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.
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.
Author at the Aldrich. Vermont authors speak every Wed. night through Aug. 13. 6 p.m. Milne Room, Aldrich Public Library, 6 Washington St., Barre. 476-7550. email@example.com. aldrichpubliclibrary.com.
July 23: Poet Jody Gladding. Translations from the Bark Beetle: Poems.
July 30: Outdoor educator Jen Lamphere Roberts. AMC’s Best Day Hikes in Vermont.
Aug. 6: Poet, essayist and translator David Hinton. Hunger Mountain: A Field Guide to Mind & Landscape.
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. 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.
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
Lunches for Children and Teens. Mon., Wed., Fri., 11:30 a.m.Jaquith Public Library, 122 School St., Marshfield. Free. Sign-up not required but if possible, please call by 10 a.m. the morning of to tell us your family will be participating: 426-3581. jaquithpubliclibrary.org.
Lunch and a Story. Provided with support from Hunger Free, Vermont. No age or income eligibility requirement. All are welcome. Mon. through Aug, noon–1 p.m.; come a little before noon if you want to help make lunch. Cutler Memorial Library, 151 High St., Plainfield. Free. 454-8504. cutlerlibrary.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.
Adamant Co-op Friday Night Cookout.Fantastic food and ambiance. Hotdogs, sausages, kielbasa, homemade salads, decadent desserts. Rain or shine. Fri through July 25, 5:30–7:30 p.m. Adamant Co-op, 1313 Haggett Rd., Adamant. Full meal costs around $12. 223-5760. For weekly menu: adamantcoop.org.
Capital City Farmers Market. 53 vendors. Sat. through Oct. 25, 9a.m.–1p.m. Corner of Elm and State, Montpelier. 223-2958. email@example.com.
Vermont Food Trucks in Montpelier. Enjoy high quality and diverse food while listening to local musicians. Every Sat. through Aug. 2, 5 p.m.. 60 Main St. parking lot (behind Positive Pie), Montpelier.
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.
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.
Sex Addicts Anonymous. Mon., 6:30 p.m. Bethany Church, 115 Main St., Montpelier. 552-3483.
Let’s Eat 4 Health! Educational nutrition series. Participants receive workbook and are entered to win nutrition consultations. Wed. through July 30; noon–1 p.m. Aldrich Public Library, 6 Washington St., Barre. Free. Info and sign-up: 595-0726. firstname.lastname@example.org. happybellies.net.
Overeaters Anonymous. Twelve-step program for physically, emotionally and spiritually overcoming overeating. 223-3079. Tues., 5:30–6:30 p.m. at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 39 Washington St., Barre. Fri., noon–1 p.m. at Bethany Church, 115 Main St., Montpelier. 249-0414.
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.
Kids & Teens
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.
Summer Story Time at Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Stories, songs, silliness and science for ages birth–5. Tues. and Fri. through Aug. 1, 10:30 a.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library. 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 223-3338. kellogghubbard.org.
Fizz! Boom! Read! Summer Reading Program at the Jaquith Public Library. Free lunch follows. Ages birth–7. Wed. through July 30. 10–11:30 a.m. Jaquith Public Library, 122 School St., Marshfield. Free. 426-3581. See weekly themes: jaquithpubliclibrary.org/childrens-space.html.
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.
Thursday LEGO Throwdowns. Join one or all of our theme challenges: July 17, outer space; July 24, self-portrait; July 31, super-heroes. Build your piece at home and bring it labeled with your name and age. Thurs., call for time. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 223-3338. 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.
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.
Shape Note Sing at Bread and Puppet. Early American four-part hymns. All welcome. No experience necessary. Tues. through Aug. 26., 7:30 p.m. Paper Maché Cathedral, Bread and Puppet Farm, Rte. 122, Glover. Free. 525-6972.
Piano Time.Informal time to play, refresh your skills and get feedback if desired with other supportive musicians. Singers and listeners welcome. Wed., 2–4 p.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. Free; open to the public. 223-2518. email@example.com.
Monteverdi Young Singers Chorus Rehearsal. New chorus members welcome. Wed., 4–5 p.m. Montpelier. Call 229-9000 for location and more information.
Capital City Band. Performance on the Statehouse Lawn. Band instrument players are welcome to play along. Wed. through Aug. 13, 7 p.m. Statehouse lawn beside the Pavilion Building, State St., Montpelier. Free and open to all. 223-7069.
Ukelele Group. All levels welcome. Thurs., 6–8 p.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St. 223-2518.
Gamelan Rehearsals. Sun., 7–9 p.m. Pratt Center, Goddard College. Free. 426-3498. firstname.lastname@example.org. email@example.com.
Spring Migration Bird Walks.Explore NBNC and other local birding hot spots for spring migrants, such as warblers, vireos, thrushes and waterfowl. Fri., 7–8:30 a.m. North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm St., Montpelier. $10; free for members. Call for directions to meeting locations: 229-6206. northbranchnaturecenter.org.
Bread and Puppet Community Circus Rehearsal. All ages welcome. Sat. through Aug. 23, 2 p.m. Bread and Puppet Farm, Rte. 122, Glover. Free. 525-3031.
Bread and Puppet Presents The Nothing is Not Ready Circus and Pageant. Following the circus is a guest performance in the Paper Maché Cathedral. Sun. through Aug. 24. Museum tour 1 p.m.; shows begin 2:30 p.m. Bread and Puppet Farm, Rte. 122, Glover. Free; donations appreciated.. 525-3031. Breadandpuppet.org.
Bread and Puppet presents Nothing-Is-Not-Ready. Show takes place in the 3/4 eternity and are about the political and apolitical movement of the not-yet-existing upriser masses against the economy and its politics which pretend to serve them but are actually actively preparing their elimination. Museum tour: 6:30 p.m.; show starts 7:30 p.m. Bread and Puppet Farm, Rte. 122, Glover. Donations welcome; no one is turned away. 525-3031. Breadandpuppet.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. Audio chats that help and heal. Subjects: growing spiritually, comfort that takes away grief, healing fear, panic and anxiety. Reading room hours: Tues., 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Tues. starting Aug. 5, 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. Free. 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.
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.
Zen Meditation. With Zen Affiliate of Vermont. Mon., 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. email@example.com.
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.