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ARTS & CRAFTS
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.
Drop-in River Arts Elder Art Group. Work on art, share techniques and get creative with others. Bring your own art supplies. For elders 60+. Every Fri., 10 a.m.–noon. River Arts Center, 74 Pleasant St., Morrisville. Free. 888-1261. riverartsvt.org.
The Craftees. Crafts social group led by Nancy Moran every Fri. Bring craft and potluck. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Barre Area Senior Center, 131 S. Main St., #4, Barre. $3. Register: 479-9512
Art Classes. Fridays Jan. 27–March 3, 3–5 p.m. Twin Valley Senior Center, Rte 2, East Montpelier. To sign up or for more information call Susan Crampton at 223-6954 or email email@example.com.
Open Shop Nights. Volunteer-run community bike shop: bike donations and repairs. Wed., 4–6 p.m.; other nights. Freeride Montpelier, 89 Barre St., Montpelier. 552-3521. freeridemontpelier.org.
BOOKS & WORDS
Monthly Book Group for Adults. Fourth Mondays at 7 p.m.( No Book Group in December). Join us for the Jaquith book group. For copies of the book, please stop by the library. New members are always welcome, and it’s only one hour a month! January’s Book: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson; February’s Book: H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald. Jaquith Public Library, School St., Marshfield
Lunch in a Foreign Language. Bring lunch and practice your language skills with neighbors. Noon–1 p.m. Mon., American Sign Language; 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
One-on-One Technology Help Sessions. Free assistance to patrons needing help with their computers and other personal electronic devices in the form of 30 minute one-on-one sessions every Tuesday between 10:00 AM and noon. Please call the library at 244-7036 to schedule an appointment with Delia (additional times may be scheduled upon request). Waterbury Public Library, 28 N. Main St., Waterbury. Free. Registration required: 244-7036.
FOOD & DRINK
Community Meals in Montpelier. All welcome. Free.
- Mon.: Unitarian Church, 130 Main St., 11 a.m.–12:30 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 $7; to-go meals $9 for all. Please make reservations at least one day in advance: 262-6288.
Capital City Farmers Market. Every Sat., May 6–Oct. 28. Shop from 50 local farmers and producers each week in downtown Montpelier. CCFM is a producer-only market meaning everything being sold is grown or made by each vendor. Featuring regular live music, vendor demonstrations, and local chef run cooking demos. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. 60 State St., Montpelier. www.montpelierfarmersmarket.com
HEALTH, WELLNESS & SUPPORT
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.
Al-Anon. Help for friends and families of Alcoholics.
- Sun.: Trinity Church, 137 Main St., Montpelier (back door) 6:15–7:30 p.m.
- Tues.: Bethany Church, 115 Main St., Montpelier (basement) noon–1 p.m.
- Wed.: Bethany Church,115 Main St., Montpelier (basement) 7–8 p.m.
- Thurs.: Bethany Church, 115 Main St., Montpelier (basement) noon–1 p.m
- Sat.: Turning Point, N. Main St., Barre, 5 p.m. (child friendly meeting)
Bone Building Exercises. Open to all ages. Every Mon., Wed. and Fri. 7:30 a.m. and 9:15 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. Advanced class: every Mon. and Fri., 1–2 p.m. Beginners class: Tues. and Thurs. 10–11 a.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.
Type 2 Diabetes Self-Management Program. Education and support to help adults at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes adopt healthier eating and exercise habits that can lead to weight loss and reduced risk. Every Tues., 10:30–11:30 a.m. Kingwood Health Center Conference Room (lower level), 1422 Rt. 66, Randolph. Free. Register: 728-7714.
T’ai Chi for Falls Prevention. With Diane Des Bois. Beginners and mixed levels welcome. 2:15 p.m. Barre Area Senior Center, 131 S., Main St., #4, Barre. Free. Register: 479-9512.
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 Sat., 8:30–9:30 a.m. at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 39 Washington St., Barre. 279-0385. Every Mon., 5:30–6:30 p.m. at Bethany Church, 115 Main St., Montpelier. 223-3079. www.oavermont.org
Tai Chi Classes for All Ages. Every Tues. and Thurs., 10–11 a.m. Twin Valley Senior Center, Rte. 2, Blueberry Commons, E. Montpelier. Free. 223-3322. email@example.com
Mooditude Support Group. A professional and peer-led support group, not a therapy group. For people with depression, bipolar disorder, seasonal affective disorder, dysthymia etc.). Every Wed., 4–5 p.m. Bethany Church,115 Main St., Montpelier. (downstairs at end of hallway). Free. 223-4111 or 522-0775.
Weight Loss Support Group. Get help and support on your weight loss journey every Wed., 6–7 p.m. Giffords Conference Center, 44 S. Main St., Randolph. Free. No registration required. Open to all regardless of where you are in your weight loss.
Wit’s End. Support group for parents, siblings, children, spouses and/or relationship partners of someone suffering with addiction — whether it is to alcohol, opiates, cocaine, heroin, marijuana or something else. Every Wed., 6–8 p.m. Turning Point Center, 489 N. Main St., Barre. Louise: 279-6378.
HIV Testing. Vermont CARES offers fast oral testing. Wed., 2–5 p.m. 29 State St., Ste. 14 (above Rite Aid), Montpelier. Free and anonymous. 371-6224. vtcares.org.
