Thursday, March 26
Main Street Landing, The Burlington Film Society and the Vermont International Film Foundation present an exclusive Burlington area theatrical premiere of the 2015 Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language film, Mauritanian/French production “Timbuktu” at 7 p.m. at The Main Street Landing Film House. Free for VTIFF Members, $8 general admission, $5 for students. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1360733
‘TRAPPING BOATS OF LAKE CHAMPLAIN’
Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center in Burlington will host a gallery talk on at 6 p.m. by Douglas Brooks, whose research is featured in the gallery’s current current exhibit titled “Trapping Boats of Lake Champlain.” Free and open to the public. www.froghollow.org or 863-6458.
Thursday, March 26 – Saturday, March 28
The Mount Mansfield Union High School Theatre Department presents the New Mel Brooks musical “Young Frankenstein.” Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $6 for students and children and $9 for adults. 899-4690.
Friday, March 27 – Saturday, March 28
RUMMAGE AND BAKE SALE
Rummage and bake sale with take home meals Friday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. – noon at the Williston Federated Church. 862-7400.
Saturday, March 28
BIG BASKET RAFFLE
The Williston School Distict will hold its annual Big Basket Raffle and silent auction fundraiser at Williston Central School. More than 50 themed baskets being raffled off, along with other items. Doors open at 6 p.m. Use cafeteria entrance. Admission is free. Raffle tickets start at $1 each. Attendees who bring non-perishable food items for the Williston Community Food Shelf will receive up to 5 free raffle tickets.
HUNGTINGTON SUGARMAKERS OPEN HOUSE
The Huntington Conservation Commission hosts the 21st Annual Huntington Sugarmakers’ Open House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Many Huntington sugarmaking operations will be open to the public and they invite people to check out their facilities, sample this year’s crop, enjoy some free treats. 434-3269.
GENEALOGY RESEARCH IN NEW YORK STATE
The Vermont Genealogy Library in Colchester hosts a class on finding vital records and other sources in New York State from 10:30 a.m. to noon. $5. www.vtgenlib.org or 310-9285.
SAXON HILL SCHOOL AUCTION
Saxon Hill School will host its annual Artisan Auction, a fundraiser for the school, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Catamount Country Club in Williston. Dinner, live music, cash bar and a chance to bid on local crafts and goods. Bring a bottle of wine (valued at $15 or more) and participate in an Instant Wine Cellar raffle. $25 per person. saxonhillschool.org
TROUT UNLIMITED BANQUET
Central Vermont Chapter of Trout Unlimited will host its 44th Annual Banquet on at the Sunset Ballroom in South Burlington, a fundraiser for its fishery conservation, protection and restoration work. Social gathering at 5 p.m. with a buffet-style dinner served at 6:30 p.m. www.vttu.org
Saturday, March 28 – Sunday, March 29
MAPLE OPEN WEEKEND
Sugar makers across the state will open their sugarhouses to visitors. The Green Mountain Audubon Center in Huntington will host free sugar on snow parties from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lamoille County Players will hold auditions for the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “Cats” at 1 p.m. at Hyde Park Opera House. Many roles for singers and/or dancers, stage ages 18 and older. Show dates are July 23-Aug. 2. Character descriptions and more info at www.LCPlayers.com
Monday, March 30
Champlain Valley Union High will host a free spring college fair for area students and parents from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Non-CVU students welcome. Representatives from colleges with one- to four-year programs in New England, the Mid-Atlantic and the Midwest will be available. 482-7137, [email protected] or [email protected]
Wednesday, April 1
Young Adult author Matt de la Peña give a presentation in Champlain Valley Union High’s library from noon-1 p.m. about his personal journey. Open to the communities. www.mattdelapena.com
Thursday, April 2
SHOW OF HANDS AUCTION
The third Annual “A Show of HANDS” will feature 100 decorated wooden hands at Penny Cluse Café in Burlington for the month of March. A silent auction of the hands will take place on April 2 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. to benefit HANDS, a local non-profit striving to close some gaps in getting food to older Vermonters. www.handsvt.org.
The ninth annual Vermont Organics Recycling Summit will be held at Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center. Learn about organic residuals to produce compost, energy and resilient communities. Eight workshops including one on Vermont’s Universal Recycling law. Other topics include stormwater and climate change, community and on-farm composting methods, and technologies to manage food scraps. Admission is $60. www.regonline.com/VORS2015
BBA ANNUAL DINNER
The Burlington Business Association will host its 37th dinner and annual meeting from 5 to 9 p.m at the Hilton Burlington. Tickets cost $80 for BBA members and $100 for non-members. burlingtonbusinessassociation.com
Saturday, April 4
EASTER PARADE AND EGG HUNT
The Williston Rotary club will hold its 17th annual Bill Mikell Easter Parade and Egg Hunt at the Williston Central School for children 12 years old and younger at 9 a.m. The event will take place regardless of the weather. Easter baskets with prizes will be awarded to children who find specially marked Easter eggs. Other prizes will be awarded to children wearing costumes or bonnets. Children are encouraged to bring their own Easter baskets. [email protected] or 343-2704.
