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Ideas and education

First Wednesdays: "Merely Bystanders - The Psychology of Courage and Inaction" (via Zoom): Catherine Sanderson examines the factors that lead most of us to stay silent in the face of bad behavior, and how this tendency to stay silent allows such acts to continue. She will provide practical strategies that we can all use to speak up and take action. Sanderson is an Amherst College psychology professor and author of "Why We Act: Turning Bystanders Into Moral Rebels.". 7 p.m. Offered by Vermont Humanities and the Brooks Memorial Library. Free. Zoom. Advance registration required:

Vermont Humanities: Your Choice - Ten First Wednesdays Talks (via Zoom): Today's talks include: Russell Muirhead examines the nature of current conspiracy talk and what it is doing to our democracy. Christal Brown discusses "The Opulence of Integrity," her dance piece inspired by Muhammad Ali. Michael Poster describes the portraits, stories, and essays he created about recovery from opioid addiction. Reuben Jackson explores Duke Ellington's growth as an arranger and composer. 7 p.m. Also today at 7 p.m., Vermont Humanities shares the Culture Wars discussion between photographer Dona Ann McAdams and curator John Killacky on their Facebook page, YouTube channel, and website. (No pre-registration is required for this event.). Free. Zoom. Information: Advance registration is required for First Wednesday events:


LONDONDERRY Creating a Pet Portrait (In Person and Zoom): Do you want an enduring and endearing keepsake of your furry family member? Artist and Creativity Coach Beth Whitaker from Artmaker Farm presents this workshop on how to create an attractive and unique portrait of your pet: how to create a good reference photo; what to include and eliminate from the photo; how to create a dynamic image using simple photo editing tools; and how to plan and prepare your artwork. No instruction in media technique is included. Q&A follows. 4 - 5 p.m. Not a painter? Attending this workshop will, at the very least, render a good, possibly frameable photo of your pet. Free. Neighborhood Connections, The Meeting Place, Rte. 100, 5700 Marketplace (across from the post office). Information:

Community building

No Place Like Home - Housing in Windham County (Zoom and Facebook): Josh Davis, Exec. Dir., Groundworks Collaborative, moderates this panel discussion. Expert panelists explore local housing challenges and opportunities from different perspectives. Elizabeth Bridgewater is Exec. Dir. of Windham & Windsor Housing Trust. WWHT provides housing opportunities for residents in Windham and Windsor Counties through its housing development work, rental apartments, shared equity homes, and homeownership counseling and education program. Adam Grinold, Exec. Dir. Brattleboro Devel. Credit Corp., VT's largest Regional Economic Development Corp. Grinold has a background as a real estate owner, developer, realtor, business owner. Prior to joining BDCC, he was Exec. Dir. of Wilmington Works. Bill Murray has been a full-time realtor with Berkley & Veller Greenwood Country since 1981. A former teacher, he's been active in the Brattleboro community as a longtime member of the Board of Directors of the Brattleboro Food Coop and as a former trustee of BMAC. Dan Yates is the President & CEO of Brattleboro Savings & Loan (a Certified B Corp.). 7:30 p.m. Attendees are invited to make a donation to Groundworks Collaborative, which provides ongoing support to families/individuals facing housing and food insecurities in the greater Brattleboro area. Free. Online. Information:

The Windham Regional Fiber Broadband Network Business Plan (Webinar): The Windham Regional Fiber Broadband Network Business Plan is complete and is the subject of this webinar. The Business Plan will be used to guide the implementation of broadband fiber throughout the Deerfield Valley Communications Union District. 6 p.m. Free. Webinar. Register: For info and to access recording of the 10/7 webinar, visit:



October 2020