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Thursday, Nov. 12

Community Soup and Bread Supper. The Covenant Community Church will be hosting its monthly soup and bread supper. Eat in or takeout 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 Steve: 879-4313.

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:

Author Appearance. Join Arnie Kozak, PhD, for a talk about his new book, Mindfulness A to Z, which presents a multifaceted look at living mindfully in our hectic world. Kozak is the founder of Exquisite Mind, a consultation service that teaches mindfulness as a vehicle for managing stress and enhancing quality of life. Phoenix Bookstore, Burlington, 7 p.m. $3. Information: or 448-3350

Friday, Nov. 13

Education Enrichment of Everyone. The Education Enrichment of Everyone group will be offering the next installment of its fall lecture series with Vermont Public Radio Classical Host, James Stewart. Stewart will present a lecture entitled, “A War in Harmony: Prokofiev’s 7th Piano Sonata and the Battle of Stalingrad.” Parking and handicap access available. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5 at the door. Information: 864-3516.

Artisan holiday market. The Community Center just north of the Jericho Center Store is once again home to our local artisan holiday market. The market has something for everyone, from delicious food to fine art. Join us for the opening reception with live music from 5-8 p.m. and the sale continues on Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Library soup and bread sale on site both days. Admission is free. Set your GPS to: 329 Browns Trace Road, Jericho.

Oriana Singers-Bach B-Minor Mass. The Oriana Singers, under the direction of Prof. William Metcalfe, will perform the Mass in B Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach. New York Chamber Soloists, Oriana Orchestra and 25-voice chorus. 7:30 p.m., College Street Congregational Church, Burlington. Tickets are $25, available at the door or through, 863-5966.

Contra Dance. Queen City Contras will hold its regular dance. Music will be provided by Colin McCaffrey, Sarah Blair and Tim Cummings. Adina Gordon will be the caller. All are welcome, all dances taught, no partner or experience necessary. Please bring clean, soft-soled shoes for dancing. Shelburne Town Hall, Shelburne. Beginners’ session 7:45 p.m. Dance begins 8 p.m. Admission: $9 adults. Under 12 free. Information: or 371-9492.


Saturday, Nov. 14

Seventh Annual Craft Fest. First Congregational Church, Holy Family Catholic Church, St. James Episcopal Church, St. James Place and Essex Junction Senior Center will be holding it’s 7th Annual collective “Craft Fest.” Each group will hold its holiday craft festival as part of the festival. Again this year each event venue will give a punch card to the first 150 visitors at their location. Cards that have been fully punched by visiting all locations during the day will be entered into a drawing. Each person has an opportunity to win one of four gift baskets, each donated by one of the groups.  Special attractions include a “Nearly New” sale and silent auction at First Congregational, a cookie walk and gift baskets at St. James, meat pies and white elephant at Holy Family and many crafters at the Senior Center.  Don’t forget to leave time for a delicious lunch at one of the wonderful places.
Multiple Location in Essex Junction, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Contact Linda: 872-8972 or .

Deer Hunters/Community Family Breakfast.  Menu will include bacon, sausage, pancakes and maple syrup; eggs, home fries, toast, juice, and coffee. Benefit for the Fairfax Food Shelf.  Come and enjoy some good fellowship.  All are welcome.  Baptist Building, Fairfax, 4-9 a.m.  Information: 782-9713.

Basic German Genealogy. Germans constitute the largest ethnic group in America and have been arriving since Jamestown and Plymouth.  In this class, Ed McGuire will describe the major waves of German immigration, where they originated in Germany and where they went upon arrival.  He will also cover the types of records in Germany, how to handle language issues and he’ll identify the best reference books and websites to get you started. Vermont Genealogy Library, Colchester, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. $5. Information: or call 310-9285.

Understanding the Importance of Professional Pet Grooming.  Free seminar to help pet owners understand the importance of proper grooming practices. Happy Dog Grooming Shoppe, 362 Essex Rd., Williston (in the Agway building). 2 p.m.  881-6666, 777-3371 or


Sunday, Nov. 15

Pancake Breakfast. Grace United Methodist Church will be hosting a free pancake breakfast. The menu will include pancakes with VT Maple Syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, juice, coffee and tea. Grace United Methodist Church, Essex Junction. Two sittings: 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Information: 878-8071.

Sunday Coffee Mix and Mingle. Members of the LGBTQA community gather to bond over books, coffee, art and more at this casual hangout. Barnes and Noble Bookstore, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Information: 860-7812.

“Living like Original Vermonters of the Winooski – Applying the Best of the Past for a Sustainable Future. For thousands of years, first inhabitants of Vermont lived in harmony with nature, utilizing hundreds of plants and fungi unknown to most people today for food and medicine.   Mike Ather of will explain how we can use these same native plants and mushrooms to heal ourselves, regenerate our ecosystem and clean our soil, air and water. Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington, 2 p.m. Free. Information:

Spider Roulette in Westford. The Westford Music Series presents the energetic blues band, Spider Roulette, at 4 p.m. at the UCW white church in Westford. Known for their lively playing, versatile vocals and wide range of instrumentation a fun time for the audience is guaranteed. Concert is free. Refreshments included

Vermont Wind Ensemble. The Vermont Wind Ensemble offers a program of musical adventures, including “Land of the Long White Cloud,” a musical description of New Zealand, musical portraits inspired by five of the characters from Melville’s novel Moby Dick in “Of Sailors and Whales,” and a day at a historic New England amusement park in “Rocky Point Holiday,” Music by Steven Bryant, Robert W. Smith and John Philip Sousa completes the program. Department of Music and Dance, Recital Hall, University of Vermont, 7:30 p.m. For information on this free concert, call 802-656-2280.


