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Event listings for Wednesday, March 1

The written word

BRATTLEBORO Jane Austen in Her Time: Jane Austen lived in exciting times, and yet until recently was considered "untouched by the political, intellectual, and artistic revolutions of her age." Drawing on Austen's novels, Dartmouth visiting assistant professor Suzanne Brown shows how Austen was in fact a keen observer of her era's values who both shared and critiqued them. 7 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 Planning the Spring Garden: Master Gardener Cheryl Wilfong discusses how to plan this year's garden. 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.

CHESTER Bryan Pfeiffer Presents "Birds, Butterflies, Backyards and Beyond": A fresh view of the wild. With vivid images from nature and tales from the frontiers of wildlife science, Pfeiffer will offer practical advice for creating wildlife habitat in our own backyards and developing a wildlife ethic on a warming planet. The American backyard is a crucible of culture and nature. The backyard is a destination and a retreat for humans and wildlife. There's so much more to enjoy in your backyard beyond relaxing, recreating, barbecuing, entertaining and playing. You'll discover the odd and shocking wildlife that hops, flies or just sits there as the rest of us go about our lives. Recommended for kids over 10 and adults. Presented by the The Nature Museum. 7 p.m. $10. Newsbank Conference Center, 352 Main St. Information: www.nature-museum.org.

Music

BRATTLEBORO Community Jazz Jam Session: For all musicians and instruments. Run by pianist Eugene Uman. Wednesdays. 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. $3 donation requested from players and listeners. Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, #222. Information: 802-254-9088; ginger@vtjazz.org.

W. BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Women's Chorus: The first two weeks of rehearsals are open to any women or girls age ten or older who would like to experience chorus with no obligation. The musical theme this session revolves around the power of voices raised in song, with the thread of love and hope woven through the songs. Led by founder/director Becky Graber, most of the music is taught by ear and there are no auditions. The intent is to make singing accessible to anyone regardless of experience. The session will culminate in a concert on Mothers' Day at the Latchis Theatre. (See 3/2 for alternate location/time). 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. $110 (student and family rates plus scholarships are available). All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 29 South St. Register: 802-254-8994, www.BrattleboroWomensChorus.org.

Instruction

BRATTLEBORO African Drum and Dance Classes: Raoul Ombang teaches drumming (drums available) and Pape Ba teaches dance (Raoul, Derrik Joran, and friends will accompany Pape on drums). Wednesdays. 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. drum class; 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. dance class. $10 drum class; $12 to $15 sliding scale dance class. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: africandancevt@gmail.com, www.118elliot.com.

Recreation

VERNON Cribbage Club and Knitting Group: Beginners and experts welcome to either session. Wednesdays. 11 a.m. cribbage; 1 p.m. knitting. Free. Vernon Free Library, 567 Governor Hunt Rd. Information: 802-257-0150.

Government

BRATTLEBORO How, Where, and When Can the U.S. Government Effectively Promote International Development?: As former interim president at Millennium Challenge Corp. from 2005 to 2009, Rodney Bent worked to advance American values by delivering development assistance that promotes sound policy reforms, creates new opportunities for economic growth, and shares learning that makes the discipline of development effective and results-focused. Bent will pull from his decades of experience as a foreign affairs professional, from being a senior adviser in Iraq's coalition provisional authority to directing the United Nations Information Centre, to explore how the U.S. government can be most effective in its international development efforts. The talk will be followed by a Q&A. 6:30 p.m. coffee, tea, conversation; 7 p.m. talk. Free. Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: www.windhamworldaffairscouncil.org/marlborowwac-lecture-series-2/.

Kids and families

NEWFANE Playgroup: For babies and toddlers (and their caregivers). Thursdays. 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948.

Well-being

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.

BRATTLEBORO Free 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 for shareholders. Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Information: 802-246-2821; Click to e-mail for more information.

BRATTLEBORO National Association of Mental Illness Support Group: For family members, partners and friends of individuals living with mental illness. (First Wednesday of every month). 6:30 p.m. Free. First Congregational Church of West Brattleboro, 880 Western Ave. Information: 802-876-7949, www.namivt.org.

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

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

BRATTLEBORO Senior Tai Chi: Flowing movements improve balance, increase flexibility and joint mobility and reduce stress. Wednesdays. 3rd floor Red Room. Through Wednesday, April 12. $50 ($70 non-Brattleboro residents) for 7 weeks. Drop-ins welcome. Brattleboro Senior Center, 207 Main St. Steve Green: 802-258-4833, srgreen2012@gmail.com.

Dance

WESTMINSTER Scottish Country Dance Class: Fun and informal. All levels of experience welcome. Wednesdays. 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Free. Westminster Center School, 301 School St. Jesse Haas (call to confirm class is taking place): 802-387-2601.

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