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Thursday, April 17

Unfiltered Wine and Poetry at Shelburne Vineyard. Shelburne Vineyard will debut a night of unfiltered wine and poetry. All poets are invited to bring their own work to share. Poets will read their work aloud and an audience of poets and poetry lovers will provide encouragement and feedback. Bring snacks to enjoy with your wine. Wine for sale by the glass. Shelburne Vineyard Winery and Tasting Room, Shelburne, 6 p.m. Free. Information: 985-8222.

All about Electric Cars Seminar. New England Federal Credit Union will be hosting David Roberts, an electric vehicle consultant who will discuss these efficient machines. This seminar will teach more about how electric cars work, their benefits, and why you might want to make your next car an electric vehicle. Registration encouraged. New England Federal Credit Union, Williston 5:30-7 p.m. 879-8790.

Simple Steps for Growing Your Business. Champlain Valley SCORE will present this three part workshop series to help entrepreneurs take their businesses to the next level. Sponsored by KeyBank, the series will cover marketing, sales, finances, and human Resources. Presenters will include SCORE volunteers with extensive experience, as well as, local business experts. KeyBank in Williston April 17; KeyBank in Burlington April 24; and KeyBank in Essex Junction May 1 in Essex Junction. 6-9 p.m. 3-session package: $75/$99. Single session  $35/$50.  Register: www.champlainvalley.score.org

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Friday, April 18

Artist Demo. Artist Gwendolyn Evans who happens to be blind will demonstrate her whimsical and impressionistic mixed media pieces and share her insights into the creative process.  Demonstration also on April 19. Artists’ Mediums, Williston, 1-5 p.m. Free. Information: 879-1236.

VFW Meal. The VFW Post 6689 will be hosting their weekly community meal. On the menu this week, Wing Night. Live entertainment by the Mike Washburn. VFW Post 6689, Essex Junction, 5:30-7 p.m. $7 for 10 wings or $4 for 5 wings. Information: 878-0700.

Concert and Glassblowing Demo. Shelburne Museum celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month with a concert Pine Street Jazz.  In addition to live jazz music, there will also be a glassblowing performance by artist Charlotte Potter, whose work is featured in the exhibition “Supercool Glass” on view in the Diana and John Colgate Gallery of the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education. Cash bar and light hors d’oeuvres.  Tickets are sold at the door. Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, Shelburne Farms, 5-7 p.m.  $15. Museum Members receive a $3 discount.  Information: www.shelburnemuseum.org.

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Saturday, April 19

EGGcellent Egg Hunt & Easter Bunny Visit. Laughing Moon Chocolates and The Green Mountain Club present a EGGcellent Egg Hunt for the young and young at heart. The egg hunt includes separate hunts for children under 7 years old and those over 7 years old. Prizes and candy from Laughing Moon Chocolates will be given away.  After the hunt the Easter Bunny will hand out candy at Laughing Moon Chocolates, in Stowe. Green Mountain Club Headquarters, Waterbury Center.  Egg Hunt, 10 a.m. Easter Bunny visit, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free.  Information: 253-9591.

Easter Egg Hunt. College of St. Joseph will host a community Easter egg hunt. Children of all ages with adult supervision are welcome to come and enjoy the hunt. There will be around 2,000 candy filled eggs hidden in the campus athletic center.  Parking is available in any of the campus parking lots. College of St. Joseph, Rutland, 11 a.m.-1p.m. Free. Information: 776-5290.

2nd Annual Queen City Chili Cookoff.  Nectar’s will be hosting its second annual chili cook off.  Proceeds benefit the Burlington Fire Fighters Association.  Awards will be handed out for People’s Choice, Chef’s Choice, and more.  Entertainment provided by Woody Pines.  Nectar’s, Burlington, 12-4 p.m. $5. Information: liveatnectars.com or 658-4771.

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Sunday, April 20

“Signs of Spring” Walk. The Winooski Valley Parks District will be celebrating the end of Winter and start of Spring with a guided walk of the Gilbrook Natural Area in Winooski.  The walk will be lead by an experienced Winooksi Valley Parks Department educator.  Fun for all ages and skill levels.  Please wear comfortable shoes designed for outdoor walking and hiking.  Gilbrook Nature Area, Winooski, 9 a.m. Free.  Information: 863-5744.

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Monday, April 21

AARP Safe Driver Course. The Northwestern Medical Center will host the new AARP Smart Driver Class The four and half hour refresher course is open to all drivers 50 years and older.  The curriculum addresses the normal physical changes brought on by the aging process, how these changes can affect driving ability and ways to compensate for those changes. The course also addresses changes in vehicles, regulations and roads. Participants will also learn how to interact with other road users, including truckers, bikers, pedestrians and distracted drivers. The class will address Vermont driving regulations, many of which have changed over the years.  There are no tests. Northwestern Medical Center, St. Albans, 4:30 p.m. $15 AARP Members; $20 non-members. Contact Baird: 483-6335.

Rain Barrel Workshop. The Conservation Commission and the Colchester Department of Public Works will host a Build Your Own Rain Barrel Workshop. In addition to constructing a rain barrel to take home, participants will learn how capturing rainwater to use in landscapes and gardens can help save money, conserve water and reduce runoff of storm water into nearby streams and rivers. The workshop will be taught by Laura Dlugolecki, urban conservationist and storm water specialist with the Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District. Preregistration is required. Space is limited. Although there is a limit of one barrel per household, families may work on the project together. The cost includes all supplies and instructions to make a 55-gallon rain barrel. Please put “Rain Barrel Workshop Registration” in the subject line if registering by e-mail. Payment will be collected at the start of the workshop. Please bring cash or check. No credit cards will be accepted.  Bibbens Ace Hardware, Colchester, 5:30-7 p.m. $30. Contact Pam: 865-9234 or zatarahinvt@yahoo.com.

