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Event listings for Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The written word

PUTNEY Poetry Reading with April Ossmann and Rebecca Kaiser Gibson: Ossmann is the author of "Event Boundaries" (Four Way Books, forthcoming 2017), and "Anxious Music," recipient of a 2013 Vermont Arts Council Creation Grant, and was executive director of Alice James Books. Gibson is the author of "OPINEL" (Bauhan Publishing, 2015), and two chapbooks, "Admit the Peacock" and "Inside the Exhibition." She is the recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, The Heinrich Böll Cottage in Ireland, and the 2008 Fellowship in Poetry from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She was selected as a Fulbright Scholar to teach poetry in Hyderabad, India, 2011. 7 p.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Reinventing the Family Home: Middlebury College professor Erin Sassin examines how American reformers and homeowners have, in pursuit of "the simple life," attempted to reinvent the form and idea of the single-family home, from farmhouses and communal experiments to the current tiny house phenomenon. 7 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Andean Quinoa Tasting: Discover the ancient varieties of quinoa. With Tamara Stenn, Adjunct Prof. of Sustainable Development at SIT. 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.

BRATTLEBORO Nuclear Dangers in the Trump Era
: Joan Rolfing was part of the original team that created the mission and scope for Nuclear Threat Initiative in 2000. She became president and chief operating officer of the NTI in 2010, after nine years as NTI's senior vice president for programs and operations. Q&A follows. Sponsored by the Windham World Affairs Council. 6:30 p.m. coffee, tea, conversation; 7 p.m. talk. Free. Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 888-258-5665; Click for more info on Web in new window.


GREENFIELD Creacion Latin Big Band: Twenty-piece band. Playing son, salsa, cha cha, boogaloo, merengue, cumbia, and bolero styles, there is an open floor for dancers. (1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month) . 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. Free. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center (The Arts Block), 289 Main St. Information: 413-774-0150; Click for more info on Web in new window.


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. (Repeats 4/12, 4/15). 4/5 and 4/12:11 a.m; 4/15: 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.

BRATTLEBORO African Drum with Raoul Ombang and Dance Class with Khady Malal Badji: Master drummer, Raoul Ombang, originally from Cameroon, teaches his drum class (preceding the dance class). Pape Ba, originally from Senegal, teaches the dance class. Raoul Ombang and Samba Kane will accompany him on drums. 6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. drum class; 7:15 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. dance class. $10 drum class (drums available), $12 to $15 sliding scale for dance class. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information:

Kids and families

NEWFANE "The Month of the Child": Art from Timson Hill Pre-school and NewBrook Elementary: This exhibit comprises mixed media, sculpture, watercolor and fingerprint design. 4/7: reception: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Through Friday, April 28, 2017. Free. Crowell Gallery at the Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.


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 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.

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;

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,

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: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

BELLOWS FALLS "The Opiate Effect": This short film tells the story of UVM student Will Gates, who overdosed on heroin, and the impact that experience that had on his family. Skip Gates, Will's father, will be present to share his experience and to educate about the dangers of opiate prescription drugs and heroin. Captain John Merrigan, Commander of Special Investigations with the VT State Police, joins Mr. Gates to speak to the scope of the drug epidemic in VT. Michael Johnson and Brandy Cheney of Turning Point Recovery Center of Springfield will talk about the hope that recovery centers have to offer. Attendees have the option to participate in a 10-minute training on how to administer the opioid overdose reversal drug Narcan. Greater Falls Connections will be in attendance to connect community members with local efforts to prevent prescription drug abuse. To close the event, there will be a candlelight vigil to honor those we have lost and those who we hope will find a path to recovery. 7 p.m. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270,


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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