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Buch Spieler Celebrates Anniversary

MONTPELIER — On Saturday, Jan. 24, don’t miss Buch Spieler’s 42nd anniversary celebration, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. The store at 27 Langdon St. will offer 42 percent off sales on selected merchandise, refreshments, and from 5 – 9 p.m., Myra Flynn will perform and introduce her new jewelry line. And, of course, owner Fred Wilber will be showcasing his DJ talents.


Democracy Circle to Begin

MONTPELIER — There will be a monthly two-hour democracy circle to begin Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Church. If you are concerned about the current divisiveness and incivility in America, and if you are not ready to give up (though you may sometimes wonder why not); if you believe that there must be a way to move beyond demonizing of “the other side,” then meet with others who care about healing what is broken in our nation’s political discourse. Be willing to question, listen, be generous and trusting, and act courageously. Please contact us about joining.

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Democracy circles are associated with courage and renewal seasonal retreats — based on Parker Palmer’s work.  Democracy circles were offered in Montpelier in 2012 and 2013.  There is no cost for participating.  Ideally, participants will make a six-session commitment, but people are invited to attend the first session before making a decision. Please contact one of the co-facilitators:  David Leo-Nyquist  (dleonyquist@gmail.com) or Sowbel (sowbel@hotmail.com).


Finding Common Ground Workshops Offered

MONTPELIER — Writer and educator Margaret Blanchard is offering two, two-hour workshops and a panel around the theme: Finding common ground. Understanding who we are while exploring our shared contexts helps ground and clarify opportunities for social interaction. Blanchard described her programs the following way:

1. The Identity Abacus:  Frame, Circle and Loop:  Saturday, Jan. 31: UU (Children’s Chapel), 3 – 5 p.m.:    The Identity “Abacus” is a three-dimensional metaphor for unified self-awareness as well as an instrument for measuring in a holistic way a range of facets integral to an individual’s sense of identity.

2.  Nested Spheres:  Saturday, Feb. 21, UU, 3 – 5 p.m.  Using the Celtic symbol of the double spiral as a template for shared zones of development, participants will explore their own stages, through dialogues between past, present and future selves within the nested spheres of larger contexts of family, community and world.

3. Tree, Person, House: TBA.  Use analogies to explore parallel systems to see what they might learn from each other.

For more information about the workshops and panel, please contact Margaret Blanchard: margaret@sover.net. Donations optional.


Downstairs Video to Close

MONTPELIER — Downstairs Video announced it is closing for good on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. Saturday, Jan. 24 is the last day to rent DVDs, and following that date, the store will close for inventory. The store will reopen on Feb. 1 to sell off DVDs, store fixtures and remaining inventory. Valentine’s Day will be the last day to purchase DVDs. If you have interest in particular films, please make a list and send it to film@savoytheater.com with DVSALE in the subject line.

Owner Terry Youk wrote, “There have been many wonderful and knowledgeable folks who have worked at Downstairs Video over the years that we would be remiss in not thanking them for their support and for sharing their love of film. The list is long but in particular we would like to thank George Shumar for his long and dedicated service to DV. Also, to all of you who have long been patrons, while we are sad to see DV fade away, we are grateful for the many years to have been of service and to have gotten to know you. Thank you for your support — we had a good run!” Call Terry or Eric at the Savoy at 229-0598 if you have interest in buying the business.


Bear Pond Books and Rivendell to Merge

MONTPELIER — Two established bookstores in downtown Montpelier are announcing plans to merge this spring. Rivendell Books will be joining with Bear Pond Books in a process expected to be complete by March 31.

Rivendell and Bear Pond have been popular destinations for readers and authors for more than a generation. As Claire Benedict, co-owner of Bear Pond Books, said, “Vermont is a great place to have a book store, we’re a state full of readers, writers, and people who support locally owned businesses. . . but the business of bookselling is changing. We needed to make decisions that ensure we can continue to have a strong independent bookstore presence in downtown Montpelier.” There will be some changes to the in-store layout, a redesign project that she notes fits in well with the upgrades already planned for the second floor children’s room using a grant from James Patterson.

“We believe the consolidation of Rivendell and Bear Pond Books into a single location will be the best possible way for us to continue being the vibrant flagship independent bookstore in Montpelier and central Vermont,” said Rivendell co-owner Rob Kasow. Please check the website www.bearpondbooks.com for details.


The Montpelier Pool is Now Open for Skating

MONTPELIER — Skating is now available here in town at the Montpelier Pool, from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Weather and ice condition permitting.  If we feel that the ice is not safe, we will close the rink. Check our Facebook page for updates and closures. Please let us know if you are interested in becoming a pool skating rink volunteer. Volunteer to remove snow off the pool after storms to keep ice conditions great! If you have any questions about programs or events, please contact the Rec Office at 225-8699.