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.
PUTNEY Black History Month - Discussion of "March: Book One" by John Lewis: Lewis was chairman of the Students Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and considered one of the "Big Six" leaders of the civil rights movement. He's served in the US Congress since 1987 and was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Obama in 2011. It tells of his childhood in rural Alabama, his desire as a young man to be a preacher, his life-changing interactions with Martin Luther King, Jr., and the nonviolent sit-ins he joined at lunch counters in Nashville as a means of undermining segregation. All ages book discussion facilitated by Kristen Dawley of The Putney School. Snacks provided. 6:30 p.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BELLOWS FALLS "Coming Home" - Documentary about Transitioning from Prison Back to Community: This film takes an intimate and powerful look at the COSA (Circle of Support and Accountability) process, the struggles and challenges of people coming out of prison, and the successes of the restorative justice model. Following the showing, Bess O'Brien and Susie Belleci, Director of the Greater Falls Restorative Justice Center, will lead a discussion on the impact of COSA and how the model is being utilized in the Greater Falls area. 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-9927 x 212, firstname.lastname@example.org.
BRATTLEBORO "BURNED: Are Trees the New Coal?": This locally-produced Energy and Climate documentary exposes the destruction of forests for fuel and pulls back the green screen revealing the biomass electricity industry's sourcing, subsidies, and pseudo-sustainability. It tells the little-known story of the accelerating destruction of our forests for electric power generation, and probes the policy loopholes, huge subsidies, and blatant greenwashing of the burgeoning biomass power industry. A dedicated group of forest activists, ecologists, carbon scientists, and concerned citizens fight to establish the enormous value of our forests, protect their communities, debunk this false solution to climate change, and alter energy policy both in the US and abroad. The screenings are part of the BURNED Barnstorming Tour, a nationwide grassroots media campaign to expose the biomass electric power industry's destructive forest, energy, and climate practices. Following the screenings, there will be a Q&A with filmmakers Lisa Merton, Alan Dater, and Chris Hardee. 7 p.m. (Repeats 2/24 at 4 p.m.). $5. Latchis (Films), 50 Main St. Information: www.burnedthemovie.com.
BRATTLEBORO Chamber Series features the Escher Quartet: This American string quartet serves as Artists of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. They have received acclaim for their expressive, nuanced performances that combine unusual textural clarity with a rich, blended sound and take their name from Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher, inspired by Escher's method of interplay between individual components working together to form a whole. This foursome includes Adam Barnett-Hart and Danbi Um on violin, Pierre Lapointe on viola, and Brook Speltz on cello. 7:30 p.m. $20 ($40 preferred seating). Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Information: 802-257-4523; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Free Expert Tax Preparation (VITA) - United Way of Windham County: Trained and experienced IRS-certified volunteers provide free tax preparation to eligible households who earn up to $54,000/year and who live or work in Windham County. 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the Admin. Bldg. Brattleboro Retreat, 75 Linden St. Schedule appointment: 802-257-4011 (Info: facebook.com/UWWindham).
BRATTLEBORO Simply Awesome Food - Free Tasting: Join Laurie Klenkel to sample our awesome BFC-Made Chili. Keep it simple and pick it up in the Grab & Go. Vegetarian and carnivorous versions. 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. at the Demo Counter (Snow date: 2/22). Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Free Winter Carnival Event for Kids - Hot Chocolate and Pretzels: Cozy up with a cup of hot cocoa and warm pretzels - made by you!. 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, 7 Canal St. Registration required (choose your preferred time) 802-246-2821; Click to e-mail for more information.
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 3/7). Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Registration required: 802-254-5290 x 1210.
BRATTLEBORO Nature Explorers Winter Camp - Warmth even in Winter: For children in grades 1 to 4. How do animals keep warm? What animals live in this forest and what do they eat? We'll explore how animals survive freezing temperatures, try out these strategies ourselves, make a fire and hemlock tea to warm ourselves. 9 p.m. - 3 p.m. (Also see 2/22). Through Friday, February 22. $55 a day ($45 a day for members). Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, 1221 Bonnyvale Rd. Information: 802-257-5785; Click for more info on Web in new window.
WILMINGTON "Sing": A friendly contest...what fun! But with animals singing? Free popcorn. 4 p.m. Free. Pettee Memorial Library, 16 S. Main St. Information: 802-464-8557; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Suicide Loss Support Group: Facilitated by Janet Schreiber. 5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (1st and 3rd Thur. of every month). Free. Brattleboro Area Hospice, 191 Canal St. Drop-ins welcome but preregistration appreciated. Lars Hunter: 802-257-0775 x 104.
BRATTLEBORO Support Group for Caregivers of those with Dementia: Develop a support system, exchange practical information on caregiving challenges and possible solutions, talk through issues and ways of coping, share feelings, needs, concerns, and learn about community resources. This group is sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association of Vermont and conducted by trained facilitators. 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. in the Parlor (3rd Thur. of every month). Free. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. No registration required. Patty Dunn: 802-257-0775 x 102.
BRATTLEBORO Nature Deficit Disorder: Bill Pearson and attendees will talk about connecting with nature, sharing thoughts about our personal connections with the natural world that make us healthier and happier, as well as Nature Deficit Disorder. 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.
GUILFORD Pre-Town Meeting & Meet the Candidates: 7 p.m. Free. Broad Brook Community Center, 3940 Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-257-1961.
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 (Post 5), 32 Linden St. Questions? Christine Turner: 802-257-4273.
TOWNSHEND Community Meal: Sponsored by Senior Solutions, Inc., the food is prepared by the Townshend Dam Diner's Chef Stephanie. All are welcome. 12 noon. $4 ($3.50 ages 60 and up) suggested donation. Townshend Church, 46 Common Rd. Information: 802-365-4321.