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Performing arts

WEST CHESTERFIELD Ron Hutchinson's "Moonlight and Magnolias": Based on the true story about the making of America's beloved film "Gone with the Wind," it's five weeks into filming and Atlanta has burned. Scarlett O'Hara has been cast. The problem is there is no workable script and George Cukor, the director, has been fired by legendary film producer David O. Selznick, who seems to have a big white elephant on his hands and only five days to save the production from failure. Desperate, Selznick recruits Victor Fleming to take over as director, and screenwriter Ben Hecht to rewrite the script. The problem is that Hecht has not read the book and the clock is ticking. With shades drawn, phone calls unanswered, and a diet of peanuts and bananas, Selznick and Fleming frantically re-enact for Hecht all the scenes we have come to know and love, birthing and all, with hilarious results. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays. Through Saturday, August 17. $12 Thur., $15 Fri. and Sat. Actors Theatre Playhouse, Corner Brook & Main St. Information: 877-6661855,

The written word

PUTNEY Castle Freeman Reading: Castle 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 Castle sign books that people bring. No books will be for sale at this event. 7 p.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Artist Talk - Photographer Nick Meyer: 5:30 p.m. Free. In-Sight Photography Project, 183 Main St.Ste. 1. Information: 802-251-9960,

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Film Screening and Community Discussion: "Within the Eye of the Storm": Israeli creative documentary about a Palestinian and an Israeli who were once dedicated fighters. They then turned from enemies into brothers when faced with the tragic loss of their daughters in the conflict. This Jerusalem Peacebuilders Program is presented by the Windham World Affairs Council. 5:30 p.m. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.


WESTMINSTER WEST Cecilia Zabala of Buenos Aires "Special Trio" Concert: Zabala is a rising star on the world music scene, a celebrated guitarist, vocalist, and composer with 10 CDs and over 15 years of international touring and recording experience. Today, she performs with two of the brightest lights on the Southern VT music scene - celebrated cellist, Eugene Friesen and Vermont Jazz Center director, Eugene Uman, on piano. Her music exudes a mastery of the Iberian classical guitar tradition as integrated with the folkloric music of Argentina and Chile and the various strains of Brazilian popular music to be heard under the umbrella known as "MPB." As a singer/songwriter, Zabala combines elements of global jazz and folkloric music with her own personal musical vision, in a synthesis that bridges so many styles and genres that it can fairly be described as "sui generis," or without comparison. 7:30 p.m. (Also see 7/26). $20. Congregational Church of Westminster West, 44 Church St. Tickets:

Kids and families

PUTNEY TERRA Collaborative - Open Afternoons and Earth Art at the Tent: Drop by to see what the TERRA Collaborative teachers and students are up to. Make a peg for the timber frame that will become the Putney Farmer's Market's manager stand, browse our education table, make earth art, or just say hello while our timber framing class cuts the market stand frame. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in field next to Rod's Mobile. Parking available at River Valley Credit Union. Through Friday, July 26. Free. Putney Big Tent, 40 Main St.

BELLOWS FALLS Making Space for Pollinators with The Butterfly Guy: In this all-ages program, learn about butterflies, bees, bats, and all the important critters that help pollinate our orchards, yards, gardens, and rain forest. Also learn how to build and maintain habitats that help our pollinator populations, what time of year to mow fields that is most beneficial to pollinators, and what flowers to grow in our gardens to attract butterflies and bees. Bring a t-shirt (or $4 to buy one) because after the program, you can make a pollinator t-shirt with a combination of dye sprays, plants, and butterfly, bat, and dragon cut outs. 5 p.m. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270, youthservices@rockinghamlibrary,org.

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. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.


NEWFANE End of Life Navigation and Burial Shrouds: Dina Stander discusses the role of end-of-life doulas and demonstrates shrouding. This is part of a month-long series on death and dying. 5:30 p.m. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

WILMINGTON Intro to Advance Care Planning - with Don Freeman from Brattleboro Area Hospice: 12 noon - 1 p.m. Free. Pettee Memorial Library, 16 S. Main St. Information: 257-0775 x 101,

GUILFORD Tai Chi for Fall Prevention: Regular practice improves balance, promotes correct posture and good health. Classes are paced for seniors combining qigong energy exercises with basic movements. 9 - 10 a.m. beginners; 10 - 11 a.m. ongoing, intermediate. $2 suggested donation. Broad Brook Community Center, 3940 Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-579-1350,


BRATTLEBORO Intro to Cat Body Language and Behavior: Cats are often described as mysterious or aloof but in reality they are constantly communicating how they're feeling with their body language. Jessalyn, a Feline Specialist with Windham County Humane Society, will cover the basics of cat body language along with some commonly misunderstood cat behaviors. While questions are encouraged this class is not designed to identify or correct individual cat behavior issues. 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 - 9:45 a.m. (4th Thurs. of every month). Free. Putney Meadows, 17 Carol Brown Way.

Community meals

WILLIAMSVILLE Senior Lunch: Chicken Piccata over Noodles, Green Beans, Rolls, Salad, Bread Pudding for dessert. Prepared by Jon Julian, owner/chef of Top of The Hill Grill in Brattleboro, hosted by Nancy Rysz and Natalie Donovan, and sponsored by Senior Solutions (Council on Aging, Inc.). 12 noon. $4 ($3.50 age 60 and up). Williamsville Hall, Dover Rd. Information: Reservations: 802-348-7729.



July 2019