VT Specialty Food Day, Sat., March 18, food samples, includes beer, cider, spirits tasting. Sugarbush.
Sugaring Time Festival, Sugarbush, Sat., & Sun., March 18 & 19, Maple-inspired food/drinks. Maple Syrup Scavenger Hunt, 8 am-4 pm, nips hidden on the mountain, prize drawing.
Waitsfield Winter Farmers’ Market, Sundays, 11 am-3 pm, Masonic Lodge (across from Joslin Library).
Hartshorn’s Maple Festival, March 25 & 26, sap boiling, tastings, maple treats, local food/beverage vendors: Mad River Distillers, Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Tonewood Maple, pizza. Hartshorn Farm, Route 100, Waitsfield.
Disco party, fundraiser for Prevent Child Abuse VT, Fri., March 17, 7 pm, Chez Henri, prize for best leprechaun. Tickets at the door, $50.
Red Cross Blood Drive, Fri., March 24, 10 am-3 pm, American Legion Post, Stowe St., Waterbury. Info: www.redcrossblood.org; Gene Sweetser, 802-879-4838.
Red Cross blood drive, Tues., March 28, 11:30 am-5 pm, Waitsfield Telecom, Route 100. Appointments: www.redcrossblood.org or 1-800-GIVE-LIFE. Walk-ins welcome.
Returnable bottles and cans may be donated to Waitsfield United Church, leave in shed on front lawn of church.
Fun & Games
Chez Henri Cup, Sat., March 18, 10 am, fun ski race, Sugarbush. Followed by awards party, prizes, raffle, fondue at Chez Henri, 3 pm. Register Fri., March 17, 4-7 pm, at Chez Henri, or on race day, 8-9:30 am, Gate House, $40. Proceeds benefit MRV Health Center.
SNAG (starting new at golf), Sat., March 18, 3-5 pm, a fun way to learn the basics, with PGA pro Roger King at Sugarbush Health and Rec Center, $20.
Castlerock Extreme, Sun., March 19, 11 am, Sugarbush. Expert skiers/riders charge the cliffs and drops in competition. www.sugarbush.com/event/castlerock-extreme-challenge-030516/
Sugarbush Mountaineering Race, Sun., March 19, 7:30 am, backcountry terrain, pro course and rec course, spectator friendly. Details, course, registration: www.sugarbush.com/event/moutaineering-race-031917/. $40.
Island Weekend, March 25 & 26, at Sugarbush, reggae music, island food/drinks, beach activities.
Sat., April 1 – Gelandesprung and Mt. Ellen Closing Party, long-distance jumping on the gelande, all ages and abilities, prizes. Sugarbush Mt. Ellen.
Sat., April 8, noon – Pond Skimming, ski/ride across a pool of water, awards/prizes for best costume, style and splash, Sugarbush Lincoln Peak. Register at Castlerock Pub, 8 am, limited to 110 people, $20 cash only.
Duplicate Bridge, Mondays, 12:30 pm, Waitsfield Inn. Info: Alice, 496-7154.
Pickleball, Mondays, 5-7 pm, paddles available, open to all, $6.50, Sugarbush Health and Rec Center, 583-6700.
Dabble Days, Sat., March 18, 10-11:30 am, Thatcher Brook Primary School gym. Stations with various art projects, open to families with kids up to age 6. Free.
MRV Easter Egg Hunt, Sat., April 8, 10 am, Waitsfield Telecom. Refreshments, 9:30 am. All ages. Free. Rain, shine or snow.
Mad River Valley Mini Milers youth running program meets weekly for an hour, April 24-May 22, registration open now: www.runvermont.org/youth/ready-set-run/. $35.
Scouting: Cub Scouts, grades 1-5; Boy Scouts, grades 6-12. http://cubpack798.org. Contact AnnMarie Harmon, 496-5562; Rick Rayfield, 496-2022.
The Children’s Room, weekdays when school is in session, 8 am-4 pm, free drop-in play space, up to age 6 from any town, resource center for parents. Thatcher Brook Primary School, Waterbury. www.childrensroomonline.org/calendar.html. 244-5605.
