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Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Open House for Educators: Teachers of all levels and subject areas are invited to an informational gathering with BMAC Education Curator Linda Whelihan and representatives of several organizations involved with the Food, Art, Nature, and Science Collaboration (FANS), including the Brattleboro Food Co-op, Food Connects, and the River Gallery School. Meet fellow educators, enjoy complimentary refreshments, take a tour of the Museum, and learn about field trips and other educational opportunities for teachers and students. 3:30 - 7 p.m. (Educators only). Free. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Celebrations and festivals

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Literary Festival - Brattleboro Words Project w/ Christopher Benfey & Brent Kendrick: Benfey, the author of "If: The Untold Story of Kipling's American Years," hangs a provocative "what if" over Kipling's American years and maps the imprint he left on his adopted country, as well as the imprint the country left on him. Kendrick, author of "Infant Sphinx: The Collected Letters of Mary E. Wilkins Freeman," a celebrated literary figure who lived 100 years ago. 7 - 9 p.m. (Festival continues: see 10/18, 10/19, 10/20). Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.


PUTNEY Calling All Singers!: Brendan Taaffe, founder of Turtle Dove Harmony and director of the Bright Wings Chorus, just started this local singing group. A popular song leader throughout the US and Europe, Brendan is looking forward to building a local song tribe. This inaugural session runs for six weeks and will focus on African singing traditions, drawing heavily on Brendan's two song-collecting trips in Zimbabwe. There is no performance - just singing for the fun of it. Everyone is welcome. 7:30 - 9 p.m. (No rehearsal 10/31). Through Thursday, November 21. $55 for six-week session. Putney Friends Meeting House, 17 Bellows Falls Rd. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Open Mic for Musicians hosted by Kevin Perry: 6 - 9 p.m. every Thursday. Marina Restaurant, 28 Spring Tree Rd. Performers receive 50% off their meal - and should call to sign up in advance: 802-257-7563,

BRATTLEBORO Anna Patton Teaches "Ear Training for Everyone": There are virtuosic listeners just as there are virtuosic performers - you can learn to be one! Are there songs you love and wish you could articulate what is so great about them? Do you harmonize with your voice/instrument and wonder why some harmonies sound great or weird or wrong? Write music and feel as though you always follow the same patterns and wish you had more options? This course draws on Patton's fascination with learning and creating music by ear and is designed for singers, instrumentalists, curious listeners; people with/without formal music training. Learn to identify the harmonic gist of songs by listening, finding bass lines, making educated guesses about chord progressions. Exercises to sharpen musical ears through harmonizing and e-harmonizing well-known songs. We'll have group compositions, experiment with harmonic options and steal ideas we like from the songs we've studied. While vocalizing will be central, these skills are not just for people who consider themselves singers - they're also at the core of improvisation, composition, and general music appreciation. 5:30 - 7 p.m. on Thursdays. Through Thursday, November 21. $20 per class. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information:,


BRATTLEBORO Free Class for Adults - Fire Cider and Tonics for Winter Health: Come to this fun and fundamental class to learn about health-enhancing tonics to get you through the upcoming winter. Students will make immunity strengthening Fire Cider, stress and inflammation reducing Golden Milk, along with some soothing and healing teas and tonics. 5:30 - 7 p.m. (use Canal St. entrance). Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, 7 Canal St. Register (only 12 spaces): 802-246-2821,

Kids and families

DUMMERSTON Vermont Wildlife with a Historic Twist: Travel through the history of Vermont with a special look at events that shaped the way we use the land around us. Live animal ambassadors will serve as example species as we look at how different events in our history changed the land and the species that could live on it. This is a multi-media, interactive presentation with plenty of time for discussion and questions. Children are encouraged to attend. With Mike Clough of the Southeastern Vermont Natural History Museum. Co-sponsored by the Dummerston Historical Society and the Dummerston Conservation Commission. 7 p.m. Free. Dummerston Elementary School, 52 Schoolhouse Road (Cnr. Schoolhouse Rd. and Rt. 5). Information: 802-257-0012,

BRATTLEBORO Co-op Month Tastings: Join us for special tastings of products from local, national, and international cooperatives. There is something to try every day! Alaffia, Blue Diamond Almonds, Equal Exchange Chocolates, Neighboring Food Co-op Association Veggies, Cheeses, Riojana Olive Oil, Organic Valley, Florida’s Natural, Kombucha, Welch’s Juice, Real Pickles, Alvarado St. Bread Bagels, and Kerrigold Irish Butter. . Through Wednesday, October 30. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; 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 Weekly Mid-Day Meditation: Join Vera Riley for meditation time. She will offer instruction to help you create more peace and relaxation in your life through meditation. Vera has studied different meditation types, such as Zen, with several teachers including Shinzen Young and, currently, Soryu Forall. Chairs available, but you are welcome to bring your own meditation cushion/mat. 1 - 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Use the Canal Street entrance. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Information: 802-246-2821; Click to e-mail for more information.

BRATTLEBORO Bereaved Parents Support Group: For parents who have lost a teenager or young adult child. Judy Davidson facilitates. 4:30 - 6 p.m. (1st and 3rd Tues. of every month). Free. Brattleboro Area Hospice, 191 Canal St. Call Lars Hunter to inquire about joining: 257-0775 x 104.

Community building

PUTNEY Putney Food Co-op Annual Member's Celebration Dinner & Meeting: 6 - 8 p.m. Free to all member-owners. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Community Forum for a Hate-Free VT hosted by Attorney General T.J. Donovan: Join the Vermont Attorney General's Office and others for a conversation about hate crimes, bias incidents, and how to respond as a community. Community members are encouraged to attend to tell their stories, learn, provide support, and share in a vision for a hate-free Vermont. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria. Free. Oak Grove School, 15 Moreland Ave. Information: 802-828-3171,

GUILFORD Guilford Gazette Meets: Final plans for the November issue. New members invited. Bring an article you've written if you'd like it published in a future issue. 9 a.m. Guilford Country Store, 475 Coolidge Hwy. (Rte. 5). Information: 802-490-2233.

BRATTLEBORO National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP): Meeting and potluck. All welcome. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. monthly. Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information: 802-254-3400; Click for more info on Web in new window.

GUILFORD Seniors Hang Out Cafe: This new offering invites seniors to spend casual time socializing with old friends and making new ones. Play games, sip coffee, and munch on snacks. Sponsored by Guilford Cares. 1 - 3 p.m. every Thursday. Drop in for a few minutes or stay the whole time. Free. Broad Brook Community Center, 3940 Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-579-1350,



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