Apr
30
5:00 pm17:00

Better Block & Wall to the Hall: Community Potluck & Discussion

Join the Bethel Revitalization Initiative and Town Meeting Committee for another potluck & community discussion! A lot has happened since last fall's Better Block project - and even more since Bethel last created a vision for downtown (the 20-year-old "Wall to the Hall" plan). Join us to hear about these efforts, share your ideas for the next round of downtown improvements, and get involved!

All are welcome at the Town Hall, Sunday April 30, from 5-7 PM. Please bring a dish to share and come enjoy a meal with your neighbors.

Join us to learn more & discuss:

  • The original Bethel "Wall to the Hall" plan and vision
  • Updates and progress since Better Block
  • Ideas & funding for more downtown improvements, including a mural on the wall, banners, benches, plantings & beautification, traffic calming, events and more!

Apr
13
6:00 pm18:00

Better Block Summer Organizational Meeting

  • Town Hall

Calling community leaders! Looking to get involved with summer Better Block projects? Join us for an organizational meeting to start planning overall project initiatives. All welcome, but meeting is geared toward people who would like to play a leadership role.

Apr
11
1:30 pm13:30

Better Block/Downtown Revitalization Community Potluck & Discussion

  • Town Hall

Come hear about potential ideas for summer 2017! Learn about Bethel's "Wall to the Hall" plans, the most popular projects from Better Block, and ideas for changes that could become permanent (or semi-permanent). We'll have a short presentation and overview, followed by discussion and opportunities to break up into groups talking about specific projects - public art, streetscaping, benches & seating, programming and activities, and more. Come share your ideas, and learn how to get involved if you'd like to help make it happen. Bring a dish to share. Hosted by the Town Meeting Committee & Bethel Revitalization Initiative.

Mar
1
Mar 31

Bethel University 2017

Bethel's one-of-a-kind pop-up university kicks off it's fourth year. During the month of March, teach or take a class on any topic under the sun... for FREE! 

Learn more and sign up to receive announcements at betheluniversityvt.org.

Course proposals are open until January 13, 2017 and course registration opens in February.

Feb
23
5:30 pm17:30

Community Pizza Night for Better Block - RSVP needed!

A lot has happened since Better Block last fall, and we are working up some great ideas for next summer. Now's your chance to learn more and get involved - we'll share some potential public art projects, streetscaping, beautification and pop-ups! We want to hear your ideas and priorities, and invite you to join a team to help make more great things happen in Bethel!

Jan
30
6:30 pm18:30

Bethel University Work Session - posting course listings

Work session tonight for technophiles! We need a few extra hands to post this year's course listings online. If you're comfortable with a computer and have a laptop (with wireless capability), please join us! We'll be meeting at Cockadoodle Pizza for a work party. No experience necessary - just come and we'll show you what to do.

Jan
29
12:30 pm12:30

Valentine's Day Pop-Up Shops at the Blossom Block

A Valentine's Day Pop-up Shop will keep the energy flowing at the Blossom Block and give you a chance to support revitalization in Bethel while getting great local gifts for Valentine's Day. 

Preview party & chocolate happy hour - Friday 2/10, 4-6 PM
Pop-up shops and kids' activities at the Hive - Saturday 2/11, 10 AM - 3 PM

Handmade chocolate, fine art prints and cards, handmade jelly and lotions, jewelry, French pastries, pottery, wooden housewares and textiles. Free kids' activities and crafts, make your own valentine's and more! More info & list of artists at www.blossomblock.com

Jan
16
6:30 pm18:30

Bethel University Planning Meeting

Bethel University planning meeting, with a focus on reviewing and selecting course proposals. All are welcome to join the meeting, bring ideas, and volunteer to help out. Meeting will be held at the Bethel Town Hall.

Jan
3
6:30 pm18:30

CANCELLED: Bethel University Planning Meeting

CANCELLED: We're figuring out when we'll meet next and will post here ASAP.x Stay home and stay safe!

 

Next meeting for the Bethel University planning team, with a focus on outreach and publicity. All are welcome to join us - we're eager to find more people who have ideas for BU or want to volunteer in some capacity!

Meeting is at the Bethel Town Hall.

Dec
6
6:30 pm18:30

BRI Monthly Meeting & BU 2017 Organizational Meeting

Join us for the BRI's monthly meeting at the Bethel Town Hall. The focus this month will be an organizational meeting for Bethel University 2017 - forming teams, setting a timeline and making plans to open course proposals in December. If you're interested in helping out with BU, come on out and learn more! There's a job for everyone... more info here about the leadership roles and teams.

