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Thursday, Feb. 11

M.A.G.I.C.: Masculinity and Gender Identity Conversation. Participants of any and all gender identities gather for a casual discussion on a wide variety of topics ranging from inequality to language, media and food. Wellness Co-op, Burlington, 2-3 p.m. Free. Information: 370-5369.

Shaving Cream Art. Create your own designs using shaving cream and paint. Kindergarten and up. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3 pm. Free. Information: 878-4918 or www.williston.lib.vt.us

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Friday, Feb. 12

Elder Education Enrichment Lecture. The Elder Education Enrichment group will be offering the next installment of their spring lecture series with Champlain College President, Donald Laackman. Laackman will present a lecture entitled, “Champlain College and Higher Education.” Parking and handicap access available. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5 at the door. Information: 864-3516.

Concert. The Brick Church Music Series presents PossumHaw. PossumHaw has a classic bluegrass lineup, but use their instruments with spare, exquisite nuance and lead singer Colby Crehan’s sultry voice delivers story lines that are riveting. This event is a fundraiser for a local charity. Old Brick Church, Williston, 7-9 p.m. $14. Information: www.town.williston.vt.us/brickchurchmusic

Saturday, Feb. 13

DNA Tests: How They Work. The Vermont Genealogy Library will host Ed McGuire, who will be presenting on DNA Tests. McGuire’s presentation will address all the basic information necessary to understand our newest genealogical tool. After this class you will be able to decide whether a DNA test can help, which type to take and which testing company to use. This is the first in our series of four spring classes on genetic genealogy. Vermont Genealogy Library, Colchester, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. $5. Information: www.vtgenlib.org/ or 310-9285.

Square Dance. The Green Mountain Steppers Square Dance Club presents their annual Snowflake Dance. Ken Ritucci will be the caller. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. Afternoon, 2-4:30 p.m.; Evening 6:30-10:15 p.m. Contact Sue: 879-1974 and www.greenmountainsteppers.org.

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Sunday, Feb. 14

Knights Of Columbus Country Breakfast. The Knights of Columbus Council No. 7810 will sponsor a country breakfast. The buffet-style breakfast will include juice, fruit, eggs, pancakes, sausage, bacon, home fries and coffee or tea. St. Thomas Church, Underhill Center, 8-11 a.m. Donations accepted. Information: 899-4632.

Sunday Coffee Mix and Mingle. Members of the LGBTQA community gather to bond over books, coffee, art and more at this casual hangout. Barnes and Noble Bookstore, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Information: 860-7812.

Valentines Day Brunch. People Helping People Global will be hosting its annual Valentine’s Day Brunch Benefit. This year the Hampton Inn in Colchester has generously donated their space to host the event. The cost of ticket covers a full brunch buffet, two hours of live music by The Smokey Newfield Project and a silent auction. All proceeds from this event go to benefit our economic development projects in Nicaragua. Hampton Inn, Colchester, 12-2 p.m. $25 per adult; $15 per student; $12 per child (age 3-12); No charge for ages 2 and under. Information: 318-4488 or Isabel@phpgmicrolending.org.

Chili Cook-Off and Luncheon. Sample many different varieties of chili, vote for the best and then have a cup of your favorite. Includes cornbread and beverage. Proceeds will help support library programs. There will be a fun photo booth with a Mexican-themed backdrop complete with sombreros, maracas and other festive props. Milton Public Library Community Room, Milton, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $5. Information: 893-4644.

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Monday, Feb. 15

Shape and share life stories. Prompts trigger real-life experience stories, which are crafted into engaging narrative and shared with the group. Free and open to all adults. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Contact: 878-4918.

Elder Education Enrichment Lecture. The Elder Education Enrichment group will be offering the next installment of their spring lecture series with Middlebury College Professor of Geology and Department Chair, Jeffery Munroe. Munroe will present a lecture entitled, “Big Changes in Cold Places: Climate Change and the Cryosphere.” Parking and handicap access available. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5 at the door. Information: 864-3516.

Trivia Night. Trivia buffs gather for a meeting of the minds. Hotel Vermont lobby, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free. Contact: 651-5012.

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Tuesday, Feb. 16

Movies at Main Street Landing: “Se7en.” The Movies at Main Street Landing series presents the David Fincher-directed 1995 crime thriller, “Se7en,” starring modern legends Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt and Kevin Spacey. Main Street Landing Film House, Burlington, 7 p.m. Donations benefit a local charity. Contact: 540-3018 or www.mainstreetlanding.com/movies.

