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CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Friday, April 

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The written word

MARLBORO "Refuge" - A Reading by Ming Holden: Ming's latest work, which won the Kore Press Memoir Award, is a book of lyric essays about a young woman's life as a budding writer and an international development and aid worker. In 2011, Ming founded the Survival Girls, a self-sustaining theater group for young Congolese women in the slums of Nairobi. Her book about the experience, the nonfiction novella "The Survival Girls," came out in 2013 through Wolfram Productions. She was invited by the U.S. Embassy to Suriname on a diplomatic speaking engagement under the U.S. Speakers Program to speak about creative writing and theater as tools for empowerment for Women's History Month in 2014. Additionally, she won the USAID worldwide essay contest for inclusion in the USAID Frontiers in Development publication alongside work by Bill Gates, Indra Noori, Paul Collier, and others. 7 p.m. Free. Marlboro College/Apple Tree, 2582 South Rd. Information: 802-257-4333; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Painter Steve Redmond - "Sarasota Incognita": This show focuses on Redmond’s years working in Florida. 4/5: 5:30 - 9 p.m. Opening Reception. (Gallery hours on Saturdays from 12 noon - 4 p.m. and by appointment.). Through Saturday, March 30. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Music

WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. Refreshments at the cafe. 5 p.m. pizza, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. music. $12 pizza pie. Donations appreciated by the musicians. West Townshend Country Store and Cafe, Rte. 30. Information: 802-874-4800; Click to e-mail for more information.

KEENE Guitar Festival Concert: The Festival Guitar Orchestra features guest artist Dr. Tremura and is made up of students, faculty, and other participants. Keene State Professor Dr. Jose Lezcano and Welson Tremura play Brazilian guitar duets; Keene State Professor Ted Mann plays Renaissance Spanish music on the vihuela; John Zevos plays improvisational guitar; and the Keene State College Festival Orchestra, directed by Dr. Lezcano, performs works by Leo Brouwer (Toccata), Antonio Vivaldi (Concerto op. 3, no. 6 in a minor) and other pieces. 7:30 p.m. Free. Keene State College, Alumni Recital Hall, Redfern Arts Center, 229 Main St. Information: 603-358-2168.

BRATTLEBORO Dwight & Nicole : This is a three-piece original blues & soul band fronted by Dwight Ritcher and Nicole Nelson. 9 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.). $12 ($15 at door). The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information: 802-579-9960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY Jazz Artist Greg Piccolo: Piccolo was one of the original members of Roomful of Blues. A vocalist and songwriter, he plays tenor sax, harmonica, guitar, and has been a major contributor to the blues and vintage music scene for the last five decades. His most recent recording, “Who Did This?”, is a tribute to the ballad. 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. $22 ($24 at door). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: www.nextstagearts.org/event/greg-piccolo.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO KidsPlayce Healthy Snack and Story Time: We'll read a story and kids will have a healthy snack from the Brattleboro Food Co-op. 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on Fridays. Free (KidsPLAYce fees apply if you want to stay and play). KidsPLAYce, 20 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-5212; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Adventures with Super Bee - Night at the Museum: A magical evening of live dance performance, storytelling, and interactive creative play for the whole family during Gallery Walk. Super Bee plays host and protagonist as she guides the audience on a harrowing adventure at the museum. Truth and fiction, real life and still life, sculpture and paint and collage go topsy turvy as the museum exhibits come to life. Help Super Bee save the day… and the art! Enjoy original dance pieces by Flip & Fly Dance and Circus Company, Leaps & Bounds Kids' Dance of SoBo Studio, the Junior Dance Company of Brattleboro School of Dance, Super Bee, and more. Stay to play and dance, explore the exhibits, partake in light refreshments, learn more about local dance opportunities in Brattleboro. This event has been made possible with the support of Vermont Dance Alliance and the Vermont Community Foundation. 5:45-6:30 p.m. Super Bee show. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Super Bee leads tiptoe mini tours for kids. Reception/open viewing of BMAC exhibits until 8:30 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Well-being

PUTNEY Tai Chi: Stephen Green instructs. Offered by Putney Community Cares. 9am-10am advanced, 10:15am-11:15am intermediate, 11:30am-12:45pm beginners (every Friday). $50 for 10 sessions. Laura Heller Community Barn, 54 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-5593; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Friday Night Group w/ Outright Vermont: This is a social support space for queer and questioning youth ages 13-22, with super-cool adult facilitators. Free pizza. 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. every Friday. Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information: erika@outrightvt.org.

BRATTLEBORO Friday Night Group with Outright Vermont: This is a social support space for queer and questioning youth ages 13-22, with super-cool adult facilitators. Free pizza. 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. on Fridays. Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information: erika@outrightvt.org.

BRATTLEBORO Just Desserts: 2nd Annual Fundraising Friendraiser: The Friends will offer friendly conversation about all things library, a selection of desserts, as well as tea and coffee. Meet the hard-working volunteers who are the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library, and consider becoming a Friend yourself! The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library raise funds for library programming, including the First Wednesday series and technology purchases and resources such as the Foundation Center, Ancestry.com Library Edition, and Lynda.com. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. $10 includes dessert, coffee, 3 raffle tickets for prizes (many handcrafted by local artists). $1 each additional raffle. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Purchase tickets in advance on 4/5 at Library front desk. 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Activism

BRATTLEBORO Youth 4 Change: ​This is a youth-led group, ages 12-22, for those interested in political organizing around local, state, national social justice issues. Brattleboro-area advocates and educators assist in building a strong personal tool kit to organize for change - tools for resilience, courage and compassion, while fostering your ability to speak up about issues that matter to you and to take action in the name of love and liberation for all people. Explore issues of racial, economic, and gender justice through art, movement, first-hand accounts and contemplative practices. (Y4C is focused on providing programming for youth from frontline communities - POC, Indigenous, LGBTQIA, poor and working class, differently abled, immigrant, etc.). 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m: drop in, homework, art; 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m: food and meeting (1st and 3rd Mon. every month). Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information: youth4changeaction@gmail.com.

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