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Event listings for Monday, August 7

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Viewing the Perseid Meteor Shower: The Perseid meteor shower is the summer's most popular event in the night sky. This startling display of shooting stars will peak on the nights of August 12 and 13. James Maynard from Positive Geek will teach you how to view this event, where to look, and some tricks you can use to make this display fun for kids of all ages. No special equipment is needed to see shooting stars, and watching this display is fun for the whole family. 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.

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.

Well-being

BRATTLEBORO Great Courses: "The Aging Brain": 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 a neuroscientist, learn 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. Through Monday, August 07. Free. Brattleboro Senior Center, 207 Main St. Information: 802-257-7570, www.thegreatcourses.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.