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The written word

BRATTLEBORO From the New York Boroughs to Brattleboro and Beyond - By Flatlanders Who Made the Move: Former Brooklynites (actually anyone from any of the five boroughs): Kelley Murray is soliciting essays for a book based on your experience. Share anecdotes and essays about your life there, why you left, and why you chose to live in Brattleboro. The book is in the early stages of development. 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.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Magical Earth Retreats Camp: Children ages 6 to 12 will be introduced to the nature that surrounds us through the use of exercise, art, music, writing, keeping a journal, science, reading, and more. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Through Friday, August 24. $225 ($240 non-Brattleboro residents) Scholarships available. Living Memorial Park, Guilford St. Ext. Register: 802-254-5808,


BRATTLEBORO Trauma Sensitive Yoga and Sound Meditation Demonstration: Sher Levesque is a yoga teacher and sound meditation practitioner. Meditation with singing bowls can help you explore the possibility of feeling centered, grounded, and relaxed. 12:30 p.m. Free. Inclusion Center, St. Michaels Episcopal Church, 16 Bradley Ave., lower level. Information: 802-380-5484, www.srihealing

GUILFORD Tai Chi for Fall Prevention: These classes introduce and practice the most basic movements of introductory forms taught by Dr. Paul Lam and recommended by the Arthritis Foundation. The pace is smooth, slow, and can be done while seated. Instructor: Leah Gessner, certified by Tai Chi Vermont, Inc. in Fall Prevention Tai Chi. Sponsored by Guilford Cares. Intermediate: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.; Beginners: 11 a.m. - noon on Mondays. $2 suggested donation. Guilford Community Church, Crnr Rte. 5 and Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-579-1350,

Community building

VERNON Community Vision Event to Help Shape the Vernon Center Master Plan: Last year, as an outgrowth of the 2016 idea-generating project led by the Vermont Council on Rural Development, the town of Vernon received an official Vermont Village Center Designation for the area consisting of the Town Office Building, the Elementary School, the area between those building along Route 142 and Gov. Hunt Road and adjoining residential properties. The town Planning Commission and the Friends of Vernon Center are now engaged in a master planning process, with the assistance of planning consultants from SE Group of Burlington. The goal of this process is to design a "21st century New England village." The conceptual master plan will include a detailed action plan for the next stage, which is to attract developers who can bring new businesses, homes, and vitality to the village. Bring your ideas, hopes, and dreams for the future village of Vernon Center to this first public visioning session. Light refreshments will be provided. Kids are welcome. Three repeating sessions: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m., 5 p.m. - 6 p.m., 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Free. Vernon Elementary School, 381 Governor Hunt Rd. Information: 802-254-5373.


BRATTLEBORO Youth for Change: For local-area youth ages 12-22 interested in political organizing around local/state/national social justice issues that are important to you. Brattleboro-area advocates and educators are holding a space, and assisting youth in building a strong personal tool kit to organize for change. Using a variety of creative methods, we aim to share tools for resilience, courage and compassion, while fostering your ability to speak up about issues that matter to you, and to take action in the name of love and liberation for all people. Come explore issues of racial, economic and gender justice through art, movement, first-hand accounts and contemplative practices. Connect with area youth around the issues that matter to you and strengthen your tool kit for action! . 5:30 p.m. Drop-in homework time and art making, 6 p.m. Food, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Meeting and Organizing. Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information:



August 2018