CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Thursday, January
PUTNEY Michaela Harlow - "A Mind of Winter" - Paintings, Drawings, and Mixed-Media Collage: Harlow has exhibited her paintings and drawings in galleries and juried shows throughout the U.S. for 25 years. "Have you snowshoed through an abandoned orchard in a late December snowstorm? Winter is my secret love. I'm fond of frozen pools, filled with wind-strewn leaves and sediment. I like the crud patterns on dirty, winter cars and frozen cobwebs lacing barn windows. Yes, it's cold, but how easy it is to forget when you're focused on green ice dotted by frost flowers and glossy black seedpods." . In the Gallery. Through Tuesday, February 11. Free. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO What is Baha'i?: Ask Marie Procter. 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 Brattlemasters (Toastmasters) - "Resolutions": Dora Levinson introduces Toastmasters the timer, grammarian, ah counter, general evaluator, snackmaster. They'll each explain their roles in one to two minutes. John Penford will give a 5 to 7-minute speech followed by refreshments. Assigned to be Penford's evaluator, Drew Adam will give an evaluation about how well Penford met the criteria. Then, Carolyn Handy will lead a Table Topics exercise in order to practice speaking off-the-cuff. Without preparation, volunteers will attempt to answer easy, common knowledge questions in 1-2 minutes. The grammarian, ah counter, and timer will give their reports, followed by Lee Ives Tice giving a general evaluation of the meeting, highlighting moments of success or failure to identify strong and weak points. The mission of a Toastmasters club is to develop oral communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth. 6 - 7:30 p.m., Rm. 249. Free. Vermont Technical College, 41 Harmony Pl. Information: www.brattleboro.toastmastersclubs.org.
NEWFANE Seed Saving: Toni Kessler of West River Seeds will talk about the importance of seed saving for our watershed. Come hear why we need to save seeds, how to do it, and how you can be a part of saving seeds for our community. Bring seeds to swap. Toni will also have garden vegetable, herbs, and flower seeds for sale. 6 p.m. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.
S. LONDONDERRY Preparing for Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) - New Updates on the EAB Infestation: Learn strategies for dealing with the threat to our ash trees now that EAB is here. This October, it was found in Londonderry. Come learn how to identify EAB and plan for a future with them in our woods, towns and yards. Hosted by Londonderry Conservation Commission. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. (Snow date 1/16). Londonderry Town Hall, 139 Middletown Rd.
TURNERS FALLS Musica Franklin Community Night with Lissa Schneckenburger: Musica Franklin students demonstrate what they have been learning, followed by a short concert with guest artist Lissa Schneckenburger (traditional fiddle tunes and songs from her original album, "Thunder in my Arms"), and a shared meal. Musica Franklin provides free after-school music education to youth in Franklin County, MA. Children are safe, supervised, immersed in music. The curriculum builds self-esteem and teaches skills that transfer to broader success in life. 5:45 - 7:15 p.m. (1/14 guest artist Violet Walker plays in Greenfield, MA, email: firstname.lastname@example.org). Free and open to the public. Sheffield Elementary School, 43 Crocker Ave. Information: email@example.com.
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.
BRATTLEBORO Youth Historical Fencing: In this class for ages 7-12, Reily Mumpton offers an introduction to Western Martial Arts and the forms of combat pursued and developed within Medieval Europe. Students will learn the basics of combat, self-defense, and a history of swordplay within medieval society. Bring comfortable, clean-soled shoes and prepare to lunge into action. 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Through Thursday, February 13. $85 ($100 for 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 Parent/Tot Open Gym: This is an unstructured program where the parent is responsible for their child/children (age 5 and under). Open Gym is a place for parents and tots to get out of the cold and enjoy playing with blocks, a playhouse, cars, toys, puzzles, a tunnel, a play kitchen, big rubber balls and more. 10 - 11:45 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Through Thursday, April 23. $1 per day. Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Dept., 207 Main St. Information: 254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.
LONDONDERRY Bone Builders Program: The RSVP Bone Builders Program is based on a program originally developed at Tufts University. Research reports weight training and balance exercises give participants the strength and stability to significantly reduce incidents of falling and fracturing bones. Shown to be effective for all ages. A medical clearance is required. 8:45 - 10:15 a.m. every Thursday (also Mondays, same time). Free. Neighborhood Connections, The Meeting Place, Rte. 100, 5700 Marketplace (across from the p.o.). Information: 802-824-4343; Click to e-mail for more information.
BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Area Hospice - Writing Support Group: Writing experience is not required, just an open mind and willingness to try this process to work through grief. The group will be facilitated by Walter Slowinski and Rick Wilhite. 3 - 5 p.m., 2nd and 4th Thurs. of every month. Limited to 6 people. Free. Brattleboro Area Hospice, 191 Canal St. Pre-group appointment required: Lars Hunter, Bereavement Program Coord: 802-257-0775 x 104.
BRATTLEBORO Traditional Yoga Therapy Classes: Based on Krishnamacharya's teachings later in life in Chennai, India, participants learn to work with their breath through a series of foundational postures leading to seated breath-work and meditation exercises. Thursdays: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. (Saturdays: 8:15 - 9:15 p.m.). $12 to $15 per class (monthly memberships available). Setu Yoga & Meditation Retreat Center, 241 Quails Hill Rd. Information: Check for schedule changes: www.se-tu.org/class-schedule.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
GUILFORD Gazette Meeting: Help us finalize the February issue of your community newspaper. 9 a.m. Guilford Country Store, 475 Coolidge Hwy. (Rte. 5). Information: 802-490-2233.
BRATTLEBORO Wine and Cheese Tasting: Sample featured Mana Wines from California along with a paired cheese, both on sale. 4 - 6 p.m. *Must be 21+ to sample alcohol in accordance with VT state law. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.