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Event listings for Thursday, January 25

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro WordPress Meetup: Overview of the most popular ecommerce plugin for WordPress --WooCommerce. All are welcome to attend. 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. in Room 2D. Free. Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St. RSVP: www.meetup.com/Brattleboro-WordPress-Meetup/events/245864834.

Film and video

BELLOWS FALLS RAMParts Presents Exhibition on Screen "Vincent Van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing": Made in close collaboration with curators and researchers at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, which houses the largest collection of Vincent’s artistic output in the world, and features great works such as The Potato Eaters, Sunflowers, Irises, Autumn Blossoms, The Bedroom, and many self-portraits, this film not only provides viewers with the moving and inspiring experience of seeing Vincent's iconic masterpieces on the big screen but also examines new insights and interpretation from specially invited guests including curators, historians, and artists. 7 p.m. $10. Bellows Falls Opera House, Town Hall, 7 Square. Tickets: www.rampartstickets.com.

PUTNEY "Sarajevo Roses": Documentary Series [framed]: What happens when a modern society implodes? Imagine waking up to find society collapsed: stores shuttered, electricity and water shut off, no food or medicine, neighbors become enemies and fighting in the streets. That's what happened in the city of Sarajevo, only eight years after hosting the 1984 Winter Olympic games. These are stories of Sarajevo: a surgeon turned psychiatrist to understand and heal his PTSD; a tuxedo-clad cellist playing for the dead at massacre sites; a young woman immortalized in a photo as she flees a sniper’s bullet; and children struggling to survive in an orphanage near the frontline. When Josip Broz, aka Tito, the benevolent dictator of the federation of Yugoslavia, died in 1980, nobody had an inkling of the bloodshed and ruin to come. In 1992, a referendum on independence took Bosnia down the path to war. During the four-year siege of the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, the longest of the 20th century, hundreds of thousands of artillery, mortar and tank shells were fired into the city from the surrounding hills. As each exploded, it left a crater in concrete resembling a flower. Citizens stoically painted these "pavement petals" red and called them "Sarajevoroses." Some remain today, fading reminders of innocent blood that was spilled on these streets, in this once all-embracing city. The Sarajevo "rose" represents the impact of the war on the lives of these individuals and all citizens of Sarajevo. At its heart, "Sarajevo Roses" is a meditation on the search for inner peace and recovery after experiencing PTSD from the horrors of war; how the neighbor next door is capable of committing the most inhuman acts; and personal testimony that love, and living fully in the present, are the best we can hope for as human beings. 7:30 p.m. $10 ($12 at door). Attendees get 20% discount on entree at The Gleanery. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Fun Foods from Around the World: Let's Visit the South of France: In this month's class for kids, we'll visit the sun-kissed southern region of France and learn to make sweet crepes served with jam and Vermont crème fraiche, honoring the Vermont Harvest of the Month: Dairy. Lizi Rosenberg instructs. 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, 7 Canal St. Registration required: 802-246-2821, msbfc@sover.net.

Community building

PUTNEY Putney Food Distribution: All are welcome to come for free produce and some non-perishable items distributed by the Vermont Foodbank and the Putney Foodshelf. Open to anyone in the community. Bring your own shopping bags. 9 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. (4th Thurs. of every month). Free. Putney Meadows, 17 Carol Brown Way.

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Americans with Disabilities Act Committee: The Brattleboro town ADA committee is eager to hear from people in our community as to what issues the ADA committee should be focusing on. What issues are you dealing with here in Brattleboro? What issues would you like the ADA committee to work on? With Judy Tamler. 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.

Dance

PUTNEY Folk Dancing: 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Through Thursday, June 28. Free. Putney Cares Activities Barn, 54 Kimball Hill. Sign up: 802-387-5593, putneycares@svcable.net.

BRATTLEBORO Zumba: Latin Dance Fitness Program: This workout suitable for all levels gives cardiovascular and body-shaping benefits while strengthening your core and improving balance. With Emily McLoughlin. 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. in the gym. Mondays and Thursdays. Through Thursday, April 26. $50/$70 non-residents for 10-session punch card; $5/$7 per class. Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. Information: 802-254-5808; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community meals

BRATTLEBORO VFW Lunch Specials Open to the Public: Special: Lasagna with salad. Also available: Homemade burgers, fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings, wings, sandwiches, soups. 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. $6 for "Special". Veterans of Foreign Wars, 40 Black Mountain Rd. Take-out available: 802-257-0438.

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