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CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Thursday, April 

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Performing arts

National Poetry Month - "Do it Now" - An Improvisation of Words and Music (Livestream): Human Error Publishing has released this new, improvised collaboration. Recorded live at the Shea Theater in Turners Falls, this powerful fusion of words and music features Paul Richmond (spoken word), Tony Vacca (percussion), and Avery Sharpe (upright bass) with special guests Charles Langford (saxophone) and Derrik Jordan (percussion). . Through Friday, April 30. Tickets to this "front row" performance are $7 (additional donations support the artists and Shea Theater). Livestream. Information: https://humanerrorpublishingconcerts.vhx.tv.

The written word

Teen Writing Workshop (Virtual): The Teen Advisory Board at Brooks Memorial Library invites people in grades 7 to 12 to join us. We'll conduct a rotating selection of writing games and exercises (both collaborative and solo). Sharing is encouraged but not mandatory. Beginners welcome. 7 - 9 p.m., 3rd Thurs. of every month. Zoom. Email for Zoom link: Teens@brookslibraryvt.org.

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.

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.

BRATTLEBORO Five New Exhibits at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center: "All Flowers Keep the Light" explores ways flowers can represent both loss and hope. The latest edition of GLASSTASTIC features fabulous new creatures as well as a look back at a decade of this collaboration between students and glass artists. Adria Arch's sculpture installation mirrors the movements of the Connecticut River. Kenny Rivero's drawings speak to themes that include Afro-Caribbean faith, Anglo-Caribbean sensibilities, and Afro-Futurism. Jennifer Mack-Watkins's "Children of the Sun" uses images of dolls as a narrative framework to celebrate Black voices. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Sun. Walk-ins welcome or make a reservation. If you can't visit in person, new 3D virtual tours are available on our website. Through Sunday, June 13. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Virtual Tours of Current Exhibits (Brattleboro Museum & Art Center): "Glasstastic," "All Flowers Keep the Light," "Children of the Sun" (Jennifer Mack-Watkins), "Palm Oil, Rum, Honey, Yellow Flowers" (Kenny Rivero); "On Reflection" (Adria Arch). . Through Sunday, June 13. Free. Virtual. Click on website below, then on Exhibits, then on Virtual Tours www.brattleboromuseum.org.

BRATTLEBORO "On Reflection" by Adria Arch: "This is an installation of undulating sculptural shapes suspended from the ceiling and floating at eye level. My inspiration for this piece is the Connecticut River flowing past Brattleboro. As the work imperceptibly turns and light catches the various mirrored surfaces, a sound piece by MA-based composer Ken Field sets a meditative tone. I invite you to enter the installation and reflect on whatever you choose in this space suitable for both enchantment and meditation.". 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wed.-Sun. Adrich: "I use lightweight PVC foam sheets to construct my work. The weight of the material creates natural bends in the sculptures corresponding to suspension points. Smooth, rounded forms are painted in acrylic, while mirrored vinyl, adhered to the backs or fronts of the sculpture's appendages, creates a counterpoint flash of light.". 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

BrattleMasters (Toastmasters) Meeting - Learn Speaking Skills (via Zoom): The theme is "April Showers." Speaker: Edwin Sause; Emcee: Lee Tice. Each speech is assigned an evaluator to give feedback on how well the speakers fulfilled their project criteria. 6 - 7:30 p.m. This is a joint meeting with the Keene Toastmasters Club. Free for visitors. Zoom. Information: 603-762-0235, lisa@lisasieverts.com. Link, visit: www.brattleboro.toastmastersclubs.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. Everyone must 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.

BRATTLEBORO Everyone's Books: 15% off Children's Books for the whole month and 20% off for Store Members: Offered as part of the Month of the Young Child celebration throughout Windham County. Through Friday, April 30. Free. Everyones Books, 25 Elliot St. Visit www.winstonprouty.org/moyc for a full list of family-friendly events. 802-254-8160; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

"River Critters": Hydropower Coffee Hours - Speaking Up for Rivers (Virtual): Q&A about five Connecticut River hydropower facilities that applied for renewed operating licenses in December: Turners Falls Dam and Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage in Massachusetts, and the Wilder, Bellows Falls, and Vernon Dams in VT and New Hampshire. Once issued, the licenses for these facilities will be in place for the next 30-50 years and impact more than 175 miles of the Connecticut River. Its critical that we all speak up NOW in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to influence these operating licenses. 9:30 a.m. (Continues 5/12: "River Recreation"). Free. Virtual. Register/more details: www.ctriver.org/events.

