Submit an Event! The deadline for calendar submissions is the Friday before publication. We publish all free or by-donation events and all one-time events at no charge — ongoing classes or other for-profit ongoing events are listed in our classified section for a fee. Please send listings to calendar [at] montpelierbridge [dot] com. Montpelier events have priority, then central Vermont events. High-resolution photos are also welcome. Check out the calendar guidelines for more detailed information.
Third Thursday: Porches of North America.Bring a bag lunch and listen to Thomas Visser talk about porch history. Noon–1 p.m. Vermont History Museum. 109 State St., Montpelier. Free. 828-2180. vermonthistory.org/calendar.
Green Mountain Care Board. GMCB Director of Health System Finances Mike Davis will present an internal GMCB budget update. GMCB Director Analysis and Data Management Dian Kahn will present a VHCURES update. Open to the public. 1–4 p.m. DFR 3rd Floor Conference Room, 89 Main Street, Montpelier.828-2130. gmcboard.vermont.gov.
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. email@example.com.
Transition Town Montpelier: Dealing with Climate Change.Dr. Alan Betts will discuss how to make a creative contribution to the future of the Earth and our children. 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.
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.
Library Film Series: Writing and Reading.Interesting and sometimes quirky films to stimulate your mind and senses. 7 p.m. Jaquith Public Library. 122 School St., Marshfield. Free. 426-3581.
PoemCity: Vermont Studio Center Alumni Poetry Reading. Join Julia Shipley, Hilary Poremski-Beitzel and Kristin Fogdall for a group poetry reading. 7 p.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center. 58 Barre St., Montpelier. Free. 223-2518. firstname.lastname@example.org.
PoemCity: My Strange Objects.Students from Montpelier High School will perform their new poetic/collaborative works created especially for PoemCity 2014. 7 p.m. Sweet Melissa’s. 24 Langdon St., Montpelier. Free. 225-6012.
Deborah Derrick Shares Stories from Half Lives. Author Deborah Derrick of Half Lives shares the true story of an atomic waste dumping ship, a government cover-up and the veterans’ families shaped by it all. Presented by Green Mountain Global Forum. 7 p.m. The Big Picture Theater. Carroll Rd, Waitsfield. Free. 496-2111. email@example.com. gmgf.org
Spring Migration Bird Walks.Explore North Branch Nature Center and other local birding hot spots for spring migrants, such as warblers, vireos, thrushes and waterfowl. 7–8:30 a.m. $10; Free for members. Call for directions to meeting locations: 229-6206. northbranchnaturecenter.org.
Central Vermont Council on Aging Assistance.Questions about health insurance or other senior services? Sarah Willhoit, from CVCOA, can help. 9 a.m.–Noon. Montpelier Senior Activity Center. 58 Barre St., Montpelier. By appointment: 479-4400.
The Science of Sound. With Kurt Valenta. An exploration of how sound is created with hands-on activities that explain the principles through personal experience. Ages 3–6. 10 a.m. Waterbury Public Library. 28 N. Main St., Waterbury. Free. 244-7036.
PoemCity: Brown Bag Poetry: Favorite Poems.Bring your lunch and join others in a roundtable sharing of our favorite poems, by ourselves or others. Noon. Kellogg-Hubbard Library 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 223-3338. kellogghubbard.org.
PoemCity: So Little Time.The writers of this anthology, focusing on nature and our human impact, gather for a reading. 6 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library.135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 223-3338. kellogghubbard.org.
Create a Biodiverse Garden for Ecological Resilience. With Dr. Wendy Sue Harper. Learn strategies for creating more beautiful, biodiverse and thus resilient gardens. 6:30–8 p.m. North Branch Nature Center. 713 Elm St., Montpelier. $5. 229-6206. northbranchnaturecenter.org.
Pruning Trees. With Dave Wilcox, State Lands Forester. A presentation on tools and techniques and pruning the crabapple trees on the library grounds. Dress appropriately for the weather. 10 a.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library. 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 223-3338. kellogghubbard.org.
Additional Recyclables Collection Center. Accepting scores of hard-to-recycle items. Third Sat., 9 a.m.–1 p.m. 540 N. Main St. (old Times-Argus building), Barre. $1 per carload. 229-9383 x106. For list of accepted items, go to cvswmd.org/arcc-additional-recyclables-collection-center.html.
