January 28, 2015

Events & Happenings

Thursday, Jan. 22

FINANCIAL AID PAPERWORK WORKSHOPS

Vermont Student Assistance Corp. will offer free workshops to help families fill out financial aid forms at local high schools in January, including workshops at Champlain Valley Union High School at 5:30 and 6:45 p.m. These informal workshops offer guidance on filling out the FAFSA and Vermont grant forms. Students and parents can also ask questions and learn about the college financial aid process, including scholarships. Participants should bring the following: Social Security number; most recent federal tax return; and most recent W-2 or year-end pay stub.  All documentation will be confidential and used solely to fill out individual forms. For a complete schedule of VSAC’s Financial Aid Forms Nights, go to www.vsac.org/schedule.

‘TRASHED: NO PLACE FOR WASTE’

The Jericho Energy Task Force will start its free winter movie series with “Trashed: No Place for Waste,” which documents huge piles of accumulating garbage on land and in the water across the planet, but ends with a look at potential solutions, at the Deborah Rawson Memorial Library at 7 p.m. Movie-goers are encouraged to bring their own cups and bowls for cider and popcorn. 872-8111 or [email protected]

 

Saturday, Jan. 24

Early Education Meet and Greet Playgroup

Connect with other families in the Chittenden South Supervisory Union community and meet early childhood educators from your school district to enjoy early childhood games and activities, snack and story time. Early Educators will be available to share information on child development and local resources for families. Hinesburg Community School, from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00. a.m. for children up to to five years old with an adult. For more information, contact Kristin Eisensmith at 383-1226 or [email protected]

TURKEY DINNER

A community turkey dinner to benefit the Red Brick Meeting House restoration fund will be held at the meeting house, beginning at 5 p.m. Adults $10, seniors $8, children under 12 $7. Donations and volunteers needed. 999-7350 or [email protected]

IVANOV CONCERT

Celebrated pianist Gleb Ivanov will open the seventh annual Passages at the Paramount Series at 8 p.m.

 

Sunday, Jan. 25– Monday, Jan. 26

AUDITIONS

Lost Nation Theatre is looking for actors, singers and movers ages 16 and up at the Montpelier City Hall Arts Center. Those interested should prepare two contrasting monologues and 16 bars of a song (optional) no longer than two minutes total, bring a headshot and resume. Roles open in most shows. Auditions 1 – 4 p.m. Sunday and 6 – 9 p.m. Monday. 229-0492 or [email protected]

 

Sunday, Jan. 25

WOMENS XC SKI DAY

The New England Nordic Ski Association will host the New England Women’s Cross Country Ski Day at Rikert Nordic Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring cross-country ski clinics, coaching for all abilities, ski waxing demonstrations, a raffle and more. The event benefits the STRiDE Foundation. Pre-registration required, $35 for NENSA members, $40 for non-members. nensa.net/women or 207-688-6503.

 

Monday, Jan. 26

WILLISTON SENIORS

Those interested in working to find a permanent home for the Williston Seniors can meet at 7 p.m. at the Williston Federated Church. 879-2511.

 

Friday, Jan. 30

‘ASSIGNED ALLIES’

The UVM Lane Series continues with the third of four collaborations with the UVM Department of Music and Dance at the UVM Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. This partnership event, Assigned Allies, features The Solo Workshop, a group comprised of Department of Music and Dance faculty composers/musicians, and choreographer/dancers. Tickets $15 adult/$5 students. uvm.edu/laneseries

 

Saturday, Jan. 31

50 PLUS & BABY BOOMERS EXPO

Day of fun and learning designed for those age 50 and older, but all ages welcome. More than 90 exhibitors, tech pavilion, beauty workshops, seminars, coffee and tea tasting, dance party, giveaways, art and wellness demos, Elvis Tribute Concert and more. 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center, 870 Williston Rd., South Burlington. $5 at the door, $4 advance. 872-9000 or www.vermontmaturity.com/expo.

