Tuesday, January 27
BARRE – Healthy Winter Activity Clinic at The RehabGYM, 219 North Main St. 5 p.m. Tips and tools for improved and safe winter activity performance. Info: 802-479-4000
MONTPELIER – Vermontivate! Info Session at Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St. 1-2:30 p.m. Vermontivate! is a nationally recognized community sustainability game designed to bring a sense of hope, fun, collaboration, and infinite possibility to the hard work of addressing the climate crisis. Learn more about how you can be involved in the 2015 game. 223-2518
Wednesday, January 28
MONTPELIER − Family Play Night w/ the Family Center of Washington County. 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Early Childhood Building, 383 Sherwood Drive. A free light dinner and playgroup for children birth to six will be available. Family Center staff will be on hand to help parents apply for child care financial assistance, get information about behavior and learning difficulties, child care openings, and other Family Center services. For more information, contact Dori at 802-262-3292, Ext. 122 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NORTHFIELD – Intrepid Women of the World slideshow by Anita Ristau, hosted at Mayo Residential Care at 2 p.m. Call 485-3161 to reserve a spot for this inspiring presentation.
RANDOLPH – Drones 101 Presentation and Screening of Wounds of Waziristan at the Kimball Public Library, 67 North Main St. 6:30 p.m. Join the Randolph Area Peace Coalition, the Peace & Justice Center and Green Mountain Veteran’s for Peace for an evening of education and discussion centered on drones as a political and moral issue. Learn about the basics of this technology, legal controversies that surround the use of drones internationally and domestically and the results of weaponized drones on the tribal regions of Pakistan. The evening will begin with a Drones 101 presentation by Carmen Solari, continue with the screening of the short film “Wounds of Waziristan” by journalist Madiha Tahir, and conclude with a brief discussion of what actions can be taken to spread awareness and help prevent more transgressions. Free.
Thursday, January 29
MONTPELIER – Luncheon with National Association of Manufacturers’ Senior Vice President and Leaders in Vermont Manufacturing. Capitol Plaza Hotel. 11 a.m. We will discuss the critical economic issues facing Vermont and the rest of the country, “what’s next” for the challenges and potential for manufacturing, and new collaborative initiatives between AIV and the Manufacturing Institute. Registration is required by January 26. Members and non-members are welcome to register by registering online or printing out and returning the registration form available at www.aivt.org. For more information or to learn about sponsorship options and benefits, contact us at email@example.com.
Information session: Do you want solar, but have too much shade? If you are a Green Mountain Power customer, now you can with the Solaflect Community Solar Park. Meet with representatives from Solaflect Energy to learn how you can purchase the innovative Solaflect Suspension PV Tracker and host it at the Solar Park. Solaflect takes care of operations and maintenance, insurance, taxes and the land while you enjoy all of the benefits of going solar. Montpelier High School cafeteria. 5 High School Drive. 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Home Weatherization Workshop with Kate Stephenson from Yestermorrow. Hunger Mountain Coop community room. 6-7 p.m. Kate will be giving a hands-on workshop for home weatherization. Explore simple, low cost ways to improve the efficiency of your home so you can reduce your energy bills plus give you resources to attain further energy savings. There will be weatherization door prizes! Access to freight elevator through back room available upon request. Please pre-register: sign up on the Coop workshop bulletin board or contact us at 223-8000 x202 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, January 30
BARRE – Friends of the Aldrich Library Winter Banquet/Auction. Elks Lodge, 6 Jefferson St. Cocktail hour 5:30 p.m. Dinner – beef tenderloin or vegetarian – 6:30 p.m. Auction with David Sanguinetti to follow. Proceeds help the Friends of the Library support library programs for all ages throughout the year. Tickets $25 each; space is limited. For more information contact the library at email@example.com or 476-7550.
Birth Story Corps at Espresso Bueno. 7 p.m. Birth is amazing, emotional, evoking. A common thread among us, yet experienced differently by all mothers, fathers, grandmothers, grandfathers, great-grandmothers, birth attendants and siblings. Where do you store that delicate memory of birth? Unite for an evening of sharing stories of birth – come share yours! *Babes in arms only* $10 at the door benefits Good Beginnings of Central VT.
