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CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Thursday, December 

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Performing arts

PUTNEY Comedy Holiday Event - Rabbi Comedian Bob Alper: Bob Alper is a stand-up comic (who also happens to be an ordained rabbi with a doctorate from the Princeton Theological Seminary!). Rabbi Alper has delighted national and international audiences with his infectious brand of comedy, playing to an SRO crowd at the Montreal Comedy Festival, to a standing ovation before 2,700 people at New York's Chautauqua Institution and at legendary comedy haunts including Hollywood's Improv and The Comedy Store. 7:30 p.m. $25 in advance. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Baker Street Readers: Musical Christmas Special - "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle": Arthur Conan Doyle's Christmas-themed mystery. 7 p.m. $5. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Information: facebook.com/bakerstreetreaders.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Gallery at the Garden Presents - "Let the Colors Sing" by Artist Carlene Raper: Some of the work you see on the gallery wall is brand-new, while the Mama Bear Quilt dates from the very early days of Carlene's career as a quilt maker (nearly 40 years ago). About 30 years ago, Carlene Raper began the adventure of dyeing her own cloth, using fiber reactive dyes. She's still quite playful with these dyes and doesn't know exactly what the cloth will look like in the end. She likes it that way. Her goal is to make the fabrics (especially the colors) talk with each other, and yes, even sing! . . Through Friday, December 27. The River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Job Corps: Tuition-free Job Training with Gene Woodcock : High school graduates and non-graduates ages 16 to 24 are invited to apply. Earn a GED or a high school diploma at the while training in one of the 7 vocational careers at Northlands Job Corps Center. Also available: Drivers education, basic health care, financial help, and campus housing. 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.

Music

BRATTLEBORO Vermont Jazz Center Big Band Fund Scholarship Gala Fundraiser: Celebrating Nat King Cole's 100th Birthday Anniversary with special guest vocalist Peter Eldridge of the NY Voices. Dance to a 17-piece big band. The Grammy Hall of Famer was a superstar of his time- he recorded over 150 Billboard singles and sold over 50 millions records. Cole knew he was destined for a life of music - he dropped out of high school at the age of 15 to tour as pianist in his brother Eddie's trio and he never looked back. Cole's vocal prowess has perhaps eclipsed his extraordinary achievements as a pianist, but his contributions on the piano indelibly influenced other piano giants at the highest level. 8 p.m. (doors open 7:15 p.m.). Sliding scale. Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, #222. Information: 802-254-9088; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO "Matilda: The Musical": With a cast of 39 revolting children (ages 6-18) "Matilda" follows the story of an unlikely heroine who dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, the musical features a book by Dennis Kelly with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin. Directed by NEYT Exec. Dir. Hallie Flower, this Tony Award-winning musical revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination, and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. This show was made possible through support from The Winston Prouty Center for Child & Family Development, Europa IT, Brattleboro Savings & Loan Association. 12/19-21: 7 p.m., 12/21-22, 2 p.m. Handicap accessible. $15, $13 seniors, $11 children. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-246-6398; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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. (usually the 4th Thurs. of every month). Free. Putney Meadows, 17 Carol Brown Way.

BRATTLEBORO US Census 2020 - Hiring Event: The US Census Bureau is accepting online applications for Enumerators (Census Takers) at www.2020census.gov/jobs. 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. 9 - 11 a.m. Department of Labor, 28 Vernon St. Information: 1-855-JOB-2020, www.gsa.gov/fedrelay, david.a.longsmith@2020census.gov.

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