Thursday

Music/Dance

Gentle International Folk Dancing: 4-5:30 p.m., Putney Cares Activity Barn, 54 Kimball Hill Road, Putney. Led by Melissa Lovell Post. For beginners and elders. This 7-week series ends April 3. $8 per class. No experience necessary. Information: Anne, 802-387-4330; or Melissa, 802-875-4102; goodwood@vermontel.net.

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. Theater

Auditions: 6:30 p.m., Brattleboro Savings & Loan Association, in the Community Room, 221 Main St,, Brattleboro. Bob DuCharme, director. Neil Simon play, "Plaza Suite." Performances: June 20, 21, 27 and 28 in Williamsville. Three male and four female leads, smaller roles. Backstage and offstage roles needed also. Information: lindadu352@comcast.net.

Live Theater: 8 p.m., Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, Putney. "Late, A Cowboy Song" by Sarah Ruhl. Directed Ben Stockman. Presented by Next Stage Arts Project and Apron Theater Company. Tickets $12. Reservations or information: 802-387-0071 or www.nextstagearts.org.

Film

1964 Film Screening: 6 p.m., Dummerston Historical Society, in Dummerston Center. Screening of "American Experience’s 1964." Free. All welcome. Reserve seat, contact Bill Holiday at bill_holiday@wsesu.org or 802-257-4900.

Kids

Teddy Bear Tea: 9:30 a.m., Dover Elementary School. For children 5 and under, parents, caregivers, early educators, and teddy bears. Meet staff, tour school, hear stories. Snack provided. Co-sponsored by Early Education Services and Windham County elementary schools, funded in part by Building Bright Futures. Information: Sandy Stark, EES, 802-254-3742, ext. 171.

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.

Preschool Storytime: 11 a.m., Putney Public Library. Every Thursdays. For ages 2 and up. Circle of fun and learning for children, parents and caregivers. Free. Information: 802-387-4407.

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.

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. Information: 802-257-7570.

Meals

Townshend Community Dinner: Noon, at Townshend Church, on the Common. Sponsored by Senior Solutions. Suggested donation: $3 for 60 and over; $4 for all others. Take out meals available. Everyone welcome.

Miscellaneous

Free Tax Assistance: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Bellows Falls Senior Center, 18 Tuttle St., Bellows Falls. Call 802-463-3907 for an appointment. Offered by AARP Tax-Aide Program. Thursdays through April 10.

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.

Museums

Brattleboro History Room: 2-4 p.m., Brattleboro Historical Society, 230 Main St., Third Floor, Municipal Center, Brattleboro. Also, open and Sat. 10 a.m.-noon and by appointment. Call 802-258-4957; histsoc@sover.net; brattleborohistoricalsociety.org.

Brattleboro History Center: 2-4 p.m., Brattleboro Historical Society’s History Center, 196 Main St., Masonic Center, Brattleboro. Enjoy handmade dolls, specially crafted wooden truck, train. Glimpse Rudyard Kipling through Mary Cabot’s journal entries; view her photo albums, author of The Annals of Brattleboro, 1681-1895; more exhibits. 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.

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 cancellations: 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.

Turning Point: 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. 1 p.m., Recovery Wellness Peer Group. 2-3 p.m., Recovery Chat. 7-10 p.m., AA Food/Fellowship. 8 p.m., Step meeting. Information: 802-257-5600.

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.

Mental Illness Support: 6:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, West Brattleboro. On-going support group for individuals whose family members are living with mental illness, the first Thursday of the month. Hosted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Information: Clare, 802-824-3909.

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.

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.

Friday

Music/Dance

Concert and Tacos: West Townshend Country Store, Route 30. 5 p.m., tacos available, $9 a plate, other food and drink. 7 p.m., The Issues, local musicians Paul Bousquet, Bob Ray and David Howland, sing songs and play guitar.

Evening of Music: 7:30 p.m., Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery, 139 Main St., Brattleboro. The Asylum Quartet presents an evening of classical, indie rock, world, klezmer and electronic music. Suggested donation $10 at the door. Information: 802-254-9276.

Classic Rock: 8-11 p.m., West Dover Inn, Route 100, West Dover. Kevin Parry plays and sings classic rock requests on guitar and mandolin. Free. Information: www.kevinparrymusic.com or 802-464-5207.

