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The written word

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Great Books Discussion Group: Shakespeare's "Henry IV" (Part 1): 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Michael N. Landis: 802-257-1851,

BELLOWS FALLS Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale": Atwood, a Canadian poet and novelist, presents this fable of the near future. In the Republic of Gilead, formerly the US, far-right ideals have been carried to extremes in the monotheocratic government. The resulting society is a feminist's nightmare: women are strictly controlled, unable to have jobs or money and assigned to various classes. The tale is told by a Handmaid who recalls the past and tells how the chilling society came to be. Carly Fox, a teacher from Vermont Academy who has a background in Women’s History, facilitates this book discussion. 4 p.m. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO "Nature and Artifice": How nature is modified by the structures of mankind. Lecturer: Donald Sherefkin, Bennington College. Sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Brattleboro Chapter. 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. $6. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-365-7278,


BRATTLEBORO Sunburned Hand of Man : Members of the band--local and regional--change with each performance. Today, local musicians Ron Schneiderman and Dredd Foole join John Moloney, Rob Thomas, Conrad Capistran, Jeremy Pisani, and others for a journey into the extremes of punk psychedelic folk music for your holiday enjoyment. 7 p.m. doors open. Donations accepted. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: 917-239-8743; Click for more info on Web in new window.


TOWNSHEND Tech Help: Get one-on-one help with choosing, using, and maintaining digital devices such as computers, smartphones, and Kindle readers. Learn about new devices, online safety, and apps such as email, Facebook, office software, and more. Tech Help is provided by the staff and volunteers of 3 Generations Collaboration. Attendees may want to call ahead to ensure volunteers can be prepared to help with their device or question. Teens are invited to become helpers and earn community service hours. 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. on Mondays. Townshend Public Library, 1971 Route 30. Information: 802-428-4333,


BRATTLEBORO Gymnastics Classes: Ages 18 months and up. Sponsored by Brattleboro Rec. & Parks. 8 weeks (Mon.-Sat.). Pick up Fall Activities Flyer for complete listings including Open Gym. Through Saturday, March 24. $80 ( $95 non-Brattleboro residents). Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. Amanda Montgomery: 802-254-5808,

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Mother Up! Monthly Meet-Up: Mother Up! brings together families to talk about the tough realities of climate change and to participate in the just transition to a healthier and safer world. A simple vegetarian meal and childcare for ages 8 and under will be provided. 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Free. KidsPLAYce, 20 Elliot St. Information:


GUILFORD Tai Chi for Fall Prevention: These classes will introduce and practice the most basic movements of introductory forms taught by Dr. Paul Lam and recommended by the Arthritis Foundation. The pace is smooth, slow, and can be done while seated. Instructor: Leah Gessner, Certified by Tai Chi Vermont, Inc. in Fall Prevention Tai Chi. Sponsored by Guilford Cares. Mondays: Intermediate: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.; Beginners: 11 a.m. - noon. Through Monday, March 12. $2 suggested donation. Guilford Community Church, Crnr Rte. 5 and Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-579-1350,

LONDONDERRY Tai Chi: Originally conceived as a martial art, the practice offers excellent health benefits. Tai Chi aids in fall prevention, diabetes, arthritis, balance and is good for overall healthcare. With Doreen Fabiano. 10 a.m. Through Monday, February 26. Free. Neighborhood Connections, The Meeting Place, Rte. 100, 5700 Marketplace (across from the p.o.). Register: 802-824-4343; Click to e-mail for more information.


BRATTLEBORO Pet Loss Support Group: This group is for adults who are experiencing grief after the death of a beloved animal companion. Hosted by Brattleboro Area Hospice. 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., 4th Mon. of each month. Free. Brattleboro Area Hospice, 191 Canal St. Pre-registration welcome (Connie Baxter or Cicely Carroll): 802-257-0775.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Inclusion Center: (See 1/19). . . St. Michaels Episcopal Church. .



January 2018