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Upcoming Events

May  2016
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  • Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 9, 2016 - 12:00 am
    Location: Northern Stage, 74 Gates St, White River Junction, VT 05001, United States
    Description: Northern Stage is a member of Local First Alliance

    When Norman, an assistant librarian with unruly manners and lustful intentions, arrives at a country house to spend a dirty weekend with his sister-in-law, all hell breaks loose. Co-produced with Weston Playhouse and Dorset Theatre Festival, this British comedy is not to be missed.

    Laugh with Norman at Northern Stage Now
    Tickets and information at northernstage.org or 802.296.7000
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  • Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 9, 2016 - 12:00 am
    Location: Northern Stage, 74 Gates St, White River Junction, VT 05001, United States
    Description: Northern Stage is a member of Local First Alliance

    When Norman, an assistant librarian with unruly manners and lustful intentions, arrives at a country house to spend a dirty weekend with his sister-in-law, all hell breaks loose. Co-produced with Weston Playhouse and Dorset Theatre Festival, this British comedy is not to be missed.

    Laugh with Norman at Northern Stage Now
    Tickets and information at northernstage.org or 802.296.7000
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  • Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 9, 2016 - 12:00 am
    Location: Northern Stage, 74 Gates St, White River Junction, VT 05001, United States
    Description: Northern Stage is a member of Local First Alliance

    When Norman, an assistant librarian with unruly manners and lustful intentions, arrives at a country house to spend a dirty weekend with his sister-in-law, all hell breaks loose. Co-produced with Weston Playhouse and Dorset Theatre Festival, this British comedy is not to be missed.

    Laugh with Norman at Northern Stage Now
    Tickets and information at northernstage.org or 802.296.7000
  • Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: May 3, 2016 - 8:00 pm
    Location: Porter Community Room at the Montshire Museum of Science
    Description: Contact Sarah for more information: sarah@vitalcommunities.org
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  • Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 9, 2016 - 12:00 am
    Location: Northern Stage, 74 Gates St, White River Junction, VT 05001, United States
    Description: Northern Stage is a member of Local First Alliance

    When Norman, an assistant librarian with unruly manners and lustful intentions, arrives at a country house to spend a dirty weekend with his sister-in-law, all hell breaks loose. Co-produced with Weston Playhouse and Dorset Theatre Festival, this British comedy is not to be missed.

    Laugh with Norman at Northern Stage Now
    Tickets and information at northernstage.org or 802.296.7000
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  • Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 9, 2016 - 12:00 am
    Location: Northern Stage, 74 Gates St, White River Junction, VT 05001, United States
    Description: Northern Stage is a member of Local First Alliance

    When Norman, an assistant librarian with unruly manners and lustful intentions, arrives at a country house to spend a dirty weekend with his sister-in-law, all hell breaks loose. Co-produced with Weston Playhouse and Dorset Theatre Festival, this British comedy is not to be missed.

    Laugh with Norman at Northern Stage Now
    Tickets and information at northernstage.org or 802.296.7000
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  • Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 9, 2016 - 12:00 am
    Location: Northern Stage, 74 Gates St, White River Junction, VT 05001, United States
    Description: Northern Stage is a member of Local First Alliance

    When Norman, an assistant librarian with unruly manners and lustful intentions, arrives at a country house to spend a dirty weekend with his sister-in-law, all hell breaks loose. Co-produced with Weston Playhouse and Dorset Theatre Festival, this British comedy is not to be missed.

    Laugh with Norman at Northern Stage Now
    Tickets and information at northernstage.org or 802.296.7000
  • Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: May 6, 2016 - 6:00 pm
    Location: Von Bargen's Jewelry, 35 Main St, Hanover, NH 03755, United States
    Description: Von Bargen's is a member of Local First Alliance

    Paul Morelli Jewelry Designer Trunk Show!

    Call (603) 653 – 0006 or email julie@vonbargens.com for more details.
  • Starts: 9:00 pm
    Ends: May 7, 2016 - 2:00 am
    Location: White River Junction, VT
    Description: Join the businesses of downtown WRJ in celebrating the first Friday of the month! It changes every month but there is always something fun going on. Wine tastings, fashion shows, art exhibits, kids crafts, live music and so much more. Kim Souza, of the amazing store Revolution, is usually instrumental in announcing the line up so for more info send an email to info@shoptherev.com or go to http://www.shoptherev.com
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  • Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 9, 2016 - 12:00 am
    Location: Northern Stage, 74 Gates St, White River Junction, VT 05001, United States
    Description: Northern Stage is a member of Local First Alliance

    When Norman, an assistant librarian with unruly manners and lustful intentions, arrives at a country house to spend a dirty weekend with his sister-in-law, all hell breaks loose. Co-produced with Weston Playhouse and Dorset Theatre Festival, this British comedy is not to be missed.

