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Thursday, April 23

Latin Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Guitar Ensemble Concert. Under the direction of Ray Vega, the UVM Latin Jazz Ensemble will present a program including works by Oliver Nelson, Michel Camilo, and Mongo Santamaria, among others. The UVM Jazz Guitar Ensemble, under the direction of Joe Capps, will present a program of great music by Duke Ellington, Frank Zappa, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Joe Zawinul and Miles Davis. Free and open to the public. University of Vermont Southwick Ballroom Room 301, Burlington 7:30 p.m. For information contact Kelly: 656-7776.

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Friday, April 24

Elder Education Enrichment Lecture. The Elder Education Enrichment group will be offering the next installment of its spring lecture series with Piano Shop Proprietor and Piano Technician, Patrick Branstetter. Branstetter will present a lecture entitled “The Evolution and Innovation of the Piano.” Parking and handicap access available. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5 at the door. Information: 864-3516.

Hubble Space Telescope 25th Anniversary. St. Michael’s College presents a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope, with Physics Professor John O’Meara. Professor O’Meara tells the story of one of the greatest scientific endeavors in history, shows many of its greatest images, and discusses its exciting future.  Weather permitting, NASA Solar System ambassador Tom Estill will lead a night sky observing with telescopes, and will bring a number of hands-on activities.  All are welcome. Cheray Science Hall Room 101, St. Michael’s College Campus, Colchester. 6 p.m. Information: 654-2985.

French Film. St. Michael’s College presents a screening of the French drama “J’enrage de son absence (Maddened By His Absence).” Sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and Literature and the Alliance Francaise. Cheray Science Hall Room 111, St. Michael’s College Campus, Colchester. 7 p.m. Free. Contact Laurence: lclerfeuille@smcvt.edu

Solo Marimba Concert. Cathedral Arts presents Jane Boxall playing the marimba with up to eight mallets simultaneously. Ms. Boxall presents a blending of classical, jazz, contemporary and world music styles. The program features a solo-marimba performance of Steve Reich’s “Music for Pieces of Wood;” original compositions by Asian and European composers; a piece by Vermonter Dennis Bathory-Kitsz  and more.  St. Paul’s Cathedral, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. 

$15 adults; $10 students/seniors; $5 young adults 15 and under. Information: 860-7183 or Poppe@CathedralArts.org

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Saturday, April 25

Everything Equine and Canine. Billed as New England’s largest equine and canine show, this two-day event stands apart from many regional shows as a family-friendly event with scores of consumer vendors, as well as a full schedule of informative seminars, demonstrations, horse and dog breeds on display, and entertainment for dog and horse enthusiasts. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction. Saturday 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Sunday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. $9 in advance; $10 day of show, free for children under 5. Information: http://www.cvexpo.org/EverythingEquine.html

Bird Monitoring Walk. The Birds of Vermont Museum invites participants to join experienced birders on the monthly bird monitoring walk on the Museum’s property. Fun for adults, older children, and more experienced birders. Please bring your own binoculars. Pre-registration is encouraged. Dress for the weather. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 8 a.m. Free. Pre-register: museum@birdsofvermont.org or 434-2167.

Can/Am Con 13: Scale Model Contest. Mount Mansfield Modelers, in conjunction with IPMS Champlain Valley, will be hosting the Can/Am Con Scale Model Contest. This year’s theme is “Models in Media” and can include any subject print, screen, TV or radio. Awards will be presented to winners in multiple categories. VT National Guard Armory. Winooski, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $1 general admission, children under 12 free. Information: 878-1275 or cgrae49006@aol.com

Sugar On Snow Party. Palmer’s Sugarhouse will be hosting a sugar on snow party. Maple demonstrations, maple goodies, including traditional sugar on snow, petting zoo, trails and horse rides with views of the Adirondacks, live music and more. Handicap accessible and plenty of parking and seating. Musical entertainment by the Mystic Party Band. Palmer Sugar House, Shelburne, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Information: 985-5054 or www.palmersugarhouse.com

