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Thursday, February 26

Edward Jones Investment Workshop. Instructor Heidi Brosseau, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones will discuss the benefits and risks associated with mutual funds as well as offer guidance to help empower investors as they explore the various options available. Refreshments and light snacks will be served. Maple Street Recreation Center, Essex Junction, 6 p.m. Free. Information: 878-1375 or www.ejrp.org.

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, February 27

Elder Education Enrichment Lecture. The Elder Education Enrichment group will be offering the next installment of their spring lecture series with Champlain College’s Nancy Nahra. Nahra will present a lecture entitled “Jackie Kennedy Redux, Jackie Renewed.” Parking and handicap access available. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5 at the door. Information: 864-3516.

2015 Vermont Flower Show. Green Works, the Vermont Nursery and Landscape Association presents the 2015 Vermont Flower Show: “Spring Reflections.” Along with the grand landscaped central display, show goers can visit over 90 vendors related to the horticultural and gardening industry. The show will also offer educational seminars and workshops; a family room with hands-on activities and entertainment; cooking demonstrations, as well as Vermont certified horticulturists on hand to answer any gardening and landscaping questions. Runs through March 1. Multi-day discount passes available. Champlain Valley Expo, Essex Junction. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $15 adults; $12 seniors (60+); $3 children 3-17. Information: 888-518-6484 or www.greenworksvermont.org/vermont-flower-show.

Proof. Essex Community Players presents David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama, “Proof.” Proof explores the world of mathematics and mental illness through Catherine, the mourning daughter of a genius mathematician who has recently passed away. Throughout, the play explores Catherine’s fear of following in her father’s footsteps and her desperate attempts to stay in control. Adult audiences only. Runs through March 1. Memorial Hall, Essex, 8 p.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. $14-$16. Information: www.essexplayers.com

Saturday, February 28

HAM-CON Radio and Technology Show. HAM-CON, the Vermont Radio and Technology Show features dealers selling communication and electronic equipment. Demonstrations of ham radio. Discussion on topics such as: radio remote control, digital communications, testing of new equipment, kit building and wire antennas. There will also be Q&A forums for beginners. Holiday Inn Convention Center, South Burlington, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission is $8. More info: www.ranv.org, w1sj@arrl.net or 879-6589.

Finding Cousins with Autosomal DNA Part 1. This new DNA test can often identify the homelands of immigrant ancestors and it will find DNA matches to genetic cousins. You will learn how the test works, which companies to use, what tools are provided and whether this test will help with your specific genealogical needs. Part 2 will provide detailed help in analyzing the results. Vermont Genealogy Library, Colchester, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. $5. Information: www.vtgenlib.org.

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Sunday, March 1

Community Breakfast. The Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars will be hosting a community breakfast. The menu will include all your breakfast favorites. Plenty of food for everyone. All are invited, both members and non-members. VFW Post 6689, Essex Junction, 9-11 a.m. Adults $7; children 10 and under $3. Information: 878-0700.

Piano Concert. The University of Vermont presents concert pianist, Paul Orgel who will perform a Faculty Piano Recital. Orgel’s recital celebrates his 60th birthday, 15 years on teaching on UVM’s Music Faculty, and the release of his new solo CD, “Piano Works of Josef Suk, Ernest Chausson, and Max Reger.” University of Vermont Recital Hall, Burlington, 3 p.m. Free. Information: 656-3040.

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 dance@together.net.

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Monday, March 2

CVAA Senior Lunch. CVAA will be hosting its weekly lunch at Covenant Church. The menu will include Chicken Fricassee, egg noodles, vegetable medley, pumpernickel bread, and Mandarin oranges. 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 Cultural Historian, Rick Winston. Winston will present a lecture entitled “July 1950: The Red Scare Comes to Central Vermont.” 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 www.williston.lib.vt.us.

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 3

Movies at Main Street Landing: “The Lady From Shanghai.” The Movies at Main Street Landing series present the 1948 Orson Welles directed film-noir classic “The Lady From Shanghai,” starring a cast including film legends Rita Hayworth and Orson Welles. Main Street Landing Film House, Burlington, 7 p.m. Donations benefit local charities. Contact: 540-3018.

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Wednesday, March 4

Community Dialogue: “Still Alice” and Alzheimer’s in Vermont. The Fletcher Free Library invites community members to share their reactions to the movie “Still Alice” and participate in a dialogue about the impact of Alzheimer’s on Vermonters. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-6 p.m. Information: 865-7211.

Potluck Dinner and a Movie: “Shore Things.” The Milton Historical Society invites you to get out of the cold and join them for a reminder of all things warm with a beach themed evening. Bring a summer time food item to share at our potluck and relax with a showing of the film “Shore Things.” Milton Historical Society, Milton, 6 p.m. Free. Information: miltonhistorical@yahoo.com or 363-2598.

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.

Making Sport for Our Neighbors. In this First Wednesday event sponsored by Vermont Humanities, New Yorker Magazine cartoonist, Ed Koren takes attendees on a tour of the roots of visual satire leading to the New Yorker cartoon, with an excursion into the archive of his own work. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. Free. Information: www.vermonthumanities.org/first-wednesdays-essex-junction.

Thursday, March 5

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. Tiffany Pfeiffer gives a solo soul/jazz/pop performance of originals and covers. Headless Barbecue will be on-site with their fresh, local BBQ and Shelburne Vineyard and Fiddlehead will be for sale by the glass. All are welcome to come sit and listen in the Loft or mingle in the Tasting Room. A portion of beverage proceeds will benefit The Humane Society. Shelburne Vineyard, Shelburne, 6 p.m. Free. Information: www.shelburnevineyard.com.

