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Thursday, July 24

Beer and Chocolate Pairing. Lake Champlain Chocolates will present a chocolate and beer pairing to benefit the Sara Holbrook Community Center. The event will feature four courses of Lake Champlain Chocolates and locally crafted beers as well as hors d’oeuvres in a relaxed setting with lake views and live music by the Stephen Callahan Trio. Main Street Landing, Burlington, 5-7:30 p.m. $30 in advance; $40 at the door. Information: www.saraholbrookcc.org or 862-6342.

Down By The River.  The Audubon Vermont will be hosting this educational and refreshing trip to the Huntington River. Children will use nets to discover what lurks beneath the river rocks and mud.  Discover examples of water striders, salamanders and stoneflies while staying cool in the river.  For children ages 3-5 years old with an adult companion.  Pre-registration is required. Meet at the Audubon Sugarhouse parking area. Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, 9-10:30 a.m. Members $8 adult-child pair and $4 per additional child; non-members $10 adult-child pair and $4 per additional child. Register: 434-3068.

Jukebox The Ghost in Concert.  The Point and the H Team present Jukebox The Ghost in concert as part of the 2014 Battery Park Free Concert series. With a quirky, brainy pop sound the band logged several years together under the name, the Sunday Mail, before rebranding themselves in 2005. Bring a blanket, sit on the green and enjoy amazing views while listening to great music. Secure bike parking available. Battery Street Park, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free.  Information: http://pointfm.com/battery-park-concerts.html

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.

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Friday, July 25

Trad Camp Open House and Reunion. Young Tradition Vermont will present a Trad Camp open house and reunion.  The open house will include a potluck, a “crankie show” and singing followed by a family contra dance.  This event will offer the opportunity to experience the Young Tradition Vermont community and learn more about Trad Camp.  Trad Camp is an annual summer day camp where young people come together to learn traditional music, song and dance.  All are welcome, no experience playing instruments or with traditional music is needed to attend. All songs and dances at the will be taught.  First Congregational Church Hall, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m.  Free. Contact Mark: mark.sustic@gmail.com or www.youngtraditionvermont.org.

 “Arsenic and Old Lace.”  The St. Michael’s College Summer Playhouse presents the third installment of their popular summer theater series, “Arsenic and Old Lace.” Joseph Kesselring’s classic Broadway comedy follows spinster sisters Abby and Martha Brewster as they adopt a new charity project, relieving older gentlemen of loneliness by poisoning them with homemade elderberry wine laced with arsenic. Play runs through July 26. McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College campus, 8 p.m. Tickets: $32.50- $43.50. Information: www.saintmichaelsplayhouse.org or 654-2281.

Mad Robin Contra Dance. The Mad Robin Contra Dance is held on the fourth Friday of every month. Music will be provided by the trio, Nova.  Introductory lessons for newcomers begin at 7:45 p.m.  All dances are taught. Dancers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Bring soft-soled shoes and a water bottle.   First Congregational Church Hall, Burlington, 8-11 p.m. $5-$10 sliding scale.  Information: www.madrobincallers.org.

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Saturday, July 26

The PJC Kids’ Club: Africa. The Peace and Justice Center will be hosting an afternoon of cultural acceptance, exploration and fun. Presenter Francine Serwili-Ngunga will share her Rwandan culture through dance, story telling and sambusa making. Children can collect their next stamps for their PJC passport.  Peace and Justice Center, Burlington, 2-4 p.m. Free. Information: 863-2345.

Wolfsgart Air-Out. Wolfsgart will be sponsoring the Wolfsgart Air-Out, a German European automotive park and show. Check out the vintage, antique and unique vehicles while also checking out downtown Winooski’s vibrant restaurant and bar scene.  Afterhours party to be held at OAK45. Winooski Falls Way, Winooski, 7 p.m. Information: wolfsgart.com

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Sunday, July 27

Community Breakfast.  The American Legion Post 91 will be hosting its weekly community breakfast.  The menu will include a buffet of 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.

Tea Dance. RU12 will be sponsoring a Sunday afternoon tea dance. Hosted by The House of LeMay, come dance, drink and enjoy a sunset while supporting Vermont Pride Day activities.  The theme “Generations,” come dressed in a favorite outfit from the ‘60s, ‘70s or ‘80s and be eligible for great prizes. Proceeds benefit Pride Vermont. Burlington Boathouse, Burlington, 4-8 p.m. $10. Information: www.ru12.org.

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Monday, July 28

End of Ramadan Prayers and Celebration. The Muslim community in Vermont will celebrate the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan with communal prayers and celebrations. Ramadan is the month on the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food and drink from the break of dawn to sunset. The prayers mark the beginning of the Eid ul-Fitr or “feast of fast breaking” holiday, in which Muslims exchange social visits and seek to strengthen bonds of brotherhood in the community. Sheraton Emerald and Diamond Ballrooms, Burlington, 9 a.m. Information: 655-6711.