    Laugh with Norman at Northern Stage Now
    Tickets and information at northernstage.org or 802.296.7000
  • Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: May 7, 2016 - 6:00 pm
    Location: Von Bargen's Jewelry, 35 Main St, Hanover, NH 03755, United States
    Description: Von Bargen's is a member of Local First Alliance

    Paul Morelli Jewelry Designer Trunk Show!

    Call (603) 653 – 0006 or email julie@vonbargens.com for more details.
  • Starts: 1:00 pm
    Ends: May 7, 2016 - 5:00 pm
    Location: Norwich, VT, USA
  • Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: May 7, 2016 - 6:00 pm
    Location: AVA Gallery and Art Center, 11 Bank St, Lebanon, NH 03766, United States
    Description: AVA Gallery is a member of Local First Alliance

    AVA Gallery and Art Center, located at 11 Bank Street in Lebanon, NH, is pleased to announce that a 12-foot steel sculpture by Torin Porter is on display in front of AVA’s Carter-Kelsey Building. The sculpture, titled Astronomer, was installed concurrently with Porter’s exhibition in AVA’s E.N. Wennberg Gallery and will remain on view through Fall 2016.
    Torin Porter, of Glover, VT, creates both small and large-scale sculpture. His smaller work is intimate and has a strong narrative thread with an emphasis on humanity—the viewer sees the piece in its own world and scale. In contrast, Porter’s large sculptures give the viewer a sense that they are a player in this narrative.
    Porter states: “I am drawn to forms that explore humanness as it exists in the imagination. Whether human figures are absent or present, I see an emphasis on humanity as the unifying aspect of my work—humanity as it relates to its inventions, to nature, and to itself. I make sculpture because I am interested in engaging people in real-space, real-time interactions.”

    Torin Porter will give a gallery talk on Saturday, May 7 at 4:00pm.
    The talk is free and open to the public.
  • Starts: 7:30 pm
    Ends: May 7, 2016 - 9:30 pm
    Location: Lebanon Opera House, 51 N Park St, Lebanon, NH 03766, United States
    Description: Lebanon Opera House is a member of Local First Alliance
    Chris Isaak - Saturday May 7, 2016 @ 7:30PM
    Lebanon Opera House Lebanon, NH
    Chris Isaak - FIRST COMES THE NIGHT TOUR
    • $98.50, $78.50, $59.50
    • With a stellar reputation as one of the best and funniest live performers out there, Chris Isaak’s vocal style has earned him enormous acclaim, and his vast catalog of hits include “Wicked Game,” “Forever Blue,” “Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing” and “Somebody’s Crying."

    For more info or to purchase tickets, please go to lebanonoperahouse.org
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  • Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 9, 2016 - 12:00 am
    Location: Northern Stage, 74 Gates St, White River Junction, VT 05001, United States
    Description: Northern Stage is a member of Local First Alliance

    When Norman, an assistant librarian with unruly manners and lustful intentions, arrives at a country house to spend a dirty weekend with his sister-in-law, all hell breaks loose. Co-produced with Weston Playhouse and Dorset Theatre Festival, this British comedy is not to be missed.

    Laugh with Norman at Northern Stage Now
    Tickets and information at northernstage.org or 802.296.7000
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  • Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 12, 2016 - 12:00 am
  • Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: May 11, 2016 - 6:00 pm
    Location: 195 N Main St, White River Junction, VT 05001, USA
    Description: Join us on Thursday, May 12 for a party to celebrate the start of Questing season. We will have refreshments, stamp carving, Quest box supply refills, and lots of fun! We will be at the Vital Communities offices in White River Junction from 4pm to 6pm. Feel free to stop by, meet our new Valley Quest coordinator, and celebrate the start of a new Valley Quest year.
  • Starts: 8:30 pm
    Ends: May 11, 2016 - 11:30 pm
    Location: Unity Elementary School, 864 2nd NH Turnpike, Newport, NH 03773, United States
    Description: Join Upper Valley Farm to School and Vermont FEED for Integrating Farm to School into the Classroom with Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. This professional development course is designed for classroom teachers who are looking to deepen or expand their curriculum and project-based learning opportunities related to Farm to School including: nutrition, food systems, classroom cooking, and garden-based education. Based on the feedback from past classes, this course has been developed with the needs of teachers in mind. Designed to be dynamic and democratic, this emergent course will offer teachers the time and space to focus on projects of their choice, while also providing opportunities to learn from colleagues and others leaders in the field of Farm to School. Interactive class sessions will feature a blend of individual work time, connections to standards, peer to peer feedback, resource sharing, hands-on food preparation, and large and small group discussions.

