CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Thursday, February
MARLBORO Reading - Marlboro College Alumna and Celebrated Poet Sophie Cabot Black: Sophie Cabot Black's latest collection, "The Exchange" (2013), had a starred review in Publisher's Weekly, and on All Things Considered was reviewed as "the book for you." "The Misunderstanding of Nature" received the Poetry Society of America's First Book Award, and "The Descent" received the 2005 Connecticut Book Award. "Black is a passionate and breathlessly forceful writer," said Poetry magazine. "Hers are poems which merge the erotic and spiritual with an adamance as old as the Song of Songs." Boston Review added: "...what amazes the reader is that such honed writing can speak with such emotional immediacy." Billy Collins in the New York Times: "...she's concocted a way of speaking in poetry that's very fresh and daring." Sophie's poetry has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review. She's been awarded fellowships at Macdowell Colony and the Radcliffe Institute and appears at national literary festivals. She's taught at Rutgers, The New School, Columbia University, the 92nd St Y in NY, and now teaches at the Fine Arts Work Center. 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. Marlboro College/Apple Tree, 2582 South Rd. Information: 802-257-4333; Click for more info on Web in new window.
PUTNEY "The Benefits that Come from Children Engaging with the Natural World": Engaging with nature promotes learning. Dr. Cheryl Charles is Co-Founder, President, CEO Emerita of the Children & Nature Network (www.childrenandnature.org), a non-profit dedicated to increasing equitable access to nature for all children. In 2015, she was named Research Scholar and founding Exec. Dir. of the Nature Based Leadership Institute at Antioch University New England (AUNE). She served for seven years as founding National Director of Project Learning Tree, and for twelve years as founding National Director of Project WILD - among the most widely used environmental education programs in North America for K-12 educators. She's also a member of the steering committee for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)'s Commission on Education and Communication and its worldwide campaign, #NatureForAll. She serves on the Athens-Grafton-Westminster and Windham Northeast Supervisory Union school boards and is an active member of the Living Earth Action Group that meets weekly on Fridays at the Westminster West Church. 6:30 p.m. The Grammar School, 69 Hickory Ridge Rd. S. Information: 802-387-5364; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Job Corps presentation with Gene Woodcock: Tuition-free Job Training for ages 16-24: High school graduates and non-graduates are invited to apply. Students can earn a GED or a high school diploma at the same time they train in one of the 7 vocational careers at Northlands Job Corps Center. Also available: drivers education, basic health care, financial help and campus housing. 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.
WESTMINSTER SEVCA offers Free Tax Assistance: Available to community members whose 2019 income is less than $66,000. Sites include Westminster, Windsor, and White River Junction. . Through Thursday, April 9. Free. SEVCA (Westminster), 91 Buck Dr. Make an appointment soon (they fill up fast): 802-722-4575, 800-464-9951.
BRATTLEBORO Free Art Class for People in Recovery: 5 - 7 p.m. on Thursdays. Through Thursday, April 2. Drop-ins welcome. River Gallery School, 32 Main St., #201. Information: 802-257-1577; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO "Ask the River - Imagine the Answers": Join Kathy Urffer, Connecticut River Conservancy River Steward; Rich Holschuh, a member of the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs; and the Ask the River artists Elizabeth Billings, Evie Lovett, and Andrea Wasserman for a free-form discussion of our river, its history, and our relationships to the river and to each other. This is an especially critical conversation to have in 2020, at the time of the re-licensing of five hydroelectric facilities on the Connecticut River that provide over 30% of hydropower generation in New England. What do we need to balance? What is the river saying? Together, we will begin to imagine the answers to these questions. 7 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.
PUTNEY Free Food Distribution: All are welcome to come for free produce and some non-perishable items distributed by the Vermont Foodbank and the Putney Foodshelf. Open to anyone in the community. Please bring your own shopping bags. 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. (4th Thurs. of every month). Free. Putney Meadows, 17 Carol Brown Way.