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THURSDAY, APRIL 16

The Trinity Community Thrift Store Spring Sale. Apr. 15–18. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Trinity Church, 137 Main St., Montpelier. 229-9155.

Inventing Ethan Allen. A look at Ethan Allen’s 200-year status as the most famous figure in Vermont’s past. Part of Third Thursday Lunch Series. Noon. Vermont History Museum, 109 State St., Montpelier. Free. 828-2180. vermonthistory.org/calendar.

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.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers. Caring for a family member or friend can be challenging whether in your home, locally or at a distance. This program provides family caregivers with the tools needed to care for themselves while caring for others. Designed as a multi-week series starting Apr. 16. 2–3:30 p.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. $30 suggested donation for materials. Pre-registration required: 479-2681.

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.

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.

Pacem School’s Annual Showcase of the Arts. Featuring student production of “An African American Folktale” and fine art produced by students aged 10–18. 6–8 p.m. Pacem School, 32 College St., Montpelier. 223-1010.

Poetry Open Mic for Children. With Nicole Westbom. For children ages 5+. Meet at the children’s library with your poems. 6 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 223-3338. kellogghubbard.org. poem-city.org.

Wild-craft Your Artwork: Participating with the Living Landscape. Nick shares perspective on his journey of “rewilding” his approach to making artwork. 6 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 223-3338.

Poet Laureate Sydney Lea. Lea will read from his collection of poems and essays to be published later this year. 6:30 p.m. Waterbury Public Library temporary location, 30 Foundry St., Waterbury. Free. waterburypubliclibrary.com.

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, APRIL 17

The Trinity Community Thrift Store Spring Sale. Apr. 15–18. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Trinity Church, 137 Main St., Montpelier. 229-9155.

Rummage, Craft and Baked Goods Sale. Purchase household items, clothing, small furniture and appliances, toys, books and more. Higher end items and handmade crafts in our boutique area. All proceeds support the senior center. Apr. 17, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Apr. 18, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. 223-2518.

Aldrich Public Library Spring Book Sale. Thousands of gently used books, videos, audio books and more for all ages at rock bottom prices. Noon–5 p.m. Aldrich Public Library, 6 Washington St., Barre. 476-7550.

Courting the Muse: Generating Poems. With Kate Fetherston. Prompts include art, music, movement, objects or working from the poems of other writers. 1 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 223-3338.         kellogghubbard.org. poem-city.org.

Cancer Journey Discoveries: A Storytelling Event. Cancer stories can heal, inspire and illuminate. 7–9 p.m. North Branch Café, 41 State St., Montpelier. Free. To share your story at this event contact Sherry: 272-2736 or info@vcsn.net.

Italian Traditional Village Dance. Learn traditional Italian village dances. No partners or previous experience necessary. 7–10 p.m. Middlesex Town Hall, 5 Church St., Middlesex. Free; donations accepted. 793-2624. dance@italianvillagedance.com.

Graphic Design Thesis Exhibit Reception. WOVEN is an exhibition of graduating student design work. 7:30–9 p.m. Vermont College of Fine Arts, College Hall Gallery, College St., Montpelier. Free. 828-8600. vcfa.edu.

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 18

Walk Adamant with Green Mountain Club. Easy. 5 miles. Walk around Sodom Pond. Contact Mary S. at 505-0603 or Mary G at 622-0585 for meeting time and place.

The 28th annual Vermont State Scholastic Chess Championships. Vermont students from grades K–12 are eligible to compete for State Championships in nine divisions. The tournament will be USCF rated and follow USCF rules. Swiss pairing will be used, so all players will play every round (no eliminations.) All abilities are welcome and encouraged to participate. Registration 8:30–9:30 a.m.; games begin 10 a.m. For complete rules and to register: 223-1948. mike@vtchess.info. vtchess.info.

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.

Rummage, Craft and Baked Goods Sale. Purchase household items, clothing, small furniture and appliances, toys, books and more. Higher end items and handmade crafts in our boutique area. All proceeds support the senior center. Apr. 17, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Apr. 18, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. 223-2518.

Aldrich Public Library Spring Book Sale. Thousands of gently used books, videos, audio books and more for all ages at rock bottom prices. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Aldrich Public Library, 6 Washington St., Barre. 476-7550.

The Trinity Community Thrift Store Spring Sale. Apr. 15–18. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Trinity Church, 137 Main St., Montpelier. 229-9155.

