Community Calendar

Friday, April 5th

Grab ‘N’ Go Craft Kits – Essex Free Library – Browns River Road, Essex, VT – 9:00am-5:00pm – Swing by the library and pick up a craft pack to take home.

Westmore Total Solar Eclipse Festival – 27 Hinton Hill Road, Westmore, VT – 10:00am-2:00pm – Astronomer Bill Vinton workshop, Saturday, April 6 12:30 to 2:00 pm
Limited fine arts and crafts with eclipse theme; Environmental science events focused on the natural resources of Willoughby Lake. Raffles. glamping tent, galileoscope, celestial quilt, local musicians, and food.

Eclipse Weekend in Montpelier – Montpelier, VT – Taking place on April 8th – this year’s celestial spectacle is a must-see event, it won’t happen again until 2106.

While the total eclipse doesn’t last that long, enjoying the weekend in Vermont’s Capital City will last much longer. Check out everything happening in our walkable downtown, starting on Friday with Art Walk and running through dinner after the eclipse to avoid the traffic jams expected afterwards!

From educational events at the Kellogg-Hubbard library and the Vermont History Museum to sugar-on-snow at Morse Farm, and plenty of music and art to enjoy, there is a lot to do with the family.

See the full list of events and activities, plus parking and eating tips, here: https://montpelieralive.com/eclipse.

VFW Fish Fry – VFW Post 6687, Pearl Street, Essex Junction – 6:00-7:00pm – Join them for a delicious Fish Fry. Public Welcome!

Saturday, April 6th

Total Solar Eclipse Weekend at Smugglers’ Notch – Smugglers’ Notch Resort, Jeffersonville, VT – Join Smuggs for a weekend-long celebration packed with activities and entertainment, culminating in the observation of a rare Total Eclipse in Vermont on Monday, April 8, 2024. The festivities kick off on Friday, April 5, with a schedule designed to cater to a variety of interests and age groups, ensuring galaxies of fun for everyone involved. Overall, the event promises a vibrant mix of fun, food, and festivity, set against the backdrop of an astronomical phenomenon, offering something unique for everyone attending. Below you can find numerous dining and entertainment options.

Saturday, April 6
• 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm — Annual Pond Skimming Presented by Zero Gravity at Sterling Mountain Practice Slope. Registration for this free event starts at 10:00 am at the Smugglers’ Notch tent in Parking Lot 1 for the first 100 people only. The first skimmer launches toward the pond at 12:00 noon. Prizes awarded for best costume. A “don’t miss” for spectators!
Sunday, April 7
• 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm — Exploring Total Solar Eclipses Join us for a cosmic adventure as we uncover the magic of eclipses! With a dash of fun and a sprinkle of mystery, we’ll explore the celestial dance that darkens our skies. Learn about the types of eclipses, their fascinating science, and the myths they’ve inspired—all in a presentation that’s as entertaining as it is enlightening. Gear up for an astronomical journey, Smuggs-style, where learning about the universe has never been more thrilling!
• 6:30 pm — Cirque De Fuego Vermont’s premiere fire performers and drum performances by Jeh Kulu Drum Theater!
• 7:00 pm — Fireworks Join us near the Gazebo to watch a Fireworks display that will definitely dazzle!
• 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm — Family Eclipse Party in FunZone 2.0
Monday, April 8 — The day we’ve all been waiting for!
• 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm — Eclipse Winter Carnival Dive into an unparalleled eclipse watching celebration. Witness the extraordinary spectacle of daytime darkness during the solar eclipse, accompanied by an array of festivities including music, food, and games. Enjoy food and drinks at the Mountain Grille Patio, with options for those 21 & older. Our activities team will spice up the event with winter-themed games, races, and a cozy bonfire. Located on the Village Green.

Bingo at St. Peter’s Parish Hall – Main Street, Vergennes, VT – 5:00pm – It’s Family-friendly Bingo night! All are welcome.

Monday, April 8th

Totality in Taylor Park – Saint Albans City, VT – 1:00-4:00pm – The St. Albans viewing party will feature Ryan Sweezey and the Midnight Walkers to rock and roll you into and through the eclipse. There will be a variety of food trucks, and roaming entertainment throughout the park. Have fun with your friends and family and experience natures might.  Eclipse viewing glasses will be available throughout downtown, first come first served.

Barre’s Solar Eclipse Block Party – Merchant’s Row, Barre, VT – 1:00-4:00pm – The Barre Community is preparing to welcome visitors and celebrate with residents during this once in a lifetime celestial event with Barre’s Solar Eclipse Block Party! Join us for our Solar Eclipse Block Party – Music, Vendors, viewing glasses, t-shirts and more!

Shelburne’s All-Town Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Party – Athletic Drive, Shelburne, VT – 2:00-5:00pm – Join us for an unforgettable celestial and musical experience at the town’s athletic fields, in partnership with the Town of Shelburne, Shelburne Farmers Market, and Shelburne Field House.

As the moon aligns perfectly with the sun, you’ll witness a breathtaking total solar eclipse. To enhance this awe-inspiring moment, we’ll be playing Pink Floyd’s legendary album ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ in its entirety, creating a harmonious backdrop to this rare celestial event.

Free eclipse glasses will be available (while supplies last), ensuring your safety as you gaze at the sun’s dance with the moon. Wonderful vendors from the Shelburne Farmers Market will be onsite will delicious goodies and wonderful wares for purchase. It’s a unique opportunity to come together as a community, appreciate the beauty of the cosmos, and let the music of Pink Floyd elevate this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Please bring lawn chairs or blankets. Parking will be limited, so consider walking or biking to the event.

