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Event listings for Monday, August 28

Performing arts

BELLOWS FALLS Poetry Open Mic: Sign-up to read original poetry or read a favorite poem by another author. All ages are welcome to participate. Or be a part of the audience to support these brave souls. Poetry readers are asked to keep their readings to 6 short poems or two long poems (3-4 pages). Pair up with a friend to read a two-person poem. Select some haiku from the Library’s collection. Or read a "found poem" about Summer discovered by using a black marker and a news clipping. 7 p.m. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.

The written word

BRATTLEBORO The Brattleboro Great Books Discussion Group: Annie Prouxl's "The Shipping News": 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Michael N. Landis: 802-257-1851, emagticmtman@gmail.com.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO "Soil" with Marilyn Chiarello: ​Soil... The answer lies beneath our feet. Healthy living soil full of micro- and macro- organisms is the answer to many of the issues we are facing today. From excess carbon in the atmosphere to destructive floods and droughts to contamination of waterways to reduced nutrient density in our foods, the answer lies in regenerating our soils. And the best news is that improving soil health can happen with minimal costs and far less effort than most believe. It's a win-win-win, and something everyone can do. We will discuss the basic principles of building healthy soil and share resources to help you apply these principles on any scale. 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.

Film and video

PUTNEY "The Healthcare Movie"--Viewing and Discussion: This documentary provides the real story of how the health care systems in Canada and the U.S. evolved to be so completely different, when at one point they were essentially the same. Most people under the age of 50, in both countries, are not aware of the intensity of the political struggle that led to the universal medical care system in Canada. Nor are they aware of the public relations campaigns, still active today, that have been prevalent in the United States since the early 1900's to dissuade the public from supporting national health care. It reveals the personal and emotional impact on Canadians who now have access to universal health care because of the heroism of people who took a stand nearly 50 years ago. It also reveals the continuing struggle in the U.S. between the fear of government intervention and the right to quality health care for all people. Everyday, people are dying or going bankrupt due to the ills of the United States U.S.system. Who are we in the face of this human tragedy? Marvin Malik, MD, of the Vermont chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program will attend and facilitate discussion afterward. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Windham County Vermont Workers' Center: Letters-To-Editors for Healthcare Justice: Let's write letters to editors about the necessity of having a healthcare system in Vermont that works for everyone, not just insurance companies and other business interests. The statewide campaign for universal healthcare is heating up once again, and the ups and downs of the campaign will be reported on. Then there will be a mini-training around an LTE format template, partnered writing and discussion, and people available to help turn folks' stories and opinions into a succinct and successful letter. 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. in the Community Room. Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Information: windham@workerscenter.org.