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Performing arts

GREENFIELD Silverthorne Theater - "Tales of the Lost Formicans": Life is not organized around a coherent narrative, despite how much we would like it to be. Life can be messy, jumpy, nonlinear, fragmentary and discordant, and we might find ourselves desperately trying to make sense out of it. This play by Constance Congdon and directed by Yagil Eliraz reflects this messiness and the effort to make sense of it, both in its content and in its form. It explores existential themes like adolescence, aging parents, lost love and divorce, fragile memory, and the strength of the familial unit. All this is being unfolded in a collage of moving and hilarious encounters between the three generations of this family, the people around them, and some curious aliens. 4/25, 7 p.m: Opening Night - Meet the Playwright & Benefit for the United Way of Franklin County. 4/26-4/27: 7 p.m.; 4/28: 2 p.m. 4/25: $30; $4/26 - 4/28: $20, $18 students/seniors. Hawks & Reed, 289 Main St. Information: 413-774-0150; Click for more info on Web in new window.

The written word

MARLBORO Reading by YA Author Molly Booth: Marlboro College welcomes back Molly Booth '14, a pioneer in young adult queer fiction, who will read from her new work "Nothing Happened." Molly's first book and culminating project as a student at Marlboro, the young adult novel "Saving Hamlet," was published by Disney Hyperion in 2016. "Nothing Happened," her second book, was published in 2018 and is featured on the American Library Association's 2019 Rainbow List. Molly will be joined by two Marlboro College senior students, Daniel Medeiros '19 and Kristen Thompson '19, who will also be doing readings from their Plan of Concentration work. Although both Daniel and Kristen are concentrating in environmental studies, they have devoted a significant portion of their Plan to original fiction. 6:30 p.m. Free. Marlboro College/Apple Tree, 2582 South Rd. Information: 802-257-4333; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO BrattleMasters (local Toastmasters club) - Learn Speaking Skills: "The Old and the New" is tonight's theme. In addition to speeches and evaluations, members will give reports on ahs and other filler words, grammar, keeping within time limits, and other aspects of the meeting. A topics master will run an extemporaneous speaking exercise available to everyone. Free refreshments. Carol Handy will emcee. 6 - 7:30 p.m. in Rm. 245 (2nd and 4th Thur. of every month). Free. Vermont Technical College, 41 Harmony Pl. Information:


BRATTLEBORO Stacking Rings: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. $200 includes materials. Borters Jewelry Studio, 22 High St., #202. Information:

Business and economy

BRATTLEBORO Foundation Fundraising Workshop: Richard Wizansky of Bold Moves Consulting joins Reference Librarian Jeanne Walsh in a presentation to help grant seekers develop fundraising strategies and will include a demonstration of Foundation Directory Online (FDO), the nation's premier grant-seeking research tool. As a Funding Information Network partner of the Foundation Center, the Brooks Memorial Library provides free access to the professional edition of FDO for all library visitors throughout Windham County and beyond. Wizansky has raised many millions of dollars for nonprofits over the past 30 years and consulted extensively on fundraising issues to hospitals, theatres, libraries, community organizations. He's presented fund development trainings/workshops throughout New England. Walsh has provided reference service and online database training at the Brooks Memorial library since 2003. She offers individual assistance to all library visitors interested in accessing the Foundation Directory Online. 1 - 2 p.m., 2nd fl. Community Room. Coffee, tea, light dessert will be served; bring lunch if you wish. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290 x 1220.


BRATTLEBORO Scams: Seniors are invited to join local law enforcement in a discussion about Scams. 1 p.m. on the ground floor. Brattleboro Senior Center, 207 Main St. Information: 802-257-7570; Click to e-mail for more information.

BRATTLEBORO Seeds of Light (Sukyo Mahikari) with Susan Hebson: This will be a one-on-one, 7-10 minute demonstration of calming and purifying Light Energy and discussion of its affect on plants. 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.

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 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. (4th Thurs. of every month). Free. Putney Meadows, 17 Carol Brown Way.



April 2019