Geek Things for February 27th, 2015

  • Vermont Tales of Adventure, 6-8 p, Center for Cartoon Studies, White River Junction. (VTSFWS)
  • ‘Blithe Spirit’, 7:30 pm, Briggs Opera House, White River Junction. $20-55. (Theater)
  • Laura Beaudin – Climate change and the Vermont ski industry, 3 pm, Farrell Room, St. Edmund’s Hall, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. (Climate)
  • Dungeons & Dragons, 6-8:30 pm, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. (Gaming)
  • Teen Movie – Captain America: The Winter Soldier. 6:15-8:30 pm, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. (Movies)
  • Fred Wiseman – Abenaki life in Vermont. 6:30-8 pm, Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, Swanton. (History)
  • Naturalist Journeys Lecture Series – Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nanse, the inspiration for his book Ice Ship: The Epic Voyages of the Polar Adventurer Fram. 7 pm, Unitarian Church of Montpelier, Montpelier. $5. (Talk)
  • ChampFest, 10 am-5 pm, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. Free with admission, $9.50-12.50. (Champ)
  • Creative Writing Workshop, 10:30 am, Studio 266, Burlington. Free; preregister at burlingtonwritersworkshop.com. (Writing)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – See our homepage for format, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Environmental Programming of Reproductive Tract Development, Science Talk by Dr. Hugh Taylor, 12:30 – 1:30pm, McCardell Bicentennial Hall 216, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Talk)
  • MCAB Free Friday Film The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, 6-8pm / 9-11pm, Dana Auditorium, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Movies)
  • FNM at Heroes Kingdom, 6:00pm, Heroes Kingdom, St. Albans. (Gaming)
  • Tabletop Sanctuary, 6:00pm – 10:00pm, Crowe’s Nest, Randolph. (Gaming)
  • MTG:FNM Brap’s, 6:30pm, Brap’s Magic, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • FNM at the Book Garden, 7:00pm, Book Garden, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Meet the Curator, 10:00am – 10:15am, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Museums)
  • Tour of Franklin Fairbanks & Museum, 12:00pm – 12:15pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Museums)
  • “Feature Presentation” in the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 11am – 12pm / 1:30pm – 2:30pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • “My Sky” in the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 12:30pm – 1:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • “Night Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • Friday Night Magic — Standard Constructed, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic — Varying Format, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic, Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)
  • Fun night at the Pinball Co-op, 7pm – 10pm, The Pinball Co-op, South Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Flames of War Open Play, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • FNM: Modern Masters Meltdown Qualifier IV, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)

Tonight: Astronaut Michael E Fossum @ Norwich University

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Tonight, Norwich University will be hosting Col. Michael E. Fossum, an astronaut who flew on the International Space Station.

On February 26, NASA astronaut Col Michael E. Fossum, USAF (Ret.), a spaceflight veteran with more than 193 days in space, will present “Report from the International Space Station.” Fossum’s lecture is hosted by the College of Science and Mathematics at Dole Auditorium, Webb Hall at 7:00 p.m.

This is going to be an awesome talk, and you really should consider going to it. If you can’t make it, you can watch the live stream here (Starting at 6:50pm).

Geek Things for February 26th, 2015

  • Todd Lecture Series: Col Michael E. Fossum, NASA Astronaut “Report from the International Space Station”, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Dole Auditorium, Webb Hall, Norwich University, Northfield. (Astronaut!)
  • ‘Blithe Spirit’, 2 & 7:30 pm, Briggs Opera House, White River Junction. $20-55. (Theater)
  • Lunch & Learn: Creating A Reptile Habitat, 12-12:45 pm, Gardener’s Supply Company, Williston. (Reptiles)
  • Lego Fun, 2-4 pm, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. (Legos)
  • Bradford Young Makers, 5-8 pm, Bradford Public Library, Bradford. (Tech)
  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
    Woodin Environmental Studies Colloquium, 12:30 – 1:20pm, Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Talk)
  • Cultivating Environmentalism: Agriculture as a Foundation for Culture and Community, 4:30 – 6pm, Dana Autitorium, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Talk)
  • Will Stem Cells Stop the Biologic Clock? Public Talk by Dr. Hugh Taylor, 4:30 – 5:30pm, McCardell Bicentennial Hall 216, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Talk)
  • “Feature Presentation” in the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 11am – 12pm / 1:30pm – 2:30pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • Tour of Franklin Fairbanks & Museum, 12:00pm – 12:15pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Museums)
  • “My Sky” in the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 12:30pm – 1:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • “Night Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • MTG @ Rutland Collectibles, Rutland Collectibles, Rutland. (Gaming)
  • After School Games – Fairlee, 3:00pm – 5:00pm, Fairlee library, Fairlee. (Gaming)
  • 802MTG Randolph, 5:00pm – 8:00pm, Kimball Library, Randolph. (Gaming)
  • LEGO Club, 1:00PM, Kellogg Hubbard Library, Montpelier. (Legos)
  • Board Game Night, 6:00pm, Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)
  • Magic EDH/Commander Night, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • 2-Player Game Night, 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Warmachine/Hordes Night, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • YA writing workshop and reading with Chelsey Philpot “Even in Paradise”, 4:00 pm, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center. (Authors)
  • Making and Using a Magic Wand: Part 1, 6-7:30 pm, Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier. $5-8; preregister. (Druids)
  • ChampFest, 10 am-5 pm, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. Free with admission, $9.50-12.50. (Champ)
  • Lego Club, 4-5 pm, Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester. (Legos)
  • Forza: The Samurai Sword Workout, 6:30-7:30 pm, North End Studio A, Burlington. $10. (Workout)

