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From the Kids VT Staff...........................................4 See and Say ......................................................................5 Birthday Club..................................................................39 Kids VT Scrapbook .....................................................42 Use Your Words: Essay ..........................................43

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ON THE WEB Last month multimedia producer Eva Sollberger visited Farm & Wilderness in Plymouth to film the summer camp’s annual Ice Harvest for her web video series, “Stuck in Vermont.” Dozens of volunteers helped stock the icehouse at F&W’s off-the-grid camp, Flying Cloud. Watch the video at

HANDS-ON Crafting with Kids .......................................................37 The Party Planner: Snow Suits ......................38 Puzzle Page ......................................................................40


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Happy Campers iT mighT seem counTerinTuiTiVe to celebrate camp while there’s still snow on the ground, but if you’re a parent planning to sign up your children for a summer session, now’s the time to do it. Here at Kids VT, we’ve been thinking about summer camp all winter. Last month, we held our 14th annual Camp & School Fair at the Hilton Burlington, where we met and talked with hundreds of parents, kids and Cathy at Camp Sequoia, 1986 camp staffers. We’re thankful to everyone who participated. Many of us who went to camp have fond memories of our time there. Plenty of us wish we could go back! In this issue, Paula Routly interviews six Vermonters who describe the powerful impact that sleepaway camp had on their lives (page 18). And it’s not just campers who get to have new experiences — in this month’s “Use Your Words,” mom Theresa Soares describes what her entire family discovered when her disabled son attended the Double H Ranch in the Adirondacks last summer (page 43). If you’re ready to find a camp for your son or daughter, our camp guide (page 20) offers dozens of choices. Look for comprehensive Vermont camp listings online, too, at the newly redesigned Still in winter mode? Check out Kate Laddison’s report on the favorable skating conditions at Milton’s Ice Barn (page 9), and Aimee Picchi’s story (page 15) about a new cross-country-skiing program that’s helping some kids get on skis for the first time.

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I still sing the songs I learned at camp Bernadette in the late ’60s. It’s where I first rode a horse, water skied, acted on stage and hit a bull’seye in archery. and we attended catholic mass at 7 a.m. every day — now, that’ll build your character! Judy beaulac, marKeTing and eVenTs direcTor

I learned to swim, canoe, waterski, snorkel, tie-dye, do macramé, play tennis, throw a clay pot and run from girls — until I was old enough to let them catch me — at summer camp. By far, the best months of my childhood were spent at camp. Ken picard, conTribuTing wriTer

My cheering camp experience was intense! No campfires, no marshmallows — just 100 teen girls (and a few boys) doing our darnedest to win the almighty spirit stick. It was ridiculous fun! and we always drove home at the end of the week exhausted, sunburned and smiling, spirit stick in hand. brooKe bousqueT, designer





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Please keep sharing your responses to our efforts — over email, Facebook, Twitter or through the mail. Or pick up the phone and give us a call. We want to hear from you! I took a few minutes to look through your new magazine — looks great. I can’t say that I remember the old format, so I can’t compare old and new. The layout looks fresh and clean, with rich colors, and the paper is nice and sturdy. I loved the book review (natch!) under “Eat. Learn. Play.” Also enjoyed the “Go Ask Dad” comments, since we just introduced an enormously popular Star Wars Club here at Brownell. MARY GRAF, YOUTH SERVICES LIBRARIAN, BROWNELL LIBRARY, ESSEX

Read the new issue tonight in our pediatrician’s office — love the new layout and new content! I hadn’t read KidsVT in a long time. Keep up the great work! JENNIFER REISE SAVAGE, ST. ALBANS


We had fun making the Valentine boxes — thanks for the good idea! I made these when I was little but would never have remembered. We did it a little differently than described in the article, using paper and stickers instead. DANIELA TAYLOR MICHAELS,


I liked many things about your new look, but I really wanted to share what I didn’t. The calendar pages are one of the reasons I pick up your publication. With your new design, the split pages in the calendar section made it very difficult to follow the calendar. I don’t mind the subcategories, like storytime, exhibits and activities, but if you could at least put recurring events on one page by themselves, and all the other events together on their own page, that would be a lot easier to read. The split page made me so much more frustrated, and I really wish it was like it was before. Thank you for your consideration. SYLVIE HENLEY, MONKTON


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Enjoy kids’ smartphones and modern technology [“What Can iLearn” February 2011], but remember they will never be a substitute for the classic bedtime story. Cuddling with a good book must not be neglected. What is good reading? I wish every parent collected most of the books on the Caldecott Medal list from 1938 to now. These books portray a thoughtful dimension to history and our world today. They inspire discussion and give children a basis on which to hook new learning. Children ask for these books to be read over and over again. The illustrations lead us into “art” and away from the constant TV cartoons. Winter is an excuse to read more, and the Caldecott list gives the material.

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It’s not just adults getting into the Zumba fitness trend — classes for kids are popping up all over, too. In fact, chances are there’s a ZUMBATOMIC class near you where your offspring can shake and shimmy through 30 minutes of Latin rhythms. Sessions involve warm-ups and breakdowns of commonly used and dance-inspired games. It’s fun, and participants say it works. Kelley Cross teaches a class at Rutland’s Ultimate Workout studio and has lost 200 pounds with the help of Zumba workouts. It’s also been good for her daughter, 9-year-old Alexis, who has primary cilary dyskinesia, a lung disorder requiring regular exercise to open airways and strengthen respiratory muscles. Cross, a Zumbatomic certified instructor, offers classes at hospitals where she and Alexis go for treatment, and said kids of all ages enjoy Zumbatomic. In fact, she’s currently got as many as 30 movers and groovers in each class, both girls and boys. — K.L.

Take a successful community meals program, mix in some youthful energy, and you get a new dish on the menu at Barre’s Local Agricultural Community Exchange (LACE). Kids can now participate in the communityconnecting culinary action with LACE’s five-week cooking class. In addition to learning food prep and meal planning, participants see, firsthand, the connections to the farms and fields that feed them. Kids will discover that “food is a celebration,” said AmeriCorps State member Anna Weisberg who organized the effort. Students will visit a farm, plant seeds and plan the menu for the March 23 weekly Wednesday Open Table community meal offered at LACE on North Main Street in Barre. — K.L.

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Can’t bear parting with your kids’ super-soft baby blankets or favorite outfits? Textile artist Kelly Johnston can transform them into patchwork quilts, giving you a tactile reminder of those early, sleep-deprived days that you can barely remember anyway. Johnston is a native Vermonter who returned to raise her kids here after 15 years on the West Coast. Her approach is family friendly; she uses organic batting and natural yarns. Best of all, her blankets are washable. Johnston also recently expanded her line to include “recycled chic” handbags and yoga totes. Check out her handiwork at the Bobbin Sew Bar + Craft Lounge in Burlington as well as at Arabesque in Shelburne. — K.L.

When you file your state taxes this year, the Vermont Children’s Trust Foundation hopes you’ll add a few dollars to line 29B. That’s the line item for the Children’s Trust Fund, a pool of money managed by the nonprofit VCTF. The fund supports community-based prevention efforts, including after-school, literacy and mentoring programs. Vermont organizations receive roughly $450,000 each year — about $75,000 of which comes from the tax checkoff. A note on the VCTF website urges Vermonters to give at least a dollar this way. “If we reach our goal, we will quadruple the amount given in previous years through the tax checkoff,” reads the VCTF’s site. That would enable the fund “to make grants to at least 15 more programs than we were able to help last year.” C’mon, what’s an extra dollar compared with all that cash you’re already dropping on property taxes? — C.R.

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Seed Money The Friends of Burlington Gardens hopes to plant seeds of success for young growers this spring. The nonprofit has announced a round of 40 mini-grants aimed at growing the relationship between schools and gardeners. The $1000 awards will be given to school-community garden partnerships. Eligible gardens must be affiliated with a public school, located on publicly owned land and significant in size. Funding comes from a federal grant Jenn McGowan, program director for Friends of Burlington Gardens, works secured by the Vermont Community with Sustainability Academy students in the school’s community garden. Foundation and Friends of Burlington Gardens, SCHOOL-COMMUNITY GARDEN with support from Sen. Bernie Sanders. “Schools are the center of community,” says MINI-GRANTS: Deadline to apply, FBG executive director Jim Flint, so school-community gardens are a natural fit, March 15. Find application details offering lessons in botany, ecology, weather, wildlife and nutrition. March 15 is the at deadline to apply; winners will be announced in April. — K.L. k16t-zacharys0211.pdf



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KVT: Kids can get serious sunburns in winter? LF: Yes. One blistering sunburn, on a ski slope on a child’s sensitive skin, will likely double their chances of getting skin cancer as an adult. The good news is, the use of sunscreen with a good sun protection factor can reduce that damage and the risk of skin cancer by 80 percent. Given how much the sun reflects off the snow, you need to use a sun protection factor of at least 15, and some would argue 30 or greater. And it needs to be applied at least 30 minutes before a child goes outside so it can have some effect, and then be reapplied at least every two hours. KVT: How do you treat a child with sunburn? LF: The best thing to do for sunburn or windburn is ease any discomfort with acetaminophen and cold compresses. And aloe vera lotion is ideal for taking the sting out of a burn and helping to reduce the inflammation. But it’s much easier to prevent a burn from the sun and wind than it is to treat it.

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KVT: What about dry skin? LF: In some children it can go on to become a condition called eczema, which inflames the surface lining of the skin cells themselves. If someone is predisposed to having skin cells inflamed, the dryness in our environment air can certainly cause the inflamation to flare up and make the skin feel raw and dry. KVT: if children’s skin problems go unaddressed, can they become bigger problems later on? LF: They might. Skin that becomes chronically irritated and inflamed can scar. In addition, when you inflame the skin you open it up and make the skin more susceptible to infection. KVT: Any changes in the home that you can recommend? LF: Dry air sucks moisture out of the skin. There are, therefore, several different ways to prevent that from happening. The name of the game is to try to keep the moisture inside the skin or provide more moisture to the skin. So, using a humidifier in the home is certainly a great way to provide added moisture. The other is through the use of a good moisturizer, which helps keep moisture from evaporating off the skin. KVT: should Got questions parents change for Dr. First? their child’s Send them to bathing habits? LF: Children shouldn’t take long baths but should take a bath long enough to keep themselves clean. After kids are done bathing, it’s a great idea in the winter for parents to apply a safe and healthy moisturizer. Actually, bathing in lukewarm water is better than bathing in hot water, because hot water tends to further dry out the skin.

KVT: What chemicals in skin products should parents avoid? LF: There are chemicals in many skin-care products that, according to some studies, can lead to problems in laboratory animals, such as an increased risk of cancer or reproductive problems in those animals. These lab findings haven’t been proven to cause similar outcomes in children or in adults, one reason being the doses of these chemicals in the products we buy are incredibly small, and used much less frequently than what an animal is being exposed to in a laboratory study. But I still think it’s a very good idea to talk to your pharmacist, to the health-food store, or even the department store you purchase these products from, to get a sense of what type of chemicals are used and whether there are any side effects or safety issues worth knowing about. You can also go online and understand whether they’re safe for your child. KVT: What should parents look for in skin-care products? LF: Most moisturizers that are avilable for kids are very simple. The best ones are those that simply contain vitamin E, and aloe extract, which calms the inflammation and soothes the skin. If you use petrolatum or mineral oil, the good news is they can trap moisture in the skin. But oftentimes they can overtrap whatever is in the skin and prevent certain toxins from getting out, so they stay circulating in the body and skin longer. The name of the game is, keep your moisturizing routine simple. KVT: What warning signs should parents watch for in the cold? LF: If you see your kids starting to shiver, if they’re feeling dizzy or weak in the cold, if they can’t feel their fingers, toes, cheeks, ears or nose, then it’s time to come in and warm up. That not only protects the skin, but it protects them from the effects of cold on other organs in the body. K — Ken Picard Ken Picard is a staff writer at Seven days.


