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CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Friday, January 

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Visual arts and shows

BELLOWS FALLS Corinne Greenhalgh - Recent Oil Paintings / Marcie Maynard - Oils, Pastels & Monotypes: Working in oils, Greenhalgh pursues compositions using strong geometry with defined boundaries, broken by gestural patterns. Maynard's paintings are more about the colors/shapes of the landscape than the landscape itself. Her monotype prints show observation of the textures in the landscape, revealing abstraction through a tonal color palette. 1/18, 5 p.m. Opening reception with the artists. Open 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Through Saturday, February 9. Canal Street Art Gallery, 23 Canal St. Information: 802-289-0104; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Martin Luther King Day - "An Interfaith Dialogue on Resistance": The Rev. Bryan Fulwider, joined by three local participants, recreates the format of his Florida podcast "The Three Wise Guys, Friends Talking Faith." Rev. Fulwider, representing a Christian point of view, will engage in a dialogue with Prof. Amer Latif of Marlboro College representing a Muslim point of view, and Jim Levinson, formerly spiritual leader of the Brattleboro Area Jewish Community, representing a Jewish point of view. Windham World Affairs Council Board Member Minister Scott Couper of Brattleboro's Centre Congregational Church, acting as moderator, will present them with questions to consider regarding King's vision of resistance. 7 p.m. Free. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Information: www.windhamworldaffairscouncil.org.

Film and video

BELLOWS FALLS "The Boy Mir - 10 Years in Afghanistan": This film tracks the irrepressible and lovable Mir from a naive 8-year-old to a fully-grown adult. It reveals, in a deeply moving and intimate fashion, what has been happening in Afghanistan over the past decade since the 2001 fall of the Taliban. What difference has America's and other allies' input had on this country? Is there still a chance that Mir will end up as a soldier or opium farmer and, if so, can this cycle ever really be changed? . 7:30 p.m. $10. Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St. Information: 802-460-0110, www.stonechurcharts.org.

Music

WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with Ray Mason: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. Refreshments at the cafe. Ray plays original songs in the old time rock and roll style - one man and his Silvertone. 5 p.m. pizza, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. music. $12 pizza pie. Donations appreciated by the musician. West Townshend Country Store and Cafe, Rte. 30. Information: 802-874-4800; Click to e-mail for more information.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO KidsPlayce Healthy Snack and Story Time: We'll read a story and kids will have a healthy snack from the Brattleboro Food Co-op. 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on Fridays. Free (KidsPLAYce fees apply if you want to stay and play). KidsPLAYce, 20 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-5212; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Well-being

BRATTLEBORO Developing a Painter's Mindset - Gong Meditation for Creativity: The process of creating art requires one to relax, to focus, and to practice non-attachment - three attributes that are known to evolve through the practice of meditation. To create space for creativity, gong meditation with singing bowls will encourage deep relaxation. Following gong, participants will partake in a guided drawing/painting session. All materials provided. No experience necessary. All ages welcome. 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (3rd Fri. of every month). $15 suggested donation. Setu Yoga & Meditation Retreat Center, 241 Quails Hill Rd. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Chronic Pain and Recovery Group: Recovery-support group for people in recovery who also deal with chronic pain. Chronic pain can be a difficulty for many people in recovery. The severity and frequency of chronic pain can often lead to opioid dependence because of the medications prescribed. Finding ways to manage pain that don't interfere with the recovery process can be a challenge, but group members can share the approaches that have worked for them. Facilitator is Cecil McLaury, who has been in recovery for 33 years and has been in daily chronic pain since 2003. 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. every Friday. Free. Turning Point, 39 Elm St. Information: 802-257-5600, tpwc.1@hotmail.com.

BRATTLEBORO Strolling of the Heifers - Fermented Food Fair: Celebration of pickles, sauces, krauts, cultures, and more. Participating vendors - Deer Meadow Homestead: Jelly and jam, made with locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. No high fructose corn syrup. FinAllie Ferments: Kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha kits, kraut making kits and crocks for kimchi, and fermented bubble tea. Grace Hill Farm: Handmade, cave aged raw milk cheeses. Green Mountain Creamery: Vermont Style Yogurt. High Meadows Farm: Black fermented garlic, Pickled garlic scapes, CBDhemp, dried buds and pre-rolled. Kirk's Creations: Several krauts, hot sauces, pickled veggies and vegan kimchi. Lost Art Cultured Foods: Organic Cultured Veggies that are are naturally probiotic and designed to easily incorporate into everyday meals. Salsa Sisters: Homemade Salsas. Small Town Cultures: Colorful ferments from locally sourced organic produce and foraged plant material. Traditional raw lacto-fermented veggies, gut shots, and sauer salts. Sugar Bob's Finest Kind: Smoked Maple Syrup, Vermont Maple Sriracha. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Through Saturday, January 19. River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Activism

BRATTLEBORO Protest Vigil at TD Bank: TD is a major investor in Tar Sands. TD helps to fund the Dakota Access Pipeline. In addition to attending this vigil (signs will be provided), if you're a TD depositor, you can change banks. Sponsored by Post Oil Solutions, founded in 2005, a 501c3 community organizing project in Southeastern VT whose mission is to help empower the people of the Central Connecticut River Valley bioregion in this era of global warming and climate change to develop sustainable, resilient, collaborative, and socially just communities leading to a self- and community-sufficient post petroleum society. 12 noon - 1 p.m. every Friday. TD Bank, 215 Main St. Information: www.postoilsolutions.org.

BRATTLEBORO Winter Ride: A Critical Mass Bicycle Ride: Join a fun and empowering community ride in celebration of the winter solstice. Kids and families welcome. Critical (and "Kidical") Mass rides have a unique way of energizing folks around bike mobility, transportation solutions and amplifying our collective ability and power to begin reclaiming our streets and communities. Hosted by VBike and 350 Brattleboro. 5:30 p.m: Starting (and ending) at Brattleboro Common. We'll begin by getting organized, signing in, decorating bikes, going over our route. 5:45 p.m. Begin Critical Mass ride. This is a high-visibility downtown route. 6 p.m. Ride ends. Celebrate with hot apple cider/solidarity in community. Free. Brattleboro Common, bet. Putney Rd. & Linden St.

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