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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, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. $15. Information: Charlee.Drury@state.vt.us or 828-1000.

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.

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.

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, October 24

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 info@essexvtseniors.org.

Mark O’Conner and Maggie Dixon. The UVM Lane Series and Young Tradition Vermont present Mark O’Conner and Maggie Dixon. O’Conner speaks about his groundbreaking ‘O’Conner Method’ for violin and string education. He will be joined by violinist Dixon for demonstrations of selected violin duos from this method. Musicians can bring their instruments to learn a tune. Suitable for everyone including non-musicians. Pre-registration encouraged. Register: 656-4455 or natalie.neuert@uvm.edu.

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Saturday, October 25

Pancake Breakfast. Boy Scout Troop 635 will be hosting a pancake breakfast benefit. The proceeds will go towards helping scouts attend Philmont High Adventure Camp in New Mexico. The menu will include many breakfast staples. High chairs are available. Essex Junction VFW, Essex Junction, 8-10 a.m. $8 per person; children under 12 eat free. Information: 373-6893.

Google Your Family Tree. The Vermont Genealogy Library will host Ed McGuire. McGuire will discuss how Google can be used as a tool to find records associated with your ancestors when normal genealogy searches don’t turn up evidence. McGuire will also demonstrate the use of commands and operators in your queries to improve the relevance of your search results. Vermont Genealogy Library, Colchester, 10:30 a.m.- 12 p.m. $5. Information: www.vtgenlib.org or 310-9285.

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Sunday, October 26

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.

4th Annual Arts And Apple Festival. The Westford Historical Society will be presenting its 4th annual Arts and Apple Festival. Artists and artisans will show their work, fresh homemade apple pie, and hot coffee or cider will be available. Chapin Orchards will also have fresh apples for purchase. The Westford Historical Society will also be exhibiting historic photos and artwork. Brick Meeting House, Westford Common, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Information: 872-9683.

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Local Libraries

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

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Monday, October 27

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. This month, we’ll read “Ready Player One,” by Ernest Cline. 6:30 p.m.

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Tuesday, October 28

Adult Book Discussion. Join our afternoon book group. The discussion will be led by a Library staff member. 1 p.m.

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Wednesday, October 29

Halloween Party. Get your costume ready for our annual Halloween party. Come to the library dressed up for treats, fun and surprises. For kids through age 10. Register online, or call 264-5660 for more information. 4:30-6 p.m.

Ongoing

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

Drop-in Gentle Hatha Yoga. No class, Oct. 28. 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.

4th Annual Halloween at the Homestead. The Winooski Valley Parks District will be hosting its annual Halloween celebration. Costumes encouraged for an afternoon of games, crafts, treats and more. The event will include prizes, face painting, Halloween crafts, Fall treats to enjoy and live birds with the Vermont Institute of Natural Science. Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington, 1-3 p.m. Information: www.wvpd.org.

International Dinner: Burundian. The Burundian American Association and the Vermont Council on World Affairs will host an international dinner. Dinner includes soup and sambusas, goat, beef, chicken, yucca, sweet potatoes, salad, rice, African corn cake and benye. Song and dance provided by Twibukanye. Short films from Burundi provided by the Vermont International Film Foundation. North End Studios, Burlington, 5-8 p.m. Tickets: $15 in advance or $18 at the door. Information: 863-6713.

Monday, October 27

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 www.williston.lib.vt.us.

Northwest Nightmares Film Festival. Nine teams are racing to finish production of short horror films, which will debut at the Welden Theatre in St. Albans. Teams of directors, producers, writers and actors will present their masterpieces of mayhem, mystery and bloodshed. The film teams are all rooted in Franklin County. Team members range in age from 9-79. Films are generally rated PG-13 and are not suitable for young children. Following last year, advance tickets are encouraged, Welden Theatre, St. Albans, 6:15 p.m. Tickets: $5. Information: nwnightmares.com.

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 28

Burlington Garden Club Meeting. The Burlington Garden Club will host its monthly meeting. The meeting will include a presentation by Charlotte Albers on “Gardens of Paris,” a visual journey of Luxembourg Gardens, Place Royale, the Tuilleries, and others. A brief meeting will precede the program. Open to the public. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 1:15 p.m. Free. Information: 372-4058.

Essex Halloween Celebration. Join the Essex Junction Recreation and Parks for a night of treats, games, crafts, Officer McGruff, prizes, the spooky maze and fun for everyone. Come in costume for a safe night to remember with friends and family. Champlain Valley Exposition State Building, Essex Junction, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Information: www.ejrp.org/halloween-celebration.html.

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Wednesday, October 29

Recycled Aluminum Jewelry Art Class. In honor of Fair Trade Month, the Peace and Justice Center and the Davis Studio will host Kenyan artist Leah Mitula. Mitula is the founder of Denur Crafts, an all women’s jewelry cooperative based out of Kenya. All of their jewelry is made from raw, locally sourced materials including animal bones, aluminum cans and sand. Mitual will share the craft of making jewelry from recycled aluminum. Pre-registration encouraged. Davis Studio, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $35. Information: www.davisstudiovt.com.

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Thursday, October 30

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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Ongoing

CVAA Tai Chi for Arthritis. Due to popular demand, CVAA will be sponsoring Tai Chi for Arthritis. Wednesday evenings, beginning Oct. 29. The class is offered to anyone age 50 and older. It is intended for adults who are still in the workforce. Winooski Senior Center, Winooski, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Contact Rachael: 865-0360 or rachael@cvaa.org.

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.

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 kate@essexcjc.org.

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: 5cornersfarmersmarket.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.

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.

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.