CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Wednesday, September
PUTNEY "Fables Storytelling": The theme of this September event is Challenging Mortality. Hosted by Peter "Fish" Case. Featuring: Susan Rosano, Brandi Starr, Sue Graff, and Cindy Jerome. The Cafe has cabaret style seating, a beer and wine cash bar, homemade pizza, popcorn and snacks. 7:30 p.m. (2nd Wednesday of every month). By donation. Next Stage Cafe, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nextstagearts.org.
BRATTLEBORO "Across America and Back: Retracing My Great-Grandparents' Remarkable Journey" with author Mary Ann Hooper: Mary Ann grew up on Sunset Lake Road in Brattleboro. Her grandfather Howard C. Rice was publisher of the Brattleboro Reformer and her father John S. Hooper was editor and then publisher of the Reformer from 1950 to 1971. Her book is a memoir based on diaries and documents handed down in her family and a travelogue of two family journeys: her great grandparents' transcontinental train trip to California in 1871-72 and her retracing of their route in 2008. Filled with rich details of time, place, and culture, her narrative is also a thoughtful account of how the American West has changed over the last 150 years. She's deeply concerned about the environment and supports John Muir's philosophy of celebrating, not conquering, nature and her book returns to this theme time and again. She also treats readers to her entertaining encounters on the trip and escapades on her folding bike. Mary Ann will give a short presentation with photos and a reading, followed by questions and discussion. Her book will be available for sale and signing. Light refreshments. Hosted by the Brattleboro Historical Society and Brooks Memorial Library. 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., 2nd fl. Meeting Room. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.
KEENE "Reinventing Power: America's Renewable Energy Boom" - Film and Panel Discussion: We live in an age of tremendous energy abundance. What better time to shift away from fossil fuels to clean renewable energy made right here in the USA? Join us for a film and a panel discussion about repowering America with renewable energy. This documentary features the people who make a clean energy future achievable. "Reinventing Power" underscores the idea that we are not sacrificing jobs or energy security for a clean environment - quite the contrary. Supporting a clean energy future means clean jobs, a clean environment, and affordable, and reliable power. Film: 7 p.m. - 7:50 p.m. Panel discussion follows in Centennial Hall. Free. Keene State College, Alumni Center, 229 Main St.
BRATTLEBORO Democracy Forum - When Do We Call It Fascism?: Tim Kipp and Nick Biddle review authoritarian tendencies in American history and culture with an eye toward identifying components of fascism. Widening income disparity, declining faith in democratic process, resurging racism and a shrinking middle-class induce resentment, intolerance and rage. Opportunist elites take advantage of these conditions to promote autocratic policies. The maxims of civilization - reason, dialogue and compromise - fall away. Fascistic tyranny arises. How far along that path is the US today? Come find out what we, and you, think about this unfortunate but unavoidable question. 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 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.
GUILFORD "A Dark and Stormy Night..." Irene Stories, Flood Hazard Awareness, and Community Preparedness : Share stories of tropical storm Irene and other major floods in Guilford. What did we see? What did we learn? Together we'll create a "living map of flood memories." Hear from Guilford First Responders. How does the Town respond during major floods? Watch river and watershed dynamics with a live stream flume table demonstration. Learn about the proposed Fluvial Hazard ordinance. What do you need to know to vote in November? Meet your neighbors. Family-friendly. Refreshments provided. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. in the gymnasium. Free. Guilford Central School, 374 School Rd.
BRATTLEBORO Shall We Dance? - Ballroom Waltz: No partner needed. 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. Through Wednesday, October 10. $10 drop-in, $45 for 5-week series. Headroom Stages, 17 Elliot St. Information: 802-579-9990, email@example.com.