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January 14 — What’s the Use of Stories That Aren’t Even True? Salman Rushdie, author of VHC's 2015 Vermont Reads Book, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, talks about the importance of storytelling. A First Wednesdays lecture. Presented with the Office of the President, University of Vermont. Hosted by the Brownell Library. Burlington, Ira Allen Chapel, 26 University Ter, 5:00 pm. Max Matthews, (802) 262-1355.

January 15 — Lifelong Learning Music Series: Francesco Maria Veracini. Grant Event. Veracini came from a family of violinists in Florence. His 18th-century career took him to Dresden and London as violinist, conductor and composer. His playing was virtuosic, but his arrogant personality and eccentric behavior often got him into trouble. Part of the Lifelong Learning Music Series, a great opportunity to increase your musical knowledge in a relaxed and fun environment. Led by Lois Price, a flutist who teaches music appreciation at Champlain College. Hosted by the South Burlington Community Library. South Burlington Community Library, 540 Dorset St, 7:00 pm. Jennifer Murray, (802) 652-7076.

January 26 — Book Discussion: Eisenhower by Stephen Ambrose. Part of the 20th Century Presidents: Post-WWII series. Which 20th-century U.S. Presidents most dramatically impacted the direction of the country—for good or ill—and its standing in the world? Arguably, every president has had a dramatic impact on the country, but some have loomed larger than others— and larger than life. This series examines four 20th-century presidents who left a strong imprint on America prior to and during World War Two. Led by Helene Lang. Hosted by the Wake Robin Retirement Community. Shelburne, Wake Robin, 200 Wake Robin Dr, 7:30 pm. Advance Signup Required, Natalie Albers, (802) 985-0659.

February 4 — Book Discussion: Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen. Part of the From Page to Screen series. When is it true that the movie's good, but the book is better? What makes it so? What does a book or the script of a play have to offer that its film version does not? Conversely, what does film offer that print cannot? Led by Merilyn Burrington. Hosted by the South Burlington Community Library. South Burlington Community Library, 540 Dorset St, 6:30 pm. Contact the library, (802) 652-7076.

February 4 — Delicious to the Ear: The Inspiring Voice of Maya Angelou. Before she was a revered poet, memoirist, and activist, Maya Angelou was mute for five years as a child. UVM professor Emily Bernard explains how poetry awakened Angelou’s voice, which transformed a history of trauma into inspiration and beauty.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Brownell Library. Essex Junction, Brownell Library, 6 Lincoln St, 7:00 pm. Wendy Hysko, (802) 878-6954.

February 19 — Lifelong Learning Music Series: Giuseppe Verdi. Grant Event. Verdi came from a small Italian village to become his country’s most revered composer as well as a national hero. His long life spanning most of the 19th century resulted in 28 operas of which many, such as Tosca, Rigoletto, Otello and Aida, are staples of opera houses worldwide. Part of the Lifelong Learning Music Series, a great opportunity to increase your musical knowledge in a relaxed and fun environment. Led by Lois Price, a flutist who teaches music appreciation at Champlain College. Hosted by the South Burlington Community Library. South Burlington Community Library, 540 Dorset St, 7:00 pm. Jennifer Murray, (802) 652-7076.

March 2 — Book Discussion: An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963 by Robert Dallek. Part of the 20th Century Presidents: Post-WWII series. Which 20th-century U.S. Presidents most dramatically impacted the direction of the country—for good or ill—and its standing in the world? Arguably, every president has had a dramatic impact on the country, but some have loomed larger than others—and larger than life. This series examines four 20thcentury presidents who left a strong imprint on America prior to and during World War Two. Led by Helene Lang. Hosted by the Wake Robin Retirement Community. Shelburne, Wake Robin, 200 Wake Robin Dr, 7:30 pm. Advance Signup Required, Natalie Albers, (802) 985-0659.

March 4 — Book Discussion: Shoeless Joe by W. P. Kinsella. Part of the From Page to Screen series. When is it true that the movie's good, but the book is better? What makes it so? What does a book or the script of a play have to offer that its film version does not? Conversely, what does film offer that print cannot? Led by Merilyn Burrington. Hosted by the South Burlington Community Library. South Burlington Community Library, 540 Dorset St, 6:30 pm. Contact the library, (802) 652-7076.

