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CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Monday, October 

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The written word

DUMMERSTON Osher Institute presents Archer Mayor: Archer Mayor is the author of some 30 published works of history and fiction, the majority of which consist of the Vermont-based police procedural Joe Gunther series. Additionally, Mayor is or has been a police officer, a death investigator for the Vermont medical examiner's office, a firefighter, EMT, and National Ski patrolman. He will discuss, in a lively back-and-forth format, the value and impact of bringing such a diverse and varied experience to bear in one's writing, along with some of the tricks of doing so to the reader’s best advantage and enjoyment. 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. $6 (or by membership). Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471 US Rte. 5. Information: 802-365-7278, julielavorgna@gmail.com.

Ideas and education

DUMMERSTON Osher Institute Lectures: "The Japanese Aesthetic: Japanese History and Culture": This 6-part series introduces Japan's distinctive ways of seeing, writing, painting, building, cooking, and pursuing other activities have inspired and delighted the world for centuries. These talks will examine the nature and origins of Japanese taste, with emphasis on five disciplines. This lecture provides a brief survey of Japanese history from the Jomon period (beginning c. 14,000 BCE to the present) and explores the principal geographic features of Japan as well as the nation's relationship to the Asian mainland and the wider world. Presented by Seth Harter from Marlboro College. 10 a.m. - noon on Mondays. Through Monday, November 6. $6 (or by membership). Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471 US Rte. 5. Julie Lavorgna: 802-365-7278, julielavorgna@gmail.com.

LONDONDERRY Return of the Cougar to the East: Lecture by photographer Sue Morse. Illustrated introduction to cougar biology and ecology in the broad diversity of habitats where Sue has studied them. We will also hear about the latest confirmations of cougars in the East. 7 p.m. Free. Flood Brook School, 91 Vermont 11. Information: 802-824-6811.

Well-being

BRATTLEBORO Angel Card Readings: Linda Manning is a certified angel card reader and receives messages through a client's spirit guides. The client should leave the session with positive information and sometimes a sense of reassurance of what one already knows. (This event may go till 1:30 depending on participant numbers.). 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.

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