Ras Moshe’s Music Now Extended Unit Plays Howland Center June 29

Jazz series Change of the Century continues in Beacon

The Howland Cultural Center in Beacon continues its monthly series, Change of the Century – New Jazz for the 21st, with New York City-based multi-instrumentalist Ras Moshe and his fire music ensemble Music Now Extended Unit. The lineup for Music Now is never the same twice — for their Beacon performance, the ensemble includes vibraphonist/percussionist John Pietaro, pianist Chris Forbes, guitarist (and Change of the Century organizer) James Keepnews and drummer Andrew Drury. The performance takes place at the Howland Saturday, June 29, at 8 p.m. Admission for each concert in the series is $15, and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets will be available at the door each concert evening only. For more information, visit the Facebook page for the concert series, facebook.com/groups/changeofthecentury.

Putnam County Offers HIV Testing, Dunkin’ Donuts Cards, and, Condoms

National Test Day June 27
The Putnam County Department of Health  is offering the public free HIV testing, along with free condoms and a limited number of Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards, next Thursday, June 27, in Brewster. The Health Department will provide quick testing, counseling, educational information, refreshments, condoms, and for the first 20 participants, $5 Dunkin’ Donuts gift certificates. Available on a no-appointments basis, the testing will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 121 Main St., Brewster. The event coincides with National HIV Testing Day, an annual event to encourage Americans to “take the test; take control.” Nearly 1.2 million people in the United States have HIV, according to estimates from the national Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, but approximately 20 percent are unaware they are infected. Those with HIV and AIDS live longer, healthier and more productive lives than once was the case, but no vaccine or cure for HIV exists, although new research is considered promising.