Kingdom Calendar of Weekly Events
To qualify, events must be a benefit, not for profit, or free to attend to be listed at no charge. Deadline to submit events for publication is noon on Monday. Please email them to [email protected]
THURSDAY, APRIL 8
ANNUAL GATHERING FOR HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE
The Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration Remembering the Rescuers will be held Thursday, April 8, at 7 p.m. online. The Vermont Holocaust Memorial (VTHM) joins the Jewish Community of Greater Stowe (JCOGS), the Greater Stowe Interfaith Coalition, and caring Vermonters throughout the state, to honor the memory of those who perished at the hands of evil, and pay tribute to those rescuers and survivors who have made a better world for all. Author and VTHM speaker K. Heidi Fishman of Norwich, Vermont, will be the featured presenter. The commemoration is free. Registration required at: www.jcogs.org/event/annual-gathering-for-holocaust-remembrance.html.
13TH ANNUAL WILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL
Join the Vermont Natural Resources Council on Thursday, April 8, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for a night of inspiring short films, from the safety and comfort of home. Tickets are by donation. Donate $10 or more to be entered into this year’s raffle (featuring swag from national partners, Ben & Jerry’s pint coupons, and Lake Champlain Chocolates). Each household only needs one ticket to view the films. Also check out the silent auction. For more information and tickets, go to https://vnrc.org/wsff2021. For questions, email Colin Keegan at [email protected].
SATURDAY, APRIL 10
THE KIDS VT CAMP AND SCHOOL FAIR
Join virtually on April 10 for the second edition of The Kids VT Camp and School Fair. In each 30-minute Zoom session, learn about opportunities for your child, connect with representatives from local summer camps and schools, and get questions answered. For more information, go to https://www.kidsvt.com.
FRIDAY, APRIL 23
OWLS AND THEIR CALLS: A VIRTUAL VISIT WITH VINS
Join the Barton, Glover, Greensboro, and Jeudevine libraries for a one hour virtual program all about owls Friday, April 23, at 10 a.m. (school vacation week!) with the Vermont Institute for Natural Science (VINS)! This program includes live owls and an audible demonstration of the sounds of our local owls. Participants will learn the defining characteristics and adaptations for life as a nocturnal predator on the wing. If interested in dissecting an owl pellet at home before the program, they will be available while supplies last. Sign up to receive the Zoom link as well and/or an owl pellet with local librarians: Pam Kennedy (Barton) [email protected], Toni Eubanks (Glover) [email protected], Diane Grenkow (Jeudevine in Hardwick) [email protected], Emily Purdy (Greensboro) [email protected].
SATURDAY, APRIL 24
VEGETABLE SEED STARTING WORKSHOP
The Barton Community Garden (BCG) will hold a workshop on starting vegetables from seed. The workshop will be held via Zoom and followed by a live question and answer time with experienced gardeners who are BCG volunteers. Information will be shared about selecting seeds, what type of soil and containers to use, and what other requirements your seeds will need to grow and thrive. They will also talk about transplant dates and methods. The first ten families who register will receive a seed-starting packet including seeds, soil, containers and hand tools. For more information, and to register, email [email protected]. Handouts and seeds will be available to everyone through the Community Seed Exchange.
TUESDAY, APRIL 27
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE IN NEWPORT
There will be a Red Cross Blood Drive held on Tuesday, April 27, from noon to 4 p.m. at the United Church of Newport, 63 Third Street, Newport. Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment. The Red Cross is testing all blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies. Plasma from antibody-positive whole blood donations may help current coronavirus patients in need. Save time with RapidPass. Complete your pre-donation reading and health history at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or with the Blood Donor App on the day of your appointment.
AARP TAX AIDE PROGRAM
The AARP Tax Aide Program is preparing tax returns free of charge for low to moderate income taxpayers, with special attention and support for taxpayers 50 and older. The group is currently meeting clients every Wednesday and Friday until April 9 in Derby at the Dailey Memorial Library from 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Appointments are required. Please call the library at (802) 766-5063 for an appointment.