I AM... 2021: The Business of Creativity (via Zoom): This is the third, and final, event featuring artists from the Vermont Arts Council's virtual exhibit, I AM… 2021. Featured artists discuss how they bring business and strategy to their creativity. Left brain meets right brain in this conversation about the partnership between art and the business of making art. 7 p.m. Questions regarding accommodations, contact Michele Bailey, 504/ADA coordinator: mbailey@vermontartscouncil.org. Closed captioning provided. View recording of earlier event: www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTnBgPBLM-w. Zoom. Pre-registration required: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYkduCvpzwrGtSfKQ6SP_a0h8Lk25sKp2u9.

"The Dirt on Composting Q&A in a 1-2-3 Punch" with Master Gardener Ham Gillett (via Zoom): Backyard composting is one of many ways to build resilience in the face of climate change. Composting food scraps in your own backyard allows landfill space to fill less quickly and reduces the release of greenhouse gases from landfills. Compost also nourishes garden soil. That's one step closer to accessing healthy food just outside your door. 7 p.m. Before the Q&A session, lasso backyard compost questions and send them to: programming@rockinghamlibrary.org or call 802-463-4270. Receiving them before 4/15 allows Ham to crowdsource queries for the benefit of many. Watch http://okemovalley.tv/virtual-composting-workshop about composting before sending queries to unearth questions you have. The Dirt on Composting is part of a series: "Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change" at Rockingham Library sponsored by a grant from the American Library Association. Zoom. For an invitation to this discussion, leave phone # and email (Note: You can inquire about how to join the meeting by phone): programming@rockinghamlibrary.org or 802-463-4270.

State House 101 - Your Practical Guide to Navigating the Vermont State Legislature (via Zoom): If you have ever gotten lost on the Vermont Legislature's website while trying to find a bill, a committee hearing, or a legislator, then this workshop is for you. With her years of advocacy work, Brenda Siegel will guide you through the legislative website and the legislative process. 7 - 8:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Windham County Democratic Committee. Zoom. Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMvfuCvrjopH9L-bT_rNYXjN_3T3XzcHQuP.

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, 761 Weatherhead Hollow Rd. Information: Questions, concerns, donations: 802-257-0626; guilfordcaresvt@gmail.com.

Activism

Extinction VT offers "Rated XR" Series Episode 2: "The Climate Consensus - Creating a Multi-Institution Outreach Network" (via Zoom): Film series highlights how Vermonters are resisting a return to "business as usual" and attempting to preserve a livable future. Meet Vermonters who have used the spirit of rebellion, in ways big and small, to challenge the mindset that threatens our very survival. We'll discuss ways XR Vermont and its climate partners are poised to make a dramatic and impactful return to activism in 2021. Climate change is bearing down on us and the consequences are dire. Despite this, public belief in and understanding of the climate crisis is mixed, and generally does not correspond to the latest climate science. Dr. Janel Hanrahan speaks about the disconnect and will describe recent efforts to close this gap in understanding through the creation of a climate action network. 7-8 p.m. Presenter Dr. Janel Hanrahan is Assoc. Prof. and Chair of Atmospheric Sciences at Northern VT University-Lyndon, Her current research aims to understand how human-caused climate change influences extreme weather. As founder/director of The Climate Consensus, she works with students to improve climate change literacy among the general public by promoting effective dialog between these groups. Public support of this effort is critical for its success. Presentation will be followed by an open discussion about what we can all do to help. Zoom. Register: https://actionnetwork.org/events/rated-xr-series-episode-2.

Gifts of Courage: How Active Bystanders Can Help End Rape Culture (via Zoom): Watch "The Bystander Moment: Transforming Rape Culture at It's Roots" - a film that takes an unflinching look at the social forces creating the toxic culture we live in and the social fears that still inhibit many from even trying to help, though we all encounter potential offenders. Discussion follows with allies Bill Pelz-Walsh and John Ungerleider, long-time facilitators of Taking Responsibility (formerly Windham County’s Batterer's Intervention Program). 7-8:30 p.m. All genders are welcome. Presented by the Women's Freedom Center: "The greatest challenge in ending sexual violence isn't so much learning as unlearning. It takes conscientious objectors - engaged bystanders of all genders who refuse to shy away, and still go out on a limb with moral courage to say or do something - who have the most meaningful impact to change attitudes and behaviors." (Note: There will also be an online Bystander Empowerment Workshop to end Sexual & Domestic Violence on 4/27 and 4/29 for all genders. Space is limited - reserve your spot: 802-257-7364.). Zoom. Request the link: 802-257-7364, advocates@womensfreedomcenter.net.

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