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CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Thursday, March 

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Performing arts

"Pang!" - by Dan Froot and Company (Livestream): This a triptych of adventurous live radio plays based on the oral histories of three American families hungering for change. Live from California, the celebrated ensemble will perform a different original play each evening. Each short play is based on the life of a family from around the country who are living with hunger and facing other challenges of contemporary life with love, humor and intelligence. 6 p.m. each day (1st tryptych took place on 3/17). Through Friday, March 19. Free. Livestream. Register: www.keene.edu/arts/redfern.

The written word

Teens Only - Virtual Writing Workshop: We'll conduct a rotating selection of writing games and exercises (both collaborative and solo). Sharing is encouraged but not mandatory. Beginners welcome. Grades 7-12. 7 - 9 p.m. every third Thursday. Free. Virtual. Email for Zoom link: Teens@brookslibraryvt.org.

Visual arts and shows

BELLOWS FALLS Gretchen Seifert, "In Abstraction," Solo Show: Retrospective of nearly three decades including silver gelatin prints of photographs, multimedia works on paper, paintings, drawings. Her artwork is create to heal trauma through visually representing the relationships between sensations, feelings, memory. Using her training as a classical musician, Seifert is inspired by experimental music to create her mainly abstract visual work. In many ways, her journey begins with using art as a way to interact with the world. A camera enabled her to find the moment to release the shutter showing visually how she experiences life. She worked as a musician until the birth of her child at which time she was given a camera which jump-started her interest in visual art. She continued as a professional photographer, working mainly now in mixed media. "I see abstraction as an opportunity to be curious and to discover. There is an important imaginal quality, a dreamlike exploration that occurs. Abstraction has always, for me, been a doorway into the complex of individual-ness, or, how we relate personally to our unconscious. Not what is in thought, but what is embodied; felt.". 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Parties of 2 at a time. Through Saturday, April 3. Canal Street Art Gallery, 23 Canal St. Information: 802-289-0104; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO "Children of the Sun": This is Jennifer Mack-Watkins's first solo museum exhibition. Curated by David Rios Ferreira, it's a beautiful and meaningful body of work inspired by W.E.B. DuBois's groundbreaking publication, "The Brownies' Book," and the remarkable life story of Vermont's Daisy Turner (1883-1988), who was born to former slaves. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Through Sunday, June 13. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

Londonderry Conservation Commission: "What's Up With Those Wily Coyotes?" (Virtual): Featuring Chris Schadler of Project Coyote. Presentation followed by Q&A. 7 p.m. Info about Chris: www.projectcoyote.org/about/chris-schadler. (Watch other Londonderry Conservation Programs anytime: www.youtube.com/channel/UC05CID6W7sLnMCGswMHuU3w). Free. Zoom. For Zoom log-in: https://tinyurl.com/Zoom-LCC.

Vermont Wild Kitchen with Missisquoi Abenaki Chef Jessee Lawyer (Facebook Live!): Join Rooted in Vermont and Vermont Fish and Wildlife in the Vermont Wild Kitchen. For this episode, we have a special guest: Missisquoi Abenaki Chef Jessee Lawyer. He will be preparing traditional Abenaki ingredients with a modern twist including deer shank, bear fat, garlic, sumac, and more. Bring your friends, appetites, and questions. 5 p.m. Free. Facebook. Information: https://www.facebook.com/RootedinVermont.

Film and video

"The Gardner" - Architecture & Design Film Series (Virtual): This film that reflects upon the meaning of gardening and its impact on our lives. Shortly before his passing at the age of 86, influential gardener and plantsman Frank Cabot recounts his personal quest for perfection at Les Quatre Vents, his 20-acre English-style garden and summer estate nestled amongst the rolling hills of Charlevoix County, Quebec. Created over 75 years and three generations, it is an enchanted place of beauty and surprise, a horticultural masterpiece of the 21st century. Through the words of Cabot and his family, and with the participation of gardening experts and writers, this film looks back at his personal story/artistic philosophy that gave birth to one of the greatest gardens in the world. A different film is offered each month by 118 Elliot, American Institute of Architecture VT + Burlington City Arts. Through Wednesday, March 31. Virtual. Preview: http://thegardener-movie.com/trailer https://adfilmseries.org.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Dept. - Parent/Tot Open Gym: Open Gym is an unstructured program for parents and preschoolers ages five and under. This is a place for parents and tots to get out of the cold and enjoy playing with playhouses, cars, toys, tunnel, a play kitchen, big rubber balls, and more. The parent is responsible for their child(ren). 10-11:30 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Masks mandatory, temperatures taken on arrival. Sign in daily. Everyone must complete registration form and COVID-19 Release waiver. Anyone under 19 must have a parent sign both documents (found online at brattleboro.org). Note: If you're not a VT resident, you must reside in a green county according to the State of VT Agency of Commerce and Community Development Cross State Travel Information map: https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/restart/cross-state-travel and is updated weekly. Through Thursday, April 22. $1.00 per child per day. Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Dept., 207 Main St. Information: 802-254-5808; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