CCV ABENAKI SPEAKER SERIES
All are welcome to attend a free virtual Abenaki speaker series hosted by the Community College of Vermont (CCV). All events will be held on Zoom. Thursday, March 18, 5-6 p.m. – Don Stevens, History of Abenaki in Vermont, Sovereignty, and Recognition. Thursday, April 15, 5-6 p.m. – Melody Walker Brook, Indigenous Ways of Knowing, Healing, and the Path Forward. For more information and to register, visit http://ccv.edu/speakerseries.
CONNECTICUT RIVER SPEAKER SERIES – RIVER PATHS FOR WILDLIFE
Residents of the Connecticut River Valley to join and participate in a virtual exploration of the watershed . Register or find out more at http://www.crjc.org/lrs/. The events are as follows: May 25 – Future of Invasive Species Management; September 28 – A History of the Connecticut; and in November – Water Quality & Green Infrastructure. If you would like more information, visit www.crjc.org, email [email protected] or call (603) 727-9484.
VEGETABLE GARDENING EDUCATION SERIES
University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Community Horticulture Program Master Gardener volunteers are hosting a free vegetable gardening education series on six consecutive Saturdays this spring. Learn to Grow Vegetables will be offered weekly via Zoom, April 17 through May 22, from 9-10 a.m. The series consists of 10 short videos produced by University of Maine Cooperative Extension on different vegetable gardening topics, and includes live, facilitated Q & A sessions with UVM Extension Master Gardeners. The final session will be a live presentation on using high and low tunnels to extend the growing season. Although geared to novice and first-time gardeners, the series will be of interest to anyone who wants to learn more about growing vegetables in the shorter growing season found in northern climates. To register for one or more of the six sessions, go to https://go.uvm.edu/growveg. Dates and topics are as follows:
April 17: Vegetable Gardening–Where to Begin and Planning Your Garden
April 24: Preparing Your Garden Soil and Planting
May 1: Managing Weeds and Watering Your Garden
May 8: Plant Diseases and Preserving the Harvest
May 15: Pain-Free Gardening and Preparing Your Garden for Winter
May 22: Extending the Season with High and Low Tunnels
For more information, contact Cindy Heath at (603) 543-1307 or [email protected]. To request a disability-related accommodation, please contact her two weeks prior to the day of the session.
PICTURE IT! – FOR JOSHUA HOUSE SCAVENGER HUNT FUNDRAISER
The objective of “Picture It!” is to get real-time pictures of the front of every business, in Orleans, Essex, and Caledonia Counties. “Picture It! – for Joshua House!” runs from May 1 to May 15, with registration beginning April 15. The cost is $10 per person. Complete game rules will be posted at www.joshuahousenek.com and various locations starting March 31. Teams receive one (1) point for every picture of a different business. Five (5) points for capturing a sponsoring business. The team with the most points will receive $500, the second team $250, and the third, $100. The team captain (required) will submit team pictures to Joshua House Inc. to be posted on Facebook and on the website. Businesses are currently being sought to be sponsors to help make the game more exciting. Please contact Tim Daley at [email protected] to learn how to take part or visit www.joshuahousenek.com.
If you think you have a problem and would like help, Alcoholics Anonymous is available during this time of COVID-19. Virtual meetings dates and times are listed at Vermont Area 70 website: https://aavt.org. Click on blue virtual meeting links or call the NEK area confidential hotline at (802) 334-1213.
AMERICAN LEGION POST #21 NEWPORT
The American Legion Post #21 is located at 5 Veterans Avenue in Newport (next to the high school). Ongoing events include Bingo every Friday at 6:30 p.m. and every Sunday at 12:30 p.m., and live music from 6-9 p.m. on Thursdays. Visit their Facebook page for more information.
BREAD AND HAND PUPPET FREE SOURDOUGH GIVEAWAY
Every Friday Bread and Puppet will be distributing fresh sourdough bread and hand puppets free of charge, from 1 to 2 p.m., in front of the theater farmhouse at 753 Heights Road, Glover. Signs are posted to guide you through the drive-thru, and social distancing and mask wearing are required. Email [email protected] or call (802)525-3031 with questions.
