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Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Spark Teacher Training and "The World in Claire's Classroom" Film: This film highlights the teaching of Claire Oglesby, a beloved lead teacher for many decades at the Westminster West Public Community School. In the four grades of the School, she knew that every child had the ability to learn. Claire demonstrated the compassion and determination to teach for a more equitable world through observation, inquiry based learning and storytelling. She provided a clear, practical, local introduction into Social Justice Education and reminds us of the importance of teaching students to think critically, learn how to understand ourselves in the world, and to have difficult conversations about fairness with children of all ages - that what we teach is both a reflection of the world and the ways that we seek to change it. Light food and refreshments provided. Spark Teacher Education prepares student teachers for building skills and critical thinking, as we work together to carry on Claire's legacy to strive for a better world for all. Spark Teacher Education Institute partners with Marlboro College Graduate School to offer a Masters in Teaching for Social Justice while training teachers to complete Certification for the Agency of Education, VT. Participants work side-by-side for a year with skilled mentor teachers, learning to integrate social justice and equity content into the mainstream curriculum. Educational Praxis, is the umbrella non-profit that encompasses Spark, Brattleboro Solidarity, Indigo Radio, and Indigo Institute. 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information:

Film and video

BRATTLEBORO Exhibition on Screen - "I, Claude Monet": (See 8/18). . Latchis (Films). .


BRATTLEBORO Musical Celebration of Gudrun Weeks: This concert celebrates the musical life of Gudrun through tributes of music played by her friends. 12 noon - 1 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Information: 802-257-4523; Click for more info on Web in new window.

SO. NEWFANE Free Community Concert: The Blackberry Bushes: Jes Raymond and her husband-collaborator Jacob Breitbach draw from the deep well of American Roots music for a modern sound that has a light-hearted rusticity, elegance, and soul. This is a concert for all ages. Presented by Schoolhouse Rocks. 2 p.m. Free; donations for the performers are encouraged. South Newfane School House, Dover Rd. Information:

W. DOVER Appalachian Still: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. (rain location: big tent at Dover Forge). Free. Dover Park, Rte. 100. Information: 802-464-5100,

GRAFTON Grafton Cornet Band: Mix of familiar and upbeat music for the whole family. Bring chairs or a blanket and maybe a picnic. 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. on the lawn. (Rain location: Community Church). Free; donations welcome. Grafton Public Library, 35 Grafton Cmn. Information:


BRATTLEBORO Mushroom Foray: This wet month has led to a proliferation of fungi. Join herbalist Justin Garner to learn all about them - the nutritive, medicinal, and toxic properties of our diverse fungi. Bring a bag or basket for collecting mushrooms and a mushroom knife or small pocketknife. Be prepared for off-trail hiking in wooded terrain. 3 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. $10 BEEC members, $15 non-members. Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, 1221 Bonnyvale Rd. Register: 802-257-5785,

Local history

BRATTLEBORO Estey Organ Museum: (See 8/18). . Estey Organ Museum. .


BRATTLEBORO Mantra, Pranayama, and Gong Meditation: Participants can expect to partake in call-and-response style chanting feature harmonium, talas, and tabla - pranayama exercises to settle the mind and connect with the breath, and a deeply relaxing meditation to the sound of gongs and singing bowls. No experience necessary and all ages are welcome. 7 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. on Sundays. Through Sunday, August 26. $12 suggested donation. Setu Yoga & Meditation Retreat Center, 241 Quails Hill Rd. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

W. BRATTLEBORO The Compassionate Friends of Brattleboro: Self-help organization for families who have had a child die. Provides highly personal comfort, hope and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family. Meetings are for all families regardless of race, religious orientation, economic background, or the cause and age of the child at death, from pre-birth up. All immediate family members are welcome including adult siblings. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. (3rd Sunday of every month). Free. West Village Meeting House, 29 South St. M. Beverly Miller: 802-490-2326.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Edible Brattleboro: "Share the Harvest": The "Share the Harvest" stand is offering free produce, thanks to the generosity of local gardeners and farmers. We welcome donations from your garden. Bring your own bags. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Sundays. Through Sunday, October 28. Free. Turning Point, 39 Elm St. Donations of fresh produce accepted at the stand or contact Marilyn to arrange a different time/location:

VERNON Mums Sale: This annual sale of mum plants from Griffin Gardens is a fundraiser for the Vernon Historians. While there, make it a point to visit the Museum and Museum Annex Building. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Free. Vernon Historical Museum, 4201 Fort Bridgman Rd. Information: 802-257-4675; Click to e-mail for more information.

PUTNEY Mending Bee: Do you have a pile of nice wool socks with holes, favorite jeans that would be perfect if not for a rip in the knee, or sweaters with moth holes? Bring your ailing fabric items. Sewing machines, darning tools, knitting needles and other repair and patching materials will be available. Skilled seamstresses will be present to offer advice and assistance. Tea will be served. Other menders are welcome to join in. 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

GUILFORD Christ Church 200th Birthday Gala - Benefit Concert and Silent Auction: Proceeds will provide critical funding for the Christ Church Guilford Society to maintain and improve the building, which has not had a resident congregation since the 1890s. Renowned instrumentalists Jaime Laredo and Lucy Chapman, violin; Kim Kashkashian, viola; Merry Peckham and Sharon Robinson, cello; and James Winn, flute, will share the stage with Ellen McCulloch-Lovell, who has written a commemorative poem for the occasion. The musical program includes Luigi Boccherini's Sonata in C Major for Two Celli; selections from György Kurtág's Signs, Games, and Messages for solo viola; Mozart's Quartet in C Major for flute, violin, viola, and cello; Andy Stein's Suite for Two for Violin and Cello; and Boccherini's String Quintet in E Major, op. 13, no. 5. Elegant Reception and Silent Auction featuring getaways, dinners, original paintings and fine crafts by area artisans and special items/gift certificates follow. 3 p.m. concert followed by Reception and Auction (rain location for post-concert activities: Guilford Community Church). $25. Christ Church, Melendy Road and US Rte. 5. Tickets: 802-257-2636,,

DUMMERSTON VT 4th Annual Open Farm Week - Heirloom Orchard Strolls & Hard Cider Tasting: (See 8/18). . Scott Farm. .

Arts and crafts

BRATTLEBORO Pots & Puzzles - Open House Sale and Puzzle Party: Fabric artist Carlene Raper and potter Teta Hilsdon team up for a fun open house and sale with Carlene's puzzles, quilts, and pillows and Teta's dinnerware. Play with beautifully crafted puzzles and handle the pottery until you find just the pieces to style your own dinner table. Carlene's newly released puzzle, Celebrate, is available for sale along with her prior puzzles - bold colors, sturdy quality, and fantastical shapes - fun and challenging. Quilts, pillows, Carlene's fabric creations. Teta will set the table with several of her favorite glazes on plates, bowls, tumblers and mugs. Refreshments will be served. 12 noon - 5 p.m. Sixty-Two Spruce Street, 62 Spruce St. Information:,



August 2018