CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Thursday, February
MARLBORO Poet and Essayist Kate Colby: Kate Colby will read and discuss her work. She is the author of seven books of poetry, including "I Mean," "The Arrangements," and a new book of critical poem-essays, "Dream of the Trenches." She's received awards and fellowships from the Poetry Society of America, Rhode Island State Council for the Arts and Harvard’s Woodberry Poetry Room, where she was the 2017-2018 Creative Fellow. She lives and teaches in Providence, RI. 6:30 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.
BRATTLEBORO Painter Martha Dolan, "Landscapes" / Photographer Aaron John Bourque, "A Smaller Kind of Flood": Dolan: "I draw from my imagination. My inspiration for my art comes from nature. I create places that I've been to, or visualize places that I would like to experience. I'm especially inspired by the mystique of the VT nighttime sky, the rural romanticism of the Meadows at the confluence of the West and Connecticut rivers, the powerful beauty of Mt. Wantastiquet. As I meditate among the all this scenic loveliness, worlds come to life on the once white page." Bourque is an artist, photographer, and educator. By visiting document archives and reading the landscape for the evidence of our histories, Bourque creates lyric documents that find tension between the descriptive qualities of the photographic object and the experience of an encounter with the world. Bourque's work searches for connections to the places we dwell, the systems that shape daily life, and the histories we leave behind. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays (www.marthadolan.com, www.aaronjohnbourque.com). Through Thursday, February 27. The River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.
PUTNEY Jeffrey Reddick - Incarcerated Painter and Poet: Reddick has been serving a life sentence in North Carolina, which is where he nurtured his abilities and lifelong interest in drawing and painting. In the prison library one day in 2009, he read an article about a garden in New Hampshire that Gordon Hayward designed. Reddick sent Gordon a letter and one of his "floral" paintings in an illustrated enveloped (some of which are also on display). With gardens, flowers, and writing in common, Reddick and Hayward have been corresponding over the last ten years and continue to do so. In the Gallery. (Reddick was interviewed by Stefan van Norden on the Nature Revisited podcast. The 3rd episode and can be found at: noordenproductions.com.). Through Friday, February 28. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO "Symbiosis" - Deborah Garner Oil Paintings and Karen Loomis Ink on Yupo Paper: Colleagues Garner and Loomis have been affiliated with the artists critique group at Hampden Gallery (UMass) over the past several years, steadily developing their own pieces while working their day shift in tandem at the desk of Gallery in the Woods. Garner worked at the Peabody Museum, and later as a buyer of museum textiles and artifacts in Asia. Her saturated color and suggestive, symbolic markings suggest a walkabout or vision quest reflecting her passion for Ethnographic art. Loomis recently exited a career in the craft of repairing harpsichords, pianos, and other fine and vintage instruments for UMass and private customers. This series of paintings explores the beauty and structure inside the body as metaphor: bones, cells, and flowing fantasy. . Through Saturday, February 29. Free. Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St. Information: 802-257-4777.
PUTNEY Michaela Harlow - "A Mind of Winter" - Paintings, Drawings, and Mixed-Media Collage: Harlow has exhibited her paintings and drawings in galleries and juried shows throughout the U.S. for 25 years. "Have you snowshoed through an abandoned orchard in a late December snowstorm? Winter is my secret love. I'm fond of frozen pools, filled with wind-strewn leaves and sediment. I like the crud patterns on dirty, winter cars and frozen cobwebs lacing barn windows. Yes, it's cold, but how easy it is to forget when you're focused on green ice dotted by frost flowers and glossy black seedpods." . In the Gallery. Through Tuesday, February 11. Free. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO You Can't Break It! with Annamarie Pluhar: Are you anxious about doing something "wrong" on your computer? Do you get frustrated with yourself or the computer? Why is it that we think we should simply be able to sit down and use it without any instructions? We don't learn to drive cars by simply getting behind the driving wheel. In this session, you'll learn basic principles that will help you be comfortable with your digital device. 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 Annual Luv Crawl - Wine*, Cheese, Chocolate Tasting: Stop by the Co-op for a kick-off party to Luv Crawl and enjoy the free Tasting. You can buy your Luv Crawl tickets and/or obtain your Luv Crawl map at Shareholder Services before, or after, the tasting. Afterward, head to participating downtown shops where you can sample delicious paired locally made food, drinks, chocolates, and more! *Must be 21+ to sample alcohol in accordance with VT state law. 4 - 6 p.m. (Co-op). Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Valentine Central - Free Demos, Samples, Tastings: When it comes to the perfect gift for your valentine(s), the Co-op has it and is hosting companies who offer the best sweet and decadent gifts in the area. Enjoy a taste of gourmet chocolate from Tavernier or Equal Exchange dark chocolate, try silky body lotions, tickle your tongue with an amazing cheese, or pick a peck of fragrant posies!. Check the Co-op's Facebook and website calendar to see who is coming and when. Must be 21+ to sample alcohol in accordance with Vermont state law. Through Friday, February 14. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Open Mic for Musicians: Jonny Sheehan takes over for Kevin Parry for the winter months. 6 - 9 p.m. every Thursday. Performers receive 50% off their meal. Marina Restaurant, 28 Spring Tree Rd. Performers should sign up in advance: 802-257-7563, www.kevinparrymusic.com.
