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Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Osher Lifelong Learning Institute - Kingship and Authority in Selected Shakespeare Plays - "Richard II": Led by Geraldine Pittman Batlle, this course will consider the cultural context of the plays such as the belief in the Great Chain of Being, the belief in the Divine Right of Kings and the practice of Witchcraft. Emphasis will be placed on those qualities so necessary for an enlightened and safe community: the importance of truth and language; the importance of trust and transparency; the honoring of historical and spiritual values shared by citizens; John Rawls's definition of justice as fairness; and the relationship between the king, the nobles, and the commoners. Continues 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11. Pre-reading of plays is greatly encouraged. $6 individual lecture. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-365-7278,

Film and video

PUTNEY Film Screening and Panel Discussion - "Undeterred": If you missed the first sold-out local screening at the Latchis Theater, you have another opportunity. Shot during the Obama administration, "Undeterred" examines the effects of increased militarization at our southern border and the resulting humanitarian crisis. It is also a story of resistance and how the town of Arivaca, Arizona fought back. Panel discussion follows. Refreshments available. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Co-sponsored by Brattleboro Area Not in Our Name, Putney Huddle, Landmark College's Center for Diversity and Inclusion. Trailer: Admission by donation with all proceeds going to immigrant justice work. Landmark College, East Academic Bldg., OBrien Auditorium, 1 River Rd. So. Information: 802-387-6768; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Fundraising and awareness events

PUTNEY Fundraiser Dinner for Bahamian Relief Efforts from Hurricane Dorian: Local resident Melissa Trainor, and other Caribbean community members (Brenda Trainor, The Williams family, Jamaican Jewelz Catering) are hosting this fundraiser for Bahamian relief efforts from Hurricane Dorian, which devastated the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama. Melissa, who was born in the Bahamas, and her mother, Brenda, still have many family members in the islands of the Bahamas and were motivated to respond to the destruction from Hurricane Dorian by hosting a Caribbean dinner. All donations will go to the National Emergency Management Agency (Bahamian relief agency) to assist in rebuilding the above listed islands. October 14 is Indigenous Peoples' Day. 5 - 7 p.m. Blessing and Dinner (buffet-style) includes traditional Caribbean fare, beverage, dessert. $20 per plate (cash or check only). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.


MARLBORO Hunt for Invasive Plants - Buckthorn: There's a magic few days every fall when most of the native plants have turned lovely shades of yellow and red but the insidious invasive buckthorns still sport bright green leaves, making them very easy to spot. We'll ramble around the former Hogback ski area, where several large tree-sized buckthorns have been cut down in the past few years, to see if there are seedlings or stump sprouts. We'll also be looking for mature buckthorn. If we’re lucky enough to NOT find any, it will be a nice hike with great views on one of the best foliage weekends of the year. Sponsored by Hogback Mountain Conservation Assn. 10 a.m. - 12 noon: Meet in the field on the south side of Rte. 9 behind the distillery. Vermont Distillers, 7755 VT-9. Information:


BRATTLEBORO United States Census 2020 Jobs with Chuck Thompson: Chuck Thompson gives a brief overview of the United States Census History, purpose, and jobs for the Census in 2019 & 2020. 12 noon - 1 p.m. Free. River Garden - Brown Bag Series, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Film Screening on Indigenous Peoples' Day: "Dawnland": This Emmy Award-winning documentary is appropriate for most middle school aged children/parent discretion for younger children. The film follows the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to contemporary Wabanaki communities to witness intimate, sacred moments of truth-telling and healing. With exclusive access to this groundbreaking process and never-before-seen footage, it reveals the untold narrative of Indigenous child removal in the U.S. 3:30 p.m. in the Arts Barn. RSVP for childcare or if you/your mature youth want to help with childcare. Trailer: If you can't join us, click link to sign up for online screening (10/14, 3 p.m.): Free. Hilltop Montessori School, 99 Stafford Farm Hill. Information: 802-257-0500; Click for more info on Web in new window.

DUMMERSTON 17th Annual Heirloom Apple Days at Scott Farm Orchard: Celebrate heirloom apples - fresh, baked and squeezed. Join orchardist Zeke Goodband for apple lore and tastings of some of our 130 varieties in season. Live music, make-your-own caramel apples, scavenger hunt, dry stone wall tours. Plus food vendors, PYO apples, and shopping in the Farm Market. (See 10/13). Free admission and activities. Scott Farm, 707 Kipling Rd. Information: 802-254-6868,

DOVER Fall Story Times: Story times include a sampling of some classic children's books as well as new releases related to different themes throughout the season. Following the read-aloud, children are invited to participate in a hands-on craft activity related to the theme of stories presented. Best suited for ages 3-5. 2:30 p.m. on Mondays in the Children's Room. Through Monday, November 11. Free. Dover Free Library, 22 Holland Rd. Information: 802-348-7488; Click for more info on Web in new window.


GUILFORD Tai Chi for Fall Prevention: Regular practice improves balance, promotes correct posture and good health. Classes are paced for seniors combining qigong energy exercises with basic movements. 10 - 11 a.m. beginners; 11 - 12 p.m. ongoing, intermediate. $2 suggested donation. Guilford Community Church, Crnr Rte. 5 and Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-579-1350,


BRATTLEBORO Black, Indigenous People of Color Caucus Organizing Meeting: BIPOC has added a monthly working meeting with Lost River Racial Justice The purpose of these meetings is to work together on: Continued development of Local Caucus Continue to cultivate accountable organizing communities: Center voices of color, Counter white supremacy, Build Statewide Caucus. There are many ways to get involved. Sub-committees are being created and will only be active when there is a person(s) willing to step up in leadership and help with their creation. Current active committees: Healing, Youth, Ready Response team, Foundation of Caucus, Education, Elders, Annual retreat planning, Employment. Inactive Committees: Legislative, Admin/IT, Art Communications -PR/SM, etc., Elders, Employment. Potluck dinner and childcare onsite. 5:45 p.m. settle in and have some food; 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. monthly. Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information:



October 2019