Upcoming Events

THURSDAY, JAN. 22

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.

Free VSAC Workshops U-32 and Northfield Middle High School. These workshops from Vermont Student Assistance Corps offer guidance on filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and Vermont grant forms. Students and parents can also ask questions and learn about the college financial aid process, including scholarships. Internet access will be available and space is limited. Participants should bring the following: Social Security number; most recent federal tax return; and most recent W-2 or year-end pay stub.  All documentation will be confidential and used solely to fill out individual forms. 5:30 p.m. at U-32, 930 Gallison Hill Rd., Montpelier. By appointment only noon–8 p.m. at Northfield Middle High School, 37 Cross St., Northfield. Call guidance office for appointment: 485-4500. vsac.org.

Green Mountain Care Board Public Meeting. Presentation on the development of standardized edits and payment rules. 1–4 p.m. GMCB Board Room, City Center Building, 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, JAN. 23

Computer Help at MSAC. A local student will be available in the MSAC computer lab to provide free technology assistance to seniors. Call to confirm times. 10:45–11:45 a.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. 223-2518.

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. 

Botswana: A Gift of Life. Part of Naturalist Journeys 2015 Slide Show and Lecture Series. 7–8:30 p.m. Unitarian Church, 130 Main St., Montpelier. $5 donation. 229-6206. info@northbranchnaturecenter.org. northbranchnaturecenter.org.

 

SATURDAY, JAN. 24

Cross-country Ski Bolton with Green Mountain Club. Moderate. Approximately 4 miles. Honey Hollow. Ski a short section of the Catamount Trail and the Honey Hollow Road. Call Steve for meeting time and place: 479-2304.

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

Conversations from the Working Landscape in Cabot. Calley Hastings of Fat Toad Farm and Mari Ormland of Green Mountain Girls Farm and Floating Bridge Food and Farm Coop present “Starting Your Own Business and Organizing a Town Wide Business Cooperative.” Part of a series of exciting, free workshops for local businesses and entrepreneurs presented by the Cabot Agricultural Network and the Cabot Community Association. 10:15 a.m. Cabot Town Hall (Willey Building), 3084 Main St., Cabot. Free. 563-3338. info@rhapsodynaturalfoods.com.

Jaquith Library Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. All volunteers are welcome: library trustees, Friends of the Jaquith Library, program presenters, artists, newsletter designers, shelvers, book processors, circulation desk people and volunteers of all kinds! Come celebrate what it takes to keep the Jaquith Library vibrant, alive, active and growing. We want to honor the work you do for the library. 1 p.m. Jaquith Public Library, 122 School St., Marshfield. 426-3581. jaquithpubliclibrary.org.

 

SUNDAY, JAN. 25

Cross-country Ski Warren with Green Mountain Club. Easy to moderate. Various distances. Relaxed pace. Ole’s Cross Country Ski Center. Mostly open terrain. Bring lunch or purchase at touring center. Meet at Montpelier High School, 5 High School Dr., Montpelier. Fee or season pass. Call Reidun or Andrew for meeting time: 223-3550.

The Waterbury American Legion Post 59 Bingo Fundraiser. Doors open 11 a.m.; quickies noon; regular games 1 p.m. Lunch available. Waterbury American Legion, 16 Stowe St., Waterbury. 244-8404.

Ice on Fire. The bigger-than-life winter festival returns to the open fields at NBNC. Participate in wonderful winter activities including a parade, storytelling, winter games and outdoor theater, and a huge closing bonfire. 2–5 p.m. North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm St., Montpelier. Suggested donation: adults $3; children $1; family $5. 229-6206. northbranchnaturecenter.org.

Twin Valley Senior Center Take-Out or Eat-In Sunday Dinner. Delicious beef stroganoff, noodles, peas, roll and carrot cake. Benefits Meals on Wheels Program for homebound seniors. 4–6 p.m. Twin Valley Senior Center, Rte. 2, Blueberry Commons, E. Montpelier. $10. Reservations required. Susan: 223-6954.

