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CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Thursday, March 

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Visual arts and shows

NEWFANE Stephanie Nyzio: "Going, going, gone": For over two decades, Stephanie Nyzio has dedicated her time to teaching art in public schools. Recently, she spent time in Costa Rica, immersed in a tropical paradise observing and finding inspiration there. She describes her current work as a union of things held dear: love for the natural world, drawing as foundation, and environmental issues. Tues. 1-5 p.m., Wed. 2-6, p.m. Thur. 1-5 p.m., Fri. 2-6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. "My wish is to inform the viewer on different topics affecting the ecosystem while evoking a visceral reaction. Maybe this work will evoke their desire to make small and big changes in the way they interact with the natural world. Often viewers feel helpless while facing facts around environmental issues such as plastic trash, pesticide use, and poaching, to name a few." Resources/info will be included in this exhibit so the public can take action. Through Friday, April 30. Free. Crowell Gallery at the Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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. Seifert's artwork is created to heal trauma through visually representing the relationships between sensations, feelings, memory. Using her training as a classical musician, she 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 (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.

Ideas and education

"The Gift of Dyslexia" with Opera Singer Keith Harris (Online Discussion) : Combining music with a message of inspiration and hope that draws from his 2019 book, "The Odds Against: Finding the Advantage In Your Disadvantage," Harris will discuss his life with dyslexia and how he went from almost being placed in a reading group for kids with intellectual and developmental disabilities to performing on some of the most renowned stages in the world. 7 p.m. Hosted by The Landmark College Center for Neurodiversity. Free. Online. Chrome browser is recommended: landmark.edu/keith-harris.

Music

Join the Brattleboro Women's Chorus (via Zoom): Help us celebrate our 25th Anniversary year by singing together weekly. The chosen music is an eclectic mix from around the world that is spirited, uplifting and easy to learn during these challenging times. Recordings and some videos are available to practice with between rehearsals. The Chorus welcomes anyone ages 10 and up who identifies as a woman or non-binary and whose vocal range comfortably includes the A in the middle of the treble staff. The first two rehearsals on 3/4 and 3/11 are open to anyone who wants to "try chorus out" with no obligation to join. All singers must register via Zoom for the link to the first two rehearsals. We will be singing on Thursdays via Zoom starting 3/4 from 10-11:30 a.m. OR 7-8:30 p.m. until our Singalong performance on Mother's Day, May 9. Through Sunday, May 9. $80 to $150 sliding scale per adult with discounts for students and family pairs. Financial aid is available. Zoom. Link to online registration and more: www.brattleborowomenschorus.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 are mandatory and temperatures are taken on arrival. Everyone must sign in daily as well as complete a registration form and COVID-19 Release waiver. Anyone 18 years old or younger must have a parent sign both documents (found online at brattleboro.org). Note: If you're not a VT resident and wish to participate, 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. This may mean that you will not be able to participate weekly based on your county's color if you reside in a state other than VT. 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.

Well-being

Inspiring Change for 2021 Forum (Online): The Women's Freedom Center is hosting a month-long dialogue focused on reimagining and shaping a world where everyone is valued and everyone is safe to thrive. "We'll outline the scope of our anti-domestic and sexual violence work in a broader social context and invite your questions and best thinking throughout the series. Highlighting how different oppressions function in tandem, we'll discuss systems of power and their impact, not just on survivors of domestic and sexual violence, but on our whole community. The main focus will be on honing skills for the everyday social justice work facing us all. Topics include aiming for economic and legal justice, media literacy across the lifespan, bystander empowerment to address all forms of oppression, domestic, sexual violence.". 7-8 p.m. in collaboration with Brooks Memorial Library. The WFC bills itself as "a feminist organization working toward ending men's violence against women while offering support and advocacy to all survivors of domestic and sexual violence, as well as prevention and educational activities to help create a community in which violence is not tolerated." This is an opportunity to learn how people can safely advocate for their families and friends and how the culture minimizes violence against women. Part of the discussion will be about how we can be more informed to know exactly what survivors are up against. Free and open to all. Online. Information: Register/Info: 802-257-7364, email advocates@womensfreedomcenter.net.

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