MountainTop Film Festival, films addressing social and environmental issues, Jan. 12-18, Big Picture Theater. Opening reception, music by Pappy, Fri., Jan. 12, 6-8 pm. Muslim Girls Making Change poetry slam, Sat., Jan. 13, 6 pm. SunCommon hosts “An Inconvenient Sequel,” gives info on renewable energy, Sun., Jan. 14, 1 pm. Harwood International Relief Club presents “Human Flow,” Q&A with refugees and organizers of VT Refugee Resettlement Program, Mon., Jan. 15, 7 pm. Full schedule: mountaintopfilmfestival.com. Adults, $9; seniors, $7; free with valid student ID; films with special events (Q&A), $10.
Winter Market, local makers and growers selling products, Sundays, 11 am-3 pm, Mad River Taste Place. Free admission.
Local artisan market, Sat. and Sun., Jan. 13 and 14, noon-6 pm, Gate House Lodge, Sugarbush.
Torchlight Parade, Fireworks, Sat., Jan. 13, 7 pm, on Spring Fling. Bow Thayer at Castlerock Pub, 9 pm-midnight. Sugarbush. Free.
NSAA Safety Month, January: Meet Sugarbush ski patrol, toboggan rides, learn about safety, Sat., Jan. 20, 3:30-4:30 pm, Welcome Mat area, Lincoln Peak. Meet the Wildlife Experts, Sat., Jan. 27, 3-4 pm, Gate House Sleeper Room, Lincoln Peak. Family activities: High Fives Foundation film, poster contest, coloring, crafts. Sugarbush.
“The Meaning of Maple,” free presentation by Dr. Michael Lange, professor of anthropology and folklore, hosted by the Waterbury Historical Society, Wed., Jan. 24, 7 pm, Steele Community Room, 28 N. Main St., Waterbury.
Free Community Supper, Fri., Jan. 26, 5:30 pm, Waitsfield United Church of Christ. Info: 496-3065.
Lawson’s Finest Beer Lover’s Dinner, Full Moon Snowshoe, Wed., Jan. 31, 7 pm, Mad River Glen. $50 includes snowshoe, dinner, one beer. Snowshoe rental, $5. Register: www.madriverglen.com.
“The Gift of Anxiety and Depression Prevention: Skills We Can (and Should!) Be Teaching Our Children,” free presentation by a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist, Thurs., Feb. 11, 5:30-7:30 pm, Fayston Elementary School, 496-3636.
Community breakfast to benefit Mason’s Harwood Scholarship Fund, Sat., Jan. 13, 8-11 am, Masonic Lodge, Waitsfield.
Lasagna Dinner & Movie Night, fundraiser for the Mad River Glen Freeskiing Team, Sat., Jan. 20, 5 pm, Mad River Glen.
Returnable bottles and cans may be donated to Waitsfield United Church (next to Joslin Library); leave in marked shed behind church.
Fun & Games
Blizzard Boogie, Sun., Jan. 14, 3-4:30 pm, DJ, s’mores, hot cocoa, Gate House Courtyard, Sugarbush.
Mad River Glen Family Tournament, father/son, mother/daughter, mother/father, father/daughter, etc. Practice Slope, Mon., Jan. 15, 10 am. Register: 8:30-10 am or www.madriverglen.com/events.
Mad River Valley Youth Lacrosse registration open for spring season, U11, U13, U15 and U9 age levels. www.madriverlax.com.
Duplicate Bridge, Mondays, 12:30 pm, Waitsfield Inn. Info: Alice, 496-7154.
Kids Pizza & Movie Night, drop off the kids, ages 4-12, Fri., Jan. 12 (“The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature” and “The Lego Ninjago Movie”), and Sun., Jan. 14 (“Kobu and the Two Strings” and “Boss Baby”). Both are 5-8 pm, The Schoolhouse, Sugarbush, $34, reserve: www.sugarbush.com/events-calendar.
S’mores cookout, Sat. and Sun., Jan. 13 and 14, 4-4:30 pm, Lincoln Peak, Sugarbush. Free.
Gathering of the Groms, free intro to freestyle skiing/snowboarding, ages 13 and under, instruction, games, prizes. Jan. 13, Mt. Ellen; Feb. 17, Lincoln Peak; March 3, Mt. Ellen. Sugarbush.
Kids Cooking Class, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” ages 6-12, Sat. Jan. 13, 5:30-7:30 pm, The Schoolhouse, Sugarbush, $45 includes instruction, three-course meal, recipe card, apron. Register: www.sugarbush.com/events-calendar.
The Children’s Room, weekdays when school is in session, 8 am-4 pm, free drop-in play space, up to age 6 from any town, resource center for parents. Thatcher Brook Primary School, Waterbury. www.childrensroomonline.org/calendar.html. 244-5605.
Naturalist Snowshoe Tours, Saturdays and Sundays, 10:30 am, Mad River Glen.
Guided Outback Snowshoe Tours, Sat., Jan. 13, 10 am and 1 pm, Lincoln Peak, Sugarbush.
