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Event listings for Wednesday, April 12

Ideas and education

CHESTER Climate Change: How We Can Move Toward a More Adaptable and Resilient Future: Dr. Alan K. Betts is an atmospheric scientist and commentator for Vermont Public Radio. He will explain how global climate change is bringing more extreme weather to New England and raising greater challenges for society. He'll address issues about energy efficiency and resiliency and discuss solutions to a more adaptable and resilient future. Discussion and Q&A. Presented by The Nature Museum. 7 p.m. Free. Newsbank Conference Center, 352 Main St. Information: www.nature-museum.org.

Instruction

S. LONDONDERRY Computer Classes: Marc provides one-on-one instruction and encourages participants to help each other. He will help you with writing with WORD, making a spreadsheet with X-cell, emails, and saving or forwarding attachments and images—whatever it is that you specifically want to learn. Bring your laptop, digital device, or tablet. 7:15 p.m. Free. South Londonderry Free Library, 15 Old School St. Sign-up encouraged: 802-824-3371; Click to e-mail for more information.

Recreation

BRATTLEBORO Drop-in Scrabble: All game paraphernalia provided. Every Wednesday except the first Wednesday of the month. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. in the History Room. Through Wednesday, May 31. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Business and economy

BRATTLEBORO Creative Tips for Successfully Attracting and Retaining Top-Notch Fundraising Professionals: Hiring good development professionals who can do great work for your organization is not rocket science, but there are a few tips that can help you improve your odds of getting and keeping the right person. People who know how to raise money are in high demand and organizations, particularly in more rural areas, struggle to find qualified development staff. This seminar explores how nonprofits can better attract, hire, manage and retain high-performing employees, look in unexpected places for talent, set realistic goals, ensure that board and other staff members know what is expected of them when raising money and establish a work environment that supports development professionals, especially younger staff members. Maryann LaCroix Lindberg, CFRE is President and founder of Philanthropy Resource Group, a non-profit consulting firm that provides support to non-profit organizations throughout New England. Sponsored by the Center for New Leadership at Marlboro College. 8:30 a.m. - noon on the 4th fl. in Holton Hall. $50. Winston Prouty Center (Austine School), 130 Austine Dr. Register: www.marlboro.edu/cnl, http://bit.ly/HIRINGTIPSWorkshop.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO "Parenting for Social Justice": Looking for support in talking with your children about social justice issues? Discussion led by Angela Berkfield of Act for Social Justice. Free childcare for ages 3+ is provided. Snacks and refreshments available. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Reserve a spot: (802-254-3400; angela@act4socialjustice.com.

BRATTLEBORO Preschool Forum--Getting Preschool Right: The Science of Early Childhood Development: Panel presentation and discussion will focus on bridging early care and learning with our public school system. Presenters include: Janice Stockman, Early Childhood Coordinator for Windham Southeast Supervisory Union; Melissa Mroz-Gaskill, Little Red House Early Learning Program and Coordinator for the Brattleboro Area Early Childhood Educators' Network; Laura Casey, Kindergarten Teacher at Academy School. Sponsored by Southeast Vermont Building Bright Futures. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. in the Education Conference Room. Brattleboro Retreat, 75 Linden St. RSVP to Chad: 802-451-9345, csimmons@buildingbrightfutures.org.

Well-being

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 Angel Card Readings with Linda Manning: Linda is a certified angel card reader and receives messages through a client's spirit guides. The client should leave the session with positive information and sometimes a sense of reassurance of what one already knows. noon - 1 p.m. (or till 1:30 p.m. depending on participant numbers.). Free. Brown Bag Lunch Series, River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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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