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Vermont Country Store
Wed, May 4, 2016
Free Lectures
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 1171 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, VT.
Wed, May 4, 2016
First Aid
Calex Ambulance Building, Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, VT.
Thu, Apr 21 - Thu, May 4
Natural Confidence: A Two-Week Meditation Retreat
Karme Choling Meditation Retreat Center, 369 Patneaude Ln, Barnet, VT
Wed, May 4, 2016
Free Lectures
Goodrich Memorial Library, 202 Main Street, Newport, VT.
Tue, Apr 26 - Tue, Jun 3
Call for Artists: 2016 Upcycle Art Bike Competition
Wed, May 4, 2016
The Memoir Boom: Who, What, Why
1171 Main Street, St. Johnsbury Athenauem, St. Johnsbury, VT

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First Aid

Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Learn American Heart Association First Aid from certified instructors.

Fee:  $45 initial.  $25 renewal. Registration required.

Location:  Calex Ambulance Building, Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, VT.
Contact: Calex Ambulance
Phone: 802-748-7307 leave a message
Email: cpr@calexambulance.org




Free Lectures

Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm

Free lectures on the first Wednesday of the month of October through May.


The Memoir Boom:  Who, What, Why:  Dartmouth professor and experimental memorist Irene Kacandes discusses current approaches to life writing and considers why we continue to love reading about others' lives.  Underwriter:  Bill and Sharon Biddle. Free and open to the public.

Location:  St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 1171 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, VT.
Contact: St. Johnsbury Athenaeum
Phone: 802-748-8291 ext. 303




Free Lectures

Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm

Free lectures on the first Wednesday of the month of October through May.


Myths of World War II. Americans have maintained strong beliefs regarding WW11's causes, consequences, and historical lessons - lessons cited to justify postwar U. S. policies. UVM history professor Emeritus Mark A. Stoler compares these perceptions of the war with what historians now maintain.  Free and open to the public.

Location:  Goodrich Memorial Library, 202 Main Street, Newport, VT.
Contact: Goodrich Memorial Library
Phone: 802-334-7902




The Memoir Boom: Who, What, Why

Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm

Discussion regarding current approaches to life writing and consider why we continue to love reading about others' lives.

Irene Kacandes, Dartmouth professor and experimental memoirist, presents workshop.  Underwritten by Bill and Sharon Biddle

Location:  1171 Main Street, St. Johnsbury Athenauem, St. Johnsbury, VT
Contact: Adele West-Fisher
Phone: 802-748-8291 x303
Email: awestfisher@stjathenaeum.org




Osher Spring 2016 Lecture Series

Date: Thursday, May 5, 2016
Time: 1:30 pm

Intellectually stimulating learning opportunities for people 50 and older in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom.  Writing in and of the Kingdom. Leland Kinsey will read from his work.  In addition to his six books of poetry, he has published several articles in Vermont Life and Yankee magazines.


Osher Lifelong Learning Institute presenting Lecture Series starting March 17 through May 5.  (Thursdays). Membership dues entitle subscribers to save $18, attend all Spring 2016 sessions and bring a guest to one of them.  Non-members may attend any single session for $6. Membership dues are $30. 


Location:  Caramount Arts, Eastern Avenue, St. Johnsbury, VT

Contact: Beth Williams
Website: www.learn.uvw.edu/olli



C A Morgan, Young Adult Author

Date: Thursday, May 5, 2016
Time: 5:00 pm

Listen to excerpts from Three Sisters Trilogy.


C A Morgan, young author, will hold a discussion regarding the writing process and character development, host a Q & A, and more.  Signed copies of her books will be available for purchase.  Refreshments to follow.  Everyone welcome!


Location:  1171 Main Street, St. Johnsbury Athenauem, St. Johnsbury, VT
Contact: Adele West-Fisher
Phone: 802-748-8291 x303
Email: awestfisher@stjathenaeum.org




Home is Where The Art Is

Date: Friday, May 6, 2016
Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

A celebration of Arts and Crafts for your Home and Garden by the Finast Artisans of the Northeast Kingdom.

Gala opening reception Friday, May 6th.  Group Exhibition April 28-June 11. Join the Artisans to celebrate the season to throw open the windows, rejuvenate the home inside & outside in the garden!


Location:   Back Room Gallery, Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild, 430 Railroad Street, St. Johnsbury, VT.
Contact: Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild
Phone: 802-748-0158
Website: www.nekatisansguild.com



Pumpkin Hill Singers and Windrose Concert

Date: Friday, May 6, 2016
Time: 7:30 pm

The Pumpkin Hill Singers join with Windrose for their spring concerts.

