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Event listings for Wednesday, April 26

The written word

BRATTLEBORO GMC Trans Book Group: This group is open to anyone who self-identifies as trans, gender non-conforming, genderqueer, or as experiencing a gender different than the one they were assigned at birth. If you think this is the place for you, it's the place for you. We'll be reading books by and about trans/GQ/GNC folks to discuss together. Join the group any month of the year. Fragrance-free. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. (Last Wednesday of every month). Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. HB Lozito: hb@greenmountaincrossroads.org.

Visual arts and shows

S. LONDONDERRY Christine Mix Art Exhibit Reception: Local children's illustrator and teaching artist, Christine Mix, exhibits her watercolor children's illustrations. Original paintings, prints, and illustrated pillow covers, are available for sale throughout the exhibit. Refreshments and children's coloring activities on 4/26. Mix's illustrations have appeared in Stories for Children Magazine, the SCBWI's Bulletin, and one children's book, "Write Out of the Oven" by Josephine M. Waltz. Her original paintings have been exhibited at the Chaffee Art Center; Tilbury House Publisher's One of Us/Powered by Girl Exhibit, at Book Culture, NYC; The Master Story Teller's Exhibit, Poe Park Museum; the Fairytales Exhibit at the Brooklyn Library; and the Fur & Feather Exhibit at the Great Hall in Springfield, VT. A portion of the proceeds goes to support the Library. Visit www.christinemixart.com. 4/26: 7:15 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. reception. Through Tuesday, May 30. Free. South Londonderry Free Library, 15 Old School St. Information: 802-824-3371; Click to e-mail for more information.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Income Strategies: New Retirement Realities: Major risks to retirement income. Essential income planning. This seminar focuses on funding a longer life, the impact of healthcare and inflation on retirement income, and managing retirement income withdrawals. With David Shorter, VALIC Financial Advisor. 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.

DUMMERSTON Introduction to Restorative Practices in Schools: A Workshop for Staff and Administrators: Schools across the U.S. are seeing positive effects from implementing "restorative practices," a means of working with students to foster positive, healthy school climates while helping students learn from their mistakes. Increasingly, educators are partnering with parents, students, district officials, community organizations, and policymakers to move away from harmful and counter-productive zero-tolerance discipline policies and toward proven restorative approaches to addressing conflict in schools. In many schools, outcomes include improved behavior, increased graduation rates, decreased suspensions and expulsions, as well as significant decreases in racial disparities often found in discipline situations. In this engaging and practical event, participants will learn definitions and key concepts of restorative practices as applied to schools and become familiar with basic restorative approaches. They will discuss several community-building processes and practical applications. Instructor is Mel Motel. 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. $100. Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471 US Rte. 5. Information: 802-257-8600; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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.

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 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 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.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Make Your Voice Heard About Healthcare: Join with others to advocate for healthcare justice by writing letters to newspapers and representatives or by sharing your healthcare experiences on audio or video. We'll share updates on national and statewide healthcare initiatives. Letter-writing tools, videographers, and support will be available. Sponsored by the Vermont Workers' Center Healthcare Is a Human Right campaign. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. in the Community Room. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: Windham@workerscenter.org.

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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