers, in stunning costumes, create an inclusive production that highlights the strengths and talents of these dedicated Theatre Adventure actors. 4/12: 10:30 p.m.; 4/13: 7 p.m. Wheelchair accessible, ASL interpreted. Through Friday, April 13. $10 at door. West Village Meeting House, 29 South St. Group tickets: 802-257-7024.

BRATTLEBORO Kevin Parry hosts Open Mic: Sign up for 20-minute slot. Performers receive 50% off their meal. 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. every Thursday. Free. Marina Restaurant, 28 Spring Tree Rd. Information: 802-257-7563,

BRATTLEBORO Sub Rosa: Intimate Evening of Circus: An exciting and flirtatious evening of sexy quips and quirks for adults aged 21 and up--all to benefit the New England Center for Circus Arts where creativity and amazing feats grow. Dir. Aimee Hancock says the name refers to the idea of "confidentiality" and the event is working on themes of secrets and mischief. Interactive bits and dancing, the bar serves alcohol. NECCA is partnering with the Southern Vermont Young Professionals, a program of Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation and SeVEDS. 8 p.m. $15 ($20 at door). The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Tickets:

The written word

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Words Project Roundtable: "Printing and Publishing": Did you know that the first US edition of Harry Potter was publishing in Brattleboro in 1997? Or that the Brattleboro area is recognized worldwide as a fine printing and publishing hub? The public is invited to learn more by joining book editor Jeff Potter, and writers Arlene Distler, Rolf Parker, Mary Ide, Stephanie Greene, Steve Minkin, Nancy Olson, and others for a discussion on the book and the history the writers will tell. Refreshments served. Local non-profit Write Action is working with local writers to produce this anthology in partnership with the Brattleboro Historical Society, Brattleboro Literary Festival, Marlboro College, and Brooks Memorial Library as part of the Brattleboro Words Project (a multi-year community research initiative working with schools and community members to produce walking, biking, and driving tours of the Brattleboro area, a book about Brattleboro's publishing and printing history, events at the annual Brattleboro Literary Festival and other exhibits celebrating our area's rich history of words). 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. (2nd Thursday of every month). Free. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information:,

GUILFORD Guilford Gazette: Join us as we plan the May issue. 9 a.m. Free. Guilford Country Store, 475 Coolidge Hwy. (Rte. 5). Information: 802-257-4603.

Visual arts and shows

TURNERS FALLS "Turners Falls: An Artist's View": Decades of work documenting the town in various media: clay, photography, paint, cloth, collage by owner/artist Nina Rossi. 12 noon - 5 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. or by appointment. Through Friday, May 11. Free. Ninas Nook, 125 Avenue A. Information: 413-834-8800,

PUTNEY William Dixon Exhibits His Portraits of Artists and Their Work : Local photographer William Dixon has made it his creative goal to document the studios and products of Windham County artists and makers of fine crafts. He captures the essence of the daily lives of some of those who are dedicated to the process of creating something unique for our enrichment such as Doug Cox, Joseph Fichter, Dena Gartenstein Moses, Ken Pick, Stephen Proctor, Paul Stone, Nancy Storrow, Eugene Uman, and Walter Slowinski. 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sat. Through Thursday, May 31. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO BrattleMasters (local Toastmasters club): "Home Security" is the theme of tonight's meeting. Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators, and leaders. The public is encouraged to attend. There will be prepared speeches, evaluations, and reports by members. Drew Adam will be the Toastmaster. 6 p.m. Free. Twenty-Eight Vernon Street, 28 Vernon St. Information:


BRATTLEBORO Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program: IRS-certified volunteers provide free tax preparation to eligible households that earn up to $54,000 per year and who live or work in Windham County. . Free. Brattleboro Retreat, 75 Linden St. Call 2-1-1 from anywhere in VT for appointment ..


BRATTLEBORO Lunchtime Yoga for Co-op Shareholders: All-levels, led by a different local teacher each Wednesday. Bring a yoga mat. noon - 1 p.m. Free (only open to shareholders). Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Information: 802-246-2821; Click to e-mail for more information.

BRATTLEBORO Herbs for Spring Renewal: Learn about herbs which can aid in whole body renewal for spring--nourishing spring herbs with which to craft your own tonics, syrups and bath products. Every student will take home a spring syrup, custom bath soak, plus an introductory understanding of how to create herbal remedies at home. Santalena Yakubowski is an herbalist and owner of Heart Grown Wild, an organic, plant-based skin and hair care product line. 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. $5 ($3 shareholders). Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, 7 Canal St. Registration required: 802-246-2821,

BRATTLEBORO What is your story?: We all have stories of loss and grief. Join us for an informal conversation and a time for telling and hearing stories of those we remember. Connie Baxter facilitates. 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., upstairs meeting room. Free. Brattleboro Area Hospice, 191 Canal St. Information: 802-257-0775 x 104.

BRATTLEBORO Enjoy Nature, Be Healthy! with Bill Pearson: How can we improve our health by being in Nature? Let's share examples from our own experiences. William Shakespeare said it best: "One touch of Nature makes the whole world kin.". 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.

Community building

BELLOWS FALLS Emerald Ash Borers Workshop: Volunteers play a critical role in early detection of the emerald ash borer which has recently been discovered in VT. Our state has been surrounded by the pest for the last few years which destroys our ash trees. The workshop will be presented by Jim Esden, a forester from the State of Vermont Dept. of Forests, Parks and Recreation. After learning what to look for, Esden and Alma Beals, from the Rockingham Tree Committee, will guide participants in finding ash trees in Bellows Falls and looking for signs of the emerald ash borers' presence. 12 noon - 4 p.m. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.


PUTNEY Folk Dancing: 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Through Thursday, June 28. Free. Laura Heller Community Barn, 54 Kimball Hill. Sign up: 802-387-5593,



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