March 4 — Making Sport for Our Neighbors. New Yorker cartoonist Ed Koren takes us on a tour of the roots of visual satire leading to the New Yorker cartoon, with an excursion into the archive of his own work.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Brownell Library. Essex Junction, Brownell Library, 6 Lincoln St, 7:00 pm. Wendy Hysko, (802) 878-6954.

March 19 — Lifelong Learning Music Series: Heitor Villa-Lobos. Grant Event. The music of Villa-Lobos, a 20th century Brazilian composer, combines influences of his native folk music and European classical styles. His unique background and musical imagination make him a stand-out among classical composers. Part of the Lifelong Learning Music Series, a great opportunity to increase your musical knowledge in a relaxed and fun environment. Led by Lois Price, a flutist who teaches music appreciation at Champlain College. Hosted by the South Burlington Community Library. South Burlington Community Library, 540 Dorset St, 7:00 pm. Jennifer Murray, (802) 652-7076.

April 1 — Book Discussion: Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King. Part of the From Page to Screen series. When is it true that the movie's good, but the book is better? What makes it so? What does a book or the script of a play have to offer that its film version does not? Conversely, what does film offer that print cannot? Led by Merilyn Burrington. Hosted by the South Burlington Community Library. South Burlington Community Library, 540 Dorset St, 6:30 pm. Contact the library, (802) 652-7076.

April 6 — Book Discussion: Nixon Agonistes: The Crisis of a Self-Made Man by Garry Willis. Part of the 20th Century Presidents: Post-WWII series. Which 20th-century U.S. Presidents most dramatically impacted the direction of the country—for good or ill—and its standing in the world? Arguably, every president has had a dramatic impact on the country, but some have loomed larger than others—and larger than life. This series examines four 20th-century presidents who left a strong imprint on America prior to and during World War Two. Led by Helene Lang. Hosted by the Wake Robin Retirement Community. Shelburne, Wake Robin, 200 Wake Robin Dr, 7:30 pm. Advance Signup Required, Natalie Albers, (802) 985-0659.

April 8 — The Medici Grand Dukes: Art and Politics in Renaissance Florence. UVM professor Kelley Helmstutler Di Dio considers how, despite scandals and even murder, the Medici Grand Dukes maintained their power for nearly two centuries by giving gifts of art by the great Florentine masters to kings, popes, and emperors. A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Brownell Library. Essex Junction, Brownell Library, 6 Lincoln St, 7:00 pm. Wendy Hysko, (802) 878-6954.

April 14 — One Regiment’s Story in the Civil War: The Ninth Vermont, 1862–1865. From guarding Confederate prisoners incarcerated at Camp Douglas, Illinois, to the woods of coastal North Carolina and finally to the gates of Richmond, the Ninth Vermont Regiment earned a reputation for being well-disciplined and steadfast under fire. Although lacking the renown of other Vermont units, it represented the state well throughout its history. Civil War historian Donald Wickman offers listeners tales of the Ninth Vermont, highlighted by the stories of some of the 1,878 Vermonters who comprised it, as it became one of the most traveled regiments in the Civil War. George Stannard commanded the regiment and the talk will also look at his leadership of the unit. Cohosted by the The Milton Historical Society and the General Stannard House Committee. Hosted by the Milton Public Library. Milton Public Library, 39 Bombardier Rd, 6:30 pm. MaryBeth Peterson, (802) 893-4644.

May 4 — Book Discussion: President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime by Lou Cannon. Part of the 20th Century Presidents: Post-WWII series. Which 20th-century U.S. Presidents most dramatically impacted the direction of the country—for good or ill—and its standing in the world? Arguably, every president has had a dramatic impact on the country, but some have loomed larger than others—and larger than life. This series examines four 20th-century presidents who left a strong imprint on America prior to and during World War Two. Led by Helene Lang. Hosted by the Wake Robin Retirement Community. Shelburne, Wake Robin, 200 Wake Robin Dr, 7:30 pm. Advance Signup Required, Natalie Albers, (802) 985-0659.

May 6 — Calvin Coolidge: More Than Two Words. Drawing from Coolidge’s letters, speeches, and autobiography, Jim Cooke brings Coolidge to life and helps us understand why Will Rogers said, “Mr. Coolidge has more subtle humor than almost any public man I ever met.”A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Brownell Library. Essex Junction, Brownell Library, 6 Lincoln St, 7:00 pm. Wendy Hysko, (802) 878-6954.

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