Call to Young Geeks and Geekettes: The Governor’s Institute on Information Technology and Digital Media

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The Governor’s Insitute of Vermont is looking for applicants for some upcoming sessions:

Are you in 9-11 grade, love technology, and want to get hands-on and in-depth with new and familiar tech? The Governor’s Institutes of Vermont creates prestigious, fun, accelerated learning residencies on college campuses for highly-motivated Vermont teenagers like you. The Information Technology and Digital Media Institute, held at Champlain College, offers a variety of concentrations including electronic game design, cybersecurity, coding, digital video, Photoshop, web entrepreneurship, and object-oriented programming. Hone your tech skills while meeting other Vermont teens excited about technology and working with professionals in the field. Sliding scale tuition means you pay what your family can afford, and girls automatically receive 50% off! Other Institutes you may be interested in include Arts, Engineering, and Entrepreneurship. Find out more and apply today at http://www.giv.org/applynow.

Bear Pond Books SciFi Book Club

Central Vermont SF readers! Can’t make it to the GMS Book Club in Shelburne? Bear Pond Books is looking into starting up a Science Fiction and Fantasy book club! They’re starting to take down names = if you’re interested, sign up in the store at the front counter or e-mail info[at]bearpondbooks[dot]com with SciFi+ in the subject header.

Geek Things for February 25th, 2015

  • ‘Blithe Spirit’, 7:30 pm, Briggs Opera House, White River Junction. $20-55. (Theater)
  • Tech Help With Clif, 1-2 pm, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. (Tech)
  • Lego Creations, 2-3 pm, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. (Lego)
  • The Cartoonist Veteran Project, 6-8 pm, Room 103, Building 44, White River Junction VA Medical Center, White River Junction. (Cartooning)
  • Future of the Creative Industries Panel Discussion, 7-8:30 pm, Alumni Auditorium, Champlain College, Burlington. (Talk)
  • ‘King Lear’, 7 pm, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury. $16-20. (Theater)
  • ChampFest, 10 am-5 pm, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. Free with admission, $9.50-12.50. (Champ)
  • Creative Writing Workshop, 6:30 pm, Studio 266, Burlington. Free; preregister at burlingtonwritersworkshop.com. (Writing)
  • Magic: The Gathering – Draft – $12 Entry Fee, 6:30pm – 11:00pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • How to be a Filmmaker/Entrepeneur, 4:30 – 6pm, Axinn Center 232, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Film)
  • “Feature Presentation” in the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 11am – 12pm / 1:30pm – 2:30pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • Tour of Franklin Fairbanks & Museum, 12:00pm – 12:15pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Museums)
  • “My Sky” in the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 12:30pm – 1:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • Trivia Night at Kingdom Taproom hosted by Fairbanks Museum! 6:30pm – 8:00pm, Kingdom Taproom, St. Johnsbury. (Trivia)
  • D&D Encounters, Brap’s Magic, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Armchair Travel Series: Antarctica. 6:30-8 pm, MSAC, Montpelier. (Travel)
  • Dungeons & Dragons! 6-9pm, Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)
  • Pre-NEPL warmup at the Pinball Co-op, 5:00pm – 6:30pm, Pinball Coop, South Burlington. (Gaming)
  • New England Pinball League/VT @ Tilt, 7:00pm – 7:30pm, Tilt Classic Arcade & Ale House, South Burlington. (Gaming)
  • D&D Encounters, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Board Game Night, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Pokemon League, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)

