Exhibits, Events & Fundraisers Dedicated to
Helping the Homeless & Other Good Causes

The Heart of Change

With so many cultural resources in the neighborhood, it's not surprising that we call on them to help with this or that good cause, whether it's a benefit performance, an art auction, or a crafty fundraiser. Gallery Walk has become a popular evening to schedule some of these efforts because there's a built-in potential audience of hundreds of folks on the street. Here's an overview of some of this Gallery Walk weekend's creative offerings, Listing Number references to the full listing information on the December 2008 Gallery Walk home page (posted through January 1, 2009):

BROOKS MEMORIAL LIBRARY, 224 Main St., is hosting its 3rd Annual Holiday Book Sale fundraiser for its own support. Friday 3 to 8 pm, Saturday 10 to 3. See Listing #6. Info: (802) 254-5290.

THE HEART OF CHANGE, Centre Congregational Church parlor, 193 Main St., 6:30 to 8:30 on Gallery Walk. This introductory session for a day-long workshop in Marlboro on Saturday can be attended separately. Donations benefit the Interfaith Overflow Shelter for the homeless. See Listing #8. Info: Wendy Webber, (802) 257-5833; Beatrice Blake, (207) 610-0744.

THE MASONIC CENTER, 196 Main St., is hosting a Craft Fair & Fundraiser organized by Nile Court #94 from 5 to 9 pm on Friday and from 9 to 2 on Saturday. Included are local crafts, attic treasures, and a raffle-style auction as well as hot food and snacks. A portion of proceeds will benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children. See Listing #9. Info: Betty Jane, (802) 254-6650.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, 190 Main St., hosts a Gallery Walk exhibit of images from the lives of homeless people. Tickets are available for a Benefit Raffle for the Emergency Heat Fund and Overflow Shelter. Church info: (802) 254-9566. Also during Gallery Walk, a sale of ornaments and gifts from Fair-Trade retailer Ten Thousand Villages helps improve the lives of its artisans around the globe. Info: Beverly Kenney, (802) 254-5908. See Listing #10.

A shepherd by
Elizabeth Hoffman
at River Gallery School

BRATTLEBORO SCHOOL OF DANCE, 22 High St., 3rd floor, presents a 7:15 pm performance of excerpts from "The Nutcracker." Door donations benefit the school's Scholarship Fund. See Listing #15. Info: (802) 254-6884.

BEADNIKS, 115 Main St., is offering authentic Maa'sai jewelry and other cultural pieces to fund an artisan project in two villages in Northern Tanzania. See Listing #28. Info: (802) 257-5114.

GALLERY 2, VERMONT ARTISAN DESIGNS, 106 Main St., will donate a percentage of December sales to Project Feed the Thousands and the Brattleboro Heating Fund. See Listing #31. Info: (802) 257-7044.

WINDHAM ART GALLERY, 69 Main St., is offering visitors the chance to have their caricatures drawn by noted children's book illustrator John Gurney during its Gallery Walk reception from 5 to 8 pm, in exchange for a donation to the gallery. See Listing #40. Info: (802) 257-1881.

RIVER GALLERY SCHOOL OF ART, 32 Main St., is having its popular annual show and sale of Angels, Beasts, Shepherds & Kings during December to support the Scholarship Fund. See Listing #46. Info: (802) 257-1577.

LATCHIS THEATER & LATCHIS 4, 50 Main St., are each hosting a fundraiser on Gallery Walk night to benefit the Latchis Restoration Fund. Latchis 4 is closed for an invitation-only Fundraising Kick Off to honor the Thomas Thompson Trust for a generous challenge pledge of $150,000. Info: Heather Beard, Campaign Manager, (802) 579-0031. At 7:30 on Friday, and again on Sunday at 2 pm, the Main Stage presents Puccini's "Suor Angelica" by the Hugh Keelan Ensemble. See Listing #48. Info: (802) 254-1109.

EXPERIENCED GOODS THRIFT SHOP, 77 Flat St., sells donated clothing and household items, and a line of notecards with images provided by area painters, to benefit the work of Brattleboro Area Hospice. See Listing #53. Info: (802) 254-5200.

38th ANNUAL COMMUNITY MESSIAH SING: A BENEFIT FOR THE HOMELESS, Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., Saturday, December 6, at 1 pm. Last year this Friends of Music at Guilford event raised $1,400 for the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center and Morningside Shelter. This year's ambitious goal is $2,000. To enhance the scope of the event's benefit, this Saturday a Drop In Center van will be parked at the church from 10 to 4 to receive donations of nonperishable food and new, unwrapped toys; winter outerwear, longjohns, and warm socks; blankets, towels, and sleeping bags from both Sing attendees and the general public shopping in town during the Holly Days promotion. Come to sing (bring a score or borrow/buy one at the door), or just come to hear the amazing sound of a 250- to 300-voice choir of regional neighbors. Info: (802) 254-3600; www.fomag.org.

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