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Thursday, Oct. 8

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:

Friday, Oct. 9

The Baked Beads 23rd Annual Columbus Day Weekend Jewelry and Scarf Sale. Free parking and admission. Runs through Oct. 11. Under the tent on Route 100 in Waitsfield, next to the Big Picture Theater and Café. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: Proceeds benefit Hannah’s House, a nonprofit family therapy center.

Education Enrichment of Everyone. The Education Enrichment of Everyone group will be offering the next installment of its fall lecture series with University of Vermont Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Benjamin Eastman. Eastman will present a lecture entitled “Cultural Transformations in Post­Soviet Cuba: Past, Present, and Future.” Parking and handicap access available. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5 at the door. Information: 864-3516.


Saturday, Oct. 10

NorthCountry Federal Credit Union Halloween Fun Run and Family Day. This festive 5K will benefit the Greater Burlington YMCA’s Camp Abnaki in North Hero. Option to run a 1/2 mile, 1 mile or 3 mile-loop in a beautiful setting on Lake Champlain. Registration fee includes BBQ lunch following the run. Prizes for best costumes. Camp Abnaki, North Hero. Registration at 9:15 a.m.; Race begins at 10 a.m. Adults $25, Children $15. Information:

North Hero Volunteer Fire Department Roast Beef Dinner. A meal of roast beef with all the fixings. North Hero School, North Hero, 4:30-7 p.m.  Adults $10; Children under 12, $5. Information: 372-8488.


Sunday, Oct. 11

5th annual Chase Away 5K. Help Chase Away K9 Cancer raise money for K9 cancer research and prevention with a fun run along the South Burlington bike path. Stick around after the event for a chance to win some great prizes. Friendly, leashed dogs welcome. Veterans Memorial Park, South Burlington. Check-in and registration begins at 9 a.m.; Race starts at 10 a.m. Cost: $30 for same-day registration.   Information: 802-989-2410.

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.


Monday, Oct. 12

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


Tuesday, Oct. 13

Choir concert at Cathedral Arts. The boys of the renowned St. Thomas Choir School in New York will be making St. Paul’s Cathedral the first stop on their New England tour. They will present a varied program, including works of Purcell, Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn, Fauré, and their late director, John Scott. The Episcopal Cathedral, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Suggested $10 donation. Accessible. Free parking. Information: 864-0471.

Movies at Main Street Landing: Them. The Movies at Main Street Landing series presents the Gordon Douglas directed 1954 sci-fi horror film, “Them,” starring B-movie icons James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon. Main Street Landing Film House, Burlington, 7 p.m. Donations benefit a local charity. Contact: 540-3018 or


Wednesday, Oct. 14

Embroidery. Join the Green Mountain Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America. All abilities welcome. We will be having a stitch in so bring something to stitch. First meeting is complimentary.  Bring a bag lunch.  Car-pooling is available from many areas. Living Room/Dinning Room at The Pines, 5 Aspen Drive, South Burlington at 9:30 a.m. Contact: 372-4255 or

Going to Bat for Bats: Ten Questions. Bats are in trouble, but help is on the way. Local bat enthusiast Barry Genzlinger is a licensed bat rehabilitator who has built hundreds of bat houses in Vermont and elsewhere to provide refuge for these endangered creatures. In this program Barry will answer ten important questions about bats that everyone should consider. Barry loves bats and you will, too, after attending this program. Carpenter-Carse Library, Hinesburg, 6:30 p.m. Information:

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, Oct. 15

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.

Author Talk. Acclaimed Vermont author, Howard Frank Mosher will read an excerpt from his new novel, “God’s Kingdom” as well as talk for a few minutes on “Where Does Fiction Come From? ”. Phoenix Books, Burlington, 7 p.m. Tickets: $3 per person. Seating is limited. Information:

Theater Performance. Essex Community Players kicks off its 2015/2016 season with Noel Coward’s ghost-story farce, Blithe Spirit. Well-to-do novelist, socialite, and widower Charles Condomine wants to begin his new novel and enjoy a relaxed life with his new wife. He is ready to put to rest the memory of his departed first wife but she is not ready to be put to rest. Memorial Hall, Essex Center, 8-10 p.m. $14-$16. Information:


Looking ahead

Fabric Giveaway. Colchester Quilters are hosting a fabric giveaway Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon. United Church of Colchester church hall, 900 Main St., Colchester. 978-495-1955 for info.

Westford Music Series presents the Michele Fay Band. Sunday, Oct. 18, 4-5 p.m., UCW White Church, Top of the Common, Westford. Free admission. Refreshments following concert. Call 879-4028 for more information.

Menopause the Musical. Menopause The Musical is set in a department store where four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common but a black lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! Singing along to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s, the cast forms a sisterhood with the entire audience. Oct. 20, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. 7:30 p.m. for info.

Chicken Pie Supper. First Baptist Church, 81 St. Paul St., Burlington will host its Annual Chicken Pie Supper on Saturday. Oct. 24 at 5:30 p.m. Our menu is served family style and includes chicken pie, squash, cole slaw, cranberry sauce, pickles, assorted homemade pies and coffee or tea. Adults $10; Children under 12 $5. Reservations required: Call 864-6515.

5th Annual Fall Bounce Fest. Oct. 24 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the University Mall. There will be two bounce houses and a 25-foot-long slide set up in Center Court. We will have face painting and other activities. $7.


Local Libraries

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

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


Thursday, Oct. 1

Noontime Book Discussion. Join the Essex Free Library as they discuss “The Sugar Queen” by Sarah Addison. Essex Free Library, Essex Center, 12 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 8

Health Insurance 101. Come learn about your health insurance options with Vermont Health Connect. Essex Free Library, Essex Center, 6-7:30 p.m.


Friday, Oct. 9

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.


Saturday, Oct. 10

Chess Club. Teen chess players help you discover new moves. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Kids 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult.  Chess Sets funded by the Friends of Brownell Library. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3-4 p.m.


Monday, Oct. 12

Library Closed for Columbus Day. Brownell Library, Essex Junction.


Tuesday, Oct. 13

Night Owl Storytime.  Slip on your PJs and relax with stories and songs. Essex Free Library, Essex Center, 6:30-7 p.m.


Friday, Oct. 16

Songs and Stories with Matthew. Matthew Witten performs songs about our world and tells adventurous tales.  For all ages.  Funded by the Friends of Brownell Library. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m.

Crafternoon: Sand Art. We supply the materials, you supply the creativity.  For students in Grades 4 and up. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:15-4:15 p.m.


Friday, Oct. 16

Family Movie. Free popcorn and drinks. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-8:30 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 & Toddlers. Tuesdays. Picture books, songs, rhymes & puppets for babies & 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.


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 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.

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 through Oct. 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: 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 3:30-6:30 p.m. on Lincoln Street in Essex Junction. More info:

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.