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The Hula-Hooping fad of the ’50s has returned as a fitness phenomenon called hoop dancing. The latest permutation involves weighted hoops and movement to music. It’s a little more like dancing than playground play, but one thing isn’t new: It’s still fun. To get started, you’ll need a hoop that fits. Kids’ hoops are easy to come by, but don’t try to use one yourself. Adult hoops are 38 to 42 inches in diameter and heavier than hoops you might remember using as a child. Stood on edge, the hoop should at least reach your belly button. Find a good, weighted hoop for your You will need: kids, as well. A Hula Hoop, $25 The extra to $35, or make heft makes it one yourself easier to keep from PVC pipe. up and adds to Find instructions the exercise. online. Place the hoop against Music — optional the small of but enjoyable. your back and stand with one leg slightly in front of the other. “Wind up” the hoop by turning your torso — and the hoop — in one direction and then swinging the hoop in the opposite direction around your body. You’ll probably find that you’re either a “lefty” or “righty” hooper, so moving the hoop in one direction may feel more natural. Try both directions to see which is easier. 
Once you give the hoop a swing, shift your weight front to back. This uses the body’s core muscles — abs, back and pelvis — and you don’t need to be a belly dancer or salsa maven to get it done. Try it with your kids, and everyone will be laughing before you know it, adding to your core work. It’s a great opportunity to experience together the ups and downs (and arounds and arounds) of learning a new physical skill. K

Push, glide. Push, wobble. Push, glide. Push, wobble. Whoa, this ice-skating thing is harder than I remember. That’s what was going through my mind on a recent weekday visit to the Ice Barn in Milton. My husband, Kevin, and I brought our 3-year-old son, Oliver, to Milton’s family-oriented recreation center for his ice-rink debut. We rented skates, strapped on Oliver’s helmet and grabbed a stack of milk crates from the Ice Barn’s supply to help him steady himself as he got started. When Oliver tried it for the first time, he slipped, slid and fell. He got up, fell again, got up again, then finally managed to stand still behind his milk crates. “I can not ice skate,” he said emphatically.

No, bud, you can’t ice skate right Where to park: The Ice Barn out of the womb. has plenty of parking in front Although, now that and alongside the building . I think about it, some kids do seem Ages: All ages; smallestto have an inborn size skate is a child’s 8. affinity for hockey, especially if they THE ICE BARN: 384 Route 7, hail from the frozen Milton, 893-4237, North. However, skating HOURS: Public skating daily, 11 takes practice, and a.m.-2 p.m.; additional hours the effort is worth Saturdays and Sundays, 5-7 p.m. it. Watching kids glide around graceCOST: $6 admission (under 3 fully is amazing, free); $2 skate rental. and if you’ve ever smelled a mite’s LEARN TO SKATE PROGRAM: gear, you know they Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m.; get sweaty. Saturdays, 10-11 a.m. $75 for If you haven’t four-to-six-week session. tried skating, or if your kids are new to the ice, try taking a lesson. The Ice Barn offers a Learn to Skate program — a four-tosix-week session for kids as young as 3 that teaches the fundamentals. Or you can visit the Ice Barn during one of its daily public-skating periods. Your kids won’t get instruction, but they’ll see others having a good time. When we skated, I needed to help support Oliver to prevent any high-speed crashes. This ensured that I warmed up my hamstrings and glutes, as I was essentially crouching behind him in a semi-squat the entire time. My legs didn’t enjoy it as much as Oliver did. He was amazed at how fast we slid along and how quickly we could turn. Little does he know I’m more Raggedy Ann on skates than Kristi Yamaguchi. Of course, once you master the basics, skating opens a world of activity possibilities for families. Everywhere you turn in the winter you’ll find pond-hockey tournaments and lake-skating events. The Ice Barn also offers broomball, curling, lacrosse on ice, figure-skating programs and pickup hockey. You can skate there during the summer, too. If you go, be sure to dress warmly, and don’t skip the ski pants. When you’re done skating, check out the pool tables and arcade games in the large, heated lobby, or visit the snack bar for a cup of cocoa. It’s a comfortable spot to sit with younger kids and relax between sessions on the ice. K

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IT’S STILL WINTER — a time for warm, hearty comfort food. Pasta was a favorite of just about every child who dined in my restaurant, so I always tried to have at least one kid-friendly pasta dish on hand. Even plain noodles with freshly grated Parmesan cheese were popular with young diners who might not be interested in wheat berries or quinoa. But this recipe is much more nutritious than plain noodles, and it tastes great. Plus, you don’t have to cook the pasta separately; you make everything in one large pan, so cleaning up is a snap. ONE-PAN PASTA AND SAUSAGE

This is the basic recipe, but use it as a starting point. Vary the meat and pasta to make an assortment of different dinners. Kids seem to like rotini because it’s a funny shape, but if they have a favorite, by all means use that. I know that cream is a no-no for many of us, but it only takes a few tablespoons to turn this family-style dish into a restaurant-quality entrée you could easily serve for a get-together.

1 pound Italian sausage, hot or mild, casings removed, cut in 1-inch pieces 2 cloves garlic, minced 8 ounces of rotini pasta ½ of a 35-ounce can crushed tomatoes 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning, or 1½ teaspoons each dried basil and oregano ½ teaspoon salt pinch of sugar ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper pinch of crushed red pepper flakes, optional ¼ cup dry red wine, optional 1¾-2 cups water 3 tablespoons tomato paste 2-3 tablespoons heavy cream, optional (do not use half-and-half; it can curdle)


0:18 Serve this with a salad of your choice and some whole-grain bread or rolls. If you don’t eat meat, you can use a good vegetarian sausage, or even tofu cubes. If you do eat meat, raw chicken breast cut into cubes is another good option, or browned meatballs.

You can add wine and 1. Coat a 12-inch heavy pan with nonstick cream to the sauce if spray. Brown the sausage, then add the you like, but neither garlic and cook another minute. If there is is necessary. too much oil in the pan, use a paper towel to absorb it and discard. 2. Add the pasta to the pan and pour in the crushed tomatoes. Add the dried herbs to the pan, crushing them in your hands as you do. Add the salt, sugar and peppers, and add the wine if using. Add the water and tomato paste. Give it all a stir to get the pasta into the sauce. 3. Cover tightly and cook on a low simmer, stirring occasionally, about 18 minutes, until the pasta is cooked through. 4. When the pasta is done, stir in the cream, if using. If the dish isn’t “saucy” enough, add a little more water until it’s right for you. 


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I ordered the barbecued ribs with mashed potatoes and coleslaw ($10.99). The ribs were thick, meaty and delicious. Since Rozzi’s is only a short walk from the Malletts Bay boat ramp, the staff is prepared for patrons who show up with children. Aside from the ample supply of high chairs, the dining room is also stocked with games, coloring books, TV sets and stuffed animals to keep the tots occupied until their curly fries arrive. In warmer weather, there are yard games to play outside, in an area roped off from the parking lot. One notable drawback for anyone dining with diaperclad young’uns: Rozzi’s restrooms are tiny and not equipped with changing stations. It is a bar, though, so naturally there’s a pool table... K

An EsTAblishmEnT wiTh ThE word “TAVErn” in its name doesn’t immediately conjure up images of kid-friendly dining. Though bars tend to be more understanding than restaurants about loud voices, spilled beverages and food that ends up on the floor, concerns about boisterous and intoxicated patrons often keep parents from bringing their children to a place with neon beer signs in the front window. My wife, Stacy, and I initially had some reservations about bringing Manya, our toddler, into Rozzi’s Lakeshore Tavern & Restaurant. The popular neighborhood bar is just minutes from our house in Malletts Bay. To our pleasant surprise, however, Rozzi’s proved to be much more child friendly than we expected, and has since become a regular spot for us to grab lunch or dinner. Located at the T intersection of West Lakeshore Drive and Prim Road, Rozzi’s is first and foremost a burgerlover’s paradise. With 30 different varieties on the menu, most children and adults can find something to satisfy their palate. Among the odder choices: the Escargot Burger, KEn PicArd topped with provolone cheese and snails; the Goober Burger, topped with peanut butter, mayonnaise and pickles; and the Elvis Burger, made with peanut butter and fried bananas. During our recent visit, Stacy had the Flower Power II with sweetpotato fries ($7.99), one of two veggie-burger options on the menu, which she definitely enjoyed. For the younger nibblers, the kids menu offers the expected fare, such as chicken tenders, mozzarella sticks, hot dogs, corn dogs and PB&J sandwiches. The 11 kids menu items range from $3.99 to $5.99 and are served with French fries — though healthier substitutions, such as slaw, sweet-potato fries, mashed potatoes with gravy or steamed vegetables, are also available. There’s also a kids brunch menu, which features omelettes, pancakes, French toast, and sausage and gravy. On our last visit, Manya had the fried mac-’n’-cheese wedges ($5.99). Despite her hearty appetite (and predatory nibbling by others at the table), she still had plenty of food left over for the following day’s lunch. For the adult eaters, Rozzi’s menu has lots of non-barfood items to choose from. They include prime rib, chicken Cordon Bleu, broiled sea scallops and fried, whole-belly clams. All are reasonably priced and tasty. On our last visit,

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At some point, a level of appropriateness gets crossed, and the best thing to do is to take action with the kid. If the other dad is present, you could act like you don’t know it’s his kid, even though he could be sitting right there. You could shame him into action. Sometimes you’re testing the waters of what’s OK. Somebody has to step forward and say, “This is not OK.” Then the other parent has the option of stepping in and taking responsibility or not. It’s very rare that anyone is going to respond well to being told his kid is being a jerk. The extension of this is, what do you do when you see that parent, that father, being abusive or planting some permanent negative neural pathways in that kid? Again, I would be more inclined to say something kind to the child. The parents see that.


If you’re the only parent in the room, then it would seem that the onus falls on you to curb the behavior until you can corral your child. If the kid is being a jerk and the parent is a witness, then really it’s the parent who’s being a jerk for not dealing with the situation. Options for what to say are as follows: dad is a good friend — “Dude, can I get you a beer while you deal with your kid?” Dad is a good friend who is having a bad day — “Dude, go get me a beer while I teach your kid how to [behave properly].” Dad is an acquaintance — “Time to leave.” I have also found that fireworks, water balloons and being able to burp the alphabet can be major game changers. So parents should always be packing. If the child is over 12, chances are it is you who is being the jerk for trying to hang with him or her.


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THE SIGHT OF SKIS lying on fresh powder acts like a magnet for the 10 elementary school students who climb out of a minivan at the Burlington Country Club on a sunny February afternoon. The children — who have arrived at their weekly cross-country, or Nordic, ski lessons — don’t waste a second getting their gear on. “It’s my favorite thing!” declares Dependra, a student at the Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes in Burlington. He moved to Vermont from Nepal about a year ago with his family. Smiling, Dependra plops himself down in the snowy parking lot and immediately sets to work (with some adult help) lacing his ski boots. All the kids are eager. The sun is shining on several inches of fresh powder, and today’s lesson will teach them how to handle hills. While the sight of kids skiing isn’t remarkable in Vermont, these skiers are newcomers to the sport. Their outing has been made possible by the Catamount Trail Association’s Ski Cubs program. In its inaugural year, Ski Cubs is reaching out to children of recent immigrants and others who have never had access to crosscountry trails or downhill slopes. The CTA, a nonprofit with the mission of maintaining the public-access ski trail that runs the length of Vermont, has now become the go-to ski resource for 40 kids. Some are American-born children; other youngsters resettled here from countries such as Ethiopia, Nepal and Kenya. Their teacher is Emily Wheeler, a 2007 Middlebury College graduate

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Wheeler recruited Burlington kids from Barnes, Hunt Middle School, the Northgate Apartments’ after-school program and the Boys & Girls Clubs in both Burlington and Winooski to ski on weekday afternoons. How did she convince kids to sign up for Ski Cubs? Wheeler says she toted her skis to the schools and played the kids a YouTube video about an Ethiopian cross-country skier, which she said demonstrated that anyone, anywhere, could take up skiing. But Vermont isn’t just anywhere. Burlington receives an annual average of 80 inches of snow, making it the 20th snowiest location in the U.S., according to statistics compiled by the National Climatic Data Center. Taking up a snow sport might be considered an essential skill here. After all, Vermont children who don’t have the clothing, ability or gear to take up a snow sport can find physical-fitness options limited during the long winter months. Kathy Olwell, the after-school coordinator for Hunt Middle School, says the school first reached out to English-language learners for that reason. Her hope is that the Ski Cubs program will open doors for the students, many of whom “have come from Africa and Asia, where it isn’t real cold. They don’t want to go out in it because it’s so unknown to them,” she says. “They don’t know that, with correct clothing, you can go out in the snow and get warm. For them to know they can do it is so important.” Fredericks and Wheeler say Ski Cubs is about more than just getting POWDER DREAMS, P. 17 »

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The economic realities of the different snow sports may be one reason behind the increased interest in Nordic skiing. A child can be completely equipped with cross-country gear for about $200, compared with twice that for Alpine skiing. And Nordic skiing is available at no cost at many spots (such as in Burlington’s Intervale), while cross-country ski passes at resorts can cost less than half of an Alpine pass. It might be tough to fight the thrill-seeking nature of kids, notes Jim Fredericks, the executive director of the Catamount Trail Association. But, he adds, after Alpine skiing as a kid, he tried cross-country in college and found Nordic racing had thrills of its own. “When you’re on skinny skis going 40 miles per hour,” Fredericks notes, “it’s extremely exciting.” — A.P.


and wanting to emulate them, as well as parents being skiers and riders and wanting their children to learn the same skills. That’s backed by data from SnowSports Industries America (SIA), the trade association for winter sports such as snowboarding and Alpine and Nordic skiing. A recent study from the group found that 293,000 American youths tried cross-country skiing in 2009. By comparison, more than 3.5 million children either Alpine skied or snowboarded during the same year. The study counted any child who engaged in the sport more than twice in the calendar year. But that trend might be changing, according to SIA. The number of kids skiing and snowboarding declined 28 percent and 24 percent, respectively, in 2009, while Nordic skiing saw a 66 percent jump in children trying the sport, the study found.


