Wednesday, February 22
BARRE – Beyond Heating with Cord Wood Workshop. Aldrich Library at 6 Washington St. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Light dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. Covers how modern wood heating works, the relative cost and savings compared to other fuel sources and systems, and the financial incentives available. Wood pellet boiler distributors will be on-site to share information. Info: Elaine Wang at 802-249-5978.
MONTPELIER – Farmers Night Free Concert Series: Kingdom County All Stars. House Chamber of Vermont Statehouse. 7:30 p.m. This unique jazz band brings star high school musicians from the entire Northeast Kingdom to play and perform together.
AyurveDUH with Julie MacAdam. Grian Herbs Apothecary, 34 Elm St. Come learn about your unique constitution and ways to maintain balance through the seasonal changes of your life. Discover food that fuels your vitality and herbs that are your allies. Sliding scale $5-$15. RSVP: email@example.com. Info: 802-223-0043
Reiki for Self-Transformation with Hillary Denton, Reiki Master/Teacher. Hunger Mountain Coop. 6-7 p.m. Free. Reiki is an excellent tool for self-transformation. Reiki enhances our mind/body connection, encouraging optimal health. It supports emotional regulation and works at the root cause of disharmony in the mind, body and spirit.
Paint n Sip Pallette Party. Bagitos, 28 Main St. 6-8 p.m. Come paint a beautiful painting while sipping a nice glass of wine (or beer). Contact Liz Lawson for more info.
OLLI Spring Series Ń Strikes, Strife and Life in the Workshop of the World: A VT Organizer in China. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St. 1:30 p.m. Suggested donation $5. Presented by Labor and Community Organizer Ellen David Friedman. Based on a decade of work in China, Friedman will discuss the complicated relationship between the Chinese Communist Party and the mainly-disempowered Chinese working class and what this means for international geo-politics.
RANDOLPH – Auditions: Tenth Annual Mini Mud. Chandler Music Hall, 71-73 Main St. Chandler announces auditions for the tenth annual Mini Mud youth variety show. Kids age 6-18 are invited to bring a vocal or instrumental music offering, dance, skit, magic trick, juggling, special drama piece, or any other special talent to share. Contact Janet Watton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-728-9402 to sign up for an audition time.
TUNBRIDGE – Rural Vermont presents “Groundswell: Community Conversations about land use, livelihood, food, and the future of Vermont.” Tunbridge Town Hall. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free and open to all, light dinner provided, farmer & childcare stipends available. Info/RSVP: www.ruralvermont.org or (802)223-7222.
WATERBURY – Introduction to Microsoft Excel. Waterbury Public Library, 28 North Main St. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Technology Librarian Delia Gillen will cover the basics of the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet program, including navigating the tool bar, setting up worksheets, entering data into cells, performing simple formulas, and graphing data. Information and resources will also be provided to continue building Excel skills. Register: 244-7036. Space is limited to 8 participants.
Thursday, February 23
MONTPELIER – Public Hearing on Judicial Retention. Room 11 at the State House. 7 p.m. Members of the public interested in testifying may sign up no sooner than 30 minutes prior to the hearing. Each person will have 5 minutes to testify. The hearing will adjourn at 8 p.m. unless there are no persons requesting to testify, in which case the meeting may adjourn at 7:30 p.m.
Fundamentals of Pruning for Fruit Trees and Shrubs with Nicko Rubin, East Hill Tree Farm Nursery. Hunger Mountain Coop. 5-6 p.m. Free. Come learn the basics of winter pruning, for health, beauty and fruitfulness. Discussion will cover fruit trees, berry plants, and brambles.
Red Cross Blood Donation. VFW Post 792, 792 Pioneer St. 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Italian Session live at 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.
The League of Women Voters Birthday Tea. Down Home Kitchen, 100 Main St. 4 p.m. Sip tea, eat cake, talk, laugh, and get to know each other. Come along, we’d love to meet you and be sure to bring a friend. We’ve been around for 97 incredible years! No cost to attend. Refreshments & Cash Bar. RSVP: email@example.com or https://lwvbirthdaytea.eventbrite.com
WARREN – MadDog TU Movie Night. Gate House Lodge, Sugarbush Resort, Rte 100 South. 6 p.m.ĘFeaturing “Providence” by Confluence Film. $5. Also, raffle and fly-tying demonstrations. If you love to fish or just want to learn more.
Friday, February 24
MONTPELIER – Red Cross Blood Donation. Christ Episcopal Church, 64 State St. 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Squirrel’s Crackers live at Bagitos, 28 Main St. 6-8 p.m. Keith & Kathy Friesland and Rocko Russell bring their high energy Cajun feeling music.
