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Marlboro College presents reading by Kate Colby

MARLBORO - Marlboro College welcomes poet and essayist Kate Colby, who will present a reading and discussion of her work.

Colby is the author of seven books of poetry, including I Mean and The Arrangements, and a new book of critical poem-essays, Dream of the Trenches.

She has received awards and fellowships from the Poetry Society of America, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, and Harvard University Library's Woodberry Poetry Room, where she was the 2017–2018 Creative Fellow. She lives and teaches in Providence, R.I.

The free event will take place in the college's Apple Tree on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Bronwen Tate at [email protected].

Valentine card making workshop at Moore Library

NEWFANE - The Moore Free Library, 23 West St., will offer a card making workshop for all ages on Friday, Feb. 7, from 5 to 6 p.m.

Stamping enthusiast Cindy Crawford will bring paper and rubber stamps to assist each participant in making two Valentine's Day cards.

This activity is part of the library's Family Fun Fridays and will be followed by a free showing of the movie Abominable.

Like all programs at the Moore Free Library, this program is free. For more information, contact the library at 802-365-7948 or

RFPL presents advance-care-planning workshop

BELLOWS FALLS - A free workshop on the basics of advance care planning will be offered by Don Freeman of Brattleboro Area Hospice on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, at the Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St.

If a loved one has a serious accident or illness and couldn't communicate, do you know what care they would want? Learn how an advance care directive can help and understand the key information you need to document.

At the close of this workshop, you should know what you need to complete an advanced care directive, you will have your questions answered, and you will have your next steps planned.

Register in advance with Programming/Community Relations Librarian Anne Dempsey at 802-463-4270 or [email protected]. The library is accessible.

Crowell Gallery hosts photo exhibit

NEWFANE - For February, the Crowell Gallery, 23 West St., presents “Wetlands,” an exhibit of photographs by David Parker.

An artist reception will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Parker is a photographer with a lifelong interest in the outdoors. His detailed, large-format photographs celebrate the critical role that wetland habitat plays in attracting and sustaining a tremendous variety of birds and other wildlife.

All of his photographs are taken on his property in Brookline. They have recently been exhibited at the Marina in Brattleboro and at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Moonlight snowshoe hike on Hogback

MARLBORO - The moon will be just one day shy of full on Saturday, Feb. 8, so the Hogback Mountain Conservation Association plans a snowshoe hike in the moonlight, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Meet in the parking lot on the south side of Route 9 near Vermont Distillers, 7755 Route 9 East, at 7 p.m. Bring a flashlight or headlamp to use in an emergency, but organizers hope the hike can take place without artificial lighting.

“Those who are really brave can climb to the top of the fire tower and look around at the lights from the surrounding towns,” organizers write.

If the moon is not visible on Feb. 8, the hike will be postponed to Saturday, March 7 (same time, same place).

“How can you tell if the event has been cancelled? Look out your window,” potential hikers are advised. “If you can see shadows on the snow from the moonlight, [participants will] be hiking. No snow, but just bare ground? Or overcast, with no moon visible? Nope, stay home.”

Rotary Trivia Night benefits Academy School PTO

BRATTLEBORO - Come test your knowledge at the February Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Trivia Challenge on Monday, Feb. 10, in support of the Academy School PTO, at American Legion Post 5, 32 Linden St.

A $20 entry fee gets you in the door and offers a meal, conversation, problem solving, and competition. A cash bar is available.

Half the proceeds of a 50/50 raffle will go to the PTO, and the other half to a winner.

All ages are welcome. You can come alone or bring a team of four to six. Doors open at 6 p.m.; arrive by 6:15 p.m. for check-in and table assignment. The trivia contest starts at 6:30 p.m.

BF Woman's Club to meet

BELLOWS FALLS - Members of the Bellows Falls Woman's Club will gather on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at the United Church, School Street, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Bellows Falls Fire Chief Shaun McGinnis will be the featured speaker.

At the Jan. 14 meeting, Marty Gallagher, administrator of Greater Rockingham Area Services (GRAS), presented a program about the agency, headquartered at the Rockingham Health Center. GRAS has several partners dedicated to fulfilling its mission of making health care and well being accessible to the area's citizens.

Members are reminded to bring non perishable food and personal care items to be donated to Our Place Drop-in Center to the February meeting. It is suggested that members wear red in honor of American Heart Month.

For information, contact Wendy O'Dette at [email protected].

Debating Our Rights series focuses on Seventh Amendment

BRATTLEBORO - On Wednesday Feb. 12, the Debating Our Rights series will continue with a discussion of the Seventh Amendment at 7 p.m. at the Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St.

Although the right to a civil jury trial doesn't get as much attention as the rights of criminal defendants, this overlooked right serves an important function in U.S. government. A civil jury trial is the one reliable place where ordinary citizens can hold big businesses accountable.

“Unfortunately, fewer than 2 percent of civil cases are heard by a jury,” explains Meg Mott, professor emerita at Marlboro College, who will lead the discussion.

“Some of that has to do with the rise of administrative tribunals, such as the National Labor Relations Board,” Mott added, “but most of it has to do with the current Supreme Court. For some reason, justices are not a big fan of juries. That's a problem, because jury service is the best classroom for providing an education in civics.”

The event is free and accessible. For more information, contact the library at 802-254-5290 or

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