CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Monday, February
BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Great Books Group honors Black History Month - Discussion of "Beloved" by Toni Morrison: 7 - 9 p.m. in the Meeting Room, 4th Mon. of every month. (3/23: Discussion of "Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the F.B.I.," by David Gann. 4/27: "Stoner, a novel and 50th Anniversary Ed. by John Williams.). Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Michael N. Landis: 802-257-1851, firstname.lastname@example.org.
BELLOWS FALLS Poetry Open Mic: Read an original poem or a favorite poem by another poet. All ages are welcome to participate. Or be a part of the audience to support these brave souls. Readers should come prepared to read up to five poems. To begin, each person will read one poem. Depending on the number of participants, up to five rounds of readings will follow. 7 p.m. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BELLOWS FALLS Dr. Sandra Young discusses "Fledgling" by Octavia Butler: "Fledgling" is the story of an apparently young, amnesiac girl whose alarmingly inhuman needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: She is in fact a genetically modified, 53-year-old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, she must at the same time learn who wanted - and still wants - to destroy her and those she cares for, and how she can save herself. Fledgling tests the limits of "otherness" and questions what it means to be truly human. Butler, who passed away in 2006, was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and two Nebula and Hugo awards. 4 p.m. Light refreshments served. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Mother Up! Monthly Meet-Up - Families Rise Up for Climate Action: Join us in building solidarity among parents by taking action to protect the health and safety of our collective future. A vegetarian meal and childcare for ages 10 and under will be provided. This is a project of 350Vermont that brings together families to talk about the tough realities of climate change and to participate in the transition to a healthier and safer world. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. (4th Mon. of every month). KidsPLAYce, 20 Elliot St. RSVP helpful: Abby Mnookin: email@example.com.
LONDONDERRY Death Cafe: Woody Allen expressed how many of us feel about our impending death – "It's not that I'm afraid to die, I just don't want to be there when it happens." As a society, we don't feel comfortable talking about death. Death Cafes are intended to help people explore and express our thoughts, experiences, feelings about death in an informal, safe and confidential environment and how to make the most of the finite time we have left. While not a bereavement or grief support group, Death Cafes are opportunities to respectfully discuss death as a natural part of our lives. Gloria Dawson and Delores Barbeau will oversee this discussion in a cafe-like setting with light food and refreshments. This worldwide social franchise has spread across Europe, the U.S., Australia since its inception in 2011. 6 - 7:30 p.m. Free. Neighborhood Connections, The Meeting Place, Rte. 100, 5700 Marketplace (across from the p.o.). Reserve your space: 802-824-4343.
GUILFORD Falls Prevention Tai Chi Classes: This is a custom Tai Chi practice emphasizing slow, rhythmic movement designed to improve balance, strength, and general well-being. Instructor Leah Gessner is certified by Tai Chi Vermont. Sponsored by Guilford Cares and Senior Solutions Council on Aging for Southeastern VT. 11 a.m on Mondays. No reservations necessary. Through Monday, March 9. $2 suggested donation. Guilford Community Church, Crnr Rte. 5 and Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-579-1350, firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEWFANE Pre-Town Meeting for the town of Newfane (includes Williamsville, South Newfane, and Brookside): All candidates for elected office in the town have been invited. None of these positions is contested (there is only one candidate for each position). This is an opportunity to ask questions and gain understanding of the budget, report, articles being voted on, town governance. Candidates running for town elections have been invited to participate in a meet and greet. While there are no contested elections in the town, residents will be able to meet candidates and learn more about them and why they chose to run for office. Melissa Brown, Newfane Treasurer, and Deborah Lee Luskin, Newfane Moderator, will discuss the articles on the ballot, the budget, and the 2019 Town Report. The format and flow of the meeting and the procedure for discussion and making motions will also be discussed. 6:30 - 7 p.m. Meet and Greet, 7 p.m. Pre-Town meeting. Newfane residents are asked to bring their town report (which should arrive by mail before the meeting). There will be a few extra on hand for those who haven't received it. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO All About the Decennial Census of 2020: Counting everyone once, only once, and in the right place. The U.S. Census Bureau is the federal government's largest statistical agency, dedicated to providing current facts and figures about America's people, places, and economy. David Longsmith, a Census Recruiting Asst., presents an overview of the census and share information about available jobs as "enumerators" or Census Takers. 12 noon - 1 p.m. Free. River Garden - Brown Bag Series, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Community Blood Drive: Not all deposits are financial. Brattleboro Savings & Loan, a Certified B Corporation, is hosting a community blood drive with the American Red Cross. Blood is a perishable and precious resource that can only come from volunteer blood donors. With someone in the U.S. needing blood every two seconds, blood products must be constantly replenished. The short amount of time it takes to donate can mean a lifetime to a patient with a serious medical condition. Donors with all blood types are needed, especially O negative, A negative, and B negative. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Community Room. Brattleboro Savings & Loan, 221 Main St. Appointments recommended, walk-ins welcome: 800-733-2767 or online at redcrossblood.org with sponsor code BrattBank.
BRATTLEBORO Racial Justice Organizing Meeting : All those who wish to join the movement for racial justice are encouraged to attend our monthly RJO meetings focusing on education, organizing, relationship-building, and collective healing. We work together in a multiracial group as well as in breakout groups for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color-identified and white-identified people. Hosted by The Black, Indigenous, & People of Color Caucus and Lost River Racial Justice. 5:45 - 8 p.m. Dinner provided. Childcare available. Fragrance-free, nut-free, wheelchair accessible. Whetstone Studio for the Arts, 28 William St., 1st fl. Information: LostRiverRJ@gmail.com, www.lostriverracialjustice.org/racial-justice-organizing-meetings.