Geek Things for August 18th

  • 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)
  • Basic Bike Maintenance, 5:30–6:30PM, Skirack, Burlington. Free. (Bikes)
  • Mount Mansfield Scale Modelers, 6:30–8:30PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (Modelers)
  • Summer Sci-Fi Film Series – It Came from Outer Space. 7PM, Town Hall Theater, Middlebury. $3. (Movies)
  • Chess Club, 7PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $2-3. (Chess)
  • Zoom In on Zebra Mussels, 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)
  • ‘Ice Ages, Glaciers and Fossils — Oh My!’ Geological history of Button Bay and the Lake Champlain Basin. 3–3:30PM, Button Bay State Park, Vergennes. Regular park day-use fee, $2-3. (Fossils)
  • Panel Discussion – The role food plays in our lives. 6:30PM, Amy E. Tarrant Gallery, Flynn Center, Burlington. Free. (Food)
  • ‘Cinderella’, 7:30PM, Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon. $25-85. (Theater)
  • ‘Ten-Fest’, 8PM, Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield. $8-10. (Theater)
  • ‘Wicked City’, 8PM, Depot Theatre, Westport. $25. (Theater)
  • Book Talk, 11AM–12PM, Flying Pig Bookstore, Shelburne. Free. (Books)
  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games Gamespace, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Planetarium presentation: KEPLER and the Search for New Worlds 11:00 am, Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person. (Science)
  • Color Mixing, 11:00 am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Fossils: Evidence of the Past. 3pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
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Geek Things for August 16th

  • 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)
  • Computer Lesson, 5–8PM, Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington. $5 donation. (Computers)
  • ‘After the Harvest: Fighting Hunger in the Coffeelands’ & Media That Matters Film Showcase, 7PM, Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington. Free. (Film)
  • Ben & Jerry’s Outdoor Movie Festival – TRON: Legacy, 9PM, Ben & Jerry’s, Burlington. Free. (Movies)
  • ‘The Aliens’, 7:30PM, Weston Rod & Gun Club, Weston. Tickets start at $24. (Theater)
  • ‘Cinderella’, 2PM, Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon. $25-85. (Theater)
  • Neil Goodwin – The We Go As Captives: The Royalton Raid and the Shadow War on the Revolutionary Frontier, 7PM, Old Town Hall, Brookfield. Donations accepted for the Old Town Hall restoration fund. (Authors)
  • Willard Sterne Randall – Ethan Allen: His Life and Times, 7PM, Town Hall Theater, Middlebury. Free; cash bar. (History)
  • Boardgame Night, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • HeroClix!, 7:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Paper Cup Telephones, 11am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Fingerprints, 3pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Green Drinks: CVPS smartPOWER, 7 – 9pm, 51 Main at the Bridge, Middlebury. (Environmentalism)

 

Dog DNA

A manager of a housing complex in Lebanon is annoyed that her tenants aren’t cleaning up after their dogs. Her solution? DNA test the dogs, to definitively prove who’s pooch is the one causing problems:

So manager Debbie Violette is going to use commercially available DNA sampling kits to check the DNA of dog leavings.

She says residents are being told Friday they must submit samples from their dogs so DNA profiles can be put on file.

Violette says she hasn’t decided what to do if she catches a pet owner not cleaning up after their dog. But they’ll probably be fined.

Interesting way to solve the problem, although I suspect that banning pets at the complex would also do the same thing. Or you know, responsible ownership.

Thanks to Jen for the tip.

Geek Things for May 12th

  • Raptor Encounter, 11AM, Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 3 and under. (BirdS)
  • Talk to the Trainer, 2PM, Vermont Institute of Natural Science Quechee. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 3 and under. (Birds)
  • Lunafest 2011, 6:30PM, Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon. $14-20. (Films)
  • Chess Club, 7PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $2-3. (Chess)
  • Open Computer Time, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • Karl Decker & Nancy Levine – “The Tour Buses Don’t Stop Here Anymore: The Impacts of and Responses to Social, Economic or Environmental Change on Small Vermont Towns,” 6PM, Pierson Library, Shelburne. Free. (Talk)
  • Keith Pillsbury – Vietnam War and 2008, 3:30PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (History)
  • Roberta Harold – “Vermont and New York in the Gilded Age,”, 7PM, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. Free. (History)
  • Tim Brookes – “Disappearing Alphabets and the Future of the Written Word,” 7–8PM, Bent Northrop Memorial Library, Fairfield. Free. (Language)
  • Red Cross Blood Drive. 12-5:30pm, St. Leo’s Hall, Waterbury. (Blood Drive)
  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games Gamespace, Burlington. (Gaming)

