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Thursday, March 26

Gallery Talk. Frog Hollow announces a gallery talk by Douglas Brooks who’s research is featured in their current exhibit “Trapping Boats of Lake Champlain.” The exhibit and talk are the culmination of several years of research into the craft of boatbuilding by Lake Champlain trappers from the 1940’s through the 1980’s. Douglas will talk about his research with Hannaford Career Center and Middlebury College students to identify local trapping boats in Addison County and Essex County, N.Y., documenting them through interviews, measurements, and photographs. Frog Hollow, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Information:

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.

Film Screening. The Burlington Film Society and the Vermont International Film Foundation will be hosting the area premiere of the Academy Award nominated French-Mauritanian film “Timbuktu.” The film follows a cattle herder and his family that lives in Timbuktu and has their quiet live abruptly disturbed. Following the film screening, there will be discussion lead by Laurence Clerfeuille, board member of Alliance Française and professor of French at St. Michael’s College. The Main Street Landing Film House, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free to VTIFF members; $8 general admission; $5 students.

Godspell. Rice Memorial High School will be performing the Stephen Schwartz musical “Godspell.” The show tells a series of parables based on the Gospel of Matthew and using modern music set to lyrics from traditional hymns. Runs through March 29. Burlington Black Box Theater, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Tickets: $15 adults; $10 students and children. Information: 862-6521.

Friday, March 27

Elder Education Enrichment Lecture. The Elder Education Enrichment group will be offering the next installment of their spring lecture series with the Director of Pediatric New American Clinic at the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital, Dr. Andrea Green. Green will present a lecture entitled “Pediatric Refugee Health Care in Vermont.” Parking and handicap access available. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5 at the door. Information: 864-3516.

Family Social. The Colchester Middle School (CMS) PTO will be hosting a family social for all CMS Students and their families. Join the PTO for a complimentary dinner provided by Colchester Nutrition and Food Services, activities, and fun. RSVP via the Colchester Middle School Website. Colchester Middle School Colchester, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Information:


Saturday, March 28

Village Streetlight Count. Essex Energy Committee invites residents and friends to survey existing streetlights in the Village, a first step to swapping out the old and updating with energy-efficient L.E.D. lights. Begin at Brownell Library’s Kolvoord Room. Maps, directions, and refreshments provided. Bring a clipboard and wear walking shoes. Arrive promptly. Contact Darby: 878-6944.

Sugar On Snow Party. The Palmer’s Sugarhouse will be hosting a sugar on snow party. Maple demonstrations, maple goodies including traditional sugar on snow, petting zoo, trails and horse rides with views of the Adirondacks, live music and more. Handicap accessible and plenty of parking and seating. Musical entertainment by the Spencer Lewis. Palmer Sugar House, Shelburne, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Information: 985-5054 or

Greek Pastry Sale and Take-out Dinner. The Greek Orthodox Church in Burlington will be hosting a pastry sale and take-out dinner. A wide variety of Greek pastries and spinach pies will be sold. Chicken souvlaki, beef gyro and falafel available for dinner. Greek Orthodox Church, Burlington, Sale 10 a.m. and dinner begins at 11 a.m. Information: 862-2155.

Essex Egg And Scavenger Hunt. This annual event is co-produced by Essex Junction Recreation and Parks and Essex Parks and Recreation. Bring a basket or bag to search for and collect eggs and other treats. Dress appropriately for the weather. Note there is a 10-egg limit per child. For children preschool to grade 4 age. Please help in providing food to the local food pantry and bring a non-perishable food item. Maple Street Park, Essex Junction, 10 a.m. Information: 878-1375.

Congo Fest! St. Michael’s College invites everyone to celebrate the culture of the Democratic Republic of Congo with music, drumming, food, speakers, artworks and dancing. Meet members of the Burlington Congolese community. Free and open to the public. Alliot Hall, St. Michael’s College Campus, 3-5 p.m. Free. Information: 654-2795.

Benefit Hockey Game. The 12th Annual VT National Guard Defenders vs. VT Law Enforcers Benefit Hockey Game will be held the Essex High School Skating Facility. Proceeds from the event go to assist Vermont Guard families through the Vermont National Guard Charitable Foundation. Family fun featuring games for the kids, Champ from the Vermont Lake Monsters, the VT National Guard Mascot, GI Johnny, and one of the Vermont State Police Canine Teams. Door prizes and raffles will be drawn. Essex High School Skating Facility, Essex Junction. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the game begins at 6 p.m. Tickets: $5. Information: 338-3452.


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Thursday, March 26

B*Tween the Classics: Read-a-loud. 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.


Monday, March 30

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 “Emperor Mollusk versus The Sinister Brain,” by A. Lee Martinez. 6:30 p.m.


Tuesday, March 31

Adult Book Discussion. The discussion will be led by a Library staff member. This month, we’ll be reading “The Burgess Boys,” by Elizabeth Strout. 1 p.m.