Vermont Gear Swap and Clothing Sale
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The fourth annual Gear Swap and Clothing Sale will be held to raise money for the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC) and the social mission of the Burlington Sunrise Rotary Club. Local and national retailers provide discounted outdoor gear, apparel and equipment for sale. The Swap also doubles as a celebration of spring with food and live music by Longford Row. West Monitor Barn, Richmond, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Information: www.gearswapvt.org

Ham Dinner and Silent Auction. Faith United Methodist Church will host a Ham Dinner and Silent Auction. The menu will include ham, macaroni and cheese, maple glazed carrots, southern green beans, rolls, homemade pies, and beverages. Takeout is available. The silent auction will include over 75 gift items. Reservations encouraged. If the event is not sold out in advance, tickets will be available at the door. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 5 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. $10 adults; $ 6 children 10 and under. Call Valerie: 999-6864.

Sunday, April 26

Roland Pigeon and Friends Concert. All are invited to join Roland, family, friends and fellow musicians for an afternoon of a wide variety of country, folk and old-time fiddle music. Both young and older talent will be participating and offer a broad appeal to audiences of any age group. Among the special guests, Rosie Newton, Neil Rossi, Eric George will be joining fellow country musicians from Roland’s past country bands. Refreshments will follow the entertainment. UCW White Church, Westford, 4-5 p.m. Free. Information: 879-4028.

Spring Choral Concert. The University of Vermont Concert Choir and Catamount Singers perform under the direction of Erin Grainger. The program will include the Vivaldi Magnificat and Mozart 6 Nocturnes. Free and open to the public. UVM Music Recital Hall, Burlington, 3-4:30 p.m.

Monday, April 27

CVAA Senior Lunch. CVAA will be hosting its weekly lunch at Covenant Church. The menu will include baked ham au jus, creamy scalloped potatoes, whipped butternut squash, wheat roll and tropical fruit. Milk to drink. Covenant Church, Essex Center, 12 p.m. Free, donations accepted. Information: 865-0360.

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Local Libraries

898 Main Street, Colchester. Contact: 264-5660 or jmuse@colchestervt.gov. Website: colchestervt.gov/Library

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Burnham Library

898 Main Street, Colchester. Contact: 264-5660 or jmuse@colchestervt.gov. Website: colchestervt.gov/Library

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Thursday, April 23

B*Tween the Classics: Read-a-loud. Remember when you were small and librarians read stories to you? Remember how fun that was? Come listen to some great stories. We’ll have snack time too, of course. Ages 12-15. 4:30-6 p.m.

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Saturday, April 25

Practice ACT Exam. Kaplan and the Burnham Memorial Library have partnered to offer students a free ACT Practice Test. The test will allow students to sit for the exam and have an authentic ACT testing experience. Students will also receive a full score report outlining their strengths and weaknesses. The test takes place just down the street at Our Lady of Grace Church. Register online. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Monday, April 27

Intergenerational Dessert Book Discussion. For anyone Grade 6 to adult who loves a good “read–and–rant.” Eat something sweet and talk about a great book. This month, we’ll read “King Dork” by Frank Portman. If you can’t make it in person, watch it on the Burnham Memorial Library YA YouTube channel. 6:30 p.m.

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Tuesday, April 28

Adult Book Discussion. The discussion will be led by a Library staff member. This month, we’ll be reading “A Discovery of Witches” by Deborah Harkness. 1 p.m.

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Wednesday, April 29

Tabletop Gaming Night. at the Colchester Meeting House. Are you interested in Euro-style board games, pen and paper role-playing games or collectible card games? No matter your level of experience and game of choice, you can join us for an evening of games of every shape and size. For participants age 14 to adult. 5:30-7:45 p.m.

