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The written word

PUTNEY Reading and Writing the Marvelous But Often Overlooked Short Story: With Putney Library Writer-in-Residence Michelle Blake we'll do close readings of two contemporary stories -"Runaway," by Alice Munro, and "Rare Birds," by Andrea Barrett - focusing on narrative structure, character development, point-of-view, and questions of what makes a story a story. 7:30 p.m. (Stories are available at the library the week before). Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Music

GRAFTON Kevin Parry plays Blues and other Classics: Guitar and vocals. Outdoors with barbecue. 6 - 8:30 p.m. Free. Grafton Inn, 92 Main St. Information: 802-843-2248, www.kevinparrymusic.com.

BRATTLEBORO Community Sing Along: Rich Grumbine leads this fun, all-ages-welcome sing-along. There will be a songbook of well-known songs from many traditions (folk, golden oldies, gospel, Beatles, pop and rock, show tunes, etc.) and attendees will take turns choosing what to sing. Mr. Grumbine will provide guitar accompaniment. 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 Democratic Debate Watch Party: Come out to watch the second night of the Democratic Presidential Primary Debates on the big screen. Participate in the conversation about our next president. Windham County Vermont Democrats will provide food and the Stone Church will offer a drink selection. 8:30 - 11 p.m. The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information: 802-579-9960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Solutions? Where Do We Go From Here? A Community Conversation: This conversation is an opportunity for community members to discuss some of the ways they are addressing some of the various topics that "The Commons" has covered in Special Focus sections - especially the most recent piece, Flying Signs. This is not about individuals from a seat of power or position helping individuals who aren’t in those positions. Instead, we're focused on asking the question what role do we all play as individuals who live and work in Brattleboro? How can we all see ourselves as a part of the solution and what does that look like for our community? Hosted by The Commons and 118 Elliot. 6 - 7:30 p.m. Free. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Alley Lane Cleanup: Together we can do this! We invite you to help reimagine the transportation center alleyway off of Flat St. between Vermont Center for Photography and Experienced Goods. We'll mulch, garden, and brainstorm. This effort is part of a larger placemaking effort to transform the area into an inviting and inclusive area for community use and engagement. Who is making this happen?: Downtown Brattleboro Alliance, VT Center for Photography, Town of Brattleboro, Brattleboro Area Hospice, Brattleboro Prevention Coalition, a team of regional artists - Evie Lovett, Andrea Wasserman, Elizabeth Billings, and all of you! . 4 - 6 p.m. in the alleyway. (Continues 9/4). Transportation Center, Flat Street.

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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