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Thursday, July 24

Beer and Chocolate Pairing. Lake Champlain Chocolates will present a chocolate and beer pairing to benefit the Sara Holbrook Community Center. The event will feature four courses of Lake Champlain Chocolates and locally crafted beers as well as hors d’oeuvres in a relaxed setting with lake views and live music by the Stephen Callahan Trio. Main Street Landing, Burlington, 5-7:30 p.m. $30 in advance; $40 at the door. Information: www.saraholbrookcc.org or 862-6342.

Down By The River.  The Audubon Vermont will be hosting this educational and refreshing trip to the Huntington River. Children will use nets to discover what lurks beneath the river rocks and mud.  Discover examples of water striders, salamanders and stoneflies while staying cool in the river.  For children ages 3-5 years old with an adult companion.  Pre-registration is required. Meet at the Audubon Sugarhouse parking area. Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, 9-10:30 a.m. Members $8 adult-child pair and $4 per additional child; non-members $10 adult-child pair and $4 per additional child. Register: 434-3068.

Jukebox The Ghost in Concert.  The Point and the H Team present Jukebox The Ghost in concert as part of the 2014 Battery Park Free Concert series. With a quirky, brainy pop sound the band logged several years together under the name, the Sunday Mail, before rebranding themselves in 2005. Bring a blanket, sit on the green and enjoy amazing views while listening to great music. Secure bike parking available. Battery Street Park, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free.  Information: http://pointfm.com/battery-park-concerts.html

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, July 25

Trad Camp Open House and Reunion. Young Tradition Vermont will present a Trad Camp open house and reunion.  The open house will include a potluck, a “crankie show” and singing followed by a family contra dance.  This event will offer the opportunity to experience the Young Tradition Vermont community and learn more about Trad Camp.  Trad Camp is an annual summer day camp where young people come together to learn traditional music, song and dance.  All are welcome, no experience playing instruments or with traditional music is needed to attend. All songs and dances at the will be taught.  First Congregational Church Hall, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m.  Free. Contact Mark: mark.sustic@gmail.com or www.youngtraditionvermont.org.

 “Arsenic and Old Lace.”  The St. Michael’s College Summer Playhouse presents the third installment of their popular summer theater series, “Arsenic and Old Lace.” Joseph Kesselring’s classic Broadway comedy follows spinster sisters Abby and Martha Brewster as they adopt a new charity project, relieving older gentlemen of loneliness by poisoning them with homemade elderberry wine laced with arsenic. Play runs through July 26. McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College campus, 8 p.m. Tickets: $32.50- $43.50. Information: www.saintmichaelsplayhouse.org or 654-2281.

Mad Robin Contra Dance. The Mad Robin Contra Dance is held on the fourth Friday of every month. Music will be provided by the trio, Nova.  Introductory lessons for newcomers begin at 7:45 p.m.  All dances are taught. Dancers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Bring soft-soled shoes and a water bottle.   First Congregational Church Hall, Burlington, 8-11 p.m. $5-$10 sliding scale.  Information: www.madrobincallers.org.

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Saturday, July 26

The PJC Kids’ Club: Africa. The Peace and Justice Center will be hosting an afternoon of cultural acceptance, exploration and fun. Presenter Francine Serwili-Ngunga will share her Rwandan culture through dance, story telling and sambusa making. Children can collect their next stamps for their PJC passport.  Peace and Justice Center, Burlington, 2-4 p.m. Free. Information: 863-2345.

Wolfsgart Air-Out. Wolfsgart will be sponsoring the Wolfsgart Air-Out, a German European automotive park and show. Check out the vintage, antique and unique vehicles while also checking out downtown Winooski’s vibrant restaurant and bar scene.  Afterhours party to be held at OAK45. Winooski Falls Way, Winooski, 7 p.m. Information: wolfsgart.com

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Sunday, July 27

Community Breakfast.  The American Legion Post 91 will be hosting its weekly community breakfast.  The menu will include a buffet of all your breakfast favorites including eggs, breakfast meats, coffee, juice and more.  American Legion Post 91, Colchester, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. $7. Information: 872-7622.

Tea Dance. RU12 will be sponsoring a Sunday afternoon tea dance. Hosted by The House of LeMay, come dance, drink and enjoy a sunset while supporting Vermont Pride Day activities.  The theme “Generations,” come dressed in a favorite outfit from the ‘60s, ‘70s or ‘80s and be eligible for great prizes. Proceeds benefit Pride Vermont. Burlington Boathouse, Burlington, 4-8 p.m. $10. Information: www.ru12.org.

