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Event listings for Monday, August 21, 2017

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BRATTLEBORO Oil-Free Dressings & Dips: A whole food plant-based diet includes fat (but not oils, which are extracted from whole foods and so not considered whole). In this class, participants will learn why cardiologists suggest avoiding oil in the diet. We will prepare several different dressings and dips using such ingredients as avocados, cashews and sesame tahini as whole food substitutes for oils. With Marilyn Chiarello. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. $5 ($3 shareholders). Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, 7 Canal St. Information: 802-246-2821,

PUTNEY New Moon Circle with Pam Ciampi: Each New Moon signifies the beginning of a new monthly cycle. It's a time to start fresh and be positive by creating new visions and setting new intentions. This New Moon Circle will celebrate the most amazing astronomical event of 2017--a total solar eclipse. Because the shadow of this solar eclipse will spread across the entire US, it's been named 'the great American Eclipse'. The shadow starts in Oregon, passes through middle of the US, and exits in South Carolina. During this solar eclipse, the sun, moon and earth are in a perfect alignment. The moon will block out the light of the sun and cast a 70-mile wide shadow on earth that will plunge 14 states into 2 minutes of darkness. Even though VT is not directly in the path of the moon shadow this total eclipse could still be a watermark in your life. It depends on when you were born. Besides a conversation about the eclipse, there will be an explanation of the 8 phases of the Moon and what they mean. Because the energies of this month's New Moon are in Leo there will also be some tips about how to best use this fiery energy. To find out what moon phase you were born under, bring your birth date, birth time and birthplace with you. Pam is a certified professional astrologer. This is the first New Moon Circle of an ongoing monthly series of people interested in harmonizing their energies with the phases of the moon and the zodiac signs. 7 p.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO The Sweetback Sisters Celebrate Release of "King of Killing Time": Centered around the charismatic, airtight harmonies of Emily Miller and Zara Bode, the album's ten tracks are a mix of infectious originals and unexpected interpretations of everything from George Jones to Gram Parsons. Hints of jazz and ragtime flesh out the Sisters' unique brand of classic country and rockabilly rave-ups, as Miller, Bode, and their versatile band conjure up a singular blend of heart, humor, and musicianship. 7 p.m. $15 to $17 balcony seating. The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Tickets:


BRATTLEBORO Advanced Sewing: Must know how to use a sewing machine and have basic sewing skills. Maybe looking for help with patterns, zippers, button holes etc. Welcome to bring your own machine. Some patterns and fabric will be available but participants are encouraged to bring their own fabric and pattern. 9:30 a.m. - noon. Through Friday, August 25, 2017. $175 ($190 non-Brattleboro residents). Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Dept., 207 Main St. Information: 802-254-5808.

Kids and families

PUTNEY Eclipse Viewing Party: The Great American Eclipse will cause a dramatic 65% coverage of the sun here in Vermont. While the eclipse will not totalize until about 2:40 p.m., come early to grab a pair of free eclipse viewing glasses and hear an explanation of the event before the moon, sun, and earth begin to align. Local astronomy enthusiast Carl Noe will be present with his solar-lens-equipped telescope, which will project the eclipse onto a screen for those not wishing to use viewing glasses. 2 p.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Eclipse Party at BEEC: The Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center will be hosting an eclipse watching party. Everyone is invited to enjoy the eclipse, refreshments, and eclipse stories and lore. Eclipse viewing glasses will be available to share. 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. on the summit of Heifer Hill in W. Brattleboro. Free but donations are happily accepted. Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center. Information: 802-257-5785; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Magical Earth Retreats Camp: Children ages 6-12 will be introduced to the nature that surrounds us through the use of exercise, art, music, writing, keeping a journal, science, reading, and more. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Through Friday, August 25, 2017. $225 ($240 non-Brattleboro residents). Scholarships available through Jane Jones. Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Dept., 207 Main St. Register: 802-254-5808,


BRATTLEBORO Introduction to Tai Chi: A form of martial art, Tai Chi is a gentle way to help reduce stress and anxiety and increase flexibility and balance. Patrick Cavanaugh is a long-time student of Wolfe Lowenthal and is an instructor at Long River Tai Chi Circle in VT and NH. 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.

LONDONDERRY Movement Therapy with Will Freeman: In the midst of the challenges of daily life, it's just great to take a break, let go of the tension and enjoy easy, active and creative expression through movement. In the process, we can become aware of our non-verbal communication style and how to relate to others through movement. There are no steps to learn and no judgment. Will Freeman is a board-certified Dance/Movement therapist with over 35 years experience. He maintains a practice with individuals with and without disabilities and provides consulting services and teaching for education, mental health and arts agencies. 2:30 p.m. - 4 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.

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