A Show of HANDS
March 29, 6-8 p.m. Silent auction of 100 decorated wooden hands for the 6th annual “Show of HANDS” event to benefit HANDS, a local nonprofit that provides food for older adults. The event will include a short live auction of a special hand by Vermont folk artist Warren Kimble. Penny Cluse Cafe,169 Cherry St. View the exhibit Monday-Friday, 6:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.; weekends 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information:

Vermont Student Assistance Corp. College & Career Pathways
April 7: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Castleton. For high school sophomores, juniors and seniors and their families. 15 college and career workshops led by experts. Castleton University.

Charlotte Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services
68th Anniversary
April 6: Cocktail hour, 6 p.m. Dinner and awards, 7 p.m. followed by dancing with music by The Hitmen. Cash Bar. Proceeds from ticket sales, a basket raffle and a 50/50 raffle will go toward community outreach and training support programs. Tickets on sale now. Call 425-3111. $20 in advance; $25 at the door. At The Old Lantern, Greenbush Road.

Charlotte Central School Kindergarten Registration
April 5 and 6. For children who will be 5 years old by Sept. 1. Call Naomi Strada at 425-6600 for an appointment and details.

Made in Vermont Marketplace
April 7: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
April 8: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fifth annual. Vendors display and discuss their Vermont-made products. Sample food and spirits.
Champlain Valley Expo, 105 Pearl St.;

Kindergarten registration
April 12-13. Hinesburg Community School will hold registration on April 12 and 13 for new kindergarten students entering school this fall. Children must be 5 years old before September 1. Call the Hinesburg Community School at 482-2106 to schedule an appointment.

Spring Farmers Market
Vendor signup by April 1 for April 28 market, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the fire station. Fees: $30 for spaces outside 10 x 10 (you provide your own table and pop-up); $35.00 for inside with a $10 table rental (25 spaces available). Hinesburg Firemen’s Association.

Rummage Sale
April 13: 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
April 14: 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Bargain bag sale. 20 Church St. 434-2053.

Shelburne Community School Kindergarten registration
Ongoing for children who will be 5 on or before Sept. 1. Contact Patty Spagnolo at 383-1119 or to register for fall kindergarten.

Palmer’s Sugarhouse Sugar on Snow parties
Through April 15. Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. 985-5054.

Hildene Celebration of Peonies June 7: 8 a.m. Sign up now for a trip to Hildene, home of Abraham Lincoln’s son Robert Todd Lincoln, in Manchester. Leave from Doubletree by Hilton Hotel (former Sheraton), Williston Road. Lunch included. Minimum of 35. $185.

Epilepsy Foundation of Vermont Classic Rock Music and Dancing
April 7: 6 to 10 p.m. Music by the band THEM. Dancing, silent auction, 50/50 raffle. Pizza, cash bar. Benefits the Epilepsy Foundation of Vermont. $5. This is a pre-party for The Big Chill/Be a Hero for Epilepsy (April 22, Malletts Bay, Colchester). Eagles Club, 1233 Shelburne Road. 318-1575.

Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
March 30 and 31: 8 p.m. Souleymane Badolo: Yimbegre. Brooklyn-based dancer and choreographer. With Sylvestre Koffitse Akakpo-Adzaku and drummer Mamoudou Konate.
April 7: 8 p.m. Young Tradition Touring Group.
April 21: 8 p.m. Jessica Lang Dance: Thousand Yard Stare. Long Island-based company.
153 Main St. 86-FLYNN,

Vermont Dance Alliance
Spring Dance Symposium
April 15: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lecturers include: Adaptive Workmaking with Toby Macnutt; Grants and the Vermont Arts Council with Sarah Mutrux; A Life in Dance with Christal Brown; Relaying Resources: Roundtable discussion. By donation ($30-50 suggested sliding scale). Amy E. Tarrant Gallery, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St. More info:

Queen City Contras
April 13: 7:45 p.m. beginners; 8 p.m. dance. Luke Danforth calling; music by Colin McCaffrey and friends. 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.

Amy E. Tarrant Gallery at the Flynn Center
Through March 31: Collages, montages, and digitally manipulated photography by Wendy James, Greg Merhar, Sandy Milens, Bruce Pendleton, Paul Reynolds, and Derrick Senior. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., prior to MainStage shows and during intermission.

