Friday, March 7
OWL HOOT EVENING HIKE
The Lake Champlain Land Trust is hosting a family-friendly, naturalist-led owl hoot hike at Niquette Bay State Park in Colchester from 5:30 pm – 7 p.m. Free, registration required. To RSVP, email [email protected] or call 862-4150, ext. 3.
FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK
Dozens of art venues across Burlington host openings, exhibitions, and happenings. Free and open to anyone. Most venues open from 5 to 8 p.m., but some are open earlier or later. www.artmapburlington.com or 264-4839.
Friday, March 7 – Sunday, March 9
Very Merry Theatre presents “Gypsy” at Champlain College’s Alumni Auditorium in Burlington March 7 at 7 p.m., March 8 at 2 and 7 p.m. and March 9 at 6 p.m. verymerrytheatre.org.
Saturday, March 8 – Sunday, March 9
FLETCHER FREE LIBRARY BOOK SALE
Fletcher Free Library in Burlington will hosts gardening and cooking book sale from 1-5 p.m. in the community room. Proceeds go to the library. 865-7211.
‘ON THE TOWN’ AUDITIONS
Stowe Theatre Guild will hold auditions for the musical “On The Town” on Saturday, March 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 9, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Town Hall Theatre in Stowe. Show dates are Wednesday to Saturday, July 16 to August 2. stowetheatre.com
Wednesday, March 12
Williston Central School students host Dialogue Night from 6 to 7:45 p.m. at the school, where students share issues they are community concerned about with parents and others. Free pizza for those who RSVP by March 10. [email protected]
EMBROIDERERS’ GUILD MEETING
The Green Mountain Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the living room/dinning room at The Pines in South Burlington. Stitch in to work on crazy quilting and Quaker ball embroidery or bring a project of your own. All abilities welcome. First meeting complimentary. Bring a bag lunch. Car-pooling available from many areas. 372-4255
Thursday, March 13
WARBLERS IN A WORKING FOREST
Jim Shallow of Audubon, Vermont will present overview of breeding warblers and discuss Audubon Vermont’s efforts to promote a working landscape to assure that at 6:30 p.m. at the Richmond Free Library. Free and open to the public. 878-4132 or [email protected]
Thursday, March 13 – Saturday, March 15
Very Merry Theatre presents “Willy Wonka at Edmunds Elementary School in Burlington at March 13 at 12:30 p.m., March 14 7 p.m. and March 15 at 4 p.m. verymerrytheatre.org.
Friday, March 14
Queen City Contras will hold its regular dance on at 8 p.m. at Shelburne Town Hall. All are welcome, all dances taught, no partner or experience necessary. Beginners’ session at 7:45 p.m. $8, under 12 free. Bring clean, soft-soled shoes for dancing. 371-9492, 343-7165 or www.queencitycontras.org.
Saturday, March 15
The Williston Senior Girl Scout Troop will entertain young aspiring princesses with princess crafts, feed them dinner and feature a princess movie at the Williston Federated Church. Suggested donation $10 per girl or $17 per family. RSVPs requested. 777-5298 or [email protected]
CURLING FOR KIDS
HowardCenter hosts its fifth annual curling challenge at Cairns Arena in Burlington to raise money for its programs and services. To register a team, visit www.howardcenter.org. Registration is $125 a person with four on a team. Equipment included, new curlers will receive free instruction from members of the Green Mountain Curling Team. All are welcome throughout the day to this free, family-friendly event.
VSAC COLLEGE PATHWAYS
High school sophomores, juniors and parents who want to get a jump on college planning can attend Vermont Student Assistance Corporation’s 1 College Pathways program, featuring free workshops on preparing for education after high school at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lunch provided. www.vsac.org/CollegePathways.
ON THE ROAD WINTER WORKSHOP
Vermont Commons School in South Burlington invites students in grades 4–8 from Chittenden, Addison and Grand Isle counties and their parents to participate in a morning of workshops from 9 – 11:30 a.m. Vermont Commons teachers lead workshops that explore Chinese calligraphy, animal tracking, creative writing, art and Vermont history. Parents can learn about the social, emotional and learning characteristics of gifted kids. $20, preregistration required. www.vermontcommons.org.
Faith United Methodist Church in South Burlington will host a chili cook-off from 5 to 7 p.m. Taste and vote on a variety of chilis prepared by local chili enthusiasts. Homemade cornbread and beverages included. Hot dogs available for children. $8 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. 863-6764.
BELLA VOCE CONCERT
Bella Voce Women’s Chorus of Vermont presents “Bellissima Musica, ” a concert with string quartet at 8 p.m. at McCarthy Arts Center Recital Hall in Colchester. Tickets $18 adults, $15 seniors and students. www.bellavocevt.org
Sunday, March 16
‘1814—THE BATTLE FOR LAKE CHAMPLAIN’
Art Cohn, underwater archaeologist and historian from the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum presents on local events and his discoveries while exploring and cataloging shipwrecks at 2 p.m. at the Ethan Allen Homestead. Free. 865-4556.
Wednesday, March 19
KELLEY MARKETING GROUP MONTHLY MEETING
Professionals in marketing and communications gather over breakfast and offer ideas to a local non-profit organization at 7:45 a.m. and Champlain College. New members welcome. 865-6495.
Thursday, March 20 – Saturday, March 22
Very Merry Theatre presents “Tom Sawyer” at Flynn Elementary School in Burlington March 20 at 12:30 p.m. March 21 at 7 p.m. and March 22 at 4 p.m. verymerrytheatre.org.
