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. Knit/crochet items to be donated to those in need world-wide. Bring yarn and needles. Thurs., 10–11 a.m. and 6–7:30 p.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. 223-2518. For basic info. and patterns: knitting4peace.org.
Open Shop Nights. Volunteer-run community bike shop: bike donations and repairs. Fri., 4–6 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, EDUCATION, COMPUTERS
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.
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 with $7 suggested donation; under 60 $9; to-go meals $9 for all. Please make reservations at least one day in advance: 262-6288.
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.
Early Bird Bone Builders Class. With Cort Richardson, Osteoporosis exercise and prevention program. Wear comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes. Light weights provided or bring your own. All ages. Every Mon., Wed. and Fri., 7:30–8:30 a.m. Twin Valley Senior Center, Rte. 2, Blueberry Commons, E. Montpelier. Free. Cort: 223-3174 or 238-0789.
Bone Building Exercises. All seniors welcome. Every Mon., Wed. and Fri. 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. and Fri., 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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Every Tues., 5:30–6:30 p.m. and second Sat., 8:30–9:30 a.m. at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 39 Washington St., Barre. 249-3970. Every 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.
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 temporary location, 30 Foundry St., Waterbury. Free. 244-7036. waterburypubliclibrary.com.
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.
Story Time for Kids. Meet your neighbors and share quality time with the pre-schooler in your life. Each week we’ll read stories and spend time together. A great way to introduce your pre-schooler to your local library. For ages 2–5. Every Thurs., 10:30 a.m. Cutler Memorial Library, 151 High St., Plainfield. 454-8504. cutlerlibrary.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.
Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup. Playgroup for parents, caregivers, and children ages birth–5. Spontaneous play, exploration, discovery, song, nature inspired crafts and story telling. Every Fri., 9:30–11:30 a.m. North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm St., Montpelier. Free. 229-6206. northbranchnaturecenter.org.
Preschool Story Time. Every Fri., 10 a.m. Waterbury Public Library temporary location, 30 Foundry 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.
Community Playgroup. The classroom is filled with simple toys made of natural materials to stimulate a young child’s natural curiosity and allow them to explore in a safe and warm space. An early childhood educator will be present to provide free play and conversation, seasonal songs, lap games and an occasional puppet story. For children under 4 years accompanied by their parent or caregiver. Every Sat. through May 23, 10–11:30 a.m. The Child’s Garden, 155 Northfield St., Montpelier. Free. Pre-registration appreciated: email@example.com.
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.
Spring Session Ballroom Dance Classes. With instructor Samir Elabd. All ages, singles welcome, no prior experience needed. Tues., Apr. 28–June 2. Swing 6–7 p.m.; Latin sampler (salsa and samba) 7–8 p.m. Union Elementary School, 1 Park Ave., Montpelier. Register: 225-8699 (Montpelier Recreation Department). More info: 223-2921, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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., 4–5:30 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.
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
Christian Science Reading Room. You’re invited to visit the Reading Room and see what we have for your spiritual growth. You can 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. Hours: 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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
Shambhala Buddhist Meditation. Group meditation practice. Sun., 10 a.m.–noon; Tues., 7–8 p.m.; Wed., 6–7 p.m. New location: Center for Culture and Learning, 46 Barre Street, Montpelier. Free. 223-5137. montpeliershambala.org.
Sunday Sangha: Community Ashtanga Yoga. Every Sun., 5:40–7 p.m. Grateful Yoga, 15 State St., 3F, Montpelier. By donation.