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Performing arts

PUTNEY Fables Storytelling: The theme this month is "Rosie the Riveter/Girl Power." Featuring Kristin Cassidy, Lopi LaRoe, Laura Chapman, Mandy Mayer. This is a benefit for Girls on the Run. Hosted by Peter "Fish" Case. Titos Tacos will be on site. The Cafe has cabaret style seating, a beer and wine cash bar, homemade pizza, popcorn and snacks. 7:30 p.m. (2nd Wed. of every month). By donation. Next Stage Cafe, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-380-1077.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Democracy Forum: The Jim Crow System - Racism in US History: Tim Kipp's talk will explore how deeply embedded the structure of racism is in our history. 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.


NEWFANE Bard Owl with Fiddler Stephen Iachetta: T. Breeze Verdant and Annie Landenberger perform. Verdant on guitar, vocals, and stomp box and Landenberger on vocals and percussion will be joined by Iachetta, widely known in the Albany area from which he hails as the "Shaker fiddler." Iachetta and Verdant, "a folker with a rock and roll heart," have performed together for over a decade at farmers' markets, fairs/festivals, brew pubs - even opening for Natalie Merchant. Verdant and Landenberger have been making music since 2016 - honing sweet harmonies, driving rhythms, old favorites and new - including several Verdant originals. Verdant has a half century of song-writing and arranging/playing rock/folk under his belt while Landberger's past covers a range of vocals - folk, rock, jazz, classical, musicals. 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. No cover. (Special pricing for food/drink on music night Wednesdays). Four Columns and Artisan Restaurant Inn, 21 West St. Information: 802-365-7713; 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 that 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. Wednesdays through 4/10/19, and Thursday: 3/21. Brattleboro Retreat, 75 Linden St. Schedule appointment: 802-257-4011 (Info:


BRATTLEBORO Lunchtime Yoga for Co-op Shareholders: All-levels, led by a different local teacher each Wednesday. Bring a yoga mat. 12 noon - 1 p.m. on Wednesdays (no class 3/20). 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 Men's Grief Support Group: For men who are grieving a death loss of any type. Walter Slowinski and Neil Flynn co-facilitate. 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. every 2nd and 4th Wed. (There is also a Monday support group, 12 noon every 2nd and 4th Mon.). Free. Brattleboro Area Hospice, 191 Canal St. Pre-registration required. Cicely Carroll: 802-257-0775 x 108.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Windham Grows Hosts Monthly Community Table Event: This roundtable discussion is open to all who embrace sustainability, entrepreneurship, and community as a means to promote local food and food businesses to grow locally. One table, one conversation. Participants drive the conversation by bringing ideas, questions, and issues. You should come to the Community Table if you have a food-related challenge that you need some help addressing in your community or in your business, want to network with other movers and shakers in the vibrant food economy/feedback on a new product idea. For food entrepreneurs, students, consultants, investors, eaters, and anyone in the food space interested in getting/giving feedback and making meaningful connections. Windham Grows is a project of Strolling of the Heifers, a socially responsible accelerator that builds the food and agriculture sector by connecting socially conscious startup and early-stage businesses. Program provides critical services, resources, financing, and business mentors. 12 noon - 1:30 p.m. (Repeats 4/10, 5/8). Free. The River Garden, 157 Main St. Information:

BRATTLEBORO Community Conversations on Compassion - "Compassion - Spiritual Teachings and Their Challenging Practices": This Compassionate Brattleboro Committee spring series is designed to highlight the compassion issues in our town, responses to date, and priority needs to be addressed. Brattleboro voted overwhelmingly in 2017 to join the Charter for Compassion (70 cities/towns worldwide), a movement organized by Karen Armstrong with input from the Dalai Lama. A "Compassionate Brattleboro" Committee of Selectboard members and representatives of activist organizations was then established and has been pursuing multiple initiatives including monthly compassion stories in local papers, a sister communities initiative, and an upcoming Bridge4Unity project allowing individuals with differing perspectives to practice "active listening." Programs are designed to be interactive with community members and hope to attract persons from a broad array of backgrounds. Special attention given to: our understandings of compassion, ways in which compassion is practiced in particular organizations and programs, and assistance/resources needed in these pursuits. 6:30 p.m., ground floor. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Jim Levinson: 802-254-2652,,


BRATTLEBORO Move and Connect: From dance to Tai Chi and Zumba to stretching, let's get moving together. Come early to check out the shop and stay late to build connections with other participants. Wear comfortable clothing. Water provided. 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Free (donations to instructors welcome). Windham Movement Apparel, 2 Elliot St. Information: 802-246-1223.



March 2019