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Thursday, July 23

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. Free. Information: 370-5369.

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, 6:30-7:30 p.m. $10. Contact: 578-9243.

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Thursday, July 30

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, 6:30-7:30 p.m. $10. Contact: 578-9243.

Art Opening. The Milton Artist’s Guild will be hosting an opening reception for their latest show entitled “Collage.” Members of the Guild will exhibit work which explore the genre of collage in various mediums. Light refreshments will be served. Gallery at LCATV, Colchester, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Friday, July 31

Ice Cream Social. The Holy Family St. Lawrence parish will be hosting an ice cream social featuring the Onion River Dixie Land Jazz Band to celebrate Fr. Charlie’s 70th birthday. Ice cream will be donated by Ben and Jerry’s. Donations will be accepted to benefit Pilgrims to World Youth Day. Holy Family/St. Lawrence Parish Center, Essex Junction, 7-9 p.m. Information: 878-5331.

The Sound of Music. The Very Merry Theatre Company’s Teen Tour will be performing the beloved classic musical “The Sound of Music.” All of the proceeds go towards helping children participate in Very Merry Theatre shows and summer camps. Incase of inclement weather the performance will be held at the Essex High School Auditorium. Maple Street Park, Essex Junction, 6:30 p.m. Free. Information: http://www.ejrp.org/friday-night-family-fun-series.html

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Saturday, August 1

Book Launch Celebration. Join Phoenix Books for a book launch celebration with Christine Hadsel, author of “Suspended Worlds” at Shelburne Farms.  Christine will give a short talk with photos of New England’s fantastic stage scenery.  The “flower garden” painted curtain from the Moretown Town Hall will be on display. The launch will feature light refreshments and a cash bar. Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, 3-6 p.m. Free. Information: 448-3350 or www.phoenixbooks.biz

Wall To Canvas 6. Magic Hat Brewery presents this fundraising event to benefit the Shelburne Craft School. Wall to Canvas features 12 artists who are chosen from around the region for their style and creativity. Competing live, each artist starts with large blank canvases and finishes with off-the-wall and into-your-home masterpiece. The freshly created artwork will be sold at the end of the day in a live auction, with a portion of the proceeds going to fund educational programs at the Shelburne Craft School. Artists will compete to win a cash prize and a solo exhibit at Magic Hat Artifactory. Beer garden, merch tent, and live music. Magic Hat Artifactory, South Burlington, 1-6 p.m. Information: http://www.magichat.net/walltocanvas/

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Sunday, August 2

20th Annual Ice Cream Social and Band Concert. This annual social includes all the trimmings from toppings to whipped cream and cherry on top. Westford, Fairfax, Fletcher Town Band will perform. Proceeds to benefit the Brick Meeting House. Rain or shine. In case of rain, the social and concert will be held in the Brick Meeting House. Westford Town Common, Westford. Ice cream 6:30 p.m.; Concert 7 p.m. $1.50 per scoop. Information: 777-3995

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Monday, August 3

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, 11 a.m. Free and open to all adults. Information: 878-4918 or www.williston.lib.vt.us.

English Country Dance Class. No special footwork required. Participants will learn and repeat a pattern of movements to music that ranges from spritely to stately. Attend solo or with a friend, partners change each time we do a dance begins. Casual clothing. Teaching by Val Medve to recorded music. Teens and adults welcome. Richmond Free Library, Richmond, $3-$5 donation helps defray cost of air conditioning. Information: 899-2378 or www.burlingtoncountrydancers.org.

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, August 4

Tuesday Night Trail Running Series. Catamount Outdoor Family Center invites all trail-running enthusiasts to this fun event for all ages and abilities with a 5 km race, a 2.5 km “Cadets” race and a short “Cubs” race. Catamount Outdoor Family Center, Williston, 6 p.m. Adults $8, Teens $4, Kids 12 and under $3, and Kids 8 and under free. Information: www.catamountoutdoorfamilycenter.com.

Movies at Main Street Landing: “The Hustler. The Movies at Main Street Landing series present the Robert Rossen directed 1961 sports drama “The Hustler,” starring film legends Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie. 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 Street, Colchester. Contact: 264-5660 or jmuse@colchestervt.gov. Website: colchestervt.gov/Library

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Thursday, July 30

The Super Heroes that Help Provide Our Food: BEES. Look inside a beehive and learn all about honeybees, including the important jobs they do. Check out bee specimens up close. Sign up online. For ages 5 and up. 2 p.m.

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Monday, Aug. 3

Preschool Tea Party. Takes place in the Burnham Room. Tea and treats for ages 2 and up. Dress up as a hero if you like! Register online. 12 p.m.

Young Adult Advisory Board. Help make the library a destination for people your age. Young adults in grades 6-12 can join the fabulous people on the Library’s Young Adult Advisory Board. 5:30 p.m.

