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Thursday, March 5

Community Soup and Bread Supper. The Covenant Community Church will be hosting its monthly soup and bread super. Eat in or take out options available. Stay to eat with family and friends or pick up to take home. There will be a variety of soups, breads and a sweet dessert. Covenant Community Church, Essex/Jericho line, 4:30-7 p.m. Donations accepted. Contact Pastor Peter: 879-4313.

First Thursday Music in the Loft. Tiffany Pfeiffer gives a solo soul/jazz/pop performance of originals and covers. Headless Barbecue will be on-site with their fresh, local BBQ and Shelburne Vineyard and Fiddlehead will be for sale by the glass. All are welcome to come sit and listen in the Loft or mingle in the Tasting Room. A portion of beverage proceeds will benefit The Humane Society. Shelburne Vineyard, Shelburne, 6 p.m. Free. Information: www.shelburnevineyard.com.

Trivia Mania. Nectar’s presents Trivia Mania, a pub style trivia game. Questions are displayed on the TVs and are read aloud. Categories range from pop culture, history, science, literature and more. Entertainment provided by Top Hat DJS. All ages. Nectars, Burlington, 7-9:30 p.m. Free. Info: 658-4771.

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Friday, March 6

Book and Bake Sale. The Grace United Methodist Church will be having a book and bake sale. Proceeds from the sales benefit various church programs. Sale continues March 7. Grace United Methodist Church, Essex Junction, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Contact Ann: 879-7943.

Elder Education Enrichment Lecture. The Elder Education Enrichment group will be offering the next installment of their spring lecture series with Vermont musicians, Robert Resnik and Marty Morrissey. Resnik and Morrissey will present a lecture entitled “Irish Music from Ireland and Vermont.” 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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Saturday, March 7

Bottle Drive Fund Raiser. Essex Middle School seventh grader Lexi Harnish will be collecting bottles as part of a service-learning project to raise money for the Make A Wish Foundation. Essex Discount Beverage, Essex, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Dog Behavior Workshop. The Milton Public Library will be hosting a workshop by Rebecca Trono, Dog Behavior and Canine Communication Specialist with Tranquil Dogs Consulting. Trono will be here to introduce simple techniques for dog owners to learn to effectively communicate with their dogs to resolve undesirable behaviors and to bring their dogs to peace. She will also address behavioral problems such as: jumping up, pulling on the leash, aggression on walks, destruction in the home and more. Sign up required. Milton Public Library, Milton, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Register: 893-4644.

How to Talk to Kids About Racism. The Fletcher Free Library will be hosting this month long discussion group on racism. All who are concerned about the impact of racism and/or white privilege on children, including parents, family members, caregivers and teachers are welcome to attend. Sessions will be held each Saturday during the month of March. Attending all four sessions is expected. The discussion group is free, but registration is required. 20-person maximum. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3:30-5 p.m. Information: andi@pjcvt.org or 863-2345, x9.

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Sunday, March 8

“Dimanches.” The Fletcher Free Library presents it’s French-English conversation group where French speakers of all levels gather to practice the language while in a casual, social setting. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Contact Barbara: 865-7211.

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Monday, March 9

CVAA Senior Lunch. CVAA will be hosting its weekly lunch at Covenant Church. The menu will include beef goulash, Mediterranean vegetables, whole wheat roll, and tropical fruit. Milk to drink. Covenant Church, Essex Center, 12 p.m. Free, donations accepted. Information: 865-0360.

Elder Education Enrichment Lecture. The Elder Education Enrichment group will be offering the next installment of their spring lecture series with Director of the Shelburne Museum, Thomas Denenberg. Denenberg will present a lecture entitled “Kodachrome Memory: A Moment in Vermont.” Parking and handicap access available. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5 at the door. Information: 864-3516.

Shape and Share Life Stories. Prompts trigger real life experience stories, which are crafted into engaging narrative and shared with the group. Led by Recille Hamrell. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Free and open to all adults. Information: 878-4918 or www.williston.lib.vt.us.

