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Event listings for Thursday, April 19

Ideas and education

LONDONDERRY "American Exceptionalism": American Exceptionalism is an ideology holding the United States as unique among nations with respect to its ideals of democracy and personal freedom. From the determination of the original settlers to create a society different from the 18th century European model, how has it fared? Is modern America all that different from everywhere else? Derek Boothby will offer an assessment from the viewpoint of a naturalized American. Boothby was a Commander in the British Royal Navy; a Liaison Officer to the Military Staff Committee of United Nations, was on the personal staff of Cyrus Vance in an effort to halt the widening conflicts in former Yugoslavia, and was awarded by the Queen of England the honor of Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George. 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.

BRATTLEBORO Let's Plant Seeds Today with Master Gardener Cheryl Wilfong: Cheryl talks about the seeds to sow this early in the gardening season. 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.

Music

BRATTLEBORO Kevin Parry hosts Open Mic: Sign up for 20-minute slot. Performers receive 50% off their meal. 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. every Thursday. Free. Marina Restaurant, 28 Spring Tree Rd. Information: 802-257-7563, www.kevinparrymusic.com.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Month of the Young Child, Fun with Food at the Co-op: The BFC Community Room will be transformed into a center of sensory exploration for kids to "get their hands into" using various types of dough. They'll also do taste-tests from every color of the rainbow. With Lizi Rosenberg. 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (stop by anytime). Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, 7 Canal St. Information: 802-246-2821; Click to e-mail for more information.

GRAFTON Amazing Adaptations: River otters can slide on their bellies, woodpeckers have extra hard beaks for pecking, and white-tailed deer can use their tail to "talk" when there's danger. Adaptations are special body parts, body features, and behaviors that help animals survive where they live. Bring your young naturalist(s) and investigate real animal pelts, skins, and other artifacts. 11 a.m. program (open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.). By donation. Nature Museum, 186 Townshend Rd. Information: 802-843-2111; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO LEGO-palooza: At this extended session, you build LEGOs which the Library provides. If there is enough room, they can be displayed in the window. 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Well-being

BRATTLEBORO Suicide Loss Support Group: Suicide loss can be an especially lonely experience, and people experiencing this kind of loss find it helpful to talk with others who have been affected by it. This group is for adults who have lost a loved one to suicide. Janet Schreiber, who has extensive experience running suicide loss groups, is the facilitator. Bereavement Support Groups offer a safe, mutually supportive environment for sharing experiences through discussion, readings, simple activities and suggestions for moving through grief. 5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (1st and 3rd Thurs. of every month). Brattleboro Area Hospice, 191 Canal St. Drop-ins welcome. Pre-registration with Connie Baxter appreciated: 802-257-0775 x 104.

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

W. TOWNSHEND Come for Lunch: Prepared by Chef Stephanie of the Townshend Dam Diner. Takeouts available. Sponsored by Senior Solutions. 12 noon. $4, $3.50 ages 60+. Townshend Dam Diner, 5929 Rte. 30. Information: 802-874-4953.

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