Upcoming events: Learn Italian; a month of yoga for kids and parents; River Singers concert in Grafton; libraries host events from financial understanding, book talks, art exhibits and health workshops

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June 3: Beginning, Intermediate Italian lessons begin

A Beginning Italian class will run for six weeks on Wednesdays at Misty Valley Books, 7 – 8:30 p.m.,  beginning June 3.  This will be an introduction to grammar and conversation, with some cultural and travel topics included.

An Intermediate Italian class will run for six weeks on Thursdays, 7 – 8:30 p.m., beginning June 4.  A film, Padrona del suo destino (Dangerous Beauty) about the life of 16th-century Venetian courtesan poet, Veronica Franco, and Renaissance Venice will be the focus of this course, which will include writing and class presentations in addition to  readings and discussions related to the film. Cost is $100.

Both classes will be held at Misty Valley Books, on the Green in Chester.  For more information call the bookstore at 875-3400 or visit www.mvbooks.com.

MOVE-&-Groove yoga

Introduce your child to yoga at a class designed with kids in mind.

June 4: Yoga series for kids
and their adults

The  Move & Groove Kids Yoga Series  will be held 10 to 11 a.m. every Thursday in June at the Andover Town Hall, 953 Weston Andover Road in Andover.

The original curriculum, designed and taught by Lila and Ida Mae Specker, introduces young children and their accompanying adults to the joy of practicing yoga together.

Silly animal rhymes, singing, live guitar music and skilled teachers ensure a fun introduction to the basics of yoga. This series is drop in and by donation. Younger children and babies accompanied by an adult are welcome. Bring a yoga mat or rug, wear comfortable clothing and bring a bottle of water. Contact Lila at lila.specker@gmail.com for more information.


May 30: River Singers Spring Concert

The River Singers Spring Concert will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 30 at the White Church, 55 Main St. in Grafton. The group will sing songs from Croatia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, the Republic of Georgia, the British Isles and Appalachian. The will also sing shape note and gospel songs.

Guest conductor and gospel piano player Kathy Bullock will lead the choir in African-American spirituals and gospel.

Admission is $14; $10 for students and seniors; and children under 10, free. Funds raised will benefit the CONTACT Peace-building Program at SIT Graduate Institute.

For information on the concert or the River Singers visit: http://www.marycaybrass.com.

For information on SIT’s CONTACT Peace-building Program, visit http://graduate.sit.edu/sit-graduate-institute/sn/degree-and-certificate-programs/certificate-programs/contact-summer-peacebuilding-program/

Library events

May 27: ‘Thinking Money’ documentary at the Rock Library

On Wednesday, May 27 at 6:30 p.m., the documentary film “Thinking Money—The Psychology Behind Our Best and Worst Financial Decisions” will be presented at the Rockingham Library, 65 Westminster St. in Bellows Falls.

Attendees will learn how emotions may influence financial decisions, how a good nudge can help achieve financial goals and how technology can help save money. Following the film, Jessica Tobey and Connie Viguel, personal bankers from Merchants Bank in Brattleboro, will lead a discussion about the film’s insights. Light refreshments will be served.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-463-4270, email anne@rockinghamlibrary.org, log on to rockinghamlibrary.org or stop by the library.

This program is collaboration between the Vermont Department of Libraries, the State Treasurer’s Office, the FINRA Investor Education Foundation and Merchants Bank.

May 28: Justice, 60 years later in ‘Once We Were Brothers’ discussed


Fletcher Library to discuss this tale about two boys, who find themselves on opposite sides of the Holocaust.

Fletcher Library to discuss this tale about two boys, who find themselves on opposite sides of the Holocaust.

he Friends of the Fletcher Memorial Library at 88 Main St. in Ludlow are starting a book discussion series at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 28. The novel chosen for Thursday is “Once We Were Brothers” by Ronald Balson.

The book tells the tale of two boys in Poland, once as close as brothers, who are divided by the Holocaust and who meet again 60 years later in another country. When they meet again, one of the men levels serious charges against the other.

The accusations, the search for facts and the court case make for a gripping story. Books are available at the library. For information call 802-228-8921.

June 2: Vermont Foodbank presentation at the Rockingham Library

On Tuesday, June 2 at 6 p.m., the Vermont Foodbank presents  A Portrait of Hunger in Our Community at the Rockingham Library.

Learn about what hunger looks like in the state and what you can do to help. Judy Sterner from the VT Foodbank will be joined by Lisa Pitcher of Our Place Drop-in Center to address this issue through a short video, photo slides and Q&A.

For more information, call 802-463-4270, email anne@rockinghamlibrary.org. Log on to rockinghamlibrary.org or stop by the Library at 65 Westminster St. in Bellows Falls. This event is free and open to the public.

June 6: Annual Book Sale in Londonderry; art display ongoing

The South Londonderry Free Library will hold its Annual Book Sale on Saturday, June 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 15 Old School Road in South Londonderry. New this year, there will be local artists’ artwork available for purchase. A portion of their proceeds will be donated to the library. Any artists that would like to participate on the day will be welcome.

Because of the library’s on-going process of bar-coding and preparation for automation, many books have been withdrawn from the collection. A selection of these older books will be included in the sale. Other books available include cookbooks, biographies, other antique and vintage books, art books, children’s books, current fiction and paperbacks.

An exhibit of Paul Meyer's artwork will be displayed through July at S. Londonderry Library

An exhibit of Paul Meyer’s artwork will be displayed through July at S. Londonderry Library

During June and July, the library will exhibit Paul Myers’ landscapes. There will be a reception 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10. All are invited to attend.

Library hours are: Mondays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.; Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.; and Saturdays are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 802-824-3371 or email southlondonderryfreelibrary@yahoo.com or visit on Facebook.

June 8: Rock Library offers Healthy Aging workshop

The Alzheimer’s Association is offering the “Healthy Habits for a Healthier You” program at the Rockingham Library on at 6 p.m., Monday, June 8. This workshop will cover four areas of lifestyle habits that are associated with healthy aging: cognitive activity; physical health and exercise; diet and nutrition; and social engagement.

Maggie Lewis, regional director of the Vermont Chapter of Alzheimer’s Association, will draw on current research to discuss what steps can improve or maintain overall health in each area. At any age, these habits may also help to keep our brains healthy as we age and possibly delay the onset of cognitive decline.

This program is designed for individuals of any age who are looking for information on ways to age as well as possible. This event is free and open to the public. To register, contact the Alzheimer’s Association at info@alz.org or 800-272-3900.

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