BRADFORD – Chili, Chowda and Cake Supper. Kick-off for Bradford250. Bradford Fire Station, 135 Carson Lane. 5-6:30 p.m. By donation to benefit Bradford Firefighters. Information 802-222-4423.
MARSHFIELD – Art and Author Night. Jaquith Public Library. 6-8 p.m. Ink, watercolor, mixed media with a focus on folklore with futurism. Reading at 7 p.m. with Tom Blachly. Refreshments will be served.
MONTPELIER- Full Moon Snowshoe Hike. Learn how wildlife survive the long nights of winter. Snowshoes & hot chocolate provided. North Branch Nature Center, $5 members/$10 non-members, 7-8:30 p.m.
Learn to Spin Your Own Yarns on Drop Spindles with Carol Collins from Singing Spindle Spinnery at Hunger Mountain Coop community room. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Spinning is a lot of fun and easy to learn. Using prepared wools provided by Carol, you will learn how to spin your own yarns using two or three different types of washed, carded wool roving and a wooden spindle. $10 Member-Owners/$12 Non-Members. Please pre-register: sign up on the Coop workshop bulletin board or contact us at 223-8000 x202 or firstname.lastname@example.org
NORTHFIELD – Dinner and Live Music for a Great Cause! Help Harwood Union High School junior, Benjamin Burr, get to Carnegie Hall, and have a night of great food and great entertainment while you’re at it! Burr has been selected to participate in the elite Honors Performance Series where he has the opportunity to rehearse and perform under master conductors and showcase his talent before distinguished representatives invited from collegiate and professional music programs. Come have dinner at The Woods Lodge, seatings at 6 and 8 p.m. Burr will be providing the entertainment. Menu here and buy tickets: http://thewoodsvt.com/carnegie.html. If you would prefer to purchase tickets (make reservations) by email or phone: 802-778-0205 or email@example.com.
Saturday, January 31
BARRE – Author Reading by Carol Noyes on book: Coming Full Circle – One Woman’s Journey through Spiritual Crisis. Aldrich Public Library. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free and open to the public, refreshments and power point. For more information call Carol, 485-7444.
Artist Talk & Book Signing: The Organic Artist. Studio Place Arts, 201 N Main St. 3:30-5 p.m. Nick Neddo, author of The Organic Artist, will give a talk and demonstrate how to make your own paint, paper, pigments, prints and more from nature. For info: www.studioplacearts.com
BROOKFIELD – 36th annual Brookfield Ice Harvest and Winter Carnival on Sunset Lake in Pond Village. 10:30 a.m. A demonstration of ice harvesting from the 1800s, including historic tools and techniques, and you can cut a block and haul it out yourself! Following the ice harvest, enjoy winter carnival activities such as skating, x-c skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, milk jug curling, and a tug of war. Chili and other foods will be sold by the Brookfield School Club to support enrichment programs at the Brookfield Elementary School.
EAST MONTPELIER – U-32 Latin Dinner Dance: The U-32 Music Department’s annual fundraiser for music students is happening at 6:30 p.m. A gourmet Mexican dinner will be accompanied by choral and string musicians followed by music performed by the Jazz Band and Salsa Dance instruction. Tickets available from music students, at the door or contact Sara Wolf for reservations at 802-229-0321 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. $5 for students, $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, $35 for families.
MARSHFIELD – The Friends of the Jaquith Library annual book sale. Old Schoolhouse Common, 22 School St. 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. All books $2 or less. Donations welcome prior to 1/30/15.
MONTPELIER – Live Music with Cygne at North Branch Cafe. 7:30 p.m. Electric Folk with an edge. Donations accepted.
Vermont’s 10th Annual Read-A-Thon! National Life Building Cafeteria. 1 National Life Drive. 1-3:30 p.m. Free family event. Music by Jon Gailmor. Cookies & Milk. Free books for kids. Prizes from Bear Pond Books. email@example.com or (802) 229-2665.
Live JAZZ Recording with Allison Mann Septet. For My Mother and Father-The Best Songs of Their Times, Vol. 2. Taplin Auditorium at Christ Episcopal Church. 64 State St. 7-9 p.m. $15. Info and reservations: www.allisonmannvt.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, (802) 223-4712.