Art & Poetry: The Wisdom of Plants and Seeds. Elizabeth W. Robechek will present her books-as-art featuring poetry that illuminates human existence. 1 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 223-3338. kellogghubbard.org. poem-city.org.

Hands-on Book Making. Elizabeth W. Robechek will lead a brief book-making playshop where participants can play, as opposed to work, with materials to create a personal, one-page book. Materials will be provided. For children ages 8+ with adult supervision and adults of all ages. 2–3:30 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. Pre-registration required: 223-3338. kellogghubbard.org. poem-city.org.

A Year in the Life of Tidal Marsh Sparrows. With Alyssa Borowske who is about to receive her doctorate in the field of ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Connecticut. 6–7:30 p.m. Aldrich Public Library, 6 Washington St., Barre. Free. 476-7550. aldrichpubliclibrary@gmail.com. aldrichpubliclibrary.org.

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 19

Walk Stowe with Green Mountain Club. Moderate. Approximately 10 miles round trip on the paved Stowe Bike Path. Contact Michael for meeting time and place: 249-0520, chernick5@comcast.net.

LGBTQ-Related Service. The service at the Unitarian Church will center on issues related to LGBTQ news stories of the past year, with music, reflections and a special story for children. 10–11 a.m. Unitarian Church, 130 Main St., Montpelier. Free. elliep@pshift.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 alyson@suncatchervt.com.

 

MONDAY, APRIL 20

SASH Mental Health Vital Signs Presentation. Brain memory games. SASH coordinates care with patients’ physicians to help adults stay safely at home regardless of their age or residential setting. 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Twin Valley Senior Center, Blueberry Commons, Rte. 2, E. Montpelier. 223-3322.

Bereavement/Grief Support Group. Open to anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one. 6-7:30 p.m. Conference Center.  600 Granger Road, Berlin. Free. 223-1878.

Plainfield Book Club. Third Mon., 7–8:30 p.m. Cutler Memorial Library, 151 High St. (Rte. 2), Plainfield. Free. 454-8504. cutlerlibrary.org. Our book club page on-line: cutlerlibrary.org/resources/bookclub.

Readers Theater: “Our Dream Deferred: Past, Present and Future.” A play by Sue Morris that features the words of African American poets. The running theme throughout the play is “A Dream Deferred” by Langston Hughes. Discussion of racism will follow. 7 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 223-3338. kellogghubbard.org. poem-city.org.

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 21

LGBTQA Older Adults. For those looking to build your LGBT community, have some fun, educate others, advocate for recognition and social justice, and create a new local LGBT resource. Seeking dedicated people to join a core committee to help structure and plan social, educational and social justice advocacy events for the LGBT community in this area. 1–2 p.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. 860-7812. jean@pridecentervt.org.

Intergenerational Bingo. Play a fun game of bingo with the kids from the Montpelier Recreation Department’s April vacation camp. No cash prizes, just fun! 1:30–2:30 p.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. Free. 223-2518.

Author Reading: Kayla Williams. The Norwich University Writers Series continues with Iraq War veteran and memoirist, Kayla Williams, author of “Plenty of Time When We Get Home: Love & Recovery in the Aftermath of War” and “Love My Rifle More than You: Young & Female in the U.S. Army.” 4 p.m. Norwich University, Chaplin Hall Gallery, 158 Harmon Dr., Northfield.

Vermont Playwrights Circle. Up to three authors can bring up to 20 pages each to share and get feedback on. All are welcome to come and listen/critique — actors, audience, authors with or without a scene to share. Third Tues., 6:30 p.m. Institute for Professional Practice, 2096 Airport Rd., Berlin. RSVP if you have work to share: rstrauss@ipp.org. vermontplaywrightscircle.org.

Native Pollinators and Your Gardens. With Susan Sawyer. This illustrated talk will survey many pollinators — including bees, flies, wasps, beetles and butterflies — and give strategies to conserve, attract and encourage native pollinators. Part of Natural Marshfield: A Series about the Local Environment. 7 p.m. Jaquith Public Library, 122 School St., Marshfield. Free. 426-3581. jaquithpubliclibrary.org.

Washington County Stamp Club. The April program is the semi-annual member auction — stamps, postal history, picture postcards and ephemera available. 7 p.m. First Baptist Church, 3 St. Paul St., Montpelier. Free; open to the public. 223-2953. edsbobnan9@myfairpoint.net.

