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Event listings for Thursday, November 2

The written word

BRATTLEBORO A Ramble Through Small-Town New England: Come ramble through small-town New England and both sides of the southern VT border (MA and VT--Brattleboro, Bennington, North Adams--a total of 19 small towns). Richard Marshall is the author and photographer of a book in process by the same title. This will be Marshall's 11th book. 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.

BELLOWS FALLS "Fearless Writing's Greatest Hits" with Crescent Dragonwagon: In this mini-workshop, find your voice, cozy up to your fears and get rock-solid about how to use them. Get jazzed and energized even in uncertain times. Write, and surprise yourself doing it. Friends of the Library presents a short version of this renowned breakthrough writing workshop as a fundraiser. Bring a laptop and/or spiral notebook, along with a couple of your favorite pens; we'll move back and forth between interactive discussion and writing practices. The workshop, which uses the anxiety generated by chaotic conditions as a powerful creative force, is practical, effective, creative, serious, playful. It turns apparent obstacles into the material: for writing, but from which to build a thriving and resilient life. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. $20 to $125 suggested sliding-scale donation. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Music

SO. NEWFANE South Newfane Schoolhouse Rocks: Concert with Chris Brokaw: Brokaw (from bands Codeine and Lemonheads) has released over a dozen solo albums of instrumental and vocal music, composed music for film and dance, and worked as an accompanist to Johnny Depp. BYOB and a snack to share. 7 p.m. Free; donations appreciated for the band. South Newfane Community School House, Dover Rd. Information: 802-249-3628.

Local history

BRATTLEBORO Geological History of the Connecticut River Valley: We have opened and closed ocean basins, witnessed volcanic eruptions, experienced giant earthquakes and the Earth cracking beneath our feet, been over ridden by the bulldozing of continental crust, and more than once been buried beneath a mile of ice. In this illustrated lecture, geologist David Howell relates how the New England we know today has been on a continuous tectonic journey for 350 million years. 7 p.m. $5 at door, free for members and kids 18 and under. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Dance

PUTNEY Folk Dancing: 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays through 6/2018. Free. Putney Cares Activities Barn, 54 Kimball Hill. Sign up: 802-387-5593, putneycares@svcable.net.

WILLIAMSVILLE Introduction to Salsa and Swing: Introduction to salsa and swing followed by open dancing. Have fun and gain a basic understanding of both dances. If you already know the steps, review the fundamentals and polish your moves. Lesson will focus on hearing the music and on learning about the frame between the couple, the roles of the leader and follower, and the basic steps. Paul Paytas instructs. 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (includes 30 min. of open dancing). $20 ($30 for 2). Williamsville Hall, Dover Rd. Sign up with Annie Landenberger: 802-348-7156 option 1, verbatimvt@gmail.com.

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