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Performing arts

PUTNEY Fables Storytelling: The theme this month is "Farm Daze / stories from the farm" to benefit Retreat Farm. Hosted by Peter "Fish" Case. Storytellers: Howard Prussack of Highmeadow Farms, Jack Manix of Walker Farm, Andy Rice of Hogget Hill Farm and Pete Miller of The Miller Farm. The Cafe has cabaret-style seating, beer and wine cash bar, homemade pizza, popcorn, and snacks. 7:30 p.m. (2nd Wed. of every month). By donation. Next Stage Cafe, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-380-1077, peter@fishhookvt.com.

Government

BRATTLEBORO Democracy Forum: Taxes, The Pentagon Black Budget & The Green New Deal with Nick Biddle: What is money and where does it come from? What is the Pentagon's black budget and who pays for it? What is the Green New Deal and is it feasible? These three questions will be addressed with a focus on demonstrating how answers to them overlap. The perspective of the talk is that the Green New Deal is essentially mandatory for the environment, democracy, and perhaps even human survival. That said, the presentation seeks to carve out a strategy for implementing the Green New Deal within the current political context. 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 Windham Grows Hosts Monthly Community Table Event: This roundtable discussion is open to all who embrace sustainability, entrepreneurship, and community as a means to promote local food and food businesses to grow locally. One table, one conversation. Participants drive the conversation by bringing ideas, questions, and issues. You should come to the Community Table if you have a food-related challenge that you need some help addressing in your community or in your business, want to network with other movers and shakers in the vibrant food economy, want feedback on a new product idea. For food entrepreneurs, students, consultants, investors, eaters, and anyone in the food space interested in getting/giving feedback and making meaningful connections. Windham Grows is a project of Strolling of the Heifers, a socially responsible accelerator that builds the food and agriculture sector by connecting socially conscious startup and early-stage businesses. The program provides critical services, resources, financing and business mentors. 12 noon - 1:30 p.m. (There will be no Community Table June-August - sessions resume in September.). Free. River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: www.windhamgrows.org.

BRATTLEBORO Community Conversations on Compassion : Program: "Compassion and our Schools" with Lyle Holiday and presenters from the elementary and high school. 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 and 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, james.levinson@gmail.com, www.brookslibraryvt.org.

Dance

BRATTLEBORO Paneurythmy, the Dance of Universal Harmony: An uplifting, energizing circle dance taught by Beinsa Douno of Bulgaria and danced around the World. 8 a.m. Wednesday and Sunday. Free. Living Memorial Park, Guilford St. Ext. Information: 802-490-2213.

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