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Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Tracking Series with George Leoniak : Participants will find out how to recognize and interpret tracks and other wildlife signs to learn about the lives of the wild animals around us. The destination is Harrisville Brook in Marlboro where the group will look for signs of spring wildlife, including early bear activity. The beaver meadows along this stream are a magnet for mink, otters, and more. 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. $25, $20 BEEC members. Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, 1221 Bonnyvale Rd. Registration required: 802-257-5785; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO BrattleMasters (local Toastmasters club): Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators, and leaders. The public is encouraged to attend. There will be prepared speeches, evaluations, and reports by members. Annamarie Pluhar will be the Toastmaster of the evening. 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Free. Twenty-Eight Vernon Street, 28 Vernon St. Information: www.brattleboro.toastmastersclubs.org.

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 ..

Well-being

BRATTLEBORO NAMI-VT: Family to Family Class : This evidence-based educational program consists of a series of 12-week classes structured to help families and friends of individuals living with a mental illness gain information, insight, understanding and empowerment. The course teaches the knowledge and skills that family members need to cope more effectively and maintain their own well-being. Confidential setting. 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. on Thursdays. Through Thursday, May 24. Free. Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, 17 Belmont Ave. Advance registration required: 802-275-2627, www.namivt.org.

BRATTLEBORO Inner Fire: This proactive healing community in Brookline, VT, offers people struggling with debilitating and traumatic life experiences--which typically lead to mental (soul) health and addiction challenges--the opportunity to reclaim their lives by tapering carefully off psychotropic medications while strengthening themselves on a deeper spiritual level. 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.

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.

Activism

BRATTLEBORO The Women's Action Team Hosts #MeToo Solidarity Rally on International Women's Day: We stand in solidarity with survivors of sexual assault and harassment. Silenced no longer, we rally to give voice to our experience and to change the way sexual abuse victims are treated in America. Rally speakers include: Kelly Junno of Brattleboro Solidarity; local activist and community leader Brenda Lynn Siegel; an advocate from the Women's Freedom Center; and feminist writer Diana Whitney of the Women's Action Team. To kick off the rally, Whitney will read a poem and honor the founder of the #MeToo Movement, activist Tarana Burke. #MeToo is not a pity party but a global movement of advocacy and empowerment. Bring your signs and songs. Be ready to march, shout, dance, and dismantle the patriarchy. Male allies are welcome. 5 p.m. Pliny Park, Corner Main & High St. Information: diana@coreflowyoga.com.

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