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Ongoing

Preschool Story Time. Mondays and Thursdays. Join us for stories followed by a craft or activity. Ages 3-6. Call to sign-up. 10:30 a.m.

Toddler Story Time. Tuesdays. A weekly selection of music, rhymes and stories Ages 18 months-3 years. Call to sign-up. 10:30 a.m.

Preschool Music. Tuesdays. Come to the library for music and fun every Tuesday. Best for ages 3-5. Sponsored by the Friends of Burnham Library. 11:30 a.m.

Drop-In Gentle Hatha Yoga. Tuesdays. Bring a mat and enjoy poses for mindful stretching and relaxation. A registered nurse of over 30 years, Betty Molnar is certified as a Hatha Yoga instructor from the Temple of Kriya Yoga in Chicago. Beginners and intermediates welcome. Sponsored by the Friends of the Burnham Library. 4:30 p.m.

One-on-One Tutoring. Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Students from the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (Colchester campus) are tutoring students in reading, math and science at the library. The program is focused on grades 1-6, but tutoring is available for other grades in certain subjects. Sessions are scheduled for Mondays from 4-8 p.m., Wednesdays from 4-8 p.m., and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. There is no fee for the service. Call 264-5660 to sign up, or for more information.

Burnham Knitters. Wednesdays. Knitters and other needleworkers of all skill levels meet at the Burnham Memorial Library or Colchester Meeting House. Beginners welcome. 6-8 p.m.

Lego Club. Thursdays. Do you know someone who likes Legos? Stop by the library every Thursday, and join us. Each week we’ll be creating a new project. 4 p.m.

Saturday Drop-In Story Time. Saturdays. A weekly selection of music and books for children of all ages. No sign-up required. 10 a.m.

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Elder Education Enrichment Lecture. The Elder Education Enrichment group will be offering the next installment of its spring lecture series with the executive director of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, John Killacky. Killacky will present a lecture entitled “Pivot Points in 20th Century Dance.” Parking and handicap access available. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5 at the door. Information: 864-3516.

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Tuesday, April 28

CVAA Community Senior Meal. Ray’s Seafood, Essex Junction. 10:30 a.m. check in; 11 a.m. lunch. $5 suggested donation. Contact: 865-0360.

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Wednesday, April 29

Computer Systems Technology Advisory Board Meeting. Meeting will take place in the Computer Systems Technology Classroom Room D102. Center for Technology, Essex Junction, 8:15 a.m. Information: 879-5559.

CVAA Community Senior Meal. Colchester American Legion, formerly Pierre’s Restaurant. Turkey will be served. 10:30 a.m. check in; 11 a.m. lunch. $5 suggested donation. Contact: 865-0360.

Percussion Ensemble and African Drumming Concert. The UVM Percussion Ensemble and the African Drumming Ensemble present the final concert of the semester. Directed by Jeff Salisbury and Steve Ferraris.
 Free and open to the public. University of Vermont Southwick Ballroom, Burlington, 7:30 p.m.

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Thursday, April 30

Woof! Dog Communication in the Human World. Gold Star Dog Training will be hosting a fun, informative multimedia presentation intended to demystify dog communication, common dog-human misunderstandings, and explore how dogs and humans relate to each other. Bayside Activity Center, Colchester, 6-7 p.m. Cost: $15-$20. Contact Deb: deb@goldstardog.com

Ongoing

Champlain Valley Prostate Cancer Support Group. Dr. Scott D. Perrapato, DO, will answer questions about prostate cancer surgical procedures. Plus, general discussion and sharing among survivors and those beginning or rejoining the battle. Second Tuesday of each month. Hope Lodge, 237 East Ave, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Contact: 274-4990.

Free Yoga for Survivors. H.O.P.E. Works is offering a free and confidential trauma-informed yoga program for survivors of sexual violence. Meets on the first Saturday of each month. Registration is required to attend. Laughing River Yoga, Burlington, 1:30 p.m. Free. Contact: 864-0555, x19 or atsarah@hopeworksvt.org.

