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The written word

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Great Books Group - "Thus Spoke Zarathustra" (Paisajes de otono) by Friedrich Nietzsche: Nietzsche addresses the problem of how to live a fulfilling life in a world without meaning, in the aftermath of 'the death of God.' Nietzsche's solution lies in the idea of eternal recurrence, which he calls 'the highest formula of affirmation that can ever be attained.' A successful engagement with this profoundly Dionysian idea enables us to choose clearly among the myriad possibilities that existence offers, and thereby to affirm every moment of our lives wit others on the 'sacred earth.'. 7 - 9 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Michael N. Landis: 802-257-1851,

PUTNEY Study Group on Shakespeare's Final Plays: Gordon Jones, a Putney School faculty member, offers a study of Shakespeare's final plays - "The Winter's Tale," "Cymbeline," and "The Tempest." Alongside the plays, the group will also study some of Shakespeare's sonnets, using a selected edition compiled by Jones and available in a digital or print format. Copies of the plays are available through the Library and can also be found on the MIT Shakespeare site. Jones will also be making online study guides to the plays. Participants may come for one play or the entire series. 6:30 - 8 p.m. on Mondays. Through Monday, December 16. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. RSVP requested:

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Ready to Tidy Up?: Feel overwhelmed by clutter? Trying to downsize? Heard of Marie Kondo but don't know how to begin tidying yourself? Come learn about the process, ask questions, and learn to fold clothes the KonMari way. Ruth Shafer is a Tidying Consultant and artist based in Brattleboro who has helped clients all over southern VT find clarity and fresh purpose through the life changing magic of tidying up. 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 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute - Kingship and Authority in Selected Shakespeare Plays - "Henry IV": 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. 10 a.m. - 12 noon. 10/28 (2-parts, continued from 10/21), 11/4, 11/11. Pre-reading of plays greatly encouraged. $6 individual lecture. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-365-7278,

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Mother Up! Monthly Meet-Up: Join us in building solidarity among parents by taking action to protect the health and safety of our collective future. A vegetarian meal and childcare for ages 10 and under will be provided. Mother Up!: Families Rise Up for Climate Action is a project of 350Vermont that brings together families to talk about the tough realities of climate change and to participate in the transition to a healthier and safer world. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. KidsPLAYce, 20 Elliot St. RSVP helpful:

BRATTLEBORO Open Gym & Game Room for All Ages: Free supervised program and a great way to spend time after school! Play with your children or leave them in the care of the Rec. & Parks Staff. Open Gym is for recreation basketball (sneakers must be worn on gym floor). The Game Room is open for bumper pool, foosball, ping pong, and air hockey. Other activities during Open Gym: homework, snack area, arts & crafts, board games, chess, Legos. . Through Saturday, April 25. Free. Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Dept., 207 Main St. Information: 802-254-5808,

BRATTLEBORO Pumpkin Party for Kids - Carving, Baking and More: It's the season for carving, coloring, shaping and eating. In this class, you will choose a small pumpkin, learn to carve it safely, and then decorate and bring it home for Halloween. 3:30 - 5 p.m. (use Canal St. entrance). Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, 7 Canal St. Registration required: 802-246-2821,


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,

Community building

MARLBORO Party Politics in Windham County - Talk About Our Democracy: Windham County Political Party chairmen John Hagen (Democrat), Richard Morton (Republican), and Spoon Agave (Progressive), will describe the work of their parties in Windham County and how it ties in with state and national politics. Sponsored by We Celebrate Democracy/Civil Rights For All: Positive nonviolent public action for democracy and civil rights for all people. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Free. Marlboro Community Center, 524 South Rd. Information: 802-464-3154,



October 2019