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The written word

CHESTERFIELD "Chasing Summits: In Pursuit of High Places and an Unconventional Life" with author Garry Harrington: Have you ever climbed Mount Monadnock? How about over 1,200 times? Or 16 times in one day? Harrington has and he's written about those experiences and many more of his mountain climbing adventures which he'll talk at his book signing. He began climbing Mount Monadnock almost daily in 2000, reawakening a passion for hiking and the outdoors that has carried him around the world. Since then, he's climbed the 3,165-foot peak in southwestern NH more than 1,200 times, including a record 16 times in a 24-hour period in 2006. He soon discovered the White Mountains of northern NH and the other 4,000-footers of the Northeast, and climbed them all. Then he upped his game in Colorado, knocking off all the 14,000-footers in the Rocky Mountains. That led to a backpacking trip to Central America where he climbed several volcanoes, including Pico de Orizaba in Mexico, over 18,000 ft. high. He also climbed all the state high points in the US, except for Denali in Alaska, where he was turned back by bad weather short of the summit in 2016. Eventually, he traveled to Europe, where he climbed the Matterhorn in Switzerland, which he considers his greatest mountaineering achievement. In 2016, he became the 13th person to summit all the 14,000-footers in the contiguous U.S. Co-sponsored by the Friends of Chesterfield Gorge, the Pisgah Defenders, and the Chesterfield Public Library. 3 p.m. (event moves to 1/11 in case of bad weather). Free. Chesterfield Town Hall, 490 Rte. 63. John Koopmann: 603-903-7879.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Free Class for Adults: Food Choices - Whole Food and Fiber: This class will focus on eating whole foods, identifying processed foods, and incorporating more fiber in the diet by making simple changes in our daily food choices. We will also read and interpret ingredient labels. Bring in your own food labels for us to decipher. Instructor: Robin Matathias, Adjunct Prof. of Environmental Studies at Keene State College. 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. (Series continues 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2). Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, 7 Canal St. Registration required: 802-246-2821,


PUTNEY Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez Concert/Dance Party: This dance party features a Cajun theme. Known as "The Beehive Queen" for her outrageous, mile-high hairdo, Christine is the current, long-time vocalist with the Saturday Night Live Band. She was voted #7 on Alternate Roots' list of top 30 Female Vocalists. Her band, Rebel Montez, includes Michael Colbath on bass, Cliff Goodwin on guitar, and Larry Donahue on drums. Beer and wine cash bar in addition to Cajun-themed snacks. 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. $18 ($20 at door). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

CHESTER Debbie and the Downers: This is a 5-person band from Putney. Deborahanne Mayer is the winner of the Texaco Country Showdown music competition for the state of VT. This is their official CD launch party. 7 p.m. Free. The Pizza Stone, 287 Main St. Information: 802-875-2121; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Farmers' markets

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Winter Farmers' Market: Local farm produce, meats, syrup, fresh baked goods, local cheeses, fruits, cider, pickles, preserves, handmade jewelry, pottery, soaps, and more. Delicious lunch menu and live music with Mary Cay Brass and Mary Lea in the cafe. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Through Saturday, March 30. C. F. Church Building, 80 Flat St. Information: 802-869-2141,

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Merry Mulch Christmas Tree Collection Service: The BUHS Music Dept. is once again offering the Merry Mulch Christmas tree collection service to Brattleboro residents. Members of the band and chorus will transport undecorated trees from homes to a community garden in West Brattleboro where they will be chipped into mulch used by gardeners. Since the town does not offer curbside pick-up of trees, this service saves residents the hassle of transporting them. Proceeds benefit future music department travel. This program, in its 28th year, is endorsed by the Vermont Dept. of Agriculture and the New Hampshire/Vermont Christmas Tree Assn. Pick-ups can also be arranged for 1/12 or 1/29. Call at least two days prior to your desired date. $10 donation. Brattleboro Union High School. Information: 802-275-4403, 413-992-7384.

BRATTLEBORO Yoga & Chocolate Supports Local Planned Parenthood: After each class in January, yoga students will receive an artisan chocolate nugget from Tavenier Chocolate and a chance to win a variety of gifts from Good Body Products. Hosted by Brattleboro's Reproductive Health Advocates. 1/5 - 1/29 Yoga Locally: Tuesdays and Saturdays. Sat. classes: 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.; Tues. classes: 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Through Tuesday, January 29. $15 suggested donation for the new Brattleboro Planned Parenthood clinic opening mid-Jan. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.



January 2019