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CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Thursday, October 

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Performing arts

GREENFIELD Unexplained! Spooky Concert and Story Swap: Psychic readers (tea, palms, stars) offer insights about your past and future. Learn about first-hand encounters with ghosts, spirits, and things that go bump in the night. Local Dirt Productions is a storytelling collective celebrating the quirky, odd, wild stories that make us human. Tellers include: Katherine Anderson, Richard Ballon, David Bulley, Amie Hyson, Andrea Cohen Kiener, Andrea Krawczyk, Ben Tousley, Orby Wiley, and Eli Zvi. Tara Kurland sets the mood with her ethereal, haunting violin. Hawks and Reed will serve up an array of autumnal cocktails and sweets. Following the show, we'll guide story circles (or covens, if you dare) so you can share your own tale inspired by the theme, The Unexplained. 7 p.m. doors open; 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Concert/Story Swap in the Ballroom. Autumnal cocktails/sweets. All ages. $10 (Proceeds benefit the Literacy Project). Hawks & Reed, 289 Main St. Information: Tickets: www.hawksandreed.ticketfly.com.

Ideas and education

MARLBORO Marlboro College Alumni Speaker Series - "Ethiopians: The Coffee People": A serial entrepreneur, public health practitioner, and coffee researcher in his homeland of Ethiopia, Dagmawi will discuss the role of culture and technology in human resource and sustainable development - and of course coffee. His informal talk will be followed by Q&A over a cup of awesome coffee. Dagmawi is the program manager for Africa at Grounds for Health, a VT-based NGO focusing on cervical cancer prevention in coffee-growing communities around the world. He is also an advisor for Ethiopia-based YA Coffee Roasters and Slow Brew Coffee Safaris, companies that his wife, Sara Yirga, owns and manages, where he researches the potential of domestic consumption and coffee tourism in Ethiopia and other African countries. 4 p.m. Free. Marlboro College/Apple Tree, 2582 South Rd. Information: 802-257-4333; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Bark! Get to Know Your Trees: Michael Wojtech, naturalist, educator, and author of "Bark: A Field Guide to Trees of the Northeast," leads this tree identification workshop. Wojtech and artist Julia Kuo are the co-authors of "Drawing Trees and Leaves," which teaches readers how to draw all the components of trees and how to observe them more closely. 7 p.m. Free for BMAC members and youth 18 and under, $5 all others. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Music

BRATTLEBORO Anna Patton Teaches "Ear Training for Everyone": There are virtuosic listeners just as there are virtuosic performers - you can learn to be one! Are there songs you love and wish you could articulate what is so great about them? Do you harmonize with your voice/instrument and wonder why some harmonies sound great or weird or wrong? Write music and feel as though you always follow the same patterns and wish you had more options? This course draws on Patton's fascination with learning and creating music by ear and is designed for singers, instrumentalists, curious listeners; people with/without formal music training. Learn to identify the harmonic gist of songs by listening, finding bass lines, making educated guesses about chord progressions. Exercises to sharpen musical ears through harmonizing and e-harmonizing well-known songs. We'll have group compositions, experiment with harmonic options, and steal ideas we like from the songs we've studied. While vocalizing will be central, these skills are not just for people who consider themselves singers - they're also at the core of improvisation, composition, and general music appreciation. 5:30 - 7 p.m. on Thursdays. Through Thursday, November 21. $20 per class. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: anna@annapatton.com, www.118elliot.com.

BRATTLEBORO Open Mic for Musicians hosted by Kevin Perry: 6 - 9 p.m. Marina Restaurant, 28 Spring Tree Rd. Performers receive 50% off their meal - and should call to sign up in advance: 802-257-7563, www.kevinparrymusic.com.

Recreation

BRATTLEBORO Adult Co-ed Volleyball: Participants of all abilities ages 18 and up are welcome. Wear clean appropriate footwear. 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays in the Gym. (Punch Card can also be used for Pickleball and Badminton). Registration takes place 10/24, but you can join any time if space is available. Through Thursday, April 23. $3 Brattleboro residents/$5 non-residents. 10-session punch card: $30 residents/$50 non-residents. Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. Information: 802-254-5808; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Open Gym & Game Room for All Ages: Free supervised program and a great way to spend time after school! Play with your children or leave them in the care of the Rec. & Parks Staff. Open Gym is for recreation basketball (sneakers must be worn on gym floor). The Game Room is open for bumper pool, foosball, ping pong, and air hockey. Other activities during Open Gym: homework, snack area, arts & crafts, board games, chess, Legos. Mon: Grades K-6, 3-5 p.m.; Tues: 3-5 p.m., Grades 7-12; Wed: Grades K-6, 3-4:45 p.m.; Thur: 3-5 p.m., Grades 7-12; Fri: 3-5 p.m., Grades K-6; Sat: Grades 7-12 and Adults, 1-3 p.m. Gym closed Sundays/some holidays. Handicap accessible. Through Saturday, April 25. Free. Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Dept., 207 Main St. Information: 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.

