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Event listings for Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The written word

BRATTLEBORO Trans Book Group: This group is open to anyone who self-identifies as trans, gender non-conforming, genderqueer, or as experiencing a gender different than the one they were assigned at birth. We'll read books by and about trans/GQ/GNC folks to discuss together. Join the group any month of the year. The July reading is "Video Games for Humans." For a list of the 2017 books, visit: Fragrance-free. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. (Last Wednesday of every month). Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. HB Lozito:

Ideas and education

PUTNEY Debating Our Rights, Part II: The Pressures on Citizenship in a Constitutional Democracy: Focus will be on the Second Amendment--practicing deliberation, not necessarily determining an outcome. Arguments in favor of strong protections to bear arms will be considered (from Machiavelli and the Black Panthers) as well as arguments to protect the population from gun violence, much of which is self-inflicted. With Meg Mott, teacher of politics at Marlboro College. 7 p.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO We Celebrate Democracy/Civil Rights For All: Woody Bernhard, the creator of the We Celebrate Democracy/ Civil Rights For All Main Street banner, will talk about the why and the how of the banner which was recently hung over Main Street. It was photographed with supporters in front of the Brattleboro, Marlboro and Putney post offices. Postcards were made from those photos with the hope that they will inspire people to stand up in public for democracy and civil rights. About 40 people carried the banner in the July 4th Parade. Bernhard, a retired carpenter from Marlboro, VT, says that the real issue of our time is the failure of democracy, and that the only way to fix the many problems we face is for all of us to unite and call for true democracy and equal civil rights for all people. See the banner and arrange to fly it in your town, or arrange to make a postcard in front of the post office in your town. Contact 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.

MARLBORO Refugees in the USA Today--"Students Dealing with Trauma or Interrupted Schooling": Ana Rawson and Jennifer Course will discuss the difficulties of teaching refugee children who have experienced the multiple traumas of dislocation. Ana has been teaching pre-k through university level for 30 years, and she established the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program for Windham Southeast Supervisory Union, where she's directing the program and teaching at BUHS. Ana has taught at the School for International Training in the MATESOL program, and has taught Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol classes for St. Michaels University. She's joined by Jennifer Course, an ESOL teacher in WSESU. 3 p.m. at the Snyder Center for the Visual Arts. Free. $15 is the suggested donation. Marlboro College, 2582 South Rd. Register:


NEWFANE Music Night: Bard Owl: This acoustic duo with T. Breeze Verdant and Annie Landenberger, delivers driving rhythms and sweet harmonies in an eclectic range of old tunes and new. Verdant plays guitar, works the stompbox drum, and sings. Special guest is fiddler Stephen Iachetta. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. No cover. Four Columns and Artisan Restaurant Inn, 21 West St. Information: 802-365-7713; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Youth Services Golf Tourney Benefit: This is the 32nd year that Youth Services has organized this tournament to support the safety net for area youth. Free bag lunch provided. Following the tournament there will be a banquet, prizes, auction raffle, and a helicopter golf ball drop. 11 a.m. registration, 12 p.m. is the shotgun start for the Scrambles format tournament. $130 to $520 per team. $35 dinner only. Brattleboro Country Club, 348 Upper Dummerston Rd. Register: 802-257-0361,

Local history

JACKSONVILLE Three Brothers from Whitingham and their Experiences in the Civil War: Talk and slide show: Hiram Streeter of the 57th Massachusetts Regiment, Moses Streeter of the 18th Connecticut Regiment, and Joseph Streeter of the 8th Vermont Regiment. Refreshments will be served. 7 p.m. Whitingham Municipal Center, 2948 Vt. Rte. 100. Information: 802-368-7887.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Fun with Food & Art--Summer Fruit & Art: Meet us at the Brattleboro Museum & Arts Center for an up-close look at the current art exhibit followed by a hands-on creative activity at the museum with Linda Whelihan, educator for the BMAC. Afterward, walk to the Brattleboro Food Co-op Kitchen with Lizi Rosenberg to make something delicious with the VT Harvest of the Month: Berries. 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-246-2821,


BRATTLEBORO Yoga with Dante: Relax and reinvigorate--the best of both worlds. Postures are accompanied by conscious breathing. Crystal bowl sound healing, meditation, some chanting. 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Free; donations welcome. Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St. Information: 802-257-4777.

BRATTLEBORO 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. 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. Free; donations welcome. Putney Friends Meeting House, 17 Bellows Falls Rd. Information: 866-972-5266;

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,

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Vermont Workers' Center: The Vermont Workers' Center is a democratic, member-run organization dedicated to organizing with a human rights framework and to taking action on issues of concern to people most impacted by economic and social injustice. The Windham County Organizing Committee welcomes anyone who wants to learn more about our work and/or to organize in Windham County. Our Healthcare Is A Human Right campaign is focused on building collective power to win a healthcare system that works for people, not for profit, and provides dignified wages and conditions for people working in the healthcare field. We also work in solidarity with social, economic, racial, and climate justice organizations to build a mass movement for people and the planet. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Ellen Schwartz: 802-257-4436,


BRATTLEBORO Paneurythmy Dance: Paneurythmy is a sacred circle dance of love, wisdom, and truth created by Beinsa Duono of Bulgaria for the benefit of spiritual seekers. Open to all. 8 a.m. on Wednesdays (weather permitting) on the hill. Through Wednesday, September 20, 2017. Free. Living Memorial Park, Guilford St. Ext. Information: 802-490-2213.

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