NKAF and VCF Team Up to Bring Family Astronomy Events to Libraries in the NEK

This is cool: the Northeast Kingdom Astronomy Foundation (NKAF) has won a $2,500 grant from the Vermont Community Foundation to create an astronomy program!

Kids, teens, and adults are coming together to learn about and view the skies either at Northern Skies Observatory (NSO) in Peacham or at libraries in the NEK to foster lifelong and intergenerational learning as well as to spark interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning for future college majors and career choices.

Read the full article here.

Geek Things for August 26th

  • Name That Movie!, 5–6PM, The CineClub, Savoy Theater, Montpelier. $2.50. (Movies)
  • Queen City Ghostwalk, 8–9PM, Burlington City Hall Park, Burlington. $14. (Ghosts)
  • North Country Moose Festival, 9AM–9PM, Various New Hampshire locations. Various prices. (Moose!)
  • Owl Prowl & Night Ghost Hike, 6:45–8:45PM, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3; call to confirm. (Ghosts)
  • Name That Tree!, 2–2:45PM, Button Bay State Park, Vergennes. Regular park day-use fee, $2-3. (Trees)
  • Straw Rockets, 11:00 am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Kitchen Chemistry, 3:00 pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Pi-Con, Aug 26 – 28, 2011, Enfield, CT (Conventions)
  • A Spontaneous Evening under the Stars, If you are interested in being notified, call 802-238-1664. A message on the phone will announce the specific date. Alternatively, e-mail Joe Comeau at jkcomeau@hotmail.com. Put “evening under the stars” in the header. 8:30 PM, Orchard Hill Observatory, South Alburgh. (Astronomy)
  • Westford Strategy Board Gaming, 6pm – 11pm, Westford Public Library, Westford. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic — Varying Format, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic — Standard Constructed, 6:30pm – 10:30pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)

Geek Things for August 22nd

  • Draw Comics!, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • Marjorie Cady Memorial Writers Group, 10AM–12PM, Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury. Free. (Writing)
  • Open Cardgames!, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • L5R Constructed, 7pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Mini Painting, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Monday Night Magic, 6pm – 9pm, Village Pizza, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Straw Rockets, 11am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Kitchen Chemistry, 3pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Planetarium presentation: Meteors that Changed the World 11:00 a.m., Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person. (Astronomy)

Geek Things for August 19th

  • Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 9AM–9PM, Bread Loaf Campus, Ripton. Lectures and readings are free and open to the public; see middlebury.edu for schedule. (Writing)
  • Murder Mysteries Live! 2011, 6PM, Wilson Castle, Proctor. $30; ages 18 and up only; formal or period costume preferred; preregister. (Murder Mystery)
  • Name That Movie!, 5–6PM, The CineClub, Savoy Theater, Montpelier. $2.50. (Movies)
  • Queen City Ghostwalk, 8–9PM, Burlington City Hall Park, Burlington. $14. (Ghosts)
  • ‘Rango’, 3PM, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. Free. (Movies)
  • ‘Willy Wonka Jr.’ 11AM, 2PM, Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, Montpelier. $5-10. (Theater)
  • Owl Prowl & Night Ghost Hike, 6:45–8:45PM, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3; call to confirm. (Ghosts)
  • Visiting Artist & Writer Series, 8PM, Lowe Lecture Hall, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson. Free. (Arts)
  • ‘Ten-Fest’, 8PM, Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield. $8-10. (Theater)
  • ‘Wicked City’, 8PM, Depot Theatre, Westport. $25. (Theater)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – Draft – $15 Entry Fee, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Hoopster Gliders and Paper Craft, 11:00am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Honeybees, 3:00pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Open Gaming Convention – http://nescifievents.org/?p=2505, Aug 19 – 21, 2011, Nashua, NH (Conventions)
  • Planetarium presentation: Meteors that Changed the World 11:00 a.m., Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person (Astronomy)
  • Public Star Gazing, Castleton State College Observatory, 7:45 to 10:30 PM, Castleton State College, Castleton. (Astronomy)
  • Friday Night Magic — Varying Format, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic — Standard Constructed, 6:30pm – 10:30pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)

 

