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CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Wednesday, November 

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The written word

BRATTLEBORO "The Hate U Give" - Book Group Kick-Off: "The Hate U Give" is this year's Vermont Reads pick. Starr Carter, 16 years old, moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does - or does not - say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life. 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Open to everyone ages 12 and up. Receive your free copy, sign up for a group that works for you, drink hot cider, eat cupcakes. Pliny Park, Corner Main & High St.

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.

Ideas and education

"Weather Wise: The Science of Weatherlore" (Online): "Red at night, sailors' delight." Many people have heard, if not used this or other phrases to forecast the weather. These weather sayings are collectively known as "weatherlore," and while most of us can use a smart phone, radio or TV for a weather forecast, these time-tested proverbs continue to delight, amuse, and inform people who depend on the weather for their enjoyment or livelihood. Mark Breen, voice of Vermont Public Radio's "Eye on the Sky," shares these sayings and determines which ones are more reliable. Breen will examine how these sayings have evolved, and how most hold true to some very sound scientific principles. The talk is light and entertaining, will be followed by questions, and the audience is welcome to share their favorite weather sayings. 1 - 2:30 p.m. $10. Online. Information: learn.uvm.edu/program/ osher-lifelong-learning/olli-at-uvm-distinguished-speaker-series.

First Wednesdays Lecture Series - "Atlantic Is a Sea of Bones" (via Zoom): Jarvis Green, founder of JAG Productions, invites us to reflect on the afterlives and the legacies of the transatlantic slave trade. He'll explore how Black theatre artists - and Black queer and feminist artists more broadly -have created ways to honor this history and heal ancestral trauma. 7 p.m. Advance registration required. Spaces are limited but a recording of the lecture will be available at a later date. Free. Zoom. Information: Register for this talk: https://vthumanities.wufoo.com/forms/register-for-brattleboro-first-wednesdays.

Kids and families

Families United - Peer Support Group (Online): For people/families who have been impacted by the Dept. of Children and Families (DCF) systems who want to contribute to systemic and institutional changes. Share experiences, build relationships, discuss resources, and organize to influence change in DCF, family law, and other legislative systems. 5 - 6:30 p.m. This program is offered by the Root Social Justice Center. (1st and 3rd Wednesday every month). Free. Online. Information: programs@therootsjc.org.

Be a LEGO Master w/ Jessia "Ragzy" Ewud (via Zoom): Join this "LEGO Masters" finalist and self-described brick artist for online LEGO workshops. Ragzy will give participants a "challenge build" in which they have 30 minutes to create a LEGO piece based on a prompt. They will then regroup to share their creations, and Ragzy will offer each participant feedback on their build. She'll end by offering an expert "brick tip." . 3 - 4 p.m. for ages 4 to 8, 1 - 2 p.m. for ages 9 to 14. $35. Zoom. Registration required: www.eventbrite.com/e/be-a-lego-master-with-jessica-ragzy-ewud-for-ages-4-8-tickets-125338505845.

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