Upcoming events: Dance performance in Manchester; pet adoption fund-raiser in Chester; summer reading programs; music from Putney to Cavendish; and ‘The Other Place’ opens in Weston

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July 25: SVAC welcomes IBIT Dance Company

The Southern Vermont Arts Center welcomes the Brattleboro based group, IBIT Dance Company, for a performance at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 25 at SVAC’s Arkell Pavilion at 930 Southern Vermont Arts Center Drive, Manchester.

Intrinsic Beauty of Invisible Things Dance Company to perform at SVAC

Intrinsic Beauty of Invisible Things Dance Company to perform at SVAC

IBIT, which stands for Intrinsic Beauty of Invisible Things, performs modern and contemporary dance techniques while celebrating the individual artistry of its company members. The company also offers pre-professional training for students at the intermediate and advanced levels of dance for high school, college and adult students.

The group will perform its newest work, Pieces of Now, an inspiring performance telling the story of a young girl’s battle with cancer.

The Southern Vermont Arts Center  gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday noon to 5 p.m. For more information about IBIT and to purchase tickets, please visit www.svac.org, call 802-362-1405 or email info@svac.org. You can also visit SVAC’s website for updates on exhibitions, special event and more.


Adopt a cat for free this weekend and give it a new life.

Adopt a cat for free this weekend and give it a new life.

July 25: Animal Adoption Weekend and yard sale at Webster’s House

Webster’s House Animal Shelter is hosting a Free Adoption Weekend event from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, July 25 and 26 at the shelter,  1758 Route 103 S., in Chester.

During the two-day event, there will be no adoption fees for any adult cat (or a bunny) and the adoption process will be expedited with the shelter manager’s approval. Bring your carrier or purchase a used carrier from Webster’s for a modest price while supplies last.

The shelter will hold a benefit yard sale alongside the adoption event on Saturday. All funds raised benefit the cats and support the shelter’s mission. Come and shop the furniture, pet items, DVDs, linens and other treasures.

Webster’s House asks adopters and shoppers to park cars courteously and not to block the driveways. For information on these events, call 802-875-7777 or email shelter@webstershouse.org.

For more information on Webster’s House Animal Shelter, how to make a donation, their available pets or upcoming events, visit www.facebook.com/WebstersHouse, or go to webstershouse.wordpress.com. The shelter is open to the public on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, from noon–5 p.m.


July: Rock Library rocks its Summer Reading Program

The Rockingham Free Public Library’s Summer Reading Program Every Hero Has a Story is in full swing throughout ,,,,lJuly. Already, more than 250 kids of all ages have joined the reading program and the 50-Hour Reading Challenge, and hundreds more kids and families have attended library summer programs.

It’s not too late for children to sign up. It is easy and can be done by visiting the library or sending an email to sam@rockinghamlibrary.org. Once signed up, keep track of how many books your child reads or has read to them. Older readers can count chapters and teens count hours. Stop by the library at least once a week to fill out a reading log and a prize entry for each book, chapter, or hour read. Prize entries include free books each week and a chance to win the super hero reader paintings on display now in the library.

Older readers and teens can also take on the 50-Hour Reading Challenge; pick up a 50-Hour Challenge sheet at the library, and start reading. They have until the end of August to read 50 hours to be entered into a special drawing to win a Lego Minecraft Cave Set.

Heroes-themed program continues through July

Each week the Rockingham Library’s Youth Department presents a series of programs for all ages and interests that keep with the “Hero” theme of the summer program. All programs take place in the youth department. They are free and open to the public.

Monday mornings at 10:30 a.m. is Hero Storytime; real-life community heroes visit the library to read stories to young children.

Lindsay and her Puppet Pals

Lindsay and her Puppet Pals

On Tuesdays, the library offers  Superhero Academy  from 2 to 4 p.m. to make superhero gadgets and accessories, and Maker Camp , a hands-on building and tinkering program. Bo`th programs are for ages 8 and older.

On Thursdays, the Library offers a baby storytime at 10:30 a.m. Then at 1 p.m. a hero-themed family movie is screened.

On Thursday, July 30, at 5 p.m. the Summer Reading Program will come to an end with a very special event,  Lindsay and Her Puppet Pals , a perennial library favorite. Lindsay’s Puppet Pals are lovingly crafted, giant hand puppets and marionettes, that bring short stories filled with silliness, crowd participation, and memorable characters. After Lindsay’s performance, the library will hand out summer reading certificates to all participants and hold the final prize drawing for the super hero reader paintings.

The Lego Club takes place on Fridays from noon-3 p.m. Friday nights are teen programs with the Heroes vs. Villains Teen Book Club from 5–6:30 p.m. and Teen RPG Night from 5:30–9 p.m.

The library is located 65 Westminster St., in Bellows Falls. For more information call the library at 802-463-4270, email sam@rockinghamlibrary.org, or go online to rockinghamlibrary.org.

July 30: Documentary on prison life for children at Rock Library

On Thursday July 30 at 7 p.m., the Rockingham Free Public Library and Vermont PBS will present a screening of “15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story” followed by a panel discussion. Panelists will include Judy Brassard, corrections program supervisor and youth police officers supervisor, Wendi Lashua Germain, executive director of Springfield Justice Center, and Elayne Clift, writer on the harsh reality of prison life for women of all ages. This event takes place at the library at 65 Westminster St., in Bellows Falls and is free and open to the public.