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Wednesday, Feb. 17

Open Studio Collage Workshop. Whirled Tree Arts Studio invited budding artists to take a break from their busy lives to learn how to create beautiful mixed media compositions using paint, paper, fabric and found objects. All creative levels welcome. Whirled Tree Art Studio, Burlington, 12-1:30 p.m. $5-$10 suggested donation. Information: www.whirledtree.org

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Local Libraries

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

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Friday, Feb. 12

Teen Valentines Construction. Spread the love to folks in your community by making friendly Valentine’s cards. We’ll be distributing them to residents of Green Mountain Nursing Home on Saturday. You don’t have to make our field trip to make cards. Service hours available — ask Kelsey. Teens 12 and up. 2-4 p.m.

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Saturday, Feb. 13

Teen Valentines Field Trip. Field Trip to Green Mountain Nursing Home to distribute handmade Valentine’s. Sign up with Kelsey by Feb. 12.

Read to Hank the Therapy Dog. Call to sign up and read to the sweetest flat-coated retriever you’ll ever meet. If you’re not yet reading, an adult will read to you while you and Hank can sit back and enjoy the stories. 10:30 a.m.

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Wednesday, Feb. 17

Pajama Storytime. Little ones of all ages cuddle up in pajamas and listen to bedtime stories. We’ll serve the cookies and milk. No signup required. 6:30 p.m.

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Thursday, Feb. 18

Burnham Library Trustees Meeting. The library’s trustees meet monthly, and meetings are open to the public. 4 p.m.

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Friday, Feb. 19

80s Teen Movie Night. Choose from some weird and iconic oldies but goodies. Free popcorn and fun shenanigans beforehand. Sign up and vote for the movie we watch by Feb. 15. Movie descriptions and permission forms for teens under 13 are available at the youth desk. Please sign up online. 6 p.m.

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Ongoing

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 (Except Feb. 15). Students from the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences’ Colchester campus tutor students in reading, math and science at the library. The program focuses on grades 1-6, but tutoring is available for other grades in certain subjects. Sessions take place on Mondays from 5-8 p.m., Wednesdays from 3:30-8 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. There is no fee for the service. You can call us at 264-5660 to sign up, or for more information.

Preschool Story Time. Mondays and Thursdays (until Nov. 12). Join us for stories followed by a craft or activity. For ages 3-6. Call to sign-up. 11:45 a.m.

Toddler Story Time. Tuesdays. A weekly selection of music, rhymes and stories. Ages 18-months to 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.

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 in. Create a new project each week. 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.

Thursday, Feb. 18

Mandarin Chinese Class. The Agape Community Church invites language enthusiasts to practice the Chinese dialect spoken throughout northern and southwestern China. Agape Community Church, South Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Information: www.burlingtonagape.org/

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Ongoing

Children’s Breakfast. First and third Saturday of each month. The Grace United Methodist Church will be offering a free breakfast for children ages K-5, though all children are welcomed. Crafts, songs, Bible stories and games. No registration needed, and parents can stay and have coffee. Grace United Methodist Church, Essex Junction, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Information: 878-8071 or ejgraceumcsudayschool@gmail.com.

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.

Craft Connection. Come to the Essex Alliance Church community as women gather for a time of crafts and fellowship. Twice a month, Wednesday evenings. Essex Alliance Church, Essex. Contact Deb: 238-2291.

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 is available. Call Dawn Thursday by 9 a.m. to schedule Friday transit: 878-7622. Information: essexeatsout@gmail.com or www.essexeatsout.org.

Champlain Valley Prostate Cancer Support Group. Mary L. Guyette RN, MS, ACNS-BC 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.

Interstitial Cystitis Support Group. Interstitial cystitis (IC) is recurring pelvic pain, pressure or discomfort in the bladder and pelvic region, and urinary frequency/urgency. This is often misdiagnosed and mistreated as a chronic bladder infection. If you have been diagnosed or have these symptoms, you are not alone. We are building a Vermont-based support group and welcome you to email bladderpainvt@gmail.com or call (802) 899-4151 for more information.

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.

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: www.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 5 years. Memorial Hall, Essex, 9:30-11 a.m. Contact Essex Parks and Rec: 878-1342.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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 Centers 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.

Bagpipe and Drum Lessons. The St. Andrew’s Pipeband of Vermont offers instruction for bagpiping 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.