Twilight Snowshoe Tour, guide will interpret animal tracks, adults and kids ages 9+. Every Saturday, 3:30 pm. Meet at The Farmhouse, Sugarbush. $35 ($45 with rentals). Reserve: www.sugarbush.com/events-calendar.
Dog-Friendly Guided Snowshoe Tour, meet at Mt. Ellen ticket booth at 9:45 am, Sun., Jan. 14, $10 per dog, leashes and plastic bags required. Snowshoe rentals available.
Photography Outback Tour, guided snowshoe photography tour, ages 18+, departs from The Farmhouse, 888-651-4827. Sun., Jan. 14, 10 am-1 pm. $72; $82 with rentals.
SheJumps Intl. Women’s Ski/Snowboard Day, Sat., Jan. 20, group ski/ride activities, games, raffles, apres ski, Sugarbush.
Telemark World Cup, Wed.-Fri., Jan. 24-26, Sugarbush.
Junior Unconventional Terrain Competition, ages 14 and under, top male and female finishers qualify for the Triple Crown Unconventional Terrain and Ski the East Freeride Tour events. Sat., Jan. 27, 11 am, Mad River Glen.
USASA Rail Jam, freestyle event, Sat., Jan. 27, 11 am-2 pm, Mt. Ellen, open to registered ski/snowboard USASA members. Register: 9-10 am, base lodge.
Guided Snowshoe Headlamp Dinner Tours at American Flatbread every Thursday. Reserve: Clearwater Sports, 496-2708.
Skatium, outdoor ice rink, Slow Rd., Waitsfield. Lights for night skating, rentals, lessons. Potluck picnic, Tuesdays, 5-7 pm. Open pickup fun hockey, Wednesdays, 8-10 pm, $5. Call to listen to hours: 496-8845.
Sugarbush Racing Club, fun, friendly race series, Thursdays, 11 am-1 pm, postrace parties. All ages and abilities. sugarbushracingclub.com.
“Cheonderoga: The Place Where Echoes Dwell,” discussion of 17th-century military life in the Lake Champlain, Lake George and Hudson River corridor, French and Indian War, Revolutionary War, Thurs., Jan. 11, 6:30 pm, Joslin Library. Free.
Moretown Open Mic, musicians, poets, comics, performers, Fri., Jan. 12, 7 pm, the old Moretown Town Hall. All ages and abilities. BYO. Also, Feb. 9, March 9, April 6.
Joslin Memorial Library Capital Campaign Cabinet meetings Thurs., Jan. 18, 8:30 am, lower level of the library.
A Mysterious Lens on American Culture, VT Humanities Council reading and discussion series: "Indian Killer" by Sherman Alexie, Thurs., Jan. 18, 6:30 pm, Joslin Library. Free.
Alaska slideshow, stories, journal readings by George Schenk, Sat., Jan. 20, 7 pm, Joslin Library (downstairs).
The Hollywood Blacklist with VT Humanities Council presenter and film expert Rick Winston, film clips, discussion of the Red Scare in Hollywood in the 1940s to 1960s. Wed., Jan. 31, 6:30 pm, Joslin Library. Free.
Free Adult Education: basic reading, writing, math, computer skills; high school diploma/GED programs; career/college readiness; English language learning and U.S. citizenship. Tuesdays, 1-3 pm, Joslin Library. Info: David Busker, 244-8765; no reservations necessary.
Joslin Memorial Library Story Hour, Mondays, 10 am, preschoolers. www.joslinmemoriallibrary.com, 496-4205. Free.
Moretown Memorial Library Story Hour, Tuesdays, 10:30 am, story, crafts, outdoor exploration. https://moretownlibrary.com, 496-9728. Free.
Waterbury Public Library Story Times: Baby/toddler, up to age 3, stories, songs, playtime, Mondays, 10 am. Preschoolers, ages 3-6, stories, songs, crafts, Thursdays, 10 am. www.waterburypubliclibrary.com, 244-7036. Free.
Cancer support group meets fourth Wed. every month, 6 pm, at MRV Chamber of Commerce.
Mad River Valley Rec District meets third Tues. of each month, 6 pm, Gen. Wait House. Open to all.
Mad River Valley Rotary Club meets first Wed. each month, 5:15-6:30 pm, Round Barn, Waitsfield; all other Wednesdays, 7:15-8:30 am, Sugarbush Inn, Warren. All welcome. Info: www.mrvrotary.org.
MRV Republicans meets fourth Wed. of each month, 6 pm, Bongiorno’s Restaurant.
Valley Democrats meets second Mon. of each month, 5:15 pm, Joslin Library (downstairs), Waitsfield. All welcome.
Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, Sun., 7 pm, and Tues., 7 pm, at Parish House, Our Lady of the Snows Church/St. Dunstan’s, Waitsfield. Fri., 7 pm, Warren Church. Confirm times: 229-5100. www.aavt.org.