Book Discussion: Wonder. The Vermont Humanities Council in conjunction with the Vermont Reads program, Laurel Sanborn of the Vermont Family Network will be leading a discussion of the book “Wonder.”  All ages are welcome to attend this event.  Copies of the book will be available at the front desk of the library. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Contact Kathy: 802-878-4918.

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

Tuesday, July 29

Jenni Johnson Concert.  Jenni Johnson, one of the region’s best-loved singers, will perform with her band The Junketeers. Bring chairs or a blanket and enjoy this live concert. Bring your own picnic and BYO adult beverages. Islands Center at Knight Point State Park, North Hero, 6:30 p.m. $5 adults; kids 12 and under free. Information: 372-8400.

Peace and Justice Film Series: The Interrupters.  The Block Gallery and Coffeehouse will be hosting a bi-weekly peace and justice film series.  This week’s film will be “The Interrupters.” The 2011 documentary tells the story of three “violence interrupters” who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed.  Conversations to follow the film. Drinks available.  The Block Gallery and Coffeehouse, Winooski, 7 p.m. Information: www.facebook.com/TheBlockGallery.

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Wednesday, July 30

American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Kickoff. The American Cancer Society will host a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer kickoff rally and informational meeting to share details about its upcoming community walk. Learn more about Making Strides and how to help finish the fight against breast cancer. G’s Restaurant at Sheraton Hotel, South Burlington, 6 p.m. Contact Michele: 872-6344 or michele.almeida@cancer.org.

Short Fiction Workshop. The Burlington Writers Workshop will be hosting a Short Fiction Workshop. At this workshop, two short stories by BWW members who have submitted work in advance will be discussed. This is genre-specific, please be prepared to read and discuss short fiction. All skill levels are welcome. Respect for each other is a must. Burlington Writers Workshop at Studio 266, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Information: http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com.

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Thursday, July 31

Build a Balloon Car.Discover the power of air. Watch air pressure demonstrations and construct your own air-powered balloon car. Presented by Create-It Lab, mobile creativity lab. Ages 8 and up. Registration is required. Dorothy Alling, Memorial Library, 2-4 p.m. Free. Information: 878-4918.

Patrick Fitzsimmons Band in Concert.  The Colchester Parks and Recreation Department presents the Patrick Fitzsimmons Band in the second installment of their summer concert series.  Bring lawn chairs or blankets and picnic dinner. Great music all with the beauty of Malletts Bay as a backdrop. Bayside Park, Colchester, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Information: 264-5640.

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Ongoing

Harriet Farnsworth Powell Historical Museum. The museum contains vintage photographs and collections of everyday objects from Essex Junction and Essex Town. Self-guided walking tour offered. Open through October. Harriet Farnsworth Powell Historical Museum, Essex, Thursdays 6:30-8 p.m.; Sundays, 1-4 p.m. Free. Contact Eva: 879-0849.

Writers for Recovery. The Turning Point Center of Chittenden County are offering a series of free summer writing workshops focusing on stories of addiction and recovery for individuals and their families. The series aims at leading the writer to explore their experiences of addiction, recovery and family relationships in the shadow of addiction.  Led by local author, Gary Miller and documentary filmmaker, Bess O’Brien, the series will engage the writer to explore their own story, while working at their own pace. Writers will have the option of including their work for display during Burlington’s Annual Celebrate Recovery Event, which will be held in September. Every workshop will begin with pizza. Workshops run on Wednesdays, through Aug. 20. The Turning Point Center of Chittenden County, Burlington, 5:30 p.m. Free. Information: writersforrecovery@icloud.com or 861-3150.

Colchester Farmers’ Market. Wednesdays, starting June 11. The market will take place rain or shine, and will feature local farmers, artisans, food vendors, and often music. Limited parking is available at Burnham Library, with additional parking at Our Lady of Grace next door. 4-7 p.m.

Five Corners Farmers’ Market. The market features local farmers artisans, food vendors and entertainment. Fridays from 3:30-7 p.m. on Lincoln Street in Essex Junction. More info: 5cornersfarmersmarket.com.

Karaoke Contest.  Backstage Pub will be hosting Talent Quest, a national karaoke singing contest.  Every Wednesday through July 30. Backstage Pub, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. For more information, call Geno: 338-7744.

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.

BTV FLEA. Burlington’s South End Arts District will add a monthly Sunday flea market to its line-up of destination events through October. The market will feature an eclectic mix of vintage household goods, local artists, wood-fired pizza and tours of the nearby Switchback Brewing Company. Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Marketplace, Burlington, 12-4 p.m. Contact: 488-5766 or info@VintageInspired.net.

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.

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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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Individual Events underlined below require registration in advance. Programs are free, and space is limited for some events. Come to the library to register or register online.  Go to the calendar and find the program you want to register for. There will be a link for registration.  Each child may be registered for a maximum of 12 programs.

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Thursday, July 24

“Booked for Lunch” Series: Space Stories.  Bring a bag lunch and listen to a librarian read stories about a different theme each week. We supply dessert. For children entering kindergarten and up. Brownell Library, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

“Mad Science Projects” Series: Marble Run Fun. Each week we create a different project, based on our theme.  For children in grades 1-5. Brownell Library, 2-3 p.m.

