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Thursday, October 16

Common Fraud Schemes and Investigations. The New England Federal Credit Union will host Michael Gendron, Postal Inspector and David R. Mooney, Postal Inspector. Gendron and Mooney will present the most common fraud schemes such as work at home, foreign lottery, mortgage rescue and other schemes involving counterfeit instruments. The presentation will include some real life current examples of these schemes as well as tips on how to identify fraudulent offers and steps to take to prevent being victimized. Seating is limited, pre-registration encouraged. New England Federal Credit Union, Williston, 5:30-7 p.m. Register: 879-8790 or

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, 6-7 p.m. $10. Contact: 578-9243.

Mount Mansfield Scale Modelers Meetings. The Mount Mansfield Scale Modelers meetings are informational gatherings of scale model enthusiasts that happen on the third Thursday of each month. Builders of all areas of interest and skill level are welcome. The meetings offer an opportunity to showcase individual projects, discuss tips, offer helpful technique advice, and gain inspiration. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info: 879-0765

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.


Friday, October 17

Mah Jongg. The Essex Junction Senior Center will be having its drop-in Mah Jongg game. All members of the community 50 years and older are invited to come down to the center to enjoy this lively game with other enthusiasts. New players are always welcome. Essex Junction Senior Center, Essex Junction, 10 a.m. Free. Information: 878-6940 or

National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey. The Vermont Clean Cities Coalition will be hosting this biennial, outreach and education event. On display will be alternative fuel vehicles from around Vermont including those powered by electric, propane, biodiesel and natural gas. Church Street Marketplace, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Information:

Classic Films of the 1950s. The 1950s were a fascinating time for Hollywood films. The studio system was in decline and independent films were gaining a foothold. Vermont Humanities presents Rick Winston who will show clips from several acclaimed films of various genres from that era and discuss their significance. Carpenter-Carse Library, Hinesburg, 7 p.m. Free. Contact Jane: 482-2878.


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Thursday, October 16

Burnham Library Trustees Meeting. The library’s trustees meet monthly, and meetings are open to the public. 4 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 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.

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.

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.

Champlain Valley Quilt Guild 32nd Annual Show. “Baskets Aplenty” is this year’s theme. A spectacular display of more than 125 quilts will be on exhibition in the State Building at the Champlain Valley Fairgrounds in Essex Junction. Show hours: Saturday, Oct. 18, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission – $6. Children under 12 – free. Free parking. Food vendors on-site. For more info go to


Saturday, October 18

Historic Tour of Williston Village. Local historian and author, Richard Allen will offer a slide-talk presentation on “Along the Winooski Turnpike: Historic Tour of Williston Village.” This presentation will explore the past and present buildings and streetscapes, and the stories that have defined the main street of Williston over the last 150 years. Sponsored by the Friends of Dorothy Alling Memorial Library. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Information: 878-4918 or

USA Dance Inc. Halloween Social. USA Dance Inc invites dancers of all ages and skill levels to come together for an evening featuring a mini-lesson in the Waltz and a full-length lesson in West Coast Swing. No partner or experience required. Halloween costumes encouraged. Frederick H Tuttle Middle School, South Burlington. Beginners lessons 7-8:30 p.m.; open dance until 11 p.m. $15 general admission; $10 students and seniors. Information:


Sunday, October 19

Pancake Breakfast. The Grace United Methodist Church will be hosting its free pancake breakfast. The menu will include scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes and maple syrup with juice and coffee. Grace United Methodist Church, Essex Junction, 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Free. Contact Elizabeth: 878-5923.

Community Breakfast. The American Legion Post 91 will host its weekly community breakfast. The menu will include 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.

Westford Music Series Presents: The Modern Grass Quintet. The Westford Fall/Winter Music Series presents the high-energy, risk-taking contemporary bluegrass band, Modern Grass Quintet based in Northern Vermont. The group brings a broad representation of musical talent and variety of acoustical sound. Refreshments will be served following concert. UCW White Church, Westford, 4-5 p.m. Freewill donation. Information: 879-4028.


Monday, October 20

CVAA Lunch. CVAA will be hosting its weekly lunch at Covenant Church. The menu will include sweet and sour pork, vegetable rice medley, Asian vegetables, crispy noodles, lemon mousse and milk to drink. Covenant Church, Essex Center, 12 p.m. Free. Information: 865-0360.

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, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Free and open to all adults. Information: 878-4918 or

University Catamount Singers. The program features University Catamount Singers under the direction of Professor Erin Grainger in an hour of solo and choral music. Free and open to the public. UVM Music Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Information: 656-7776.

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


Tuesday, October 21

Noontime Concert Series: Reed, Rosin and Pedal. Cathedral Arts will host Wesley Christensen playing clarinet; Laura Markowitz on violin; and Melody Puller accompanying on piano. The trio will play a selection of works from Romantic to modern, featuring “Serenade for Three,” by Peter Schickele, written for this unique combination of instruments. Bring a bag lunch. Coffee and tea provided. St. Paul’s Cathedral, Burlington, 12-1 p.m. Free. Information: 864-0471.

Peace Education Workshop: Listening For What Matters Most. 
 The Peace and Justice Center will be hosting this conflict resolution workshop, lead by Robin Guillian. Through exercises and engaging discussion, participants will learn key techniques to becoming a more effective listener, with the goals of creating deep empathy, opening up safe spaces, and strengthening relationships. Peace and Justice Center, Burlington, 7 p.m.
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Wednesday, October 22

Putting Your Garden to Bed. Local Author Ron Krupp will read from his new book “Woodchuck Returns to Gardening” and will talk about putting your garden to bed for the winter season. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions on the topic. Book signing available. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Free. Information: 878-4918 or


Thursday, October 23

Loon To Lynx: Protecting Nature And Preparing For The Future. The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources will be hosting an all-day symposium that will celebrate the legacy of the Endangered Species Act and Vermont’s experience protecting its most vulnerable species. Keynote speakers include Joe Roman, Hardy Fellow and Collin O’Mara. Panels of experts will examine the future for conservation biology and discuss the challenges ahead for preserving Vermont’s natural heritage. Price of admission includes a buffet lunch. Echo Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington, 830 a.m.-9 p.m. $15. Information: or 828-1000.

VT Early Math Literacy Workshop For Childcare Providers. The Milton Public Library and the Westford Public Library are providing a childcare provider training on early math literacy. This training includes free books and math toys, and attendees can earn two credit hours. Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited, pre-registration is encouraged. Milton Public Library, Milton, 7-9 p.m. Register: 893-4644.



Newcomers Club. Newcomers Club’s organized day trips, lunches and dinners are a great way of making friends and get 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.

Square Dance Classes. Join the Green Mountain Steppers and learn to square dance. First class is free. Classes run every Thursday through Oct. 9. Singles welcome. Maple Street Park, Essex Junction, 7-9 p.m. $6 members; $7 non-members. Information:

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

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.

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

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

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: or

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

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, 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: 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 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 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: 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:

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

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.