 

MONDAY, JAN. 26

Free VSAC Workshops at Williamstown High School. These workshops from Vermont Student Assistance Corps offer guidance on filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and Vermont grant forms. Students and parents can also ask questions and learn about the college financial aid process, including scholarships. Internet access will be available and space is limited. Participants should bring the following: Social Security number; most recent federal tax return; and most recent W-2 or year-end pay stub.  All documentation will be confidential and used solely to fill out individual forms. 5:30 p.m. Williamstown High School, 120 Hebert Rd., Williamstown. vsac.org.

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.

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., 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, JAN. 27

Vermontivate! Vermontivate! is a nationally recognized community sustainability game designed to bring a sense of hope, fun, collaboration and infinite possibility to the hard work of addressing the climate crisis. Join Vermontivate! Executive Director Kathy Blume to learn more about how to gear up for the 2015 game. 1–2:30 p.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. 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. cvcoa@cvcoa.org. cvcoa.org.

Occupy Central Vermont. Informational event and discussion of the militarization of U.S. police departments with a focus on Vermont. Joseph Ganza (from WGDR) and members of Veterans for Peace are speakers. Music, fun, information, discussion. 6–8 p.m. Bagitos Café, 28 Main St., Montpelier.

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.

What’s Up Your Sleeve, Grandpa? A fun class to learn simple tricks with everyday objects. Rob Mermin presents a hands-on “magic class” for grandparents to impress youngsters. Bring a notebook. 7 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. vista@kellogghubbard.org.

 

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 28

Learn Digital Marketing Secrets to Grow Your Business. Use online videos to market products and services. with Steve Larose, an independent video producer and media consultant. Part of a series of digital marketing workshops sponsored by Montpelier SCORE. 5:30–7 p.m. Aldrich Public Library, Milne Community Room, 6 Washington St., Barre. Free. Register: montpelier.score.org. 828-4422.

Family Play Night. Hosted by The Family Center of Washington County. Light dinner and playgroup for children birth–6. Staff on hand to help parents apply for child care financial assistance, get information about behavior and learning difficulties, child care openings and other Family Center services. 5:30–7:30 p.m. Early Childhood Building, 383 Sherwood Dr., Montpelier. Free. Dori: 262-3292 ext. 122. dorio@fcwcvt.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.

An African Safari: Lions, Elephants, and Giraffes! A safari with the recently retired Director of Youth Services, Grace Greene, and Katie Greene. 7 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. vista@kellogghubbard.org.

 

THURSDAY, JAN. 29

Vermont Historical Society presents Liberty’s First Crisis. Commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., author Charles Slack will present the history behind America’s first challenge to free speech—the Alien and Sedition Acts. In 1798, Vermont Representative Matthew Lyon was jailed for criticizing President John Adams. The story of Lyon’s imprisonment, as well as others who suffered under the Acts, is an important milestone for American civil rights. Two locations and times: Noon at Vermont History Museum, 7 State St., Montpelier; 7 p.m. at Vermont History Center, 60 Washington St., Barre. Free. 828-2180. Vermonthistory.org/calendar.

Green Mountain Care Board Public Meeting. Fiscal year 2015 GMCB budget overview. 1–4 p.m. GMCB Board Room, City Center Building, 89 Main St., 2F, Montpelier. gmcboard.vermont.gov.

Reading and Discussion Group on Climate Change. “This Changes Everything,” a book about global climate change by Naomi Klein, is discussed in three evening sessions (Jan. 29, Feb. 5 and Feb. 12). Discussion leaders are Jay Moore, Rutgers history PhD; Judith Sargent, Goddard MA in social ecology; and possible guests from Vermont’s 350.org. 7 p.m. Jaquith Public Library, 122 School St., Marshfield. Free. 426-3581. jaquithpubliclibrary.org.

Film Screening: Little Jerusalem. In the late 19th century, Jews from villages in rural Lithuania settled in Burlington, Vermont. 7 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. vista@kellogghubbard.org.

 

FRIDAY, JAN. 30

Home Share Now. A representative from Home Share Now will be at an information table to discuss the program and answer questions. 10:30 a.m.–noon. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. MSAC: 223-2518. Home Share Now: 479-8549.

An Introduction to Designing Fliers in GIMP. Learn design concepts and apply them to make your own PR materials in GIMP. 1 p.m. Kellogg-hubbard library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. vista@kellogghubbard.org.

