Free Lectures/Events at 1:00 p.m. — All ages are welcome

Weekly Wednesday presentation will be online Zoom meetings. No registration is necessary. All ages are welcome. There is no fee.

A link to the Zoom meeting will be provided below the description on the day before the event and on the Home page. On the Wednesday of the event, use the Zoom link or information to join the meeting. 

For recordings of previous talks, click here.

April 2021

4/21: VERMONT in DEEP TIME with Craig Heindel
Take a geologic journey through earth’s history, and learn how Vermont, the Champlain Valley and New England were formed. How did it happen that Vermont’s Green Mountains are more similar to the mountains of Sweden and Norway and to the Atlas Mountains of North Africa than to the Adirondacks and the White Mountains?
Craig Heindel, a consulting groundwater geologist, has lived in the Champlain Valley and explored the region since his graduate-school days at UVM in the mid-1970s.

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Meeting ID: 878 3456 9767
Passcode: 623579

4/28: CONSERVATION of YOUR HEIRLOOMS with Rick Kerschner
Objects Conservator Rick Kerschner will evaluate your heirloom’s condition online and advise on how to preserve it, whether conservation treatment is necessary, and how to find a qualified conservator. Join the meeting using the Zoom mobile phone app, and place heirlooms on a table so all sides can be easily viewed using your phone. This virtual platform enables viewing furniture, paintings or other heirlooms difficult to transport. He cannot address value.
Richard Kerschner is Conservator Emeritus, Shelburne Museum.

Recorded Talks and Resources

It’s likely each of us can recall times in our lives when we have felt embraced by sacred space. What are characteristics of spaces we experience – or remember – or imagine that feel sacred to us? What does the idea of sacred space contribute to nurturing and sustaining community? Ann will talk about her experience designing sacred spaces for religious communities, as well as some spaces that have particularly influenced her work.
Ann is partner at G-V-V (Guillot-Vivian-Viehmann) Architects in Burlington and is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design and Andover Newton Theological School.

List to the recorded Zoom talk.

With only three weeks to go before the end of the first hundred days of the Biden administration, we will look at what progress has been made in gaining control of the pandemic. The focus will be on vaccination rates, access to testing and control of community spread of coronavirus. There will be time for Q & A.
Jim Hyde is a Professor Emeritus of Public Health at the Tufts University School of Medicine and former Director of Preventive Medicine at the Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health.

Listen to the Zoom recording.

Tuesday, 4/06: repeated from 3/10
with Anne Outwater
After being a first responder at the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Dr. Outwater has been dedicated to the prevention of violence. Her research findings, interventions and next steps include entrepreneurship and beekeeping – drawing on her experiences growing up in Vermont. Anne Outwater, PhD, RN, is a faculty member at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Listen to Zoom recording.

3/31: THE POWER OF A POWER OF ATTORNEY with Leah Burdick, Esq.
A legal Power of Attorney document can be a powerful tool to safeguard your financial well-being. This talk will explain the ins and outs of what a Power of Attorney document is, how it is created, and what it means to be a named agent in a Power of Attorney under Vermont law.
Leah Burdick, Esq., is an Elder Law attorney within the Elder Law Project at Vermont Legal Aid, Inc

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This interactive presentation will review the Vermont Advanced Directive Form, clarify its wording, show how to register the form once complete, and clarify differences between DNR/DNI and “full code.” We will also spend some time on how to update your advanced directive, if necessary.
Dr. D’Amato is a family medicine physician at Charlotte Family Health.

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3/17: COMPOSTING FOR EVERYONE with Natasha Duarte
Confused about the new “compost law?” Join Natasha, the Director of the Composting Association, to get your questions answered. Composting supports healthy, resilient communities and the environment. Learn a simple technique for successful backyard composting as well as what options you have if you aren’t interested or able to compost at home.

View recorded video here.

2/24: HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU… LOUISE NEVELSON! with Linda Finkelstein
The art and amazing life of Louise Nevelson will be featured in this engaging hour. Learn how a little girl who fled the Ukraine with her family to Rockland, Maine, became the most celebrated and influential American female sculptor of the 20th century—best known for her monumental, monochromatic, wooden wall assemblages and outdoor sculptures. This experience will be a feast for your eyes and spirit at the end of the winter.
Linda Finkelstein is a mixed media artist and former art teacher, with degrees in art history and art education.

Click here for recorded Zoom talk.

Nepal, home to Mt. Everest, is a geographically diverse and a multi-ethnic country situated between India to the south and China to the north. Rick and I had the joy to live and work in Nepal for six months and this talk will present the beauty of its people, culture and land. Included will be pictures of our trek along the Annapurna Circuit as well as pictures of people and places in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur. 
Sandi was an ESL teacher in American International Schools in Greece, Israel, Bangladesh, Hungary and Brazil where her husband, Rick, served as each school’s director. After twenty-one years abroad, they returned to Vermont in 2009.

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2/10: LOOKING at the NIGHT SKY with Jack St. Louis
People have always looked up at the lights in the night sky and wondered, “What are those lights?” The ancients connected star patterns into outlines of people, creatures and objects familiar to us that are still in use today. And, chances are you’ve seen the five visible planets without even realizing it. Eventually, with the use of telescopes, science revealed the secrets of the objects on the celestial sphere. Anyone can become an amateur astronomer, learn the secrets, track the planets as they move, and photograph constellations, meteors and comets.
Jack is current president of The Vermont Astronomical Society. He has made mirrors, built his own Newtonian telescopes, and taught astronomy courses at Burlington College and UVM.

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