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THURSDAY, MAY 21

Bike Chelsea with Green Mountain Club. Moderate to difficult. 25 miles. Begin Washington to Chelsea, where we will have lunch. Back roads and Rte. 110. Along the way we’ll stop at several points of interest, including a potter’s and small farm. Definitely need a bike suitable for back roads. Contact George for more details: plumb.george@gmail.com.

EarthWalk VT Open House. May 20–22. For those interested in having your child attend EarthWalk Village School next year. Participate in a full morning at EarthWalk: nature museum, games, nature stories, making friction fire, giving thanks and activity stations. There will be time throughout the morning to talk with mentors about any program questions you might have. 9 a.m.–noon. Goddard College, 123 Pitkin Rd., Marshfield. Free. 454-8500. anika@earthwalkvermont.org. earthwalkvermont.org.

Third Thursday: Stories in Stitches. Ellen Thompson from the Green Mountain chapter of the Embroiderer’s Guild of America presents Vermont-made samplers made by girls in Vermont between 1791 and 1840. Come hear the stories they have to tell. Final Third Thursday for this season. Bring a bag lunch. Noon. Vermont History Museum, 109 State St., Montpelier. Free. 828-2180. amanda.gustin@state.vt.us.

Brain Injury Support Group. Open to all survivors, caregivers and adult family members. Third Thurs., 1:30–2:30 p.m. Unitarian Church, 130 Main St., Montpelier. 244-6850.

Diabetes Discussion Group. Focus on self-management. Open to anyone with diabetes and their families. Third Thurs., 1:30 p.m. The Health Center, Plainfield. Free. Don 322-6600 or dgrabowski@the-health-center.org.

Survivors of Suicide Loss Support. Monthly group for people affected by a suicide death. Third Thurs., 6–7:30 p.m. Central Vermont Medical Center, conference rm. 1, Fisher Rd., Berlin. 223-0924. calakel@comcast.com. afsp.org

Perennial Vegetables and Beyond: Growing Food, Growing Soil and Sequestering Carbon. With Aaron Guman. Our landscapes and tables can be enriched with perennial vegetables. A Transition Town program. 6–7:45 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 223-3338. kellogghubbard.org.

Grandparents Raising Their Children’s Children. Third Thurs., 6–8 p.m. Child care provided. Trinity United Methodist Church, 137 Main St., Montpelier. 476-1480.

Catching the Fire of Hope. Teen poetry, music, fire and snacks. Hear the voices of local teen poets who’ve been part of the teen poetry workshop “Catching the Fire of Hope.” Bring a snack to share if you like. 6:30–8:30 p.m. Erok’s 113 Creamery St., Plainfield. 454-1979.

Songwriters’ Meeting. Meeting of the Northern VT/NH chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association International. Bring copies of your work. Third Thurs., 6:45 p.m. Catamount Arts, St. Johnsbury. John, 633-2204.

 

FRIDAY, MAY 22

American Red Cross Blood Donation. Donors of all blood types — especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative — are needed to help ensure blood is available for patients this spring. Appointment or walk-in. 8 a.m.–1 p.m. U-32 gymnasium, 930 Gallison Hill Rd., Montpelier. 1800-RED CROSS. redcrossblood.org. pemery@u32.org.

SCOP (Senior Community Outreach Project). U-32 seniors are offering a day of community service for residents of U-32-sending towns. 8 a.m. The senior class will be all over the county volunteering their service. pemery@u32.org.

EarthWalk VT Open House. May 20–22. For those interested in having your child attend EarthWalk Village School next year. Participate in a full morning at EarthWalk: nature museum, games, nature stories, making friction fire, giving thanks and activity stations. There will be time throughout the morning to talk with mentors about any program questions you might have. 9 a.m.–noon. Goddard College, 123 Pitkin Rd., Marshfield. Free. 454-8500. anika@earthwalkvermont.org. earthwalkvermont.org.

Magic: The Gathering. Test your skill with this strategy game. Beginners welcome; two starter decks are available for those who do not have their own cards. Ages 6–12. 3–4:30 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 223-3338. kellogghubbard.org.

“Children of Paradise.” Film Showing and discussion led by Rob Mermin. “Children of Paradise” (Les Enfants du Paradis) is a classic romantic drama depicting the life of 19th century mime Baptiste Debureau and his love for a famous Parisian courtesan. 7–10 p.m. The Plainfield Opera House, Rt. 2, Plainfield. $10 suggested donation. plainfieldtownhall@gmail.com.