"I AM 2021": Behind Creation: Discussing the Creative Process (via Zoom): Five featured artists take us "behind the scenes" in a discussion of their creative process. They'll share the good, the bad, the uncomfortable, and more on the journey from conception to completed work. 7 p.m. Plus, 19 artists from the "I am a Vermont Artist" series are exhibiting work in a new online gallery through 4/30 (in addition to the 3rd Thur. of each month Zoom gathering so audiences can engage with artists directly). To celebrate VT's diversity/deepen our state's creative identity, the VT Arts Council began publishing the "I am a Vermont Artist interview series" in 2019. Two years since the series' launch, the Council has published over 30 interviews with artists, exploring how their creative expressions reflect their experiences of ethnicity, gender identity, religion, disability, age. Free. Zoom. Pre-register: www.vermontartscouncil.org/programs/spotlight-gallery/i-am-2021 Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAlc-ivqjwrHdO6MazMaC_VZHvV1puEDPax.

All About Grace Farm (Zoom discussion): In early 2019, Grace Mooney purchased her home and 4 acres of land in Athens, VT. In 2020, she tilled up about a 1/2 acre of her back yard and installed a 50x14 caterpillar tunnel to help with season extension and summer tomatoes and peppers. She's currently building the infrastructure for a small livestock operation, with pastured pigs, meat chickens, laying chickens. "2021 will be my first year of running my own farm, and I can't wait to work with my neighbors and friends to provide food for my amazing community.". 7-8 p.m. Learn about CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) - a bio-intensive low till method of vegetable farming - and a woman's passion for feeding her community. Part of the "Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change" series at Rockingham Library. Growing and purchasing food locally is one of many ways to create community resilience in the face of future climate change related disasters. Zoom. Receive link (or inquire how to join by phone): programming@rockinghamlibrary.org or call 802-463-4270 (leave your phone number and email).

Speaking of Nature Series - An Evening with Carolyn Finney (via Zoom): Carolyn Finney - author, storyteller, professor of cultural geography, former member of the U.S. National Parks Advisory Board - discusses her work on the relationship of diverse communities in environmental and nature-based organizations. In her book, "Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors," Finney urges us to develop greater cultural competency within environmental organizations. 7 p.m. Finney looks beyond the discourse of the environmental justice movement to examine how the natural environment has been understood, commodified, represented by White and Black Americans. She examines many forces that have affected cultural understandings of the "great outdoors" and how these determine who should/can have access to natural spaces. Sliding scale starting at $5. Zoom. Tickets: www.nature-museum.org.

From Restorative Justice to Transformative Justice - Foundations of Restorative Justice (Online): In this event we will develop a common understanding to differentiate between punitive justice, restorative justice, and transformative justice. We'll include hands on scenarios to differentiate between practices that are and are not aligned with restorative justice. This is the first in a series of restorative justice events organized by the Police Out of Schools Coalition. 5 p.m. Co-hosted by VT Legal Aid, Outright Vermont, ACLU, Rights and Democracy, the VT Human Rights Commission, Root Center for Social Justice, The Education Justice Coalition of VT, and various community members. Online. Register: http://bit.ly/3lkOfDz.

Community meals

GUILFORD Guilford Cares Food Pantry Curbside Service (Everyone Eats Food Distribution): The Guilford Cares Food Pantry continues to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure food security for all our citizens and vulnerable populations. They're well stocked with staples you need for your family and are following viral guidelines to limit risk. 5 - 6 p.m. every Thursday. Guilford Fairgrounds, Fairgrounds Rd. off Weatherhead Hollow Rd. Information: Questions, concerns, donations: 802-257-0626; guilfordcaresvt@gmail.com.

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