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CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Thursday, March 

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Performing arts

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.

Visual arts and shows

SAXTONS RIVER Saxtons River Elementary Students - "Color the World with Kindness": . Through Friday, March 29. Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Information: 802-869-2960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

TURNERS FALLS "Spontaneous Combustion - The Improvisatory Art of Adam Bosse": Musician and music educator Adam Bosse explores improvisatory painting techniques where colorful chaos and black ink lines collide in an often explosive union. Bosse's art work is presented here for the first time along with sound tracks from Bosse's two music groups, 23 Ensemble and Fred Cracklin, accessible to gallery goers through a scannable QR code displayed with the artwork or played on the gallery speaker system. Open Thur.- Sat. 12 noon - 5 p.m. (4/14: Artist reception: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.). Through Sunday, May 5. Free. Ninas Nook, 125 Avenue A. Information: 413-834-8800; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Film and video

BRATTLEBORO "An American Nurse at War": Photographer Steve Hooper presents his short film on the WWI experience of Brattleboro nurse, Marion McCune Rice, for the Brattleboro Words Project's monthly Roundtable Discussion. Refreshments served. 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Free. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Co-op Producer of the Month - Orchard Hill Breadworks: Stop by and meet the folks from Orchard Hill Breadworks, this month's featured local producer. Enjoy free samples of their tasty and healthful bread. 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Well-being

BRATTLEBORO MamaSezz Heart Beet Club - Whole Food Plant Based Transitioning/Lifestyle Support Group: Offering support, speakers, exercises, meditation, and 1-1 coaching. This an active and fun support group for people who are interested in transitioning into a plant-based lifestyle or folks already eating this way. Come share your experiences and hear from others who are going through similar things as you. Cooking, delicious food provided, lots of laughs, and a whole lot more. 6 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. on Thursdays. Through Thursday, April 11. By donation. MamaSezz, 127 Marlboro Rd. (Rte. 9). Information: 800-212-8913.

BRATTLEBORO Nature Deficit Disorder with Bill Pearson: Connecting with Nature. We'll share thoughts about our personal connections with the natural world that make us healthier and happier - and discuss 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.

Pets

BRATTLEBORO Pet Loss Support Group: Anyone who has experienced the death of a beloved furry, winged, or scaly family member is deeply aware of how profound a loss this can be. The human-animal bond can be one of unsurpassed shared devotion, understanding, partnership and love. Saying goodbye to anyone we love is always a difficult experience. When the loved one is a companion animal, its grieving humans often feel isolated and lost, with the intensity of their grief going unrecognized or minimized by those around them. This group is for adults who have experienced the death of their companion animal. Topics will include stories of love, joy, and loss, exploring and sharing methods of maneuvering through the grieving journey and examining how the human-animal connection has enriched our lives. 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Through Thursday, April 18. Free. Brattleboro Area Hospice, 191 Canal St. Pre-register: 802-257-0775.

Community building

WESTMINSTER Wetlands and Forests for Flood Resiliency Study Report: The Westminster Town Plan encourages the town to evaluate areas that should be protected to reduce flood damage to homes/businesses/roads/natural areas - "floodplains, river corridors, lands adjacent to streams, wetlands, upland forests." The Westminster Conservation is identifying wetlands critical for water storage plus upland forests that may play a role in flood mitigation. Come hear the Commission present the results of the study. Westminster is home to about 690 wetland acres - many providing water storage during flooding events but some don't have high flood storage capacity. Still, over a 1/4 of the steep slopes are vulnerable to erosion. Wetlands with lower flood storage capacity are at greater risk of losing flood control potential should forested areas on surrounding steep slopes be removed/significantly reduced. Understanding value/roles of wetlands/forested uplands can help everyone think through best options for protecting the most significant/vulnerable areas. Ecologist Jeff Littleton shares study details and the public is invited to ask questions/contribute to a discussion about flood resiliency going forward. Refreshments served. 7 p.m. Free. Westminster Institute, 3534 Route 5. Information: westminstervtconservation@gmail.com.

BRATTLEBORO Veterans Group for Women - Weekly Coffee and Tea Social: Any female 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 a.m. - 10 a.m. every Thursday. Free. American Legion Hall, 32 Linden St. Questions? Christine Turner: 802-257-4273.

Community meals

BRATTLEBORO Corned Beef Community Meal: 11:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. $6. Veterans of Foreign Wars, 40 Black Mountain Rd. Information: 802-257-0438.

Activism

BRATTLEBORO Fossil Fuel Reduction and Confessions of Climate Deniers: This meeting aims to organize around presenting authentic stories and concerns about climate crisis and offer your plans to begin climate rescue legislation at the 3/23 Representative Town Meeting at BUHS. We will strategize about advocating enforceable new measures (other than recycling) and preventing obstruction and denial from diverting real climate rescue discussion. We are all in denial, and when we deny our fear, it weakens us. The house is on fire, people are dying, everything we cherish is in danger, and our minds blank at the glare. We don't know what to do. But in an emergency, not knowing what to do is not an option. The resolution on the agenda is designed for us to rewrite. The particular measures, if any are approved, don't matter. What matters is that we admit our fear and harness its power, and that we try together to raise the issue to the next level. 6:30 p.m. Hyde Park Soapbox, 16 Washington St.

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