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Thursday, July 2

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, 6:30-7:30 p.m. $10. Contact: 578-9243.

Moonlit Campfire. Shelburne Farms invites children and their adult companions to share fireside stories and make s’mores before a visit from a live owl or hawk. Pre-registration encouraged. Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $5 members; $6 non-members. Information: http://www.shelburnefarms.org/calendar/event/moonlit-campfire-1

Friday, July 3

Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour: Bon Appeit! This season, Circus Smirkus follows a new recipe to whet your appetite, exploring the culinary arts and food’s fantastic flavors in their Big Top bistro. The show will include acrobatic hors d’oeuvres, juggling sous chefs, sweet and sour unicycles, and high frying aerialists. Champlain Valley Expo, Essex Junction, 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Adults: $22; Children 12 and Under: $19. Information: http://smirkus.org/

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Saturday, July 4

Vermont Symphony Orchestra TD Bank Summer Festival Tour.  The Vermont Symphony Orchestra presents an evening of enchanting melodies by Peter Hamlin, John Williams and others concludes with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and a fireworks display. Shelburne Farms, Shelburne. Gates open for picnicking, 5:15 p.m.; concert, 7:30 p.m. Adults: $40; Kids under 18: $12. Information: http://www.vso.org/eventview.php?id=93

22nd Annual Fourth of July Celebration. The Essex Junction Recreation and Parks in coordination with Maple Street Park will be hosting the 22nd Annual Fourth of July Celebration. Residents are invited to dip in the community pool; enjoy music from the CSM Band; visit the inflatable bounce castle and obstacle course; enjoy food and drinks on sale from Essex Junction Little League; and the fire works to end the evening. Maple Street Park, Essex Junction, 6-9:30 p.m. Free. Information: http://www.ejrp.org/4th-of-july-celebration.html

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Sunday, July 5

Green Mountain Bicycle Club Ride. Green Mountain Bicycle Club will host the first of its July bike rides. The ride starts with the journey from Burlington to the Port Kent ferry. After a sort ferry ride, the hilly terrain on the New York side brings beautiful views of the lake.  A second ferry will take riders from Essex, New York to
Charlotte and return on flatter terrain back to Burlington. Bring money for the ferries. Please note this is the reverse of the way the ride used to go. All riders with must wear helmets and obey the rules of the road. Riders below the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent. King Street Ferry Dock, 7:45 a.m. Free. Information: http://thegmbc.com/touring/2015%20Schedule.shtml

Early Birders Morning Walk. Join us for an early morning ramble in the Birds of Vermont Museum forest and meadows. Walks are led by experienced birders familiar with Vermont birds. Finish the walk with bird-friendly coffee at the viewing window inside the museum. Bring binoculars, bug spray/tick repellent and walking shoes. Early mornings are often damp with dew and boots are in order. Pre-registration is helpful but not required. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 7-9 a.m. Donations accepted. Information: 434-2167 or museum@birdsofvermont.org.

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, 4-7 p.m. $6 recommended donation and a snack to share at break. Contact Louise: 540-1020 or dance@together.net.

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Monday, July 6

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, July 7

Tuesday Night Trail Running Series. Catamount Outdoor Family Center invites all trail-running enthusiasts to this fun event for all ages and abilities with a 5 km race, a 2.5 km “Cadets” race and a short “Cubs” race. Catamount Outdoor Family Center, Williston, 6 p.m. Adults $8, Teens $4, Kids 12 and under $3, and Kids 8 and under free. Information: www.catamountoutdoorfamilycenter.com.

Movies at Main Street Landing: “Superman. The Movies at Main Street Landing series present the blockbuster 1978 Richard Donner directed sci-fi classic “Superman,” starring film icon Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder and Gene Hackman. Main Street Landing Film House, Burlington, 7 p.m. Donations benefit Outright Vermont. Contact: 540-3018 or www.mainstreetlanding.com/movies.

