Art & Craft
Beaders’ Group. All levels of beading experience welcome. Free instruction available. Come with a project for creativity and community. Sat., 11 a.m.–2 p.m. The Bead Hive, Plainfield. 454-1615.
Noontime Knitters. All abilities welcome. Basics taught. Crocheting, needlepoint and tatting also welcome. Tues., noon–1 p.m. Waterbury Public Library, 28 N. Main St., Waterbury. 244-7036.
Women Knitting for Peace Group. Group will donate knitted items to those in need. Thurs., 10–11 a.m. and 6–7:30 p.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. 223-2518.
Open Shop Nights. Volunteer-run community bike shop: bike donations and repairs. Tues., 6–8 p.m.; other nights. Freeride Montpelier, 89 Barre St., Montpelier. 552-3521. freeridemontpelier.org.
Books & Words
Lunch in a Foreign Language. Bring lunch and practice your language skills with neighbors. Noon–1 p.m. Mon., Hebrew; Tues., Italian; Wed., Spanish; Thurs., French. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. 223-3338.
English Conversation Practice Group. For students learning English for the first time. Tues., 4–5 p.m. Central Vermont Adult Basic Education, Montpelier Learning Center, 100 State St. 223-3403.
Ongoing Reading Group. Improve your reading and share some good books. Books chosen by group. Thurs., 9–10 a.m. Central Vermont Adult Basic Education, Montpelier Learning Center, 100 State St. 223-3403.
Business & Finance, Computers
Technology Assistance. Weekly computer and technology help by graphic designer Nate Vaughan. Most Mon., 10–11:30 a.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. Free; open to the public. Call to confirm: 223-2518. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Build Your Money Muscles Workshops. Topics cover credit, budget, tracking your income and expenses. Every Mon. through Nov. 17. (No workshop Oct. 13.) 10–11:30 a.m. Capstone Community Action, 20 Gable Pl., Barre. Free. Sign-up: 477-5214. email@example.com.
Computer and Online Help. One-on-one computer help. Tues. and Fri., 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Waterbury Public Library, 28 N. Main St., Waterbury. Free. Registration required: 244-7036.
Personal Financial Management Workshops. Learn about credit/debit cards, credit building and repair, budgeting and identity theft, insurance, investing, retirement. Tues., 6–8 p.m. Central Vermont Medical Center, Conference Room 3. Registration: 371-4191.
Keys to Your Business Success: The Micro Business Development Program. Are you thinking about starting your own small business? Explore the ideas you have with people that can help you decide if it’s the right move for you. Interactive workshops. You will go home with action steps you can take the very next day to help you build your business. Every Wed. through Oct. 29. 6–8 p.m. Capstone Community Action, 20 Gable Pl., Barre. Free. Limited seating; registration required. Margaret: firstname.lastname@example.org or 477-5214. Laura: email@example.com or 477-5176.
Food & Drink
Community Meals in Montpelier. All welcome. Free.
Mon.: Unitarian Church, 130 Main St., 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Tues.: Bethany Church, 115 Main St., 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Wed.: Christ Church, 64 State St., 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Thurs.: Trinity Church, 137 Main St., 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Fri.: St. Augustine Church, 18 Barre St., 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Sun.: Last Sunday only, Bethany Church, 115 Main St. (hosted by Beth Jacob Synagogue), 4:30–5:30 p.m.
Lunches for Seniors. Mon., Wed., Fri., Noon. Twin Valley Senior Center, 4583 U.S. Rte. 2, E. Montpelier. $4 suggested donation. 223-3322. twinvalleyseniors.org.
Feast Together & To-Go. All proceeds benefit the Feast Senior Meal Program. Tues. and Fri. Dance/play with the band, 10:30 a.m.; communal/take-out meals, noon–1 p.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. Seniors 60+ free; guests and others under 60 $7; to-go meals $9 for all. Please make reservations at least one day in advance: 262-6288.
Capital City Farmers Market. 53 vendors. Sat. through Oct. 25, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Corner of Elm and State, Montpelier. 223-2958. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health & Wellness
Turning Point Center. Safe, supportive place for individuals and their families in or seeking recovery. Daily, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 489 North Main St., Barre. 479-7373.
Sun.: Alchoholics Anonymous, 8:30 a.m.
Tues.: Making Recovery Easier workshops, 6–7:30 p.m.
Wed.: Wit’s End Parent Support Group, 6 p.m.
Thurs.: Narcotics Anonymous, 6:30 p.m.
Bone Building Exercises. All seniors welcome. Every Mon., 10:45–11:45 a.m. Twin Valley Senior Center, 4583 U.S. Rte. 2, E. Montpelier. Free. 223-3322. twinvalleyseniors.org.
Tai Chi for Seniors. Led by trained volunteers. Every Mon., 1–2 p.m. Twin Valley Senior Center, 4583 U.S. Rte. 2, E. Montpelier. Free. 223-3322. twinvalleyseniors.org.
