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Performing arts

BELLOWS FALLS "The Secret Garden": Frances Hodgson Burnett could not have imagined that the children's classic she penned in 1911 would resonate in 2019 with young and old who are concerned with climate change. Dir. David Stern and his crew of actors, set builders, costumers have created a magical world that jumps in and out of India and England as it tells the story of the healing power of the garden where Mary Lennox and the wheelchair-bound Colin Craven meet and find friendship. The large cast/crew includes about 36 actors ages 12-71 and an orchestra of 17 led by Ken Olsson. The musical tells the story of 11-year-old Mary, orphaned in India by an epidemic of cholera, who returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive Uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin on their estate. Among its wonders, she discovers a magic garden that beckons the children with haunting melodies and the "Dreamers," spirits from Mary's past who guide her through her new life, dramatizing The Secret Garden's compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal. This is a Main Street Arts production. 7:30 p.m: 10/31, 11/1, 11/2. 2 p.m. Matinee: 11/2. Through Saturday, November 2. $7 to $40. Bellows Falls Opera House, Town Hall, 7 Square. Tickets: 802-869-2960, www.mainstreetarts.org.

BRATTLEBORO "Halloween Horror - American Gothic" : An Anthology of Terrifying Tales: ​In the tradition of The Twilight Zone, Creepshow, Dead Of Night, and Black Mirror, Shoot The Moon presents their Annual Halloween Show. The story focuses on Joe, who is called to a country house for a possible job. Once Joe arrives he realizes that he's been there before many times- but only in in his dreams. Oddly, the other guests each have their own strange and terrifying tale and relay it to Joe. As our evening barrels toward its conclusion, Joe can't help but feel that he's forgotten something, an important detail. Will Joe remember it in time? Or will his dream become the nightmare he fears? Tales woven through Joe's story showcase: a man who is stalked by Death, a harrowing night babysitting, a ghostly game of hide and seek, a nostalgic trip to Lover's Lane, and a ride on the ghastly Night Train. Starring: Elias Burgess, Terry Carter, Lionel Chute, Josh Goldstein, Fiona Goodman, Colin Grube, Dashiell Moyse, Jennifer Moyse, John Ogorzalek. Stage Manager: Alistair Follansbee, Director: Joshua Moyse. 7:30 p.m. (Repeats 11/1-11/2). $13. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Information: 802-254-9276; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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.

Music

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.

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.

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: 35 p.m., Grades 7-12; Wed: Grades K-6, 3-4:45 p.m.; Thur: 35 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.

Well-being

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

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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