Geek Things for March 23rd

  • Social-Media Marketing, 8:30–10:30AM, Charles E. Carter Business Resource Center, St. Johnsbury-Lyndon Industrial Park, St. Johnsbury. Free. (Social Media)
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive, 8:30AM–2PM, Missisquoi Valley Union High School, Swanton. Free. (Blood Drive)
  • Mud Season Book Sale, 9AM–9PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (Books)
  • Green Mountain Film Festival. Visit greenmountainfilmfestival.org for details. 12–10PM, Various locations, Montpelier. Various prices. (Green Mountain Film Festival)
  • ‘The Constant Gardener’, 7pm, Room 200, Yokum Lecture Hall, SUNY Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh. Free. (Films)
  • High School Book Group, 5–6PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Books)
  • Middle School Book Group, 4–5PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Books)
  • Juan Torres – “Powering the Future: Smart Grid Challenges and Opportunities.” 4:30PM, Jeffords Hall room 234, University of Vermont, Burlington. Free. (Talk)
  • ‘Recognizing and Honoring Vermont’s Women Veterans’ 9AM–4PM, Various downtown locations, Montpelier. Free. (Talk)
  • Writers’ Group, 7–9PM, Johnson Public Library, Johnson. Free. (Writing)
  • Magic Booster Draft – $12, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Pathfinder Society, 6:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • “Golden Showers: the Coagulating Cosmos of a Fourteenth-Century Mad Scientist”, 4:30 – 6pm, Franklin Environal Center 103, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Talk)
  • Learn About NOOK Color, 6:00 PM. Barnes & Noble, South Burlington. (eReaders)
  • Marvelous Maples. Dress for a walk on the trails. 10-11:30am, North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier. $5 per child. Info. 229-6206. (Kids)
  • Real CSI Symposium. 4-7pm, Dole Auditorium, Norwich University, Northfield. (Talk)
  • Amphibian Monitoring Training Program. 6pm, Waitsfield Elementary School, Waitsfield, Free. Info. 229-6206. (Nature)
  • USDA Forest Service Public Meeting. 2-5pm or 7-10pm, Rochester Ranger District. Info: 767-4261, Rochester. (Nature)
  • 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 March 2nd


  • Small Agricultural Business Workshop, 7:15PM, Hazen Union High School, Hardwick. $15 per class. (Agriculture)
  • Renewable Energy Workshop, 6–7PM, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier. Free. (Energy)
  • ‘Smart About Solar’, 7–8:30PM, Library, Charlotte Central School, Charlotte. Free. (Solar)
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive, 12–5:30PM, Shelburne Town Hall, Shelburne. Free. (Vampires)
  • Chittenden County Philatelic Club, 6:15PM, GE Healthcare Building, South Burlington. Free. (Stamps)
  • Milton Historical Society Meeting, 6PM, Milton Historical Society, Milton. Free. (History)
  • ‘Tech Savvy’, 6–8PM, Bradford Public Library, Bradford. Free. (Skype)
  • ‘Restless’, 7PM, Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover. $5-7. (Films)
  • High School Book Group, 5–6PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • Middle School Book Group, 4–5PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • Annelise Orleck – “Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire & its lasting impact on workplace safety laws”, 7PM, Rutland Free Library, Rutland. Free. (Talk)
  • ‘Communities and Justice: Inequality and Innovation in America’s Justice System’, 7PM, Middlebury College, Middlebury. Free. (Talk)
  • ‘Death With Dignity: From Oregon to Vermont’, 6:30PM, St. Albans Historical Museum, St. Albans. Free. (Talk))
  • Dr. François Clemmons – “If You Don’t Want Your Slave to Speak Freely, You Should Forbid Him to Sing!”, 7PM, First United Methodist Church, Burlington. Free. (Talk)
  • Dr. Mary Childers – “A memoirist discusses her broken childhood in Welfare Brat”, 7PM, Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury. Free. (Talk)
  • Paul Searls – Two Vermonts: Geography and Identity, 1865-1910, 7PM, St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, St. Johnsbury. Free. (Talk)
  • Vermont Law Symposium – “China’s Environmental Governance: Global Challenges and Comparative Solutions,” 9:30AM, Vermont Law School, South Royalton. Free. (Talk)
  • Writers’ Group, 7–9PM, Johnson Public Library, Johnson. Free. (Writing)
  • Magic Booster Draft – $12, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Global and Regional Studies Brown Bag Lecture, 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. — Old Mill John Dewey Lounge 325, UVM, Burlington. (Talk)
  • Physics Department Colloquium – “A Luttinger Liquid Core Inside Helium-4 Filled Nanopores “, 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Davis Student Center, The Mildred Livak Room, UVM, Burlington. (Physics)
  • The Writer’s Workshop fiction reading – Bonnie Jo Campbell, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Old Mill John Dewey Lounge 325, UVM, Burlington. (Writing)
  • 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)
  • Atwater Blood Drive 2010 -2011, 11am – 4pm, McCullough Social Space, Atwater Commons, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Vampires)
  • “Liberals and Immigration: A Philosophical Perspective”, 4:30 – 6pm, Franklin Environmental Center 103, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Talk)
  • Seuss Stories!, 10:00 PM, Barnes and Noble, South Burlington. (Kids)
  • Psychology Lunch program: Student presentations, 12pm, Webb 107, Norwich University, Northfield. (Talk)

