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Performing arts

PUTNEY "Fables Storytelling": The theme of this August event is Transformative Moments. Hosted by Peter "Fish" Case. The Cafe has cabaret style seating, a beer and wine cash bar, homemade pizza, popcorn and snacks. 7:30 p.m. (2nd Wednesday of every month). By donation. Next Stage Cafe, 15 Kimball Hill. Information:,

The written word

DOVER Book Discussion: "A Thousand Acres" by Jane Smiley: Led by Richard M. Wizansky. 7 p.m. Free. Dover Free Library, 22 Holland Rd. Information: 802-348-7488; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO SIT Study Abroad Fair featuring Program Leaders from 32 Countries: Chat with over 50 academic directors from across the globe including: Imraan Buccus from the South Africa program Social and Political Transformation. Buccus co-authored the National Framework on Public Participation for the South African government. He's a columnist for Durban's newspaper the Mail & Guardian and a senior practitioner for SIT Graduate Institute's new Peace and Justice Leadership master’s degree program, which will take MA-level students to South Africa for part of their studies. Suman Pant of SIT's Nepal program Development and Social Change. She studies development, resource management, and gender issues in Nepal, and has been part of nongovernment organizations working for disadvantaged children and women. Xavier Silva, director of Ecuador: Comparative Ecology and Conservation. Orli Fridman, director of Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo: Peace and Conflict Studies in the Balkans. SIT sends more than 2,000 undergraduates each year on academically rigorous summer and semester-long programs, where they learn from local academics, activists, artists, indigenous community leaders, and government officials. 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Free and open to the public. River Garden - Brown Bag Series, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

CHESTERFIELD Rudyard Kipling Revisited: Jackson Gillman takes a deep look into the complex and intensely private life of Rudyard Kipling, author and winner of the 1907 Nobel Prize in Literature. The program is part lecture and part storytelling. It includes a revealing interpretation of the Poem "if" and how it relates to Kipling's life experiences. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Chesterfield Historical Society. 7 p.m. Free. Chesterfield Town Hall, 490 Rte. 63. Information: 603-363-4624.


BRATTLEBORO Yankee Male Chorus: This is the last year for this well known men's chorus. Cell phones, I-pads, the Internet, and the workplace have caught up with the Chorus. Men from all over New England, NY, and surrounding states have gathered here for four days each year since 1954. They rehearse just once and then go out and sing four concerts in four nights, usually at churches, schools, or service clubs. All are volunteers and sing just for fun. The men come from other choirs, singing groups, choruses. The fellowship, love of music, camaraderie are special for everyone. Conversations which began last year will pick up this year where they left off despite the days between. This year, some of the more popular favorites of the club will be in the program such as Battle Hymn of the Republic, Ol'Man River, Steal Away, Bless This House, and Over The Rainbow. Also included will be a piece that almost become YMC's theme song, "River In Judea." Michael Wright returns as primary conductor, and Judith "Eric" Robinson will also conduct and accompany at the piano. 7:30 p.m. and wheelchair accessible. Free-will offering (no tickets). First Congregational Church of West Brattleboro, 880 Western Ave. Pete Harrison: 802-722-3080,


BRATTLEBORO Blame Trump? A Community Discussion: Tim Kipp and Nick Biddle will host a discussion on the root causes of America's political malaise. The premise is that while Donald Trump is a disaster, he is a symptom of disease, but not the disease itself. Join us in exploring the underpinnings of the age of Trump with an eye toward building a more democratic future. 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.


BRATTLEBORO Alternatives to Suicide: This is a mutual support group open to anyone who has experienced thoughts of suicide. Guided by a charter of values provided by the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community, the group is non-clinical and does not link suicide with illness. Participants are free to talk about and find meaning in their experiences in/on their own terms. 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Free. The Hive, 24 Flat St., #202 (2nd fl., 2nd door to left). Information: ; Click to e-mail for more information.


BRATTLEBORO Community Circle Dance: All dances taught. No partner needed. Led by Lynn Hartwood and Jane Buchanan. 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Donations appreciated. River Valley Aikido Center, 11 Cottage St. Parker Huber: 802-257-9108,



August 2018