CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Thursday, January
BRATTLEBORO Jonny Sheehan hosts Open Mic: Sign up for a 20-minute slot. Musical performers get discounted meals (no drums). 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. on Thursdays. Free. Marina Restaurant, 28 Spring Tree Rd. Information: 802-257-7563.
BRATTLEBORO "The Adventure of the Speckled Band": The Baker Street Readers perform a dramatic reading of one of Arthur Conan Doyle's most beloved Sherlock Homes stories. Holmes and Watson race to solve the murder of Julia Stoner before the same fate befalls her twin sister. Featuring James Gelter as Holmes and Tony Grobe as Watson. 7 p.m. $5. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Information: facebook.com/bakerstreetreaders.
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.
BRATTLEBORO Bravo CBD - Brattleboro Co-op Producer of the Month: Meet Ben and Andy from Bravo Botanicals. Talk to them about their CBD products and sample some. 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.
LONDONDERRY Choosing Cremation: According to a report from the National Funeral Directors Association, within the last couple of years, just over half (50.2%) of Americans chose cremation over burial. Though the trend is relatively new, the cremation rate actually exceeded the burial rate in 2015. The reasons for this shift are as varied as the families involved in the decision. A representative from the Cremation Society of Vermont will discuss cremation and the services offered by the Society. 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Free. Neighborhood Connections, The Meeting Place, Rte. 100, 5700 Marketplace (across from the post office). Information: 802-824-4343; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Panel: "Food as Artistic Expression": Join five local culinary artists - Erin Bevan of the Four Columns Inn, Sharon Myers of Sharon Myers Fine Catering, Cai Silver of Dim Sum Tea House and Catering, and John Singer and Dar Tavernier of Tavernier Chocolates - admired for their aesthetically pleasing food preparation. 7 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.
DUMMERSTON "Aging in Place with Company": The Aging Well Discussion Series kicks off with Annamarie Pluhar, a Dummerston resident and author of "Sharing Housing: A Guidebook for Finding and Keeping Good Housemates.". 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. (includes light lunch). Free. Dummerston Center Grange and Church, 1008 East-West Rd. Information: 802-257-1020.
BELLOWS FALLS Folk Duo Dan and Faith: The writing and delivery of these multi-instrumentalists conjure the urban coffeehouse folk scene of the '60s and '70s - progressive, thoughtful, friendly. Dreams and everyday life inspire their original songs. Short slots with a casual, open-mic vibe available for local performers and presenters for original music or spoken word. 6 p.m. Short Slots (RSVP to reserve stage time), 7 p.m. Dan and Faith. $5 suggested minimum donation. Stage 33 Live, 33 Bridge St. Information: 802-289-0148, www.stage33live.com.
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 - www.seon.info/hpb-overview. 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. Efficiency VT can provide a stipend to assist with the fee. Windham Regional Career Center, 80 Atwood St. Register: www.seon.info/bhpb.
DUMMERSTON Dummerston Historical Society Meeting & Program - "Behind the Rolling Pin" DVD : Annual business meeting includes Election of Officers and 2019 Budget Adoption. Program features the Behind the Pie - The Story of the Dummerston Apple Pie Festival" DVD, produced in 2011 by Theresa Maggio. Apple Pie Festival stories welcome by those in attendance. 7 p.m. meeting, 7:30 p.m. program. Free. Dummerston Historical Society, Dummerston Center. Information: 802-254-9311.
WESTMINSTER NAMI Family Support Group Meetings: Family and friends of individuals with a mental illness can talk frankly about their challenges and help one another through their learned wisdom and coping strategies. Participants are encouraged to share actively in the work of the group. All meetings are facilitated by trained NAMI family members. 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. every third Tuesday. Free. Compass School, 7892 U.S. Rte. 5. Information: 802 463-2525; 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 Suicide Loss Support Group: Facilitated by Janet Schreiber. 5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (1st and 3rd Thur. of every month). Free. Brattleboro Area Hospice, 191 Canal St. Drop-ins welcome but preregistration appreciated. Lars Hunter: 802-257-0775 x 104.
LONDONDERRY Meditation: Meditation is an approach to training the mind which is similar to the way fitness is an approach to training the body. Peter Miller, co-founder of New Thought Divine Science in Weston, offers a series of three meditation practices. 9:30 a.m. (Continues 1/24 and 1/31). Free. Neighborhood Connections, The Meeting Place, Rte. 100, 5700 Marketplace (across from the post office). Information: 802-824-4343; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Support Group for Caregivers of those with Dementia: Develop a support system, exchange practical information on caregiving challenges and possible solutions, talk through issues and ways of coping, share feelings, needs, concerns, and learn about community resources. This group is sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association of Vermont and conducted by trained facilitators. 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. in the Parlor (3rd Thur. of every month). Free. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. No registration required. Patty Dunn: 802-257-0775 x 102.
TOWNSHEND Community Meal: Sponsored by Senior Solutions, Inc., the food is prepared by the Townshend Dam Diner's Chef Stephanie. Blood pressure screening offered by Visiting Nurses and Hospice of VT/NH.Take-out meals available. All are welcome. 12 noon (Blood pressure screening starts 11:30 a.m.). $3.50 to $4 suggested donation. Townshend Church, 46 Common Rd. Information: 802-365-4321.