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.
Life Drawing at The Front. Draw from life with a model in a series of poses. Bring your own materials. Come early to get a good seat. Every Wed., 6:30–8:30 p.m. The Front Gallery, 6 Barre St., Montpelier. $10. www.thefrontvt.com. firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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.
CRC Pro Health and Human Services. This course will help participants build professional and career skills in preparation for a variety of entry-level positions in direct health care professions. Every Wed. and Thurs., March 23–May 18, 5:30–8 p.m. Capstone Community Action, 20 Gable Pl., Barre. Free. The enrollment code for this course is WFE-0603-VM40.
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.
Bone Building Exercises. Open to all ages. Every Mon. and Wed.. 7:30 a.m., 9:15 a.m. and 10:40 a.m. Every Fri.. 7:30 a.m. and 10:40 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.; 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. email@example.com.
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.
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. 249-3970. Every Mon., 5:30–6:30 p.m. at Bethany Church, 115 Main St., Montpelier. 223-3079.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rockinghorse Circle of Support. Opportunity for young women and children to meet once a week for friendship, good conversation and fun. Facilitated by a licensed alcohol and drug counselor and another person with child and family background. Topics reflects on how substance abuse, whether it’s ours or someone else’s, affects our decisions and lives. Child care provided. Every Wed. through June 8. 9:30–11:30 a.m. Hedding United Methodist Church, 40 Washington St., Barre. 479-1086 or 476-4328.
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.
KIDS & TEENS
Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup. Outdoor playgroup for parents, caregivers and children ages birth–5. Spontaneous play, exploration, discovery, song, nature inspired crafts and storytelling. Every Mon. through June 6, 9:30–11:30 a.m. North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm St., Montpelier. By donation. 229-6206. northbranchnaturecenter.org
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.
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.
Musical Story Time. Join us for a melodious good time. Ages birth–6. Sat., 10:30 a.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 223-3338. kellogghubbard.org.
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.
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.
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.
Spring Migration Bird Walks. Learn birding basics, expand your birding ear and discover more about the birds that inhabit the fields and forests. Walks are led North Branch Nature Center naturalist staff. Every Fri. through May 27. Locations change weekly. April 22: Cow Pasture. April 29: North Branch Nature Center. May 6: Hubbard Park. 7–8:30 a.m. Cow Pasture, Montpelier. $10; free for members. NBNC: 229-6206. northbranchnaturecenter.org
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. $1 per carload. 229-9383 x106. For list of accepted items, go to cvswmd.org/arcc.
Onion River Exchange Tool Library. 80 tools both power and manual. Wed., 4–6 p.m.; Sat., 9–11 a.m. 46 Barre St., Montpelier. 661-8959. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women’s Group. Women explore important issues and challenges in their lives in a warm and supportive environment. Facilitated by psychotherapist Kathleen Zura. Two different group meetings: every Mon., 5:30–7:30 p.m. and every Wed., 3–4:30 p.m. 138 Main St., Montpelier. 324-4611. Insurances accepted.
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., 11 a.m.–7:15 p.m.; Thurs.–Sat., 11 a.m.–1 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.
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. email@example.com.
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.