Friday, March 21 – Sunday, March 23
CABIN FEVER FOLLIES
Valley Players Theater in Waitsfield presents the 28th Annual Cabin Fever Follies, a mud season community variety show, presented cabaret style. Bring your supper and beverages. A prize will be awarded for the best table décor. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. $10. 583-1674.
Saturday, March 22
CREATIVE PERENNIAL GARDEN POSSIBILITIES
Richard Dube presents a seminar on perennials at the Richmond Free Library from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Explore how contrasting bloom shapes combine with upright plant forms, and cascading habits, to bring structure and unity to our landscapes. Donations for the Richmond Food Shelf accepted.
SAXON HILL SCHOOL ARTISAN AUCTION
Saxon Hill School hosts an artisan auction from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at Catamount Country Club. Hors d’ouevres, live music, cash bar, raffle, auction. Tickets $25.
[email protected] or 781-775-2507.
Friday, March 27 – Sunday, March 28
‘A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM’
Quest Shakespearean Theater presents “A Mid Summer Night’s Dream” will be performed by high school students from around the state. All proceeds from tickets benefit CareNet pregnancy center. March 27 and 28 at 7 p.m. and March 29 at 1 p.m. at Living Hope Church in Williston. http://questtheater.weebly.com
Saturday, April 5 – Sunday, April 6
FRANKLIN COUNTY QUILT SHOW
The Franklin County Quilters Guild will host its 16th annual quilt show at Saint Albans City Hall. Free and open to the public. Saturday show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 100 quilts, special exhibits, silent auction, demonstrations, door prizes and quilt raffle. www.franklincountyquilters.org or 527-5177.
TURKEY HUNTING 101
Vermont Fish & Wildlife will hold a first-time turkey hunting seminar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mountain Deer Taxidermy in Northfield. 828-1193 or [email protected]
Shelburne Player’s present spring comedy “Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare at Shelburne Town Center April 4 through 12. Tickets available at Shelburne Supermarket and online at www.shelburneplayers.com
‘LANDSCAPE PERSPECTIVES’ EXHIBIT
A new exhibition at the Emile A Gruppe Gallery in Jericho, “Landscape Perspectives,”features the works of three Vermont oil painters, Julie A. Davis, Fiona Cooper Fenwick and Jane Neroni. The show runs March 6 through April 20, with an artist reception on March 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. and an artists talk on April 6 from 2 – 3 p.m. www.emilegruppegallery.com or 899-3211.
The UVM Department of Theatre presents “Urinetown—the Musical” from March 13 through 23. Evening performances at 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, March 13 through March 15 and March 20 through March 22. Matinee performances at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 15 and Sunday March 23. Tickets $10-$21. 656-2094 or uvmtheatre.org.
FINANCIAL AID WORKSHOP
Vermont Student Assistance Corp. and Community College of Vermont will offer financial aid workshops at eight CCV sites. The sessions, 32 in all, will be held at CCV academic centers in Brattleboro, Middlebury, Montpelier, Rutland, St. Albans, St. Johnsbury, Upper Valley (White River Junction) and Winooski on:
· Thursday, March 6, from 4 to 6 p.m.
· Thursday, May 15, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Students and parents should each bring the following: Social Security number; most recent federal tax return; most recent W-2 or year-end pay stub; untaxed income records (child support); current checking and savings account balances; home value and debt (if applicable); business value and debt (if applicable); investment value (if applicable) and Alien Registration Card (if not a U.S. citizen). Students born before January 1, 1991, do not need to bring parent information. Call 1-800-642-3177 and ask for Outreach. Walk-ins are welcome as space allows.
‘THE CEMETERY CLUB’
Essex Community Players presents comedy “The Cemetery Club” Feb. 27 – March 9. Thursdays, (Feb. 27 and March 6), Fridays (Feb. 28 and March 7) and Saturdays (March 1 and 8) at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays (March 2 and 9) at 2 p.m. all at Memorial Hall in Essex Center. Tickets $16 for adults and $14 for children 12 and under and seniors. www.essexplayers.com
DIVORCE CARE SUPPORT GROUP
The 13-week Divorce Care Support Group (for men and women) will be offered on Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:30 p.m., March 11 – June 3, at the Essex Alliance Community Center. 989-4081.
GRIEF SHARE CLASS
Grief Share is a friendly, caring group of men and women who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Monday evenings, March 3 – May 26 at the Essex Alliance Church. 999-6065 or 355-4944.
A community playgroup for children birth through age 5 and their caregivers is held at Allen Brook School Fridays from 9:30-11a.m. Age-appropriate toys, arts and crafts and circle time with songs and stories. Contact Danielle Brown, [email protected] or 876-7555.
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.
UVM FILM SERIES
The University of Vermont Film Series, which features movies that focus on how the human body is used in film, will be shown at the Billings Lecture Hall on the UVM campus, Thursdays, once a month beginning at 6 p.m. Film Series memberships fees and film titles and dates can be found at www.uvm.edu/laneseries.
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/
WALDORF PARENT & CHILD CLASSES
The Lake Champlain Waldorf School in Shelburne offers Parent & Child Classes for children ages 0 – 3 and their caregivers. The ongoing classes meet once a week, Mon-Fri, for 10-week sessions. Enjoy circle time, organic snacks and community. 985-2827 or www.LakeChamplainWaldorfSchool.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.