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The written word

LONDONDERRY "So You Want to Write a Children's Book?": Children's author Steve Swinburne is set to discuss the nuts and bolts of writing for children. He takes you from idea creation and blank page to printed book--covering (almost) everything you need to know about researching, writing, and publishing a book for kids. In a humor-filled presentation, Steve uses storytelling and over 30-years' experience in children's writing to teach you about research, fist drafts, rewriting, proposals, pitching an editor or agent, illustrations vs photographs, promotions, etc. Whether you are a beginner or intermediate writer or only have a dream of one day writing a children's book, Steve will offer practical and useful advice. 2:30 p.m. Free. Neighborhood Connections, The Meeting Place, Rte. 100, 5700 Marketplace (across from the p.o.). Information: 802-824-4343; Click to e-mail for more information.


PUTNEY Next Stage Cooks: Soups & Stews of Spain & Portugal: Making six soups and stews from Spain and Portugal to warm you this cold winter, bread and wine included. Sopa de Pedra (Portuguese stone soup, hearty vegetable soup); Caldo Verde (Portugese green Soup, sausage, kale and veggies); Caldeirada a Moda de Guincho (Portugese fish chowder); Sopa de Ajo (Spanish spicy garlic soup); Sopa al Cuarto de Hora (Spanish clam, shrimp, and rice soup); Caldo Gallego (Spanish bean, potato and meat stew). Class will dine together and wine is included. Taught by chef Linda Stavley. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. $65. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Reservations: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Southeast VT Early Childhood Council Legislative Forum: Building Bright Futures just released the How Are Vermont's Young Children & Families report covering successes and challenges: Family & Social Relationships; Safety; Health & Development; Early Care & Learning; and Family Economic Well-Being. The morning includes: Review of the HAVYCF data, focusing on southeastern VT and BBF recommendations regarding how we can move forward to best serve young children and families; Presentation by Kay Curtis, Coord. of The Welcoming Place--a childcare program for parents who are receiving medication and care for opioid addiction; Chloe Leary, Executive Director of the Winston Prouty Center and BBF State Advisory Council member, regarding childcare as a critical piece of economic development; local legislators sharing up-to-date information on key early childhood issues this legislative session. 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. (Holton Hall, 4th fl.). Free. Open to all community members. Includes breakfast. Winston Prouty Center, 130 Austine Dr. info and RSVP:,


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,

BRATTLEBORO A Meditative Vigil of Loving Kindness: Banner: "May All Beings Be Free Of Pain And Suffering, May All Beings Know Peace And Happiness." Post Oil Solutions is hosting silent vigils of lovingkindness for the peaceful, socially just society we are all seeking. The Vigil of Lovingkindness is intended to give voice to these values--selfless love, personal integrity, service to others, moral courage, and a basic commitment to the sacredness of life. Chairs available; feel free to bring a cushion or mat. 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 Running Fist Kung Fu Class: This is an eclectic style of Kung Fu taught through a series of concepts rather than a technical approach of martial arts. The mission is to help each student develop spiritually, mentally, and physically so he/she can readily adapt to many challenges of everyday life. Sikung Lew Henderson instructs. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Mon. and Wed. every month in the Blue Room. $85 monthly ($110 non-residents). Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. Info/registration: 802-365-4514,

PUTNEY Mountains and Rivers Mindfulness Community: Founded in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh by Richard Brady and Elisabeth Dearborn who lead the gatherings. 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. on Mondays. Donations welcome. Putney Friends Meeting House, 17 Bellows Falls Rd. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Co-op Shopper Survey: We want and need your feedback about our Co-op. Fill out a simple online survey of four key areas of interest: Shopping Patterns, Satisfaction, Personal Characteristics, and Communication. The survey won't take more than ten minutes and we'll reward you with a $5 coupon for participating. This survey is for all Co-op shoppers, not just our Shareholders. Stop by the store to participate. . Through Wednesday, February 28. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Inclusion Center: (See 1/26). . . St. Michaels Episcopal Church. .



January 2018