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Ideas and education

GUILFORD Coyote Biology, Management, and Co-existence: Kim Royar of VT Fish & Wildlife will discuss the latest understanding about one of Vermont's largest wild predators, with question/answer period to follow. Sponsored by the Guilford Conservation Commission. 7 - 8:30 p.m. Free. Broad Brook Community Center, 3940 Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-257-1961.

BRATTLEBORO "The History and Structure of Stone Walls": New England has thousands of miles of stone walls. Author and builder Kevin Gardner discusses the history of stone walls and how they became a significant element of our landscape, all while building a miniature New England wall in the library. 7 - 8:30 p.m. First Wednesdays is part of the Vermont Humanities lecture series. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.


WESTMINSTER Village Harmony: Sixteen veteran young adult Village Harmony singers, led by Larry Gordon and Carl Linich, present traditional songs from Caucasus Georgia, Bulgaria, and Corsica; South African songs and dances; American shape-note tunes; and Spanish renaissance Christmas pieces. 7 p.m. $15 sliding scale. Westminster First Congregational Church, Main St. Information: 802-426-3210,


BRATTLEBORO Rape Aggression Defense Classes for Juniors and Seniors in High School : 4 - 7 p.m., lower level. The 3-session classes continue 1/15 and 1/22/2020. $35 for 3 classes, $50 for non-Brattleboro residents (non-refundable). Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. Sign up early to reserve your spot: 802-254-5808.


BRATTLEBORO Impeachment and the Rule of Law - Lecture/Discussion: The concepts of a "nation of laws and not of people" and the "rule of law" are as old as our nation-state itself. Casting aside the "divine right of kings," this new ideal would become the very foundation of our democracy. What happens when the president violates the oath of office? Through the lens of history and contemporary politics, Tim Kipp - retired US history and political science teacher for 39 years and a political activist since the '60s - examines the roles of the Constitution, the Dept. of Justice's Office of Legal Council, the 25th Amendment, and impeachment in addressing president misconduct. The concluding question: "How well is the US living up to the principle of the Rule of Law?" . 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 Lunchtime Yoga for Co-op Shareholders: All-levels, led by a different local teacher each week. Bring a yoga mat. 12 noon - 1 p.m. every Wed. Free (only open to shareholders). Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Information: 802-246-2821; Click to e-mail for more information.

BRATTLEBORO Mid-Day Meditation: Join Vera Riley as she leads a weekly meditation time to create more peace and relaxation in your life. The gathering includes instruction, practice and Q&As. Vera encourages folks to come by, even if it's only for a few minutes. Just 5 minutes can make a difference in your day. 1:15 - 1:45 p.m. on Wednesdays (use Canal St. entrance). Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Information: 802-246-2821; Click to e-mail for more information.

PUTNEY "Quitting Smoking" Workshop: 5 - 6 p.m. Hosted by Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. Free. Putney Community Cares, 54 Kimball Hill. Info/Register: Nancy Schaefer: 802-251-8456 or Becky Best: 802-251-8604.

Community building

BELLOWS FALLS Set the Direction for the Future of Our Town: All members of the Rockingham Community are invited to participate in the second phase of the Let's Take Action Rockingham. Residents will review the ideas shared and the Vermont Council on Rural Development will facilitate a discussion where members of the community will advocate for causes of particular interest and vote for issues they want to move forward in the coming year. The issues that are selected will become the focus of task forces in the future. In February, VCRD will return with a resource team of state, federal, and non-profit leaders for a final visit to help the new task forces build action plans and resource connections to advance the priority projects. 6:30 p.m. in the Lower Theater (This is a follow-up to the 12/4/19 meeting which drew over 150 community members.). Rockingham Town Hall, 7 The Square.

VERNON Bread of Life Food Pantry: 3:30 - 5 p.m. (2nd and 4th Wednesdays). Bread of Life Food Pantry, 554 Fort Bridgman Rd. Information: Pauline & Warren Clark: 802-254-4692,

Arts and crafts

GUILFORD Knitting Circle: Bring your own project or use some of our needles and yarn. 2 - 4 p.m. Free. Guilford Free Library, 4024 Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-257-4603; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Salsa 'Intermediate Beginner' Series: If you have some experience with beginning Salsa, you are welcome to join. This is a continuation of the Beginner series. 6 p.m. weekly on Wednesdays (arrive at 5:45 p.m.) Carry in your dance shoes. Through Wednesday, February 5. $65 for 5-week series ($30 deposit) plus a free Salsa CD; $15 drop-in per class. Headroom Stages, 17 Elliot St. Information: 802-579-9990,



January 2020