Geek Things for August 10th

  • Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 8:15PM, Bread Loaf Campus, Ripton. Lectures and readings are free and open to the public; see middlebury.edu for schedule. (Writing)
  • ‘Greening Your Home’, 6PM, Rutland Free Library, Rutland. Free. (Environmentalism)
  • Community Bike Shop, 5–8PM, Bike Recycle Vermont, Burlington. Donations accepted. (Bikes)
  • Public Viewing Night. Call for a status report in case of inclement weather. 9–10:30PM, McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Middlebury College, Middlebury. Free. (Astronomy)
  • ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The ’40s Musical’, 12PM, Battery Park, Burlington. Free. (Theater)
  • ‘Champ: Unsolved Mystery of the Lake’, 12:30PM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. Regular admission, $9.50-12.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Kids)
  • Magic Booster Draft – $12, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Pathfinder Society, 6:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Straw Rockets, 11am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Kitchen Chemistry, 3pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Free Tutorial About NOOK Color!, 5:30 PM, Barnes and Noble, South Burlington. (eReaders)
  • Children’s Storytime: Chinese Folklore!, 10:00am, Barnes and Noble, South Burlington. (Kids)
  • Used Book Celebration, 4pm, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center. (Books)
  • OmniGlobe Presents: Mystery of the Bleached Corals, Life in Pixels: using data imaging to explore the world. 1-2pm, Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. (Science)
  • Naruto, 4:30pm – 8:00pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Wednesday Night Board gaming at Triple Play, 6:00pm – 10:30pm, Triple Play, Lebanon, New Hampshire (Gaming)
  • D&D Encounter, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • L5R Night at Triple Play, 6:30pm – 10:00pm, Triple Play, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)

 

Geek Things for August 8th

  • Vermont Festival of the Arts. Visit vermontartfest.com for details. 8AM–9PM, Various locations, Mad River Valley. Various prices. (Arts)
  • ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The ’40s Musical’, 2PM, Charlotte Community Library, Charlotte. Free. (Theater)
  • ‘Champ: Unsolved Mystery of the Lake’, 12:30PM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. Regular admission, $9.50-12.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Kids)
  • Draw Comics!, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • ‘Sweeney Todd’, 8PM, Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid. $22-25. (Theater)
  • Marjorie Cady Memorial Writers Group, 10AM–12PM, Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury. Free. (Writing)
  • Open Cardgames!, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • L5R Constructed, 7pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Optical Tops, 11am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Miror, Mirror, 3pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Monday Night Magic, 6pm – 9pm, Village Pizza, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Mini Painting, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Planetarium presentation 11:00, Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person (Astronomy)

Geek Things for August 5th

  • Name That Movie!, 5–6PM, The CineClub, Savoy Theater, Montpelier. $2.50. (Movie)
  • Queen City Ghostwalk, 8–9PM, Burlington City Hall Park, Burlington. $14. (Ghosts)
  • ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The ’40s Musical’, 6:30PM, Maple Street Park, Essex. Free. (Theater)
  • ‘The Little Mermaid and the Prince’, 7:30PM, Adamant Music School, Adamant. Free; reservations recommended. (Kids)
  • ‘The Princess and the Pea’, 12PM, McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. $9.50. (Theater)
  • Owl Prowl & Night Ghost Hike, 6:45–8:45PM, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3; call to confirm. (Outdoors)
  • ‘Staying Found’. Meet at B-Side Playground. 11AM–12PM, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3; call to confirm; bring a compass if you have one. (Orienteering)
  • The Great Vermont Corn Maze, 10AM, 1404 Wheelock Rd., Danville. $9-12; free for ages 4 and under. (Maze)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – Type 2 / Standard – $8 Entry Fee, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic — Varying Format, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Turtle Discovery, 11am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Creeping Colors, 3pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Creation Supernatural Convention, Aug 5 – 7, 2011, Boston, MA (Conventions)
  • Mysterium, Aug 5 – 7, 2011, Boston, MA (Conventions)
  • Paranormal Research Society Field Trip to Salem, Aug 5 – 7, 2011, Salem, MA (Ghosts)
  • Planetarium presentation 11:00, Fairbanks Museum. St. Johnsbury. $5/person (Astronomy)

