CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Thursday, May
PUTNEY Sorting the News From the Chaff: Paradoxically, the Internet has made it both easier and harder to find 'truth.' Almost everything we could ever want to know is available online, but how can we tell the good sources from the bad ones, discern fact from assumption, and distinguish 'fake news' from the real thing? And how can we effectively communicate with others when discussing or debating public issues in the news? Veteran journalist and educator Mark Timney explores these questions and shares strategies for evaluating news sources in the rapidly changing digital information age. This is a Vermont Humanities Council event. 7 p.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Illustrated Lecture: "What is Art?": Have you ever thought to yourself, "I could do that!" when looking at a work of abstract art in a museum or gallery? Or maybe you've wondered why collectors would pay millions for artworks that seem simplistic, bizarre, or just plain ugly? It is sometimes tempting to think that art is just "in the eye of the beholder." But by imagining art history as an ongoing conversation, Champlain College Prof. David Mills explores ways of encountering art as more than just subjective preference. This highly visual presentation provides new ways to interact with what we find in museums and galleries. Mills holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from The Pennsylvania State University, with a specialization in philosophy of art. Sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council. 7 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLBORO Facility Tour on Water Quality Day - Brattleboro's Hidden Water Systems: Come for a first-hand introduction to the science, high-tech, and human dedication that protect the public health and keep Vermont’s rivers and lakes clean. This event is part of Water Quality Day, proclaimed every year since 2014 by Governors Shumlin and Scott to honor VT's drinking water and wastewater systems and the professional community that operates them. These systems constitute the largest and most valuable - yet least visible - infrastructure that cities and towns own. Visitors will see many processes - filtration, UV light exposure, chemical treatment, sedimentation, biodigestion, testing, computer monitoring, and more required to make wastewater safe to release back into natural waterways. Visitors will get a sense of the staggering volume of water processed by community water systems in VT: about 45 million gallons per day, all of it treated before use to make it safe to drink, and again in wastewater facilities. Open 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Wastewater Treatment Facility, 340 Riverside Dr. Harvey Dix: 802-257-2318, email@example.com.
GUILFORD Tai Chi for Fall Prevention: Regular practice improves balance, promotes correct posture and good health. Tai Chi for fall prevention classes are paced for seniors, combining qigong energy exercises with basic movements. Instructor Leah Gessner is certified by Tai Chi Vermont, Inc. Offered by Guilford Cares. 10 - 11 a.m. on Thursdays. $2 suggested donation. Broad Brook Community Center, 3940 Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-579-1350, firstname.lastname@example.org.
BRATTLEBORO Volunteering Opportunities at the Strolling of the Heifers: The Strolling of the Heifers is in its busiest season. Join Erin O'Connor and Vicki Friedman as they discuss what is happening in and around the Stroll. Whether you want to volunteer during the Slow Living Summit/Parade and Expo/Tour de Heifer Weekend or just want to learn more about the different ways community members can become more involved in helping Strolling of the Heifers achieve our mission, this presentation is for you. 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.