15tolifePRgraphicwThe United States is the only country in the world that routinely condemns children to die in prison. “15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story” is the story of one of those children, Kenneth Young, now a young man, seeking a second chance in Florida. This film follows Young’s struggle for redemption, revealing a justice system with thousands of young people serving sentences intended for society’s most dangerous criminals.

For more information, call 802-463-4270, email anne@rockinghamlibrary.org, go to rockinghamlibrary.org or stop by.


July 22: Yellow Barn concerts offer something for every age

Yellow Barn offers something for everyone this week, with events ranging from master classes to three vastly different concert programs to the annual Children’s Concert.

The Yellow Barn quartet.

The Yellow Barn quartet.

On Wednesday, July 22 at 5 p.m., Yellow Barn invites children and their families to the campus of the Greenwood School for a special hour-long concert just for them. The Annual Children’s Concert is a unique chance for children to have an up-close experience with Yellow Barn’s international community of musicians while spending valuable time learning with their families, free of charge. The event takes place at The Greenwood School, 14 Greenwood Lane in Putney.

Thursday, July 23’s concert at 8 p.m. will be in the Big Barn Yellow Barn, 14 Greenwood Lane. Enjoy the music of Shostakovich, Zemlinsky, Barber, and Weinberg.

Friday’s program, at 8 p.m. in the Big Barn Yellow Barn will feature the music of Schubert, Lerdahl, Osborne, Beethoven and Weber and a special performance by cellist Bonnie Hampton, one of three Yellow Barn faculty members to whom this season is dedicated, and pianist and Yellow Barn artistic director Seth Knopp.

Saturday is host to a range of Yellow Barn events at the Big Yellow Barn, beginning with a 10:30 a.m. master class by violin faculty member Donald Weilerstein.

Then at 8 p.m., Vivian Hornik Weilerstein opens a concert with colleagues Tiffany Du Mouchelle, soprano, and Sujin Lee, cello, performing music by Sciarrino, Fauré, and Beethoven.

Yellow Barn’s 46th summer season continues through Aug. 8 in the Big Barn in Putney. Purchase tickets online at www.yellowbarn.org or call the box office at 802-387-6637. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged for guaranteed admission.

Enjoy a mixture of Blues, Soul, Classic R & B and Rock & Roll by Frydaddy and the Little Town Horns at Chester outdoor concert

Enjoy a mixture of Blues, Soul, Classic R & B and Rock & Roll by Frydaddy and the Little Town Horns at Chester outdoor concert

July 23: Frydaddy & the Little Town Horns comes to Chester

On Thursday, July 23 Frydaddy and the Little Town Horns come to Chester in the second concert of the Chester Summer Concert Series. Sponsored by TDBank, Frydaddy will play a mixture of blues, soul, classic R&B and rock ‘n’ roll from 6:30–8 p.m. on the lawn of the Academy Building across from the Green in downtown Chester.

With influences ranging from James Brown to Carlos Santana, in addition to soulful originals, Frydaddy has enjoyed opening for national acts as well as playing for private venues across New England.

Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and be prepared to sit back and listen to great music on a summer night right in downtown Chester or have dinner at one of the restaurants on the Green while listening to the concert. In case of inclement weather, concerts will move to MacLaomainn’s Scottish Pub, 52 S. Main St., Chester. For information, call Lynne Reed at 802-875-3400.

Joyti Knisley performs with The Gordon Sisters at Chester coffeehouse

Joyti Knisley  and the Gordon sisters at Grounded4Life.

July 24: The Gordon Sisters and Joyti Knisley at Grounded4Life

Abby and Trudy Gordon’s musical ability is not limited to singing. They also play a variety of instruments. Join them for a night of worship and singing on Friday, July 24, downstairs in the First Baptist Church at 162 Main St., Chester. The program is free.

Also, Jyoti Knisely of Andover will talk about her upcoming year-long mission trip to Indonesia.

Doors will open at 6:30 and music will begin at 7 p.m. The coffee bar and refreshments will be ready when you arrive. Check out the Grounded4Life Facebook page or contact John Nunnikhoven at john4ns@fastmail.fm.

July 29: Green Brothers Band to perform in Proctorsville

The Green Brothers Band takes the stage on the Proctorsville Green for the Cavendish Music Series at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29.

Based in Castleton, the Green Brothers Band has been performing together for 20 years throughout New England and New York. The band’s repertoire includes an eclectic mix of jazz, blues, rock, R&B, reggae and Latin fusion.

The concert is free and open to everyone. Bring a blanket or a comfortable chair, have a picnic, or relax on the grass.

The concert is sponsored by Good Earth Landscaping and by Calabrese Architects. For more information, call Robin at 802-226-7736. In the event of rain, postponement information will be reflected on the Cavendish Facebook page.


July 23: From Broadway to Weston’s, ‘The Other Place’

American playwright Sharr White’s witty, complex and award-winning drama, The Other Place opens 7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 23 and runs through Aug. 9 on Weston’s OtherStages at 982 Route 100S in Weston.

The play is a story about a smart woman, perhaps the world’s smartest: Juliana Smithton — successful neurologist, mother of one and recent divorcée. Her life, at the start, seems to be coming unhinged.

Showtimes are Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m. It runs one hour and 20 minutes, without intermission. Pre-show dinner is available at the newly opened West Town Eatery, located downstairs from the MainStage playhouse at 12 Park St. For tickets and reservations, call 802-824-5288 or visit westonplayhouse.org.

Compiled by Susan Lampe-Wilson

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