Tuesday, April 7
KIDNEY AND PANCREAS TRANSPLANTS
Community Medical School hosts a free public lecture entitled “Saving Lives: Kidney and Pancreas Transplants” by Carlos Marroquin, M.D., professor of surgery and chief, transplant and hepatobiliary surgery. The lecture, which include a Q&A session, take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Carpenter Auditorium in the Given Building at the UVM College of Medicine. 847-2886.
SMART DRIVER CLASS
The Hinesburg Recreation Department will host the AARP Smart Driver Class on at 9 a.m. The four-hour refresher course is open to all drivers 50 years and older and addresses the normal physical changes brought on by the aging process, how these changes can affect driving ability and then offers ways to compensate for those changes. The fee for the course is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non- members. Pre-registration is required. 482-2281, ext. 230.
TREE KEEPER TRAINING
Branch Out Burlington! offers a tree keeper training, led by Warren Spinner, Burlington’s city arborist, from 6-8 p.m. at the Burlington Parks & Recreation Building. The program will cover information on how a tree grows, where to plant a tree and how to plant it and care for it, and how to prune your trees safely. [email protected] or 656-5440.
Tuesday, April 7 – Wednesday, April 8
Farmers, agricultural service providers, educators and others interested in exploring agritourism opportunities are invited to attend a two-day conference in Rutland featuring farm tours, a farm-to-table dinner, guest speakers, workshops and idea-sharing sessions. Registration fee $100. Attendees also may pay per event. www.uvm.edu/vtagritourism.
Wednesday, April 8
CREATIVE THINKING IN CHILDREN
Science and technology teacher Michael D’Aleo will lead a lecture and conversation entitled “Real Thinking: The Foundation for Engaged, Flexible, Creative Kids” from 7 to 9 p.m. at Lake Champlain Waldorf High School in Shelburne. Parents will come away with new ideas for growing this most important quality in our children: the kind of thinking that helps them become the engaged problem-solvers the world needs. www.lakechamplainwaldorfschool.org or 985-2827, ext. 12.
Thursday, April 9
HomeShare Vermont hosts “How to Exercise for a Health Mind” with Dr. Amy Welch, professor at Johnson State College, at Grandway Commons dining room in South Burlington from 4 to 6 p.m. Johnson will share practical information about exercise, memory and motivation. Tickets are $10 to benefit HomeShare Vermont and can be purchased over the phone or online.
HomeShareVermont.org or 863-5625.
Thursday, April 9 – Sunday, April 12
Lyric Theatre Company presents “Legally Blonde: The Musical” on the Flynn MainStage. Tickets are $23-$38. 86-FLYNN or www.flynntix.org
Friday, April 10 – Saturday, April 11
USED BOOK SALE
The Friends of the South Burlington Community Library will host their biannual used book sale on Friday from 5-7 p.m. for Friends of the Library and for those who would like to join the friends. The book sale continues on Saturday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. www.sburlcomlib.com
Saturday, April 11
More than 400 people are expected to raise $85,000 to support cutting-edge research and life-changing programs and services for people living with multiple sclerosis at the Annual Walk MS: Burlington at Burlington High School. Check-in begins 9 a.m., the walks starts at 10 a.m. www.walkMSgne.org or (800) 344-4867.
Mary and Frances Rowell from the Craftsbury Chamber Players will visit the Pierson Library in Shelburne from 11 a.m. – noon to present a musical adventure titled “The Fiddler of the Northern Lights,” combined with musical interludes and audience interaction. Free. 264-5017 or 985-3405
Red Cross hosts a blood drive a the University Mall in South Burlington from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. redcrossblood.org
DAUGHTERS OF AMERICA RESOURCES
The Vermont Genealogy Library in Colchester hosts a class about the genealogical libraries of the Daughters of the American Republic from 10:30 a.m. to noon. $5.
http://www.vtgenlib.org/ or 310-9285.
Saturday, April 11 – Sunday, April 12
‘BETWEEN THE RAINDROPS, A JOURNEY TO OZ’
Vermont Youth Dancers will present “Between the Raindrops, A Journey to Oz”—using dance and popular music to tell the beloved story of Dorothy and her loyal friends, mesmerizing witches, an elusive wizard, and the true meaning of home and friendship—at Mount Mansfield Union High School on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 presale, and $7 at the door. [email protected] or 448-0893.
