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Event listings for Monday, July 17

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO French Movie & Conversation: At the end of World War I, as an officer in the French army is working to identify the anonymous dead, one woman is seeking her lover, and another arrives to look for her missing husband...while the government has given orders to provide a cadaver for the honor of being buried in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier beneath the Arc de Triomphe. After a half-hour introduction of context and key vocabulary, participants will watch the movie and talk over what they saw. (English subtitles). Participants are encouraged to bring a box dinner. 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. $20 ($35/2 classes). Express Fluency, 8 Flat St. Information: 802-275-2694; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO "Fun with Alexa"--Introduction to the Amazon Echo: Nicole Hennig, author of "Keeping Up with Emerging Technologies," joins James Maynard of Positive Geek for a talk about the next computer revolution. The Amazon Echo is one of the most popular voice-controlled computers available. It's a digital crystal ball: ask it to play music, answer questions, tell you the weather, and much more. Come join us and have fun talking with this silicon swami. 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.

Instruction

BRATTLEBORO Eat More Kale!: Marilyn Chiarello was fortunate to be introduced to kale in early childhood and will share her experience with this power-packed green in a hands-on class. Students will make several dishes using kale, including a creamy kale salad, "cheezy" kale chips, and more. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. $5 ($3 for BFC shareholders). Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, 7 Canal St. Information: 802-246-2821; Click to e-mail for more information.

Recreation

BRATTLEBORO Spin Class: With Susie of the Brattleboro Food Co-op Seafood Dept. 5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. in the Body in Motion Fitness Studio (1st Mon. of every month). $15; free for Brattleboro Food Co-op shareholders. Bodhifit, 22 High St. Information: 802-246-0220; Click to e-mail for more information.

Well-being

BRATTLEBORO Great Courses: "The Aging Brain": This course has a facilitator and discussion following each 1/2-hour DVD. The science behind the aging brain tells a fascinating, and often counter-intuitive, story. Is "aging" a disease or merely a natural occurrence that produces disease-like symptoms? If humans are biologically programmed to survive and thrive, why do we age at all? Is it possible (or even desirable) to "cure" aging altogether? Delve into these questions and more. Taught by Professor Thad Polk, a neuroscientist, these lectures will offer new insights into what happens to the brain over time—as well as strategies to mitigate the effects of aging and enhance your quality of life into old age. 1 p.m. on Mondays. Through Monday, August 07. Free. Brattleboro Senior Center, 207 Main St. Information: 802-257-7570, www.thegreatcourses.com.

BRATTLEBORO Gong Bath (Immersion & Sound Healing) at Yoga Studio: Stephan Brandstatter offers two 21-minute immersions with a brief break in between for stretching, reflection, discussion, refreshment. Mats, pillows, cushions, cushioned bricks, blankets and eye covers are supplied. Bring water/liquid if you need. Anyone interested in experiencing the soothing, relaxing and healing vibrations is invited. 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (arrive at least 5-15 min. early). $12 to $20 suggested donation. Healixyoga, 452 S. Main St. Reservations: getmusic@sover.net, www.healixyoga.com.

W. BRATTLEBORO Loss and Found: The Art of Grieving and Growing: A series of one-day, expressive arts workshops will be held in July and August for those looking to find deep and meaningful ways to explore their journey into loss and grief following the death of a loved one. Using safe, meaningful expressive arts exercises, gentle guided meditation, and group process, we will trace our stories of loss and find ways to investigate what Rumi meant by "The wound is the place where the Light enters you." It is natural, especially early in the journey, for those left behind to feel lost in their grief and great despair. This workshop will allow for the questions: "What does it mean to be lost or found during the grieving process?" and "How do I keep myself safe to allow everything I feel?" We will safely explore these questions, as each member is willing. Just showing up for support is okay too. M. Beverly Miller, MA, DMT, is founder of The Compassionate Friends of Brattleboro, (chapter of the national support group for families who have endured the death of a child), a private practitioner in Expressive Arts Therapy, Kripalu Yoga and Danskinetics, and a participant in a Grief and Loss Writing Group and a Bereaved Parents support group. She is currently enrolled in the Certificate Program in Spiritual Guidance at the Rowe Center in Rowe, MA. Kali Bird Isis, MA, is an expressive arts therapist who has been a hospice therapist for years, a birth and death doula, and is a 2nd year student at the interfaith Chaplaincy Institute of Maine. She works with teens in the intercultural program at the Center for Grieving Children in Portland, ME and is in VT for the summer. 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Free. (Each subsequent workshop is $20). West Village Meeting House, 29 South St. Attend today's information session and/or call for workshop dates/information: 802-251-5598.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Youth 4 Change (Y4C): Drop-in for study, collage, and/or the Radical Lending Library. Youth 4 Change is a project where youth build their commitment to justice into effective and creative activism. Art and education join strategy to offer leadership training and action. The youth are currently taking stock of the various local and state campaigns around racial justice, and what actions are being taken or needed. 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information: youth4changeaction@gmail.com.

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