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The written word

BRATTLEBORO Sharing My Screenplays with You: Michael Smith is a local writer whose interest in movies allowed him to learn how to write screenplays. He self-published two through hoping to find other like minded individuals who can share in the experience of writing a screenplay. 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.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO "The World in Claire's Classroom": What do we want education to look like? How can we use teaching to create a better world? Join the Spark Teacher Training Institute for a viewing of "The World in Claire's Classroom," a film that documents life in the elementary school classroom of Westminster teacher Claire Oglesby. Claire was known for her great respect for children as well as her commitment to bringing diversity and critical thinking into a mostly white, rural classroom. Discussion with Spark teachers-in-training, faculty, and the public follows. Refreshments provided. 6 - 8 p.m. in the Community Room. Family-friendly. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO "Musical Minestrone - Folksongs and Tales, Rhythms and Rhymes" Camp Debut: Geared toward kids ages 5-8 and led by singer-songwriter and children's music teacher Kim Wallach, this half-day camp focuses on oral traditions - storytelling, singing, dance, play party and movement, with some art and instrument building projects. Children will build skills and comfort with words, rhyming, rhythm, dancing together, exploring rhythm instruments and being introduced to a variety of folk instruments - guitar, banjo, lap dulcimer, harp, and more. Each day is loosely constructed around a theme, but the evolution of the week will depend on the interests of the community that we build as a group. The camp ends with a communal meal, a potluck "stone soup," a chance for families to see what we've done during the week and meet the other participants. This camp is a great step for younger students hoping to attend full day music camp when they are 9. 9:30 a.m. - 12 noon. Through Friday, August 16. $180 (scholarships available and discounts for siblings). Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Information: 802-257-4523; Click for more info on Web in new window.

DUMMERSTON Vacation Bible School - Dinner, Music, Crafts, Games, Bible Stories: Parents can join their children for a BBQ and Carnival (3 years through 6th grade). Dinner provided Mon-Thur. Friday is Family Night. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Through Friday, August 16. Free. Windham Community Chapel, 850 US-5. Pastor Gary DeHaas: 802-254-8872.


GUILFORD Tai Chi for Fall Prevention: Regular practice improves balance, promotes correct posture and good health. Classes are paced for seniors combining qigong energy exercises with basic movements. 10 - 11 a.m. beginners; 11 - 12 p.m. ongoing, intermediate. $2 suggested donation. Guilford Community Church, Crnr Rte. 5 and Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-579-1350,


BRATTLEBORO Black, Indigenous People of Color Caucus Organizing Meeting: BIPOC has added a monthly working meeting with Lost River Racial Justice The purpose of these meetings is to work together on: Continued development of Local Caucus Continue to cultivate accountable organizing communities: Center voices of color, Counter white supremacy, Build Statewide Caucus. There are many ways to get involved. Sub-committees are being created and will only be active when there is a person(s) willing to step up in leadership and help with their creation. Current active committees: Healing, Youth, Ready Response team, Foundation of Caucus, Education, Elders, Annual retreat planning, Employment. Inactive Committees: Legislative, Admin/IT, Art Communications -PR/SM, etc., Elders, Employment. Potluck dinner and childcare onsite. 5:45 p.m. settle in and partake in food; 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. monthly. Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information:



August 2019