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The written word

BRATTLEBORO Green Mountain Crossroads' Trans Book Group: This group is open to anyone who self-identifies as trans, gender non-conforming, nb/enby/nonbinary, genderqueer, or as experiencing a gender different than the one they were assigned at birth. We'll be reading books by and about trans/GQ/GNC folks to discuss together. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. (last Wednesday of every month). Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. HB Lozito:, www.greenmountaincrossroads.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Shiatsu Community Clinic: Shiatsu bodywork offered in a relaxing environment. 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. every Wednesday; 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. first Sunday of every month. $20 for 30 minutes. Shiatsu School of Vermont, 24 High St. Information: 802-236-6396; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Introduction to the Art of Book Repair: Join master bookbinder and restorer Marshall Brooks for a demonstration and hands-on opportunity to investigate the process of book repair. Participants will learn a book's anatomy, identify typical book failures, and explore appropriate materials and approaches to preserving precious personal volumes. West Dover resident Brooks has been binding books for 40 years, largely in support of his literary arts press imprint, Arts End Books, which he began in 1979. He won his wife's heart by restoring a favorite old paperback. The cover had come off and he improvised the endpapers from flower stall paper. His work is found in libraries and special collections both in the US and abroad. 7 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Film and video

BELLOWS FALLS "Paper Clips": This documentary about the Holocaust shows how students at Tennessee’s Whitwell Middle School responded to lessons about the Holocaust with a promise to honor every lost soul by collecting one paper clip for each individual exterminated by the Nazis. Despite the fact that they had previously been unaware of and unfamiliar with the Holocaust, their dedication was absolute and their plan was simple but profound. The result--a memorial rail car filled with 11 million paper clips (representing six million Jews and five million gypsies, homosexuals and other victims of the Holocaust) standing permanently in their schoolyard, is an unforgettable lesson of how a committed group of children and educators can make a difference. 5:30 p.m. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Acoustic Music Series: Seth Roberts & Michael Roberts: Father and son duo Seth and Michael have been playing music together since Michael received his first guitar at age seven. Since then, Seth has taught Michael everything he knows about Americana, country, blues, and bluegrass music, and in 2011, they formed a lackadaisical electric blues band called the Roberts Family Blues Project with Michael's twin brother Frank. When not performing together for unsuspecting friends and family members, Seth leads and plays mandolin with the Blueberry Hill Boys, an acoustic bluegrass and folk trio. Michael is also the singer and guitarist for the alt-country band Wooden Dinosaur, and classic country band The Rear Defrosters. Visit 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. in the Lounge. No cover. Duo Restaurant, 136 Main St. Information: 802-254-4141.


BRATTLEBORO Pape Ba: African Dance and Drum Classes: Pape Ba is a master drummer and dancer. He performed with and was one of the leaders of Les Ballets Africaine de Sangomare, an African dance troupe in West Africa. He's a spirited teacher who has taught dance to people traveling to Senegal who wanted to learn the traditional music and dance culture. Sekou Sylla, Derrik Jordan and friends will accompany him on drums. All levels. Bring a water bottle. 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. drum, 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. dance on Wednesdays. Through Wednesday, May 30. $10 drum, $12 to $15 sliding scale for dance. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information:


BRATTLEBORO Drop-in Scrabble: All game paraphernalia provided. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. in the History Room. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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.


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 Blue Moon Snowshoe: Snowshoe through the dusky woods. We will end on the summit of Heifer Hill to enjoy the rising Blue Moon--the second full moon of January. (Real "blue moons" are caused by dust particles that reflect red light, usually caused by forest fires or volcanoes. Such blue moons are very rare indeed.) We will listen for owls, foxes, coyotes, and look for tracks. Bring a headlamp, if you have one, and snowshoes. 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Free; donations welcome. Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, 1221 Bonnyvale Rd. Register: 802-257-5785,

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: Learn songs from the 4th of July Parade! Forty of us walked with and carried the "We Celebrate Democracy/Civil Rights For All" banner in the 2017 4th of July Parade. Woody Bernhard, who created the banner, will lead us in singing these simple "revolutionary march" songs with the help of his daughter Maggie Bernhard. And we will 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