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The written word

PUTNEY Readings - Nathan McClain Jennifer Sperry Steinorth, Kerrin McCadden: Nathan McClain is a poet, editor, and educator. He's the author of "Scale" (Four Way Books, 2017), and his poems have recently appeared, or are forthcoming, in "New York Times Magazine," "Poem-a-Day," "The Common," "West Branch Wired," "upstreet," and "Foundry," among others. Jennifer Sperry Steinorth is a poet, educator, interdisciplinary artist, and licensed builder. Her first full-length collection, "A Wake with Nine Shades" (Texas Review Press, 2019), is a finalist for the Hillary Gravendyk Prize. Kerrin McCadden is the author of "Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes," winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize and the Vermont Book Award. An NEA Fellow, her poems have appeared in "Best American Poetry" and appear recently or are forthcoming in "American Poetry Review," "Beloit Poetry Journal," "Ploughshares," and "Prairie Schooner." . 7 p.m. Free. Antidote Books, 120 Main St. Information: 802-387-2260.

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 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute - Kingship and Authority in Selected Shakespeare Plays - "MacBeth": 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 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11. Pre-reading of the plays is greatly encouraged. $6 individual lecture, $30 for series. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-365-7278,

BRATTLEBORO College Planning: This seminar covers several approaches: the pros and cons to making outright gifts to children/grandchildren; the use of UGMA/UTMA custodial accounts and Coverdell accounts; life insurance as a funding tool; and other college savings plans. Put it all together and select the right strategy for funding your child's education. We'll follow some case studies to demonstrate how it works. Come with your questions for Scott Gordon-Macey. 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 Spin Class: With Susie of the Brattleboro Food Co-op Seafood Dept. 5:15 - 6 p.m. (1st Mon. of every month). $15; free for Brattleboro Food Co-op shareholders. Body in Harmony, 22 High St. Information: 802-380-3928.

Kids and families

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 Parent + Littles Monday Meetup: New play group/gathering for parents and their little ones. The idea is to provide a place for parents, babies, and kids to socialize and play (and realize we're all in this together). We might hang outside if the weather is nice, so feel free to bring a blanket. Apples available, but be sure to bring your own water and snacks if you wish. 10 a.m. - 12 noon on Mondays. Free. Guilford Free Library, 4024 Guilford Center Rd. Information: Ragan Anderson:


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 Youth 4 Change: This is a youth-led group assisting young people (ages 12-25) in building a strong personal tool kit to organize for change and have their voices heard. We are focused on providing programming for youth from frontline communities - POC, Indigenous, LGBTQIA, poor & working class, differently abled, immigrant, etc. 5:30 p.m. Drop-in and Art; 6:30 - 8 p.m. Dinner and Meetings (1st and 3rd Mon. of every month). Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information:



October 2019