Geek Things for March 8th

  • Green Drinks, 6–8PM, The Skinny Pancake, Montpelier. Free. (Environmentalism)
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive, 11AM–4:30PM, Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax. Free. (Blood Drive)
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive, 10AM–4PM, American Legion Post 27, Middlebury. Free. (Blood Drive)
  • Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont Ham Radio Club Meeting, 7–9PM, O’Brien Civic Center, South Burlington. Free. (Radio)
  • ‘GasLand’, 7PM, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury. $4-7. (Documentary)
  • Creative Tuesdays, 3–5PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • Open Computer Time, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Computers)
  • Science & Stories, 11AM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Kids)
  • Brown Bag Lunch History Talk – The life of Joseph Hoag, a Quaker who moved to Vermont in the 1790s. 12PM, Sheldon Museum, Middlebury. Free. (History)
  • Debby Bergh – “Penguins By the Thousands: An Expedition to the Falklands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula.” 6:30PM, Pierson Library, Shelburne. Free. (Penguins)
  • Dr. Quinn Mecham – exploring what’s at stake in the Middle East, in light of recent democratic revolutions. 7PM, The Barn Door Restaurant at the 1824 House, Waitsfield. Free. (Current Events)
  • Boardgame Night, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • HeroClix!, 7:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Keith Reeves Lecture – “the impact of racial politics on electoral behavior and public policy issues.” 4:30 – 6pm, Robert A Jones ’59 Conference Room, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Talk)
  • “Living In Emergency: Stories of Doctors without Borders”, 7:30 – 9pm, McCullough Social Space, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Documentary)
  • “Mental Machines” Film Series [http://nescifievents.org/?p=2259], Mar 6 – 13 2011, Cambridge, MA (Film)
  • Welcome Back, Redwings. 10-11:30am, North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier. $5 per child. Info. 229-6206. (Kids)

 

Waitsfield Welcomes New Museum


Waitsfield welcomes in a new museum to Vermont, the Madsonian (a play on Mad River and Smithsonian) Museum of Industrial Design, founded by David Sellers. From the museum’s front page:

Welcome to the Madsonian, a museum of Industrial Design.  Our collection represents a lifetime of appreciation for and devotion to good design, displaying the best designed and most artistic everyday objects.  From cars to toasters, and from toys to canoes…
It is becoming more and more important to think carefully about how we as a civil society use our resources.  By making the everyday beautiful and well designed, and by recognizing and valuing that effort, we can reduce our throw-away culture and become one that surrounds ourselves with beauty, thoughtfulness and art.
The museum has in its collection work by designers such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank Gehry, Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe, Aalvar Alto, Raymond Loewy, Norman Bel Geddes, Eero Saarinen, and Marcel Breuer, to name a few.

The museum is located on 45 Bridge Street in Waitsfield, with an admission price of $5 for adults and 25 cents for anyone 21 and under, with several membership plans avaliable. Hours are Saturdays 12-5 and Sundays 12-4.

Geek Things for January 20th

  • Transition Town Montpelier – “Vermont Climate Change and the Great Transition.”, 6–8PM, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. Free. (Climate Change)
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive: Waterbury, 12–5:30PM, St. Leo’s Hall, Waterbury. Free. (Blood Drive)
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive: Groton, 12:30-5:30pm, Groton Community Building, Groton. (Vampires)
  • Chess Club, 7PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $2-3. (Chess)
  • Indoor Garden Workshop, 6–7PM, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier. $10-12, Preregister. (Gardening)
  • MountainTop Film Festival, 5–10PM, Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield. $6-8. (Films)
  • ‘The Dragon Wall’, 7PM, River Arts Center, Morrisville. $5 suggested donation. (Dragons)
  • ‘Snug In the Snow’, 10–11AM, Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington. $8-10 per adult/child pair; $4 per additional child. (Kids)
  • Café Scientifique – Genetic engineering of our food supply and disease research, 6:30–8:30PM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain in Burlington. Free; for ages 21 and up; cash bar. (Science)
  • Scott Borg, (The chief economist for the U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit on the value of cyber security), 7PM, Perry Hall, Champlain College, Burlington. Free. (Cyber Security)
  • ‘Sea Room’, 7:30PM, Off Center for the Dramatic Arts, Burlington. $7-20. (Theater)
  • ‘The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe’, 7:30PM, Briggs Opera House, White River Junction. $5-58. (Theater)
  • Booked for Lunch, the basics of reading and writing biographies, 12PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Reasearch)
  • Story Time, 11AM, Bud & Bella’s Bookshop, Randolph. Free. (Reading)
  • Open Miniatures Tables!, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games Gamespace, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Situating Sustainability in Curriculum, 12:30 – 2:30pm, Franklin Environmental Center 103, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Sustainability)
  • Geography Recruiting Lecture, Geospatial Approaches to Water Resource Geography and Undergraduate Education, 4:15, McCardell Bicentennial Hall 104, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Geography)
  • Panel Discussion, Athletics and Arts as Agents of Social Change, 7:00pm, Wright Theater, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Social Change)
  • Family Game Night, 6:00pm, Borders, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Family Game Night, 6:00pm, Borders, Lebanon, NH. (Gaming)

