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Thursday, Nov. 26

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.

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:

Friday, Nov. 27

Make Your Own Chocolate Bars. The South End Kitchen will be hosting a “Make Your Own Chocolate Bars” class. This great class for first-time confectioners will include a brief lesson on chocolate types as well as show participants how to create their very own bars. Would be confectioners can choose their chocolate and inclusions from an array of options and then wrap your masterpieces to take home. Everyone will leave with four beautifully packaged, full-sized chocolate bars. South End Kitchen, Burlington, 3-4 p.m. $25. Information: 864-0505.


Saturday, Nov. 28

Annual Christmas Craft Show. The Grace United Methodist Church will be hosting its annual holiday craft show. Homemade soup, sandwiches and desserts available.  Grace United Methodist Church, Essex Junction, 9 a.m.-3p.m. Information: 879-7943 or church office 878-8071.

Holiday Craft Fair. The Ascension Church in Georgia will be hosting their annual.  Georgia Elementary and Middle School, Georgia, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Contact Andrea: 578-8043.

26th Annual Women’s Festival of Crafts. Browse over 80 craftswomen’s booths to find just the right handmade jewelry, artwork, pottery, food products, greeting cards, clothing, recycled and up-cycled items, housewares, aromatherapy, herbal products, and more. Ginny Joyner, of Ginny Joyner Studio in Colchester, will be a participating artist. Memorial Auditorium, Burlington, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free and open to the public. Information:


Sunday, Nov. 29

Dine to Donate: All Breed Rescue New Beginnings. Burlington’s Magnolia Bistro will host an all day benefit for All Breed Rescue New Beginnings of Williston. Magnolia’s will donate a portion of diner’s checks to All Breed Rescue. Support a wonderful cause and enjoy some great food. Please do not forget to pick up a flyer for the event to give to your server. The flyers are available at All Breed Rescue in Williston or online at their website: Magnolia Bistro, Burlington, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Community Breakfast. Menu consists of eggs to order, breakfast meats, pancakes, toast, home fries, toast, coffee and orange juice. American Legion Post 91, Colchester, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. $8. Information: 872-7622.

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.

Bolshoi Ballet Rebroadcast: Giselle. A re-broadcast from the world-famous Bolshoi Ballet, Giselle is one of the oldest and greatest ballets in classical repertoire, touching upon the great romantic themes: a doomed love affair ending in tragedy, a dive into fantasy and ultimate redemption through the power of love. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7 p.m. Tickets: $17, $10. Information and tickets: 382-9222 or


Monday, Nov. 30

Education Enrichment of Everyone. The Education Enrichment of Everyone group will be offering the next installment of its fall lecture series with Lawrence Hayes, Meteorologist at the Fairbanks Museum and contributor to Vermont Public Radio’s “Eye on the Sky.” Hayes will present a lecture entitled, “Forecast Scapes: Predicting Light and Sky Conditions for Landscape Photography.” 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.


Wednesday, Dec. 2

Community Dinner.  The menu will include pork chops, potato, vegetable, salad and desert. American Legion Post 91, Colchester, 5:30-7 p.m. $10. Information: 872-7622.

Block Print Craft.  Leave with your own finished holiday cards or personalized gift using one of the oldest print making techniques by carving a 4×6 block and paint. All materials are provided. Free and open to 10 adults. Pre-registration required. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6 p.m. Information: 878-4918 or

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:


Thursday, Dec. 3

Holiday Luncheon. Burlington Garden Club’s annual fundraiser will include a plant and bulb sale, bake sale, silent auction in addition to a lovely luncheon. All proceeds support the club’s academic scholarships, and garden therapy and civic beautification projects.  Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 12:30-3 p.m. $10. Information 489-5485.

Community Soup and Bread Supper. The Covenant Community Church will be hosting its monthly soup and bread supper. 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 Steve: 879-4313.

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:

VSAC “Paying For College” Workshop. Vermont Student Assistance Corp. will offer a free informational workshop to help families plan how to pay for college and training after high school. The presentations, which normally run 90 minutes to two hours, provide students and their parents with information on financial aid and other resources available to pay for college. Among the topics covered are: types of financial aid; ways to apply; how family contribution is calculated; how financial aid is awarded; student and parent loans; how to compare college costs and alternative payment options. Time is allotted for questions. Colchester High School, Colchester, 6:30 p.m. Free. Information:



Local Libraries

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Monday, Nov. 30

GMBA Reader’s Club. Welcome to the new 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. Pick up your copy of Bandette by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover downstairs and join us. Ages 14 and up. Adults are welcome, but are ineligible to vote. 6:30 p.m.