Geek Things for August 3rd

  • Chittenden County Philatelic Club, 6:15PM, GE Healthcare Building, South Burlington. Free. (Stamps)
  • Community Bike Shop, 5–8PM, Bike Recycle Vermont, Burlington. Donations accepted. (Bikes)
  • Tech Savvy – Digital drawing programs with Stuart Granoff. Bring a laptop or use a library computer. 6PM, Bradford Public Library, Bradford. Free. (Computers)
  • Brian Lindner – “Humorous and Interesting Plane Crashes in Vermont.” 7:30PM, Milton Historical Society, Milton. Free. (History)
  • Yestermorrow Summer Lecture Series – “Cohousing: Socioeconomic and Environmental Sustainability at the Village Scale.” 7–9PM, Yestermorrow Design/Build School, Waitsfield. Free. (Design)
  • Authors at the Aldrich: James Kochalka. 6pm, Aldrich Library, Milne Community Rm, Barre. (Cartooning)
  • Magic Booster Draft – $12, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Naruto, 4:30pm – 8:00pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Wednesday Night Board gaming at Triple Play, 6:00pm – 10:30pm, Triple Play, 1 Glen Road #3, Lebanon, New Hampshire (Gaming)
  • D&D Encounter, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • CLiF Presentation – Summer Readers, please make sure to call us at 802-244-0944 to double check the dates and times have not changed. Burlington Recreation and Nutrition Program in Burlington (Reading)
  • Hoopster Gliders and Paper Craft, 11am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Exloring Balance, 3pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Learn about NOOK Simple Touch! 5:30 PM, South Burlington. (eReaders)
  • Author Appearance: Jim Butcher, 7pm – 8pm, Cambridge, MA (Author Signing)
  • Planetarium presentation 11:00, Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person (Astronomy)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 5pm, Big Picture Theater, Waitsfield. $5 suggested. (Theater)

Geek Things for August 1st

  • Build a Fairy House, 10AM–1PM, Lareau Farm Inn, Waitsfield. $5 suggested donation. (Kids)
  • Draw Comics!, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • Shakespeare’s Globe London Cinema Series, Henry IV, Part I. 6:30PM, Palace Cinema 9, South Burlington. $15. (Theater)
  • Marjorie Cady Memorial Writers Group, 10AM–12PM, Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury. Free. (Writing)
  • Open Cardgames!, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Color Mixing, 11am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Fossils: Evidence of the Past, 3pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Monday Night Magic, 6pm – 9pm, Village Pizza, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Mini Painting, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Vermont Astronomical Association, Bit and Pieces, 7:30-9:00pm, Kolvoord Community Room, Brownell Library, Essex Jct. (Astronomy)
  • Create Comics, Cartooning Studio August 1-5, Center for Cartoon Studies, White River Junction. (Comics)
  • Planetarium presentation, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person (Astronomy)

Geek Things for July 29th

  • Summer Book Sale, 8AM–4PM, Aldrich Public Library, Barre. Free. (Books)
  • Murder Mysteries Live!, 6PM at Wilson Castle, Proctor. $30; ages 18 and up only; formal or period costume preferred; preregister. (Mystery)
  • Name That Movie!, 5–6PM, The CineClub, Savoy Theater, Montpelier. $2.50. (Movies)
  • Bookstock Vermont, 5:30PM, Various locations, Woodstock. Free. (Books)
  • ‘Barnum’, 7PM, Vermont Children’s Theater, Lyndonville. $5-10. (Kids)
  • High School Book Group, 4:30–5:15PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • The Butterfly Guy, 1PM, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. Free. (Kids)
  • ‘The Little Mermaid and the Prince’, 7:30PM, Adamant Music School, Adamant. Free; reservations recommended. (Kids)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – Two Headed Giant Sealed – $30 per team, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Leafcutter Ants, 11am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Who Sank the Boat? 3pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Friday Night Magic — Constructed, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Planetarium presentation 11:00 a.m., Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person. (Astronomy)
  • Friends of the Aldrich Summer Book Sale. 8am, 4pm, Aldrich Public Library, Barre. (Books)