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Event listings for Wednesday, February 28

The written word

BRATTLEBORO Green Mountain Crossroads Trans Book Group: We read books by and about trans/GQ/GNC folks to discuss together. 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. Fragrance-free. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. last Wednesday of every month. Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Info and book list:,

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Photojournalism: Take Better Pictures Today! with Randolph T. Holhut of The Commons: A good picture gives a news story more impact. How do you think visually to come up with images to complement your words? What kind of photos are editors looking for? What are the elements of an effective news photo? This seminar covers the basics of news photography from the perspective of someone who takes pictures and selects them for the printed page. If you take photos for publication--or even want to take better photos for your own album--this Media Mentoring workshop is for you! Holhut has more than 30 years of experience in print, broadcast, and digital media. Today the news editor at The Commons, he also has worked in various capacities as a reporter, photographer, and news editor at the Worcester (Mass.) Telegram & Gazette, the Brattleboro Reformer, the Eagle Times in Claremont, NH, and The Patriot Ledger in Quincy, MA. A collaboration of Vermont Independent Media's Media Mentoring Project (MMP) and Brooks Memorial Library. 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Registration appreciated:

DUMMERSTON Wildlife in a Changing Climate: Tom Rogers, biologist with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Dept., has worked on a variety of conservation projects, from zebras in Kenya to sage grouse and bald eagles in Wyoming. He connects the public with fish and wildlife through writing and photography. Rogers will talk about what people can do to help conserve biodiversity in Vermont in the face of these new threats. From warmer, wetter winters to increasingly severe storms, wildlife faces a variety of challenges from a changing climate. We'll discuss how different species might continue to respond to many of these challenges and what conservationists are doing to address them. 10 a.m. - noon. Free. Dummerston Evening Star Grange Hall, 1006 East-West Rd. Information: 802-384-6231; Click to e-mail for more information.

WALPOLE "As a Matter of Fact: Journalism Under Threat": Panel includes three leading journalists in our region--Paul Miller, Exec. Ed., Keene Sentinel; Kristen Nevious, Dir. of the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication at Franklin Pierce University; and Nancy West, publisher of, VT's on-line center for public interest journalism. They will explore the challenges facing journalism; the ways in which reporters at legitimate news organizations work to verify their information; the pernicious concept of "fake news"; and how social media is challenging our concepts of news and perhaps even of truth itself. Discussion with the audience follows. This event is sponsored by the Fall Mountain Alliance, a forum for informed community engagement. 7 p.m. (event will be held 3/1 if there is inclement weather). Free. Walpole Town Hall, Elm St. Information: 603-756-3672.

BRATTLEBORO What Can You Learn From Horses?: It’s very important to have a good relationship when the other participant weighs ten times more than you do! We'll discuss what causes aggression and how to deal with fear (yours and others). Gincy Bunker has provided Foundation Teaching to riders of all ages for 70 years. She's published books under the name of Gincy Self Bucklin. 12 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.


BRATTLEBORO Drop-in Scrabble: All game paraphernalia provided. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. in the History Room (Wednesdays). Through Wednesday, June 27. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

VERNON Cribbage Club / Knitting Group: 11 a.m. Cribbage, 1 p.m. Knitting (Wednesdays). Free. Vernon Free Library, 567 Governor Hunt Rd. Information: 802-257-0150.

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.


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.

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;

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.

Community meals

PUTNEY Putney Cares Community Luncheon: Menu: Macaroni & Cheese, Stewed Tomatoes, Green Salad, Cherry Cake, Coffee/Tea. Co-sponsored by Senior Solutions. Volunteers are also needed for help in transporting those unable to drive themselves and with the cleaning up after the meal. 12 noon - 1 p.m. $3.50 suggested donation. Putney Cares Activities Barn, 54 Kimball Hill. Reserve your spot by 2 p.m. on 2/26: 802-387-5593; Click for more info on Web in new window.

February 2018

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