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Ideas and education

WESTMINSTER WEST Talk/Discussion with author Judith D. Schwartz: "Cows Save the Planet" and "Water in Plain Sight": For the last decade, Judith has researched and visited water restoration sites across the world for her book "Water in Plain Sight." She'll be showing case studies from around the world where farmers, land managers, entrepreneurs, and agencies decided to capture, store, and repair natural water cycles and reaped tremendous benefits as a result. This is a regular meeting of the Living Earth Action Group. 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Free. Congregational Church of Westminster West, 44 Church St. Information:

Film and video

BRATTLEBORO Understanding Iran Through Film: "The Hidden Half" : Released in 2001, this was the first Iranian movie to depict the 1978-79 Revolution from the viewpoint of the secular groups that "lost" the Revolution, and it resulted in authorities arresting Tamineh Milani, briefly after its release. Milani is Iran's leading professional woman film director, screenwriter, and producer whose films have won awards both in Iran and at international film festivals. Even though her films feature strong female characters who challenge traditional and conventional norms about women and their presence in Iranian society, they are very popular in Iran. Presented by Prof. Eric Hooglund. Q&A follows. 6:30 p.m. Iranian pastries/tea, 7 p.m. presentation and screening in Memorial Hall. Free. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Information:

BRATTLEBORO The 27th Annual Women's Film Festival: Over 50 films celebrating films by women and about women from around the world. All proceeds benefit the Women's Freedom Center, a nonprofit domestic and sexual violence organization in Southeastern Vermont. 3/9: gala opening with wine, hors d'ouevres and "Left on Pearl" screening. Through Sunday, March 25. $40 for 5 film passes; $8 to $10 single ticket at door. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Screenings: Sat. & Sun: 12 pm, 2 pm, 4 pm, 6 pm, 8 pm; 3/16: 6 pm and 8 pm


WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with Marc Delgago: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. Marc, a traveling singer-songwriter, will play bluegrass and country rock. Sponsored by the West River Community Project promoting community, the arts, and local, sustainable agriculture. 5 p.m. pizza, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. music. $12 pizza pie. Donations appreciated by the musician. West Townshend Country Store and Cafe, Rte. 30. Information: 802-874-4800; Click to e-mail for more information.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO KidsPlayce Healthy Snack and Story Time: We'll read a story and kids will have a healthy snack from the Brattleboro Food Co-op. 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on Fridays. Free. KidsPLAYce, 20 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-5212; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO 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 - 8:45 a.m. on Fridays. Donations welcome. Windhorse Naturopathic Clinic, 63 Western Ave. .

BRATTLEBORO Guided Meditation and Gentle Experiential Exercises: Marybeth Kover, Somatic therapist & Yoga instructor, offers ways to help soothe your nervous system in the midst of a busy time. Learn how to understand your body's individual reaction to stress and identify ways to work with your body, instead of against it, to create more space in your body and in your life. 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.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Roundtable Discussion Series: "Words & Abenaki History": The Peoples, Places, and the History of Words in Brattleboro offers a presentation and discussion about our region's early Abenaki experience and Algonquian language led by Rich Holschuh and Joe Rivers. This is the second in a new Thursday evening series in which the Brattleboro Words Project shares research topics and leads an open discussion on different "words-related" sites--ones that will become part of a planned audio tour of the area. Share your stories and thoughts with our research teams and scholars and get involved in this unique community-wide effort. Refreshments will be served. 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Free. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information:;

Arts and crafts

BRATTLEBORO Face Art and Fun with Makeup: From carnival face painting to formal wear, laugh and learn makeup tricks with Krystale. 1 p.m., Lower Level, 16. Free. St. Michaels Episcopal Church, Putney Rd. and Bradley Ave. Julie Tamler: 802-387-5285.



March 2018