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Ideas and education

JACKSONVILLE Composting 101: Discussion and demo of the various ways to compost at home in preparation for the 2020 ban of foods scraps from landfills entirely. Panel: Almira Aekus and Karen Pratt of Whitingham and Cathy Bell of Halifax will discuss what type of composting they use, the process and benefits, including onsite composting, vermi-composting, in-vessel composting. 7 p.m. Whitingham Municipal Center, 2948 Vt. Rte. 100. Information: 802-368-7887.


BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Sings Together - A Community Sing-Along: There will be a song list of over 100 well-known songs from many traditions (folk, golden oldies, gospel, Beatles, old pop and rock, show tunes, etc.) and we will take turns choosing what to sing. Lyrics will also be projected on a screen for all to see. There will be guitar accompaniment and a song leader to help guide the music. 7 - 9 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: richgrumbine1@gmail.com.

DOVER Ukelele Jam: Ukuleles will be available to borrow for this interactive workshop, but experienced players who already own one should bring theirs to play. Topics covered range from the basics (how to hold a ukulele, how to tune, finger placement) to more complex (cheats, strum patterns, difficult finger placement, rhythm). Finally, we'll play a song or two. Program is for ages 10 and up and all levels of music ability (ages 8-9 may participate with parent or guardian in attendance). 6 p.m. Free. Dover Free Library, 22 Holland Rd. Information: 802-348-7488; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BELLOWS FALLS Eugene Friesen's Creative Cello Workshop: Join a community of cellists, including guests Marta Roma Malcolm Parson, Trevor Exter, Dave Haughey, "1200 Horsehairs," in exploring new ways of collaborating and using our instruments. Innovative rhythmic techniques, accompanying singers and other soloists, creating cello parts in a "band" setting, practicing for being a lead voice in an ensemble – these are issues demanding creative solutions for the contemporary cellist. . Through Thursday, June 20. $575 (includes dinner). Stone Church Center, 12 Church St. Information: 802-463-3100; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Sings Together: Golden Oldies, Gospel, Beatles, Pop, Folk, and more. All are welcome. 7 p.m. in the Reading Room. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Mother Up! Meet-Up: Families Rise Up for Climate Action is a project of 350Vermont that brings together families to talk about the tough realities of climate change and to participate in the transition to a healthier and safer world. A vegetarian meal and childcare for ages 10 and under will be provided. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. (No meeting in July). KidsPLAYce, 20 Elliot St. RSVP appreciated. Abby Mnookin: abby@350vt.org.


BRATTLEBORO Navigating Dissonant Times with Sound Meditation: Sound is a powerful medium - one that can alter our perception, expand our consciousness, and be used as an anchor for awareness. It's a great tool for meditation. Join us for an experiential session to learn how sound meditation can be helpful in managing stress and dealing with disharmony. Led by Sher Levesque of Sri Healing Arts. 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.

WESTMINSTER WEST A Voice in the Land - Listening Circle : Living Earth Action Group welcomes Pueblo Indian Elder/Storyteller, Larry Littlebird of New Mexico and Dr. Greg Valerio, founder of a Celtic Monastic community in the British Isles. Historically, indigenous peoples have lived intimately rooted in regenerative circles of life. The forming of this nation from sea to shining sea forced the indigenous people from their homelands - tipping the balance. From that time past through the years arriving up to the present how does one begin to make sense of all that has transpired across this land? How do we restore the healthy root and heal the up-rootedness of a nation? LEAG is a citizen group of friends that have been exploring/presenting programs on many topics that affect and support the life of our living planet. Dedicated to the belief that every person can contribute to the physical and spiritual healing of the Earth, often discussed topics are soil health, banning pesticides, reversing climate change, Regenerative Agriculture, rehydrating the landscape, living the new story of connection to all that is. 7:30 p.m. By donation. Congregational Church of Westminster West, 44 Church St. Caitlin Adair: 802-387-5779, pcadair@sover.net.


BRATTLEBORO Youth 4 Change: ​This is a youth-led group, ages 12-25, committed to racial, economic, gender and social justice issues. Y4C creates a physical space open to youth to have their voices heard on the issues that matter to them. We're focused on providing programming for youth from frontline communities - POC, Indigenous, LGBTQIA, poor and working class, differently abled, immigrant, etc. 5:30 - 6:30 p.m: drop in, homework, art; 6:30 - 8 p.m: food and meeting (1st and 3rd Mon. every month). Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information: youth4changeaction@gmail.com.



June 2019