2014 Annual Egg Hunt.Join us in Hubbard Park for a Special Egg Hunt Celebration. 12 years old and under. Arrive by 9:45 a.m. Hunt begins 10 a.m. Hubbard Park, Frog Pond Entrance. Montpelier. Free. 225-8699. montpelierrec.org.
PoemCity: Braiding History.Join historian, mystery novelist and poet Beth Kannell in this generative writing workshop. 10:30 a.m. Vermont History Museum, Snelling Room. 109 State St., Montpelier. Free. 828-2291.
North Branch Cafe’s 1 Year Anniversary Party.Join us to celebrate our 1 year anniversary! Music, specials, fun and more. Noon–9 p.m. North Branch Café. 41 State St., Montpelier. Free. 552-8105. firstname.lastname@example.org.
PoemCity: Twitter Poetry. Beth Kannell leads this workshop in using the power of social media. 12:30 p.m. Bagitos. 28 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 229-9212.
PoemCity: Photo and Poetry Workshop.Deb Fleishman and Gary Miller host a generative workshop around photography and poetry. 1–3 p.m. Local 64. 5 State St., Montpelier. Free. 595-0605.
Green Mountain Club History Walk in Middlesex/Moretown.Easy. 4-6 mile history road walk along Rte. 100B to visit two former hydro-electric power plant sites, and a third site still in operation. Call for meeting time and location: 622-0585.
Spring Tea Tasting. Fresh 2014 teas including Taiwanese, Chinese and Darjeeling First Flush Black with Stoneleaf Teas’ importer. 11 a.m. Tulsi Tea Room. 34 Elm St., Montpelier. $5. 223-1431. email@example.com. tulsitearoom.com.
Families of Color. Open to all. Play, eat and discuss issues of adoption, race and multiculturalism. Bring snacks and games to share; dress for the weather. Third Sun., 3–5 p.m. Unitarian Church, 130 Main St., Montpelier. Alyson 439-6096 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Onion River Exchange Potluck.Bring a dish, plate, utensils. Share food, meet people and make exchange connections. Log time if you bring a dish. 5:30 p.m. ORE Office, 2F. 46 Barre St., Montpelier. email@example.com. orexchange.org.
FALLING AWAY: A Talk with Robert Kest, Ph.D.Moving beyond western constructs of self, relationship and psychotherapy. 6–7:30 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library. 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 229-6989. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Death and Rebirth Series: Evening Talks.With Tibetan Buddhist nun Venerable Amy Miller. Enrich your days with a meaningful exploration of the natural cycle of life, death and rebirth. Second talk of three-part series. 6–8 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library. 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 633-4136. email@example.com. milarepacenter.org.
Weatherization Workshop.Kate Stephenson from Yestermorrow will be giving a hands-on workshop for weatherization.
Weatherization Door Prizes Galore! 6:30–7:30 p.m. Onion River Exchange. 46 Barre St, Montpelier. Free. 552-3040. firstname.lastname@example.org. orexchange.org.
Plainfield Book Club. Third Mon., 7–8:30 p.m. Cutler Memorial Library, 151 High St. (Rte. 2), Plainfield. Free. 454-8504 or cutlerlibrary.org.
Montpelier Development Review Board Meeting. 7 p.m. City Council Chambers, Montpelier City Hall. 39 Main St., Montpelier. montpelier-vt.org.
Don Mitchell, VT Author Book Reading. Don tells of creating habitat for endangered bats on his Vergennes farm—profound and funny. 12:45 p.m.Montpelier Senior Activity Center. 58 Barre St., Montpelier. Free. 223-2518.
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. email@example.com. cvcoa.org.
17th Annual Open Poetry.A popular event, we have a new sign up system this year (ask at the store). 7 p.m. Bear Pond Books. 77 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 229-0774. firstname.lastname@example.org. bearpondbooks.com.
Toy Hacking.What does the inside of a toy look like and how does it work? Kids will be able to take apart a toy to see how it works. Toys and tools provided. For 4th–6th grades. 10:30 a.m. Waterbury Public Library. 28 N. Main St., Waterbury. Free. Register: 244-7036. waterburypubliclibrary.com.
How the Law Made Vermont. Paul Gillies, historian, writer and attorney discusses how early founders and the Green Mountain Boys created a new system to administer justice.Part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. 1:30 p.m. Aldrich Public Library, 6 Washington St., Barre. Free for members; $5 suggested donation for non-members. 454-1234. email@example.com.
