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Thursday, Aug. 27

Pickup Rugby. Burlington Rugby Vermont invites veteran players and newcomers to lace up for a two-hand-touch match. Meet on the field adjacent College Parkway at Fort Ethan Allen. Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Information: http://www.burlingtonrugby.org/

Friday, Aug. 28

Chess: The Musical. Stowe Theatre Guild presents its production of Chess: The Musical. The show tells the story of the world chess championship between American Bobby Fischer and Russian Boris Spassky in 1972. With music written by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus of ABBA and book by Richard Nelson. Performances run until Sept. 5. Town Hall Theatre, Stowe. Tickets: $25 for adults, $15 for age 18 and under. Tickets and show schedule: stowetheatre.com or 253-3961.

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Saturday, Aug. 29

Early Birders Morning Walk. Walks are led by experienced birders familiar with Vermont birds. Finish the walk with bird-friendly coffee at the viewing window inside the museum. Bring binoculars, bug spray/tick repellent and walking shoes. Early mornings are often damp with dew, and boots are in order. Pre-registration is encouraged. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 7:30-8:30 a.m. Donations accepted. Information: 434-2167 or museum@birdsofvermont.org.

Brews for Rescues: A Benefit for Franklin County Animal Rescue. 14th Star Brewing in conjunction with the Franklin County Animal Rescue present Brews for Rescues. Meet adoptable animals whiling enjoying a custom brew 14th Star especially made for the shelter. Lawn games and prizes will also be available. Barbeque will be available for purchase by Smokin’ Butt BBQ. All proceeds will benefit the Franklin County Animal Rescue. 14th Star Brewery, St. Albans, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Information:  524-9650 or info@franklincountyhumane.org

Cambridge Music Festival. The fifth annual Cambridge Music Festival will showcase New England-based musicians, singers and songwriters. All proceeds from the event benefit Cambridge 360, a local organization that’s mission is to raise funds to cycle back into the community through projects like building a community center. This year’s event will be held at the future Cambridge Community Center site in Jeffersonville. Old Main Street, Jeffersonville, 2 p.m. Tickets: $20; Youth/Senior $10, Children 10 and under are free. Information: http://www.cambridgemusicfestival.com/

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Sunday, Aug. 30

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.

Farm and Food Festival. Health Hero Farm hosts its third annual farm and food festival with live music from the Missisquoi River Band, farm tours, booths for sampling farm and local food products, and interactive environmental exhibits. The festival will also feature biking events with Local Motion’s Better By Bike program and the Bike Ferry will be free for event participants. Health Hero Farm, South Hero, 3-6 p.m. Information: healthheroislandfarm.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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Saturday, Aug. 29

Practice SAT/ACT Combo Exam.  Kaplan and the Burnham Memorial Library have partnered to offer students a free practice test. The test will allow students to sit for the exam and have an authentic 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. Please register at our website. 9 a.m.

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Monday, Aug. 31

GMBA Reader’s Club. The Green Mountain Book Award committee nominates 15 titles a year for the Vermont book award. Students in grades 9-12 read the books and vote for their favorite to win. There will be snacks, arguments, hilarity, and general book loving mayhem. Ages 14 and up. Adults are welcome, but are ineligible to vote. 5:30 p.m.

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Ongoing

Superhero Preschool Story Time. Fridays. Explore stories about heroes of all types followed by a craft or activity. For 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 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.

Balkan Folk Dancing. Taught by Louise Brill. Easier line and circle dances are taught the first hour, followed by intermediate dances, reviews and open request dancing. Beginners are welcome and no partner required. Wear informal, comfortable clothing. Plenty of parking. Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, 4-7 p.m. $6 recommended donation and a snack to share at break. Contact Louise: 540-1020 or dance@together.net.

Monday, Aug. 31

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, 11 a.m. Free and open to all adults. Information: 878-4918 or www.williston.lib.vt.us.

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, Sept. 1

Tuesday Night Trail Running Series. Catamount Outdoor Family Center invites all trail-running enthusiasts to this fun event for all ages and abilities with a 5 km race, a 2.5 km “Cadets” race and a short “Cubs” race. Catamount Outdoor Family Center, Williston, 6 p.m. Adults $8, Teens $4, Kids 12 and under $3, and Kids 8 and under free. Information: www.catamountoutdoorfamilycenter.com.

