Geek Things for July 25th

  • Book Sale, 9:30AM–5:30PM, Stowe Free Library, Stowe. Free. (Books)
  • 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)
  • Turtle Discovery, 11am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Creeping Colors, 3pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Planetarium presentation, 11:00 a.m., Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • Monday Night Magic, 6pm – 9pm, Village Pizza, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Mini Painting, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)

 

Geek Things for July 22nd

  • Book Sale, 9:30AM–5:30PM, Stowe Free Library, Stowe. Free. (Books)
  • Name That Movie!, 5–6PM, The CineClub, Savoy Theater, Montpelier. $2.50. (Movies)
  • Birds By Ear. Meet at History Hike. 10AM, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3; call to confirm. (Outdoors)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – Type 2 / Standard – $8 Entry Fee, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Westford Strategy Board Gaming, 6pm – 11pm, Westford Public Library, Westford. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic — Constructed, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • CLiF presentation, SOAR program, We would love to have you join us for this event, but please make sure to call us at 802-244-0944 to double check the dates and times have not changed. Burlington. (Kids)
  • Batteries and Motors, 11am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Mirror Mirror, 3pm, , Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Planetarium presentation 11:00 a.m., Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person (Astronomy)

Geek Things for July 21st

  • Book Sale, 12–7PM, Stowe Free Library, Stowe. Free. (Books)
  • Castleton Historical Society Annual Picnic, 6PM, Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site, Bomoseen. Free; bring a dish to share. (History)
  • Mount Mansfield Scale Modelers, 6:30–8:30PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (Models)
  • Summer Reading Program Activity, 10–11AM, Fairfax Community Library, Fairfax. Free. (Kids)
  • The Buzz on Bees, 10–11AM at Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington. $8-10 per adult/child pair; $4 per additional child. (Kids)
  • Bug Walk, 4–5PM, North Branch Nature Center Montpelier. $3; $5 per family. (Kids)
  • Owl Prowl & Night Ghost Hike. Meet at History Hike parking lot. 7–9PM, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3; call to confirm; flashlight required. (Outdoors)
  • Water Striders. Meet at the Nature Trail. 2PM, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3; call to confirm. (Outdoors)
  • ‘We Walk the Woods! Meet at the Nature Center. 10AM, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3; call to confirm. (Outdoors)
  • Book Talk, 11AM–12PM, Flying Pig Bookstore, Shelburne. Free. (Books)
  • The Tempest.7:30pm, Unadilla Theatre, 501 Blachly Rd., $20/$10 kids 12 & under, Call for reservations, 456-8968 or http://www.unadilla.org. East Calais. (Theater)
  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games Gamespace, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Turtle Discovery, 11:00 a.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Chromatography, 3:00 p.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Behind the Scenes Tours, 3:00pm, American Precision Museum, Windsor. (Technology)
  • Northshire Mystery and Thriller Reading Group, 2pm, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center. (Books)
  • Planetarium presentation 11:00 a.m., Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person (Astronomy)

Geek Things for July 20th

  • Book Sale, 9:30AM–5:30PM, Stowe Free Library, Stowe. Free. (Books)
  • 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)
  • Green Mountain College Morning Speaker Series – “Grow Local, Eat Local,” 9–10AM, The Station, Poultney. Free. (Food)
  • Summer Speaker Series, 4PM, President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, Plymouth. $8. (Talk)
  • Writers’ Workshop, 6:30PM, Bradford Public Library, Bradford. Free. (Writing)
  • Magic Booster Draft – $12, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Straw Rockets, 11:00 a.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Kitchen Chemistry, 3:00 p.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Planetarium presentation -What’s In A Name? – The Names of Stars, 11:00 a.m., Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person (Astronomy)
  • 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)

Geek Things for July 18th

  • Book Sale, 9:30AM–5:30PM, Stowe Free Library, Stowe. Free. (Books)
  • 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)
  • Hoopster Gilder, 11:00 a.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Honeybees, 3:00 p.m. Honeybees, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Planetarium presentation 11:00 a.m., Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person. (Astronomy)
  • Create Comics, July 18-22, Center for Cartoon Studies, White River Junction. (Comics)
  • Monday Night Magic, 6pm – 9pm, Village Pizza, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Mini Painting, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)