Waterbury Public Library Celebrates World Book Night.Waterbury Public Library will be handing out 20 copies of Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. First come, first served. 6 p.m. Waterbury Public Library. 28 N. Main St., Waterbury. Free. 244-7036. waterburypubliclibrary.com.
Conversation About Drones.Learn about the legal controversies that surround the use of drones internationally and domestically. Then watch a screening of the short film Wounds of Waziristan by journalist, Madiha Tahir followed by a brief discussion. 6–7:30 p.m. Savoy Theater, lower level. 26 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 229-0598.
Bicycle Maintenance. With Anne Miller and special guests. Tune-up your bike for Spring. Gas prices are going up! Get out your bike and get it ready to go. 7 p.m. Jaquith Public Library. 122 School St., Marshfield. Free. 426-3581. jaquithpubliclibrary.org.
PoemCity: Winter Ready.Leland Kinsey reads from his newest book, Winter Ready. 7 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library. 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 223-3338. kellogghubbard.org.
Parklets – Presentations and Technical Meeting.Montpelier Alive hosts a meeting for those interested in learning more about parklets in general, and those looking to construct or submit proposals for this application round. Architects and designers will be on hand to answer questions regarding draft proposals and to answer specific questions regarding the parklet standards document. Open to everyone. 7 p.m. City Council Chambers, Montpelier City Hall. 39 Main St., Montpelier. 223-9406. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Green Mountain Care Board.Mike Davis, GMCB Director of Health System Finances, will be presenting a deeper analysis of FY 2013 Hospital Financial Operating Results. Open to the public. 1–4 p.m. DFR, 3F Conference Room. 89 Main St., Montpelier. 828-2130. gmcboard.vermont.gov.
Poem in Your Pocket Storytime Celebration. Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day with a special poetry story time. Enjoy poems in celebration of National Poetry Month, PoemCity and Poem in Your Pocket Day, when everyone is encouraged to carry a favorite poem and share it with friends and neighbors. 10:30 a.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library. 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 223-3338. kellogghubbard.org.
Ecumenical Group. Songs of praise, Bible teaching, fellowship. Second and fourth Thurs., 7–9 p.m. Jabbok Center for Christian Living, 8 Daniel Dr., Barre. Free. 479-0302.
PoemCity: The Poetry of William Carlos Williams.UVM English Professor Huck Gutman gives a presentation on modern American poet William Carlos Williams. 7 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library. 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 223-3338. kellogghubbard.org.
Woodcock Watch.It’s spring and love is in the air–literally! Listen and watch for the dramatic courtship flight of the American Woodcock, a sandpiper which nests along the North Branch. With luck, we may also be serenaded by Wilson’s Snipe and we’re sure to hear a chorus of Spring Peepers. 7:30 p.m. North Branch Nature Center. North Branch Nature Center. 713 Elm St., Montpelier. $5 members; $8 non-members. 229-6206. northbranchnaturecenter.org.
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.
PoemCity: Brown Bag Poetry: Card Catalog Poetry Writing.Bring your lunch in this group writing session using the library’s retired card catalog as a prompt. Noon–1 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library. 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 223-3338. kellogghubbard.org.
Friends of the Aldrich Public Library Spring Book Sale. Plenty of gently used books and other items for all ages at rock bottom prices. Noon–5 p.m. Milne Community Room, Aldrich Public Library. 6 Washington St., Barre. 476-7550. email@example.com. aldrichpubliclibrary.org.
Turkey Take Out Dinner Annual Fundraiser. The menu includes turkey and gravy, stuffing, mashed potato, vegetable, cranberry sauce, rolls and dessert. Dinner pick-up 4–6 p.m. Waterbury Center Community Church. 3583 Waterbury Stowe Rd., Waterbury. $9 Reservations required: 244-8089.
Spring Poetry Slam. Pizza and drinks followed by slam with host, Geoff Hewitt. Open to all. 6 p.m. Aldrich Public Library, 6 Washington St., Barre. Free. 476-7550. firstname.lastname@example.org. aldrichpubliclibrary.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.
Friends of the Aldrich Public Library Spring Book Sale. Plenty of gently used books and other items for all ages at rock bottom prices. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Milne Community Room, Aldrich Public Library. 6 Washington St., Barre. 476-7550. email@example.com. aldrichpubliclibrary.org.
