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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO Vermont Theatre Company - Auditions for "Almost, Maine" by John Cariani: The show will be directed by Brenda L. Seitz with producers Michelle Page and Krista Coughlin-Galbraith. "Almost, Maine" is a series of nine amiably absurdist vignettes about love and relationships. Actors ages late 20s to 40 are invited to audition. Cast can be as small as 4 or as large as 19, so there is a part for everyone. If you are a seasoned actor, come and audition. If you are new to acting, come and audition. Actors will be asked to do cold readings from the script. 5:30 p.m. in the Auditorium (Performances will be held at Dummerston Evening Star Grange 3/6-8 and 3/13-15, 2020.). Brattleboro Union High School, 131 Fairground Rd. Questions/Schedule alternate auditon time: 802-257-0901,,

Visual arts and shows

PUTNEY "The Two and the One" - Paintings by Susan McDormand: These oil paintings on paper are a bright and spacious reading of abstracted fruits, either in groupings or simply by two's, which have a quiet meditative quality. . Through Saturday, December 28. Putney Moves, 133 Main St. Information: 802-387-0633.

SAXTONS RIVER Reception for Community Art Show: Featuring art work across a wide range of media, with artists from amateurs to professionals and representing a variety of age groups. 11/21: 5:30 - 7 p.m. Through Tuesday, December 31. Free. Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Information: 802-869-2960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Gallery at The Garden: "Photographic Images and Charcoal Drawings in Back 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.

Film and video

PUTNEY "One Town at a Time": In 2006, during a summer between semesters at college, film director Mike Leonard took on the challenge of visiting every town in the state of VT by joining the 251 Club – a unique organization dedicated to exploring The Green Mountain State. With his two best friends in tow, he met with locals and visited some of Vermont's most celebrated nooks and crannies. After living outside Vermont for over a decade, Mike moved back home and revisited the 251 Club – returning to some of the same places and re-interviewing some of the same people he met 12 years ago. In the process, he learned how Vermont has changed, how it has stayed the same, and how a humble wayfarer's club shaped his identity forever. This coming-of-age story that is firmly rooted in the community spirit that makes VT so special. Diverse voices from across the state include Former Governor Jim Douglas and Ben & Jerry's co-founder, Jerry Greenfield, and 251 Club members. Part of the [FRAMED] documentary serie. Q&A after the screening. 7 p.m. $12. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; 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. $20. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information:,

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Parent/Tot Open Gym: This is an unstructured program where the parent is responsible for their child/children (age 5 and under). Open Gym is a place for parents and tots to get out of the cold and enjoy playing with blocks, a playhouse, cars, toys, puzzles, a tunnel, a play kitchen, big rubber balls and more. 10 - 11:45 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Through Thursday, April 23. $1 per day. Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Dept., 207 Main St. Information: 254-5808,


BRATTLEBORO Green Burial Workshop: More and more people are asking for environmentally responsible burial options that reflect their personal values. The practice of burying bodies without embalming with toxic chemicals, encasing in metal or rain forest wood caskets, or cement or plastic outer vaults - truly body to earth - is timeless, interrupted only over the past century. This workshop shows how efforts to return to ancient, eco-friendly ways are gaining momentum countrywide as people are finding a way to let their bodies return to the earth. Lee Webster, author/national leader in the field of Green Burial will present the current status of green burial in VT and the movement towards developing conservation burial grounds on lands protected by conservation principles. These cemeteries support sustainable management while restoring/protecting ecological integrity of the land. Land trust entities with the interest and capacity to partner with and support conservation burial projects come in many forms, from local conservation groups to state and regional land trusts to national chapters of organizations such as The Nature Conservancy. VT landowners can have questions answered about steps towards creating natural burial grounds on their land. Sponsored by Windham Regional Woodlands Assn. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Holton Hall, 3rd fl. University of Vermont Extension Service, 130 Austine Dr. Information:

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.

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Area Hospice - Parent Loss Support Group: This is a new Bereavement Support Group for adults who have lost a parent either recently or in the past - offering a safe, mutually supportive environment for sharing experiences through discussion, readings, simple activities, and suggestions for moving through grief. Lars Hunter, Bereavement Program Coord., facilitates the group. 5 - 6:30 p.m., 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month. Ongoing with rolling enrollment. Limited to 12. Free. Brattleboro Area Hospice, 191 Canal St. Individuals must meet with Lars prior to joining the group: 802-257-0775 x 104,

Community building

BRATTLEBORO US Census 2020 - Hiring Event: The US Census Bureau is accepting online applications for Enumerators (Census Takers) at This is flexible, part-time, temporary employment from April-July 2020 paying $16.50 per hour, plus $.58 per mile driven. Must be 18 years old by March 2020. Applications are only accepted online. 10 a.m. - 12 noon. Department of Labor, 28 Vernon St. Information: 1-855-JOB-2020,,

BRATTLEBORO National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP): Meetings are open to anyone interested in racial justice. The Mission of NAACP is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons. 6 - 7 p.m. 1st fl., every 3rd Thursday. Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information: 802-254-3400; 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,


BRATTLEBORO Zumba Classes: Zumba is the Latin Dance Fitness program that's getting the whole world moving to international rhythms and Latin beats. Don't miss these great workouts suitable for all levels that will give you cardiovascular and body-shaping benefits while strengthening your core and increasing your balance and being lots of fun. It's a great way to boost your energy, increase flexibility, condition muscles, and feel amazing each time you leave. With Adrasteia Andrews. 5:45 - 6:45 in the Red Room on Thursdays. For ages 16 and up. 16 to 18-year-olds need a waiver with parent signature. (Also see 11/25). $5, $7 non-Brattleboro residents ($50 for 10-session punch passes/$70 non-residents). Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. Information: 802-254-5808; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community meals

TOWNSHEND Townshend Dam Diner Chef Stephanie's Traditional Turkey Dinner: Take-outs available. All are welcome. Sponsored by Senior Solutions. Plus free blood pressure screening provided by Visiting Nurses/Hospice of VT/NH. 11:30 a.m: Blood pressure screening; 12 noon: Meal. Suggested donation: $3.50 ages 60 and up, $4 under 60. Townshend Church, 46 Common Rd. Information: 802-365-4321.


PUTNEY The Climate Reality Project (CRP) - 24 Hours of Reality event "Truth in Action": Guided conversation to talk with friends/neighbors about personal fears related to climate change to help get closure on unresolved issues raised by the worsening effects of extreme weather, flooding, drought, wild fires, melting ice caps. Groups of 3-4 discuss questions in a musical chairs type of arrangement so different groupings address each subsequent question. Questions begin broadly and get more specific and local, maximizing individual closure on the topic. CRP's mission is to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every level of society - in politics, business, every aspect of our lives, everywhere. Urgent action: cut greenhouse gas emissions/speed the global shift to renewables, halt the Trump Administration's radical fossil fuel agenda, make world leaders strengthen/honor Paris Agreement commitments. CRP -led by former US Vice Pres. Al Gore and CEO/President Ken Berlin - empowers everyday people to become activists, equipped with tools, training, and a network to fight for solutions and drive change planet - resulting in 20,000 Climate Reality Leaders mobilizing communities in over 150 countries. 7 - 8 p.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.



November 2019