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Event listings for Wednesday, February 7

Ideas and education

DUMMERSTON "Understanding the Weather": The local climate, as well as the Earth's climate, is an enormous challenge to understand, and one with which scientists are still wrestling. Mark Breen, a meteorologist for over 35 years at the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium in St. Johnsbury, heard on VPR's Eye on the Sky, has spent his professional career tracking and studying the weather and climate. Breen will discuss the fundamentals of climate and share his thoughts on what we know, what we don't know, and how that can help with decision-making. Q&A. This is part of the Dummerston Conservation Commission Education Series. 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.

BRATTLEBORO Journalism Focus: Eric Smelser of the Bennington Banner will discuss fake news and a continuum of trusted news sources.​ ​Perception may dictate whether news coverage seems biased. But true "fake" news is easy to spot. And pretty hilarious at that. Join ​the lively discussion about sources of news to use and those you should run from​. 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 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.

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 Brain Science of the Early Years: Join child development specialist Jessica Barquist from Let's Grow Kids to learn about practical applications of early childhood brain science. This is an interactive training focused on the latest research in early childhood brain development. Participants will leave with the knowledge to explain why high-quality early experiences during the first few years are so important for lifelong success. Learn how to: Articulate the fundamentals of early childhood brain science; define different types of stress and their impacts on the developing brain; infer connections between the science of healthy early brain development and children's everyday environment; share one piece of information about early childhood brain development with a friend, family member, colleague, or community member. Let's Grow Kids is a statewide campaign about the need for more high-quality, affordable child care in Vermont to better support our children, families, communities, and economy. 6 p.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; 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 Women's Support Group: Drop-in and confidential support group for women who have experienced domestic violence. 12 noon (every Wednesday). Free. Womens Freedom Center. Information: 802-257-7364; Click to e-mail for more information.

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.

February 2018

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