BRATTLEBORO >> 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. 15, join a discussion about the fate of our planet with a focus on global warming with Brattleboro resident Bill Pearson. In 2003, Pearson was part of The Brattleboro Climate Protection Task Force who created "The Climate Action Plan: A Plan to Save Energy and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions."

On Wednesday, Dec. 16, Dr. Tamara Stenn, from the SIT Graduate Institute, introduces the United Nation's Circles of Sustainability Model and sparks conversation about how it can be used to build sustainability in Brattleboro. Circles of Sustainability is part of a larger approach that guides engaged and collaborative practice in making our cities, locales, ad organizations more sustainable, resilient, adaptable, and livable. It's a practical tool for creating sustainable cities and communities.

On Thursday, Dec. 17, Pamela Bys, from Five Element Acupuncture, heads a discussion about how to stay healthy in winter and what acupuncture and water have to do with the seasons.


On Friday, Dec. 18, 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, 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.