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Thursday, Feb. 25

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.

VTIFF Film Screenings. The Burlington Film Society and the Vermont International Film Foundation are pleased to present the Burlington-area theatrical screenings of critically acclaimed, documentary “Welcome to Leith” as well as artist and performer Laurie Anderson’s latest project, “Heart of a Dog.”
“Welcome to Leith” will be screened at 6 p.m. followed by a panel discussion. “Heart of a Dog” will screen the same evening at 8:30 p.m. The Main Street Landing Film House, Burlington. $8 general admission; $5 for students; free for members. There is a special price of $12 for both screenings. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online. Main Street Landing Film House, Burlington. 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Information: http://vtiff.org/upcoming-events/

Bingo. The VFW in Essex Junction will be hosting a bingo night, which is open to the public. VFW Post 6689, Essex Junction, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Information: 879-0700

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Friday, Feb. 26

Elder Education Enrichment Lecture. The Elder Education Enrichment group will be offering the next installment of their spring lecture series with the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival’s Artistic Director and New England Conservatory faculty member, Soovin Kim. Kim will present a lecture entitled, “The Renaissance of Classical Music in the 21st Century.” Parking and handicap access available. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5 at the door. Information: 864-3516.

Saturday, Feb. 27

Early Birders Morning Walk. Join us for an early morning ramble in the Birds of Vermont Museum property. 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 and appropriate footwear. Most fun for adults, older children. Pre-registration is helpful but not required. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 8-9 a.m. Donations accepted. Information: 434-2167 or museum@birdsofvermont.org.

DNA Tests: Maternal and Paternal Lines. This second DNA class covers the two tests that are easiest to understand and use to augment your traditional research. Matrilineal lines, which are comprised of your mother and her mother etc., can be investigated with a Mitochondrial DNA test. Patrilineal lines can be researched with a Y-chromosome DNA test and will follow your father’s surname back in time. This class will discuss the value of each test, the right company to use, and how to interpret the results. Case studies will be used to demonstrate the value of each. Vermont Genealogy Library, Colchester, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. $5. Information: http://www.vtgenlib.org/ or 310-9285.

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Sunday, Feb. 28

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.

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.

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Monday, Feb. 29

Shape and share life stories. Prompts trigger real-life experience stories, which are crafted into engaging narrative and shared with the group. Free and open to all adults. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Contact: 878-4918.

Elder Education Enrichment Lecture. The Elder Education Enrichment group will be offering the next installment of their spring lecture series with the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences’ Assistant Dean of the Vermont Campus, Robert Hamilton. Hamilton will present a lecture entitled, “Current and Future Trends in Pharmacy Education and Practice.” 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.

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Tuesday, March 1

HomeShare Informational Meeting. HomeShare Vermont invites you to use your lunch hour to learn how HomeShare Vermont can help you find the right housemate. Whether looking for housing or have a home to share, HomeShare Vermont can help. Meet with staff that will explain the program and answer your questions. Feel free to bring your lunch. No application fee and online applications are available. RSVP: home2@sover.net or 863-5625.

Movies at Main Street Landing: “Casablanca.” The Movies at Main Street Landing series presents the Michael Curtiz-directed 1942 romantic drama, “Casablanca,” starring film legends Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid. 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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Local Libraries

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

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Monday, Feb. 29

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 “The Falconer” by Elizabeth May and join us. Ages 14 and up. Adults are welcome, but are ineligible to vote. 4:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, March 2

Audubon Program: Animals in Earth’s Coldest Places. Join grad student and nature guide Sean Beckett as he presents on the coldest places in North America and the animals that live there. 6:30 p.m.

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 Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place” by Julie Berry. 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday Evening Book Club. The group meets the first Wednesday of every month. This month we read “Still Life” by Louise Penny. 6:45 p.m.

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Ongoing

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 Feb. 15). 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 a.m.-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. 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.

Wednesday, March 2

Open Studio Collage Workshop. Whirled Tree Arts Studio invited budding artists to take a break from their busy lives to learn how to create beautiful mixed media compositions using paint, paper, fabric and found objects. All creative levels welcome. Whirled Tree Art Studio, Burlington, 12-1:30 p.m. $5-$10 suggested donation. Information: www.whirledtree.org

March for Wheels Kickoff. The Switchback Brewery will be hosting a kickoff fundraising event for Meals on Wheels and CVAA’s efforts during the month of March to feed senior citizens in need. The price of admission includes a pint of beer, bottomless homemade soup and live music. Switchback Brewery, Burlington, 5-8 p.m. Information and tickets: http://www.cvaa.org/march-for-meals-kickoff.html

Freezing and Lovin’ It: Animal Survival in the Earth’s Coldest Places. Against all odds in winter North America’s wildlife thrive in the planet’s coldest environment. Polar bears, bison, dippers, and ptarmigan all have tricks up their sleeve to endure this annual deep freeze. In this program wildlife photography meets natural history as field guide, Sean Beckett, brings us to North America’s coldest places to meet the animals that call these places home. This program is free and open to the public. The Burnham Library Meeting House, Colchester, 6:30 p.m. Information: 878-4132 or gmas@greenmountainaudubon.org.

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Thursday, March 3

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.

Mandarin Chinese Class. The Agape Community Church invites language enthusiasts to practice the Chinese dialect spoken throughout northern and southwestern China. Agape Community Church, South Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Information: www.burlingtonagape.org/

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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 pm, Feb. 28 through May 29 at the Essex Alliance Church, , Essex Junction. Register: 989-4081 or email sandybrisson@gmail.com.

Children’s Breakfast. First and third Saturday of each month. The Grace United Methodist Church will be offering a free breakfast for children ages K-5, though all children are welcomed. Crafts, songs, Bible stories and games. No registration needed, and parents can stay and have coffee. Grace United Methodist Church, Essex Junction, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Information: 878-8071 or ejgraceumcsudayschool@gmail.com.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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, 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 www.vermontcam.org.

Colchester-Milton Rotary meeting. Thursdays. Serving the communities of Colchester, Milton and the Champlain Islands. Hampton Inn, Colchester, 12 p.m.

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.

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: 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 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 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.