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Event listings for Tuesday, May 23

The written word

BRATTLEBORO Reading Women: A Feminist Book Club: All self-identified women are welcome. Desserts provided. Childcare can be arranged. Hosted by The Women’s Freedom Center. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. (4th Tues. of every month). Free. Womens Freedom Center. Directions: 802-257-7364; advocates@womensfreedomcenter.net.

Celebrations, festivals, community meals

PUTNEY Putney Cares Community Luncheon for Seniors: Salmon, garden fresh asparagus, rice pilaf, strawberry shortcake with whipped cream, tea/coffee. Co-sponsored with Senior Solutions. noon - 1 p.m. $3.50 suggested donation. Putney Cares Activities Barn, 54 Kimball Hill. RSVP by 5/22: 802-387-5593; Click to e-mail for more information.

Kids and families

GUILFORD Storytime: Program of songs, fingerplays, books, and activities for babies, toddlers, and older siblings. Presented by Cathi Wilken or Laura Lawson Tucker. 11 a.m. on Tuesdays. Free. Guilford Free Library, 4024 Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-257-4603; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Well-being

BRATTLEBORO Free Medical Care: For individuals without insurance or a physician. Tuesdays. 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Brattleboro Walk-In Clinic, 81 Belmont Ave. Information: 802-251-8484; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow Yoga: Laura Tabachnick leads this vigorous, all levels class. Accompanied by live gentle music. Tuesdays. 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. By donation (all monies given to area non-profits). One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: 917-239-8743; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Nar-Anon Family Support Group: Offering support to people affected by addiction. Private and confidential setting. 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in Meeting Room B on Tuesdays. Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, 17 Belmont Ave. Information: 802-257-0341; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY A Buddhist Politics in Challenging Times--Zen Meditation and Compassionate Action : Session I--Developing Mindfulness: Focus on learning about Zen meditation practice, how to "sit" (meditate) and apply a moment-to-moment "mindfulness" practice to our daily activities. We will analyze the Buddhist view of our "sense of self" and show how an understanding of "self" can help with our own anxieties and stress in our lives. This series is an exploration of how to embrace a "politics of compassion" at a time of great pain and suffering. We'll begin at the individual level investigating the politics in our own hearts and minds. Through the practice of Zen meditation, we'll examine the perplexing question of "who are we?" and how our "sense of self" is related to our political beliefs and attitudes. We then move from our particular place in the world from a "systems perspective" to the larger political realm and how we fit into it. The series seeks to help build people's meditation practice while helping them find a way to engage in the world with love and kindness. Led by Tom Redden. (Continues 6/6, 6/13, 6/20). 7:15 p.m. - 9 p.m. Free; donations welcome. Putney Moves, 133 Main St. Information: 802-387-0633.

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