Cookbook fundraiser. Donated cookbooks find new homes during this fundraiser for Women Helping Battered Women. Each cookbook is $5. Runs through May 22. Sweet Clover Market, Essex Shoppes and Cinema, Essex Junction.
Workshop. Building Bright Futures parenting workshop. Topic: meal planning on a budget. Essex Elementary School, 6:30-7:45 p.m. Contact: 878-6715 or email@example.com
Musical performance. The CMS 6th grade band, 7th/8th grade band, and Jazz Band will perform their last concerts of the year. Colchester Middle School, 7 p.m. Visit: www.friendsofcolchestermusic.com.
Film screening. “War Witch.” An Academy Award nominated Canadian film about guerilla warfare in the African jungle. Free and open to the public. A discussion with the Burlington Film Society will follow the screening. The Main Street Landing Film House, 60 Lake Street, Burlington, 7 p.m.
MMU After Dark course. “Home energy workshops.” First of 3 sessions. Learn and discuss home weatherization opportunities. Cost by donation: $15. Mount Mansfield Union School, 211 Browns Trace Road, Jericho, 7-9 p.m. More information: Kathie Voigt Walsh 872-9972. Register: http://www.mmuafterdark.com/
Friday, May 17
Wing night. Hosted by the Men’s Auxiliary. Live entertainment: Working Man Band. Cost: $4-7. VFW Post 6689, 73 Pearl Street, Essex Junction, 5:30 p.m. Contact: 878-0700.VFW Post 6689, 73 Pearl Street, Essex Junction, 5-7 p.m. Contact: 878-0700.
“Makers on deck.” Bring a problem, project, or a question that you have always wondered about. A team of artists, engineers, and scientists will brainstorm new ways to fix the problem, approach the project, or answer your question. BCA Center, Church Street, Burlington, 5 p.m.
Bark for Life. A non-competitive 1.5-mile walkathon to raise funds for the American Cancer Society while celebrating the special bond between people and their dogs. Features activities for dogs and owners alike, demonstrations, contests, team photos and prizes. Advance registration: $10/person/dog with the commitment to raise additional funds for the American Cancer Society. Both teams and individual walkers are welcome. Technology Park, South Burlington, 5 p.m. To sign up and for more information, contact Amy Deavitt at the American Cancer Society: 802-872-6316 or visit RelayForLife.org/barkchittenden
Game night. Open to all ages. Play a different game at every table. Refreshments provided. St. James Episcopal Church, 4 St. James Place, Essex Junction, 6-9 p.m. Contact: 878-4014
Presentation. “Livable Communities and Transportation.” Discussion leader: Jennifer Wallace-Brodeur, AARP, Senior Advisor States, Education and Outreach. Bring a lunch and participate in a conversation about critical issues in transportation. Handicapped accessible. Free and open to the public. Decision Theater, Farrell Hall, UVM, Burlington, 12-1 p.m.
Saturday, May 18
Recognition ceremony. Honoring the 2013 high school seniors who have chosen to enlist in the military following graduation. VA Medical Center, White River Junction, 3 p.m.
Concert. Burlington Chamber Orchestra with David Horak, the winner of the BCO’s 2013 Young Artist Solo Competition. McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 8 p.m.
Outdoor Art day. Calling all artists, artisans, and crafters to a day of creating outdoors. All ages, skill levels, and mediums are welcome. Bring friends and personal supplies. Designated sites. Milton Grange, Route 7, Milton, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Reception: 3-5 p.m. Sign up: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Big truck day and children’s festival. Children of all ages to see, touch and explore dozens of their favorite big truck and vehicles. Climb on, peer through and explore fire trucks, dump trucks, school buses, cement mixers, tractors and more. Horn free event from 9:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Incldues crafts, BBQ and live entertainment. Cost: $5 per child; free for adults. Rain or shine. Behind the Hinesburg Nursery School/Hinesburg Community School, 9:45 a.m.-2 p.m.
Bird Day festival. An annual celebration of migratory birds. Birds, live music, crafts, walks and vendors. All ages. Birds of Vermont Museum. 900 Sherman Hollow Road, Huntington, all day. Contact: 802-434-2167 or email@example.com
Change the World day. Learn about the Imagine No-Malaria nonprofit and make a donation. Family friendly games, drenching tank, hula hoop, whiffle ball and more. Admission: two cans of non-perishable food per person. Receive a free ice cream sundae. Grace United Methodist Church, 130 Maple Street, Essex Junction, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Contact: 878-5923
Welcome baby social. Free event for parents of babies born in the past year. Features music, yoga, activities, refreshments, and raffles prizes. Memorial Hall, Towers Road, Essex, 9:30-11:30 a.m. RSVP by May 11: firstname.lastname@example.org or 876-7555.