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Wednesday, July 8

The Essex CJC Citizen’s Advisory Board Meeting. The Essex CJC Citizen’s Advisory Board (CAB) will hold a special meeting to continue the discussion regarding CAB bylaws. This is an open meeting. Essex Community Justice Center, Essex Junction, 5-8 p.m. Free. Contact Kate: 872-7690.

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: www.facebook.com/pages/Codys-Irish-Pub-and-Grille.

“Devil’s Cabinet: The Eddy Family of Spirit Mediums.” Essex Community Historical Society presents a program titled “Devil’s Cabinet: The Eddy Family of Spirit Mediums.” Historian Jason Smiley will give a Power Point presentation on this Burlington family who were famous for their seances to reach the spirit world.  Door prize and refreshments.  Free to the public.  Memorial Hall, Essex Center, 7 p.m. Information: 879-0849.

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Thursday, July 9

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: http://www.burlingtonrugby.org/

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, 6:30-7:30 p.m. $10. Contact: 578-9243.

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Ongoing

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.

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.

Essex Community Historical Society.  Essex Community Historical Society invites you to step into the story of Essex and its people at the Harriet Farnsworth Powell Museum in Essex Center.  The museum is open from June 7 through October 11.  Our museum collection brings the stories of Essex history to life in displays about local families, businesses and those who served in wars from the Civil War to World War II.  Hours: Sundays 1 – 4 p.m. and Thursdays 6 – 7:30 p.m.  Tours by arrangement.  Free to the public.  Information: essexcommunityhistoricalsociety@myfairpoint.net or 879-0849.

Five Corners Farmers’ Market. The market features local farmers, artisans, food vendors and entertainment. 3SquaresVT (EBT) cards and debit cards accepted at the market manager’s table to buy market tokens. Through Oct. 2. Fridays from 3:30-7:30 p.m. on Lincoln Street in Essex Junction. More info: www.5cornersfarmersmarket.com.

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 bladderpainvt@gmail.com or call (802) 899-4151 for more information.

Seed Sharing. A seed-sharing table has been set up at the Brownell Library for leftover and/or unused flower and vegetable seeds from last year or this year. Full or partial seed packets and home saved seeds are all welcome. This is a chance to share excess seeds with your neighbors. Bring your labeled seeds to the desk at the library through June 6. Brownell Library, Essex Junction. During normal library hours. Information: 343-4738.

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: www.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 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: 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, Saint 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 Lauren: 878-6715.

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 www.vermontcam.org.

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.

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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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*Underlined events require registration.

Thursday, July 2

Legendary Heroes, Part of the “Booked for Lunch”program. Bring a bag lunch and listen to a librarian read stories about different kinds of heroes each week. We supply the dessert. Choose up to 3 sessions. Kindergarten and up. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Plant a Flower for a Senior. Part of our “Be a Hero” Projects. Each week we do a different project to become a hero in our own community. We’ll provide the supplies. Choose up to 3 sessions. Grades 1-5. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 2-3 p.m.

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Friday, July 3

Library Closed for Independence Day Weekend

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Monday, July 6

Visit Essex Junction Fire Dept. Part of our “Own Community Heroes!” Program in which we walk to 3 organizations that protect us. Grades 2-5. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Unmasking the Greek Gods. Reading Rick Riordan’s “Lightning Thief” and volumes from “Mythopedia,” participants will test their knowledge of the classics by playing a Greek god dating game, creating a “power” artifact, performing an original puppet drama, and more. This grant-sponsored offering will provide book-inspired snacks and a graphic encyclopedia on Greek mythology.  For Middle School students. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3-5 p.m.

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, Essex Junction, 7-8:30 p.m.

