BRATTLEBORO >> All Brown Bag Lunch Presentations take place from noon to 1 p.m. at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., Brattleboro, and are free and open to the public.

On Monday, Aug. 22, Susan Hebson and Laurie Katz will discuss Sukyo Mahikari, which aims to help people achieve personal spiritual growth and make the world a better place. It teaches the transmission of light energy through a practice these practitioners refer to as "the art of True Light (Mahikari)," believed to issue from the palm of the hand. Experience a one-on-one session.

On Tuesday, led by songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist Marvin Bentley, Bad to Be Good has an all-original repertoire with Marvin's robust and burly voice, Dennis Waring's wailing saxophone, Bentley's thumping bass, and Pat Kelly's grooving drums. Their infectious spirit makes you want to shout and dance; other songs make you want to cry.

On Wednesday there is no Brown Bag Lunch scheduled.

On Thursday, join Andy Davis and Larry Siegel as they perform New England dance tunes on accordion and piano. They'll share stories and humor too. Jigs, reels, polkas reels and marches are the mainstay of a New England contra dance. Who knows, maybe a dance will break out.


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On Friday, join Elliot Greenblott as he talks about consumer fraud. Consumer fraud of every type is on the increase. From imposters claiming to be I.R.S. Agents to computer tech support scams, to bulk-mailed contests, there has been a dramatic rise in the number of attempts to defraud the public. This presentation provides clear examples of scams and concrete protection steps for all ages. Elliott Greenblott is the Volunteer Coordinator for the VT AARP Fraud Watch Network.

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 August, The Gallery at the River Garden will exhibit the work of Steven Lloyd, who is returning to painting after a long focus on his architectural career. He says the luxury of time to paint and the input from his fellow artists in Brattleboro West Arts have encouraged him to explore new approaches. Color and composition play major roles in this group of representational and abstract acrylics and watercolors. Subjects range from imaginary landscapes to familiar local farms (reinterpreted) to abstract compositions reflecting the artist's architectural background.