Upcoming events: Weston screens Vermont Movie Part 4; multicultural ensemble in Putney; concert at Grounded4Life; film, discussion on returning war vets; literacy program for little ones; lecture on Col. Whiting at Fort at No. 4; retro prom to benefit breast cancer research; master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock subject of program; Crazy 8s math clubs at Rock Library; and BBB discusses current scams

For more upcoming events, click here for The Chester Telegraph calendar. To be included in our Upcoming events briefs, email Susan Lampe-Wilson at calendar@www.chestertelegraph.org. Photos welcome. No PDFs, please.

April 24: Vermont Movie, Part 4 screened in Weston

At 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 24, the Wilder Memorial Library, 24 Lawrence Hill Road in Weston, will screen Part 4 of “Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie,” the six-part documentary series on Vermont’s history and culture. Part 4,  “Doers and Shapers,” explores the people and institutions that push boundaries and progressive movements such as Vermont’s famous Billboard law and Act 250, cultural movements such as Bread and Puppet Theater and Vermont’s groundbreaking civil union law. Space is limited. Call 802-824-4307 to reserve a place.

April 24: Music, conversation and multiculturalism in Putney

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The Streetfleet Women from left, Christina Liu, Mary Millner McCullough, Lin Min Mo and Elena Dodd

The Streetfeet Women, a Boston-based multicultural ensemble, will present a dramatic reading with music and songs on 6:30 p.m. at Friday, April 24 at the Putney Public Library, 55 Main St., Putney. Mary Birnbaum, Elena Harap, Christina Liu, Mary McCullough, and Li Min Mo will read from old and new work, followed by questions and conversation with the audience.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Streetfeet books, including the 1998 award-winning anthology Laughing in the Kitchen and 2009 The Bones We Carry; two travel journals; and Li Mo’s memoir Spirit Bridges, will be available for sale. For more information call 802-387-4407.

Joe Frey returns to Grounded for Life. Photo by lauzonphotography.com

Joe Frey returns to Grounded for Life. Photo by lauzonphotography.com

April 24: Local musician Joe Frey performs at coffee house

Grounded4LIFE welcomes musician Joe Frey at 7 p.m. Friday, April 24. Keith Mohr, president of Indieheaven, describes Frey as “an artist who has a winning combination of passion and excellence.”

Admission is free. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  The coffee bar and refreshments will be available. Grounded4LIFE is located in the coffee house at the First Baptist Church at 162 Main St., Chester. For information about Frey visit his website. Check out the Grounded4Life Facebook page or contact John Nunnikhoven at john4ns@fastmail.fm.

April 25: Learn about Vermont’s owls

Bring the family and share a morning of interactive learning with owl expert Mike Clough of the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum and live owls.

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Mike Clough with owls in Grafton to celebrate Earth Day

The Nature Museum at Grafton, in partnership with the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum, presents “Owls of Vermont” at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 25 at Phelps Barn at the Grafton Inn at 92 Main St. in Grafton. The program focuses on owls’ amazing nocturnal adventures. Explore the many owl species that live in Vermont and examine the adaptations that make these raptors the supreme hunters of the night.

In addition to owls Clough will bring touchable artifacts, and hold interactive demonstrations to make this an unforgettable experience. Children 18 and under are free; tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Space is not guaranteed so those interested are strongly encouraged to buy tickets online in advance and to arrive early to the event. Adults may pre-register online at www.nature-museum.org. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

After the live owl program, take a short walk to the Nature Museum where there’ll be Earth Day cake. Conclude your family’s morning with an exploration of this natural history resource.

The Nature Museum at Grafton is located at 186 Townshend Road in Grafton. Information about other upcoming events can be found on The Nature Museum at Grafton’s Facebook page and at www.nature-museum.org or by calling 802-843-2111.

April 25: Psychologist to discuss returning veterans, present film

Writer, filmmaker and psychologist Paula J. Caplan, Ph.D., will present and discuss her film, “Is Anybody Listening?” at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 25 at the Rockingham Free Public Library at 65 Westminster St. in Bellows Falls.

This program is a project of the Welcome Johnny and Jane Home Project founded by Caplan to meet the needs of returning veterans, including the need to be heard free of judgment. “Is Anybody Listening?” connects veterans and nonveterans through “the simple act of one nonveteran listening to a veteran from any era.” It is free, voluntary and confidential.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-463-4270, log on to www.rockinghamlibrary.org, email anne@rockinghamlibrary.org or stop by the library.

littlelitmtflogowApril 25: Little Lit literacy program held in Bellows Falls

The WNESU Early Education Center, Rockingham Free Public Library and Vermont’s public education campaign Let’s Grow Kids will present “Little Lit: More Than Feelings,” a free evening with books, activities about early literacy and raising healthy children at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 25 at the WNESU building, 25 Cherry St., Bellows Falls.

