CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Friday, February
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. Gallery open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Through Saturday, April 4. Canal Street Art Gallery, 23 Canal St. Information: 802-289-0104, www.canalstreetartgallery.com.
BRATTLEBORO BMC Chamber Series - Violinist Itamar Zorman and Pianist Adam Golka: Since his emergence as the top prize winner of the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition, violinist Itamar Zorman has performed as soloist and chamber musician around the world. Recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust award, he is a regular participant at the Marlboro Music Festival as well as festivals in the U.S. and across Europe. Adam Golka returns to the BMC Chamber Music Series following numerous performances with orchestras throughout Europe and across the United States. Originally from Texas, Golka is currently working on a project to present Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas in multiple U.S. cities. Golka is Artist-in-Residence at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. The duo will present a engaging program of standard and non-standard repertoire: Ben-Haim's Berceuse Sfaradite and Toccata, op. 34, No. 3; Brahms' Violin Sonata No. 1 G major, op. 78; Messiaen's Theme and variations; and Schubert's Fantasy in C major, D. 934. 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. $20 or $40 for preferred seating. Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Information: 802-257-4523; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Retreat Farm - Winter Playground: Winter adventure awaits! Join us on the Farm for guided snowshoe walks, campfires with homemade marshmallows, face painting, Abenaki storytelling, farm animals, and more. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Through Sunday, February 23. Varies. Retreat Farm, 45 Farmhouse Sq. Information: www.retreatfarm.org/winterplayground.
BRATTLEBORO Municipal Data Currencies Matrices with Rikki Risatti: Discussion about a Public Direct Democratic Majority Vote for an alternative international currency for fair trade and sustainable commerce proposals. Economic services development centers w/online access would dispense, receive, and share bank account information with clients' case managers. Blockchain encryption can protect privacy and establish transparent stock market records for anti corruption/anti laundering evaluation. 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.
WALPOLE Three Centuries of Life along the Connecticut River: The Connecticut River comprises the entire western border of Cheshire County and has played a major role in the history of the region. Alan Rumrill, Exec. Dir. of The Cheshire Historical Society, will share tales about the four towns located on the river: Hinsdale, Chesterfield, Westmoreland and Walpole. He'll tell about the uses of the river, bridges, ferries, disasters, crimes, businesses, famous folks, and everyday life along the river for the past 300 years, much of which he has documented in his column in the Keene Sentinel. 7 p.m. Refreshments served. Free. Walpole Town Hall, Elm St. Information: 603-756-3672.
BRATTLEBORO Debate - "Can Democracy Be Saved? (and Why Bother?)": Ambassador Adrian Basora is a Trustee of the Foreign Policy Research Institute and co-chairs its Eurasia Program and its Project on Democratic Transitions. He led the US Embassy in Prague and worked closely with Czech and Slovak leaders during their transition to democracy. Immediately prior to that, he served at the National Security Council and helped shape U.S. policies of support for the post-communist transitions of Central Europe. His earlier Foreign Service career included assignments in Latin America, Romania, France and Spain, Washington. He is the principal author of the book, "Does Democracy Matter? The United States and Global Democracy Support." Dr. Andrew Wilking, in addition to his medical career, has long been a student of history with special interests in American and English history. 7 p.m. Coffee, tea & conversation; 7:30 p.m. Debate. Free and open to the public. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.
PUTNEY "Inside Out": This Academy Award-winning animation film follows the journey of a young child through the lens of her emotions, learning to navigate the ups and downs of life as a young person. This screening is aimed at creating a nurturing space for young families in the Putney area. It's also listed on the BBC's list of the "100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century," The New York Times' "Best Films of the 21st Century So Far," and The National Board of Review's "Top 10 Best Films of the Year." Plus it received The Golden Globe's "Best Animated Feature" and won numerous awards in Europe and Canada. 6 - 8 p.m. Fresh popcorn and beverages available. Suggested donation: $5 per person or $10 per family. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Candy Land - You are the Pieces!: Giant Candy Land board. All players get a bag of candy courtesy of Life is Sweet, Brattleboro's newest candy store. Grab your friends and sign up for a slot. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. in the Community Room. Part of the Winter Carnival activities. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO The Annies!: Get ready to laugh, sing and boogie on down with The Annies and their puppet friends during Winter Carnival. Presented by the Brattleboro Winter Carnival Committee and the Children's Room. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Nature Explorers Winter Camp: During school vacation, children in grades 1 to 4 will create art for animals, follow the tracks of animals, build snow shelters, learn how animals survive winter, and explore the wonders of winter. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Presented by Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center (BEEC). $45 for BEEC members ($55 non-members). Winston Prouty Center, 209 Austine Dr. Information: Register: 802-257-5785, www.BEEC.org.
NEWFANE Story Time Yoga: This class, taught during school vacation by Courtney Perkins of Newfane Village Yoga, features a story and incorporates gentle yoga moves that people of all ages can try. After story time, lunch will be provided at the Newfane Congregational Church. 10:30-11:30 am, followed by lunch at Newfane Congregational Church. Families/caregivers can bring kids of any age. Children over age 10 can come on their own. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with Sunny Lowdown: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. More refreshments in the cafe. 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.