CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Thursday, September
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. Friday, Saturday, Sunday. 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.
BRATTLEBORO United States Census 2020 Jobs with Chuck Thompson: Overview of United States Census history. Discussion on the purpose for the Census and Census jobs in 2019 and 2020. 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 Toastmasters - "Climate Changes": We'll discuss "Climate Changes": What do we expect? Also, two new members will be inducted, our area director will be visiting, and two members will give speeches to be evaluated. Audience members can volunteer to answer a question without any preparation. There will be a report from the "ah" counter who tracks every person's filler words like ah, um, er, and so. Drew Adam will emcee. Refreshments. 6 - 7:30 p.m., Rm.249. From front or back entrance, take stairs/elevator to 2nd fl. Free. Brooks House, 41 Harmony Pl. (Main and High St.). Information: www.brattleboro.toastmastersclubs.org.
GUILFORD Village Harmony: Northern Harmony is the highest level performing group under the umbrella of world music organization Village Harmony. Most of the ten singers in the present ensemble, led by Larry Gordon, are veterans of many years of Village Harmony singing programs and have studied traditional singing styles first hand with native teachers in South Africa, Corsica, and Caucasus Georgia, and some are singing leaders in their own right. The concert program presents a mix of world harmony traditions including South African songs and dances, traditional polyphony from Georgia, Corsica, and the Balkans, American shape-note singing and quartet gospel. 7:30 p.m. Suggested donation: $15 to $5 sliding scale. Guilford Community Church, Crnr Rte. 5 and Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-257-2776.
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.
GUILFORD Tai Chi for Fall Prevention: Regular practice improves balance and strength, promotes correct posture and general good health. Classes are paced for seniors combining qigong energy exercises with basic movements. Thursdays: 10-11 a.m. ongoing; 11 a.m. - 12 noon beginners. Through Thursday, December 5. $2 suggested donation. Broad Brook Community Center, 3940 Guilford Center Rd. Guilford Cares: 802-579-1350, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com.
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. 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. new time (4th Thurs. of every month). Free. Putney Meadows, 17 Carol Brown Way.
LONDONDERRY Community Lunches: 12 noon in the Friendship Room. All Londonderry residents are welcome. (Additional date: 10/14). Free (donations welcome). Second Congregational Church, Route 11/100. Information: 802-824-6453.
MARLBORO Heading for Extinction And What To Do About It: Concerned about climate change and not sure what to do about it? Join us for a presentation about Extinction Rebellion, the international, apolitical climate movement that is using non-violent direct action to enact change. Find out about the many ways you can join the climate movement! Presenters: Maria and Ward Ogden. 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. followed by Q&A. Free. Marlboro College/Dalrymple, Room D38, 2582 South Road. Information: 802-257-4333; Click for more info on Web in new window.