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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 #3: Guns." In 2010, the Supreme Court struck down a Chicago ban on handguns, arguing that the right to bear arms was a fundamental right. In the wake of mass shootings, a powerful gun safety movement has rejected the Court's interpretation. 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,

BRATTLEBORO It's Spring - Time to Compost: Learn how to properly compost food scraps and other organic materials (yard and garden trimmings, livestock manure, etc.) and create compost for your yard or garden. Composting, done right, should be odor free and not attract wildlife. Learn about different compost systems, acceptable materials, the compost process, and more. Already have a compost pile? Learn how to add food scraps to your existing system and also troubleshoot any issues you may be having. With Athena Bradley from Windham Solid Waste Management Distribution. 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.

BELLOWS FALLS Introduction to Cartooning for the Non-Cartoonist: Kurt Shaffert, a Will Eisner Fellow in Applied Cartooning who has led workshops and conferences throughout the U.S. and Scotland, offers this hands-on workshop on how to tell a story graphically. He will use the graphic memoir by Congressman John Lewis, "March Book One" - which is the 2019 Vermont Humanities Council selection for the Vermont Reads One Book Community Reading Program - as a model. 5:30 - 7 p.m. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Reservations: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

W. DOVER Lions Club Open House and Complimentary Italian Dinner: Meet with club members and learn more about how Lions serve the Deerfield Valley. If you like what you hear, become a member. 6:30 p.m. The Gathering Place in Dover, 3 Mountain Park Plaza. RSVP required for dinner. Wanda Walkowiak: 802-368-2020.


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