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.
Life Drawing Sessions. Usually brief, dynamic poses. Wed., 7–9 p.m. Storefront Studio/Gallery, 6 Barre St., Montpelier. $15 suggested donation. 839-5349. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. By donation.
Books & Words
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.
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.
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
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.
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:
Ecstatic Dance. Dance your heart awake. No experience necessary. Every Fri., 7–9 p.m., Christ Church, State St., Montpelier. First and third Wed., 7–9 p.m., Worcester Town Hall, corner of Elmore and Calais roads. Second and fourth Wed., 7–9 p.m., Plainfield Community Center (above the co-op). $10. 505-8011. email@example.com.
Dance or Play with the Swinging’ over 60 Band. Danceable tunes from the 1930s to the 1960s. Recruiting musicians. Tues., 5:30–7:30 p.m., Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. 223-2518.
Barre Farmers’ Market. Local produce, meats, poultry , eggs, honey, crafts, baked goods and more. Wed., 3–6:30 p.m. City Hall Park, Barre.
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.
Noon Cafe. Soup, fresh bread, good company and lively conversation. Wed., noon. The Old Meeting House, 1620 Center Rd., E. Montpelier. By donation. oldmeetinghouse.org.
Senior Meals. For people 60 and over. Meals prepared by Chef Justin and volunteers. Tues. and Fri., noon–1 p.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. Free. Under 60: $6. Reservations and information: 262-2688.
Takeout and Café Meals. Proceeds benefit the senior meals program. Thurs., 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. $4–$8. Reservations appreciated: 262-6288.
Health & Wellness
Sex Addicts Anonymous. Mon., 6:30 p.m. Bethany Church, 115 Main St., Montpelier. Call 552-3483 for more information or to leave a confidential message.
Herbal Clinics. Student clinic: Mon., 1–5 p.m. and Tues., 4–8 p.m. $0–$10. Professional clinic: Tues.–Fri. $0–$100. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, 252 Main St., Montpelier. Consultations by appointment only: 224-7100 or firstname.lastname@example.org. vtherbcenter.org.
Affordable Acupuncture. Acupuncture sessions with Chris Hollis and Trish Mitchell. Mon. and Wed., 2–7 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m.–2 p.m. 79 Main St., suite 8 (above Coffee Corner), Montpelier. $15–$40 sliding scale. Walk in or schedule an appointment at montpeliercommunityacupuncture.com.
Overeaters Anonymous. Tues., 5:30–6:30 p.m. Church of the Good Shepherd, Barre. 249-0414.
HIV Testing. Vermont CARES offers fast oral testing. Thurs., 2–5 p.m. 58 East State St., suite 3 (entrance at back), Montpelier. Free. 371-6222. vtcares.org.
Kids & Teens
Mad River Valley Youth Group. Sun., 7–9 p.m. Meets at various area churches. Call 497-4516 for location and information.
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 at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Stories, songs and special guests. Birth to age 5. Tues. and Fri., 10:30 a.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. 223-4665. kellogghubbard.org.
Story Times at the Waterbury Public Library. Baby/toddler story time: Mon., 10 a.m. Preschool story time: Fri., 10 a.m. Waterbury Public Library, 28 N. Main St., Waterbury. 244-7036. waterburypubliclibrary.com.
Forest Preschool. Outdoor, exploratory, play-based drop-off program for children age 3.5–5. Through Nov. 21. Tues. and Thurs., 9 a.m.–12 p.m. North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm St., Montpelier. $420 for one day, $800 for both days. 229-6206.
Story Time at the Jaquith Public Library. With Sylvia Smith, followed by play group with Melissa Seifert. Birth to age 6. Wed. 10–11:30 a.m. Jaquith Public Library, 122 School St., Marshfield. 426-3581.
Lego Building Club. With Mike Maloney. Through Dec. 4 (not meeting Nov. 27). Wed., 3–4 p.m. Waterbury Public Library, 28 N. Main St., Waterbury. Registration required: 244-7036.
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 at the children’s desk. kellogghubbard.org.
The Dark Knight Comics Club. With cofacilitators Ben T. Matchstick and Ash Brittenham. Comic book enthusiasts and artists draw, write and collaborate on their own comics. Age 7–17. Through Nov. 20. Wed., 3:30–5 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. 223-4665. kellogghubbard.org.
