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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams: (See 5/10). . Hooker-Dunham Theater. .

BRATTLEBORO "James and the Giant Peach, JR": (See 5/11). . New England Youth Theatre. .

SAXTONS RIVER "Charlotte's Web": (See 5/11). . Main Street Arts. .

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Opening Reception for Bruce Campbell's "Thinking the Cosmos" - Kinetic Sculpture: Campbell's sculptures are created with wires and brass and are inspired by the universe. He depicts how natural occurrences, such as a falling star, a lunar eclipse, or a rainstorm might be visualized if moved by gears, levers, basic mechanics. 5/12: 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Opening; 6/9: 5:30 p.m. Artist's Talk. Through Sunday, June 24. Free. Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main St. Information: 802-251-8290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

TURNERS FALLS Sculptures by Ron Edwards: Edwards is a retired mathematics professor and a self-taught artist. The small scale mixed media sculptures on display are made from wood collected along rivers and in forests in MA. Painted in acrylic paint, they often have handmade or found objects affixed to them. In the last few years, the 82-year-old artist turned to making walking sticks. Each uniquely detailed stick in this show has a specific theme. Edwards is also the founder of Little River Press, which specializes in volumes of poetry, post card series, graphic art works, and conceptual art projects. Thur.-Sat. 12 noon - 5 p.m. or by appointment. Through Saturday, June 23. Free. Ninas Nook, 125 Avenue A. Information: 413-834-8800; Click for more info on Web in new window.

W. BRATTLEBORO Opening: April Judd and Bev Larson - Paintings and Sculpture: Judd often features birds and trees in her work, finding them to messengers and teachers providing wisdom and hope. Larson, a history buff, chooses antiques or forgotten items from bygone decades for her found-object sculptures, exploring and recreating their connection to her views on our current world. Her oil paintings are often inspired by the haunting yet beautiful pictures of dilapidated asylums, hospitals, and forgotten places like Chernobyl. Judd and Larson regard this collection as a history of their 13-year journey together. They fell in love with the unique and beautiful light and landscapes of Guilford, VT, where they live and work as the Home Gnomes. This is their first major gallery show. 5/12, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m: Opening reception with the artists includes refreshments. Through Saturday, June 30. All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 29 South St. Information: 802-254-9377; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Gluten-Free Baking with Almond Flour: 3 Easy Recipes: Almond flour is a popular ingredient in many healthy gluten- free recipes. Whether you have celiac, a sensitivity to gluten, or are simply drawn to a gluten free diet, these three recipes will work for you – deliciously. We'll make fluffy pancakes, chocolate chip cookies, and tart lemon cakes. 10 a.m. - 12 noon. $5, $3 shareholders. Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, 7 Canal St. Registration required: 802-246-2821,

SO. NEWFANE Old Ways Herbal School of Plant Medicine: Free Medicinal Plant Walk: Celebrate spring with a calm amble to meet the medicinal weeds of spring in Brattleboro. We will discuss how to find them, medicinal uses, preparations, and safety concerns. Children are welcome. 4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Old Ways Herbal School of Plant Medicine. RSVP for address/more info: 802-365-0251; Click for more info on Web in new window.

DUMMERSTON Pollinator Garden Workshop: Do you want to help our bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds? Plant them a garden of native flowers. Landscape designer Tom Sullivan specializes in designing ornamental landscapes using the native plants that support a wide variety of pollinators. Tom will introduce the bees that have evolved to pollinate the plants that green our region, the principles of garden design, which plants are best for pollinators, and where to find them. Co-sponsored by the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center and the Dummerston Conservation Commission. 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. $20, $15 BEEC members. Deer Run Farm, 1026 Camp Arden Rd. Register: 802-257-0012,

Celebrations and festivals

PUTNEY Legacy Putney: Traditional Family Recipe Tastings Contra Dance / All-Star Contra Dance: (Also see 5/10) . 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. 1st Contra Dance, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. 2nd Contra Dance. Free. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Film and video

BRATTLEBORO Vermont Film Institute offers Free Hands-On Workshop: Explore work on a live film set. This new nonprofit trade school based in Brattleboro announces the Crew Up! Workshop, which is especially targeted to young people 15-25 years of age interested in film production or new to the workforce and considering career paths. Participants work on a live film set in the Camera, Grip, Electric, Sound, Art and Production departments, hands on. The crew will set up, "dress" and shoot a scene from a narrative film, and rotate jobs to explore the range of departments and roles. The instructors for the workshop are experienced industry professionals living and working in VT, giving students mentorship as well as networking opportunities. Fastlights, a film production rental house in New England, is providing the grip, electric, and camera equipment. Following this workshop, VFI is developing workforce development offerings and courses for college credit in partnership with Vermont Technical College, beginning Fall 2018. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Brooks House, Crnr. Main Street and High Street. Register:

BRATTLEBORO "Complicit" - Documentary on Global Workers' Rights: Dir./Producer: Heather White will screen this 2017 film, which won over a dozen international film awards. Hear the stories of workers who have been poisoned making the devices we can't live without--first-hand accounts of workers dying of cancer just so Apple, Samsung, and other electronics manufacturers can save a few pennies, and so consumers can have the latest upgrade. Benzene and other chemicals dangerous to human health remain a toxic and unwelcome component of the smart phone manufacturing process. Chinese Foxconn factory migrant worker Yi Yeting, a benzene-poisoned victim-turned-activist, takes his fight against the global smartphone industry from his hospital bed to the international stage. Released in 2017. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Chico Pinheiro Quartet: This Brazilian jazz band performs originals and bossa/samba classics: Pinheiro, vocals and guitar; Helio Alves, piano; Eduardo Belo, acoustic bass; Alexandre Kautz, drums. 8 p.m. $20, $15 students with ID (educational discounts available). Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, #222. Information:;

