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Event listings for Wednesday, October 18

The written word

GUILFORD Talk About Books: "A Slant of Light" by Jeffrey Lent: Copies available at the library. 6:30 p.m. Free. Guilford Free Library, 4024 Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-254-5561, www.sover.net/~wilken/guilfordlibrary.

WILMINGTON Pettee Library Book Club: "The Wonder" by Emma Donoghue: Copies of the book are available at the library. Everyone is welcome to join us for an informal discussion and light refreshments. 6 p.m. Free. Pettee Memorial Library, 16 S. Main St. Information: 802-464-8557; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Democracy Forum: noon - 1 p.m. Free. Brown Bag Lunch Series, River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Film and video

JACKSONVILLE "Phantom of the Opera" starring Lon Chaney: The first screen adaptation of this classic thriller (1925) will be shown with live music by silent film accompanist Jeff Rapsis. 6 p.m. Free. Whitingham Free Public Library, 2948 VT Rte. 100. Information: 802-368-7506.

Music

GREENFIELD Creacion Latin Big Band: Twenty-piece band. Playing son, salsa, cha cha, boogaloo, merengue, cumbia, and bolero styles, there is an open floor for dancers. 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. (1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month). Free. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center (The Arts Block), 289 Main St. Information: 413-774-0150; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Fundraising and awareness events

PUTNEY An Evening in Support of the Pueblo Project: Learn about the Pueblo Project, providing natural building and home improvement training for local women and youth in rural communities in Central America. Hosted by Liz Johndrow. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. $20 donation. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Recreation

BRATTLEBORO Drop-in Scrabble: All game paraphernalia provided. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. in the History Room on Wednesdays. Through Wednesday, December 20. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Well-being

PUTNEY Al-Anon: For friends and relatives of alcoholics. 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. Free; donations welcome. Putney Friends Meeting House, 17 Bellows Falls Rd. Information: 866-972-5266; www.vermontalanonalateen.org.

BRATTLEBORO Lunchtime Yoga for Co-op Shareholders: All-levels, led by a different local teacher each Wednesday. Bring a yoga mat. noon - 1 p.m. Free (only open to shareholders). Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Information: 802-246-2821; Click to e-mail for more information.

BRATTLEBORO Women's Support: Drop-in and confidential support group for women who have experienced domestic violence. 12 noon on Wednesdays. Free. Womens Freedom Center. Information: 802-257-7364.

BRATTLEBORO Yoga with Dante: Relax and reinvigorate--the best of both worlds. Postures are accompanied by conscious breathing. Crystal bowl sound healing, meditation, some chanting. 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Free; donations welcome. Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St. Information: 802-257-4777.

TOWNSHEND Living Alone Support Group: Focus is on the challenges of living alone. Led by SASH coordinator Alicia Moyer. 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. (3rd Wednesday of every month). Free. Grace Cottage Hospital Community Wellness Center, 133 Grafton Rd., Rte. 35. Pre-register: 802-365-3753.

BRATTLEBORO "Healing with Art" Series: "Artists and Community, Part II": What is the function of the art itself in this sharing process? How are the community members enriched by this sharing? What gifts does the artist receive back from the experience? This is a panel discussion in which five local artists address these questions and share samples of their artwork. Mollie S. Burke: visual artist/art educator who has worked in VT schools as a juried Vermont Arts Council artist-in-residence. She's founder/director of Art in the Neighborhood, which empowers southern VT youth to develop/express their creative potential and become confident/active members of their communities. Harriet Diamond: sculpture artist who weaves together current events such as war/politics with themes including displacement/identity. Peter Gould: author/theater director/activist/recipient of the 2016 Arts Education Award from the VT Arts Council. He founded a youth Shakespeare program, Get Thee to a Funnery. His latest book, "Horse-Drawn Yogurt: Stories from Total Loss Farm," is a collection of true stories of a young man's life on a VT farm commune at the height of the back-to-the-land movement." John Willis: founding director of In-Sight Photography Project, offering courses to southern VT youth regardless of ability to pay. He co-founded Exposures Cross Cultural Youth Photography Program, which brings youth together from many backgrounds to share cultural stories through photography and storytelling. Cai Xi is a painter/Tai Chi master/language instructor/artistic director of the Asian Cultural Center of VT/owner of C.X. Silver Gallery and Cai's Dim Sum Teahouse. 6 p.m. Free. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: 917-239-8743; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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