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Ideas and education

CHESTER "The Nature of Life in the Universe": Al Budreau will examine astronomical methods and concepts used to explore the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe. To find life, researchers need to find planets, and are finding thousands. Presented by the Southern Vermont Astronomy Group. 7 p.m. in the Community Room. Free. Whiting Library, 117 Main St. Information: 802-875-2277.


PUTNEY Yellow Barn Residency Concert: In 1747, Johann Sebastian Bach appeared at the court of Frederick the Great. From this meeting came "Musical Offering," a moment of polyphony, which is explored and performed in its entirety by Yellow Barn musicians. Interspersed with Bach's work will be Chinese-American composer Lei Liangs "Garden 8," a set of interludes that pays tribute to the Ming Dynasty "Yuen Yeh," the earliest and most exquisite Chinese horticulture treatise. Liangs' connection with Bach is born out of his fascination with the polyphony found within the single lines that Bach creates, at once experienced as melody and as part of underlying harmony. 8 p.m. $18, $16 seniors, $9 students. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Borter's Jewelry Studio: Stone Setting Workshop: Bob Borter, who has been making and selling his jewelry in Brattleboro for more than 30 years, offers this two-day workshop. 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. (and 1/11). $175. Borters Jewelry Studio, 22 High St., #202. Information: 802-254-3452,

Kids and families

GUILFORD Storytime: Program of songs, fingerplays, books, and activities for babies, toddlers, and older siblings. Presented by Cathi Wilken or Laura Lawson Tucker. Every Tuesday. 11 a.m. Free. Guilford Free Library, 4024 Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-257-4603; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Free Medical Care: For individuals without insurance or a physician. Tuesdays. 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Brattleboro Walk-In Clinic, 191 Clark Ave. Information: 802-251-8484; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BELLOWS FALLS Your Wellness in 2018: Certified Wellness Coach Carol Jean Jones leads a series of interactive presentations about Wellness. She'll share healthy mind, body and spiritual practices that have helped people set obtainable goals and continue to maintain them. (Continues 1/16, 1/23, 1/30). 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Shared Housing: For people who are interested in exploring the option of sharing a home for the benefits of economy or companionship, or both. Meet others who are interested and to learn more. With Annamarie Pluhar. noon - 1 p.m. Free. River Garden - Brown Bag Lunch Series, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.



January 2018