 

Geek Things for January 19th

  • Small Agricultural Business Workshop, 7:15PM, Hazen Union High School, Hardwick. $15 per class. (Agriculture)
  • ‘Financing Renewable-Energy and Energy-Efficiency Projects’, 7–9PM, Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury. Free. (Energy, Talk)
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive: Burlington, 12–6PM, UVM Waterman Building, Burlington. Free. (Vampires)
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive: White River Junction, 12–5PM, American Legion, White River Junction. Free. (Vampires)
  • Intro to Genealogy Research Online, 6:30–8PM, Bradford Public Library, Bradford. Free. (Geneology)
  • Scrabble Club, 1–3PM, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. Free. (Scrabble)
  • MountainTop Film Festival, 5–10PM, Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield. $6-8. (Films)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Keynote – “Growing the Global Heart: Race, Power and Building a Youth-Driven Climate-Justice Movement,”, 4:30PM, McCullough Social Space, Middlebury College, Middlebury. Free. (Talk)
  • Fairfax Playgroup, 10–11AM, Bellows Free Academy – Fairfax, Fairfax. Free. (Kids)
  • High School Book Group, 5–6PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • Highgate Story Hour, 10–11AM, Highgate Public Library, Highgate Center. Free. (Kids)
  • Lego Club, 3–4PM, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. Free, Preregister. (Kids)
  • Middle School Book Group, 4–5PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • ‘Borders, Boundaries and Bullies’ Lecture Series, “Living on the Edge: The Quebéc-Vermont Border.”, 6:30–8:30PM, Burlington College, Burlington. Free. (Talk)
  • Lamoille County Osher Lecture Series “Changes in Media and Technology in Vermont During My Last 40 Years.” by Marselis Parsons, 1:30PM, Town & Country Resort, Stowe. $5. (Talk)
  • “Who Hoots for You?”, 6:30PM, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. Free. (Owls)
  • ‘Sea Room’, 7:30PM, Off Center for the Dramatic Arts, Burlington. $7-20. (Theater)
  • ‘The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe’, 7:30PM, Briggs Opera House, White River Junction. $5-58. (Theater)
  • Book Discussion – Brian Greene’s The Elegant Universe, 7:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Books)
  • Deborah Krasner, Good Meat: The Complete Guide to Sourcing and Cooking Sustainable Meat, 3:30PM, Barnes & Noble, South Burlington. Free. (Sustainability)
  • Magic Booster Draft – $12, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington (Gaming)
  • Winter Blitz 2011 Arcade Games, 7-11PM, Davis Student Center, UVM, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • 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)
  • Getting to Know NOOK, 6:00 PM, Barnes and Noble, Burlington. (eReaders)
  • Weekly Storytime, 11:00 AM, Barnes and Noble, Burlington. (Kids)

Geek Things for January 18th

  • American Red Cross Blood Drive: Rutland, 12–6PM, Moose Lodge, Rutland. Free. (Vampires)
  • MountainTop Film Festival, 5–10PM, Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield. $6-8. (Films)
  • Open Computer Time, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Computers)
  • Science & Stories, 11AM, ECHO Lake Aquarium, Burlington. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Kids)
  • David Cobb (Discussion of corporate personhood and ways it damages democracy), 6:30PM, Fellowship Hall, Bethany Church, Montpelier. Free. (Politics)
  • ‘Feeding the World: Dinner for 9.3 Billion People in 2050’, 8AM, Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, South Burlington. Call for price. (Food)
  • Creative Writing Group, 10:30–11:45AM, Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington. Free. (Writing)
  • Boardgame Night, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • HeroClix!, 7:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Introduction to the Night Sky (Runs through February 15), 7-9:15PM, Monshire Museum of Science, Members $115, non-members $130. Register online. (Science)
  • Board of Trustees Meeting, 6:30pm, Ainsworth Public Library, Williamstown. (Libraries)
  • Northfield Chess Club, 7PM, Northfield Senior Center, $1. Info. 764-5880. (Chess)

