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 Monday, Jan. 25, join Sadelle Wiltshire, a fiber/mixed media artist, and Ann Coakley, a clinical social worker. They will introduce Zentangle, an intuitive art form anyone can do. It is often used to improve focus, reduce stress, and enhance creativity.

On Tuesday, discover how Brooks Memorial Library patrons with borrower cards have free access to thousands of downloadable e-books and e-audiobooks through a program called ListenUp! Vermont. Presented by Cal LaFountain, the Library's Electronic Support Specialist. Attendees can bring their own devices, such as smart phones, iPads, tablets, and laptops, for assistance in getting set up.

On Wednesday, Joyce Jutras introduces Reiki, an energy healing practice that helps with stress, healing of the physical body, and relaxation. Joyce, a Reiki Master, is the owner of Nellie's Touch where she performs Reiki, reflexology, crystal facials, and herbal body wraps.

On Thursday, Justin Garner, a Clinical Herbalist, focuses on ways we can help our bodies adjust more easily to winter so we can be happier, healthier, and more active. Justin will discuss the use of herbs, medicinal mushrooms, and vitamin supplements, as well as the roles that mood and physical activity have on immune function and overall well-being.


On Friday, join two of Brattleboro Time Trade's coordinators in discussing what time trading can do for you and our community. Brattleboro Time Trade allows for the exchange of time credit - a type of community currency that anyone can earn by using their time, resources, skills, or energy to help each other. Each hour of service provided by another member earns a time credit, which can be spent on services provided by other members.

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.