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Brookline: StoryCorps founder Dave Isay discusses his book, “Ties that Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps,’’ and delves into the national oral-history project’s archives of conversations that celebrate the power of the human bond with Robin Young at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St. $5. 617-734-2500,

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Chestnut Hill: Lexington native Bill McKibben, one of America’s best-known environmentalists, the founder of, and the author of books that, over the last quarter-century, have shaped public perception — and public action — on climate change, alternative energy, and the need for more localized economics, presents a Lowell Humanities Series talk titled “350: The Most Important Number in the World,” at 7 p.m. Thursday in Room 121 of McGuinn Hall on the Boston College campus, 140 Commonwealth Ave.Free.

Wellesley: Inspired by the work of Finnish artist Eija- Liisa Ahtila, fall Family Day invites visitors of all ages to think about the many different ways that artists represent nature, using a variety of fun activities, including a scavenger hunt, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Davis Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesley College, 106 Central St. Free. 781-283-2051,

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