By Mary Landon, Calendar Coordinator
Please email your event listings. COVID and weather guidelines for venues are available on individual websites.
Through Jan. 31
Stop by the Pierson Library in Shelburne to view the current art show featuring works by Adrienne Ginter and Lawlor Schmidt. On display are hand-cut paper pieces that tell stories from nature, and monotypes that reflect the interconnectedness of all life. For more info, call 802-985-5124 during library hours.
Various dates in Jan. and Feb.
Online French classes for all ages and levels. Maybe this winter is the time to learn, refresh and practice with classes through Alliance Francaise! For more info visit the website or email us.
Fridays, Jan. 14 and 21, 3-8 p.m.
Every Friday when the weather cooperates, Cochran’s Ski Area in Richmond has a tradition of hosting Friday Night Lights, a community dinner and inexpensive skiing for ages 6 and up. A fun event for all levels. For more info: cochranskiarea.com or call 802-434-2479.
Saturday, Jan. 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Dinosaur Discoveries: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas opens to the public at Burlington’s ECHO Leahy Center. The exhibit showcases the world of modern paleontology. New technologies reveal how dinosaurs lived, moved and behaved. See dinosaurs walk, run and move their long necks in fantastic computer simulations. For more info: echovermont.org, or call 802-864-1848.
Saturday, Jan. 15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Join Outreach for Earth Stewardship staff outside the Shelburne Farms Farm Store for an up-close visit with wild avian ambassadors. This Raptor Hangout could include a live owl or hawk! OFES offers unique educational programs with the help of live raptors who serve as wild ambassadors. The OFES mission is to strengthen respect and understanding for wildlife through education. Free. Outdoors and weather-dependent. For more info: shelburnefarms.org/ calendar or call 802-985-8686. More info on OFES at ofesvt.org.
Saturday, Jan. 15, 10:30 a.m.-noon
Winter Discovery Hike for Families: Connect with the natural world on the trail at North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier. Dress warmly for outdoor adventure and discovery. This event is appropriate for families with children ages 6 and up. Registration is required for this free program, which is led by a NBNC Teacher-Naturalist. To register, or for more info: northbranchnaturecenter.org or call 802-229-6206.
Saturday, Jan. 15, 5-9 p.m.
Adventure Dinner: Smoked Meats and Party Treats: Adventure Dinner is an event company that dreams up and hosts secret dinners in unexpected Vermont locations. Each event is bespoke and showcases Vermont chefs, food producers and locations for one-of-a-kind gatherings. This dinner event takes place at Basin Harbor Club Main Lodge in Vergennes. Here’s an opportunity to dust off your fancy party attire (encouraged). For more info visit the website.
Sunday, Jan. 16, 2-4 p.m.
Attend an in-person movie screening at the Middlebury New Filmmaker’s Festival at the Town Hall Theater. Today’s documentary, rated PG, is From the Wild Sea. Geared toward families, with G or PG ratings, the theme of the film series is Humans and Animals: Shared Experiences, Intersecting Worlds. A different film screens each month through May. For more info: middfilmfest.org or call 802-382-9222.
Monday, Jan. 17, 10-11:30 a.m.
Stop by, meet the teachers and tour the classroom at the Hinesburg Nursery School Open House, for families with children between ages 3–5. Please email to RSVP or call 802-482-3827.
Monday, Jan. 17, 12-5 p.m.
ECHO Leahy Center, the Clemmons Family Farm and other local organizations collaborate for a day of free, online, family-friendly activities at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration. Celebrate King’s life and legacy with music, stories, history and discussion. Event will be streamed via YouTube. For more info: echovermont.org or call 802-864-1848.
Wednesday, Jan. 19, noon
The Vermont Historical Society hosts Ojibwe writer and historian Jean M. O’Brien for an online talk: “Firsting and Lasting: Writing Indians Out of Existence in New England,” based on O’Brien’s book of the same name. This free talk is part of the VHS Winter Speaker Series; pre-registration required. For more info visit the website or call 802-479-8500.
Thursday, Jan. 20–Saturday, Jan. 22, 7-10 p.m.
Banff Center Mountain Film Festival World Tour: This exhilarating and provocative collection of films explores a variety of the world’s mountains, remote cultures and adrenaline-packed sports. The film series is held at the Dudley H. Davis Center at the University of Vermont, with different films each evening. Doors open at 6 p.m. For tickets or more info, see skirack.com or call 800-882-4530.
Saturday, Jan. 22, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Family Art Saturday: Get creative and make art together! Families are invited to drop by the Burlington City Arts Center location on Church Street and participate in an art activity inspired by current exhibitions. Free and open to the public. For more visit the website or call 802-865-7166.
Monday, Jan. 24, by 5 p.m.
Don’t forget! Charlotte Town Officer petitions and Consent of Candidate forms are due in the Town Clerk’s office no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 24, in anticipation of March Town Meeting. Town Clerk Mary Mead has information on any positions up for election. For more info: stop by the clerk’s office on Ferry Road, or call 802-425-3071.
Looking ahead to Jan. 29, 7:30 p.m.
The inimitable Rusty DeWees will present a year’s worth (or more!) of new material for a night of humor, storytelling and great music at the Vergennes Opera House. Rusty is known and loved for his performances as “The Logger,” in which he blends “blue collar comedy meets Prairie Home Companion.” A Vermont treasure. For tickets and more information visit the website or 802-877-6737.
Through Jan. 31; Open by appointment
“Knowing Darkness” is the current exhibit at Northern Daughters Fine Art Gallery in Vergennes. This show captures the moods of winter with solstice-themed works by eight artists. The exhibit will move to the Shelburne location—Northern Daughter’s Annex at Village Wine and Coffee on Feb. 1. Free. For more info or to make an appointment or call 802-877-2173.
Through Jan. 31, Tues.–Sat. hours
“Winter Compass,” a seasonal exhibit at Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne, features the work of Sam Colt and 13 additional artists. The Gallery refers to Colt as a “master of Venetian plaster finishes.” Free. For more info visit the website or call 802-985-3848.