NAMI Vermont Connection Recovery Support Group. For individuals living with mental illness. Every Fri., 3–4 p.m. Another Way, 125 Barre St., Montpelier. 876-7949. firstname.lastname@example.org
KIDS & TEENS
The Basement Teen Center. Safe drop-in space to hang out, make music, play pool, ping-pong and board games and eat free food. All activities are free. Mon.–Thurs., 2–6 p.m., Fridays 3-10 p.m. Basement Teen Center, 39 Main St., Montpelier. BasementTeenCenter.org
Read to Clara. Sign up for a 20-minute slot and choose your books beforehand to read to this special canine pal. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. Sign up ahead: 223-4665 or at the children’s desk. kellogghubbard.org.
Story Time and Playgroup. With Sylvia Smith for story time and Cassie Bickford for playgroup. For ages birth–6 and their grown-ups. We follow the Twinfield Union School calendar and do not hold the program the days Twinfield is closed. Wed., 10–11:30 a.m. Jaquith Public Library, 122 School St., Marshfield. Free. 426-3581. jaquithpubliclibrary.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.
Lego Club. Use our large Lego collection to create and play. All ages. Thurs., 3–4:30 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 223-3338. kellogghubbard.org.
Dads & Kids Playgroup. Playtime and free dinner. Every Thurs., 5–7 p.m. For Dads and their children ages birth–5. Family Center of Washington County, 383 Sherwood Dr., Montpelier. fcwcvt.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.
Rainbow Umbrella of Central Vermont, an adult LGBTQ group, meets every other Tuesday, 5:30 to 7:00 pm, at the Montpelier Senior Center. Starting Jan. 2017, the group will meet once per month every Third Tuesday. All LGBT adults and allies are welcome to attend for socializing, community building and advocating for LGBT issues. RUCVTAdmin@PrideCenterVT.org
Friday Night Group. Social gathering of LGBTQ youth, ages 13 – 22. 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month, 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Free pizza and soft drinks. Supervised by LGBT adults trained by Outright Vermont. Unitarian Church, Montpelier. For more info, email Nancy: SaddleShoes2@gmail.com
Rainbow Umbrella of Central Vermont, an adult LGBTQ group, bowls at Twin City Lanes on Sunday afternoons twice a month. For dates and times, write to RUCVTAdmin@PrideCenterVT.org
MUSIC & DANCE
Barre-Tones Women’s Chorus. Open rehearsal. Find your voice with 50 other women. Mon., 7 p.m. NEW LOCATION AS OF AUG. 1: Capital City Grange, Rt. 12, Berlin. BarretonesVT.com. 552-3489.
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.
Ballroom Dance Classes. Tuesdays, April 25–May 30. Sponsored by Montpelier Recreation Dept., Instructed by Samir Elabd. 6–7 p.m. waltz and foxtrot; 7–8 p.m. rumba and swing. Singles welcome, no experience necessary. Union Elementary School, Montpelier. To register, call Montpelier Rec. Dept.: 225-8699. More info.: 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.
Ukelele Group. All levels welcome. Thurs., 6–8 p.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St. 223-2518.
Barre Rock City Chorus. We sing songs from the 60s–80s and beyond. All songs are taught by rote using word sheets, so ability to read music is not required. All ages welcome; children under 13 should come with a parent. Every Thurs., 6:30–8:30 p.m. Church of the Good Shepherd, 39 Washington St., Barre.
Additional Recycling. The Additional Recyclables Collection Center accepts scores of hard-to-recycle items. Mon., Wed., Fri., noon–6 p.m.; Third Sat., 9 a.m.–1 p.m. ARCC, 540 North Main St., Barre. $3 per carload. 229-9383 x106. For list of accepted items, go to cvswmd.org/arcc.
Onion River Exchange Tool Library. More than 100 tools both power and manual. Onion River Exchange is located at 46 Barre Street in Montpelier. Hours are Wednesday and Thursday from 10–2. For more information or to donate tools call 802.661.8959. email@example.com.
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: Wed.–Sat., 11 a.m.–2 p.m.; Wed., 5–7:15 p.m. 145 State St., Montpelier. 223-2477.
A Course in Miracles. A study in spiritual transformation. Group meets each Tues., 7–8 p.m. Christ Episcopal Church, 64 State St., Montpelier. 279-1495.
Christian Counseling. Tues. and Thurs. Daniel Dr., Barre. Reasonable cost. By appt. only: 479-0302.
Prayer Meeting. Ecumenical and charismatic prayer meeting. Every 1st and 3rd Thurs., 6:30–8 p.m. 8 Daniels Dr., Barre. 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
Bingo. Every Tuesday. Doors open 5 p.m.; games start 6 p.m.Twin Valley Senior Center, 4583 U.S. Rte. 2, E. Montpelier. Free. 223-3322. twinvalleyseniors.org.
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.
Montpelier Shambhala Meditation. Group meditation practice. Sun., 10 a.m.–noon; Wed., 6–7 p.m; -learn to meditate — free instruction the 1st Wednesday of the month. New location: 5 State Street, 2nd floor, Montpelier. email@example.com,
Sunday Sangha: Community Ashtanga Yoga. Every Sun., 5:40–7 p.m. Grateful Yoga, 15 State St., 3F, Montpelier. By donation.