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Ongoing

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.

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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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Thursday, February 26

AARP Free Tax Prep Help. For taxpayers with low and middle incomes, especially those age 60 and older, Tak and Dorothy Ng, AARP foundation certified tax preparers, will offer 45-minute appointments. Call 878-6955 or drop by the library’s circulation desk to schedule an appointment. Brownell Library, 9:15 a.m., 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Lego Fun. Participate in fun and friendly building with LEGOs. For children entering kindergarten and up. Kids under 5 are welcome to participate with parental supervision. Brownell Library, 2-4 p.m.

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Friday, February 27

Crafternoon. Come and create a storyteller box. Bring a shoebox or use one of ours. We’ll decorate the box and create a story to go in it like a movie reel. Brownell Library, 3-4:30 p.m.

Dungeons and Dragons. Embark upon imaginary adventures. Our Dungeon Master serves as the game’s referee and storyteller. Grades 6 and up. Brownell Library, 6-8:30 p.m.

Teen Movie. Free popcorn and drinks. Brownell Library, 6:30-8:16 p.m.

Maggie’s Fiber Friday for Adults. Maggie Loftus, veteran knitter, will be settled in front of the fireplace in the Main Reading Room. She invites adult knitters and crocheters to join her with their projects and engage in conversation. Bring patterns to share if you’d like. If you wish to contact Maggie: 6maggie2@myfairpoint.net. Brownell Library, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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Monday, March 2

Caveat Lector Creative Writing Group. Got a story in your soul? A poem in your pen? A memoir in the making? Whether you are a long-time writer or aspiring author, you are welcome at Caveat Lector, a supportive peer writing group that will encourage your literary endeavors and help your writing improve. Brownell Library, 7-8:30 p.m.

Vermont Astronomical Society Astronomy Video: Alien Moons. In Alien Moons, you will travel to the frigid outskirts of the solar system to visit worlds lurking in the shadows of their giant planet. Through the use of high-powered telescopes and unmanned space probes, scientists have lifted the veil on a new ballet of moons. Learn the difference between regular and irregular moons, discover the three theories surrounding the formation of irregular satellites, and witness how Jupiter plays a major role in the characteristics of its moons. Brownell Library, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, March 4

Red Clover Group for Homeschooled Students. Each month, students in grades K-3 read two titles and do activities with one of the books on the list for this year’s Red Clover Award. Voting takes place in April. Brownell Library, 9-10 a.m.

DCF Group for Homeschooled Students. Each month, students in grades 4-8 hear book talks from this year’s DCF list. Students keep a log and vote for their favorite to win the DCF Book Award in the spring. Group discussion is encouraged. Brownell Library, 9-10 a.m.

GMBA Book Discussion for Homeschooled Students. New this year, high school students who home-school will gather monthly to discuss the books on the Green Mountain Book Award list. This session we will discuss “Emperor Mollusk Versis the Sinister Brain,” by A. Lee Martinez and “Escape from Camp 14,” by Blaine Harden For grades 9-12. Brownell Library, 9-10 a.m.

Tutoring. Students grades K-8 can get help with any subjects from St. Michael’s College Student volunteers. Register for a 30-minute slot. Brownell Library, 3:30-5 p.m.

1st Wednesday: Making Sport for Our Neighbors. New Yorker cartoonist, Ed Koren takes us on a tour of the roots of visual satire leading to the New Yorker cartoon, with an excursion into the archive of his own work. Underwriter: Lisa Schamberg and Pat Robins. A program of the Vermont Humanities Council. Brownell Library, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

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Ongoing

Tech Help with Clif. Offering one on one technology help. Bring in your new electronic devices and Clif will sit with you to help you learn more about them. No reservations needed. First come, first helped. Brownell Library, Mondays, 6-7 p.m. and Wednesdays, 1-2 p.m.

Drop-in Story Time. Mondays. Reading, rhyming and crafts each week. All ages welcome. No registration required. Essex Free Library, 10:30 a.m.

Lego Club. Mondays. We have thousands of Legos for you to build awesome creations. Snacks will be provided. Essex Free Library, 3:30-5 p.m.

Story Time for Babies and Toddlers. Tuesdays. Picture books, songs, rhymes and puppets for babies and toddlers with an adult. Brownell Library, 9:10-9:30 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.

Story Time for 3- to 5-Year-Olds. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Picture books, songs, rhymes, puppets, flannel stories and early math activities for preschoolers. Brownell Library, 10-10:45 a.m.

Creative Writing Club. Wednesdays, for ages 9 and older. Let your imagination soar as you write your own stories and poems using prompts, games and other writing exercises. Essex Free Library, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

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

Read to Zyla. Thursdays. Zyla is a trained therapy dog that loves books. Sign up for a 15-minute time slot to read your favorite books to her. For ages 4-10. Essex Free Library, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

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

Minecraft Club. Fridays. Come show off your world building and survival skills on our XBox 360. Play and discuss with fellow “minecrafters.” Snacks will be provided. Essex Free Library, 3-5 p.m.

Rock, Roll and Read Story Time. Fridays. Rock out and read with books, songs and instruments. All ages. Essex Free Library, 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.

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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 $1per 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.

CVAA Tai Chi for Arthritis. Due to popular demand, CVAA will be sponsoring Tai Chi for Arthritis. Wednesday evenings. 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.

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, 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.

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. 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.