WESTMINSTER WEST Community Board Game Night: Teens and adults are invited to join their fellow board gamers for a fun night of strategy and community! Bring your own favorite game or play one of ours. Multiple game tables available. 6 - 9 p.m. (1st Thurs.). Through Thursday, May 7. Westminster West Public Library, 3409 Westminster West Rd. Information: 802-387-4682.
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.
NEWFANE Children's Story Time: Stories and singalongs. Geared towards age 0-5. Siblings and older kids are welcome. 10:30 - 11 a.m. on Thursdays. Through Thursday, May 28. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.
PUTNEY Story Time: Former school librarian Susan Hessey reads and tells stories, does pass-arounds, and leads crafts in her fun and engaging thematic story times. Great for ages 2 and up, though children of all ages are welcome. 11 a.m. - 12 noon on Thursdays. Through Thursday, May 28. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Parent/Tot Open Gym: This is an unstructured program where the parent is responsible for their child/children (age 5 and under). Open Gym is a place for parents and tots to get out of the cold and enjoy playing with blocks, a playhouse, cars, toys, puzzles, a tunnel, a play kitchen, big rubber balls and more. 10 - 11:45 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Through Thursday, April 23. $1 per day. Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Dept., 207 Main St. Information: 254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.
BRATTLEBORO Open Gym & Game Room for All Ages: Free supervised program and a great way to spend time after school! Play with your children or leave them in the care of the Rec. & Parks Staff. Open Gym is for recreation basketball (sneakers must be worn on gym floor). The Game Room is open for bumper pool, foosball, ping pong, and air hockey. Other activities during Open Gym: homework, snack area, arts & crafts, board games, chess, Legos. Mon: Grades K-6, 3-5 p.m.; Tues: 3-5 p.m., Grades 7-12; Wed: Grades K-6, 3-4:45 p.m.; Thur: 3-5 p.m., Grades 7-12; Fri: 3-5 p.m., Grades K-6; Sat: Grades 7-12 and Adults, 1-3 p.m. Gym closed Sundays/some holidays. Handicap accessible. Through Saturday, April 25. Free. Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Dept., 207 Main St. Information: 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.
BRATTLEBORO Caregiver Support: 3 - 4:30 p.m. (1st Thursday of every month). Free. The Gathering Place, 30 Terrace St. Information: 802-254-6559.
BRATTLEBORO Parent Loss Support Group: For those who have lost a parent recently or in the past. 5 - 6:30 p.m. 1st and 3rd Thursday monthly. 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.
BRATTLEBORO Traditional Yoga Therapy Classes: Based on Krishnamacharya's teachings later in life in Chennai, India, participants learn to work with their breath through a series of foundational postures, leading to seated breath-work and meditation exercises. Thursdays 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. (Saturdays 8:15 - 9:15 p.m.). $12 to $15 (monthly memberships available). Setu Yoga & Meditation Retreat Center, 241 Quails Hill Rd. Information: Check for any schedule changes: www.se-tu.org/class-schedule.
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. Thursdays: 10 a.m. Ongoing, 11 a.m. Beginners. No reservations necessary. Through Thursday, February 27. $2 suggested donation. Broad Brook Community Center, 3940 Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-579-1350, firstname.lastname@example.org.
PUTNEY Next Stage Open House Reception: Welcoming Keith Marks, Next Stage Arts Project new executive director, and his family. Marks has a background in journalism, marketing, and communications in addition to running Avant, a live events production company in Jacksonville, FL. Refreshments. 5 - 7 p.m. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.