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CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Saturday, March 

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Performing arts

DUMMERSTON Vermont Theatre Company - "Almost, Maine": Almost, Maine is a small community, a loose gathering of neighbors where nearly everyone knows nearly everyone else. On a single night, in the time between 8:50 pm and 9 pm, beneath the northern lights, nine pairs meet in various locales to discuss life, love, and loss. Within this single, mythical village exists the full spectrum of relationships: romantic, platonic, familial; old friends and new; tenuous and everlasting. Join us for an evening of face-to-face intimacy to explore all the ways we connect as fellow humans in our own little corners of this vast universe. 7:30 p.m. Fri. and Sat.; 3 p.m. Sun. (Repeats 3/13-3/15). $15, $13 seniors and students. Evening Star Grange, 1008 East-West Rd. Information: 802-254-1138.

PUTNEY Tanglewood Marionettes and The Fairy Circus: Founded in 1993, Tanglewood Marionettes is a nationally touring marionette theater based in New England. Their Fairy Circus has over 20 turn-of-the-century-style trick puppets who dance, play instruments, juggle, contort, transform, and fly through the air with the greatest of ease, all to the best-loved music of favorite composers. Hand-crafted string marionettes and puppets and colorful sets with integrated lighting and sound create a fully immersive theatrical experience. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Show will delight younger children/family audiences alike. $9. Sandglass Theater, 17 Kimball Hill. Information: www.sandglasstheater.org.

BRATTLEBORO 2020 Circus Spectacular: Starring guest artists from circuses around the world, this is a unique opportunity to see some of today's most renowned high flying aerialists, acrobats, jugglers. World-class entertainment for the entire family. 3/7: 7:30 p.m. (3/8: 1 p.m.). Through Sunday, March 8. $15 to $50 to benefit NECCA's scholarship programs. Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4471180.

The written word

BRATTLEBORO Free Workshop for Readers and Writers - Thoughtful Reading : Knowing how to evaluate a story is useful whether you're a member of a book club or in a writing critique group. We'll examine the elements in a story, consider questions to ask, and practice critiquing stories. Led by award-winning writer Barbara Morrison. Sponsored by Friends of the Brooks Memorial Library. 3 - 5 p.m. . Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: www.bmorrison.com/events.

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Poetry Discussion Group: No experience necessary; copies of the poems provided. 12 noon - 2 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: info@timetowrite.us.

Ideas and education

NEWFANE Author Theresa Maggio: Twenty years ago, Theresa, currently of Williamsville, published her first book, "Mattanza." To mark the occasion, she'll show her vintage slides of the giant bluefin tuna fishermen of Favignana, Sicily, followed by the 17-minute "Mattanza" segment of former National Geographic videographer Bill Livingston's Emmy-winning documentary, "The Italians.". 7 p.m. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Music

PUTNEY May Erlewine and Clayton Sabine - Contemporary Folk Singer/Songwriters : Erlewine's songs connect with everyday folk. She's performed on street corners, festival stages, "A Prairie Home Companion," and has a long list of full-length albums, two EPs, numerous collaborations." Whether as a member of the folk/rock trio Relative Strangers or as a solo artist, Sabine is known for his powerfully and intimately performed songs, rich with wit and pathos. With lyrics that speak to listeners and melodies that haunt, he blends elements of the best of American traditions of rock, folk and pop. 7:30 p.m. $20 ($24 at door). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO An Evening of Singing at the Library: This community sing-along will feature a songbook of well-known songs from many traditions (folk, golden oldies, gospel, Beatles, old pop and rock, show tunes, etc.) We'll take turns choosing what to sing and the lyrics will be projected on a screen for all to see. There will be guitar accompaniment and a song leader to help guide the music. 7 - 9 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

