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The written word

PUTNEY Authors David Blistein and John Halpern - "Opium: How an Ancient Flower Shaped and Poisoned Our World": Blistein reads from his new book which tells the extraordinary and, at times, harrowing tale of how we arrived at today's crisis. With his collaborator and co-author Dr. John Halpern, they will facilitate a Q&A with the audience following the reading. In 2017 over 47,000 Americans died as the result of opioid overdoses, more than died annually in this country during the peak of the AIDs epidemic, and more than die every year from breast cancer. On a statewide level, VT has been ravaged by this epidemic. But despite the unprecedented efforts of regulators, activists, politicians, and doctors to address the overdose epidemic, it has only become more deadly, the legion of quick fixes often falling into the very same traps that have foiled humans attempting to tame the scourge of opium addiction for centuries. Filmmaker Ken Burns said about the book, "'Opium' insists that we take an unstinting look at the relationship between people and opioids and dares us to make the hard decisions necessary to deal with the crisis. This book is what history is supposed to be." . 7:30 p.m. $5 to $25 sliding scale. 100% of ticket sales will support Groundworks Collaborative and Next Stage Arts Project. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY "Women of Genius - An Exploration of Women of Force and Talent": Michelle Blake, Putney Library Writer in Residence, offers this class on the question of how history has perceived and portrayed women of force and talent such as Emily Dickinson, Virginia Woolf, Edith Wharton, Harriet Jacobs, Helen Keller, Ntozake Shange, and Zora Neale Hurston. For this first class, we'll focus on the life and work of Julian of Norwich, first woman known to have written a book in the English language (no telling how many books by other women lie buried and forgotten). Very little is known about the life of this 14th century writer, theologian, anchoress, and saint, but we do know she had an extraordinary intellect and determination which enabled her to write "Revelations of Divine Love," one of the great works of mystical theology. What did these women have to do and sacrifice in order to pursue their gifts? How have their lives been reported and evaluated? How are our ideas of genius and greatness shaped by gender, race and tradition? Bring questions, theories, and a desire to figure this all out together, and we will go from there. 7 p.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

PUTNEY "The Two and the One" - Paintings by Susan McDormand: These oil paintings on paper are a bright and spacious reading of abstracted fruits, either in groupings or simply by twos, which have a quiet meditative quality. . Through Saturday, December 28. Putney Moves, 133 Main St. Information: 802-387-0633.

BELLOWS FALLS "Art For All" - Seasonal Group Show: Clare Adams, reverse painted and fused glass; Penelope Arms, oil painting; Zoee Blossom, screen printing; Deborah Bump, wood sculpture; Jean Cannon, watercolor and acrylic painting; Sloane Dawson, found object sculpture; Nancy Fitz-Rapalje, oil painting; Corinne Greenhalgh, oil painting; Joseph Hicks, ink drawing; Deedee Jones, pastel painting; Carol Keiser, acrylic painting; Steve P Kovach, oil painting; Carla Liguori, multimedia and ceramic sculpture; Marcie Maynard, oil painting; Robert McBride, multimedia painting; Jeanne McMahan oil painting; Susan McNulty, watercolor painting; Charles Norris-Brown, ink wash and drawing; MC Noyes, oil painting; Phyllis Rosser, wood sculpture; Melissa Rubin, solar plate etching; Matthew Saxton, oil painting; Chris Sherwin, blown glass; Rodrica Tilley, pastel painting. Some work which is appropriately sized and priced for gift-giving. Open Wed.-Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and some Sundays. Through Friday, January 31. Canal Street Art Gallery, 23 Canal St. Information: 802-289-0104; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO What is Baha'i? : Ask 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.


