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Performing arts

PUTNEY Fables Storytelling: The theme this month is "Get Up, Stand Up/Resistance Stories." Hosted by Peter "Fish" Case. The Cafe has cabaret-style seating, 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: "Dangerous Leaders Spawn Dangerous Followers": As a psychiatrist practicing for 35 years, Dr. Neil Senior has had ample opportunity to evaluate dangerous people. This talk will cover both dangerous individuals and the people who follow them with a particular emphasis on our political 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.


KEENE Keene State College's Guitar Orchestra & Latin American Ensemble: "Concertos & Sambas: From Baroque to Brazil" with Dr. José Lezcano as director, offers music from Brazil, Argentina, and the Andes, including works by Brouwer, Villa-Lobos, Vivaldi, and others. 7:30 p.m. $10 ($5 students). Keene State College, Alumni Recital Hall, Redfern Arts Center, 229 Main St. Information: 603-358-2168.

GREENFIELD Wheelhouse Karaoke: Sing your favorite classics. 8 p.m. every Wednesday. Free. Hawks & Reed, 289 Main St. Information: 413-774-0150; 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. Brattleboro Retreat, 75 Linden St. Schedule appointment: 802-257-4011 (Info:

BRATTLEBORO "Ethics for a Connected World": Joel Rosenthal has served as president of Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs since 1995. He is also adjunct professor at New York University and chairman of the Bard College Globalization and International Affairs program in New York City. As a scholar and teacher, he's focused on ethics in U.S. foreign policy, with special emphasis on issues of war and peace, human rights, and pluralism. The "Engaging the World Series" is a partnership between Windham World Affairs Council and Marlboro College. 7 p.m. coffee, tea, conversation; 7:30 p.m. presentation (in the Parlor). Free. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Information:

Kids and families

DOVER Toddler Time: Toddlers (infants and children through age 3) interact with other children their own age while adult caregivers can meet and chat with other adults who care for little ones. Age-appropriate toys and activities available. 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays in the Children's Room. Free. Dover Free Library, 22 Holland Rd. Information: 802-348-7488; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Rhyme Time: Stories and songs for children age 5 and under. 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays in the Meeting Room. Through Wednesday, August 28. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Spouse/Partner Loss Support Groups: 5 p.m. every 2nd and 4th Wed. (There is also a Monday group: 12 noon every 2nd and 4th Mon.). Free. Brattleboro Area Hospice, 191 Canal St. One meeting with a bereavement counselor before participating is required. Cicely Carroll: 802-257-0775 x 108.

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. Free. Brattleboro Area Hospice, 191 Canal St. One meeting with a bereavement counselor is required. Lars Hunter: 802-257-0775 x 104.

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, issues. 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, want feedback on a new product idea. For food entrepreneurs, students, consultants, investors, eaters, and anyone in the food space interested in getting and 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. The program provides critical services, resources, financing and business mentors. 12 noon - 1:30 p.m. (2nd Wed. of every month). Free. The River Garden, 157 Main St. Information:

BRATTLEBORO Community Conversations on Compassion : Program: "Compassion and Business" with Stephanie Bonin, Kate O’Conner, Erin Skaggs; Moderator: Shanta Lee Gender. 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 certain organizations/programs, and assistance/resources needed in these pursuits. 6:30 p.m. on the 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.



April 2019