JAMAICA Winter Animals Concert: Vermont Rock and Roll. Jay Ouellette from Peru heads up the band with his original music. Jay is accompanied by Joel Jordan on bass, Eric Nathan on drums and Jamaica local David Domenick on guitar. The group has quickly become a local favorite. All proceeds go to the Jamaica Community Arts Council (www.JamaicaCommunityArts.org). 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.). $10 suggested donation. Jamaica Town Hall, 17 Pikes Falls Rd. Information: 802-874-4743; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Ballad Sing: Led by Amanda Witman and Tony Barrand, listen to marvelous, shocking, devastating, thrilling, and/or otherwise entertaining stories that have been handed down through the generations in the form of songs. Ballads are story-songs. They can be old or modern and are likely to have many verses. A ballad sing is a sharing of songs (not a performance). Singing from memory is best, so know your song by heart (discreet memory prompt may be used if needed). Both accompanied and unaccompanied songs are welcome. Ballads are not usually singalongs, though some have a chorus. It's up to the singer to invite the room to join in if they would like other voices. Some ballads may have challenging, disturbing, violent themes not comfortable or suitable for all listeners. 3-5 p.m. All who listen attentively (singers and non-singers) are welcome. Singers: Be prepared to sing just one; seconds may be welcome after everyone has had a chance. If you don't have a ballad to share this time around, do come listen! Enjoy the experience and then decide if you want to find a ballad of your own to learn and share. Ballad learning is a process to savor, so no hurry. Listening is the first step. Attentive ballad listening is a skill to cultivate on its own. (Wheelchair accessible). $5 to $10 suggested donation (sliding scale - all are welcome regardless). Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Different than a pub sing or community singalong - ask if you are not sure what to expect: amandawitman@gmail.com, facebook.com/groups/brattleboroballadsing.

Fundraising and awareness events

BRATTLEBORO LGBTQ+ Night at the Circus Spectacular: NECCA is teaming up with Frog Meadow and Echo Restaurant to celebrate the kick-off of LGBTQ+ specific scholarships at NECCA. Join us for a special pre-show event full of entertainment and raffle prizes as we raise money to support our current and future LGBTQ students in adult, youth, and professional programming. 5 - 7 p.m. Free admission. Echo Restaurant and Lounge, 69-73 Main St. Information: www.frogmeadow.com/event/necca-circus-spectacular.

Recreation

MARLBORO Moonlight Snowshoe Hike on Hogback: When the moon is full in winter, the snow reflects the light and things are so bright you can even see colors. The moon will be just two days shy of full on 3/7. Let's go for a snowshoe hike to the fire tower and see what we can see. Hosted by The Hogback Mountain Conservation Association. Bring a flashlight or headlamp to use in an emergency, but let's see if we can do the hike without artificial lighting. Those who are really brave can climb to the top of the fire tower and look around at the lights from the surrounding towns. 7 pm: Meet in parking lot, south side of Rte 9 near Distillery. Most likely reasons for cancelling (check website by 4 pm 3/7) would be conditions which you can judge from home. If you see shadows out your window from moonlight on nice, soft snow, we'll hike. No snow, but icy crust or just bare ground, or overcast, with no moon visible - stay home. Free. Vermont Distillers, 7755 VT-9. Information: www.hogbackvt.org.

GREENFIELD Annual International Women's Day Showdown: Come watch 8 arm wrestlers compete for the belt. Costumes, raffle prizes, beer. Costumes, raffle prizes, beer for sale. All proceeds to benefit Speakeasy - a free English program for non-native English speakers. 7:30 p.m. in the Ballroom (doors open 7 p.m.). $5 door charge. Hawks & Reed, 289 Main St. Information: 413-774-0150; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Farmers' markets

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Winter Farmers' Market: Weekly diverse indoor farmers market. Local farm produce, meats, syrup, fresh baked goods, local cheeses, fruits, cider, pickles, preserves, handmade jewelry, pottery, soaps, and more. Lunch menu and live music with Daniel Sicken. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Bring shopping bags or buy ours. Music: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the lunch cafe. Through Saturday, March 28. C. F. Church Building, 80 Flat St. Information: 802-869-2141, farmersmarket@postoilsolutions.org, www.brattleborowinterfarmersmarket.org.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Ceremony: The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is a prestigious national program that offers exhibition opportunities. The exhibit at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center showcases the award-winning work by students from throughout the Green Mountain State. As this is the last day of the exhibit, there will be an awards ceremony featuring a keynote speaker. 12 noon (Doors open 10:30 a.m. Special note to exhibiting artists: Please plan to take your work home with you after the ceremony.). Ceremony is free and open to the public. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: Sarah Freeman: 802-257-0124 x 102, sarah@brattleboromuseum.org.

NEWFANE Sewing Class for Children: First of four classes; children aged 5 and up can sign up in advance for the full series. 1 - 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

GRAFTON Science Saturdays - Who Can See Me?: Play some camouflage games, then see if you can be spotted in the woods!. 10 - 11:30 a.m. $5 in advance, $8 at door, free for caregivers. Nature Museum, 186 Townshend Rd. Information: 802-843-2111; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Well-being

BRATTLEBORO Traditional Yoga Therapy Classes: Based on Krishnamacharya's teachings later in life in Chennai, India, participants learn to work with their breath through a series of foundational postures, leading to seated breath-work and meditation exercises. Saturdays: 8 - 9:15 p.m. (Thursdays: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.). $12 to $15 (monthly memberships available). Setu Yoga & Meditation Retreat Center, 241 Quails Hill Rd. Information: Check for schedule changes: www.se-tu.org/class-schedule.

