Wednesday, April 26
BARRE – GED Testing: Central Vermont Adult Basic Education. Barre Learning Center, 26 Washington St. Suite 100. 4 p.m.
MONTPELIER – Bishop LeVey live at Bagitos. 28 Main St. 6-8 p.m. Alternative Punk-rock.
OLLI Spring Series — Rick Winston presents Westerns with a Difference. Savoy Theater. 12:30-2:30 p.m. “Tampopo”: A 1985 comic Japanese “noodle Western.”
An Integrative Approach to Lyme Disease: Navigating the Options with Eleanor Baron. VCIH, 252 Main St. 6-8 p.m. $12 members/$15 non-members. Pre-registration required. Call 802-224-7100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Falling Away with Robert Kest, Ph.D. Hunger Mountain Coop. 6-7:30 p.m. Free. An exploration of mindfulness practice, psychotherapy, and unfolding that looks past eclecticism towards a deeper understanding of being and becoming in the context of ethics, community, and consciousness. Email your contact information to email@example.com to RSVP.
WATERBURY – Waterbury Historical Society Meeting. Grange Center, Maple Street. 7 p.m. George Woodard, whose family has been actively farming on Loomis Hill in Waterbury Center for more than 100 years, will share his interests, experiences, current and future projects, and lessons learned. The program will be preceded by the Spring meeting and annual elections. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Info: 244-8089
Smart Money Class. Waterbury Public Library, SAL room. 10:30 a.m. to noon. “Recovering from Financial Setbacks” will help participants develop strategies for getting back on their feet. Assessing their current financial situation, implementing a financial recovery plan and tracking progress will be covered. Free. Register: 244-7036
Thursday, April 27
HARDWICK – Vermont Vaudeville presents “Password, Please”. Hardwick Town House, Church Street. 7:30 p.m. $15 adults & $8 kids. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or (802) 472-1387
MONTPELIER – Italian Session. Bagitos, 28 Main St. 6-8 p.m. Join the jam session or just experience the music of Northern Italy with influences from France, Austria, Slovenia, & Switzerland.
Let’s Plant an Herb Garden with Shona Richter MacDougall Registered Herbalist(AHG) and clinical herbalist. Hunger Mountain Coop. 6-7:30 p.m. Free. We will talk about what herbs to plant in a small herb garden, the medicinal benefits of the herbs and how to store them. Email your contact information to email@example.com to RSVP.
Wham, Bam, NO Thank You, Scam! Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St. 1:30-3 p.m. Free and open to the public. Pre-register to 223-2518. Join us for some pointers from the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation on how to avoid being the victim of a scam. Hear a concise overview of some of the current scams Vermonters are experiencing, what to look for, what not to do, the right questions to ask and who to tell if you think you’ve been targeted.
NORTHFIELD – Norwich University’s Todd Lecture Panel Discussion. Plumley Armory, Norwich University. “Making Innovation Showcase” 6 p.m. Followed by a 7 p.m. Todd Lecture panel discussion, “To Act As Well As To Think: Leadership, Innovation, and the Creative Impulse.” Free and open to public.
Northfield-Williamstown School Merger on WNUB (88.3 FM). 10 a.m. WNUB (88.3 FM) will air a public service program to bring our neighbors up to date on the pros, the cons and the issues. Rama Schneider, chair of the merger Committee, meets with Dex Rowe from WNUB to bring you up to date, ahead of the vote.
Friday, April 28
BARRE – From Debs to Sanders: Fighting for Change a talk by Senator Bernie Sanders. Socialist Labor Party Hall. 7 p.m. Admission free, but tickets required; doors open at 6:15 p.m.
HARDWICK – Vermont Vaudeville presents “Password, Please”. Hardwick Town House, Church Street. 7:30 p.m. $15 adults & $8 kids. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or (802) 472-1387
MONTPELIER – Beginners’ Luck: Stellaria Trio in Concert. Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 130 Main St. 8 p.m. Violinist Letitia Quante, cellist John Dunlop, and pianist Claire Black present the first piano trios of Beethoven and Brahms, and Ernest Bloch’s Three Nocturnes. Donations accepted.
