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Event listings for Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The written word

BRATTLEBORO "Here and Nowhere Else" Reading/Discussion with Jane Brox: After years of living away, Brox made the decision to return to the family farm of her birth, where her aging father still tended the crops. In this memoir of her reintroduction to the land and its habits, she captures the cadences of farm life and those who sustain it, at a time when the viability of both are waning. This is part of the Vermont Humanities Council Reading and Discussion Series. 7 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

Save Energy and Money on Home Heating and Electricity: Find out about the latest incentives to save energy and money on home heating and electricity. Also hear about outreach efforts for home energy savings in Brattleboro neighborhoods in conjunction with the Vermont Home Energy Challenge. Bring snacks to share; tea will be available. These monthly meetings are sponsored by Transition Town Brattleboro. 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.; socializing starts at 6 p.m. Free. . Information: 802-579-1174, www.transitionbrattleboro.org.

Celebrations, festivals, community meals

BRATTLEBORO Annual Cookie Swap: Why not take home a plate full of a variety of scrumptious home-made cookies? Bring several dozen of the same kind of cookie and participate in the swap. Each person participating will leave with the same number of cookies he or she came in with. 11 a.m. Free. Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. Information: 802-257-7570; Click to e-mail for more information.

Instruction

BRATTLEBORO West African Drum Class : Namory Keita has been the lead drummer for his village of Sangbarala, Guinea since 2006 and has taught all over the world. All levels welcome. Drums are available. After the class, expand the experience by joining the West African dance class at the Stone Church (across the street). 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. every Wednesday. $10. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Information: 802-254-9181, 603-654-6042; www.namorykeita.com.

Kids and families

Bright Lights Craft Fair: Shop local this holiday season to see handcrafted gifts from area artists and crafters: collectible teddy bears, paintings, photography, candles, trivets, trays,hand knitted items, pottery, hooked rugs, woodwork, jewelry, pressed flower art, and more. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free. .

Nature Play: Your child will explore the fields and woodlands of the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center. Investigate the changing forest, discover how the plants and animals are preparing for the long cold winter, and play games that mimic their activities. Through learning naturalist skills and developing sensory awareness skills, one can discover a sense of magic and wonder in the world around us. 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. $12 non-members, $10 members. .

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