PUTNEY Story Time: Former school librarian Susan Hessey reads and tells stories, does pass-arounds, and leads crafts in her fun and engaging thematic story times. Great for ages 2 and up, though children of all ages are welcome. 11 a.m. on Thursdays. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO 25th Forest of Mystery - "The Witch's Turn": This interactive performance with an environmental message, written and directed by James and Jessica Gelter, takes place in scenes staged along BEEC's candle-lit trail (about 1/2 a mile) through mystical forest and meadows. We'll follow stories of witches through time. How has the witch been turned from a healer to a villain? How can we return to and reclaim the power we feel in connecting with nature and the intrinsic magic within it?. 6:15 p.m. shows start. On Fri. and Sat., hour-long journeys begin every 15 min. until 8:30 p.m. Wear comfortable hiking shoes, dress warmly for an Oct. night at top of Heifer Hill. (Rain date 10/27). Through Saturday, October 26. Bonfire in courtyard; refreshments by donation. Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, 1221 Bonnyvale Rd. Tickets: $7 - $17 802-257-5785, www.beec.org/what-we-do/public-programs-and-events/events/forest-of-mystery.

BRATTLEBORO Co-op Month Tastings: Join us for special tastings of products from local, national, and international cooperatives. There is something to try every day! Alaffia, Blue Diamond Almonds, Equal Exchange Chocolates, Neighboring Food Co-op Association Veggies, Cheeses, Riojana Olive Oil, Organic Valley, Florida’s Natural, Kombucha, Welch’s Juice, Real Pickles, Alvarado St. Bread Bagels, and Kerrigold Irish Butter. . Through Wednesday, October 30. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Well-being

BRATTLEBORO Advance Care Planning/Advance Directive Completion with Don Freeman: In this workshop, we'll explore what Advance Care Planning is and what are the steps necessary to complete an Advance Directive. The goal is to have written directions that ensure that your loved ones and health care professionals know what you want in a medical emergency/illness when you are unable to speak for yourself. Learn and ask questions in a supportive space. 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.

GUILFORD Tai Chi for Fall Prevention: Regular practice improves balance, promotes correct posture and good health. Classes are paced for seniors combining qigong energy exercises with basic movements. 10 - 11 a.m. beginners; 11 - 12 p.m. ongoing, intermediate. $2 suggested donation. Guilford Community Church, Crnr Rte. 5 and Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-579-1350, gcares@comcast.net.

BRATTLEBORO Weekly Mid-Day Meditation: Join Vera Riley for meditation time. She will offer instruction to help you create more peace and relaxation in your life through meditation. Vera has studied different meditation types, such as Zen, with several teachers including Shinzen Young and, currently, Soryu Forall. Chairs available, but you are welcome to bring your own meditation cushion/mat. 1 - 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Use the Canal Street entrance. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Information: 802-246-2821; Click to e-mail for more information.

Community building

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. Open to anyone in the community. Please bring your own shopping bags. 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. new time (4th Thurs. of every month). Free. Putney Meadows, 17 Carol Brown Way.

BELLOWS FALLS Reception for Winners of the 2019 Old House Awards: This annual event is sponsored by the Rockingham Historic Preservation Commission as a way to recognize the efforts of individual home and business owners who take pride in preserving and maintaining their historic properties, contributing to the entire town's historic character now and in the future. Nominations come from neighbors, property owners themselves, and members of the commission. Winners will receive a bronze plaque suitable for mounting. Light refreshments will be served. 5:30 - 7 p.m. Free. Bellows Falls Historical Society, 35 Westminster St. Information: www.rockbf.org.

GUILFORD Seniors Hang Out Cafe: This new offering invites seniors to spend casual time socializing with old friends and making new ones. Play games, sip coffee, and munch on snacks. Sponsored by Guilford Cares. 1 - 3 p.m. every Thursday. Drop in for a few minutes or stay the whole time. Free. Broad Brook Community Center, 3940 Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-579-1350, gcares@comcast.net.

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