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Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Gallery at The Garden: "Photographic Images and Charcoal Drawings in Black and White" - Leigh Brady and John Nopper: . Through Thursday, November 28. The River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Forcing Holiday Bulbs: Local garden writer Cheryl Wilfong brings narcissus, hyacinth, and tulip bulbs to demonstrate how to force bulbs in pots in the dark in your garage or basement. You go home with your own bulbs ready to bloom. 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.

BELLOWS FALLS US Census 2020 Presentation: General overview of the history of the Census and how the 2020 Census will be carried out. Employment information as well as general tips for how to respond to the Census this spring. Frequently Asked Question sheets, business cards to share or to follow up with the Census Bureau on the application process. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Bellows Falls Senior Center, 18 Tuttle St. Information: 855-JOB-2020,,


BRATTLEBORO Anna Patton - Sound Play: Create music through group improvisations, game-pieces, and free play. For all instrumentalists and vocalists willing to experiment with improvisational play. No experience is needed as long as you have a curious ear and a willingness to make things up. Program director Anna Patton is a clarinetist who performs in a full spectrum of styles. She teaches vocal and instrumental ensemble classes and music theory. Guest host Julian Gerstin will focus on rhythmic concepts, structures, and non-structures for developing your rhythmic expression. Julian has performed a wide variety of music - from brass bands to free jazz, from afrobeat, to Balkan dance. 7:30 p.m. Donations accepted. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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:,

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Fun Foods from Around the World - Malawian Sweet Potato Cookies: Sign the kids up for this exciting class where they will explore the language and culture of Malawi, a small country in the southern part of Africa. Best known for the friendliness of its people, Malawi has an impressive geographical diversity as well. Lizi Rosenberg, BFC Education Outreach Coord., instructs. 3:30 - 5 p.m. (Canal St. entrance). Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, 7 Canal St. Registration required: 802-246 2821,

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,

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.

Community building

BELLOWS FALLS US Census 2020: The US Census Bureau is now accepting online applications for Enumerators (Census Takers) at Work today directly on computers to initiate or complete the online application process. This is a Q&A session for prospective employees - flexible, part-time, temporary employment from April to July 2020 paying $16.50 per hour, plus $.58 per mile driven. Applicants must be 18 years old by March 2020. Brochures, Frequently Asked Question sheets, business cards available to share or to follow up with the Census Bureau on the application process. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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,



November 2019