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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:


BRATTLEBORO African Dance Vermont - Drum Class and Dance Class: All levels welcome. Wear clothes you can move in and bring a water bottle. Live drumming accompanies the dance class (drums available for those who need one). Teachers: Namory Keita and Seny Daffe. Drum class: 6 - 7 p.m. Dance class: 7 - 8:30 p.m. $10 to $12 drum class, $12 to $20 dance class (sliding scale). One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

JAMAICA Jamaica Village School Open House and Age 4 Pre-K Registration: 10 a.m. Jamaica Village School, 347 Depot St. Information: 802-874-4822; 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.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Community Conversations on Compassion : Program: "Compassion, Town Government and the Police" with Peter Elwell, Chief Fitzgerald, a Brattleboro Selectboard member; Moderator: Doug Cox. This Compassionate Brattleboro Committee spring series is designed to highlight compassion issues in our town, responses to date, priority needs to be addressed. Our town voted overwhelmingly in 2017 to join the Charter for Compassion (70 cities/towns worldwide), organized by Karen Armstrong with input from the Dalai Lama. A "Compassionate Brattleboro" Committee of Selectboard members and reps of activist organizations was established and has been pursuing multiple initiatives including monthly compassion stories in local papers, a sister communities initiative, 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/programs, assistance and resources needed. 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