The 5th Annual MAD PIE HOEDOWN. Fundraising event for Transition Town Montpelier region’s “Villagebuilding Convergence”. Contra dancing and the famous pie auction. Donate a pie, bid on a pie, have fun and dance the night away. 7:30 p.m. Plainfield Community Center. 153 Main St., Plainfield. $8–20 suggested donation. 223-1730.
Vermont’s Spring Turkey Hunting Starts with Youth Turkey Hunting Weekend. Youth turkey hunting weekend is April 26–27. Landowner permission is required to hunt on private land, whether or not the land is posted. Youth must be age 15 or under, must have successfully completed a hunter education course and possess a hunting license, a turkey hunting license and a free youth turkey hunting tag. Youth also must be accompanied by an unarmed adult who holds a hunting license and is over 18 years of age. Shooting hours are one half hour before sunrise to Noon. The youth may take one bearded turkey during youth weekend and two bearded turkeys in the regular May hunting season. A shotgun or bow and arrow may be used in the youth turkey or regular spring turkey hunting seasons. Shot size must be no larger than #2 and no smaller than #8.
Regular turkey hunting season starts May 1. Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. 828-1000. vtfishandwildlife.com.
Capital City Farmers Market. 35 vendors selling produce, meats, cheeses, prepared foods, crafts and more. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. 60 State St., corner of Elm and State. Free. 223-2958. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection.9 a.m.–1 p.m. Barre Town Garage, 129 Websterville Road, Barre. $15 per carload for in-district residents. 802-229-9383 x. 105. cvswmd.org.
The What, Where, When and Why of Pruning.State Lands Forester David Wilcox will demonstrate pruning tools and techniques for health, strength, beauty and production. Workshop and outdoor demonstration. 10–11:30 a.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library. 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 223-3338. kellogghubbard.org.
Discover Goddard Day.Learn about Goddard’s low-residency BA, BFA, MA and MFA degree programs. Meet current students and faculty, tour historic campus & gardens, and have lunch. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Goddard College. 123 Pitkin Rd., Plainfield. Free. RSVP required: 800-906-8316. email@example.com. goddard.edu/discover.
PoemCity: The Nature of Poetry.Join other nature and poetry enthusiasts for a celebration of these two great forces united. 10 a.m.–Noon. Kellogg-Hubbard Library. 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 223-3338. kellogghubbard.org.
Musical Story Time.With Lesley Grant. Ages 18 months–4 years. 10 a.m. Waterbury Public Library. 28 N. Main St., Waterbury. Free. 244-7036.
Sit n’ Knit.Lucky us! One more round of knitting with our friend Joan. First timers and knitting superstars can drop right in. 3:30–4:30 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library. 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 223-3338. kellogghubbard.org.
Montpelier Planning Commission Meeting.5 p.m. City Council Chambers, Montpelier City Hall. 39 Main St., Montpelier. montpelier-vt.org.
Death and Rebirth Series: Evening Talks.With Tibetan Buddhist nun Venerable Amy Miller. Enrich your days with a meaningful exploration of the natural cycle of life, death and rebirth. Final talk of three-part series. 6–8 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library. 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 633-4136. firstname.lastname@example.org. milarepacenter.org.
Monthly Book Group for Adults.New members always welcome. April’s book is Unbroken by Lauren Hillenbrand and May’s book is American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar. For book copies, please stop by the library. Fourth Mon., 7 p.m. Jaquith Public Library, 122 School St., Marshfield. 426-3581. email@example.com. marshfield.lib.vt.us.
Main Street Middle School Poetry Reading.6th grade MSMS poets will be reading poetry in conjunction with Sherry Olson’s poetry class. The theme of the poems will be Adolescence. 1–2 p.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center. 58 Barre St., Montpelier. 223-2518.
Business Wisdom Circle.Monthly networking and mentoring opportunity for women in business or aspiring to be in business. Nominal fee includes light refreshments. Last Tues., 4:30–6:30 p.m. CVCAC Campus, 20 Gable Pl., Barre. Information and registration: 479-9813, firstname.lastname@example.org or vwbc.org.
Montpelier Design Review Committee Meeting.5:30 p.m. City Council Chambers, Montpelier City Hall. 39 Main St., Montpelier. montpelier-vt.org.
Brave Parenting. With local author Krissy Pozatek. Parenting coach and author offers up a “Buddhist inspired guide to raising emotionally resilient children”. 6:30–8 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library. 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 223-3338.
