Brown Bag Lunch programs include live music, information on U.S. Census jobs

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BRATTLEBORO — The Strolling of the Heifers' Brown Bag Lunch series this coming week will include sessions on how to make $20 an hour as"enumerators," learning about cat body behavior, and live music.

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. Brattleboro Community TV occasionally records the Brown Bag Lunch events and within a few weeks posts them at www.brattleborotv.org/river-garden-brown-bag-lunch.

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.

Monday: All About the Decennial Census of 2020. David Longsmith, a census recruiting assistant, will present an overview of the census and share information about available jobs as "enumerators" or census takers.

Tuesday: Intro to Cat Body Language and Behavior with Jessalyn, feline specialist with the Windham County Humane Society. The session will cover the basics of cat body language along with some commonly misunderstood cat behaviors. While questions are encouraged this class is not designed to identify or correct individual cat behavior issues.

Wednesday: Music by Andy Davis, Laurie Indenbaum & Jim Fownes: The Full Catastrophe. The trio will share the lively music found at a New England contra dance. Indenbaum on fiddle, Davis on accordion and Fownes on piano have many decades of experience in town halls, granges, schools and camps playing for country dances. The they will be sharing some of the stories behind the music, anecdotes and strange events in the travels of a rural dance musician.

Thursday: Advance Care Planning/Advance Directive Completion. Don Freeman, program coordinator of the Advance Care Planning Program will be leading an Advance Care Planning workshop. The session will explore what is Advance Care Planning (ACP) and what are the steps necessary to complete an Advance Directive (AD)? The goal is to have written directions that ensure that your loved ones and health care professionals know what you want in a medical emergency/illness when you are unable to speak for yourself.

Friday: Municipal Data Currencies Matrices with Rikki Risatti. Discussion about a Public Direct Democratic Majority Vote for an alternative international currency for fair trade and sustainable commerce proposals. Economic services development centers with oonline access would dispense, receive, and share bank account information with clients' case managers. Blockchain encryption can protect privacy and establish transparent stock market records for anti corruption/anti laundering evaluation.

Gallery at The Garden: Painter Martha Dolan draws from her imagination and the inspiration for her art comes from nature. She creates places that she has visited, or visualizes places that she would like to experience. She is especially inspired by the mystique of the Vermont nighttime sky, the rural romanticism of the Meadows at the confluence of the West and Connecticut rivers and the beauty of Mt. Wantastiquet. Photographer Aaron Bourque, in his exhibit titled "A Smaller Kind of Flood," takes a number of approaches in visualizing water distribution systems and their ecosystems. In its final form it will trace the flow of water through the watershed to the faucet. In doing so it looks to connect daily life to the systems that both enable and structure being.

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