Grace United Methodist Church
Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Feb. 10, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Take what you need and pay what you can. 130 Maple St.
Prospective student event
Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for prospective students interested in attending Northern Vermont University-Johnson. Tour, lunch with admissions representatives and current students. Johnson and Lyndon state colleges merge July 1 to become Northern Vermont University with two campuses. Register at northernvermont.edu/badger-information-sessions. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 635-1219.
United Methodist Church
Feb. 11 9:30 a.m. Sunday service features Dixieland-inspired jazz from the Dixie Six, a well known group featured each summer at the Shelburne Farmer’s Market. Hymns and other pieces will include “Muskrat Ramble”, “Just a Closer Walk With Thee”, “Do Lord”, “Wonderful World”, “When the Saints Go Marching In”, and Puttin’ On the Ritz”. All are invited.
Chittenden County Chess Club
Every Thursday at 7 p.m. Registration 7-7:15 p.m.; Games begin at 7:30 p.m. Great competitive fun. Information: Dave at 324-1143 or email email@example.com. Lake Champlain Waldorf High School, 122 Bostwick Road.
Shelburne Community School
Feb. 9 drawing for spots in 2018-19 preschool program for 3-to-5-year-olds.
Students must be 3 but not 5 by Sept. 1. To enter your child in the lottery, call Liz Rider at 383-1178 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and leave your name, your child’s name, date of birth, address, phone number, and e-mail. The drawing will be done Feb. 9. Families interested in using preschool funding at another child care center or program should check the district website at cvsdvt.org. All families in the district are eligible for preschool funding.
Ongoing for children who will be 5 on or before Sept. 1. Contact Patty Spagnolo at 383-1119 or email@example.com to register for fall kindergarten.
Information needed: child’s name, date of birth, pre-K program your child attends, parent(s) name(s), address, phone numbers and emails. More information will be sent out in late March to families of enrolled children. For after-school care during the 2018-2019 school year, the Part2 program website is parttwokids.com.
Feb. 10-11. Wine and chocolate weekend 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
Saturday: Matyroshka Bakery.
Sunday: Douglas Sweets. Regular wine tastings all weekend. 985-8222;
Sun Style Tai Chi
Classes at Shelburne Town Hall. Basic: Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday 9 – 10 a.m. Sun 73: Monday/Wednesday 10:15-11:15 a.m. Free. Sponsored by Age Well. Donations welcome but not required. Information by email to Chris Curtis firstname.lastname@example.org, or Lee Sheridan-Orr email@example.com.
Queen City Contras
Feb. 9: 7:45 p.m. beginners; 8 p.m. Don Stratton calling; music by Red Dog Riley. All welcome, dances taught, no partner or experience necessary. $9 adults; under 12 free. Bring clean, soft-soled dancing shoes. Shelburne Town Hall, 5376 Shelburne Road. 371-9492, 343-7166. queencitycontras.org.
EXHIBITS / MUSEUMS
University of Vermont
Through May 20: “Self-Confessed: The Inappropriately Intimate Comics of Alison Bechdel” is a decade-spanning display of the Vermont cartoonist and graphic novelist’s work. East Gallery.
Through May 20: “Bluestockings” or “Les Bas Bleus,” featuring the work of French caricaturist Honoré Daumier, a series of 19th-century lithographs. Wolcott Gallery. 61 Colchester Ave. Information: uvm.edu/~fleming/.
Vermont Folklife Center
Through March 31. Exhibit of hand-colored photos from 1952 Pawlet, Vt., home of Minnie Griswold that was kept intact for 30 years before being documented in photographs. 88 Main St. Information: vermontfolklifecenter.org
Middlebury College Museum of Art
Through April 29. 10 Years: The Cameron Print Project. The Studio Art Program hosts an annual weeklong visit from a Cameron visiting artist who works with students in Professor Hedya Klein’s silkscreen and intaglio classes. Free. Overbrook Gallery. Middlebury.edu.
‘Sweet Tooth: The Art of Dessert’
Through Feb. 18. Exhibition looking at America’s sweets obsession through pop culture and visual art. 6000 Shelburne Road. 985-3346; shelburnemuseum.org.
“Painting for a Cure”
Through March. Exhibition of paintings by Charlotte artist/architect Ted Montgomery. Sales of paintings will support the University of Vermont Cancer Center research team headed by Dr. David Krag of Shelburne. 6308 Shelburne Rd.; shelburnevineyard.com.
