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, May 23, Linda Manning, a certified Angel Card Reader, receives messages through a client's spirit guides. The client should leave the session with positive information and sometimes a sense of reassurance of what one already knows.

On Tuesday, Kevin Parry is offering guitar lessons for all levels. You can also come to simply listen. He hosts Open Mic at The Marina in Brattleboro and is part of the Three Way Street trio, which plays a combination of bluegrass and swing, American Pop, popular music from the '50s and '70s, and Classic Country.

On Wednesday, join in a playback theatre workshop. Playback uses simple sound and movement to recreate stories told in the moment. It is an unexpectedly powerful technique used in schools, prisons, peer groups, public shows, and gatherings. In this workshop, we'll learn two short (one-minute) forms called Fluid Sculptures and Pairs. No acting allowed.

On Thursday, Joanna Rueter, LICSW of Taking Steps Brattleboro, the Advance Care Planning project of Brattleboro Area Hospice, will discuss how to prepare for a medical crisis where you are unable to communicate. Vermont has recently made it extremely simple for every adult (19 and older) to make the important decision of picking someone to speak for you. Questions welcome and materials provided.


On Friday, clinical herbalist, Justin Garner, discusses addiction and dietary, herbal, and lifestyle interventions for addressing addicting behaviors. Join the discussion about herbal approaches to addiction with a focus on opiates.

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 May, The Gallery at the River Garden will exhibit "Roots & Wings" — A two-woman show of works by independent artists Aida Avery and Siiti Lane. Aida is an artist, healer, and teacher who is originally from Mexico. She describes her work as "soul journey paintings." Siiri has an MFA from Bennington College and has lived in Brattleboro 11 years. She is happy to say that she is now ready, willing, and able to share her art publicly. And "Windham Grows" — photographic exhibit by John Nopper and Jeff Lewis featuring Windham County farms and food businesses.