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The written word

BRATTLEBORO Trans Book Group: Open to trans, gender-queer, and gender non-conforming folks. July's book: "Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl's Confabulous Memoir" by Kai Cheng Thom. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. (last Wednesday of every month). Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. HB Lozito: info@greenmountaincrossroads.org.

Visual arts and shows

SWANZEY Meet the Artists: Twelve artists from the greater Keene, NH and Brattleboro, VT areas, members of the Saxtons River Art Guild, are exhibiting 60 pieces of their work now through 7/29. Media represented includes: Watercolor, Acrylic, Pastel, Oil, Colored Pencil, and Mixed Media. During the last week of the show and sale, they have planned "Meet the Artists" events featuring informal demonstrations of artists at work and light refreshments. (Repeats 7/27). 2 p.m.-5 p.m. (Additional viewing hours Wed. and Fri. from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Sat. from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.). Ash Hill Center for the Arts, 83 Ash Hill Rd. Information: 603-352-2206; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

PUTNEY "500 Million Years in Windham County " with Roger Haydock: Join this self-taught geologist and science enthusiast for an exciting look at deep local history. Travel through 500 million years on an entertaining tour of our region's geological roots. From an origin in the southern hemisphere to land mass collisions, volcanoes, dinosaurs and glaciers, this presentation is engaging and easy to understand. Roger will conclude with what is happening geologically today. Take a speculative peek at the future. 7 p.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.


ATHENS Free Summer Concert with Peter Miles: The Athens Brick Meetinghouse is open for visitors to tour and learn more about this 1817 building. On the National Register, it's historically significant to the Windham County region, particularly Grafton, Rockingham, Townshend, Londonderry, Weston, Chester, Acton, Springfield, Landgrove, Windham, Putney, and Mt. Holly which comprised the "Old Athens Circuit." Circuit preachers from Athens, traveled out to these 12 towns to perform religious services. Quarterly meetings with the Methodist congregants from these towns often lasted two days at the Athens Meetinghouse which came to be known as the "Mother Church." The building was reopened to the public last fall after stabilization work made possible in part with grants from the VT Div. for Historic Preservation, and the Windham Foundation. Food available from Thai Hut and a bake sale with proceeds going to support renovation and upkeep. . 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. food and bake sale, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. concert. Athens Brick Meeting House, Rte. 35. Free; donations welcome .

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 Help Yourself: Free samples of Native Forest organic fruits. Try before you buy. On sale. 12 noon - 4 p.m. at the Demo Counter. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Class for Kids: Ice Cream Making - Shake, Shake, Shake!: Make homemade ice cream the old-fashioned way. We will use fruits which are in season now - strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and others. Dairy and non-dairy options are available. 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Free for all. Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, 7 Canal St. Registration required: 802-246-2821, Shareholders@BrattleboroFoodCoop.coop.


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.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Candidates Night at the Library: Candidates who appear on the ballot for State Senate and State House of Representatives discuss their favorite books, from childhood favorites to contemporary titles, and how those volumes have helped form their world view. Join Becca Balint, Mollie Burke, Wayne Vernon Estey, Emily Kornheiser, Valerie Stuart, Tristan Toleno, and Jeanette White for their unique perspectives and a lively literary discussion. Refreshments served. 7 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290, www.brookslibraryvt.org.


BRATTLEBORO Democracy Forum: Jump Start the Peaceful Revolution for Democracy: Woody Bernhard shares ideas about what we can do, right now, to begin the peaceful revolution and get on track to a democracy which respects and includes all people. Listen to his inspirational "Carpenters Song" about the virtues of the mythic Christian hero Jesus Christ. Talk about ways that we can change ourselves in order to change our culture of disagreement, discord, and dysfunction into a culture of helping each other. 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 Art, Decolonization, & Action for Puerto Rico: In connection with the exhibit "David Rios Ferreira: And I Hear Your Words That I Made Up," Rios Ferreira and members of The Root Social Justice Center discuss art as a vehicle for activism, the challenging narratives of colonization, and its persistence in current social and political structures. Light refreshments and off-site childcare provided, ASL interpretation available. 7 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.



July 2018