BRATTLEBORO Gong Sound Healing: Participants can expect to partake in call-and-response style chanting featuring harmonium, talas, and tabla; pranayama exercises to settle the mind and connect with the breath; and a deeply relaxing meditation to the sound of gongs and singing bowls. No experience necessary; all ages welcome. 6:30 - 8 p.m. on Saturdays. $12 suggested donation. Setu Yoga & Meditation Retreat Center, 241 Quails Hill Rd. Information: www.se-tu.org/class-schedule (check for changes).

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Out in the Open (formerly Green Mountain Crossroads) Hosts Welcome Party in New Community Space: We're opening the doors of our new rural LGBTQ community space! Join us to celebrate and to thank all of you who helped make this vision a reality. Hang out with friends (and meet new ones), find out what Out in the Open has been up to and where we're heading, and get to know our new board and staff members. Snacks, music, and activities for adults and kiddos provided. 3 - 6 p.m. Free. Out in the Open, 74 Cotton Mill Hill, Unit A 216. RSVP (so we have enough food): https://forms.gle/iSD2kVKVYvCZQ5F1A.

WESTMINSTER WEST Cabin Fever Supper - 15th Annual Fundraising Dinner: Know a good story about life in this neck of the woods? Over a hearty meal provided by local chef Tristan Toleno, join your neighbors in celebrating our little patch of the planet. Bring a strong appetite and be prepared to share or enjoy short tales highlighting the quirky country life of our village and its environs. Menu: Red Hen and Orchard Hill Bread, Salad Greens with Apples and Maple-Glazed Pecans (V & G/F), Kale and Beet Salad (V & G/F), VT Cheddar Mac and Cheese (V), Roasted Rosemary and Garlic Chicken, (G/F), Baked Sweet Potato, Pear and Sweet Onion (V & G/F), Roasted Squash, Carrots and Parsnips (V & G/F), Frozen Maple Mousse with Ginger-Caramel Sauce (G/F), Chocolate Mousse (G/F). 6 p.m. (5:30 doors open, and we frequently sell out). No reservations. $16 adults, $9 kids, free under age 4, $45 household max. Wine for sale. Congregational Church of Westminster West, 44 Church St. Information: 802-387-2334; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Dance

BRATTLEBORO Intermediate Contemporary Dance Series with former Pilobolus dancer Neva Cockrell: 2 - 3:30 p.m. (2nd series: 4/4, 11, 18, 5/2). Through Saturday, March 28. $100 per series. Pre-registration required and $50 deposit. SoBo Studio, The Cotton Mill, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, #346. Register: www.sobodance.com, www.vermontdance.org/classes.

BRATTLEBORO Catalyst Training with former Pilobolus dancer Neva Cockrell: This is a new type of embodiment/fitness workshop. 10 a.m. - 12 noon (There will be a 2nd series: 4/4, 11, 18, and 5/2). Through Saturday, March 28. $100 per series. Pre-registration required and $50 deposit. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Register: Neva@LoomEnsemble.com, www.vermontdance.org/classes.

PUTNEY Masala Bhangra Dance Party: Featuring DJ D.V.A. mixing up Indian and world beats and everything in between for a night of fun dancing. Nightclub dance party atmosphere in the spacious tavern bar of the restaurant. 9:30 p.m. - 1 a.m. (Kitchen closes at 9:30 p.m. with some food available after). No cover. India Masala House, 889 Putney Rd. Information: 802-490-2824.

Community meals

GUILFORD Broad Brook Sugar on Snow Supper: The meal features ham and the following homemade items: baked beans, deviled eggs, scalloped potatoes, cole slaw, rolls, donuts, Guilford pickles, and Guilford maple sugar on Guilford snow. This longtime annual fundraiser helps support the activities of the Grange, which sponsors pre-town meeting, community Thanksgiving dinner, this supper, brunches, as well as Guilford Center Stage productions. The Grange organization also provides Christmas stockings for seniors and a college scholarship to a high school senior from Guilford. Broad Brook Grange is a Partner of the Community Center, which has been raising funds to renovate the building, with the major phase of renovation to begin later this spring. 5, 6 and 7 p.m. (3 seatings). At each seating, a half-gallon of Guilford maple syrup will be raffled. $12, $5 for children ages 5-12, $2 for kids age 4 and under. Broad Brook Community Center, 3940 Guilford Center Rd. Reservations: 802-257-5359, thayertomlinson@hotmail.com.

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