Brown Bag series features singing, meditation and magic

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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, Dec. 4, experience a gentle yoga class followed by METTA (Loving Kindness) Meditation. Combining the freedom of Hits the Spot Yoga with the precision of the Iyengar method, this class will focus on opening the heart in preparation for Metta (Loving Kindness) meditation. There will be an opening chant based on Yoga Sutra 1.33, asana practice and meditation.

On Tuesday, meet Reformer columnist and registered nurse Richard Davis, who has recently published a collection of short stories titled, "Well Traveled Roads." He has used his years of experience as a nurse to tell stories about life changing issues that all of us eventually face. Davis will read from his book and sign copies.

On Wednesday, join the Democracy Forum to learn Songs for the Peaceful Revolution. Forty people walked with and carried the We Celebrate Democracy/Civil Rights For All banner in the 2017 Fourth of July Parade. Come and learn the songs. Woody Bernhard and his wife Susan will lead in singing these simple "revolutionary march" marching songs with the help of their daughters Maggie Bernhard and Rose Bernhard.

On Thursday, Master Gardener and mindfulness meditation teacher Cheryl Wilfong signs her brand-new book "Garden Wisdom 365 Days."

On Friday, Jonas Cain asks what do you do when life gives you lemons? Come to The River Garden and experience Positive Words, a motivational magic show that engages with amazing magic demonstrations, empowers with valuable strategies to overcome negative self-talk, and encourages all to live a more positive life.

Performers as well as speakers of all kinds are invited to be a part of this series. If interested, stop at the Stroll office at the River Garden, or call 802-246-0982.

During December, the Gallery at The River Garden will feature Ralph DeAnna: 1990-2010. DeAnna lives and has painted in Brattleboro since 1988. He has worked in many genres, landscape, still-life, and portrait, and has even invented his own genre, time paintings, which often includes people, cars, and cityscapes seen at night. DeAnna says, "What pleases me most is seeing how much I learned from the tradition of painting and drawing, and how I applied those lessons to my own style and subject matter."

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