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CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Thursday, March 

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The written word

BELLOWS FALLS Book Clubs at Village Square Booksellers: "The Stranger in the Woods" by Michael Finkel, winner of the 2017 New England Book Award for Non-Fiction, is the first book to be discussed. Christopher Knight walks away from his life and lives alone in the forest for 27 years. His solitude came at a price. Light refreshments. (There are several book clubs--different days, topics, and meeting times--so you can pick and choose which discussion group to attend.). 10 a.m. - 12 noon. Free. Village Square Booksellers, 32 Square. Sign-up and pick up this book for 20% off: 802-463-9404; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Alison Chase Radcliffe: "Perfect Changes Beyond Belief": Portraits in oil from life and imagination on cardboard and wood. . Through Tuesday, April 3. Free. Superfresh! Organic Cafe, 30 Main St. Information: 802-579-1751, www.alisonchaseradcliffe.com.

Ideas and education

CHESTER "Climate Solutions in Plain Sight: The Role of Water": How does water move across our landscape and through our atmosphere? What is the "water cycle," and how can we attune to it? Judith D. Schwartz, author of "Cows Save the Planet" and "Water in Plain Sight: Hope for a Thirsty World," presents a refreshing perspective on water. Animated by stories from around the globe, Judith's presentation is an inspiring reminder that fixing the future of our planet involves understanding what makes natural systems thrive. Group discussion, light refreshments, and book signings. 7 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Newsbank Conference Center, 352 Main St. Register: www.nature-museum.org.

BRATTLEBORO SIT and Changes in Higher Education: SIT President Dr. Sophia Howlett will discuss how SIT is responding to social and political changes affecting higher education. SIT recently announced that it will move some programs to global centers. The first, pending accreditation, is an MA Climate Change and Global Sustainability in Iceland and Tanzania. Find out about other degrees in development and what these changes mean for SIT. 12 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 "WOOL Unraveling an American Story of Artisans and Innovation": Author and weaver Peggy Hart discusses and signs her book. Learn how sheep have been a part of our history in this story of technological and social change, marketing forces, and our choices as consumers. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free. Hand Knits, 56 Elliot St. Information: www.handknits.net/classes.

Government

BRATTLEBORO Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program: IRS-certified volunteers provide free tax preparation to eligible households that earn up to $54,000 per year and who live or work in Windham County. . Through Thursday, April 12. Free. Brattleboro Retreat, 75 Linden St. Call 2-1-1 from anywhere in VT for appointment ..

Kids and families

GUILFORD Parent Workshop: Place-Based Education with David Sobel: Writer and educator David Sobel, a pioneer in the field of nature-based education, helped develop the philosophy of place-based education and is a driving force behind the growing nature-based preschool movement. After showing the new short film "The Best Day Ever: Forest Days in Vermont Kindergartens," he'll talk about research and practices in nature and place-based education, answer questions, and lead a discussion about the benefits of connecting young children with nature. 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Free (film, childcare, and dinner). Guilford Central School, 374 School Rd. RSVP: ragan.beebe@cc4guilford.org.

Community building

LONDONDERRY Climate Reality Today: Carol Stedman, trained by Vice President Al Gore's Climate Reality Leadership Center, will present the facts of climate change, its challenges, and the positive solutions that we can all do to make a real difference. A Vermont farmer, she is one of thousands trained Climate Reality Leaders from over 135 countries. The goal is to reach as many communities as possible to inform them about the global climate crisis and its solutions. 5:30 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.

Dance

PUTNEY Folk Dancing: 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Through Thursday, June 28. Free. Laura Heller Community Barn, 54 Kimball Hill. Sign up: 802-387-5593, putneycares@svcable.net.

Community meals

TOWNSHEND Community Lunch: Food prepared by the Jamaica Country Store. Take-out meals available. Sponsored by Senior Solutions. There will also be a free blood pressure screening provided by Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire. 11:30 a.m. blood screening, 12 noon lunch. Free. Townshend Church, 46 Common Rd. Information: 802-365-4321.

Activism

BRATTLEBORO Feed Your Activist Spirit at WeCAN Story Hour Cafe: These WeCAN Cafes are designed to build community and help community activists "fill their spirits" through information sharing, celebration, and connection. Poetry about race and racial justice, followed by a policy discussion led by Vermont activists. There will be time to connect with representatives from different organizations, eat, mingle, and enjoy local poetry and music. All activists, including anyone wishing to learn about organizations and start participating in resistance efforts, are encouraged to attend. 6:30 p.m. mingling, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. program (3rd Thursday of every month). Free. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: admin@wecantogether.net, www.facebook.com/events/582591242077436.

BRATTLEBORO "Redefining Capitalism for Sustainability and Transforming Markets Towards Social Justice": The presenters in this panel discussion will be Amit Sharma, Founder of Finclusive Capital; Janice Warren, President of OneReport, Inc.; and Michael Knapp, Founder and CEO of Green River. 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the Main Reading Room (doors open at 6:45 p.m.--library closed for regular business). Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: https://one-report.com; www.greenriver.com.

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