BELLOWS FALLS -- Post Oil Solutions and Stone Church Arts will present a benefit concert for the Food Security Collaborative with fiddler and folk singer Lissa Schneckenburger and modern dancer Molly Gawler on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., in the Chapel of Immanuel Episcopal Church,, 20 Church St. This concert is to raise money for the Food Security Collaborative's community garden projects.

Schneckenburger is a sweet-voiced singer who brings new life to old ballads, and a skillful, dynamic fiddler who captures the driving rhythm and carefree joy of dance tunes old and new. Gawler pursued ballet, modern and improvisational studies at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance. In New York City, she danced with contemporary/modern companies including the lead role in Pilobolus' "Shadowland," which toured the world. She currently studies at the New England Center for Circus Arts in Brattleboro. Her new dance company, Droplet Dance, uses performance art to celebrate water.

The Food Security Collaborative is a project of Post Oil Solutions and is active in the communities of Rockingham, Bellows Falls, Westminster, Saxtons River, Cambridgeport, Grafton and Athens. Its mission is to achieve greater food security through the development of a garden-based local food system resulting in enhanced civic pride, a stronger local economy and a more sustainable environment.


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Tickets are $12 general, $8 for students and seniors, and are available at Village Square Booksellers, by phone at 802-463-3100 or at stonechurcharts.org.

Timson Hill Preschool
throws Latin dance bash

WILLIAMSVILLE -- On Saturday, Timson Hill Preschool will host its annual Latin Dance Party and Silent Auction fundraiser at the Williamsville Grange. The silent auction runs from 6 to 7:45 p.m. During the silent auction, local musician Peter Miles will entertain. There will be homemade food and desserts featuring a Latin theme, and a cash bar serving beer and wine.

From 8 to 11 p.m. de Lomas y Sones plays classic Cuban music styles and Latin jazz, including Afro-Cuban son, the dance style that is the root of salsa, chacha and mambo. The band is fronted by William Armando Rodriguez on lead vocals, bongó and timbales, and by lead vocalist Maricel Lucero. Both are from Santiago de Cuba, the mountainous province where son originated. They are supported by Jon Weeks on saxophones and flute, Dan Dewalt on piano, Wes Brown on bass and Julian Gerstin on congas.

The band's name translates as "Of Hills and Songs," and pays tribute to its Vermont home base.

Tickets are $10, and all proceeds help support Timson Hill's programs and scholarships. For more information, or to buy tickets in advance, contact Kathie Gatto-Gurney at 802-348-6319 or timsonhill@myfairpoint.net.

Primate Fiasco returns
to help Garland School

BRATTLEBORO -- The Garland School will hold its second annual silent auction and concert on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to the 2 p.m., at the Stone Church, 210 Main St.

Primate Fiasco will return to funk things up with songs from its Grammy-nominated children's album "The Wheels on the Bus." They will play for a mix of young and old. Primate Fiasco uses the instrumentation of a New Orleans street band but plays music that you wouldn't expect.

The Garland School will auction off a variety of items at the event with all proceeds going to the school. Some of the items are: a week in an Adirondack cabin, a day of sailing in Maine, a gift certificate to Brattleboro Holistic Health Center, a week of camp at Camp Glen Brook and a local artisan products.

The Garland School, in its fifth year, is an independent nursery and kindergarten program that follows the principles of Waldorf education using a nature-based model.

Admission is $5 for children, $10 for adults and $20 for families. Food will be available.

Deaf rapper Wawa highlights
May 3 VIRS fundraiser

BRATTLEBORO -- Featuring the deaf entertainer Warren Snipe, known as WaWa, the Vermont Interpreter Referral Service will host its ninth annual Yolande Henry Community Fund Fundraiser at the Vermont Center for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing/Austine School gym on Saturday, May 3, at 3 p.m. Desserts and non-alcoholic beverages will be for sale before and during the show. Raffle tickets will be for sale.

All proceeds benefit the Yolande Henry Community Fund which pays for sign language interpreters for family events in Vermont not covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for ages 5-12, free for under 5. For more information, contact virs@sover.net or call 800-639-1519 (v) or 802-254-3920 (v) or 802-275-0104 (vp).

Robin and Linda Williams help Connecticut River group

SHELBURNE FALLS, Mass. -- Prairie Home Companion favorites Robin & Linda Williams play a concert in support of their new CD, "Back 40," celebrating 40 years as performers on Friday at 7:30 p.m., at Memorial Hall, 51 Bridge St. Tickets are $15-$35, available by calling 413-772-2020, ext. 207 or visiting www.ctriver.org.

Proceeds benefit the Connecticut River Watershed Council's Source to Sea Cleanup program.

The duo is also performing benefit concerts on Saturday in Woodstock, Vt., and Sunday in Old Saybrook, Conn.

Contra dance aids midwife group

BRATTLEBORO -- A Contra Dance Party for families will be held on Sunday, May 4, from 1 to 4 p.m., at The Stone Church, 210 Main St., to benefit Heart Thoughts Midwifery.

Music is by the Aunties and Uncles String Band, featuring Lissa Schneckenburger, Molly Gawler, Julia Plumb, Baron Collins-Hill and Michael Harrist. Calling and dance games are by Louisa Engle and Quena Crain.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids, with a $20 family maximum. Proceeds benefit Heart Thoughts Midwifery. The midwives will use these funds to help families who choose homebirth, but whose insurance will not cover this service. For more information, or to donate funds, treats, auction items or time, e-mail engle.louisa@gmail.com.