Theater

Live Theater: 8 p.m., Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, Putney. "Late, A Cowboy Song" by Sarah Ruhl. Directed Ben Stockman. Presented by Next Stage Arts Project and Apron Theater Company. Tickets $12. Reservations or information: 802-387-0071 or www.nextstagearts.org.

Kids

Community Playgroup: 9:30-11 a.m., at Early Education Services, 130 Birge St, Brattleboro. For ages 0-5 and their caregivers. Snack provided. Information: EES, 802-254-3742 ext. 111.

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.

Community Playgroup: 10-11:30 a.m., at Whitingham Public Library. For ages 0-5 and their caregivers. Snack provided. Information: Early Education Services, 802-254-3742 ext. 111.

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. Menu: Oatmeal with choice of streusel, nuts, dried fruit toppings, grapenut custard, cinnamon roll, baked apples. Suggested donation for seniors over 60, $3.50. All others, $6. Information: 802-257-1236.

Guilford Senior Lunch: Noon, Guilford Community Church. Menu: Herb cheese stuffed chicken pie, rice, glazed carrots and sweet onion muffins with fruit salad for dessert. Suggested donation $3.50 for seniors; $5 for others. Library books available. Blood pressures taken. Sponsored by Senior Solutions. Information: 802-254-9774.

Athens Community Supper: 6 p.m., in the basement of Athens Community Church. Sponsored by Grafton Cares. First Friday of the month. No charge, but donations welcome. Information: Dennis and Karen, 802-869-2674.

Miscellaneous

Blood Pressure Clinic: 11:30 a.m.-noon, Guilford Community Church. Sponsored by the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of Vt. & N.H.

Brown Bag Lunch Series: Noon-1 p.m., Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., Brattleboro. "Meet Your Artist," Bobbie Groves, a participating artist in the Gallery at the Garden 16x16x27. Mixed media and assemblage. Groves to talk about collage and getting inspiration. Free. All welcome. Bring a bag lunch. Information: Stroll office at the River Garden, 802-246-0982.

Know Your Library: Noon-12:30 p.m., Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., Brattleboro. Tours and tips for newcomers and experienced library users with reference Librarian Jeanne Walsh. Tour of the first floor and mezzanine; catalog search demo. First Friday of every month. Information: 802-254-5290 ext. 109 or brookslibraryvt.org.

Youth Services’ Summer Camp Fair: 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., Brattleboro. Parents may pick up information about and register their children for nearly two dozen summer camp programs. Activities and entertainment for children. Two drawings for $100 camp credits. Summer Resources Calendar at the fair or online at youthservicesinc.org. Information: Youth Services at 802-257-0361.

Student Photography Exhibition: 5:30-8:30 p.m., Hooker-Dunham Gallery, 139 Main St., Brattleboro. The In-Sight Photography Project’s Annual Student Exhibition, sponsored by Marlboro College, will open with a reception during at Gallery Walk. Open each Thursday and Friday in April from 5-7 p.m. For other hours and further information: 802-251-9961 or www.insight-photography.org.

Gallery Walk: 5:30-8 p.m., downtown Brattleboro and nearby locations. Monthly art walk with artists’ receptions, live music, special events, art sales and more. Free. Information: Joy Wallens-Penford, 802-257-2616, info@GalleryWalk.org or www.GalleryWalk.org.

Bingo Night: 6:30 p.m., Halifax School, in the Multi-Purpose Room. Adults, $9; children, $4. Win prizes donated from area businesses. Information: 802-368-2888. Benefit Halifax School’s 8th grade class.

Museums

Brattleboro History Center: 2-4 p.m. and 5-8 p.m., Brattleboro Historical Society’s History Center, 196 Main St., Masonic Center, Brattleboro. Play an Estey Field Organ made in Brattleboro. November 1895 Vt. Phoenix weeklies. Video/diorama of West River Railroad. Information on Crosby, Estey, and Moody families. Information: 802-258-4957 or histsoc@sover.net.

Ongoing Events

Meditation: 7:30-8:45 a.m., Biologic Wellness Center, Merchants Bank, 205 Main St., Brattleboro. Mountains and Rivers Mindfulness Community. Free mindfulness class. Wheelchair accessible. Information: 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.

Worn Again Thrift Shop: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 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.

Turning Point: 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. 1-3 p.m., Game Day. 7-8:30 p.m., Cornerstone M/M Bible Study. 9-11 p.m., AA Candlelight meeting. Information: 802-257-5600.

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.