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The written word

BRATTLEBORO Great Books: Min Jin Lee's novel "Pachinko": Discussion about this multi-generational saga of a Korean family living in Japan. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. in the Meeting Room (monthly). Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Michael N. Landis: 802-257-1851,

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 #2: Capital Punishment." In 1972, the Supreme Court struck down a set of convictions in Texas and Georgia, arguing that statutes that allowed for the death penalty violated the Cruel and Unusual Punishment clause in the Eighth Amendment. In 1976, they reversed that decision after 35 states rewrote their death penalty statutes. Since then, almost 1,500 people have been executed in the United States. Once again, we’ll consider 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,

PUTNEY Shakespeare's Measure for Measure Study Group: This Shakespeare study group is led by Gordon Jones, a Putney School faculty member. The group will read "Measure for Measure." This is one of the so-called problem plays and deals with the timely topic of sexual coercion by a powerful hypocrite. Drop-in's welcome (workshop runs for 5 weeks). Copies of the play will be available at the front desk for library cardholders to borrow. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Contact Gordon if you would like to participate:

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Mother Up! Families Rise Up for Climate Action: This is a project of 350Vermont that brings together families to talk about the tough realities of climate change and to participate in the transition to a healthier and safer world. We'll talk about how racial justice and climate justice are interconnected. We'll also reflect on 350VT's Next Steps: A Climate Solutions Walk and hear stories from local walkers. A vegetarian meal and childcare for ages 10 and under will be provided. 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Free. KidsPLAYce, 20 Elliot St. RSVP helpful but not required:


BRATTLEBORO Spouse/Partner Loss Support Groups: Monday group: 12 noon every 2nd and 4th Mon. (Additional group: 5 p.m. every 2nd and 4th Wed.). 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 Caring for Our Own with Fred Taylor of Brattleboro Area Hospice: This is a group that has grown up around shared interest in exploring graceful passage through our twilight years, into end of life, and support for one another, ourselves, and loved ones into what some call the next phase of life. Green or natural burial, home funerals, and related practical information is balanced with sharing our own stories of elders we have known and loved who guide us in this remarkable journey. 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.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Special Meeting of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel: The Issues Committee of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel announces this meeting, which is open to the public. The Committee will draft the likely meeting agenda for the May 20, 2019 NDCAP public meeting and will identify potential agenda topics for future NDCAP meetings. 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. in the Conference Room. (Conference call line for those who are unable to attend in person: 802-828-7228 or 802-552-8456. Conf. Rm #: 5569-4339 [followed by the # sign]). Windham Regional Commission, 139 Main St., #505.


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:



April 2019