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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: https://mitchellgiddingsfinearts.com/current-exhibits. Through Sunday, February 21. Free. Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main St. Information: 802-251-8290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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 brattleboro.org). 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: https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/restart/cross-state-travel 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.

Winter Knitting Classes - Ages 7-12 (Virtual): Victoria Mansuri, creator of By Our Hands - A Place to Create Together, starts these classes with making knitting needles from dowels, sandpaper, and beeswax. Young knitters are then ready to learn to knit bunnies, gnomes, cats, scarves, hats, and whatever other projects fit the students' skill level. Colorful yarn and fun projects inspire interest and develop pride in achievement. Hour-long classes to fit your schedule. A Waldorf teacher, Victoria knows how important it is that we engage in therapeutic and nurturing activities during this time of COVID-19 challenges. Through Saturday, February 13. During COVID-19 quarantine, all classes are on a pay-what-you-can basis (regular rate: $15). Online. Information: Register: byourhandscteate@gmail.com, 410-925-8532; More info: www.byourhandscreate.com.

Community building

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: www.pridevt.com.

Next Stage: Know Your (New) Neighbor Series (via Zoom): We're isolated and socially distanced, but we can still welcome new neighbors to the area. Join us for an introduction to some of our new neighbors to the area! Mike and Kim moved here months before COVID intruded in order to run The Putney General Store. They've served the community through the pandemic. Come get to know them beyond behind the counter. Heather and Zach moved here during COVID from New York City with their two daughters. Heather's sister was in the area, so they decided to move closer to family. Come connect with some of our newest community members. 7 p.m. A link to the virtual meeting will be sent out to each registrant before the event. Free (donations welcome). Zoom. Information: Register: https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/MTA2Njgw.

"Qualities of Mercy" Round-Table Discussion (via Zoom): Shakespeare summer camp, based in Craftsbury VT, took on the controversial Shakespeare play, "Merchant of Venice," and used it to confront prejudice and hate speech, deal with the pandemic lock down, and examine the Black Lives Matter movement. The team of campers, 8,000 miles apart, collaborated on the project that was filmed on Zoom and their iPhones. 7 p.m. Join the discussion with Funnery founder Peter Gould, campers Gouri Bhuyan and Audrey Grant, and host Funnery participant/Literacy Programs Officer Jonny Flood. Free. Zoom. Information: Register: https://www.vermonthumanities.org/event/qualities-of-mercy/.

Dance

African Dance wth Solo Sana (via Zoom): Dance classes direct from Mali with Solo Sana. All classes are mixed level. Solo Sana: 6-7:15 p.m. Thursdays, 3-4:15 p.m. Saturdays (EST). More info: www.facebook.com/konognagamali/?ref=py_c. Also Khady Malal Badji has classes from 1-2:30 p.m. EST every Sunday from Dakar, Senegal, with live drummers and balafon. Khady's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/khadymalal.badji (More info: Danielle: sunflower1115@live.com). $10-$20 sliding scale (Venmo: @zyckandsolo, PayPal: zbaggett@hotmail.com, Cashapp: $djolikelen), $15 Khady's classes. Zoom.

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, guilfordcaresvt@gmail.com.

PUTNEY Putney Monthly Free Produce Distribution: The Vermont Foodbank and the Putney Foodshelf co-sponsor a monthly food drop of free produce and some non-perishables. All are welcome. Because of COVID, it is drive-up service. Bags provided. 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. Fourth Thursday of every month (white building across from the Putney Co-op and Putney Fire Station). Putney Meadows, 17 Carol Brown Way.

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