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CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Monday, November 

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The written word

BELLOWS FALLS Autumn Poetry Open Mic: Rustle up some poems by a favorite author. Dig out poems you've penned over the years. Or sharpen your pencils (and your wits) to write some original poetry. Readers should come prepared to read up to five poems. To begin, each person will read one poem. Depending on the number of participants, up to five rounds of reading will follow. 4 - 7 p.m. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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: gjones@putneyschool.org.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Osher Lifelong Learning Institute - Kingship and Authority in Selected Shakespeare Plays - "Henry V ": Led by Geraldine Pittman Batlle, this course considers 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. 11/4, 11/11. Pre-reading of plays greatly encouraged. $6 individual lecture. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-365-7278, julielavorgna@gmail.com.

Music

PUTNEY Yellow Barn Artist Residency Discussion w/ the Lassus Quartett: The four members of the Basel-based string quartet and Yellow Barn’s Artistic Dir. Seth Knopp, speak about the focus of their residency - Morton Feldman's String Quartet No.2 (a meditative work whose breadth spans nearly six hours). 7 p.m. (Residency culminates 11/12 with a free concert at Putney School's Currier Center). Free. Antidote Books, 120 Main St. Information: 802-387-2260.

Recreation

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

BRATTLEBORO Sizzling Sausage Sampling (house-made): 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the Demo Counter. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Well-being

BRATTLEBORO The Gift of Reiki: Find out how to give yourself this beautiful gift of Reiki by receiving treatments or learning this healing art to treat yourself, family, and friends. The wonder of Reiki gently brings healing energy to all parts of your being: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Francine Freeman offers treatments and classes. 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.

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. 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Through Monday, December 23. $2 suggested donation. Guilford Community Church, Crnr Rte. 5 and Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-579-1350, gcares@comcast.net.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Legal-Aid Organizations - Public Meeting: Legal Services Vermont and Vermont Legal Aid want to know more about the civil legal problems facing low-income and vulnerable Vermonters. The nonprofit law firms are holding seven meetings around the state, including one in Brattleboro, to hear from Vermonters, their community partners, and supporters. "We want to hear from as wide a cross section of Vermonters as possible. Everyone is encouraged to participate in this process," Sam Abel-Palmer, executive director of Legal Services Vermont, says. "Civil" legal problems are any legal issues that are not criminal in nature. However, the organizations do help with the legal problems of crime victims. Also, they help people with expunging and sealing past criminal records. Staff from Vermont Legal Aid and Legal Services Vermont will be at the public meetings. They will use the information gathered to help decide where to put their legal aid resources. Light refreshments. 2:30 p.m. Community College of Vermont, Room 271. Free. Brooks House, 41 Harmony Pl. (Main and High St.). .

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