BRATTLEBORO >> All Brown Bag Lunch events 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, July 18, Kathleen Murphy, Financial Advisor with VALIC, presents "Retirement Strategies for Women," as part of the Planning for Financial Security educational series.

On Tuesday, Annamarie Pluhar of Patient, Sympathetic Coaching, hosts "You Can't Break It: Get Comfortable with Your Computer." Are you anxious about doing something "wrong" on your computer? Do you get frustrated with yourself or the computer? Bring your questions and your digital device.

On Wednesday, Former Brooklynit Kelley Murray is soliciting essays for "From Brooklyn to Brattleboro by Flatlanders Who Made the Move." Share anecdotes and essays about life in Brooklyn, why you left, and why you chose to live in Brattleboro. The book is in the early stages of development.

There will be no lunch on Thursday.

On Friday, Kirina Knight, will host "Reclaiming Joy: Transcending Fears and Living Authentically." The subconscious mind controls over 95 percent of our thoughts, emotions, beliefs, and behaviors. Knight will guide attendees in several exercises designed to produce more joyous, compassionate, and wholistic internal and interpersonal relationships.


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 July, The Gallery at the River Garden will exhibit "Into Nature/ Contemporary Landscapes," by Janet Picard. Her paintings are colorful mural size oils on canvas depicting non-traditional landscapes and concentrated whimsical studies of flowers. Her style is expressionistic yet representational selecting segments of nature capturing a moment in time which creates an atmosphere and a mood. She is a member of Brattleboro-West- Artists. Her studio is in West Brattleboro and open to the public by appointment.