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Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO "Good Clash: Why Democracy Depends on Productive Disagreement" - a Series with Meg Mott: Today's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute presentation is "Thorny issue #1: Abortion." In 1973, the Supreme Court attempted to define women’s reproductive rights in Roe v. Wade. Rather than settling this debate, that decision spawned the powerful "right to life" movement. This class considers the rational arguments on both sides of the issue as well as the cognitive dissonance each exerts on the other. Meg Mott is Professor of Politics at Marlboro College. 10 a.m. - 12 noon on Mondays. Through Monday, May 6. $6 per lecture. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Julie Lavorgnia: 802-365-7278,

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro "War Tax Resistance" - Tax Day is April 15 : Nearly half of the federal personal income tax is used to pay for war and war preparations. If your conscience is troubled by paying for this every year, you are welcome to stop by our information table. Pioneer Valley War Tax Resisters will have a variety of literature and answers to your questions. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (outside the BFC). Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Daniel Sicken: 802-387-2798,


PUTNEY Next Stage Cooks - Cooking with Cannabis: Sarah Dal Balcon, owner of Healing with Food, is from California, where she was a personal chef for VIP and celebrity families as well as a menu consultant for restaurants. In this class, Sarah will show us how to infuse olive oil, hemp seed oil, cream and butter with cannabis (CBD), which uses buds from the hemp plant. The class will then participate in making a delicious meal using these infused staples. While the class will work with CBD, the techniques are no different if you chose to make THC infused staples at home with buds from the marijuana plant. Menu: Mixed green salad tossed with CBD infused hemp oil dressing; Pasta with Pesto made with CBD infused olive oil; Fried bananas in Caramel sauce made with CBD infused butter and cream; Wine will be served. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. $65. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Tickets:

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Nature Explorers Spring Camp: We will search for signs of spring, find where the wild ones play, investigate the mysteries of metamorphosis, follow a babbling brook, and delve into forest fantasies. Grades K-4. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Through Friday, April 19. $55/day, $250/5 days ($45/day, $210/week for members). Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, 1221 Bonnyvale Rd. Registration, scholarships:


BRATTLEBORO Advance Care Planning/Advance Directive: When you can't speak for yourself in a medical event, it is important to have planned ahead. With Advance Care Planning and by completing your Advance Directive you have a plan that Medical Providers can follow and that identifies a Health Care Agent who can speak for you. Learn valuable information for you to consider when completing your Advance Directive and participating in Advance Care Planning. 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 Seniors Tai Chi for Fall Prevention Classes: These classes introduce and practice the most basic movements of introductory forms taught by Dr. Paul Lam and recommended by the Arthritis Foundation. The pace is smooth, slow, and can be done while seated. Instructor: Leah Gessner, Certified by Tai Chi Vermont, Inc. in Fall Prevention Tai Chi. Sponsored by Guilford Cares. 11 a.m. - 12 noon on Mondays. $2 suggested donation. Guilford Community Church, Crnr Rte. 5 and Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-579-1350,


MARLBORO Soul Line Dance Class with Rachael Shaw: Soul line dance is a low impact, synchronized style of dance done in lines. Students will learn short combinations that are repeated throughout the songs (R&B, soul, pop and funk music). Please bring comfortable indoor shoes with smooth non-marking soles. 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. in the Gym (Mondays thru 5/20). $10 per class, drop-ins welcome. Marlboro Elementary School. Information:


BRATTLEBORO Youth 4 Change: ​This is a youth-led group, ages 12-25, committed to racial, economic, gender and social justice issues. Y4C creates a physical space open to youth to have their voices heard on the issues that matter to them. We're focused on providing programming for youth from frontline communities - POC, Indigenous, LGBTQIA, poor and working class, differently abled, immigrant, etc. 5:30 - 6:30 p.m: drop in, homework, art; 6:30 - 8 p.m: food and meeting (1st and 3rd Mon. every month). Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information:



April 2019