CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Wednesday, February
PUTNEY Fables Storytelling - "Love": The theme this month is "Love." Hosted by Peter "Fish" Case. The Cafe has cabaret-style seating, beer and wine cash bar, homemade pizza, popcorn and snacks. 7:30 p.m. (2nd Wed. of every month). By donation. Next Stage Cafe, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-380-1077.
WESTMINSTER SEVCA Workshop - The Basics of Starting a Business: 2 - 4 p.m. Repeats 3/11. (Also in Westminster: 2/13 or 3/12, 10 a.m. - 12 noon). Free. SEVCA (Westminster), 91 Buck Dr. Register with Denise: 802-722-4575 or 800-464-9951.
BRATTLEBORO Debating Our Rights - The Seventh Amendment: Although the right to a civil jury trial doesn't get as much attention as the rights of criminal defendants, this overlooked right serves an important function in American government. A civil jury trial is the one reliable place where ordinary citizens can hold big businesses accountable. "Unfortunately, fewer than 2 percent of civil cases are heard by a jury," explains Meg Mott, Prof. Emerita, Marlboro College. "Some of that has to do with the rise of administrative tribunals, such as the National Labor Relations Board, but most of it has to do with the current Supreme Court. For some reason, Justices are not a big fan of juries. That's a problem because jury service is the best classroom for providing an education in civics." Mott will lead a discussion that looks at the arguments for and against the role of civil juries. Maybe contracts have gotten too complicated for ordinary citizens to understand. Maybe alternative dispute resolutions are more efficient than jury trials. But if not jury service, where else do Americans learn to deliberate?. 7 p.m. Wheelchair accessible. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Lunchtime Yoga for Co-op Shareholders: All-levels, led by a different local teacher each week. Bring a yoga mat. 12 noon - 1 p.m. every Wed. Free (only open to shareholders). Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Information: 802-246-2821; Click to e-mail for more information.
BRATTLEBORO Mid-Day Meditation: Join Vera Riley as she leads a weekly meditation time to create more peace and relaxation in your life. The gathering includes instruction, practice and Q&As. Vera encourages folks to come by, even if it's only for a few minutes. Just 5 minutes can make a difference in your day. 1:15 - 1:45 p.m. on Wednesdays (use Canal St. entrance). Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Information: 802-246-2821; Click to e-mail for more information.
BRATTLEBORO Spouse/Partner Loss Support Group: 5 - 6:30 p.m. every 2nd and 4th Wednesday. Free. Brattleboro Area Hospice, 191 Canal St. You must have one meeting with a bereavement counselor before participating: Lars Hunter: 802-257-0775 x 104.
BELLOWS FALLS Community Read of Frederick Douglas' Famous Speech: Volunteer readers are sought to take part in a public participatory reading of short consecutive sections of Douglass's Fourth of July address which challenges the audience thusly: "What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice, embodied in that Declaration of Independence, extended to us?" . 5:30 p.m. top floor Meeting Room. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270, www.rockinghamlibrary.org.
GUILFORD Knitting Circle: Bring your own project or use some of our needles and yarn. 2 - 4 p.m. (Repeats 2/26). Free. Guilford Free Library, 4024 Guilford Center Rd. Information: Cathi: 802-254-6545.