Living Strong Group. Volunteer-led group. Sing while exercising. Open to all seniors. Every Mon., 2:30–3:30 p.m. and every Fri., 2–3 p.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. Free. Register: 223-2518. email@example.com.
Sex Addicts Anonymous. Mon., 6:30 p.m. Bethany Church, 115 Main St., Montpelier. 552-3483.
Overeaters Anonymous. Twelve-step program for physically, emotionally and spiritually overcoming overeating. Two meeting days and locations. Tues., 5:30–6:30 p.m. at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 39 Washington St., Barre. 249-0414. Fri., noon–1 p.m. at Bethany Church, 115 Main St., Montpelier. 223-3079.
HIV Testing. Vermont CARES offers fast oral testing. Thurs., 2–5 p.m. 58 East State St., Ste. 3 (entrance at back), Montpelier. Free. 371-6222. vtcares.org.
Healthier Living Workshop. For chronic illness sufferers. Improve your quality of life through this workshop offered by Gifford Medical Center as part of the Vermont Blueprint for Health. Every Thurs. through Sep. 25., 1–3:30 p.m. Gifford Medical Center, Conference Center, 44 S. Main St., Randolph. Free. Register: 728-7710.
Growing Older Group. Informal drop-in group to share experiences, thoughts and fears about aging. Every Fri., 10:30–11:30 a.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. 223-2518.
Kids & Teens
Baby & Toddler Story Time. Every Mon., 10 a.m. Waterbury Public Library, 28 N. Main St., Waterbury. Free. 244-7036. waterburypubliclibrary.com.
Orchard Valley Playgroup. An early childhood educator will lead the group, featuring seasonal songs, lap games, a puppet story, free play and conversation. Simple, wooden toys and soft dolls made of natural materials stimulate the young child’s natural curiosity and invite them to explore the cozy environment. For ages 4 and under and their parent/caregiver. Every Mon. through May, 1–2:30 p.m. Orchard Valley Waldorf School, 2290 VT Rt. 14 N, E. Montpelier. Space limited to 10 familes; pre-registration required. firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Basement Teen Center. Cable TV, PlayStation 3, pool table, free eats and fun events for teenagers. Mon.–Thurs., 3–6 p.m.; Fri., 3–11 p.m. Basement Teen Center, 39 Main St., Montpelier. 229-9151.
Story Time and Playgroup. Story time with Sylvia Smith and playgroup with Melissa Seifert. For ages birth–6 and their grown-ups. We follow the Twinfield Union School calendar and do not hold programs when Twinfield is closed. Every Wed. through June 3. 10–11:30 a.m. Jaquith Public Library, 122 School St., Marshfield. Free. 426-3581. jaquithpubliclibrary.org.
Read to Coco. Share a story with Coco, the resident licensed reading therapy dog, who loves to hear kids practice reading aloud. Wed., 3:30–4:30 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. Sign up ahead: 223-4665 or at the children’s desk. kellogghubbard.org.
Read with Arlo. Meet reading therapy dog Arlo and his owner Brenda. Sign up for a 20-minute block. Thurs., 4–5 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. 223-4665. kellogghubbard.org.
Preschool Story Time. Every Fri., 10 a.m. Waterbury Public Library, 28 N. Main St., Waterbury. Free. 244-7036. waterburypubliclibrary.com.
Drop-in Kinder Arts Program. Innovative exploratory arts program with artist/instructor Kelly Holt. Age 3–5. Fri., 10:30 a.m.–noon. River Arts Center, 74 Pleasant St., Morrisville. 888-1261. RiverArtsVT.org.
Teen Fridays. Find out about the latest teen books, use the gym, make art, play games and if you need to, do your homework. Fri., 3–5 p.m. Jaquith Public Library, 122 School St., Marshfield. 426-3581.
Mad River Valley Youth Group. Sun., 7–9 p.m. Meets at various area churches. Call 497-4516 for location and information.
Music & Dance
Barre-Tones Women’s Chorus. Open rehearsal. Find your voice with 50 other women. Mon., 7 p.m. Alumni Hall, Barre. 223-2039. BarretonesVT.com.
Dance or Play with the Swinging Over 60 Band. Danceable tunes from the 1930s to the 1960s. Recruiting musicians. Tues., 10:30 a.m.–noon. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. 223-2518.
Latin Dance Classes. With instructor Samir Elabd. Learn the basics of Rumba, Cha Cha and Merengue. Every Tues. through Oct. 14, 7–8 p.m. Union Elementary School gym, 1 Park Ave., Montpelier. 223-2921.
Monteverdi Young Singers Chorus Rehearsal. New chorus members welcome. Wed., 4–5 p.m. Montpelier. Call 229-9000 for location and more information.
