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Event listings for Monday, May 14

The written word

PUTNEY "What Can a Poem Do?" A Writer in Residence Event: A poem can tell a story. A poem can send out a cry from the heart of the speaker. A poem can leap from image to image, idea to idea. A poem can get up on stage and declaim. Or do all these things at once (see Shakespeare). A poem can "make sense" or not. A poem can create a world of its own in which "making sense" is a different business altogether. Or sense may not even come into it. Join Michelle Blake to read and talk about what poems do and how they do it. If you want to, bring a poem. Muffins, poetry, and good company provided. The Writer In Residence events are made possible through donations by Dorothy Morris Mudd and friends of Margot Torrey. 6:30 p.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

LONDONDERRY Emerald Ash Borer: Since its accidental introduction from Asia, the Emerald Ash Borer has killed millions of ash trees in North America and is now in VT. As it continues to spread, it could have devastating economic and ecological impacts. Alma Beals will discuss management practices which include biological control, insecticide protection of high-value trees, and integrated efforts to slow ash mortality. She'll discuss how to identify the invasive insect (apart from its look-alikes) and point out the signs and symptoms of damage. 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.

BRATTLEBORO Strategic Planning for Undergraduate Success: John Hagen works with undergrads who are pursuing ambitious goals. Today, he'll share with interested community members a planning processes that he's developed. 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

SAXTONS RIVER Vermont Symphony Orchestra's "Raising Cane" Woodwind Trio: Oboist Ann Greenawalt, clarinetist Steve Klimowski, and bassoonist Janet Polk are excellent performers with years of experience turning kids on to classical music. Their show, part of the SymphomyKids education program, focuses on the unique sounds of the three reed instruments, making the analogy that musical timbres are the composer's palette of colors. Students are engaged in participatory exercises designed to familiarize them with these ambassadors from the woodwind family and sharpen their listening skills. Jaime Laredo, Music Dir. 9:30am Saxton's Elementary;11am Athens-Grafton Joint Central School;1:30pm Central Elementary (Rockingham). Free. Saxtons River Elementary School, 15 School St. Eleanor Long: 802-864-5741 x 14, eleanor@vso.org.

Kids and families

VERNON Children's Knitting Group: 2:45 p.m. on Tuesdays. Free. Vernon Free Library, 567 Governor Hunt Rd. Information: 802-257-0150.

VERNON Rhyme Time: For ages 0-3 and siblings. 10:30 p.m. every Monday. Free. Vernon Free Library, 567 Governor Hunt Rd. Information: 802-257-0150.

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.

Activism

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Solidarity: Stand in solidarity with Palestinians commemorating 70 years of Nakba and organizing the Great March of Return. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Pliny Park, Corner Main & High St.

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