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. By donation. 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.
Conversations with the Word Weaver. Examine the roots and definitions of words we use in daily conversation. Tues., 1:30 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St. 223-3338. kellogghubbard.org.
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
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: 244-7036.
Business Building Blocks Workshops: Keys to Your Business Success. Micro Business Development Program of Central Vermont Community Action. Thurs., 6–8:30 p.m. Mar. 6–Apr. 17. 20 Gable Pl., Barre. Free. Sign up: 477-5214 or 800-639-1053. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Lectures, discussions and films on a variety of topics. Wed., 1:30 p.m. Through May 7. (No program on Mar. 26.) Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier, or Aldrich Public Library, Barre. Call for topic, location and fee: 454-1234 or email@example.com.
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
Social Anxiety Support Group. Meet other people with similar experiences and learn techniques to reduce anxiety. Supportive and confidential. New group to meet weekly; time and place to be determined. Contact Danielle at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Turning Point Center. Safe, supportive place for individuals and their families in or seeking recovery. Open 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. Call 552-3483 for more information or to leave a confidential message.
Diabetes Prevention Series. Reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes and gain tools for healthy living. Learn how the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can help you reach healthy living goals. Tues., beginning Jan. 21. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St. 225-5680. Lisa.email@example.com.
Overeaters Anonymous. Twelve-step program for physically, emotionally and spiritually overcoming overeating. Fri., noon–1 p.m. at Bethany Church, 115 Main St., Montpelier. 223-3079. Tues., 5:30–6:30 p.m. at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 39 Washington St., Barre. 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
Mad River Valley Youth Group. Sun., 7–9 p.m. Meets at various area churches. Call 497-4516 for location and information.
Sit N Knit. For first-timers or superstar knitters alike. Bring a project you are working on or start one with Joan Kahn. Age 6 and up; under 9 accompanied by adult. Mon., 3:30–4 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. 223-4665. kellogghubbard.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 at the Waterbury Public Library. Baby/toddler story time: Mon., 10 a.m. Preschool story time: Fri., 10 a.m. Story time on vacation; resumes on Mar. 10. Waterbury Public Library, 28 N. Main St., Waterbury. 244-7036. waterburypubliclibrary.com.
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.
FiddleFest Storytime with Katie Trautz. Enjoy Katie’s magical melodies woven into your favorite books. Tues., 10:30 a.m. Starting Jan. 21. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. Children’s department: 223-4665. kellogghubbard.org.
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.
Story Maps. Chart the wilds of your imagination. Age 3–6. Wed., 11 a.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. Preregistration required: 223-4665. kellogghubbard.org.
Games Unplugged. Learn a new board game from game master Ben T. Matchstick. Featured games include Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, Dominion, No Thanks, For Sale, Snake Oil, Smallworld. Bring your favorite game or select one from the collection. Age 8–18. Wed., 3–5 p.m., to March 5. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. 223-4665. kellogghubbard.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., 3–4 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. 223-4665. kellogghubbard.org.
Origami Club. Learn to make magical paper creations come alive with Kim Smith. Thurs., 3–4 p.m. Through May. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. 223-4665. kellogghubbard.org.
Special Story Time. Story times with varied themes. Fri., 10:30 a.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.
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.
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., 5:30–7:30 p.m., Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. 223-2518.
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.
Ballroom Dance Classes. With instructor Samir Elabd. No partner or experience necessary. Sponsored by Montpelier Recreation Department. Tues., Apr. 1, 8, 15, 22. Waltz 6–7 p.m.; East Coast swing 7–8 p.m. Union Elementary School, Montpelier. Registration: 225-8699. Information: 223-2921
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. Call Julia, 262-6110, for more information.
Christian Science Reading Room. A place to dig deep into your spirituality. Bibles and Bible study aids available. Tues., 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Wed., 11 a.m.–7:15 p.m.; Thurs.–Sat., 11 a.m.–1 p.m. 145 State St., Montpelier. 223-2477. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christian Science Church. All welcome to attend services. Sun., 10:30 a.m.; Wed. 7:30 p.m. 145 State St., Montpelier.
Free Lenten Book Study. Led by Reverend Mark Pitton, discussing The Last Week by M. Borg and J. Crossan and the metaphorical meaning of the Bible’s descriptions of Jesus’s last week. Sun.,11:30 a.m. Mar. 9–Apr. 13. Red Door Room, Bethany Church, Montpelier. reddoorroomtable.blogspot.com.
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.
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.
Sports & Games
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.
Coed Adult Floor Hockey League. Join women and men in a floor hockey game. Equipment provided. Sun., through Apr. 13. 1:15–4:15 p.m. first Sunday; 3–6 p.m. otherwise. Montpelier Recreaction Center, 55 Barre St., Montpelier. $5. firstname.lastname@example.org. vermontfloorhockey.com.
Yoga & meditation
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.
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. Mon., 6:30–7:30 p.m. 174 River St., Montpelier. Free. Call for orientation: 229-0164.
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.