 

SATURDAY, MAY 23

Home Alone and Safe. Children ages 8–11 learn how to safely respond to a variety of home alone situations. 9:30 a.m.–noon. Gifford Medical Center’s Family Center, 44 S. Main St., Randolph (beside Gifford Ob/Gyn and Midwifery). $15. Register with instructor Jude Powers: 649-1841.

Kids Creating Music. With Bob Brookens. Ages 18 months–4 years. 10 a.m. Waterbury Public Library, 30 Foundry St., Waterbury. Free. 244-7036. waterburypubliclibrary.com.

American Red Cross Blood Donation. Donors of all blood types — especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative — are needed to help ensure blood is available for patients this spring. 11:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Berlin Mall, 282 Berlin Mall Rd., Berlin. 1800-RED CROSS. redcrossblood.org.

High Tea and Open House. Fundraiser for Onion River Exchange. 3–5 p.m. 107 College St., Montpelier. $20. Pre-registration required. 661-8959. info@orexchange.org.

Teen Filmmaking Series: Storyboards and Short Scenes. Learning how to plan out a short film will be the focus in this  last installment of the Teen Film Series. Create storyboards, learn basics of camera use and put all of this together to film short scenes. Ages 12–18. 3–5 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 223-3338. kellogghubbard.org.

 

TUESDAY, MAY 26

Bike Moretown with Green Mountain Club. Moderate. 26 miles round trip. Montpelier to Moretown and back. Paved and dirt roads. Bring lunch and water. Contact Reidun and Andrew for meeting time and place: 223-3550.

American Red Cross Blood Donation. Donors of all blood types — especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative — are needed to help ensure blood is available for patients this spring. 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Randolph Union High School, 15 Forest St., Randolph. 1800-RED CROSS. redcrossblood.org.

Tech Tuesday. Drop-in time for tech and maker projects. Featuring DIY, creating circuits from different materials, hobby motors, basic electronics and more. Supplies and ideas provided — just bring your creativity! Ages 6–teens. 3–4:30 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 223-3338. kellogghubbard.org.

Medicare and You Workshop. New to Medicare? Have questions? We have answers. Second and fourth Tues., 3–4:30 p.m. 59 N. Main St., Ste. 200, Barre. Free, donations gratefully accepted. 479-0531. cvcoa@cvcoa.org. cvcoa.org.

Veterans Book Group. Opportunity for veterans to connect with each other, build relationships, read insightful materials and share experiences. The group’s explorations will include books, poetry, articles, photos, and short stories. 5–6:30 p.m. Norwich University, Wise Campus Center, Meeting Room 218, 158 Harmon Dr., Northfield. Free; pre-registration required. Includes copy of readings and light supper. 262-1356. acunningham@vermonthumanities.org.

Parenting Group. Share tips you’ve had success with and troubleshoot common frustrations with other parents. Come with at least one idea of something that’s worked well for you with your family and bring something you’d like help with.  Parents only please. 7–8 p.m. Jaquith Public Library, 122 School St., Marshfield. Free. 426-3581. jaquithpubliclibrary.org.

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 27

American Red Cross Blood Donation. Donors of all blood types — especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative — are needed to help ensure blood is available for patients this spring. Noon–5:30 p.m. St. Johnsbury Moose Lodge, 2388 Portland St. (Rt. 2 E.), St. Johnsbury; 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Ben & Jerry’s, 1281 Waterbury Stowe Rd., Waterbury. 1-800-RED CROSS. redcrossblood.org.

Montpelier City Council Meeting. Second and fourth Wed., 6:30 p.m. City Council Chambers, Montpelier City Hall. 39 Main St., Montpelier. montpelier-vt.org.

Reflections and Musings by Gregory Sanford. Marshfield resident and Vermont’s first state archivist. Discussion and refreshments following the presentation. 7–9 p.m. Hap Hayward History Center, Jaquith Public Library, Old Schoolhouse Common, 122 School St., Rm. 2, Marshfield. Free. 426-3581. jaquithpubliclibrary@gmail.com.

 

THURSDAY, MAY 28

Take out, Eat In Dinner at Twin Valley Senior Center. Italian menu of homemade Italian tomato sauce, penne pasta al dente, meatballs, fresh crispy salad, whole wheat roll and maple/apple crisp. All proceeds support the TVSC Meals on Wheels program. Twin Valley Senior Center, Blueberry Commons, Rt. 2, E. Montpelier. $10. Call to reserve: 223-6954.