BRATTLEBORO Open Mic for Musicians: Jonny Sheehan takes over for Kevin Parry for the winter months. 6 - 9 p.m. every Thursday. Performers receive 50% off their meal. Marina Restaurant, 28 Spring Tree Rd. Performers should sign up in advance: 802-257-7563,

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,

BRATTLEBORO Open Gym & Game Room for All Ages: Free supervised program and a great way to spend time after school! Play with your children or leave them in the care of the Rec. & Parks Staff. Open Gym is for recreation basketball (sneakers must be worn on gym floor). The Game Room is open for bumper pool, foosball, ping pong, and air hockey. Other activities during Open Gym: homework, snack area, arts & crafts, board games, chess, Legos. Mon: Grades K-6, 3-5 p.m.; Tues: 3-5 p.m., Grades 7-12; Wed: Grades K-6, 3-4:45 p.m.; Thur: 3-5 p.m., Grades 7-12; Fri: 3-5 p.m., Grades K-6; Sat: Grades 7-12 and Adults, 1-3 p.m. Gym closed Sundays/some holidays. Handicap accessible. Through Saturday, April 25. Free. Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Dept., 207 Main St. Information: 802-254-5808,


BRATTLEBORO Caregiver Support: 3 - 4:30 p.m. (1st Thursday of every month). Free. The Gathering Place, 30 Terrace St. Information: 802-254-6559.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO December 'Welcome" Potluck: New to town, or not? Wondering how to connect with wonderful queers in our community? Join us for a casual December potluck at our new space at the Cotton Mill. This will be a low-key space to share food, warmth, and community during this time of seasonal darkness. All are welcome. You're encouraged to bring a dish to share (but no worries if you cannot); bring yourself, and bring a friend!. 5 - 7 p.m. Suite A206. Enter on the right of the large building (door with a ramp) and follow the signs for OITO (Out in the Open). Accessible by elevator and stair. Cotton Mill, 74 Cotton Mill Hill. RSVP to Eva: 513-600-0580.

BRATTLEBORO Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel Meeting: In addition to updates from NorthStar and Vermont State Agencies on recent Vermont Yankee decommissioning activities, the Panel will continue discussing possible changes to the Panel's Enabling Statute and Charter concerning Panel composition, function and responsibilities. Public input to this discussion is encouraged. Panel votes on proposed changes to Panel composition, function, and responsibilities. 6-9 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room (All meetings of the VT Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel, including committee meetings, are open to the public.) Remote Access: Tony Leshinskie: or to request a remote access connection (do so by 5 p.m. on 12/3). Brattleboro Area Middle School, 109 Sunny Acres Dr. Information:

BRATTLEBORO Women Veterans Coffee and Tea Social: All female veterans are invited. 9 - 10 a.m. every Thursday. American Legion Hall (Post 5), 32 Linden St. Information: 802-257-1872.

BRATTLEBORO US Census 2020 - Hiring Event: The US Census Bureau is accepting online applications for Enumerators (Census Takers) at This is flexible, part-time, temporary employment from April-July 2020 paying $16.50 per hour, plus $.58 per mile driven. Must be 18 years old by March 2020. Applications are only accepted online. 1:30 - 3 p.m. Department of Labor, 28 Vernon St. Information: 1-855-JOB-2020,,

GUILFORD Seniors Hang Out Cafe: This new offering invites seniors to spend casual time socializing with old friends and making new ones. Play games, sip coffee, and munch on snacks. Sponsored by Guilford Cares. 1 - 3 p.m. every Thursday. Drop in for a few minutes or stay the whole time. Free. Broad Brook Community Center, 3940 Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-579-1350,

Community meals

TOWNSHEND Townshend Dam Diner Chef Stephanie's Traditional Turkey Dinner: Take-outs available. All are welcome. Sponsored by Senior Solutions. 12 noon. Suggested donation: $3.50 ages 60 and up, $4 under 60. Townshend Church, 46 Common Rd. Information: 802-365-4321.

Tag sales, auctions, bazaars

BRATTLEBORO Main Street Flea - Pop-Up: Showcasing great gifts from local makers: Pottery, jewelry, prints and cards, Vendors include: AkimbaMade, Henry Ireland Photography, K.B. Ceramics, Luna Roots Botanicals, Rob Cartelli Ceramic, Sarah Rice Art, Scoffs at Gravity, Tavernier Chocolates, Tiny Pony Apothecary, Vale Burns Art, and more. Gift-wrapping at select times. Plus Ezra Distler's photo booth. 12/5: 4-8 p.m., 12/6: 10 a.m.-8 p.m., 12/7: 10 a.m.-6 p.m; 12/8: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (next to Shin La). Through Sunday, December 8. Sixty-One Main St., 61 Main St. Information:



December 2019