COMMUNITY SEED EXCHANGE AT THE BARTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Community Seed Exchange (CSE) at the Barton Public Library is open to help with your gardening needs. The CSE is a public service of the Barton Public Library, which provides free seeds to gardeners in the Northeast Kingdom for vegetables, herbs and flowers. Seeds are available during library hours, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Requests can also be sent to [email protected]. Many varieties of seeds are available. If you are a seed saver or if you have a surplus of purchased seeds donations are welcome. GMO seeds are not accepted or distributed. For questions, email [email protected] or visit Facebook.
EAST HARDWICK GRANGE SUPPER
East Hardwick Grange Supper is a free to all curbside meal for the community. The simple takeout dinner will be served each Wednesday between 5 and 6 p.m., at the Caledonia Grange, 88 East Church Street in East Hardwick. For questions or to arrange delivery, call (802) 472-8987 or email [email protected].
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS – TROY
All you can eat breakfast every third Sunday 8 to 11 a.m. to benefit families in need. All you can eat for $9. Kids under five are free. St. Andre Bessette Parish, Troy Church Hall, 130 South Pleasant St., Troy. Sponsored by Council 7943. For more information, contact (802) 673-7510 or (802) 323-2470.
ST. MARK’S FOOD SHELF
St. Mark’s Food Shelf, in the Parish House, Second St., Newport, is open every Monday 11:30 to 12:30. It makes no difference where you live, or what your financial standing is. If you are in need of food, please come. You will receive a bag of groceries with additional food offerings available from time to time.
VFW POST #798 & AUXILIARY
VFW Post #798 located at 141 Central Street, Newport. DATE CHANGE FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL ONLY— the April meeting will be held on Saturday, April 10 at 3 p.m. Regular meetings are held the 2nd Sunday of the month at 6:05 p.m. Pub Night – Thursday nights takeout only from 5:30 p.m. -7:30.p.m. Please visit Facebook-VFW POST 798 Auxiliary to view the menu. Call (802) 334-7717 after 4:30 p.m. to put in your order. Cash sale only, no ATM available.
CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH IN ISLAND POND
30 Paradis Mountain Road, Island Pond. (802) 487-0229. Pastor Ian R. Gilpatric.
GREENSBORO UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
All are welcome to join live stream worship services every Sunday at 10 a.m. Access these services on www.guccvt.org and follow the link on the home page.
LAKE REGION PARISH –
BARTON UNITED CHURCH, GLOVER COMMUNITY CHURCH
& WEST GLOVER CHURCH
Easter Sunday, April 4,10 a.m. Union Service at West Glover Congregational Church. Masks required. Social distancing. Windows will be open. For questions, call Rev. Evelyn Coupe (802) 525-3607.
NORTHEAST KINGDOM QUAKERS
Sunday 10 to 11 a.m. Zoom Host Call: (802) 525-6961. Information: (802) 754-2029 Or 802-525-6961.
ORLEANS FEDERATED CHURCH
The Orleans Federated Church will continue to meet remotely for worship each Sunday by mail, email, and Zoom for the foreseeable future. If interested in receiving worship service, please email [email protected] or leave a message at (802) 754-6486. The Orleans Community Food Shelf continues to operate each Monday morning from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. with a prepacked bag distribution. Free “Everyone Eats” meals are available for pick up on Fridays from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
OUR LADY OF FATIMA CATHOLIC CHURCH
Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Craftsbury is closed for the winter. Masses are held at St. Norbert in Hardwick on Saturdays at 4 p.m. and Sundays at 8:30 a.m. and at St. Michael’s in Greensboro Bend on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. For information, call Mary Queen of All Saints Parish at (802) 472-5544.
JOHN THE BAPTIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
West Church Street, Hardwick. Doors are closed for now, but join on Zoom for weekly worship service, Tuesdays at 5 p.m. For the link, email [email protected] or call (802) 472-5979 on Wednesdays, between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
MARK’S IN NEWPORT SUNDAY ZOOM SERVICES
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Newport is having Sunday services on Zoom. Those interested in attending may call (802) 334-7365, or email [email protected] to get the link and the password, or for more information.
