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Ideas and education

Project Planning for Writers & Artists (via Zoom or Facebook): Project planning often seems daunting. Topics covered in this workshop include: Plotting the Project: Where to start when there is so much? How do you "test" the writing or artistic projects you need to prioritize? Nuts and Bolts of the Plan: Tools for getting the job done and alternatives. Executing the Plan as Life is Happening. Led by Shanta Lee Gander. 2 p.m. Free. Suggested donation to The Commons/Vermont Independent Media: Zoom. Information: Zoom link:


Northern Harmony (Online): Selection of music from various countries and vocal styles include: 15th and 16th century Spanish renaissance works; traditional songs from Bulgaria, Bosnia, Georgia, and Corsica; an English carol and a West Gallery anthem; contemporary and traditional American shape-note songs. Georgia's ancient 3-part harmony singing tradition features harmonies unlike anything in Western music. Corsican singing, passed down through oral tradition, features two highly ornamented upper voices over a more sustained harmonic bass. Bulgarian songs feature the characteristic bright, "hard-voiced" Balkan vocal timbre, dissonant harmonies based on drones, compound 7/8 dance meter. Spanish pieces include works by Juan del Encina and mid-16th century villancicos. English pieces include a West Gallery anthem by William Knapp in the form of a mini cantata, and a Candlemas carol. Finally, the group presents early American and contemporary compositions in shape-note style. On several numbers the voices will be accompanied by a band of fiddles, accordion and drum (this group includes six fiddle players). Northern Harmony is the highest level performing group under the umbrella of the world music organization Village Harmony, which sponsors singing camps and workshops in New England and many parts of the world. Through Sunday, January 31. $12 plus handling fees. Online. Questions: 802-426-3210,, Sign up:


"Food Choices: Fat Facts: (via Zoom): Today's class focuses on making healthy fat choices and how to minimize the unhealthy fats. Discover why some foods contain less healthy fats today than they did in the past. 1-3:30 p.m. Robin Matathias teaches this series exploring the connection between our food choices, food production systems, their impacts on both human and environmental health. Learn how to make decisions about what to eat, how this simple daily act can have profound outcomes, which food choices can lead to optimal human health while having the least environmental impact. Zoom link sent out a few days prior to each class. Food Choices classes continue 1/23, 1/30, 2/6. Free. Zoom. Information: Register: 802-246-2821 or

Community building

Community Conversations with Representative Emilie Kornheiser (via Zoom): "I'll share priorities for the new year and listen to yours. We'll discuss what matters for our community and the type of government that will best represent you and your needs. Open conversation format - come for the full hour or stop by for a few minutes to share a particular concern or question." . 10 a.m. This is Kornheiser's first Community Conversation of 2021. Zoom. Register in advance. Then you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting:



January 2021