Geek Things for July 14th

  • Book Sale, 12–7PM, Stowe Free Library, Stowe. Free. (Books)
  • Basic Bike Maintenance, 5:30–6:30PM, Skirack, Burlington. Free. (Bikes)
  • Sunsets at Shelburne Museum – “Magic at the Museum: A Harry Potter Evening.” 5–7:30PM, Shelburne Museum, Shelburne. Regular admission, $5-20; preregister. (Harry Potter)
  • ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1’, 10AM, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury. Free. (Harry Potter)
  • Chess Club, 7PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $2-3. (Chess)
  • Bats in the Barn, 7–9PM, Shelburne Farms, Shelburne. $10-12 per parent-child pair; $5-7 per additional child. (Kids)
  • Teen Club, 4:30–5:30PM, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. Free. (Teens)
  • ‘The Hobbit’, 7PM, Vermont Children’s Theater, Lyndonville. $5-10. (Theater)
  • Owl Prowl & Night Ghost Hike, 7–9PM, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3; call to confirm; flashlight required. (Outdoors)
  • ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, 7PM, Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, Montpelier. $10-30. (Theater)
  • Book Talk, 11AM–12PM, Flying Pig Bookstore, Shelburne. Free. (Books)
  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games Gamespace, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Fleming Museum Panel Discussion – “What Makes a Cartoon Work?”, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Fleming Museum 101, UVM, Burlington. (Comics)
  • Batteries, 11:00 a.m., Monshire Museum, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Mirror Mirror, 3:00 p.m., Monshire Museum, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Readercon 22, Jul 14 – 17, 2011, Burlington, MA. (Conventions)
  • Planetarium presentation 11:00 a.m., Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person (Astronomy)

Geek Things for July 13th

  • Book Sale, 9:30AM–5:30PM, Stowe Free Library, Stowe. Free. (Books)
  • Community Bike Shop, 5–8PM, Bike Recycle Vermont, Burlington. Donations accepted. (Bikes)
  • Family Fun Night, 7–9PM, Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee. $6-8; preregister. (Outdoors)
  • Walk Williston – Lisa Dunne leads a 1.3-mile nature hike. 5–7PM, Five Tree Hill, Williston. Free. (Outdoors)
  • Green Mountain College Morning Speaker Series – “Green Science,” 9–10AM, The Station, Poultney. Free. (Talk)
  • Burlington Downtown & Waterfront Plan: Developing innovative and practical solutions to transportation problems. 7–8:30PM, Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington. Free. (Transportation)
  • Karen Lipinczyk & Brenda Egbert – “Labyrinths: What They Are and How to Build One,” 6:30PM, Bradford Public Library, Bradford. Free. (Labyrinths)
  • Summer Speaker Series, 4PM, President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, Plymouth. $8. (Talk)
  • Yestermorrow Summer Lecture Series – “Future Components: A Primer on the Impact of Digital Technology on Design/Build.” 7–9PM, Yestermorrow Design/Build School, Waitsfield. Free. (Design)
  • ‘I’ll Be Back Before Midnight’, 8PM, McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. $29.50-38.50. (Theater)
  • Readings at the Athenaeum – Katie Hays and Baron Wormser, 7:30PM, St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, St. Johnsbury. Free. (Reading)
  • Magic Booster Draft – $12, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Pathfinder Society, 6:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Magnets, 11:00 a.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Who Sank the Boat? 3:00 p.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Learn About NOOK Color!, 6:00 PM, Barnes and Noble, South Burlington. (eReaders)
  • Planetarium presentation, 11am-12pm, Fairbank Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person. (Astronomy)
  • Red Cross Blood Drive. 12-5:30pm, Northfield High School, Northfield. (Blood Drive)
  • 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. (Gaming)

Explore the Night Sky with a Homemade Telescope

The Vermont Astronomical Society is looking to host a course on how to make your own telescope. There’s no class currently scheduled, but once they get enough people interested, they’ll start.

Have you ever wanted to explore the realms of the night sky? Would you like to view other worlds in our Solar System or see the majestic glories of the deep sky objects? Ever thought of owning a telescope to view celestial wonders?

Now you can have that telescope you’ve always wanted and see these night sky wonders. The Vermont Astronomical Society has put together a telescope workshop to assemble a telescope from a kit. You can easily assemble a powerful 6″ F/8 Newtonian Telescope at this workshop. No prior knowledge of telescope building is required. This telescope is far optically superior to the “typical box store telescope”. This telescope is not a toy but a powerful, portable instrument capable of revealing the following celestial wonders:

Solar System: See the Moon’s craters, valleys, and mountains; the dramatic phase changes of Venus; the polar caps of Mars; the nightly changes of Jupiter’s moons and colorful cloud belts; and the glories of Saturn’s ring system.