Multiplici-Tea! Informal meet up and tea time for parents experiencing the unique challenge of caring for multiple birth children (twins, triplets, etc.) Play space for toddlers, resources provided. Free coffee and tea. Fourth Thurs., 9:30–11:30 a.m. Good Beginnings of Central Vermont, 174 River St., Montpelier. 595-7953. gbcv91@gmail.com. goodbeginningscentralvt.org.

American Red Cross Blood Donation. Donors of all blood types — especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative — are needed to help ensure blood is available for patients this spring. 12:30–5:30 p.m. Williamstown High School, 120 Hebert Rd., Williamstown. 1800-RED CROSS. redcrossblood.org.

Green Mountain Care Board Public Meeting. Board business including but not limited to payment reform, insurance rate review, Certificate of Need, hospital budgets, rulemaking and new business. 1–4 p.m. GMCB Board Room, City Center, 89 Main St., 2F, Montpelier. gmcboard.vermont.gov.

Green Mountain Dog Club Monthly Meeting. Learn about the club and events.  All dog lovers welcome. Fourth Thurs., 7:30 p.m. Commodore’s Inn, Stowe. 479-9843 or greenmountaindogclub.org.

 

FRIDAY, MAY 29

Cutler Memorial Library Plant and Book Sale. Annuals, perennials, and vegetable plants of many kinds and thousands of books on all subjects. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Cutler Memorial Library, 151 High St., Plainfield. $5 a bag. Joyce: 454-8306.

American Red Cross Blood Donation. Donors of all blood types — especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative — are needed to help ensure blood is available for patients this spring. 11:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. VFW Post 792, 792 Pioneer St., Montpelier; 10 a.m.–3 p.m. American Legion, 16 Stowe St., Waterbury. 1-800-RED CROSS. redcrossblood.org.

Magic: The Gathering. Test your skill with this strategy game. Beginners welcome; two starter decks are available for those who do not have their own cards. Ages 6–12. 3–4:30 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 223-3338. kellogghubbard.org.

Friday Night Group. For youth age 13–22 who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning. Pizza, soft drinks and conversation. Cofacilitated by two trained, adult volunteers from Outright VT. Second and fourth Fri., 6:30–8 p.m. Unitarian Church, 130 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 223-7035. Micah@OutrightVT.org

 

SATURDAY, MAY 30

Hike Worcester Mountain with Green Mountain Club. Difficult. 2.5 miles, with option to continue on the Skyline Trail, an additional 1.5 miles to the other side. Round-trip 8 miles. Contact one of the following for meeting time and place: Phyllis at 223-0020 or Phyllis@PhyllisRubensteinLaw.comcastbiz.net; Charlene at 229-9908  or charlenebohl@comcast.net.

BirdFest 2015. Early morning bird walks, bird banding demonstrations, bird drawing and photography contests, bird carving demonstrations. 7 a.m.–1:30 p.m. North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm St., Montpelier. 229-6206. northbranchnaturecenter.org.

City-Wide Tag Sale. Hosted by Montpelier Alive and the Washington County Youth Service Bureau. The organizers have encouraged citizens, businesses, churches, civic groups, associations and neighbors to plan a sale. Maps will be available in advance at downtown stores and at the Capital City Farmers Market on the day of the event. Rain or shine. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. montpelieralive.org. montpelieralive/facebook.

Union Elementary School Tag and Plant Sale. All proceeds will be used for the Union School Playground Project 9 a.m.–3 p.m. DONATIONS NEEDED: Adult and Children’s Clothes, Shoes, Furniture, Household items, Plants (please label name and type of plant and sunlight required such as indoor/outdoor). We cannot accept bike helmets, car seats, ski equipment, or cribs. Donation drop-off: May 29, 3–7 p.m.; May 30, 7–9 a.m. Union Elementary School, 1 Park Ave., Montpelier. Kristin: 477-2547.

Cutler Memorial Library Plant and Book Sale. Annuals, perennials, and vegetable plants of many kinds and thousands of books on all subjects. May 29, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; May 30, 9 a.m.¬3 p.m. Cutler Memorial Library, 151 High St., Plainfield. $5 a bag. Joyce: 454-8306.

Adamant Blackfly Festival. Celebrate Vermont’s state bug with live music, great food, blackfly parade, fashion show and poetry slam. Rain or shine. 9 a.m.–5 p.m.  Adamant Co-op, 1313 Haggett Rd., Adamant. 223-5760. adamantcoop@gmail.com. blackflyfestival.org.