Vermont Astronomical Society: Astroscanning. Norm Sperling will talk about the Astroscan telescope, from his and Mike Simmons’ creation of the telescope for Edmund Scientific in the mid 1970s, to his current enterprise to revive it. Sperling was assistant editor for ‘Sky and Telescope Magazine,’ authored the books “What Your Astronomy Textbook Won’t Tell You” and “Any Parent’s Recipe for Great Baseball”and edited “How and Why to Make a User-Friendly Sidewalk Telescope.” Sperling has been the director of several planetariums. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

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Tuesday, July 7

Fresh from the Garden, Good Food for Kids. Every Tuesday young Garden Heroes walk to our garden at Summit Street School to tend plants, pull weeds and harvest fresh vegetables. We return to the library to prepare delicious dishes from vegetables we picked. Learn food prep and taste something new. Grades 1 and up. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9:30a.m.-12 p.m.

Unmasking the Greek Gods. Reading Rick Riordan’s “Lightning Thief” and volumes from “Mythopedia,” participants will test their knowledge of the classics by playing a Greek god dating game, creating a “power” artifact, performing an original puppet drama, and more. This grant-sponsored offering will provide book-inspired snacks and a graphic encyclopedia on Greek mythology.  For Middle School students. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3-5 p.m.

Pajama Storytime. Wear your pajamas and bring a stuffed friend for an evening storytime of books and music. Essex Free Library, Essex Center, 6:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, July 8

Summer Preschool Story Time. Our themes are Heroes in My Family, Heroes in My Community, Heroes Make Me Feel Better, Heroes Save the World, and Animal Heroes. Books, rhymes, puppets, flannel stories and activities. For preschoolers, but siblings are welcome too. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:30 a.m.

Teddy Bear Picnic with The Swing Peepers. Bring a favorite bear or stuffed toy to hear Matthew Witten and John Hadden sing earth-friendly songs and act out rollicking stories. Refreshments by Friends of Brownell Library. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Under pavilion if it rains. For all ages. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 2-3pm at Maple St. Park.

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Unmasking the Greek Gods. Reading Rick Riordan’s “Lightning Thief” and volumes from “Mythopedia,” participants will test their knowledge of the classics by playing a Greek god dating game, creating a “power” artifact, performing an original puppet drama, and more. This grant-sponsored offering will provide book-inspired snacks and a graphic encyclopedia on Greek mythology.  For Middle School students. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3-5 p.m.

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Thursday, July 9

Community Heroes, part of the “Booked for Lunch”program. Bring a bag lunch and listen to a librarian read stories about different kinds of heroes each week. We supply the dessert. Choose up to 3 sessions. Grades Kindergarten and up. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Stock the Food Pantry, part of our “Be a Hero” Projects. Each week we do a different project to become a hero in our own community. We’ll provide the supplies. Choose up to 3 sessions. Grades 1-5. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 2-3 p.m.

Unmasking the Greek Gods. Reading Rick Riordan’s “Lightning Thief” and volumes from “Mythopedia,” participants will test their knowledge of the classics by playing a Greek god dating game, creating a “power” artifact, performing an original puppet drama, and more. This grant-sponsored offering will provide book-inspired snacks and a graphic encyclopedia on Greek mythology.  For Middle School students. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3-5 p.m.

Read To Rainbow The Dog. Schedule a time to read to Rainbow. Rainbow is a certified therapy and rescue dog who loves stories. Register for a 15-minute slot to read her your “just right” book. Registration required. Essex Free Library, Essex Center, 4-5 p.m.

Getting Around By Bike. Local Motion and Go! Vermont present a workshop for safely riding your bike for trips, commutes, and errands. Pizza will be served. Please register: education@localmotion.org. Essex Free Library, Essex Center, 7-8 p.m.

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Ongoing

Adopt a Beanie Pet. June 22 and onward. Want a 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.

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 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. Snacks will be provided. 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. 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.

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.


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.

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 $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 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.

Newcomers Club. Newcomers Club’s organized day trips, lunches and dinners are a great way of making friends and getting 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.

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.