Concert. “Songs of Hope and Freedom.” Includes a cantata about the life of Harriet Tubman and her involvement in the Underground Railroad. Sung by Bella Voce Women’s Chorus of Vermont. Tickets: $15-18. First Baptist Church, 81 St. Paul Street, Burlington, 8 p.m. Contact: 802-86-FLYNN or www.flynntix.org.
Auditions. “Bye, Bye Birdie.” Presented by the Lamoille County Players. 10 roles plus chorus parts, stage ages 12-70+. Show dates in October. Also May 19. Hyde Park Opera House, Hyde Park, 1 p.m. Character descriptions and more info at www.LCPlayers.com
“Time, Talent and Treasure” silent auction gala. An evening with more than 60 items up for auction, live entertainment and plenty of food. Free and open to the public. Essex Center United Methodist Church, 6:30-9 p.m. Contact: 878-8304
Medieval Fair. Madrigal singing, costumes, live entertainment, pony rides and bratwurst. Free parking and admission. Handicapped accessible. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Jericho, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit: www.goodshepherdjericho.org
Sunday, May 19
Walk to Cure Diabetes. Fundraiser for research toward prevention, better treatment and a cure for Type 1 diabetes (T1D) and its complications. Features entertainment, kid’s activities, food, raffle and more. Champlain Valley Union High School, Hinesburg. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Visit: www.jdrf.org
Concert. “Songs of Hope and Freedom.” Includes a cantata about the life of Harriet Tubman and her involvement in the Underground Railroad. Sung by Bella Voce Women’s Chorus of Vermont. Tickets: $15-18. Congregational Church, 24 South Street, South Hero, 3 p.m. Contact: 802-86-FLYNN or www.flynntix.org.
Demo day. Mini classes and demonstrations including BMX, zumba, tennis and crafts. Includes a scavenger hunt, raffles and food. Maple Street Park, Essex Junction, 3-5 p.m. Contact: 802-878-1375 or email@example.com
5K Fun Run. A fundraiser for VYOA’s school tour program — enabling VYOA music groups to travel to area schools and bring orchestral and choral music to schoolchildren. Entry fee: $15 adults, $10 students. Elley-Long Music Center in Colchester, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Register: http://vyoafunrun.webs.com or 9 a.m. day of run.
Cribbage tournament. Entry fee: $6. Cash prizes. Refreshments. Raffle. Essex Senior Center at the 5 Corners, 1 p.m. Contact: 871-5791.
Auditions. “Annie Get Your Gun.” Show dates in July. Opera House at Enosburg Falls, 123 Depot Street, Enosburg Falls, 1-5 p.m. Contact: 933-6171.
Monday, May 20
Concert. The Hinesburg Artist Series spring concert will be a joint performance of the Hinesburg Community Band, the a cappella group In Accord and the South County Chorus. Free and open to the public. CVU High School auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 21
Spring concert. Third graders will showcase their latest followed by fourth graders performing with recorders. Malletts Bay gymnasium, 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Visit: www.friendsofcolchestermusic.com.
Heartsaver CPR and AED class. In honor of National Emergency Medical Services Week Colchester Rescue will be holding a Free American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR and AED class. Space is limited. Colchester Rescue 687 Blakely Road Colchester, 6-8 p.m. Contact Jamie: 802-264-5595 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Concert. “The Singer’s Choice: A Garland of Our Favorite Songs and Arias.” Singers include Gail Whitehouse, soprano; Dave Lackey, tenor; Nathaly Agosto Filion, mezzo-soprano. St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, 2 Cherry Street, Burlington, 12-1 p.m. Contact: 864-0471.
Wednesday, May 22
Career fair. An event with numerous post-secondary options for students. Over thirty Vt. organizations will be represented, including employment opportunities, apprenticeships, and nontraditional educational opportunities. High school groups are encouraged to attend. Free and open to the public, and parking for buses will be available. Vermont Technical College, 201 Lawrence Place, Williston, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. For further information and/or to register with a group of high school students, contact Debbie Beretta: 802-652-7064 or email@example.com
Fleming week of cultural diversity. From May 21-24. The Thomas Fleming School will celebrate diverse cultures with an assembly, evening potluck and live entertainment. Thomas Fleming School, Essex Junction, 2 p.m. assembly; 5:30 p.m. potluck; 6:30 p.m. performance. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring band and chorus concert. Fifth graders sing and play for an audience. Colchester High School auditorium, 6:30 p.m. Visit: www.friendsofcolchestermusic.com.
