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The Emmet Cohen Trio with special guest Mark Whitfield" (Livestream): The Vermont Jazz Center presents this concert with pianist Emmet Cohen, his working trio, and guitarist Mark Whitfield. A concert with Cohen and Whitfield promises to be swinging, funky and soulful, with reverence for the tradition and an eye towards the future. 8 p.m. By donation. Livestream. Information:

GRAFTON Kevin Parry - Guitar and Vocals: 5:30 - 8 p.m. You must have reservations and wear a mask. (Parry's website is Free. Grafton Inn, 92 Main St. Information: 802-843-2231; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

"Mini Upcycled Ice Shanties" (via Zoom): Children and families use repurposed and recycled materials to create their own mini ice shanties. Instructor Ross Smart will share examples of upcycled shanties and discuss what makes an ice shanty an ice shanty. After a week of working on their creations, participants reconvene to share what they have created and discuss using unconventional materials creatively. 10 a.m. Recommended for ages 8-12. Children should be supervised when using a hot glue gun. Participants will be sent (or can pick up at BMAC) a packet of materials: hot glue gun, paint, decorative flourishes for their ice shanty creations. We encourage finding materials to use around the home, such as bottle caps, jar lids, acorn tops, pine cones. Families will need to find their own boxes - shoe box, tissue box, old jewelry box, etc. This 2-part workshop continues Jan. 30 at 10 a.m. Offered by the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center in connection with the inaugural "Artful Ice Shanties Design-Build Competition"; current BMAC exhibits about ice fishing, "Ice Shanties: Fishing, People & Culture" and Erik Hoffner: "Ice Visions"; and the BMAC exhibit "Overboard," in which Andy Yoder transforms recycled materials into Air Jordan sneakers. $20. Zoom. Registration required:


"Food Choices: Sugar" (via Zoom): Today's class focuses on the history of cane sugar, sugar addiction, the refining process and land-use issues, environmental impact, and diseases. Discover healthy replacements. 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 1/30, 2/6. Free. Zoom. Information: Register: 802-246-2821 or


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Vermont Legislative Advocacy Training (Online): Want to make a positive change in mental health services? Learn strategies to build knowledge, confidence, and competence in: Writing and delivering short and compelling personal stories that have an "ask"; Finding and using facts in speaking and writing; Preparing for and conducting a successful meeting with legislators; Writing focused emails that have an impact. 9 a.m.-12 noon. Learn about the VT Legislative Process: Accessing their website, following testimony, joining a committee meeting, finding your legislator. Anyone who wants to gain advocacy skills - especially advocates who will join Mental Health Advocacy Day (Feb. 1) - are welcome. Free. Online. Information: 800-639-6480,, Learn more/pre-Register:



January 2021