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The written word

PUTNEY "Bread and Roses, Too" by Katherine Paterson: Rosa’s mother is singing again, for the first time since Papa died in an accident in the mills. But instead of filling their cramped tenement apartment with Italian lullabies, Mamma is out on the streets singing union songs, and Rosa is terrified that her mother and older sister are endangering their lives by marching against the corrupt mill owners. After all, Miss Finch told the class that the strikers are nothing but rabble-rousers. When Rosa is sent to VT to live with strangers until the strike is over, she fears she will never see her family again. Then, on the train, a boy begs her to pretend that he is her brother. She agrees to protect him even though she suspects he's hiding a terrible secret. This story is based on real events surrounding an infamous 1912 strike. All-ages discussion of this children's novel is facilitated by Kristen Dawley in honor of Labor History Month. 7 p.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Intergenerational Art Opening: "Art in the Neighborhood": Featuring work from young artists from Moore Court. 3:45 p.m. Red Clover Commons, 30 Fairground Rd.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Climate Change Cafe: "Healing Our Divisions and Biases and Unifying Our Movements": Sherri Mitchell Weh'na Ha'mu Kwasset is an indigenous activist, spiritual teacher, and transformational change maker who has spoken and taught around the world on issues of Indigenous rights, environmental justice, and spiritual change for more than 25 years. Her new book is "Sacred Instructions: Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit-Based Change." She will talk about the divisions and biases that have been built into our societies and ideologies and look at the divisions created by our shared history, the biases informed by that history, and the ways that they prevent us from joining our movements, with special emphasis on how colonization has impacted our thinking and the ways that we engage one another and the world around us, and the work required to decolonize our hearts and minds. Participants will learn how to find interest convergence points that enable us to work with one another across these divisions. 7 p.m. downstairs. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Introduction to Digital Photography: Bill Steele, owner of Gorham Mountain Photography, gives tips on how to get the most from your camera and speaks about the "Exposure Triangle." Bring your camera, manual, questions. 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.


BRATTLEBORO Free Medical Care: For individuals without insurance or a physician. Tuesdays. 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Brattleboro Walk-In Clinic, 191 Clark Ave. Information: 802-251-8484; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Overeater's Anonymous: This is a 12-step meeting for people who struggle with eating problems of any kind. 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. on Tuesdays. Free. St. Michaels Episcopal Church, Putney Rd. and Bradley Ave. Information: 802-275-7053,

Community meals

PUTNEY Putney Cares Community Luncheon: Menu: Beef or spinach lasagna, garlic bread, salad w/spring greens, lemon cake, tea/coffee. 12 noon - 1 p.m. $3.50 suggested donation. Laura Heller Community Barn, 54 Kimball Hill. Registration required: 802-387-5593,


BRATTLEBORO Informational Session About the Upcoming Medicaid March: Do you or a family member count on Medicaid or Dr. Dynasaur? Are you a person with a disability who relies on Medicaid to live independently? Are you unable to access dental or other care you need? Are you unfairly excluded from Medicaid because of immigration status or other reasons? Are you worried about changes proposed to Medicaid? The Medicaid March will take place on 6/16 in St. Johnsbury with caravans from around the state heading up to participate. Why St. Johnsbury? The Northeast Kingdom is the area in VT with the largest percentage of people on Medicaid, so we're showing up in the hardest hit region. Across the state, over 1 in 3 of us rely on some form of Medicaid. Politicians and power-holders are looking for ways to cut spending on Medicaid. If you or a loved one counts on Medicaid or if you think that all of us should have access to healthcare, join the Medicaid March. This meeting will have information about Medicaid and the March and sign-ups for folks who want to join the caravan in June. Sponsored by Vermont Workers' Center. 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Whetstone Studio for the Arts, 28 William St., 1st fl. Information: 802-257-4436,



May 2018