CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Thursday, February
BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Union High School Music Dept. - "Oliver!": The book, music, and lyrics of this musical by Lionel Bart are based on the Charles Dickens novel, "Oliver Twist." Join Oliver as he navigates London's underworld of theft and violence, searching for a home, a family, and, most importantly, for love. 2/13: 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., 2/14: 7 p.m., 2/15: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Auditorium. Through Saturday, February 15. $6. Brattleboro Union High School, 131 Fairground Rd. Tickets: 802-451-3407, buhs.wsesdvt.org.
BELLOWS FALLS Fine Art Ceramics Show - "A Changing Form": Featuring ceramic, pottery, clay artists from across VT and NH, including members of The Vermont Crafts Council, League of N.H. Craftsmen, Brattleboro Clayworks: The artists are: David Ernster, Kathie Gatto-Gurney, Carla Liguori, Naomi Lindenfeld, and Alan Steinberg. 2/21: 5 - 8 p.m. Opening Reception. Open Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Through Saturday, April 4. Canal Street Art Gallery, 23 Canal St. Information: 802-289-0104, www.canalstreetartgallery.com.
BRATTLEBORO February Gallery At The Garden Presents: Painter Martha Dolan and Photographer Aaron John Bourque: Dolan: I draw from my imagination. My inspiration for my art comes from nature. I create places that I've been to, or visualize places that I would like to experience. I'm especially inspired by the mystique of the VT nighttime sky, the rural romanticism of the Meadows at the confluence of the West and Connecticut rivers, the powerful beauty of Mt. Wantastiquet. As I meditate among the all this scenic loveliness, worlds come to life on the once white page." Bourque is an artist, photographer, and educator. By visiting document archives and reading the landscape for the evidence of our histories, Bourque creates lyric documents that find tension between the descriptive qualities of the photographic object and the experience of an encounter with the world. Bourque's work searches for connections to the places we dwell, the systems that shape daily life, and the histories we leave behind. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays. Through Thursday, February 27. The River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Brattlemasters (Toastmasters) - "Healthy Hearts": "Nick" Nickerson will announce the word of the day near the beginning of the meeting, then listen to see how many people actually use it. He'll also monitor everyone's grammar and report on the best and worst uses by end of the meeting. Emcee Annemarie Pluhar will introduce speech evaluators - Lisa Sieverts and Carolyn Handy. They will introduce the scheduled speakers, John Penford and Drew Adam. Leading a speaking-off-the-cuff exercise, when members and non-members may practice speaking without any preparation on a topic for one to two minutes, will be club's president, Dora Levinson. The mission of a Toastmasters club is to develop oral communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth. 6 - 7:30 p.m., Rm. 249. Free. Vermont Technical College, 41 Harmony Pl. Information: www.brattleboro.toastmastersclubs.org.
BRATTLEBORO What is Baha'i? - Ask 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.
BRATTLEBORO From Wrongfully Imprisoned Teenager to Law School Graduate - Jeffrey Deskovic Speaks About His Story/Criminal Justice Reform: Jeffrey Deskovic, JD, MA, is an internationally recognized wrongful conviction expert and Founder of The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice, which has freed seven people and passed three laws aimed at preventing wrongful conviction. Besides his work on advisory boards pertaining to criminal justice reform, Jeff is a co-host of the podcast, "It Can Happen To You! Exposing Injustice With The Deskovic Foundation," which explores a myriad of criminal justice topics. He's also co-owner of the Recharge Beyond The Bars ReEntry Game, which assists the formerly incarcerated with reconnecting with their family and friends. Come hear Jeffrey speak about his story and advocacy work and about wrongful conviction causes and reforms needed to prevent them. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Free. St. Michaels Episcopal Church, Putney Rd. and Bradley Ave. Information: 802-254-6048.
WESTMINSTER SEVCA Workshop - The Basics of Starting a Business: 10 a.m.-12 noon. Repeats 3/12. (Also in Brattleboro: 2-4 p.m. on 3/11). Free. SEVCA (Westminster), 91 Buck Dr. Register with Denise: 802-722-4575 or 800-464-9951.