Both ensembles will present a variety of songs, old and new, from around the world. The 16 Singers of Pumpkin Hill will come together with the voices of Windrose--Mark Breen, Sandy Breen, Becky Canedy and Pat Webster-- for several numbers. David Hare will add percussion from time to time. Admission by donation.

Location:  North Congregational Church, Main Street, St. Johnsbury, VT




2016 Mother's Day Fun, Run & Picnic Lunch

Date: Saturday, May 7, 2016
Time: 8:30 am

Walk or run a 5k or 10k route, a picnic lunch - event is for runners or walkers of all levels.  Kids' 1/2 mile Fun Run prior to the main race. The theme of the race will be "Mom Is My Hero". We encourage participants to dress as the super heroes they see their mom to be.


Also face painting, music, bounce-house and more for the whole family! $25/early bird adults. (Prior to April 18; after, $30 thereafter), $15 for students.  All registrations include a delicious picnic-style Mother's Day lunch following the race!  Additional meals $10/adult, $5/child and kids under 5 eat free. Proceeds benefit Umbrella, a nonprofit organization that exists to ensure that communities in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont offer safety, support, and options for self-determination to women and families. Event schedule and times:  Registration and check-in begin at 8:30am, kids fun run at 9:30am, 5/10k race at 10am, followed by Picnic Lunch and Award Ceremony.



Location:  Kingdom Trails in downtown East Burke. 

Contact: Renee
Phone: 802-748-1992 ext. 329
Website: www.umbrellanek.org



4th Annual Bike Swap

Date: Saturday, May 7, 2016
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

A bike swap.

The students of Burke Mountain Academy are sponsoring a bike swap. A 4-hour sale. The bike swap operates on a consignment basis.  Consignment drop-off is Friday from 5-7pm. 10 % of the proceeds are for the benefit of Lyndon-based Vermont Children's Theater.

Location:  Darling Hill Road, Wildflower Inn, Lyndonville, VT.
Contact: Burke Mountain Academy
Phone: 802-626-5607
Website: www.burkemtnacadmey.org



4th Annual NEK Wellness Expo

Date: Saturday, May 7, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

A fund raiser for the Good Living Senior Center and to help Jayne Rivera in her recovery from a lifesaving bone marrow transplant. Wellness practitioners are donating their time and services.


Fee:  $15 for 20 min sessions/$10 each for two or more sessions.  Practitioners:  Diane Wilson - Reflexology; Amy Wheeler - Acupuncture; Janet Heartson - Kinesiology; Robin Bonnell - Massage; Vick Moore - Reiki; Terri Dodge - Chiropractic; Donna Hill - Aroma Therapy; and more.  Call Amanda to reserve a spot.


Location:  St. Johnsbury House, 1207 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, VT

Contact: Amanda Weisenfeld
Phone: 802-748-3189




Pumpkin Hill Singers and Windrose Concert

Date: Saturday, May 7, 2016
Time: 7:30 pm

The Pumpkin Hill Singers join with Windrose for their spring concerts.

Both ensembles will present a variety of songs, old and new, from around the world. The 16 Singers of Pumpkin Hill will come together with the voices of Windrose--Mark Breen, Sandy Breen, Becky Canedy, and Pat Webster-- for several numbers. David Hare will add percussion from time to time. Admission by donation.

Location:  Danville Congregational Church, Hill Street, Danville, VT

Email: jsprout@catamountarts.org




Read With Me Workshop

Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Workshop designed for parents who may not have as much experience reading books with children. Sponsored by Vermont Humanities Council.


Learn about age-appropriate books and how to engage children in conversation, and who could benefit from having books at home to share with their children. Free - set of new children books for each participating household.  A light supper will be served.  Free childcare is provided. You must reserve a space in advance.

Location:  1171 Main Street, St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, St. Johnsbury, VT
Contact: Adele West-Fisher
Phone: 802-748-8291 x303
Email: awestfisher@st.athenaeum.org




Living with Alzheimer's for the Middle Stage Caregiver

Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

In this two-part Alzheimer's Association program sponsored by the NEK Council on Aging, friends and family will learn to cope with the changes and questions that come during the mddle stages of Alzheimer's Disease.

Free.  Registration required.

Location:  NVRH Conference Room 126, Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, VT.
Contact: Pam Smart, NVRH
Phone: 802-748-5182 or Alzheimer's Assoc. 800-272-3900




First Aid

Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm

American Heart Association first aid certification for community members. Learn how to help in various emergencies.

Fee:  $30 inital; $20 renewal.  Registration required.

Location:  Lyndon Rescue Building, 114 Vail Drive, Lyndonville, VT
Phone: 802-427-1886
Email: jillian@lyndonrescue.net




QNEK Productions Season 24

Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm

Page to Stage - six ten-minute plays by student playwrights from North Country Union High School.

