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CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Wednesday, June 

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The written word

BRATTLEBORO "The Known World and the Literary Character": Amherst College professor Judith Frank explores the unique approaches to characterization taken in Edward P. Jones' writing of his Pulitzer-winning novel and what they can tell us about slavery, personhood, and novel-reading. This is a Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series. 7 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO What is Baha'i? - with Lisa Blake: 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.

Recreation

BRATTLEBORO Scrabble: Everyone is welcome to stop by and play a game of Scrabble. All levels. 6 p.m. on the Mezzanine (Wednesdays). Through Wednesday, June 27. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Rhyme Time: Stories and songs for children 5 and under. 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays in the Meeting Room (April-Aug. and Oct.-Feb.). Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Families United: Ken Schatz, Commissioner of VT Dept. of Children & Families joins us to hear our stories. Food available; bring a dish if you like. Offsite childcare available upon request. Families United is not affiliated with DCF. 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information: 802-254-3400, 802familiesunited@gmail.com.

Well-being

BRATTLEBORO Lunchtime Yoga for Co-op Shareholders: All-levels, led by a different local teacher each Wednesday. Bring a yoga mat. noon - 1 p.m. Free (only open to shareholders). Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Information: 802-246-2821; Click to e-mail for more information.

BRATTLEBORO Yoga with Dante: Relax and reinvigorate - the best of both worlds. Postures are accompanied by conscious breathing. Crystal bowl sound healing, meditation, some chanting. 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Free; donations welcome. Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St. Information: 802-257-4777.

BRATTLEBORO Peace Among the Peeps: Join Jen Frey from Newfane Village Yoga for a meditation class at Retreat Farm. Learn to meditate or deepen your practice alongside our newest baby chicks. (Repeats 6/24). 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. $15. Retreat Farm, 350 Linden St. Reserve your spot: www.retreatfarm.org/events-workshops/peace-among-the-peeps.

PUTNEY Al-Anon: For friends and relatives of alcoholics. 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. Free; donations welcome. Putney Friends Meeting House, 17 Bellows Falls Rd. Information: 866-972-5266; www.vermontalanonalateen.org.

BRATTLEBORO Alternatives to Suicide: This is a mutual support group open to anyone who has experienced thoughts of suicide. The group is guided by a charter of values provided by the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community. The group is non-clinical and does not link suicide with illness. Participants are free to talk about and find meaning in their experiences in/on their own terms. 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday. Free. The Hive, 24 Flat St., #202 (2nd fl., 2nd door to left). Information: ; Click to e-mail for more information.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO "400 Miles Down the Connecticut River" - Slide Presentation with Michael Tougias: Tougias will present slides from his 400-mile kayak journey down the Connecticut River, which he chronicled in the book "River Days: Exploring the Connecticut River from Source to Sea," and share stories of the river's rich history. He's written 29 books, including "Rescue of the Bounty: Disaster and Survival in Superstorm Sandy" and "There's a Porcupine in my Outhouse: Misadventures of a Mountain Man Wannabe." In 2016, his New York Times bestselling book, "The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue," was adapted into a Disney film. "400 Miles Down the Connecticut River" is a Vermont Humanities Council program hosted by BMAC and presented in connection with The Confluence Project, an experiment in creative placemaking organized by Vermont Performance Lab and Windham Regional Commission. 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Dance

BRATTLEBORO Paneurythmy, the Dance of Universal Harmony: This uplifting, energizing circle dance taught by Beinsa Douno of Bulgaria is danced around the world. 8 a.m. Wednesdays and Sundays. Free. Living Memorial Park, Guilford St. Ext. Information: 802-490-2213.

BRATTLEBORO Shall We Dance? Salsa Series: Beginners to intermediate dancers. No partner needed. With Ray and Lucinda. 7 p.m. Through Wednesday, July 11. $45 for 5 Wednesdays or $10 per class. Headroom Stages, 17 Elliot St. Information: 802-579-9990, ray@shallwedance.biz.

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TODAY

  • Rhyme Time
  • "The Known World and the Literary Character"
  • Lunchtime Yoga for Co-op Shareholders
  • Paneurythmy, the Dance of Universal Harmony
  • Yoga with Dante
  • Scrabble
  • Peace Among the Peeps
  • "400 Miles Down the Connecticut River" - Slide Presentation with Michael Tougias
  • What is Baha'i? - with Lisa Blake
  • Al-Anon
  • Alternatives to Suicide
  • Shall We Dance? Salsa Series
  • Families United

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