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CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Wednesday, October 

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Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO First Wednesdays - "Hamilton: The Man and the Musical": Professor and biographer Willard Sterne Randall discusses the tragedy and romance in the life of Alexander Hamilton that inspired the blockbuster musical. Broadway music will be included. 7 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Music

BRATTLEBORO Katharine Breunig on the Piano: Katharine plays "favorites.". 12 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.

Local history

PUTNEY Con Men of Putney's Past: About 100 years ago, two con men made their way to Putney in pursuit of money. Red Austin and his gang of scouts and impersonators managed to fool Putney's select board chair out of thousands of dollars, and J. Frank Baxter performed "incredible" feats of psychic trickery at the town hall, practicing a trick known as "Blue Booking." Rolf Parker is a freelance writer and local historian who has been creating presentations about local history as part of the Brattleboro Words Project. He discusses these performers and the art known in the late 1800s as "buncoing.". 7 p.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Families United: This is a peer support group for people who have been impacted by the DCF systems and want to make change. Open to parents, foster parents, children, siblings grandparents, etc. and strong allies who have been affected by DCF and want to help make a change. This is a safe, confidential, supportive space. Members will share experiences, build relationships, discuss resources, and organize to influence change in DCF, family court, and the legislative system. Ongoing potluck gathering. If you are able to bring something to share, please do. Childcare will be provided on site with notice. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. (1st, 2nd, and 3rd Wed. of every month). Hat is passed. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information: 802-254-3400; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Co-op Month Tastings - Equal Exchange Chocolate: October is National Co-op Month. Sample delicious chocolate from the awesome worker-owned cooperative Equal Exchange. The BFC is offering tastings and demos from cooperatively-owned businesses all month long. 12 noon - 3 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Well-being

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.

BRATTLEBORO Alternatives to Suicide: This is a mutual support group open to anyone who has experienced thoughts of suicide. Guided by a charter of values provided by the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community, the group is non-clinical and does not link suicide with illness. Participants are free to talk about and find meaning in their experiences in/on their own terms. 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Free. The Hive, 24 Flat St., #202 (2nd fl., 2nd door to left). Information: ; Click to e-mail for more information.

BRATTLEBORO Yoga with Dante: Relax and reinvigorate--the best of both worlds. Postures are accompanied by conscious breathing. Crystal bowl sound healing, meditation, some chanting. 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Free; donations welcome. Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St. Information: 802-257-4777.

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