Native Bee Conservation in Vermont and Beyond Naturalist Journey’s Lecture Series. Unitarian Church of Montpelier. 7 p.m. Leif Richardson, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Gund Institute, UVM. Vermont has more than 250 species of native bees, many of which are important pollinators of wild and cultivated plants. Leif will discuss how we know when insect species are of concern, and efforts to protect declining bee pollinators in Vermont and beyond.
Saturday, February 25
BARRE – Elks Charities Corn Hole Tournament. Barre Elks Jefferson St. Registration 5 p.m., games at 6 p.m. Open to public. $10/person. Double elimination. Food and beverages available.
EAST ORANGE – Annual Chicken B-B-Q RIDE-IN. East Orange Church. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Barbecued Chicken, Pasta, Green Beans, Rolls, Dessert, Beverage. Adults $10, Children 12 and under $6, Children under 6 our guests. Benefits the East Orange Church. Info: Beverly Hatch, 802-439-5897 or Erica Jean, 802-439-3569.
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.
Joy from Song, Sacred Music of Hope. Christ Church, 64 State St. 4 p.m. Featuring: Mass in C (Charles Gounod), Motet-Cantate Domino (Dietrich Buxtehude), Selected sacred works for three male voices and organ. Admission by donation food or dollars) for the Montpelier Food Pantry.
PLAINFIELD – Cross-country Ski Plainfield with GMC. Moderate. 7-8 miles. Spruce Mountain to Seyon Ranch. This is a new trail which starts at the base of Spruce Mountain and goes to Noyes Pond in Groton over moderate terrain. Contact George Longenecker and Cynthia Martin, 229-9787 or firstname.lastname@example.org for starting time and place as well as additional information.
RANDOLPH – Musicians from Marlboro. Chandler Music Hall, 71-73 Main St. 7:30 p.m. Thomas Adès’s Arcadiana is the centerpiece of a memorable program that also features piano trios by Haydn and FaurŽ and Brahms’s String Quintet in G Major, Op. 111. Reserved seating: adults $33 advance, $35 day of; students $10; kids 5 and under free. Tickets: 802-728-6464 or online at www.chandler-arts.org
WILLIAMSTOWN – Starting seeds indoors: Williamstown Academy at Ainsworth Public Library. 2338 Vt Rt 14. 10 a.m. to noon. Demonstration and discussion:What you need to know to be successful starting seeds indoors for spring planting. Class is free and open to public. To register, call 433 5887 or email email@example.com
Sunday. February 26
EAST MONTPELIER – Armchair Traveler Đ Walk the Camino. Four Corners Schoolhouse. 3 p.m. Barbara and Whit Dall will talk about their 2013 walk from the French Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela along the Camino. They will show slides and talk about their experiences. Info: Rachael Grossman at firstname.lastname@example.org
MONTPELIER – Southern Old Time Music Jam. Bagitos, 28 Main St. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Bach: Motets & Flute Sonatas. Unitarian Church of Montpelier. 3 p.m. Cost: $20 Adults, $15 Seniors, $5 Students and Limited Means. Info: email@example.com, or by phone at (802) 540-1784
NORTHFIELD – Daytona 500 Party. Northfield American Legion. 2 p.m. Pot Luck, snacks, Big Screen TV, Drink Specials. Open to the public
Tuesday, February 28
BARRE – “Savvy Seniors” presented by Council of Vermont Elders. Barre Area Senior Center. 2 p.m. Senior volunteers and staff from the Vermont Senior Medicare Patrol Project of the Community of Vermont Elders will provide a comical performance about issues that touch all of us: healthcare fraud and errors, identity theft, telemarketing and mail fraud, drug diversion and other issues.
HARDWICK – Film: Fresh, the Movie. Jeudevine Memorial Library. 6:30 p.m. Documentary about sustainable agriculture. Info: 802-472-5948
MONTPELIER – Moulton & Whipple, The Frozen Finger Boys live at Bagitos, 28 Main St. 6-8 p.m. Bill Moulton and Craig Whipple have been playing music in Central Vt. for 40 years, predominantly as members of Cold Country Bluegrass.
Armchair Travel: Hill Towns of Central Italy. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St. 6:30-8 p.m. Free and open to the public. Tina Muncy takes you on a tour of Italy through photos. Making olive oil in Paciano, visiting Cortona, La Foce Garden, the Orvieto Duomo, the amazing Civita de Bagnoregio and more. Ah the wine and the food!
Wednesday, March 1
MONTPELIER – Farmers Night Free Concert Series: Still Hill. House Chamber of Vermont Statehouse. 7:30 p.m. Still Hill is a newgrass, folk, and old-time string band based in the Upper Valley of Vermont & New Hampshire.
