Calendar of Events – February 23 – March 12, 2023

Please send event listings at least three weeks in advance.

Dr. Strangelove film
Thursday, Feb. 23, 5:30-8 p.m.
Hinesburg’s Carpenter Carse Library screens “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb,” a 1964 film directed by Stanley Kubrick. Enjoy popcorn and stay for a post-film discussion. Direct questions by email.

Vermont’s woodpeckers
Thursday, Feb. 23, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Learn about our diverse array of woodpeckers from a bird expert, through the Green Mountain Audubon Society. This online presentation is free and requires pre-registration.

Express CPR class
Saturday, Feb. 25, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Charlotte Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services trains participants in compressions, automated external defibrillator (AED) use and choking assistance at this in-person class. Held at the Charlotte fire station, this class does not lead to certification. Reserve a spot online or ask questions by email.

Forester for a day
Saturday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
A few tickets remain for this popular event at Shelburne Farms for ages 5 and older with accompanying adult. Wear a hard hat, watch a tree being felled and learn about the importance of trees in our lives. Work in the woodshop to make a wooden product to bring home. Dress for being outside; more info and registration. Also, see the Shelburne Farms calendar for info about winter horse-drawn rides.

Wildlife celebration
Saturday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Families participate in winter activities, snow or no snow, at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee. Hunt for forest fairies, play games, see live reindeer and learn how raptors survive winter, plus much more. More info.

Saturday, Feb. 25, 5-9 p.m.
Performing artists and speakers gather at Burlington’s Flynn Theater for a celebration of Black culture, community and education in Vermont. The Black Experience 2023 is free and open to all. Angela Davis is a keynote presenter. More info or tickets.

Reggae legend Livingston
Saturday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m.
The Town Hall Theater in Middlebury presents Carlton Livingston in concert joined by Prince Negasi. More info and tickets or call the theater box office at 802-382-9222.

Get your cookies
Sunday, Feb. 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Charlotte Girl Scout Troupe 30066 will be selling boxes of cookies at a booth at Walmart in Williston. It’s not too late to stock up and support the local troupe.

Folk on stage
Sunday, Feb. 26, 4-6 p.m.
Canadian folk singer/songwriter Annie Sumi and her bandmates take the stage at the Richmond Congregational Church. Her sound has been described as contemplative and ethereal. More info and tickets or see the Valley Stage website for other upcoming shows in Richmond and Waterbury.

Indigenous artworks
Monday, Feb. 27, 1-2 p.m.
The on-going care and conservation of Shelburne Museum’s Native American art collection is the topic of this free webinar, led by Nancie Ravenel. Live audience Q&A follows. More info and to register.

Fish art contest
Entry deadline Tuesday, Feb. 28
Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s fish art contest deadline for submissions has arrived. The contest, open to youth ages 5-18, involves writing about a Vermont fish species and illustrating it (essay not required for grades K-3). Details on submissions and contest rules.

Family bird walk
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 10-11:30 a.m.
Join staff from Outreach for Earth Stewardship for a winter walk on the grounds of Shelburne Farms, looking for birds and wildlife. Best for ages 7 and older, with accompanying adult. More info and to register. Event repeats Thursday, March 2.

How forests work
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 1 p.m.
The Burlington Garden Club hosts Chittenden County forester Ethan Tapper for a free talk on the importance of forests in preserving a healthy environment. The public is always invited to the club meetings, held at Faith United Methodist Church on Dorset Street in South Burlington. More info.

The Art of Mycology
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 5-7 p.m.
Highly detailed photographs of mushrooms are the subject of a new show at the Jackson Gallery, part of Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater. Author, photographer and mycology educator Meg Madden has an opening reception for her photo exhibit that runs through Sunday, March 19. More info. On Tuesday, March 14, at 6 p.m., Madden presents a slideshow and talk about her work and newest book, also at the Jackson Gallery in Middlebury.

Photo by Scooter MacMillanMike Kirk and Hannah Clark give a hog butchering demonstration at Philo Ridge Farm.
Photo by Scooter MacMillan Mike Kirk and Hannah Clark give a hog butchering demonstration at Philo Ridge Farm.

Animal butchery workshop
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 6-8 p.m.
Learn how to break down an entire animal into familiar, as well as less common, cuts of meat. A family-style meal is included with each ticket. Event is at Philo Ridge Farm in Charlotte. Info and tickets.

Zach Nugent in the loft
Wednesday, March 1, 6-8:45 p.m.
In his Uncorked shows, Zach plays new music, vintage tunes and includes some storytelling and special guests. He’s known for his soulful roots music, and he plays two free sets at Shelburne Vineyard. More info.

Race, identity and hiking
Wednesday, March 1, 7-8 p.m.
The Green Mountain Club presents Mardi Fuller, an avid hiker, outdoors person and first known Black person to hike the New Hampshire 48 (hiking all 48 peaks over 4,000 feet) in winter. Mardi’s talk is free, via Zoom. More info and tickets.

Lovingkindness course
Wednesdays, March 1-Apr. 5
Shelburne’s Vermont Zen Center offers a six-week course on practicing lovingkindness, an ancient Buddhist meditation practice. Class is 7-8 p.m., in person or via Zoom. Appropriate for anyone of any belief, beginners or experienced practitioners. More info or to register or call 802-985-9746.

Virtual open studio
Thursday, March 2, 6-8 p.m.
Work on your own creative project while learning about what other artists are working on. Charlotte artist and poet JC Wayne hosts frequent open studio Thursdays and welcomes all levels to share the process. More info and to register.