Art opening Friday
Celebrating a new career Retired Shelburne teacher turned full-time artist, Kathleen Caraher-Grant shares her paintings and jewelry at a February exhibition at the new Roadhouse Studios on Webster Road with an opening reception Friday, 5-8 p.m. Caraher-Grant’s art stretches across multiple media including watercolors, pen, oil sticks, acrylic paints, colored pencils. Light refreshments will be served.
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center
‘Extreme Weather 3D’
Ends Friday; 11 a.m., 1 and 3:30 p.m. Weather is intensifying in varied and complex ways. Extreme Weather goes to the front lines. $3-5 plus regular admission, $13.50-16.50; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. echovermont.org.
Vermont Teddy Bear
“Most Likely to Succeed”
Tonight at 6 p.m. Screening of the documentary film “Most Likely to Succeed” sponsored by Vermont Day School and Champlain Mini Maker Faire. The award-winning and thought-provoking film highlights the need for innovative education in the 21st century. Discussion to follow. Refreshments. Admission by donation. 6655 Shelburne Road. More info at eventbrite.com/e/film-showing-most-likely-to-succeed-tickets-42260924563?aff=erelexpmlt.
ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain
‘My Sky’ Exhibit
Through May 6. “My Sky” invites children and adults to explore the Sun, the Moon and the stars in an immersive, inviting environment. Families are encouraged to «look up» when they visit the exhibit and in their everyday lives. Produced by Boston Children’s Museum in collaboration with Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and NASA. 1 College Street; echovermont.org.
Phoenix Books Burlington
Feb. 17: 11 a.m. “Spongebob” story time with James Kochalka, the first Vermont Cartoonist Laureate. Copies of SpongeBob Comics #75, “Skate the Cake!” for purchase and signing. 191 Bank St. 448-3350. phoenixbooks.biz
Champlain Valley Cohousing
Kids Nature Connection
Feb. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon. Children ages 6-10 can make a fire with a bow drill, discover animal tracks, work on building a natural shelter, whittle, and play in the woods. Led by educator, counselor, and Pathfinders Nature Connection founder Per Eisenman. Parents welcome to join in or drop off. Free. Registration required. Email Julia Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phoenix Books Essex
Feb. 10: 11 a.m. Story time, Sarah Dillard of Waitsfield, “Mouse Scouts Make Friends.”
Plastic bag-free store; paper option, reusable totes for purchase. 2 Carmichael St. 872-7111, phoenixbooks.biz
Sundays in Feb. and March, 4-5:30 p.m. FlagFootball@CVU for boys and girls in grades 2-7, sponsored by CVU Redhawks Football and Buccaneers Youth Football. Pick-up style non-contact games in the Champlain Valley Union High School gym. Coached by Redhawks football players and supervised by CVU football coaches. Free. Open to all, regardless of hometown or experience. Information, required waiver at tinyurl.com/CVUFlagFootball2018.
Lake Champlain Waldorf School
Chinese New Year & Open House
Feb. 17: 10 a.m. to noon. Chinese New Year celebration and open house. Mahjong, dragon puppets, parade. Family event, all ages. Turtle Lane Campus, 359 Turtle Lane. lakechamplainwaldorfschool.org.
Webby’s Art Studio
Saturdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Makers of all ages gather for projects. No Webby’s Feb. 10. On Feb. 17, create an accordion puppet. On Feb. 24, design a colorful woven felt placemat inspired by weavings from the museum’s collection.
In the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education’s classroom. Free with admission. 6000 Shelburne Road. 985-3346. shelburnemuseum.org.
Vermont Day School
Feb. 11 at 3 p.m. Visit the school, meet teachers and learn what makes Vermont Day School unique. Children are welcome.
Feb. 15 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Kindergarten visiting morning and open house. Part of the kindergarten admission process; families intending to apply for the March 1 deadline should attend with their child. Children will participate in activities; parents may tour the facility. Pre-registration required. Contact Libby Macdonald, director of admissions at email@example.com. 6701 Shelburne Rd.
MEETINGS and CONFERENCES
Special Town Meeting
Feb. 9: 6:30 p.m. doors open. 7 p.m. Sen. Bernie Sanders and German Ambassador Peter Wittig discuss financing higher education, apprenticeship and job-training programs, renewable energy, health care and social safety nets, and more. First Unitarian Church, 152 Pearl St. (top of Church Street). Limited seating. RSVP: 1-800-339-9834.
Divorce Care Support Group
Feb. 11 to May 13: Sundays, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For men and women.
