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The written word

WILMINGTON Reading and Discussion - "A Beginner's Guide to Recognizing Trees of the Northeast": Author Mark Mikoas makes it possible to recognize trees at a glance. He simplifies the process by restricting the area covered to a dozen states, avoiding fine distinctions, and by describing the key elements that enable you to recognize a tree quite easily: location, distinctive bark, branch form, and even smell and sound are extensively illustrated with more than 400 photographs. Nearly 50 trees are covered, and sections explain how to differentiate between similar trees. As Thomas Hardy wrote in Under the Greenwood Tree, "To dwellers in a wood, almost every species of tree has its voice as well as its feature." Soon you will begin recognizing the voices and features of the trees around you. This is part of the Summer Stroll put on Thursdays in July by Wilmington Works. 5 p.m. Free. Bartlebys Books, 17 W. Main St. Information: 802-464-5425; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Celebrations and festivals

BRATTLEBORO Southern Vermont Dance Festival: Music with David Ross & Welcome Festival Community Performance: Festival runs through 7/22. 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m: David Ross, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m: Ross and other performers. Free. River Garden - Brown Bag Lunch Series, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Southern Vermont Dance Festival: Dance in the Park: Featuring Zoe Warshaw, McClaine Timmerman, Hayley Deskavitch – Subway Creature 7:03. (Festival runs through 7/22). . 2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Pliny Park, Corner Main & High St. Information: www.southernvermontdancefestival.com.

BRATTLEBORO Southern Vermont Dance Festival - Community Dinner, Performance, Dancing: Featuring: Al Amal, Toni Nagy & Cyndal Ellis, Cyndal Ellis – Dream Float, Garrin Benfield, and live music. (Festival runs through 7/22). 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. (Rain location: The River Garden). Harmony Place, Crnr. Main Street and High Street (back entrance to Brooks House). Information: www.southernvermontdancefestival.com.

Music

JAMAICA Gully Boys: Bill Temple, Pete Meijer, and John Sigafoos play guitar and original music of all genres from blues to reggae to love songs. Part of the Jamaica Community Art Council Summer Concert Series. . 7 p.m. Jamaica Town Hall, 17 Pikes Falls Rd. $10 suggested donation (goes towards producing events at the Town Hall) www.jamaicacommunityarts.org.

Government

BELLOWS FALLS Windham County Senate Seat Forum: Incumbents Becca Balint and Jeanette K. White, alongside newcomer Wayne V. Estey, will explain their positions and answer questions in a session organized by the Rockingham Town Democratic Committee and moderated by Rockingham Town Democratic chair Leslie Goldman. This will provide an opportunity for community members to ask the candidates questions such as what they think are the most important issues VT residents face and how they plan to address them. Topics expected to be covered include healthcare, livable wages, school mergers, and sending VT inmates to other states. There will be an opportunity for new voters to register: Young people who are currently 17 years old but will be 18 on election day November 6 may register and vote in the primary. Voters will make their decision in the primary election 8/14 prior to the general election 11/6. Early primary voting began 6/30. 7 p.m. in the Little Theater. Free. Bellows Falls Opera House, Town Hall, 7 Square. Leslie: goldpeak100@gmail.com.

Well-being

BRATTLEBORO Compassionate & Inclusive Living: Are you seeking ways to better meet various challenges in your life (relationships, recovery, self-esteem, etc.)? Would you find it of value to join with people who may have differing views but are united by a belief that compassion and inclusiveness provide key pathways in this search? Are you willing to share with others your experiences and gifts? Please join our self-led gathering. 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. every Thursday in the Parlor. Free. All Souls West Village Meeting House, 29 South St. Mike or Elizabeth: 802-257-7475, mikesz45@yahoo.com.

Dance

BRATTLEBORO Southern Vermont Dance Festival - Opening Gala: Jorgie Ingram, Zoe Goldstein, Bridget Struthers, Marissa Masson, McClain Timmerman, Cyndal Ellis, Toni Nagy, Blair Hotchner. (Festival runs through 7/22). 4:30 p.m. $22/$18 students at door, $28/$24 students in advance. Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Information: www.southernvermontdancefestival.com.

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