L’Especial live at Positive Pie. 22 State St. 10 p.m. $5. The aggressive death-funk dance trio explodes with energetic live sets, tapping into a primitive past distorted through the lense of contemporary technology.
Spring Migration Bird Walks. North Branch Nature Center. 7-8:30 a.m. Fee: $10, free for members. Explore NBNC for spring migrants, such as warblers, vireos, thrushes and waterfowl. Learn birding basics, expand your birding ear and discover more.
WATERBURY – Smart Money Class. Waterbury Public Library, SAL room. 10:30 a.m. to noon. “Preventing Financial Exploitation” will look at deceptive and fraudulent financial practices that are a growing industry and increasing concern in our digital world. Learn how to recognize and reduce the risk of financial exploitation (of the elderly, in particular) while protecting against identity theft. Free. Register: 244-7036
WATERBURY CTR – Turkey Take-Out dinner. Waterbury Center Community Church, Rt 100 next to Cold Hollow Cider Mill. 4-6 p.m. Turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoe, vegetable, rolls, cranberry sauce, and dessert. $9. Reservation needed: 244-8089.
Saturday, April 29
VARIOUS LOCATIONS – Prescription Drug Take Back Day. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Clean out your medicine cabinets and safely dispose of expired or unwanted prescription medications. (Pills and capsules only). Free and anonymous disposal at 7 local sites: Washington County Sheriff’s Dept. at 10 Elm St. in Montpelier; Montpelier Police Dept at 1 Pitkin Court; Barre City Police Dept at 15 Fourth St; Northfield Police Dept at 110 Wall St; Kinney Drugs at 800 Rt 302 in Berlin and Kinney Drugs at 80 So. Main St in Waterbury; Vermont State Police, 1080 Rt 2, Middlesex. Info: Central VT New Directions Coalition 223-4949 or http://cvndc.org
BARRE – Millstone Trails Association Kick-off Party. Elks Lodge, 10 Jefferson St. 7:30-11 p.m. Join MTA for an evening of celebration as we look forward to a great 2017 summer season! Featuring a 50/50 raffle, dancing, drinks, prizes, DJ, pool and more! Meet the crew, get/renew your membership, or just have a great time. Public welcome! Suggested $5 donation at the door.
Montpelier Community Gospel Choir Spring Concert. First Presbyterian Church, 19 South Seminary St. 7 p.m. Suggested donation $10/$25 for families. The ecumenical choir celebrates over 20 years of song with an uplifting and exuberant program, combining soul, jazz, original and traditional gospel music. Info: 802-778-0881, vtgospel.com or facebook.com/vtgospel.com.
BERLIN – Berlin Pond Birding. 6:30-11:30 a.m. Fee: $20 members, $25 nonmembers. Berlin Pond and the surrounding area, is a great location for migrating song birds, waterfowl, loons, herons, and much more! Call us to register and learn about carpooling options.
EAST MONTPELIER – Farm Day at Orchard Valley. 9:30 a.m. to noon, Rain or shine. The whole family is invited to join in farm and school activities with Orchard Valley teachers. Plant seeds, bake bread, spin wool from our sheep, grind corn for our hens, meet baby lambs, and hike the land. Learn about all of the Orchard Valley programs for infants through Grade 8, and sample activities for all ages. RSVP: email@example.com or 456-7400. Or just come on out and meet the animals.
GRANITEVILLE – 4th Annual Spaghetti Supper. Saint Sylvester Catholic Church, 223 Church Hill Rd. Seatings at 4:30 and 6 p.m. $10/Adults, 11 and under free. Spaghetti with homemade meatballs and sauce, salad, roll, assorted desserts, and beverage. Take-out available by reservation. Reservations: 793-4944
HARDWICK – Vermont Vaudeville presents “Password, Please”. Hardwick Town House, Church Street. 2 and 7:30 p.m. $15 adults & $8 kids. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or (802) 472-1387
MONTPELIER – Irish Session at Bagitos. 28 Main St. 2-5 p.m. Hilari Farrington Koehler, Sarah Blair, & Benedict Koehler lead this world class Irish Session every Saturday afternoon.
