Upcoming events: Music at Grounded4Life; Hidden Kitchen classes focus on meats; genealogy workshop at Rock Library; Baby Boomers Expo in Burlington; cross-stitch class in Springfield and free solar energy workshop

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Savage sisterJan. 30: The Savage Sisters + Ken at Grounded4Life

On Friday, Jan. 30, Grounded4Life will host the musical group the Savage Sisters+Ken, with Christina (Savage) Goding on piano and vocals, Hannah (Savage) MacLean and Joanna Savage on vocals, Leah Savage on guitar and vocals and Ken Goding on drums.

Grounded4Life is the coffee house in the lower level of the Chester Baptist Church, 162 Main St. in Chester. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with food, coffee, fellowship and conversation. Program begins at 7 p.m. with free admission.

Check out the Grounded4Life Facebook page at  or contact John Nunnikhoven at john4ns@fastmail.fm.

Jan. 30: Inn at Weathersfield’s cooking school holds meat prep classes

Culinary classes to begin in The Hidden Kitchen at the Inn at Weathersfield

Culinary classes to begin in The Hidden Kitchen at the Inn at Weathersfield

The Inn at Weathersfield launches its 2015 culinary adventures highlighting all types of meat.

Chefs and celebrated cookbook authors teach students how to breakdown, butcher and braise some of the region’s locally raised meats in the Inn’s private cooking studio, The Hidden Kitchen in the converted barn loft 1342 Route 106, Perkinsville.

“These are not your normal cooking classes for non-professionals,” says Marilee Spanjian, owner and cooking school director. “For the Jan. 30 weekend adventure, we’re bringing in a whole, locally raised whey-fed pig ready for butcher and author Cole Ward to teach butchering from start to finish. On Saturday, Feb. 28, chef and author Molly Stevens brings her All About Braising cookbook to life, and on the weekend of March 21 chef and former New England Culinary Institute instructor Mike Gray instructs students on how to cook exotic Vermont meats such as elk, venison and alpaca.”

The Hidden Kitchen is designed for hands-on cooking classes and accommodates up to 12 guests. Culinary adventure classes are open to both inn guests and visitors; and a 20 percent lodging discount will be applied to guest participant’s room rates. The class fee for Butchery and Pork Cookery is $395 per person, Braising is $375 pp, and Exotic Meats is $350 pp. All fees include lunch and/or dinner, pending on the class structure. For more information, call 802- 263-9217 or visit www.weathersfieldinn.com/hidden-kitchen/

Jan. 31: Beginning genealogy workshop at Rock Library

Wayne Blanchard offers a beginners workshop on researching family trees from 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31 at the Rockingham Library.
Blanchard will cover topics including:

  • choosing an organizational system that works for you.
  • tracking families with a family group sheet and multi-generational chart.
  • keeping a research log.
  • planning for future research.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-463-4270, email anne@rockinghamlibrary.org or visit rockinghamlibrary.org.

Jan. 31: Vermont 50-Plus and Baby Boomers Expo

Vermont Maturity Magazine presents the 20th annual Vermont 50-Plus and Baby Boomers Expo from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31 at the Sheraton-Burlington Hotel and Conference Center at 180 Williston Road, Burlington.

The Expo features more than 90 exhibitors, interactive workshops and seminars, giveaways including a trip for two to Montreal, art and wellness demos, coffee and tea tasting, silent auction, Tech Pavilion, Lyric Theatre Revue, dance party, and Elvis Tribute Concert. Tickets are $4 in advance, $5 at the door. For more information, visit www.vermontmaturity.com/expo or call 802-872-9000.

Jan. 31: Cross-stitch a greeting card

Carol King will teach how to cross-stitch a Valentine’s Day-themed greeting card at The Craft Source, from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 62 Clinton St. in Springfield. Students will take home a handmade piece of art to keep or give away. The fee is $20, which includes all materials. Space is limited. Registrations must be in by Jan. 28. For more info contact Miriam at thecraftsourcevt@gmail.com or call 802-952-8778.

Feb. 3: Conservation group hosts solar workshop

The Chester Conservation Committee is offering a Solar Education and Information Workshop from 7-8:30 on Tuesday, Feb. 3 at the Newsbank Conference Center, 352 Main St. in Chester. Three speakers will explain and answer questions about the what, why and how of using solar power for home energy needs and provide information about how to get started.

The first speaker, Lee Gustafson, president of NET Zero in Chester, will present information about how homeowners can use the sun to generate electricity for their home. Next Anika James from Sun Common will explain a clean energy option in conjunction with solar power that is available to homeowners who want to be less dependent fossil fuels for their energy needs.

Finally Dave Winslow of Green Mountain Power will help make sense of the financial implications of going solar and being a GMP customer. Find out how to use summer credits during the winter using net metering.

Contact David Nanfeldt at dnanfeldt@gmail.com or 802-875-4309 for additional information and updates. In the event of cancellation due to bad weather, the event will be rescheduled in the spring.

Compiled by Susan Lampe-Wilson

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