Geek Things for January 17th

  • American Red Cross Blood Drive: Burlington, 8AM–12PM, Dunkin Donuts, Burlington. Free. (Vampires)
  • MountainTop Film Festival, See mountaintopfilmfestival.com for films and schedule, 3–10PM, Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield. $6-8. (Films)
  • Marjorie Cady Memorial Writers Group, 10AM–12PM, Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury. Free. (Writing)
  • Open Cardgames!, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Animal Mounts, 11:30 am, Monshire Museum, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Gears, 3:00pm, Monshire Museum, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Monday Night Magic, 6pm – 9pm, Village Pizza, Montpelier (Gaming)
  • Mini Painting, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Gaming, Kids, Writing, Films, Vampires, Red Cross, Burlington, Waitsfield, Middlebury, Norwich, Montpelier, Bennington, Geek,

Geek Things for January 15th

  • The Two Man Gentlemen Band, Friday, January 14, 7PM at River Arts Center in Morrisville. (Music)
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive: Morrisville, 12–6PM, VFW Post, Morrisville. Free. (Vampires)
  • MountainTop Film Festival. See mountaintopfilmfestival.com for films and schedule, 3–10PM, Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield. $6-8. (Film)
  • Fairfax Playgroup, 9–10:30AM, Bellows Free Academy – Fairfax, Fairfax. Free. (Kids)
  • Lego Fun & Games, 3:30–4:30PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (Kids, Lego)
  • Eric Hanson (Stories and slides from Canada’s northwest territories), 7PM, Green Mountain Club Headquarters, Waterbury Center. $6-8; free for kids under 12. (Talk)
  • Joseph Citro, Vermont’s role in the heyday of American Spiritualism, 7PM, Tunbridge Public Library, Tunbridge Village. Free. (Spiritualism)
  • Naturalist Journeys Slide Show & Lecture Series (Effects of agricultural-management practices on grassland birds), 7–8:30PM, Unitarian Church, Montpelier. Donations accepted. (Talk)
  • ‘Three Theories in 30 Minutes’, 7pm, 219 Wilson Hall Dartmouth College, Hanover. Free. (Physics)
  • ‘Sea Room’, 7:30PM, Off Center for the Dramatic Arts, Burlington. $7-20. (Theater)
  • Friends of Brownell Library Book Sale, 9AM–9PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. (Books)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – Type 2 / Standard – $8 Entry Fee, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Books and Beyond, 10:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Arisia, Jan 14 – 16 2011, Boston, Massachusetts (Convention)
  • Friday Night Magic — Constructed, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic, The Book Garden, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Exhibit Opening: Raise the Roof, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, ECHO, Burlington. Free with admission. 1.877.324.6386 (Architecture)
  • Molecular Biology & Biochemistry Lecture, “Catabolism of host-derived compounds regulates Pseudomonas aeruginosa virulence”, 12:30 pm, McCardell Bicentennial Hall 216, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Science)

 

Geek things for December 16th

  • Chess Club, 7PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $2-3. (Chess)
  • ‘The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest’, 1:30PM, 4PM, 7PM, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury. $4-7. (Films)
  • Light Bulb Lab, 9:30–11:30AM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free, preregister. (Kids)
  • Opera Night – Mozart’s The Magic Flute, 7PM, Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield. $12. (Mozart)
  • ‘The Wizard of Oz’, 7:30PM, Briggs Opera House, White River Junction. (Theater)
  • Story Time, 11AM, Bud & Bella’s Bookshop in Randolph. Free. (Books)
  • Open Miniatures Tables!, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games Gamesapce, Burlington. (Gaming)

Geek Things for November 23rd.

 

  • ‘Let Me In’, 7PM, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury. $4-7. (Films)
  • Tuesday Night at the Movies (“De Düva” and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Open discussion follows), 7PM, Big Picture Theater & Café in Waitsfield. $8, or $30 for six-month membership. (Films)
  • Legos & Puzzles, 10:30–11:30AM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • Creative Tuesdays, 3–5PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • After-School Programs, 3:30–5PM, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. Free. (Kids)
  • School Vacation Fun, 1–3PM, Vermont History Museum, Montpelier. $3-5; family rates available. Preregister. (Kids, History)
  • Teen Video Games, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Gaming)
  • Mark Potok, “The State of Hate in America,” 7PM, Unitarian Church, Montpelier. Free. (Talk)
  • Boardgame Night, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington.
  • HeroClix!, 7:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington.
  • Northfield Chess Club, 7pm, Northfield Senior Center, $1. Info. 764-5880.