Fleming Museum
Through May 20: Alison Bechdel’s “Self-Confessed: The Inappropriately Intimate Comics of Alison Bechdel.” East Gallery, UVM.
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.

Vermont cartoonist laureates speak

Far left photo by Elena Seibert; middle photo, courtesy photo; far right photo by Sam Simon
Alison Bechtel, Edward Koren and James Kochalka.

Panel discussion with Alison Bechdel, Edward Koren and James Kochalka, past and present Vermont cartoonist laureates, April 4 at 6 p.m., as they discuss their work and the role of cartooning in the community and culture; moderated by Pamela Polston, Seven Days. Co-sponsored by The Center for Cartoon Studies with support from UVM’s Center for Research on Vermont. Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont, 61 Colchester Ave., Burlington.

Vermont Folklife Center “Up Home”
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:

Power & Piety: Spanish Colonial Art
Through April 22: Drawn from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection, founded to enhance the appreciation of art from Latin America, this exhibition reveals the great wealth of the region from the late 17th century until the 1820s. Co-organized by the Museum of Biblical Art, New York, and Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia. Free. Middlebury College Museum of Art, Christian A. Johnson Memorial Gallery. Middlebury College.

“Painting for a Cure” at Shelburne Vineyard
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.;

Roadhouse Studios Quilt exhibit
Through March: Quilter Hope Johnson of Vermont Quilt Bee shares her honey-bee themed art quilts and linens. Roadhouse Studios, 207 Webster Road. Showings by appointment, 985-9747.

Shelburne Museum
Through June 3: Puppets: World on a String.
Through Aug. 26: In the Garden: Flower Power: Desire, Love and Sentiment; Everlasting Blooms: Floriform Metalwork of Marie Zimmermann; Invasive Species: Insects in the Home. Murphy Gallery, Pizzagalli Center.
6000 Shelburne Road. 985-3346;

New Filmmakers Festival
April 7: Oscar nominated drama “Lady Bird,” directed by Greta Gerwig.
Tickets are $13 including preservation fee, at, at 802-382-9222 or in person at the box office Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. 382-9222.

Great Art Wednesdays

Courtesy photo

“Cezanne, Portraits of Life,” April 4, at 11 a.m. at Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St., Middlebury. This is the last film in the 2017-2018 Great Art Wednesday series. This new documentary explores the man described by Picasso and Matisse as “the father of us all.” Tickets: $8 and $13, including fees. Call 382-9222 or online at The box office is open Monday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.

Middlebury College “Neruda”
April 7: 3 and 8 p.m. Gael Garcia Bernal as inspector searching for Pablo Neruda, a leftist poet-politician in Chile in the 1940s. Free. Dana Auditorium, Middlebury College. 443-3168,

“The Wolves”
April 5 – 7: Sarah DeLappe’s Obie Award-winning play about a high school girls’ soccer team comes straight from its debut in New York City. Peek into the teammates’ hidden lives as they prepare to win in sports and life. “A thrilling debut play… that keeps you on the edge of your seat.” April 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m.  April 7 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $6 to $15. 443-3168, to Middlebury College, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Seeler Studio Theatre.

Vermont State Scholastic Chess Championships
April 7: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Player check-in. 10 a.m. games begin. 31st annual. K-6, 7 and 8, 9-12. Swiss pairing, no eliminations. Top finishers represent Vermont in national competitions. Rules and registration: Mike Stridsberg, 223-1948,

ECHO Center “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. 1 College Street;

Town Hall Theater
April 7: 2 p.m. “Animal Tales” a special children’s concert. Jennifer Moore and Rose Chancler perform four-hand piano while Broadway star George Hearn narrates “The Story of Babar,” “Peter and the Wolf” and “Carnival of the Animals.” 68 S. Pleasant St. $10 children, $15 adult. 382-9222, Box office: Monday to Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.

Vermont History Day “Conflict and Compromise”
April 7: 10 to noon judging of presentations by students in grades 5-12 and home study students ages 10-18. Awards at 3:45 p.m. Montpelier High School, 5 High School Drive. 828-1413.