Nov
2
6:00 pm18:00

Beyond Better Block - Potluck & Forum

What did you think of Better Block? What worked, and what didn't? What permanent changes should we make to improve our Main Street? (Take our quick survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5WHZ8N7)

Join us to celebrate our successful Better Block event, talk about the feedback, and make plans to move forward. Potluck dinner starting at 6 PM (bring a dish to share!). Short presentation on the event and survey results at 6:30, followed by discussion groups. Hosted by the Bethel Revitalization Initiative and Bethel Town Meeting Committee.

Location: Bethel Town Hall

Oct
2
3:00 pm15:00

Better Block Take-Down

Better Block closes at 3 PM, and we'll have a lot to clean up. We'll need many hands to make light work - disassembling our street structures and carting things away. Bring work gloves and old clothes, pickup trucks, and basic tools if you can. 

We'll finish with a potluck dinner for all at 5 PM.

Check out more upcoming work parties, opportunities to lead projects and get creative.


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Sep
30
9:00 am09:00

Better Block Build Day

It's game day! We'll need all hands on deck this day to put things in place and build the remaining elements of our Better Block. We'll be building and painting our street elements, installing a parklet and street art, and more.

All welcome - we need many hands! Wear old clothes and sturdy shoes. Bring work gloves and water bottles. 

Come anytime and stay for as long as you like. We'll be working hard all day to get our Better Block ready to officially open at 3 PM - and then we can retire to our new beer garden to relax and enjoy!  Check out more work parties, opportunities to lead projects and get creative.


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Sep
24
10:00 am10:00

Better Block Work Party

Third work party! This week, we'll really start to see our Better Block take shape. We'll be building and designing and decorating furiously - furniture, a beer garden and parklet, games and activities, pop-up shops and more. We'll need lots of people to help build, move supplies and materials, paint our new street elements, pickup and deliver materials and more.

All welcome - we need many hands! Wear old clothes and sturdy shoes. Bring work gloves and water bottles. Simple tools would also be helpful - scrub brushes and buckets, weeding tools and loppers, large push brooms, etc. A couple of pickup trucks would also come in handy!

Come anytime 10-2 and stay for as long as you like. Check out more upcoming work parties, opportunities to lead projects and get creative.


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Sep
18
1:00 pm13:00

Better Block Work Party

Second work party! This week, we'll be finishing clean-up, cleaning out and preparing the pop-up shops, painting and starting to build, and getting creative. No experience necessary, but we welcome people with artistic skills, construction or fix-it skills, painters, designers and more.

All welcome - we need many hands! Wear old clothes and sturdy shoes. Bring work gloves and water bottles. Simple tools would also be helpful - scrub brushes and buckets, weeding tools and loppers, large push brooms, paint brushes and rollers, hammers and screwdrivers, etc.

Come anytime 1-5 and stay for as long as you like. Check out more upcoming work parties, opportunities to lead projects and get creative.


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Sep
13
6:30 pm18:30

BRI Monthly Meeting & Better Block Planning Meeting

  • Bethel Village Sandwich Shop

All are welcome! Location: Bethel Town Hall

Our monthly meetings are informal and open to all... our members are whoever shows up, and agendas are determined by whatever great ideas or projects people bring. Join us and get to know some new neighbors, bring an idea you'd like to explore, or just come find out what we're cooking up.

In September, all of our meetings will be for planning the Better Block event.

Sep
10
10:00 am10:00

Better Block Work Party

First work party! We'll be gathering over the next few weeks to spiff up downtown and build our Better Block. This week, we'll be doing a first round of clean up... washing building exteriors and windows, pulling weeds and cleaning up the sidewalks, clearing brush, and possibly starting to paint or clean out pop-up shops.

All welcome - we need many hands! Wear old clothes and sturdy shoes. Bring work gloves and water bottles. Simple tools would also be helpful - scrub brushes and buckets, weeding tools and loppers, large push brooms, etc.

Come anytime 10-2 and stay for as long as you like. Check out more upcoming work parties, opportunities to lead projects and get creative.


Plan to come? Send us a quick RSVP here so we can get a sense of numbers. Or just show up!

 

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Aug
9
6:30 pm18:30

BRI Monthly Meeting

  • Bethel Village Sandwich Shop

All are welcome! Location: Bethel Village Sandwich Shop

Our monthly meetings are informal and open to all... our members are whoever shows up, and agendas are determined by whatever great ideas or projects people bring. Join us and get to know some new neighbors, bring an idea you'd like to explore, or just come find out what we're cooking up.