Vernal Pool Exploration with John Jose, Biologist. Hunger Mountain Coop. 10 a.m. to noon. Following slides, videos and discussion on vernal pool ecology and conservation, we’ll carpool to Hubbard Park to visit a vernal pool and observe the egg masses of wood frogs and spotted salamanders. $3 members/$5 nonmembers/Free for children. Email your contact information to email@example.com to RSVP.
Author Talk with Tom Ryan. The Atrium, 73 Main St. next to Bear Pond Books. 11 a.m. Tom presents his new book Will’s Red Coat: The Story of One Old Dog Who Chose to Live Again.
RANDOLPH – Vermont Philharmonic Spring Concert. Chandler Music Hall. 7:30 p.m. The program includes Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, Sibelius’s Pelléas and Melisande and Dvořá́k’s Symphony No. 9. Tickets are available at the door ($15/$12 seniors/$5 students) or in advance at www.chandler-arts.org
Sunday, April 30
BARRE – Vermont Philharmonic Spring Concert. Barre Opera House. 2 p.m. The program includes Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, Sibelius’s Pelléas and Melisande and Dvořá́k’s Symphony No. 9. Tickets are available at the door ($15/$12 seniors/$5 students) or in advance at www.barreoperahouse.org or 476-8188
Saint Monica’s Super Bingo. 79 Summer St. Doors open at 10 a.m. Games at 1 p.m. Over $10,000 in cash & prizes. $25 for 12 cards, extra cards 3 for $5. Meals, snacks and beverages available. Reservations: 223-6623 or 476-5015 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Proceeds to benefit St. Monica-St. Michael School.
Primo Maggio 2017 at the Socialist Labor Party Hall, 46 Granite St. 5 p.m. Social Hour (cash bar), 6 p.m. Traditional Italian Dinner, 7 p.m. Illustrated talk by John Carafoli, author of Great Italian American Food in New England followed by That’s Amore popular songs from and about Italy. Tickets: $25 (reservations suggested). Proceeds to benefit the Socialist Labor Party Hall National Historic Landmark
EAST MONTPELIER – Spaghetti Dinner Fund Raiser. Twin Valley Senior Center, 4583 US Rt. 2. 4-7 p.m. To benefit the Meals on Wheels Program. Spaghetti w/meat sauce, tossed salad, garlic bread and brownies. Vegetarian meals available. $10, Eat in or take out. Reservations for take-out meals appreciated.
MONTPELIER – Jennings & McComber live at Bagitos. 28 Main St. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Celtic Roots influenced Green Mountain Indie Folk Duo.
Montpelier Community Gospel Choir Spring Concert. Bethany United Church of Christ, 115 Main St. 7 p.m. Suggested donation $10/$25 for families. The ecumenical choir celebrates over 20 years of song with an uplifting and exuberant program, combining soul, jazz, original and traditional gospel music. Info: 802-778-0881, vtgospel.com or facebook.com/vtgospel.com.
WATERBURY – 21st Annual Mutt Strutt. Little River State Park. 10 a.m. $6 entry fee. Benefits Central Vermont Humane Society. Run three miles with or without a dog. Info: http://cvrunners.org/?page_id=232
Author talk Nancy Marie Brown: “The Far Traveler, Voyages of a Viking Woman”. Waterbury Municipal Complex – Steele Community Room, 28 North Main St. 2 p.m. Free, accessible to people with disabilities, and open to public. Info: Judi Byron at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (802) 244-7036 or visit the library’s website at www.waterburypubliclibrary.com.
