Thursday, March 6
Journey from Sap to Syrup. Follow a droplet of maple sap as it turns to maple syrup. Find out how much hard work it takes to become a real Vermont sugar-maker. Learn how to tap a tree, collect sap from buckets and boil it. In the end, all of the hard work will be rewarded with a maple syrup taste test. Preregistration required. Audubon’s Sugarhouse, Huntington, 9-10:30 a.m. Members $8 adult-child pair; non-members $10 adult-child pair. Contact Josie: 434-3068.
Soup and Bread Supper. The Covenant Community Church will be housing a community soup and bread supper. A variety of soups and breads will be served. Eat in and take out options are available. Covenant Community Church, Essex, 4:30-7 p.m. Donations gladly accepted. Contact Billie: 879-4313.
Friday, March 7
Book and Bake Sale. Grace United Methodist Church will be hosting a book and bake sale to benefit the parish. Rummage for a great read or pick up a sweet treat. Sale also continues on Saturday, March 8. Grace United Methodist Church, Essex Junction, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Contact Ann: 879-7943.
Talk. The Faith United Methodist Church will be hosting Shelburne Museum’s registrar, Barbara Rathburn. Rathburn will be presenting “The Artwork Doesn’t Hang Itself: Planning and Installing Museum Exhibitions.” Coffee and light refreshments will be served. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5.
VFW Fish Fry. The VFW Post 6689 will be hosting its weekly community meal. This week, the post will be offering a community fish fry. Golden fried fish and the fixings. VFW Post 6689, Essex Junction, 6-7 p.m. $10 per plate. Contact: 878-0700.
Owl Hoot Evening Hike. The Lake Champlain Land Trust will be hosting a family-friendly, naturalist-led owl hoot hike. Explore the forest at dusk and listen for owl calls. Space is limited and registration is required. Niquette Bay State Park, Colchester, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. RSVP: email@example.com or 862-4150, x3.
English Country Dance. Aaron Marcus and Susan Reid provide music for newcomers and experienced movers alike. All dances are called, no partners required. Bring a snack to share. Wear comfortable clothes and soft soled shoes. Elley-Long Music Center, Colchester, introductory workshop, 7-7:30 p.m.; dance, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $8-$10. Contact: 899-2378.
Saturday, March 8
Bird Monitoring Walk. Discover which “winter irruptives” are visiting Vermont from the far north. Check in on the “winter regulars” to see how they’re surviving in the snow. Following a monitoring route, track bird populations in the winter season for the Audubon Center’s Important Bird Area. The long-term data we gather contributes to the eBird database, which is available to a global community of educators, land managers, ornithologists, conservation biologists and the public. Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, 8-10 a.m. Free. Contact Josie: 434-3068.
Cooking and Gardening Book Sale. The Fletcher Free Library will be hosting a special mid-winter book sale. Browse and buy books about gardens and the meals you can produce with produce. Gift-quality books for both adults and children. Sale continues Sunday, March 9. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, library hours. Contact: 865-7211.
Vermont’s Irish in the Civil War. The Vermont Genealogy Library presents William McKone, the author of “Vermont’s Irish Rebel.” McKone will discuss the history of the Irish and other ethnic units in the Civil War, the Fenian raids into Quebec and the typical documents one can find about ancestor’s Civil War service. McKone will have copies of his book available for purchase. Vermont Genealogy Library, Colchester, 10:30 a.m. $5. Contact: 310-9285.
Burlington International Women’s Day Celebration. Burlington College will be hosting a community-wide celebration of International Women’s Day. This event will reflect our city’s diversity through food, featured speakers, and thoughtful discussions with men and women of our community. Contois Auditorium at City Hall, Burlington, 1 p.m. Free.
Sunday, March 9
Artist Reception. The Emile A. Gruppe Gallery will be hosting an artist reception for it’s last exhibition, “Landscape Perspectives.” The exhibit features the works of three Vermont oil painters, Julie A. Davis, Fiona Cooper Fenwick and Jane Neroni. Refreshments will be served. Emile A. Gruppe Gallery, Jericho, 2-4 p.m. free. Contact: 899-3211.
Bingo. The VFW Ladies Auxillary of Post 6689 will be hosting a bingo game. Multiple games and prizes. Refreshments available. VFW Post 6689, Essex Junction, 2 p.m. Contact: 878-0700.
Concert. The Westford Music Concert series presents O’hAnleigh in concert. The Middlebury based Irish-American band will play toe tapping tunes, rousing pub favorites, and familiar old time sing-a-longs in the Irish American tradition. Refreshments will be served. Westford UCW White Church, Westford, 4-5 p.m. Donations accepted. Contact Marjorie: 879-4028.