Creative Tuesdays. Artists exercise their imaginations with recycled crafts. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3:15-5 p.m. Contact: 865-7216.

Beginner yoga classes. Tuesdays. In lieu of a fee, bring a non-perishable item or monetary donation for the Richmond Food Shelf. Richmond Free Library, 201 Bridge Street, Richmond, 6-7 p.m. Contact: ldiamond@uvm.edu or 318-5570.

Burlington Writers Workshop. A free writing workshop for all Vermonters. Meets every Wednesday in downtown Burlington. Free and open to the public. Participants must register at meetup.com. More info: burlingtonwritersworkshop.com.

Cell Phones For Soldiers. Local residents can support these collection drives by donating their old cell phones at A. W. Rich Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Essex Junction, or at the American Legion, 3650 Roosevelt Highway, Colchester. Collections accepted 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Contact: 849-6261.

Champlain Echoes. A women’s four-part harmony chorus group seeks additional women to sing in their holiday performances. Meetings are Monday nights. The Pines, Aspen Drive, South Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Contact: 655-2174.

Community Wellness Day. Practitioners offer Reiki, Shiatsu, aromatherapy, acupressure, energy work and more to those looking to experience alternative healing. 2 Wolves Holistic Center in Vergennes, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. most Fridays. Sliding-scale donations; preregister the Tuesday prior. Contact: 2wolvescenter@gmail.com or 870-0361.

English As A Second Language Classes. Improve your English conversation skills and meet new people. Wednesdays. Administrative Conference Room: intermediate/advanced. Pickering Room, 2nd Floor: beginners. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Contact: 865-7211.

Family Support Group. Outright Vermont holds support group meetings for family members of youth going through the process of coming out. One Sunday evening and one Wednesday morning each month at Outright Vermont. Contact: 865-9677.

Italian Conversation Group. Open to all interested in learning/hearing the Italian language. Room 101, St. Edmunds Hall, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month, 7-9 p.m. Contact: 654-2536.

Toy Library Playgroup. Fridays. Ages birth through five years. Memorial Hall, Essex, 9:30-11 a.m. Contact Lauren: 878-6715.

VCAM Access Orientation. Free. Vermont Community Access Media, 208 Flynn Ave. 2-G, Burlington. Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Contact: 651-9692 or www.vermontcam.org.

Women’s Craft Group. Inventive females work on artful projects. First and third Thursday of the month. Free. Essex Alliance Church, Essex, 7-9 p.m. Contact: 238-2291.

Essex Rotary Meeting. Essex Rotary Meetings are held on Wednesdays at 12:10 p.m. at The Essex. Serving the communities of Essex, Essex Junction, Jericho and Underhill.

Colchester-Milton Rotary meeting. Thursdays. Serving the communities of Colchester, Milton and the Champlain Islands. Hampton Inn, Colchester, 12 p.m.

Duplicate Bridge. Wednesdays. Essex Junction Senior Center, Essex, 1 p.m. Information: 876-5087.

Essex Art League Meetings. Meetings happen on the first Thursday of the month. The meeting agenda includes a business and social time, and features a guest artist presentation. Essex Junction Congregational Church, Essex Junction, 9-11 a.m. Information: www.essexartleague.com.

Celebrate Recovery. Thursdays. This confidential 12-step recovery program puts faith in Jesus Christ at the heart of healing. We offer multiple support groups for both men and women, such as chemical dependency, co-dependency, sexual addiction and pornography, food issues, and overcoming abuse. All those 18 and older are welcome. Sorry, no childcare. Essex Alliance Church, Essex. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., sessions begin at 7 p.m. Information: recovery@essexalliance.org or 310-9062.

