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Performing arts

PUTNEY Sandglass Theater - Footpath to the CIRCUS Puppets: Three excerpted scenes from our unusual circus show, The Pig Act (2000). Outdoor event which includes: a trapeze artist, tightrope walker, and a dog whisperer, each with a unique twist! Performed by three generations of the Sandglass family with guest appearances by Chris Yerlig and original cast member of The Pig Act, Finn Campman. Original music composed by Ralph Denzer. And the pig? Well, you will surely see a most talented pig, aspiring to the heights of these circus performers with his own unique flair. 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. $10 and up (sliding scale). Space is limited. Sandglass Theater, 17 Kimball Hill. To book a spot: 802-387-4051 Mon.-Fri.,10a.m.- 2:30p.m. or leave message (calls returned by 1 business day). 802-387-4051; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Shoot the Moon Theater Explores Digital Voyeurism in Halloween Spectacular (Online): "What Did I Just See?" is inspired by the unintended digital voyeurism that has become common due to increased reliance on videoconferencing platforms for business and social gatherings. The lead character thinks that they've seen something. Maybe they did, or maybe they didn't? STM artistic director Joshua Moyse says the script updates themes previously explored in short stories such as H.G. Wells's "Through A Window" and Cornell Woolrich's "It Had to Be Murder," which was the source for Alfred Hitchcock's film "Rear Window." Performers include Elias Burgess, Josh Goldstein, Colin Grube, Jon Mack, and Jennifer Moyse. 7:30 - 8:15 p.m. Repeats 11/6, 11/7. By donation. Online. Information: www.shootthemoontheater.com.

The written word

"Generating Suspense" (via Zoom): In this workshop, appropriate for beginning or experienced writers, we'll explore techniques to create and manage suspense in our writing. Led by Barbara Morrison. 4 -5 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Zoom. Information: Register: info@timetowrite.us.

Ideas and education

Workshop/Training - Introduction to Restorative Circles (via Zoom): This training will focus on intakes for restorative circles. How do you make someone comfortable enough to speak about difficult issues. How to be an active listener, how to listen with empathy, and what is the difference between empathy and sympathy? How does NVC training help us communicate in preparation for a circle? Facilitated by Claire Webb and Emma Bliss. 3-5 p.m. Appropriate for anyone interested in the Restorative Circle process, those new to NVC/restorative justice, and those more experienced with these concepts looking to practice with others. Beginners welcome. This curriculum holistically trains you in restorative justice techniques. Join for the entirety or use weekly trainings to strengthen areas of understanding. (Also see 11/7). Free. Zoom. Information: www.rcjsvt.org/programs. RSVP for link: rcjsvt@gmail.com.

Farmers' markets

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Area Farmers' Market - "Shop and Go": 10 a.m. -2 p.m. (10 -11 a.m. still reserved for high-risk customers). Brattleboro Area Farmers Market, 570 Western Ave., Rt. 9, near covered bridge. Information: www.brattleborofarmersmarket.com.

Local history

NEWFANE "Community Memory Project" (in Person on the Lawn or Zoom): The Moore Free Library is collecting audio recordings of stories, anecdotes, recollections, thoughts of people who live/have lived in Newfane, Williamsville, S. Newfane, Brookline. Recordings (with scanned photos, diaries, letters) will be shared on moorefreelibrary.org. Telling and listening to stories has a rich tradition in VT and is a way to connect with others during a time when many feel isolated and to preserve the words of loved ones. Community members can volunteer by becoming interviewers, speaking with/making audio recordings of friends and family members or people they've never met. Some may wish to be interviewed or to record themselves telling their own story without an interviewer; be involved on the technical level by scanning old photos, letters, diaries or working to upload audio/ photo files to the website. You do not have to be a longtime resident to participate. 10/31: "Audio Editing Basics," 1-3 p.m. (This 2-year project - a partnership between the Library, Historical Society of Windham County, Senior Solutions, Brattleboro Area Hospice, and the VT Folklife Center - is funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences. In case of strong rain, workshop will be held the next day. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Pre-registration required: 802-365-7948, https://moorefreelibrary.org/communitymemory.

Kids and families

PUTNEY Halloween in Putney - Drive Through Trick or Treating: 3 - 5 p.m. Putney Central School, 182 Westminster Rd. Information: https://www.facebook.com/HalloweenPutneyVT.

BRATTLEBORO Trick or Treat: The Town of Brattleboro Rec. and Parks in collaboration with the Brooks Memorial Library is ehosting drive-thru Trick-or-Treating. We ask all ghouls and goblins to enter the Municipal Center Parking Lot from the Grove Street entrance. There will be a walk-up table for those who wish to walk instead of drive. 4 - 6 p.m. in the Parking Lot. Special thanks to the Brattleboro Police and Fire Departments for assistance with this event. Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Dept., 207 Main St. Information: More info: 802-254-5808.

BRATTLEBORO Halloween - Guidance from the CDC and the Vermont Health Dept: Families should consider lower risk and safe alternative activities such as carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household and displaying them on your porch or decorating your house, apartment, or living space. In addition, you could do a Halloween Scavenger Hunt where children are given lists of Halloween-themed items to look for while they walk outdoors from house to house admiring Halloween decorations at a distance. Neighborhoods can also host a virtual Halloween costume contest. Halloween looks different because of COVID-19. For guidance about Trick-or-Treaters - costumes, group size, where to stop, treats, hygiene, plus: Advice for drivers and for those handing out items, call 802-254-5808. Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Dept. .

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