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CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Saturday, March 

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Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Gene Parulis - "Visions and Explorations": Gene Parulis has been photographing the world for fifty years. The two poles of his life are teaching and traveling, and photography occupies a central place in both. 3/23: Artist talk: 5 p.m. Through Sunday, April 14. Free. Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main St. Information: 802-251-8290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO "Photo Slam": Twelve photographers show 20 images of their work for 20 seconds each, giving live commentary during the presentation. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. (Wheelchair accessible). Free (donations welcome). Vermont Center for Photography, 49 Flat St. Josh Farr: 802-261-6051, vcphoto.org.

Ideas and education

MARLBORO Wildlife Tracking Workshop: Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center hosts George Leoniak, an internationally known and certified tracker, to lead a tracking field session to look for signs of spring wildlife, including early bear activity, along a remote stream valley. Beavers have created a mosaic of wetland and meadow habitats that are a magnet for mink, otters, and more. If there is no snow, there will still be an abundance of wildlife evidence. 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. meet at the P.O. $25 ($20 BEEC members). Marlboro Post Office, 510 South Rd. Register: 802-257-5785, www.beec.org.

Celebrations and festivals

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Area Jewish Community hosts Purim Palooza: Singer Wanda Houston is accompanied by VJC music director Eugene Uman. Houston has performed on Broadway stages, in films, recordings, television. The evening also includes Cantor Kate Judd singing cabaret/parody songs accompanied by Susan Hollins on piano. The Brattleboro-based duo Vibrant Ensemble - Dennis Waring and Stephan Brandstatter - perform original, culturally inspired world music compositions. Storyteller Maggid David Arfa shares heartwarming and thought-provoking stories. Mask-making station and a costume contest. Wear your wildest costumes and masks or come as a character from the Book of Esther, which tells the story of Purim or come as you are. We'll act out the story in a Purimshpiel, a comic dramatization of what transpired on Purim and why it has become an important Jewish holiday. 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. $10 suggested donation (non-perishable food items to benefit Groundworks Collaborative are welcome). Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, #222. Information: 802-257-1959, getmusic@sover.net.

Film and video

BRATTLEBORO 28th Annual Women's Film Festival: This is a celebration of movies from around the world and a platform for women to tell their own amazing stories. Over the course of two weekends, 35 documentaries, feature films, and shorts will be screened. Something for everyone with films about the arts, friendship, activism, sports, lesbian/queer lives, motherhood, gender roles, religion, fashion, romance, more. This event raises funds for the vital work of the Women's Freedom Center - non-profit domestic and sexual violence organization providing shelter, advocacy, support to southeastern VT for over 45 years. Generous sponsors help make the Women's Film Festival possible: Chroma Technology Corp, SIT Graduate Institute, Thompson House, Brattleboro Area Hospice Brattleboro Food Co-op, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Tracy J. Sloan CPA, Windham Movement Apparel, Sobo Studio, Vermont Jazz Center, Green Mountain Crossroads, AIDS Project of Southern Vermont, Gallery in the Woods. . Through Saturday, March 30. $10 generous, $9 general/$8 discounted admission, $40 for 5-movie pass. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Schedule and tickets: www.womensfilmfestival.org/festival-schedule.

Music

BELLOWS FALLS Live Music with Songwriters Carolann Solebello and Joe Iadanza: Kindred spirits and longtime friends Carolann Solebello and Joe Iadanza are perhaps the yin and yang of performing songwriters. Solebello's smooth, warm voice and precise rhythm guitar perfectly dovetail with Iadanza's raw, honest vocals and graceful six-string virtuosity. Smart songwriting chops and emotional eloquence possessed by both blur the lines between tough and tender, masculine and feminine, Americana and folk. Visit www.carolannsolebello.com and www.joeiadanza.com for more info. 8 p.m. (7 p.m. doors open). $15 suggested donation (100% goes to the artists). Stage 33 Live, 33 Bridge St. Information: 802-289-0148; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Instruction

DUMMERSTON Pruning and Grafting Workshop for Backyard Fruit Growers: Participants receive instruction on pruning a variety of old and young fruit trees from (9 to 11 am) and on grafting apple trees from 11 to 12 noon. This class with Orchardist Zeke Goodband covers the care of fruit trees and the proper tools to use and will give participants the knowledge, confidence, and skills needed to work on their own fruit trees at home. Heirloom apple scions available for sale so you can practice your new grating skills. 9 a.m. - 12 noon. $50. Scott Farm, 707 Kipling Rd. Registration required: 802-254-6868, ScottFarmVermont.com.

