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Visual arts and shows

BELLOWS FALLS Charles Norris Brown and Jean Cannon: Norris-Brown's work consists of pen and ink illustrations. Cannon's paintings and watercolors feature nature scenes. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Mon.-Sun.). Through Thursday, May 31. Project Space 9 Gallery/Exner Block, 7 Canal St. Information: 802-463-3252; Click to e-mail for more information.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO BrattleMasters (local Toastmasters club) - Learn Speaking Skills: "Summer Fun" 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. Michelle O'Hearn-Deblois will be the Toastmaster. 6 p.m. Free. Twenty-Eight Vernon Street, 28 Vernon St. Information:

Film and video

PUTNEY "The Boys of '36" followed by discussion with Graeme King and Randy Smith: Inspired by Daniel James Brown's nonfiction book "The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics," "The Boys of '36" is the thrilling story of the American Olympic rowing team that triumphed against all odds in Nazi Germany. Smith is a historian and alumnus of University of Washington who was involved in the Northwest rowing scene for 25 years and is now assistant head of The Putney School. King is a master boat builder who runs his boat building workshop in Putney. He's a founding member of both the Putney Rowing Club (host of this event) and Rowboc. 7 p.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.


GREENFIELD The Soubrette Jazz Choir (House Concert): This is a women's vocal ensemble based at the Vermont Jazz Center and led by Anna Patton. Snacks and desserts afterwards. 7:30 p.m. Free. Thirty-One Madison Circle, 31 Madison Circle. Wheelchair accessible. 802-275-2142,

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Union High School Pops Concert: Concert band opens with music from the 2004 Disney Pixar film, The Incredibles, followed by John Philip Sousa's 1908 march, The Glory of the Yankee Navy. Senior tuba player, Jackson Levengood, is featured in Tuba Tiger Rag. Band's program concludes with Frank Ticheli's An American Elegy, composed in memory of those who lost their lives at Columbine High School on 4/20/99 and to honor the survivors and the hundreds of students/teachers who have died/been injured in school shootings since then. The work takes on added relevance as Americans, especially youth, struggle to find solutions to gun violence in schools that has become all-too-common over the past two decades. The second ensemble, the Madrigals: songs include Say My Name by Destiny's Child, The Winner Takes it All by ABBA. All senior members have featured moments. The Jazz Workshop performs Stanley Turrentine's Sugar and Eugene Uman's Snowy Day Bossa. The Chorus follows with a treble gospel song based on Maya Angelou's poem Still I Rise with Nev Beauchamp and Honnee McManus. The song is a tribute to the women's power/strength through history as well as the strength shown by today's young women. The low voices follow with the ballad Tell My Father, arranged by Andrea Ramsey featuring senior Derrick Harnish, performed by BUHS low voices as well as incoming low voices from BAMS 8th grade chorus, concluding with selections from the Disney musical, Newsies. Songs include Carrying the Banner, Santa Fe, King of New York, Seize the Day. Student soloists: Derrick Harnish, Hazel Kinnersley, Isaac Freitas-Eagan, Sarah Gordon-Macey, Jackson Levengood, Sarah Gallagher, Lizzy Arel, Alissa Walkowiak, Cassie Dunn, Lilia Kocsis, Sam Capcara, Claire Holmes, Haley Kuralt, Malcolm Toleno, Honnee McManus. Jazz Band concludes with Everything in Its Right Place by Radiohead. Senior trumpeter, Rhys Glennon, steps to the front of the band to sing George and Ira Gershwin's jazz standard, Nice Work if You Can Get It. Closing with Stevie Wonder's tribute to Duke Ellington, Sir Duke. 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Free. Brattleboro Union High School, 131 Fairground Rd. Information: 802-451-3511.

Business and economy

BRATTLEBORO Joshua Roberts with Edward Jones - "Sailing in Blustery Investment Winds": 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

BRATTLEBORO Co-op Producer of the Month Tasting: Lyman's Specialties: Lyman's Specialties is a small, family-run Vermont business that makes good old-fashioned pickles, relishes, and more. Meet them at the BFC when they give out free samples of their wonderful recipes. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Great Food - A Free Sampling: Try some great food made with fresh, local ingredients. Take home free recipes, samples, and product info. Donna Lee, Demo Coordinator. 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. at the Demo Counter. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

TOWNSHEND Free Food at Grace Cottage "VeggieVanGo": Fresh food generally includes potatoes, carrots, squash, kale, yogurt, apples, and more. Take only what you need for your household and bring shopping bags or boxes to carry items home. No proof of eligibility required. 12 noon - 1 p.m. Please do not arrive before noon. Fourth Thur. of every month. Grace Cottage Family Health, 185 Grafton Rd., Rte. 35. Information: 802-365-9109.

PUTNEY Free Food Distribution: All are welcome to come for free produce and some non-perishable items distributed by the Vermont Foodbank and the Putney Foodshelf. This event is open to anyone in the community. Please bring your own shopping bags. 9 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. (4th Thurs. of every month). Free. Putney Meadows, 17 Carol Brown Way.

DUMMERSTON Wildflowers Extravaganza: John Anderson will be showing slides and speaking about the wildflowers he has discovered and photographed in and around Dummerston. He's made a great contribution to the area by cataloging hundreds of wildflowers and plants. 7 p.m. Free. Dummerston Center Grange and Church, 1008 East-West Rd.

BRATTLEBORO Meeting of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel: Representatives from Entergy and the State of VT will provide updates on decommissioning activities at Vermont Yankee. Additionally, the panel will discuss topics related to VY's Spent Fuel Management and the removal of spent fuel from the VY site. The Panel will also discuss its recent 2017 Annual Report presentation to the Vermont State Legislature as well as several Panel organizational issues. Open to the public. Agenda: documents/05.24.18%20_NDCAP_Meeting_Agenda_FINAL.pdf. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room. Request remote access by 5/23, 5 p.m: or Brattleboro Union High School, 131 Fairground Rd.


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,



May 2018