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CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Saturday, October 

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The written word

"Memoir Part 2" (via Zoom): In this workshop, appropriate for beginning or experienced writers, we'll practice using the tools of fiction to write memoir. Led by Barbara Morrison. 4 -5 p.m. (Additional workshop: 10/31). $10 suggested donation. Zoom. Register: info@timetowrite.us.

Visual arts and shows

NEWFANE "Land, Water and Sky" - Oil Paintings by Greg Moschetti: Moschetti, a member of Brattleboro West Arts, is primarily self-taught but has studied with tonalist painter Dennis Sheehan and with Jason Alden at the River Gallery School and The Drawing Studio in Brattleboro. "While some of my paintings are of places that exist in real life, most are imagined landscapes with atmospheric portent. These often involve sunrises or sunsets in open landscapes with reflective water. They have a sense of familiarity about them and, when successful, draw the viewer into a feeling of peaceful solitude. More recently, I've turned to simpler paintings of land masses at sea, some quite colorful and others using a primarily gray palette. For me these paintings still have the feel of solitude and spiritual portent although they are visually quite different. This series started in the studio, but was later inspired by trips to Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego and Newfoundland where the stark contrasts of stone, water and sky captured my imagination.". The Library observes Covid-19 guidelines and limits number of patrons inside the gallery. Library & Gallery Hours: Tues. 1-5 p.m, Wed. 2-6 p.m., Thur. 1-5 p.m., Fri. 2-6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Through Thursday, October 29. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Museum & Art Center - Opening of Six New Exhibits: "Figuration Never Died: New York Painterly Painting, 1950-1970," curated by Karen Wilkin and featuring work by ten artists who expanded the scope of figurative painting in the mid-20th century - Robert De Niro, Sr., Lois Dodd, Jane Freilicher, Paul Georges, Grace Hartigan, Wolf Kahn, Alex Katz, Albert Kresch, Paul Resika, and Anne Tabachnick fill the Wolf Kahn & Emily Mason Gallery. Elsewhere in the Museum you'll encounter large-format photos of VT ice shanties accompanied by audio recordings of ice fishermen; solo shows by Andy Yoder, Rachel Portesi, and Erik Hoffner; and an installation by Cynthia Parker-Houghton that delves into Brattleboro's rich literary history. Galleries open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wed.-Sun. Masks required. $5 - $10 suggested per adult (pay as you wish). Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Walk-in or call/fill out form for a reservation (capacity limited): 802-257-0124 x 110 or x 101, www./brattleboromuseum.wufoo.com/forms/x747i7h07ve8vk.

Ideas and education

Workshop/Training - Introduction to Restorative Antiracism (via Zoom): What is restorative antiracism? How can we use the concepts of internal decolonization and our personal processes of unlearning white supremacist behavior in order make more inclusive restorative spaces? Through exploration of systems that perpetuate racism and how they interplay with our communities, this training will apply antiracism theory to restorative justice work. Facilitated by Claire Webb and Emma Bliss. 3-5 p.m. Appropriate for anyone interested in the Restorative Circle process, those new to NVC/restorative justice, and those more experienced with these concepts looking to practice with others. Beginners welcome. This curriculum holistically trains you in restorative justice techniques. Join for the entirety or use weekly trainings to strengthen areas of understanding. (Also see 10/31, 11/7). Free. Zoom. Information: www.rcjsvt.org/programs. RSVP for link: rcjsvt@gmail.com.

Music

Vermont Jazz Center - Vincent Herring celebrates "Bird at 100" (Live Stream): Herring, one of the most highly regarded alto saxophonists involved in today's jazz scene, performs with his working quartet in a tribute to jazz legend Charlie Parker. Herring will be supported by the same musicians with whom he recorded his most recent album, "Bird at 100": Dave Kikoski, piano; Yasushi Nakamura, bass; Carl Allen, drums. 8 - 9:10 p.m. followed by a short break and then a roundtable discussion with the quartet. No reservations. Performed to a virtual audience. Livestream. Information: www.vtjazz.org and VJCs Facebook page.

Farmers' markets

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Area Farmers' Market - "Shop and Go": 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturdays (10 - 11 a.m. still reserved for high-risk customers). Through Saturday, October 31. Brattleboro Area Farmers Market, 570 Western Ave., Rt. 9, near covered bridge. Information: www.brattleborofarmersmarket.com.

Local history

NEWFANE "Community Memory Project" (in Person on the Lawn or Zoom): The Moore Free Library is collecting audio recordings of stories, anecdotes, recollections, thoughts of people who live/have lived in Newfane, Williamsville, South Newfane, Brookline. Recordings (w/ scanned photos, diaries, letters) will be shared on moorefreelibrary.org. Telling and listening to stories has a rich tradition in VT and is a way to connect with others during a time when many feel isolated and to preserve the words of loved ones. Community members can volunteer by becoming interviewers, speaking with/making audio recordings of friends and family members or people they've never met. Some may wish to be interviewed or to record themselves telling their own story without an interviewer; be involved on the technical level by scanning old photos, letters, diaries or working to upload audio/ photo files to the website. You do not have to be a longtime resident to participate. 10/24: "Photography and Scanning," 1-5 p.m. (This 2-year project is a partnership between the Library, Historical Society of Windham County, Senior Solutions, Brattleboro Area Hospice, and the VT Folklife Center - is funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences. In case of strong rain, workshop will be held the next day. Continues 10/31 "Audio Editing Basics"). Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Pre-registration required: 802-365-7948, https://moorefreelibrary.org/communitymemory.

Well-being

BRATTLEBORO Red Cross Blood Drive: Blood levels are historically low and this is our chance to help. Winston Prouty and the American Red Cross are hosting monthly blood drives for the next three months. The Red Cross has protocols and the ability to help us create a safe environment for this essential event. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Participate by donating blood or volunteering to help - set-up/clean-up, registration, parking, etc. To volunteer, contact Lisa Whitney: lisa@winstonprouty.org. Winston Prouty Center, 209 Austine Dr. Information: Sign up to DONATE blood here: www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=.

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