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CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Wednesday, November 

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The written word

PUTNEY Armchair Journeys: Presentation and Writing Workshop with Elayne Clift: Clift, who has been in nearly 100 countries, shares travel tales and off-the-cuff stories from her 13th book, "Around the World in Fifty Years: Travel Tales of a Not So Innocent Abroad," augmented by photographs. Followed by a writing workshop focusing on travel experiences and travel bucket lists with suggestions and techniques for writing fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction that derives from journeys real and imagined. Prompts will bring out the writer in you and will be shared voluntarily. 11/6: 6:30 p.m. Workshop continues 11/13: 6:30 p.m. (take one or both). Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Register: 802-387-4407, emily@putneylibrary.org.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO First Wednesdays - "A Love Story from the Opioid Epidemic": In October 2018, a young Vermont mom named Madelyn Linsenmeir died after a long struggle with addiction. Her obituary went viral and was read by millions of people around the world. Madelyn's sister, writer Kate O'Neill, shares her family's experience loving and losing Maddie, the stories of other Vermonters impacted by this disease, and potential solutions to the crisis. 7 - 8:30 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO What is Baha'i?: With Marie Procter. 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.

Instruction

BELLOWS FALLS AARP Driver Safety Course: Cars have changed, so have traffic rules, driving conditions, the roads we travel every day. Some drivers have never looked back since they got their first driver's licenses, but even the most experienced drivers can benefit from brushing up on their driving skills. By taking a driver safety course you will learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques, and how to operate vehicles more safely in today's increasingly challenging driving environment. Lunch available for purchase or you bring your own. 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. $15 ($20 non-AARP members). Bellows Falls Senior Center, 18 Tuttle St. Reserve your space: 802-463-3907.

Well-being

LONDONDERRY Need to enroll for VT Health Insurance? Need to make a change to Medicare Part D?: Open enrollment for VT health insurance began 11/1 and lasts for six weeks. This is the time to enroll or change plans. It is also the time to change Medicare Part D plan. We will be hosting Rose-Anne McCarthy with Valley Health if you or someone you know needs assistance. . Free. Neighborhood Connections, The Meeting Place, Rte. 100, 5700 Marketplace (across from the p.o.). Call for appointment 11/6, 11/20, or 12/4 (specify Londonderry): 802-885-1616.

BRATTLEBORO Free Yoga for Brattleboro Co-op Shareholders at Bodhifit: Brattleboro Co-op shareholders can take this moderate heat, all levels Vinyasa Flow yoga class with Kristin. 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Please arrive early. (1st Wed. of every month). Free. Bodhifit, 22 High St. Cancellations, non-shareholder pricing: www.bodhifit.net.

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

GUILFORD Guilford Girls on the Run Learn to Knit Fundraiser: Rachel Stecker (The Green Mountain Spinnery), who makes her own wool and patterns, has donated 15 skeins of yarn. Bring size 10 knitting needles. You will knit a garter stitch cowl (infinity scarf) - pattern available on site. Bring your own knitting and get some expert help or just enjoy each others knitting company. Light snacks. 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. in the library. Continues 11/13, 12/4, 12/11 (drop in any night or come to all four.). By donation. Guilford Central School, 374 School Rd. Information: Jess: 802-254-1689 (text).

Dance

BRATTLEBORO "Shall We Dance?" - Salsa Series: Classes are for beginners and those with some experience. No partner needed. Carry the shoes you will dance in. 6 p.m. on Wednesdays. Through Wednesday, December 4. $65 for series, $15 drop-in. Headroom Stages, 17 Elliot St. Register: Ray Warren: 802 579-9990, ray@shallwedance.biz.

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