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Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Amy Arbus - Photographs from "On the Street - 1980-1990": This cutting edge series of photographs resonates today with the nostalgic yearning for the innocence and idealism of an earlier time. Wed.-Sun: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. COVID-19: Visitors required to wear face masks/maintain distance of 6 ft. Photos are laid out to allow for comfortable/safe viewing with markers on floor. Through Sunday, November 22. Free. Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main St. Information: 802-251-8290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

NEWFANE Dara Carleton's "The Peace of Wild Things": Dara takes viewers into our lakes and streams with pictures taken from her kayak and into the lives found in the meadows and woodlands of southern VT. She calls her show "The Peace of Wild Things" after the Wendell Berry poem of the same name. "I offer these as a brief distraction from what is going on in the world right now." Dara has been involved with photography since age 10. She's had solo exhibits and showings locally and has won awards for her wildlife photographs to include being recognized by New Hampshire Audubon. Dara will be on site 11/19 from 1-3 p.m. Gallery and Library hours: Tues. 1-5 p.m. , Weds. 2-6 p.m., Thur. 1-5 p.m., Fri. 2-6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Through Saturday, November 28. Free. Crowell Gallery at the Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BrattleMasters (Toastmasters) Meeting - Learn Speaking Skills (via Zoom): Speakers are Dummerston resident Annamarie Pluhar and Putney resident Carolyn Handy. Each speech is assigned an evaluator to give feedback on how well the speakers fulfilled their project criteria. Emcee is Michelle O'Hearn-Deblois. Theme:"Stay Healthy, Stay Happy." Since 1924, Toastmasters Int'l has been recognized as the leading organization dedicated to communication and leadership skill development. Through its worldwide network of clubs, each week Toastmasters helps more than a quarter million people of every ethnicity, education level, profession build their competence in communication so they can gain the confidence to lead others. 6 - 7:30 p.m. Free for visitors. Zoom. Info: 603-762-0235, Link available at

Film and video

BRATTLEBORO The Spotlight Film Series - Black Voices in Film: "Queen & Slim": The Spotlight Film Series is a curated program with a different theme each month. November's theme is Black Voices, featuring four films that spotlight fresh and fearless black directors, performers, creators and stories. "Queen & Slim" is Melina Matsoukas' stylish, provocative and powerful feature about a first date that takes an unexpected turn when a routine traffic stop escalates into violence, and Queen & Slim go on the run, ultimately becoming symbols of trauma and grief for people all over the country. Matsoukas is well-known for her work with Beyonce, including the visual album "Lemonade." "Queen & Slim" has a 92% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes and is Rated R. 7 p.m. Black Voices is sponsored by Hermit Thrush Brewery. Facemasks required in lobbies/public spaces. Capacity limited for proper distancing. Ushers on hand to assist. All transactions can be made by credit/debit card. Continues 11/19 with "Fruitvale Station" and concludes with "Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse," 11/26-12-1. Through Tuesday, December 1. $10 suggested donation (no one will be turned away). Latchis (Films), 50 Main St. Information: 802-246-1500; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Dept. - Parent/Tot Open Gym: Open Gym is an unstructured program for parents and preschoolers ages five and under. This is a place for parents and tots to get out of the cold and enjoy playing with playhouses, cars, toys, tunnel, a play kitchen, big rubber balls, and more. The parent is responsible for their child(ren). 10-11:30 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Masks are mandatory and temperatures are taken on arrival. Everyone must sign in daily. Everyone must complete a registration form and COVID-19 Release waiver. Anyone 18 years old or younger must have a parent sign both documents (found online at Note: If you're not a VT resident and wish to participate, you must reside in a green county according to the State of VT Agency of Commerce and Community Development Cross State Travel Information map: and is updated weekly. This may mean that you will not be able to participate weekly based on your county's color if you reside in a state other than VT. Through Thursday, April 22. $1.00 per child per day. Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Dept., 207 Main St. Information: 802-254-5808; Click for more info on Web in new window.


Medicare Open Enrollment: A Senior Solutions local Medicare counselor can: Help you compare your current Medicare health or drug plan with other Medicare plan choices; Help you sign up for a new plan; Help you avoid high-pressure sales tactics. . Through Monday, December 7. Phone Call. Information: 802-885-2669.

