BRATTLEBORO >> Brown Bag Lunch Presentations this week feature a repair cafe, coffee and conversation hour. All Brown Bag Lunch Presentations take place from noon to 1 p.m. at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., and are free and open to the public.

On Tuesday, Dec. 8, enjoy improvised compositions played "in the moment" based on world music inspirations — the ambiance of nature, the exoticism of Asia and Middle East, along with the pulsations of Africa and Latin America. Vibrant Ensemble consists of Dennis Waring, a multi-instrumentalist and ethnomusicologist (saxophones, clarinet, flutes, ocarinas), and Stephan Brandstatter, who plays percussion and gongs (chimes, Tibetan bowls, bells, djembe, frame drum).

On Wednesday, Dec. 9, come for delicious, refreshing, enlightening, and inspiring discussion and make connections with other stepparents. Discover ways to foster positive and healthy relationships as a stepparent, and share and discuss effective ways to achieve greater peace. Led by Iishana Artra, Ph.D., Certified Stepfamily Coach and happy stepmom.

On Thursday, Dec. 10, create educational songs and music videos with Jerry Appell, a Dummerston resident and founder and artistic director of Rock In The Classroom. He offers this songwriting workshop to help educators, lifelong learners, and home school families discover a variety of ways to use songwriting and music as learning tools for students of all ages. The event will end at 1:30 (for those who can stay the extra half hour).


On Friday, Dec. 11, share a hot cup of coffee and warm conversation with someone new to you. Conversation cards and coffee are provided. The project brings together two cross-sections of our community; those who experience homelessness and those who have stable housing.

Performers as well as speakers of all kinds are invited to be a part of this series. If interested, please stop at the Stroll office at the River Garden, or call 802-246-0982. During December, the Gallery at The River Garden will feature "Coffee & Conversation — Stories of Homelessness," by Liz LaVorgna and Wyatt Andrews. The photography and video exhibit and Community Art Wall installation bring together two cross-sections of the community; those who experience homelessness and those who have stable housing.