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Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Guatemalan Tapestry - Contemporary Mayan Tribal Artists: Curated in Guatemala by Lorna and Imre Kepes, this show features paintings from Lake Atitlan. Many of the artists draw upon the colorful patterns of the traditional textiles of the region and their rich natural environment and are also known for their unique art naif style. The show includes a diverse collection of works exploring connective threads between the deep roots of this ancient culture and its ability to adapt and survive. In Mayan Cosmology, the Goddess Ixchel, the weaver, is believed to hold the world together and maintain the continuum with her weaving. The Mayan Calendar recognizes change and the cyclical nature of life. In light of these profound systems of thought, the exhibition poses the question: How can the way of life, essential values, and timeless wisdom of ancient cultures survive globalization?. . Through Friday, February 1. Free. Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St. Information: 802-257-4777.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Advocacy: Will Alden, Peer Advocate from the Vermont Center for Independent Living, along with Hannah O'Nion will be the guest speakers addressing the topic of Basic Advocacy. 11 a.m. Free. Inclusion Center, St. Michaels Episcopal Church, 16 Bradley Ave., lower level. Information: 802-387-5285; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Music

WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with Ron Bos-Lun: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. Refreshments at the cafe. Ron Bos-Lun will be singing traditional and contemporary folk songs, accompanying himself on mandolin and guitar. 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.

BRATTLEBORO Silverback Swing: Gypsy jazz featuring Mark Anagnostopulos, rhythm guitar and vocals; Alton Lathrop, lead guitar; Gus Hollingsworth on accordion and vocals; and Dave Sullivan on violin. 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. The Lounge at Duo, 4 High St. Information: 802-254-4141.

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.

BRATTLEBORO Friday Samplings - Try Before You Buy - On Sale: Try something new, something seasonal, something on sale. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Demo Counter (every Friday in January). Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY Baby Playgroup and Story Time: Emily Zervas reads simple stories and leads songs to delight and stimulate your baby's senses. Stay afterwards to play with other babies (birth to 2). 11 a.m. every Friday. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

GRAFTON Preschool Nature Program: Winter Animals and Tracking: Snow falls, ponds freeze, and cold winds blow during the winter time in Northern New England. Surprisingly, many animals are still out and about. Learn about the different animals in our region and how they survive the winter. Investigate animal pelts, paws, wings, and feathers to get a closer look at some of these animals adaptations. Check out tracks and what clues to look for in the snow and ice. Bring warm clothes and your sense of adventure on this snowshoeing expedition in search of winter animal tracks and signs. Ages 3-6. 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. $5 ($8 drop-in). Free for caregivers. Nature Museum, 186 Townshend Rd. Information: 802-843-2111; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Well-being

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 Enhance Your Creativity through Gong Meditation & Poetry: 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, our gong meditation with singing bowls will encourage deep relaxation. Following gong, participants will partake in a poetry writing session, with prompts varying by month. All materials will be provided. No experience necessary and all ages are welcome. 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (1st 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.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Strolling of the Heifers presents Get the Word Out Nonprofit Showcase: During Gallery Walk, meet reps of local non-profits. Discover what they do, how to obtain services, how to participate in their programs, how to volunteer: All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church at The West Village Meetinghouse, Big Brothers Big Sisters of VT, Black Mountain Assisted Family Living, Brattleboro Community Television, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Brattleboro Time Trade, Brooks Memorial Library, Community Asylum Seekers Project, Early Education Services, Girls on the Run, Green Mountain RSVP, HCRS, Hidden Bean Bakeshop, Hogback Mountain Conservation Assn., In-Sight Photography Project, It Takes A Village, Latchis Arts, Magical Earth Retreats, Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies Program, NAMI, New England Coalition On Nuclear Pollution Inc., Overeaters Anonymous, Putney Rowing Club, Retreat Farm, River Gallery School of Art, Southeastern Vermont Community Action, Southern VT Sister District, Taking Steps Brattleboro (A project of Brattleboro Area Hospice), The Gathering Place, United Way of Windham County, VT Wilderness School, WVEW 107.7fm Brattleboro Community Radio, Windham County Guardians Ad Litem, Windham World Affairs Council. Gallery at the Garden will also be displaying artistic quilts by local quilt-makers. 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Strolling of the Heifers, 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.

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