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Performing arts

PUTNEY Next Stage Cafe opens with "Fables Storytelling": Hosted by Peter "Fish" Case, this is the first in a series offering a variety of guest storytellers. The theme of this launch event is stories about Vermont. Featuring: Steve West (former radio host/Fearless Computer Guy), Sarah Levine (part of the Emerge Vermont Leadership Group and Program Coord. for Girls on the Run), Don Cuerdon (Pioneer of Mountain Biking writer for many cycling publications) and Rebecca Balint (Senate Majority Leader for the Vermont State Senate). Fish, who has been telling stories and entertaining Windham, Cheshire, and Franklin Counties as a radio personality for over two decades, will tell his own short stories, too. The Cafe has cabaret style seating, a beer and wine cash bar, homemade pizza, popcorn and snacks. 7:30 p.m. (2nd Wed. of every month). By donation. Next Stage Cafe, 15 Kimball Hill. Information:,

The written word

PUTNEY Putney Public Library's Writer In Residence Book Group Reads "To the Lighthouse" by Virginia Woolfe: Novelist Dennis McFarland and Emily Zervas lead discussions about this novel. They'll also talk about Woolf's life and the larger context of the novel, written between the two World Wars, in the long shadow of the novels of Joyce and Proust, as well as T. S. Eliot's "The Wasteland." (Continues 6/20 and 6/27). 6:30 p.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BELLOWS FALLS Eckankar: Past Lives: Discover and practice specific techniques for gaining insight into the often-hidden spiritual opportunities of our actions and choices. What gifts do our past lives offer us today?. 7 p.m. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.


NEWFANE Bard Owl - T. Breeze Verdant and Annie Landenberger: Since 2016, ​Verdant on guitar, vocals, and stomp box and Landenberger on vocals and percussion​ have been honing sweet harmonies​ and driving rhythms​ on old tunes and new - including Verdant originals. He has a half​-century of composing and playing rock/folk under his belt while her past covers a range of vocals - folk, rock, jazz, classical, musicals. 6 p.m. - 9 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: Everyone is welcome to stop by and play a game of Scrabble. All levels. 6 p.m. on the Mezzanine. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Local history

CHESTERFIELD "The History of Pisgah": This program includes an introduction by Kim Nilsen featuring the area's 10,000-year history, an update on some of the Park's hikes by Lynne Borofsky, and a movie entitled "Pisgah: A Place Apart." Refreshments will be served. Presented by the Chesterfield Historical Society. 7 p.m. Chesterfield Town Hall, 490 Rte. 63. Information:


BRATTLEBORO Democracy Forum - "Dismantling American Oligarchy According to James Madison": James Madison, the "Father of the Constitution," was keenly aware of the risk America faced with regard to the rich exploiting the poor politically as well as economically. Madison foresaw the possibility of oligarchy developing with startling prescience. This talk will match Madison's insights to contemporary American oligarchy and draw from his prescription for dismantling oligarchy so as to identify a way back to democracy. 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 One Belt, One Road: Why Is China Rebuilding The Silk Road and Reclaiming the 'Mandate of Heaven'?": Jim Freedman is a global leadership consultant with business experience in Korea, China, the Philippines. The current US administration's withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and its new approach to global affairs is affecting the US position as a geo-political global leader. While the USA is building walls, the People's Republic of China is building Silk Roads: The Overland Silk Road, The Maritime Silk Road, and the virtual Cyber Silk Road. Jim will discuss the global strategy undertaken by the People's Republic of China to build/finance The Silk Roads to secure its leadership in the Asia-Pacific region and increase its influence on Western Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the Indian sub-continent. The Chinese Communist Party leadership is working diligently to use this Project to reclaim the historical Chinese "Mandate of Heaven" to legitimize its control of the Chinese government and the Chinese people. Jim will discuss the One Belt, One Road's impact on international trade and geo-political affairs if the current US administration continues on its "Make America Great Again" political strategy. 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Rhyme Time: Stories and songs for children 5 and under. 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays in the Meeting Room (April-Aug. and Oct.-Feb.). Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.


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.

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 Deepen Conversations & Strengthen Connections: Do you often feel lonely or crave more meaningful conversations and deeper connections with people in your community? In this workshop (first in a series), you will learn and practice techniques which can help you feel less shy, self-conscious, or awkward with others. When put into practice what you learn in this workshop, you will be better equipped to actually enjoy social interactions, which can lead to a sense of belonging through stronger connections. Presenter: Leslie Zucker, Certified Professional Life Coach. 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Registration required: 802-246-2821,

PUTNEY Al-Anon: For friends and relatives of alcoholics. 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. Free; donations welcome. Putney Friends Meeting House, 17 Bellows Falls Rd. Information: 866-972-5266;


BRATTLEBORO African Drum Class with Namori Keita and Dance Class with Seny Daffe: Classes accompanied by live drumming. Extra drums for those who need them for the drum classes. Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing and bring a water bottle. All levels. 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. drum, 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. dance. $12 to $15 (drum), $15 to $20 sliding scale (dance). One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Paneurythmy, the Dance of Universal Harmony: This uplifting, energizing circle dance taught by Beinsa Douno of Bulgaria is danced around the world. 8 a.m. Wednesdays and Sundays. Free. Living Memorial Park, Guilford St. Ext. Information: 802-490-2213.

Community meals

CHESTERFIELD Senior Lunch and Blood Pressure Check: Salad plate will be served. 12:30 p.m. lunch (11:30 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. : HVS nurse available to check blood pressure). $5 suggested donation. Chesterfield Town Hall, 490 Rte. 63. Call Joanne for reservations: 603-363-8348.



June 2018