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22

Celebrate Earth Day at the Coop. Raffles, prizes, kids gardening and face painting, demos from local vendors, bike tune-ups, discounts. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Hunger Mountain Coop, 623 Stone Cutters Way, Montpelier. 223-8000. hungermountain.coop.

Screening of Dinosaur Train: Classic in the Jurassic. Special screening of the PBS program. Craft activity follows. 10:30 a.m. Jaquith Public Library, 122 School St., Marshfield. Free. 426-3581. jaquithpubliclibrary.org.

Ingmar Bergman’s “Winter Light.” 1963 film of a priest who grapples with loss of faith. Part of the Masters of International Cinema Series with Rick Winston. An Osher Lifelong Learning Institute program. 12:30–2:30 p.m. Savoy Theater, 26 Main St., Montpelier. Donation. pdaggett@myfairpoint.net.

Coffee with a Cop at Bagitos. Chat with several officers of the Montpelier Police Department, ask them questions, make suggestions or just say hello. 4:30–6 p.m. Bagitos, 28 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 229-9212. bagitos.com.

Revisiting Wabanaki Agriculture III: The Ceremony. Presentation with Frederick M. Wiseman, Ph.D. and the Voices of the Koas Singers. Prof. Wiseman has pursued a decades-long quest to understand ancient Wabanaki agricultural ceremony, and work with Vermont’s state recognized Native American tribes to put the fragmented remains of ceremony back together for their cultural revitalization. Joining Professor Wiseman will the Voices of the Koas, an all-woman group of educators who teach Abenaki culture and history through dance and song. 5:30–7:30 p.m. Vermont Archaeology Heritage Center, 60 Washington St., Barre.

Punctuation and Poetry. With Brett Cox. Can you punctuate poems any way you want? Sure. But should you? 7 p.m. Local 64, 5 State St., 2F, Montpelier. Not wheelchair accessible. Free. Kellogg-Hubbard Library: 223-3338. poem-city.org.

“Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies.” Panel discussion to follow the film. Free literature will also be available at the screening. 7 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. vista@kellogghubbard.org.

Woodcock Watch. Listen and watch for the dramatic courtship flight of the American Woodcock, a sandpiper which nests along the North Branch. 7:30 p.m. North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm St., Montpelier. $5 members; $10 non-members. 229-6206. northbranchnaturecenter.org.

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 23

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.

Falling Away. Moving beyond western constructs of self and psychotherapy. A free talk by Robert Kest, Ph.D. 6–7:30 p.m. Hunger Mountain Coop, 623 Stone Cutters Way, Montpelier. Free. 229-6989. ryokan@juno.com.

PoemCity Crostic Construction. With Rick Winston. A crostic is a type of word puzzle, related to crossword puzzles, in two parts. 7 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 223-3338. kellogghubbard.org. poem-city.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.

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 24

Brown Bag Poetry: Open Mic. Bring your lunch and read your poetry or that of your favorite poets. Noon. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 223-3338. kellogghubbard.org. poem-city.org.

Zen Poetry. Walt Ward will guide poem-writing exercises combining visualization with assonance, consonance and alliteration.  1:30 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 223-3338. kellogghubbard.org. poem-city.org.

Central Vermont Quilt Show. Enjoy quilts, door prizes, raffles, free demos and vendors. Star blocks collected for donation quilts. Apr. 24, 2–7 p.m.; Apr. 25, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Old Labor Hall, 46 Granite St., Barre. $5. centralvermontquiltshow.com.

Turkey Take-out Dinner. Turkey and  gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, vegetable, rolls, cranberry sauce and dessert. 4–6 p.m. Waterbury Center Community Church, Rte. 100 (next to Cold Hollow Cider Mill), Waterbury Center. $9. Reservations required: 244-8089.

Spring Poetry Slam. Check out the area’s first non-pub poetry slam with host Geof Hewitt. 6 p.m. Aldrich Public Library, 6 Washington St., Barre. Free. 433-1706. aldrichpubliclibrary@gmail.com. aldrichpubliclibrary.org.

