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First Wednesdays: The Legacy of Rachel Carson

Date & Time: 
Feb 7 2018 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Spring not only launched the environmental movement but also laid out
the fundamental problems with our relationship to nature. Join us on
February 7, 2018 at 7 pm as Dartmouth professor Nancy Jay Crumbine
celebrates scientist and poet Rachel Carson’s clarity, courage, and

This program is underwritten by: Chroma Technology

Statewide underwriters include:
National Life Group
Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation
Vermont Department of Libraries

Brown Bag Lunch Series: What Can You Learn From Horses?

Date & Time: 
Sep 21 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

It's very important to have a good relationship when the other participant weighs ten times more than you do! We'll discuss what causes aggression and how to deal with fear (yours and others). Gincy Bunker has provided Foundation Teaching to riders of all ages for 70 years. She's published books under the name of Gincy Self Bucklin.

Dr. Robert Langer, 'the Edison of Medicine,' at Landmark College

Date & Time: 
Sep 21 2017 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

PUTNEY – Landmark College will present a talk by medical innovator Dr. Robert Langer, the David H. Koch Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, September 21, at the Brooks M. O’Brien Auditorium of the East Academic Building.

Dr. Langer’s talk is sponsored by Landmark’s Morgan Le Fay Center for Advances in Economics, Business, and Entrepreneurship Instruction.

Everyone’s Economic Opportunity in Climate Action - Panel Discussion

Date & Time: 
Sep 12 2017 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Along with the challenges of climate change there are enormous
opportunities to create a more fair and stronger economy. Hear from a
respected Vermont business owner, a low-income advocate, and legislators
about the kind of equitable and exciting opportunities we can gain from
addressing climate change and getting Vermonters off of fossil fuels.

FREE and open to the public.

LOCATION: 118 Elliot Street, Brattleboro

Refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP, submit a question or suggest a climate change solution, and find more information at: http://bit.ly/BrattleboroRSVP

T. Namaya reads 'Celebrate Life: Viva la Vida'

Date & Time: 
Sep 22 2017 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Local author T. Namaya reads from his new book Celebrate Life: Vida la Vida at 6pm on Friday, Sept, 22.

“This is a collection of stories and poems, some will make you laugh like 'Slugs as Great Lovers' and 'Sophia Loren at the Ice Cream Store', but others are about love, relationships, and surviving family --  ultimately it is about finding the joy even in the wonderful absurdity of life

Some of the poems and stories make you giggle, others make you feel regret, but they all make you think, and they have a common thread of prodding the reader to take the time to notice the simple things — told with subtle humor and vivid imagery." ~ Cicely Eastman, Brattleboro Reformer

Brattleboro Co-op Board Tabling

Date & Time: 
Sep 11 2017 - 11:00am - 1:00pm

Have a conversation with board members John Hatton and
Ruth Garbus.  We want your input!

Robert Merfeld reads 'Is It So If You Think It's So?'

Date & Time: 
Sep 1 2017 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Internationally renowned musician Robert Merfeld discusses his new book "Is It So if You Think It's So?: Thoughts on Teaching and Performing Chamber Music, an Anti-Manual" at 6pm on Friday, Sept 1. 

Merfeld has toured the world as a concert pianist and has taught for many years at Harvard, Boston University and the Longy School of Music.

Brown Bag Lunch Series: Social Security and Your Retirement

Date & Time: 
Aug 22 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

The cost of retirement, Social Security benefits, bridging the income gap. This seminar focuses on estimating your living in retirement costs, understanding your Social Security benefits, and discussing other income sources. With David Shorter from VALIC.

Author Elizabeth Minnich: Community Conversation and Book Discussion

Date & Time: 
Sep 8 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

join us as we welcome Author Elizabeth Minnich at a FREE event on
Friday, September 8, at 4 pm in the Second Floor Meeting Room.
She will introduce and open discussion abnout her new book, The Evil of Banality: The Life and Death Importance of Thinking.

A moral philosopher, Elizabeth began her quest to comprehend how
ordinarily decent people make 'extensive evils" (genocide, slavery) and
"extensive good" possible when, as Hannah Arendt's teaching assistant,
accompanied her to defent Arendt's controversial concept, the banality
of evil.

For more information about the author, please visit her website below!

Brown Bag Lunch Series: How is Democracy Influenced by Big Money?

Date & Time: 
Aug 16 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm


Tim Kipp and Nick Biddle will discuss current conditions of American democracy with a focus on the influence of the Koch Brothers and other big money donors. Is there a stealth plan to end democracy and if so how can it be turned back?

