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Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Loons Past, Present and Future with Dr. Mark Pokras: Today we consider that common loons embody everything in nature that is wild, free, mysterious, and beautiful. But people didn't always feel this way about loons. In this presentation we'll discuss the history of human/loon interactions, scientific research, the origins of the modern loon conservation movement, and what's going on today. Dr. Pokras is a national expert on Loons and a very popular speaker. This program is sponsored by the Southeastern VT Audubon Society. 7 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO BUHS Music Department Performances: Opening with "Flourish for Wind Band" by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Continuing with Pierre LaPlante's "American Riversongs" which includes traditional and composed music of an earlier time when the rivers and waterways were the lifelines of a growing nation. Followed by "Rhythm Stand" by Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award winning composer Jennifer Higdon. Band's program concludes with a setting of the Neapolitan song "Funiculi, Funicula" by Luigi Denza. Jazz workshop performs Eugene Uman's arrangement of Sam Jones' "Seven Minds" as well as Horace Silver's jazz standard, "Sister Sadie." Madrigals opens with "Threads of Joy by Dale Trumbore" followed by "How Can I Cry" composed by Moria Smiley, a former Northern Harmony singer and VT resident. They'll close their set with "If Ever Two Were One" by VT composer Gwyneth Walker. Jazz band performs four selections starting with Paul Baker's "Roll with the Punches." Robert Skiles' zydeco-influenced "Another Zydobeto" is next followed by "The Red Door" by Gerry Mulligan and Zoot Sims. "Feather Report," Kris Berg's homage to 1970s fusion band Weather Report, rounds out their program. The chorus concludes the concert, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment with a program totally composed by women. It begins with "Siroda," a Shona greeting of Zimbabwe composed by Rosephanye Powell. The song combines the traditional African greeting with pieces of a traditional children's game-song and features Alexandra Miskovich, Sarah Gordon-Macey, Zahra Merson. Next is "The Dream Ship" by Susal LaBarr, an evocative and mysterious piece setting a unique text of Eugene Field. The chorus' treble voices then present "Lineage" by Andrea Ramsey, an earthy and at times bluesy setting of a Margaret Walker poem. This is followed by the chorus' low voices singing "Cover Me With the Night" (same composer). This song takes a modified translation of a traditional Gahnaian prayer and incorporates traditional West African percussion. The chorus closes with "I Will Be Earth," a text by May Swenson set to music by VT's own Gwyneth Walker with solos by Amar Vargas and Hannah Kowalski. The chorus is accompanied by pianist Susan Dedell. 7 p.m. in the Auditorium. Free. Brattleboro Union High School, 131 Fairground Rd. Information: 802-451-3511.


BRATTLEBORO Table Top Tuesday: Brattleboro Recreation & Parks and Stephen Washkevich announce the beginning of this new program. Cards, Twister, Munchkin, Candyland, and more. Bring a game to share or just a good attitude. Ages 8-18 years old are invited to step away from screens and enjoy face to face cardboard competition. 5 - 7 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Conference Room. Through Tuesday, December 17. $3 per class for Brattleboro residents, $5 non-residents. Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. Information: 802-254-5808; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Business and economy

BRATTLEBORO 5 Tips for Bond Investing with "Lower for Longer" Interest Rates: If you're buying on credit or shopping for a mortgage, low interest rates can be helpful. But if you're buying a bond, it's a different story. With Josh Roberts. 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.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Kids Cooking Class / Fun with Food and Art - Transitions: Enjoy the art exhibit at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center followed by a creative art project with BMAC's Linda Whelihan. See how art inspires our creativity and how food mirrors art, when you follow Lizi Rosenberg to the Brattleboro Food Co-op's Cooking Classroom where you will make something delicious. All kids are welcome. 3:30 - 5 p.m. Each month, a class meets at the museum to view an exhibit and make an art project followed by a creative food activity at the Co-op Cooking Classroom (Canal Street entrance). Free. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Registration required: 802-246-2821,


BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Walk-In Clinic: Primary medical treatment for patients ages 18-64 in our community who do not have health insurance or who cannot afford their high deductibles or co-insurance. 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Brattleboro Walk-In Clinic, 191 Clark Ave. Information: 802-251-8484; Click for more info on Web in new window.

TOWNSHEND Viniyoga class: Build strength, balance and endurance. All levels welcome. Mats and blocks provided. 4:30 - 6 p.m. every Tuesday in the Heins Bldg. $5 per class. Grace Cottage Hospital Community Wellness Center, 133 Grafton Rd., Rte. 35. Information: 802-365-3649 or

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Climate Solutions Caucus Forum: Members of the Vermont Legislature's Climate Solutions Caucus are organizing a series of climate policy forums all over the state to share their legislative priorities for 2020 and bring more Vermonters into the climate conversation. As we saw during the youth-led Global Climate Strikes on Sept. 20, Vermonters are demanding a response to climate change commensurate with the scale of the problem. In order to build on the momentum sparked by the recent Climate Strikes, Vermonters need to continue to show up and demand bold climate action from their elected officials. Don't miss these opportunities to learn about how VT can do its part to combat the climate crisis while protecting air and water quality, spurring innovation and economic development and helping all Vermonters - and in particular vulnerable Vermonters - save money. 7 p.m. Free. St. Michaels Episcopal Church, Putney Rd. and Bradley Ave. Information: 802-254-6048.

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Development Credit Corp. - Communications Union District (CUD) Webinar: This "Knowledge Bites" training webinar (part of the Southern Vermont Economy Project serving communities across Bennington and Windham counties) provides an overview and answers questions about new Vermont legislation enabling CUDs to advance local broadband planning and implementation. Featured speaker is Paul Giuliani, an attorney specializing in municipal law and CUD formation. Dial-in number (US): 712-770-3893. Access code: 682926#. Online meeting ID: svep. Join the online meeting: Brattleboro Development Credit Corp. Information: Sarah Lang: 802-257-7731 x 222,

PUTNEY US Census 2020 Jobs: The US Census Bureau is now accepting online applications for Enumerators (Census Takers) at Work today directly on computers to initiate or complete the online application process. This is a Q&A session for prospective employees - flexible, part-time, temporary employment from April to July 2020 paying $16.50 per hour, plus $.58 per mile driven. Applicants must be 18 years old by March 2020. Brochures, Frequently Asked Question sheets, business cards are available to share or to follow up with the Census Bureau on the application process. 9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 855-JOB-2020,,



November 2019