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Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Opening Celebration: "Ask the River": At a time of human-driven climate change and vulnerability, Ask the River is a community art and creative placemaking project, part of an ongoing collaboration by artists Elizabeth Billings, Evie Lovett, and Andrea Wasserman. The initiative is designed to empower viewers to reconnect with the Connecticut River and its watershed. Community-made cyanotype postcards immerse visitors in the flow and patterns of the river. Viewers are encouraged to write messages on the postcards and place them within the exhibit. Postcards will be sent to the addressed recipients at end of exhibit. Ask The River becomes a call and response, merging many different perspectives on the river through images and words. . Through Saturday, March 7. Free. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Spin Class: With Susie of the Brattleboro Food Co-op Seafood Dept. 5:15 - 6 p.m. (1st Mon. of every month). $15; free for Brattleboro Food Co-op shareholders. Body in Harmony, 22 High St. Information: 802-380-3928.


BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Democracy Forum - Informal Round Table Discussion and Q&A: With Woody Bernhard and Nick Biddle. Twelve-string guitarist Burrie (A Burris Jenkins) from North Hampton will provide background music. Nick Biddle, PhD., is a retired professor of history and Brattleboro resident since 2013. Woody Bernhard is a Marlboro resident, retired carpenter, and organizer of the Brattleboro Democracy Forum. 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.

Kids and families

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,


BRATTLEBORO Exploring Grief through Art: For people in the grieving process. 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Mondays. Through Monday, March 23. Free. River Gallery School, 32 Main St., #201. Please register:

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,


BRATTLEBORO No War/No Sanctions - Iran Study Group - Curriculum to Support Action to Stop War on Iran: Topic today: "Iranian History and Culture." Facilitated by Brattleboro Solidarity. Study materials created by Catalyst Project - Anti-Racism for Collective Liberation. 6 - 8 p.m. (Continues 3/9: "U.S.-Iranian Relations History"; 3/16: "Current Situation"; 3/23: "Moving Towards Action"; 3/30: "Next Steps and Possible Local Actions"). Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-380-1463,

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Democracy Forum - Whole Hearted Activism: Social activism is hard work. Our limited resources of time and energy must often be shared among family, work and community. The truly daunting challenges we face nationally and globally stir up feelings of anger and resentment, which fuel our activism. Although anger and resentment can be entirely appropriate and useful, who wants their lives to be driven by, and be exhausted by, these emotions? In this talk we'll explore deeper aspects of our lives that can be used to nurture and sustain our calling to social-ecological-political activism. Whole hearted activism is activism fueled not only by outrage - it draws on compassion, gratitude, and other heart-centered values that give deep meaning to our lives and are thus sustainable sources of activist engagement. Steven Vannoy, PhD, is a practicing psychologist in Brattleboro and a socially engaged citizen. 7 - 9 p.m. Organized by We Celebrate Democracy/Civil Rights For All. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: Woody Bernhard: 802-464-3154.

BRATTLEBORO Climate Cafe - Solidarity Event in Support of Indigenous Tribe's Resistance to Oil Pipelines on Their Ancestral Land: Hereditary Chiefs of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation in (so-called) British Columbia have called for urgent support as they defend their ancestral lands from fracked gas and oil pipelines and defend their sovereignty. The Canadian and provincial governments are violating Wet'suwet'en, Canadian, and international law. The Unist'ot'en Camp on 22 square kilometers of unceded territory is right now under attack by the courts and the RCMP. 6 p.m. Indigenous and settler-ally land defenders are urgently needed for on the ground and legal defense. (Please do not park in Co-op parking lot. Use Canal Street entrance to Community Room.). Free (we'll pass the hat for donations to support the Wet'suwet'en resisters). Refreshments available. Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Information: 802-246-2821; Click to e-mail for more information.



March 2020