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Event listings for Monday, March 12

The written word

BELLOWS FALLS "Speaking Truth to Power: Writing Political Commentary" with Elayne Clift: Mark Twain, Martin Luther King, Jr., Molly Ivins, and Virginia Woolf all wrote political commentary, sometimes humorously, sometimes poignantly, sometimes fervently. This workshop for ages 17 and up will strengthen writing skills needed to make a point, share an opinion, or reflect on issues and current events that are important to the author without slipping into sentimentality or sloppy arguments, sounding confrontational. We'll look at examples, and we’ll try our hand. So come with an idea, a burning issue, or a point of view about something in the news. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY Jamie Sheffield: "Neurodiverse Characters in Fiction: Perspectives Beyond the Vanilla": Sheffield's 2013 debut novel, "Here Be Monsters" (SmartPig Publishing), introduced us to Tyler Cunningham, a character who is uncomfortable with social interactions yet has a unique ability to solve mysteries. Sheffield has since written three more full-length novels in the Tyler Cunningham Adirondack Mystery series with the latest being the 2016 "Thunderstruck," in addition to a series of shorter e-books about the exploits of his protagonist. 7 p.m. Free. Landmark College, East Academic Bldg., OBrien Auditorium, 1 River Rd. So. Information: 802-387-6768; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO What is Baha'i: With Lisa Blake. 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.

LONDONDERRY Orchids!: Orchids have become popular indoor plants once they became available in supermarkets and other marketplaces. Bob Aldrich, co-proprietor of the Inn at Weston, is an avid orchid collector and has lectured extensively on the subject across New England. Learn the history and biology of orchids and how to properly care for them to ensure re-flowering. Bob will talk about proper potting medium, when and how to re-pot them, watering, and light requirements. 2 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.

Well-being

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. Intermediate: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.; Beginners: 11 a.m. - noon on Mondays. $2 suggested donation. Guilford Community Church, Crnr Rte. 5 and Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-579-1350, gcares@comcast.net.

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.

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