Gary Margolis Reading.Poet Gary Margolis reads from his book Raking the Winter Leaves. 7 p.m. Bear Pond Books. 77 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 229-0774. email@example.com. bearpondbooks.com.
Waterbury Historical Society Annual Meeting.Paul Carnahan, librarian of the Vermont Historical Society, will talk about how to research your house. Meeting 7 p.m.; program 7:30 p.m. American Legion Post. 16 Stowe St., Waterbury. 244-8089.
Bereavement/Grief Support Group. Open to anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one. 10–11:30 a.m. Conference Center. 600 Granger Road, Berlin, VT 05602. Free. 223-1878.
Lunch N’ Learn.Michael Krause, PhD, Norwich University Class of 1964, educator, security specialist and former soldier, will present Decisions for War in 1914. Light lunch provided. Noon–1 p.m. Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University. 158 Harmon Dr., Northfield. Free. 485-2183. SMHC@norwich.edu. norwich.edu/museum.
Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie, Under the Surface. First of two film programs. This segment includes the labor wars, eugenics experiments, the McCarthy era, and other important phases of Vermont history. 1:30 p.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. Free for members; $5 suggested donation for non-members. 454-1234. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Play with Scratch!Children will be learning how to program their own interactive stories and animations using an online program called Scratch. For 4th–6th grades. 3 p.m. Waterbury Public Library. 28 N. Main St., Waterbury. Free. Register: 244-7036. waterburypubliclibrary.com.
PoemCity: Kin/Lake Studies.UVM Professor and poet Daniel Lusk reads from his books Kin and Lake Studies: Meditations on Lake Champlain. 7 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library. 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 223-3338. kellogghubbard.org.
MBAC Meeting. Meeting of the Montpelier Bicycle Advisory Committee. First Thurs., 8 a.m. Police Station Community Room, 534 Washington St., Montpelier. 262-6273.
March for Health & Dignity and Day of Action. Keep government on track toward universal healthcare, work with dignity, a healthy environment and more. A celebration of our families, our communities and our strength as a people’s movement. Family-friendly, with music, art and kid-friendly activities. Presented by Vermont Workers’ Center and partners. Noon. State House Lawn. Montpelier.
New Parents Workshop Series: Honoring Your Birth Story & Birth Healing.New Parents Workshop Series is intended for expecting parents and parents of infants less than 1 year of age. Space is limited. 6–8 p.m. Good Beginnings. 174 River St., Montpelier. Free. RSVP: 595-7953. email@example.com.
Diabetes Support Group. First Thurs., 7–8 p.m. Conference room 3, Central Vermont Medical Center. 371-4152.
Powerful Poems and Decadent Desserts.Select poems from those on display during Randolph’s PoemTown month will read their poems. Homemade desserts will be available. 7 p.m. Chandler’s Upper Gallery. 71-73 Main St., Randolph. Free. 728-9878.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Practice of Prayer. Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel, Buddhist author of The Power of an Open Question: The Buddha’s Path to Freedom, will give a public talk followed by a book signing. 7 p.m. Unitarian Church. 130 Main St., Montpelier. Free; donations accepted. 333-4521. email@example.com.
National Federation of the Blind, Montpelier Chapter. First Sat. Lane Shops community room, 1 Mechanic St., Montpelier. 229-0093.
Marshfield Green-Up Day.Bring all trash, metal and tires to the Marshfield Town Garage. 8 a.m.–Noon. Marshfield Town Garage. 122 School St., Marshfield. 426-3849.
Orchard Valley Waldorf School’s 8th Annual Sweet ‘N Savory All-You-Can-Eat Pie Breakfast. Fundraiser benefiting Orchard Valley Waldorf School. 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. $8; $30 family; children under 5 free. Christ Episcopal Church. 64 State St., Montpelier. 802-456-7400. ovws.org.
Capital City Farmers Market.35 vendors selling produce, meats, cheeses, prepared foods, crafts and more.9 a.m.–1 p.m. 60 State St., corner of Elm and State. Montpelier. 223-2958. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hike Moscow with Green Mountain Club Montpelier.Moderate. 10+/- miles. Cotton Brook loop trail. Contact Leader Phyllis for meeting time location: 223-0020. phyllis@PhyllisRubensteinLaw.comcastbiz.net.