Monday, May 1
MONTPELIER – “Cultivating the Fire Element” – Remedies for Anxiety and Sleep with Baylen Slote. VCIH, 252 Main St. 6-7:15 p.m. $8 members/$10 non-members. First class of a series on the Chinese 5 Elements. Pre-register/info: Pre-registration required. Call 802-224-7100 or email email@example.com
Tuesday, May 2
BERLIN – Central Vermont Young Professionals Inaugural Meeting. Beaulieu Place—Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce, 33 Stewart Rd. 5:30 p.m. Join with fellow professionals from a variety of backgrounds and experiences as we create an effective, interconnected network in which our generation can meet, gain career enrichment skills, and explore ways to give back to Central Vermont. RSVP: CVYP@centralvt.com.
MONTPELIER – Philip Baruth Book Launch & Reading: “Senator Leahy: a Life in Scenes”. Noble Lounge at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. 7 p.m. Philip Baruth’s new book, Senator Leahy: a Life in Scenes (UPNE, 2017), is a biography that focuses in on Leahy’s meticulous image making, his cultivation of a Top Cop persona both in the media and at the ballot box, and his improbable success. Free and open to the public.
Elemental Queenship with Linda River Valente. Hunger Mountain Coop. 6-7 p.m. Let the four queens of the Tarot illuminate your path to sovereignty. Mind, body, soul, spirit. $8 members/$10 nonmembers.
Rummage Sale. St. Augustine’s Parish Hall, 16 Barre St. 4-7 p.m. Clothing for all ages, household items, books, games, puzzles, costume jewelry and more! All proceeds benefit the charitable works of CDA Court St. Augustine #976.
Dream Circle. Kellogg-Hubbard Library. 5:30-7:30 p.m. At this gathering, we will begin the group process of digging into the wisdom of our dreams in a supportive container, where our spirit and the unconscious can emerge. All are invited to attend, even if you cannot remember your dreams, are curious about the exploration process, or just want to observe. Info: Jackie Earle-Cruickshanks at (802) 522-6889 or Mary Kay Kasper at (802) 505-8862
PLAINFIELD – Red Cross Blood Donation. Twinfield High School, 106 Naismith Brook Rd. 12-5 p.m.
Wednesday, May 3
MONTPELIER – Strengths-Based Happiness with Ginny Sassaman, creator of the Happiness Paradigm Strengths-Based Happiness. Hunger Mountain Coop. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Learn how and why using your own unique strengths and virtues can help you be more successful and happier in all you do. $8 members/$10 nonmembers.
Thursday, May 4
BARRE – Red Cross Blood Donation. Barre City Elementary, 50 Parkside Terrace. 2:30-7 p.m.
Friday, May 5
EAST MONTPELIER – Death Cafe. Twin Valley Senior Center Rte. 2. 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Discussions of events past, present, and future. All are welcome and discussions are confidential. Info: 802-223-3322 or firstname.lastname@example.org
MONTPELIER – Environmental Justice and Nuclear Waste: The Road from Vermont Yankee to Texas. Christ Church, State Street. 5:30 p.m. potluck, 6:30 p.m. program. Forum on high-level nuclear waste (HLNW), the federal waste policy and environmental racism of the nuclear waste industry.
Rummage Sale. St. Augustine’s Parish Hall, 16 Barre St. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Clothing for all ages, household items, books, games, puzzles, costume jewelry and more! “Bag Sale” fill a bag for $2 from noon to 3 p.m. All proceeds benefit the charitable works of CDA Court St. Augustine #976.
MORRISVILLE – Red Cross Blood Donation. Lamoille County Mental Health Services, 72 Harrel St, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
NORTHFIELD – Coffee House Benefit Evening. United Church of Northfield, 58 South Main St. 6:30-9 p.m. $4 cover charge includes first beverage (Family max. $20) Benefit NMHS students going to Tanzania, and United Church of Northfield’s energy efficiency renovation project. Entertainment (music and readings) for all ages. Coffee, tea, cider and desserts
THETFORD – Red Cross Blood Donation. Thetford Academy, 304 Academy Rd. 12-5 p.m.
Saturday, May 6
BARRE – Barre Elks Lodge Cornhole Tournament. Registration at 5 p.m., double elimination tournament at 6 p.m. In Main Hall, Jefferson Street entrance.