Piano Workshop. Informal time to play, refresh your skills and get feedback if desired with other supportive musicians. Singers and listeners welcome. Thurs., 4–6 p.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. Free; open to the public. 223-2518. email@example.com.
Ukelele Group. All levels welcome. Thurs., 6–8 p.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St. 223-2518.
Vocals and Piano. Music of all styles and eras from 2014 to 1914. Keep time on the bar, dance a little or just listen. Great food and desserts. Sat. through Sept. 27, 7–9 p.m. Ciderhouse BBQ & Pub, 1675 Rte. 2, Waterbury. http://bit.ly/dboomhower.
Gamelan Rehearsals. Sun., 7–9 p.m. Pratt Center, Goddard College. Free. 426-3498. firstname.lastname@example.org. email@example.com.
Barre Town Forest Nature Walks. Easy to moderate walks of about 1.5 hours. Volunteer-led walks for all ages through woodlands and abandoned quarries. Dogs on leashes welcome. Every Tues. and Sun. through Oct. 28, 9 a.m. Meet at parking area: 44 Brook Rd., Websterville. For more info: 476-4185. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall Migration Bird Walks. Come for a morning walk to search for migrating warblers, vireos, tanagers, thrushes and more. Beginners welcome! Binoculars available for loan. Fri. through Oct. 3, 7:30–9 a.m. North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm St., Montpelier. Free for members and kids; $10 for non-members. 229-6206. northbranchnaturecenter.org.
Robins Nest Nature Playgroup. Offers parents, caregivers and children ages birth–5 an opportunity to play outside and discover the sights, sounds and sensations of the forests and fields at the NBNC. Every Fri. through Dec. 12. 9:30–11:30 a.m. North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm St., Montpelier. Free; donations welcome. 229-6206. northbranchnaturecenter.org.
Additional Recycling. The Additional Recyclables Collection Center accepts scores of hard-to-recycle items. Tues. and Thurs., 12:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. ARCC, 540 North Main St., Barre. $1 per carload. 229-9383 x106. For list of accepted items, go to cvswmd.org/arcc-additional-recyclables-collection-center.html.
Women’s Group. Women age 40 and older explore important issues and challenges in their lives in a warm and supportive environment. Facilitated by Amy Emler-Shaffer and Julia W. Gresser. Wed. evenings. 41 Elm St., Montpelier. 262-6110.
Christian Science Reading Room. Have you ever asked yourself, “How can I grow spiritually?” Visit the Reading Room and see what we have for your spiritual growth. Borrow, purchase or simply enjoy material in a quiet study room. When we are closed, we have free literature out on the portico, over the bench, for you to read or take with you. Tues., 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; Wed., 11 a.m.–7:15 p.m.; Thurs.–Sat., 11 a.m.–1 p.m. 145 State St., Montpelier. 223-2477.
Christian Counseling. Tues. and Thurs. Daniel Dr., Barre. Reasonable cost. By appt. only: 479-0302.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. For those interested in learning about the Catholic faith, or current Catholics who want to learn more. Wed., 7 p.m. St. Monica Church, 79 Summer St., Barre. Register: 479-3253.
Deepening Our Jewish Roots. Fun, engaging text study and discussion on Jewish spirituality. Sun., 4:45–6:15 p.m. Yearning for Learning Center, Montpelier. 223-0583. email@example.com.
Sports & Games
Roller Derby Open Recruitment and Recreational Practice. Central Vermont’s Wrecking Doll Society invites quad skaters age 18 and up. No experience necessary. Equipment provided: first come, first served. Sat., 5–6:30 p.m. Montpelier Recreation Center, Barre St. First skate free. centralvermontrollerderby.com.
Yoga & Meditation
Yoga and Meditation. With Katy Leadbetter. Meditation: Mon., 1 p.m. (unlimited). Introduction to yoga: Tues., 4 p.m. (four-class limit). Consultation: Fri., 11 a.m. (one per person). 56 East State St., Montpelier. Free. 272-8923.
Christian Meditation Group. People of all faiths welcome. Mon., noon–1 p.m. Christ Church, Montpelier. 223-6043.
Zen Meditation. With Zen Affiliate of Vermont. Wed., 6:30–7:30 p.m. 174 River St., Montpelier. Free. Call for orientation: 229-0164.
Meditation Sitting Group. With Sherry Rhynard stress management coach. A weekly meditation group offers ways to find out more about meditation and gives support to an existing or new practice. Thurs., 6–7 p.m. Central Vermont Medical Center, 130 Fisher Rd., Berlin. Free. 272-2736. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shambhala Buddhist Meditation. Group meditation practice. Sun., 10 a.m.–noon; Tues., 7–8 p.m.; Wed., 6–7 p.m. Shambhala Meditation Center, 64 Main St., 3F, Montpelier. Free. 223-5137. montpeliershambala.org.