Family fun and safety night. A family event packed with educational fun for kids and safety information for parents. Free and open to the public. Colchester Rescue, 687 Blakely Road, Colchester, 6-8 p.m. Contact: 802-264-5595 or visit: http://colchestervt.gov/Rescue
Rhododendron walk and talk. A tour of the farm’s rhododendrons and Eastern U.S. Native Azalea collections in bloom. Event is rain or shine. Cost: $10. Qualifies for Master Gardener education hours. The Horticultural Research Center, 65 Green Mountain Drive, South Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Register: email@example.com or 802-864-3073
Essex Rotary meeting. Essex Rotary Scholarship Awards to Essex, Jericho, Underhill students. Carolyn Barra Scholarship Award to an Essex student. Serving the communities of Essex, Essex Junction, Jericho and Underhill. The Essex, Essex Junction, 12:10 p.m.
Thursday, May 23
Senior seminar service learning celebration night. All CHS seniors enrolled in Senior Seminar for the second semester will showcase their semester long service learning projects. Colchester High School, 7 p.m.
Auditions. “Annie Get Your Gun.” Show dates in July. Enosburg Elementary School Band Room, Enosburg Falls, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Contact: 933-6171.
Theater production. “Singin’ in the Rain.” Presented by Missisquoi Valley Union High School. Runs through May 25. Tickets: $10 adults, $7 students. Opera House at Enosburg Falls, 123 Depot Street, Enosburg Falls, 7 p.m. Tickets: www.enosburgoperahouse.org or at the door.
Friday, May 24
Reception. “Soundings.” Abstract oil paintings by Gail Salzman exploring the influence of water on our daily lives. Exhibit runs through July 6. BCA Center, Church Street, Burlington, 5-8 p.m. Contact: 802-865-7166
Memorial Day vigil. Service followed by a candlelit ceremony at the 5 Corners war memorial. First Congregational Church, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. Contact: 878-0700.
Saturday, May 25
Memorial Day chicken BBQ. Follows the Memorial Day parade. Cost: $8/plate. VFW Post 6689, 73 Pearl Street, Essex Junction. Contact: 878-0700.
Community pasta dinner. A pasta buffet with guest speaker: Jeff Galloway, author of “The Power of Running, Inspiring Stories of Prefontaine, Bill Rodgers, Frank Shorter and others.” Cost: $25 adults, $15 kids under 12. Hosted by the Burlington Ronald McDonald House Charities. Double Tree Hotel by Hilton, 1117 Williston Road, South Burlington, 5-7 p.m. Contact: 802-862-4943.
Bird walk. Take a guided bird walk at the farm with Bridget the Bird Diva, from VPR. Space is limited. Bring binoculars. Cost: $30. The Horticultural Research Center, 65 Green Mountain Drive, South Burlington, 8-11 a.m. Register: firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-864-3073
Bird monitoring walk. Join experienced birders for monthly bird monitoring. Please bring binoculars. Free. Open to adults and older children. Birds of Vermont Museum. 900 Sherman Hollow Road, Huntington, 7:30 -9:30 a.m. Contact: 802-434-2167 or email@example.com
Roast beef dinner. Hosted by North Hero Volunteer Fire Department. Cost: $8 adults, $4 children under 12. North Hero School, North Hero, 4:30-7 p.m. Contact: 802-372-4503.
Sunday, May 26
Buffet breakfast. Watch the start of the marathon, have breakfast, and then cheer the runners on as they return down Church Street. Cost: $5. First Baptist Church, 81 St. Paul Street, Burlington, 8-9:30 a.m.
After school camera club. Thursdays. Students are invited to use cameras to make community TV and edit programs in Final Cut. Free and open to grades 6-10. Session runs through June 27. Channel 17 studios, 294 North Winooski Avenue, Burlington, 3:30-5 p.m. Register: http://www.cctv.org.
Baby playgroup. Wednesdays. Connect with other parents of children ages 0-5. Story time and music also included. Richmond Free Library, 201 Bridge Street, Richmond, 8:45-10:15 a.m. during the school year. Contact: 434-3036, firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com or 802-318-5570
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. Collections accepted 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Contact: 849-6261.
