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The written word

Poetry Around Town (Virtual): As part of this project celebrating National Poetry Month, three local writing organizations who have placed 58 poems by 37 area poets in downtown shop and restaurant windows for the month of April, are offering a virtual reading today. 6:30 p.m. Zoom. Information: For more info, email or for Zoom link visit

Visual arts and shows

NEWFANE Stephanie Nyzio: "Going, going, gone": For over two decades, Stephanie Nyzio has dedicated her time to teaching art in public schools. Recently, she spent time in Costa Rica, immersed in a tropical paradise observing and finding inspiration there. She describes her current work as a union of things held dear: love for the natural world, drawing as foundation, and environmental issues. Tues. 1-5 p.m., Wed. 2-6, p.m. Thur. 1-5 p.m., Fri. 2-6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. "My wish is to inform the viewer on different topics affecting the ecosystem while evoking a visceral reaction. Maybe this work will evoke their desire to make small and big changes in the way they interact with the natural world. Often viewers feel helpless while facing facts around environmental issues such as plastic trash, pesticide use, and poaching, to name a few." Resources/info will be included in this exhibit so the public can take action. Through Friday, April 30. Free. Crowell Gallery at the Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Five New Exhibits at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center: "All Flowers Keep the Light" explores ways flowers can represent both loss and hope. The latest edition of GLASSTASTIC features fabulous new creatures as well as a look back at a decade of this collaboration between students and glass artists. Adria Arch's sculpture installation mirrors the movements of the Connecticut River. Kenny Rivero's drawings speak to themes that include Afro-Caribbean faith, Anglo-Caribbean sensibilities, and Afro-Futurism. Jennifer Mack-Watkins's "Children of the Sun" uses images of dolls as a narrative framework to celebrate Black voices. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Sun. Walk-ins welcome or make a reservation. If you can't visit in person, new 3D virtual tours are available on our website. Through Sunday, June 13. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

Extend Your Growing Season With Cold Weather Flower Seeds (via Zoom): On Earth Day, Cheryl Wilfong, an author, Master Gardener, Master Composter and mindfulness teacher, will tell you how to sow cold hardy flower seeds outside in your garden now. Most of us are ready to garden, so Cheryl will discuss what cold hardy and cold resistant seeds are good to plant today. 3 - 4 p.m. (Check out Cheryl's website: Zoom. Contact Neighborhood Connections for link: 802-824-4343.

Celebrations and festivals

Celebrate Earth Day with Activist/Author Frances Moore Lappe (via Zoom): Lappe will address "Climate Crisis In Focus: Finding Hope Through Democratic Action.". 5-5:45 p.m. Presentation; 5:45-6:15 p.m. Live Q&A; 6:15-6:30 p.m. Concluding Remarks. Hosted by Sustainable Woodstock and Pentangle Arts, with support from VT Humanities. Free with a suggested donation of $10. All donations benefit Pentangle Arts and Sustainable Woodstock. Zoom. To make a donation: Register:

Film and video

Monadnock Earth Festival - Free to the Public (Virtual): Feature films and panel discussions to celebrate and cultivate a more resilient world. Films include: "Seeding Change": Triple bottom line businesses that consider the social, environmental, financial impacts of their companies and address today's most challenging issues. "First We Eat": What happens when an ordinary family living just south of the Arctic Circle bans all grocery store food from their house for one year? Add 3 skeptical teenagers, a reluctant husband, no salt, caffeine, sugar, and -40° temperatures. "Why We Cycle": Take a ride with ordinary cyclists and specialists from many disciplines. Conversations uncover hidden effects of cycling on people/societies. "The Falconer": Second chances - for injured birds of prey, an abandoned plot of land, a group of teenagers who have dropped out of high school, and for master falconer Rodney Stotts on his mission to build a bird sanctuary and provide access to nature for his community. "Microplastic Madness": 5th graders from Public School 15 in Brooklyn whose actions on plastic pollution morph into outstanding leadership/ scalable victories. With heartfelt kid commentary and interviews of experts and scientists engaged in cutting-edge research on the harmful effects of microplastics, this alarming yet charming narrative conveys an urgent message in user-friendly terms. Offered by The Monadnock Food Co-op partnering with the Monadnock International Film Festival and Monadnock Farm & Community Coalition. Sponsors include Franklin Pierce University, Greater Keene and Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, League of Conservation Voters, Food Connects, Monadnock Alliance for Sustainable Transportation, Vital Communities, W.S. Badger Co. Through Saturday, April 24. Virtual. Registration required/more information:

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. Masks mandatory, temperatures taken. Everyone must sign in and 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 $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.

Community building

Pop-Up Book Club: "All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis" by Ayana Johnson (Online): We will be discussing the first four chapters. This book offers a provocative collection of essays and poems from women who are at the forefront of the climate movement. We hope this will be an engaging and inspiring discussion about the climate crisis and how we can help actively move humanity forward. 7 p.m. Organized by Southern VT Young Professionals. "We have 5 copies available for free to YP members. Registrants can email for pick-up instructions." Also available in audio/e-book formats. Register for event: Free. Online.

350 VT presents - Just Transition (via Zoom): This Earth Day workshop is about collectively imagining shifting from dirty energy to energy democracy, funding highways to expanding public transit, from incinerators and landfills to zero waste, from industrial food systems to food sovereignty, from gentrification to community land rights, and from rampant development to ecosystem restoration. 6 - 8 p.m. Workers/communities impacted first and worst must lead the transition to ensure it is just. What would it look like in VT and what it would take to get us there? Plus, hear about the rest of our Spring Asynchronous Mobilization and how it is building the world we need, and sign up for a tree planting, workshop, action, or event in the coming weeks. "We are indebted to the Climate Justice Alliance and Movement Generation for providing us with this framework.". Zoom. Register:

Community meals

GUILFORD Guilford Cares Food Pantry Curbside Service (Everyone Eats Food Distribution): 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're well stocked with staples you need for your family and are following viral guidelines to limit risk. 5 - 6 p.m. every Thursday. Guilford Fairgrounds, 761 Weatherhead Hollow Rd. Information: Questions, concerns, donations: 802-257-0626;

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.



April 2021