Visiting the Alpine and Nordic ski areas at Bolton Valley offers a tale of two lodges. The Alpine lodge, parked up the hill from the Nordic center, is packed every weekend with parents and kids clomping around in heavy ski boots. At lunchtime, it’s a challenge to find a spot to sit down. Meanwhile, the Nordic center nearly always has a calm vibe and space at its tables to sit down and relax after a cross-country ski. The ratio at Bolton of children taking Nordic ski lessons to kids learning Alpine skiing and snowboarding is “1 to 100, easily,” notes Ed Gill, director of skiing and riding. “That’s without exaggeration.” Why is that? Gill said it’s likely a combination of children seeing flashy snowboard tricks on television or on the slopes

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day, which points to the need for programs such as Ski Cubs, she suggests. “If we can get them on skis, to look at the trees, to look at animal tracks, and maybe on the Catamount Trail they see moose tracks, it could be something they’ll talk about for years to come,” Fredericks adds. But it’s unclear whether more children will be able to take advantage of the program next winter. The CTA is dependent on AmeriCorps for a coordinator to run the program, and funding for AmeriCorps is uncertain, Fredericks says.

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Whether or not the program continues beyond 2011, the CTA is arming kids with the information and skills they’ll need to ski without Ski Cubs’ support. Fredericks says the CTA will end the season by telling the children how to find inexpensive gear at ski swaps. Wheeler notes the students will take away the knowledge that skiing is available almost anywhere there’s snow. She’s taking them to several no-fee Nordic skiing spots favored by Burlington-area residents: the Intervale, Red Rocks and the Burlington Country Club. “Low-income kids don’t get to enjoy so many of the things that a middle-class family does in Vermont, and skiing is one of those things,” notes Spectrum’s Redmond. “It’s an esteem builder. It’s more than a fun day.” 

executive director of Spectrum Youth & Family Services. While Spectrum isn’t part of the Ski Cubs, it participated for several years in Burton Snowboard’s Chill program, which aims to instruct underserved kids in that sport. “One of the big challenges is expanding their horizons, especially to get those kids out and seeing there is a whole other world,” Redmond notes. Such programs may “spur them on to say, ‘This is why you go to school every day, this is why you don’t drop out,’” he says. “Part of our work is trying to set kids’ sights higher.” Wheeler says she did a quick survey when the children joined Ski Cubs, asking them questions about their skiing history and TV-viewing habits. A number of them said they watch more than five hours of television per

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impossible to describe to friends back home. The further you get from the campfire, it seems, the better it looks. 

“It feels more natural to be there than anywhere else on the planet.” BRUCE MACDONALD Bruce MacDonald, far left, with his father, Russ, and brothers Kevin and Andrew

show up at camp. And then there are kids who, you know, their fathers are former presidents of Walt Disney. Mike Eisner, former CEO of Disney, was one of my dad’s buddies. Eisner wrote a book called Camp. It’s kind of a breezy read, but it is an overview of the Keewaydin experience. His son, Breck Eisner, was in my tent. John McPhee, the writer, is an old Keewaydin man. Life is supposed to work that way. The camp motto is: Help the other guy. What does that mean? Kids spend weeks trying to get up the courage to do their 150-yard swim; you have to pass the test before you can go out in a canoe. Imagine 20 boys on the shore, just shouting and cheering, and when the kid finally makes it, they’re on the dock jumping up and down. That’s what Keewaydin is all about: having some sort of connection with other humans that is not competitive. It’s not “My s**t’s cooler than your s**t.” It’s all about, “What can I do for you?” If you expand that out, the world would be a better place. If everybody went to Keewaydin, there wouldn’t be an Enron. Instead of invading Iraq, we’d have gone over there and said, “You guys are hurting. What can we do to help?” Just so you know: That is like 0.0001 percent of everything I have to say about camp.


Kerin Stackpole

Shelburne Lawyer, Bergeron, Paradis & Fitzpatrick Kid: Clare, 5 Camp Marycrest, Grand Isle, Vt. Camper: 1970-77 Burlington’s Sisters of Mercy operated Camp Marycrest from 1957 until 1992 in a former hotel that is now the Grand Isle Lake House. The camp went out of business, according to Stackpole, because the nuns could not afford to bring it into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The building is now owned by Preservation Vermont. MARYCREST WAS A CATHOLIC

girls camp. What the sisters did — because it was part of their ministry — was they mixed girls who had money with girls who were there on scholarship, girls who had families intact with girls who had families in crisis. To the extent Vermont had diversity,

it was there. I learned to be grateful for the blessings I have and to be more compassionate in my dealings with others. We weren’t in cabins. They were really lovely little rooms, with names on the doors like Lady of Fatima and Mother of Mercy. In fact we had a huge rivalry with Camp Hochelaga, which was a very popular girls camp at the same time. They would call us unflattering names because we basically got to live in an old, beautiful hotel, with screens. They were in cabins. They got eaten by a lot more mosquitoes than we did. A typical day went like this. We were woken up by reveille, over a loudspeaker. We went downstairs into the beautiful lobby and sang a prayer that I still know and have now taught to my daughter.

Then we went down to mass. It was usually half an hour, 45 minutes, not the full, huge one. Then you came up for breakfast, did morning chores and started activities. We did arts and crafts, drama, games, maybe some tennis or archery. After lunch, there was a quiet hour, at which time your mail was delivered. They also had a little gift shop, where you could get a rosary or a little Bible, all kinds of good stuff. Afternoon sports were the more physical things. We had sailing. We had canoeing. We had waterskiing. We had swimming, softball, dance, volleyball. Literally everything you could think of — except horseback riding. Sister Ursula was an amazing archer. She did a lot of the sports. Sister Alma taught all the arts and crafts, from beads and copper work to ceramics. They had a kiln. Then you’d have dinner, and evening program. It could be something theatrical, or we’d make up songs. We had campfires at night, too. I learned every anti-war song, every Peter, Paul & Mary and Pete Seeger song that you can imagine, because the sisters’ mission is social justice. They infused us with

that around the campfire. You learn to be kind to other people. You learn about loyalty and friendship. Not to say my bra never went up the flagpole, because it did. Not to say people weren’t unkind to each other, because they were. And there was one year I did not get what was called the “Good Camper” award. Devastating, but I got past it. Fast-forward 30 years: Last year, over 100 women from four different countries, of all ages, gathered in Burlington for a reunion. A bunch of the sisters also came. We got a songbook from the camp and then all went over to Mater Christi for dinner. It was a riot. We had a sing-along at dinner. People were just so glad to see each other, and a bunch of us are still in touch. There’s a group on Facebook called “I went to Camp Marycrest” with 166 members. To be as close as I am with these folks so many years later really tells you that it was a transformative experience for all of us. It really did allow you to kind of come of age.

Melanie Bilodeau-Meek

Essex Junction Teacher, Albert D. Lawson Intermediate School Kids: Alex, 7; Tommy, 3 Coutts-Moriarty Camps, Derby, Vt. Camper: 1981-95 Bilodeau-Meek was all of 8 years old when her parents — both of whom worked at IBM — shipped her from her home in South Hero to sleepaway camp. She returned to Coutts-Moriarity every summer for 14 years, until, at 22, she met her future husband there. THERE WAS DEFINITELY a little

Camp Ahmek, Taylor Statten Camps, Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada Camper: 1987-92 Three generations of Obers attended Camp Ahmek on Canoe Lake in northern Ontario — a 14-hour drive from Ryan’s childhood home in New Jersey. CAMP WAS REALLY FOCUSED

At the end of each session, all the campers would participate in this huge fire ceremony. Whoever was the director of the camp would dress up like Hiawatha. The entire camp would go to a place up in the woods and form a huge circle around a fire pit, at dusk. When I look back on it now, it was so elaborate and awesome. There were four girls who rode up on horses, and their faces were painted. It was your chance to see the girl you were “kind of dating” across the lake … Having the genders separated was a great thing. ENDLESS SUMMER ... CAMP P. 20 »


on Native American things … with traditional canoe tripping at the center of it. The “senior” campers did these “brave” contests — as in Indian brave. The water-boiling contest is what I was really excited about. You’d spend all month looking for a piece of pitch pine or some other special wood for this ceremony: They give you a tin cup of water, and you’d arrive with your log and sticks, and everybody has a hatchet — and one match. Whoever gets their water to boil first, wins, with the entire camp yelling and screaming … I still have the scars on my hand.

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Parents now — and I know I’m guilty of it — want to make everything so easy for our kids and take all element of risk out of everything. But there is no genuine sense of satisfaction in achieving something if all the difficult parts have been taken out. I am starting to think and wonder if my son is going to have that camp experience that I had. … where you got to try a little of a lot things, and there was a lot of focus on having fun instead of perfecting these skills before they turn age 10. Everything is so themed now. You go to art camp or you go to computer camp. When he is ready — and he literally hasn’t had an overnight yet — I do want to look for that kind of camp again.

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bit of everything: sailing, swimming, canoeing. It was a very traditional camp in that way. And it gave me a lot of confidence, to be away from home and my family. I’m from Vermont, but I ended up going to school for undergrad in Minnesota. I traveled. If I had never had the camp experience, I think that would have been a lot harder. I remember being 13 years old and doing my first solo sail. I did everything: from raising the sail, putting in the centerboard, the rudder, bringing it all around, bringing it back, tacking, turning. I remember the incredible feeling of success I got from being in control of that. It was a big moment, like the big culminating event of the whole sailing program. After that, you had certain privileges.

Ryan Ober



Endless Summer ... Camp There were dances. You could pass notes on the barge that went back and forth across the lake. It generated this excitement and anticipation, something you could get in trouble for. Later, when I was a counselor, I remember being on a portage with a bunch of kids. A tree that was too big to move, and too big to go around — through too dense of a wood — had


fallen, so we wound up bushwhacking to a point where we had to cross a very precarious part of a river. Me and some other 16-year-old were handing kids over across the water. Granted we were very careful and whatever but now I think, What? I’m not letting some pencil-necked goon who only cares about his girlfriend take care of my kid.

Nina LesserGoldsmith

Burlington Food education coordinator, Health Living Natural Foods Market Farm & Wilderness, Plymouth, Vt. Camper: 1992-99 Staff: 2001 and 2005

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of seven camps, and the whole place is run on Quaker ideals: simplicity, building community, no competition. It’s very rustic. You’re on a working farm. You live in a cabin with no electricity. There are no radios — we called it “canned music” — so you make your own music. You’re not allowed to talk on the phone. Some people might be freaked out by the simplistic, primitive nature of the place, but it’s one of those things you really only understand the power of when you are there. When you don’t have access to the outside world … you create a community together. I would spend the entire year waiting to go back. That place is so important to me, on so many levels. The physical place, which is beautiful and magical; the friends I made and am still friends with. It taught me about myself; Farm & Wilderness does a great job instilling a strong body image in young women. They have a “no body talk” rule. You’re not allowed to say, “Oh, my god, I love her hair; it’s so pretty. I wish I had her hair.” They really emphasize viewing

your body as what it can do, not what it looks like: as in, my body can climb rocks, and my body can farm, and my body can get me across the lake — not my body is fat, and your boobs are big. That was incredibly powerful for me. I didn’t cook there at all, but … a huge part of my career now includes advocacy for local farms, for sustainable ag, a passion to cook local, sustainable ingredients. My family, we value all of that stuff, but I don’t think I would have ever gotten to work on a farm, and that’s a huge part of daily life at camp: barn chores, maintaining the garden, eating the food that comes out of the garden on a daily basis and being thankful for what you’ve worked so hard to create. Camp absolutely made me a hard worker. I don’t see work as a burden. At Farm & Wilderness, there’s a sign outside the lodge that says, “Work is Love made Visible”… Those are the words that we live by there, and I’ve applied those words to the rest of my life. My mom always used to say Farm & Wilderness was my real home, and the rest of the year I was just visiting.


“Every summer was the best summer of my life.”



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band. Every Saturday night there was a “skit” show. Camp encompassed every different thing you could want to try as a kid. And with people from 13 countries and 36 states, you were exposed to a huge spectrum of the world. Every single person was encouraged to be just who they were. There was this kid there when I was a leader, a little, chubby, redheaded, freckled kid. This kid would get up every Wednesday night and do a Michael Jackson impression. He would dance and lip-synch, and it was hilarious. I think anywhere else he would have been probably made fun of for that. But it became this thing that everybody embraced. People would chant his name, and it just felt great. I’ve got 70 other stories like that about kids. But one of the most amazing aspects of Dudley — anybody will tell you this, and it’s one of the hardest to explain. Every Sunday night we have this thing called “Hymn Sing.” Everybody goes into the theater and sits on the ground … and we sing hymns. Out of a hymnal. Traditional Christian hymns. It’s incredibly moving. You go home, and your friends from school are like, “What was the best thing about camp?” You tell them and they say, “Wait a minute. You sit on the ground and sing hymns with 300 other guys — and that’s your favorite thing?” You just can’t explain what it is that makes it so special. 




