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, February 29, discuss the current state of paid sick days, details of new proposals, existing state models, and many more important issues. Main Street Alliance of VT works with small VT business owners on crafting and advocating for public policy issues in the state to reflect the interconnected nature of small businesses, workers, and our local communities.

On Tuesday, March 1, bring in an object that is broken or in need of modification. Organizer Aaron Evan-Browning provides advice and will help you to repair your stuff. Don't have something broken? Show up and help. Some tools and materials are provided, but feel free to bring your own.

On Wednesday, March 2, Master Gardener Cheryl Wilfong, author of The Meditative Gardener and The Real Dirt on Composting, will have some familiar houseplants on hand. By taking cuttings now, you can have free edging and bedding plants for your flowerbeds in May from some very familiar but surprising houseplants.

On Thursday, March 3, enjoy improvised compositions played "in the moment" based on world music inspirations – the ambiance of nature, the exoticism of Asia and the Middle East, along with the pulsations of Africa and Latin America. Vibrant Ensemble consists of Stephan Brandstatter, who plays percussion and gongs (chimes, Tibetan bowls, bells, djembe, frame drum), and Dennis Waring, a multi-instrumentalist and ethnomusicologist (saxophones, clarinet, flutes, ocarinas).


On Friday, March 4, Michael Hertz, a finger-picking acoustic guitarist, covers folk, blues, and ragtime songs from Blind Blake and Rev. Gary Davis to Merle Travis to Tom Waits and Steve Earle.

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 March, The Gallery at the River Garden will exhibit "High School 2D" - the Arts Council of Windham County's Student Art Month show of drawings, paintings, and photographs by students from several public and private schools.