This is a unique one night only event!


Location:  Haskell Opera House, 93 Caswell Avenue, Derby Line, VT
Phone: 802-334-2216
Website: www.QNEK.com or catamountarts.org



CPR Instruction

Date: Thursday, May 12, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm

Covering one person CPR on adults, children and infants, and how to handle choking situations.

Fee: $35.  Registration required.

Location:  Calex Ambulance Building, Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, VT.
Contact: Calex Ambulance
Phone: 802-748-7307 leave a message
Email: cpr@calexambulance.org




PMBIA Level 1 Instructor course at the Wildflower Inn

Date: Friday, May 13, 2016 - Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Level 1 course is for both new and experienced instructors alike, looking to learn how to skillfully teach and guide beginner to intermediate mountain bikers, in both cross country and downhill environments. New instructors learn the tools they need to safely and effectively teach, while experienced instructors will increase their level of skill and understanding in teaching and riding theory, that the PMBI Certifications uniquely provide. PMBIA info here

Register Here
Contact: Kingdom Trails Association
Website: www.kingdomtrails.org



Lyndon Institute Dance Company Presents Spring Recital

Date: Friday, May 13, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm

Dances performed by dancers of the LI Dance Company.

Admission by donation.  The dance department studied expressive movement--dance created from experiences that people can relate to, connections to people in the community, personal growth, thoughts or feelings.

Location:  Lyndon  Institute Auditorium, Lyndon, VT.
Contact: Robecca McGregor
Phone: 802-626-1356




Northsong Spring Concert

Date: Friday, May 13, 2016
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Northsong, the Newport-based chamber choir under the direction of Anne K. Hamilton with Vivian Spates, accompanist, will perform their annual Spring Concert. The program includes beautiful choral selections by Dvorak, Handel, Parker and others will be performed.

The concert will be on Friday, May 13, at 7:30 PM at the Barton United Church, in Barton, VT, and on Sunday, May 15, at 4:00 PM at the Newport United Church, in Newport, VT. Both concert locations are accessible.


Location:  Barton United Church, 15 Glover Rd (Rt 16), Barton, VT 05822
Contact: Shirley Harris
Phone: 802-895-4942
Email: harrisshir@aol.com
Website: www.northsong.org



St. Johnsbury Bike Safety Fair

Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

FREE helments for kids and adults, fopod, bike registrations, safety inspections, minor repairs, riding practice, and prizes!  Admission free!

Location:  Summer Street Park, Corner of Summer and Winter Streets, St. Johnsbury, VT.




Speedway 51's Race Cars of 2016

Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Check out 2016 race cars to compete at Groveton, NH "Speedway 51" this summer Saturday nights at 5:30pm.

These stock cars and drivers are getting ready to compete in some outstanding racing this summer. Don't miss this chance to check them out!

Location:  The Green Mountain Mall, Memorial Drive, St. Johnsbury, VT





Social Dance

Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 6:30 pm

Social Dance and beginner lessons with a variety of instructors and dance styles.

Open to all ages. $7.50 per person; $5 students. Second Saturday monthly.

Location:  South Congregational Church, Main Street, St. Johnsbury, VT.
Contact: Michelle
Phone: 802-748-9558




Group Gala and and Silent Auction

Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm

Celebrate the 60's with food, beer, wine, music and dancing. lst ticket - $40, each addtional ticket, $35.  Check web page for info on Slient Auction items.


Location:  1171 Main Street, St. Johnsbury Atheneum, St. Johnsbury, VT
Contact: St. Johnsbury Athenaeum
Phone: 802-748-8291
Website: www.stjathenaeum.org



March for Babies - Northeast Kingdom 2016

Date: Sunday, May 15, 2016
Time: 8:00 am

The March of Dimes is proud to present the March for Babies walks.


A fun day out with people who share our passion for improving the health of babies. There'll be family teams, company teams and people walking with friends - it's a great feeling knowing we're all helping real families. Join our event and walk with us to raise money for babies right here in our community!  Registration at the cafeteria.
Registration: 8 a.m.  Start Time: 9 a.m.  Distance: 3 miles



Location:  Lyndon Institute, 168 Institute Circle, Lyndon Center, VT (take exit 23 or 24)

