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CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Saturday, January 

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The written word

"Writing Dramatic Scenes Part 1" (Online): "In this workshop, appropriate for beginning and experienced writers, we’ll begin looking at how to write dramatic scenes that bring your story to life." Led by Barbara Morrison. 4 - 5 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Zoom. Information: Register: info@timetowrite.us.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Financial Wellness 101 - Money Matters: Financial Liberation & Wellness" (Part of the BIPOC Series): "This is an introduction to budgeting and the misconceptions of money management. Our mission and purpose is to help BIPOC persons become financially solvent and take charge of their financial futures. We will explore the basics of financial wellness and help you build good budgeting skills to take you to the next level of money management. The basics of budgeting are so crucial to building good money management skills and habits. We will show you how to maintain your budget through a series of exercises and examples that will focus on YOU and that are designed for your specific household.". 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Facilitated by Shanda Williams and Ana Mejia. This course is part 1 of a 3-part series: 2/18 and 3/25. Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information: 802-451-0509, therootsjc@gmail.com.

Beyond Description

BRATTLEBORO Surrealist Games and Prepared Piano - Playful co-creation to make new connections, cerebral and social!: Roger Clark Miller (of Mission of Burma, Alloy Orchestra) hosts this evening of riotous mind-bending games developed by Andre Breton and his co-conspirators during the peak of surrealism in the 1920s and 1930s. The consummate master of ceremonies, Miller will open the evening with a live performance for prepared-piano on the baby grand. Thematic refreshments from the infamous cookbooks of Salvador Dalí will be provided. Surrealistic attire is encouraged!. 7:30 p.m. $15. Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St. Information: Register: https://tinyurl.com/2czshwt4.

Music

MARLBORO Peregrine Road: Rachel Bell on accordion and Karen Axelrod on piano: 7:30 p.m. M95 masks required except for quick mask breaks for snacks and drinks. Please stay home if you feel sick or tested positive for Covid. $10 to $20 suggested donation. Colonel WIlliams Inn, 111 Staver Rd. Information: 802-257-1093; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Mingus Dynasty Quartet: Vermont Jazz Center: VJC Celebrates Charles Mingus' centennial birthday anniversary with a "nimble and expert" touring group made up of charter members of the Mingus Orchestra. The band was initially formed by Sue Mingus (Charles' widow) in 1979, just after Charles Mingus' death, to feature his repertoire and support the musicians he recorded or played with. This concert will further shine a light on Sue Mingus' acceptance of the 2023 NEA Jazz Master award, acknowledging her efforts in founding a non-profit honoring Charles Mingus' legacy. The non-profit she leads employs a 4-tiered structure designed to spread the word of Mingus' repertoire including 3 Mingus bands (Orchestra, Big Band and Dynasty), an educational division (Let My Children Hear Music), an annual Mingus Music Festival. Because Mingus always said he was first and foremost a composer, and because he left over 300 compositions deserving to be played, the Mingus Dynasty band carries on his music, vision, mission. Today, four decades later, the rich legacy of Mingus music ignites the bandstand encouraging new generations of musicians to add their individual voices to this musical legacy. 7:30 p.m. "Mingus's influence has been enormous since his first Atlantic LPs in 1956, but it has been apparent primarily through its example of how to absorb jazz tradition without being tied to it, how to ignore current conventions and create your own." - Bob Blumenthal, Rolling Stone. $20 to $50. Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, #222. Information: 802-254-9088; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Concert Choir returns to the Latchis: "HELP! Music for Troubled Times": Jonathan Harvey, BCC Director: "Our program is focused on the idea of asking for, and receiving, aid. In this turbulent age, seeking help is an act both of necessity and of bravery, and the pieces on the program all touch on this idea from different perspectives. In the music of two 20th century musicians - Black Canadian-American composer and conductor Nathaniel Dett, and British composer and organist Herbert Howells - we find cries for help that are in turns quiet, insistent, humble, violent, polite, grandiose, sacred, and secular.". 1/21: 7:30 p.m. 1/22: 4 p.m. N95 masks or equivalent required. Through Sunday, January 22. $20 in advance, $25 at door. Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Information: Tickets: Brattleboro Music Center, online: bmcvt.org, phone: 802-257-4523, email:info@bmcvt.org.