Free Tax Filing Help for Seniors and Lower Income Households. Saturdays. AARP’s Tax Aide Service volunteers file taxes for seniors (55+) and lower income households (less than $35,000). Call 264-5660 (and choose option 3 and then 1) to setup an appointment. 9:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. (Saturdays) and 1-4 p.m. (Tuesdays).

One-on-One Tutoring. Wednesdays and Saturdays beginning Jan. 21. Students from the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences’ Colchester campus will be tutoring students in reading, math and science. The program is focused on grades 1-6, but tutoring is available for other grades in certain subjects. Mondays, 5-8 p.m.; Wednesdays, from 4-7 p.m.; and Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. There is no fee for the service. Call 264-5660 to sign up, or for more information.

Burnham Knitters. Knitters of all skill levels meet Wednesdays. Beginners welcome. Colchester Meeting House or Burnham Memorial Library. 6-8 p.m.

Preschool Music. Tuesdays. Come to the library for music and fun. Best for ages 3-5. Sponsored by the Friends of Burnham Library. 11:30 a.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. 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.


Sunday, March 29

Village University: Friends of the Winooski River. The Village University is a project of the Community Center in Jericho, whose purpose of the events is to foster thoughtful discussion, provide information and bring community members together to shape our collective future. During this session, the Friends of the Winooski River will be presenting on what you can do to reduce runoff, including building a rain barrel. The group works to raise awareness of pollution in the Winooski River. Jericho Community Center, Jericho Center, 2-4 p.m. Free. Information: 899-2366.

“Dimanches.” The Fletcher Free Library presents it’s French-English conversation group where French speakers of all levels gather to practice the language while in a casual, social setting. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Contact Barbara: 865-7211.

Balkan Folk Dancing. Taught by Louise Brill. Easier line and circle dances are taught the first hour, followed by intermediate dances, reviews and open request dancing. Beginners are welcome and no partner required. Wear informal, comfortable clothing. Plenty of parking. Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, 3-6 p.m. $6 recommended donation. Contact Louise: 540-1020 or


Monday, March 30

CVAA Senior Lunch. CVAA will be hosting its weekly lunch at Covenant Church. The menu will include Salisbury steak, potatoes with parsley, hot winter vegetables, corn bread and apple crisp. Milk to drink. Covenant Church, Essex Center, 12 p.m. Free, donations accepted. Information: 865-0360.

Elder Education Enrichment Lecture. The Elder Education Enrichment group will be offering the next installment of their spring lecture series with Architectural Historian, Britta Tonn. Tonn will present a lecture entitled “South Willard Street: A Look at the History and Architecture of Burlington’s Gilded Age.” Parking and handicap access available. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5 at the door. Information: 864-3516.

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

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


Tuesday, March 31

Movies at Main Street Landing: “The Searchers.” The Movies at Main Street Landing series present the 1956 John Ford directed Western classic “The Searchers,” starring a cast including John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles and Natalie Wood. Main Street Landing Film House, Burlington, 7 p.m. Donations benefit local charities. Contact: 540-3018.


Wednesday, April 1

Seated Yoga. Led by dedicated volunteers, this free exercise class is open to all seniors Seated yoga is a gentle form of exercise, designed to increase flexibility and balance and help reduce stress. Essex Junction Senior Center, Essex Junction, 10-11 a.m. Free. Contact Lou Ann: 876-5087.

German-English Conversation Group. Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Meet others in the community who do. Join the group and practice foreign language conversation. Fluency not required nor is attendance at every meeting. Fletcher Free Library, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Contact Barbara: 865-7211.

Thursday, April 2

Community Soup and Bread Supper. The Covenant Community Church will be hosting its monthly soup and bread super. Eat in or take out options available. Stay to eat with family and friends or pick up to take home. There will be a variety of soups, breads and a sweet dessert. Covenant Community Church, Essex/Jericho line, 4:30-7 p.m. Donations accepted. Contact Pastor Peter: 879-4313.

First Thursday Music in the Loft with Maryse Smith. The Shelburne Vineyards presents the next installment in their monthly Music in the Loft series with local singer/songwriter Maryse Smith. The vineyard will have wines for sale by the glass and light supper fare available from Southern Smoke BBQ. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit Food for Farmers. Shelburne Vineyard, Shelburne, 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. Information:



CVAA’s Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention. Tuesdays and Thursdays. CVAA will be offering this program to help senior citizens stretch and bend without injury, pain or fear of falling. The program is a joint safe activity proven to reduce arthritic pain, increase both lower and upper body strength and improve balance and agility. Call soon as class size is limited and programs fill quickly. Classes are offered at no charge and are open to anyone 50+. Beginner classes begin March 17 and continue through May 7. Covenant Church, Essex, 10-11 a.m. each day. Contact Rachael: 865-0360, x1046 or

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:

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: 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 $1per day. Membership at EJSC is open to anyone 50 years of age and older and is $12 per year. Contact: 876-5087 or

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

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, 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.

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 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. Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 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.