Deep Sky Objects: Split colorful double stars; resolve the gem like galactic star clusters; see the wispy shapes of distant nebulae; and observe galaxies millions of light years from Earth.

Welcome to the VAS Telescope Workshop!

The first order of business is to collect the fees for the workshop so that we can order the mirror kits and purchase the materials for the tube and mount. I’ve set the price at $340 for the whole kit minus any eyepieces.
For those of you that wish to also have us purchase eyepieces for you, we will work out the details at a later date. Estimates of about $160 for the eyepieces or about $500 for the whole scope kit with eyepieces.

If you can get a check made out to the VAS for the workshop fee sent to me at your earliest convenience, then I will order your mirror kits, which will take about 3 weeks to arrive. While we are waiting for the mirror kits, I will be purchasing the rest of the wood, tube and hardware (nuts, bolts, glue & screws) needed to assemble the telescope.

I’m anticipating that the first assembly meeting will probably occur sometime in February and we should be able to complete the scope in just a few weeks (4 maximum). There will be some homework involved, like applying flat-black paint to the inside of the tube and a color of your choice to the outside. The following is a rough plan of what each meeting will involve:

Week 1: Build Mirror Cell & Azimuth Base. Cut & Paint Tube (homework).
Week 2: RTV Mirror & Diagonal to Cells. Attach Spider, Focuser, and Finder.
Build Tube Cradle.
Week 3: Assemble Rocker Box. Attach Mirror & Diagonal to Tube.
Week 4: Finish & Tune Assembly. Telescope Collimation & Operation.

Go here for contact details.

Geek Things for July 12th

  • Book Sale, 12–7PM, Stowe Free Library, Stowe. Free. (Books)
  • Green Drinks, 6–8PM, The Skinny Pancake, Montpelier. Free. (Environmentalism)
  • Bus Tour of St. Albans Raid Sites – Historian Howard Coffin, 9AM, Brownell Library in Essex Junction. $10; space is limited; preregister; bring a bag lunch. (History)
  • Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont Ham Radio Club Meeting, 7–9PM, O’Brien Civic Center, South Burlington. Free. (Radio)
  • ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’, 10AM, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury. Free. (Movies)
  • Ben & Jerry’s Outdoor Movie Festival – Dispicable Me, 9PM at Ben & Jerry’s, Burlington. Free. (Movies)
  • ‘I’ll Be Back Before Midnight’, 8PM, McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. $29.50-38.50. (Theater)
  • Creative Writing Group, 10:30AM, Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington. Free. (Writing)
  • Boardgame Night, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • HeroClix!, 7:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Anne Stuart & Kristina Douglas – Paranormal Romance Signing, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, The Galaxy Bookshop, Hardwick. (Authors)
  • Hoopster Glider, 11:00 a.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Honeybees, 3:00 p.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Author Appearance: George RR Martin, 7pm, Barnes and Noble Burlington, MA (Game of Thrones)
  • Explore the OmniGlobe, Life in Pixels: using data imagry to explore the world, 10:30 am – 11:00 am, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)

Geek Things for July 8th

We’re running a little late, watching the STS-135 mission, but here’s what’s going on in Vermont today:

  • Benefit Book Sale. After 3 p.m., fill a bag for $5. Proceeds support the purchase of a bookmobile for the Milton Public Library. 9AM–5PM, 117 East Rd., Milton. Free. (Books)
  • Book Sale, 9:30AM–5:30PM, Stowe Free Library, Stowe. Free. (Books)
  • Name That Movie!, 5–6PM, The CineClub, Savoy Theater, Montpelier. $2.50. (Movies)
  • Suspension 101, 6–7:30PM, Onion River Sports, Montpelier. Free. (Bikes)
  • ‘Frankenstein and Friends’, 6:30PM, Staige Hill Farm, Charlotte. Free. (Kids)
  • High School Book Group, 4:30–5:15PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, 8PM, Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, Montpelier. $10-30. (Theater)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – Type 2 / Standard – $8 Entry Fee, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Fossils, 3:00 p.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Connecticon, Jul 8 – 10, 2011, Hartford, CT (Conventions)
  • Planetarium presentation, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person (Astronomy)
  • Friday Night Magic — Constructed, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)