Upcoming Events

NOV. 20

The Trinity Community Thrift Store Sale, Nov. 19–22. Christmas in November sale. For every $5 spent on clothing, receive one item of free clothing. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 137 Main St., Montpelier. 229-9155.

Green Mountain Care Board Public Meeting. Independent physician report.  1–4 p.m. GMCB Board Room, City Center, 89 Main St., 2F, Montpelier. gmcboard.vermont.gov.

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.

Healthy Soil: Healthy Plants: Healthy People. With Nicko Rubin of East Hill Tree Farm. Discussion of how to create healthier soil to create the healthiest plants possible. 6–7:45 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 223-3338. vista@kellogghubbard.org. 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.

Vermont Playwright’s Circle. Open to writers, actors and the simply curious. 6:30–9 p.m. North Branch Café, 41 State St., Montpelier. Free. vermontplaywrightscircle.org.

Prayer Meeting and Worship Service. First and third Thurs. through Dec., 7 p.m. Jabbok Encounter Ministries. 8 Daniel Dr., Barre. 479-0302

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.

Film Screening: Black Natchez. A screening of renowned documentary filmmaker Ed Pincus’s 1967 film Black Natchez. His widow, Jane, will conduct a Q&A after the movie. 7 p.m. Warren Library, 413 Main St., Warren. Free. 496-3656. programs@warrenlibrary.com.

 

NOV. 21

CVCOA Chats. Do you have questions about health insurance or other senior services? Sarah Willhoit, information and assistance specialist with Central Vermont Council on Aging, is available to chat by appointment. 9 a.m.–noon. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. Call Sarah for appointment: 479-4400.

The Trinity Community Thrift Store Sale, Nov. 19–22. Christmas in November sale. For every $5 spent on clothing, receive one item of free clothing. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 137 Main St., Montpelier. 229-9155.

Home Share Now. Linda Macris, new program and outreach assistant with Home Share Now, will be available to discuss the program and answer questions. 10:30 a.m.–noon. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. Call Home Share Now for more info.: 479-8549.

Milarepa Readers Monthly Book Club and Community Pot Luck. November’s book is Black, Baptist, and Buddhist by Jan Willis. We meet monthly to discuss a Buddhist book of choice. Stay after the book club for community bonding. If you can’t make the book club, come to the pot luck! Vegetarian or vegan dishes only please. Book club 5:30 p.m.; pot luck 6:30–7:30 p.m. Milarepa Center, 1344 US Rte. 5 S., Barnet. Free. 633-4136. RSVP: milarepa@milarepacenter.org.

 

NOV. 22

Greensboro Holiday Fair. Local artisans will display candles, jewelry, pottery, note cards, knitted goods, food items, baked goods, wreathes and more. 9 a.m.–2 p.m.; lunch and baked goods benefitting church’s summer camp scholarship program, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Greensboro UCC Church, 165 E. Craftsbury Rd., Greensboro. serrv.org.

Craft and Food Bazaar. Featuring locally produced handcrafts, gifts from the kitchen, gifts for bird and pet lovers, kids table with affordably priced gifts and craft kits, vintage treasures. 9 a.m.–3 p.m; lunch available for purchase 11 a.m.–1 p.m. United Church of Northfield, 58 S. Main St., Northfield. 485-8347.

Capital City Thanksgiving Holiday Farmers’ Market. Get local, farm-fresh ingredients for your Thanksgiving feast. Pick up vegetables, fruits, meats, cheeses, maple syrups, baked goods, wreaths and wide variety of local crafts from 48 farmers, food producers and craftspeople. Door prizes. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Montpelier High School, 5 High School Dr., Montpelier. montpelierfarmersmarket.com.

The Trinity Community Thrift Store Sale, Nov. 19–22. Christmas in November sale. For every $5 spent on clothing, receive one item of free clothing. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 137 Main St., Montpelier. 229-9155.

