Herb Walk on the Green – June 1st

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Join BALE and community herbalist Katherine Elmer for a community “medicinal herb walk” in South Royalton center! Gather at gazebo on the town green for a 45 minute tour of a few weedy and cultivated medicinals that make up your town’s “living apothecary”. We will cover traditional uses and their modern scientific evidence base, as well as discuss unique benefits of local, place-based herbalism. Don’t miss out on this chance to meet your green neighbors (or get to know them in a new way)! Community members and VLS students, faculty, staff welcome.

Free… with a suggested donation of $10

There will also be an optional Q&A session at the end for Vermonters to learn more about joining the Burlington Herb See More

Stories Weave Together a Community – June 6th

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Called “A Woven Thread: An Evening of Stories by People Connected to the Royalton Community,” you’ll hear the stories of community members talking about the momentous turning points in their life. Co-sponsored by the Vermont Law School and BALE in an effort to bring community together with open-hearted dialogue and insights into the similarities and differences that make us all human. The month’s gathering takes place at the Commons @ BALE, South Royalton on Tuesday, June, 6 from 5:30-7:30 PM.  If the weather is nice, we will move out on to the green!  The program is free and light refreshments will be served. For more info, contact Chris Wood HERE.

Climate Silence at the Abyss

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“Our best scientists tell us insistently that a calamity is unfolding, that the life-support systems of the Earth are being damaged in ways that threaten our survival. Yet in the face of these facts we carry on as usual. This bizarre situation, in which we have become potent enough to change the course of the Earth yet seem unable to regulate ourselves…” is the focus of four monthly workshops led by Dr. Cleo Kearns, Rev. Gregory Wilson and Helen Wilson at the Commons @ BALE, South Royalton. The first of the programs is Sat., May 20 from 10 AM-1 PM. The hoped-for outcome of these programs is an invitation into a new living narrative that creates the foundation of another story where humans develop a mutually sustaining and enhancing relationship with earth and all the life systems of the planet. For information, fees, registration (scholarships available), click HERE.

Vermont Public Bank and day of fun – May 21st

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Learn about a public bank option in Vermont and how it can help localize, transition, and save our economy!  The day will be an opportunity to learn about social movement strategy and help us finalize the plan for a grassroots campaign that can win a public bank in Vermont.  It will be a fun day of interactive activities with Vermonters from all over the state and plenty of delicious food.  The address is 40 Garden Way, Cabot, Vermont, we’ll be starting at 9am on Sunday.May 21st flyer

The Heart of Social Change – May 21st

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Are you tired of preaching to the choir? Would you like to become more effective in sparking the good will that creates the capacity to be heard by others? Are you hungry to learn how we can respond to violent behaviors without violence? How to stand up in the face of aggression without dehumanizing others? Come to a workshop for social activists, facilitated by Pan Vera, a PSNCC Certified NVC trainer. Learn how to keep your cool in even the most heated of situations by trying this program’s basic tenets of mediation, together with masterful psychological concepts. The Commons @ BALE, South Royalton on Sun., May 21 from 9 AM-4:30 PM. For more information and to register, click HERE.

Build a Better World Through Your Investment – May 23rd and 24th

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Come to an introductory presentation and dialogue with Marco Vangelisti about ways to approach and engage with ‘local impact investing.’  Marco is a 100% impact investor with a longstanding commitment to direct local investments and a founding member of the socially responsible investment movement, Slow Money.  To be held at the VSECU Building (1 Bailey Ave.), Montpelier on Tue., May 23 from 5:30-7:30 PM; includes great food from Skinny Pancake. BALE (as a sponsor) has a limited number of free tickets. Want one?; email Chris Wood HERE. For more info on the event, click HERE.

On May 24th, at the King Arthur Flour Cafe and school:

Join us for a daylong workshop on Aligning Your Investments with your Values with Marco Vangelisti, a former finance industry expert and 100% impact investor with a long-standing commitment to direct local investment. Marco is a national thought leader on local impact investing.

If you long to operate with integrity in all parts of your life but feel under-equipped or bewildered by the idea of aligning your investments with your values, this workshop is a chance to learn essential portfolio management and risk assessment skills, and link your financial resources with local resilience.

In this safe, supportive and constructive workshop you will:

  • Clarify your own values and build your personal investment compass
  • Learn basic concepts of portfolio management and the tools to assess your liquidity and risk profile
  • Learn to include non-financial considerations when evaluating investments
  • Learn how to assess an investment opportunity’s risk and alignment with your values
  • Connect with a group of like-minded individuals interested in building a better world through their investments

Registration includes continental breakfast and lunch. Learn more about the event and Marco Vangelisti at Milk Money Vermont.

Standing Rock Sioux Leader in So Ro – May 19th

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David Archambault II, 45th chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, speaks at Oakes 012 at Vermont Law School (VLS), South Royalton at 3:30 PM on Fri., May 19. He emerged as a global leader for indigenous people’s rights while guiding the struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline and continues to be a leading voice for tribal sovereignty in championing protection of tribal lands and natural resources. VLS will present him with an honorary degree at the commencement ceremonies on the South Royalton Green the following day (May 20) at 10 AM. For more info, click HERE.