Eclipse Viewing Party at Fletcher Free Library – College Street, Burlington, VT – 2:00-4:00pm – Enjoy moon pies and other snacks on the library lawn; bring a blanket or chair. All ages welcome. FFL will begin distributing eclipse glasses at 10 a.m. on 4/8.

Tuesday, April 9th

Lego Club at Richmond Free Library – 201 Bridge Street, Richmond, VT – 3:00-4:00pm – Come join other Lego enthusiasts at the Library. They will supply the Legos, kids supply the ideas, the ingenuity and the dexterity. This six-week after-school club is appropriate for kids ages 4-12. We will be gathering in the Community Room where there is plenty of space to spread out and fresh air from many windows.  No registration is necessary.

Learn to Crochet and Knit at Brownell Library – Lincoln Street, Essex, VT – 5:00-6:00pm – Join them in the Main Reading Room and pick up a new skill. Come for the whole hour or just drop in as they cover the basics of crochet. Crochet hooks and yarn provided but limited.

Foster/Adoptive and Respite Parents Informational Meeting – 13 Durkee Street, Plattsburgh, NY – 6:00-7:30pm – The Clinton County Department of Social Services is having an informational meeting for prospective Foster/Adoptive and Respite Parents. All are welcome and there is no commitment.

Thursday, April 11th

Knit for Your Neighbors – South Burlington Public Library, South Burlington, VT – 2:00-5:00pm – Drop-in and Knit for your Neighbors! All ages and abilities welcome! They will supply all the yarn, knitting needles and crochet hooks. Knit or crochet hats and scarves to help keep our neighbors warm. All finished projects will be donated to the South Burlington Food Shelf.

Friday, April 12th

Grab ‘N’ Go Craft Kits – Essex Free Library – Browns River Road, Essex, VT – 9:00am-5:00pm – Swing by the library and pick up a craft pack to take home.

Child Care for Vermont: Courage to Care Rally – 115 State Street, Montpelier, VT – 1:00-3:00pm – Vermonters from across the state are meeting on the State House lawn to rally for accessible, affordable child care. It’s going to take courage to pass a child care solution this year that serves all Vermonters, so join us for the Courage to Care Rally to let lawmakers know they have your support!

Saturday, April 13th

Pancake Breakfast + Silent Auction – Sustainability Academy, Burlington, VT – 8:30-11:30am – Sustainability Academy’s PTO is hosting its 16th annual Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction. Come eat delicious pancakes and local treats with friends and neighbors. And get ready to shop! The silent auction will feature an array of local art, services, and treasures you won’t want to miss as you get ready for spring and summer/ All proceeds go directly to support the Sustainability Academy.

$6 Adults, $4 Kids Age 3-12, $15-20 Families; Kids 2 & under Free. Open to all.

Middlebury Farmers Market – VFW 7823, 530 Exchange Street, Middlebury, VT – 9:30am-12:30pm – The Middlebury Farmers Market Winter Crafters invite vendors to participate and everyone to shop!

Maple Sugaring with the Rippled Pan Man – Milton Public Library, Milton, VT – 10:30am-12:00pm – Learn the process of making maple syrup with local producer from the Rippled Pan. For all ages. Each participant will take home maple sugar. Registration not required.

Cookbook Club at Richmond Free Library – Bridge Street, Richmond, VT – 12:00-1:30pm – Cookbook club meets on the second Saturday of each month at noon. Participants borrow a copy of the month’s book and select a recipe to prepare and share at the meeting.

Registration is required at least one week ahead of the meeting. Participation is capped at 15 and priority is given to Richmond cardholders. Please contact Suzanne at the library (skrohn@richmondvt.gov or 802-434-3036) with any questions or to sign up.

Sunday, April 14th

Dad Guild at Fletcher Free Library – 235 College Street, Burlington, VT – 3:30-4:00pm – Read books, engage in creative play and connect with other dads of young children in the area. ALL welcome regardless of gender or parental status.

Teen Expressive Painting Workshop – Radiate Art Space, Bridge Street, Richmond, VT – 4:00-6:00pm – Join Lisa Bresler on the second and fourth Sundays, 4-6pm at Radiate, for creative art sessions. No need to commit to all classes—come when you can. We provide materials, offer a theme to be repeated for a few classes, and guarantee plenty of choice, exploration, and creative mess.

Ever felt unsure about your painting skills or stuck in a creative rut? These exercises are tailor-made for you! Dive into enjoyable and playful activities that will not only get everyone having a blast but also result in the creation of beautifully messy art. Let’s turn those artistic doubts into colorful masterpieces!

Maximum 6 students.

Wednesday, May 8th

Central Vermont Career Centers’ Trades Fair – 155 Ayers Street, Barre, VT – 5:30-7:30pm – This event is open to the public!  Stop in and check out all the amazing programs CVCC has to offer along with booths from local businesses. Programs will be showing off what they have accomplished this year, and local businesses will be connecting with potential future employees. CVCC’s silent auction will feature items crafted by students, highlighting their craftsmanship and skills. Proceeds will be used to support scholarship funds at CVCC. The Central Vermont Career Center is the first step to an exciting career! Learn more about all of our programs at our Trades Fair, Wednesday, May 8th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at The Central Vermont Career Center 155 Ayers St, Suite #2, Barre, VT behind Spaulding High School. Interested business owners who would like to set up a booth, please contact the CVCC.

ONGOING:

The American Red Cross is always looking for blood donations—accepting donors at the Blood Donation Center at 32 North Prospect Street in Burlington 365 days a year, and conducting Blood Drives on both sides of Lake Champlain throughout the year.  For more information, or to locate a blood drive in your community, visit RedCrossBlood.org.