Today Music/Dance

Open Mic: 7-10 p.m., Marina Restaurant, Route 5, Brattleboro. Hosted by Kevin Parry. Every Thursday. Free. To sign up for a 20-minute slots, call 802-257-7563. Information: www.kevinparrymusic.com.

Film

September Film Series: 7 p.m., Next Stage, Main Theater, 15 Kimball Hill, Putney. Next Stage Arts Project presents Star Wars Film Series. This week: "Return of the Jedi" (1983). Suggested donation $5. Information: www.nextstagearts.org.

Kids

Storytime: 10:30 a.m., Westminster West Public Library. Program of books, songs and activities for toddlers and preschoolers. No charge. Information: 802-387-5737 or 802-387-4682.

Children’s Story Hour: 11 a.m., Village Square Booksellers, 32 Square, Bellows Falls. Pat Fowler reading. Reservations: 802-463-9404.

Boys & Girls Club: 3-7 p.m., 17 Flat St., Brattleboro. Programs, activities, special events and use of facilities available for ages 10 to 18. Information: 802-254-5990.

Preschool Storytime: 1:30 p.m., Walpole, N.H., Town Library, ages 2 1/2 to 5. Crafts and stories. Information: 603-756-9806.

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.

Museums

Tasha Tudor Museum: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 974 Western Ave., West Brattleboro. On exhibit: "Unending Delight, Tasha’s World of Dolls" exploring her sense of whimsy through the world of her dolls. Admission: Adults, $5; seniors over 65 and children 6-12, $3; under 5 free. Open Wed.-Sat. Information: 802-258-6564.

Brattleboro History Center: 2-4 p.m., Brattleboro Historical Society’s new History Center, 196 Main St., Masonic Center, Brattleboro. Series of changing exhibits: Local agricultural history, farm life and the former Valley Fair. Information: 802-258-4957 or histsoc@sover.net.

Brooks Memorial Library: 224 Main St., Brattleboro. Check out free museum passes to 15 local area museums: Eric Carle, MASS MoCA, Smith College, Springfield, Shelburne, Norman Rockwell, Bennington, Echo Lake, VINS, Vt. State Park passes and more. Click on Museum Passes at brookslibraryvt.org/borrow, or call 802-254-5290, ext. 0.

Outdoors/Recreation

Senior Bowling: 9:15 a.m., Brattleboro Bowl, Putney Road, Brattleboro. Every Thursday. Bowling for seniors. Information: 802-254-2710 or 802-387-5757.

Strength Training for Seniors: 9:30 a.m., Brattleboro Senior Center, 207 Main St., Brattleboro. Cost: $3 per class; $5 for two. Instructor: Cyndy Gray. Works on building strength on all major muscle groups followed by stretch and relaxation. Information: 802-257-7570.

Meals

Townshend Community Dinner: Noon at The Townshend Church, on the Common, Townshend. Sponsored by Senior Solutions. Suggested donation: $3 for over 60 years; $4 for all others. Take-out meals available. Blood pressure screening from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Everyone welcome.

Miscellaneous

Blood Pressure Clinic: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Townshend Congregational Church. Sponsored by the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of Vt. & N.H.

Putney Free Health Clinic: Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., Putney Medical Office, Main Street, Putney. Free, open to all. Information: Putney Family Services: 802-387-2120.

Grace Cottage Forum: 7 p.m., Townshend Congregational Church. Grace Cottage Hospital’s Interim Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey White to greet community members and answer questions about Grace Cottage. Refreshments. Information: 802-365-9109.

Southern Vermont Trail Riders: 7 p.m., meet at NewBrook Fire Department, Route 30, Newfane. An ATV club that meets on the third Thursday each month. Information: www.svtr.net.

Ongoing Events

Meditation Sittings: 7-7:45 a.m., Vermont Insight Meditation Center, in the Neighbor’s Hall at Solar Hill, 229 Western Ave., Brattleboro. Information and snow cancellation: Rose, 802-246-1244.

Bellows Falls Drop-In Center: Open Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Our Place Drop-In Center, 4 Island St., Bellows Falls. 9-10:30 a.m., free breakfast; 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., food pantry open, except during lunch; 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., free lunch. Day shelter, shower, fax, phone, food pantry. Information: 802-463-2217.

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.

Recovery Chat: 2-3 p.m., Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. Less formal group, conversation, games, sharing. Information: 802-257-5600.

Guilford Food Pantry: 5-6:30 p.m., at Broad Brook Grange, 3490 Guilford Center Road. Pantry is open Thursdays (except the first Thursday of the month).