BRATTLEBORO "Made in Vermont": Eighty women, directed by Becky Graber and accompanied by Cathy Martin on piano, will sing songs about Vermont or composed or arranged by Vermonters. Featured in the concert will be the state song, "These Green Mountains," as well as older favorites like "Maple Sweet" and "The Vermont Farmer's Song." And the well-known standard, "Moonlight in Vermont," will make an appearance. The chorus will sing "Hope Lingers On" by Brattleboro singer and fiddler Lissa Schneckenburger, as well as "Voice Among Voices" by Vermonter Willa Mamet and arranged in parts by Graber. "The Art of Disappearing," a poem by Naomi Shihab Nye and set to music by Graber, will debut, and her arrangements of "Jubilee" and "Wayfaring Stranger" will be brought back. Each performance will include a guest appearance by either Big Woods Voices (Saturday night) or Singcrony (Sunday afternoon). 5/12: 7:30 p.m., 5/13: 4 p.m. $12, $20 generous, $10 seniors/students. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Information: 802-254-8994,


WESTMINSTER Birding Walk along the CT River and Saxtons River Valley Trails Initiative Hike: Birding walk with Peter Bergstrom and Paul Wilson. Bring binoculars. Followed by an informative hike to introduce participants to the efforts of volunteers involved in the Saxtons River Valley Trails Initiative to create a trail system that can span the distance between Bellow Falls and Saxtons River. The location and timing allow for people to partake in both. 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Birding Walk; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Hike (rain or shine). Free. Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association. Registration/directions/parking: 802-376-4763,,

Business and economy

BRATTLEBORO Tri Town Collectors Club: Coin, Comic Book, Sports Card and Postcard Show: Hobby activities packed with fun for the whole family. Coins, currency, comic books, sports cards. Comic book collectors will be present as well as a dealer with fractional civil war currency and other paper money. Plus a collector with vintage sports cards. Quiz for collectors at the coin club table with door prizes. 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Free. Holiday Inn Express, 100 Chickering Dr. Joe Fuller: 802-297-1274,

Local history

BRATTLEBORO Estey Organ Museum: See and play organs of many styles and sizes. Walk through a working pipe organ. Learn about Brattleboro's industrial past. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Sat. and Sun. Through Sunday, October 14. $5 suggested donation. Estey Organ Museum, 108 Birge St. Information: 802-246-8366; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

GUILFORD Yoga for You: Yoga & Childcare: Class let by Marybeth Kover. Mats available. Childcare for ages 5 and under in the pre-K classroom. Offered by the Community Collaborative for Guilford and the Guilford Rec. Committee. 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. in the gym. $2 to $5 suggested donation. Guilford Central School, 374 School Rd. RSVP:

BRATTLEBORO Girls on the Run Vermont: Southern Vermont 5K Celebration: This celebratory event, presented by Against The Grain Gourmet, is the culmination of GOTRVT's 10-week after-school empowerment program for local girls, grades 3-8. Proceeds from the 5K event benefit GOTRVT's Every Girl Fund which ensures that every girl in VT can participate in the program through automatic subsidies and additional financial assistance to those girls who need it the most. 9 a.m. - 12 noon at the track. Open to the public. Info/cost online:. Brattleboro Union High School, 131 Fairground Rd. Information:

BRATTLEBORO 10th Annual Touch a Truck at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital: Over 40 big rigs will converge in the parking lot. Kids can spend the day sitting in the driver's seat, moving mulch in a mini tractor, and exploring every inch of a variety of vehicles while enjoying food provided by the Sunrise Rotary, shaved ice from the Kona Ice Truck, a bounce house, a scavenger hunt, and new this year--an obstacle course. Enter the raffle to win a variety of prizes, stock up on your touch a truck gear, and spend the morning supporting your local hospital. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the parking lot. Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, 17 Belmont Ave. Information: 802-257-0341; Click for more info on Web in new window.

S. LONDONDERRY Celebrate Mother's Day with artist Casey Junker Bailey: Children of all ages are invited to make a special homemade Mother's Day card, crafted with love. 10:30 a.m. Free. South Londonderry Free Library, 15 Old School St. Information: 802-824-3371; Click to e-mail for more information.

TOWNSHEND "Spring into Health" 5K: This is a family-friendly run/walk to benefit Grace Cottage Hospital. Free tees to first 100 to register. Prizes, raffles, snacks, water. Professionally-timed. 8:30 a.m. start (rain or shine). Starts/ends at Townshend Common. Free parking at Leland & Gray HS. Pre-event: $12, $8 kids; 5/12: $20, $10 kids. Townshend Common. Info/Register: 802-365-9109,

Community building

GUILFORD Guiford Gazette: Help us prepare the May issue for mailing. 9 a.m. Free. Guilford Free Library, 4024 Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-257-4603.


WINCHESTER Monadnock Tri-State Dance Club with Music by Rachel 7 Western Partners: 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. $10 ($8 members) includes refreshments. Elmm Community Center, 21 Durkee St. Information: 603-357-0794,

BRATTLEBORO "We're Muslim, Don't Panic": (See 5/11). . SoBo Studio. .



May 2018