SUTTON BAPTIST CHURCH
Easter service on Sunday, April 4 and regular Sunday services available in person/at church at 10:15 a.m. Please respect all applicable COVID 19 measures. Easter service and regular Sunday services are also available on YouTube.com at Vermont Country Pastor. Contact Pastor Mark Heinrichs for more information at (802) 525-4214.
THE UNITED CHURCH OF NEWPORT
The United Church of Newport is broadcasting Sunday Services on NEKTV every week, Sunday at 9 a.m. and Wednesday at 6 p.m. until further notice. You can also watch on the “The United Church of Newport” YouTube Channel. Those interested in receiving a weekly bulletin sent to them via mail or email can call the church office at (802) 334-6033. Bags of food are available every day from 10 a.m. to noon. Free to-go meals are also available every Monday and Friday from 10:30 a.m. until the meals are gone. Community meals have been canceled until further notice.
GALLERIES & MUSEUMS
St. Johnsbury. A new exhibit has opened as a walkable gallery on Railroad Street and Eastern Avenue called St. J on the Street. It runs through May 28 and features Northeast Kingdom artists with free outdoor viewing in storefronts and windows.
CRYSTAL LAKE FALLS HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
Crystal Lake Falls Historical Association Barton Museum – Pierce House. Open by appointment: call (802) 525-3084 or (802) 525-9511. Brick Kingdom Park is open daylight hours.
1302 Main Street, St. Johnsbury. (802) 748-2372. Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Safety measures will be in place for hand washing and distancing space. Masks will be mandatory. Outdoor tours and demonstrations will include architectural tours of the building and planetarium-like shows in outdoor spaces. Ticketing will keep guests safe to limit the number of visitors at any given time. For details, visit www.fairbanksmuseum.org.
HIGHLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS
2875 Hardwick Street, Greensboro. (802) 533-2000. www.highlandartsvt.org. Open Wednesday – Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. by reservation only.
MAC CENTER FOR THE ARTS
158 Main St, Newport. (802) 334-1966. www.maccenterforthearts.com. Currently on exhibit: Big & Small works by John Rowe and Bradleigh Stockwell.
MEMPHREMAGOG HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The Memphremagog Historical Society of Newport Museum and Exhibits presents a permanent display of panels: Crossroads Before & Beyond Abenakis Culture and Timeline by Bea Nelson; Abnokaki and photographs and history of Newport City (Duncansboro) and West Derby; Lake Memphremagog and steam boats that include surrounding towns. Two showcases by Barbara Malloy, president and curator of Remembering the City of Newport’s Vanishing History of Legends, a pictorial timeline of the Balls (1868) and Scott families Bluffside Farm and Homestead (1906) on the old Ferry Road. Also on display, an eight-panel mural Celebrating Confluence by R.K. Carsten, a pictorial timeline of Newport’s development from 4.6 billion years ago to 2 million years ago (present day). These exhibits are open to the public at the Emory Hebard State Office Building, 100 Main Street, Newport, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please wear a mask and follow distancing.
NORTHEAST KINGDOM ARTISANS’ GUILD (BACKROOM GALLERY)
430 Railroad Street, St. Johnsbury. (802) 748-0158. www.nekartisansguild.com. Open Wednesdays-Saturdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment on Sunday afternoons by emailing [email protected]gmail.com. The paintings of Robert J. Chapla will be showing through March 6. Poems in Pattern, Light & Color, paintings by Alice Kitchel, showing March 12 to April 24.
PARKER PIE GALLERY
The Parker Pie Gallery located at 161 County Road, West Glover. (802) 525-3366. Recent photographs of Michael Sardina: Reflections on the Northeast Kingdom, February 17 to April 17.
THE SATELLITE GALLERY
71 Depot Street, Lyndonville. (802) 229-8317. facebook.com/thesatellitevt/. Open Wednesday and Saturday noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment.
BARTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Barton Public Library is open limited hours for three patrons at a time on Monday, Wednesday and Friday 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Curbside service is also available during those hours. Please call the library for more information or requests at (802) 525-6524.