Vermont History for Homeschoolers. The Vermont Historical Society offers educational sessions for homeschoolers, age 8–12, in Montpelier and Barre. Wed. and Thurs., 1–3 p.m. Vermont History Museum, 109 State St., Montpelier, and Vermont History Center, 60 Washington St., Barre. $5 per child; $4 per child for three or more participating children or VHS members. Preregistration required: 828-1413. For schedule go to vermonthistory.org/homeschoolers.
North Branch Trekkers. After-school program with teacher-naturalist Ken Benton. Explore the green spaces of Montpelier while practicing outdoor living skills, tracking and wildlife monitoring. Grades 4–7. Through Dec. 5. Thurs., 3–5:30 p.m. North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm St., Montpelier. $375, membership included. 229-6206.
Drop-in Kinder Arts Program. Innovative exploratory arts program with artist/instructor Kelly Holt. Age 3–5. Fri., 10:30 a.m.–noon. Starts Sept. 27. River Arts Center, 74 Pleasant St., Morrisville. 888-1261. RiverArtsVT.org.
Write On! Are you full of ideas? Looking to spin a story? Willing to play with words? Drop in once or join us for the series. Age 6–10. Fri., 3:30–4 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. 223-4665. kellogghubbard.org.
Forest School. Drop-off program for students, using seasonal and emerging curriculum. Age 6–8. Through June 6, 2014. Fri., 9 a.m.–2 p.m. North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm St., Montpelier. $1,560 members; payment plans available. 229-6206.
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.
Community Drum Circle. Open drumming. All welcome. Fri., 7–9 p.m. Parish House, Unitarian Universalist Church, Main and Church streets, Barre. 503-724-7301.
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.
Free Food Scrap Collection. Compost your food waste along with your regular trash and recycling. Wed., 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sat. 6 a.m.–1 p.m. DJ’s Convenience Store, 56 River St., Montpelier. cvswmd.org.
Women’s Group. Women age 40 and older explore important issues and challenges in their lives in a warm and supportive environment. Faciliatated by Amy Emler-Shaffer and Julia W. Gresser. Wed. evenings. 41 Elm St., Montpelier. Call Julia, 262-6110, for more information.
Men’s Group. Men discuss challenges of and insights about being male. Wed., 6:15–8:15 p.m. 174 Elm St., Montpelier. Interview required: contact Neil 223-3753.
Christian Science. God’s love meeting human needs. Reading room: Tues.–Sat., 11 a.m.–1 p.m.; Tues., 5–8 p.m.; Wed., 5–7:15 p.m. Testimony meeting: Wed., 7:30–8:30 p.m., nursery available. Worship service: Sun., 10:30–11:30 a.m., Sunday school and nursery available. 145 State St., Montpelier. 223-2477.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Introduction to the Eastern Orthodox Church. A series of talks and discussions. Throuhg Dec. 1. Sun., 12:15–1 p.m. St. Jacob of Alaska Orthodox Church, 376 Rte. 12, Northfield. Free. 754-6206. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sports & Games
Coed Adult Floor Hockey League. Women and men welcome. Equipment provided. Through Dec. 8. Sun., 3–6 p.m. Montpelier Recreaction Center, Barre St. $58 for 10-week season. Preregisteration required: email@example.com or vermontfloorhockey.com.
Apollo Duplicate Bridge Club. All welcome. Partners sometimes available. Fri., 6:45 p.m. Bethany Church, 115 Main St., Montpelier. $3. 485-8990 or 223-3922.
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 with Lydia. Build strength and flexibility as you learn safe alignment in a nourishing, supportive and inspiring environment. Drop-ins welcome. Mon. 5:30 p.m., River House Yoga, Plainfield (sliding scale). Wed., 4:30 p.m. Green Mountain Girls Farm, Northfield (sliding scale). Tues. and Fri., noon. Yoga Mountain Center, Montpelier. 229-6300. saprema-yoga.com.
ABSolute Transformation: Yoga for Core Strength Series. With Lori Flower. Through Nov. 22. Fri., 10:45 a.m.–noon. Yoga Mountain Center, 7 Main St., 2F, Montpelier. $84. Register: 223-5302 or yogamountaincenter.com.
Community Yoga. All levels welcome to this community-focused practice. Fri., 5–6 p.m. Yoga Mountain Center, 7 Main St., 2F, Montpelier. By donation. 223-5302 or yogamountaincenter.com.