Monday, Nov. 16

Education Enrichment of Everyone. The Education Enrichment of Everyone group will be offering the next installment of its fall lecture series with Retired Quebec Ministry of International Relations, Marc Boucher. Boucher will present a lecture entitled, “Our Neighbors to the North: History, Politics and Culture in Québec.” Parking and handicap access available. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5 at the door. Information: 864-3516.

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


Local Libraries

Brownell Library, 6 Lincoln St., Essex Junction, Contact: 878-6955.

Essex Free Library, 2 Jericho Road, Essex. Contact: 879-0313 or


Friday, Nov. 13

Crafternoon. Come be creative and build with tubes: make map holders, binoculars, a space city or anything else you can think of. We supply the materials, you supply the creativity.  For students Grades 4 and up. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:15-4:15 p.m.

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


Monday, Nov. 16

Star Wars Club. Max Holzman leads the Star Wars Club. This session focuses on favorite bad guys. For all ages. Popcorn and drink. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Friends of Brownell Library Meeting. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7-8 p.m.


Tuesday, Nov. 17

Library Trustees Meeting. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7-8:30 p.m.


Wednesday, Nov. 18

GIS Day. Join us on GIS Day to celebrate the fun you can have with Geographic Information Systems (GIS), maps and the geography of Essex. This event ( is celebrated each year around the globe from Essex Junction, Vt. to Juba, South Sudan. Learn how to tell a story with maps. For all ages. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Mayhem of the Month Dine and Discuss Series: The Broken Shore by Peter Temple. Discussion leader Ed Cashman. When a prominent local is attacked in his own home and left for dead, Detective Cashin is thrust into what becomes a murder investigation. The evidence points to three boys from the nearby aboriginal community–everyone seems to want to blame them. Cashin is unconvinced, and soon begins to see the outlines of something far more terrible than a burglary gone wrong. Copies available at the Adult Circ. desk. Potluck fare: Let the book inspire you. Library provides tableware, decaf and water. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-9 p.m.


Thursday, Nov. 19

Evening Book Discussion. Join us for our monthly evening book discussion of Burning Marguerite by Elizabeth Innes-Brown. Essex Free Library, Essex Center, 6:30-7:30 p.m.



Read to Daisy and Archie, Therapy Dogs. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Daisy and Archie love to listen to kids read. They are certified by Therapy Dogs of Vermont. Daisy’s owner is Maddie Nash, retired school counselor. For all ages. Archie’s owner is Christine Packard, Chair of Brownell Library Trustees. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

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

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

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. Please call to make an appointment. Brownell Library, Mondays and Wednesdays, 12-1 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. Essex Free Library, 3:30-5 p.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.

Creative Writing Club. First Wednesday of each month, 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.

Musical 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.

Tuesday, Nov. 17

Movies at Main Street Landing: “The Third Man. The Movies at Main Street Landing series presents the Carol Reed directed 1949-thriller film, “The Third Man,” starring film legends Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten. Main Street Landing Film House, Burlington, 7 p.m. Donations benefit a local charity. Contact: 540-3018 or


Wednesday, Nov. 18

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:


Thursday, Nov. 19

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 p.m. Free. Information: 370-5369.

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:


Looking ahead

26th Annual Women’s Festival of Crafts. Browse over 80 craftswomen’s booths to find just the right handmade jewelry, artwork, pottery, food products, greeting cards, clothing, recycled and upcycled items, housewares, aromatherapy, herbal products, and more. Ginny Joyner, of Ginny Joyner Studio in Colchester, will be a participating artist. Stop by Memorial Auditorium in Burlington on Saturday, Nov. 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 29, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more info, please go to Thanks for supporting Vermont artists.

The 7th Annual Essex Junction Train Hop and Tree Lighting. Friday, Dec. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. The tree lighting is at 6:15 p.m. There will be carolers, model trains, food vendors, artisan crafts for sale, a trolley, a small train for children to ride, and more!  Parking downtown, or at EJRP Maple Street Park – the trolley will be shuttling people back and forth to the Five Corners.



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:

Craft Connection. Come to the Essex Alliance Church community as women gather for a time of crafts and fellowship. Twice a month, Wednesday evenings.  Essex Alliance Church, Essex. Contact Deb: 238-2291.

Divorce Care Support Group. Divorce is a tough road. Feelings of separation, betrayal, confusion, anger and self-doubt are common, but there is life after divorce. Led by people who have already walked down that road, we’d like to share with you a safe place and a process that can help make the journey easier. The 13-week Divorce Care Support Group for men and women will be offered on Sunday​ evenings, 5​:30-7​:30 p.m., Sept. 13​ – Dec. 6​, at the Essex Alliance Church, Essex Junction.  Call Sandy: 425-7053.

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 is available. Call Dawn Thursday by 9 a.m. to schedule Friday transit: 878-7622. Information: or

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.

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 or call (802) 899-4151 for more information.

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.

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 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: 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 Essex Parks and Rec: 878-1342.

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

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.

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 $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

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 Centers 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

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.