Build a telescope
Friday, March 3, 4-7 p.m.
At Catamount Outdoor Family Center in Williston, families make a telescope with Cheryl Owens of Art Adventure Box, followed by stargazing. More info and to sign up.

Aaron Flinn
Aaron Flinn

Fingerpicking guitar
Friday, March 3, 6-8:30 p.m.
Aaron Flinn has played in numerous venues and accompanied well-known artists. Tonight, he plays his style of Americana, folk and indie rock in a free show at Shelburne Vineyard. More info.

Choral Chameleon
Friday, March 3, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
This vocal ensemble specializes in new choral music, adventurous programming and fearless experimentation. They perform at the Mahaney Arts Center at Middlebury College; more info, in-person tickets and streaming tickets.

Out of hibernation
Fri., Mar 3- Sunday, March 5
After a nearly four-year hiatus, the Vermont Flower Show is back for its 20th year. Spend all day, or all three, at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction, getting excited about all things gardening, flowers, soils and spring growth. Info, tickets and hours or call 888-518-6484.

Zen workshop
Saturday, March 4, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Participants are introduced to the body-mind disciplines of Zen Buddhism in this workshop at the Vermont Zen Center in Shelburne. More info and to register.

Snowbowl festival
Saturday, March 4, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
The Middlebury Snowbowl ski area hosts the Vermont Splitboard Festival. No registration fee; participation requires a day pass purchase. The day includes demos, instruction and terrain tours. The Snowbowl is on Route 125 in Hancock. More info and pre-registration or register upon arrival.

Healthy food prep
Saturday, March 4, 10-11:30 a.m.
Learn how to make a week’s worth of healthy meal-prepped breakfasts, free of gluten and refined sugar. Cook along with a nutritional therapy practitioner in this free, virtual City Market class. More info and to register.

Capital city market
Saturday, March 4, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
The winter season of Montpelier’s farmer’s market is underway, held at the Caledonia Spirits Distillery in Montpelier. Market repeats the first and third Saturdays through April. Vendor info and directions.

The Bridge to 1777
Saturday, March 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
In March, 1777, American soldiers at Fort Ticonderoga labored to build a bridge across Lake Champlain to block the big boats of the Royal Navy. It was difficult and dangerous work. Come to the fort in Ticonderoga, N.Y., to experience this living history event and explore this soldier’s base. More info and tickets.

Animal science jobs
Saturday, March 4, 1-3 p.m.
High school and college students have an opportunity to meet with bovine, equine and companion animal industry professionals to talk about internships and jobs. The University of Vermont holds this free, drop-in event at the Miller Research Center, 500 Spear Street, South Burlington. More info.


Image by Christiane from Pixabay
Image by Christiane from Pixabay

Wine and cheese
Saturday, March 4, 4:30-6 p.m.
City Market presents a guided wine and cheese pairing event at Shelburne Vineyard. Learn about the local wine scene while enjoying tasty combinations. Event is for ages 21+. More info and tickets.

Community ski day
Saturday, March 5, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Catamount Trail Association partners with the Craftsbury Outdoor Center to offer a day of trying out cross country skiing or snowshoeing equipment. This free event takes place at the Intervale Center in Burlington; all equipment provided. Drop in anytime, try a new sport and receive basic instruction. More info, parking directions and a map.

Golda Meir documentary
Sunday, March 5, 2-3:30 p.m.
The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival presents the Vermont premiere of “Golda,” a film about the first and only woman to ever govern the state of Israel (1969-74). Film is shown at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater. Trailer, tickets and more info.

Veggie fermentation
Monday, March 6, 5:30-7 p.m.
Discover the health benefits of lactofermentation and how to do it at home. This hands-on, in-person class is held at City Market on Flynn Avenue in Burlington. No experience necessary; all materials included. More info or to register.

Full moon snowshoe
Monday, March 6, 6-7:30 p.m.
Weather permitting, a snowshoe walk happens on the trails at the Birds of Vermont Museum in Huntington. A fire and cocoa follow the walk. Event is free; donations gladly accepted. Dress appropriately and bring snowshoes. Pre-register by calling 802-434-2167.

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Almost garden time
Tuesday, March 7, 5-6:30 p.m.
Red Wagon Plants in Hinesburg has over 30 new classes and workshops during the upcoming season. The first class, on vegetable garden design, is March 7. Check the website for all events, as they fill fast. Opening day of the nursery is Friday, April 14. More info.

Dog art webinar
Wednesday, March 8, 6-7 p.m.
Shelburne Museum celebrates the opening of their online exhibition Pet Friendly: The Art of Stephen Huneck. Huneck lived and created pet-themed woodcuts for many years in northern Vermont. The free webinar discusses his prolific life’s work. More info and registration.

Black film festival
Saturday, March 11, 3-5 p.m.
This month’s Black is Beautiful film is “The Glass Shield,” directed by Charles Burnett. Free is screening at Fletcher Free Library in Burlington. Read more.

Unique clay plates
Saturday, March 11, 5-7 p.m.
Using rolled slabs of clay and molds, form plates for home use with your unique design flourishes. Pick up finished projects two weeks after class. The Old School Art Studio offers this class in Richmond for all levels of experience. More info and registration.

Local art exhibit
through Sunday, March 12
Charlotte artist JC Wayne has a solo exhibit, Oracle of Future Beauty, at Shelburne’s Pierson Library. Find out about JC’s poetry events, art exhibits and art instruction workshops.