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Event listings for Wednesday, October 4

The written word

NEWFANE Archer Mayor: "Trace": Mayor will read and sign copies of his new Joe Gunther novel, "Trace.". 7 p.m. Free. Olde & New England Books, 47 West St. Information: 802-365-7074; Click to e-mail for more information.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Democracy Forum: Tim Kipp and Nick Biddle will address the legacy of Jim Crow in the context of the violence in Charlottesville, VA, last August. A new civil rights movement is emerging out of contemporary events. Learn about it here. 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 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. Featuring Frances Rahaim. 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.

BRATTLEBORO "FLOW" with Will Ackerman and Friends: Two days before their debut in Carnegie Hall, Grammy-winning acoustic guitarist Will Ackerman, Australian pianist Fiona Joy, acoustic guitarist Lawrence Blatt, and flugelhorn master Jeff Oster offer this preview performance unveiling new music in the New Age genre. Proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Latchis Arts. 7:30 p.m. $15. Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Information: 802-257-5717; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Government

BRATTLEBORO First Wednesdays: "Nothing to Fear, But Fear Itself: FDR and the New Deal": From 1929 to 1939, the US experienced the longest and worst economic depression in its history and the first in which the federal government acted decisively to reverse it. UVM History Professor Emeritus Mark A. Stoler discusses how Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal changed the government’s role in the economy and affected the lives of Americans in ways that are still with us today. 7 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Girl Power Book Talk: Chapter Books and Middle Grade Books: Meet three local book superheroes: Local author Ann Braden; Everyone's Books Owner, Nancy Braus; and Youth Services Librarian, Lindsay Bellville. Fast-paced talk about books with strong, female characters that would be perfect reads or read alouds for kids in grades 1-8. 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the Children's Room. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290 x 110.

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 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.

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