Makerspace Program: Circuit Board. The Dorothy Alling Memorial Library will be hosting this DIY workshop in which participants will use power drills and other tools to create unique wall clocks using reclaimed computer parts. Presented by Andy Mosedale of MISmakers. This program is designed for children 9 years old to adult. Pre-registration required. Space is limited. Free. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6 p.m. Register: 878-4918.

Auditions. Essex Community Players announces auditions for their spring show, William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”. Cast requirements include 12 male roles ranging in stage ages from 20 to 60+, four female roles ranging from 20 to 30+, and up to 10 youth aged 10+. All auditions will be held at Essex Memorial Hall, 5 Towers Road, Essex Center.

General auditions: Monday and Tuesday, March 9 and 10 from 7–9 p.m.

Prospero, Caliban and Ariel: March 11 from 7-9 p.m.

Children (Sprites): March 12 from 7-9 p.m.

Call-backs: March 13 from 7-9 p.m.

Performances are 7 p.m. May 15, 16, 22 and 23 and 1 p.m. May 16, 17, 23 and 24. No preparation required. All materials will be provided. For more information contact Cheri Gagnon cheriesg@comcast.net, or visit the Players website at www.essexplayers.com.

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

Tuesday, March 10

Champlain Valley Prostate Cancer Support Group. The Champlain Valley Prostate Cancer Support Group will be hosting its monthly meeting. The meeting is open for spouses, partners, men newly diagnosed, men dealing with recurrent prostate cancer, men dealing with the side affects of treatment, and men who have been successfully treated for the disease. Hope Lodge, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Contact Mary: 274-4990 or vmary@aol.com.

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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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Friday, March 6

Family Movie Night. The entire family can join us for a showing of a recent popular film. Call the library or check the website to find out the title. The movie will be shown next door, at the Colchester Meeting House. Popcorn provided. Register online. 6 p.m.

Monday, March 9

Scratch Parade. Using MIT’s awesome freeware, learn and utilize the basics of computer coding and create a moving, talking, dancing, or just jiggly creature to include in our digital parade! Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) or use one of our computers. Ages 12 and up. Register online. 4 p.m.

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Tuesday, Mar. 10

Sparkly Circuits. Using conductive thread, tiny LEDs, coin batteries, and other simple electronics, we’ll learn about circuits and basic electricity to make sparkly accessories. Make a t-shirt glow with a cool light pattern or bring something of your own to light up. Ages 12 and up. Register online. 4 p.m.

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Wednesday, March 11

Extreme Paper Folding. Paper cranes and small paper boxes are easy, we’re going to the extremes of cutting, folding, and advanced geometry to create really cool multi-colored 3D sculptures using math and paper. Make an interlocking tetrahedron and a magic ball. Ages 10 and up. Register online. 4 p.m.

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Thursday, March 12

Give It Some Bounce. Make bouncy balls out of household materials. Ages 12 and up. Register online. 4 p.m.

Books and Bites. Takes place at the Bayside Activity Center at Bayside Park. Join us for food and a book discussion. This month, it’s “Brewster,” by Mark Slouka. 6:30 p.m.

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Ongoing

Free Tax Filing Help for Seniors and Lower Income Households. Saturdays. AARP’s Tax Aide Service volunteers file taxes for seniors (55+) and lower income households (less than $35,000). Call 264-5660 (and choose option 3 and then 1) to setup an appointment. 9:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. (Saturdays) and 1-4 p.m. (Tuesdays).

One-on-One Tutoring. Wednesdays and Saturdays beginning Jan. 21. Students from the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences’ Colchester campus will be tutoring students in reading, math and science. The program is focused on grades 1-6, but tutoring is available for other grades in certain subjects. Mondays, 5-8 p.m.; Wednesdays, from 4-7 p.m.; and Saturdays, 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. Knitters of all skill levels meet Wednesdays. Beginners welcome. Colchester Meeting House or Burnham Memorial Library. 6-8 p.m.

