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Event listings for Monday, July 31

The written word

BRATTLEBORO Reading with Dave Cullen : Cullen is the author of "Columbine," a haunting portrait of two killers and the survivors. He was an infantry grunt way back, and he's writing a new book about gay soldiers through the eyes of two army buddies he has been following for 17 years. 5 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Music

BRATTLEBORO ​Coretta Bliss on Guitar: ​Coretta is a singer-songwriter from Brattleboro who plays the guitar and gitjo (a 6-string banjo) and mandolin. She's been member of the local bluegrass band, Blackjack Crossing, since 2009. Influenced mostly by folk, Americana, traditional music, and artists such as John Prine, Dolly Parton, and Gillian Welch, her performances include a mix of cover tunes and original songs. 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.

PUTNEY Masterclass: Viola with Kim Kashkashian: At Yellow Barn masterclasses, audience members can sit in The Big Barn with Yellow Barn musicians and witness the interpretive process as Yellow Barn faculty and guests coach participants on a wide range of repertoire. 8 p.m. $10, $9 seniors, $5 students. Yellow Barn, 63 Main St. Tickets: 802-387-6637; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Instruction

BRATTLEBORO Beginning Sewing: Learn basic sewing machine use and sewing skills while creating fun and practical projects. All material and equipment provided. Ages 7 and up. 9:30 a.m. - noon. Through Friday, August 04. $175 ($190 non-Brattleboro residents). Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Dept., 207 Main St. Pre-registration required: 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

BRATTLEBORO LaCrosse Camp: For girls entering grades 3-9. No experience is necessary, groups will be made accordingly, and skills will be taught. Bring a mouth guard, snack, and a drink (and sticks and goggles, if you have them). Camp will be run by Emily Lyons. 9:30 a.m. - noon. Through Friday, August 04. $50 ($65 non-Brattleboro residents). West River Park, Route 30. Register at Brattleboro Rec. & Parks (207 Main St.) or visit: 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.

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.

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