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Event listings for Wednesday, October 25

The written word

BRATTLEBORO GMC Trans Night: Trans Book Group: We read books by and about trans/GQ/GNC folks to discuss together. Open to anyone who self-identifies as trans, gender non-conforming, genderqueer, or as experiencing a gender different than the one they were assigned at birth. Fragrance-free. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. last Wednesday of every month. Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Info and book list: Lozitohb@greenmountaincrossroads.org, www.greenmountaincrossroads.org/our-events.

BRATTLEBORO Poetry Reading: Porche, Schott, Fargnoli, Mayo: Verandah Porche is the recipient of the Ellen McColloch-Lovell Award and the Vermont Arts Council Award of Merit. Penelope Scambly Schott is the winner of the Oregon Book Award. Patricia Fargnoli is the former Poet Laureate of NH and winner of the May Swensen Book Award. Tim Mayo is a Finalist for the 2017 Montaigne Medal and Eric Hoffer Book Award. 7 p.m. - 8:30 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

BRATTLEBORO Retirement Strategies for Women: With David Shorter from VALIC. 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.

Music

GREENFIELD Karaoke: 8 p.m. - 1 a.m. 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month. Free. Hawks & Reed (The Wheelhouse), 289 Main St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Pinedrop: This is part of a new live music series. 7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. (2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month). No cover. Echo Restaurant and Lounge, 69-73 Main St. Information: 802-254-2073.

NEWFANE Music Night: Bard Owl: Acoustic duo T. Breeze Verdant and Annie Landenberger deliver driving rhythms and sweet harmonies in an eclectic range of old tunes and new. Verdant plays guitar, works the stompbox drum, and sings. Special guest Dan Dewalt. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. No cover. Four Columns and Artisan Restaurant Inn, 21 West St. Information: 802-365-7713; 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.

BRATTLEBORO Running Fist Kung Fu: This eclectic style of Kung Fu that is taught through a series of concepts rather than a technical approach of martial arts so students can easily adapt to the variables of a given situation. It helps one develop spiritually, mentally, and physically to readily adapt to the many challenges of everyday life. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays in the Blue Room. Through Monday, April 30, 2018. $85, $110 non-Brattleboro residents per month. Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. Sikung Lew Henderson, instructor: 802-365-4514, RunninFstMonk@aol.com.

Government

PUTNEY Debating Our Rights: The Pressures on Citizenship in a Constitutional Democracy: This last installment with Meg Mott focuses on the Sixth Amendment. Like the Fourth and Fifth Amendments, the Sixth curbs excessive state power through the granting of individual liberties. Just as the right to remain silent puts the burden on the state to prove its case without a confession, the right to a jury trial requires prosecutors to make their case to ordinary Americans. The protections granted to defendants under the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments were not always extended to cases in the individual states. Throughout the 19th and most of the 20th centuries, only Federal cases were subject to these restrictions, leaving the states to determine whether or not defendants should be granted these rights. Prior to a Supreme Court decision in 1968, many states only required jury trials for cases involving the death penalty. Finally, in a split decision, the Court determined that this right was fundamental to the notion of due process. If a state denied a defendant the right to a jury trial, the verdict in the case would be overturned. But while the law now extends the right to a jury trial to all defendants, practice is moving in the opposite direction, as over 90% of convictions are obtained by guilty pleas. What does this practice do to the original political concern about tyranny? With fewer cases going before a jury, what constraints operate on prosecutors? Many argue that juries are even more biased than judges. If that's the case, why were juries so important to the framers of the Constitution? . 7 p.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; 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.

Community building

BELLOWS FALLS Community Meeting on Youth Empowerment: The Power of a Trauma-Informed Approach: Learn how youth are affected by traumatic events (Adverse Childhood Experiences). Youth from Friends for Change share how a trauma-informed approach makes positive change by emphasizing trust, relationships, authenticity, strengths, and connection. Parents, kids, school staff, and all others are welcome. Dinner provided. 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Scott Sharland: 802-463-9927 x 213, www.greaterfallsconnections.org.

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