Erin Cassells Brown, Thurs., Jan. 11, 3:30-5:30 pm, Gen. Stark’s Pub, Mad River Glen.
The Detonators, Thurs., Jan. 11 and 18, apres ski, Green Mt. Lounge, Mt. Ellen, Sugarbush.
Durham County Poets, soulful folk, Thurs., Jan. 11, 8-11 pm, Zenbarn, $15 (advance, $12).
Pappy Biondo, Fri., Jan. 12, 6-8 pm, Big Picture Theater lounge.
Mad River Dead, Seth Yacavone, Justin Mazer and others, Fri., Jan. 12, 10 pm, Localfolk Smokehouse.
Small Change, Tom Waits tribute band, Fri., Jan. 12, 9-11 pm, Zenbarn.
Apres-ski music, Sat., Jan. 13, 3-6 pm: the Dave Keller Band, Castlerock Pub; The Funkleberries, Wunderbar; Roy and the Wrecks, Rumble’s Kitchen; Amerikana Blue, Green Mt. Lounge. Sugarbush. Free.
Bow Thayer, Sat., Jan. 13, 9 pm, Castlerock Pub, Sugarbush, free.
Dolphin Strikers with Chicky Stoltz, ska rock, Sat., Jan. 13, 9:30 pm, Localfolk Smokehouse.
Free bus rides, Saturday nights, 6 pm-2 am, plus these Sundays: Jan. 14, Feb. 18. http://RideGMT.com/gmt-schedules/. Request pickup: 802-496-7433.
The Full Cleveland, 1970s top 40, soul, Sat., Jan. 13, 9-11 pm, Zenbarn.
Zach Nugent, former guitarist for Jerry Garcia Band, Wednesdays in January, 8 pm. Zenbarn, Waterbury Center.
John Lackard Blues Band, Thurs., Jan. 18, 3:30-5:30 pm, Gen. Starks’s Pub, Mad River Glen, free.
Shrimp Tunes, Wed., Jan. 24, 6-9 pm, Hyde Away Inn. Music every Wednesday through April 4, www.hydeawayinn.com/events, 496-2322.
Lowell Thompson, Thurs., Jan. 25, 3:30-5:30 pm, Gen. Stark’s Pub, Mad River Glen, free.
The Welterweights with Kelly Ravin, Lowell Thompson, Pat Melvin, Sean Preece, Sat., Jan. 27, 7-9:30 pm. Gen. Stark’s Pub, free.
The Grift, Sat., Jan. 27, 9 pm, Castlerock Pub, free.
Foot Care Clinic with CVHHH at Evergreen Place, Thurs., Jan. 11, 8:30 am-noon. Reserve: 223-1878. Bring basin, towel, foot soak powder, clippers. $15.
Family-Style Lunch, Tues. & Thurs., noon, open to all, suggested donation, discount for age 60-plus. Piano music by Joan Foster or Roger Hussey. Evergreen Place Senior Center, Waitsfield. After lunch activities: Jan. 11, Singalong; Jan. 16, Snow stories; Jan. 18, Celebrate birthdays/Joke Day; Jan. 23, Seniors present their collections; Jan. 25, Travelogue; Jan. 30, What is it? Reserve lunch: Walt, 496-2543.
Diner Breakfasts, Mondays, 8-10 am, Evergreen Place, open to all, suggested donation, $8, supports Meals On Wheels.
Bingo, Tues. & Thurs., 10:30-11:30 am, Evergreen Place Senior Center.
Move! Tuesdays, 2 pm. Fun, varied group exercise with SASH coordinator Kenneth Russell, Evergreen Place.
Knitting Circle, Fridays, 10:30 am, Shades of Winter yarn shop, Waitsfield.
Meals On Wheels, home-delivered meals for seniors, call 496-2543.
Photo Exhibit: Refugees housed free at the City Plaza (hotel), Athens, Greece, by Anna Jarecki, at Big Picture Theater for month of January. Proceeds from photo sales to be donated to City Plaza.
“Mostly White,” paintings by Kathy Stark, exhibit through February 17, Axel’s Gallery, Stowe St., Waterbury. Tues.-Fri., 10 am-6 pm; Sat., 10 am-4 pm. www.axelsgallery.com, 244-7801.
Fiber Riot! Free, informal, weekly gathering; knitting, crocheting, spinning, rug hooking. Wednesdays, Jan. 17 to March 28, 5-8 pm, Mad River Fiber Arts & Mill, Waitsfield, 496-7746.
Mad River Chorale rehearsals, Mondays starting Jan. 22, 7-9 pm, Harwood chorus room. Singers who can match pitch and sing with their section are welcome. Info: madriverchorale.net, 496-2048.
Mad Quilters, all abilities welcome, meets second Tuesday of each month, 6:30 pm, Harwood Union High School. 496-2035.
“The Last Five Years,” Fridays and Saturdays at 7 pm; Sundays at 2 pm, Feb. 2-11, Valley Players Theater. Ticket: Fri. and Sat., $20; Sun., $16; 802-583-1674 or www.valleyplayers.com.