Geek Things for February 24th, 2015

  • ‘Blithe Spirit’, 7:30 pm, Briggs Opera House, White River Junction. $20-55. (Theater)
  • Story Explorers: Champ, 10:30 am, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. Free with admission, $9.50-12.50. (Champ)
  • Solar Power & Heating Workshop, 5:30-6:30 pm, Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier. Free; preregister. (Energy)
  • Hank Kaestner – “Birding in Kazakhstan: A Birding Frontier,” 6:30 pm, Pierson Library, Shelburne. (Birds)
  • ‘Writing About Vermont History’ Author Panel, 7-8:15 pm, Bear Pond Books, Montpelier. (Writing)
  • ChampFest, 10 am-5 pm, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. Free with admission, $9.50-12.50. (Champ)
  • Gaming for Teens & Adults, 5-7:45 pm, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Board Game Night, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Mathematics Seminar: John Schmitt, Bhargava’s Generalized Factorial Function, 3:15 – 4:30pm, Warner 208, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Math)
  • Meet the Curator, 10:00am – 10:15am, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Museums)
  • “Feature Presentation” in the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 11am – 12pm / 1:30pm – 2:30pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • Tour of Franklin Fairbanks & Museum, 12:00pm – 12:15pm, , Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Museums)
  • “Night Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • MTG:Cubesday Tuesday, 6:30pm, Brap’s Magic, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Hearthstone tornument, 1:30pm – 5:30pm, Kellogg Library, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Tuesday Night Magic: Modern, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Alice In Wonderland Party, 1:30pm – 4:30pm, Katherine Paterson’s Children’s Room/ Milne Room, Aldrich Library, Barre. (Kids)
  • Magic the Gathering Commander, 2pm – 4pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Tech Tuesdays, 3:30PM – 04:30PM, Kellogg Library, Montpelier. (Tech)
  • Magic the Gathering EDH/Casual play, 6:00pm, Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)
  • 3-D Printer Meet-Up with Jon Bondy, 7:00pm – 8:00pm, Generator, Burlington. (Tech)

Geek Things for February 23rd, 2015

  •  Warmachine/Hordes Night, 6:00pm, Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)
  • Pathfinder Society, Brap’s Magic, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • MTG:MNM Brap’s, 6:30pm, Brap’s Magic, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Fun night. Pinball Co-op open, 6pm – 8pm, Pinball Coop, South Burlington. (Gaming)
  • “Feature Presentation” in the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 11am – 12pm / 1:30pm – 2:30pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • Tour of Franklin Fairbanks & Museum, 12:00pm – 12:15pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • “My Sky” in the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 12:30pm – 1:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • “Night Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • Mystery Book Club – Too Many Cooks / A Right to Die by Rex Stout, 6:30PM, Bear Pond Books, Montpelier. (Mysteries)
  • Casual Card Games, 5:30pm – 11:00pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Tech Help With Clif, 6-7 pm, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. (Tech)
  • ChampFest, 10 am-5 pm, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. Free with admission, $9.50-12.50. (Champ)
  • Creative Writing Workshop, 6:30 pm, Studio 266, Burlington. Free; preregister at burlingtonwritersworkshop.com. (Writing)

Reminder: Vermont Tales of Adventure!

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Next week, Geek Mountain State and the Center for Cartoon Studies will host the latest installment of the Vermont SF Writer’s Series, Vermont Tales of Adventure! This reading will take place on Friday, February 27th at The Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction at 6:00pm. Authors included in this event are Joe Citro, Bruce Hesselbach, Marko Kloos, Fred Lerner, Brian Staveley and Sarah Stewart Taylor.

Pinball Co-Op League

The Pinball Co-Op of South Burlington is starting up a league starting on March 4th, and will run for eight weeks.

Here’s what you need to know:
Each team will have 4 players.
Each team will play 6 games each session, with 4 of the games being played as a 4-player game and 2 of the games being played by two players splitting left and right flipper duty on a single player game. Therefore, each player will play 4 games of pinball with his/her team and 1 half of a split flipper game.
We’ll have prizes, but no cash payout (and therefore no extra cash buy in to fund a prize pool). This is for fun, camaraderie, and of course some competition and pinball skill thrown in.
This is a bring-your-own team league, so you’re encouraged to use the final two remaining New England Pinball League sessions to organize your team (and team name!).
If you’re a sole player, pair, or trio looking to join a team or have a player join you, we’ll help with that — either on www.pinballcoop.com or via email. TBD.
Please let me know if you have any questions. More details are coming soon. When you have your team organized, please email Steve at vermontpinball[at]gmail[dot]com to register.

With places like Tilt Classic Arcade and Ale House and the upcoming Archives, it seems as though Pinball enthusiasm is about to get popular in Vermont. It’s a fun hobby, and this looks like a great way to meet fellow enthusiasts.