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The written word

Books and Nature, Summer Series: "The Genius of Birds" by Jennifer Ackerman (via Zoom): Grafton Town Library and The Nature Museum at Grafton have transitioned to a monthly online format for book discussions. The Library offers copies for borrowing with advance notice, and all participants will be sent a list of questions we'll use as a guide for our discussions. 6-7:30 p.m. Copies can be also be ordered from Village Square Bookseller in Bellows Falls (802-463-9404). Mention the Books and Nature Book Group for a 10% discount. Free. Zoom. Information: Info/Pre-register/Reserve book: Michelle Dufort at

Ideas and education

"Democracy, Social Change, and Representation in N'dakinna (Online): Deviating from the format of solo keynote presentations, this lively discussion will include contributions from several Abenaki voices. Beginning with a greeting and historic overview of democracy in N'dakinna (Abenaki for Homeland), the panel will consider the threads of place, home, belonging, and representation in a time of great social change. Led by Vera Longtoe Sheehan, Dir. of the VT Abenaki Artists Association, with Abenaki leaders, mentors, and community members. 7 p.m. "Democracy 20/20" on Wednesdays is part of Vermont Humanities Digital Channel Fall Conference 2020: online, Facebook, YouTube. Free (donations welcome for presenters). Online. Information:, Questions: 802-262-1355.

"Knit Democracy Together" (Zoom): This is a modern take on historical knitting circles like those that supported abolitionist/suffragist movements. Knit/crochet pieces of a state capitol sculpture while discussing contemporary political issues. Individual pieces will be assembled into a whole by artist Eve Jacobs-Carnahan. When people lose confidence in government, this project creates a positive model of democracy. We'll talk about innovative ways to finance election campaigns, hear how cities, states are reducing candidate reliance on private campaign money, learn how these measures re-connect elected officials with constituents and make government more accountable. Eve uses comforting qualities of yarn to explore human interactions with nature, democracy, society. Knit Democracy Together is informed by her experience as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Vermont from 1990-2018. Eve is a 2020 recipient of a Public Art Learning Fund grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts. She's using it to learn how to connect people with ideas/each other through art and knitting. 7 p.m. "Democracy 20/20" on Wednesdays is part of Vermont Humanities Digital Channel Fall Conference 2020: online, Facebook, YouTube. Use your own yarn or request a kit from VT Humanities. Instructions for knitters/non-knitters at Free (donations welcome for presenters). Online. Information:, Questions: 802-262-1355.

Urine My Garden Workshop (via Zoom): Learn how to fertilize your garden with urine! We'll give a brief presentation and then have time for discussion for you to share your experiences and questions. Hosted by the Rich Earth Institute. 12 noon - 1 p.m: Take a peek at our 'Home Use FAQ' doc: http:// home-use_manual.pdf. Already an avid peecycler? We want to hear about it! Fill out our wee online form: https:// Free. Zoom. Register in advance for a confirmation email with info about joining the webinar:


NEWFANE "What the Constitution Offers Us": Discussion about the 10th amendment (sovereignty of the states) with Meg Mott, Prof. Emerita of Politics at Marlboro College. 7 - 8:3O p.m. Outdoors in a salon-style setting. (Rain date 8/27). Copies of the US constitution will be given out. All are welcome and attendees can bring their own chair or use those provided by the library. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

Guilford Free Library - Time to Celebrate with a Family Picnic - (via Zoom): Celebrate the Guilford Free Library, which is welcoming visitors again, and our Guilford families, who have managed the last five months with fortitude and creativity. Cathi will start with a few camp stories. We'll all gather around our tables (picnic or kitchen) to eat together and share family stories. Decorate your table with a cheery and colorful table cloth, so that our Zoom boxes are eye catching and inviting. 8/26: 5:30 p.m. Zoom Picnic. (Come to the Library for a "curbside pickup" 8/24, 25, or 26 - let us know how many will be coming, and we'll set aside a sack of books and marshmallows for you). Zoom. Information: 802-257-4603. Request link for Zoom Picnic:,.

BELLOWS FALLS "Wildlife Tales": Take an exciting journey around the world with Storytelling Naturalist Mike Clough and live animals as he shares tales of animals and magic. Each story features a live animal including raptors, reptiles, and more to bring a natural history element to the myths and legends. This event also features an outdoor book giveaway. Every child can select two books to keep from a wide selection of new children's books - thanks to a grant from the Children's Literacy Foundation. 5 p.m. Bring face masks and chairs or blankets. Social distance 6 ft. Event will be filmed and aired later, and rescheduled in case of inclement weather. (If you are unable/prefer not to attend, email/call Rockingham Library and books will be set aside for your child/children and arrangements made for you to get them.). Free. Rockingham Recreation Center, 10 Playground Rd. Information: 802-463-4270,,


Yoga (online via Zoom): Offered by the Brattleboro Co-op, this is an all-levels yoga class taught by a rotating cast of teachers. 12 - 1 p.m. on Wednesdays. Open to the public during the pandemic. Zoom. Information: Meeting ID changes each week:

Advance Care Planning Information Meeting (via Zoom): Create a written healthcare plan (Advance Directive). Anyone over 18 years old should have one. It's how people care for one another. Do you have questions? We have answers: Where do I find the forms? Who should be named as my healthcare agent? Who do I give the completed form to? How do I talk with my family about my healthcare wishes if I am unable to speak for myself?. 10 a.m. on Wednesdays. Free. Zoom. To receive a Zoom invitation, contact Taking Steps Brattleboro at Brattleboro Area Hospice: Don Freeman: 802.257.0775 x 101,

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Senior Center Tai Chi: Tai Chi is a powerful tool in healing and strengthening the body, mind, and spirit. Flowing movements improve balance, increase flexibility and joint mobility and reduce stress. Steve is certified by the Arthritis Foundation in the instruction of Tai Chi for health and arthritis. Taught by Steve Green. 9-10 a.m. on Wednesdays (Gibson Aiken dance floor). Physical distancing/face masks. Special needs/more info contact Sarah at 802-257-7570 or Through Wednesday, September 23. Drop-in: $5 ($7 non-Brattleboro residents). Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. Reservations required: 802-257-7570,

Arts and crafts

In-Sight Photography Hosts Lunch Time Artist Talks Series (via Zoom): Chat with Lyntoria Newton ( 12 noon. In the coming days before the event, we'll feature the work of Lyntoria. Questions about the event/submit questions for our artist, email Brittany Wilson at Zoom. Virtual seats limited to 100. Register at



August 2020