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Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO "Precarious Shelters: Houses that Hold Us" (Jackie Abrams) and "Deportees: A Tribute" (Erika Radich): Abrams' ongoing project is designed to help raise awareness of the extreme range of homes and shelters throughout the world, as well as in our own communities. It speaks to the connections between race, class, gender, poverty and more, and asks that we recognize the need for mutual learning, support, and social change. Radich offers a suite of 28 monotype collages addressing issues of social justice, equality, and human dignity. "In 1948 there was a plane crash in Los Gatos Canyon, California. Twenty-eight Mexican farmworkers died as they were being deported to Mexico. This may become 'personal' to each person experiencing the exhibit.". Exhibits available for viewing in person and online: Through Sunday, February 21. Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main St. Information: 802-251-8290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Tintype Photography Demonstration (Zoom and Facebook Live): Photographer Rachel Portesi demonstrates the process she used to create the tintype photographs in the exhibit "Hair Portraits." Each photograph is the result of a 26-second exposure directly onto a thin sheet of metal that has been painted black, then coated in emulsion to make it light-sensitive. The plate is immediately developed and placed in fixer, where the image appears. This archaic way of making "instant pictures" appealed to Portesi after she spent many years of shooting Polaroids, until the film became unavailable. (Now, thanks to The Impossible Project, Polaroid film is once again a possibility, though Portesi’s beloved Polaroid 667 black and white film has yet to be remade.). 7 p.m. Demo followed by a Q&A. A recording will be available afterwards. Offered by the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. Free. Online. Information: Register:

Ideas and education

Documentary: "Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops" (Virtual): The documentary is an intimate portrait of two officers from the San Antonio Police Department's 20-person Mental Health Unit who are helping to change the way police respond to mental health calls. A panel discussion with a Bennington police officer, a Mobile Crisis Clinician from United Counseling Services, and a person with lived experience will follow the screening. 6 - 7:30 p.m. (25 min. screening excerpt followed panel discussion and Q&A). Access to the full-length documentary available after the event. Co-sponsored by NAMI Vermont, Team Two Vermont, Vermont Criminal Justice Council-Vermont Police Academy, United Counseling Services. Free. Online. Information: Register/learn more

Film and video

"Hollywood Architect: The Paul R. Williams Story" (Virtual): Nicknamed "Architect to the Stars," African American architect Paul R. Williams was one of the most successful architects of his time. But at the height of his career he wasn't always welcome in the buildings he designed because of his race. "Hollywood's Architect" tells the story of how he used talent, determination, and charm to defy the odds and create a celebrated body of work. This film, 56 min. in length, is offered to the public thanks to 118 Elliot's partnership with the VT chapter of the American Institute of Architects and Burlington City Arts. More film info: Through Sunday, January 24. Free. Virtual. Information: Screening link and password:

Local history

Rudyard Kipling's Life in Vermont - Preceded by Business Meeting (via Zoom): Today's program features Chuck Fish who will speak about Kipling's four years in Vermont: Why he came, why he left, what he thought of Vermonters, and how his deepest political instincts clashed with American convictions. Although refreshments are typically served at these meetings, you'll have to provide your own this time. 7 p.m. Brief business meeting followed by Kipling presentation. Free. Zoom. Information: For Zoom link, email: gailsvt@gmail.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Dept. - Parent/Tot Open Gym: Open Gym is an unstructured program for parents and preschoolers ages five and under. This is a place for parents and tots to get out of the cold and enjoy playing with playhouses, cars, toys, tunnel, a play kitchen, big rubber balls, and more. The parent is responsible for their child(ren). 10-11:30 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Masks are mandatory and temperatures are taken on arrival. Everyone must sign in daily. Everyone must complete a registration form and COVID-19 Release waiver. Anyone 18 years old or younger must have a parent sign both documents (found online at Note: If you're not a VT resident and wish to participate, you must reside in a green county according to the State of VT Agency of Commerce and Community Development Cross State Travel Information map: and is updated weekly. This may mean that you will not be able to participate weekly based on your county's color if you reside in a state other than VT. Through Thursday, April 22. $1.00 per child per day. Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Dept., 207 Main St. Information: 802-254-5808; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Fencing (ages 7 -12): Introduction to Western Martial Arts and the forms of combat pursued and developed within Medieval Europe. Students will learn the basics of combat, self-defense, and a history of swordplay within medieval society. Led by Reily Mumpton. Bring comfortable, clean soled shoes, and prepare to lunge into action!. 5-6 p.m. Thursdays. For programs, events, facility info, online fillable registration form and more visit Hover over the "Sport and Recreation" tab on blue horizonal bar. A drop-down menu will appear - click "Recreation and Parks." Masks required. Temperature taken daily. If you're not a VT resident, to participate, you must reside in a "green county" - Map updated weekly: Through Thursday, February 25. $85 Brattleboro residents, $100 non-residents (plus $50 refundable equipment deposit). Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. Information: 802-254-5808 (Gibson AIken office).

