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Thursday, Jan. 28

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.

Bingo. Open to the public. VFW, Essex Junction, 6-9 p.m. Information: 878-0700.

Friday, Jan. 29

Nordic Food Feast. Groennfell Meadery will be hosting a feast filled with Nordic food staples. Cheese, herring, brats and more are on the menu. Colchester’s Mead Hall at Groennfell Meadery, Colchester, 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Information: 497-2345.

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Saturday, Jan. 30

Pie for Breakfast. The Cambridge Area Rotary is once again sponsoring a Pie for Breakfast Event. All of the money raised supports the many activities of the Rotary Club. There will be a good variety of pies to choose from. Admission/donation will get “all you can eat” pie and bottomless coffee. Cambridge Elementary School, Cambridge, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. $5 or donation. Information: rotarycambridge.org

Author Visit: Tim Brookes. In a special anniversary appearance marking 10 years since the original edition of The Driveway Diaries was published, Tim will read from two books, “The Ghosts of Good Intentions” and “The Driveway Diaries, Second Edition.” 2-4 p.m., Essex Free Library.

Adult Coloring. Switch off the phone, computer and TV. Come try the new coloring book trend that is helping adults, benefit from the quiet Zen that a coloring session can bring. Books and color pencils are provided. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Information: 878-4918 or www.williston.lib.vt.us.

Celtic Music and Dance Concert. Enjoy professional musicians performing Irish, Scottish, Quebecoise and Appalachian music on bagpipes, whistle, drums, fiddle and hammered dulcimer. A lively musical evening for all ages. Free parking and handicap accessible. Good Shepherd Church, Jericho, 7-8:30 p.m. $12 adults; $10 students; kids under 13 free. Information: www.goodshepherdjericho.org/events/

5th Annual Meet the Artist, Groundhog Day Gala. Grand Isle Art Works and Café, will be hosting this mixer giving the visitors the opportunity to tour the gallery; enjoy hors d’oeuvres and meet many of the artists whose work is displayed and is for sale. . A Groundhog Day drawing for a grand gallery gift will also be held. Grand Isle Art Works and Café, Grand Isle, 5:30 p.m. Information: http://grandisleartworks.com/meet-the-artist-night/

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Sunday, Jan. 31

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.

Artists Reception. Darkroom Gallery will be hosting a closing artist’s reception to recognize the photographers with work represented in the gallery’s “Seities and Selves” exhibition, a show of self-portraits. The public is invited. Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, 3-5 p.m.

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Monday, Feb. 1

Shape and share life stories. Prompts trigger real-life experience stories, which are crafted into engaging narrative and shared with the group. Free and open to all adults. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Contact: 878-4918.

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, Feb. 2

CVAA Community Meal. CVAA will be hosting a community lunch at Ray’s Seafood. This lunch is available to anyone 60 years of age and older and a spouse of any age. There is a suggested donation for each meal. Ray’s Seafood, Essex. Check-in 10:30 a.m. and lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. Information: 865-0360.

Movies at Main Street Landing: “Labyrinth. The Movies at Main Street Landing series presents the Jim Hensen-directed, 1986 family adventure classic, “Labyrinth,” starring David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly and Toby Froud. Main Street Landing Film House, Burlington, 7 p.m. Donations benefit a local charity. Contact: 540-3018 or www.mainstreetlanding.com/movies.

Wednesday, Feb. 3

Actor Portrays Harlem Literary Great Langston Hughes. Part of First Wednesdays at Essex Junction’s Brownell Library: A Free Lecture Presented by Vermont Humanities Council. Actor and writer David Mills will offer a dramatic performance of Harlem Renaissance writer Langston Hughes’ work at Brownell Library in Essex Junction on Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. The performance, “An Evening with Langston Hughes,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public. For more information, visit Essex Junction First Wednesdays listing at www.vermonthumanities.org/first-wednesdays-essex-junction/

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Thursday, Feb. 4

Community Soup and Bread Supper. The Covenant Community Church will be hosting its monthly soup and bread supper. Eat in or take-out 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.

Harry Potter Book Night: A Night of Spells.  On Harry Potter Book Night: A Night of Spells, Phoenix Bookstore will be sharing the wonder of J.K. Rowling’s unforgettable stories andintroducing the next generation of readers to the unparalleled magic of Harry Potter. Young wizards, witches and Muggles will be treated to an evening of games, activities, readings and quizzes. The store will be transformed into the world of Harry Potter and specials inspired by some of the scrumptious wizard foods in the books will be served. Phoenix Bookstore, Essex, 6 p.m. Free. Information: www.phoenixbooks.biz or 872-7111.