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Monday, July 28

End of Ramadan Prayers and Celebration. The Muslim community in Vermont will celebrate the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan with communal prayers and celebrations. Ramadan is the month on the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food and drink from the break of dawn to sunset. The prayers mark the beginning of the Eid ul-Fitr or “feast of fast breaking” holiday, in which Muslims exchange social visits and seek to strengthen bonds of brotherhood in the community. Sheraton Emerald and Diamond Ballrooms, Burlington, 9 a.m. Information: 655-6711.

Book Discussion: Wonder. The Vermont Humanities Council in conjunction with the Vermont Reads program, Laurel Sanborn of the Vermont Family Network will be leading a discussion of the book “Wonder.”  All ages are welcome to attend this event.  Copies of the book will be available at the front desk of the library. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Contact Kathy: 802-878-4918.

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

Tuesday, July 29

Jenni Johnson Concert.  Jenni Johnson, one of the region’s best-loved singers, will perform with her band The Junketeers. Bring chairs or a blanket and enjoy this live concert. Bring your own picnic and BYO adult beverages. Islands Center at Knight Point State Park, North Hero, 6:30 p.m. $5 adults; kids 12 and under free. Information: 372-8400.

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Thursday, July 24

Burnham Monopoly Tournament.  Join your wheeling and dealing friends for our annual tournament. Prizes awarded to all finalists. Fun for beginners as well. We will provide drinks and snacks. Open to those ages 6-18. Register online. The first round runs from 10-11:30 a.m.  Finals are from 12-1:30 p.m.

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Friday, July 25

LCATV Child Producers Workshop. A three-part hands-on introduction into the world of television for children ages 8-9. At this session, we’ll do a talk show-style interview. The third session is in August. 2-3:30 p.m.

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Saturday, July 26

Colchester Baby/Toddler Social. For families with children ages 0-3, siblings are welcome. Meet other Colchester families with babies and enjoy “Music with Ellie,” prizes and snacks. Takes place on the Burnham Library lawn. The program is put on in conjunction with Colchester Parks and Recreation and Building Bright Futures of Colchester. Register online. 12-2 p.m.

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Monday, July 28

Bird Songs and Calls. Join Maeve Kim to learn how and why birds make noise, and how to identify them by their song. 6 p.m.

Science of Archaeology. For ages 6 and up. Scott A. McLaughlin will create an archaeological site and you’ll “excavate” to discover its history and function. Register online. 10 a.m.

Intergenerational Dessert Book Discussion. For anyone grade 6 to adult who loves a good “read–and–rant.” Eat something sweet and talk about a great book. Stop by to sign up. 6:30 p.m.

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Tuesday, July 29

Adult Book Discussion. Join our afternoon book group. The discussion will be led by a Library staff member. This month, we’ll be reading “Me Before You” by Jojo Moyes. 1 p.m.

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Wednesday, July 30

Experiment and Explore: Paper Engineering. This week, create a 3-D card that blinks eyes, windows, candles, anything you choose. For ages 5 and up. Register online. 2 p.m.

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Thursday, July 31

Song of Science. Join Gary Dulabaum as we sing a song of rockets, simple machines and a frog’s life cycle and learn cool scientific facts you’ll never forget. Register online. 3 p.m.

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Ongoing

Colchester Farmers’ Market. Wednesdays. The Market will take place rain or shine, and will feature local farmers, artisans, food vendors, and often music. Limited parking is available at Burnham Library, with additional parking at Our Lady of Grace next door.This week, our wellness table will have RehabGYM talking about “Use It to Lose It.” 4-7 p.m.

Burnham Knitters. Knitters of all skill levels meet Wednesdays. Beginners welcome. Colchester Meeting House or Burnham Memorial Library. 6-8 p.m.

Preschool music with Derek. Wednesdays. Derek brings music and fun every Wednesday. Best for ages 3-5. 1-1:30 p.m.

Drop-in gentle Hatha yoga. Tuesdays. Bring a mat and enjoy poses for mindful stretching and relaxation. Beginners and intermediates welcome. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Call 878-0313 to sign up.

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. Join us for stories followed by a craft or activity. For ages 3-6. Call to register. 10:30 a.m.

Saturday Drop-In Storytime. Saturdays. A weekly selection of music and books for children of all ages. No sign-up required. 10 a.m.

