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Celebrations and festivals

BRATTLEBORO Celebration in Honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. : Featured speaker Kiah Morris, jazz/blues singer Samirah Evans leads a Youth Vocal Trio and accompanied by Franz Robert, and the Choir of the Community led by Peter Amidon. Several area groups working for racial justice will make short presentations. A spaghetti dinner fundraiser prepared by interfaith youth follows. 4 p.m. celebration. Event is free. Dinner: $10, $5 kids. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Information: 802-257-2776.


BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Area Osher Lifelong Learning Institute - "American Politics Now": Recent Results - The Elections of 2016 and 2018: Populism left and right; decline of the Obama coalition; rise of women in resistance to Trump; small donors in election of 2018. Light refreshments served. Presented by Michael Krasner whose essay, "Donald Trump and the New American Electoral Politics," is part of a new collection on Political Communication published by Routledge in 2018. 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. $6. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-365-7278,

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Nature Days at Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center: On these days of no school, drop the kids off to play and learn in the fields and forests at BEEC. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (also 1/28 and 1/29). $45 to $55 per day. Scholarships available. Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, 1221 Bonnyvale Rd. Register: 802-257-5785.


GUILFORD Seniors Tai Chi for Fall Prevention Classes: 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,

BRATTLEBORO Running Fist Kung Fu Class: This eclectic style of Kung Fu is taught through a series of concepts rather than a technical approach of martial arts. It helps students develop spiritually, mentally, and physically so they can readily adapt to the many challenges of everyday life. Sikung Lew Henderson instructs. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays in the Blue Room. $85, $110 non-Brattleboro residents per month. Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. Register: 802-365-4514,

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Event: In honor of the great Dr Martin Luther King, Jr., we're welcoming area non-profits to shed light on their work and perhaps entice you to get involved yourself. Stop by to learn about how you can support your community through supporting these organizations. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.

JAMAICA Celebrate the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: Includes presentations by local school children and selected readings taken from Dr. King's speeches and writings. Participants are encouraged to bring prose, poetry, or personal reflections that relate to Dr. King's work for social justice. A potluck supper will follow. Co-sponsored by the Jamaica Community Arts Council and the West River Community Project. 5 p.m. Free. Jamaica Town Hall, 17 Pikes Falls Rd. Information: 802-874-4743; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Indigo Radio - 107.7 FM: Listen to a group of area educators seeking to learn through engaging with others in our community and throughout the world. They talk about educational and social issues both globally and locally and connecting them to our lives and Brattleboro community. 12 p.m. every Sunday. Brattleboro Community Radio. Information:



January 2019