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Thursday, May 21

Celebrate Red Nose Day. Burlington Town Center, WPTZ and Burlington Free Press are teaming up for a Variety Show and Fundraiser to benefit our local United Way and Boys and Girls Club chapters. All day long, Burlington Town Center will host a variety of local personalities and performers for all ages to support Red Nose Day, a charity event dedicated to stopping childhood poverty. Check out magic shows, face-painting, balloon animals and more. Burlington Town Center, Burlington 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Full schedule of events: www.burlingtontowncenter.com

Spring Grow It! Garden Leader Workshop. The Vermont Community Garden Network presents the 2015 Spring Grow It! Workshop for community and school garden leaders in partnership with Charlie Nardozzi. The spring workshop focuses on strengthening garden leadership and growing a network of support for gardens. Participants will learn strategies to boost their gardens and programs, share ideas and problem-solve with fellow garden leaders.  Each workshop is hosted by a local community or school garden. Please pre-register.  Milton High School, Milton, 4-7 p.m. Registration: $30 and includes a hearty snack.  Information: www.vcgn.org or 861-4769.

Traditional Pasta and Gnocchi Making. Join Dr. Greg Giasson of Alternative Roots Wellness Center for a hands-on course where participants will be guided through the process of making homemade pasta and gluten-free potato gnocchi. Participants will learn how to roll out and cut pasta with nothing more than a rolling pin and knife, how to shape the gnocchi using a fork and how to cook each of them. The instructor will also demonstrate how to make a traditional basil pesto and all-purpose red sauce. McClure Multi-Generational Center, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. $5 City Market Members/ $10 General Public. Information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/traditional-pasta-and-gnocchi-making-registration-16583025275

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.

Drink and Draw Burlesque. Join Ashlee Rubinstein and the One Arts Center for a figure drawing session with a live burlesque model. Light drawing exercises will get the night started and then longer poses will fill a full evening of great drawing. All experience levels welcome. Bring drawing pad and drawing tools of your choice. One Art Center, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $20 in advance, $18 for members, $24 at the door. Information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/drink-draw-burlesque-tickets-16372648031

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. Nectar’s, Burlington, 7-9:30 p.m. Free. Info: 658-4771.

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Friday, May 22

The Tempest. The Essex Community Players bring Shakespeare back to Essex with “The Tempest.” The story, a magical tale of shipwrecks and storms, revenge and reconciliation, and a father’s love for his child is presented by a cast of 20. Tickets: Adults, $16; Children and Seniors, $14. Essex Memorial Hall, Essex Center. 7 p.m. and Saturday matinee 1 p.m. Information: www.essexplayers.com

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Saturday, May 23

Walk on the Wild Side: Burlington. Join naturalist, herbalist, and registered dietitian Melanie Putz Brotz for a wild plant treasure hunt in the Intervale. Participants in this workshop traditionally uncover many delectable surprises, like stinging nettles, burdock root, and invasively prolific and delicious garlic mustard greens. Meet at the small parking lot on Intervale Road.This walk will take place rain or shine, unless the weather is severe. Intervale, Burlington, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Tickets: $5 City Market Members/ $10 non-members. Information: http://www.citymarket.coop/calendar/2015-05-23/walk-wild-side

North Hero Volunteer Fire Department Roast Beef Dinner. North Hero School, North Hero, 4:30-7 p.m. Adults $10; Children under 12 years old $5. Information: 372-8488.

Jericho-Underhill Open Studio Tour. Twenty local, Jericho-Underhill artists will open their studios to visitors for sales and demonstrations.  Tour Headquarters, the Emile A. Gruppe Gallery will have tour maps and a show including sample work from all artists participating.  Continues May 24. Various locations around Jericho and Underhill. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. each day. Information: 899-3211 www.emilegruppegallery.com

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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, May 21

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

B*Tween the Classics: Readaloud. Remember when you were small and librarians read stories to you? Remember how fun that was? Come listen to some great stories. We’ll have snack time too, of course. For ages 12-15. 4:30-6 p.m.

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Monday, May 25

Library closed for Memorial Day

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Tuesday, May 26

Adult Book Discussion. The discussion will be led by a Library staff member. This month, we’ll be reading “The Husband’s Secret” by Liane Moriarty. 1 p.m.

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Ongoing

Be Tobacco Free in 2015. Wednesdays, May 6-June 3. If you’re ready to quit, join this free five-week class, sponsored by UVM Medical Center. It will be led by a trained tobacco treatment specialist, and takes place in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. You’ll receive a free 10-week supply of gum, patches or lozenges. Call 847-2278 or email QuitTobaccoClass@UVMHealth.org to register. 11 a.m.

Preschool Story Time. Mondays and Thursdays. Come for stories followed by a craft or activity. Ages 3-6. Call to sign-up. 10:30 a.m.

Toddler Story Time. Tuesdays (except May 19). A weekly selection of music, rhymes and stories Ages 18 months-3 years. Call to sign-up. 10:30 a.m.

Preschool Music. Tuesdays (except May 19). 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.

Drop-In Gentle Hatha Yoga. Tuesdays (except May 19). 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.

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.

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Sunday, May 24

Early Birders Morning Walk. Join us for an early morning ramble in the Birds of Vermont Museum forest and meadows 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, bug spray/tick repellent and walking shoes. Early mornings are often damp with dew and boots are in order. Pre-registration is helpful but not required. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 7-9 a.m. Donations accepted. Information: 434-2167 or museum@birdsofvermont.org.

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Monday, May 25

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, May 26

Cathedral arts Presents Flowers of the Field: Early Vocal Music for Springtime. The 10-voice, Anima Early Music Ensemble women’s chorus under the direction of Liz Thompson sing 12th century chants of Hildegard of Bingen; Renaissance polyphony of Lassus, Dunstable, and Allegri; Icelandic and Russian hymns; and compositions by members of the group. Bring a bag lunch. Coffee and tea are provided. St Paul’s Cathedral, Burlington, free. Information: 864-0471.

Movies at Main Street Landing: “Swing Time. The Movies at Main Street Landing series present the 1936 George Stevens directed musical romance classic “Swing Time,” starring a cast including dance legends Fred Astaire, and Ginger Rogers in arguably their most iconic roles. Main Street Landing Film House, Burlington, 7 p.m. Donations benefit local charities. Contact: 540-3018.

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Wednesday, May 27

CVAA Community Senior Meal. Ray’s Seafood, Essex Junction. 10:30 a.m. check in; 11 a.m. lunch. $5 suggested donation. Contact: 865-0360.

Ready for Retirement. The New England Federal Credit Union will be hosting Jonathan Whitehouse, CFS Financial Consultant. Whitehouse will present a workshop entitled “Ready for Retirement.” This workshop is geared towards those within five years of retirement and addresses many of the concerns of pre-retirees. Topics include turning your retirement assets into income, when to start Social Security, how the stock market will affect retirement plans, estate planning basics and more. Please come and bring your questions for a lively and robust discussion. Seating is limited, pre-registration is encouraged. New England Federal Credit Union, Williston, 5:30-7:00 p.m. Free. Information: 879-8790 or nefcu.com.

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Ongoing

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.

Seed Sharing. A seed-sharing table has been set up at the Brownell Library for leftover and/or unused flower and vegetable seeds from last year or this year. Full or partial seed packets and home saved seeds are all welcome. This is a chance to share excess seeds with your neighbors. Bring your labeled seeds to the desk at the library through June 6. Brownell Library, Essex Junction. During normal library hours. Information: 343-4738.

Champlain Valley Prostate Cancer Support Group. Dr. Scott D. Perrapato, DO, 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.

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: 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.