 

Friday, Feb. 6 and Saturday, Feb. 7

RUMMAGE SALE

Grace United Methodist Church, 130 Maple Street, Essex Junction, Feb. 6 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Feb.7 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Take what you need and pay what you can.

 

Saturday, Feb. 7

BOTTLE DRIVE

Eighth graders from Harbor House at Williston Central School will be collecting bottles from 9-11 a.m. to fund a class trip to Washington, D.C. Place bottles in a bag labeled “Harbor House” at the end of your driveway. Bottled will be collected in the following neighborhoods: Sunrise; Southridge; Brennan Woods; Turtle Pond Road; Pleasant Acres; Wildflower Circle; Southfield Drive; Chamberlin Drive; Ledgewood; Lamplite Lane. [email protected]

 

Thursday, Feb. 12

PURRRSES FOR PAWS

The Humane Society of Chittenden County will host Purrrses for Paws at the Pizzagalli Center at Shelburne Museum from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The funds raised from the event will cover the costs of caring for and responsibly re-homing the over 1,000 animals they accept each year. Tickets are $25. www.chittendenhumane.org or 862-0135.

 

Saturday, Feb. 14 – Sunday, Feb 15

ICE FISHING DERBY

YMCA Camp Chingachgook hosts an ice fishing derby to raise funds for camper scholarships, open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cash prizes are awarded for the three heaviest fish in categories of lake trout, salmon, pike and perch. $25 per person per day, or $30 for both days. Kids under 12 may register for $6/day or $10 for both days. (518) 656-9462 or LakeGeorgeCamp.org.

 

Sunday, Feb. 15

PANCAKE BREAKFAST

Grace United Methodist Church in Essex Junction will host a pancake breakfast with the first service at 8:30 a.m. and second at 10:30 a.m. All are welcomed, donations accepted. 878-5923 or 878-8071.

 

Friday, March 6 – Sunday, March 8

WINTER DOE CAMP

Vermont Outdoors Woman will host its annual Winter Doe Camp at the Hulbert Outdoor Center in Fairlee. Winter Doe Camp is a women’s weekend retreat for outdoor skill development, adventure, education, camaraderie and fun. Cost for the all inclusive weekend program is $370. www.voga.org/winter_doe_camp.htm

 

Saturday, March 14

MASTERWORKS SERIES

Vermont Symphony Orchestra presents Masterworks at 8 p.m. at Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington. vso.org/eventview.php?id=130

 

Sunday, March 15

PANCAKE BREAKFAST

Grace United Methodist Church in Essex Junction will host a pancake breakfast with the first service at 8:30 a.m. and second at 10:30 a.m. All are welcomed, donations accepted. 878-5923 or 878-8071.

 

Sunday, April 19

PANCAKE BREAKFAST

Grace United Methodist Church in Essex Junction will host a pancake breakfast with the first service at 8:30 a.m. and second at 10:30 a.m. All are welcomed, donations accepted. 878-5923 or 878-8071.

 

ONGOING

 

‘NATURAL BEAUTIES’

The Shelburne Museum’s new exhibition, “Natural Beauties: Jewelry From Art Nouveau to Now,” features 300 designs by world renowned jewelry designers including works from René Lalique, Tiffany & Co and Van Cleff & Arpel, as well as works by four Vermont artists. The exhibit will be on view until March 8, 2015 at the Shelburne Museum’s Pizzagalli Center for Art & Education.

 

‘FIBRATIONS’ EXHIBIT

The Great Hall in Springfield presents its fifth exhibition, “Fibrations! New England Fiber Art & Mixed-Media Invitational Exhibition.” The exhibition will be open through spring 2015. [email protected] or 885-3061.

 

CHAMPLAIN VALLEY PROSTATE SUPPORT GROUP

General discussion and sharing among survivors and those beginning or rejoining the battle from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hope Lodge in Burlington the second Tuesday of each month. 274-4990

 

BRIDGE CLUB

The Burlington Bridge Academy at 156 Commerce Street in Williston holds weekly bridge events—Mondays at 7 p.m. is novice night, Tuesdays at 7 p.m. is an open game, Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. is open, Friday at 10 a.m. is open, bring your lunch. Cost for regular games is $6 per person, includes coffee and snacks. [email protected] or 425-3066. www.bridgewebs.com/BurlingtonAcademy/

 

TOASTMASTERS

Toastmasters of Greater Burlington helps locals develop your speaking and leadership skills and ace job interviews. The group meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month at the Holiday Inn in South Burlington.

