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The Commons
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Around the Towns

Originally published in The Commons issue #444 (Wednesday, January 31, 2018). This story appeared on page A4.


Senior meal in Townshend

TOWNSHEND — Everyone is invited to dinner at noon on Thursday, Feb. 1, at the Townshend Church.

Sponsored by Senior Solutions, the meal is prepared by Chef Stephanie of the Townshend Dam Diner. Suggested donation for people age 60 and up is $3.50; for all others, $4. Takeouts will be available. All are welcome.

Stroll presents ‘Love Local’

BRATTLEBORO — On Friday, Feb. 2, from 5 to 8:30 p.m., Strolling of the Heifers presents “Love Local” — an evening of food, music, art, and celebration of all things local.

During February’s Gallery Walk, the River Garden will become an open marketplace where folks can sample the sweet and savory specialty foods of local farmers and food producers and view the work of local artists and artisans.

If you find an item that warms your heart — or your palate — vendors will have their products for sale.

The acoustic musical duo “Sharon & Daniel” will perform throughout the evening.

The Gallery at the Garden will be open as well, with photography by Aaron John Bourque, from his series “Very Little, Almost Nothing,” and the bright, surreal botanical oil and mixed media works of Margaret Shipman.

Strolling of the Heifers is a nonprofit organization dedicated to growing the food and agriculture economy by investing in the communities, businesses, farmers, and food producers that support it. For more information, visit strollingoftheheifers.com.

Osher lectures on architecture, nature conclude

BRATTLEBORO — The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute announces the third and last in its midwinter series of three lectures on “Nature and Artifice,” examining how man-made works are informed by natural processes. The lecturer is Donald Sherefkin, a practicing architect who has taught architecture at Bennington College since 1996.

The final lecture in the series, on transforming the natural world to provide shelter, will take place Feb. 5, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. The fee for the lectures is $6 per lecture. Light refreshments will be served.

For further information, contact Julie Lavorgna at 802-365-7278, or julielavorgna@gmail.com. Feb.12 has been scheduled as a snow day. In case of inclement weather, please consult 96.7 WTSA-FM or www.wtsa.net.

February’s ‘Feeding Friendzy’ to benefit Brattleboro Time Trade

BRATTLEBORO — On Tuesday, Feb. 6, Brattleboro Time Trade will hold a fundraiser at Elliot Street Fish, Chips & More, 50 Elliot St. The restaurant will donate 50 percent of its proceeds from 5-8 p.m. to Brattleboro Time Trade, a nonprofit organization that promotes the exchange of resources within the community.

Brattleboro Time Trade has more than 300 individual and organizational members across Windham County and provides a forum for exchanging services and skills. Examples include dog walking, professional consulting, home repairs, lessons, cooking, and gardening. Hour by hour, Time Traders earn and spend time credits, foster interdependence, and create resiliency.

Brattleboro Time Trade has a bare-bones budget and depends on local fundraising efforts like this one and its annual member subscriptions to cover operating costs and expenses. Find out more about Brattleboro Time Trade at www.brattleborotimetrade.org.

Brain science of the early years discussed at Putney Library

PUTNEY— Join child-development specialist Jessica Barquist from Let’s Grow Kids on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m., to learn about practical applications of early childhood brain science at the Putney Public Library, 55 Main St.

This free event is an interactive training focused on the latest research in early childhood brain development. Participants will leave with the knowledge to explain why high-quality early experiences during the first few years are so important for lifelong success.

Participants will learn how to articulate the fundamentals of early childhood brain science, define different types of stress and their impacts on the developing brain, and infer connections between the science of healthy early brain development and children’s everyday environment.

Let’s Grow Kids is a statewide campaign about the need for more high-quality, affordable child care in Vermont to better support our children, families, communities, and economy.

Brattleboro Concert Choir announces new semester

BRATTLEBORO — For the concluding festival concert of the 2017-2018 season, the Brattleboro Concert Choir will be singing two great choral masterworks, the effervescent Poulenc Gloria and the joyful Vespers of Mozart.

Performances with full orchestra will be held at Persons Auditorium in Marlboro in May. New or returning singers interested in joining the Brattleboro Concert Choir for this program should contact Susan Dedell at the Brattleboro Music Center, 802-257-4523 or info@bmcvt.org.

CCV Job Hunt Helper comes to Brooks Library

BRATTLEBORO — Community College of Vermont Job Hunt Helper Jack Alberico will be available at Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., for six hours a week to offer career services to library patrons and job seekers.

Job Hunt Helpers can help you find employment opportunities in your area, write a résumé and cover letter, apply for jobs online, assess your skills and interests, use the internet to explore career options and learn about education and training programs.

Alberico will be available from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays. For more information, contact the library at 802-254-5290.

Restorative Practice/Justice training session offered

BROOKLINE — Restorative Community Justice of Southern Vermont will hold a free restorative-practices training at Inner Fire at Grace Brook Farm on Feb. 12, from 1:30 to 5 p.m.

Participants will review the restorative approach to conflict resolution and do some mock restorative circles to hone their understanding and skills in restorative conflict resolution.

To learn more about Restorative Justice, visit RCJSV.com. If you plan on attending, call Dan at 802-348-7701.

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