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Drama Teens Remember what it was like to be 13? Wondering how your kids will cope? Start a conversation about adolescence by seeing the locally produced 13: The Musical with your kids. In 13, teen Evan Goldman deals with life in a lame small town after his parents’ divorce and grapples with a host of coming-of-age dilemmas. This show features the real-life teens of Stage Left Theater Company, who started off with a small group and humble plans. Things snowballed, in a good way: “It’s really blowing my mind,” said stage mom Wendy Bratt, who’s been hosting rehearsals in her basement, sometimes for 10 hours at a stretch, with students from Vergennes, Charlotte and Shelburne. The group eventually bought the rights to the show and pulled together this production at the Vergennes Opera House. ‘13: The Musical’: Saturday, March 5, 2 and 7 p.m., Sunday, March 6, at 2 p.m. Vergennes Opera House. Recommended for ages 12 and up. $5. Tickets available at Vergennes Opera House box office, or online at Info, 877-6737. 1 Tuesday

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Reading with Frosty & Friends Therapy Dogs: Read to a fuzzy friend from Therapy Dogs of Vermont. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3:30-4:30 p.m. All ages. Preregister. Info, 878-4918.

High School Book Group: Join other high schoolers to discuss plays, graphic novels, novels and short stories. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 5-6 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.


Craftacular Tuesdays: Creative kids get caught up in low-tech projects. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 3:30-5 p.m. Free. Info, 223-4665. Creative Tuesdays: Artists engage their imaginations with recycled crafts. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3-5 p.m. Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Free. Info, 863-3403. Itty Bitty Drop-In Art: Emerging artists explore with myriad materials. Play with salt dough, make a tempura painting or create a collage. Studio V, Vergennes, 9-10 a.m. Ages 2-5. Preregister. $5 first child with an adult, $2 each additional child. Info, 349-2214.  Music Together: Help your child bounce, sing, dance, jump, drum, tap, click, wiggle and gallop his or her way to the development of pitch, rhythm and musical awareness. Hoehl Studio Lab, Flynn Center, Burlington, 9:30-10:15 a.m. Ages birth-5. $120/12 weeks plus $38 materials fee. Info, 652-4548.

Community Cat in the Hat Marathon: Vermont Public Television broadcasts a two-hour marathon of “The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That” in support of the literacy initiative Reads Across America. This year’s program is on March 2 in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. VPT, 8-10 a.m. Info, 655-8059. Cookie Decorating: Youth serve up freshly baked sugar cookies with sprinkles, frosting, sugar and nuts. Panadero Bakery, Burlington, 10:30-11:30 a.m. All ages. Free. Info, 863-8278.

Health & Fitness Afternoon Hoops: Play a little pickup with your friends in this drop-in basketball program supporting healthy alternatives for kids. Players must check-in, but all are welcome any day. St. Albans City Hall gymnasium, 2:30-3:45 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays. Register at City Hall. Free. Info, 524-1500, ext. 266.

Open Computer Time for Teens: Adolescents play their favorite Flash games on laptops at the library or browse the web. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. Red Clover Book Group: Children discuss their favorite Red Clover books. K-4th grade readers focus on one book and enjoy a related project or activity. Students vote for their favorites on March 31 to send in for statewide tally. Cobleigh Public Library, Lyndonville, 1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 626-5475. Science Magic: Amaze family and friends with science tricks using household materials. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3 p.m. Preregister. Grades 3 and up. Free. Info, 802-878-4918.

Community Mom’s Matinees: Movies just for parents with infants. No pressure to be quiet; baby-friendly volumes and dimmed lights. Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington, doors open at 10 a.m. $7; ages 2 and under free. Info, 660-9300.

Health & Fitness Postnatal Yoga: Relaxation techniques and breathwork are used to support women through the emotional challenges of motherhood. Appropriate for women with babies six weeks to crawling. Evolution Physical Therapy & Yoga, Burlington, 10:25-11:40 a.m. $14. Info, 864-9642. Prenatal Yoga: Supports women in all stages of pregnancy. No experience necessary. Evolution Physical Therapy & Yoga, Burlington, 5:45-7:15 p.m. $14. Info, 864-9642.

Library & Books Food For Thought Library Volunteers: Teen Advisory Group meets for pizza, discussion and library projects. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. 4-5 p.m., first Thursday of each month. Grades 7-12. Free. Info, 878-4918.


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Middle School Book Group: Middle schoolers muse on the merits of good books. Manga, graphic novels, short stories and more. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.

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Science and Stories: Moose: Investigate the secret lives of these elusive creatures and experience what it would feel like to carry a six-foot span of antler on your head. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington, 11 a.m. Free with admission. Info, 877-324-6386.

Tadpole Preschool Drop-In: Young artists express themselves through art projects for early learners and draw, work with clay, create collages, paint murals and more. Parents must accompany children. All materials provided. BCA Clay Studio, Burlington, 9:30-11:30 a.m. $6 parent/child pair, $3 additional sibling, $5 BCA members. Info, 865-7166.

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Meet the Press: Hit the bedtime deadline with guest speaker Chris Santee, publisher of the Fairfax News. Santee attends the PJ story time and shares stories, holds interviews and helps kids create their own Fairfax News. Fairfax Community Library, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 524-6393.

Pollywog Preschool Drop-In: Budding artists explore in a creative and social multimedia environment. Work with homemade playdough, paint, yarn, ribbon, paper and more. Parents must accompany children. All materials provided. BCA Center, Burlington, 9:30-11:30 a.m. $6 parent/child pair, $5 BCA members. Info, 865-7166.

Ongoing Playgroups MONDAYS Burlington Early Months Playgroup: A mother-infant group for moms and their first babies during the first few months after birth. Baby massage, lullabies and sharing of useful info. VNA Family Room, St. Joseph’s School, Burlington, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 860-4420. Cambridge Playgroup: Kids get to play while parents meet others and learn about community resources. Cambridge Elementary School, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 644-8821. Colchester Twins Playgroup: Double your fun in a group setting, sharing ideas and encouragement with other parents of multiples.  Colchester Village Meeting House, 9:30-11 a.m, first and third Mondays. Follows school calendar. Ages birth-5 with caregiver. Free. Info, 878-1018. Jericho Playgroup: Crafts, playtime, stories, songs, local information and connecting with others. Jericho Community Center, 9:30-11 a.m. Follows school calendar. Ages birth-5 with caregiver. Free. Info, 899-2228. Morrisville Playgroup: Kids get to play while parents meet others and learn about community resources. Morrisville Elementary School, 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 652-5138. South Burlington Playgroup: Time for free play, songs, stories and a snack. Leo O’Brien Civic Center, South Burlington, 9:30-11 a.m. Follows school calendar. Ages birth-5 with caregiver. Free. Info, 660-8833. Winooski Fathers and Children Together: Evening fun and dinner for dads and kids up to first grade. Winooski Community Center, 5-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 860-4420. 



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Winooski Wellness Playgroup: Playtime focusing on healthy eating and active play. O’Brien Community Center, Winooski, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Follows school calendar. Ages birth-5 with caregiver. Free. Info, 655-1422. TUESDAYS Alburgh Playgroup: Children and adult caregivers enjoy lively music and movement. Alburgh Elementary School, 12:15-1 p.m., every other Tuesday. Free. Info, 527-5426. Burlington Family Play: Big Room: Activities for parents and children ages birth-5. Work on your GED or high school diploma, take ESL classes or parenting workshops. Baby Room: Learn about your child’s

development, baby signs and baby massage. Both sessions run simultaneously. VNA Family Room, St. Joseph’s School, Burlington, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 860-4420. Burlington Fathers and Children Together: Evening fun for dads and kids up to first grade. St. Joseph’s School, VNA Family Room, Burlington, 5-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 860-4420. Charlotte Gym for Tots: Open gym with tumbling mats, rider toys, Hula Hoops, cones and balls of all sizes. No food or black-soled shoes. Charlotte Central School, Multi-purpose room gym, 11:25 a.m.-12:30 p.m. No meeting on March 1. Follows school schedule. Ages birth-6 with adult. Free. Info, 764-5820. Essex Summit Street Playgroup: Stories, songs and simple crafts. Preschool room, Summit Street School, Essex, 9-11 a.m. Ages birth-5 with caregiver. Preregister. Free. Info, 872-9580.  Fletcher Playgroup: Kids come to play and interact with games, toys, arts and crafts, snacks, and resources. Elementary school Gym, Fletcher, 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 8499368 or 782-3370. Hardwick Playgroup: Children get out and play while community parents meet each other. Village Center Hardwick Elementary School, 8:15-10:15 a.m. Free. Info, 652-5138. Johnson Baby Chat: Playgroup for the youngest members of the community and their caregivers. Socialize while learning about development expectations. Church of the Nazarene, Johnson, 10-11:30 a.m., fourth Tuesdays. Free. Info, 888-3470. Milton Parent/Child Playgroup: New moms, dads and babies gather to enjoy music, reading, sensory play, and gross and fine motor development. New Life Fellowship Church, Milton, 9:30-11 a.m. Follows school calendar. Ages birth-5. Free. Info, 893-1457. South Burlington Playgroup: See Mondays. South Hero Music & Movement: Get moving and grooving with this playgroup session. Alburgh Elementary School gym, 12:15-1 p.m, every other Tuesday. Ages birth-6. Free. Info, 527-5426. St. Albans Playgroup: Children and their caregivers socialize and play. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, St. Albans, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. South Hero Playgroup: Free play, crafting and snacks entertain children and their

grown-up companions. South Hero Congregational Church, 10-11 a.m. Info, 527-5426.

school calendar. Ages birth-5 with caregiver. Free. Info,

Swanton Playgroup: Ages birth-6 welcome for age-appropriate crafts, play and snacks. Babcock School, Swanton, 9:30-11 a.m. Follows school calendar. Free. Info, 868-7087.

South Burlington Playgroup: See Mondays.

Williston Tiny Tumblers Playgroup: Young bundles of energy play in an environment encouraging both fine and gross motor skills. Green Mountain Gymnastics, Williston, 9:30-11:00 a.m. Ages 6 months-6. $10, $15 family. Info, 652-2454. WEDNESDAYS Bolton Playgroup: Crafts, playtime, stories, songs, local information and connecting with others. Smilie Memorial School, Bolton, 8:15-10:15 a.m. Follows school calendar. Birth5 with caregiver. Free. Info, Colchester Playgroup: Free play and socialization for kids and caregivers. Colchester Village Meeting House, 9:30-11 a.m. Follows school calendar. Ages birth-5 with caregiver. Free. Info, 879-0900. Enosburg Playgroup: Come enjoy circle time, free play and a craft. American Legion, Enosburg, 9-11 a.m. Please bring a snack for your child. Free. Info, 933-6435. Essex Summit Street Playgroup: See Tuesdays. Info, 872-9580. Essex Welcome Baby Playgroup: Connect with other parents and babies. Essex Junction Teen Center, Municipal Building, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 846-7621. Fairfax Global Village: Parents and children explore the language of different cultures. Free play, games, stories and conversation. BFA Fairfax Health Room, 10-11 a.m. Follows school calendar. Ages birth-6. Free. Info, 527-1941. Hinesburg Playgroup: Toyfilled environment for tots including craft table, circle time and snack. Hinesburg Town Hall, 10-11:30 a.m. Follows school calendar. Birth-5 with adult. Free. Info, 482-6401. Hinesburg Playgroup for Dads: Evening fun for dads and kids up to first grade. Enjoy food, activities and discussion with other adults. Annette’s Preschool, Hinesburg, 5-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 860-4420.  Richmond Playgroup: Crafts, playtime, stories, songs, local information and connecting with others. Richmond Free Library, 8:45-10:15 a.m. Follows

Westford Playgroup: Stories, songs and play. Westford Library, 10 a.m.-noon. Follows school calendar. Ages birth-5 with caregiver. Free. Info, 238-5127. Williston Baby Time Playgroup: Baby play and parent time, too. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. 10:30 a.m.-noon. No meeting March 2. For infants and toddlers. Info, 878-4918. Williston Tiny Tumblers Playgroup: See Tuesdays. THURSDAYS Alburgh Family Center Playgroup: Opportunity to play and chat. Alburgh Family Center, 9:30-11 a.m. Follows school calendar. Free. Info, 796-3013. Burlington Family Play: See Tuesdays. Essex Playgroup: Free play, stories and circle time. Maple Street Parks & Recreation, Essex, 9-11 a.m. Follows school calendar. Ages birth-5. Free. Info, 872-9580. Georgia Playgroup: Time to kid around in constructive fun fashion. Georgia Youth Center, 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m., second and fourth Thursdays. Ages birth6 with caregiver. Free. Info, 527-5426. Huntington Playgroup: Playtime and connecting with others. Brewster-Pierce Memorial School, Huntington, 3-5 p.m. Follows school calendar. Ages birth-5 with caregiver. Free. Info, 434-3269. Milton Parent/Child Playgroup: See Tuesdays. Morrisville Baby Chat: Playgroup for the youngest members of the community and their caregivers. Socialize while learning about development expectations. Specialist in child health available. Congregational Church, Morrisville, 10-11:30 a.m., first Thursdays. Free. Info, 888-3470. Richmond Welcome Baby Group: Welcome the newest community members with play and socialization. Richmond Free Library, 10 a.m., second Thursdays. Free. Info, 899-4415. South Burlington Playgroup: See Mondays. St. Albans MOPS: Crafts and group play for kids while moms enjoy a speaker. Church of the Rock, St. Albans, 6:30 p.m., first and third Thursdays. Free. Ages birth-6. Info, 524-7047.

