CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Thursday, February
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.
WILMINGTON Nicki Steel's Photography: Steel's show focuses on her Hearts in Nature series and New Works and Directions. Her selection of photos highlights landscapes and scenery from the Deerfield Valley, all available for purchase - traditional cards, mini-matted pieces, framed enlargements, new items. Steel has been partnering with Jess Cronin from Cronin Company and Haley Frano from Studio Lane Ltd. to create coasters and boxed sets of smaller cards. Her "Winter Birds" boxed cards proved so popular through the holidays that she has expanded the line to now also include a Hearts in Nature set, with 12 different images of stones, cows, peaches, and more. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. Through Sunday, February 28. Free. Bartlebys Books, 17 W. Main St. Information: 802-464-5425; Click for more info on Web in new window.
Erik Hoffner: "Seeing the Story" (via Zoom and Facebook Live): Edgar Degas said, "Art is not what you see, but what you make others see." Similarly, a story can be seen, as well as read or told. Visual storytelling brings the viewer into other lives, scenes, events. In this talk, Hoffner will explore topics related to documentary photography/visual storytelling, including composition, shot selection, and strategies for creating high-quality images. He'll also discuss lenses and general photography concepts. Hoffner is an editor for the global environmental media outlet Mongabay.com. He's a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, and his writings and photojournalism projects have appeared in The Guardian, the Washington Post, Yale Environment 360, National Geographic News Watch, Northern Woodlands, and The Sun, among others. Hoffner has exhibited in galleries regionally and as far away as the New Mexico State Capitol, and in 2019, his work was the subject of a two-decade retrospective solo exhibit at the Linden Street Gallery. He is also a longtime exhibiting member of the VT Center of Photography in Brattleboro. 7 p.m. This talk is for both novice and experienced photographers and is offered through the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. Free. Zoom. A recording will be made available online afterwards: www.brattleboromuseum.org Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cY2kTX_1SJa2L0-6ReGsxw.
BrattleMasters (Toastmasters) Meeting - Learn Speaking Skills (via Zoom): The theme is "Hearts and Minds." Speaker will be Edwin Sause.The emcee will be Annamarie Pluhar of Dummerston, VT. Each speech is assigned an evaluator to give feedback on how well the speakers fulfilled their project criteria. 6-7:30 p.m. Prepared speeches, evaluations, reports by members. The public is encouraged to attend. Through its worldwide network of clubs, Toastmasters helps over a 1/4 million people - every ethnicity, education level, profession - build competence in communication so they gain confidence to lead others. Free for visitors. Zoom. Information: 603-762-0235, email@example.com. Link available at www.brattleboro.toastmastersclubs.org.
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.
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.
Women's Freedom Center - Dialogue with Our Community (Virtual): Together, let's re-imagine and help shape what's possible in a new era. We'll outline what we do, invite questions, plus your own best thinking. Topics include: Aiming for economic and legal justice; Media literacy across the lifespan; Bystander empowerment to address all forms of oppression - particularly domestic and sexual violence. 7-8 p.m. 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4. Each conversation builds on those before, so we recommend attending all four. All are welcome. Through Thursday, March 4. Free. Virtual. Questions: call WFC office: 802-257-7364 To get the link, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com.
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 made through Marlboro Cares for those needing assistance (call 802-258-3030 in advance). Non-perishable food donations should be left at donation box at the Marlboro Post Office. Wear masks/wash hands when handling food. Free. Marlboro Community Center, 524 South Rd. .