Farmers' markets

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Winter Farmers Market: Weekly diverse indoor farmers market. Local farm produce, meats, syrup, fresh baked goods, fruits, cider, preserves, handmade jewelry, pottery, soaps, and more. SNAP shoppers turn $10 into $40 each week! . 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through March 25 in the gymnasium. Through Saturday, March 25. Brattleboro Winter Farmers Market, 60 Austine Dr. Information: farmersmarket@postoilsolutions.org, 802-275-2835.

Well-being

BRATTLEBORO Food Choices with Robin Matathias: Sugar: How have we become so addicted to sugar? The average American consumes as much as 150 pounds of refined sugar yearly. Learn the refining process of sugar, land-use issues, environmental impact, and about the diseases associated with sugar. Learn to satisfy your sweet tooth with other natural sweeteners and how to make substitutions for your sugary favorites. 1-3:30. Register by 1/19. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Information: Register: Education@BFC.coop.

PUTNEY Death Cafe hosted by Brattleboro Area Hospice: Come join curious and like-minded folks to talk about death while enjoying tea, coffee, and snacks! Our objective is to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their lives. A Death Cafe is a group-directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives, or themes. The public is encouraged to attend. 1-3 p.m. Brattleboro Area Hospice provides a broad range of services for living and dying well, focusing on end-of-life, bereavement, advance care planning. All services are free of charge and available to anyone living in Southeastern VT or bordering NH towns. Putney Friends Meeting House, 17 Bellows Falls Rd. Find out more at https://deathcafe.com/what/ RSVP by Wednesday, 1/18, via info@brattleborohospice.org or call 802-257-0775.

BELLOWS FALLS Mirrors for Climate Mitigation (In Person/Zoom): Learn about a new climate solution that uses mirrors to reduce earth's rising temperatures. This idea was developed by MIT and Harvard scientist Dr. Ye Tao. Dr. Tao's colleague - Lisa Doner (Assoc. Prof. in Environmental Science at Plymouth State University) - discusses this innovative solution to problems we face today - the earth is overheating which threatens human, plant, animal life. 11 a.m. Prof. Program may switch to Zoom if there is inclement weather (check Library website). Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89191411557 Presentation info: https://www.meer.org, www.rockinghamlibrary.org, programming@rockinghamlibrary.org, 802-463-4270.

Old Ways Herbal: Clinical Skills & Cases (via Zoom once a month): This 3-month live online course helps Community Herbalists, Clinical Herbalists, and Family Herbalists grow their clinical skills through practical application. Topics include interview techniques, therapeutic relationships, assessments for the herbalist, making recommendations, complementary recommendations and referrals, contraindications and drug interactions, and more. Students work through the clinical process and present anonymous cases for small group discussion and personalized feedback. 1 p.m. Classes: 1/21, 2/11 and 3/18. Registration slots are limited in order to allow enough time for each student. Through Saturday, March 18. $216 for 3 classes. Zoom. Information: Register: https://tinyurl.com/ywf5apwv. Website is www.oldwaysherbal.com/.

BRATTLEBORO The Brattleboro Zen Center - Meditation (In-Person or wherever you may be): One way to engage with the ecological crisis: This group chants briefly and then sits in silence for a half hour. All are welcome to join this peaceful action, either in-person or from wherever they might be. 1-1:35 p.m. on Saturdays. Wells Fountain, south side Windham County District Courthouse, Jct . Putney Rd. & Main St. (Rte 30). Information: alison.f.bundy@gmail.com.

Community building

BELLOWS FALLS Chat with your Windham County Senators and House Representatives: Windham County Senators Nader Hashim and Wendy Harrison and your Windham-3 (Brookline, Rockingham, Westminster) House Representatives Michelle Bos-Lun and Leslie Goldman. Come for an informal conversation about current issues and bring your questions! "We look forward to seeing you and thank you to the Library for sponsoring. A table in a quiet corner of the fiction room will be reserved for these conversations." . 10:30-11:30 a.m. Subsequent conversations at the library are planned for the 3rd Saturday of the month: Feb. 18, March 18, April 15, May 20 (tentative). Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Active Non-Violence and Exercise/Dance Workshops - The Beloved Community: 11-11:45 a.m: Exercise/Sacred Dance Workshop. 12:30-2:30 p.m: Active Non-Violence Workshop. Free lunch of chili and cornbread will be served. Donations welcome. The Beloved Community, 18 Town Crier Dr. Information: howerwiii@gmail.com, 802-249-2947.

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