March 1, 2015

Events & Happenings

Friday, Feb. 27 – Sunday, March 1

VERMONT FLOWER SHOW

Green Works, Vermont Nursery & Landscape Association, presents the 2015 Vermont Flower Show, “Spring Reflections.” Displays, vendors, workshops, family room, cooking demonstration and more. For ticket prices and hours, visit greenworksvermont.org or call (888) 518-6484.

 

Saturday, Feb. 28

ONION RIVER JAZZ BAND CONCERT

The Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe presents “Puttin’ on the Ritz” with the Onion River Jazz Band at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 after 5 p.m. the day of the performance. www.SprucePeakArts.org or 760-4634.

HAM-CON SHOW

HAM-CON, the Vermont Radio and Technology Show will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in South Burlington. HAM-CON draws several hundred radio, electronics and computer enthusiasts. HAM-CON will also kick off the Ham Radio – COTS fundraising event which will take place throughout the first few months of 2015. Admission $8. www.ranv.org or 879-6589.

FINDING COUSINS WITH AUTOSOMAL DNA

The Vermont Genealogy Museum in Colchester hosts a class from 10:30 a.m. to noon about a new and popular DNA test can often identify the homelands of immigrant ancestors and it will find DNA matches to genetic cousins. In part 1 of two classes, participants will learn how the test works, which companies to use, what tools are provided and whether this test will help with your specific genealogical needs. $5. www.vtgenlib.org or 310-9285.

VT CHRISTIAN ROCK ‘N WORSHIP NIGHT

VT Christian Music will kick off its 2015 season with a Rock ‘N Worship Night at 7 p.m. at the Community Bible Church in South Burlington, featuring the Andy Needham Band. Tickets $10-$20. www.VTChristianMusic.com.

 

Sunday, March 1

HILL HAWKS OPEN HOUSE

Snowmobiling group the Williston Hill Hawks will host its annual open house at 1513 Old Creamery Road. Free food, drinks, sledding hill, groomer and snowmobile rides.

All are welcome. Parking for autos and room for plenty of snowmobiles.

CONCERT

Concert pianist Paul Orgel will perform a faculty piano recital at 3 p.m. at The University of Vermont Recital Hall in Burlington. Free and open to the public. 656-3040.

 

Friday, March 6

‘WATER JOURNEYS’

OLLI at UVM presents a program entitled “Water Journeys in Art and Poetry” with artists Dianne Shullenberger and Mary Jane Dickerson from 5 – 6:30 p.m. at Continuing and Distance Education at 322 Prospect Street in Burlington.

 

Friday, March 6 – Saturday, March 7

BOOK AND BAKE SALE

Grace United Methodist Church in Essex Junction will hold a book and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 879-7943 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 7

VERMONT CARES LIVE & SILENT AUCTION

Vermont CARES will host its annual auction at the Essex Resort and Spa in Essex at 7 p.m. Tickets are $45. All funds raised will go towards the expansion of HIV prevention and education programs and to expand the services offered to people living with HIV/AIDS. www.vtcares.org

FLEA MARKET

The Catholic Daughters will host its 25th annual flea market at Central Vermont Catholic School in Barre from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  featuring antiques, jewelry, collectibles, crafts, white elephant, books, food sale and a raffle. Admission $1. Children under 12 free. 272-6599

 

 

Wednesday, March 11

CSWD MEETING

Chittenden Solid Waste District has rewritten its Solid Waste Implementation Plan to comply with Vermont’s Materials Management Plan. Those interested in providing feedback can attend a public hearing March 11 at 5:30 p.m. at the Williston Police Station Community Room. Residents can also email [email protected] or mail comments to Plan c/o CSWD, 1021 Redmond Rd., Williston, VT 05495. Comments will be accepted until 4 p.m., March 13. 872-8100, ext. 222.

 

‘DO WE STILL NEED WOMEN’S HISTORY?’

Celebrate Women’s History Month over lunch by learning from a panel of esteemed historians and scholars addressing questions facing women’s history in the 21st century from noon to 1 p.m. at the Vermont History Museum Pavilion Building in Montpelier. Questions include: Do we still need to separate out women’s stories? Does it help or harm women when their history is told separately? Is there a trend away from studying women’s history as a separate topic? How can the context of women’s history help inform the world today? 828-2180.

