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Visual arts and shows

BELLOWS FALLS Nancy Fitz-Rapalje: "A Still LIfe": Fitz-Rapalje shares new oil paintings in her inaugural Solo Show. She presents paintings from some of her familiar floral still lifes, fruits, and vegetables, done with her calculated, geometric style of brushstrokes. These new paintings focus on intimate details from the artist's life, with paintings depicting sticky-notes, origami, book stacks, color chips, and postcards showing reproductions of artworks from the likes of Braque and Duchamp. To reflect this unique view of the artist’s life, Fitz-Rapalje includes quotes from other artists of importance, in a selection gleaned from decades of reading and saving in her numerous Commonplace Books. "I think of my small paintings as 'companions' rather than an artistic 'statement'. I hope they may exist with generations of a family living around them. I imagine my tulips or peaches being quiet observers of different lives performed in their space. I consider it theater in two directions - observer to painting and painting to observer.". . Through Saturday, June 13. Canal Street Art Gallery. Information: Online viewing:

Ideas and education

Arbor Day Webinar Series - Rural Road Resilient Right-of-Ways: Learn about the elements of a backroad that towns value and manage, the processes that make roadside vegetation management cooperative, and the partners you need to engage to plan thoughtfully for resilient roadside trees. 10 - 11 a.m. Open to all. Offered by the VT Urban and Community Forestry Program, an initiative of the VT Dept. of Forests, Parks and Recreation. Free. Webinar. Information: Register:

Ceremonies and memoriams

PUTNEY Next Stage Arts Project Rings its Historic Church Bell Nightly: The ringing of the bell is an act of solidarity, sending a clear message to our community that we're all in this together during social distancing. Joining communities around the country participating in noise-making, we're asking the community to bang pots and pans, honk horns, and be loud to let neighbors know they're in our thoughts. The historic church bell's former use as a signal to commune harkens back to a time when the building was a meeting house and church, allowing the community a space to congregate. 8 p.m. nightly for 2 minutes. Through Sunday, May 31. Next Stage Arts Project. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.


VTHelplink - Info and Referrals to Substance-Use-Prevention, Treatment, Recovery: The Vermont Department of Health has launched this to clearinghouse for Vermonters to receive free, confidential, personalized information and referrals to substance-use-prevention, treatment, and recovery services throughout the state. It features a call center of trained staff and clinicians. Callers can get information, referrals, resources, and educational materials on substance use for themselves, family and friends, or on behalf of clients. . Through Thursday, June 4. Free. Vermont Department of Health. Information:

Community building

DUMMERSTON Full Plate Farm - Community Supported Agriculture) - Serving Brattleboro, Dummerston, Putney, Marlboro, Wilmington: We produce over 100 varieties of gourmet quality vegetables with a focus on the most delectable, nutritious, and beautiful varieties we can find. We grow our veggies using natural, holistic practices with the belief that healthy soil and plants equal nutritious food for our members. During this time of crisis, we'll be instituting an online ordering system for all of our CSA pick ups. This will allow members to choose which veggies they get in their shares and also keep distribution contact-free. CSA pick up locations will be following strict social distancing protocols. We'll be expanding CSA pick up hours at the farm to diffuse traffic in our barn and parking area. We hope to raise funds to help out those folks who have lost their jobs or are temporarily out of work to be able to afford a CSA share this year. We'll be opening an online farm stand for pre-ordered, pre-packed shopping. We're creating a list of volunteers who can deliver CSA shares to members who need to stay in place. If you are able, consider donating to the NOFA VT farm share program which will match your contribution towards supporting our low income CSA members (make sure to note that the donation is for Full Plate Farm CSA). Through Sunday, June 7. Full Plate Farm, 440 Miller Rd. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Planned Parenthood: The health and safety of our patients and employees is our top priority. We also know that your sexual and reproductive health care can't wait. That's why our doors remain open and why we are committed to meeting all the needs of our current and new patients. We are now trying to serve as many patients over the phone or over a secure video conference as possible, while still offering in-person visits when necessary. This change will allow us to serve as many patients in need as possible, in the safest way possible and will help protect you, our staff, and our communities from the spread of COVID-19. . Through Wednesday, June 3. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. More information / locations:

BELLOWS FALLS Rockingham Free Library offers services - Help & Helpers Page: The Library is making sure parents and families can find online resources including how to access free books, entertainment, educational support. Plus online resources including downloadable audio and ebooks, online classes, Ancestry genealogy, the Library’s Historic Photograph Collection, Bellows Falls Union High School Year Books, 2019 Tax Assistance, Remote Tech Help. Many resources require a Rockingham Library card. Rockingham residents, property owners, WNESU students and teachers can apply for a free temporary digital card. To renew your card, contact the Library. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270,

Green Up Day in Vernon: Green Up Day has been put off until May 30, but you can get your bags and do your picking up anytime between now and then. Sooner is better, before the vegetation starts to hide the trash! Hannah Palmiter Rosinski or Matt Sorensen will get you the bags you need. (Feel free to indicate how many you think you need.) Sign up now, before all the "good" roads are taken: . . Through Saturday, May 30. Green Up Day. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Emergency Funds Available for Artists: The New England Foundation for the Arts has awarded $47,000 to the VT Arts Council to support emergency relief for VT artists hit hard by the economic impact of COVID-19. The funding is part of $282,000 IN emergency relief from NEFA, divided equally among the 6 New England state art agencies in CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT. The funds supplement the VT Art's Council's Rapid Response Artist Relief Fund (established 3/24/20) to provide grants of up to $500 to artists experiencing financial hardship due to loss of a job/cancellation of concerts, festivals, theatrical performances, other arts events because of COVID-19. The crisis has greatly affected individual artists in VT, many of whom are self-employed. Arts and culture are vital anchors for many VT communities, providing over 40,000 creative-sector jobs and comprising 9.3 percent of all employment in VT, higher than the national average. Other funding will come from a new Arts Recovery Fund philanthropic partnership between the VT Arts Council and the VT Community Foundation as well as from the National Endowment for the Arts CARES Act funds. Private donations to the Fund are welcome and can be made at A week after the fund opened, the VAC received 183 requests for emergency relief funding from artists across VT and has awarded 164 grants totaling $64,435 to artists. Vermont Arts Council. Guidelines/application: artist-relief.

BRATTLEBORO Brooks Memorial Library Updates - Virtual Library: For quick and easy updates about the community and library, as well as links to online services and fun things to do at home, go to Brooks Memorial Library's Virtual Library. Share with everyone. We are frequently updating it make it easy for people to navigate through information. Also: Free wi-fi is available 24/7 in the parking spaces near the main entrance. Free. Brooks Memorial Library. Information:

PUTNEY Putney Food Drop Distribution: All are welcome to come for free produce and some non-perishable items distributed by the Vermont Foodbank and the Putney Foodshelf. Because of the coronavirus, we have switched to a drive-up model. Please stay in your car. Bags will be provided. Volunteers will put them in your trunk. This event is open to anyone in the community. Please share this information with anyone you think would benefit. 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. (4th Thursday of every month). Free. Putney Foodshelf, 10 Christian Sq. Information: 802-387-8551.

Arts and crafts

PUTNEY Live-Stream - Family Puppet Craft with Sandglass Theater: Puppet crafts with Jana and Shoshana. Creative expression and art making. Fun for the whole family. 2 - 3 p.m. Free. Sandglass Theater. Information:


African Dance Vermont - West African Dance and Drum Classes (Online): Variety of teachers. Join any time. All levels welcome. Various days and times. Varies. African Dance. Information:



May 2020