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The written word

GUILFORD Talk About Books - "Our Souls at Night" by Kent Haruf: 6:30 p.m. Free. Guilford Free Library, 4024 Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-257-4603; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

BELLOWS FALLS Windham County People's Health Care Forum: Do you and your family rely on Medicaid (Green Mountain Care) or Dr. Dynasaur? Are you forced to buy health insurance or do without because you make more than the Medicaid income limit? Do you have health insurance, but avoid receiving care because your deductible is too high? Join us for a forum on the fight to protect Medicaid and win healthcare for everyone in VT. Health Care is a Human Right Platform: 1. Protect Medicaid and Dr. Dynasaur: No cuts, hurdles, or exclusions. 2. Increase funding for home health and community based services. 3. Keep our rural hospitals and clinics open and thriving. 4. Implement a financing plan for Act 48, VT's universal healthcare law. 6 - 8 p.m. Refreshments and childcare provided. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Transportation or language interpretation on request: Vermont Workers' Center: 802-257-4436,


TOWNSEND Grace Cottage Poker Walk: Fun, 2-mile walk/run held each year to encourage people to get out and exercise. Playing cards are distributed along the way and a prize for the best poker hand is awarded at the end. This year, the community member with the winning hand gets a two-night stay for up to 4 people at the Fieldstone Lodge in Newfane. All participants are eligible for a variety of terrific prizes donated by local businesses and individuals, including a quart of maple syrup, locally-crafted earrings, an assortment of locally smoked cheeses, gift certificate to Messenger Valley Pharmacy and more - winners chosen at random. The course goes north for one mile on Rte. 35, then back to the Wolff Building. All are welcome to walk or run the course as often as they wish, collecting a new poker hand each time. 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (flexible start time; no pre-registration required). Rain or shine. Free. Grace Cottage Hospital, Wolff Outpatient Bldg., 185 Grafton Rd. Information: 802-365-3637 or

Local history

JACKSONVILLE The History of the Harriman Dam: Matt Cole will discuss the history of the Harriman Dam that was constructed in 1923. Presented by the Whitingham and Halifax Historical Societies. 7 p.m. Free. Jacksonville Municipal Building, Route 100. Information: 802-368-7887.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Staged Reading by Area Youth: Youth read aloud from "Benefits of Being an Octopus," the powerful book about a young girl finding her courage and voice in the face of poverty, bullying, and a challenging home life written by local author Ann Braden. The reading will be followed by discussion groups facilitated by the youth with support from community leaders. 6:30 p.m. Free. Boys & Girls Club, 17 Flat St. Information: 802-254-5990; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Families United: This peer group is open to parents, foster parents, children, siblings grandparents, etc. and strong allies who have been affected by DCF and want to help make a change. This is a safe, confidential, and supportive space. Members share experiences, build relationships, discuss resources, and organize to influence change in DCF, family court, and the legislative system. If you're able, bring something to share at our ongoing potluck gathering. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month. Childcare provided off-site with prior notice. Donations welcome. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information: 802-254-3400; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Compassion and Climate Change II: Voices from the Community: Climate Change puts many people under stress: physically, culturally, emotionally. What are the opportunities to grow in our compassion; what are the challenges these changes will put on our compassion? Panelists: BUHS student Django Grace, local 350 organizer Abby Mnookin, mental health worker Dave Cohen, Lisa Schneckenburger (a parent), High School Environmental Science and Biology teacher Michael Auerbach. Jessy Diamondstone moderates. Key questions: As we go through this, what are the opportunities to grow in our compassion, and what are the challenges these changes will put on our compassion? Are our current considerations of climate change improperly human-centric? If so, how does this appear in our thoughts and conversations? What is the value of expanding compassion to other animals and life forms and to to global evolution?. 7 - 9 p.m. in the Main Reading Room. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Massage and Reiki for Dogs: Megan Littlehales shares how massage and Reiki can support the well-being of your dog - as well as seniors, pups, athletes, stress situations, and breeding animals. She will have her dog Tucker with her!. 12 noon - 1 p.m. (Brattleboro Community TV sometimes records the BBL events and within a few weeks posts them at: "BCTV video library of Brown Bag Lunch Series"). Free. River Garden - Brown Bag Series, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Meeting of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel (NDCAP): Along with updates from NorthStar and VT State Agencies on recent Vermont Yankee decommissioning activities, the Panel will hear updates from VT's Congressional Delegation regarding proposed decommissioning-related legislation. Elections for a new Panel Chair and Vice-Chair will be held. The Panel will begin discussing possible changes to the Panel’s Enabling Statute concerning panel composition, function and responsibilities. This discussion will likely continue to subsequent Panel meetings. Public input to this discussion is encouraged. 6 - 9:15 p.m., Multi-Purpose Room. Presentation material for meeting added as it becomes available: (Remote Access available - email: or by 10/14 by 5 p.m.). Brattleboro Area Middle School, 109 Sunny Acres Dr. Agenda:

LONDONDERRY Open House and Spaghetti Dinner: Stop into Neighborhood Connections to say "hello" and see the newly renovated Meeting Place. There will be a small activity for children. Spaghetti dinner at Jakes Tavern & Restaurant follows. Includes fresh baked Italian bread, salad, spaghetti and meatballs (marinara sauce), and a brownie for dessert. Gluten-free option available. 3:30-6 p.m. say "hello." 4-8 p.m. dinner at Jakes (5700 VT-100 Rte 100, Londonderry). Dinner: $15 ($7 kids under age 12). Neighborhood Connections, The Meeting Place, Rte. 100, 5700 Marketplace (across from the post office). Information: 802-824-4343; Click for more info on Web in new window.



October 2019