Early birder morning walks. Sundays. Enjoy the start of the day with birds, and other woodland inhabitants. Walks are led by experienced birders familiar with Vermont birds. Best for adults and older children. Free, donations welcomed. Birds of Vermont Museum. 900 Sherman Hollow Road, Huntington, 7-9 a.m. Contact: 802-434-2167 or firstname.lastname@example.org
English as a second language classes. Improve your English conversation skills and meet new people. Wednesdays. Pickering Room, Second Floor: Intermediate/Advanced. Administrative Conference Room: Beginners. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Contact Elena Carter, FFL Outreach Department: 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
Essex Junction Block Party Committee. Want to help plan the block party on July 20? Use your talents to put together a family-friendly community event in the heart of a historic downtown. Meetings are the 4th Monday of every month. Essex Junction Municipal offices, 2 Lincoln Street, Essex Junction, 4 p.m. Contact Patty: 878-6944 or email@example.com.
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.
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.
Genealogy. Let the experts find that missing ancestor. Resources available for New England and New York. Vermont Genealogy Library, Hegeman Avenue, Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester, Tues: 3-9:30 p.m. and Sat: 10 a.m.-4p.m. Contact: 802-238-5934 or http://www.vt-fcgs.org.
Infant and toddler programs. Join us for a rhythmic morning of play, song, puppetry and community for families with toddlers. Come once a week: every Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Infant classes offered Fridays. Lake Champlain Waldorf School, Shelburne, 9-11 a.m. Contact: 985-2827
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.
Mount Mansfield scale modelers. Informal gathering of model enthusiasts. All skill levels welcome. Third Thursday of each month. Kolvoord Community Room, Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Contact: 878-0765.
Preschool playgroup. Tuesdays and Thursdays. For ages birth through five years. Essex Junction Recreation and Parks Department, Maple Street, 9:30-11 a.m. Follows school calendar. Contact Saramichelle: 872-9580
Reading with Frosty and friends. Tuesdays. All dogs registered with Therapy Dogs of Vermont. Bring a book and read to a dog. All ages. Pre-register for 10-minute individual sessions. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, 21 Library Lane, Williston, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Contact: 878-4918
Sing and dance with Constancia. Thurdays. Music in both Spanish and English with stories and movement for children up to age 6. Free. No pre-registration. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, 21 Library Lane, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Contact: 802-878-4918.
Toy library playgroup. Fridays. Ages birth through five years. Memorial Hall, Essex, 9:30-11 a.m. Contact Lauren: 878-6715.
Baby Playgroup. Wednesdays. Free. Building Bright Futures of Essex. Memorial Hall, Towers Road, Essex, 9:30-11 a.m. Follows school calendar. Contact Saramichelle: firstname.lastname@example.org or 872-9580.
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: 802-651-9692 or www.vermontcam.org.
Women’s craft group. Inventive females work on artful projects. Thursdays. Free. Essex Alliance Church, Essex, 7-9 p.m. Contact: 802-238-2291.
Women’s pick-up soccer. 18+. $3 each. Robert Miller Recreation Center, 130 Gosse Court, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Contact: 802-864-0123 or http://www.meetup.com/Womens-Soccer-Vermont/
898 Main Street, Colchester. Contact: 878-0313 or email@example.com.
Donate books for the June sale.
Every Saturday, May 25-June 22, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the old fire house (between Claussen’s and the school)
Accepting hardcover and paperback, as well as DVD’s, videotapes, and CD’s. Please, no periodicals, encyclopedias, or textbooks.
Also seeking volunteers.
Book sale: June 28-30.
Thursday, May 16
Burnham Library Trustees meeting. The library’s trustees meet monthly, and meetings are open to the public. 4 p.m.
Monday, May 20
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.
Tuesday, May 21
Closed for the Vermont Library Association Conference
Monday, May 27
Closed for Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 28
Adult book discussion group. This month: “Room” by Emma Donoghue. 1 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 Mr. Chris. Wednesdays. Mr. Chris brings music and fun to the library. Best for ages 3-5. 1-1:30 pm.
Drop-in gentle Hatha yoga. Tuesdays- except May 21. 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. Contact: 878-0313. 10 a.m.
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. Mondays and Thursdays. Join us for stories followed by a craft or activity. For ages 3-6. Call to register. 10:30 a.m.