Sugar On Snow. The Palmer’s Sugarhouse will be hosting a sugar on snow celebration. The event will include maple syrup treats; sap boiling demos, live music, and a petting zoo for children. A great experience for the whole family to welcome in spring and enjoy a Vermont state tradition. Palmer’s Sugarhouse, Shelburne, 12-4 p.m. Free.
Medieval Club Open House. The Society for Creative Anachronism’s Vermont chapter will be hosting a day dedicated to researching and recreating the Middle Ages. New members welcome. Open to the public. Underhill I.D. Elementary School, Underhill, 1-4:30 p.m. Free. Contact: 899-4680.
Monday, March 10
“Benefit Bake.” Rural Vermont will be hosting a “benefit bake” fundraiser at American Flatbread. A portion of proceeds from all flatbread sales will benefit Rural Vermont’s work to ensure that farmers and customers can buy and sell the food of their choice. American Flatbread, Burlington, 5-10 p.m. Cost of food. Contact: 223-7222.
Tuesday, March 11
Community Cinema. The Fletcher Free Library presents “The Trials of Muhammad Ali” as part of its Community Cinema series. The film explores the extraordinary and complex life of the legendary athlete outside the boxing ring. The screening will be held in the library’s Fletcher room. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Contact: 865-7211.
Teen Art Studio. The Helen Day Art Center presents its teen art studio with illustrator Evan Chismark. Teens make art, chat with professional artists, dream up ideas, and enjoy an evening of creative fun using provided art materials and studio space. Chismark will share his experiences being an illustrator and help teens get inspired about their own work and artistic goals. Preregistration encouraged. Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Contact: 253-8358.
Wednesday, March 12
Vermont Women in the Arts panel. The Vermont Historical Society and the Vermont Commission on Women will be hosting a panel discussion about Vermont women in the arts. Reception to follow at the Vermont History Museum. Pavilion Building Auditorium, Montpelier, 12-2 p.m. Free. Contact Amanda: 828-2180.
Maker Space: “Learn to Solder Workshop.” The Dorothy Alling Memorial Library presents this “Learn to Solder” workshop. Soldering is a foundational skill for a variety of electronics and DIY projects. Participants will work with kits from SparkFun to build a unique mini-electronic project. Ages 9 and up. Pre-registration required. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6 p.m. Free.
“Finding Your Irish Roots” workshop. The Vermont Genealogy Library presents it’s “Finding Your Irish Roots” seminar. Professional genealogists Catherine Desmarais, and Ed McGuire will lead a discussion of records, tools and techniques for searching for your Irish ancestors here and in Ireland. The session will be followed by a limited version of “Ancestors’ Roadshow.” After the event participants are invited to continue the discussions at Cody’s Pub. Vermont Genealogy Library, Colchester, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free, donations also accepted. Contact: www.vtgenlib.org or 310-9285.
Embroiderers’ Guild of America meeting. The Green Mountain Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America will be hosting it’s monthly meeting. The meeting will include a stitch in to work on the “Crazy Quilting” and “Quaker Ball” embroidery or bring a project of your own. All abilities welcome. Bring a bag lunch. Car-pooling is available from many areas. The Pines, South Burlington, 9:30 a.m. First meeting is complimentary. Contact: 372-4255.
Local LibrariesBrownell Library, 6 Lincoln Street, Essex Junction. Contact: 878-6956. Essex Free Library, 2 Jericho Road, Essex. Contact: 879-0313 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, March 6
Adult Noontime Book Discussion. Join us to discuss “Excellent Women,” by Barbara Pym. Essex Free Library, 12 p.m.
Friday, March 7
Songs and Stories with Matthew. Matthew Witten performs songs about our world and tells adventurous tales. For all ages, no registration. Funded by the Friends of Brownell Library. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m.
Magic: The Gathering. Play the role of planeswalker: a powerful wizard who fights others for glory, knowledge and conquest. Your deck of cards represents weapons in your arsenal, spells you know and creatures you can summon to fight for you. New players welcome. Grades 6 and up. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6-8 p.m.
First Friday Piano Concert: Broadway and Jazz Favorites with Carol Wheel. Local Essex Community Players leader Carol Wheel will play a medley of Broadway favorites for the library’s first Friday program. Held in Library Main Reading Room. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7-8 p.m.
