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Performing arts

BELLOWS FALLS "Punschi": A Puppet Show: Families and youth of all ages will enjoy this action-packed laughing good time show performed by second generation puppeteer Jana Zeller of Sandglass Theater and her cast of German hand puppets. Inspired by European fairground traditions, these two hand puppet adventures, clowning, and musical interludes on the ukulele has delighted family audiences for 35 years! Jana grew up in a family of internationally touring puppeteers and began working as a designer and painter for the theater in her teens. As a set painter and designer, she worked for the theater, opera, TV, the movies, and has designed and built a wide range of puppets. She founded her own puppet company and has created three full-length puppet shows for adults. Her work has been presented in the US, Canada, Mexico, Germany, and India. For the past two years, Jana has been performing for family audiences and touring with her sister. 5 p.m. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Sing Along with Rich Grumbine: Join in for a holiday-themed community sing-along. There will be a songbook of well-known holiday songs, from both secular and religious traditions. We will take turns choosing what to sing. Guitar accompaniment and a song leader to help guide the music. 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.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Mini Camp for 5-11 Year-Olds: A morning snack will be provided; bring a noon lunch and drink. Activities include arts & crafts, games, sports, and more. 12/23, 12/26, 12/30, 12/31: 8:30 - 1:30 p.m. Children may stay for Open Gym at 1:30 p.m. which is also a supervised program. (Also see 12/27). $15 ($18 non-Brattleboro residents) daily. Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. Pre-registration requested by stopping in the Rec & Parks office: 802-254-5808,

BRATTLEBORO Co-op Holiday Sides: Try our "need to have" Deli Sides just in time for your holiday feasts! We have a variety of ready-to-heat-and-eat foods, perfect for your holiday table. 12 noon - 4 p.m. Through Tuesday, December 24. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Shine A Light for Social Justice (Brattleboro Area Jewish Community): The inspiration for Shine A Light observes Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, as an opportunity to bring the community together in solidarity with the challenges faced today by all marginalized people in our country. Each night will be hosted by a different local business and focus on a different social justice issue. "Lighting leaders" from the Jewish community will lead the each evening's program which will include the traditional candle lighting and prayer and the singing of songs about Hanukkah and social justice. Discussion of the evening's theme is welcome. 5:30 pm: 12/23, Centre Congregational Church - Climate Crisis; 12/24, Brattleboro Food Coop-Mental Health; 12/25, Latchis Theatre - LGBTQ Rights; 12/26, Elliot St. Fish 'n Chips - Equality for Women; 12/27, Brooks House Atrium -Homelessness; 12/28, Gallery in the Woods - Racial Justice; 12/29, Everyone's Books - Immigrant Justice. Through Sunday, December 29. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Information: Laura Berkowitz:



December 2019