Shelburne Museum Webby’s Art Studio
Saturdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Specialized art activities, inspired by temporary and permanent exhibitions.
March 31: Trivet, Trivet, Trivet. Turn natural wool fibers into a colorful, felted-ball trivet.
Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education classroom. Free with admission. 6000 Shelburne Rd.

Vermont Kids Day
March 31: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fifth annual. Indoor fun for families. Comic superheroes from Guardian Legion, Breyer Model Horse Paint & Sip, Big Blue Express indoor train rides, Mermaid Dalni in the mermaid grotto. DoubleTree by Hilton (formerly the Sheraton), 870 Williston Road. $8, $30 Family Pack (four tickets), plus tax and service fee.

Fleming Museum Cartoon workshop
April 14: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “Writing and Drawing a Single Panel Cartoon.” Cartoonist Hilary Price, known for her syndicated strip “Rhymes with Orange,” leads full-day workshop, introducing basic cartooning concepts including characters, environment, plot and the gag. Ages 16+. Co-sponsored with The Center for Cartoon Studies. Fee.All materials provided. Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont, 61 Colchester Ave.,

Farmers Consultation Sessions
April 5: 90-minute consultation with UVM Extension farm business expert; create budget or balance sheet, update financial records, review business plan, etc. $25. 140 Kennedy Drive. Meet with Mark Cannella, Tony Kitsos or Betsy Miller.

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 Lake Champlain Waldorf High School, 122 Bostwick Road.

Introduction to Genealogy class
Wednesdays, April 11, 25 and May 9: Pierson Library, at 1:30 p.m. Learn to trace your ancestors and find sources to make your search easier and more enjoyable. Discover how events in history helped shape ancestors’ lives. Three-session class. Free. Call to register: 985-5124. Held in Room 2 at the Shelburne Town Offices.

Shelburne Town Hall Sun Style Tai Chi
Basic: Monday/Wednesday 9-10 a.m. or Tuesday/Thursday 10:30-11:30 a.m. Sun 73: Monday/Wednesday 10:15-11:15 a.m. Free. Sponsored by Age Well. Donations welcome.,

Quilting class
March 31: 1-3 p.m. Hope Johnson of Vermont Quilt Bee offers “If the Bees Can Do It, Sew Can You!” in two sessions covering basic hexagonal patchwork design and construction, making templates and hand-sewing honeycomb patchwork. At Roadhouse Studios, 207 Webster Road. Beginners welcome; for adults, kids 12 and up. Information and registration at;

VCAM Video Workshop
March 29: 6 p.m. Vermont Community Access Media community TV hosts a free Media Production Workshop at the Shelburne town offices in Meeting Room 1. Learn how to shoot better video using a professional video camera. VCAM staff will introduce the Panasonic UX-90 and discuss other free equipment and services available through channel 15. To register ahead call 651-9692.

Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
April 8: 7 p.m. Singer Dayme Arocena. May 19: 2 and 8 p.m. STOMP.
March 30: 8 p.m. Souleymane Badolo.
153 Main St. 86-FLYNN,

George Winston “Spring Carousel” Tour
March 31: 7:30 p.m. First Unitarian Universalist Society, 152 Pearl St. Benefits City of Hope National Medical Center. Tickets:

UVM Lane Series
April 6: 6:30 p.m. Talk with artists. 7:30 p.m. Trio Da Kali (Hawa Kasse Mady Diabate, Lassana Diabate, Mamadou Kouyate) and Derek Gripper, guitar.
UVM Recital Hall, 384 S. Prospect St. 656-7776.

Middlebury College “From Pulitzer to Kanye”
April 10: 4:30 p.m. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw with vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth. Free. Axinn Center, Room 229, Middlebury College.
April 11: 8 p.m. Caroline Shaw in concert. Robinson Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College. 443-3168,

Vermont Folklife Center Anna & Elizabeth Concert
April 21: 6 p.m. doors open. 7 p.m. Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle, celebrating their new Smithsonian Folkways album, “The Invisible Comes to Us;” special guest Moira Smiley. $30 advance: Limited number of $40 tickets at door. Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, 2 Duane Court. Benefits Vermont Folklife Center.

Stellaria Trio presents ‘Dark Horses’

Photo by Dave Yandell

Violinist Letitia Quante, cellist John Dunlop, and pianist Claire Black perform Beethoven’s Piano Trio No. 6 in E-flat Major and Dvořák’s Piano Trio No. 3 in F Minor – two lesser-known works by these celebrated composers. Friday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Richmond Free Library, 201 Bridge St., Richmond. Free. Donations welcome.

