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The written word

BELLOWS FALLS US Congressman and Civil Rights Leader John Lewis' Memoir: Challenge your perspectives with Dr. Sandra Sandiford Young as she leads an inter-generational discussion of Lewis' graphic memoir "March: Book One." The first in a trilogy, it tells of Lewis' childhood in rural Alabama, his desire as a young man to be a preacher, his life-changing interactions with Martin Luther King, Jr. and the nonviolent sit-ins he joined at lunch counters in Nashville as a means of undermining segregation. The Vermont Humanities Council has chosen this title for its 2019 Vermont Reads Statewide One-Book Community Reading Program. 6 p.m. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Introduction to Digital Photography: Bill Steele, owner of Gorham Mountain Photography, gives tips on how to get the most from your camera. He'll also speak about the "Exposure Triangle." Bring your camera, manual, and questions. 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.

W. MARLBORO Ten Years of Fly-fishing the East Outlet of Maine's Kennebec River: This slide presentation and discussion by Jack Widness explores the East Outlet of the Kennebec River - the primary outflow of Moosehead Lake, Maine's largest Lake. For the past 10 years, Jack and three friends have traveled to Greenville to fly-fish. It's well known by anglers for its mostly wild landlocked salmon and brook trout. This foursome has done the majority of their fly-fishing from drift boats on this pristine, once important logging river. A power company controls today's river flows. During the occasional times when the river has been too high or dangerous to float, fly-fishing for sizable smallmouth bass and perch in Indian Pond below the East Outlet has offered a different fishing experience in yet another beautiful Maine wilderness area. Adding to these fly-fishing adventures is camping, sharing meals and stories together around the open campfire. The trips reinforce their realization of the need for continued conservation to preserve such experiences. Presented by the Connecticut River Chapter of Trout Unlimited. 6 - 7:30 p.m. Free. Southern Vermont Natural History Museum, 7599 VT Route 9. David Deen: 802-869-3116, strictlytrout@vermontel.

BRATTLEBORO Discover New Zealand's North Island: Join Lani Wright for a talk and slide presentation of her recent trip to the North Island of New Zealand where she encountered plenty of strange native birds, trees, and flora and fauna and learned about the extraordinary efforts to save them. Sponsored by the Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society. 7 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Local history

BRATTLEBORO Historian examines effects of McCarthyism in Vermont: Rick Winston discusses his book, "Red Scare in the Green State." What happened in Vermont when the anti-Communist fear known as the “Red Scare” swept the country? Quite a bit, as it turns out. Winston explores some forgotten history as we see how a small, rural "rock-ribbed Republican" state with a historically libertarian streak handled the hysteria of the time. He profiles nine of the most gripping dramas played out in Vermont during "scoundrel time," including a high-profile academic firing, controversies involving left-leaning summer residents, courageous newspaper editors who spoke out against McCarthy’s tactics, and a conservative senator who helped take down Joseph McCarthy. 7 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290,

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Free Kids Cooking Class! Fun with Food and Art - That Crazy Rock: Start the fun at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center where you can enjoy the current art exhibit followed by a creative art project with Linda. See how art inspires our creativity and how food mirrors art when you follow Lizi to the Co-op's Cooking Classroom where you'll make something inspirationally delicious. 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Registration required: 802-246-2821,

GUILFORD Storytime: Program of songs, fingerplays, books, and activities for babies, toddlers, and older siblings presented by Cathi Wilken or Laura Lawson Tucker. 11 a.m. every Tuesday. Free. Guilford Free Library, 4024 Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-257-4603; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Walk-In Clinic: Free medical care for individuals without insurance or a physician. 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Brattleboro Walk-In Clinic, 191 Clark Ave. Information: 802-251-8484; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Civil Rights for All Photo Shoot: Gather in front of the Brattleboro Co-op Cafe patio and under the Brattleboro Co-op sign with Southern Vermont Samba for a David Shaw photo opportunity with the Civil Rights For All Banner. 5 p.m. in front of the Cafe patio (Also see 5/21 Samba. Rain date: 5/23). Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Samba at We Celebrate Diversity - Civil Rights for All: We Celebrate Diversity brings its banner and positive energy to communities around VT to demonstrate our people's commitment to democratic values and civil rights in the U.S. Enjoy the spring weather, meet friends, dance to the music. Southern Vermont Samba is a community music class at the Vermont Jazz Center. It gathers musicians, from beginners to professional, to learn and enjoy some of the styles played in Brazil’s Carnival parades. 5 - 6 p.m. outside (Also see 5/21: Civil Rights for All. Rain date: 5/23). Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.


PUTNEY Zumba with Nicole: This Latin-based dance fitness class is a workout for your body and your mind. 5:15 - 6:15 p.m. every Tuesday. $5. Landmark College Fine Arts Center, 1 River Rd. So. Information:



May 2019