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The written word

GUILFORD Talk About Books: "The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead: 6:30 p.m. Free. Guilford Free Library, 4024 Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-254-5561.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Co-op Producer of the Month: Wild Branch Foods: Meet Chris of Wild Branch Foods, the Co-op's featured local producer in January. Sample some of the highest quality natural remedies around, with many amazing health properties and ideal for mixing into smoothies, cocktails, and mocktails!. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.


GREENFIELD Creacion Latin Big Band: Twenty-piece band. Playing son, salsa, cha cha, boogaloo, merengue, cumbia, and bolero styles, there is an open floor for dancers. 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. (1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month). Free. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center (The Arts Block), 289 Main St. Information: 413-774-0150; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Acoustic Music Series: Brendan Taaffe and Mark Roberts: Brendan and Mark bring a different lens to American roots music, pairing traditional Appalachian ballads with Zimbabwean mbira and gourd banjo, guitar, and percussion. Based in Brattleboro, Brendan is a composer, performer, and song leader throughout North America and Europe ( Mark was a founding member of the seminal Irish band Touchstone and is in demand as a musician for dances and concerts across the U.S. 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. in the Lounge. No cover. Duo Restaurant, 136 Main St. Information: 802-254-4141.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Rhyme Time: Stories and songs for children 5 and under. 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays (April-Aug. and Oct.-Feb.) in the Meeting Room. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO "Mime Your Own Business": In this mime survival guide, students develop a tool kit useful for such inevitabilities as getting trapped in a box, swimming in molasses, reaching for things that aren't there, or having to live off invisible food. They will explore a basic mime emotion, action, and character vocabulary for creating silent illusions, comic skits, and rhododendrons. Plus, there'll be a quiet little show at the end so family and friends can also take a trip into this world of silent fantasy too. This class will enhance acting and comedy skills and teach you how not to spill your imaginary glass of water. Chris Yerlig instructs. 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. on Wednesdays (no class 2/14, 2/21). Through Wednesday, February 21. $200. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-246-6398; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Families United: Peer support group for people impacted by the DCF systems who want to make change. Open to parents, foster parents, children, siblings grandparents, and strong allies who have been affected by DCF. Safe, confidential supportive space. Share experiences, build relationships, discuss resources, and organize to influence change in DCF, family court, and the legislative system. Potluck (if you're able to bring something to share, please do). 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free; donations appreciated. Turning Point, 39 Elm St. Information: 802-257-5600.


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 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 (only open to shareholders). Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Information: 802-246-2821; Click to e-mail for more information.

BRATTLEBORO Women's Support: Drop-in and confidential support group for women who have experienced domestic violence. 12 noon on Wednesdays. Free. Womens Freedom Center. Information: 802-257-7364.

Community building

TOWNSHEND Men's Coffee Club: Men of all ages are invited for coffee and a series of casual conversations. Each gathering will have a health-related theme, with presentations, short videos, and time for discussion and friendly banter. Coffee and snacks provided. 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. on Wednesdays in the Heins Bldg. Through Wednesday, March 28. Free. Grace Cottage Hospital Community Wellness Center, 133 Grafton Rd., Rte. 35. Register with Bill Monahan: 802-365-3762.


BRATTLEBORO Democracy Forum: Songs for the Peaceful Revolution​: Forty of us walked with and carried the We Celebrate Democracy/Civil Rights For All banner in the 2017 4th of July Parade. Come and learn the songs we sang in the parade as we marched along so we can sing them together in this year's parade. Woody Bernhard, who created the banner, will lead you in singing these simple "revolutionary march" songs. Sing for the peaceful revolution and we'll talk about democracy too. noon - 1 p.m. Free. River Garden - Brown Bag Lunch Series, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.



January 2018