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    Beginner's Bridge - Weds

    Beginner's Bridge

    Wednesday, February 26th and running until March 11th from 6-8 pm in the SAL room.

    Perhaps you missed the fall session of Beginner’s Bridge at the Waterbury Library, or maybe you were a regular, but want more instruction.  No worries—Grace Sweet, Bridge Instructor Extraordinaire is back for another three week session beginning Wednesday, February 26th and running until March 11th from 6-8 pm in the SAL room.

    Grace has been playing bridge all her life, knows the fundamentals of the game and is well qualified to teach the principles and strategies of the game.  This series will build on the beginner series last fall and review the rudimentary plays, so new folks are welcome.  Step-by-step, Grace gives guidance as players play random hands of bridge.

    If you’ve been wanting to play bridge, look no further.  You’ll gain confidence, a skill set, and the option to join a regular weekly bridge group.

    For more info and to register, call 244-7036.

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    Beginner Dungeons and Dragons - 1st Sat of the Month

    Beginner Dungeons and Dragons

    Do you like Dungeons? How about Dragons? Why not both?

    The 1st Saturday of each month in the SAL Room from 10 am to 2 pm

    • Feb 1
    • March 7
    • April 4

    …maybe beyond!

    If you have ever wanted to learn to play Dungeons and Dragons or are a veteran looking for a group to play with,  join us on the 1st Saturday of the month  through April, for a beginner-friendly campaign led by Dungeon Master Vinni Yasi.

    We will go through character creation, the rules, and then jump right into it!

    All supplies provided, just bring your imagination! (Feel free to bring your own things, if you have them!)

    The campaign will follow the starter-friendly module The Lost Mine of Phandelver        and branch out from there.

    Ages Teen to Adult (or very mature children who can sit, listen, and have fun)

     

     

     

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    Qi Gong Flow & Tai Chi - Fridays

    Qi Gong Flow & Tai Chi

     

    8 Week Series

    Fridays: Jan 3rd – Feb 28th

     

    Health & Balance through Qi Gong Flow: 10:15-10:45.     

    Sign-up or drop in.

     

    Tai Chi for Fall Prevention: Dr. Paul Lam (Level 1 & 2) 11—noon.

    Class size limited to 15.  8 week commitment, with the first day being a demo day.  The class is especially suited for older adults and can be done seated or standing.

     

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    Chair Yoga - Weds.

    Wednesdays from 10:15-11:15 in the SAL Room

    No experience needed. All levels welcome to this low-stress, high energy class.
    The chair provides stability and balance, and allows movement without fear.

    Drop-ins welcome!

    Local Waterbury resident, Diana Whitney has been practicing yoga for 20 years.

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    Race Conversations - 3rd Tues

    Future dates are Jan 21, Feb 18, Mar 17 and April 21.

    We meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 6:30 to 7:30 in the SAL room.

    Race Conversations, a group of dedicated members of the community have been meeting on a monthly basis since the spring of last year.  All members of the community are invited to join in the conversation of race. What is the meaning of race?  What is the impact of racism on our community?  Eventually and hopefully, the question will arise: what can we do about it?

    Facilitated by Educator, Life LeGeros, the group is currently reading Ijeoma Oluo’s book, “So you want to talk about race?”  The book is available through the library’s interlibrary loan and at Bridgeside Books at a 15% discount.  Call 244-7036 for more info and to sign up.

     

     

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    Writers’ Wertfrei - 3rd Sat.

    Writers, fledgling or published, all are welcome at our monthly gatherings of Writers’Wertfrei at the Waterbury Library.  “Wertfrei” comes from the German “Wertfreiheit” meaning non-judgmental or value free.  These gatherings are a place where writers can come, share their work, receive comments and suggestions in a supportive, caring environment.

    The group meets monthly the 3rd Saturday of the month at the Waterbury Library from 10-noon. Bring 3-5 pages of writing that you are either currently working on or something that you have completed.  Newcomers welcome.  For more information contact Judi at judi@waterburypubliclibrary.com or call 244-7036 to sign up.

    Saturdays:

    Dates for the winter/spring are:

    • January 11th,
    • February 15th,
    • March 21st, and
    • April 18th.
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    Knitted Art: Upending Expectations - 1/22 (Wed)

    When: Wednesday, January 22nd from 6:30-8 pm

    Artists have used knitting to make serious art since the first abstract wall panels of the 1960s.  They pushed boundaries with monumental sculptures in the 1980s.  Knitted art challenges gender stereotypes, conceptions of domesticity, and mass consumerism.  See how today’s knit artists combine yarn and humor to explore people, climate change, and society in this illustrated talk by Eve Jacobs-Carnahan at the Waterbury Library on Wednesday, January 22nd from 6:30-8 pm.

    Eve Jacobs-Carnahan makes mixed media knitted sculpture.  Her knitted art has won national and regional awards and is included in Lela Nargi’s survey of knitted art, Astounding Knits! 101 Spectacular Knitted Creations and Daring Feats (Voyageur Press 2011).  She is an active blogger and shares her enthusiasm for knitted arts in talks.  To sample her work and read her blogs, go to evejacobs-carnahan.com

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    Craft Night - 1/27 (Mon)

    When: Mondays - Jan. 27th, Feb. 24th, March 30th. 6-8pm

    Come meet with like-minded crafters on your project.  Need some inspiration?  Want to get back into working with fiber? Need some company on a long winter night?  Come to the SAL room with your project and work in a friendly, non-judgmental atmosphere.  No registration needed.  Just drop in!