Environmental Policy in Historical Perspective: 2020 Elections & Future of the Planet (Zoom,YouTube,Facebook): With Bill McKibben, Robert Pollin, Ashwin Ravikumar, Thea Riofrancos, and Eve Vogel. We have only a few years left to make deep cuts to greenhouse gas emissions. This event will reflect on the implications of the U.S. election results for meeting this imperative. What are the prospects for a Green New Deal and other urgently needed measures, in the United States and beyond? How can the destructive power of the fossil fuel industries be neutralized? The panelists will analyze the current moment while also offering a historical perspective on environmental policy and movements. 6-7:30 p.m. Hosted by Feinberg Series, UMASS Amherst History Dept. Spanish interpretation and closed captioning will be available. Register to join Zoom: https://blogs. policy-in-historical-perspective/?fbclid=IwAR2ntmcra71lcN3qW1888FYXs 37zTR_jZLoxd REnVxQizsTOChqrTdKvF74. Zoom. Information:

Community building

Farm to Plate Gathering (Online): Join food systems leaders, advocates, and more. Discussion about the vision, goals, and objectives for the Vermont food system. 11/12: 12 noon-5 p.m., 11/13: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Through Friday, November 13. $30 (scholarships upon request). Online. Information: Online form questions: 802-865-5202, Other questions:

BRATTLEBORO Groundworks "Give 60 Challenge" (Hike for the Homeless): Devote time to a challenge of your choice while raising funds for Groundworks' supportive housing. Here's a list of local hikes/trail walks to inspire your planning: Mount Wantastiquet, Hinsdale, NH: Our usual spot for Hike for the Homeless is not off limits, we just can't gather there in a group this year. Climb to the switchbacks to the top in roughly one hour or walk the flatter River Trail at the base of the mountain. The Retreat Trails, Brattleboro, VT: Network of great trails for hiking, running, mountain biking. The West River Trail, Brattleboro/Dummerston: Beautiful flat trail for walking/running takes you through the Riverstone Preserve. Sweet Pond State Park, Guilford: 1.3 mile Sweet Pond Trail is a great loop around the pond for kids and grownups. Fort Dummer State Park, Brattleboro: Sunset Trail is a 1 mile hiking trail - great loop for kids with a view of the CT River. Madame Sherri Forest, Chesterfield, NH: You'll find the grand stone staircase, all that remains of Sherri's castle just off the 2-mile Ann Stokes Loop. The Green Mountain Club has resources and ideas for hikes all over VT. . Through Thursday, November 26. Groundworks Collaborative, 81 Royal Rd. Information: Questions/encouragement:;

Need Assistance Paying Your Internet Service Bill Due to COVID-Related Economic Hardship? (Online/Phone): If you need help with paying your internet service bill, you may be eligible for a grant from the Vermont COVID-19 Temporary Broadband Subsidy Program (TBS). The program is available to Vermont residential broadband customers who have experienced economic hardship due to the pandemic. The Program is supported with $3 Million in funding from the federal CARES Act, which has provided monies to states to help pay for COVID-19–related costs. The Temporary Broadband Subsidy was developed in conjunction with the Vermont COVID Arrearage Assistance Program. Residents have until 11/30 to apply for funding, and funding can be awarded retroactive to 3/1/2020 to cover unpaid broadband bills. Applicants are eligible for a credit worth up to $40 per month on their broadband bills from 3/1 to 12/30. Through Monday, November 30. Online. More info:,, 800-622-4496,

Special Meeting of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel Issues (Audio, Video, Phone): The Committee will identify agenda items for the December 7, 2020 meeting of the Full Panel. Potential topics for future VT NDCAP meetings may also be discussed. In accordance with changes to Vermont Open Meeting Law in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this meeting will be conducted as a Microsoft Teams webcast and teleconference. 5:30-7 p.m. Weblink VT_NDCAP_Microsoft_Teams_Meeting_2020-09-2 will broadcast the audio and video portion of the webcast, the meeting audio is also available from phone connections: 802-552-8456 or 802-828-7228, Conference ID: 573 265 489#. Additional instructions for joining a Microsoft Teams meeting are available in the "Upcoming NDCAP Meetings" section of the NDCAP website ( Online. Information: Questions: Tony Leshinskie, State Nuclear Engineer, 802-272-1714,



November 2020