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The written word

NEWFANE "Repeopling Vermont: The Paradox of Development in the Twentieth Century": Author Paul M. Searls reads from his book. The discussion will provide an opportunity for community members to learn about how the state has handled questions of development and immigration in the past, and how we might use those lessons to discuss a path forward to the future. Copies are available. 7 p.m. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Exhibition: Painters, Printmakers, Collage Artists, Basket Makers, Metal Workers, Glass Blowers: Over 30 artists. Open Wed.-Sun., 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Through Sunday, April 12. Free. Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main St. Information: 802-251-8290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

SAXTONS RIVER Melissa Rubin - "Transience": Rubin says: "Transience is the state in which I find myself on a regular basis; whether I'm confronting the ephemeral, fleeting nature of the emotions that fuel my art-making, or the physical and emotional quality of a life of transitions split between two geographical locations: New York City and Cambridgeport, VT." Her work has been featured in ARTnews Magazine, on CBS This Morning, and has been used in performances and movie sets. She is the recipient of Pollock-Krasner and New York Foundation for the Arts grants, as well as a Fulbright teacher fellowship to Japan. She was a 2017 participant at the Master Abstraction Residency at MassMoCA, and was recently awarded the inaugural Binnie Bernstein grant to attend the International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, Mass. Visit Handicap accessible. Through Friday, March 20. Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Information: 802-869-2960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BELLOWS FALLS DNA Testing and Genealogy Sharing Session: Genealogists Wayne Blanchard and Jerry Carbone team up to host a DNA-Genealogy discussion session to share and learn from one another. DNA testing doesn't replace traditional genealogy but it is another tool to be used with other sources. For those who have taken a DNA test for genealogy, the results can be confusing and it's not always obvious how to use this information. Wayne and Jerry will go beyond the ethnicity estimate and discuss how to search for best relative matches in your family tree. For those willing to share discoveries with the group, be sure to bring your username and password to log into your testing company's website. Because millions of people have taken DNA tests, there are many more opportunities to locate genetic cousins. This information in turn can assist in expanding family trees. Information on how to contact DNA matches will be reviewed. Resource lists and tip sheets will also be provided to encourage further research. 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (snow date 3/12). Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Women's Chorus Open Rehearsals: The Chorus will be preparing songs of strength, solidarity, and suffrage to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote. Open rehearsals are for any women or girls age 10 and older to try out Chorus without obligation. 10 a.m. - 12 noon. Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Information:,

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,


BRATTLEBORO Beginner Chess Classes for Youth: Chess helps children develop their problem-solving skills and increase their attention span. The improved ability to focus and concentration gained from playing chess usually transfers to academics. Instruction will introduce basic principles of chess along with simple strategies and tactics and provide a venue for practice games. Eric Strickland instructs. 4 - 5 p.m. on Thursdays. Through Thursday, April 23. $40 ($55 non-Brattleboro residents). Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. Information: 802-254-5808; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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.

Kids and families

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.

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: 802-254-5808,


BRATTLEBORO Seeds of Light (Sukyo Mahikari): In Sukyo Mahikari, positive spiritual energy is transmitted from the palm of the hand to the receiver. This energy has also been referred to as light or true light. It purifies and revitalizes the spirit, mind, body. One of the best ways to initiate a natural and sustainable process of change in oneself at the deepest level of consciousness, is giving and receiving light energy and practicing the universal principles. With Susan Hebson. 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 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 Caregiver Support: 3-4:30 p.m. (1st Thur. of every month). Free. The Gathering Place, 30 Terrace St. Information: 802-254-6559.

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 - 9:15 p.m.). $12 to $15 (monthly memberships available). Setu Yoga & Meditation Retreat Center, 241 Quails Hill Rd. Information: Check for schedule changes:

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Views, Brews, and Grilled Cheese Legislative Mixer: Windham County Democrats are hosting a legislator and millennial mixer. As part of the Democrat’s Windham Votes! campaign, this event brings together House representatives, state senators, and voters in their 20s and 30s to discuss current issues and the upcoming election. All are welcome to join the conversation and enjoy craft beers and the grilled cheese bar. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Hermit Thrush Brewery, 29 High St. Information: 802-892-0258; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community meals

TOWNSHEND Noontime Meal: Sponsored by Senior Solutions, the meal is prepared by Chef Stephanie of the Townshend Dam Diner. Take-outs available. All are welcome. 12 noon. Suggested donation: $4 ($3.50 ages 60 and up). Townshend Church, 46 Common Rd. Information: 802-365-4321.



March 2020