World Spirit Drum Circle, Thurs., March 16, 6:30 pm, led by Montpelier-based musician and music educator Amy Panetta, all ages and levels, some drums available or bring one. Free. Also April 20. Joslin Library, joslinmemoriallibrary.com, 496-4205.
The Big Bang, presentation with local physicist and astronomer Dan Zucker, Sun., March 19, 4-5:30 pm, Moretown Memorial Library. Free.
Author Jim Tabor, Waitsfield, is guest speaker, Wed., March 22, 6:30 pm, Joslin Memorial Library. Author of Blind Descent and The Deep Zone.
Poet Pamela Heinrich MacPherson, hospice volunteer and end-of-life care advocate, will discuss her book Vigil: The Poetry of Presence, Sat., March 25, 2 pm, Joslin Memorial Library.
Muslim Girls Making Change, a youth-led poetry slam team dedicated to social justice through poetry, Wed., March 29, 6:30 pm, Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield. Free.
Book discussion series, 20th Century U.S. Conflicts: The Rise of a Superpower, Joslin Library, Fri., March 31, 6:30 pm: A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam by Neil Sheehan. Info: Ivan Tabanin, 496-3913.
Cooking with Kids, Sun., April 9, from 3-4:30 pm, Moretown Elementary School. Led by Lisa Mason from Fiddleheads Cuisine, all ages welcome.
A Memoir Writing Workshop, Mon., April 10, 6:30 pm, Joslin Library. Led by Jessica Hendry Nelson, author of If Only You People Could Follow Directions.
Joslin Memorial Library Story Hour, Mondays, 10 am, preschoolers. www.joslinmemoriallibrary.com, 496-4205. Free.
Waterbury Public Library Baby/Toddler Story Time, Mondays, 10 am, up to age 3, stories, songs, playtime. www.waterburypubliclibrary.com, 244-7036. Free.
Moretown Memorial Library Story Hour, Tuesdays, 10:30 am, story, crafts, outdoor exploration. www.moretownvt.org/moretown-library, 496-9728. Free.
Waterbury Public Library Preschool Story Time, Thursdays, 10 am, ages 3-6, stories, songs, crafts. www.waterburypubliclibrary.com, 244-7036. Free.
Cancer support group meets fourth Wed. every month, 6 pm, at MRV Chamber of Commerce, 4061 Main St., Waitsfield.
Gun Owners of VT Washington County meets second Friday of each month, 6 pm, Warren Village fire station. Info: Bill, 496-7627.
Harwood Booster Club meetings, second Mon. of each month, 6:30 pm, Harwood Cafe, new members welcome.
Mad River Valley Rec District meets the third Tues. of each month, 6 pm, Gen. Wait House. Open to all.
Mad River Valley Rotary Club meetings: first Wed. each month, 5:15-6:30 pm, Round Barn, Waitsfield; all other Wednesdays, 7:15-8:30 am, Sugarbush Inn, Warren. All welcome. Info: www.mrvrotary.org.
MRV Republicans meets fourth Wed. of each month, 6 pm, Bongiorno’s Restaurant.
Valley Democrats meets second and fourth Mon. of each month, 5:15 pm, Eastern Systems, Waitsfield. All welcome.
Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, Sun., 7 pm; Tues., 7 pm, at Parish House, Our Lady of the Snows Church/St. Dunstan’s, Waitsfield. Fri., 7 pm, Warren Church. Confirm times: 229-5100. www.aavt.org.
Clint Bierman and the Peter Mays Band, Thurs., March 16, 2:30-5:30 pm, Green Mt. Lounge, Mt. Ellen, free.
Jazz Residency with Bruce Sklar and Jeremy Hill, Thursdays, 7 pm, Big Picture lounge, www.bigpicturetheater.info, 496-8994.
Peter Riley’s Boys, Fri., March 17, 3-6 pm, Castlerock Pub. Free.
Ragged Company, Fri., March 17, 8-10 pm, rock, blues, Americana, and a few Irish tunes, Home Plate restaurant and bar, Mad River Green Shops, Waitsfield.
