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Performing arts

NEWFANE Evening of Story and Song plus a Spaghetti Supper: Enjoy a concert of story and song by mezzo-soprano Miriam Allbee and pianist Mike Kelly. You'll be transported to wild, storybook worlds as they weave tales of intrigue, desperate love and humor! Stay for a delicious Spaghetti Supper following the concert. 4:30 p.m. $10 tickets for dinner per person. A free will offering will be available during the concert. Newfane Congregational Church, 11 Church St. Information: 802-365-4079; Click to e-mail for more information.

The written word

"Writing Dramatic Scenes Part 2." (Online): Led by Barbara Morrison: "In this workshop, appropriate for beginning and experienced writers, we'll explore how to use scenes to create a story.". 4 - 5 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Zoom. Information: Register:

W. MARLBORO Discussion of Rachel Carson's landmark book "Silent Spring": Led by Mary Wright: "We'll discuss the book, it's historic. An environmental science book by Carson, published in 1962, it documents the environmental harm caused by the indiscriminate use of pesticides. Carson accused the chemical industry of spreading disinformation, and public officials of accepting the industry's marketing claims unquestioningly. In the late '50s, Carson began to work on environmental conservation, especially environmental problems that she believed were caused by synthetic pesticides. The result of her research was "Silent Spring," which brought environmental concerns to the American public. The book was met with fierce opposition by chemical companies, but it swayed public opinion and led to a reversal in U.S. pesticide policy, nationwide ban on DDT for agricultural uses, and an environmental movement that led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 4 p.m. Pettee Memorial Library, Whitingham Free Library, and Dover Free Library have copies of "Silent Spring." In 2006, "Silent Spring" was named one of the 25 greatest science books of all time by the editors of "Discover" magazine. (This is the first of a 3-part "Winter Reading Series." Join us in February for Barry Lopez's "Of Wolves and Men" and in March for Robin Wall Kimmerer's "Braiding Sweetgrass."). Free. Donations to the Museum's educational programming are appreciated. Southern Vermont Natural History Museum, 7599 VT Route 9. Information: More info:, follow the event page on facebook.


BRATTLEBORO Workshop: "What is Hidden? What is Revealed?": Local weirdo and radio personality Wendy M. Levy presents a participatory workshop on how to use existing printed media to create new works of art. Wendy will show you how to make collages and found poetry out of old books and magazines using techniques you can easily replicate and alter to make your own. She'll discuss how this artistic process not only identifies and exposes efforts of social conditioning in media but also empowers participants to weaponize absurdity and form emergent counter-narratives that are liberating and fun. While you work on your own piece, DJ Wendo - longtime host on commercial-free radio stations - will provide a soundtrack of relevant musical selections to help inspire the creative process. 2 p.m. For adults 18 and over. Materials supplied but we encourage you to mine your own collections at local thrift stores and garbage dumps. By donation (sliding scale). Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St. Reserve space in advance so we can prepare enough art materials and thematic refreshments. 802-451-0844; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO First Time Home Buying Workshop: Come learn the basics of home-buying from realtor John Hatton. Find out about resources you might qualify for from Kayla Bernier-Wright of Windham and Windsor Housing Trust. Hear how the mortgage application process works from Ethan Grimes of 802 Credit Union. You'll come away knowing about resources like a $15,000 down payment grant for qualified first-generation home buyers. BFC educator Lisa will also share an easy way to stay within your food budget while honoring what is important to you. Lunch is provided. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Register by 1/25. Lunch provided. Limited to 20 attendees. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Information: Register:

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:, 802-275-2835.


BRATTLEBORO Food Choices with Robin Matathias - Sea Vegetables: We read and hear how we should eat more fish for health reasons, but with our growing population and modern technology, we are fishing some species close to extinction. Learn how to make sustainable choices when it comes to fish and discover the pros and cons of aquaculture. We'll also learn the many health benefits of consuming sea vegetables and incorporating them into your diet. 2-4:30 p.m. Register by 1/27. Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Information: Register;

BRATTLEBORO The Beloved Community VT: Gentle Exercise and Sacred Dance Class, Lunch, Workshop on Active Non-Violence: Led by Rev. Ralph W. Howe, Pastor. 11 a.m.-12 noon on Saturdays: Gentle Exercise and Sacred Dance Class, 12 noon: Lunch; 12:45-2:30 p.m. Workshop on Active Non-Violence. Free. First United Methodist Church, 18 Town Crier Dr. Information: 802-249-2947.,

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:



January 2023