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 25

Hike Groton with Green Mountain Club. Moderate, 5.4-mile loop. Peacham Bog in Groton State Park. Trail offers two opportunities to view the bog with its unique vegetation, as well as opportunities to identify spring wildflowers in the woods. Contact a leader for meeting time and place. Phyllis: 223-0020, phyllis@phyllisrubensteinlaw.comcastbiz.net. Charlene: 229-9908, charlenebohl@comcast.net.

Central Vermont Quilt Show. Enjoy quilts, door prizes, raffles, free demos and vendors. Star blocks collected for donation quilts. Apr. 24, 2–7 p.m.; Apr. 25, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Old Labor Hall, 46 Granite St., Barre. $5. centralvermontquiltshow.com.

Animals Masks.  With Janice Walrafen. Create wearable 3-D animal masks with poster board and colorful acrylic paints. Then come join us for the All Species Day Parade on May 3. 9:30 a.m.–noon. Jaquith Public Library, 122 School St., Marshfield. $4 materials fee. Space limited to 15 participants; sign-up by Apr. 20. Children under 6 must be accompanied by adult. 426-3581. jaquithpubliclibrary.org.

Tai Chi, Qi Gong. Celebrate World Tai Chi, Qi Gong Day. Tai Chi certified instructors will be present — watch them or join in. 9:30 a.m.–noon. Twin Valley Senior Center, Blueberry Commons, Rte. 2, E. Montpelier.

Capital City Indoor Farmers Market. Featuring over 30 farmers, food producers and craftspeople. This is the season’s last indoor market. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Montpelier High School cafeteria, 5 High School Dr., Montpelier. manager@montpelierfarmersmarket.com. capitalcityfarmersmarket.com.

Norwich University 99th anniversary JROTC 5K Fun Run. Global effort by JROTC to break the Guinness World Record for the most participants in a 5K run at multiple locations. Check-in begins 10:30 a.m.; race starts at noon. Norwich University, Shapiro House, 158 Harmon Dr., Northfield. Free. Pre-registration required. 485-2004. cdavison@norwich.edu. jrotc5krun.com/

Ready…Set…Go! Free pizza and game fun for dads and kids. Plenty of games and prizes. 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Plainfield Recreational Field, Recreation Field Rd., Plainfield. Free. 595-7953. gbcv91@gmail.com. facebook.com/events/1083746934975504/

Open Barn and Field Day. Family-friendly fun featuring pony rides (up to age 14), riding demos, a grooming station, games, raffle, prizes, food, music, arts and crafts, hayrides, an animated Kids’ Korner and a pony parade. Proceeds benefit Vermont Horse-Assisted Therapy, Inc. Noon–5 p.m. Pease Farm Stable, 307 Culver Hill Rd., Middlesex. Free admission. info@vhat.org. vhat.org.

Card Catalogue Poetry for Kids. Join librarian Nicole Westbom for a fun time writing poems with cards from the retired card catalog. 1 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 223-3338. kellogghubbard.org. poem-city.org.

Maple Poems and Stories. Readings of maple-related prose and verse during the St. Johnsbury World Maple Festival. 1:30–3 p.m. Boxcar & Caboose Bookshop Café, 394 Railroad St., St. Johnsbury. Free. 751-5432. brookequillen@yahoo.com.

The Great American Poets: Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin et al. Jim and Catherine sing the artists’ songs and ask the audience to identify the song. 1:30 p.m. Westview Meadows, 171 Westview Meadows Rd., Montpelier. Free. Kellogg-Hubbard Library: 223-3338. poem-city.org.

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 26

Take-Out or Eat-In Dinner. Ham, macaroni and cheese dinner. Benefits the TVSC Meals on Wheels program. Twin Valley Senior Center, Blueberry Commons, Rte. 2, E. Montpelier. $10. By reservation: 223-6954.

Orchard Valley Waldorf School Spring Gala & Silent Benefit Auction. Hors d’oeuvres, wine and spirits tastings, music and theater by students, alumni and faculty. All proceeds benefit the OVWS accessible-to-all tuition program. Adults only please. 5–7:30 p.m. Inn at Montpelier, 147 Main St., Montpelier. $20 advance; $25 at door. ovws.org/tickets.

 

MONDAY, APRIL 27

Vermont History Through Song. Dressed in period costume, Ms. Radtke takes listeners through state history, using local songs. 1:30 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 223-3338. kellogghubbard.org. poem-city.org.

