Variety Show: 6:30 p.m., Townshend Town Hall, Route 30. "Grace Cottage’s Got Talent" variety show. All performers are Grace Cottage employees and family members. Emcee Dr. Robert Backus. Music, dancing, singing and comedy. Freewill donation. Refreshments available. Proceeds to help Grace Cottage expand its Messenger Valley Pharmacy. Information: 802-365-9109.
Guitar Concert: 8 p.m., Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, Putney. Chris Smither, talented and creative guitarist and singer/songwriter of American folk music. Tickets: General, $20; students and seniors, $18 at www.nextstagearts.org and Offerings in Putney. Presented by Next Stage Arts Project. Further information: 802-387-0102.
Brattleboro Film Festival: Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St., Brattleboro. Noon, "Bones Brigade: An Autobiography," six teen outcasts in the ‘80s form a team, reinventing skateboarding and themselves. Street language. 2 p.m., "Starlet," friendship forms after 21-year-old Jane finds $10k in object at elderly lady’s yard sale. Sexual scene. 4 p.m., "Chasing Ice," National Geographic photographer’s videos follow ancient Arctic mountains of ice in motion. 6:30 p.m., "Any Day Now," in ‘70s, a drag crooner, a closeted prosecuting attorney, and a teenage boy with Down Syndrome in battle against a system. Adult content. 8:30 p.m., "Chico and Rita," couple’s journey in 1948 from Havana to New York, Paris, Hollywood, and Las Vegas. Sexual content. Tickets: Adults, $8.50; students and seniors, $6.50; children 12 and under, $5, at the door. Description of film and information: www.brattleborofilmfestival.org.
Games Day: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls. International Games Day. Gaming for people of all ages including Nintendo Wii and console games, board games, modern table-top games, role-playing games, card games, and more. Free. Information: 802-463-4270, email@example.com, rockinghamlibrary.org.
Windham County Activities for Youth: See the Youth Services’ H.E.Y.! Help Empower Youth! guide to after school and other activities and programs at www.HelpEmpowerYouth.com.
Battle of the Paddle: At Brattleboro Union High School, Fairground Road. Double elimination ping pong tournament. 8-8:30 a.m., Registration. 9 a.m., Play begins. Three age divisions: 11 and under; 12-15; 16 and over. $15 player fee in advance, $20 day of event. Prizes. Benefit the West River Park recreational facility. Hosted by the Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club. Information: Sandy Shriverm 802-257-7244, ext. 114, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration form at www.brattleborosunriserotary.org.
Fitness at the Rec: Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St., Brattleboro. 9-10 a.m., Kickbox/Conditioning. Information: Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Dept., 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.
Trap Practice: 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Sportsmen’s Inc., Creamery Road, Guilford. Every Saturday. Information: 802-579-1587.
Open Gym and Game Room: Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department, Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. 1-4 p.m., Grades 7-12. Information: 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.
Westminster Hike: 1 p.m., on Bald Hill and the Bellows Falls Union High School Forest. Two-hour hike, end of Cemetery Road, at entrance to St. Charles Cemetery, off Route 5, Westminster. Led by Randy Major. Sponsored by Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association. Weather permitting. Information or to register: 802-387-5737.
Corn Chowder Luncheon/Sale: 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., United Church of Bellows Falls, School Street, Bellows Falls. Chowder, assorted sandwiches, apple crisp and beverages. Cost: Adults, $7; children 10 and under, $3.50. Food and baked goods, preserves, a raffle for apple-themed basket, turkey, gift certificate. Silent auction. Use back of the building, wheelchair accessible. Hosted by the Women’s Fellowship of the United Church of Bellows Falls.
Bean Supper: 5-6:30 p.m., United Church of Winchester, Main Street, Winchester, N.H. Served family style. Cost: Adults, $8; children, $3; family, up to 5 members, $20. Information: 603-239-4465. No advanced ticket sales. Handicapped accessible.
Brooks Memorial Library: 224 Main St., Brattleboro. Check out free museum passes to local area museums: Eric Carle, MASS Mocha, Springfield, Shelburne, Norman Rockwell, Bennington, etc. Reserve online at www.brooks.lib.vt.us, click on "Museum Passes" button. Information: 802-254-5290.