Saturday, March 8
Read to Sara, Therapy Dog. Sara, a chocolate Lab, loves to listen to kids read. Her owner is an elementary teacher who will help you find a book to read to Sara, or you can bring your favorite from home. For kids in kindergarten and up. Register at 878-6956, or just come. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m.
Monday, March 11
Jewelry Making. Design and make your own bracelets, necklaces and earrings. Essex Free Library, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 12
Youth Creative Writing. Let your imagination soar as you write your own stories using prompts, games and other exercises. For grades 5 and up. Essex Free Library, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
United Way Volunteer Connection Town Talks: Essex Junction. Looking for ways to give back and volunteer? United Way of Chittenden County Volunteer Connection hosts a coffee hour. Join us to explore the wide range of volunteer opportunities available in Chittenden County and learn how easy it is to become engaged and give back to nonprofits that help meet community needs. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 4-5 p.m.
Local Authors Share Their Books. Vermont authors Joy Choquette, Tyler Mason, Kathleen Twombley and Earl Wright will gather in the Kolvoord Community Room to share their process and read from their works. Enjoy a chance to meet and greet, ask questions, buy a book. Light refreshments will be served. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7-9 p.m.
Thursday, March 13
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 served. Brownell Library, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
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 every Thursday. Call or drop by the library’s circulation desk to schedule an appointment. Available until April 10. 9:15 a.m., 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Reading Buddies for Students in Kindergarten –Grade 5. One-on-One reading time with 8th Grade Volunteers from A.D. Lawton’s Citizenship Project. Sessions will run every Monday afternoon until April 14. Limited spaces, so sign your kids up now. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:30-4:30 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.
Story-time for babies and toddlers. Tuesdays. Picture books, songs rhymes and puppets. Brownell Library, 9:10-9:30 a.m.
Story-time for 3- to 5-year-olds. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Picture books, songs, rhymes, puppets and flannel stories for preschoolers. Brownell Library, 10-10:45 a.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.
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.
Crafternoon! Every Friday come craft something creative to jump-start your weekend with fun. Materials and refreshments provided. Brownell Library, Fridays from 3:30-4:30 p.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.
Divorce Care Support Group. The Essex Alliance Church presents a thirteen week support group for those going through divorce starting March 11. Feelings of separation, betrayal, confusion, anger and self-doubt are common during divorce. Discussions will be led by people who have already experienced divorce and are meant to provide a safe place and process to help make the process easier. Runs through June 3. Essex Alliance Church, Essex Junction, Tuesdays 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Contact Sandy: 989-4081.
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. Begins Jan. 31. 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. No class on Feb. 17. 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 email@example.com.
Bolton After Dark. Bolton Valley Ski Resort’s mini party complete with night skiing and riding for all ages and public screenings of movies by Meathead Films. Bolton Valley Ski Resort, Bolton Valley, 4-8 p.m. Saturday evenings through March 15. Tickets $19. Contact: 877-926-5866.
Tai Chi for Arthritis Beginners. A fun, joint safe activity proven to reduce pain while improving balance, agility and increasing lower and upper body strength. Participation in this program can help you maintain your independence. Tai Chi for Arthritis can be done seated or standing. Classes are led by certified instructors Sponsored by CVAA. Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 22 through March 14. Congregational Church, Essex Junction, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free for adults 50 years or older. Contact: 865-0360.
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.
Line Dance Classes. Denise Brault Line Dance presents Beginner and Beginner Plus classes. No experience needed. St. Joseph School Gym, Burlington. Mondays through March 31. Beginners’ class, 6:15-7:15 p.m. Beginners’ Plus class 7:15-7:45 p.m. $4 for beginner class and $6 for beginner and beginner plus classes. Contact Denise: 658-0096.
Bingo. Sponsored by the Whitcomb Woods Residents Association. Whitcomb Woods, 128 West Street, Essex Junction. Mondays at 6 p.m. Contact: 879-1829.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Colchester-Milton Rotary meeting. Thursdays. Serving the communities of Colchester, Milton and the Champlain Islands. Hampton Inn, Colchester, 12 p.m.
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: email@example.com or 870-0361.
Early Birder Morning Walks. Sundays. Enjoy the start of the day with birds, and other woodland inhabitants. Walks are led by experienced birders familiar with Vermont birds. Best for adults and older children. Free, donations welcomed. Birds of Vermont Museum. 900 Sherman Hollow Road, Huntington, 7-9 a.m. Contact: 434-2167 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
Mount Mansfield Scale Modelers. Informal gathering of model enthusiasts. All skill levels welcome. Third Thursday of each month. Kolvoord Community Room, Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Contact: 878-0765.
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.