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Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Wildlife in Winter - In the Classroom and in the Field: Join Bonnyville Environmental Education Center's naturalist Patti Smith to learn about mammals in winter. Each session will cover a group of winter-active animals. Begin in the Winston Prouty conference room with photos, videos, slides, and artifacts. We will then head to a field site or two to look for tracks and sign and develop the skills needed to read them. Today's workshop (The Long and Low) will focus on the mustelid clan - weasels, mink, fisher, and otter. 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - some classes may run later. (Continues 1/25, 2/22, 3/28). $30 per session/$20 BEEC members (all 4 sessions: $90/$60). Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, 1221 Bonnyvale Rd. Register: 802-257-5785; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BELLOWS FALLS Owen Nied - Multi-Instrumentalist: Owen's original music careens from edgy pop to jazz to blues, rock, and hip hop, influenced by artists as diverse as Wes Montgomery, Les Paul, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jack White, Jeff Beck, Brian Wilson, B.B. King, Dick Dale, Tony Bennett, Dave Brubeck, Chet Atkins, and Ella Fitzgerald. In addition to playing solo, Owen fronts the guitar- and horn-driven indie trio The Onlys; plays lead guitar in the jazz-grass band Cats in the Limelight; and is half of the UK-based indie-jazz duo Spooky Tricycle. Performing since he was nine, he was awarded featured slots at the Ukulele Festival of Great Britain in 2011 and 2012, and has since toured the U.S., England, France, and the Netherlands. This is impressive for anybody, but Owen is just 21 years old and in his senior year at Hampshire College studying music and film. 7 p.m. $5 suggested donation at door. Stage 33 Live, 33 Bridge St. Information: 802-289-0148; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Local history

SAXTONS RIVER Early Gunsmiths (Fireside Chat): Eric Bye, of N. Springfield, is a rendezvous coordinator, a member of the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association, author of "Flintlocks: A Practical Guide for Their Use and Appreciation," and is the former editor of Muzzle Blasts magazine. He's the national record holder with flint pistol on NMLRA's Curley Gostomsky National Primitive Range and is an experienced deer and turkey hunter. His talk will highlight two local gunsmiths: Artemas Leonard of Saxtons River (1804-1859) and Norman Brockway of Bellows Falls (1841-1936). While Leonard was best known locally, Brockway's skill and prowess enjoyed national fame. These Fireside Chats are hosted by Main Street Arts and the Saxtons River Historical Society. 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. in the dining room. Attendees are invited to share their own experiences, photos, artifacts, stories related to the topic. Donations welcome. Saxtons River Inn and Restaurant, 27 Main St. Information: Reservations for dinner / weather cancellation: 802-869-2110.


BRATTLEBORO Beginner Ashtanga Yoga Classes: Based on the teachings of Krishnamacharya and Pattbhi Jois in Mysore, India, participants learn a set series of dynamic postures that build connection between body, breath and mind. Modifications will be given as needed. Sundays 8 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. (Tuesdays 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.). Setu Yoga & Meditation Retreat Center, 241 Quails Hill Rd. Information: Check for schedule updates:

Community building

W. BRATTLEBORO "Climate Church, Climate World" - Climate Sundays Series: Rev. Jim Antal's service, "Defiant Hope: Our Faithful Response to the Climate Crisis," will be the first in a series the Church calls "Climate Sundays." Of this sermon he says: "The climate crisis is the opportunity for which the church was born. Hope will emerge as parishioners engage some of the numerous suggestions for how they can faithfully join others – especially young people - to address the greatest moral challenge humanity has ever faced." Antal is a denominational leader, climate activist, public theologian, and serves as Special Advisor on Climate Justice to the General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ. The All Souls Church congregation is currently reading his book, "Climate Church, Climate World: How People of Faith Must Work for Change," as essentially a congregation-wide book group. The book was featured in the Chicago Tribune on Earth Day 2018. 10 a.m. Discussion after the service with Rev. Antal; light refreshments. At future "Climate Sundays," the ASC will work on ways to address the climate crisis - personally, as a congregation, as a community. All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 29 South St. Information: 802-254-9377; Click for more info on Web in new window.

GUILFORD Monthly Coffee with Coffey - Sara Coffey, VT U.S., State Rep., Windham 1: Vermont's 2020 legislative session is set to start on January 7th, and Coffey would like to hear from you. 3-4 p.m. first Sun. of every month. Also, you can fill out a survey about major topics under consideration at the State House so Coffey knows where you stand: Guilford Country Store, 475 Coolidge Hwy. (Rte. 5). Information:


BRATTLEBORO Community Circle Dance: All dances taught. No partner needed. Led by Kaeza Fearn. 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Donations appreciated. River Valley Aikido Center, 11 Cottage St. Parker Huber: 802-257-9108,



January 2020