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Ideas and education

DUMMERSTON Living with Black Bears - A Talk with Jaclyn Comeau: Comeau, a Wildlife Biologist at the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department in Springfield, VT, will provide information to help us be better neighbors with black bears. She'll talk about what draws them into our backyards and what we can do to prevent future conflicts between people and bears. Her presentation will give us an understanding of bear biology and ecology and will focus on issues specific to Dummerston and its surrounding communities with time for residents to ask questions and share their thoughts. 7 p.m. (Snow date 1/21). Free. Dummerston Elementary School, 52 Schoolhouse Road (Cnr. Schoolhouse Rd. and Rt. 5). Information: 802-254-2733; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ceremonies and memoriams

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Community Homelessness Awareness Vigil: Join us to hear from those working to support our neighbors struggling with homelessness and to raise awareness about this significant community need. Feel free to bring a personal story to share! We will also share the names of those we have lost, and honor them with a moment of silence. 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Pliny Park, Corner Main & High St.


BRATTLEBORO Lunch Time Zumba Class: Adrasteia Andrews offers this workout combining all elements of fitness - a fitness-party with Latin and international rhythms blended to create a fun aerobic workout and a great way to boost your energy, increase flexibility, condition muscles, and feel amazing each time you leave! Open to anyone 16 years old and up. Sponsored by Brattleboro Rec & Parks. 12:10 - 1:10 p.m. in the Blue Room on Tuesdays. Showers available for after class use. Waiver with parent signature required for 16 to 18-year-olds. Through Tuesday, April 21. $5 ($7 non-Brattleboro residents) per class. Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. Information: 802-254-5808; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

GUILFORD Preschool Storytime with Laura Lawson Tucker: 11 a.m. Free. Guilford Free Library, 4024 Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-257-4603; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Caregiver Support Group: This group is facilitated by John Everest, Hospice Care Coordinator at Brattleboro Area Hospice. 1 - 2:30 p.m. in Room B (Maple View Cafe) 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month. Free. Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, 17 Belmont Ave. No registration required. John Everest: 802-257-0775 x 106.

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Walk-In Clinic: Primary medical treatment for patients ages 18-64 in our community who do not have health insurance or who cannot afford their high deductibles or co-insurance. 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Brattleboro Walk-In Clinic, 191 Clark Ave. Information: 802-251-8484; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Contra Dance: Contra dance to "spellbinding" fiddler Emerald Rae, rad roots guitarist Peter Siegel, and double-bass & banjo wizard Stuart Kenney. Caller Kristen Planeaux recently moved to the Pioneer Valley from Ohio, where she's been a caller for seven years. No partner needed and beginners are welcome; all dances are taught and called. Carry in clean, soft-soled shoes. 7 - 10 p.m. (7 p.m. brief intro lesson). $10 to $12, $8 college students, $5 youth. The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information: 802-579-9960; Click for more info on Web in new window.



January 2020