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Performing arts

WEST CHESTERFIELD The 2019 Ten Minute Play Festival: See the eight winners of the Playhouse's year-long National Competition. Over 600 scripts were submitted ranging from comedies to dramas. Ten minute plays have become a national phenomenon and are a delightful theatre-going experience. They are skillfully composed with complex characters and plots that challenge audiences to get to the heart of a conflict quickly. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Through Friday, June 28. $10. Actors Theatre Playhouse, Corner Brook & Main St. Reservations: 877-666-1855; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Sandglass Theater - "Puppet Crimes": Jana Zeller presents a raucous adult hand puppet show. All the allure of a cabaret style performance, with rude language/puppet roughhousing, this dark comedy highlights all the glory of traditional, anti-authoritarian, counter-cultural puppet theater. Inspired by German, Italian, British hand puppet traditions, this hilarious satire is about what it takes for a common puppet to survive in the face of tyranny, war, economic oppression. Keeping up a 400- year-old tradition, heroes Kasper and Gretel struggle to survive in an old shack on society's margins. As centuries pass through their little puppet booth, war is always raging and Kasper tries to avoid getting blamed, arrested and drafted, yet at every turn this puppet is the scapegoat for larger crimes. In a world of gun-runners, outhouses, a declining monarchy, Kasper manages to survive another 200 years. Then there's Dietmar, corrupt emissary to the king who deals in weapons and bullies Kasper. Each scene poses a grotesque circumstance with a comic twist that explores the tradition of Kasper's character and its timeless relevance to today's world. 7:30 p.m. The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Tickets at door or online: www.stonechurchvt.com.

BRATTLEBORO Baker Street Readers - "The Copper Beaches" (Dramatic Reading): Violet Hunter needs advice. She has been offered a job as a governess with the Rucastles, a respectable family in the country. The money seems good - too good. But her prospective employer insists she is the perfect girl for the job - if she'd only cut her hair. With no else to turn to for advice, she visits seeks the counsel of the world's foremost consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes, and his colleague, Dr Watson. Holmes finds sinister meaning in Rucastle's strange requests, but cannot tell where they may lead. Holmes and Watson must solve the mystery quickly, for more than just Miss Hunter's life may be at stake. Featuring James Gelter as Sherlock Holmes and Tony Grobe as Dr. John Watson, with Kirby Landers as Violet Hunter, Ben Stockman as Jethro Rucastle, and Louise Krieger in various roles. Hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and Q&A after the performance. 7 p.m. $5 (cash only). Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Information: facebook.com/bakerstreetreaders.

Celebrations and festivals

KEENE Walldogs - Magical History Tour: The Mural Festival days will be filled with community activities: block party w/ food and music, an art market, community mural painting, family activities, docents at mural sites, Walldog Art Auction. The Walldogs will create 16 original vintage-style murals on exterior walls of Keene buildings. Each host town picks a unique moniker for their event. Keene's history is rich with stories of people, innovative products, momentous events - the Magical History Tour brings some of these stories to life through art and the Walldogs will be our storytellers. Once completed, the Tour lives on as a self-guided walking tour through historic Keene - promoting the city and its history. Varies each day. Through Sunday, June 23. Walldogs. Information: www.walldogsinkeene.com.


NEWFANE Mountain Top Yoga - An Outdoor Adventure: Join Wendy Johnson and Newfane Village Yoga. Start with a 15-20 min. walk up the ridgeline of Putney Mountain in Brookline to the summit. Enjoy views of the Southern VT Ski Mountains on one side and the Connecticut River and Mt. Monadnock on the other. We'll complete the hike with a 45-min. relaxing Mountain Top Yoga asana practice appropriate for all levels followed by 10-15 min. meditation with the option to stay and enjoy the sunset. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. $18. Newfane Yoga. Directions: www.facebook.com/villageyogavt.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Radiant Child Yoga with Ditteke Everdeen-Gorman: Jump into playful yoga poses with dance and music. For ages 2-7 and their families (younger and older siblings welcome). 10:30 a.m. in the Meeting Room on Thursdays. (No class 7/4). Through Thursday, July 25. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Seeds of Light (Sukyo Mahikari) with Susan Hebson: One-on-one demonstration of this calming and purifying Light (7 to 10 min.) Plus discussion of light given to 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 Windham 4 Legislators host Listening Session: Mike Mrowicki and Nader Hashim hold this wrap-up session for constituents. They welcome questions, comments, suggestions about this session or looking ahead to 2020. 6 - 7 p.m. upstairs. Free. Putney General Store, 4 Kimball Hill. Information: mmrowicki@leg.state.vt.us.

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: blood pressure screening, 12 noon: meal. $4 suggested donation ($3.50 ages 60 and up). Townshend Church, 46 Common Rd. Information: 802-365-4321.



June 2019