Kids Creating Music with Bob Brookens. Children sing, dance and play instruments during this lively story hour. For ages 18 months–4 years. 10 a.m. Waterbury Public Library, 28 N. Main St., Waterbury. Free. 244-7036. waterburypubliclibrary.com.

Evening of Abundance with Michael Arnowitt. Hosted by Onion River Exchange. Spend an evening with Michael Arnowitt, dine on pork loin and vegetarian lasagna. Silent suction. This is an evening to showcase the abundance of our community. Members have donated their skills, talents and services to raise funds for the Onion River Exchange time bank through music, cooking, and donations of goods and services. All funds raised will be used to support the Onion River Exchange time bank. 5:30–8 p.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. Adults $30; children $10. Reservations suggested: 552-3040.

Build the Bridge Campaign Kick-Off & Film. Cross Vermont Trail Association presents The Dream Factory Alaska-adventure film to raise funds to build a foot bridge across the Winooski River. Refreshments, cash bar, gear raffle. 6:30 p.m. Vermont of College of Fine Arts chapel, 36 College St., Montpelier. Adults $20; children 16 and under $10; family of four $45. Raffle tickets: $5; four for $20. 498-0079. greg@crossvermont.org. crossvermont.org.

 

NOV. 23

Visionary New Moon Astrology Circle. With astro-mythologist Kelley Hunter. We walk around our birth charts while exploring current planetary cycles. Fun and illuminating! 1–4 p.m. Clothespin Factory, 1 Granite St., Montpelier (near Co-op). $35. Call with birth information in advance: 456-1078. kellhunter@earthlink.net. (See Classified listing on p. 25.)

 

NOV. 24

Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. Noon. Twin Valley Senior Center, Rte. 2, Blueberry Commons, E. Montpelier. Seniors $4 donation; all others $7. 223-3322.

Four Friends Read Poetry. Four different poets will each read for 15 minutes from their current work. Discussion afterwards. 6 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 223-3338. kellogghubbard.org.

The Stone River. Vermont premier of award-winning Italian film based on oral histories collected from Barre granite workers in the 1930s and featuring current central Vermont residents. Followed by reception with the filmmaker. 6:30 p.m. Old Labor Hall, 26 Granite St., Barre. $10. 479-5600. info@oldlaborhall.org. oldlaborhall.org.

Book Discussion: A Farm Wife’s Tale. With author Bette Lambert. 7 p.m. Royalton Memorial Library, 23 Alexander Place, S. Royalton. Free and open to the public. 763-7094.

Jaquith Monthly Book Group for Adults. November’s book is A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra. For copies of the book, please stop by the library. New members are always welcome. 7 p.m.  Jaquith Public Library, 122 School St., Marshfield. Free. 426-3581. 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.

 

NOV. 25

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.

 

NOV. 26

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.

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.

 

NOV. 27 – HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

42nd annual Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Hosted by the Washington County Youth Service Bureau/Boys & Girls Club with support from central Vermont individuals, churches, organizations and businesses. Meal served 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. Bethany Church, 115 Main St., Montpelier. Free. Delivery service available for those who are homebound. Still seeking volunteers for baking pies and cooking turkeys. To schedule delivery, volunteer or to make a donation call 229-9151.

 

NOV. 28

Flannel Friday. Wear your flannel and get fabulous deals in downtown stores. Flannel buttons will be available in a variety of locations. Downtown Montpelier.

Holiday Wagon Rides. Paul Ruta of Black Horse Farm brings his wagon team to downtown Montpelier. Each trip is 15–20 minutes. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Meet at corner of State and Main streets (in front of La Brioche), Montpelier. Free. Event repeats Dec. 6, 13 and 20.

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. 

 

NOV. 29

Barre Holiday Parade. 5:15 p.m. Route begins at Granite Street and proceeds down Main Street, downtown Barre. Tree lighting follows. Still looking for participants to march or “float” in the parade — the more the merrier! If interested in entering as a group, business or organization, contact Yvonne: 476-6700.