Tuesday, Dec. 1

Annual Gingerbread House Contest. You can drop off your entry starting Dec. 1; voting starts Dec. 7, but entries are accepted even after voting begins. Build a tasty gingerbread structure, and bring it to the library for our annual contest. We’ll display your creations and every entrant will be eligible for a raffled basket of goodies. Gingerbread kits are welcome, and family entries are very much encouraged. Guidelines and entry forms are available at the library or from our web site.


Wednesday, Dec. 2

DCF Book Discussion Group. Join other kids aged 8-11 and voice your likes and dislikes about Dorothy Canfield Fischer Award books. This month, we’ll discuss “The Meaning of Maggie” by Megan Jean Sovern. 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday Evening Adult Book Club. The group meets the first Wednesday of every month. This month we read, “Go Set a Watchman” by Harper Lee. 6:45 p.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 (except Nov. 11, 25, 28). 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 am-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. Not meeting Nov. 25. 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.

Looking ahead

The 7th Annual Essex Junction Train Hop and Tree Lighting. Friday, Dec. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. The tree lighting is at 6:15 p.m. There will be carolers, model trains, food vendors, artisan crafts for sale, a trolley, a small train for children to ride, and more!  Parking downtown, or at EJRP Maple Street Park — the trolley will be shuttling people back and forth to the Five Corners.


Holiday events

Thursday, Nov. 26

Thanksgiving Day Mass. The Chapel of St. Michael the Archangel, St. Michael’s College Campus, Colchester, 10 a.m. Contact: 802-654-2333.

Free Thanksgiving Dinner. The Catalyst Church welcomes all to a Thanksgiving Dinner. No RSVP needed. Catalyst Church, Jericho, 12 p.m. Free. Contact: 899-2949.


Friday, Dec. 4

Evening Artisan Market. Join Lake Champlain Waldorf School for one of the most magical and beloved Holiday events in our region. Friday night browse for all your holiday gifts from over 60 artisans, decorate your own wreath, and enjoy savory treats and live music. Saturday, come enjoy our European-Style Family Fair. Huge artisan market, holiday singing, children’s craft making, storytelling, magical activities, games, African drumming, homemade bistro food and more! Lake Champlain Waldorf School, Shelburne Friday, Dec. 4 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“The Nutcracker’s Adventure.” Middlebury Community Players’ Foundations presents The Nutcracker’s Adventure at the Middlebury Union High School auditorium. This show is a new retelling of the original Nutcracker story in musical form. Appropriate for all ages, this children’s musical theatre production includes Tchaikovsky’s famous music, with lyrics and choreography by Nancy Wollum and a new script and stage direction by Sarah Stone. Middlebury Union High School, Dec. 4 and 5 at 7 p.m.; Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. $6.


Saturday, Dec. 5

Christmas Tree Sale. Pinnacle Properties invites community members to attend their second annual Christmas Tree Sale. One hundred percent of proceeds will be divided and donated equally to two local charities: All Breed Rescue and the LUND Family Center. $35 minimum donation for trees, bring a non-perishable food donation for local food shelf or a donation for the dog rescue, or enter a raffle. Sale continues Sun. Dec. 6. Nate’s Automotive, Essex, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 658-0809.

The 83rd Annual Holiday Bazaar. The iconic Unitarian Universalist Church at the top of Church Street will be busy on all three floors with holiday fun. First Unitarian Universalist Society, Burlington, Saturday, Dec. 5, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Information:

“Feast of Carols.” The Bella Voce Women’s Chorus will present their festive annual holiday concert featuring guest guitarist, John Mantegna, and the Essex Children’s Chorus. Concerts will feature treasured carols and festive songs of the season from countries around the world including England, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Russia, and the United States. First Baptist Church, Burlington, Sat. Dec. 5, 8 p.m.; Sun. Dec. 6, 3 p.m. $18 adults; $15 students/seniors. Tickets: or 863-5966.



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:

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.

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.

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: or

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 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 More info:

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: 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

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.

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: 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

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

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.