Write Now! Get the inspiration to start writing that poem or book that will someday be your bestseller. If you’re in grades 6-12, and you want to join a writing group, this is it. 6:30 p.m.

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Tuesday, Aug. 4

Hero Stories Comics Workshop. We have separate sessions for kids and teens. Join teaching cartoonist Marek Bennett as we explore the comics creation process. Marek shares his work with hero characters in his fictional, autobiographical, and historical comics, and helps YOU create an original comic based on a hero in YOUR life. Register online. Kids ages 7-11, 12-2 p.m.; teens ages 12-18, 3-5 p.m.

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Wednesday, Aug. 5

Wednesday Wacktivity: Super Jewelry. Make a Shrinky Dink personalized superhero emblem to enhance the piece of jewelry you create. Register online. 2 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 “Seven Stories Up” by Laurel Snyder. 6:30 p.m.

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Thursday, Aug. 6

LCATV Child Producers Workshop. Children ages 8 and 9 will have fun learning the equipment used to make television programming, and will complete a short library-themed project. This month is a game show. Register online. 2-3:30 p.m.

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Ongoing

Superhero Preschool Story Time. Fridays. Explore stories about heroes of all types followed by a craft or activity. For ages 3-6. Call to sign up. 10:30 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, August 5

An Evening by the Fire with Kurt Valenta. Join the Milton Historical Society for an encore performance by “Mr. K.”  This outdoor “hands-on” evening is designed for younger members and for those young at heart.   Naturalist Kurt Valenta will regale participants with folk tales and stories of our natural history outside on the museum lawn. Bring a chair or a blanket and enjoy some smores. In case of rain, the event will move inside the museum. Milton Historical Society, Milton, 7 p.m. Information: 893-1604 or
miltonhistorical@yahoo.com

Pub Style Trivia. Join other teams of fellow trivia buffs in a battle of the brains with Top Hat Entertainment. Seven rounds of fast-paced trivia with prizes awarded. Let the inner-geek surface. Cody’s Irish Pub, Essex, 7-9 p.m. Information: www.facebook.com/pages/Codys-Irish-Pub-and-Grille.

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Thursday, August 6

Pickup Rugby. Burlington Rugby Vermont invites veteran players and newcomers to lace up for a two-hand-touch match. Meet on the field adjacent College Parkway at Fort Ethan Allen. Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Information: http://www.burlingtonrugby.org/

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, 6:30-7:30 p.m. $10. Contact: 578-9243.

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Ongoing

CVAA Tai Chi for Arthritis. CVAA’s Tai Chi for Arthritis Falls Prevention program is a joint-safe activity proven to reduce pain while you increase both lower and upper body strength and improve balance and agility. It can be done seated or standing. Classes are offered at no charge to adults 50+ and are led by a certified instructor. Class size is limited and will fill quickly.  This is an eight-week session beginning Aug. 4  through Sept. 24.  Covenant Community Church, Essex. Tuesday and Thursday, 10-11 a.m. Contact Rachael: 1-800-642-5119, ext. 1046 or Rachael@cvaa.org to register.

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.

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.

Essex Community Historical Society.  Essex Community Historical Society invites you to step into the story of Essex and its people at the Harriet Farnsworth Powell Museum in Essex Center.  The museum is open from June 7 through Oct. 11.  Our museum collection brings the stories of Essex history to life in displays about local families, businesses and those who served in wars from the Civil War to World War II.  Hours: Sundays 1-4 p.m. and Thursdays 6-7:30 p.m.  Tours by arrangement.  Free to the public.  Information: essexcommunityhistoricalsociety@myfairpoint.net or 879-0849.

Five Corners Farmers’ Market. The market features local farmers, artisans, food vendors and entertainment. 3SquaresVT (EBT) cards and debit cards accepted at the market manager’s table to buy market tokens. Through Oct. 2. Fridays from 3:30-7:30 p.m. on Lincoln Street in Essex Junction. More info: www.5cornersfarmersmarket.com.

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.

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, 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: 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, Saint 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 Lauren: 878-6715.

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.

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.

Duplicate Bridge. Wednesdays. Essex Junction Senior Center, Essex, 1 p.m. Information: 876-5087.

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.

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.

Jazzercise Lite for 50 Plus. A fun, easy dance and fitness class that combines dance, yoga, Pilates and strength training for all levels of fitness with instructor Kit Sayers. 10-visit punch pass can be purchased at Essex Junction Senior Center. Essex Junction Senior Center, Essex Junction. Tuesdays 8-9 a.m. and Thursdays 11 a.m.-12 p.m. $30 members, $35 non-members. Contact Lou Ann: 876-5087.

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 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.

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.