OLLI Spring Series Ń A New Political Universe. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St. 1:30 p.m. Suggested donation $5. Presented by Political Commentator Jon Margolis. The country and the world are faced with a whole new political foundation. Meanwhile, little ole Vermont keeps plugging alongŃstubbornly normal and civil in its politics. A hopeless anachronism or a hope for salvation? And salvation from what?
Thursday, March 2
MONTPELIER – Stress and the BRAIN with Linda Mahns, MA, Holistic Health. 5:30-6:30 p.m. The last in a 3 part series! Get a glimpse into your own brain and how it works on stress. Discover how to make your brain work for you in times of stress. Includes yummy treats for your brain, recipes and life-giving information and techniques. $7 members/$10 nonmembers. Email your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
AAA Keeping the Keys. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St. 1:30-3 p.m. Free and open to the public. Keeping the Keys is a program designed for drivers 65 years and older who want to maintain their driving ability as they age. The curriculum focuses on safe driving awareness and confidence behind the wheel, and is designed to be fun, interactive, and anxiety-free.
Friday, March 3
BARRE – Red Cross Blood Donation. Canadian Club, 414 E Montpelier Rd. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
MONTPELIER – Self-Care Tools for Stressful Times with Ginny Sassaman, founder of the Happiness Paradigm and a co-founder of GNHUSA. Hunger Mountain Coop. 5:30-7:30 p.m. During these intense times, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, distressed, angry, sad, and a little loss. Ginny will lead the group in practicing a variety of methods to feel better, enjoy life more, and contribute to the greater well-being of others. $8 Member-Owners/$10 Non-Members. Email your contact information to email@example.com to RSVP.
TUNBRIDGE – Farm to School Program. Tunbridge Public Library, 289 VT 110, 7 p.m. Abbie Nelson, Education Coordinator of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont, will talk about the statewide Farm to School Program which works to connect students and school communities to local agriculture and the food they eat. Free. Info: 889-9404, firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, March 4
BARRE – Friends of the Aldrich Library Annual Winter Banquet/Auction. Barre Elks.Ę5 p.m. drinks/appetizers/silent auction. 6 p.m. oven-roasted beef dinner (vegetarian option available), followed by a live auction. Tickets $25 per person. Call (476-7550) or visit library for tickets. Watch the library’s website www.aldrichpubliclibrary.org for an ever-growing list of auction items.
BERLIN – Red Cross Blood Donation. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Berlin, 244 Hershey Rd. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
BETHEL – Meatloaf Supper. St. Anthony’s Church Hall. 5 p.m. $10; and children under 5: free. Knights of Columbus fund raiser for St. Anthony’s Church/Hospitality Committee. Take-outs available. Info: Dale Mount at 802-728-9884
MONTPELIER – Capital City Winter Market. Montpelier City Center. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring seasonal produce, local meats and cheeses, hot food, and handmade crafts from central Vermont. Info: Ashton Kirol, 793-8347 or email@example.com.
NORTHFIELD – Texas Hold’Em Tournament. American Legion. 1 p.m. $50 in advance, $75 the day of.
Sunday, March 5
WILLIAMSTOWN – Northeast Fiddlers Assoc. monthly jam and meet. Moose Club, 110 Business Ctr. Noon to 5 p.m. Fiddlers and public welcome. Local food shelf donations welcomed. Info: Lee Deyette (802) 728-5188
Basic Digital Photography: Williamstown Academy at Ainsworth Public Library. 2338 Vt Rt 14. 10 a.m. to noon. Learn how to use your digital camera to take the best pictures. Bring your camera along. Free and open to public. To register, call 433 5887 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, March 6
BARRE – Gentle Yoga. Barre Area Senior Center. 1:30-2:30 p.m. Marissa Greene of Granite City Fitness is our instructor for this class which focuses on breathing and gentle flow movements, passive and supportive poses. A perfect beginning yoga class, also appropriate for those working with injury, limited mobility or who prefer a softer, gentler approach. Please register; $40, eight weeks.
RANDOLPH – Red Cross Blood Donation. Our Lady of Angels Catholic, 43 Hebard Hill Rd. Noon to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, March 7
MONTPELIER – Remedies for Immunity and Allergies with Baylen Slote, LAC, of black turtle TCM. Hunger Mountain Coop. 6-7 p.m. Free. Allergies and frequent illness are usually signs that something is weakening the body. Using natural tools such as dietary remedies, acupressure points, and qi going exercises, you can learn to raise your allergy threshold and build your immune system. Email your contact information to email@example.com to RSVP.