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The written word

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Great Books Discussion Group: Patrick Leigh Fermor's "A Time of Gifts": This is the first of Patrick Leigh Fermor's 3-volume epic 1933-34 trek on foot, from his 18th to 20th birthday, from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople and beyond, to the monasteries surrounding Mount Athos, Greece. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Michael N. Landis: 802-257-1851,

BRATTLEBORO Osher Institute presents Jan Maher: Jan Maher's novel "Earth As It Is" was published by Indiana University's Break Away Books. The protagonist is a cross-dressing heterosexual dentist-turned hairdresser in 1930s Texas. Charlie Bader comes of age with urges he has struggled with since childhood and does not understand. Maher will read excerpts from the novel, take questions, and facilitate a discussion about the issues in the book, with remarks about her research and writing process. 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. $6 (or by membership). New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-365-7278,

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Progressive Party--Windham County Organizational Meeting : The Progressive Party embodies the progressive agenda for the future. New and interested people most welcome. 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Spoon Agave: 802-257-0533.

BRATTLEBORO Osher Institute Lectures: "The Japanese Aesthetic: Architecture and Carpentry": Japan is currently home to both the world’s oldest wooden building and its largest wooden building. Its joinery principles have enabled humbler dwellings to endure for centuries. We’ll conclude with a hands-on demonstration of the differences between Japanese and western woodworking tools. Presented by Seth Harter from Marlboro College. 10 a.m. - noon. $6 (or by membership). New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-365-7278,


PUTNEY Thai Cooking Class: Aew Ladd, well-known for her Thai food served at the Putney Farmer's market each week, as well as her catering, offers this hands-on class where we'll cook and dine together. Appetizers: Golden Cup with Pork and Mixed Vegetables. Main Course: Massaman Curry, a stew with potatoes, chicken, cashews. Side Dish: Collard greens with Miso Sauce. Salad: Thai-style Green Papaya Salad. Dessert: Banana Cake with Fresh Coconut. Beverages: Wine and Coffee will be served. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. $65. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.


GUILFORD Tai Chi Classes: Leah Gessner is certified by Tai Chi Vermont, Inc. in Fall Prevention Tai Chi. 10 a.m. Mondays. $2 suggested donation. Guilford Community Church, Crnr Rte. 5 and Guilford Center Rd. Questions: 802-579-1350,

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Drop-In: Letters-To-Editors Clinic For VT Healthcare Justice: Write, begin to write, or keep working on a letter to the editor supporting the full equitable funding and implementation of Act 48, Vermont's single-payer healthcare system that became law in 2011. There will be templates and examples, press contacts, updates on Vermont healthcare campaigns, and folks to help put your story and opinions into an appropriate format. Sponsored by the Windham County VT Workers' Center. 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. (come in any time). Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Information:


BRATTLEBORO Divest the Globe Vigil & Speak Out: As the opening event of our Boycott TD Bank Campaign, Post Oil Solutions & the 99th Monkee Affinity Group will be vigiling all day calling upon TD to divest itself of its investments in tar sands and fossil fuel infrastructure and for the rest of us who do business with the bank to end our relationship. Then, we'll hold a Speak Out for anyone who would like to speak to the issue of divestment. Join us any time, especially during the Speak Out, to express how important it is to get banks/other financial institutions out of the business of investing in fossil fuels. Indigenous leaders from Mazaska Talks are calling on climate justice activists worldwide to take action for Divest the Globe. They are asking allies/activists everywhere to target banks that are funding projects that "desecrate Mother Earth"--pipelines, tar sands extraction, fracking. In VT, TD Bank is our target, and actions will be happening in multiple locations: Burlington, Bennington, Manchester, Brattleboro, and more. TD Bank has long been a funder of tar sands extraction in Alberta, and they currently extend multi-billion dollar lines of credit to TransCanada--who wants to bring the Keystone XL pipeline back from the dead. A recent report shows that TD also financed over $3 billion to companies engaging in extreme fossil fuel activities, from 2014-2016. TD Bank has many branches in VT, and up until this summer, held banking contracts with the state of VT. Recently, TD Bank lost its contract with VT, in part due to our demands! Now it’s time to boot TD out of VT. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. vigil (come any time and bring signs), 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.Speak Out. TD Bank, 215 Main St. Tim Stevenson: 802-869-2141,



October 2017