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CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Wednesday, December 

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Visual arts and shows

NEWFANE Leni Gaudet, Karen Evans, Marie Welch, Jenny Tibbits: These four artists from the Deerfield Valley Art Association share a reverence for the natural world and a deep appreciation for reflective light and seasonal color. The oil miniatures of Marie Welch will delight, and the landscapes and still life of Leni, Karen, and Jenny will captivate. The DVAA was formed in 1931 by local artists and is a non-juried association open to all genres of the arts and crafts of New England. 1-5 p.m. Tues., Wed., Fri.; 2-7 pm Thur; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat. Through Monday, December 30. Free. Crowell Gallery at the Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Critiquing Capitalism - Screenings and Lecture Interrogate Current Economic System : The program kicks off with the six-part documentary "Capitalism" by Ilan Ziv, screened in three installments. It blends interviews with some of the world's great historians, economists, anthropologists, and social critics with on-the-ground footage shot in 22 countries, ultimately questioning the myth of the unfettered free market and shedding light on the human toll capitalism has extracted. "We need to understand the history and implications of capitalism in order to dismantle or transform it," Jamie Mohr, artistic director of Epsilon Spires, said in a news release. She adds that she chose the date to begin the program as a way to "counter the celebration of rampant consumerism on Black Friday." After each screening, an audience discussion will be facilitated by Bob Johnson of Omega Optics. 7 - 10 p.m. (Continues 12/8). Free. Epsilon Spires (First Baptist Church), 190 Main St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Music

PUTNEY The Soubrette Jazz Choir: Led by Anna Patton, this is a group of 18 women who do arrangements of swing, jazz, blues, and songs by contemporary songwriters. “Soubrette” is a term from musical theatre for the non-leading lady who is usually more worldly, more instrumental to plot intrigue, and funnier than the lead. The Choir seeks out these kinds of songs and performs them with syncopation, panache, and wonderfully crunchy harmonies. Their fall program includes Antonio Jobim's poetic epic, “Waters of March,” Kate McGarrigle's “Kiss and Say Goodbye,” and Patton's original lyrics for the Mose Allison instrumental, “Town,” which embraces Brattleboro’s charms and quirks. The Soubrettes will be accompanied by Lucy Kahn on bass, Wendy Eisenberg on guitar, and Patton on clarinet. Choir members will be featured on several opening numbers. 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Wheelchair accessible. $10 suggested donation. Sandglass Theater, 17 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-4051; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Donna the Buffalo: Infectious roots grooves and uplifting lyrics. Songs that matter, a groove that makes you dance, an audience that spans generations, and a musical voice that evokes a sense of community. 8 - 11 p.m. $25 ($30 in Loft). The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information: www.stonechurchvt.com/events.

E. DOVER The Surly Temple: Featuring Jim Henry on guitar, Doug Plavin on drums, and Guy DeVito on bass playing electric roots, rock, country, and Americana. Music that's as fun to listen to as it is to dance to. 6 - 8 p.m. Free. Dover Town Hall, 190 Taft Brook Rd. Information: 802-464-5100.

Recreation

BRATTLEBORO Scrabble Night: With the weather getting colder why not spend an evening playing Scrabble in the library? The atmosphere is pleasant and mellow, with plenty of smiling and laughing. All levels are welcome to join. 6 p.m. (Same time on Tuesdays). Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Government

BRATTLEBORO US Immigration Policy in Historical Perspective: One would think that current anxieties about immigration in the US have never been more intense, but history teaches us otherwise. Dartmouth professor Richard Wright examines the present-day contradictions of US immigration policy and places them in historical perspective. This is part of the Vermont Humanities First Wednesdays free lecture series. 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.

Well-being

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. Non-shareholder pricing: www.bodhifit.net.

PUTNEY Putney People's Group Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting: Our mission statement: "If you choose to drink that's your business. If you want to stop that's our business.". 7 - 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday. Free. Putney Friends Meeting House, 17 Bellows Falls Rd. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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, friends. The wonder of Reiki gently brings healing energy to all parts of your being: physical, mental, emotional, 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.

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 Wed. (no class 12/25). 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.

BRATTLEBORO Mid-Day Meditation: Join Vera Riley as she leads a weekly meditation time to create more peace and relaxation in your life. The gathering includes instruction, practice and q/a. Just 5 minutes can make a difference in your day. 11 - 11:30 a.m., use Canal St. entrance. No class 12/25. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Information: 802-246-2821; Click to e-mail for more information.

Community building

WILLIAMSVILLE Green Mountain Conservancy - Phase II Information Meeting about the Deer Run Nature Preserve: This public program will describe the Conservancy's efforts to conserve 626 acres of undeveloped forested land in Brookline and Newfane on the east side of the West River. This land, in the West River Watershed, includes 2 1/2 miles of river frontage, 186 acres of deeryards, and is identified by the VT Conservation Design as a Highest Priority Interior Forest Block for conservation. Ultimately, the GMC aims to conserve over one thousand contiguous acres in the Deer Run Nature Preserve. Board members Sam Farwell will describe the Phase II property and Roger Haydock will talk about the geology that formed the land. Ornithologist Cat Abbot will report on the nearly 70 species of birds that have been inventoried, including species in decline or endangered in VT. Patti Smith, from Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center and a member of the GMC board, will introduce us to wildlife found on this land. Marie Caduto from the VT Agency of Natural Resources will discuss the importance of the land to the West River. Maps, photographs, Q&A. GMC Board Member Deborah Lee Luskin facilitates. GMC's mission is to acquire and conserve wilderness lands in southern VT. 7 p.m. Refreshments served. Handicap accessible. Free. Williamsville Hall, Dover Rd. Information: 802-257-0012, www.greenmountainconservancy.org.

VERNON US Census 2020 Jobs: The US Census Bureau is now accepting online applications for Enumerators (Census Takers) at www.2020census.gov/jobs. 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. 1 - 3:30 p.m. Free. Vernon Free Library, 567 Governor Hunt Rd. Information: 855-JOB-2020, www.gsa.gov/fedrelay, david.a.longsmith@2020census.gov.

PUTNEY US Census 2020 Jobs: The US Census Bureau is now accepting online applications for Enumerators (Census Takers) at www.2020census.gov/jobs. 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. to 10:15 a.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 855-JOB-2020, www.gsa.gov/fedrelay, david.a.longsmith@2020census.gov.

GUILFORD Guilford Girls on the Run Learn to Knit Fundraiser: Rachel Stecker (The Green Mountain Spinnery), makes her own wool and patterns. 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. By donation. Guilford Central School, 374 School Rd. Information: Jess: 802-254-1689 (text).

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