BRATTLEBORO Musical Improvisation for All with Anna Patton : This event is for any and all instrumentalists and vocalists willing to experiment with improvisational play. We'll come up with musical/sonic material on the fly and use various cues to organize, disrupt, or otherwise mess around with the sounds. No experience is needed as long as you have a curious ear and a willingness to make things up. Patton is a clarinetist/singer/composer who performs in a full spectrum of styles. She teaches vocal and instrumental ensemble classes, aural skills, improvisation, and music theory. In 2006, Anna started the Soubrette Jazz Choir at the Vermont Jazz Center which performs her creative arrangements of historical and contemporary American music. 7:30 p.m., 2nd Thursday of every month. $10 suggested donation (or pay what you can). One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Ear Training For Everyone (aka Aural Skills): For singers, instrumentalists, curious listeners. there will be some terms and concepts to learn for participants without a background in music theory, but always with the goals of hearing more when we listen to music and learning to talk about what we hear. Topics will include scale degrees, intervals, bass lines, chord progressions, chord qualities, and a brief foray into non-western scales and modes. We will harmonize and re-harmonize well-known songs, write group compositions, and practice the art of stealing musical ideas. While vocalizing will be central, these skills are not just for people who consider themselves singers - they are also at the core of improvisation, composition, and general music appreciation. Ten classes. Two sections on Thursdays: 10:30 a.m. - 12 noon and 5:30 - 7 p.m. (10 classes. No class 4/9, 4/16). Through Thursday, April 30. $150 for all sessions or $20 per class for walk-ins. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Show up a few minutes early, ask about scholarship assistance, or register: firstname.lastname@example.org.
WESTMINSTER SEVCA offers Free Tax Assistance: Available to community members whose 2019 income is less than $66,000. Sites include Westminster, Windsor, and White River Junction. . Through Thursday, April 9. Free. SEVCA (Westminster), 91 Buck Dr. Make an appointment soon (they fill up fast): 802-722-4575, 800-464-9951.
BRATTLEBORO Co-op Producer of the Month - Small Batch Organics: Meet the team from Small Batch Organics and taste their delicious Chocolate Granola Bark. 4 - 6 p.m. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO New Bereavement Writing Support Group: Writing about loss can be healing. This is a mutually supportive environment for adults sharing experiences through discussion, readings, simple activities, and suggestions for moving through grief. Writing experience not required, just an open mind and willingness to try this process no matter where or when the loss occurred. Facilitated by Walter Slowinski and Rick Wilhite. 3 - 5 p.m. 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month. Limited to 6 people. Free. Brattleboro Area Hospice, 191 Canal St. A meeting with Lars Hunter, Bereavement Program Coord., prior to joining the group is required: 802-257-0775 x 104.
GUILFORD Pre-Town Meeting & Meet the Candidates: 7 p.m. Broad Brook Community Center, 3940 Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-257-1961.
BELLOWS FALLS "Let's Take Action Rockingham Step 3 - Vermont Council on Rural Development Resource Meeting": Task forces are forming to: Build a Youth Center; Advance Community Energy, Efficiency, Resiliency; and Redevelop Bellows Falls Buildings. Today, we'll frame our action plans and work with a resource team of federal, state, business, and non-profit leaders to identify next steps/resources that can help them succeed. Members of the Resource Team include: Ben Doyle and Jon Muise (USDA Rural Development), Gary Holloway (VT Dept. of Housing and Community Development), Chelsea Lewis (VT Community Foundation), Brad Long (Efficiency Vermont), Chris Campany (Windham Regional Commission), Bob Stevens (Stevens and Associates), Sarah Lang (Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation), Liz Gamache (Preservation Trust of VT), and other key leaders who can provide technical/financial assistance and connections. All members of Rockingham's community are invited to participate. 6 - 9 p.m. Bellows Falls Middle School, 15 School Street. Information: 802-225-6091, email@example.com, www.vtrural.org/programs/Community-Visits.