CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Wednesday, September
"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 https://knitdemocracy.org/makeblocks. Free (donations welcome for presenters). Online. Information: www.vermonthumanities.org/digital, Questions: 802-262-1355.
"The Geography of Names - Natural Features, Names, and Environmental Stewardship" (via Zoom): How did that river get its name? How would things be different if it was nameless? The geographical features in our landscape are named through an interesting system, and once we learn more about it, often leads to an increase in awareness and environmental stewardship. This webinar will cover some of the principles and practices of naming natural features, the categories of names, issues concerning renaming, and includes five examples of how naming plus awareness can promote stewardship of the features that are named. 7-8:30 p.m. Offered by The Nature Museum at Grafton. Led by Peter Bergstrom, who worked as a college biology professor and an environmental scientist. He volunteers on the Rockingham Conservation Commission as the town Energy Coordinator, with the Saxtons River Valley Trails Initiative, with Sustainable Rockingham, and as an Auditor for Saxtons River Village. By donation. Zoom. Pre-register: www.nature-museum.org/upcoming-events-full/2020/9/2/the-geography-of-names-natural-features-names-and-environmental-stewardship.
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, email@example.com.
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 Green is certified to teach by the Arthritis Foundation in the instruction of Tai Chi for health and arthritis. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Through Wednesday, September 23. Drop-in: $5 ($7 non-Brattleboro residents). Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. Reservations required: 802-257-7570, www.brattleboro.org.