Cochran’s Nordic Cross Challenge
April 8: 11 a.m. Age 12 and under; shorter course. 12:30 p.m. Adult race. At 3 p.m. new this year: Elite 8, Head to Head; fastest eight men and women. Prizes for top three in all age categories. Fun, festive, competitive race for all ages. $25. Register: cochranskiarea.

Champlain Area Trails Moonrise hike
March 31: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Timed with the blue moon, this is the inaugural hike on Cadence’s Crest Trail, Champlain Area Trails’ first trail in Chesterfield, at Trembleau Mountain near Keeseville. Easy, family-friendly hike with views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks. Reservations helpful. 518-962-2287. Late updates at

Turkey Hunting Seminars
April 7-8: The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is hosting two free turkey hunting seminars Saturday, April 7, at the Barre Fish and Game Club and Sunday, April 8, at the Hartland Fire Department.  Both are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Barre event will have a shotgun patterning clinic. Participants should bring a shotgun and ammunition. John Pellegrini at 793-1894.

Arts Riot Ideas on Tap
April 18: 5:30 p.m. “Myth Matters: Meaning Making and the Myths in Everyday Modern Life.” Kerry Noonan and Steve Wehmeyer, folklorists and Champlain College professors. 400 Pine St. 262-1354.
Transgender Health: Transitioning to Affirmative Care
April 3: With A. Evan Eyler, M.D., professor of Psychiatry & Family Medicine; Kate Jerman, M.P.H., director of the LGBTQA Center at UVM; Eli Goldberg, medical student, class of 2020; Lola Houston, relationship coach. Carpenter Auditorium, UVM Given Building, 89 Beaumont Ave.

Vermont Genealogy Library
April 7: 10:30 a.m. to noon. “Finding the Stories of Your French-Canadian Ancestors.”
$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,

Phoenix Books Essex
March 28: 6:30 p.m. Arnie Kozak, Ph.D. “Timeless Truths for Modern Mindfulness.”
2 Carmichael St. 872-7111,

Henry Sheldon Museum and Hawthorne Club
with VPR’s Jane Lindholm
April 12: 7 p.m. Jane Lindholm, host of Vermont Public Radio’s Vermont Edition, reflects on 11 years as on-air interviewer in “Let Me Ask You This: A Decade of Interviewing Interesting Vermonters.” Free. At the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society Church, 2 Duane Court. Parking is available at the nearby Middlebury High School.
Middlebury College
April 6: 12:30 p.m. Museum director Richard Saunders, “Caveat Emptor: The American Historical Portrait in the Early 20th Century.” Free. Mahaney Center for the Arts, Sabra Field Lecture Hall, Room 125.

April 11: 4:30 p.m. Wolfgang Buttress: Art and Nature. Award-winning artist, creator of The Hive at Kew Gardens, London, an aluminum honeycomb-like structure that reacts in real time to the vibrations of a nearby beehive, will talk about how art can explore, express, and inform our relationship with the ‘natural’ world. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Franklin Environmental Center. Free. 802-443-3168,

Education and Enrichment for Everyone (EEE)
April 27: 1 to 2 p.m. Annual meeting of the membership; 2 to 3 p.m. “The Granite Cutters’ Story: A History of Vermont’s 200-Year-Old Granite Industry,” Scott McLaughlin, Executive Director, Vermont Granite Museum.
James Stewart, Vermont Public Radio Classical Host. Series is $40 for the semester (12 lectures) or $5 at the door. Faith United Methodist Church, 899 Dorset St. 846-5132. Full schedule at

Flynn Theatre MainStage
May 3: 7:30 p.m. Machine de Cirque. Quebec City acrobats, jugglers, musicians.
153 Main St. 86-FLYNN,

Shelburne Players “The Dixie Swim Club”
April 13-21: Shelburne Players’ spring comedy production “The Dixie Swim Club” by Jones Hope Wooten will be performed at Shelburne Town Center, 5420 Shelburne Road on April 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 or $12 for matinee. For more information or to reserve tickets go to or call 343-2602.
Open seating.

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