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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO Audition Workshop: "Rags": Work on audition material in a supportive environment and learn more about this holiday musical directed by Hallie Flower. Featuring a score by songwriters of Wicked (Stephen Schwartz) and Annie (Charles Strouse), plus a book by Joseph Stein (Fiddler on the Roof). Epic in scale with many roles, strong choral work, large crowd and group scenes, and raucous dancing. Numerous speaking roles, character moments, featured singing, and much dancing in the telling of this story. Music direction by Patty Meyer and choreography by Katherine Partington. Workshop: 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (Auditions: 6/3: Ages 9-12, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Ages 13-19, 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.). Free. New England Center for Circus Arts (Trapezium), 10 Town Crier Dr. Information:

The written word

BRATTLEBORO Trans Book Group: Open to trans, gender-queer, and gender non-conforming folks. May's book: "Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy from Transgender Writers." . 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. (last Wednesday of every month). Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. HB Lozito:


BRATTLEBORO Katharine Breunig on Piano: 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.


BRATTLEBORO Scrabble: Everyone is welcome to stop by and play a game of Scrabble. All levels. 6 p.m. on the Mezzanine (Wednesdays). Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Local history

DUMMERSTON Guided Tours of Rudyard Kipling's Vermont Estate & Rhododendron Display: Tour Rudyard Kipling's former VT estate and see the spectacular 100-yard multi-colored rhododendron tunnel in full bloom. See and learn about Naulakha, the authentically-restored main house where the Nobel Prize-winning author wrote The Jungle Books and Captains Courageous, among others. Visit the Kipling Carriage House, also one of Landmark Trust USA’s five historic vacation rentals, and the Barn Museum, once home to Kipling's team, Nip and Tuck, that now serves as a mini-museum of his family's life in VT. Enjoy tea on the back deck after the tour. If interested in enjoying a picnic on the grounds - use our picnic tables on the stone patio by the pergola. Brown bag lunches available at time of registration. 10 a.m., 12 noon, 2 p.m. (one-hour tours). No dogs. Rain or shine. $25 per person. Naulakha, 707 Kipling Road. Information: 802-254-6868,

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Rhyme Time: Stories and songs for children 5 and under. 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays in the Meeting Room (April-Aug. and Oct.-Feb.). Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.


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 Yoga with Dante: Relax and reinvigorate - the best of both worlds. Postures are accompanied by conscious breathing. Crystal bowl sound healing, meditation, some chanting. 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Free; donations welcome. Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St. Information: 802-257-4777.

PUTNEY Al-Anon: For friends and relatives of alcoholics. 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. Free; donations welcome. Putney Friends Meeting House, 17 Bellows Falls Rd. Information: 866-972-5266;

Community building

GUILFORD Green River Watershed Alliance: Resilient Roads and Watersheds Forum: This community forum features Road Foremen David Elliott of Marlboro, Brad Rafus of Halifax, and Dan Zumbruski of Guilford, as they share their stories and challenges of their work, explain how our roads are impacted by increasing floods through a stream table demonstration, and talk about how they are responding. Refreshments provided. 6 p.m. Broad Brook Grange/Community Center, 3940 Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-257-1961.

BELLOWS FALLS Bringing Hope Home: Responding, Recovering, and Restoring Communities Affected by the Opioid Crisis: This meeting looks into the immediate response to opioid addiction, stories of recovery, examples of restorative justice. Community members who attended the National Rx & Heroin Abuse Summit in April will present lessons learned, including the importance of sharing stories and reducing the stigma surrounding substance abuse. This also includes discussion of the US Surgeon General's recommendation for expanding access to Narcan--the opioid overdose reversal drug. The Advanced Above the Influence youth group and staff from the Greater Falls Community Justice Center will share restorative justice tools for rebuilding community. Plus fun, engaging activities to get everyone involved. Anyone interested in being part of the solution to the opioid crisis is invited. Dinner provided; childcare available upon request. Greater Falls Connections coalition is organizing this event with coalition members from HCRS, Springfield Medical Care Systems, Turning Point Recovery Center of Springfield, Greater Falls Community Justice Center, and Friends for Change. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-9927 x 213,


BRATTLEBORO Paneurythmy, the Dance of Universal Harmony: This uplifting, energizing circle dance taught by Beinsa Douno of Bulgaria is danced around the world. 8 a.m. Wednesdays and Sundays. Free. Living Memorial Park, Guilford St. Ext. Information: 802-490-2213.

BRATTLEBORO African Drum and Dance Class with Seny Daffe: Classes accompanied by live drumming. Extra drums for those who need them for the drum classes. Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing and bring a water bottle. All levels. 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. drum, 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. dance. $12 to $15 (drum), $15 to $20 sliding scale (dance). One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: 917-239-8743; Click for more info on Web in new window.



May 2018