Mah Jongg. Join other Mah Jongg enthusiasts ages 50 and over, at the Essex Junction Senior Center at 10 a.m. on Mondays and Fridays. New players are always welcome. Free to members of EJSC, others pay $1 per day. Membership at EJSC is open to anyone 50 years of age and older and is $12 per year. Contact: 876-5087 or Lpioli@essex.org.

Jazzercise Lite for 50 Plus. A fun, easy dance and fitness class that combines dance, yoga, Pilates and strength training for all levels of fitness with instructor Kit Sayers. 10-visit punch pass can be purchased at Essex Junction Senior Center. Essex Junction Senior Center, Essex Junction. Tuesdays 8-9 a.m. and Thursdays 11 a.m.-12 p.m. $30 members, $35 non-members. Contact Lou Ann: 876-5087.

Movie Matinees. Colchester Parks and Recreation offers movie matinees on the second and fourth Fridays of each month. Popcorn and coffee will be provided. Movies begin at 1 p.m. Free. 781 Blakely Road, Colchester. Information: 264-5640.

Newcomers Club. Newcomers Club’s organized day trips, lunches and dinners are a great way of making friends and get acquainted with things in the community. The club meets on Wednesdays twice monthly from September to June. Contact Dana 864-0766 or Orchard 985-3870.

Senior Strength. HammerFit Gym in Essex offers a 50-minute guided exercise class for anyone over the age of 50. The session begins with a warm up, stretching exercises, then strength training using Hammer Strength equipment with guidance. The class ends with a relaxing stretch and cool down, and participants are welcome to use the cardio machines before or after if they wish. HammerFit Gym, Essex, Mondays and Thursdays 9:30 a.m. $5. Information: 878-0444.

Essex Community Justice Center’s Citizen Advisory Board Meetings. Meetings take place on the second Wednesday of all even-numbered months. The Community Justice Center provides restorative responses to crime and conflict in the greater Essex area. The Citizens Advisory Board advises the Community Justice Center on policy, direction and programming in an ongoing capacity. Community Justice Center, Essex Junction, 5:30 p.m. Contact Kate: 662-0001 or at kate@essexcjc.org.

Essex Eats Out Community Meals. Essex Eats Out seeks to build community connections by providing healthy, free meals in a warm, safe and inclusive atmosphere. Meals will be served: first Friday at First Congregational Church; second Friday at Holy Family/St. Lawrence Parish Center; third Friday at St. James Church; fourth Friday at Essex United Methodist Church; and fifth Friday when applicable at St. Pius X Church. 5:30-7 p.m. each week. Transportation available. Call Dawn Thursday by 9 a.m. to schedule Friday transit: 878-7622. Information: essexeatsout@gmail.com or www.essexeatsout.org.

Bagpipe and Drum Lessons. The St. Andrew’s Pipeband of Vermont offers instruction for bag piping and drumming as an encouragement and incentive for attracting new members. The instructional program is designed to integrate and transition a piper or drummer into the “parade” band at a level of basic competency. St. James Episcopal Church, Essex Junction, Wednesday evenings. Free. Contact Beth: 343-4738.

Drop-In Pottery Wheel Class. Spend Friday nights with our pottery instructors learning the basics of wheel working. Try the wheel and have some fun with other beginner potters. Through demonstrations and individual instruction, students will learn the basics of preparing and centering the clay and making cups, mugs and bowls. Price includes one fired and glazed piece per participant. Additional fired and glazed pieces are $5 each. No registration necessary but space is limited. First come, first served. BCA Print and Wheel Studio, Burlington, Fridays 8-10 p.m. $12. Contact: 865-7166.

Drop-In Life Drawing Class. This drop-in life drawing class is open to all levels and facilitated by local painter Glynnis Fawkes. Spend the evening with other artists, drawing one of our experienced models. Bring drawing materials and paper. No registration necessary. Ages 16 and up. BCA Center, Burlington, Mondays 6:30-8:30 p.m. $8. Contact: 865-7166.