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Event listings for Wednesday, May 24

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Planning for Financial Security: Cash Management, Investment Planning, Risk Management, Retirement Planning: This seminar focuses on establishing and prioritizing financial goals, creating and implementing an action plan, and monitoring your progress. 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.

Recreation

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

Local history

BELLOWS FALLS The Power of Water (Part II): Chris Glennon of the Bellows Falls Historical Society will specifically focus on the period from 1850–1900. During this time, a new mode of transportation, the railroad, was coming to Bellows Fall. The engineering blueprints for the railroad tunnel had been drawn up. The idea of Bellows Falls becoming an important railroad hub was taking off. In addition, the presence of the canal, an inexpensive water power source, the lumber and paper industries (existent and coming), and Bellows Falls' "Under the Hill" location prompted an industry explosion. And behind this growth lies the powerful enchantress--the Connecticut River, the draw of water with all her charms for opportunity for the adventurous. An exhibit about the former mills of Bellows Falls will be on display as well. 6:30 p.m. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Kids Class: Fun Foods From Around the World--France Bonjour!: Kids in France eat radishes for breakfast, sliced thinly over a buttered baguette slice. Taste this curious breakfast food using the Vermont Harvest of the Month--radishes--plus learn how to prepare this often cast aside vegetable two other ways: roasted and pickled. It is a radish extravaganza and a chance to learn some French. Oui, oui. 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, 7 Canal St. Registration required: 802-246-2821, msbfc@sover.net.

Well-being

BRATTLEBORO Meditation for Chronic Pain Management: There will be a brief introduction on meditation types, a short guided meditation, time for group reflection and sharing, and a brief silent meditation. Presented by New England Wellness Group. Facilitated by Dr. William Foshee. (Non-sequential series continues 5/31). 1 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-267-4838, www.newenglandwellnessgroup.com.

BRATTLEBORO Women's Support: Drop-in and confidential support group for women who have experienced domestic violence. 12 noon on Wednesdays. Free. Womens Freedom Center. Information: 802-257-7364.

BRATTLEBORO Changing Tides: Mental Health Peer Support Group: Confidential. Sponsored by Vermont Psychiatric Survivors. 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Tyler Conference Room on Wednesdays. Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, 17 Belmont Ave. Information: 802-579-5937, www.vermontpsychiatricsurvivors.org.

PUTNEY Al-Anon: For friends and relatives of alcoholics. 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. Free; donations welcome. Putney Friends Meeting House, 17 Bellows Falls Rd. Information: 866-972-5266; www.vermontalanonalateen.org.

Community building

LONDONDERRY Senior Drop-In: Social Worker Noreen Lenilko always has fun activities planned, along with refreshments. 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. on Wednesdays. Free. Neighborhood Connections, The Meeting Place, Rte. 100, 5700 Marketplace (across from the p.o.). Information: 802-824-4343; Click to e-mail for more information.

BELLOWS FALLS Poet Seat Project Update: The Bellows Falls Historical Society presents this informational update on the Poet Seat project, which is part of the Bellows Falls Historic Riverfront Park & Trail System. The project hopes to include a series of gravel walking paths, a 35 ft. diameter stone labyrinth with stone bench seatings, additional river-overlook seating and associated planting and fencing. This project has been funded through an EPA brownfields cleanup grant. After the presentation, there will be opportunities for questions and comments. 6 p.m. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Dance

WESTMINSTER Scottish Country Dance Class: Fun and informal. All levels of experience welcome. 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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