Sunday, April 12
PLANET CAT FILM FESTIVAL
The Humane Society of Chittenden County will host the second annual Planet Cat Film Festival from 10 a.m. to noon at the Majestic 10 in Williston. Vermonters can submit their original cat videos and memes to be viewed on the large screen. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. All funds raised go directly to care for the 1,000 animals that go through the shelter each year. www.chittendenhumane.org or 862-0135.
TURKEY HUNTING 101
The Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife hosts a First-Time Turkey Hunting Seminar from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the National Life annex building in Berlin. The seminar is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about turkey hunting techniques and how to field dress and cook wild turkeys. tinyurl.com/VtTurkeySeminar or 828-1193.
Friday, April 17 – Saturday, April 18
First Baptist Church in Burlington will host its spring rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
Saturday, April 18
The 28th Annual Vermont State Scholastic Chess Championship will be held at Berlin Elementary School. All Vermont students from kindergarten through Grade 12 are eligible to compete in nine divisions. The tournament will be USCF rated and follow USCF rules. All abilities are welcome and encouraged to participate. Registration is from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Games start at 10 a.m. vtchess.info or 223-1948.
Sunday, April 19
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.
Saturday, April 25
WOODLAND PLANNING WORKSHOP
If you own and care for woodland, the fate of your land is probably important to you. Preserving your legacy requires planning, and that involves more than just having a will or an estate plan. The Vermont Woodlands Association and UVM Extension holds a 6-hour workshop on three different dates at the following three locations: Saturday, April 25 at Capitol Plaza, Montpelier; Saturday, May 9 at Franklin Conference Center, Rutland; or Tuesday, June 2 at Lake Morey Inn, Fairlee. The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and cost $35. Registration deadlines: Monday, April 20; Monday, May 4; and Wednesday, May 27. [email protected] or 747-7900.
April 29 – May 2
If you manage conflict in your work, are exploring mediation as a possible future vocation or want to learn about mediation as a resource for clients, this workshop at Champlain College teaches basic mediation techniques. This workshop has been approved by the Vermont Board of Mandatory Continuing Legal Education for 26.25 hours. CEUs are available, contact us for more information. Tuition for the three-day workshop cost for the three-day workshop is $995, $795 for non-profits with under 50 employees. www.champlain.edu/mediation-workshop
Tuesday, May 5
SKIN CANCER LECTURE
Community Medical School hosts a free public lecture entitled “More than a Sunburn: New Developments in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Skin Cancer,” by Glenn Goldman, M.D., professor of medicine and director of Dermatology Medicine. The lecture, which include a Q&A session, take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Carpenter Auditorium in the Given Building at the UVM College of Medicine. 847-2886.
Saturday, May 9
WOODLAND PLANNING WORKSHOP
If you own and care for woodland, the fate of your land is probably important to you. Preserving your legacy requires planning, and that involves more than just having a will or an estate plan. The Vermont Woodlands Association and UVM Extension holds a 6-hour workshop on the following dates: Saturday, May 9 at Franklin Conference Center, Rutland; or Tuesday, June 2 at Lake Morey Inn, Fairlee. The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and cost $35. Registration deadlines: Monday, May 4; and Wednesday, May 27. [email protected] or 747-7900.
Tuesday, June 2
AORTIC STENOSIS LECTURE
Community Medical School hosts a free public lecture entitled “Opening Hearts: The TAVR Procedure for Aortic Stenosis” by Harold Dauerman, M.D., professor of medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. The lecture, which include a Q&A session, take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Carpenter Auditorium in the Given Building at the UVM College of Medicine. 847-2886.
WOODLAND PLANNING WORKSHOP
If you own and care for woodland, the fate of your land is probably important to you. Preserving your legacy requires planning, and that involves more than just having a will or an estate plan. The Vermont Woodlands Association and UVM Extension holds a 6-hour workshop June 2 at Lake Morey Inn, Fairlee. The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and cost $35. Registration deadlines: Monday, May 4; and Wednesday, May 27. [email protected] or 747-7900.
ESSEX ART LEAGUE SHOW & SALE
Members of Essex Art League will have an art display at Union Station in Burlington March 29-May 2, including paintings and photographs by more than 40 artists. A grand opening and artist’s reception is set for April 10 from 5-8 p.m. at One Main Street Landing.
The Essex Alliance Church hosts a 12-step faith-based recovery program every Thursday night from 7 to 9 p.m. Multiple support groups for both men and women on subjects such as chemical dependency, co-dependency, sex addiction and pornography, food issues and overcoming abuse. All 18+ are welcome, no childcare. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. [email protected] or 310-9062.
ARTS ALIVE PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT
An open call photography installation featuring more than 100 photographs by 37 Vermont artists will be displayed at the Art’s Alive Gallery at Main Street Landing’s Union Station through March 29.
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
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 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 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 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.
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/
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.