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May 2021

Bill McKibben: Climate Change & Wilderness

May 5 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Zoom event, Internet
Free

Bill McKibben, renowned activist, author, and professor, will describe how Earth’s ecosystems—and their conservation—can mean the difference between a live-able future for all beings and climate chaos. Bill will also share stories of how personal experiences and connections with wild nature can be the seeds from which a lifetime of environmental advocacy and eco-centric mindsets may grow. Click here to register for this event.

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Why Not in Vermont? The Long Campaign for Women’s Suffrage

May 5 @ 7:00 pm
Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street
Montpelier, VT 05602 United States
Free

Why did Vermont lawmakers resist women voting in the 19th and 20th centuries? Through the stories of three Vermont suffragists, Lyn Blackwell outlines the shifting debate over women’s full citizenship from the 1850s until 1920. Marilyn Blackwell is a historian and writer who specializes in US and women’s history. She has taught at UVM, Norwich University, and the Community College of Vermont. She co-authored Frontier Feminist: Clarina Howard Nichols and the Politics of Motherhood with Kristen T. Oertel. This First Wednesday program of Vermont Humanities is being presented at Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier, but is…

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Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup

May 6 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, VT 05602 United States
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Free

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup is a free activity for families to gather, learn, and play at North Branch Nature Center. Guided by the idea that children need to spend ample time outdoors, we offer a community experience in the world of nature and will model ways the natural environment can be used as a tool for learning and play. Engaging with nature’s seasonal offerings stimulates curiosity and a sense of wonder while fostering self-confidence and empathy for all living things.…

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Friday Morning Bird Walks

May 7 @ 7:00 am - 8:30 am
Hubbard Park, 400 Parkway St
Montpelier, VT United States
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$10

Weekly trips to birding hot spots around Central Vermont searching for spring migrants like warblers, vireos, thrushes, and waterfowl. Led by NBNC staff. COVID-19: Masks will be required when 6′ distance cannot be maintained, per state guidelines. Participants will complete a health screening upon arrival. Free for members. $10 non-members. No registration required. Locations subject to change. April 30 – North Branch Nature Center May 7 – Hubbard Park, Montpelier (Meet at the “New Shelter”) May 14 – Sodom Pond (Meet outside the Adamant Co-op. Parking…

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Teen Lit Mob – Teen Literary Festival

May 7 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Zoom event, Internet
Free

Join Vermont's only Teen Literary Festival on Friday May 7 over Zoom.  Register to attend now with this quick & easy form to reserve your spot! This year’s program includes: Keynote by National Book Award Finalist Ibi Zoboi, author of American Street, Pride, and Punching the Air (with Yusef Salaam); Endnote by Justina Ireland, author of Dread Nation and Deathless Divide; writing workshops with Ibi, Justina, and Printz Medalist and National Book Award Finalist An Na, author of A Step From Heaven and The Place Between Breaths, Chris Tebbetts, author of Me, Myself, and Him, and M of F (with…

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Jackie Morris: Natural Enchantment

May 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Zoom event, Internet
Free

Join Jackie Morris, acclaimed illustrator and author, for a journey of color and sound celebrating the wondrous creatures with whom we share this planet. Jackie will share her magical watercolor paintings and read from some of her works, followed by a reflection on the ways art and language can bring people into deeper relationship with wild nature. Click here to register for this event. This talk will be recorded and shared on our YouTube channel and Facebook page afterwards; a link will be emailed…

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Dr. Susette Min: Bennington College’s Visual Arts Lecture Series

May 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoom event, Internet
Free

Professor Susette Min is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Davis and an independent curator. Prior to joining the faculty at UC Davis, she was Associate Curator at The Drawing Center, NYC. Her critically acclaimed first book, "Unnamable: The Ends of Asian American Art," centers attention on the categorical imperatives of Asian American Art. Currently, she is working on a new book project focused on exhibition-making, immigration, and terrorism—as well as an exhibition on radical self-care with her…

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Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup

May 13 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, VT 05602 United States
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Free

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup is a free activity for families to gather, learn, and play at North Branch Nature Center. Guided by the idea that children need to spend ample time outdoors, we offer a community experience in the world of nature and will model ways the natural environment can be used as a tool for learning and play. Engaging with nature’s seasonal offerings stimulates curiosity and a sense of wonder while fostering self-confidence and empathy for all living things.…

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All-Comers Virtually Slow Jam

May 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoom event, Internet
Free

The All-Comers Jam is a free, all-ages-and-levels-welcome, New England contra/square dance repertoire music session in a democratic, sit-in style. We go around the circle in Zoom to allow each person to start a tune/small set or pass on their turn and all folks are welcome to play and work on picking up each tune by ear or sheet music. People bring fiddles, mandolins, cellos, guitars, ukuleles, banjos, flutes, accordions, harmonicas, recorders, concertinas, voice, and percussion. The tunes include the genres…

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Friday Morning Bird Walks

May 14 @ 7:00 am - 8:30 am
Adamant Co-Op, 1313 Haggett Road
Adamant, 05640
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$10

Weekly trips to birding hot spots around Central Vermont searching for spring migrants like warblers, vireos, thrushes, and waterfowl. Led by NBNC staff. COVID-19: Masks will be required when 6′ distance cannot be maintained, per state guidelines. Participants will complete a health screening upon arrival. Free for members. $10 non-members. No registration required. Locations subject to change. April 30 – North Branch Nature Center May 7 – Hubbard Park, Montpelier (Meet at the “New Shelter”) May 14 – Sodom Pond (Meet outside the Adamant Co-op. Parking…

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