Zigue, the duo of Claude Methe and Dana Whittle, rootsy originals, archival gems, Fri., March 17, 5-8 pm, and Sat., March 18, 3-6 pm, Timbers Restaurant, Sugarbush. Free.
Live apres-ski music, Sat., March 18, 3-6 pm: Sugar Shack, Castlerock Pub; Jeff Salisbury Band, Wunderbar; Aardvark, Green Mt. Lounge. Sugarbush, free.
Straightjacket Slumber Party, Sat., March 18, 9 pm, Hostel Tevere, Warren.
Pappy and the Pards on Valley Night, Wed., March 22, 7 pm, Big Picture Theater & Cafe.
Seth Yacavone Band and Alex Budney, Thurs., March 23, 2:30-5:30 pm, Green Mt. Lounge, Mt. Ellen, free.
Live apres-ski music, Sat., March 25, 3-6 pm: Dave Keller Band, Castlerock Pub; Jersey Rollers, Wunderbar; Womack’s Friends, Green Mt. Lounge. Sugarbush, free.
Mad Mountain Scramblers, Sat., March 25, 9 pm, Hostel Tevere, Warren.
In Cahoots, Sun., March 26, 4-5 pm, local women’s barbershop quartet, at Moretown United Methodist Church. Admission by donation. Followed by spaghetti supper at parish house, $5.
Guy Burlage Band, Thurs., March 30, 2:30-5:30 pm, Green Mt. Lounge, Mt. Ellen, free.
Free rides, Saturday nights, 6 pm-2 am, till March 25, Mad Bus schedule: http://rideGMT.com. Request pickup: (802) 496-7433. Also daily service through April 2.
Diner Breakfasts, Mondays, 8-10 am, Evergreen Place, open to all, donations support Meals On Wheels.
Bingo, Tues. & Thurs., 10:30-11:30 am, Evergreen Place Senior Center.
Family-Style Lunch, Tues. & Thurs., noon, open to all, discount for age 60-plus. Evergreen Place Senior Center, Waitsfield. Music by Joan Foster or Roger Hussey. After-lunch activities: March 16, Green Auction for St. Patrick's Day. March 21, Celebrate birthdays and Craft Day. Reserve lunch: Walt, 496-2543.
Move! Tuesdays, 1 pm. Fun, varied group exercise with SASH coordinator Kenneth Russell, Evergreen Place.
Knitting Circle, Fridays, 10:30 am, Shades of Winter yarn shop, Waitsfield.
Meals On Wheels, home-delivered meals, call 496-2543.
Meet the Artist reception, Travels exhibit by photography Bonnie Barnes, Sun., March 19, 5-7 pm, at Festival Gallery, Village Sq., Waitsfield, free.
Sip ’n’ Paint, Fri., April 14, 6:30-8:30 pm, Valley Arts members, $30; nonmembers, $40. BYO sip. Festival Gallery, Waitsfield. Register: valleyartsvt.com/events. 496-6682. Offered on the second Friday of each month.
Butterfly Effect – Watercolors and collages by Amy Ross, exhibit at Walker Contemporary, Bridge St., Waitsfield. www.walkercontemporary.com.
Mad Quilters, all abilities welcome, meets second Tuesday of each month, 6:30 pm, Harwood Union High School. 496-2035.
Helping Hand Knitting sessions start Mon., March 20, 10:30-11:30 am, or Sat., March 25, 11 am-noon. Shades of Winter Yarn Shop, Waitsfield, 496-3221, $10.
Free tax preparation assistance, now through April 12, Evergreen Place, Waitsfield. Tuesdays, walk-ins welcome, 1-4:30 pm; Wednesdays by appointment, 5-8 pm. Appointment/info: Sarah, 496-9600.
Cooking classes, The Store, Waitsfield, $60 each: Spices of Morocco, March 16, 6-8 pm. French Bistro, March 17, 6-8 pm. Fresh Pasta, March 18, noon-3 pm. Thai, March 23, 6-8 pm. Gnocchi, March 25, 5-8 pm. Meatloaf, March 30, 6-8 pm. www.kitchenatthestore.com, 496-4465.