 

Geek Things for February 23rd

  • Board Games, 10AM–12PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (Gaming, Kids)
  • Daily Design Challenge, 12PM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Kids)
  • Middle School Book Group, 4–5PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • ‘Puzzles, Puzzles, Puzzles!’, 8:30AM–9PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Puzzles)
  • ‘The Nature of February’, 10:30AM, 1:30PM, Mad River Glen Ski Area, Fayston. $15-25; $65 per family of four. (Outdoors)
  • Hoffman Lecture Series – “Beyond Green It,” 6–8:30PM, Ira Allen Chapel, UVM, Burlington. Free. (Talk)
  • University Scholar Seminar – “Understanding the Relations of Genes, Environment, Brains and Behavior: The Vermont Family-Based Approach.” 4PM, Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building, UVM, Burlington. Free. (Talk)
  • ‘Collected Stories’, 7:30PM, Off Center for the Dramatic Arts, Burlington. $15. (Theater)
  • Writers’ Group, 7–9PM, Johnson Public Library, Johnson. Free. (Writing)
  • Magic Booster Draft – $12, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Pathfinder Society, 6:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Young Scientist Program (12 weeks, through May 18), 9:30-11:30 a.m. or 1-3 p.m. Members $335, non-members $365, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Science)
  • Bridging the Gap: Gleaning and Food Justice in Addison County, VT, 4:30 – 6:30pm Axinn Center 229, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Talk)
  • Getting to Know NOOKcolor, 6:00 PM, Barnes & Noble, Burlington. (eReaders)
  • 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, Gaming. (Gaming)
  • L5R Night at Triple Play, 6:30pm – 10:00pm, Triple Play (Gaming)
  • Game Night at The Book Garden, 7pm – 11pm, The Book Garden, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Antigone, 8:00 PM, Flynnspace, Flynn Theater, Burlington. (Theater)
  • Psychology Lunch program: Senior psychology students presentations , 12pm, Webb 107, Norwich University, Northfield. (Talks)
  • Footprints on the Land: Made in Vermont (1870-1910). 1-3PM, Vermont History Museum, $5/$3 members, 1-3pm. Pre-reg. 828-2180. (Kids, History)

Geek Things for February 16th

  • ‘How to Convert to Solar Hot Water’, 7PM, Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury. Free. (Solar)
  • Scrabble Club, 1–3PM, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. Free. (Scrabble)
  • ‘Travelers and Magicians’, 7PM, Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover. $5-7. (Film)
  • Fairfax Playgroup, 10–11AM, Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax. Free. (Kids)
  • High School Book Group, 5–6PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • Highgate Story Hour, 10–11AM, Highgate Public Library, Highgate Center. Free. (Kids)
  • Middle School Book Group, 4–5PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • ‘Peter Pan’, 12PM, Very Merry Theatre, Burlington. Free. (Theater)
  • ‘Raptors Up Close’, 2PM, Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Raptors)
  • ‘Signs in the Snow’, 11AM, Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Kids)
  • ‘Current Events in Egypt’, 6PM, Burlington College, Burlington. Free. (Current Events)
  • Lamoille County Osher Lecture Series – “The WPA: The Depression and Great Art”, 1:30PM, Town & Country Resort, Stowe. $5. (Talk)
  • Writers’ Group, 7–9PM, Johnson Public Library, Johnson. Free. (Writing)
  • Magic Booster Draft – $12, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Environmental FOrum, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Davis Student Center, The Chittenden Bank Room, UVM, Burlington. (Environmentalism)
  • Naruto, 4:30pm – 8:00pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Wednesday Night Board gaming at Triple Play, 6:00pm – 10:30pm, Lebanon, New Hampshire (Gaming)
  • D&D Encounter, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington (Gaming)