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

Drop-in Story Time. Saturdays. A weekly selection of music and books for children of all ages. No sign-up required. 10 a.m. Contact: 878-0313.

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

Preschool Story Time. Thursdays. Come for stories followed by a craft or activity. For ages 3-6. Call to register. 10:30 a.m.

Drop-in Gentle Hatha Yoga. No class, Oct. 28. 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.

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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Movies at Main Street Landing: “Gypsy.” The Movies at Main Street Landing series present the 1962 Stephen Sondheim musical classic “Gypsy,” starring a cast including film legends Natalie Wood, Rosalind Russell, Karl Malden, Paul Wallace and Ann Jillian. Main Street Landing Film House, Burlington, 7 p.m. Donations benefit local charities. Contact: 540-3018.

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Wednesday, March 11

Embroiderers’ Guild of America meeting. The Green Mountain Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America will be hosting its monthly meeting. All abilities welcome. Bring a bag lunch. Car-pooling is available from many areas. The Pines, South Burlington, 9:30 a.m. First meeting is complimentary. Contact: 372-4255 or gmc.vt.ega@gmail.com.

German-English Conversation Group. Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Meet others in the community who do. Join the group and practice foreign language conversation. Fluency not required nor is attendance at every meeting. Fletcher Free Library, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Contact Barbara: 865-7211.

Talk. St. Michael’s College presents Wade Davis, the Executive Director of the “You Can Play Project”. Davis is an advocate, writer, public speaker, educator on gender, race, and orientation equality and former NFL player. His visit to SMC will center on people’s relationship to and support systems for LGBTQ+ athletes and the role the college plays as an ally for equality for all. McCarthy Arts Center Recital Hall, St. Michael’s College Campus, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Contact Sunny: 654-2110.

Thursday, March 12

VT Distinguished Writers’ Series: Eileen Rockefeller. The New England Federal Credit Union will be hosting author, social entrepreneur and venture philanthropist Eileen Rockefeller. Her memoir, “Being a Rockefeller, Becoming Myself,” details her journey of finding herself amidst one of America’s most storied families. During her NEFCU appearance, Eileen will read excerpts, relate personal anecdotes, and answer questions from the audience. Seating is limited, pre-registration encouraged. New England Federal Credit Union, Williston, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Register: 879-8790 or nefcu.com.

ECHO AferDark: PechaKucha Night. Join friends and neighbors from around the region as they present fast-paced and visually striking slideshows using the international PechaKucha format. Drawing its name from the Japanese word for the sound of “chit chat,”Pecha Kucha uses a quick and concise 20 x 20 presentation format that allows presenters to show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. Presenters describe their project as the images forward automatically. Light snacks and cash bar. Echo Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. $5 general public, Free for Echo members. Information: echovermont.org or 877-324-6386.

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Friday, March 13

GASP!  The ADL GASP (Games And Sports Party) is approaching. It will take place on March 13 from 7-9 p.m. Each student pays $7, which gives them unlimited pizza, drinks, popcorn, ice cream and several chances to win a cake. We will have inflatable obstacle courses, pie eating contests, a photo booth, ping pong, Wii games, DDR and a DJ.

The event still needs of a few cake bakers for either homemade or store bought cakes. ADL students have a great time attempting to win a cake. Contact Ellen Emery at eemery@champlain.edu if you are interest in helping.

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Ongoing

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 $1per 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.

CVAA Tai Chi for Arthritis. Due to popular demand, CVAA will be sponsoring Tai Chi for Arthritis. Wednesday evenings. The class is offered to anyone age 50 and older. It is intended for adults who are still in the workforce. Winooski Senior Center, Winooski, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Contact Rachael: 865-0360 or rachael@cvaa.org.

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 serve. 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.

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 Street, 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 Avenue 2-G, Burlington. Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat. 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.