Ski-Skate Snowboard Sale: 8-11 a.m., Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St., Brattleboro. Annual Phil Dunham Ski-Skate & Snowboard Sale directed by the Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Dept. and Brattleboro Outing Club. Snowboards, skis, ski boots, poles, and bindings, skates, winter sports clothing and hockey equipment. Information: 802-2254-5808.
Craft Sale: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Eagles Home, 54 Chickering Drive, Brattleboro. Sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary No. 2445. Information: 802-579-4186.
Christmas Bazaar: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., First Baptist Church, 9 Church St., Bellows Falls. Food items, crafts, gifts, hats, mittens for sale. Luncheon menu: Chicken and biscuits. Complete meal, $6.50. Also, sandwiches, chowder, desserts, beverages. Benefit raffle. Hosted by the Ladies Aid and Mission of the Church.
Brattleboro Winter Farmers’ Market: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., Brattleboro. Farm products, fresh baked goods, crafts, lunch, live music. Saturdays through March. Project of Post Oil Solutions. Information: 802-8692141 or email@example.com.
Artists’ Reception: 1-3 p.m., Crowell Gallery, Moore Free Library, 23 West St., Newfane. Stone Soup Painters, artists from the oil painting classes at the Brattleboro Senior Center. Refreshments. On exhibit through November during library hours. Information: Meris Morrison, Librarian, 802-365-7948.
Nicaragua Fundraiser: 2-4 p.m., Fireworks Restaurant, 69 Main St., Brattleboro. Brattleboro Nurses in Nicaragua fundraiser to support medical mission to Nicaragua. Suggested donation at the door: $20. Jatoba (local groove grass band) performs; Latin fare (hors d’oeuvres); cash bar, silent auction.
Thrift Shop: 9 a.m.-noon, Wed. and Sat., second floor, above, West Townshend Post Office, Route 30, West Townshend. Sponsored by The West River Community Project. Community closet with large selection of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, footwear; and toys.
Food Shelf Open: 9-10 a.m., Putney Community Center, Christian Square, Putney. Information or to donate: 802-387-8551.
Overeaters Anonymous: 9:30-10:30 a.m., Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. Information: 802-257-5600.
Hospice Thrift Shop: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Experienced Goods Thrift Shop for Brattleboro Area Hospice, 77 Flat St., Brattleboro. Selling quality clothing, books, housewares, furniture and more. Seeking donations, 802-254-5200.
Al-Anon Meeting: 3-4 p.m., Brew Berry Conference Center #1, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, 17 Belmont Ave., Brattleboro.
Narcotics Anonymous: 6:30-8 p.m., Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. Friends of Jimmy K. Step meeting. Open to all. Information: 802-257-5600.
Easy Does It: 8:30-9:40 p.m., Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Brew Barry Conference Center 2. Information: 802-257-5801.
AA Hotline: Toll free, 1-877-851-0181.
Brattleboro Channel 8: 7 a.m., Stillness in Motion, Tai Chi with Rich Marantz; 7:30 a.m., Liberty TV; 8 a.m., Army Newswatch: Soldiers Journal; 8:28 a.m., Asian Long Horn Beetle Awareness; 8:59 a.m., Emerald Ash Borer Awareness; 9:31 a.m., Vermont Hackathon 2012; 10 a.m., World Learning 80th Anniv. Symposium; 11:43 a.m., Living on a Back Road in Vt.: Chapter 1: The Mad Bus; 12 p.m., Dinner with Bernie in Putney; 1:30 p.m., Lawrence Lessig on VT’s First Amendment Weekend & Citizens United; 3 p.m., Landmark College: Bialystock & Sandglass Theater; 4:30 p.m., Bratt Literary Festival 2012: Howard Frank Mosher; 5:23 p.m., Living on a Back Road in Vt.: Chapter 1: The Mad Bus; 5:45 p.m., 5:45 Live: Weekend Report; 6 p.m., Bratt. Literary Festival 2012: Local Author Showcase; 7:30 p.m., Landmark College Presents: "Red to Green" Robert Meeropol on Political Panic; 8:30 p.m., Protecting Children from Internet Crime; 9 p.m., Susan Lindauer on 9/11: Peace Activist & CIA Agent; 10:30 p.m., Words of Peace: Life: Playing One Key at a Time; 11 p.m., Gay USA.
