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Thursday, September 11

Burlington Edible History Tour. Over a 2-mile walk, participants discover the local ethnic history and food traditions of Abenaki, Chinese, French Canadians, Germans, Greeks, Irish, Italians, Jewish, Lebanese, and Yankees. To celebrate their traditions of eating local foods often from their backyards, tour goers will sample food at five restaurants that serve local foods.  Echo Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $45.  Tickets: Flynntix.org. Information: eliseandgail@burlingtonediblehistory.com.

Tea and Formal Gardens Tour. The Inn at Shelburne Farms will be hosting a tea and formal gardens tour. Participants will receive an intimate tour of the Inn and its luxuriant cottage-style gardens followed by delectable sweets and savories in the Tea Room. Pre-registration is required. The Inn at Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, 2:30-4:30 p.m. $18. Contact: registration@shelburnefarms.org or 985-8442.

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, September 12

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.

Stride for Pride 5K. The Pride Center of Vermont invites all community members to help kick off Pride weekend with a beautiful sunset 5K along the waterfront.  The first annual Stride for Pride event will celebrate the joy of the LGBTQ and allied community through fun and fitness.  All proceeds benefit the work of the Pride Center of Vermont.  All participants will receive a custom finishers medal.  On-site registration is available, but early registration is encouraged.  Battery Park, Burlington, 5-7 p.m.  $35. Information: www.active.com/burlington-vt/running/races/stride-to-pride-5k-run-walk-2014

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Saturday, September 13

Plein Air Paint Out.  Join artists from the Lake Champlain Islands as they create work with the beautiful Snow Farm Vineyard as their studio. See the art being created and have a taste of summer from the vineyard. The day will culminate at Grand Isle Art Works where the artists will display and sell their finished pieces. Cash wine and beer bar with local cheeses and veggies. Selected gallery items will be offered in a silent auction. A portion of the proceeds from the art sale and auction will benefit Champlain Islanders Developing Essential Resources. Snow Farm Vineyard, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Grand Isle Art Works, 4-6 p.m.  Information: 378-4591

Queen City Ghostwalk: Darkness Falls. Paranormal historian Thea Lewis highlights haunted happenings throughout Burlington. Meet at the steps in City Hall Park 10 minutes before start time. Pre-registration is required. City Hall Park, Burlington, 8 p.m. $15. Tickets: Flynntix.org.

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Sunday, September 14

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.

11th Annual Walk for Wishes. Make-A-Wish Vermont and Bond Auto Parts will be hosting its annual Walk for Wishes fundraiser.  The walk also features an optional scavenger hunt component. Event registration includes unlimited access for the day to the Shelburne Museum, a picnic lunch, a commemorative t-shirt, and all in all walk-day activities. Enjoy family-friendly entertainment, face painting, music, a meal on the grill and more. Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, 10 a.m. $20 adults; $5-$10 Children. Information: www.walkforwishesvt.org or 864-9393.

Open Skating.  The Essex Skating Facility will be hosting a public skate.  Rentals and sharpening available.  Essex Skating Facility, Essex Junction, 2-4 p.m. Free.

Serbian Film Screening. As part of the Global Roots series, The Vermont International Film Foundation, in partnership with Pride VT, will present the Burlington area screening of the Serbian feature film “The Parade.” The film,a comedy about a group of gay activists in Belgrade who strike a tense alliance with a Serbian crime boss whose fiancée demands an extravagant wedding and in turn the boss provides security for the group’s Pride parade. An official event of the Vermont Pride Week celebration. North End Studio, Burlington, 5 p.m. Free. Information: www.vtiff.org

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Monday, September 15

Avoid Falls With Improved Stability. A personal trainer demonstrates daily practices for seniors concerned about their balance. Pines Senior Living Community in South Burlington, 10-11 a.m. $5. Contact: 865-1109.

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. Free and open to all adults.Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Information: 878-4918 or www.williston.lib.vt.us

Italian Manicotti Class. Adele Dienno, president of the Vermont Italian Club will show participants how to make this Italian staple.  Manicotti is a crepe-like pancake rolled around a delicious filling and baked with tomato sauce and cheese. Seasonal Fall ingredients, local ricotta cheese and eggs will be used. McClure Multi-Generational Center, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $5 members; $10 non-members. Sign up: www.citymarket.coop/calendar

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, September 16

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Local Libraries

Brownell Library, 6 Lincoln Street, Essex Junction. Contact: 878-6956.
Essex Free Library, 2 Jericho Road, Essex. Contact: 879-0313 or essexfreelibrary@essex.org.
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Story Time Registrations began Sept. 2.  “Story Times” are offered on a weekly basis, and regular attendance is encouraged.  Adults are welcome to join all Story Times.  Learn about early literacy tips to use with kids at home. Call 878-6956 or sign up at the Youth Desk for the year.

Friday, September 12

Dungeons and Dragons.  Embark upon imaginary adventures. Come and meet our new Dungeon Master, who serves as the game’s referee and storyteller. Grades 6 and up. Brownell Library, 6-8 p.m.

Family Movie Night: “Muppets Most Wanted.” The entire Muppets gang goes on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in Europe. But mayhem follows the Muppets and they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine and his dastardly sidekick Dominic. (112 min. Rated PG)  Brownell Library, 6:30-8:22 p.m.

