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CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Thursday, October 

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Visual arts and shows

BELLOWS FALLS 2nd Annual "A World Suspended in Color" Fine Art Glass Show: Showcasing the diverse and dynamic range of glass art from our regions - many nationally renowned, awarded and multi-talented glass artists. This year the Show includes members of both The Vermont Glass Guild and the League of N.H. Craftsmen: Clare Adams, Damon Bennett, Robert Burch, Robert DuGrenier, Nicholas Kekic, Jordana Korsen, Chris Sherwin, and Aaron Slater. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wed.-Sun. Through Saturday, November 9. Canal Street Art Gallery, 23 Canal St. Information: Mike or Emmet: 802-289-0104, canalstreetartgallery.com.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Gardening: Plant Your Garlic Now: Local garden author Cheryl Wilfong leads the discussion. 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.

GRAFTON The Uncommon and Highly Secretive Turtles of Southern Vermont: Join The Orianne Society's Northeast Turtle Conservation Coord., Kiley Briggs, to learn about three rare and highly secretive species of turtle that folk in Southeastern VT share the landscape with. While VT is actually home to 8 species of native turtle, most folk only have the chance to see two of them. From Spotted and Box Turtles, which are limited only to a few places in VT, to Wood Turtles, which are widespread through the state, but uncommon and highly secretive, there is an incredible world of turtle diversity in the state. Also learn about the exciting work The Orianne Society is doing to conserve their habitat. After the presentation there will be time for Q&A, as well as a meet-and-greet with two live turtles. 7 - 8 p.m. $7 ($10 at door). Nature Museum, 186 Townshend Rd. Information: 802-843-2111; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Music

BRATTLEBORO Anna Patton - Music Improvision Night - "Sound Play": Patton and guest Valerie Thompson (Boston-based cellist, vocalist, songwriter and educator versatile in many genres), invite you to create music through group improvisations, game-pieces, free play and more. Valerie is intrigued by non-traditional and non-musical forms as a basis for spontaneous structures and curious improvisations. Participants will use playful models and game pieces (road trip games, knock knock jokes, etc.) to stretch our ears, dig into some sounds, create some compositions, and find some freedom in structure. For all instrumentalists and vocalists willing to experiment with improvisational playing and interactive sound making. No experience needed as long as you have a curious ear and a willingness to make things up. Patton is a clarinetist who performs in a full spectrum of styles. She teaches vocal and instrumental ensemble classes and music theory. In 2006, she started the Soubrette Jazz Choir at the VT Jazz Center which performs her creative arrangements of historical and contemporary American music. 7:30 - 10 p.m. (Series continues monthly 11/14, 12/12, and beyond). $15 suggested donation (no one will be turned away for lack of funds). One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Anna Patton - "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. every Thursday. 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.

Instruction

BRATTLEBORO Sustainable Energy Outreach Network (SEON) offers Level I High Performance Builder Certification: Through support from Windham Regional Career Center, VT Dept. of Labor, VT Student Assistance Corp., Windham County Economic Development Program, SEON is now able to deliver the first certification program of its kind in VT for the carpentry industry. Endorsed by VT Homebuilders and Remodelers Assn. and VT Passive House, it not only focuses on basic construction but the application of higher order skills of energy efficiency, durability, indoor air quality, health and safety. Plus classroom learning, hands on learning in a lab, job-site learning (apprenticeship-style). It prepares carpenters/builders to build the next generation of homes and is designed to address significant problems in the residential building industry: Nationwide, our building stock is deteriorating; Standard methods of construction employed in the industry are deficient in high performance/ energy efficient/energy conscious strategies; Architects, engineers, building codes, research in building science, and knowledgeable customers are demanding more of practitioners, yet the knowledge base within the construction industry is lacking; Opportunities to advance learning in high performance/building science construction for incumbent carpenters and those entering the trade inclusive of certification are severely limited; A high percentage of building failures occur because of poor installation/ building strategies often due to lack of knowledge; VT data shows carpenters are the most in demand job in the state over the next 10 years; Construction contractors are feeling the pressure of a heavy workload, and are in need of young workers with the skill, knowledge, New England work ethic required to build the next generation of buildings. Additional info: Guy Payne: guy@seon.info, 802-376-9262; www.seon.info/hpb-overview or www.windhamcareerconnections.com/blog/2019/07/23/building-a-21st-century-workforce-in-the-construction-trades. Through Tuesday, March 31. Varies. Windham Regional Commission, 139 Main St., #505. Register w/ Drew McDowell: 802-451-3965, dmcdowell@wsesu.org.

Kids and families

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 Bereaved Parents Support Group: For parents who have lost a teenager or young adult child. Judy Davidson facilitates. 4:30 - 6 p.m. (1st and 3rd Tues. of every month). Free. Brattleboro Area Hospice, 191 Canal St. Call Lars Hunter to inquire about joining: 257-0775 x 104.

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

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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