 

SAMBATUCADA REHEARSAL

Sambatucada is an all-volunteer samba street percussion band. It rehearses every Monday from 6-8:30 p.m. at the 8-Space Studio in Burlington. Rehearsals are initially free; regular members pay $40 a year in dues. The band regularly performs at First Night, Mardi Gras, July 3, Dragon Boat Races, COTS Walk, River of Light Parade and more. www.sambatucada.org or 862-5017.

 

FREE COMMUNITY DINNERS

The United Church of Hinesburg hosts free community dinners the last Friday of each month. Open to the public. Donations accepted for the Vermont Foodbank.

 

WILLISTON ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP

Emotional, educational and social support group for caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias meets at 5 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month at the Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont Chapter in Williston. 272-3900 or alz.org/Vermont.

 

WILLISTON-RICHMOND ROTARY

Williston Richmond Rotary club meets for breakfast every Thursday from 7:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the Federated Church in Williston. Breakfast is $8. [email protected] or visit www.willistonrotary.org.

 

RICHMOND FREE LIBRARY EVENTS

Visit richmondfreelibraryvt.org to get connected to the calendar and check events, sign up to get newsletters and announcements via email, locate online services and materials.

 

ISLAM Q & A SESSIONS

The Islamic Society of Vermont presents an informative series of question and answer sessions about all aspects of Islam. The informal conversation groups will meet twice per month for friendly dialogue at Fletcher Free Library in Burlington. 865-7211.

 

ESSEX ART LEAGUE

The Essex Art League meets the first Thursday of the month, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Essex Junction Congregational Church. The agenda includes a business and social time, and features a guest artist presentation. www.essexartleague.com.

 

BLOOD DONORS NEEDED

Blood donors are urgently needed. Walk in or by appointment. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. to 1p.m. Saturdays. www.redcrossblood.org.

 

CANCER SUPPORT GROUP

The Northwest Vermont Cancer Prayer and Support Network will host a spiritually based support group, held Essex Center United Methodist Church the fourth Monday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. [email protected].

 

CANCER SURVIVOR CLASSES

Join the wellness classes at Survivorship NOW, created by cancer survivors for cancer survivors. 777-1126 or www.survivorshipnowVT.org.

 

CENTERPOINT PARENT SUPPORT GROUP

Centerpoint Parent Support Group meets Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. at the Centerpoint. 488-7712.

 

FLETCHER FREE LIBRARY PROGRAMS

The Fletcher Free Library in Burlington presents a variety of programs, free and open to the public, which include film screenings, book discussions, lectures and workshops. Contact 865-7211 for program details.

 

VERMONT COMMUNITY ACCESS MEDIA

All Vermont Community Access Media workshops are free and available to those living and working in the service area. Workshops are held at the VCAM studio in Burlington. For schedule or for more information, call 651-9692 or visit www.vermontcam.org.

 

FATHERHOOD EDUCATION

The VNA offers year-round fatherhood education classes in collaboration with the HowardCenter and Vermont Adult Learning, targeted to help dads of children age birth to six become better parents, partners and providers for their families.

www.vnacares.org/fatherhood or 860-4420.

 

GREEN MOUNTAIN CARE BOARD PUBLIC MEETINGS

GMCB holds public meetings from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesdays or Thursdays. 828-2177.

 

BURLINGTON ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETINGS

The Burlington Walk/Bike Council (BWBC), an all-volunteer advisory council to the City of Burlington, meets the fourth Thursday of every month at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall Room 12. http://burlingtonwalkbike.org/

 

SCALE MODELERS

Mount Mansfield Scale Modelers will meet the third Thursday of every month at Brownell Library in Essex Junction from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 879-0765.