CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Thursday, February
BRATTLEBORO Jonny Sheehan hosts Open Mic: Sign up for a 20-minute slot. Musical performers get discounted meals (no drums). 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. on Thursdays. Free. Marina Restaurant, 28 Spring Tree Rd. Information: 802-257-7563.
VERNON Reading Group - "Without a Map": Meredith Hall's memoir begins in 1965 when she becomes pregnant at 16. Shunned by her insular NH community, she's kicked out of the house by her mother. Her father and stepmother reluctantly take her in, hiding her before they banish her altogether. After giving her baby up for adoption, Hall wanders recklessly through the Middle East, where she survives by selling her possessions and then her blood. She returns to New England and stitches together a life that encircles her silenced and invisible grief. When he is 21, her lost son finds her. Hall learns that he grew up in gritty poverty with an abusive father - in her own father's hometown. Their reunion is tender, turbulent, and ultimately redemptive. Hall's parents never ask for her forgiveness, yet as they age, she offers them her love. What sets this story apart is the way in which loss and betrayal evolve into compassion, and compassion into wisdom. 5 p.m. Free. Vernon Free Library, 567 Governor Hunt Rd. Information: 802-257-0150.
BRATTLEBORO Valentine's Day - Chocolates, Cheese, and Other Sweet Treats : Celebrate Valentine's Day by sampling items from a wide array of wonderful indulgences. While here, pick up some bubbly, sweets, and flowers for all the loves in your life. 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.
PUTNEY Black History Month - "Selma": This unforgettable true story chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernay's "Selma" tells the story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history. Snacks will be served. 6:30 p.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Yoga and Mindfulness Class for Kids: Jump into playful yoga poses through dance and music with our Radiant Child yoga teacher Ditteke Ederveen-Gorman. This class uniquely introduces children to mindfulness activities to find inner peace and happiness. For children ages 2-7 and families (younger and older siblings welcome). Feel free to bring a yoga mat and water, but not required. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. in the Children's Room (Continues 2/21 - 3/7. No class 2/28). Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Registration required: 802-254-5290 x 1210.
WILMINGTON Taize Service: This service is about prayer, meditation, and song in the tradition of Taize, an ecumenical monastic community serving refugees in France during WW II. 6 p.m. St. Marys in the Mountains Episcopal Church, 95 E. Main St.
BRATTLEBORO Military Veterans Group for Women - Weekly Coffee and Tea Social: Any female military veteran is welcome to participate. You do not have to be a Legion member. Come in for the caffeine and stay for conversation with other female veterans from around the area. 9 - 10 a.m. on Thursdays. Free. American Legion Hall, 32 Linden St. Questions? Christine Turner: 802-257-4273.
BRATTLEBORO Local Government & Energy Conservation Revolution w/ Gaia Raimondo and Brattleboro Common Sense: Presentation on the process of working within the democratic government of Brattleboro as a grassroots organization trying to enact change. It's intended to clarify specifics of the energy conservation advisory that will be presented in the March Representative Town Meeting, and to describe the steps required to move such a resolution forward. In this moment when federal leadership in the battle against climate change is non-existent, a coal lobbyist is the head of the EPA, and an oil lobbyist is the head of the DOI, we must act. Come hear us present on our efforts and learn a bit about local government in the process. 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.
PUTNEY Black History Month - "Civil Rights Sing": Community members and local schools are invited to participate in The Putney School's long tradition of singing civil rights era songs together. Led by Putney School Music Dir., Cailin Manson. 10 a.m. in Currier Center, Calder Hall. Putney School, 418 Houghton Brook Rd. Information: 802-387-6297; Click for more info on Web in new window.