Families with children through age 5 are welcome to take part in this free program. A representative from Let’s Grow Kids will speak about early literacy and healthy child development. Each family will receive free books and activities to help their children develop healthy social-emotional and early literacy skills. Free dinner and childcare will be available during the program; families that need childcare should call in advance.

For more information and to arrange childcare, call the library at 802-463-4270, email sam@rockinghamlibrary.org.

Garrison Commander Lt. Col. Whiting

Garrison Commander Lt. Col. Whiting

April 25: Historian discusses Col. Whiting  at Fort at No. 4

On Saturday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m., independent historian John-Eric Nelson will lead a discussion about the 1757 Campaign season at Fort at No. 4 and its Garrison Commander, Lt. Col. Whiting. The presentation will take place at the fort, located at 267 Springfield Road, Charlestown, N.H.

Eric-Nelson is studying Connecticut Provincial regiments during the war. He has been an historical re-enactor for 35 years as a ranger and Connecticut provincial soldier.

Admission is a suggested donation of $3. The Fort at No. 4 is a 501(c)3 non-profit open air museum.

April 25: Retro prom to benefit breast cancer research

From 8 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, The Perfect Wife Restaurant, 2594 Depot St. in Manchester, hosts a Pretty in Pink Retro Prom Party to benefit Susan G. Komen VT-NH breast cancer foundation. DJ Joe Bell will spin the greatest hits of the ’80s and beyond, a cash bar will be open and Chef Amy Chamberlain’s late-night Breakfast Club Buffet will be served.

Retro-prom attire is encouraged, but not required. Tickets for the Pretty in Pink Retro Prom Party are $30 per person, $50 per couple. They are available at Susan G. Komen VT-NH and the Perfect Wife Restaurant, both on Depot Street, Stella’s Salon Plus on Memorial Avenue, JOY-All Things Underthings on Main Street and at the door. Information on the event, or about Komen, visit www.komenvtnh.org or call 802-362-2733.

Alfred Hitchcock examined in Vermont Humanities program

Alfred Hitchcock examined in Vermont Humanities program

April 26: Film expert addresses Alfred Hitchcock and suspense

The Vermont Humanities Council program “Alfred Hitchcock and The Art of Suspense”  will be hosted by Mount Holly Town Library at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 26 at 26 Maple Hill Road in Belmont.

Film expert Rick Winston will present the program celebrating the career and legacy of film director Alfred Hitchcock.

Winston will discuss the evolution of Hitchcock’s craft, exploring his favorite themes, his relationship with his collaborators, and his wry sense of humor no matter how grisly the subject matter. He will draw from 12 film clips, starting with the 1925 silent“The Lodger” and continuing through to his Hollywood classics such as “Notorious” and “Rear Window.” A follow-up screening of “39 Steps” will take place on at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 15.

The program is free, handicap accessible and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Contact Joan McCallum at 802-259-2318 for information.

April 27: Crazy 8s Math Club for kids in grades K-5

The Rockingham Free Public Library on 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls will host two Crazy 8s Clubs, a weekly program that will feature fun math-oriented activities.

With two separate clubs for grades K–2 and 3–5, kids will be engaged in hands-on activities that allow them to appreciate mathematical concepts in fun ways. K-2 Crazy 8s club will meet 3:30–4:30 p.m. on Mondays beginning April 27. Grades 3-5 Crazy 8s Club will meet 3:30–4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning April 28. The clubs meet for eight weeks, finishing in time for summer vacation.

Each week will feature a hands-on, engaging activity from Glow-in-the-Dark Geometry, to Flying Marshmallows, Toilet Paper Olympics, Bouncy Dice Explosion and more. The clubs are free but space is limited, so reserve a spot for your child. Sign up by calling the library at 802-463-4270 or emailing sam@rockinghamlibrary.org with your child’s name, age and phone number.

The program is made possible through Bedtime Math, a nonprofit foundation that seeks to help children love numbers so they can feel confident with math in everyday life. For information visit bedtimemath.org.

April 28: BBB presents information on current scams

TOn April 28, the Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster Road in Bellows Falls, presents the Better Business Bureau program Scams and How to Avoid them at 6 p.m.

Amy Schram of the BBB will be discussing the prevalence and nature of current scams, while providing tips for consumer protection. She will share tips on how to prevent identity theft, fraud, and technology and safety. Learn how consumers can take advantage of their rights and make better-informed purchasing decisions.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-463-4270, log on to www.rockinghamlibrary.org, email anne@rockinghamlibrary.org or stop by the library.

Compiled by Susan Lampe-Wilson

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