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CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Thursday, May 

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The written word

PUTNEY Castle Freeman Readings: Freeman will read from his most recently published novel, "The Devil in the Valley" (2016), and from a series of short essays he wrote for the Old Farmers' Almanac. There will also be a question and answer period and a chance to have him sign books that people bring. No books will be for sale at this event. Freeman came to southeastern VT with his wife, Alice, on a whim and is still here 45 years later. He's the author of eight novels, something like eighty short stories, two story collections, one full-length work of VT history, and more than 100 essays, historical articles, op-ed matter, journalism, nature writing, and other nonfiction, most of it related in one way or another to the life of our state and its people. 7 p.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

NEWFANE Forestry Presentation: Join Windham County Forester Sam Schneski as he shares information about the Vermont Backyard Woods Program, a six-week online course developed by the Dept. of Forests, Parks and Recreation and the University of Vermont Extension. This course uses a combination of videos, webinars, and weekly activities to guide you in the exploration of your backyard woods. 6 p.m. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Music

BELLOWS FALLS Singer-Songwriter Ben Mackin : Plus, open-mic-style short slots are still available. 6 p.m. short-slots, 7 p.m. Mackin. $5 suggested donation. Stage 33 Live, 33 Bridge St. RSVP for short slots: stage33@stage33live.com, stage33live.com.

Instruction

BRATTLEBORO Stop the Bleed with Rescue, Inc: What to do if someone is bleeding badly or suffers a gunshot wound in your presence: Demonstration by Jeff and Drew. 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 Theatre Adventure - "Jill & Jack and the Beanstalk": Imagination rules in this classic fairy tale where wit, determination, and love triumphs over the villainous giant. Characters with panache for delighting in the unknown pepper the story throughout with fancy footwork and a song, or two. A dancing cow, a trickster peddler, a singing harp, a magic hen are but a few whom Jill and Jack meet in their quest to help Jack's mother. Their journey leads them to the unknown cloud world where danger and excitement abound. The actors, with a diversity of ages, interests, talent, needs, and abilities lead the audience in a theatrical telling of the tale with shadow puppetry, projections, dancing, singing, and acting. Theatre Adventure actors create theater that turns traditional roles upside down, presenting a fresh take on familiar stories and challenging audiences to open their thinking and delight in the unexpected. 10 a.m., West Village House, 29 South St., West Brattleboro. Sensory-Friendly. ASL interpreting provided. Wheelchair accessible. Through Friday, May 17. $10. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-246-6398; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Well-being

GUILFORD Tai Chi for Fall Prevention: Regular practice improves balance, promotes correct posture and good health. Tai Chi for fall prevention classes are paced for seniors, combining qigong energy exercises with basic movements. Instructor Leah Gessner is certified by Tai Chi Vermont, Inc. Offered by Guilford Cares. 10 - 11 a.m. on Thursdays. $2 suggested donation. Broad Brook Community Center, 3940 Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-579-1350, gcares@comcast.net.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) Community Meeting and Potluck: All are welcome. 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. monthly. Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information: 802-254-3400; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community meals

TOWNSHEND Community Meal: Sponsored by Senior Solutions, the food is prepared by the Townshend Dam Diner's Chef Stephanie. All are welcome. Take-out available. Free blood pressure screening offered by Visiting Nurse and Hospice of VT/NH. 11:30 p.m: blood pressure screening, 12 noon: meal. $4 suggested donation ($3.50 ages 60 and up). Townshend Church, 46 Common Rd. Information: 802-365-4321.

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