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The written word

VERNON Reading Group - "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows: 5 p.m. (2nd Thur. of every month). Free. Vernon Free Library, 567 Governor Hunt Rd. Information: 802-257-0150.

Visual arts and shows

PUTNEY Susan Brearey's Unique Depiction of Animals: Painter Susan Brearey, an art teacher at the Putney School, has pursued elusive images of animals in nature for many years. Her primal, totemic images take the place of the photo-realistic visual details found in some other works of wildlife art. Animals become primeval shapes, rudimentary, and almost featureless set against abstract surfaces. Her evocative approach was inspired in large part by the cave paintings in Lascaux, France. . Through Thursday, January 31. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

SAXTONS RIVER "Where Would We Bee?": This show brings together Colleen Grout's encaustic painting and Grall's crafting of gourds as inspired by nature and the singular entity that connects their very different media - the honeybee. Grout's medium is predominately beeswax, while Kim Grall's gourds depend heavily on bees to pollinate the flowers that produce the gourds. 1/10 Opening Reception: 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Through Thursday, February 28. Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Information: 802-869-2960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO HP Lovecraft & Place-Based Learning with Educator Jen Kramer and Students: Master teacher Jennifer Kramer and students share their place-based research around renowned science fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft's stories linked to sites such as Round Mountain for the January Brattleboro Words Project's monthly Roundtable Discussion series. Refreshments served. 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Free. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information:

BRATTLEBORO Toastmasters: Focus on Resolutions: Dora Levinson emcees. There will also be two speeches, two evaluations, several exercises in extemporaneous speaking plus light refreshments. An 'ah' counter, grammarian and timer will give reports near the end of the meeting. Guests are welcome to visit, watch and listen. 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. on the 2nd fl. Free. Twenty-Eight Vernon Street, 28 Vernon St. Information:


BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Union High School Band Chamber Ensembles Concert: Featured are 15 chamber ensembles including groups such as saxophone quartets, clarinet and flute ensembles, percussion ensembles, brass ensembles, a mixed wind trio, low brass choir and a string quintet. Music spans from the Baroque era through contemporary music. 7 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Information: 802-451-3511.

PUTNEY Silverback Swing: Gypsy jazz quartet featuring guitars, vocals, violin, and accordion. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. The Gleanery, 133 Main St. Information: 802-387-3052; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Green Building Training: Peter Yost delivers his Basics of High Performance Building to carpenters already working in construction. This course has been endorsed by the National Association of Home Builders (Vermont Chapter) and the Vermont Passive House Association and carries 8 credit hours of learning awarded by Efficiency Vermont's Efficiency Excellence Network (EEN). It is also a required course for the Certified Level I High Performance Builder Program - This is an opportunity to achieve a professional designation recognized throughout the state. 3:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the Building Trades Classroom. (Repeats 1/17). Efficiency VT can provide a stipend to assist with the fee. Windham Regional Career Center, 80 Atwood St. Register:

BRATTLEBORO Intro to Sand Casting: Bob Borter, who has been making and selling his jewelry in Brattleboro for over 30 years, co-teaches this class for beginners and intermediates with silversmiths Susanna Haas and Chris Lann. 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. $200. Borters Jewelry Studio, 22 High St., #202. Information:

Kids and families

PUTNEY Preschool Story Time: Susan Hessey will read and tell stories, do pass-arounds, and lead crafts (ages 2 and up). 11 a.m. every Thursday. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Led Ashtanga Yoga: Experience the Indian tradition of yoga as taught by master teacher Sri K Pattabhi Jois and his daughter, our teacher, Saraswathi Jois. Students can expect to be led through part of the Primary Series practice. 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. every Thursday. $15, $12 student/senior rate. Setu Yoga Inn, 24 Quails Hill Rd. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Winter Grief Support Gathering: This gathering is for anyone who has experienced any kind of loss of a loved one. We will talk about finding the light in the dark of winter and in our grief. Lars Hunter facilitates. 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room. Free. Brattleboro Area Hospice, 191 Canal St. Information: 802-257-0775 x 104.

NEWFANE How to Spot and Foil Scammers: Are you bothered by telemarketers, scam emails, and postal solicitations? Learn tips on how to tell whether someone is trying to scam you and how to stop them. Presented by The Community of VT Elders. 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

GUILFORD Gazette Meeting: New members invited. Checking on the progress of the February (Town Meeting) issue. 9 a.m. Guilford Country Store, 475 Coolidge Hwy. (Rte. 5). Information: 802-257-4603.



January 2019