Movies at Main Street Landing: “Pather Panchali. The Movies at Main Street Landing series present the Satyajit Ray-directed 1955 global drama “Pather Panchali,” starring Kanu Bannerjee and Karuna Bannerjee. 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, Sept. 2

AARP Driver Safety Class. This refresher course is open to all drivers 50 years and older. The curriculum addresses the normal physical changes brought on by the aging process, how these changes can affect driving ability and ways to compensate for those changes. The course also addresses changes in vehicles, regulations and roads. Participants will also learn how to interact with other road users, including truckers, bikers, pedestrians and distracted drivers. Class size is limited. Early registration is recommended and pre-registration is required. Checks for the class must be received prior to the class. American Cancer Society, Williston, 9:30 a.m. $15 AARP Members; $20 non-members. Reservations: 372-8511 or bairdmorgan@myfairpoint.net

Burlington City Arts Lunchtime Concert Series: Calloway Taxi. The BCA Center in Burlington invites you to bring your lunch and enjoy this lunchtime concert. Calloway Taxi, jazz a cappella group based in Burlington, takes their name from the jazz legend, Cab Calloway. This will be the first performance with the groups complete ‘reboot’, including two new singers. BCA Plaza, Burlington, 12-1 p.m. Free. Information: http://burlingtoncityarts.org/

Whiskey on the Lake. The Milton Historical Society will be hosting Dr. Scott McLaughlin. Dr. McLaughlin will present a talk entitled “Whiskey on the Lake,” which will detail the lengths taken by many professional smugglers and others to avoid lawmen by using the open waters of Lake Champlain during Prohibition. Learn how these outlaws smuggled alcohol into the United States from Canada and how U.S. Customs officers tried their best to combat this problem. Refreshments to follow. Milton Historical Society Museum, Milton, 7 p.m. Free. Information: 363 2598 or miltonhistorical@yahoo.com

Pub Style Trivia. Join other teams of fellow trivia buffs in a battle of the brains with Top Hat Entertainment. Seven rounds of fast-paced trivia with prizes awarded. Let the inner-geek surface. Cody’s Irish Pub, Essex, 7-9 p.m. Information: www.facebook.com/pages/Codys-Irish-Pub-and-Grille.

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Thursday, Sept. 3

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. Free. Information: 370-5369.

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Ongoing

Divorce Care Support Group. Divorce is a tough road. Feelings of separation, betrayal, confusion, anger and self-doubt are common, but there is life after divorce. Led by people who have already walked down that road, we’d like to share with you a safe place and a process that can help make the journey easier. The 13-week Divorce Care Support Group for men and women will be offered on Sunday​ evenings, 5​:30-7​:30 p.m., Sept. 13​ – Dec. 6​, at the Essex Alliance Church, Essex Junction.  Call Sandy: 425-7053.

CVAA Tai Chi for Arthritis. CVAA’s Tai Chi for Arthritis Falls Prevention program is a joint-safe activity proven to reduce pain while you increase both lower and upper body strength and improve balance and agility. It can be done seated or standing. Classes are offered at no charge to adults 50+ and are led by a certified instructor. Class size is limited and will fill quickly.  This is an eight-week session beginning Aug. 4 through Sept. 24.  Covenant Community Church, Essex. Tuesday and Thursday, 10-11 a.m. Contact Rachael: 1-800-642-5119, ext. 1046 or Rachael@cvaa.org to register.

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.

Essex Community Historical Society.  Essex Community Historical Society invites you to step into the story of Essex and its people at the Harriet Farnsworth Powell Museum in Essex Center.  The museum is open from June 7 through Oct. 11.  Our museum collection brings the stories of Essex history to life in displays about local families, businesses and those who served in wars from the Civil War to World War II. Hours: Sundays 1-4 p.m. and Thursdays 6-7:30 p.m. Tours by arrangement. Free to the public. Information: essexcommunityhistoricalsociety@myfairpoint.net or 879-0849.

Five Corners Farmers’ Market. The market features local farmers, artisans, food vendors and entertainment. 3SquaresVT (EBT) cards and debit cards accepted at the market manager’s table to buy market tokens. Through Oct. 2. Fridays from 3:30-7:30 p.m. on Lincoln Street in Essex Junction. More info: www.5cornersfarmersmarket.com.

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.

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: 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, Saint 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 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.

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.

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 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.

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.