CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Thursday, September
JACKSONVILLE Open Mic Night "Your Time to Shine": Join us for an evening of music, song, poetry, comedy, and more. Attend as an audience member and/or participate as one of our shining stars. Refreshments served. 6 - 9 p.m. Free. Whitingham Free Public Library, 2948 VT Rte. 100. Register your act: 802-368-7506.
WEST CHESTERFIELD "The Time of My Life": Do we ever really know when we are truly happy? That is the question beneath English playwright Alan Ayckbourn's fast-paced family comedy. He draws scathing portraits of people leading dull, mechanical lives, who every day somehow straddle the line between comedy and farce. At three separate restaurant tables, scenes continuously shift back and forth from Present to Past to Future, cleverly revealing all the family secrets and foibles. As seen through this filter of Time, this seemingly normal family's back-stabbing attacks on each other, their overbearing strengths and debilitating weaknesses/infidelities, and disappointing children are revealed through awkward fits, situational misconceptions, and flailing arguments as the audience pieces together a recognizable tale of a family's pride and prejudices. Cast: Mo Hart, Bruce Holloway, Heather Martell, Tyler Strickland, Harral Hamilton, Sadie Fischesser and Sherman Morrison. Directed by Sam Pilo. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays. Through Saturday, September 28. $15 (reservations recommended). Actors Theatre Playhouse, Corner Brook & Main St. Information: 877-666-1855; Click for more info on Web in new window.
DUMMERSTON The Geology of Dummerston: Marjorie Gale, the Vermont State Geologist and Dir. of the Vermont Geological Survey will describe the geology of Dummerston - how Dummerston came to be - from the early rock and land formations, up through the glaciers and the development of our soils, to the landscape we enjoy today. There will be plenty of time for questions and a chance to study geologic and surficial maps of the region. Marjorie joined the Vermont Geological Survey in 1996 and is co-author of the Bedrock Geologic Map of Vermont (2011). She spent most of her career mapping bedrock, developing groundwater resource maps, working on GIS projects, and doing outreach. She now directs programs which focus on mapping, groundwater and hazards. 7 p.m. downstairs (children welcome). For a related article, "Making the 2011 Bedrock Map of Vermont," visit dec.vermont.gov/geological-survey/publication-gis/VTrock/ mapmade. Free. Dummerston Congregational Church, 1535 Middle Rd. Information: 802-257-0544; Click to e-mail for more information.
BRATTLEBORO Anna Patton Teaches "Ear Training for Everyone": There are virtuosic listeners just as there are virtuosic performers - you can learn to be one! Are there songs you love and wish you could articulate what is so great about them? Do you harmonize with your voice/instrument and wonder why some harmonies sound great or weird or wrong? Write music and feel as though you always follow the same patterns and wish you had more options? This course draws on Patton's fascination with learning and creating music by ear and is designed for singers, instrumentalists, curious listeners; people with/without formal music training. Learn to identify the harmonic gist of songs by listening, finding bass lines, making educated guesses about chord progressions. Exercises to sharpen musical ears through harmonizing and e-harmonizing well-known songs. We'll have group compositions, experiment with harmonic options and steal ideas we like from the songs we've studied. While vocalizing will be central, these skills are not just for people who consider themselves singers - they're also at the core of improvisation, composition, and general music appreciation. 5:30 - 7 p.m. on Thursdays. Through Thursday, November 21. $20 per class. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: email@example.com, www.118elliot.com.
BRATTLEBORO Open Mic for Musicians hosted by Kevin Perry: 6 - 9 p.m. every Thursday. Marina Restaurant, 28 Spring Tree Rd. Performers receive 50% off their meal - and should call to sign up in advance: 802-257-7563, www.kevinparrymusic.com.
BRATTLEBORO Two Spanish Classes: "Spanish Family Circle" and "Singing in Spanish": "Spanish Family Circle" is for children and caregivers. "Singing in Spanish" is for adults but all ages are welcome (no singing talent required). We'll sing songs from Spain and Central and South America (translations provided). You are welcome to bring guitars, hand drums, more percussion instruments. Luz Elena will bring her guitar, maracas and other percussion instruments. 4:30-5:15 p.m. "Spanish Family Circle"; 6-8 p.m. "Singing in Spanish." Both classes are on Thursdays and taught by Luz Elena Morey. Through Thursday, October 24. $90 "Spanish Family Circle", $180 "Singing in Spanish". Express Fluency, 12 Flat St. Information: 802-275-2694; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO BAG ALI Handbags/Accessories Sale to benefit Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Auxiliary: Handbags, Briefcases, Backpacks, Wallets, Totes. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in Tyler Conference Room. Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, 17 Belmont Ave. Information: 802-257-0341; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Mary Wilkins Freeman - Brattleboro Words Project Roundtable Film and Discussion: Wilkins, a 19th century Brattleboro author will be featured. Both Mark Twain and Rudyard Kipling greatly admired her work. A short film produced in 1986 starring Amy Madigan was based on Freeman's best-known short story, "The Revolt of Mother," of the 250 she wrote (plus 22 volumes of short stories, 14 novels, over 50 uncollected short stories and prose essays, 3 plays, and a motion picture play). Set in mid-19th century rural New England, the story's central character, Sarah Penn, has long-endured their inadequate farmhouse. The story begins as Sarah discovers that the men working for her husband in the dooryard are putting in a foundation, not for her new house, but for a fancy new barn. 7 p.m. Film, followed by a discussion of the themes in the short story and film in the Main Reading Room. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Stonewall Farm Tasting: Sample delicious vegetables from Stonewall Farm. 3 - 5 p.m. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Advance Care Planning and Directive: Don Freeman, Program Coord. of the Advance Care Planning Program at Brattleboro Hospice leads a workshop to explore Advance Care Planning and what are the steps necessary to complete an Advance Directive. The goal is to have written directions that ensure your loved ones and health care professionals know what you want in a medical emergency/illness when you are unable to speak for yourself. Learn and ask questions in a supportive space. 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 Weekly Mid-Day Meditation: Join Vera Riley for meditation time. She will offer instruction to help you create more peace and relaxation in your life through meditation. Vera has studied different meditation types, such as Zen, with several teachers including Shinzen Young and, currently, Soryu Forall. Chairs available, but you are welcome to bring your own meditation cushion/mat. 1 - 1:30 p.m. Use the Canal Street entrance. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Information: 802-246-2821; Click to e-mail for more information.
GUILFORD Seniors Hang Out Cafe: This new offering invites seniors to spend casual time socializing with old friends and making new ones. Play games, sip coffee, and munch on snacks. Sponsored by Guilford Cares. 1 - 3 p.m. every Thursday. Drop in for a few minutes or stay the whole time. Free. Broad Brook Community Center, 3940 Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-579-1350, firstname.lastname@example.org.
BRATTLEBORO National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP): Meeting and potluck. All are welcome. 5:30 - 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.