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The written word

VERNON Reading Group: "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman: Ove is a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell." But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents' association to their very foundations. 5 p.m. Free. Vernon Free Library, 567 Governor Hunt Rd. Information: 802-257-0150.

GUILFORD Guilford Free Library Story Hour for Grown-ups - Back Roads Stories: The Guilford Free Library launches this new program specifically for grown-ups (why should the kids have all the fun?), at the newly renovated Broad Brook Community Center. Featured storytellers are local residents Dennis Waring, Mimi Morton, Bob Tucker, and Verandah Porche who will be presenting their original work. The program will be hosted by Don McLean. 7:15 p.m. Handicap accessible. Free. Broad Brook Community Center, 3940 Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-257-4603.

NEWFANE Author Rick Winston Reading - "Red Scare in the Green State": Winston's most recent book is about McCarthyism in Vermont. Learn about "a high-profile academic firing, a conservative senator who helped take down Joseph McCarthy, controversies involving left-leaning summer residents, and some veteran newspaper editors who spoke out against McCarthy's tactics.". 6 p.m. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO "Seasons, Sunrise and Farms" - Photographs by Catherine Lee: Catherine Lee is influenced by her passion for art history and desire to create fascinating work that captures a moment in time. She photographs the same landscape at various hours of the day, in different weather and seasons. She loves how light changes color, shadows, mood, and creates an entirely different photograph with the same subject. . Through Thursday, May 30. River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO BrattleMasters (local Toastmasters club) - Learn Speaking Skills: "Speaking of Birthdays" is tonight's theme. In addition to speeches and evaluations, members will give reports on ahs and other filler words, grammar, keeping within time limits, and other aspects of the meeting. A topics master will run an extemporaneous speaking exercise available to everyone. Two speeches are scheduled and both have been assigned an evaluator. Free refreshments. Lisa Sieverts of Harrisville, NH will emcee. 6 - 7:30 p.m. in Rm. 245 (2nd and 4th Thur. of every month). Free. Vermont Technical College, 41 Harmony Pl. Information: www.brattleboro.toastmastersclubs.org.

BRATTLEBORO What is Baha'i? Ask Marie Procter: 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.

Music

BRATTLEBORO "Cobra" (A Game-Piece): Instrumentalist and vocalists who are willing to make stuff up, listen, and pay attention: Cobra is a fun, fast-paced musical(-ish) game-piece by John Zorn, taught by Anna Patton. Its structure might remind you more of a theater improv game than a piece of music. The musical/sonic material is entirely improvised and different in every iteration of the game. Participants signal a prompter to give the ensemble various cues written on cards so that all the improvisers can momentarily take control of the shape of the piece. Transitions can be quite fast and comically abrupt. Cobra is a great structure for working on decisiveness and commitment in improvisation and for exploring urges that may be inappropriate in politely democratic jam sessions. 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Thursdays in May. Through Thursday, May 30. No fee. Donations welcome. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: anna@annapatton.com.

Instruction

BRATTLEBORO Culinary Class: The Secret Life of Chocolate: This class will be a part presentation/part hands-on workshop. You will have several pieces of your own hand-made chocolate to bring home. Vegan options will be offered. You will learn: The process of making chocolate, which starts at the plantation and ends at the chocolate factory; What is cacao, what are its origins, and what happens after harvesting?; The history of chocolate; Chocolate tasting: Learn about how flavor changes depending on where the cacao is grown (terroir), the genetics of the bean and quality and type of processing used to make the finished chocolate product; How to make a ganache for fillings or hand rolled truffles; Tempering chocolate (two methods); How to make and embellish chocolate mendiants. Take home a small goodie bag. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. $35. River Garden, 157 Main St. Register in advance, more info: www.strollingoftheheifers.com.

Well-being

BRATTLEBORO Healthcare Jamboree: Concerned about the cost of healthcare? Unable to get care you need? Want to preserve and expand Medicaid? Join us for an evening of information & action. Agenda: Refreshments and resources. Program: "How we are impacted by the healthcare system & how we can take action for healthcare justice." Resources & Activities: Art making, postcards, photo stories, healthcare resources. The healthcare navigator from SEVCA will be there to help anyone with questions or problems with health insurance. A member from the Inclusion Center will have information about their drop-in activity center, along with other health related resources. Sponsored by the Vermont Workers' Center. 5:30: Refreshments, 6 pm: Program, 7:15 - 8 pm: Resources/ Activities. Use rear entrance to get to the Community Room. (Disability accessible; childcare provided). Brattleboro Savings & Loan, 221 Main St. To request a ride or interpretation: 802-257-4436, windham@workerscenter.org.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Annual Spring Event: This year's Keynote Speaker is Melanie Choukas-Bradley, (Assn. of Nature and Forest Therapy - ANFT), the author of several books and articles. Useful for all ages, her book, "The Joy of Forest Bathing," will take you on a nature-filled journey to help reduce stress and anxiety levels. Visit www.melaniechoukas-bradley.com. 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. hearty appetizers, desserts, cash bar; 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Speaker. $20. Brattleboro Country Club, 348 Upper Dummerston Rd. Reservations: 802-257-0688, barb-dave.henry@comcast.net.

Community meals

BRATTLEBORO Free Wine and Cheese Tasting: The 2nd Thursday of each month, BFC offers up a tasting of our featured sale wine. Try Laurent Miquel wines along with a paired cheese, which will also be on sale. (You must be 21 or over to sample alcohol in accordance with VT state law). 4 - 6 p.m. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Activism

BRATTLEBORO Citizens Silent Vigil and Meditative Protest Against F-35A in VT: Protest the basing of the F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter Bomber at Burlington's International Airport next year. This local action is in solidarity with a state action on May 9th in Montpelier that will include a 24-hour Meditation Protest for Peace. Participants are encouraged to either stand silently, holding signs, or join those meditating. Bring a chair/cushion. The F-35A, a stealth bomber, is designed to carry a nuclear payload, making it an offensive, not defensive, weapon. This exposes Burlington, and our entire state, to being a 1st-strike target. Immediate consequences of an accident involving a nuclear weapon will be catastrophic beyond human imagination. Any accident of the F-35, even without nuclear weapons on board, will devastate the greater Burlington area due to the toxicity of the materials with which the plane is constructed; producing fire not extinguishable by conventional means. 4 - 5 p.m. Do not park in the Co-op parking lot. Whetstone Walkway, 2 Main St. (opposite the Co-op entrance). Information: 802.869.2141, bereal@vermontel.net.

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