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CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Thursday, January 

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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Adventure of Silver Blaze": This reading is presented by the Baker Street Players. 7 p.m. $5 at door. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Information: 802-254-9276; Click for more info on Web in new window.

The written word

BRATTLEBORO 2nd Meeting of the "Contemporary Issues Book Group" : At this month's meeting we will discuss Naomi Klein's recent collection of essays, "On the (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal." Come and voice your opinions about Klein's take on the Green New Deal and related matters. All are welcome! Copies of the book available at the store. 6:30 - 8 p.m. Free. Everyones Books, 25 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-8160; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Book Club - "On Fire" by Naomi Klein: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Free. Everyones Books, 25 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-8160; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

PUTNEY Jeffrey Reddick - Incarcerated Painter and Poet: Reddick has been serving a life sentence in North Carolina, which is where he nurtured his abilities and lifelong interest in drawing and painting. In the prison library one day in 2009, he read an article about a garden in New Hampshire that Gordon Hayward designed. Reddick sent Gordon a letter and one of his "floral" paintings in an illustrated enveloped (some of which are also on display). With gardens, flowers, and writing in common, Reddick and Hayward have been corresponding over the last ten years and continue to do so. In the Gallery. (Reddick was interviewed by Stefan van Norden on the Nature Revisited podcast. The 3rd episode and can be found at: noordenproductions.com.). Through Friday, February 28. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

WESTMINSTER SEVCA Workshop - The Basics of Starting a Business: 10 a.m.-12 noon. Repeats 2/13 and 3/12. (Also in Brattleboro: 2-4 p.m. on 3/11). Free. SEVCA (Westminster), 91 Buck Dr. Register with Denise: 802-722-4575 or 800-464-9951.

Kids and families

PUTNEY Story Time: Former school librarian Susan Hessey reads and tells stories, does pass-arounds, and leads crafts in her fun and engaging thematic story times. Great for ages 2 and up, though children of all ages are welcome. 11 a.m. - 12 noon on Thursdays. Through Thursday, May 28. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Well-being

WESTMINSTER WEST "That the People May Live - The Life and Legacy of Nicholas Black Elk, Holy Man of the Lakota": Black Elk's Great Vision at the age of nine was the basis for his whole life. He lived it out in three seemingly contradictory yet overlapping roles: as a traditional healer, a Catholic teacher, and a revivalist of Indigenous traditions. Black Elk passed on his vision in the book "Black Elk Speaks" and it is now becoming an important vehicle for modern people to begin re-indigenizing our relationship with the natural world. We will explore how Black Elk's understanding of Lakota spirituality philosophy can help us to see the natural world as a unified whole of which we are a small part, the different species as spiritual beings with whom we form ongoing relationships, and how the life of hope Black Elk lived in the midst of great tragedy can inform how we approach the crises of our age. This talk is presented by Damian Costello and made possible by the Vermont Humanities Council. 7 - 9 p.m. Free. Congregational Church of Westminster West, 44 Church St. Information: 802-387-2334; Click for more info on Web in new window.

GUILFORD Falls Prevention Tai Chi Classes: This is a custom Tai Chi practice emphasizing slow, rhythmic movement designed to improve balance, strength, and general well-being. Instructor Leah Gessner is certified by Tai Chi Vermont. Sponsored by Guilford Cares and Senior Solutions Council on Aging for Southeastern VT. Thursdays: 10 a.m. Ongoing, 11 a.m. Beginners. No reservations necessary. Through Thursday, February 27. $2 suggested donation. Broad Brook Community Center, 3940 Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-579-1350, guilfordcaresvt@gmail.com.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO BASIC - Skateboard Park Committee: Open to the public. Members: Jeff Clark, Melissa Clark, Spencer Crispe, Matthew Rink, Francine Vallario. 6 p.m. in the Conference Room. Free. Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. Information: 802-254-5808; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY Free Food Distribution: All are welcome to come for free produce and some non-perishable items distributed by the Vermont Foodbank and the Putney Foodshelf. Open to anyone in the community. Please bring your own shopping bags. 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. (4th Thurs. of every month). Free. Putney Meadows, 17 Carol Brown Way.

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