Spring into Summer. Hosted by the Montessori School of Central Vermont. Celebrate the warm weather with snacks, crafts and outdoor science experiments. Dinner of the Month raffle. First prize: gift certificates from 12 local restaurants. Second prize is a dessert gift certificate. 10 a.m.–noon; raffle at noon. Old Shelter at Hubbard Park, Montpelier. Free. Raffle tickets: $6 each of three for $15. 223-3320. mscvt.org.

Lu.Lu. Ice Cream and SND Spirits Tasting. Join Smugglers’ Notch Distillery and Lu.Lu. to try small batch artisan ice cream featuring SND Spirits. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. SND Barrel House and Tasting Room at The Vermont Annex, 2657 Waterbury-Stowe Rd., Waterbury Center. Free; spirit tasting $3. 309-3077. smugglersnotchdistillery.com.

Wildflower and Fern Identification. Nature walk with Suzy Klinefelter. Raindate: May 31. All ages. 1 p.m. Meet at Barre Town Forest kiosk, 44 Brook St., Websterville. 476-4185. mkotch731@gmail.com.

Montpelier Senior Activity Center hosts Senior Prom. Join us to be transported to “a night in the city” with decorations, music, dancing, food and fun. Proceeds support the Montpelier Senior Activity Center. 7–10:30 p.m. National Life Building, 1 National Life Drive, Montpelier. $10. 223-2518. Tickets available at seniorprom.brownpapertickets.com or at Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier.

 

MONDAY, JUNE 1

Parent Meet-Up. Come meet other parents, share information and chat over light snacks, coffee and tea. First Mon., 10–11:30 a.m. Hayes Room, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. mamasayszine@gmail.com.

Classic Book Club. New members always welcome. Most first Mon., 6–8 p.m. Cutler Memorial Library, 151 High St. (Rte. 2), Plainfield. Free. 454-8504. cutlerlibrary.org/resources/bookclub.

Savvy Speakers. Find your voice and confidence. Receive helpful tips on how to reduce public speaking anxieties and gain confidence. 6 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 476-0908. mlferguson2002@yahoo.com.

Monthly Book Group for Adults. For copies of the book, please stop by the library. New members are always welcome. This is the last book group of the year. The book for June is “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt. 7 p.m. Jaquith Public Library, 122 School St., Marshfield. Free. 426-3581. jaquithpubliclibrary.org.

 

TUESDAY, JUNE 2

ADA Advisory Committee Meeting. First Tues. City manager’s conference room, City Hall, 39 Main St., Montpelier. 223-9502.

Montpelier Parks Work Hike with Green Mountain Club. All abilities. Give back to the city parks we enjoy year round. Approximately six hours, although all shorter shifts are welcome. Bring water, lunch, work clothes and gloves. Tools provided. 9 a.m. Rain date: June 3. Meet at Montpelier swimming pool parking lot, Elm St., Montpelier. 224-9980. happy.jill.aspinall@gmail.com

Tuesday Morning Nature Walks. With Marianne Kotch and Suzy Klinefelter. Every Tues. June 2–Sept. 29. 9 a.m. Meet at Barre Town Forest kiosk, 44 Brook St., Websterville. 476-4185. mkotch731@gmail.com.

Women’s Circle. Women and mothers discuss motherhood, family life and women’s health. Hosted by midwives Chelsea Hastings and Hannah Allen. First Tues., 6–8 p.m. Emerge Midwifery and Family Health, 174 River St., Montpelier.

Reading Faulkner: “Go Down Moses.” Bob Barasch will present themes of “Go Down Moses.” Second in a three part series. Next and final presentation June 16. 7 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 223-3338. kellogghubbard.org.

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3

Grandparents Raising Their Children’s Children. First Wed., 10 a.m.–Noon. Barre Presbyterian Church, Summer St. 476-1480.

Tobacco Cessation Classes. Do you want to quit tobacco use but need help? Special attention is given to developing a quitting strategy, including dealing with weight control and managing stress. These workshops will offer ways to change your behavior and help you start a tobacco-free lifestyle. Every Wed. in June, 5–6 p.m. Central Vermont Medical Center Conference Room #4, 130 Fisher Rd., Berlin. Register: 225-5680.

CVMC Birthing Center Open House. Learn more about our full range of services, ask questions, meet staff members and tour our Garden Path Birthing Center. Friends and family welcome. Refreshments. 5:30–7 p.m. Central Vermont Medical Center Birthing Center, 2F, 130 Fisher Rd., Berlin. 371-4613.

Cancer Support Group. First Wed., 6 p.m. Potluck. For location, call Carole MacIntyre 229-5931.

U-32 School Board Meeting. Open to the public and community members are always welcome to attend. 6 p.m. U-32, Rm. 131, 930 Gallison Hill Rd., Montpelier. 229-0321.