Author Talk: Amy Belding Brown. Brown discusses her book “Flight of the Sparrow: A Novel of Early America.” 7–8 p.m. Royalton Memorial Library, 23 Alexander Pl., S. Royalton. Free. 763-7094.

Monthly Book Group for Adults. Join us for the Jaquith book group. For copies of the book, please stop by the library. New members are always welcome. Fourth Mon. through May, 7 p.m. Jaquith Public Library, 122 School St., Marshfield. 426-3581. jaquithpubliclibrary@gmail.com. jaquithpubliclibrary.org.

NAMI Vermont Family Support Group. Support group for families and friends of individuals living with mental illness. Fourth Mon., 7 p.m. Central Vermont Medical Center, room 3, Berlin. 800-639-6480 or namivt.org.

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 28

Hunger Mountain Children’s Center Community Pizza Fundraiser. Displaced by Hurricane Irene, help HMCC move back downtown. All dine-in and take-out orders at Blue Stone will help benefit HMCC. Mention you’re there to support HMCC and receive a special gift.11:30 a.m.–9:30 p.m. The Blue Stone, 13 Stowe St., Waterbury. 244-5544. hungermountaincc@gmail.com. facebook.com/events/1416284138678161/

CSI Symposium 2015. Field experts come to Norwich for two days of live presentations about many aspects of crime scene investigation. Apr. 28, 5–7 p.m.; Apr. 29, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Norwich University, Dole Auditorium and Webb Hall, 158 Harmon Dr., Northfield. Free. 485-2455. inielsen@norwich.edu. libarts.norwich.edu/csi-symposium/

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.

Carbon Risk Forum. A forum to discuss the moral and financial imperative of divesting Vermont’s pension funds from fossil fuels. Presented by 350Vt.org and Vermont chapter of Sierra Club. 6:30–8 p.m. Unitarian Church, 130 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 941-321-9430. jillian@350vt.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.

Poetry Reading: Steve Cramer and Neil Shepard. Book signing follows. Light snacks served. 7 p.m. Bear Pond Books, 77 Main St., Montpelier. Free. poem-city.org.

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29

CSI Symposium 2015. Field experts come to Norwich for two days of live presentations about many aspects of crime scene investigation. Apr. 28, 5–7 p.m.; Apr. 29, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Norwich University, Dole Auditorium and Webb Hall, 158 Harmon Dr., Northfield. Free. 485-2455. inielsen@norwich.edu. libarts.norwich.edu/csi-symposium/

Intergenerational Poetry Reading. Pacem School students and seniors share poems written with the prompt “under the snow pile.” 10–11 a.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. poem-city.org.

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. Free. 223-1878.

Frederico Fellini’s “The White Sheik.” Fellini’s first solo-directed film from 1952. Part of the Masters of International Cinema Series with Rick Winston. An Osher Lifelong Learning Institute program. 12:30–2:30 p.m. Savoy Theater, 26 Main St., Montpelier. Donation. pdaggett@myfairpoint.net.

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.

Going Ape. PFS and In Your Face Gorilla Productions prevention presentation through peer-to-peer performance art. 7 p.m. Valley Players Theater, 4254 Main St., Waitsfield. Free. 229-9151. jboyer@wcysb.org. chartman@wcysb.org.

Bicycle Maintenance. With Anne Miller and friends. Tune up your bike for spring. 7 p.m. Jaquith Public Library, 122 School St., Marshfield. Free. 426-3581. jaquithpubliclibrary.org.

Waterbury Historical Society Meeting. Brian Lindner talks about how the 10th Mountain Division (American ski troops) was the key to the defeat of German forces in Italy during World War II. 7 p.m. St. Leo’s Hall, S. Main St., Waterbury.

Chickadee Chaps & Broads Presents Broads & Chaps! A chapbooks launch and an introduction of the winner of the third annual Poetry Broadside. 7 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 223-3338. kellogghubbard.org. poem-city.org.

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 30

Poem in Your Pocket Day. Free poems at the library, Welcome Center in Montpelier and on the GMTA busses. All day. poem-city.org.

The Future of School Community Forum. Community forum about school change initiatives and learning opportunities. Hosted by Montpelier Public Schools. 6–8 p.m. Montpelier High School library, 5 High School Dr., Montpelier.

Sneak Preview Screening of “Peter and John.” New film by Jay Craven based on the novel by Guy de Maupassant. Surprise guests. 7 p.m. Bethany Church, 115 Main St., Montpelier. Adults $12; seniors $10; students $5. $25 donation includes reception at 5:30 p.m. 748-2600.