Support group led by people who have experienced divorce. Bluewater Center, 145 Pine Haven Shores Road. $25 suggested donation; scholarships available. Information and registration: Sandy, 425-7053. Sponsored by Essex Alliance Church.
Green Mountain Chapter
Embroiderers’ Guild of America
Feb. 14: 9:30 a.m. Open stitch session; bring own work and bag lunch. All abilities. First meeting free. The Pines, 5 Aspen Drive. Car-pooling: 372-4255, firstname.lastname@example.org.
University of Vermont Extension
Feb. 12: Registration deadline for Feb. 16 event, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fee: $75; $65 Northeast Hops Alliance members. Includes lunch. $35 live broadcast. DoubleTree by Hilton/Hotel Burlington and Conference Center, 870 Williston Road. Registration: regonline.com/hopconference. Information: Susan Brouillette, 524-6501, ext.432, or (800) 639-2130 (Vermont calls only).
Local singer-songwriter release and dates
Helen Hummel of Bristol recently released her first full-length album, “Many Waters,” with 11 original tracks that weave together her experiences growing up in rural Vermont and time spent traveling cross-country and living on the West Coast. The indie-folk release tells stories that “express the things, events, and experiences that affect me most,” Hummel says. She also created the artwork for the release recorded at Musician’s Mission Studio, Dublin, N.H. with mixing and mastering by Lane Gibson Recording and Mastering in Charlotte. Hummell has several upcoming live performances: Saturday, 7 p.m., Sidebar, 204 Main St., Burlington; Feb. 24 at 7 p.m., The Skinny Pancake, 60 Lake St., Burlington, with Hannah Fair; March 3, 6-8 p.m., Cork Wine Bar, 40 Foundry St., Waterbury. Information: HelenHummel.com.
UVM Recital Hall
Feb. 9: Sergio & Odair Assad; Avi Avital.
Feb. 16: Tierney Sutton, The Sting Variations.
Feb. 23: Yekwon Sunwoo.
7:30 p.m. 384 S. Prospect St. 656-7776.
Flynn Center for the Perf. Arts
Feb. 15: 7:30 p.m. Five-time Grammy-winning jazz singer Dianne Reeves performs. Tickets: $15-$52.
Feb. 16: 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. The Sweet Remains, a folk-rock singer-songwriter trio, performs; second show added due to demand. Tickets: $25.
Feb. 17: 7:30 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. TURNmusic, “Roots Inspired.” Mary Jane Austin, Mary Bonhag, Nicola Cannizzaro, Anne Decker, John Dunlop, Matt Finner, Hilary Goldblatt, Dan Liptak, Evan Premo, Mary Rowell. $20, $10 students. 578-5028, turnmusic.org.
153 Main St. 86-FLYNN, flynntix.org.
Saint Michael’s College
Feb. 10: 7:30 p.m. “Winter’s Beauty,” Lou Kosma conducting. Features Burlington High School freshman Zani Lewis, 2017 winner of Borowicz Memorial Scholarship, performing Max Bruch’s Kol Nidre. Also: Haydn’s Symphony No. 94 in G Major, popularly known by its subtitle, “Surprise” and a suite from Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” ballet. Tickets: $20 adults, $15 seniors, $5 students.
Feb. 18: 3 p.m. Echoes: Choral Music of Richard Stoehr (1874-1976). Bella Voce Women’s Chorus of Vermont, Counterpoint Vocal Ensemble, Solaris Vocal Ensemble. Free, donations welcome. McCarthy Arts Center Recital Hall. 654-2284, smcvt.edu/on-campus/events.aspx.
Elley-Long Music Center, 223 Ethan Allen Ave. Tickets and more information at vermontphilharmonic.com.
House and Senate Committees on Appropriations
Public Hearings: Governor’s Recommended FY2019 State Budget.
Feb. 13: 6-7 p.m. Room 11, State House. To share private story with committee members, contact Theresa Utton-Jerman with the House committee, email@example.com. or Rebecca Buck, Senate committee, firstname.lastname@example.org; 828-5767 or 800-322-5616.
Green Mountain Club
Richmond Free Library
Feb. 10: 7:30 p.m. Author and avid hiker Garry Harrington, “Chasing Summits: In Pursuit of High Places and an Unconventional Life.” $8, $5 members, under 12 free. Tickets at the door. Supports local sections and the GMC Education Program. 201 Bridge St. Green Mountain Club, 244-7037, email@example.com.
