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The written word

BRATTLEBORO Inaugural meeting of "Contemporary Issues Book Group" : This new book group kicks off with a discussion of Matt Taibbi's latest nonfiction book "Hate, Inc: Why Today's Media Makes Us Despise One Another." Described as a "smart dissection of a grim media landscape" by Publishers Weekly, the book contains lots to discuss about the role of the news media in the Trump era. All are welcome. 6:30 - 8 p.m. Free. Everyones Books, 25 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-8160; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BELLOWS FALLS Tom Fontaine - Author of "Grafton's Medical Men": Fontaine's book takes young readers on an imaginative field trip across the battlefields of the Civil War, to the canvas medical tents and surgical tables where two Grafton doctors struggle to keep the wounded alive during the historic Battle of Gettysburg, and shed tears in the face of the horrific loss of life. The two young men, actual residents of Grafton, faced the challenge of treating the wounded Union Army soldiers and the drama of the ugly side of war. It describes how limited the medical knowledge was at that time and how the men needed to improvise to help the needy. Grafton had over 100 men volunteer for the war effort in the earlier years. Many from Grafton served in 16th regiment and are mentioned in the book. "Grafton's Medical Men" is Fontaine's third in a series, sometimes fictionalized, on the role the men and boys from this small southern Vermont town played in the Civil War. His three books were published by the Grafton Historical Society. 1 p.m. Free. Village Square Booksellers, 32 Square. Book and event reservations: 802-463-9404; 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:


BELLOWS FALLS Keene Vocal Consort - Medieval and Renaissance Carols: Directed by Dr Matthew Leese, the 14-voice auditioned ensemble will sing a cappella medieval and renaissance music based on the Kings College tradition of "Lessons and Carols." Composers include DuFay, Willaert, Gombert, Palestrina, and Giovanni Gabrieli. 7:30 p.m. By donation at door. The Chapel, 20 Church St. Information: 802-460-0110; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ceremonies and memoriams

BRATTLEBORO The AIDS Project of Southern Vermont: Commemoration for those who have died from AIDS-related illness and a show of support for those living with HIV with a 10-minute vigil. Followed by Rev. Dr. Scott Couper who will talk about his HIV/AIDS work in Africa. Music provided by the Green Mountain Strummers. 12 noon. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Information: 802-254-4444.


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 Parent/Tot Open Gym: This is an unstructured program where the parent is responsible for their child/children (age 5 and under). Open Gym is a place for parents and tots to get out of the cold and enjoy playing with blocks, a playhouse, cars, toys, puzzles, a tunnel, a play kitchen, big rubber balls and more. 10 - 11:45 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Through Thursday, April 23. $1 per day. Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Dept., 207 Main St. Information: 254-5808,

Community building

BELLOWS FALLS Open House Weekend (Bellows Falls Downtown Development Alliance): Over 60 shopping locations, plus events, throughout Bellows Falls, Rockingham, Saxtons River, and Westminster. . Bellows Falls 3rd Friday. Information:

Arts and crafts

BRATTLEBORO Zapotec Weaving Culture: Shining light into the Industrial Production and Consumption System: Dr. Samuel Bautista Lazo presents the history of the weaving heritage of his people, the Benizaa (Zapotecs) who have inhabited the Central Valley of Oaxaca probably since 20,000 years ago. The Benizaa people developed a deep understanding of the land, the cosmos, and the human spirit; this knowledge survived encrypted into the patterns and symbols woven in their textiles. Samuel will use his weaving background to explore ideas to improve the current production & consumption system. 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 Youth 4 Change: For young people (ages 12-22) interested in political organizing around local, state, and national social justice issues important to you. Brattleboro area advocates and educators can assist you in building a strong personal tool kit to organize for change. Using creative methods, we offer tools for resilience, courage and compassion, while fostering your ability to speak up and to take action in the name of love and liberation for all people. Explore issues of racial, economic, gender justice through art, movement, first-hand accounts and contemplative practices. Connect with area youth and strengthen your tool kit for action!. 5:30 p.m. Drop-in homework time and Art-making; 6 p.m. Dinner, 6:30 - 8 p.m. Meeting and Organizing (1st and 3rd Mon. of every month). Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information:



December 2019