Brattleboro Channel 10: 10 a.m., 5:45 Live: Weekend Report; 10:30 a.m., Interview Independence: Vt. Treasurer Beth Pearce; 11 a.m., Vincent Illuzzi Tours Brattleboro Campaign 2012; 11:30 a.m., Vt. Candidates for US Congress: Donka (R), Welch (D), Desroches (I), LaFramboise (VoteKiss), Newton (LU); 1 p.m., Organic Politics: Major News Outlets Block Independents; 1:30 p.m., Candidates for Vt. Lt. Gov., Phil Scott, Cassandra Gekas; 2 p.m., Interview with Randy Brock, Republican Candidate for Governor.; 2:40 p.m., Candidate for Vt. State Treasurer Wendy Wilton; 3 p.m., Guilford Selectboard Mtg.; 4:30 p.m., Jamaica Selectboard Mtg.; 7 p.m., Montpelier Connection: Samantha Kane Eagle ND, MS; 7:30 p.m., Newfane Selectboard Mtg. 10 18 12; 10:30 p.m., Putney Selectboard Mtg.; 11 p.m., Townshend Selectboard Mtg.
Dance Your Prayers: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Putney Community Center. A weekly, all-ages dance jam to nourish tribal consciousness, sacred connection, and heart-openings through music, dance and celebration. Suggested donation, $5. Presented by Tribal Mystics. Every Sunday. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or http://tinyurl.com/7gxsgng.
Jazz Jam: 2 p.m., The Open Music Collective, 74 Cotton Mill Hill, Studio A-335, Brattleboro. Facilitated by Jamie MacDonald. For instrumentalists and singers to play and learn bebop, standards, or other jazz music. All levels welcome. First Sunday each month. Information: www.openmusicollective.org.
BMC Faculty Concert: 3 p.m., Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., Brattleboro. Brattleboro Music Center presents faculty members Junko Watanabe, soprano, Susan Dedell, piano, and Dan Farina, trumpet. Bach, Handel, Barat, Goedicke, Stephenson, Barber, and Dedell. Tickets: $15, $8 students, and free to BMC students under 21. Information: 802-257-4523 or bmcvt.org.
Community Circle Dance: 3:30-5:30 p.m., Aikido Studio, 11 Cottage St., Brattleboro. Dances taught and music provided by Anja Daniels. No partner needed. All welcome. Donations appreciated, not required. Information: Lucia Wilson, 802-380-3291 or Parker Huber, 802-257-9108.
Brattleboro Balkan Dance: 7-10 p.m., at the Stone Church, 210 Main St., Brattleboro. Live music by Xopo. Circle dances from the Balkans. All levels welcome. 6:30 p.m., Free beginners’ session. 8:45 p.m., Musicians and singers welcome to sit in for two tunes. Bring clean, soft soled shoes and a water bottle. Suggested donation $12. Information: 802-257-9513 or email@example.com.
Brattleboro Film Festival: Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St., Brattleboro. Noon, "Mia and the Migoo," animated ecological fable; 2 p.m., "One Nation Under Dog," explores the relationship America has with dogs (short disturbing scene); 4 p.m., "Atomic States of America," fairly objective journey to reactor communities examining nuclear power; 6:30 p.m., "Cloudburst," Stella and Dot escape from a nursing home on a quest to be legally married (salty language/sexual content); 8:30 p.m., "A Simple Life," a servant suffers a stroke and goes from looking after her "young master" to being looked after. Tickets: Adults, $8.50; students and seniors, $6.50; children 12 and under, $5, at the door. Description of film and information: www.brattleborofilmfestival.org.
Teen Get-Together: 6:30 p.m., Bethel Chapel, 28 Birge St., Brattleboro. High School/Teen Group for grades 7-12 and for young adults up to 20 years old. Information: 802-254-6687.