    We are very fortunate to be able to provide free tuition to all New Hampshire teachers. New Hampshire teachers will also be eligible to apply for a mini-grant to support a farm to school project in their school. Funding for this opportunity is from the Wellborn Ecology Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

    To learn more about the course and to register please visit http://bit.ly/1Mhi9Od or contact Beth Roy, Farm to School Coordinator at (802)291-9100 or Beth@VitalCommunities.org

    Course will meet
    March 2
    March 16
    March 30
    April 13
    April 27
    May 11
    May 18 (Snow Date)
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  • Starts: 1:00 pm
    Ends: May 14, 2016 - 5:00 pm
    Location: Norwich, VT, USA
  • Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: May 14, 2016 - 8:00 pm
    Location: 18 MacLean Road, Alstead, NH 03602
    Description: "Charles Andros, former NH/VT Apiary Inspector, will hold a beekeeping workshop from 1-4 PM on Saturday, May 1​4​, at 18 MacLean Road, Alstead, NH 03602. Look for the "BEE" sign on the south side of Walpole Valley Road. Topics of discussion: finding queens, requeening and 2-queen colonies, pollen collection, swarm control, supering, and bee venom therapy. Bring a veil, if you have one, as we shall be opening some colonies. We'll be inside if it is a rainy day. Registration required. email: lindenap@gmail.com, or call 603-756-9056."
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  • Starts: 8:30 am
    Ends: May 17, 2016 - 10:30 am
    Location: Vital Communities, 195 North Main Street, White River Junction, VT 05001, United States
    Description: PARKING INFO:
    For Staff Only: Please park anywhere but the back parking lot.
    For Board Members Only: There are six parking spaces (spaces are marked with signage) behind our office that can be used during the board meeting. Otherwise, you can park in the Coop's parking lot but not directly in front.
  • Starts: 8:00 pm
    Ends: May 17, 2016 - 11:00 pm
    Location: Thetford Elementary School, Thetford Center, VT 05075, United States
    Description: 2016 Spring Grow It! Workshop for Garden Leaders

    Thetford, Vt. – May 17th

    Presented by Vermont Community Garden Network in partnership with Charlie Nardozzi

    Join community and school garden leaders from your region for this workshop focused on exploring strategies for recruiting and engaging gardeners and volunteers. Learn strategies to boost your garden programs, share stories and ideas, and celebrate this growing movement.

    Where and When

    The spring workshop in Thetford is Tuesday, May 17, from 4:00-7:00pm, including a hearty snack. The workshop will take place at Thetford Elementary School at 2689 Rte. 113, Thetford, VT 05074.

    Registration

    Registration is $35 per workshop. VCGN members are eligible for discounted registrations. Learn about the VCGN membership program and sign up before you register for the workshop to receive your discount at http://vcgn.org/membership/. Sliding scale option also available upon request.

    Please pre-register. For a list of all 7 Grow It! locations and dates across the state, more detailed workshop info, and online registration go to: http://vcgn.org/what-we-do/growit. Questions? Call (802) 861-4769.

    Professional development certificates for workshop attendance available upon request.
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  • Starts: 11:00 am
    Ends: May 21, 2016 - 2:00 pm
    Location: Wendell A. Barwood Arena, 45 Highland Ave, White River Junction, VT 05001, United States
    Description: This is NOT your typical solar expo.