Montpelier School Board Meeting. 7 p.m. Montpelier High School library, 5 High School Dr., Montpelier. 225-8000.

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 4

MBAC Meeting. Meeting of the Montpelier Bicycle Advisory Committee. First Thurs., 8 a.m. Police Station Community Room, 534 Washington St., Montpelier. 262-6273.

Design Speaks. This talk with Diane Gayer is on architecture and the public process with a focus on Morrisville charrettes 1999 and 2008. 5 p.m. River Arts Center, 74 Pleasant St., Morrisville. 888-1261. riverartsvt.org.

The Center for Arts and Learning Open House. Celebrate the opening of the new central Vermont arts, music and education center with music, celebration, tasty treats and a grand tour of the building. Music from Counterpoint, the Olabelles, Susan Picking, Annemieke and Jeremiah McLane and others. 6–8 p.m. Center for Arts and Learning, 46 Barre St., Montpelier. 223-4217. irene@cal-vt.org. cal-vt.org.

Diabetes Support Group. First Thurs., 7–8 p.m. Conference room 3, Central Vermont Medical Center. 371-4152.

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 5

Long Trail Backpack with Green Mountain Club. June 5–8. Difficult. 40.7 miles. Backpack Divisions 1 and 2 of the Long Trail (from the Massachusetts terminus to Kelly Stand Road). Limited to eight people. For more information and/or to reserve your place, Contact leader Phyllis: 223-0020 or Phyllis@PhyllisRubensteinLaw.comcastbiz.net.

Death Café. Group discussion about death with no agenda, objectives or themes. First Fri., 11:45 a.m.–1 p.m. Twin Valley Senior Center, Rt. 2, Blueberry Commons, E. Montpelier. Bring your own lunch or eat at the center for $4. 223-3322.

Coffeehouse. Enjoy live music and share your own. Fellowship, potluck snacks and beverages. First Fri., 7–9 p.m. Trinity United Methodist Church, 137 Main St., Montpelier (park and enter at rear). Free. 244-5191, 472-8297 or rawilburjr@comcast.net.

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 6

National Federation of the Blind, Montpelier Chapter. First Sat. Lane Shops community room, 1 Mechanic St., Montpelier. 229-0093.

Bike Peru, New York with Green Mountain Club. Moderate. “Acres of Apples” is a side trip to the Lake Champlain Bikeways Network. We will park in Burlington, take the ferry to Port Kent, bike with stops as desired at farm stands and Ausable Chasm, where food is available and return. Helmet and closed shoes required. A rewarding all-day trip. Meet at Montpelier High School, 5 High School Dr., Montpelier Contact Reidun and Andrew for meeting time: 223-3550.

Bury Cancer Survivorship Celebration. Part of National Cancer Survivorship Day. A day of celebration for those who have survived, an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of support for families and friends and an outreach to the community. 5K run 8 a.m.; parade 1 p.m.; dinner and wine pairing 6 p.m.; light show 9:30 p.m. Downtown Barre. 279-0599. info@vcsn.net. vcsn.net.

10th annual Central Vermont Extension Master Gardeners’ Plant Sale. Perennial, annuals, veggies and gently used books for sale. Master gardeners and master composters on hand to answer questions about plants and the programs. 9 a.m.–noon. North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm St., Montpelier.

Babysitter’s Training Course. Learn to be a safe and responsible babysitter. Bring your lunch. 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Gifford Medical Center’s Family Center, 44 S. Main St., Randolph (beside Gifford Ob/Gyn and Midwifery). $20. Space is limited. Register with instructor Jude Powers at 649-1841 or Nancy Clark 728-2274.

The Northeast Storytellers. Writers, readers and appreciators of prose and verse meet regularly the first Saturday of every month. The public is welcome to attend and new members are always encouraged to join. 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. Catamount Arts, 115 Eastern Ave., St. Johnsbury. 751-5432. brookequillen@yahoo.com.

4th annual Bowlers Unite. Bowling fundraiser to benefit Green Mountain United Way. Form a team of four or five. 1–3 p.m. Twin City Family Fun Center, 702 Rt. 302 (Barre-Montpelier Rd.), Barre. 622-8056. mknight@gmunitedway.org. gmunitedway.org/bowling-was.shtml

Osteoporosis Education and Support Group. Learn from a variety of guest speakers and medical specialists. First Sat., 1–3 p.m. Community National Bank, Community Room, Crawford Rd., Derby. 535-2011. mary@betterbonesnek.org. betterbonesnek.org.