Empty Bowl Dinner/Auction: 5 p.m., Alyson’s Orchard, Walpole, N.H. Benefit for Our Place Drop-in Center. Theme "Gather and Share." Auction preview and social hour prior to dinner and auction. Tickets for the Empty Bowl $30 at Village Square Booksellers, Real to Reel Video or call Our Place at 802-463-2217. Information: www.ourplacevt.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ski Tow Workbee: 10 a.m., at the Ski Tow, Living Memorial Park, Guilford Street, Brattleboro. Volunteers are needed to help get the tow ready for the winter season. Information: Ray Blow, Living Memorial Park Snow Sports, 802-380-2977.
Sitting and Walking Meditation Practice: 10 a.m.-noon, Vermont Insight Meditation Center, Neighbor’s Hall, Solar Hill, 229 Western Ave., Brattleboro. Led by Kate Wylie. Sunday’s Dharma talk topic: "Shelter From the Storm."
Legacy of John Kenneth Galbraith: 4 p.m., Marlboro College, Ragle Hall, Marlboro. John Kenneth and Catherine Atwater Galbraith Library Collection to be dedicated. Peter Galbraith and James Galbraith speak on the legacy of their father in the context of current economic and foreign policies and in anticipation of the Nov. 6 election. Free. Public welcome. Information: 802-251-7644 or email@example.com.
Alcoholics Anonymous: 10-11 a.m., The Stone Church, 210 Main St., Brattleboro. Eye Openers.
Alcoholics Anonymous: 6-7 p.m., Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. Back to Life AA program. Information: 802-257-5600.
AA Hotline: Toll free, 1-877-851-0181.
Brattleboro Channel 8: 7 a.m., Agape Let God Write Your Story; 8:09 a.m., Athens Community Christian Church; 9 a.m., Riverbank Church: Finances-Generosity-Planning; 10 a.m., Stillness in Motion, Tai Chi with Rich Marantz; 10:30 a.m., Bratt Literary Festival 2012: Howard Frank Mosher; 11:30 a.m., Words of Peace: Life: Playing One Key at a Time; 12 p.m., Agape Let God Write Your Story; 1:09 p.m., Living on a Back Road in Vt.: Chapter 1: The Mad Bus; 1:30 p.m., The Rhema Word; 2:06 p.m., Living on a Back Road in Vt.: Chapter 1: The Mad Bus; 2:30 p.m., St. Michael’s Mass: November 3, 2012; 3:30 p.m., New England Cooks, Trina and Meggen Beaulier; 4:29 p.m., Danger Men Cooking; 5:27 p.m., Living on a Back Road in Vt.: Chapter 1: The Mad Bus; 5:45 p.m., 5:45 Live: Weekend Report; 5:54 p.m., Asian Long Horn Beetle Awareness; 6:25 p.m., Emerald Ash Borer Awareness; 7 p.m., St. Michael’s Mass; 8 p.m., Landmark College: Bialystock & Sandglass Theater; 9:30 p.m., Bratt. Literary Festival 2012: Local Author Showcase; 11 p.m., Dinner with Bernie in Putney.
Brattleboro Channel 10: 10 a.m., 5:45 Live: Weekend Report; 10:15 a.m., Newfane Selectboard Mtg. 10 18 12; 1 p.m., Brattleboro Planning Commission; 4 p.m., Brattleboro Development Review Board; 5 p.m., Brattleboro Selectboard Mtg.; 6:30 p.m., BUHS Board Mtg.; 7:40 p.m., Candidate for Vt. State Treasurer Wendy Wilton; 8 p.m., Vincent Illuzzi Tours Brattleboro Campaign 2012; 8:30 p.m., Montpelier Connection: Samantha Kane Eagle ND, MS; 9 p.m., Organic Politics: Major News Outlets Block Independents; 9:30 p.m., Candidates for Vt. Lt. Gov., Phil Scott, Cassandra Gekas; 10 p.m., Interview Independence: Vt. Treasurer Beth Pearce; 10:30 p.m., Vt. Candidates for US Congress: Donka (R), Welch (D), Desroches (I), LaFramboise (VoteKiss), Newton (LU).