 

FRIDAY, MAY 1

Democracy at a Crossroads. The time is now to put people first. May Day march and rally. 11:30 a.m. Meet at City Hall, 39 Main St., Montpelier. For more information: matt@workerscenter.org.

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, Rte. 2, Blueberry Commons, E. Montpelier. Bring your own lunch or eat at the center for $4. 223-3322.

Poetry Reading and Art Walk. Poet and photographer Roger Weingarten will exhibit his photos and read his poems. Exhibit 4:30–8 p.m.; reading 6:30–7 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 223-3338. kellogghubbard.org. poem-city.org.

“The Order of the Trees” Book Launch and Party. Join local teacher and author Katy Farber on the publication date of her first middle grade/young adult novel. Hear about the book, have some treats, a few surprises and maybe a trip to the woods in honor of the spirit of the book. 5–6:30 p.m. Rumney Memorial School, 433 Shady Rill Rd., Middlesex. Free. katyfarber@gmail.com. katyfarber.com.

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.

Contra Dance at Capital City Grange. Perpetual e-Motion with Will Mentor. A benefit dance celebrating 100 years of the Capital City Grange. 8–11 p.m. Capital City Grange, 6612 VT Rte. 12, Berlin. Sliding scale $10–25. 229-9425. capitalcitygrange.org.

 

SATURDAY, MAY 2

Green Up Day. Montpelier: bags are picked up at the Green Up Day registration table at Capital City Farmer’s Market and full bags can be left curbside for DPW to pick up. 223-9604. director@montpelieralive.org. For more details and contact information for the Green Up Day coordinator in your area: greenupvermont.org.

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

All-You-Can-Eat Sweet ‘n Savory Pie Breakfast. Enjoy all the pie you can eat at this ever-popular annual Orchard Valley Waldorf School event. 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Trinity United Methodist Church, 137 Main St., Montpelier. Adults $8; family $30; kids 5 and under free. 456-7400. orchardvalley@ovws.org. ovws.org.

Onion River Sports Bike Swap. Dig your old bikes out of the garage, basement, shed or yard, get them all cleaned up, and bring them to Onion River Sports for the Annual Bike Swap. ORS will accept bikes Apr. 27 through May 1. They will help you price your bike when they sell it for you on the day of the swap. Used trailers, tag-a-longs, unicycles, balance bikes and jogging strollers are also accepted. Swap your quality used gear for a check or store credit. 9 a.m.–noon. Onion River Sports, 20 Langdon St., Montpelier. onionriver.com/bikeswap/

Opening Day of the Capital City Farmers Market. 50+ vendors with new farmers, breakfast, lunch, sweet treats, fine crafts and artisan goods. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. 60 State St., Montpelier. montpelierfarmersmarket.com.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection. Held by Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District. 9 a.m.–1 p.m.  Barre Town Garage, 129 Websterville Rd., Barre. $15 per carload for district residents; $75 per carload for residents of a non-member town. Businesses must pre-register. 229-9383 ext. 105. cvswmd.org.

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.

9th annual People’s Health and Wellness Clinic Bowl-A-Thon. Form a team and register! All ages and skills welcome. Teams ideally consist of five members and are asked to raise a minimum of $50 each, for a team total of $250. Prizes, 50/50 raffle, surprise drawings. All proceeds go directly to clinic services. 1–3 p.m. Twin City Family Fun Center, 302 Berlin St., Barre. Register: 479-1229 or download form at phwcvt.org.

Osteoporosis Education and Support Group. For those who have been diagnosed with osteoporosis or osteopenia, have a family member who has been diagnosed or want to learn about osteoporosis. 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.

Montbeerlier. 6th annual outdoor event featuring an array of casks and special beer, live music and food. Hosted by Three Penny Taproom. Ages 21+. 3–9 p.m. Langdon St., Montpelier. Free admission. 223-8277.

 

SUNDAY, MAY 3

Hike Waterbury with Green Mountain Club. Easy. Approximately five miles round trip. Visit Little River State Park before it’s open; no fees. Hike Stevenson Brook and Dalley Loop trails. Contact leader Ken for meeting time and place: hertzkj@gmail.com.