Peace and Justice Film Series: The Interrupters.  The Block Gallery and Coffeehouse will be hosting a bi-weekly peace and justice film series.  This week’s film will be “The Interrupters.” The 2011 documentary tells the story of three “violence interrupters” who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed.  Conversations to follow the film. Drinks available.  The Block Gallery and Coffeehouse, Winooski, 7 p.m. Information: www.facebook.com/TheBlockGallery.

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Wednesday, July 30

American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Kickoff. The American Cancer Society will host a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer kickoff rally and informational meeting to share details about its upcoming community walk. Learn more about Making Strides and how to help finish the fight against breast cancer. G’s Restaurant at Sheraton Hotel, South Burlington, 6 p.m. Contact Michele: 872-6344 or michele.almeida@cancer.org.

Short Fiction Workshop. The Burlington Writers Workshop will be hosting a Short Fiction Workshop. At this workshop, two short stories by BWW members who have submitted work in advance will be discussed. This is genre-specific, please be prepared to read and discuss short fiction. All skill levels are welcome. Respect for each other is a must. Burlington Writers Workshop at Studio 266, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Information: http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com.

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Thursday, July 31

Build a Balloon Car.Discover the power of air. Watch air pressure demonstrations and construct your own air-powered balloon car. Presented by Create-It Lab, mobile creativity lab. Ages 8 and up. Registration is required. Dorothy Alling, Memorial Library, 2-4 p.m. Free. Information: 878-4918.

Patrick Fitzsimmons Band in Concert.  The Colchester Parks and Recreation Department presents the Patrick Fitzsimmons Band in the second installment of their summer concert series.  Bring lawn chairs or blankets and picnic dinner. Great music all with the beauty of Malletts Bay as a backdrop. Bayside Park, Colchester, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Information: 264-5640.

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Ongoing

Harriet Farnsworth Powell Historical Museum. The museum contains vintage photographs and collections of everyday objects from Essex Junction and Essex Town. Self-guided walking tour offered. Open through October. Harriet Farnsworth Powell Historical Museum, Essex, Thursdays 6:30-8 p.m.; Sundays, 1-4 p.m. Free. Contact Eva: 879-0849.

Writers for Recovery. The Turning Point Center of Chittenden County are offering a series of free summer writing workshops focusing on stories of addiction and recovery for individuals and their families. The series aims at leading the writer to explore their experiences of addiction, recovery and family relationships in the shadow of addiction.  Led by local author, Gary Miller and documentary filmmaker, Bess O’Brien, the series will engage the writer to explore their own story, while working at their own pace. Writers will have the option of including their work for display during Burlington’s Annual Celebrate Recovery Event, which will be held in September. Every workshop will begin with pizza. Workshops run on Wednesdays, through Aug. 20. The Turning Point Center of Chittenden County, Burlington, 5:30 p.m. Free. Information: writersforrecovery@icloud.com or 861-3150.

Colchester Farmers’ Market. Wednesdays, starting June 11. The market will take place rain or shine, and will feature local farmers, artisans, food vendors, and often music. Limited parking is available at Burnham Library, with additional parking at Our Lady of Grace next door. 4-7 p.m.

Five Corners Farmers’ Market. The market features local farmers artisans, food vendors and entertainment. Fridays from 3:30-7 p.m. on Lincoln Street in Essex Junction. More info: 5cornersfarmersmarket.com.

Karaoke Contest.  Backstage Pub will be hosting Talent Quest, a national karaoke singing contest.  Every Wednesday through July 30. Backstage Pub, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. For more information, call Geno: 338-7744.

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.

BTV FLEA. Burlington’s South End Arts District will add a monthly Sunday flea market to its line-up of destination events through October. The market will feature an eclectic mix of vintage household goods, local artists, wood-fired pizza and tours of the nearby Switchback Brewing Company. Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Marketplace, Burlington, 12-4 p.m. Contact: 488-5766 or info@VintageInspired.net.

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.

Bingo. Sponsored by the Whitcomb Woods Residents Association. Whitcomb Woods, 128 West Street, Essex Junction. Mondays at 6 p.m. Contact: 879-1829.

Beginner yoga classes. Tuesdays. In lieu of a fee, please 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.

Essex Art League. Meets 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 on Main Street, Essex Junction, 9-11 a.m. Visit: www.essexartleague.com.

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.

German-English Conversation Group. Improve your German conversation skills and meet new people. First and third Wednesday of each month. Local History Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Contact: 865-7211.

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.