Phone: 802-366-9066
Website: www.marchforbabies.org



Eastern States Cup Victory Hill Enduro Race

Date: Sunday, May 15, 2016
Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Stop #2 in the Vittoria Eastern States Cup Enduro Race Series.  The race venue is in the town of Victory on the backside of Burke Mtn. at an area called The Victory Hill Sector.  Technically not part of the Kingdom Trails system yet, but planned to connect in the future, the network is an outgrowth of efforts to improve the route of Kingdom Trails’ annual CircumBurke MTB Challenge and Marathon Trail Run.  With at least 12 miles of singletrack and several two mile long descents, the Victory Hill Sector is ideal for racing.  Sprawled over the southern slopes of Umpire Mountain, the site offers plenty of space for parking, event set-up, camping, hiking, and racing as well as adventure biking and backcountry skiing with virtually no local traffic near the site. The mountain side is prime habitat for moose and bear with Canadian Lynx sightings reported. Register online now!
Contact: Kingdom Trails Association
Website: www.kingdomtrails.org



Northsong Spring Concert

Date: Sunday, May 15, 2016
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Northsong, the Newport-based chamber choir under the direction of Anne K. Hamilton with Vivian Spates, accompanist, will perform their annual Spring Concert. The program includes beautiful choral selections by Dvorak, Handel, Parker and others will be performed.

The concerts will be on Friday, May 13, at 7:30 PM at the Barton United Church, in Barton, VT, and on Sunday, May 15, at 4:00 PM at the Newport United Church, in Newport, VT. The suggested donation is $5.00. Both concert locations are accessible.


Location:  Newport United Church, 63 Third St, Newport, VT 05855
Contact: Shirley Harris
Phone: 802-895-4942
Email: harrisshir@aol.com
Website: www.northsong.org



St. Johnsbury Walk to End Alzheimer's -Volunteer

Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Time: 5:00 pm

Meeting to organize the walk, scheduled for September 10th, to raise awareness and funds in the fight to find a cure for this devastating disease.

Official "kick off" for volunteers' meeting. If this is something that you are interested in being a part of, please join us. We are specifically loking for volunteers, team captains, and walkers. Appetizers will be provided, so please RSVP. This kick-off is sponsored by Carlson's Plumbing and Heating.


Location:  Goodfellas Restaurant, 59 Parker Road, Danville, VT
Contact: Lisa Carlson
Email: talmey3@yahoo.com
Website: www.alz.org/walk



Read With Me Workshop

Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Workshop designed for parents who may not have as much experience reading books with children.

Learn about age-appropriate books and how to engage children in conversation, and who could benefit from having books at home to share with their children. Free - set of new children books for each participating household.  A light supper will be served.  Free childcare is provided. You must reserve a space in advance.

Location:  1171 Main Street, St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, St. Johnsbury, VT
Contact: Adele West-Fisher
Phone: 802-748-8291 x303
Email: awestfisher@st.athenaeum.org




Vermont Foodbank's Mobile Food Pantry

Date: Thursday, May 19, 2016 - Thursday, June 16, 2016
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Provides fresh food to families in need of food assitance.

The Foodbank will provide fresh produce and healthy snacks on a consistent basis to this health care site.  Meant for personal use only.  Take only what you need for your household.  Please bring your own grocery bags.  Every third Thursday of every month.

Location:  Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, VT
Contact: NVRH




NEK Legislative Breakfast Series

Date: Monday, May 23, 2016
Time: 8:00 am - 9:00 am

These monthly programs provide area business people and residents an overview of the Legisltaive session and concerns affecting the region.

The public is invited to attend and encouraged to ask questions.  The Northeast Kindom Chamber organizes the monthly forums and will provide a brief legistalive report.  Fee:  $3.00.  (This is a tentative date)


Location:  St. Johnsbury House Dining Room, 1207 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, VT
Contact: NEK Chamber
Phone: 802-748-3678
Email: director@nekchamber.com




Very Short Tales from Syria

Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm

Osama Alomar Arts and Culture Series.


Osama Alomar, prominent practitioner of the Arabic "very short story", and his translator, Athenaeum librarian Christian Collins, will discuss his stories and poetry.


Location:  1171 Main Street, St. Johnsbury Athenauem, St. Johnsbury, VT
Contact: Adele West-Fisher
Phone: 802-748-8291 x303
Email: awestfisher@stjathenaeum.org




STATEWIDE - Spring Open Studio Tour Weekend

Date: Saturday, May 28, 2016
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Open house tours in Vermont studios.


Artists snd crafts throughout Vermont open their studios to visitors. Look for the yellow signs or get a map from the Vermont Craft Council. Also May 29.

Location:  Statewide.
Contact: Vermont Craft Council
Email: vt1crafts@aol.com
Website: www.vermontcrafts.com



STATEWIDE - Spring Open Studio Tour Weekend

Date: Sunday, May 29, 2016
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Open house tours in Vermont studios.


Artists snd crafts throughout Vermont open their studios to visitors. Look for the yellow signs or get a map from the Vermont Craft Council. Also May 29.

Location:  Statewide.
Contact: Vermont Craft Council
Email: vt1crafts@aol.com
Website: www.vermontcrafts.com

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