Southern Vermont Scrabble Club: 6-10 p.m., Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St., Brattleboro. Fun, friendship, competitive play. All equipment provided. Fee $3. First-timers play free. Every Thursday. Information: Ed at ed.liebfried@gmail.com or 971-344-8730.

Dedicated Dads Making a Difference: 6-8 p.m., Early Education Services, 122 Birge St., Brattleboro. Free fathers support group. Dinner and child care provided. Information: Josh Miller, 802-254-3742, ext. 172.

Women’s Spirituality Group: 6-8 p.m., in West Brattleboro. Led by Patty MacDonald, Astrologer/Tarot Reader/Teacher. Sharing stories and spiritual meaning in them. Third Thursday each month. Registration required, 802-732-8004 or toll free at 1-888-772-1395. Women of all ages welcome. Donation, $8.

Alateen Meeting: 7-8 p.m., Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, 17 Belmont Ave., Brattleboro. Downstairs, Room B, on back, right, through the Maple Cafe. For teenagers whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking.

Al-Anon AFG: 7-8:30 p.m., Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Tyler Conference Center, 17 Belmont Ave., Brattleboro.

AA, Food and Fellowship: 7-10 p.m., Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. 8 p.m., step meeting. Information: 802-257-5600.

Zen Meditation: 7:30-9 p.m., in Guilford. No charge. Beginners welcome. Information: 802-257-9425.

AA Hotline: Toll free, 1-877-851-0181.

BCTV

Brattleboro Channel 8: 7 a.m., Revitalizing Downtown, Gov. Leaders Forum; 8 a.m., Democracy Now! Live; 9 a.m., Agape Christian Fellowship, Teshuva; 10:11 a.m., TED Talks: Dan Pink on science of motivation; 10:30 a.m., Decommissioning Entergy Vermont Yankee; 11:30 a.m., The Rhema Word #381; 12:10 p.m., Know Your Wild Neighbors- Birds of Prey; 1:30 p.m., No Film Film Festival 2: 80’s Remake, Part 1 of 3; 2:30 p.m., Brattleboro Citizens’ Breakfast; 3:05 p.m., ILEAD Summer Lecture Series: Hiding Behind my iPhone; 5:45 p.m., 5:45 Live; 6 p.m., We’re All In This Together, A Drive for Universal Healthcare; 6:30 p.m., Let’s Talk About Mental Health; 7 p.m., Organic Politics: Stopping The Drones; 8 p.m., Democracy Now!; 9 p.m., Al Jazeera News; 9:30 p.m., Tick Talk: Resilience of a Species, Dan Foster; 11 p.m., Revitalizing Downtown, Gov. Leaders Forum.

Brattleboro Channel 10: 7:30 a.m., Townshend Selectboard Mtg.; 10 a.m., 5:45 Live; 10:30 a.m., Leland and Gray School Board Mtg.; 12:30 p.m., NOFAVT Policy Update with Dave Rogers, Ep. 3: Proposed Gas Pipeline; 1:15 p.m., NOFA VT FarmersTalk: Orb Weaver Farm; 2 p.m., Newfane Selectboard Mtg.; 4:25 p.m., Guilford Selectboard Mtg.; 5:30 p.m., Jamaica Selectboard Mtg.; 6:45 p.m., Why I Want to be Town Manager: September 2013; 7 p.m., Townshend Selectboard Mtg.; 9:30 p.m., BUHS Board Mtg.

Friday

Music/Dance

Folksinger/Songwriter: 7:30 p.m., Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, Putney. Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present folk singer, songwriter and comedienne, Cheryl Wheeler, and folk/rock sister duo, The Nields. Tickets: General, $22; students and seniors, $20. Reservations and information: 802-254-9276.or at www.nextstagearts.org.

Theater

Ten Minute Play Festival: 7:30 p.m., Actors Theatre Playhouse, corner of Brook and Main streets, West Chesterfield, N.H. 38th season with popular annual festival featuring six short plays covering a variety of subjects, styles and moods. Cost: $8. Information: 877-666-1855 or www.actors-theatre.info. Festival continues Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 12.

Kids

Stories and Crafts: 10 a.m., Townshend Library, 1971 Route 30, Townshend. Downstairs children’s library. First and third Friday each month. Information: 802-365-4039; www.townshendlibrary.org.

Storytime and Crafts: 10:30-11:30 a.m., Jamaica Memorial Library. Every Friday. Information: 802-874-4901.

