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Wednesday, December 24

Christmas Eve Family Mass with Nativity Pageant. Holy Cross Church, Colchester, 4:30 p.m. Information: 863-3002.

Christmas Eve Services. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Colchester. Family Service 5 p.m.; Christmas Carols 7 p.m.; Holy Eucharist 7:15 p.m. Information: 658-0533.

Family Candlelight Service. Ascension Lutheran Church, Burlington, 6 p.m.  Information: or 862-8866.

Candlelight Service with Holy Communion. Ascension Lutheran Church, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. Information: or 862-8866.

Christmas Eve Services. First Baptist Church, Burlington. Family service, 6:30 p.m. and Candlelight service, 11 p.m. Information: or 864-6515.


Thursday, December 25

Christmas Day Service. Holy Eucharist. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Colchester. 9 a.m. Information: 658-0533.

Worship Service with Holy Communion. Ascension Lutheran Church, Burlington, 10 a.m. Information: or 862-8866.

Mass of Christmas Day. Holy Cross Church, Colchester, 10:30 a.m. Information: 863-3002.


Sunday, December 28

First Sunday of Christmas. Worship Service with Holy Communion. Ascension Lutheran Church, Burlington, 10 a.m. Information: or 862-8866.

Sunday after Christmas. Christmas Lessons and carols with Holy Communion. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Colchester. 9 a.m. Information: 658-0533.


Thursday, January 1

Feast of Mary, the Mother of God. Holy Cross Church, Colchester, 10 a.m. Information: 863-3002.



Friday, December 26

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: 876-5087or

Ballroom & Latin Dancing: Viennese Waltz. Dance instructor, Samir Elabd leads singles and couples in choreographed dance steps specifically the Viennese Waltz. No partner or experience required. Jazzerise Studio, Williston. Introductory lesson, 7-8 p.m.; dance, 8-10 p.m. $6-$14. Information: 862-2269.

The Laugh Bar Comedy Showcase. Drink Bar hosts it’s weekly comedy showcase entitled “The Laugh Bar.” Drink, Burlington, 9 p.m. $7. Information: 860-9463.

Friday, December 27

Bird Monitoring Walk. The Birds of Vermont Museum invites participants to join experienced birders on the monthly bird monitoring walk on the Museum’s property. Fun for adults, older children, and more experienced birders. Please bring your own binoculars. Pre-registration is encouraged. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 8-9:45 a.m. Free. Pre-register: or 434-2167.

Large Birds of Prey Performance with VINS. Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences presents an unforgettable experience featuring a selection of VINS large birds of prey. Participants will learn about these birds amazing adaptations and the critical role they play in our environment. The Schoolhouse at Sugarbush Resort, Warren, 4-5:30 p.m. Adults $12; Children 12 and under $7. Information:

“Two Fifty and a Snickers.” Native Vermonter Julia DiFerdinando and fellow comedian Christopher Woolsey perform their original musical sketch comedy show. Playing couples, co workers, children and strangers, Julia and Chris deconstruct the awkward, unusual and joyful elements of human relationships with hilarious sketches and catchy musical numbers. North End Studio, Burlington, 7 p.m. $15. Information:

Intro to Digital Video Editing. The Vermont Community Access Media will be hosting a workshop on digital video editing. Learn the basic concepts behind digital video editing. Focus is on Adobe Premiere and Apple’s Final Cut Pro and I-Movie editing software. Pre-requisite: VCAM Access Orientation or equivalent, or permission of instructor. Pre-registration encouraged. VCAM Studio, Burlington, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Information:


Sunday, December 28

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.

“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.


Local Libraries

Brownell Library, 6 Lincoln Street, Essex Junction. Contact: 878-6956.
Essex Free Library, 2 Jericho Road, Essex. Contact: 879-0313 or

Wednesday, December 24

Library closes at 5 p.m. for the holidays.


Thursday, December 25 and Friday, December 26

Library closed for the holidays.


Monday, December 29

“Rumpelstiltskin” Puppet Show. The Traveling Storyteller presents the classic fairy tale of a little man who promises to spin straw into gold. Fun for all ages. Brownell Library, 2-3 p.m.

Tuesday, December 30

Vacation Movie: Maleficent. A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land. Free popcorn and beverage. (Rated PG – 97 min.) Brownell Library, 2-3:40 p.m.

Game Day. Come play a variety of board games with your friends and family. All ages. Essex Free Library, 1-3 p.m.

Movie Night. “Let it go” and kick back with Elsa and Anna for a showing of Frozen. Popcorn will be served. Rated PG. Essex Free Library, 6 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 for Ages 9 Plus. Wednesdays. 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.



Monday, December 29

CVAA Lunch. CVAA will be hosting its weekly lunch at Covenant Church. The menu will include sliced hot turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, maple acorn squash, apple cornbread stuffing, and mandarin oranges. Milk to drink. Covenant Church, Essex Center, 12 p.m. Free, donations accepted. Contact: 865-0360.

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

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

Bridge Club. The Burlington Bridge Club will be hosting its regular bridge club meeting. Card game enthusiasts and players of all skill levels are invited to participate. New members welcome. Refreshments served. Burlington Bridge Club, Williston, 7 p.m. $6. Contact: 651-0700.

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.


Tuesday, December 30

Movies at Main Street Landing: “The Apartment”. The Movies at Main Street Landing series present the 1960 comedy-drama classic “The Apartment” starring film icons Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine. Main Street Landing Film House, Burlington, 7 p.m. Donations benefit local charities. Contact: 540-3018.

Swing Dance Practice Session. The Champlain Club will be offering the opportunity for dancers to get familiar with popular swing style dances such as the lindy hop, the Charleston, the balboa and more. Indoor shoes required. The Champlain Club, Burlington, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $5. Information: 448-2930.

Tuesday Volunteer Night. Local Motion and Bike Recycle Vermont host a Volunteer Night. Participants will pitch in around the shop by organizing parts, moving bikes and tackling other projects. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Bike Recycle Vermont, Burlington, 5-8 p.m. Information:


Wednesday, December 31

CVAA Lunch. CVAA will be hosting its weekly lunch at Covenant Church. The menu will include open-faced, hot, turkey sandwiches. Milk to drink. American Legion, Colchester, 10:30 a.m. check-in and 11 a.m. lunch. Free, donations accepted. Contact: 865-0360.

Dog Parade. Sugarbush Ski Resort will host a dog parade. Costumed canines welcome the New Year with barks and wagging tails alongside their human companions. Proceeds benefit PAWSitive Pantry. Gate House Base Lodge, Sugarbush Resort, Warren. Registration, 2 p.m.; parade, 3:30 p.m. $10. Information: 583-6349.

New Year’s Eve Concert. Hannah Beth Crary and Hillary Stewart team up with the Fiddleheads and the Highland Weavers for a spirited New Year’s Eve Concert. Proceeds benefit the Gillett Pond Save the Dam Fund. Richmond Congregational Church, Richmond, 7:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Information: 434-4565.

Thursday, January 1

First Run. RunVermont invites runners to start off the New Year on the right foot with the 27th annual FirstRun 5K and Youth Half Mile. Both runners and walkers welcome. The course takes participants through downtown Burlington. Prizes awarded in several costume categories. Post-race food and raffle entry included in the race fee. Memorial Auditorium, Burlington, 9:30 a.m. $20 single; $35 pairs; $5 children. 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.



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

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 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.

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, 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: 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.

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:

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

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.