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Guilford meetings, programs planned

A number of community meetings and programs are scheduled in Guilford in the coming weeks.

Today, there will be a meeting to plan the next issue of the Guilford Gazette, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Guilford Country Store. New members are invited. Call 802- 257-4603 for information. No charge.

On Wednesday, March 20, Guilford Free Library will host Talk About Books at 6:30 p.m., featuring "The Alchemist" by Paul Coelho. Visit http://guilfordfreelibraryvt.blogspot.com/ for information about the book. Copies are available at the library. No charge. Call 802-254-5561 for information.

The Board of Trustees of the Guilford Free Library will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 25, at the Library on Guilford Center Road.

The Library hosts Storytime every Tuesday at 11 a.m. Cathi Wilken or Laura Lawson Tucker presents a program of songs, fingerplays, books and activities for babies, toddlers and older siblings. No charge. Call 802-254-6545 for information.

BRATTLEBORO

Toastmasters meeting today at Vermont Tech

"To communicate is to evolve" is the theme for the next Toastmasters meeting at 6 p.m. today. The local club, BrattleMasters, gathers in Room 245 at Vermont Technical College, 41 Harmony Place.

Club President Lee Ives Tice will introduce the emcee for the evening, Michelle O'Hearn-Deblois. She will introduce, in turn, a grammarian, a timer, an "ah" counter, a snackmaster, and a general evalutor who will each explain their meeting role. After the group listens to two speeches, an extemporaneous speaking exercise will be run. Guests may participate in this exercise. All speeches are assigned an evaluator who will give a two to three-minute speech mentioning the best attributes of the speech as well as something for the speaker to work on. Free refreshments will be available.

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BrattleMasters members live in the tri-state area. Guests are welcome to visit, watch and listen at no charge. Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs.

Go to http://brattleboro.toastmastersclubs.org for more information on BrattleMasters.

Youth to rally for the environment

Across the world, young adults are gathering on Friday to focus the attention of local, state and national legislators on protecting our resources and environment.

Here in Brattleboro, the first rally will gather in front of Brattleboro Union High School from 7:40 to 8:45 a.m. There will also be rallies at Pliny Park from noon to 1 p.m. and from 4 to 5 p.m.

Bring signs, songs, and knowledge. Bring your stories and passions. Bring respectful arguments, and a willingness to listen.

PUTNEY

How racism impacts us

The public is invited to join in a film and discussion series designed to help people develop clearer understandings of how racism impacts us in a predominately white community. The community right now is alive with conversations and activity about racism. In this series, participants will take a deeper dive into specific aspects of being white.

The program begins this Friday, looking at White Fragility and White Privilege. Gather at 6 p.m. for a light supper. The group will watch a short film by Robin DiAngelo on "Deconstructing White Privilege," followed by an opportunity for discussion and activities.

The second gathering will be on Friday, April 12, looking at Microaggressions, what they are and what to do about them. Same timing and set up.

The gatherings are in the social room of the Putney Friends Meeting House, 17 Bellows Falls Road (Route 5). The evenings are being sponsored by the Committee on Wrestling with White Supremacy of the Putney Friends Meeting (Quakers). For questions or directions, contact Gail Haines, gail.haines.48@gmail.com or 802-258-0369.


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