     

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    Songwriting with the McHughs - 1/29 (Wed)

    What: Songwriting with the McHughs

    When: Wednesday, Jan. 29th, 6-8:00pm

    The songwriting workshop with the McHughs continues throughout the winter and spring. Dates are:

    • Wednesday, January 29th,
    • Monday, February 17th (in the Steele room), and
    • Wednesdays, March 25th and April 29th.

    Basic elements of songwriting will be covered, along with fun, practical group exercises that will benefit everyone’s skillset.  Topics may include but are not limited to idea development, song structure, lyrical prosody, memorable melodies, basics of co-writing, how to give feedback and more. If you have a song to share, please bring a recording or feel free to bring your instrument or voice or both.  A keyboard and microphone will be available if needed.

    The series is led by musicians and singer/songwriters Patrick and Alison McHugh.  The McHughs have been making music together for two and a half decades and have a passion for inspiring songwriters and aspiring songwriters to bring forth their unique talents and have a safe space to practice and hone their skills.  Pat is a drummer, guitarist, producer, and sound technician.  Alison is a singer, songwriter, and pianist.

    The Monday and Wednesday evening gatherings are an informal time for songwriters of all abilities to collaborate in the sharing of their songwriting skills and ideas.  Prior experience is not a requirement.

    Call 244-7036 to register for any and all of the workshops.

     

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    Starry Night: Night Sky Viewing - 1/30 (Thurs)

    When: Thursday, January 30th from 5-7:30 pm

    Stargazers will delight at “Starry Night,” a nighttime viewing experience of the night sky courtesy of the Waterbury Public Library with the Vermont Astronomical Society (VAS).

    The VAS will be setting up telescopes in the library's parking lot for exploration of the numerous, wonderful deep-space objects, and leading participants through the how-to’s of using telescopes.

    There will be a crescent moon and a very low planet Mercury to view.

    If the night is cloudy or snowy, the event will be rescheduled to Friday, January 31 from 5-7:30 pm.

    If the weather precludes viewing on both nights, the VAS will hold a presentation inside the library’s SAL room on Friday, the 31st at 5 pm.

    Parking is available at the library, but please park in front of the Municipal Center and bring a flashlight or headlamp as the lights will be off in the parking lot for optimal viewing.

    For more information call 244-7036 or email judi@waterburypubliclibrary.com.

    The Waterbury Library's SAL room will be open for warming and snacks.

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    Katherine’s Silly Spectacular - 2/9 (Sun)

    Katherine’s Silly Spectacular

    Sunday, February 9th from 2-3 pm in the Municipal Community Steele Room

    Take an adventure into the circus, acrobatics and whimsy with Katherine Marino’s one-woman variety show, “Katherine’s Silly Spectacular.”  Juggling, comedy, mime, clowning, sleight of hand, dance and acrobatics make up this fun, interactive performance.  Presented by Moxie Productions and the Waterbury Library on Sunday, February 9th from 2-3 pm in the Municipal Community Steele Room, this show is for the whole family and for all ages.

    Refreshments served. Free and handicapped accessible.

     

    About Katherine: Katherine Marino’s extensive performance career includes 10 years performing as a dancer, followed by three years with Rochester, NY-favorite PUSH Physical Theatre. In 2018 she began working primarily as an independent artist, and since then she has performed her original material in China, Canada, and cities across the USA. Since beginning her freelance journey, Katherine has written multiple new acts, taken up management of The Molok Puppet Company, performed in her first film, and produced and directed several new productions, including the Extraordinary Muffin Theatre Spectacular, The 24 Hour Dances Project, and most recently A Show with Cookies, which is her first full-length solo production and is the fulfillment of her long-standing desire to give her inner clown a show of her own.

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    Travel & Culture - 2/11 (Tues)

    Travel & Culture

    Tuesday, February 11th from 6-8 pm

    Love to Travel?  Want to further your education?

    Looking for a cultural experience?

    Interested in volunteering or teaching in another country?

    You may be looking for adventure, you may love to travel but want to further your experiences, or you might be looking for something completely different.  Perhaps you are planning on working or volunteering in another country and have some concerns.  Whatever your motivation, do you know how to travel well?  Are you comfortable getting out of your comfort zone?  What about the language barrier, cultural rules (which you may not even have a clue about!), and yes, cultural shock.

    Seasoned traveler Barbara Reynolds is a semi-retired educator of 17 years teaching internationally, with six years in the Vermont public school system.  Some of the places she has worked and lived include Vietnam, Qatar, East Timor, Kazakhstan, Egypt, Romania, Sri Lanka, Columbia and Greece.  She has also traveled to over 52 countries.  Barb has developed programs, pioneered an international school, trained international teachers in English and collaborated with the US Embassy to name just a few.  To say she is qualified to teach on travel and culture is an understatement.

    Local folks also know Barb as a Master Gardener and former owner of a plant and landscape business in Waterbury.

    Come to a fascinating talk full of adventure and unusual experiences, as Barb shares her journey.  Come with your questions if you too are thinking about planning an adventure, or working and/or volunteering internationally.

     

     

     

     

     

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    Soft Pastel Workshop - 2/25 (Tues)

    Soft Pastel Workshop with Belle McDougall

    Tuesday, February 25th, 6-8 pm

    Learn from a master pastel artist who loves this medium! After a short demo, Belle will lead the class together in a step-by-step landscape.  After the group exercise, participants will venture out on their own. Bring a photo you’d like to paint and discover your own style.

    $10.00 supply fee and take home what you don’t use up.

    Class Size Limited to 10 Participants.

    Call 244-7036 to Sign Up.

     

     

     

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