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Film and video

BELLOWS FALLS "The Public": Imagine it's a bitter cold night in the city. All the warming shelters are full, so a group of homeless people decide to stage an "Occupy" sit-in at a very public building. Find out what happens in this drama set in one of the last bastions of democracy-in-action: your public library. Louise Luring from our local Warming Shelter will be available after the film for information and/or group discussion. 6:30 p.m. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.


E. DOVER Dover Town Hall Concert Series - Social Medication: Social Medication, a Brattleboro band, features Tim Dyer on guitar, Scott Griswold on bass, and Sean McLaughlin on drums. 6 - 8 p.m. Free. Dover Town Hall, 190 Taft Brook Rd. Information: 802-464-5100,


BRATTLEBORO An Evening with Bill McKibben: McKibben will talk about the current climate crisis, what's at stake in 2020, and read from his latest book, "Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?" In 2014 was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the 'alternative Nobel.' His 1989 book, "The End of Nature," is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, has appeared in 24 languages, and gone on to write a dozen more books. He's a co-founder of, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, which has organized 20,000 rallies around the world in every country but North Korea, spearheaded the resistance to the Keystone Pipeline, and launched the fast-growing fossil fuel divestment movement. 6:30 - 8 p.m. ASL interpreter and a Q & A follows. Hosted by 350 Brattleboro and 350 Vermont. Free. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Information:

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Friends of Brooks Memorial Library Board Meeting: Are you interested in learning what the Friends do for our library? Do you want to become more involved in events, programs, and services that the library has to offer? Stop by the Friends board meeting and see if joining might be for you! The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library Board meets on the third Wednesday of each month. 4:30 - 6 p.m. The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library Board meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO All About the Decennial Census of 2020: Counting everyone once, only once, and in the right place. The U.S. Census Bureau is the federal government's largest statistical agency, dedicated to providing current facts and figures about America's people, places, and economy. David Longsmith, a Census Recruiting Assistant, will present an overview of the census and share information about available jobs as "enumerators" or Census Takers. 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.

Community meals

LONDONDERRY Soup Social: Enjoy soup, crackers, and dessert donated by Nordic Harmonii (a Swedish-American chorus based in Londonderry) who will share their Scandinavian heritage, music, and traditions. 12 noon. Free. Neighborhood Connections, The Meeting Place, Rte. 100, 5700 Marketplace (across from the post office). Registration required/transportation can be arranged: 802-824-4343.

BRATTLEBORO Drop-In Dinner for Older Youth Each Wednesday: At the drop-in dinner, area youth (ages 16-24) are welcome to come by for a free meal, meet with and socialize with other youth, and meet Youth Services staff. Occasional workshops, activities and other projects may be offered based on feedback from attendees. Young people facing challenges can access our staff to find out more about what Youth Services has to offer, including case management and assistance with everything from job searches, to housing applications, attaining food stamp/Medicaid applications, as well as providing referrals for other support as needed. At some drop-in dinners there will be speakers from local agencies to present on what their services have to offer area youth. Youth Services' weekly Wednesday drop-in dinner is being offered to provide free food for local youth - many of whom are facing food insecurity - and a safe space to connect with Youth Services staff as well as to build community. 6 - 8 p.m. every Wednesday. Free. Snow Block Community Room, 29 Flat St. Information: 802-257-0361,

LONDONDERRY Monthly Soup Socials: Share a warm meal and conversation. 12 noon to 1 p.m. (Repeats 2/19, 3/18/2020). Free. Neighborhood Connections, The Meeting Place, Rte. 100, 5700 Marketplace (across from the post office). Reserve your spot/transportation needs: Maggie or Noreen: 802-824-4343.



January 2020