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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. 8/8-8/9: 7 p.m.; 8/10: 2 p.m. and 7 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.

E. DOVER Dover Free Library's Annual Dessert Social Fundraiser: Shoshana Bass and Jana Zeller of Sandglass Theater present a collection of delightful and compelling short puppet pieces in Punschi. Perfect for kids and adults alike, Punschi features hand puppets, a miniature circus, music, and lots of laughs. An enchanting tradition of imaginative puppetry and entertainment performed by international touring artists Jana and Shoshana. Delicious desserts donated by local bakers and inns follows. 7 p.m. By donation. Dover Town Hall, 190 Taft Brook Rd. Information: 802-348-7488.

Visual arts and shows

BELLOWS FALLS Carved Wooden Birds: Adam Wetzel has been carving as a self-taught hobby for 40 years. He chooses a bird and shapes a roughed-out bass wood with knives and chisels. Feather detail is defined by a wood burning tool and many layers of acrylic paint washes to bring life to the wood. Museum-quality glass eyes are the only non-carved feature. Main floor. Through Saturday, August 31. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO What is Baha'i?: With Marie Procter. 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

NEWFANE WOW Water!: Come explore water – make a simple water fountain and learn how it works. Plus make a water related craft. Geared toward ages 5-10. 10:30 a.m. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY Free Yoga for Kids: Melissa Dawson is a Putney mother of three, family therapist, and lover of singing and dancing with children. She is working toward certification in Childlight Yoga - a fun, creative, developmentally-focused model of children's yoga that utilizes music, games, stories, props, etc. to engage children in yoga postures and introduces children to yoga principals. 6:30 - 7:15 p.m. (Repeats 8/15, 8/22). Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information:


BRATTLEBORO Weekly Mid-Day Meditation: Create more peace and relaxation in your life by learning how to meditate. Vera Riley has been meditating for nearly 25 years and looks forward to sharing her knowledge with you through instruction and practice. Vera has studied different meditation types, such as Zen, with several teachers including Shinzen Young and, currently, Soryu Forall. 1 - 1:30 p.m. every Thurs. (Bring a meditation cushion, seat, or mat.). Free to all. Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Registration required: 802-246-2821,

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,



August 2019