WILLIAMSTOWN – Annual Chicken Pie Supper. Williamstown Masonic Lodge. Seatings at 5 & 6:30 p.m. Adults $11, Children $5.50. Reservations 433-5440.
Sunday, February 1
MONTPELIER – Northeast Fiddlers Assoc. Monthly Jam and Meet. VFW, 792 Pioneer St. noon – 5 p.m. Fiddlers and public welcome. Donations for local food shelf welcome. Contact: Lee Deyette (802) 728-5188.
NORTHFIELD – Indoor Farmer’s Market at Norwich University’s Plumley Armory, right off Rt 12. Fresh produce, veggies, meats, baked goods, eggs, crafts, live music and more from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Monday, February 2
MONTPELIER – Winter Wellness with Shona Richter MacDougall at Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, 252 Main St. 6-8 p.m. $12/10 for members; pre-registration required. Discover how to stay healthy during the cold and flu months! Shona will talk in depth about herbs to include in your winter medicine-chest, and how to prepare them. Herbal remedies for both children and adults will be discussed. www.vtherbcenter.org
Tuesday, February 3
MONTPELIER – Self Care for Lymphatic Health with Hannah Rohloff, licensed massage therapist at Tessera Therapeutic Massage, certified in Manual Lymph Drainage. Hunger Mountain Coop community room. 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Explore the lymphatic system while learning gentle, non-invasive self massage protocols you can use daily to encourage healthy lymph flow and improved immunity. Protocols for specific conditions will also be addressed. Please pre-register: sign up on the Coop workshop bulletin board or contact us at 223-8000 x202 or email@example.com
Wednesday, February 4
BARRE – Central VT Adult Basic Education welcomes current and prospective volunteers. CVABE’s Barre Learning Center. 46 Washington St., 4:30-5:30 p.m. Find out about volunteer opportunities at CVABE in the Montpelier/Barre area. This is also a chance for current volunteers to share their experiences and inspire others. Light refreshments. For more information please call Gale Rome at 476-4588.
BRADFORD – The Experience of Drone Pilots at the Bradford Public Library, 21 S. Main St. 6:30 p.m. Free. We are excited to bring our presentation about the people who operate unmanned aerial vehicles. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is higher among drone operators than onboard pilots in war zones. In addition to the presentation we will screen the 2011 feature film Unmanned. This event is an excellent ways to become more knowledgeable about drones and the impact they have on individuals and communities in the United States and beyond. Michaela Herrmann will lead the presentation and discussion that follows the film. For more information or if you would like this event to travel to your community contact Carmen Solari at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-863-2345 x6.
MONTPELIER – Osher at MSAC, 58 Barre St. VPR host Robert Resnik and his musical partner Marty Morrissey, both long-time members of The Highland Weavers, will give an overview and history of Vermont folk music with a combination of live performances and recordings. $5 suggested donation to OSHER. Info: 223-2518
Men’s Group at MSAC, 58 Barre St. 10-11:30 a.m. Group of men who look to become more involved at MSAC and socialize. Recurs every other Wednesday. Free and Open to all men 50+ Info: 223-2518.
WATERBURY – Build a LEGO Winter Village at the Waterbury Library. 1 – 3 p.m. (Early Release day): Even though the Library will be closed for regular business, kids in 1st through 4th grades are welcome to come after school on this Early Release day and have some fun with LEGOs! Registration required: 244-7036.
Thursday, February 5
WATERBURY – WinterFest Words: Fun with Acrostic Poetry & Art at Waterbury Library. 6-8 p.m. Drop in from the cold during Winterfest and try your hand at acrostic poetry. Acrostics are a fun poetic form that anyone can write! Choose a winter word such as snow, ice, ski slide, or even winter – and use it as a basis of an acrostic. Then use a variety of art materials to illustrate your poem. For ages 8 through adult.
