CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Wednesday, December
GUILFORD Talk About Books - "Homegoing" by Yaa Gyasi: Spanning centuries and continents, two families, one from the slave trading Fante nation and another from the Asante warrior nation, in the British colony that is now Ghana. Stepsisters, who are unaware of each others existence - one will marry a white man, a British official who lives in the upper part of the Cape Coast Castle - the other, in the lower dungeons of the same castle and sold as a slave, is transported to the American South. Any book about slavery is going to be hard to read and this book is no exception. In alternating chapters, we go from Africa, to the south, and follow the descendants of the two women. We see what happens in Africa, the effects of the British Colonization, internal warfare. The South, slavery, and then quasi freedom but under Jim Crow laws. South Carolina and its eugenic program. Rather than reading as a novel, it's like portraits, snapshots of the lingering effects of slavery. Characters change often, each chapter narrated by another though some overlap. This takes some getting used to, but each character is important, each character you will take to heart. 6:30 p.m. Free. Guilford Free Library, 4024 Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-257-4603; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Demonstrations: Have you been curious about foam rollers, pressure point massage balls, or another self care tool? Stop in and get a personalized tutorial and the chance to try out many self care tools. No experience needed. No purchase necessary. 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Free. Windham Movement Apparel, 2 Elliot St. Information: 802-246-1223.
BRATTLEBORO Katharine Breunig at the Piano: Join Katharine as she shares holiday 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.
BELLOWS FALLS Sultans of String : Winners of the Canadian Folk Music Award, Sultans of String are taking their Billboard charting and New York Times acclaimed Christmas Caravan CD and show to venues across Canada and US for a fundraising world music tour. Joining the band on stage (and album) is Canada's ace chanteuse Rebecca Campbell (Jane Siberry, Lynn Miles, Parachute Club). Sultans of String is partnering with the United Nations Agency for Refugees, which is the world's leading organization aiding and protecting people forced to flee their homes due to violence, conflict and persecution. UNHCR provides shelter, food, water, medical care, and other life-saving assistance to refugees around the world. 7:30 p.m. $25 to $45. Stone Church Center, 12 Church St. Information: 802-463-3100; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro American Legion Band: 7:30 p.m. Free. American Legion Hall, 32 Linden St. Information: 802-254-5290.
NEWFANE Bard Owl: T. Breeze Verdant on guitar, vocals, and stomp box and Annie Landenberger on vocals and percussion will be joined by Stephen Iachetta, widely known as the "Shaker fiddler.". 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. No cover. Four Columns and Artisan Restaurant Inn, 21 West St. Information: 802-365-7713; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Scrabble Night: Stop by and play a game of Scrabble. All levels. 6 p.m. every Wednesday. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Families United: This is a peer support group for people who have been impacted by the Dept. of Children and Families 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, and supportive space. Members share experiences, build relationships, discuss resources, and organize to influence change in DCF, family court, and the legislative system. If you're able, bring something to share with this ongoing potluck gathering. We'll also pass the hat. Childcare provided on site with notice. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. (1st, 2nd, and 3rd Wed. of every month). Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information: 802-254-3400; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Essential Oils Introduction: In a relaxed and fun class, you will learn how to benefit from powerful plant medicines in the form of pure, natural, and organic essential oils. Learn what essential oils are and why they are beneficial. Learn how to use essential oils to improve your health in mind, body, and spirit. These oils help with physical health - improving the immune system and healing pain; they help with mental health - aiding concentration, memory, and focus; they help with emotions - soothing, calming, uplifting; and can help with creativity - connecting with that divine inner muse for inspiration and flow. 5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. Free. Windham Movement Apparel, 2 Elliot St. Information: 802-246-1223.
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.