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The written word

BELLOWS FALLS Rockingham Library Book Club: Join the discussion about what the monthly book club should read in 2020. A range of titles to select from will be on display. Each title will also be available in large print and audio book format. Open to the public. Refreshments. 3 p.m. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Replace Clutter with Clarity: Learn the basics of the life-changing KonMari Method from tidying consultant Ruth Shafer. Have you ever resolved to tidy, only to quit because you didn't know where to start? Do the holidays make you feel overwhelmed by stuff? Ruth teaches the Marie Kondo tidying process with experience and empathy. Come learn the magic folding technique that will transform your dresser drawers, and make 2020 the year you Tidy Up. 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.


BRATTLEBORO Spin Class: With Susie of the Brattleboro Food Co-op Seafood Dept. 5:15 - 6 p.m. (1st Mon. of every month). $15; free for Brattleboro Food Co-op shareholders. Body in Harmony, 22 High St. Information: 802-380-3928.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Kindergarten Basketball: Children currently enrolled in Kindergarten who are looking to learn the fundamentals of basketball will be taught skills in a fun and exciting way in this 5-week class. 5 - 5:45 p.m. Wear sneakers & bring a water bottle. No class 1/20. Through Monday, February 10. $20 ($35 non-Brattleboro residents). Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Dept., 207 Main St. Information: 802-254-5808; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Open Gym & Game Room for All Ages: Free supervised program and a great way to spend time after school! Play with your children or leave them in the care of the Rec. & Parks Staff. Open Gym is for recreation basketball (sneakers must be worn on gym floor). The Game Room is open for bumper pool, foosball, ping pong, and air hockey. Other activities during Open Gym: homework, snack area, arts & crafts, board games, chess, Legos. Mon: Grades K-6, 3-5 p.m.; Tues: 3-5 p.m., Grades 7-12; Wed: Grades K-6, 3-4:45 p.m.; Thur: 3-5 p.m., Grades 7-12; Fri: 3-5 p.m., Grades K-6; Sat: Grades 7-12 and Adults, 1-3 p.m. Gym closed Sundays/some holidays. Handicap accessible. Through Saturday, April 25. Free. Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Dept., 207 Main St. Information: 802-254-5808,


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. 11 a.m on Mondays. No reservations necessary. Through Monday, March 9. $2 suggested donation. Guilford Community Church, Crnr Rte. 5 and Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-579-1350,

Community building

PUTNEY Discussion Group: "A Different Way - Living in a Complex World": Discussion topics will include living a life of happiness and meaning, busyness, distraction and mindfulness, consuming less while creating more, technology and its capacity for connection and disconnection, resisting materialistic values, embracing simplicity. Paul LeVasseur is a co-founder and trainer for the Putney-based New England Council Collective which recognizes that every person has a story to share and a piece of the whole. He was a co-founder of Transition Town Putney and taught at SIT Graduate Institute for 39 years. 1/6, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Information session. (Course runs Mondays 1/13 - 2/17, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.). Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: Limited enrollment: Paul, 802-380-2226,



January 2020