Navigating the World's Largest Online Genealogy Database with Jerry Carbone

Date & Time: 
Sep 9 2017 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

On Saturday, September 9, at 1:30 p.m., we will host a 1 hour introduction to the largest genealogical database in the world, 

A Writers for Recovery Free Public Reading: Sharing Our Stories

Date & Time: 
Aug 21 2017 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Monday, August 21, at 7 pm there will be a special FREE reading
featuring authors from Writers for Recovery, a writing workshop for
people recovering from addiction. Group members will read from works
they created during the healing process, and that serve as inspirations
for others who struggle with addiction.

There is no ticket necessary!

Brown Bag Lunch Series: From Brooklyn to Brattleboro with Flatlanders Who Made the Move

Date & Time: 
Aug 4 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Former Brooklynites (actually anyone from any of the five boroughs): Kelley Murray is soliciting essays for a book based on your experience. Share anecdotes and essays about life in Brooklyn, why you left, and why you chose to live in Brattleboro. Refreshments provided.

Brown Bag Lunch Series: Democracy Forum

Date & Time: 
Aug 2 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Join us for the next installment in our Democracy Series. More details to come. Check the Strolling of the Heifers website calendar for the most up to date information.

Brown Bag Lunch at the River Garden: We Celebrate Democracy and Civil Rights for All

Date & Time: 
Jul 26 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Woody Bernhard, the creator of the We Celebrate Democracy/ Civil Rights For All Main Street banner, will talk about the why and the how of the banner which was recently hung over Main Street. It was photographed with supporters in front of the Brattleboro, Marlboro and Putney post offices. Postcards were made from those photos with the hope that they will inspire people to stand up in public for democracy and civil rights. A group of about 40 people carried the banner in the July 4th Parade. Bernhard, a retired carpenter from Marlboro, VT, says that the real issue of our time is the failure of democracy, and that the only way to fix the many problems we face is for all of us to unite and call for true democracy and equal civil rights for all people.

Brown Bag Lunch at the River Garden: Fourth Corner Foundation

Date & Time: 
Jul 21 2017 - 12:00am - 1:00pm

The Fourth Corner Foundation has an exhibit at the River Garden through July. They are a non-profit founded by Robert Shannon, who has a selection of paintings collected by the foundation from their gallery/museum/library in Windham, VT. Shannon will discuss the Foundation’s mission, projects and events. The FCF dedicated to providing a physical institution where creative ideas concerning sustainable practices are paramount. The property serves as a gathering place for interested parties to discuss ideas, design projects, attend conferences and experience an inspiring combination of art, architecture and gardens.

Brown Bag Lunch at the River Garden: Milk Money VT

Date & Time: 
Jul 20 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Learn how easy it is to invest in local businesses. Vermont has pioneered a new type of crowdinvesting that puts your money to work locally while giving you the possibility for a financial and social return. Investments can made for as little as $250 and up to $10,000. Milk Money is Vermont’s first portal for local crowdinvesting, allowing Vermonters to directly invest in Vermont companies. Not Wall Street. Not Kickstarter. This is directly investing in local businesses to build stronger local economies. Learn: What is crowdinvesting? What are your benefits when you invest in a local business? How can Vermont businesses benefit from local equity funding from you? What is Milk Money? How does it work?

Brown Bag Lunch at the River Garden: Democracy Forum - Restorative Justice in the Age of Trump

Date & Time: 
Jul 19 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Join us for the next installment of our Democracy Forum Series!

With the election of Donald Trump, troubling values that we would like to believe are antithetical to America are seeping to the surface of our collective consciousness: greed, arrogance, intolerance, lack of empathy and a propensity to embrace violence as a solution to our problems. Restorative practices are an antidote for many of these behaviors that threaten to further unravel our societal fabric, tattered as it is. Rather than isolate ourselves into silos of people who think and look like we do, we need to work together to understand fully why we are facing such difficulties and why people make bad decisions that create conflict for themselves and others.

Brown Bag Lunch at the River Garden: Democracy Forum - Democracy in America

Date & Time: 
Jul 12 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Democracy in America requires overturning the Citizens’ United ruling that opened the door to corporate control of the political system. This forum will present current strategies for reforming the campaign finance system and Citizen’s United. Garrett Whitney, an activist in Our Revolution – Massachusetts (ORMA) will bring his experience to the forum as will a representative from Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG). Other local leaders are invited to join the discussion about how to put democracy back into government.

Brown Bag Lunch at the River Garden: Tools for Bridging the Political Divide

Date & Time: 
Jul 11 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm


Do you feel at a loss when trying to communicate with people who have different political views than your own? Do you want to get better at listening to others and braver at expressing? Focusing is a way of zeroing in on what is really important to us by listening to our bodily “felt sense” of situations rather than acting from our habitual thought patterns. With Beatrice Blake.

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