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CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Friday, August 

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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO Shakespeare's "As You Like It": This musical adaptation calls for a large diverse community in the forest of Arden - a welcoming group of exiles, refugees, and country-folk - who live, sing, eat, dance and give thanks together. Featuring an original folk-pop score by virtuoso Vermonter Shaina Taub, Dir. Rebecca Waxman has recruited members of the NEYT community - parents, alumni, faculty, and staff - to participate in the production and help illustrate the inclusive, joyous world of the play. 8/2, 8/3, 8/6-8/10: 7 p.m.; 8/3-8/4, 8/10: 2 p.m. Through Saturday, August 10. $15, $13 seniors, $11 students. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-246-6398; Click for more info on Web in new window.

WILLIAMSVILLE Rock River Players - "Nickel and Dimed": By Joan Holden, based on Barbara Ehrenreich's book of the same title. Vicky Santiesteban leads; John Moran directs. Ehrenreich chronicles her journey across America as she tries to live on minimum wage. Contains adult language. 8/1-8/3: 7 p.m., 8/4: 3 p.m. Through Sunday, August 4. $10, $7 seniors and students. Williamsville Hall, Dover Rd. Tickets: verbatimvt@gmail.com, www.rockriverplayers.org.

PUTNEY Karen Finley: Grabbing pussy / PARTS KNOWN: This is performance artist Finley's one-woman show based in part on her provocative new book. Q&A follows. Presented by the Brattleboro Museum of Art and Next Stage. 8 - 10 p.m. $20 ($25 at door). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

The written word

BELLOWS FALLS "Sicily, A Heart's Journey" with author Mary Tolaro-Noyes: Mary's book chronicles the dream of discovering her Sicilian family. It reveals the power of family love that transcends time and place and enriches the lives of each generation. Photographs collected from family members and community resources document the stories. 6 p.m. Free. Village Square Booksellers, 32 Square. Information: 802-463-9404; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Gallery Walk - Downtown Brattleboro & Nearby Exhibit Venues: Artist receptions for new and continuing shows at 30 or more exhibit venues, many with refreshments and a few with live music. Most exhibits continue throughout the month. Printed guides available at participating venues - look for large number signs in merchant/eatery windows. 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. 1st Fri. of every month. Gallery Walk. Information: Listings and map: www.GalleryWalk.org.

Music

BRATTLEBORO Mr. Blair Down Home Style: Enjoy a relaxing hour of acoustic folk, bluegrass and country songs with rural themes as Mr. Blair sings and performs on guitar, ukulele, and harmonica. 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.

BRATTLEBORO TGIF Morning Matinee - "Drumming About You": At these interactive programs, groups get hands-on with an array of drums and world percussion instruments. Bob Bloom leads everyone to play along with joy-filled rock & roll, boogie, funk, folk, and swing songs that have catchy beats and engaging melodies. Bob's participatory music is presented at schools, recreation sites, eldercare centers, libraries, museums, healthcare and disabilities facilities, social work agencies, performance venues, and team building retreats. Presented by Brattleboro Rec. & Parks. 10:30 a.m. at the Rotary Theater (Rain location: Nelson Withington Skating Facility). Free. Living Memorial Park, Guilford St. Ext. Information: 802-254-5808.

BELLOWS FALLS The Amphion Baroque Ensemble: Jesse Lepkoff, traverso and recorder, director; Paul Shipper, bass vocals, recorder and baroque guitar; Reinmar Seidler, cello; Frances Conover Fitch, harpsichord; Deborah Rentz-Moore, mezzo-soprano. The Amphion Ensemble is made up of musicians who specialize in music of the baroque. Using historically informed technique and instruments of the period, Amphion inspires to capture the true spirit and sounds of the 18th century, music of passion and style. 7:30 p.m. In advance: $20, $15 seniors. Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St. Information: 802-463-3100; Click for more info on Web in new window.

DOVER Incurable Semantics: 7 p.m. Free. Dover Free Library, 22 Holland Rd. Information: 802-348-7488; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Farmers' markets

WEST TOWNSHEND Farmers Market, Pizza, Music with Tim Robinson: Great vendors, pizza baked in the outdoor oven. Buy your plant starts, fresh greens, local produce, meats, bread, ferments, maple syrup and other groceries. Crafts and local treats. Followed by wood-fired pizza and traditional Celtic music. All ages. Sponsored by The West River Community Project, a nonprofit Center dedicated to promoting agricultural, economic, and social activities of the West River Valley. 4:30-7:30 p.m. Market; 5-7:30 p.m. Pizza and Music. Credit, debit, and EBT payments accepted. Thrift shop open till 7 p.m. Through Friday, October 11. West Townshend Country Store and Cafe, Rte. 30. Information: 802-874-4800; Click to e-mail for more information.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Kevin O'Keefe's One-Man Circus in-a-Suitcase: This is a family-friendly celebration to benefit the Haiti Orphanage Sponsorship Trust. Enjoy a Haitian dinner, silent auction, and Haitian dance music with Lakou Mizik in addition to supporting an orphanage of 33 children forever changed by the 2010 earthquake. Co-founded by two Brattleboro educators, HOST is a vehicle of compassion that directly supports the lives of a new generation of Haitians. 5 - 10 p.m. $10 to $50 (ages 12 and under by donation). The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Tickets: www.stonechurchvt.com.

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 - 11:30 a.m. every Friday. Free (KidsPLAYce fees apply if you want to stay and play). KidsPLAYce, 20 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-5212, education@brattleborofoodcoop.coop.

BRATTLEBORO Free Friday Samplings - Try Before You Buy - On Sale: Try something new, something seasonal, something on sale. 12 noon - 2 p.m. at the Demo Counter. (Every Fri. in August). Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Well-being

NEWFANE Backyard Breeze Yoga Classes: Holly Bertram hosts her all levels class on the lawn behind the studio. She'll provide extra mats to place underneath your usual mat, citronella candles, a fire, and bug spray too. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Weather dependent - if it's not agreeable outside, class will be held in the studio. (Repeats 8/9). $18. Newfane Village Yoga, 599 Rte. 30. Information: ; Click to e-mail for more information.

Community meals

JACKSONVILLE Spaghetti Supper: Spaghetti with homemade sauce, Salad, Rolls, and homemade Blueberry Dessert. 5 - 7 p.m. $10, $5 ages 5-12, free under age 5. Jacksonville Community Church, Rte. 112. Information: 802-368-7626.

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