Big Blue Trunk. The physics of fun! Come move your body and be ready for creative, active play and lots of laughs. All ages. Essex Free Library, 12:30 p.m.

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Friday, July 25

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, 10-10:45 a.m.

Dungeons and Dragons.  Embark upon imaginary adventures. A Dungeon Master serves as the game’s referee and storyteller. Grades 6 and up. Brownell Library, 6-8 p.m.

Teen Movie: “The Monuments Men.” An unlikely World War II platoon is tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners. (2014, PG13, 118 min) Brownell Library, 6:30-8:28 p.m.

Open Mic and Karaoke Night.  Rock out, make music, share poetry, or show off other talents. Ages 12 and up. Essex Free Library, 7-8:30 p.m.

Maggie’s Adult Fiber Friday. 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.  No registration is required. To contact Maggie: 6curly2@gmail.com. Brownell Library, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 26

Special Dog Story time with special guest, Boo. Celebrate dogs through books and songs and meet therapy dog, Boo. Essex Free Library, 10:30 a.m.

Monday, July 28

Mystery Word Week.  Find the Mystery Word in a book to win a free small ice cream from Sam’s Scoop Shop in Essex Junction. 100 winners, for Independent Readers only. Word announced Monday. Runs through August 1. Brownell Library.

Aerodynamic Day. Your spirit will soar when we experiment with various designs of paper airplanes and balloon rockets from the library balcony. All ages. Essex Free Library, 10:30 p.m.

The Power of Air.  Create-It Lab presents a series of 4 Design/Build Workshops about air. Each week will have an intriguing air pressure demo followed by the construction of air-powered toys by students. Create-It Lab is a mobile creativity laboratory with the goal of awakening and encouraging a lifelong interest in science, technology, engineering, the arts and math (STEAM). For children in grades 3-6. (Students must attend Session 1 and may not miss more than one session in the series.) Brownell Library, 2-4 p.m.

Tuesday, July 29

Teen Art with Tina Logan. Spark a reaction around a controversial topic or social awareness message through mixed media. Final pieces will be displayed at the library. For grades 6 and up. Brownell Library, 1-4 p.m.

YA Author Visit.  Welcome local Young Adult author, Rachel Carter, as she talks about her sci-fi fantasy trilogy, “So Close to You.” Ages 12 and up. Essex Free Library, 6:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, July 30

Summer Preschool Story Time.  Car wash and ramps; food science, materials and strength; sink and float and windy day. Books, rhymes, puppets, flannel stories and activities. For preschoolers, but siblings are welcome too. Brownell Library, 10-10:45 a.m.

Make your Own Geode.  Explore crystalline magic in a chemical reaction. Janet Bowker leads this sparkling science exploration. Ages 6 and up. Registration required. Essex Free Library, 10:30 a.m.

Teen Art with Tina Logan. Spark a reaction around a controversial topic or social awareness message through mixed media. Final pieces will be displayed at the library. For grades 6 and up. Brownell Library, 1-4 p.m.

Thursday, July 31

Cool Chemistry: How cool is cold? Join physicist Anita de Waard for this supercool event. Learn why hypothermia can make you feel like a beetle, play with super cold liquid nitrogen, and use a banana as a hammer. All ages. Essex Free Library, 1p.m.

Teen Art with Tina Logan. Spark a reaction around a controversial topic or social awareness message through mixed media. Final pieces will be displayed at the library. For grades 6 and up. Brownell Library, 1-4 p.m.

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Ongoing

Fresh from the Garden, Good Food for Kids. Every Tuesday we walk up to our garden plot at Summit Street School to tend the plants, pull weeds and harvest vegetables as they ripen. We return to the library to prepare tasty dishes from the vegetables we picked in our garden. Learn food prep techniques and taste something new. For children in grades 1-5. 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Creative Writing Club.  Let your imagination take off with creative writing. Using prompts, games, and other exercises, we’ll experiment with different techniques to create our own stories and poems. Writers can contribute to Essex Free Library’s upcoming literary journal. Ages 9 and up. Wednesdays through August. Essex Free Library, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Chess for Kids. Join teen chess lovers from our library for an hour of play.  We provide the chess sets and you provide the strategy. Continuing every Friday thru August 15. For all ages. If younger than 9, bring an adult. Brownell Library, 3-4 p.m.

Reading Buddies. Read for an hour with Teen Mentors. Sign up before the first session. We meet every Wednesday until July 23, ending with a party for Reading Buddies and Mentors. OK to miss a session. For children in kindergarten- fifth grade. Brownell Library, 2-3 p.m.

Adopt a Beanie Pet. Beginning June 18. Want a cool 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. Brownell Library.

Musical Story-time. Rock out and read every Friday of the month. Play your own instruments and sing along. Essex Free Library, 10:30 a.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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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: 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: 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.

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.

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.

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 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.