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Performing arts

PUTNEY "Fables Storytelling": The theme this month is "Scary Moments." Food, beer & wine cash bar. The Cafe has cabaret style seating, a beer and wine cash bar, homemade pizza, popcorn and snacks. 7:30 p.m. (2nd Wednesday of every month). By donation. Next Stage Cafe, 15 Kimball Hill. Information:,

The written word

PUTNEY New Book Group: This new book group, focusing on books on the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award list, is for older elementary and middle school-age kids (some books are most appropriate for middle grades due to subject matter). Amber Paris facilitates. Come to the first meeting and pick up your copy of "The Stars Beneath Our Feet," by David Barclay Moore. It's Christmas Eve in Harlem, but 12-year-old Lolly Rachpaul and his mom aren't celebrating. They’re still reeling from his older brother's death in a gang-related shooting just a few months earlier. Then Lolly's mother's girlfriend brings him a gift that will change everything: two enormous bags filled with Legos. Lolly's always loved Legos, and he prides himself on following the kit instructions exactly. Now, faced with a pile of building blocks and no instructions, he must find his own way forward. 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. in the Youth Dept. (2nd Wed. of each month). Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Co-op Month Tastings - Florida Natural Growers Juices Tasting: October is National Co-op Month. The BFC is offering tastings and demos from cooperatively-owned businesses all month long. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Men's Grief Support Group: For men who are grieving a death loss of any type. Co-facilitated by Walter Slowinski and Neil Flynn. 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month). Free. Brattleboro Area Hospice, 191 Canal St. Pre-registration required. Cicely Carroll: 802-257-0775 x 108.

BRATTLEBORO Spouse/Partner Loss Support Group: Facilitated by Cicely Carroll, Bereavement Care Counselor. 5 p.m. (2nd and 4th Wed.). Free. Brattleboro Area Hospice, 191 Canal St. You must have one meeting with a bereavement counselor before participating in this group: 802-257-0775 x 108.

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.

TOWNSHEND Restless Leg Syndrome Support Group (RLS): The RLS Foundation estimates that the lives of more than 11 million people in the US are significantly affected by this incurable neurological disease. People with this condition have uncomfortable sensations in their legs and an irresistible urge to walk, move or massage their legs in order to relieve the sensations. The condition can range from mild to intolerable. Because the effects of the disease are worse at times of rest, RLS can cause significant sleep disruption, furthering the negative impact on one's life. Sue Tweedy of Townshend facilitates the new support group. She has been afflicted by RLS since 2005, has received medical attention for the condition, and has done much personal research on the disease. The group is a confidential space where participants can share information, personal strategies, and coping mechanisms; and also lend support and receive comfort. People should not expect medical advice. All who have the condition and their loved ones are welcome. Wednesdays. Through Wednesday, November 14. Free. Grace Cottage Hospital Community Wellness Center, 133 Grafton Rd., Rte. 35. Information: 802-221-0498,

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Public Healthcare Forum with Windham County Candidates for State Senate: Members of the public are invited to attend this forum to learn about the candidates' views on healthcare concerns of people in Windham County and to ask questions of the candidates. All Windham County legislative candidates have been invited. Information about health care will be available. Check out the information and enjoy light refreshments. Sponsored by the Healthcare Is A Human Right Campaign of the VT Workers' Center. 6:15 p.m. doors open, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Forum. Free. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Childcare and language interpretation available upon request: 802-257-4436,

Community meals

CHESTERFIELD Chesterfield Senior Lunch: A meatloaf meal will be served. Before lunch, the HCS nurse will be giving flu shots. Bring your Medicare or insurance card. Immediately after lunch we will be hearing about "What to do with your pets during a disaster.". 11:30 a.m. flu shots, 12:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Chesterfield Town Hall, 490 Rte. 63. Call Joanne for reservations: 802-363-8348.


BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Democracy Forum - Jump Start the Peaceful Revolution for Democracy: Things you can do for a new day of Democracy and Civil Rights. Woody Bernhard, host of the Brattleboro Democracy Forum and organizer of the We Celebrate Democracy/Civil Rights For All banner on Main St., shares his inspirational song, "I Pledge Allegiance," and his ideas about what we can do ourselves, right now, to begin the peaceful revolution and get back on track to a democracy which respects and includes all people. Join the discussion. 12 noon - 1 p.m. Free. River Garden - Brown Bag Series, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.



October 2018