Bolton Valley Nordic Center
Free Snow Day
Feb. 24: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. First 50 attendees receive free fleece hat. Snacks, hot cocoa, campfire. Cross-country skiing and/or snowshoeing. Free rentals (first-come, first-served). Sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont. 4302 Bolton Valley Access Road, Bolton. Kathy McNally, 371-3205, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vt. Fish & Wildlife
Baitfish regulations update
Feb.13 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department hosts a discussion sessions on state fishing regulations, specifically to gather public opinion on baitfish rules. Richmond Free Library, upstairs conference room, 201 Bridge St.
Vermont Fish & Wildlife
Ice fishing clinic
Feb. 15 at 4 p.m.: Introduction to Smelting at Waterbury Reservoir. Geared toward beginners. Date may change based on weather and conditions. Exact location details will be given when people register for the event. Pre-registration is required; contact Corey Hart at LetsGoFishing@vermont.gov or 265-2279.
Phoenix Books Burlington
Feb. 8: 6:30 p.m. Kaela Coble of Burlington, debut novel, “Friends and Other Liars.” Books for purchase and signing by authors. $3 ticket benefits Vermont Foodbank; includes coupon for $5 book discount; coupons expire at closing. Plastic bag-free store; paper option, reusable totes for purchase. 191 Bank St. 448-3350. phoenixbooks.biz
Feb. 21: 7 p.m. “Self-Confessed: The Inappropriately Intimate Comics.” UVM Dudley H. Davis Center, Silver Maple Ballroom, fourth floor. 590 Main St.
Vermont Genealogy Library
Feb. 10: 10:30 a.m. to noon. Sheila Morris, “Beginning Genealogy.” $10. Fort Ethan Allen, 377 Hegeman Ave. Open for research: Tuesday, 3 to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 310-9285, vtgenlib.org.
Shelburne Historical Society
Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. Distinguished scholar of American history William Sterne Randall will speak on the War of 1812 in the Champlain Valley. At the historic Town Hall.
Education and Enrichment for Everyone (EEE)
Feb. 9: “Musical Genesis, Part 2; The Music We Make: Follow the Development of the Brain and How Music is an Essential Part of Communication.
2 to 3 p.m. James Stewart, Vermont Public Radio Classical Host. $40 per semester (12 lectures); $5 at door. Faith United Methodist Church, 899 Dorset St. 846-5132, eeevermont.org
A Single Pebble
Feb. 18: 6 p.m. Chinese New Year Celebration. Traditional eight-course dinner. $100. Limited number of tickets: flynncenter.org. 133 Bank St.
Vermont Stage at the FlynnSpace
Through Feb. 11: By Stephen Spotswood, National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere presents a heartfelt comedy about a blue-collar family’s elusive dreams. vermontstage.org. 153 Main St. 86-FLYNN, flynntix.org.
Essex Community Players
Auditions for “The Man Who Came To Dinner”
Feb. 10: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 11: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 12: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Directed by Adam Cunningham. 1939 classic comedy. Stage age 20 to 75. Newcomers welcome. Show dates: May 3-5, 10-12, 17-19. Essex Memorial Hall, 5 Towers Road. essexplayers.com.
Saturday at the opera
MET Broadcast Town Hall Theater
Middlebury Feb. 17 at 1 p.m.; pre-broadcast talk at 12:15 p.m. “L’Elisir d’Amore”comic opera. Performed last October by The Opera Company of Middlebury, this popular opera deftly combines comic archetypes with genuine character development. Run time 2 hrs. 39 min. Tickets: $24 (+$2 preservation fee), $10 students (+$1 preservation fee); at townhalltheater.org, or in person at 68 South Pleasant Street, Middlebury (802-382-9222) Monday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m., or at the door starting an hour before showtime.
Town Hall Theater
Middlebury Community Players
“Picasso at the Lapin Agile”
Feb. 8, 9, 10: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11: 2 p.m. Steve Martin comedy. Young Picasso and Einstein spar with the bar regulars and each other about art, science, inspiration, love, and the promise of the 20th century. 68 S. Pleasant St. Box Office: 382-9222, townhalltheater.org.
One & Only Series
Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. Celebration of solo performances. Bob Lisaius, Ice Fire Productions, in “Dinoman!” Trip through the Mesozoic era with magic, merry mayhem and magnificent props. All ages. Benefits Grange Hall Renovation Fund. Grange Hall Cultural Center, 317 Howard Ave. Reservations: 244-4168, email@example.com.