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The written word

BRATTLEBORO Write Action Open Readings: Read your own work: poetry, prose, and/or come to listen to local writers. There is an 8-minute time limit for each reader. Refreshments will be served. Third Friday of every month. 7:30 p.m. Free; donations welcome. River Gallery School: Gallery 34, 34 Main St. Information:

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Reception for Nancy Detra: "View from Above": Nancy paints primarily in oils. She enjoys painting directly from life, applying bold color areas in order of importance in her vision of the final composition. Sometimes she starts with a thinned paint line or a rough pencil sketch, to locate items or features in the picture space. Refreshments. 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Free. River Gallery School: Gallery 34, 34 Main St. Information: 802-257-1577; Click for more info on Web in new window.

WESTMINSTER WEST Toxins in Our Food Supply and Environment: Shaina Kasper, State Director of the Toxics Action Center, will discuss banning glyphosate, Roundup, and other toxins both domestically and internationally. Presented by Living Earth Action Group. 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Free. Congregational Church of Westminster West, 44 Church St. Caitlin Adair:


BRATTLEBORO Ricky Alfonso Quartet: Curated by the Vermont Jazz Center. 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. No cover. The Lounge, 4 High St. Information: 802-254-4141.

WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Pete and Linda Simoneaux: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. Pete and Linda offer Cajun fiddle tunes and songs. Sponsored by the West River Community Project, promoting community, the arts, and local, sustainable agriculture. 5 p.m. pizza, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. music. $12 pizza pie. Donations appreciated by the musicians. West Townshend Country Store and Cafe, Rte. 30. Information: 802-874-4800; Click to e-mail for more information.

Ceremonies and memoriams

BRATTLEBORO Chant the Ho'oponpono: The need for peace and healing has increased over these troubling times. Let us hold sacred space together and send prayers to one another, to our Earth Mother, and to all people as we connect with the living web of light and love. Facilitators: Nancy Howe (Nancela, Evie Grace) is a Pachakutie Mesa Carrier of 22 years, who focuses on Gratitude; Elise Gunzburg is a Mesa Carrier and Soul on a lifelong path of voluntary simplicity and inquiry into the wisdom paths exploring the interconnected spiritual essence of life. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. $5 donation appreciated. Mahalo Arts Center, 972 Western Ave. Information: 802-451-9495; Click for more info on Web in new window.


Move and Connect: This movement class spans a wide range of genres from yoga to Zumba and Light Saber Combat to no-tap-shoes tap class. New instructors each week with a focus on getting your body moving and having fun. Open to all abilities; no prior experience needed. 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Free. .

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO KidsPlayce Healthy Snack and Story Time: We'll read a story and kids will have a healthy snack from the Brattleboro Food Co-op. 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on Fridays. Free. KidsPLAYce, 20 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-5212; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Friday Night Group with Outright Vermont: This is a social support space for queer and questioning youth ages 13-22, with super-cool adult facilitators. Free pizza. 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. on Fridays. Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information:

BELLOWS FALLS TD Bank Vigil (Bellows Falls and Brattleboro): These peaceful vigils in front of the Brattleboro and Bellows Falls branches of TD Bank are intended to both inform our fellow citizens about and to protest the bank's financial support of tar sands and the Dakota Access Pipeline. noon - 1 p.m., 215 Main St., Brattleboro (signs available); 1 p.m. - 2 p.m., Bellows Falls (bring signs). TD Bank (Bellows Falls), 22 Church St. Tim Stevenson: 802-869-2141,

BRATTLEBORO Senior Solutions: Information for Vermonters aged 60+: Senior Solutions can help with Medicare information, case management, and transportation information. This agency helps people in Windsor and Windham Counties gain access to programs that benefit aging Vermonters including Meals on Wheels, 3SquaresVT, wellness programs, Choices for Care applications, and caregiver support and resources. 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.

BRATTLEBORO Inclusion Center: This is a participant-led program for individuals of all ages living with disabilities whether emotional, cognitive or physical, and anyone else interested in joining the activities--presentations, artwork, games, socializing. 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Fridays and Mondays. Free. St. Michaels Episcopal Church, Putney Rd. and Bradley Ave. Julie Tamler: 802-387-5285,


BRATTLEBORO Shall We Dance?: Friday Night Dance Party: Carry shoes to dance in. Refreshments. 7 p.m. Rumba lesson, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. dancing (mixed rhythms), upstairs. $12 lesson and/or dance. Headroom Stages, 17 Elliot St. Information: 802-365-0233,

Community meals

BELLOWS FALLS Bi-Weekly Solidarity Vigil: Vigil of community, solidarity and diversity. We are one cause of peace, freedom, and social justice for all living beings. Bring signs expressing your passion and concerns. Sponsored by Post Oil Solutions. 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. at the corner (across from the Flat Iron Cafe). Free. The Windham Hotel, 36 The Square. Information: 802-869-2141,



January 2018