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    'Bag It'

    'Bag It'

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    Mon., Feb. 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

    A 2010 documentary looks into the question "Is your life too plastic?" Members of Citizens Against Plastic Pollution facilitate discussion afterwards. at Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier. Barre/Montpelier (map). Free.

    Beer & Cheese

    Beer & Cheese

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    Tue., Feb. 26, 3-10 p.m. and Wed., Feb. 27, 3-10 p.m.

    Gourmands give in to a carefully curated flight of brews paired with a palate-pleasing selection of Cabot fromage. This tasting is self-guided. at Stone Corral Brewery in Richmond. Chittenden County (map). Cost of food and drink.

    Community Herbal Clinic

    Community Herbal Clinic

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    Mondays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and Tuesdays, 4-8 p.m.

    Supervised clinical interns offer guidance and support to those looking to care for themselves using natural remedies. at Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism in Montpelier. Barre/Montpelier (map). $10-30; additional cost for herbs.

    Nixmotion

    Nixmotion

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    Fri., Feb. 22, 3 p.m., Sat., Feb. 23, 10 a.m. and Sun., Feb. 24, 10 a.m.

    Need to shake off those winter doldrums? Salsa dancers leave their blues behind at Nixmotion, a large-scale salsa dance convention coming to the Queen City for the fourth consecutive year. Also known as a salsa congress, this rhythm-driven gathering draws professional dancers from Philadelphia, New Orleans and beyond for three days of showcases, as well as workshops for beginners through advanced movers. Live music by the Grammy Award-nominated New Swing Sextet and an outdoor Iceblock social dance spice up the schedule. Nocturnal revelers can boogie ’til the sun comes up at after-parties with themes such as Neon Night and Pajama Night. at Hilton Burlington in Burlington (map). $40-195.

    Sara Helms Cahan

    Sara Helms Cahan

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    Thu., Feb. 21, 12 p.m.

    Most humans are familiar with the responsibilities and challenges of day-to-day life, such as childcare, illness, housekeeping and traffic jams. It may come as a surprise that ants — those six-legged creatures that creep into our kitchens in search of tasty treats — share many of the same concerns. An expert in social insect ecology, University of Vermont associate professor and Department of Biology chair Sara Helms Cahan is no stranger to the similarities and differences between ant and human behavior. In her talk “Life in the Little City,” the scholar examines how these industrious insects demonstrate universal truths about social life. at Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont in Burlington (map). Regular admission, $3-10; free for members, faculty, staff, students and kids 6 and under.

    Tracy K. Smith

    Tracy K. Smith

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    Wed., Feb. 27, 7 p.m.

    At 46 years old, poet Tracy K. Smith already has achieved an epic list of accomplishments. Born in Massachusetts and raised in California, the wordsmith is the author of four books of poetry, including 2011’s Life on Mars, for which she won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and the 2018 collection Wade in the Water. Her 2015 memoir, Ordinary Light, was a finalist for the National Book Award in nonfiction. Director of Princeton University’s Program in Creative Writing, Smith is currently serving her second term as the U.S. poet laureate. The celebrated scribe regales lit lovers with selections from her works. at E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium, Hawkins Hall, SUNY Plattsburgh in Plattsburgh. Outside Vermont (map). Free.

    Winter Renaissance Faire

    Winter Renaissance Faire

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    Sat., Feb. 23, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

    Hear ye, hear ye! A world of music, mead and merriment awaits at the third annual Winter Renaissance Faire, presented by Vermont Gatherings. This year, the festival has expanded into a two-day happening featuring a wide range of family-friendly attractions inspired by the Middle Ages. Singers, musicians, acrobats and dancers entertain; living history demos illustrate medieval life; and art and craft vendors offer goods ranging from toys to jewelry to period clothing. Eats and drinks by local purveyors such as A Single Pebble, Bluebird Barbecue, Groennfell Meadery and Smugglers’ Notch Distillery keep spirits high during this historical and fantastical fest. at Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction. Chittenden County (map). $5-15; free for kids under 6.

    Wintervale

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    Sun., Feb. 24, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

    Hot beverages, local fare, kids' activities and a chili cook-off complement an afternoon of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. at Intervale Center in Burlington (map). Free; preregister to compete in chili cook-off.
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