Friday, February 6
BARRE – Mid-Winter Warm-Up Dance Concert with Native Tongue to benefit the Granite City Grocery. 7:30-11 p.m. Elks Club, Barre. $10, $8 for GCG Owners
MONTPELIER – Laugh Local VT Open Mic Comedy Night.Montpelier’s monthly Comedy Open Mic. Check out ALPO3 (The American Legion Post #3), this event is open to the GENERAL public. Please help support local comedy by performing or watching those that do. Signups @ 7:30 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. The American Legion Post #3, 21 Main Street, Montpelier. Free, but dough nation$ welcome. Bob, 793-3884.
Naturalist Journeys Lecture Series “Naked in Norway: Backpacking Above the Arctic Circle” at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier. 7 p.m. $5 suggested donation. In the Arctic, Bryan Pfeiffer and Ruth Einstein discover that Willow Ptarmigans utter the craziest song ever, that a cloudberry tastes like an apricot-mango smoothie, that the planet is warming, and that the eternal sun exposes profound beauty and biodiversity so far north of the Equator.
Computer Help at MSAC. 58 Barre St. 10:45-11:45 a.m. A local student will be available in the MSAC computer lab to provide technology assistance. Free and open to all 50+ Infor: 223-2518
Lunch with a Cop at MSAC. 58 Barre St. noon-1 p.m. Come by MSAC for a delicious lunch and an opportunity to discuss community issues and build relationships with officers from the Montpelier Police Department. Lunch is $9 for those under 60 and no charge with a $7 suggested donation for those 60 or older. If you plan to come for lunch, please call 262-6288 or email email@example.com by Feb. 4 so we can reserve you a meal.
Saturday, February 7
BARRE – Auditions for 9th Annual Kaleidoscope of Talent show at Spaulding High School Auditorium. Benefit for Green Mountain United Way. Amateur vocalists, instrumentalists, comedians and dancers invited. Cash prizes awarded in 4 age groups. Show held on March 7. Performer Application available at www.gmunitedway.org/kaleidoscope.shtml
Dabble Day. Come dabble with snow, oobleck, live music, silly putty, building toys and more. Spaulding High School Cafeteria. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fun (and messy activities for children ages birth to 6 and their families. Free refreshments. Every child takes home a free book!
FREE Father and Kid Movie Day! Aldrich Library. 2-3:30 p.m. Dads bring your kiddos of all ages to come and watch the classic Toy Story, rated G, and have some freshly popped popcorn and refreshments! Feel free to wear or bring any of your favorite Toy Story costumes or toys to add a little more fun to this movie day. Let us know that you’re coming by texting “Movie” to 802-505-1436 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
MONTPELIER – NEW Location for Capital City Farmers Market. Montpelier High School cafeteria, for its February 7th market. Pick up a wide variety of items from the 25 farmers, food producers and craftspeople and find lots of parking at the high school too!
February Frolics will make you forget your Winter Woes with ace artists on the stage! Jon Gailmor Vermont’s Singer-Songwriter Showman performs at Lost Nation Theater, Montpelier City Hall Arts Center, 39 Main St. 7:30 p.m. $15 in advance; $20 day of/door; kids 11 years or under: $10 (or free per accompanying paying adult). Proceeds benefit Lost Nation Theater. Info & Tickets: 802-229-0492 or www.lostnationtheater.org
Author-Educator Series Returns to Bear Pond Books. 77 Main St. 11 a.m. Illustrator and Center for Cartoon Studies graduate Katherine Roy will talk about her picture book Neighborhood Sharks, her current work creating a book about elephants, and about visual learning. Free. Light refreshments and coffee. In the second floor children’s room.
PLAINFIELD – Valentine Trunk Show. Plainfield Town Hall. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Come make Valentines for your sweethearts and support wonderful locally handmade treats and crafts! A Valentine craft table will be the heart of this event for kids of all ages! FREE Magic Fortunes for all! Come celebrate local! For more info call Suki: (802) 477-2401
WATERBURY – Line Dance Exhibit opens at White Meeting House featuring the Visual Art of Arthur Zorn. Concert of Improvised piano and organ music, lecture and reception. Waterbury Congregational Church, UCC. 8 North Main St. 7 p.m. Free. Info: Torrey at 244-8581 or email@example.com
Snowshoe with Green Mountain Club. Winter Trails Day at GMC Headquarters, Waterbury Center. 802.244.7037