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Event listings for Monday, April 30

The written word

BELLOWS FALLS Book Discussion of Maeve Binchy's "Quentins": Set in Dublin Ireland, every table at Quentins Restaurant has a thousand stories to tell: tales of love, betrayal, and revenge. Ella Brady wants to make a documentary about the renowned Dublin restaurant that has captured the spirit of a generation and a city in the years it has been open. 4 p.m. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO "Savvy Social Security Planning: What Baby Boomers Need to Know to Maximize Retirement Income": Social Security is far more complicated than most people realize. The decisions baby boomers make now can have a tremendous impact on the total amount of benefits they stand to receive over their lifetime. Questions boomers are asking include: Will Social Security be there for me? How much can I expect to receive? When should I apply for Social Security? How can I maximize my benefits? Will Social Security be enough to live on in retirement? To help participants better understand the Social Security system, this workshop will cover factors to consider when deciding when to apply for benefits: When it makes sense to delay benefits--and when it does not. Why you should always check your earnings record for accuracy. How to estimate your benefits. How to coordinate benefits with your spouse. How to minimize taxes on Social Security benefits. How to coordinate Social Security with your other sources of retirement income. David B. Twombly from Twombly Wealth Management Group is the speaker. 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Reservations recommended: 802-254-5290 x 1201, starr@brookslibraryvt.org.

Instruction

PUTNEY Next Stage Cooks: Tapas (Appetizers) from around The World: We'll prepare delicious appetizers from countries around the world. This is a hands-on class where we will cook and dine together (wine included). Menu: Tapenade: Olive Paste with French Bread; Tortilla de Pimientos: Sweet Pepper and Potato Omelette; Kibbeh: Stuffed Crack Wheat Shells, Greek Spinach and Cheese Triangles; Lahmacun: Turkish Meat "Pizza"; Ameijoas na Cataplana: Steamed Clams with Sausage, Ham, Tomatoes and Spices; Gambas al Ajillo: Garlic Prawns; Hoanh Thanh Chien: Fried Vietnamese Won Tons. With Linda Stavely who helped start the Common Ground restaurant in Brattleboro, started and ran The Portable Feast at the Colony Mill Marketplace in Keene. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. $65. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Well-being

GUILFORD Tai Chi for Fall Prevention: These classes will introduce and practice the most basic movements of introductory forms taught by Dr. Paul Lam and recommended by the Arthritis Foundation. The pace is smooth, slow, and can be done while seated. Instructor: Leah Gessner, Certified by Tai Chi Vermont, Inc. in Fall Prevention Tai Chi. Sponsored by Guilford Cares. Intermediate: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.; Beginners: 11 a.m. - noon on Mondays. $2 suggested donation. Guilford Community Church, Crnr Rte. 5 and Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-579-1350, gcares@comcast.net.

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