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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.

Ideas and education

The Bird Diva Returns! "Ladies Only: A Look at Female Birds & the Founding Mothers of Ornithology" (Online): Think of this presentation as the her-story of birding and the celebration of noticing female birds. Let's face it, there's a bit of bias in the birding world when it comes to females. Bridget Butler, the Bird Diva, breaks down some of the most interesting new scientific studies on female birds and shares with you some of the stories of the Mothers of Ornithology. 7-8:30 p.m. Bridget has been a naturalist for over 20 years, playing matchmaker for the wildscape and the people who call VT their home. Her approach to birding is to tap into each person's innate passion for nature through exploration and deep listening. She then strives to encourage us to take that passion and turn it into action, paying it forward for the landscape we love/enjoy. Sliding scale starting at $5. Online. More information: www.nature-museum.org.

Fundraising and awareness events

2nd Annual Windham County NAACP Virtual Freedom Fund Dinner: This year’s Freedom Fund Dinner will includes a keynote address by VT State Senator Kesha Ram, the first woman of color and the youngest woman in history to serve in the Vermont State Senate. Music will be provided by St. Louis Songstress Olivia Neal, whose voice is described as "a sound that is mixed with soul and inspiration." Also, the poem, "The African American Challenge," will be read by its author, Wylene Branton Wood, and the Windham County NAACP Branch will present its annual Unsung Hero Award. 7 - 8:30 p.m. $30 and up. Online. Purchase tickets: www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-freedom-fund-dinner-tickets-143866022145.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Everywhere Philosophy Presents: "Why Do Some Things Make Me SO Happy?": Being happy is the best! Try to remember one of the happiest times you've ever had. What was it like? What was it about that particular moment that made you so happy? And what is happiness? We know that having fun can make us happy, so does that mean that fun and happiness are the same thing? If not, what’s the difference? We have so many happy questions to ask and so much happiness to share. For this fun event, pick out something special from your home that you’re excited to share/talk about. 10 - 11 a.m. on the upper soccer field. Free. Winston Prouty Center, 209 Austine Dr. Information: See www.winstonprouty.org/moyc for a full list of family-friendly events.

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