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Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO "Symbiosis" - Deborah Garner Oil Paintings and Karen Loomis Ink on Yupo Paper: Colleagues Garner and Loomis have been affiliated with the artists critique group at Hampden Gallery (UMass) over the past several years, steadily developing their own pieces while working their day shift in tandem at the desk of Gallery in the Woods. Garner worked at the Peabody Museum and later as a buyer of museum textiles and artifacts in Asia. Her saturated color and suggestive, symbolic markings suggest a walkabout or vision quest reflecting her passion for Ethnographic art. Loomis recently exited a career in the craft of repairing harpsichords, pianos, and other fine and vintage instruments for UMass and private customers. This series of paintings explores the beauty and structure inside the body as metaphor: bones, cells, and flowing fantasy. 1/3, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Reception for the artists. The Moondogs will provide music. Through Saturday, February 29. Free. Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St. Information: 802-257-4777.

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:


BRATTLEBORO Wyld Nightz - Local Classic Rock Band: This six-piece band was founded in 1999 by Jeff Brewer (lead singer, guitar and banjo player) and Michael McKinney (lead guitar and trumpet player). Drummer Fred Epstein has been with the band for 15 years. Tony Speranza sings and plays keyboards, Matthew Martyn plays bass and trombone, and Anthony Speranza sings and plays saxophones, guitar, and penny whistle. 8 p.m. The band will donate all proceeds from tonight to Brigid's Kitchen and Pantry, which has served over 20,000 free meals this year in downtown Brattleboro. $10 at door. The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information: 802-579-9960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Intermediate and Advanced Chess Classes: Chess helps children develop their problem-solving skills and increase their attention span. The improved ability to focus and concentration gained from playing chess usually transfers to academics. Eric Strickland instructs. 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Intermediate (for players who know the basic checkmates, and at least a few tactics and strategies) 4:45 - 5:45 p.m. Advanced. Fridays. Through Friday, February 28. $40 ($55 non-Brattleboro residents) for either series. Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. Information: 802-254-5808,

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,

Community building

WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with Daniel Smee: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. More refreshments in the cafe. Daniel plays traditional and original folk and country songs. 5 p.m. pizza, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. music. $12 suggested donation for pizza pie. Donations also appreciated by the musician. West Townshend Country Store and Cafe, Rte. 30. Information: 802-874-4800; Click to e-mail for more information.

BRATTLEBORO Get the Word Out Nonprofit Showcase: During Gallery Walk, meet representatives of local non-profits. Discover what the organizations do, how to obtain services from them, how to participate in their programs, and how to volunteer: Brooks Memorial Library, Community Asylum Seekers Project, Magical Earth Retreats, Garden Path Elder Living, Green Mountain RSVP, HCRS, Latchis Arts, New England Coalition on Nuclear Pollution, Senior Solutions, Strolling of the Heifers, The Gathering Place, Turning Point of Windham County, United Way Of Windham County, We Celebrate Democracy, West River Community Project, Windham Grows, WVEW-lp 107.7fm Brattleboro Community Radio, and more. 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. The River Garden, 157 Main St. Vicki Friedman: 802-246-0982.


BRATTLEBORO Protest Vigil at TD Bank: TD helps to fund the Dakota Access Pipeline. What you can do in addition to attending the vigils: If you are a TD depositor, change banks. Founded in 2005, Post Oil Solutions is a 501c3 community organizing project in Southeastern VT whose mission is to help empower the people of the Central Connecticut River Valley bio-region in this era of global warming and climate change to develop sustainable, resilient, collaborative, and socially just communities leading to a self- and community-sufficient post petroleum society. 12 noon - 1 p.m. every Friday. Signs provided. TD Bank, 215 Main St. Information:



January 2020