Mandarin Chinese Class. The Agape Community Church invites language enthusiasts to practice the Chinese dialect spoken throughout northern and southwestern China. Agape Community Church, South Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Information: http://www.burlingtonagape.org/

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Looking ahead

Waffle breakfast. On Saturday, Feb. 6, Hinesburg Nursery School will host its 18th Annual Waffle Breakfast and Silent Auction, from 8 – 11 a.m. in the Hinesburg Community School cafeteria. This year’s event will also feature kids activities, face-painting and horse-drawn sleigh rides (weather permitting; $5/person for sleigh rides; 2 and under are free). Breakfast costs $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 2-12. Tots under 24 months eat for free. Proceeds benefit Hinesburg Nursery School, a nonprofit parent cooperative preschool. For more information visit www.hinesburgnurseryschool.org.

Westford Music Series. Two talented young performers, Katie McNally and Neil Perlman, will be the featured artist for the February Westford Music Series in collaboration with Young Vermont Traditions, on Sunday, Feb. 7 at the UCW white church from 4-5 p.m. Free will donation, For more information call Marge Hamrell at 802-879-4028.

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Ongoing

Children’s Breakfast. First and Third Saturday of each month. `The Grace United Methodist Church will be offering a free breakfast for children ages K-5, though all children are welcomed.  Crafts, Songs, Bible Stories, and Games. No registration needed, parents can stay and have coffee. Grace United Methodist Church, Essex Junction, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Information: 878-8071 or ejgraceumcsudayschool@gmail.com.

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.

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.

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: essexeatsout@gmail.com or www.essexeatsout.org.

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Local Libraries

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

Essex Free Library, 2 Jericho Road, Essex. Contact: 879-0313 or essexfreelibrary@essex.org.

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Thursday, Jan. 28

Shelburne Farms Cheese Talk and Tasting. Get an inside look at this world-class farm’s cheese production, and sample various kinds of cheese. Essex Free Library, Essex Center, 6-7:30 p.m.

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Friday, Jan. 29

Magic: The Gathering. Whether you know the game or are curious to find out more, come have tons of gaming fun. Grades 6 and up. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6-8 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: 6maggie2@myfairpoint.net. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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Saturday, Jan. 30

American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training. Learn to be the best babysitter on the block! Gain the confidence to make smart decisions and stay safe in any babysitting situation. Registration required. Please call 879-0313. Essex Free Library, Essex Center, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Author Visit: Tim Brookes. In a special anniversary appearance marking ten years since the original edition of “The Driveway Diaries” was published, Tim will read from two books, “The Ghosts of Good Intentions” and “The Driveway Diaries Second Edition.” Essex Free Library, Essex Center, 2 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 1

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. Call 878-6955 or drop by the library’s Circ. Desk to schedule an appointment. Available until April 7. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9:15 a.m., 10am, 10:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

MPH. Middle School Planners and Helpers meet to view pictures of their Story Book Tea Time and to plan their next event: The Spelling Bee. Newcomers welcome. Snacks served. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Vermont Astronomical Society: A Lunar Library. Myths, Atlases, and Guides. Cathy James will bring her extensive library of books on the Moon and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each one. Please join Cathy as she shares her love of the Moon and all that has been written about it. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, Feb. 3,

Red Clover Group for Homeschooled Students. Each month, students in Grades K-3 read two titles and do activities with one of this year’s Red Clover Award Nominees. Voting takes place in April. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9-10 a.m.

DCF Group for Homeschooled Students. Each month, students in Grades 4-8 hear book talks from this year’s DCF list. Students keep a log and vote for their favorite to win the DCF Book Award in April. Group discussion is encouraged. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9-10 a.m.

GMBA Book Discussion for Homeschooled Students. High School GMBA Book Discussion for homeschoolers: Book Talk your favorite GMBA book on video. Voting in May. For Grades 9-12. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9-10 a.m.

First Wednesday: An Evening with Langston Hughes. In this dramatic rendition of Langston Hughes’ poems and short stories, actor and writer David Mills celebrates the life of the Harlem Renaissance writer. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7-8:30 p.m.

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Thursday, Feb. 4

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. Call 878-6955 or drop by the library’s Circ. Desk to schedule an appointment. Available until April 7. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9:15am, 10am, 10:45am and 11:30 a.m.

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Ongoing

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, Feb. 1 and Wednesday, Feb. 3, 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.

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 bladderpainvt@gmail.com 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 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, 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 www.vermontcam.org.

Colchester-Milton Rotary meeting. Thursdays. Serving the communities of Colchester, Milton and the Champlain Islands. Hampton Inn, Colchester, 12 p.m.

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.

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: 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.

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 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.