Final Planning Workshop. With the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Vermont. Learn more about  rights, choices and little known alternatives to traditional funeral arrangements. An opportunity to gather your thoughts, explore options and prepare for that inevitable time when we all must face our own or a friend’s mortality while we are still healthy. 1 p.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. Free. 223-8140. mbisbee@myfairpoint.net.

Friends of the Aldrich Library Winter Banquet/Auction. Beef tenderloin dinner, silent and live auctions to benefit library programs. 5:30–8:30 p.m. Barre Elks Lodge, 6 Jefferson St., Barre. $25. 476-7550. aldrichlibrary@charter.net. mkotch731@gmail.com.

Art and Author Night. Art opening of W. Ward’s Tiny Mighty, an exhibit of ink, watercolor, and mixed media with a focus on folklore with futurism. 6–8 p.m.; poetry reading 7 p.m. Jaquith Public Library, 122 School St., Marshfield. Free. 426-3581. jaquithpubliclibrary.org.

Full Moon Snowshoe Hikes. Under a full moon and surrounded by sparkling snow, let’s snowshoe by lunar light! Night activities will illuminate how wildlife survives the long nights of winter.  Snowshoes and hot chocolate provided. 7–8:30 p.m. North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm St., Montpelier. $5 members; $10 non-members. 229-6206. northbranchnaturecenter.org.

Birth Story Corps. Birth is amazing, emotional, evoking. A common thread among us, yet experienced differently by all. Unite for an evening of birth storytelling — come share yours! 7 p.m. Espresso Bueno, 248 N. Main St., Barre. $10 to benefit Good Beginnings of Central Vermont. 595-7953. gbcv91@gmail.com. espressobueno.com/events/

 

SATURDAY, JAN. 31

Friends of the Jaquith Library annual Book Sale. All books $2 or less. Donations welcome prior to Jan. 30. 9 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Jaquith Public Library, Old Schoolhouse Common, 122 School St., Marshfield. 426-3581. jaquithpubliclibrary.org.

Author Reading: “Coming Full Circle.” Author Reading of “Coming Full Circle: One Woman’s Journey through Spiritual Crisis” by Carol L. Noyes. Power Point and refreshments. 10:30 a.m.—noon. Aldrich Public Library, 6 Washington St., Barre. Free; open to the public. 485-7444. caroln1@tds.net. facebook.com/CarolLNoyes.

The Identity Abacus: Frame, Circle and Loop. Three-dimensional metaphor for unified self-awareness as well as an instrument for measuring in a holistic way a range of facets integral to an individual’s sense of identity. A good tool for avoiding stereotyping and stigmatizing. 3–5 p.m. Unitarian Church, Children’s Chapel, 130 Main St., Montpelier. 

 

SUNDAY, FEB. 1

Moonlight Snowshoe with Green Mountain Club. Evening exploration of local trails by moonlight. Bring headlamp. Clear sky backup date: Feb. 2. Meet at 7 p.m. Call leader Jill for details and meeting place: 224-9980. happy.jillaspinall@gmail.com.

 

MONDAY, FEB. 2

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.

 

TUESDAY, FEB. 3

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

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.

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.

 

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 4

Foot Clinic at Twin Valley Senior Center. Call CVHHH to set up an appointment and they will tell you what to bring with you: 223-1878. Twin Valley Senior Center, Rte. 2, E. Montpelier. $15 cash or check to CVHHH.

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.

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

Build a LEGO Winter Village. Even though the library will be closed for regular business, kids in grades 1–4 are welcome to come after school on this early release day and have some fun with LEGOs! 1–3 p.m. Waterbury Public Library, 28 N. Main St., Waterbury. Free. Registration required: 244-7036. waterburypubliclibrary.com.

Central VT Adult Basic Education Welcomes Current and Prospective Volunteers. Find out about volunteer opportunities at CVABE in the Montpelier/Barre area. This is also a chance for current volunteers to share their experiences and inspire others. 4:30–5:30 p.m. CVABE’s Barre Learning Center, 46 Washington St., Barre. Gale: 476-4588.