    Monshire Museum, Norwich:

  • 11:30 a.m. Hoopster Gilder Build a glider that flies! You will experiment with and change your design to see if you can make it fly even further.
  • 3:00 p.m. Sink and Float Test your predictions about which common objects will sink and which will float. You will then use what you learned to make a boat that will hold the most cargo without sinking.
  • Faculty Lecture Series – “Are Regional Languages Profitable? The Costs and Benefits of Maintaining Plural Linguistic Identities in Italy and Spain” Andrei Barashkov, 4:30 – 6pm, Frankin Environmental Center 103, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Talk)
  • “The Israel Peace Plan That Could Still Be”, 8 – 9:30pm, McCardell Bicentennial Hall, 216, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Talk(
  • NOOK Classic at NOON
  • NOOK Event, 6:00 PM, Barnes and Noble, South Burlington. (eReaders)

Geek Things for February 2nd

 

PLEASE CONTACT ANY LOCATION TO SEE IF THEY’RE STILL HOLDING EVENTS.

  • Chittenden County Philatelic Club, 6:15PM, GE Healthcare Building, South Burlington. Free. (Stamps)
  • ‘Tarot for Life’, 5–7PM, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier. $8-10. Preregister. (Tarot)
  • ‘Tech Savvy’, 6–8PM at Bradford Public Library in Bradford. Free. (Computers)
  • High School Book Group, 5–6PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Books)
  • Middle School Book Group, 4–5PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Books)
  • Science Magic, 3PM, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. Free. Preregister. (Science)
  • Preschool Discovery Program, 10–11:30AM, North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier. $5. (Kids)
  • Charley MacMartin – Vermont’s stone walls, 6–8PM, 65 Green Mountain Drive, South Burlington. $10-20. (Stone Walls)
  • Sienna Craig – “The Science of Healing: Practicing, Producing and Consuming Tibetan Medicine,” 7PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Anthropology)
  • ‘The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe’, 7:30PM, Briggs Opera House, White River Junction. $5-58. (Theater)
  • Writers’ Group, 7–9PM, Johnson Public Library, Johnson. Free. (Writing)
  • Cynthia Huntington – “Poetry of the Earth: Reimagining Nature.”, 7PM, Rutland Free Library, Rutland. Free. (Poetry)
  • Know Your NOOK Classic!, 6:00 pm, Barnes & Noble, South Burlington. (eReaders)
  • 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 Stuff for January 26th

Geek Stuff for January 26th

‘Grow Your Own Mushrooms’, 5–7PM, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier. $10-12, Preregister. (Food)
‘Finding Neverland’, 7PM, Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover. $5-7. (Film)
‘Living Downstream’, 7–9PM, Sugar Maple Ballroom, Davis Center, UVM, Burlington. Free. (Film)
Fairfax Playgroup, 10–11AM, Bellows Free Academy – Fairfax, Fairfax. Free. (Kids)
High School Book Group, 5–6PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
Middle School Book Group, 4–5PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
‘Star Wars’ Club, 3:30–4:30PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (Kids, Star Wars)
Brown Bag Lecture Series – Will “Chip” Sawyer, (How our state has changed in the last decade by analyzing numbers from the 2010 Census and the American Community Survey), 12:30–1:30PM, St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, St. Johnsbury. Free. (Data)
Lamoille County Osher Lecture Series – Mark Breen: “Snow Under the Looking Glass” in an investigation of ‘flakes and how snowstorms work. 1:30PM, Town & Country Resort, Stowe. $5. (Weather)
Waterbury Historical Society Meeting – Brian Lindner on the five ski areas of Waterbury and Duxbury — and what happened to them, 7PM, Wsley United Methodist Church, Waterbury. Free. (History, Skiing)
‘The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe’, 7PM, Briggs Opera House, White River Junction. $5-58. (Theater)
Writers’ Group, 7–9PM, Johnson Public Library, Johnson. Free. (Writing)
Magic Booster Draft – $12, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
Pathfinder Society, 6:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Burlington. (Gaming)
Getting to Know NOOK, 6:00 PM, Barnes and Noble, South Burlington. (eReaders)
Weekly Storytime, 11:00 AM, Barnes and Noble, South Burlington. (Kids)
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)

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