COBLEIGH PUBLIC LIBRARY
14 Depot Street, Lyndonville. (802) 626-5475. www.cobleighlibrary.org. The library is open to the public by appointment. Patrons can call to schedule a 30-minute appointment on Mondays noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday noon to 5 p.m., and Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday the library is open from 9 a.m. to noon, no appointment needed. Curbside service is available by phone request. Audio books and movies are available online. Please visit the website for more information.
CRAFTSBURY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Church Lane, Craftsbury Common. (802) 586-9683. Email [email protected]. Quick visits and foyer service is available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1 to 6 p.m., Tuesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. For full details, visit www.craftsburypubliclibrary.org.
DAILEY MEMORIAL LIBRARY
101 Junior High Drive, Derby Center. Hours: Tuesday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday by appointment (call a day ahead) and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Face coverings are required for all entering the building for those greater than 2 years old. No unattended children under the age of 13 may enter. Only 10 individuals may be in the building at any time. No in-person story time, but story kits are available. For more information, call the library at (802) 766-5063, visit www.daileymemoriallibrary.org or check Facebook page.
GLOVER PUBLIC LIBRARY
Glover Public Library is open limited hours for one patron at a time on Tuesday and Thursday noon to 5 p.m. Curbside service is also available during those hours. Please call the library for more information or requests at (802) 525-4365.
GOODRICH MEMORIAL LIBRARY
The Goodrich Memorial Library in Newport is now open by appointment only on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Items will be available to reserve for lobby pickup or request an item upon arrival. The bookshelves, computers and upstairs meeting rooms will remain closed to the public at this time. Printing, scanning and faxing services will be available by appointment. Please call to make an appointment at (802) 334-7902. For more information about the reopening please visit the website at goodrichlibrary.org.
GREENSBORO FREE LIBRARY
53 Wilson Street, Greensboro. Open for in-person visits as well as curbside pickup of materials on Monday, Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more details or search the library catalog visit www.greensborofreelibrary.org. Call (802) 533-2531 or email [email protected] to request books, movies, magazines, printed forms such as tax forms or to make an appointment.
HITCHCOCK MUSEUM AND LIBRARY
1252 VT Route 100, Westfield. Open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1 to 6 p.m. with social distancing, mask requirement, and cleaning protocols in place. The Computer Lab will be limited to one person at a time. For more information call the library at (802) 744-8258.
ISLAND POND PUBLIC LIBRARY
Island Pond Public Library is now open Tuesday thru Friday for use by appointment only in Phase 2 of re-opening. Sessions of 30 minutes are available by calling ahead to make an appointment. Masks are mandatory for entry and hand sanitizers are furnished. If unable to wear a mask, curbside service only will be provided. The curbside service will continue for those who would rather use it. Library computers will be accessible (also by appointment). Patrons may bring a computer to use inside for a 30-minute session. For more information and/or to make an appointment, call the library at (802) 723-6134.
JONES MEMORIAL LIBRARY
Hours: Tuesday 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Jones Memorial Library is offering scheduled curbside services at 1 Water Street in Orleans. Books, audio books, and DVDs are available. Visit the card catalog or put books on hold at www.jonesmemoriallibrary.wordpress.com. The username is jones memorial and there is no password required. One may also email, [email protected], or give a call at (802) 754-6660 to place an order or get assistance. Please allow up to 48 hours to schedule an appointment.
LEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY
Irasburg. (802) 754-2526. www.leachpubliclibrary.org. Open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Patrons limited to 1 family or 3 persons at a time. 15 minutes suggested visitation time. Social distancing must be observed. Hand sanitizer will be provided at the door. Masks are encouraged. All books must be returned through the outside slot, where they will be quarantined for 4 days.
RAND MEMORIAL LIBRARY
160 Railroad Street, North Troy. Open for requests and curbside pickup on Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. to noon. Requests can be sent through Facebook, email [email protected] or by calling the library at (802) 988-4741. For more information on procedures or to access the library catalog visit www.randmemorial.com.