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CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Wednesday, October 

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Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Gleaning: Harvesting Food on Local Farms: Join Zach Hebert from the Vermont Foodback for a discussion on gleaning - the act of harvesting the abundance of food from local farms in order to ensure all. 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.

BRATTLEBORO "Approaching Islam, Approaching Difference": The Qur'an states that God created differences not only as a test for humanity but also as a path toward self-knowledge. Marlboro College professor Amer Latif considers how the Qur'an frames the perennial problem of living more harmoniously in a diverse world. The First Wednesday series is underwritten by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries. 7 - 9 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Music

E. DOVER Fall and Winter Concert Series - Erica Reynolds Band: 6 - 8 p.m. Free. Dover Town Hall, 190 Taft Brook Rd. Information: 802-464-5100, www.kevinparrymusic.com.

Kids and families

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. 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.

Well-being

BRATTLEBORO "Shine Your Light on Changing the Race Dance": Soyinka Rahim - performing artist and Interplay leader - comes from an Afrocentric family that explored holistic thinking, power to the people, world religions, art forms. She guides multiracial, multi-gender, multigenerational groups to honor the self as well as our connection to our earth, our ancestors, each other. She will lead us in stirring up our love and joy as a way to deal with looking at racism. A Grassroots Spiritual Practitioner and founder of BIBOLOVE (breathe in, breathe out love), she helps participants tap into their authentic selves using breath, chants, movement, and storytelling. 7 - 9 p.m. $1 to $20 suggested donation (No one will be turned away for lack of funds). One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Lunchtime Yoga for Co-op Shareholders: All-levels, led by a different local teacher each week. Bring a yoga mat. 12 noon - 1 p.m. every Wednesday. Free (only open to shareholders). Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Information: 802-246-2821; Click to e-mail for more information.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Climate Support Group - Post Oil Solutions: We live in a time of great uncertainty and trepidation due to the accelerating climate emergency and the growing signs of societal breakdown. Our responses to this unprecedented existential crisis typically range from confusion to grief to anger to fear to helplessness to guilt, and so on. In the belief that it's healthy and pro-active to accept and learn to live with this reality, we're sponsoring a 10-session support group to provide a safe/supportive environment for people to share feelings we have about our present situation. Not only will we explore our challenging, often incapacitating emotions, we'll also address "What can we do about our situation?" "How can we help prepare ourselves and our families, our neighbors and our community?" "What can we be doing now?" We'll explore ideas for adaptation, preparedness and resiliency, and ways to build a supportive community in response to our changing reality. It's not that over the course of 10 weeks we'll discover The Solution to the climate crisis, a magic bullet that will resolve our currently impossible situation. Rather, it's our experience that when a group of people do come together with a common commitment and focus around a specific problem that initially seems impossible, some unexpectedly wonderful, sometimes brilliant things can emerge from the collaborative process of shared wisdom. If nothing else, it can move us off the dead center of despair. Co-facilitated by Tim Stevenson and Connie Baxter, both experienced group leaders, this is not a therapy group, but rather a peer support group. 6-7:30 p.m., History Room (1st and 3rd Wed. each month). Closed group (no drop-ins). You need to commit to attending the 10 sessions. Conversation with one of the facilitators is required before starting to ensure this is the right group for you. Limited to 10 people. Through Wednesday, February 19. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Tim Stevenson: 802-869-2141, bereal@vermontel.net.

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