Learn Digital Marketing Secrets to Grow Your Business. Workshop on social media with Anahi Costa, a marketing professional who works with search engine optimization, search engine marketing, email, social media presence and advertising. Part of a series of digital marketing workshops sponsored by Montpelier SCORE. 5:30–7 p.m. Aldrich Public Library, Milne Community Room, 6 Washington St., Barre. Free. Register: montpelier.score.org. 828-4422.

Business Planning Workshop Series. Learn how to start or expand your small business with experienced business counselors. 6–8 p.m. Capstone Community Action, 20 Gable Pl., Barre. Free. Laura: 477-5176, lsudhoff@capstonevt.org. Margaret: 477-5214, mferguson@capstonevt.org.

Parent Café Workshops. With The Family Center of Washington County. Focused, small group conversations with other parents facilitated by a parent educator from the Family Center. Participants enjoy coffee and dessert while listening to other parents share ideas and approaches to common parenting challenges. 6–8 p.m. Early Childhood Building, 383 Sherwood Dr., Montpelier. Free. Christopher: 262-3292 ext. 115. christopherr@fcwcvt.org.

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

Weatherization Workshop. Explore low-cost ways to improve the efficiency of your home. Weatherization door prizes. 6:30 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. vista@kellogghubbard.org.

Community Cinema: American Denial. Panel discussion after the screening. 7 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. vista@kellogghubbard.org.

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

 

THURSDAY, FEB. 5

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

WinterFest Words: Fun with Acrostic Poetry & Art. Try your hand at acrostic poetry. Acrostics are a fun poetic form that anyone can write! Then use a variety of art materials to illustrate your poem. For ages 8–adult. 6–8 p.m. Waterbury Public Library, 28 N. Main St., Waterbury. Free. 244-7036. waterburypubliclibrary.com.

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

Reading and Discussion Group on Climate Change. “This Changes Everything,” a book about global climate change by Naomi Klein, is discussed in three evening sessions (Jan. 29, Feb. 5 and Feb. 12). Discussion leaders are Jay Moore, Rutgers history PhD; Judith Sargent, Goddard MA in social ecology; and possible guests from Vermont’s 350.org. 7 p.m. Jaquith Public Library, 122 School St., Marshfield. Free. 426-3581. jaquithpubliclibrary.org.

 

FRIDAY, FEB. 6

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.

Naked in Norway: Backpacking Above the Arctic Circle. With Bryan Pfeiffer and Ruth Einstein. Part of Naturalist Journeys 2015 Slide Show and Lecture Series. 7–8:30 p.m. Unitarian Church, 130 Main St., Montpelier. $5 donation. 229-6206. info@northbranchnaturecenter.org. northbranchnaturecenter.org.

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, FEB. 7

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

Snowshoe with Green Mountain Club. Winter Trails Day at Green Mountain Club headquarters. 4711 Waterbury-Stowe Rd., Waterbury Center. 244-7037.

Magic: The Gathering Tournament. An informal tournament every first and third Sat., 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Aldrich Library, Teen Room, 6 Washington St., Barre. Free. 476-7550. aldrichlibrary@gmail.com. aldrichpubliclibrary.org.

Capital City Indoor Farmers Market. Featuring over 30 farmers, food producers and craftspeople. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Montpelier High School cafeteria, 5 High School Dr., Montpelier. manager@montpelierfarmersmarket.com.capitalcityfarmersmarket.com.

Conversations from the Working Landscape in Cabot. Greg Georgakilis of Farmers To You will present on “The New Economy: Collaboration and the Future of Sustainable Agriculture—How Everybody Wins when Businesses and Consumers Direct and Manage the Economy Together.” Part of a series of exciting, free workshops for local businesses and entrepreneurs presented by the Cabot Agricultural Network and the Cabot Community Association. 10:15 a.m. Cabot Town Hall (Willey Building), 3084 Main St., Cabot. Free. 563-3338. info@rhapsodynaturalfoods.com.

Tricks for Ticks: A guide for gardeners (and others) to ticks and tick-related diseases. With Lolly Cochran, D.V.M. Information on identifying ticks, understanding tick-related diseases and safeguarding yourself, your family and your pets from these nasty little garden visitors. 10:30 a.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. vista@kellogghubbard.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.