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The written word

BRATTLEBORO Green Mountain Crossroads' Trans Book Group: Open to trans, gender-queer, and gender non-conforming folks. We read books by and about trans/GQ/GNC folks to discuss together. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. (last Wed. of every month). Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. HB Lozito:


GREENFIELD Wheelhouse Karaoke: Sing your favorite classics. 8 p.m. every Wednesday. Free. Hawks & Reed Ballroom, 289 Main St. Information: 413-774-0150; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO New England Dance Tunes - Jigs, Reels & Waltzes: Andy Davis, Laurie Indenbaum, and Jim Fownes share the lively music found at a New England contra dance. Laurie on fiddle, Andy on accordion, and Jim on piano have decades of experience in town halls, granges, schools, and camps playing for country dances. They'll share some of the stories behind the music, anecdotes, and strange events in the travels of a rural dance musician. Who knows - maybe a dance will break out. 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.

KEENE Woodwind Recital: This eclectic recital features works by Philip Glass, Pierre Sancan, Robert Muczynksi, Kenji Bunch, Catherine McMichael, and Walter Hartley. Performers include Keene State faculty members Robin Matathias, Stephanie Jenkins, Christina Wright-Ivanova, and Craig Sylvern, plus guest artist James Pecsok. Includes solo works for flute, clarinet, and tenor saxophone, an exciting duo for clarinet and flute, and a final trio for flute, clarinet, and alto saxophone. 7:30 p.m. $10, $5 students/seniors. Keene State College, Redfern Arts Center, 90 Wyman Way. Information: 603-358-2168; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Scrabble (all ages and levels): 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. every Tues. and Wed. on the Mezzanine. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; 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. 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. 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.

PUTNEY Art Group (peer led): Offered by Putney Community Cares. 10 a.m. - 12 noon every Wednesday. $5. Laura Heller Barn, 54 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-5593; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Community Conversations on Compassion : Program: "Compassion and Human Services" with Margaret Atkinson, Chloe Learey, and moderator Dave Schoales. 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/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. in the Community Meeting Room upstairs. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Jim Levinson: 802-254-2652,,

BRATTLEBORO "Know Your Rights in the Era of #MeToo": This movement has clearly changed the cultural landscape. But how do we know if it’s safe to speak about our experiences of harm, especially in public? We want to empower women and all survivors of sexual violence to know their rights with the goal of creating a community where people are not afraid to come forward with their stories. Join the conversation with the Women's Action Team, the Women's Freedom Center, and guest speakers: victim rights attorney, Cara Cookson; writer, speaker and educator, Deborah Lee Luskin; first amendment attorney, Michael S. Lewis; and trial lawyer, James Valente. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.


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