Winooski Playgroup: Stories, songs and playtime. O’Brien Community Center, Winooski, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Ages birth5 with caregiver. Free. Info, 655-1422. FRIDAYS Burlington Crawlers, Waddlers and Toddlers: Learn about development stages, share with other parents, play, move and have fun. VNA Family Room, St. Joseph’s School, Burlington, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 999-5100. Colchester Playgroup: See Wednesdays. Essex Town Hall Playgroup: Community playgroup and circulating toy library. Essex Town Hall, 9-11:30 a.m. Schedule varies, call to confirm. Ages birth-5. Free. Info, 872-9580. Fairfax Community Playgroup: Children enjoy free play, a craft, circle time and a provided snack. BFA Fairfax Health Room, 9-10:30 a.m. Follows school calendar. Ages birth-6. Free. Info, 527-1941, Fairfield Playgroup and Story Time: Meet new friends at the library. Play games, do crafts and listen to stories. Bent Northrop Memorial Library, Fairfield, 9:45 a.m. Follows school calendar. Ages birth-6. Free. Info, 827-3945. Montgomery Tumble Time: Allow little ones to expend some of their abundant energy. Lots of toys and space to run in the gym. Play mat for babies. Montgomery Elementary School, 10-11:30 a.m., first and third Fridays. Free. Info, 527-5426. Shelburne Playgroup: Bring a toy to share and a snack for your child. No beef, tree nuts or peanuts. Trinity Episcopal Church, Shelburne, 9:30-11 a.m. Follows school calendar. Ages birth-5 with caregiver. Free. Info, 985-2382. St. Albans MOPS: See Thursdays. Stowe Hometown Playgroup: Children have fun and socialize while caregivers meet and learn about family resources. Stowe Elementary School, 9:30-11 a.m. Preschool ages. Free. Info, 888-5229. Swanton Community Playgroup: Crafty kids will enjoy constructive fun as well as free play, stories and snacks.

Holy Trinity Church, Swanton, 10-11:30 a.m. Follows school calendar. Ages birth-6. Free. Info, 868-7087. Underhill Playgroup: Meet for crafts, playtime, stories, songs, local information, and to connect with other area families and caregivers. Underhill Central School, 9:30-11 a.m. Follows school calendar. Ages birth-5 with caregiver. Free. Info, 899-4415. Williston Tiny Tumblers Playgroup: See Tuesdays. Wolcott Playgroup: Young kids get to play out some of their energy in a constructive environment. Depot Center Preschool, Wolcott, 9-10:30 a.m. Follows school calendar. Info, 888-1771. SATURDAYS Fairfax Open Tot Gym & Parent/Infant Play: Free play activities including slides, jump ropes and rope swing. Infant area with books, toys and tunnel time. Directed parachute activity at the end.  BFA Fairfax Elementary School Gym, 10-11:30 a.m. Follows school calendar. Ages birth-6. Free. Info, 527-1941. Franklin Playgroup: Playgroup begins with a story followed by a snack and projects. Franklin Central School, 10-11 a.m, second Saturdays. Ages birth-6. Free. Info, 285-6678. Morrisville Baby Chat: See Thursdays. Lamoille Family Center, Morrisville, second Saturdays. North Hero Tumble Time: Children and adult caregivers enjoy stations and free play around the gym with a snack provided. North Hero Elementary School, 10-11:30 a.m., every other Saturday. Free. Info, 527-5426. Williston Tiny Tumblers Playgroup: See Tuesdays. 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. 

March caLendar

Mmm-mmm Maple

at the Green Mountain Audubon Center Sugarhouse in Huntington, VT

Maple is more than just syrup. check out the candy operation at Palmer Lane Maple during mAPLe oPeN House WeeKeNd — the Jeffersonville sugarhouse is one of many participating in this statewide event. You’ll be tempted by maple caramels, jelly beans, taffy, popcorn, lollipops and more. This traditional, wood-fired sugaring operation is family friendly — the Palmers won’t be boiling, so kids can get a close-up view of the equipment. colleen Palmer describes the Palmer Lane open-house approach as “low key.” Take a self-guided tour of the sugarbush at your leisure and watch candy making throughout the day. Find more information on their website,

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Join us in celebrating Spring & sugaring season with: A Warm Sugarhouse, Free Sugarbush Tours & Sugaring Demonstrations & Tasty Treats (for a small fee) Visit for details

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mAPLe oPeN House WeeKeNd: Saturday and Sunday, March 19 and 20, times vary. Each participating sugarmaker offers different events. all ages. Check for a list of participants, contact information and activities. info, 763-7435. 3 THuRsdAY (conTinued)

Homeschoolers Book Group: Monthly discussion group for homeschooled children. St. Albans Free Library, 1 p.m. Openings in 11 and up group. Preregister. Free. Info, 524-1507. Lego club: Kids have creative building time and build up some fun. Lots of Legos provided. St. Albans Free Library, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 524-1507. PJ story Time: Come in pajamas to listen to a story and make a craft before bedtime. Fairfax Community Library, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Birth to age 6. Free. Info, Red clover Book Group: See March 2.

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Arts comics club: Doodlers, writers and readers alike have fun with the funnies. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 3:30-5 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. draw comics: Draw on the expertise of a local comic artist and learn to artfully illustrate your storylines. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. Family clay drop-in: Play with clay! Learn wheel and hand-building techniques while hanging out with the family. Staff will give demos. BCA Clay Studio, Burlington, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Ages infant and up. $6 participant, $5 BCA members. Info, 865-7166.

Tadpole Preschool drop-in: See March 1. music and movement: Ilsley Public Library. Musical fun for toddlers and preschoolers. Free. Info, 388-4097.


Family Gym at the Burlington YmcA: Put a little play in your day with indoor gym time. YMCA, Burlington, 10:15-11:30 a.m. Fridays. Ages 7 and younger and their parents. Free for Y Family Members, $5 per visit for families with one child, $8 per visit for families with multiple children. Info, 862-9622. Family Gym at the Winooski YmcA: Get moving in the gym. YMCA, Winooski, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Ages 7 and younger and their families. Free for Y Family Members, $5 per visit for families with one child, $8 per visit for families with multiple children. Info, 862-9622. Friday Night Kids club: See spotlight on page 35. Kids Knight out: Break out the sneakers for a night with the Lady Knights—Saint Michael’s College women’s basketball team. Bring your swimsuits, too, and enjoy swimming, arts and crafts, movies, and basketball. Pizza, soda and candy available at the concession stand. Ross Gymnasium, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 5:30-9 p.m. Ages 5-10. Preregister by March 1. $10. Info, 654-2500.

Library & Books After school Book discussion at Hunt middle school: Middle schoolers get to drive the discussion on comics, graphic novels, books, short stories and movies with Will Sedlack of the Fletcher Free Library. Lyman C. Hunt Middle School, Burlington, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.

Nature & Science science and stories: moose: See March 1. Vermont Flower show: three-day event brings spring to Vermont early. Families will find a special room with hands-on crafts and plant activities along with entertainment from No Strings Marionnettes, Lady Slipper Fairy Story Hour and more, Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free for birth3, $3 ages 3-17, $15 adults, $12 seniors. Info, 888-518-6464.

‘13: Thirteen The musical:’ See spotlight on page 29. saturday drama club: Come put on a show in three hours. Very Merry Theater, 333, Burlington, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Ages 6-12. $15 or whatever you can afford. Info, 863-6607. saturday Kids drop-in Art: Drop in any week and create a themed art project. Shelburne Art Center, 10-11:30 a.m. All ages. $12 first child, $10 additional sibling. Info, 985-3648. ‘The Wizard of oz:’ A local cast of actors takes us down the yellow brick road with familiar friends Dorothy, Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion. Presented by the Rutland Youth Theater. Rutland Intermediate School, 2 and 7 p.m. $8 adults, $5 children and seniors. Info, 773-1822.

Community American Girl doll Tea Party: Pour some tea and crunch a cookie with your doll and other friends while watching an American Girl Doll movie. Colchester Meeting House, noon-2 p.m. Ages 5-9. Preregister. $20 residents, $25 nonresidents. Info, 264-5640. daddy & daughter skate: Quality ice time for dads and daughters includes pizza and a picture. Leddy Park Ice Rink, Burlington, 4:15-6:15 p.m. $9 residents, $14 nonresidents. $2 skate rental. Preregister. Info, 264-5645. schoolhouse chess club: Skip the Saturday morning cartoons and sit in on a strategy-filled hour of chess with the current kindergarten state champ. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 10-11 a.m. Ages 5-12. Free. Info, 324-8450.

Education Kidpower Parent-child Basic Workshop: Learn age-appropriate safety skills in this workshop teaching confidence building for kids and families. Includes physical self-defense skills. Lake Champlain Waldorf School, Shelburne, 1-5 p.m. Ages 6-12. Preregister. $100 per child, scholarships and payment plans available. Info, 425-5437.

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Kids Night out: Great time for kids, and a night off for parents. Games, movies, snack, lots of running around. Supervised by St. Albans Recreation staff. St. Albans City Hall Gymnasium, 6:30-9 p.m. Ages 5-14. Preregister. $8 residents, $10 nonresidents. Info, 524-1500, ext. 266.

Afternoon Hoops: See March 2.

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Friday Night Teen clay drop-in: Teens don old clothes and get creative. Staff demonstrate hand building of projects; wheels are available to make cups, mugs, bowls and more. BCA Clay Studio, Burlington, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Ages 13-18. $6 participant, $5 BCA members. Info, 865-7166.

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Kidpower Parent-child Everyday safety Workshop: Learn age-appropriate safety skills in this workshop teaching confidence building for kids and families. Lake Champlain Waldorf School, Shelburne, 10 a.m.-noon. Ages 4-8. Preregister. $50 per child, scholarships and payment plans available. Info, 425-5437.

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Read to a dog: Kids share stories with an adorable pooch from Therapy Dogs of Vermont. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10-11 a.m. Ages 5 and up. Free. Info, 865-7216.

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music With mia: Tots form a circle for a special story hour with sing-along tunes. Center Court, University Mall , South Burlington 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 863-1066, ext. 11.

itty Bitty Public skating: Intro to skating for young children and their caregivers. An instructor on the ice offers support and lead games and activities. Younger siblings may be pulled in a plastic sled or parked in a stroller. Leddy Park Arena, Burlington, 10-11:30 a.m. $8 family, $70 10-visit card, skate rentals $1. Info, 862-8869.

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Arts craftacular Tuesdays: See March 1. creative Tuesdays: See March 1. itty Bitty drop-in Art: See March 1. music Together: See March 1.

Nature & Science

Tadpole Preschool drop-in: See March 1.

Raptors Up close: Explore the fascinating lives of birds in an intimate encounter. Look deeply into subjects ranging from how Vermont Institute of Natural Science rehabilitates birds and the fundamentals of how VINS trains raptors to the specialties of raptor groups like falcons and owls. Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee, VINS classroom, 2-2:30 p.m. $10.50 adult, $9.50 seniors, $8.50 4-17, free for kids under 3.

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Vermont Flower show: See March 4.

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Arts ‘13: The musical:’ See spotlight on page 29. sunday Afternoon music series: Enjoy a variety of music each month in a concert setting. Reading Room, Deborah Rawson Memorial Library, Jericho, 2-3:45 p.m. All ages. Free. Info, 899-4962.

Natural solutions: one Technique for many childhood Ailments: Parents of kids with ADD, ADHD, ear infections, bed wetting or other chronic health issues get to share their frustrations and meet. Dr. Suzy Harris introduces a technique to uncover hidden barriers to these health problems. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Preregister. Free. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1.

Library & Books open computer Time for Teens: See March 2. Reading with Frosty & Friends Therapy dogs: See March 1.

Nature & Science:

The Wizard of oz: See March 5, 2 p.m.

science and stories: colors: Bring a burst of color back into your world and explore all the colors of the rainbow. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington, 11 a.m. Free with admission. Info, 877-324-6386.

