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The written word

PUTNEY Book Group Reads "The Age of Innocence" by Edith Wharton: Wharton writes as both an inside participant and an outside observer, keenly aware of the absurd but stifling conventions of New York society in the 1870s. But Wharton was also aware of the high price a woman paid when she refused to abide by these rules - a choice she made in her own life. We'll do close readings of passages of the novel, as well as discuss the book's place in the Modernist literature of the 1920s, when it was published. Discussion with Putney Library Writer-in-Residence Michelle Blake and novelist Dennis McFarland. 6:30 p.m. Discussions continue 10/29 and 11/5. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Great Books Discussion - Mark Twain's "Life on the Mississippi": 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. in the meeting room. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Michael N. Landis: 802-257-1851,

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO "Youth, Elders and Cultural Continuity - Climate Change Adaptation Research and Praxis in Goose Bay, Labrador": The Arctic is one of the most dynamic, rapidly changing ecosystems on the planet, yet our scientific and social understanding is nascent relative to our historical and contemporary focus on the mid-latitudes, especially in the West. The people of Goose Bay, Labrador, are facing tremendous change, both from climate and large-scale energy development. The Innu, Inuit, and Metis communities are responding with decolonizing methodologies developed by and for the communities, and by passing on cultural traditions from elders to youth. This lecture series, "The Arctic-Past Present, Future," reviews environmental/cultural dimensions of the Arctic. Presenters for this lecture from Amherst University New England: Alesia Maltz, PhD, and Jean Kayira, PhD, both Core faculty members in the Environmental Studies Dept. 10 a.m. - 12 noon. (The Osher Lifelong Learning Series lectures continues 10/29, 11/5.). $6 per lecture. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information:


PUTNEY Next Stage Cooks - Vegetarian Indian Cooking: The cuisine of Gujarat, a state in western India, is primarily vegetarian. Instructor Cgef Shital Kinkhabwalahas had an Indian food stand at the Brattleboro farmers market for the last 15 years. Menu: Aloopalak, Vada, Chapati, Subzi, Daal, Indian rice, Raita, Chutneys. Wine included. 6 p.m. $65. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Tickets:

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Mother Up! Monthly Meet-Up: Mother Up! brings together families to talk about the tough realities of climate change and to participate in the just transition to a healthier and safer world. A simple vegetarian meal and childcare for ages 8 and under will be provided. 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. monthly. Free. KidsPLAYce, 20 Elliot St. Information:


BRATTLEBORO Pet Loss Support Group: For adults who are experiencing grief after the death of a beloved animal companion. Cheryl Richards facilitates. Hosted by Brattleboro Area Hospice. 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (4th Mon. of each month). Free. Brattleboro Area Hospice, 191 Canal St. Pre-registration welcome: 802-257-0775.

BRATTLEBORO Intro to Cat Body Language: Cats are often described as mysterious or aloof but in reality they are constantly communicating how they're feeling with their body language. We will cover the basics of cat body language along with some commonly misunderstood cat behaviors. While questions are encouraged this class is not designed to identify or correct individual cat behavior issues. With Jessalyn, Feline Specialist, Windham County Humane Society. 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.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Fish and River Issues: The Connecticut River Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited invites the public to come meet and talk with the Commissioner of VT Fish and Wildlife Department Louis Porter and Windham County's own Fish and Wildlife Board representative Dennis Mewes of Dummerston about fish and river issues. Q&A. 6 p.m. Free. Ramuntos Brick Oven Pizza, 1111 Putney Rd. David L Deen: 802-869-3116,

PUTNEY Interested in volunteering in Putney?: Putney Community Cares, Putney Foodshelf, and Next Stage Arts Project will talk to you about the work we do and the various ways to get involved. Finding a volunteer gig that is a perfect match for the volunteer and the organization is a blessing to all. We can help you find your niche. Light refreshments provided. 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. on the porch. The Gleanery, 133 Main St. Information: 802-387-5593.



October 2018