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Event listings for Monday, November 6

The written word

BRATTLEBORO Osher Institute presents Castle Freeman, Jr: The author of seven novels, about 60 short stories, and more than 100 works of nonfiction, including personal essays, reporting, op-ed matter, biography, history, and natural history, practically all of Freeman's writing has been in one way or another concerned with rural northern New England, and in particular the state of Vermont and the lives of its inhabitants. He will read from his current novel and discuss writing generally, as the audience wishes. 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. $6 (or by membership). New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-365-7278, julielavorgna@gmail.com.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Aniwar Mamat: Traditional/Ancient Wool Felting with Contemporary Abstraction: Mamat, a Uighur from Xinjiang, China, presents a short film of his tapestry painting technique followed by discussion. Preceded by potluck dinner. 6 p.m. potluck, 7 p.m. film and discussion. Free. C X Silver Gallery, 814 Western Ave. RSVP for potluck: 802-257-7898, adamsilvervt@gmail.com.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Osher Institute Lectures: "Tea and Garden Culture": The Way of Tea might well be considered the culmination of Japan's aesthetic sensibilities. Here architecture, poetry, and ceramics combine in an exacting expression of beauty, balance, and quietude. We will look at the tools and ideas of tea perfected in the 16th century, and we will read the classic texts of tea's culture. The class will conclude with the preparation (and tasting!) of matcha. Presented by Seth Harter from Marlboro College. 10 a.m. - noon. $6 (or by membership). New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-365-7278, julielavorgna@gmail.com.

PUTNEY "The Puppet as Other: How Sandglass Theater Addresses Social Injustice" with Eric Bass: Bass is the Co-Founding Artistic Dir. of Sandglass and has worked for 30 years as a director, playwright, performer, and mask/puppet maker. Over the last decade, Sandglass has moved deeper and deeper into themes of social justice. As a puppet theater, it has opened discourse about these issues in ways that are specific to their art form. The puppet represents a being that is always "other" than the human world that animates it--it's a metaphor for many stories of marginalization. Bass will present clips from Sandglass' five most recent show and collaborations to explore/discuss the different ways this has been achieved. 7 p.m. Free. Landmark College, East Academic Bldg., OBrien Auditorium, 1 River Rd. So. Information: www.landmark.edu/academics/academic-speaker-series/register-for-eric-bass-the-puppet-as-other.

Recreation

BRATTLEBORO Spin Class: With Susie of the Brattleboro Food Co-op Seafood Dept. 5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. in the BODY in Harmony Fitness Studio (1st Mon. of every month). $15; free for Brattleboro Food Co-op shareholders. Bodhifit, 22 High St. Information: 802-246-0220; Click to e-mail for more information.

Well-being

GUILFORD Tai Chi Classes: Leah Gessner is certified by Tai Chi Vermont, Inc. in Fall Prevention Tai Chi. 10 a.m. Mondays. Through Monday, December 04. $2 suggested donation. Guilford Community Church, Crnr Rte. 5 and Guilford Center Rd. Questions: 802-579-1350, gcares@comcast.net.

BRATTLEBORO Control Your Weight with Community Hypnosis & Coaching: This session is about Healthy Eating Habits. With Susan Rosano, MA, Hypnotist & Wellness Coach. 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. $40. Brattleboro Health Center, 441 West River Rd., #1 South. Reservations required: 802-254-6201, srosano754@gmail.com, www.HealthyChangesVT.com.

BRATTLEBORO Mindfulness for Improved Health: Brief mindfulness introduction with a talk on the health benefits of meditation followed by a short guided meditation. Facilitated by Dr. Beau Foshee, New England Wellness Group. 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.

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