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Lollipop ski Race: Young skiers don racing bibs for a fun zip down the Mighty Mite hill. Cochran’s Ski Area, Richmond, 1 p.m. Free with purchase of a $14 youth lift ticket. Info, 434-2479.

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Arts music Together: See March 1.

Family Gym at the Burlington YmcA: See March 4, 10:15-noon.


Vermont Flower show: See March 4, 10 a.m.4 p.m.

sugar-on-snow Parties: View a Vermont tradition: sap boiling and maple-sugar making. Enjoy sugar on snow with a doughnut and a pickle. Palmer’s Sugar House, Shelburne, noon4 p.m. All ages. Free. Info, 985-5054.

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Read to a dog: See March 5, 1-2 p.m.

Ben & Jerry’s Winter Festival: Winter fun with snow sculptures, ice cream samples, games, music, sugar on snow, snowshoe tours by Umiak Outdoor Outfitters and free Ben & Jerry’s tours all day. Ben & Jerry’s, Waterbury, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 882-1240.

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Raptors Up close: See March 5.

Tots and Tykes open Gym: Open, unstructured play time for South Burlington families. Chamberlin Gym, South Burlington, 9:30-11 a.m. Ages 1-5 and caregivers. Free. Info, 846-4108.

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Prenatal Yoga: See March 3, 12:15-1:30 p.m.

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Beginner Ballet for special Needs students: Ballet class with Sidra Hoffman. Jazzercise Studio, Waterbury, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Children ages 4-7 who can function well in group setting. Preregister, but drop-ins may be accepted. Donations. Info, 244-8600.

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Postnatal Yoga: See March 3, 10:05-11:30 a.m.

Arts moving & Grooving With christine: Move to the rhythms of rock and roll and world-beat music. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. For ages 2-5 years, but all are welcome. Free. Info, 865-7216. music Together: See March 1.

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Big Fun, Small Scale There’s something magical about model railroads and their portrayal of the landscape in miniature. Browse multiple mini railyards at the Champlain Valley Expo during the Model Railroad show. You and your kids can examine the careful detail, salute to history and engineering feats demonstrated in the layouts on display. Children of all ages enjoy the tiny-track hobby, and local enthusiasts from the Northwestern Vermont Model Railroad Association will proudly demonstrate their enjoyment in a big way. Model Railroad Show: Saturday, March 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction. $5 adults, $1 ages 6-12, free for kids under 6, $5 families with active military ID. Info, 878-1135.

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Cookie Decorating: See March 2. Race to Nowhere: A concerned mother-turnedfilmmaker aims her camera at the high-stakes, high-pressure culture that has invaded schools and the lives of children. Burlington High School Auditorium, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 925-310-4242.

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Cirque Mechanics: Boom Town: A hybrid of circus arts and engineering from Cirque du Soleil veterans, Boom Town transports audiences to an 1865 mining town where an unlikely discovery stes off a series of hilarious and unexpected Old-West-style events. Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington, 8 p.m. $27-$47. Info, 863-5966. Comics Club: See March 4.

Afternoon Hoops: See March 2.

Draw Comics: See March 4.

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Family Clay Drop-In: See March 4.

High School Book Group: See March 2. Middle School Book Group: See March 2. Open Computer Time for Teens: See March 2.

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Arts ‘Oliver:’ musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic novel Oliver Twist, performed by Edmunds Elementary School Players. Edmunds Elementary School, Burlington, noon. Free. Info, 863-6607. Pollywog Preschool Drop-In: See March 3.


Mom’s Matinees: See March 3.

Health & Fitness Postnatal Yoga: See March 3. Prenatal Yoga: See March 3.

Library & Books Red Clover Book Group: See March 2.

Education Parenting in a Media-Saturated World: Weekend parenting workshop features a Friday-night lecture and Saturday sessions helping parents and professionals to understand children and nurture family life in today’s wired world. Contois Auditorium, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. $120 individual conference fee, $200 couple conference fee, $15 Friday night session only. Info, 985-2827.

Health & Fitness Afternoon Hoops: See March 2. Family Gym at the Burlington YMCA: See March 4. Family Gym at the Winooski YMCA: See March 4. Friday Night Kids Club: See Spotlight on p.35.

Library & Books After School Book Discussion at Hunt Middle School: See March 4. Music and Movement: See March 4.

Science and Stories: Colors: See March 8.

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Arts ‘Oliver:’ See March 10, 7 p.m. Saturday Drama Club: See March 5. Saturday Kids Drop-In Art: See March 5. Vergennes Elementary Talent Show: Local talents strut their stuff in this show to benefit the Vergennes Elementary School enrichment program. Includes a silent auction. Vergennes Elementary School, 5:30 p.m., $1. Info, 802-877-3761.

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Arts Burlington Taiko Drummers Performance: Prepare to be mesmerized by the powerful sounds of the Burlington Taiko Drummers. Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson, 8-11 p.m. All ages welcome but expect loud noise and darkness. $10. Info, 635-1476.

Fairs & Festivals Sugar-on-Snow Parties: See March 5.

Health & Fitness Family Gym at the Burlington YMCA: See March 4, 10:15-noon. Postnatal Yoga: See March 3, 12:15-1:30 p.m. Prenatal Yoga: See March 3, 10:05-11:30 a.m.


Library & Books

Big Blue Trunk: Fun and games for families. Grand Isle Elementary School. 10 a.m. Free. Ages birth-6. Info, 527-5426.

Read to a Dog: See March 5, 1-2 p.m.

Model Railroad Show: See spotlight on this page.

Nature & Science Raptors Up Close: See March 5.

Schoolhouse Chess Club: See March 5.

Education Parenting in a Media-Saturated World: See March 11, Lake Champlain Waldorf School, Shelburne, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Fairs & Festivals Middlebury Winter Carnival: Warm up at the Winter Carnival with an annual chili contest. Downtown Middlebury, 2-4 p.m. Info, 388-4126. Sugar-on-Snow Parties: See March 5.

Health & Fitness Beginner Ballet for Special Needs Students: See March 5.

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Arts Music Together: See March 1.

Health & Fitness Itty Bitty Public Skating: See March 7.

Library & Books Fletcher Free Library Teen Advisory Board: Help decide what goes into the teen collection and what activities the library should have for teens. Participation could count toward community service requirement. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-5 p.m. Grades 6-12. Free. Info, 865-7216. 15 tuesday, p. 34


Open Computer Time for Teens: See March 2.

‘Oliver:’ See March 10, 7 p.m.

Raptors Up Close: See March 5.

Books and Beyond: Science for preschoolers with books, hands-on activities and exploration. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 10:1511:30 a.m. Ages 3-5 with a caregiver. Free with admission. Info, 549-2200.

Read to a Dog: See March 5.

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Lego Club: See March 3.

Tadpole Preschool Drop-In: See March 1.

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Itty Bitty Public Skating: See March 7.

Panorama Sugar Eggs: Take part in traditional creation of colored eggs with panoramic scenes inside. Home Ec. Room, Essex Middle School, 6-8 p.m. Ages 5 and up. $35 resident for two children and an adult. $40 nonresident for two children and an adult. Preregister. Info, 878-1342.

Tots and Tykes Open Gym: See March 5.

Kids in the Kitchen: Secret Salad Bowls: The secret comes out in this hands-on session: Fruit salad is delicious and healthy. Kids carve fruit bowls out of melons and fill them with fruit. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Ages 6-10. Preregister. $20 child, adult admission free. Info, 865-2569, ext. 1.

Friday Night Teen Clay Drop-In: See March 4.

Posh Tea Party: Little ladies and gents get dressed up for a tea party with fancy treats, a Fancy Nancy story and creation of something fancy to take home. Carpenter-Carse Library, Hinesburg, 3-4 p.m. Ages 4-8. Preregister. Info, 482-2878.


Reading with Frosty & Friends Therapy Dogs: See March 1.

Arts Craftacular Tuesdays: See March 1. Creative Tuesdays: See March 1. Itty Bitty Drop-In Art: See March 1. Music Together: See March 1. Sesame Street Live comes to Burlington: Your favorite red furry monster brings his green thumb to Burlington in a musical performance of “Elmo’s Green Thumb” — a story about growth, patience, and learning to love your role in the garden of life. Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington, shows at 3:30 and 7 p.m. $17-$26.50. Info, 863-5966. Tadpole Preschool Drop-In: See March 1.

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Nature & Science Science and Stories: Native American Stories and Games: Gather around and hear handeddown stories as Native Americans have done for thousands of years along the Lake Champlain shores. Learn traditional Native American games and experience age-old traditions. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington, 11 a.m. Free with admission. Info, 877-324-6386.


Arts Sesame Street Live comes to Burlington: See March 15.

Open Computer Time for Teens: See March 2.

Ongoing Story Times MONDAYS Bristol Toddler Story Time: Introduce little ones to the library and children’s books with activities and music. Lawrence Memorial Library, Bristol, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 453-2366. Burlington Stories With Megan: Enjoy a fun-filled preschool story time with rhymes, songs and books. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 1111:30 a.m. Ages 2-5. Free. Info, 865-7216. Richmond Pajama Time: Stories with Douglas while decked out in bedtime best. Richmond Free Library, 6:30-7 p.m. Ages 2-6. Free. Info, 434-3036. St. Albans Story Time: Early readers hear stories, sing songs and play. St. Albans Free Library, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Ages birth-6 and caregivers. Free. Info, 524-1507.



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Stowe Monday Morning Story Time: Little lit lovers share stories and songs. Stowe Community Room, Stowe Free Library, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 253-6145. Waterbury Toddlers -n-Twos: Active stories designed for ages 18-36 months and their caregivers. Waterbury Public Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 802-244-7036. TUESDAYS Barre Childrens Story Hour: Tots tune in for audible prose. Aldrich Public Library, Barre, 10:30 a.m. Ages 3-5. Free. Info, 476-7550. Barre Kids Story Hour: Literature hounds show up for tall tales. East Barre Branch Library, Barre, kids under 3 meet at 10 a.m., Free. Info, 476-5118.

East Middlebury Preschool Story Hour: Kids get silly with stories and songs. Sara Partridge Library, East Middlebury, 10:30-11 a.m. Follows school calendar. Birth-5 with caregiver. Free. Info, 388-7588. Essex Junction Preschool Story Time: Tots enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, and fun activities. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m. Ages 3-5. Preregister. Follows school calendar. Info, 878-6956. Essex Junction Toddler Story Time: Simple stories, songs, and finger plays. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9:10-9:30 a.m. Follows school calendar. Ages 18-36 months with an adult. Free. Info, 878-6956. Fairfax Preschool Story Time: Children hear stories, sing songs, and create a craft or do an experiment. Fairfax Community Library, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Follows school calendar. Birth6 with caregiver. Free. Info, Grand Isle PJ Story Time: Curl up in your PJs with a good book. Grand Isle Free Library, 6:30-7:30 p.m. First Tuesday each month. Ages birth-6. Free. Info, 527-5426. Hinesburg Preschool Story Hour: Drop by for stories, songs and games. Carpenter Carse Library, Hinesburg, 11 a.m. Ages 3-5 with caregiver. Free. Info, 482-2878. Hinesburg Toddler Story Time: Songs, stories and finger plays. Carpenter-Carse Library, Hinesburg, 9:30-10 a.m. First and third Tuesdays. Ages birth3. Free. Info, 482-2878. Lyndonville Baby/Toddler Story Time: Connect with library friends and enjoy stories, songs, storyboards and finger

plays. Cobleigh Public Library, Lyndonville, 10 a.m. Ages birth3 and caregivers. Free. Info, 626-5475. Montpelier Story Time: Books, singing, crafts and fun. Kellogg Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 10:30 a.m. Follows school calendar. Preschool ages. Free. Info, 223-4665. Richmond Story Time: Tall tales and simples stories. Richmond Free Library, 10:3011 a.m. Ages 2-6. Free. Info, 434-3036. South Burlington Tiny Tots Story Time: Stories, songs and interactive play foster socialization skills and a love of reading. South Burlington Community Library, 10:30 a.m. Ages 1-3. Free. Preregister. Info, 652-7080. Williston Story Hour: Stories and a craft entertain young readers. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m. Ages 3-5. Free. Info, 878-4918. Winooski Story Time: Stories, music and socializing with other families. The Block Gallery and Coffeehouse, Winooski, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 373-5150. WEDNESDAYS Essex Junction Preschool Story Time: Little ones ages 3-5 enjoy stories, songs, rhymes and fun activities. Brownell


Health & Fitness

Cookie Decorating: See March 2.

Afternoon Hoops: See March 2.

Kids in the Kitchen: Classic Oatmeal Cookies From Scratch: Make some delicious memories cooking up a classic family favorite. Kids follow a step-by-step recipe and then sandwich the cookies with peanut butter and drink hot cider. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Preregister. $20 child/adult pair. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1.

