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Event listings for Monday, July 24

The written word

BRATTLEBORO The Brattleboro Great Books Discussion Group: Mary Gaitskill's "The Mare": 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Michael N. Landis: 802-257-1851, emagticmtman@gmail.com.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO French Movie & Conversation: This film, based on history, follows several North African soldiers from when they leave their homes to fight alongside the French during World War II. In return for their heroism, they are promised recognition and dignity. After a half-hour introduction of context and key vocabulary, participants will watch the movie and talk over what they saw. (English subtitles). Participants are encouraged to bring a box dinner. 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. $20. Express Fluency, 8 Flat St. Information: 802-275-2694; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Music

BRATTLEBORO Ukulele Jam: Bring your uke, a music stand if you have one, and music to share. Beginners welcome. 11 a.m. - noon (2nd and 4th Mondays till summer's end). Free. Latchis 4 Gallery, 50 Main St. Deb Titus: 802-254-4634.

BRATTLEBORO Ray Mason: Classic Rock and Roll: Ray is a one-man band playing his 1965 Silvertone guitar. He has released five critically-acclaimed albums, followed that with a single on his own Captivating Music label, along with appearing on compilations from Signature Sounds, East Side Digital, Shimmy Disc, Sound Asleep (Sweden), Dren Records, Paisley Pop, and more. noon - 1 p.m. Free. Brown Bag Lunch Series, River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Instruction

BRATTLEBORO Advanced Sewing: Must know how to use a sewing machine and have basic sewing skills. Maybe looking for help with patterns, zippers, button holes etc. Welcome to bring your own machine. Some patterns and fabric will be available but participants are encouraged to bring their own fabric and pattern. (Repeats 8/21-8/25) . 9:30 a.m. - noon. Through Friday, July 28. $175 ($190 non-Brattleboro residents). Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Dept., 207 Main St. Information: 802-254-5808.

Recreation

BRATTLEBORO Spin Class: With Susie of the Brattleboro Food Co-op Seafood Dept. 5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. in the Body in Motion Fitness Studio (1st Mon. of every month). $15; free for Brattleboro Food Co-op shareholders. Bodhifit, 22 High St. Information: 802-246-0220; Click to e-mail for more information.

Kids and families

PUTNEY Sandglass Puppet and Painting Camp Camp: For children age 6 and up. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at 446 Williams St. Through Friday, July 28. $200 for the week. Sandglass Theater. Information: 802-387 4051, info@sandglasstheater.org.

WILMINGTON StoryWalk: We'll walk from the library to the Moover garage to meet a cow bus. Along the way, we will read a bus story. Families/kids of all ages are welcome to bring a blanket and lunch and picnic on the library lawn after the story. 10:30 a.m. Free. Pettee Memorial Library, 16 S. Main St. Information: 802-464-8557; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Well-being

BRATTLEBORO Great Courses: "The Aging Brain": This course has a facilitator and discussion following each 1/2-hour DVD. The science behind the aging brain tells a fascinating—and often counter-intuitive story. Is "aging" a disease or merely a natural occurrence that produces disease-like symptoms? If humans are biologically programmed to survive and thrive, why do we age at all? Is it possible (or even desirable) to "cure" aging altogether? Delve into these questions and more. Taught by Professor Thad Polk, a neuroscientist, these lectures will offer new insights into what happens to the brain over time—as well as strategies to mitigate the effects of aging and enhance your quality of life into old age. 1 p.m. on Mondays. Through Monday, August 07. Free. Brattleboro Senior Center, 207 Main St. Information: 802-257-7570, www.thegreatcourses.com.

BRATTLEBORO Gong Bath (Immersion & Sound Healing) at Yoga Studio: Stephan Brandstatter offers two 21-minute immersions with a brief break in between for stretching, reflection, discussion, refreshment. Mats, pillows, cushions, cushioned bricks, blankets and eye covers are supplied. Bring water/liquid if you need. Anyone interested in experiencing the soothing, relaxing and healing vibrations is invited. 6:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (arrive 5-15 min. early). $12 to $20 suggested donation. Healixyoga, 452 S. Main St. Reservations: getmusic@sover.net, www.healixyoga.com.

PUTNEY Sitting and Walking Meditation in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh: Offered by the Mountains and Rivers Mindfulness Community. 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. on Mondays. Donations welcome. Putney Friends Meeting House, 17 Bellows Falls Rd. Richard Brady and Elisabeth Dearborn: 802-387-2382, mountainsandriversmc@gmail.com.

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