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Thursday, June 25

Forza Samurai Sword Workout. Sculpt lean muscles and gain mental focus when performing basic strikes with wooden replicas of the weapon. North End Studio A, Burlington, 6:30-7:30 p.m. $10. Contact: 578-9243.

Monty Python’s Spamalot. The St. Michael’s College Playhouse opens its 2015 summer season with the hit Broadway musical comedy, “Monty Python’s Spamalot.” The Tony Award-winning show is adapted from the film classic “Monty Python and The Holy Grail.” This uproarious retelling of the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail features flying cows, killer rabbits, taunting Frenchmen and show-stopping musical numbers. Runs through June 28. McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College Campus, Colchester. Wednesday-Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Adults $44; Seniors/Students $41. Information: www.saintmichaelsplayhouse.org/spamalot.

Friday, June 26

Burlington City Arts Lunchtime Concert Series: Swing Noire. The BCA Center in Burlington invites you to bring your lunch and enjoy this lunchtime concert. Gypsy-jazz band Swing Noire uses two or three guitars of the Selmer/Maccaferri style, a double bass and a violin. The band’s music takes inspiration from the Romany, Sinti and Manouche diaspora who influenced Django Reinhardt as well as American hot jazz of the early 1900’s. BCA Plaza, Burlington, 12-1 p.m. Free. Information: www.Burlingtoncityarts.org

2015 Vermont Quilt Festival. Vermont Quilt Festival, Inc. presents New England’s largest and oldest quilt event. The festival offers the eye-popping color, design, and intricate craftsmanship of the hundreds of quilts on display. Several exhibits of new and antique quilts; lectures and classes presented by noted quilt artists; quilt appraisal services, gallery talks, demos, and shopping will also be available. Festival runs through June 28. Champlain Valley Expo, Essex Junction, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission: one-day: $12, two-day: $22, three-day: $32, children under 14 free with paying adult. Information: http://www.vqf.org/

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Saturday, June 27

Not Quite Independence Day BBQ Festival. This outdoor festival is a two-day rain or shine event, celebrating authentic barbeque, craft beer and hard cider as well as live local music, and a Vermont state barbeque championship. Admission provides entry into the festival, music performances, parking, fireworks and family activities. Food or beverages will be sold separately from various vendors. Festival continues of Sunday. Farr’s Field, Waterbury. Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tickets: $12 adults; $5 children; $25 family pass. Information: http://www.greenmountainbbq.com/

2015 Richmond Round Church Arts Festival. The Western Slopes Business Association presents it’s first arts festival on the grounds of the historic and picturesque Richmond Round Church. The festival will feature 32 Vermont artists, a food court and live music. Interactive demonstrations, tastings and a “you design it zone” will be offered by several of the participating artists. The Round Church will be open to explore. Proceeds will benefit the Richmond Historical Society Round Church Building Fund. Rain or shine. Richmond Round Church, Richmond, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Free. Information: http://www.westernslopesvt.org/arts/church-arts-festival/

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Sunday, June 28

Early Birders Morning Walk. Join us for an early morning ramble in the Birds of Vermont Museum forest and meadows. 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 helpful but not required. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 7-9 a.m. Donations accepted. Information: 434-2167 or museum@birdsofvermont.org.

Classical Concert. A concert of music by French and Russian composers will be presented by pianist Ronee Boyce and cellist Jonathan Tortolano. The pair will perform sonatas by Debussy and Shostakovich as well as compositions by Faure and Rachmaninov. The concert is free and open to the public. McCarthy Arts Center Recital Hall, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester. 3 p.m. Information: www.smcvt.edu

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Monday, June 29

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, June 30

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: “Terminator. The Movies at Main Street Landing series present the blockbuster 1984 James Cameron directed sci-fi classic “The Terminator,” starring action film icon Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton. Main Street Landing Film House, Burlington, 7 p.m. Donations benefit Outright Vermont. Contact: 540-3018 or www.mainstreetlanding.com/movies.

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Wednesday, July 1

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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Local Libraries

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

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Friday, June 26

Backpack Theater Presents: The Wild Things and Sleeping Beauty. Join this fabulous crew of young performers as they perform 2 classic tales for children. Register online. 4:30 p.m.

Summer Book Sale. Help support the library. Don’t miss our collection of gently used books and audiovisual materials all at bargain prices! We have a wide range of hardcovers, paperbacks, CDs, and DVDs. Fiction, non-fiction, biographies, mysteries, self-help, movies, audio books, and more. Now located at the Colchester High School We’re also seeking volunteers! Call 264-5660 for more information. Friday, June 26, 5-8 p.m.; Saturday, June 27, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

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Monday, June 29

LCATV Child Producers Workshops. Children ages 8 and 9 will have fun learning the equipment used to make television programming, and will complete a short library-themed project. This month is “PSA: My Favorite Thing about the Library.” Two more sessions (on different topics) are scheduled for July & August. Register online. 2-3:30 p.m.

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. Every month we’re going to read one of this year’s nominated 15, and decide whether or not it’s vote-worthy. There will be snacks, arguments, hilarity, and general book loving mayhem. Pick up your copy of Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson downstairs and join us! Ages 14 and up. Adults are welcome, but are ineligible to vote. 5:30 p.m.

Planting and Care of Herbaceous Perennials. Join Dr. Leonard Perry, as he gives practical tips on reducing maintenance and increasing success with perennials, beginning with choosing the right plants. You’ll come away with an understanding of the important points in choosing and placing perennials, options, and common practices such dividing plants. Perry is a UVM Extension Horticulturalist, and makes regular appearances on WCAX’s Across the Fence. 6:30 p.m.

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Tuesday, June 30

Ericc Cram: Be Your Own Hero! Comics, Colors, and Everyday Super Powers. For ages 7 and up. Ericc will give a basic presentation of the powers of colors. We’ll also discuss what kind of everyday hero uses each color. We’ll then make single-sheet comic books about our own hero. Register online. 12 p.m.

Adult Book Discussion. The discussion will be led by a Library staff member. This month, we’ll be reading The “Spymistress” by Jennifer Chiaverini. 1 p.m.

Ongoing

Preschool Story Time. Mondays and Thursdays. Come 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 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.

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.

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, July 2

Forza Samurai Sword Workout. Sculpt lean muscles and gain mental focus when performing basic strikes with wooden replicas of the weapon. North End Studio A, Burlington, 6:30-7:30 p.m. $10. Contact: 578-9243.

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Ongoing

Harriet Farnsworth Powell Museum. Open to the public from June 7 through the second Sunday in October. The museum’s collection tells the story of Essex residents through exhibits on farm families, businesses and military veterans from the Civil War to World War II. Tours by arrangement. Hours: Sundays, 1-4 p.m. Thursdays, 6-7:30 p.m. Free to the public. Information: 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.

Seed Sharing. A seed-sharing table has been set up at the Brownell Library for leftover and/or unused flower and vegetable seeds from last year or this year. Full or partial seed packets and home saved seeds are all welcome. This is a chance to share excess seeds with your neighbors. Bring your labeled seeds to the desk at the library through June 6. Brownell Library, Essex Junction. During normal library hours. Information: 343-4738.

Champlain Valley Prostate Cancer Support Group. Dr. Scott D. Perrapato 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: 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.

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 getting 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 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.