Library & Books High School Book Group: See March 2. Middle School Book Group: See March 2. Open Computer Time for Teens: See March 2.


Moving & Grooving With Christine: See March 9.



Birds to Bugs Exhibit: Check out this kidfriendly exhibit with framed prints depicting insects, amphibians, birds, fish and other animals. Gallery 160, Richmond, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Info, 434-6434.

Breast-Feeding Families’ Group: Get breastfeeding support from other parents and certified lactation consultants. Church of the Nazarene, Johnson, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Parents-to-be, new parents, experienced parents and children welcome. Free. Info, 888-3470 or 888-4651. Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m. Preregister. Follows school calendar. Free. Info, 878-6956. Fairfax PJ Story Time: Come in pajamas to listen to a story and make a craft before bedtime. BFA-PTSA’s Fairfax Success By Six activity. Fairfax Community Library. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Birth to age 6. Free. Info, Highgate Toddler and Preschool Story Time: Stories, songs, shake out your sillies and make a craft. Highgate Public Library, 10-11 a.m. Follows school calendar. Ages birth to preschool. Free. Info, 868-3970. Middlebury Stories with Shoopie and Lily: Read to a Therapy Dog. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 4-5 p.m. Free. Preregister. Info, 388-4097. Middlebury Toddler Story Hour: Stories, songs, rhymes and crafts. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Follows school calendar. Ages 1-3. Free. Info, 388-4097. Montpelier Story Time: Join us for great books, singing, crafts and fun. Kellogg Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 10:30 a.m. Follows school calendar. Preschool age. Free.  Info, 223-4665. South Burlington Story Time: Staff read newly released board books and old favorites. Barnes & Noble, South Burlington, 10 a.m. Ages 1-3. Free. Info, 864-8001. Swanton Story Hour: Come listen to stories and songs,and do an easy craft. Swanton Public Library, 10-11 a.m. All ages welcome. Free. Info, 868-7656. Waterbury Baby Lap Time:

Pollywog Preschool Drop-In: See March 3.

Storytime designed for babies birth to 18 months with songs, simple rhymes and stories. Waterbury Public Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 802-244-7036.

Bixby Library, Vergennes, 10:30 a.m. Preschool age. Free. Info, 877-2211.


Lincoln Children’s Story Time: Songs, crafts and other activities for children. Lincoln Library, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Ages birth-5. Free. Info, 453-2665.

Barre Kids Story Hour: Snacks and activities follow an hour of tales. LACE, Barre, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 476-4276. Bristol Preschool Story Time: Explore early literacy skills with reading, music, movement and projects. Lawrence Memorial Library, Bristol, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 453-2366. Fairfax PJ Story Time: Little kids rock nightgowns and flannels as special guests read from books. Fairfax Community Library, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Middlebury Preschool Story Hour: Stories, songs, rhymes and a craft. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Follows school calendar. Ages 3 and up. Free. Info, 388-4097. Shelburne Story Time with Mary Catherine Jones: The musician and storyteller brings stories, songs and rhymes to the Pierson Library, Shelburne, 10:30 a.m. All ages welcome. Free. Info, 985-5124. South Burlington Baby Story Time: Infants are introduced to the wonders of language with nursery rhymes, songs, finger plays and board books. South Burlington Community Library, 10:30 a.m. For children who are not yet walking. Preregister. Free. Info, 652-7080. St. Albans Story Time: Little literary lovers hear stories, sing songs and play. St. Albans Free Library, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Ages birth-6 and caregivers. Free. Info, 524-1507. Vergennes Story Time: Themed stories with American Sign Language and an activity.


Montpelier Story Time: Join us for great books, singing, crafts and fun. Kellogg Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 10:30 a.m. Follows school calendar. Preschool age. Free. Info, 223-4665. Moretown Story Time: Stories, songs, crafts and fun! Moretown Memorial Library, 11:15-11:45 a.m. Follows school calendar. Ages 3-5. Free. Preregister. Info, 223-2415. South Burlington Preschool Story Hour: Stories and activities help preschoolers develop early literacy skills. South Burlington Community Library, 10:30 a.m. Ages 3-5. Preregister. Free. Info, 652-7080. Waterbury Preschool Story Time: A time for great stories, puppets and fun songs. Waterbury Public Library, 10 a.m. Ages 3-6. Free. Info, 244-7036.   SATURDAYS Burlington Story Time for Kids: Weekly time to listen to favorite and new stories. Borders Books & Music, Burlington, 11 a.m. All ages. Free. Info, 865-2711. Colchester Saturday Stories: Children of all ages enjoy great picture books. Burnham Library, Colchester, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-0313. South Burlington Saturday Story Time: Staff read newly released books that will resonate with children up to grade 2.  Barnes & Noble, South Burlington, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 864-8001. 

march calendar Community Mom’s Matinees: See March 3.

Health & Fitness Itty Bitty Public Skating: See March 7. Postnatal Yoga: See March 3. Prenatal Yoga: See March 3.

Library & Books Lego Club: See March 3. Middle School Library Discussion: Sixth through eighth graders gather to gab and recommend books and DVDs for the collection, plan programs, play Wii, and hang out. Carpenter-Carse Library, Hinesburg, 3:30-5 p.m. Free. Info, 482-2878. Open Computer Time for Teens: See March 8. Red Clover Book Group: See March 2.

Nature & Science Newt Night: Budding scientists get a hands-on look at Vermont’s amphibian population and learn how to assist in their protection and preservation. Hosted by the North Branch Nature Center. Phoenix Books and Cafe, Essex, 6:30 p.m. Ages 5 and up. Preregister. Info, 872-7111.

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Arts Birds to Bugs Exhibit: See March 17. Comics Club: See March 4 Draw Comics: See March 4. Family Clay Drop-In: See March 4. Friday Night Teen Clay Drop-In: See March 4. Tadpole Preschool Drop-In: See March 1. Music and Movement: See March 11.

Education Motivational Interviewing: Tools for Difficult Conversations: Denise Jolicour provides an overview of how the principles of motivational interviewing may be applied in everyday communication with parents and guardians of young children. NCSS Family Center, St. Albans, 9 a.m.-noon. Preregister. Info, 393-6564.

Colchester Meeting House, 10-10:45 a.m, ages 1-5; parents must attend. Preregister. Free. Info, 264-5640. Schoolhouse Chess Club: See March 5.

Education SAT Bootcamp: Work on improving your scores with this interactive workshop designed to help understand the test, learn proven strategies and create a personal study play. Essex High School, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. High school juniors and seniors. Preregister. $160 resident, $165 nonresident.

Fairs & Festivals Maple Open House Weekend: See calendar spotlight on p.31 Sugar-on-Snow Party: Celebrate the season in the sugarbush with sweet maple treats, sugaring demonstrations and a taste of syrup. Tap, collect and follow the journey from sap to syrup. Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 434-3068. Sugar-on-Snow Parties: See March 5.

Health & Fitness Beginner Ballet for Special Needs Students: See March 5. Colchester Family Swim: Wash away the winter blahs with a swim session. Sports & Fitness Edge, Essex, 5-7 p.m. Preregister. $3 person, free for members. Info, 264-5645. Softball Clinic: Beginner and intermediate softball skills taught by varsity players undersupervision of adult coaches. Bring sneakers, glove, water and appropriate attire. Colchester High School, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Ages 7-15. Preregister. $31 residents, $36 nonresidents. Info, 264-5640. Tots and Tykes Open Gym: See March 5.

Library & Books Read to a Dog: See March 5.

Nature & Science Raptors Up Close: See March 5.

Afternoon Hoops: See March 2.

Science Saturday: Playing with Light and Sound: Experiment with light and sound during daily activies collaborating with the “Blue Man Group — Making Waves” exhibit. Montshire Museum, Norwich, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Free with admission. Info, 649-2200.

Family Gym at the BurlingtonYMCA: See March 4.

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Family Gym at the Winooski YMCA: See March 4. Friday Night Kids Club: See Spotlight p.35.

Nature & Science Science and Stories: Native American Stories and Games: See March 15.

Arts Birds to Bugs Exhibit: See March 17. Saturday Kids Drop-In Art: See March 5.


Giggle, Giggle, Quack: Respect, compromise and the failure of friendship take center stage in this barnyard blockbuster. Madcap musical mutiny based on Doreen Cronin’s book. Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington, 3 p.m. Ages 5-8. $19 adult, $15 child. Info, 863-5966.

Health & Fitness Family Gym at the Burlington YMCA: See March 4, 10:15-noon. Postnatal Yoga: See March 3, 10:05-11:30 a.m. Prenatal Yoga: See March 3, 12:15-1:30 p.m.

Fairs & Festivals Maple Open House Weekend: See Spotlight on p.31. Sugar-on-Snow Party: See March 19. Sugar-on-Snow Parties: See March 5.

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financially responsible adults. Essex High School, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Ages 18 and up. Preregister. $10 resident, $15 non-resident. Info, 878-1342.

Library & Books Open Computer Time for Teens: See March 2.

Read to a Dog: See March 5, 1-2 p.m.

Reading with Frosty & Friends Therapy Dogs: See March 1.

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Raptors Up Close: See March 5.

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Arts Music Together: See March 1.

Library & Books Kate DiCamillo: See spotlight on page 36. Open Computer Time for Teens: See March 2.

Nature & Science Science and Stories: Maple Sugaring: Something special is on tap in Vermont’s woods. Kids learn about the process of making maple syrup and taste test this year’s harvest, casting ballots for their favorite grade. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington, 11 a.m. Free with admission. Info, 877-324-6386.

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Arts Craftacular Tuesdays: See March 1. Creative Tuesdays: See March 1. Itty Bitty Drop-In Art: See March 1. Music Together: See March 1.

Science and Stories: Maple Sugaring: See March 21.

23 Wednesday

Community Cookie Decorating: See March 2. Kids in the Kitchen: Extreme PB&J Makeover: Kids get to reinvent an old favorite and create their own ultimate sandwich with unusual ingredients. Work on washing, prepping, chopping, measuring and stirring while making homemade jam and fresh bread. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Preregister. $20 child, adult admission free. Info, 865-2569, ext. 1. Moving & Grooving With Christine: See March 9.

Education Congratulations, You’re Pregnant! Now What?: Milton Family Community Center, Part of the MCYC Brown Bag Series. Covers questions like: How do you pick the best daycare? What should you look for in a pediatrician? Noon. Free. Info, 893-1009.

Health & Fitness Afternoon Hoops: See March 2.

Tadpole Preschool Drop-In: See March 1.

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High School Book Group: See March 2. Middle School Book Group: See March 2. Open Computer Time for Teens: See March 2. 24 thursday, p. 36


Raising Financially Responsible Children: A family finance instructor leads this session helping parents teach their children to become

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Ellie’s Preschool Party: Party the morning away with Ellie Tetrick and interactive music activities including a guitar sing-along, dancing with colorful ribbons and scarves, movement to music, parachute activities, and lots of bubbles.

Sunday Afternoon Concert with Jon Gailmor: Laughter and lively entertainment from performer Jon Gailmor. Followed up with tea and refreshments. South Burlington Community Library, 2 p.m. All ages. Free. Info, 652-7080.

Friday Night Kids Club: Fridays, Petra Cliffs Climbing Center, Burlington, 6-9 p.m. Ages 6 and up. Preregister. $25 with all equipment included. Info, 657-3872.

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Saturday Drama Club: See March 5.

Birds to Bugs Exhibit: See March 17.

Need a date night? Drop the kids at Petra Cliffs’ Friday Night Kids club. The indoor climbing center offers a program where kids expend their energy by tackling personal challenges. No gear required — Petra Cliffs provides the necessities and watchful staffers who encourage problem solving on an individual basis. Each wall has paths of varying difficulty and comes with built-in, ringing praise: “Kids are pretty proud when they ring the bell at the top,” said Climbing Center manager Andrea Charest.

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Read to a Dog: See March 5.

Nature & Science

Pollywog Preschool Drop-In: See March 3.

Postnatal Yoga: See March 3.

Annual Sugar Makers Tour in Huntington: Cure mud-season blues with sweet treats during Huntington’s yearly tour of sugar makers. Sugarhouses around town will be open for the public to check out their facilities, the year’s crop and maple products. Sponsored by the Huntington Conservation Commission. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. All ages. Info, 434-5004 or 434-3269.

Prenatal Yoga: See March 3.

Raptors Up Close: See March 5.

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Community Mom’s Matinees: See March 3.

Health & Fitness Itty Bitty Public Skating: See March 7.

Lego Club: See March 3.


Red Clover Book Group: See March 3.

Family Contra Dance & Dinner: Celebrate mud season by strapping on a par of clean, soft-soled shoes for this contra dance for the whole family. Music by the Damn Yankee String Band; pasta dinner follows. Proceeds benefit the Montessori School of Central Vermont. Capital City Grange, Berlin, 2-6 p.m. All ages. $5 person, $15 family, $6 person with dinner. Info, 223-3320.