March for Babies. A walk to raise funds and awareness for premature babies and expectant mothers. 8 a.m.–noon. Montpelier High School, 5 High School Dr., Montpelier. Register: marchforbabies.org.

All Species Day. Come dressed as your favorite species! Noon: Awaking the Spring goddess, spring play at the Old Shelter and arrival of the Stag King, Hubbard Park soccer field. 1:15 p.m.: Parade line-up at the main gate Winter St. entrance of Hubbard Park. Parade to State House via Spring, Main and State streets. 2:30 p.m.: Birth of Spring pageant, flower children’s dances and maypole dances on State House Lawn. Montpelier. alltogethernowvt.org/seasonal-celebrations/all-species-day

Dowsing Workshop. Hands-on workshop with master dowser Ray Machell. 2–4 p.m. Aldrich Public Library, 6 Washington St., Barre. Free. 476-7550. jeanne@aldrichpubliclibrary.org. aldrichpubliclibrary.org.

 

MONDAY, MAY 4

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.

Bereavement/Grief Support Group. Open to anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one. 6-7:30 p.m. Conference Center.  600 Granger Road, Berlin. Free. 223-1878.

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.

 

TUESDAY, MAY 5

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

Senior Success Series. Series of presentations on topics important to seniors including food and fuel assistance, Medicare, long term care options, caregiver support, transportation, end of life planning and volunteer opportunities. May 5 topic is food and fuel assistance. Every Tues. May 5–June 16, 1–2:30 p.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. 223-2518.

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.

Kick-off Party for the Walk for Animals. Information will be provided on how to maximize your fundraising efforts in preparation for the June 6 CVHS Walk for Animals. All are welcome. 8 p.m. Central Vermont Humane Society, 1589 Rte. 14 S., E. Montpelier. centralvermonthumane.org.

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 6

Blood Pressure Clinic. Hosted by SASH. A nurse will provide blood pressure parameters and healthy lifestyle tips. First come, first served. 9 a.m.–noon. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. Free. 223-2518.

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

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, MAY 7

History Road Walk with Green Mountain Club. Montpelier and East Montpelier. Easy, 4–6 miles along the Winooski River Valley to sites of several commercial buildings and utility plants. View pictures of the buildings as they existed years ago, along with a tour of an operating hydro plant. Contact Manny for meeting time and place: 622-0585.

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

Ron Krupp on Woodchuck Gardening. Krupp discusses his new book “The Woodchuck Returns to Gardening.” The book is rooted in organic methods and travels into the world of vegetables, berries and fruits. 6:30 p.m. Waterbury Public Library, 30 Foundry St., Waterbury. Free. 244-7036.

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

 

FRIDAY, MAY 8

Community Church Tag Sale. Collectibles, kitchenware, books, toys, homemade crafts and more. May 8, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; May 9, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Waterbury Center Community Church, Rte. 100 (next to Cold Hollow Cider Mill), Waterbury Center.

 

SATURDAY, MAY 9

23rd annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive. Place your non-perishable food items in a bag at your mailbox in the morning and your letter carrier will pick them up.  If you do not have a letter carrier, just take your items to your post office and ask that they accept them for a nearby food pantry.  Please do not include any outdated items. nalc.org/community-service/food-drive

Green Mountain Club Work Hike. Duxbury. All abilities. 3–4 miles round trip. Spring walk-thru on the Long Trail to Bamforth Ridge Shelter. Bring lunch. Wear sturdy boots, work clothes and gloves. 8 a.m. Meet at Montpelier High School, 5 High School Dr., Montpelier. Fred: 223-3935. trails@gmcmontpelier.org.

Overeaters Anonymous. Twelve-step program for physically, emotionally and spiritually overcoming overeating. Two meeting days and locations. Second Sat., 8:30–9:30 a.m. at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 39 Washington St., Barre. 249-3970.

Living with Alzheimer’s: For Late Stage Caregivers. Hear from caregivers and professionals about resources, monitoring care and providing meaningful connections for the person with late stage Alzheimer’s and their families. 9 a.m.–noon. Your local Vermont Interactive Technology site at Vermont Department of Labor, 5 Green Mountain Dr., Montpelier. Free. vitlink.org.

Community Church Tag Sale. Collectibles, kitchenware, books, toys, homemade crafts more. May 8, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; May 9, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Waterbury Center Community Church, Rte. 100 (next to Cold Hollow Cider Mill), Waterbury Center.