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Saturday, September 13

Bike Commuting Workshop:  Getting into Bicycling Presented by Local Motion.  Have you wanted to bike more? Ready to take the next step, but not quite sure where to start? Local Motion can help. Learn about what gear you’ll need (and don’t need) to stay safe and comfortable; how to make sure your bike is in good shape for commuting; how to map out a route that fits with your available time and comfort level; and how to “read” the street and ride safe under a range of conditions. Just for attending the workshop, you’ll come away with a FREE reflective leg band to help you stay safe. Low-cost bike lights, bike bells and vests will be available for purchase at the workshop. Brownell Library, 3-4 p.m.

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Tuesday, September 16

Library Trustees Meeting. Brownell Library, 7-9 p.m.

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Monday, September 17

MPH (Middle School Planners and Helpers). Students in grades 6-8 help out with cool projects, play games, and talk about what’s on your minds. Snacks provided. Brownell Library, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

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Ongoing

Creative Writing Club.  Let your imagination take off with creative writing. Using prompts, games and other exercises; experiment with different techniques to create stories and poems. Writers can contribute to Essex Free Library’s upcoming literary journal. Ages 9 and up. Wednesdays through August. Essex Free Library, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Adopt a Beanie Pet. Want a cool pet of your own? Adopt one of our cute critters for a week. Keep a daily journal to share with us. For kids entering grade 2 and up. Brownell Library.

Musical Story-time. Rock out and read every Friday of the month. Play your own instruments and sing along. Essex Free Library, 10:30 a.m.

Drop-in story-time. Mondays. Reading, rhyming, and crafts each week. All ages welcome. No registration required.  Starts Sept. 8. Essex Free Library, 10:30 a.m.

Toddler story-time. Wednesdays. Stories, songs and crafts for ages 18 months-3 ½ years. Starts September 10. Essex Free Library, 10:30 a.m. Registration required.

Preschool story-time. Books, songs, rhymes and crafts for ages 3.5-5 years. Free and open to the public. No registration required. Starts Sept. 11. Essex Free Library, Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Drop-In Story Time for Kids of All Ages. Twice a month on Fridays. Babies, toddlers and preschoolers are welcome to come listen to Picture Book Stories and have fun with finger plays and action rhymes.  No registration required. Brownell Library, 10-10:45 a.m.

Drop-In knitting group. Connect with other knitters and tackle new knitting projects. Both beginner and advanced knitters are welcome. Essex Free Library, Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.

Heating with Solar, and Saving Money. SunCommon Community Educator, Clary Franko will show participants how they can heat and cool their homes with clean, fossil-free, solar power and save money on their heating bills. This workshop will cover the basics of pairing solar power with heat pump technology; how they work; incentives that are available and other added benefits. Seating is limited, pre-registration required. New England Federal Credit Union, Williston, 5:30-7 p.m. Information: 879-8790 or nefcu.com.

South Burlington Community Chorus Holiday Concert Rehearsals. The Chorus welcomes anyone who likes to sing, no matter previous musical experience has or has not been. The only requirement is the ability to match pitch with other singers. The first two rehearsals are free. South Burlington High School, South Burlington, 6:45-9 p.m. Cost: $50 dues, plus cost of music.  Information: www.sburlrecdept.com or 846-4108.

Burlington On Burlington: The Art Scene. Arts Riot will be sponsoring Burlington on Burlington, a public discourse where Burlington community gets to talk about various facets of Burlington. Each installment focuses on a different Burlington scene. This installment is called “The Money.” The discourse centers around funding for the arts. Presenters speak first to get the conversation started. The evening will offer two chances for discourse. First, in a forum with the panel of presenters, and then in the ‘conversation and cocktail hour’ when all including the presenters stay and drink and talk more around the bar. Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Information: artsriot.com/events/

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Wednesday, September 17

Speaker. St. Michael’s Student Life and Center for Women and Gender present educator, speaker and award-winning activist Robyn Ochs. Her writings have been published in numerous bi, women’s studies, multicultural, and LGBT anthologies. An advocate for the rights of people of all orientations and genders to live safely, openly and with full legal equality, Robyn’s work focuses on increasing awareness and understanding of complex identities, and mobilizing people to be powerful allies. McCarthy Arts Center Recital Hall, St. Michael’s College Campus, 7 p.m.  Free. Contact Julia: jberberan@smcvt.edu.

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Thursday, September 18

Face To Face Night. Parents and guardians of CTE students can meet administrators, academic teachers, guidance coordinators, special educators, career development coordinators and program instructors.  Center for Technology, Essex, 6:30 p.m. in the Essex High School cafeteria.  Contact: 879-5558.

Home Buying After 5.  Whether you are looking to buy a new home in 3 months or 3 years, start preparing now with a general overview of what to expect presented by NEFCU Mortgage Loan Officers. Seating is limited, pre-registration required. New England Federal Credit Union, Williston, 5:30-7 p.m. Information: 879-8790 or nefcu.com.

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.

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

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.

Colchester Farmers’ Market. Wednesdays. The market will take place rain or shine, and will feature local farmers, artisans, food vendors, and often music. Limited parking is available at Burnham Library, with additional parking at Our Lady of Grace next door. 4-7 p.m.

Five Corners Farmers’ Market. The market features local farmers artisans, food vendors and entertainment. Fridays from 3:30-7 p.m. on Lincoln Street 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.

Line Dance Classes. Denise Brault Line Dance presents Beginner and Beginner Plus classes. No experience needed. St. Joseph School Gym, Burlington. Tuesdays evenings. Beginners’ class, 6:15-7:15 p.m. Six week session. $30 per session. Contact Denise: 658-0096.

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.