Boys & Girls Club: Noon-6 p.m., 17 Flat St., Brattleboro, ages 10-18. Friday Teen Night, 6-11 p.m., for grades 7 through 18 year olds. Bands, DJs, skate jams, and movies. Information: 802-254-5990.

Meals

Congregate Breakfast: 7:45-8:15 a.m., Brattleboro Senior Center, 207 Main St., Brattleboro. Suggested donation for seniors over 60, $3.50. All others, $6. Information: 802-257-1236.

Guilford Senior Lunch: Noon, Guilford Community Church. Hosted by the Guilford Golden Agers. Sponsored by Senior Solutions. Menu: Zesty onion burgers, baby carrots, chips and pickles, with chocolate banana split cupcakes. Suggested donation: $3, seniors; $5 for non-seniors. Blood pressures taken by Guilford Cares. Library books available. Information: 802-254-9774.

Halifax Senior Meal: Noon, at Halifax Community Hall, intersection of Brook and Branch roads, West Halifax. Menu: Chicken salad on lettuce leaf, baked potato, vegetable, rolls and dessert. All seniors welcome. Sponsored Senior Solutions. Reservations, call Joan at 802-368-7733.

Museums

Tasha Tudor Museum: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 974 Western Ave., West Brattleboro. On exhibit: "Unending Delight, Tasha’s World of Dolls" exploring her sense of whimsy through the world of her dolls. Admission: Adults, $5; seniors over 65 and children 6-12, $3; under 5 free. Open Wed.-Sat. Information: 802-258-6564.

Brattleboro History Center: 2-4 p.m., Brattleboro Historical Society’s new History Center, 196 Main St., Masonic Center, Brattleboro. Series of changing exhibits: Local agricultural history, farm life and the former Valley Fair. Information: 802-258-4957 or histsoc@sover.net.

Miscellaneous

Artists on the Lawn: 3-7 p.m., Crafts Inn, 10 West Main St., Wilmington. Artists exhibiting on the Historic Crafts Inn front lawn during Village Stroll. Weather permitting.

Bellows Falls Farmers’ Market: 4-7 p.m., Waypoint Center. Fresh organic vegetables, beef, pork, chicken, cheese, fresh breads, maple syrup, canned goodies, prepared foods, crafts and more. EBT/Debit, Farm to Family and Harvest Health Coupons accepted. Information: bellowsfallsmarket@gmail.com or 802-463-2018.

Townshend Farmers’ Market: 4-7 p.m., behind West Townshend Country Store, intersection of Windham Hill and Route 30. Fresh seasonal vegetables, fruits, eggs, grass-fed meats, syrup, honey, and plants; baked goods, handmade soaps, hand blown glass. Rain or shine. Information: 802-869-2141.

Third Friday Art Walk: 5-8 p.m., Bellows Falls. Sponsored by the Village Square Booksellers and the Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce of Bellows Falls. Stroll through art galleries, shops and art venues of Bellows Falls, for art, music and literary events. Information: 802-463-9404.

Ongoing Events

Meditation: 7:30-8:45 a.m., Biologic Wellness Center, Merchants Bank, 205 Main St., Brattleboro (ground floor, basement entrance on right). Mountains and Rivers Mindfulness Community. Free mindfulness class and sharing group in the tradition of Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Every Friday. Newcomers welcome. Wheelchair accessible. Information: mountainsandriversmc@myfairpoint.net or 802-387-2382.

Bellows Falls Drop-In Center: Open Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Our Place Drop-In Center, 4 Island St., Bellows Falls. 9-10:30 a.m., free breakfast; 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., food pantry open, except during lunch; 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., free lunch. Day shelter, shower, fax, phone, food pantry. Information: 802-463-2217.

Thrift Shop Bag Sale: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Worn Again Thrift Shop, St. Edmunds Catholic Church, Saxtons River. Clothing for all; shoes, boots and sneakers; bedding; household articles; toys. Operated by volunteers of West River Mission of Putney and churches in Putney, Townshend, Stratton Mountain and Saxtons River.

Hospice Thrift Shop: 10 a.m.-7 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.

Acupuncture Clinic: 2-6 p.m., Medicine for the People, 125 Main St., Putney. Community clinic. Call ahead for appointment, 802-387-3028. Sliding scale.

Recovery Chat: 2-3 p.m., Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. Less formal group, conversation, games, sharing. Information: 802-257-5600.

Candlelight AA Meeting: 9-11 p.m., Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. AA discussion and fellowship with candlelit setting. Information: 802-257-5600.