BETHEL – White Elephant and Food Sale. Miller Memorial United Methodist Church (the Little Yellow Church), 122 North Main St. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 1/2 price sales begin at noon. Bargains for everyone. Info: 234-9441
CALAIS – Calais Green Up Day. Trash/Recycling Depot, Moscow Woods Rd. 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers can drop off bags of roadside litter. Metal also accepted (no refrigerators, liquids or tires on rims). Household trash and recyclables accepted for the usual fee. No personal tires, please! Bags and returnable bottles & cans only may be brought to Maple Corner Store. Info: Fletcher Dean, 456-8924, email@example.com
EAST MONTPELIER – Montpelier Community Gospel Choir Concert. Old Meeting House, 1620 Center Rd. 7 p.m. A cappella gospel and original music. By donation. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-249-0404
MONTPELIER – Spring Migration Bird Walks. Cow Pasture. 7-8:30 a.m. Fee: $10, free for members. Explore NBNC for spring migrants, such as warblers, vireos, thrushes and waterfowl. Learn birding basics, expand your birding ear and discover more.
Green Mountain Youth Symphony Auditions. We have open seats for musicians novice through advanced next fall. Registration is also open for the GMYS Creative Arts & Music Program (CAMP) for intermediate – advanced music students. To schedule an audition/info: email GMYS at email@example.com, call 802-888-4470 or visit our website at www.gmys-vt.org.
Orchard Valley Waldorf School’s Annual Sweet ‘N Savory Pie Breakfast. Unitarian Church, 130 Main St. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $8 per person, $30 per family, children under 5 free. Info: www.ovws.org, or 802-456-7400
Montpelier Kiwanis Club All-You-Can-eat Breakfast. Boutwell Masonic Center, 288 Gallison Hill Rd. 7-11:30 a.m. $8/adults, $4/children under 12. Money raised sends Central VT children to summer camp.
NORTHFIELD – Texas Hold’Em Tournament. American Legion. 1 p.m. $50 in advance, $75 the day of.
RANDOLPH – Chicken Pie Supper. Our Lady of Angels Church. Corner of Route 66 and Hebard Hill Road. 5 p.m. Regular admission: $10; Children: $5. Take-outs available. Knights of Columbus fundraiser. Info: Jim Kirkpatrick, Grand Knight, 802-276-3014
WATERBURY – “Introduction to Trout Fishing with Spinning Equipment”. Waterbury Public Library, SAL Room. 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free. The course will cover targeting trout with spinning equipment, and will also include reviews of ecology, knot tying, casting, lure making and more. At the conclusion of the clinic, participants will go fishing on the nearby Winooski River to practice their skills.
Sunday, May 7
MORRISVILLE – Northeast Fiddlers Assoc. monthly jam and meet. VFW, Pleasant Street. Noon to 5 p.m. Fiddlers and public welcome. Local food shelf donations welcomed. Info: Lee Deyette at 802-728-5188
Monday, May 8
BARRE – Red Cross Blood Donation. Barre Elks Club, 10 Jefferson St. 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
MONTPELIER – Complete Stress Management for Health & Wellness with Dennis Seavey-Windsinger, CHT, CHI. Hunger Mountain Coop. 6-7 p.m. This is not just another class showing meditation or other stress coping techniques. Identify what stresses you and why. Learn how your stress is affecting your health. Learn the 4 step process to reduce and manage stress to better health. $4 members/$8 nonmembers.
Tuesday, May 9
BARRE – BASC Annual Tea. 1-3 p.m. Wear your fanciest hat when you join us for tea, sandwiches & sweet treats—including our Young at Heart Singers who will perform melodiously. Reservations required; only $10; please see Sandy.
MONTPELIER – The Art of the Conscious and Connected Breath with Dunja Moeller, PhD. Hunger Mountain Coop. 6-7:30 p.m. Learn how to inhale and exhale properly. Add awareness and the ability to heal whatever is in the way of an optimal breathing pattern. For more information go to www.workshopsforabetterlife.com