 

NOV. 30

Pot Roast Dinner. Take-out or eat-in. Includes vegetables, rolls and vanilla bread pudding. 4–6 p.m. Twin Valley Senior Center, Rte. 2, Blueberry Commons, E. Montpelier. $10. Reservations needed: 223-3322.

 

DEC. 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.

Bereavement/Grief Support Group. Open to anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one. 6–8 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.

 

DEC. 2

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

Library Book Delivery Service. First and third Tues., 1 p.m. See sign-up sheet near office for more info. 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.

 

DEC. 3

Foot Clinic. Please bring clippers, basin, towel, lotion and foot soak soap. Twin Valley Senior Center, Rte. 2, Blueberry Commons, E. Montpelier. Nominal fee. Call CVHHH for morning appointment: 223-1878.

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

Movies About Movies: Scenes from Classic Films that Demystify the Film-Making Process. With Rick Winston, film scholar. Clips from comedies, dramas, romances and thrillers that show what takes place behind the scenes on a movie set. An Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. 1:30 p.m.; doors open 12:30 p.m. for those wishing to have brown-bag lunch together. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. Free for members; $5 suggested donation for non-members. 454-1234. pdaggett@myfairpoint.net.

Central Vermont Adult Basic Education Welcomes Current and Prospective Volunteers. Find out about volunteer opportunities at CVABE in the Waterbury area. This is also a chance for current volunteers to share their experiences and inspire others. 4:30–5:30 p.m. CVABE’s Waterbury Learning Center, 141 S. Main St., Waterbury. 476-4588.

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

Becoming American: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey. Presidential inaugural poet Richard Blanco will discuss identity and belonging. Blanco read at President Obama’s second inauguration, the first Latino, immigrant, and gay writer to have such an honor — and the youngest. Part of Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series. 7 p.m. Unitarian Church, 130 Main St., Montpelier. Free. vermonthumanities.org.

Classic Film Series with Rick Winston and Tom Blachly. 7 p.m. Jaquith Public Library, 122 School St., Marshfield. Free. Call library for film title: 426-3581. jaquithpubliclibrary.org.

 

DEC. 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.

WineChat. Take a guided tour of four distinctive wines in a relaxed, interactive setting. 6–7 p.m. North Branch Café, 41 State St., Montpelier. $12. 552-8105. thenorth-branch.com.

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

Prayer Meeting and Worship Service. First and third Thurs. through Dec.. 7 p.m. Jabbok Encounter Ministries. 8 Daniel Dr., Barre. 479-0302.

 

DEC. 5

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.

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.

DEC. 6

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

Endowment Fund Holiday Craft Fair. Friends of Ainsworth Public Library annual raffle. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Williamstown High School, 120 Hebert St., Williamstown. Free and open to the public; raffle tickets $1 each or six for $5. 433-5887. http://bit.ly/FofAPL.

Holiday Wagon Rides. Paul Ruta of Black Horse Farm brings his wagon team to downtown Montpelier. Each trip is 15–20 minutes. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Meet at corner of State and Main streets (in front of La Brioche), Montpelier. Free. Event repeats Dec. 13 and 20.

Holiday Celebration. Join the staff and students of New England Culinary Institute to decorate cookies to eat or leave out for Santa. Later in the afternoon, Santa comes to downtown Montpelier.  Come meet him and tell him what you’re wishing for Christmas. Fun for the whole family. Cookie decorating 12:30–2 p.m.; holiday program 2–2:30 p.m.; Santa 2:30–4 p.m. City Center, 89 Main St., Montpelier. Free.

Osteoporosis Education and Support Group. Edward Leib, M.D., to present Advances in Osteoporosis Treatment & New Science about Causes of Osteoporosis. 1–3 p.m. Community National Bank, community room, 4811 U.S. Rte. 5, Derby. Free. Registration required: 535-2011. mary@betterbonesnek.org. betterbonesnek.org.

An Evening at the Library. Kellogg-Hubbard library honors award-winning Vermont author Howard Norman. 7 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. $60. 223-3338. kellogghubbard.org. (See article on p. 10 of this issue.)