    Join the Hartford Recreation Department, Vital Communities, and solar installers from across the Upper Valley to get up close and personal with every aspect of a solar installation.
    - See, touch, and learn about a range of solar installation equipment (tools, panels, inverters, racking and more)
    - Learn what really goes on at the site visit and behind the scenes
    - Learn about financing options
    - Learn about other great home energy investments that compliment going solar (electric cars, heat pumps, home energy efficiency)

    Drop by for fun with the whole family. Free and open to the public. Snacks provided.
  • Starts: 12:00 pm
    Ends: May 21, 2016 - 8:00 pm
    Location: Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historic Park, 54 Elm Street, Woodstock, VT, United States
    Description: BioBlitz
    Saturday May 21,
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm Forest Center
    free and open to everyone

    BioBlitz is an event in which individuals and teams of volunteers: families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to find and identify as many species of plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms as possible in one day. All observations will contribute to the Vermont Atlas of Life. Bring a cell phone with iNaturalist app if you can.
    Guided events at 8am, 10 am, 11 am and 1 pm.

    https://www.nps.gov/mabi/bioblitz.htm
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1789307071305678/
    Julia Lynam
    802 457 3368 ext 222
    MABI_superintendent@nps.gov
  • Starts: 12:00 pm
    Ends: May 21, 2016 - 2:00 pm
    Location: Meet at the Forest Center. Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Woodstock, VT.
    Description: Working Woodlands Workshop – Earlybirds
    Join the park’s ecologist and naturalist on this moderate 1.5 mile hike to look and listen for birds. This program will be part of the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP BioBlitz, so we will record our observations and submit them to eBird and iNaturalist. This workshop is co-sponsored by Vermont Coverts and Vermont Woodlands Association.

    DATE: Saturday, May 21st, 2016
    TIME: 8:00AM – 10:00AM
    LOCATION: Meet at the Forest Center. Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Woodstock, VT. Parking is available at the Billings Farm & Museum parking lot.
    FEE: Free
    RESERVATIONS: None required
    CONTACT: To learn more about the Park visit http://www.nps.gov/mabi/index.htm or call at (802) 457-3368 x 222
  • Starts: 1:00 pm
    Ends: May 21, 2016 - 5:00 pm
    Location: Norwich, VT, USA
  • Starts: 1:00 pm
    Ends: May 21, 2016 - 5:00 pm
    Location: Gifford Hospital, Randolph, VF
  • Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: May 21, 2016 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Meet at the Forest Center. Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Woodstock, VT
    Description: Working Woodlands Workshop – May Flowers
    Experience the beauty of Vermont’s spring wildflowers. This walking tour will introduce you to trilliums, trout lilies, spring beauties and other forest flowers that bloom for just a short time in spring. Moderate 1.5 mile hike. This workshop is part of the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller BioBlitz and we will use iNaturalist to document our sightings. This workshop is co-sponsored by Vermont Coverts and Vermont Woodlands Association.

    DATE: Saturday, May 21st, 2016
    TIME: 10:00AM – 12:00PM
    LOCATION: Meet at the Forest Center. Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Woodstock, VT. Parking is available at the Billings Farm & Museum parking lot.
    FEE: Free
    RESERVATIONS: None required
    CONTACT: To learn more about the Park visit http://www.nps.gov/mabi/index.htm or call at (802) 457-3368 x 222
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  • Starts: 9:00 pm
    Ends: May 22, 2016 - 11:00 pm
    Location: Chandler Music Hall, 71-73 Main St, Randolph, VT 05060, United States
    Description: In conjunction with our Locally Grown Area Artists Show this year and in partnership with BALE (Building a Local Economy) , Chandler Center for the Arts is planning its first annual Local Arts & Eats Event, and you are invited!

    At the Local Arts & Eats event, the best of central VT restaurants, farmers, CSA’s, local specialty food producers, bakers, chefs, and more come together in culinary camaraderie to offer their favorite recipes and products for the tasting! It’s a fun & satisfying event for the whole family!

    Food samples are donated, presented & prepared in donation. The public is invited and entry is by donation as well.
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  • Starts: 5:30 pm
    Ends: May 24, 2016 - 7:30 pm
    Location: 2340 US Route 5 North Fairlee, VT 05045
    Description: Members of UV CRAFT kick-off the season at Root 5 Farm in Fairlee, VT, to discuss post harvest and handling techniques. This is a private event for CRAFT farmers and farm workers, for more infomation or if you would like to participate, please contact Nancy LaRowe at nancy@vitalcommunities.org or 802.291.9100 x 106.
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  • Starts: 5:30 pm
    Ends: May 31, 2016 - 7:30 pm
    Location: 270 Orizzonto Rd, White River Junction, VT 05001
    Description: UV CRAFT farmers and farm-workers meet at Sunrise Farm in White River Junction, VT, to discuss the topic of farm finances. This is a private event for members only, if you would like more information or to join CRAFT please contact Nancy LaRowe at nancy@vitalcommunities.com or 802.291.9100 x 106.
 
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