Open Computer Time for Teens: See March 2. Spring Story Hour: Join Miss Sarah for a spring-themed evening of stories, songs and crafts. St Albans Free Library, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 524-1507.


Arts Comics Club: See March 4. Draw Comics: See March 4. Family Clay Drop-In: See March 4. Friday Night Teen Clay Drop-In: See March 4. Tadpole Preschool Drop-In: See March 1. Music and Movement: See March 4.

Health & Fitness Afternoon Hoops: See March 2. Family Gym at the Burlington YMCA: See March 4. Family Gym at the Winooski YMCA: See March 4. Friday Night Kids Club: See Spotlight on. p35.

Library & Books After School Book Discussion at Hunt Middle School: See March 4.

Nature & Science Science and Stories: Maple Sugaring: See March 22.


Arts Saturday Kids Drop-In Art: See March 5.

Hear author KATE DICAMILLO’s strong literary voice in person this month when she visits Vermont to promote her latest novel, The Magician’s Elephant. The Newbery Award winner is best known for books such as Because of Winn Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux, which were both made into movies. Her new book, another young-adult read, follows the magical journey of 10-year-old orphan Peter Augustus Duchene, whose fate is tied to an elephant that has fallen from the sky. KATE DICAMILLO: Monday, March 21, 4 p.m. Flying Pig Bookstore, Shelburne. Free. Preregister. Info, 985-3999.



Airport Park Outdoor Ice Rink: Outdoor ice is nice, especially under the lights at Airport Park. Hours are weather dependent. Free. Info, 264-5645. Month of the Young Child Kickoff: Come play, create, dance and hear stories together as a community of families. Event kicks off a month of area activities in Franklin and Grand Isle counties. Richford Elementary School, 9 a.m.-noon. All ages. Free. Info, 527-5426.


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Saturday Drama Club: See March 5.

Magic Elephant at Flying Pig

Schoolhouse Chess Club: See March 5.

Fairs & Festivals Sugar-on-Snow Parties: See March 5.

Health & Fitness Family Gym at the Burlington YMCA: See March 4, 10:15-noon. Postnatal Yoga: See March 3, 12:15-1:30 p.m. Prenatal Yoga: See March 3, 10:05-11:30 a.m.

Library & Books Read to a Dog: See March 5, 1-2 p.m.

Nature & Science Raptors Up Close: See March 5. Sugar-on-Snow Party: See March 19.

Health & Fitness: Beginner Ballet for Special Needs Students: See March 5. Tots and Tykes Open Gym: See March 5.

Library & Books Open Computer Time for Teens: See March 2. Reading with Frosty & Friends Therapy Dogs: See March 1.

Nature & Science Science and Stories: Spring: Celebrate signs of spring as we head into a new season by taking note of small changes in the environment. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington, 11 a.m. Free with admission. Info, 877-324-6386.


Arts ‘The Wizard of Oz:’ There’s no place like home ... onstage for family enjoyment. This lavish stage performance is supported by Flynn Arts students cast as munchkins and winkies. Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington, 7 p.m. $41, $61 person. Info, 863-5966.

Community Cookie Decorating: See March 2.

Health & Fitness Afternoon Hoops: See March 2.

Library & Books High School Book Group: See March 2. Middle School Book Group: See March 2. Open Computer Time for Teens: See March 2.




Music Together: See March 1.

Library & Books Fletcher Free Library Teen Advisory Board: See March 14.

Health & Fitness Itty Bitty Public Skating: See March 7.

Pollywog Preschool Drop-In: See March 3.

Community Mom’s Matinees: See March 3.

Health & Fitness Itty Bitty Public Skating: See March 7. Postnatal Yoga: See March 3.


Prenatal Yoga: See March 3.


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Creative Tuesdays: See March 1.

Sugar-on-Snow Parties: See March 5.

Kids in the Kitchen: Pint-Sized Personal Pizzas: Toss some pizzas together, after spicing and stirring the homemade sauce. Kids add their own healthy topping and nibble on garlic knots and veggie sticks while the pizza bakes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Preregister. $20 child, adult admission free. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1.


Craftacular Tuesdays: See March 1.

Fairs & Festivals

dietitian. Colchester Senior Center, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $53 residents, $58 nonresidents. Preregister. Info, 264-5645.

Lego Club: See March 3. Open Computer Time for Teens: See March 2.

Itty Bitty Drop-In Art: See March 1.

Red Clover Book Group: See March 3.

Music Together: See March 1.

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Tadpole Preschool Drop-In: See March 1.

Community Healthy Meals on a Budget: Get some helpful tips on how to put dinner on the table in healthy, simple, affordable ways. This session which focuses on meal planning, taught by a registered

Journey from Sap to Syrup: Follow a droplet of sap as it becomes maple syrup. Kids can find out what it takes to become a Vermont sugar maker as they tap a tree, collect sap and watch it boil. Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, 10-11 a.m. Ages 3-5. Preregister. $10 adult/child pair, $4/additional child. Info, 434-3068. 



Tissue-Paper Flowers

Carolyn Fox is the calendar editor at Seven Days.


1. Cut at least four sheets of tissue paper into squares of the same size. The larger the sheets, the larger the flowers. We cut ours into 6-by-6-inch squares.

• Tissue paper • Scissors • Pipe cleaner

2. Straighten the sheets into a neat stack. 3. Fold the stack like an accordion — first to one side, then the other — all the way across. We made roughly 1/2-inch folds. Make sure the folds are even. 4. Attach the flower’s stem by looping a pipe cleaner tightly around the center of the folded accordion and twisting the loop closed. 5. With the accordion stack and stem held like a T, gently separate each sheet of tissue paper and pull it upward. Fluff as necessary to make your flower look full. 6. Repeat steps 1 through 5 until you have a bouquet. You can change or alternate the colors of the tissue paper, cut sheets to different sizes, or add sheets for a fuller look.

the folded accordion to give your petals different shapes.

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Spring is just around the corner — though it’s pretty hard to tell in Vermont. Don’t let mud season get you down. Brighten up with a bouquet of these simple tissue-paper flowers, perfect for a child’s nightstand, a dinner-table centerpiece or even an office shelf. You can customize them by alternating hues, zigzagging the edges or changing the size. Better still: No watering necessary. These petals will last until your real garden is in full bloom.


Snow Suits

Do your kids have the write stuff? Encourage them to enter the 2011 PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest. This annual competition, sponsored by Vermont Public Television, invites children in grades K through 3 to create original stories and illustrations. A panel of local judges and experts will select 12 winners, three from each grade. VPT will announce the winners in late April and will feature videos of students reading their stories on air and online, at and Contest participants will receive a certificate of achievement, as well as the opportunity to read their story aloud at “Storytime” celebrations held at locations throughout the state.

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SLEDDING Sledding is a blast for all ages. Use a hill in your yard, or make one if you can. Remember to pack down the sledding path by taking a few runs before guests arrive. For safety, make a designated climbing lane to use when getting back to the top of the hill (avoid crashes!). “Feet first” is a good sledding rule. LANDSCAPE ART Turn your lawn into a canvas — fill plastic bottles with water and add food coloring to make the “paint.” Have at least two bottles per guest, but be ready to refill. Ask the kids to squirt away, turning your lawn into landscape art. They can also make snow angels or snowpersons to paint. THE FORT Snow forts appeal to kids of all ages, but for the 8-to-11 set, try building two forts for friendly snowball battles. Throw in a couple Flexible Flyer Snowball Makers — just $7.15 each on Make the forts at least a day ahead of time to let them harden. If there are tunnels, remember to keep children off the top!

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Joe was at camp for five nights and six days. We knew sending your 8-year-old to sleepaway camp for he was going to have a great experience, but we weren’t the first time is a big step for any parent, but it’s an even prepared for how much his absence would affect the bigger leap of faith when your child is disabled. rest of our family. Our son, Joe, is a happy, social and silly third grader. Managing Joe’s daily needs had become a way of life Before he was born, he had some complications in for us. People kept telling my husband, Sean, and I to utero that caused cerebral palsy. For Joe, cerebral take a break. They’d say, “Oh, Theresa, you could use a palsy involves a wheelchair, an adult at his side to help little respite.” But I always felt that I was doing what I with almost every routine and the inability to speak. was supposed to do. After all, I am his mom. I enjoy my Though CP doesn’t define who Joe is as a child, it does son. I don’t want to spend time away from him; I want in some ways dictate the activities in which he can be to be with him. successful. Including him in a typical camp wouldn’t We’ve had some help with Joe, be easy, and might leave everyone but we’ve always been nearby. With feeling overwhelmed: Oh gosh, him at camp, we were three hours here’s this kid in a wheelchair. How away. The camp experience made us will he participate? How do I interact aware of how many details we had with him? worked into every routine of the day Last August, Joe had the to accommodate Joe’s needs. Not opportunity to attend the Double H having to think about those extra Ranch in Lake Luzerne, N.Y. It’s a steps for a few days felt very freeing. camp that’s set up to meet the specific Having Joe at camp also gave us medical and accessibility needs of a chance to spend some real quality kids like Joe. I had heard about it and time with Joe’s twin brother, thought, That’s something I’ll pack Parker. We were able to go to the away for down the road. But once our amusement park without having to friends came back and told us what a struggle with whose needs would great experience their son had, I felt Theresa soares have to take a backseat. We didn’t like I was ready. have to decide not to do an activity First we had to fill out a lengthy because Joe couldn’t do it, too. And we didn’t have the application — campers have to apply to attend. A typical guilt of leaving Joe out. For the first time in eight years, camp application is a couple of pages at most. This one we had the freedom to be spontaneous. is 15 pages, because you have to share so much medical It was also a revelation for us to see the bond that information. exists between our two boys. I had always worried that After he was accepted, I put together a book — a manual Joe’s motor and speech impairments had somehow — to go with Joe, for my peace of mind, just so I felt like lessened the twin connection with Parker. It hit my they had the answers. This is how Joe eats. This is what we heart really deep to hear Parker say, “I wonder what do when Joe starts crying. This is how Joe tells you he needs Joe’s doing right now,” or “When are we going to get to something. This is what happens when X, Y and Z. see Joe? I miss my brother!” When we pulled into the parking lot to drop him off, We couldn’t have asked for a better experience for there was this mass of people, all clapping and cheering. Joe. He enjoyed swimming, fishing, arts and crafts, and It was really overwhelming. I got teary just seeing how going to the Great Escape. He even did a zip line — I was excited everyone was to welcome us. kind of glad I didn’t see him doing that! And he made After we checked in and visited the nurse, we went new friends from around the world. to Joe’s cabin. We met the counselors, and they ushered The counselors wrote journal entries of his activities, us in and took care of the luggage. They felt comfortable took pictures, and kept him so happy and busy that he enough to just take right over with Joe, but I wasn’t slept better than he has ever slept in eight years. When we ready to leave yet. I wanted to stay a little longer to go arrived to pick him up, he was grinning from ear to ear. over all of the specific details that would help him have I went to camp. I have fond memories of being at camp a successful stay and show them how all the equipment and being silly with friends. For Joe to be able to do that, worked and how to use the brake on his wheelchair — all to just be an 8-year-old but have his needs met also — that those details you can’t put on paper very easily. They let was wonderful. We’re applying again this year.  us go at our own pace.

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ss is a place of innovation, fun and fitne for school age children ages 6-12. We r olds, also offer a Camp Program for 5 yea Edge. which is run in conjunction with Camp detailed Additionally, we offer more diverse and year-old activities for our older group of 9-12 y of indoor Campers. Our program offers a variet , craft and outdoor activities including sports pers projects, field trips and more! Our cam learning have an active summer playing and with their friends!

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• Arts & Crafts ities • Athletic Activ • Gym Games • Music • Field Trips ilderness • Nature and W Exploration door & outdoor) • Swimming (in Games • Recreational • Storytelling ction • Tennis Instru ll • Climbing Wa ot (including but n • Group Sports r all, soccer, floo limited to: baseb all, kickball) hockey, basketb

Session I: Session II: Session III: Session IV: Session V: Session VI: Session VII: Session VIII: Session IX: Session X: Session XI:

6/13-6/17 6/20-6/24 6/27-7/1 7/5-7/8 7/11-7/15 7/18-7/22 7/25-7/29 8/1-8/5 8/8-8/12 8/15-8/19 8/22-8/26

Wild West Mad Scientist Blast Off! Go Green Carnival Psychedelic 60’s Around the World Summer Olympics Under the Sea Creepy Critters Water Works

SPECIAL OFFER Prepay by Feb 28th and receive

$100 toward

The EDGE membership of your choice! *minimum purchase required*

Essex (802) 879-7734 x 128 • Williston (802) 864-5351 • S. Burlington (802) 658-0080 or (802) 658-0002


For more specific questions, please contact us at: Essex: • South Burlington: • Williston: kfp-Theedgesummercamps0211.indd 1

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