BRATTLEBORO >> Brown Bag Lunch Presentations for the week beginning Jan. 11 features discussions on cooking with quince, investment planning, and many others!

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 Monday, Jan. 11, Beatrice Blake, who specializes in teaching Focusing and Thinking at the Edge, demonstrates how focusing helps find new possibilities. By paying gentle attention to your senses, what was stuck, confused, or unclear comes into focus — creating new possibilities for understanding, communication, and action.

On Tuesday, Jan.12, get tips and tools for working with this locally grown, hard fruit. Vermont Quince product developer, Nan Stefanik will answer questions and hopefully inspire you to try a new recipe or plant your own quince tree. Quince snacks will be provided.

On Wednesday, Jan. 13, Christina Apgar, a financial advisor with VALIC, presents an Investment Planning Workshop which reviews specific ideas on how to invest in order to achieve specific financial goals. It starts with simple concepts and progresses into more sophisticated investment strategies.

On Thursday, Jan. 14, Robin White, a certified life coach, offers an introduction to living a balanced and compassionate life.


On Friday, Jan. 15, join Health Coach Ellyn Durante, of Inspire Wellness Coaching, for an informative talk and food samples. Find out why you are craving sweets and how to gain control of your health.

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 January, the Gallery at The River Garden will exhibit "Windham Grows," featuring photographic works by John Nopper and Jeffrey Lewis depicting past winners of the Windham Regional Business Planning Competition sponsored by Strolling of the Heifers and Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, along with interview with the subjects by Elizabeth Stoumen.