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Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Road Tripping For Today: Studies have shown for years that the further you travel, the more your creativity, mental health, and even test scores improve. Prepare for your own trip this Road Trip season, with tips and tricks to travel both alone and together in today's world. Hear from Road Warriors Nick and Katherine Eastvold about their travels across 40+ states, including a few hilarious stories and adventures. 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.

Government

BRATTLEBORO "The New World We Face: America Alone?": Veteran diplomat George Jaeger discusses America's current relationship with the international community. This administration's inclination to go it alone, he contends, risks isolating the US from both allies and adversaries, thus making America less relevant and China more influential. Jaeger's talk considers a world in which America chooses unilateral action but not leadership in the international community. A former American diplomat, his career spanned the Cold War and beyond. After assignments in Liberia and Tito's Yugoslavia he served in the US Mission in Berlin, negotiated the non-proliferation treaty in Bonn and covered east-west relations in Paris. He was Political Counselor in Ottawa, American Consul General in Quebec during the independence crisis and taught foreign affairs as Diplomat-in-Residence at Middlebury College. His talk is part of the VT Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series. 7 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Well-being

BRATTLEBORO Free Yoga for Brattleboro Co-op Shareholders at Bodhifit: On the first Wednesday of each month, Brattleboro Co-op shareholders can take this moderate heat, all levels Vinyasa Flow yoga class with Kristin. Please arrive early. 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Bodhifit, 22 High St. Cancellations, non-shareholder pricing: www.bodhifit.net.

BRATTLEBORO Lunchtime Yoga for Co-op Shareholders: All-levels, led by a different local teacher each Wednesday. Bring a yoga mat. 12 noon - 1 p.m. Free (only open to shareholders). Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Information: 802-246-2821; Click to e-mail for more information.

BELLOWS FALLS Stories of Hope - "See the Change, Be the Change": This event, a follow-up to "The Importance of Hope" forum on Feb '18, highlights stories and progress on our community's efforts to respond to the opioid epidemic. It's intended to inspire and reduce stigma while featuring recent successes in bringing more recovery resources to the community. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Greater Falls Connections: 802-463-9927.

Community building

PUTNEY Emerald Ash Borer: Jim Esden, Protection Forester at the VT Dept. of Forest Parks and Recreation describes the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and the threat this invasive, Asian beetle poses to VT's 150 million ash trees. First detected in Detroit, MI, in 2002, it was discovered in northern Orange County VT in 2018. Now it's been found in Stamford, VT - less than 200 miles from Guilford, Brattleboro, Dummerston, Putney. Ash anywhere in VT is now regulated by state and federal rules. How to comply with the state's "Slow the Spread" rules and how to protect special ash trees will be discussed. Esden's talk also kicks off initiatives by Putney and Guilford to inventory all ash trees along town road right-of-ways. EAB is expected to kill more than 98% of the ash trees it infests, and most road side ash trees will become hazards 3–5 years after EAB arrives. The state's Urban Forestry program has awarded a grant to each town to carry out ash tree survey work leading to municipal planning for this problem. Anyone interested in helping with Guilford or Putney ash tree surveys can sign up at this meeting or at the appropriate Town Hall. 7 p.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Activism

BRATTLEBORO Youth Demand Action on Climate Change!: Today is United Nations World Environment Day. Come to hear student activists from our region, ages 13 to 20, who will share their hopes, actions, and frustrations, get audience feedback and take questions. Facilitated by Dr. Julie Snorek, Environmental Studies, Dartmouth College, and Lissa Weinmann, Windham World Affairs Council. Inspired by Greta Thunberg, the young Swedish girl who sat every Friday on the steps of the Swedish parliament to protest her government's inaction on climate change, youth movements have been mushrooming around the world, including in our area. There will also be a training session for the participants on speaking skills and honing one's message. 6 - 8 p.m. (2 - 5 p.m. training session). 5:30 p.m. doors open. Free. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. SIgn-up for training session: jjuliesnorek@gmail.com or windhamworldaffairscouncil@gmail.com.

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