Farmers' markets

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Winter Farmers' Market: Local farm produce, meats, syrup, fresh baked goods, local cheeses, fruits, cider, pickles, preserves, handmade jewelry, pottery, soaps, and more. Delicious lunch menu and live music with Steve Spensley. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturdays (11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. music in the cafe). Through Saturday, March 30. C. F. Church Building, 80 Flat St. Information: 802-869-2141, farmersmarket@postoilsolutions.org.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Youth Chess Tournament (K-8th Grade): All skill levels welcome. Depending on the number of entrants, contestants will be divided into appropriate groups. Swiss System, no players are eliminated. Game boards provided. Eric Strickland will run the tournament. 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. $5. Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. Information: 802-254-5808; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Well-being

BRATTLEBORO Yoga Locally: Vigorous Vinyasa taught by Laura Tabachnick. 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (Tuesdays), 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. (Saturdays). Donations benefit Brattleboro nonprofits. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Strolling of the Heifers presents Cabin Fever Marketplace: Shop specialty food & beverages, arts & crafts, and more. Vendors: All Around Towne Photography, Beachy Keen Nails, Ceres Natural Remedies, Earthen Herbal, Einstein's Kitchen, Future for Freedom, Grace Rowse - Independent Scentsy Consultant, Gray Raven Farm, Handweaving by Nancy, Harbor Island Creations, Hidden Bean Bakeshop, How Charming!, LaLa Bliss Artisan Jewelry, Lamps by Herman, Mare & Indie Closet, Meraki Farmacy, Lyman's Specialties, Original Images Art by Catherine Lee, Post Apocalyptic People, Regenesis Project, Salsa Sisters, Sarah's Story Stones, Southwest Tribal Arts, Spoiled Rotten Jewelry, Tastefully Simple, UBAM Usborne Books & More, Unique Turning Vermont, Wild Hart Distillery, ZapDazzle Studio. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free. River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

KEENE "Spring & Shout - Dance Away Your Cabin Fever with the Tom Foolery Band!": Music and dancing. An array of delectable hors d'oeuvres, savory and sweet, will be provided and a cash bar will be available. As an extra treat this year, some of Keene's Dancing with the Stars couples will showcase their moves during Tom Foolery's break. All proceeds will benefit the Emergency Shelter and the Open Doors Resource Center of Hundred Nights Inc., dedicated to providing a warm and safe space to anyone in need while helping people to get back on their feet and reach for the warmth of home. 7:30 p.m. $45 ($75 for two). Keene Country Club, 755 West Hill Rd. For tickets, call Mindy: 603-352-5197.

Community meals

DUMMERSTON Sugar on Snow Supper: Menu: Baked Ham, Baked Beans, Potato Salad, Coleslaw, Deviled Eggs, Rolls, Sugar on Snow, Donuts. Seatings: 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. $12, $6 children, free for preschoolers. Evening Star Grange, 1008 East-West Rd. Reservations required. Carol: 802-254-2517.

JACKSONVILLE Whitingham-Halifax Annual Lions' All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast: The Lions will be stacking pancakes, frying sausage, and serving scrambled eggs. Includes orange juice and "bottomless" cups of coffee. Proceeds will help fund the Lions community service projects in the Deerfield Valley. 7 a.m. - 10 a.m. $9, $7 kids over age of five, free for kids age 5 and under. Whitingham Municipal Center, 2948 Vt. Rte. 100. Information: 802-368-7887.

Activism

BRATTLEBORO Extinction Rebellion's Southern Vermont chapter: At this first meeting we'll discuss the climate crisis and the XR international movement, plus plan for the international week of rebellion (April 15-22). 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/xr-vermont-sign-up.

BRATTLEBORO ICE/CBP Resistance & Defending Human Rights Training: ICE Checkpoints are going up unannounced (they can do this within 100 miles from the border, seacoast, international airports). People vulnerable to ICE and Border Patrol actions are being snatched, held in the Dover, NH, detention facility, and deported. We need to inform/help re-direct those individuals and at the same time demonstrate strong community resistance Kira Kelley (National Lawyers Guild) and Asma Elhuni (United Valley Interfaith Project) are offering trainings. We need people at various risk/inconvenience levels of involvement - from warning motorists at highway overpasses with bright banners about an upcoming checkpoint, and driving cars with signs attached in loops on the Interstate, to non-cooperation as a driver when asked for name at checkpoints, and spreading information on 'Know Your Rights' at our own "checkpoints." This training will prepare you to carry out any of these tasks. 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Registration requested w/ phone number. Tim Stevenson: bereal@vermontel.net.

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