CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Wednesday, February
GRAFTON Nature-Based Book Discussion Series: The first book in the series is "The Overstory," by Richard Powers, a 2019 Pulitzer Prize winner. This novel weaves together the stories of nine Americans whose experiences with trees impact their lives and decisions in complex and fascinating ways. 6-7:30 p.m. Grafton Public Library has copies - first-come, first-served. Discussion questions/book guide available through email newsletter, Grafton Public Library, or Nature Museum's Facebook page. (4th Wed. of every month). Free. Nature Museum, 186 Townshend Rd. Pre-registration preferred: 802-843-2111; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO "Downtown Reflections" - Brattleboro Photographs: Slide show of approximately 100 photos of downtown Brattleboro. Q&A. 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: Mary White, 802-275-7132, firstname.lastname@example.org.
BRATTLEBORO "Baltic Truth" Holocaust Documentary with Holocaust Survivor Elly Gotz: Elly Gotz, was born in Kaunas (aka Kovno), Lithuania, in 1928. In the summer of 1941, Nazi Germany occupies Lithuania. Escaping the violence propagated under the Lithuanian Provisional Government for six weeks, he and his family are forced into the Kovno ghetto. They barely survive, and at 16 years old when the ghetto was liquidated, Elly and his father are deported to the Dachau concentration camp and are forced to do slave labor in the Kaufering subcamp. Ultimately liberated from Dachau in the spring of 1945, they reunite and spend two years in post-war Germany before immigrating to Norway and then Zimbabwe. 7 - 9 p.m. Documentary produced by Michael Hoffman & Kimberly Sizelove, Heartstorm Farmstead & Rabbi Avrohom Raskin, Chabad of Southern VT. Proceeds go to the Elly Gotz Foundation, Chabad of Southern VT, and the "Baltic Truth.". $18 in advance. The River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-689-0453, https://chabadsouthernvt.raisegiving.com/donate.
NEWFANE Brattleboro Community Justice Center: Restorative Community Justice of Southern Vermont and the Moore Free Library continue their winter series of restorative practice trainings with a presentation by Mel Motel, Exec. Dir. of the Brattleboro Community Justice Center, about preparing for a restorative circle with quality intakes. Planning to lead a circle or other restorative conversation about a conflict or harm? A successful "intake" - a 1-on-1 meeting with each participant prior to a group conversation - is essential to a successful circle. We'll talk about what makes a good intake, observe a demonstration of both an average and stellar intake, and practice restorative intake skills with one another. Motel is the Executive Director of the Brattleboro Community Justice Center. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BELLOWS FALLS Civil Rights Activist John Lewis: Recapture the moments John Lewis took the stage at Burlington's Flynn Center to speak of his life-long civil rights activism and collaboration with Andrew Aydin on the graphic memoir "March: Book One," selected as VT Humanities Council's Vermont Reads choice for 2019. Lewis was a sharecropper's son who was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement and became a member of Congress. Today, he is the U.S. Rep. for Georgia's 5th congressional district, serving in his 17th term in the House. 5:30 p.m. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.
NEWFANE Bard Owl with Fiddler Stephen Iachetta: Verdant on guitar, vocals and stomp box, and Landenberger on vocals and percussion, will be joined by Stephen Iachetta, known in the Albany area from which he hails as the "Shaker fiddler." Iachetta and Verdant, "a folker with a rock and roll heart," have performed together for over a decade at farmers' markets, fairs/festivals, brew pubs - even opening for Natalie Merchant. They've honed an ever-growing collection of sweet harmonies, driving rhythms, old favorites and new - including Verdant originals. Verdant has a half century of song-writing and arranging/playing rock/folk under his belt while Landenberger's past covers a range of vocals - folk, rock, jazz, classical, musicals. 5:30 - 8:30 music. Dine off the full restaurant menu or the tavern menu. No cover. Wednesday music nights all drafts are $5 and a beer and burger meal is $15. Four Columns and Artisan Restaurant Inn, 21 West St. Information: email@example.com, fourcolumnsvt.com.
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 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 Creating a Welcoming Community for Folks Returning from Prison: The Brattleboro Community Justice Center will share information about their Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) Program which helps folks returning from prison reintegrate into their everyday lives. At this talk with Michelle Bos-Lun and Grace Koch will discuss the challenges people face reentering the community after prison, what the CoSA program is and how it started, and how you can become a CoSA volunteer. 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.
GUILFORD Knitting Circle: Bring your own project or use some of our needles and yarn. 2 - 4 p.m. Free. Guilford Free Library, 4024 Guilford Center Rd. Information: Cathi: 802-254-6545.
BRATTLEBORO "Shall We Dance?" - East Coast Swing: East Coast Swing is always fun and one of the easier dances to learn. It comes out of the big band and early rock and roll eras. Carry in your dance shoes; singles welcome. 6 p.m. on Wednesdays (3 weeks). Through Wednesday, March 11. $15 drop-in. Headroom Stages, 17 Elliot St. Information: Ray Warren: 802 579-9990, firstname.lastname@example.org.