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Celebrating Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the Brattleboro Food Co-op: "For the last four years, the BFC has welcomed organizations from our community into the store on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This year, instead, we're dedicating all our social media presence to MLK Day for an entire week (started 1/18). We're featuring one of seven organizations each day with a short video and other informative posts.". "We hope you'll tune in, donate some money, and perhaps some time, too - our Commitment to Community program allows our Shareholders to receive work credit towards their Working Shareholder discount through volunteering at community organizations.". Through Sunday, January 24. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Check out these wonderful, local non-profits all week on our social media handles: @BrattleboroFoodCoop on Facebook and Instagram.

How to Buy an EV or Hybrid Car (Online): Have you been considering an electric or hybrid vehicle but feel that it's out of your price range? Learn about the advantages of hybrids and EV cars and how you can save money in the long run by driving one. Vermont has numerous incentives for every budget. Presented by Samantha Hurt, Program Manager at Capstone Community Action, Inc. and David Roberts, Drive Electric Vermont Coordinator. 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Free. Online. Information: Register:

Statewide LGBTQ+ Town Hall Series (Online): Join us for weekly Town Hall Sessions on Health Justice, Housing, Rural Queerness, Youth, Aging, and Racial Justice. We'll be culminating the series with a Statewide LGBTQ+ Town Meeting. Share what is important to you and explore ways we can build together across the state. 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. This is a collaborative project series offered by the LGBTQIA+ Alliance of VT, Outright Vermont, Pride Center of VT, and the Rainbow Umbrella of Central VT. Through Tuesday, March 2. Online. Information: Register:

VT Arts Council and the VT Recreation & Parks Association: Ongoing Challenges created by Covid-19 (via Zoom): This meeting brings together artists and performers from around VT to provide introductions and to discuss the following topics: Safe Outdoor Venues: How artists and host facilities are thinking about adapting spring/summer/fall plans for Covid realities. What kind of help artists/ creatives have wanted and not yet received to facilitate their work being out in the public. Brainstorm how Artists may more easily stay in touch with town Parks & Rec Depts. plus state facilities (and entities such as fairgrounds) to hold productive and possibly economically boosting events. Plus, State of VT guidelines for 2021 outdoor venues. 10-11 a.m. Meeting Agenda: Intros: VT Arts Council; VRPA; VT Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD); VT Forests, Parks & Rec.; artist reps. Overview of the idea of Safe Outdoor Venues for Arts during spring/summer/fall 2021 seasons. Successful outdoor arts events that happened in 2020. Discussion/overview of 2020 outdoor event guidelines and regulations and anticipated spring/summer 2021 guidelines. Overview of "Creative Ground" directory for artists. Open discussion: What do artists/performers need to connect with the public in 2021? Examples of workable solutions in 2020 that could be tried in more places in 2021? Potential venues artists been talking to. Future meeting with community leaders & artists. Next steps/action items. Free. Zoom. Information: Register:

Community meals

MARLBORO Marlboro Community Food Share: Fill a grocery bag with non-perishables and fresh local produce. No registration or eligibility needed. This weekly opportunity is available to anyone who could use an extra bag of groceries or knows someone who does. Food will be set up in the entry-way to the Marlboro Community Center. For proper social distancing, enter one person at a time. Bring a grocery bag or use ours. Masks required. 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. in the entry-way on Thursdays. Deliveries will be made through Marlboro Cares for those needing assistance (call 802-258-3030 in advance). Non-perishable food donations should be left at the donation box at the Marlboro Post Office. Gardeners and farmers are welcome to donate produce. Wear masks and wash hands when harvesting and handling food. Fresh produce can be dropped off at the Community Center on Thurs. between 1 and 4 p.m. Leftover produce will be taken to FoodWorks the next morning. Free. Marlboro Community Center, 524 South Rd. Information: ; Click to e-mail for more information.

GUILFORD Guilford Cares Food Pantry: The Guilford Cares Food Pantry continues to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure food security for all our citizens and vulnerable populations. They are well stocked with the staples you need for your family and are following viral guidelines to limit risk. Guilford Cares welcomes anyone in need of supplemental food for themselves or their families. 5 - 6 p.m. on Thursdays. Remain in your car. A volunteer will give you a "shopping list" (fresh produce, staples, meat, dairy) for you to mark items you would like (bring a pen). Another volunteer will fill a bag (bring one) and bring it to porch where you will pick it up. Questions, concerns, donate groceries/monetary gifts, call Pat Haine: 802-257-0626. If you cannot come due to illness/high risk, call Pat to arrange for food delivery by a volunteer. Broad Brook Community Center, 3940 Guilford Center Rd. Information: More questions/info: 802-579-1350,



January 2021