LAMOILLE RIVE PADDLERS’ TRAIL MEETING

Learn more about at emerging initiative, the Lamoille River Paddlers’ Trail at the Hardwick Memorial Building from 7 to 8:30 p.m. See results of an assessment of river access points, portage trails and potential campsites,
help craft a shared vision and guiding principles for the Paddlers’ Trail
and brainstorm priority on-the-ground projects for the upcoming year. [email protected]

 

Friday, March 14

BLOOD DRIVE

Champlain Valley Union High in Hinesburg will host a Red Cross blood drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. redcrossblood.org

‘HOME RUN’

Celebrate Recovery hosts a showing of Provident Films’ “Home Run” at 4 p.m. at Essex Alliance Church.  This family friendly movie tells the story of how one man overcame past hurts and addiction and gained hope, freedom and a new beginning. Free admission, limited seating. www.essexalliance.org/homerun

 

 

Friday, March 13 – Sunday, March 15

THERAPY DOGS TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP

The First In Fitness Therapy Dogs of Vermont’s Doubles Tennis Championship will be held at the First In Fitness Center in Berlin, beginning on Friday evening, concluding with the finals on Sunday. Divisions for men’s, women’s and mixed doubles. $50 team registration. All proceeds go to support the work of Therapy Dogs of Vermont www.therapydogs.org or [email protected]

 

Saturday, March 14

LEGAL AND FINANCIAL PLANNING FOR ALZHEIMER’S AND DEMENTIA

The Alzheimer’s Association Vermont Chapter will hold a course to provide an overview of pertinent legal documents such as wills, powers of attorney, and health care proxies, as well as an overview of financial issues and options like Medicare, Medicaid and veteran’s benefits from 9 a.m. to noon. Free, registration required. This program will be held at your multiple Vermont Interactive Technology sites. Find your local site at vitlink.org/location or call 800-272-3900.

MASTERWORKS SERIES

Vermont Symphony Orchestra presents a Masterworks concert 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.

 

Tuesday, March 17

DIALOGUE NIGHT

South Burlington High School hosts its 7th annual teen-led dialogue night from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in a collaborative effort between the Vermont International Film Foundation, PACT (Parents and Adults Celebrating Children and Teens) and the high school. The documentary “The Mask You Live In” will be shown with teen-led dialogue to follow.

 

Wednesday, March 18

SPRING JOB FAIR

The University of Vermont Career Center will host its annual spring job fair on at the Davis Center from 2 to 6 p.m.

 

Wednesday, March 18 – Friday, March 20

40TH ARMY BAND CONCERT

The Vermont National Guard and the Office of the Adjutant General present “Vermont’s Own” 40th Army Band in concert March 18 at 7 p.m. at the St. Albans City School Gym, March 19 at 7 p.m. at Memorial Hall in Wilmington and March 20 at 7 p.m. at the Rutland Intermediate School Auditorium. 338-3480.

 

Thursday, March 19

CONCERT

Christ the King School presents “An Evening with Multi-Award Winning Tenor Dennis McNeil,” a special concert in celebration of Christ the King School’s 75th anniversary, at 7 p.m. at the Flynn Center for Performing Arts. $60 for VIP tickets for meet and greet and $40 for all other tickets. www.flynntix.org or  [email protected]

LET’S GROW KIDS TRAINING

Let’s Grow Kids—a statewide campaign working to create positive lasting change that will allow children to succeed—will host a training from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hotel Vermont in Burlington. The training helps members learn to incorporate personal stories into campaign messaging about child development and the Blue Ribbon Commission.

http://www.letsgrowkids.org/join-lgk-speakers-bureau or 272-0795.

 

Saturday, April 11

WALK MS

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

April 29 – May 2

MEDIATION WORKSHOP

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

 

ONGOING

 

‘SLOWGIRL’

Vermont Stage presents ‘SLOWGIRL,’ written by Shelburne native Greg Pierce and directed by Robin Fawcett, at FlynnSpace from March 11 – 29. Playing Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Saturday matinee (first Saturday only) at 2 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. www.vtstage.org or 862-1497.

 

TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION EVENTS

The Vermont Transcendental Meditation offers two classes on multiple dates in February: “Create a Happy Heart” Feb. 22 and 28 at 1 p.m. Learn how the easy, effortless Transcendental Meditation technique can release stress and unfold inner joy and fulfillment. Free and open to the public.

“Improve Heart Health” on Thursdays at 7 p.m. Learn why the American Heart Association found the Transcendental Meditation technique to be the only meditation technique they could recommend to lower blood pressure and increase longevity. Registration requested. http://TM.org/Vermont or 923-6248.

 

CELEBRATE RECOVERY

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.

 

FROG HOLLOW EXHIBIT

Frog Hollow once again opens it’s doors to the Shelburne Craft School for Craftucation II, a showcase of the Shelburne based craft schools instructors, and the different mediums represented and taught at the school. This year’s exhibit will be highlighting potter Rik Rolla, among other educators at the school, with a focus on the different types of firing techniques taught at the Shelburne Craft School. In addition to Shelburne Craft School educators a selection of student work will also be featured. The exhibit runs through February.

 

‘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.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT

Thirty students from Mount Mansfield Union High’s Darkroom Photography 1 class will exhibit their work at the Emile A Gruppe Gallery  in Jericho for the month of February. Students are presenting their works of art through “old school” black and white film photography as opposed to digital. www.emilegruppegallery.com

 

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.