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Event listings for Thursday, April 27

The written word

BELLOWS FALLS "Between the World and Me": Community discussion about Ta-Nehisi Coates' short memoir. In a series of essays, written as a letter to his son, Coates confronts the notion of race in America and how it has shaped American history, many times at the cost of black bodies and lives. 12 noon and 6 p.m. (2 discussions). Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Lyme Disease: Herbal Strategies: Join Master Herbalist Cindy Hebbard to learn about Lyme Disease along with holistic and alternative strategies for dealing with ticks to prevent illness and long-lasting disease. 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Registration required: 802-246-2821; Click to e-mail for more information.

PUTNEY "Listening to Signal": Climate Change--Where Am I? What Am I Listening To?. This new documentary by Nina Garber focuses on 12 remarkable women who came together for a sustained dialogue to address climate change as members of the Clark University Initiative Council on the Uncertain Human Future. Paul LeVasseur and Bonnie Mennell (Council consultant on the Initiative) will introduce the film and facilitate a Council after the film. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4102, paull@sover.net.

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro WordPress Meetup: DOM Manipulation with JavaScript and jQuery, with Dan Berger. 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. in Room 2C. Free. Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St. Marjorie Ray: codewryter@gmail.com.

BRATTLEBORO Criminal Justice Reform: Panel discussion by Marlboro College students in the Speech Matters semester intensive on criminal justice. 7 p.m. Free. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: 917-239-8743; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BELLOWS FALLS "Discovering Your Family History": New records are added to online databases every day. Although you can't find everything online, you can probably find something. Wayne Blanchard will show you how to get organized and how to make use of the genealogy databases available in the library. By identifying what is known, what questions to pursue and which records to search, participants can begin to discover their family history. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Film and video

PUTNEY "Tickling Giants" (Nominee, Best Documentary, Tribeca FF 2016): In the midst of the Egyptian Arab Spring, Bassem Youssef ("the Jon Stewart of Egypt"), makes a decision that is every mother’s worst nightmare. He leaves his job as a heart surgeon to become a full-time comedian. Presented by editor Moaz Elfarouk. Part of the series [framed]. 7:30 p.m. - 9:20 p.m., followed by Q&A. $10 ($12 at door). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Instruction

BRATTLEBORO Make Your Own Lip Balm: What is lip balm made of? Susan Stanton, Master Herbalist will teach us about the ingredients and do the whole thing from scratch. Bring home a tube and a tin of lip balm in a flavor of your choice. 3:30 p.m. -5:30 p.m. Fre. Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, 7 Canal St. Registration required: 802-246-2821; Click to e-mail for more information.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Fun with Food: In celebration of the Month of the Young Child, the BFC Community Room will be transformed into a center of sensory exploration with doughs of various kinds for kids to get their hands in, along with taste tests from every color of the rainbow. 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Registration required: 802-246-2821; Click to e-mail for more information.

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

CHESTER "Bird Is A Verb": The Nature Museum teams up with naturalist Bridget Butler, aka the "Bird Diva," who is heard on VPR's biannual Bird Show. Become a member of the "flock" of an estimated 5.8 million birdwatchers in the U.S. This program is full of bird songs and useful tips and will have you tuned into the bird world around you. Butler will share tips and tricks for bird identification, talk about equipment and resources, teach participants about birding by ear, and describe natural communities for different varieties of birds. Light refreshments will be served. 7 p.m. $8 online, $10 at door. Newsbank Conference Center, 352 Main St. Information: 802-843-2111, www.nature-museum.org.

BRATTLEBORO Chris Yerlig: Mime, Magician, Clown: Chris Yerlig, aka 'Hoopoe', has traveled the world for over 20 years performing his unique blend of mime, magic and comedy. He often volunteers in India and Haiti. When not performing mime he can chat fluently in four languages (and a smattering of more than a dozen others). 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.

Dance

BRATTLEBORO Zumba: Latin Dance Fitness Program: Offers cardiovascular and body-shaping benefits while strengthening your core and increasing your balance. Fun and suitable for all levels. With Emily McLoughlin. Sponsored by Brattleboro Rec. & Parks. 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. in the gym. $5/$7 non-Brattleboro residents. Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. Information: 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.

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