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Event listings for Wednesday, May

The written word

PUTNEY The Brain is Wider than the Sky: The Poetry of Emily Dickinson: Poet, writer, teacher Michelle Blake offers a program on the brilliance and challenges of Emily Dickinson's poetry. Today, she will discuss Dickinson's life and work, though the main focus will be on the poems themselves. Come ready to listen, read, and share your insights. 7 p.m. (2nd session 6/8. Come to either or both). Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO "Appearances & Reality": Mary Welsh: Join artist Mary Welsh and BMAC Chief Curator Mara Williams for a conversation about Welsh's artwork. Presented in conjunction with the exhibit. 7 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.

NEWFANE "Northern Exposure": Works by Philip Ellis Foster: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Tues., Wed., Fri.; 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. Thurs.; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sat. Through Friday, June 30. Free. Crowell Gallery at the Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

LONDONDERRY Pedorthics for Summer Footwear: Do you have trouble finding comfortable shoes? Do you have problems with your feet, ankles, hips, etc? Could be you are wearing the wrong size shoe or you need a pedorthic device which could ease your condition. Gretchen Lima will be sizing feet at this presentation. noon - 1 p.m. 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.

Music

BRATTLEBORO WVEW 107.7FM Benefit Concert: Featuring three local acts: Greenhill Builders, John Levin, and Wooden Dinosaur. All proceeds benefit Brattleboro Community Radio--independent and volunteer-run. 7 p.m. $7. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: 917-239-8743; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Instruction

BELLOWS FALLS Genealogy Group: Discover Your Family Roots: Beginners and seasoned genealogists are welcome to join genealogy enthusiast Wayne Blanchard. With the many free databases available at the library, it's hard to tell what you might find. 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Recreation

BRATTLEBORO Monthly Game Night: Play fun board-ish games with other LGBTQ folks and allies. All-ages. Play games on hand or bring your own. Offered by Green Mountain Crossroads. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. (first Thursdays of every month). Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information: hb@greenmountaincrossroads.org.

Kids and families

CHESTER "Reading Without Walls Bingo": A Summer Reading Program: Children entering 4th-8th grade in the fall are invited to take the Reading Without Walls Bingo challenge! National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang started the Reading Without Walls program to celebrate reading and diversity by challenging children nationwide to read a book about a character who doesn't look or live like them; read a book about a topic they don't know much about; and/or read a book in a format that they don't normally read for fun. . Through Thursday, August 31. Free. Phoenix Books Misty Valley, 58 The Common. Sign up anytime: 802-875-3400.

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

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