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This week’s Community Concert (Thursday, July 11) stars vaudeville and circus-style entertainer Stephen Gratto, who invites audience participation in his feats of juggling, rope-walking, stilt-walking, balloon-sculpting and, uh, hatchet-throwing. Nuff said on that. Next week’s (July 18) features the Vermont bluegrass band Big Spike, well known to local music lovers as the “house band” for the Otis Mountain Music Festival. All the Thursday concerts take place in the Performance Pavilion at Ballard Park, starting at 7 p.m. or thereabouts.

And the Plein Air art celebration is here again! On Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 14, area artists will open their studios to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location maps of the open studios may be obtained at the Heritage House, area businesses or at any artist studio. Physical locations will be marked by yellow balloons and signs. This is a perfect time to see artists at work in their studios, ask questions about their work and purchase art directly from the source.

The Wadhams Free Library will screen Wadhams resident Kathy Leichter’s emotionally powerful documentary Here One Day on Sunday, July 21, at 4 p.m. Kathy and her family members will be there to take your questions and discuss the film, which tells the story of her mother Nina Leichter’s mental illness and eventual suicide, as well as exploring their emotional impact on the family. The film is visually striking and, as you might expect, emotionally wrenching. Yet these are issues that many of us face, even if we rarely bring them out in the open this way. Kathy Leichter’s strength, compassion, and artistry offer a precious avenue for exploring a set of painful but, for many at least, unavoidable concerns. Kathy has a web site where you can learn more about the film, hereonedayblog.com. The screening is free and open to the public. Popcorn will be served.

There will be a blood drive at the United Church of Christ in Wadhams on Tuesday, July 16, from 3 to 7 p.m. No word on popcorn there. Maybe cookies.

Congratulations to the fourth Heritage House $50 raffle winner, Mark Carpenter.

Hopefully, you’ve received the letter by now from the Ambulance Squad asking you to support our campaign to pay for a new stretcher. Please give what you can.

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