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Tuesday, April 22

Involving Families in LGBT Youth Suicide Prevention.  The Vermont Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will present this educational session designed to help parents, educators, clinicians, clergy and others who interact with young people understand the critical role that families play in reducing suicide risk for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth as well as promoting their health, safety & well-being. This session will also teach families how they can learn to express acceptance & support.  The film “Families Are Forever” will also be screened during this session.  Davis Center, UVM Campus, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Contact Linda: 272-6564.

Teen Art Studio.  The Helen Day Art Center will be hosting its open teen art studio.  Photographer Paul Rogers will help inspire and mentor the creative process for those who attend.  Registration encouraged.  Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Contact: education@helenday.com or 253-8358.

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Wednesday, April 23

Jazz Vocal Ensemble and Jazz Combo Concert.  The UVM Jazz Vocal Ensemble and Jazz Combo, under the direction of Amber deLaurentis Cleary and Tom Cleary, will be featuring highlights from the Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie songbooks. UVM Music Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30-9:00 p.m. Free. Information: 656-7776.

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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 serve d: 1st Friday at First Congregational Church; 2nd Friday at Holy Family/St. Lawrence Parish Center; 3rd Friday at St. James Church;  4th Friday at Essex United Methodist Church; and 5th Friday when applicable at St. Pius X Church. 5:30-7 p.m. each week. Information: essexeatsout@gmail.com or www.essexeatsout.org.

Mount Mansfield Scale Modelers Meetings. The Mount Mansfield Scale Modelers meetings are informational gatherings of scale model enthusiasts that happen on the third Thursday of each month. Builders of all areas of interest and skill level are welcome. The meetings offer an opportunity to showcase individual projects, discuss tips, offer helpful technique advice, and gain inspiration. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, March 20, April 17, and May 15; 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free.

Divorce Care Support Group. The Essex Alliance Church presents a 13-week support group for those going through divorce starting March 11. Feelings of separation, betrayal, confusion, anger and self-doubt are common during divorce. Discussions will be led by people who have already experienced divorce and are meant to provide a safe place and process to help make the process easier. Runs through June 3. Essex Alliance Church, Essex Junction, Tuesdays 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Contact Sandy: 989-4081.

Bagpipe and Drum Lessons. The St. Andrew’s Pipeband of Vermont offers instruction for bag piping and drumming as an encouragement and incentive for attracting new members. The instructional program is designed to integrate and transition a piper or drummer into the “parade” band at a level of basic competency. St. James Episcopal Church, Essex Junction, Wednesday evenings. Free. Contact Beth: 343-4738.

Drop-In Pottery Wheel Class. Spend Friday nights with our pottery instructors learning the basics of wheel working. Try the wheel and have some fun with other beginner potters. Through demonstrations and individual instruction, students will learn the basics of preparing and centering the clay and making cups, mugs and bowls. Price includes one fired and glazed piece per participant. Additional fired and glazed pieces are $5 each. No registration necessary but space is limited. First come, first serve. Begins Jan. 31. BCA Print and Wheel Studio, Burlington, Fridays 8-10 p.m. $12. Contact: 865-7166.

Drop-In Life Drawing Class. This drop-in life drawing class is open to all levels and facilitated by local painter Glynnis Fawkes. Spend the evening with other artists, drawing one of our experienced models. Bring drawing materials and paper. No registration necessary. No class on Feb. 17. Ages 16 and up. BCA Center, Burlington, Mondays 6:30-8:30 p.m. $8. Contact: 865-7166.

Free Yoga for Survivors. H.O.P.E. Works is offering a free and confidential trauma-informed yoga program for survivors of sexual violence. Meets on the first Saturday of each month. Registration is required to attend. Laughing River Yoga, Burlington, 1:30 p.m. Free. Contact: 864-0555, x19 or atsarah@hopeworksvt.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.

Thursday, April 17

Library Closed for Team Building Meeting. 9 a.m. -1 p.m.

MPH (Middle School Planners and Helpers).  Students in grades 6-8 help out with cool projects, play games, and talk about what’s on your minds.  Snacks served. Brownell Library, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

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Friday, April 18

Jewelry Making. Design and make your own bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. Ages 8 and up. Essex Free Library. 1 p.m.

Magic: The Gathering. Come play the role of planeswalker: a powerful wizard who fights others for glory, knowledge and conquest. Your deck of cards represents weapons in your arsenal, spells you know and creatures you can summon to fight for you. New players welcome.  Grades 6 and up. Brownell Library. 6-8 p.m.

The Coupon Queen Darby Mayville Continues. Meet in the Library’s Main Reading Room to do a coupon swap.  Bring your best stuff to share or barter. Watch library calendar for Coupon Queen reappearances. Brownell Library. 6:30-7:30 p.m.

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Saturday, April 19

Egg Hunt in the Library. Join us for this exciting indoor event at the library. No rain date needed. Essex Free Library. 1 p.m.

Manga Club Meeting. Get to know other members, share your favorite manga series, and tell Japanese legends.  Continue to explore this awesome Japanese style of art and writing.  Grades 6 and up. Brownell Library, 3-4 p.m.

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Monday, April 21

Lego Fun. Participate in fun and friendly building with LEGOs. For children entering kindergarten and up. Children under 5 are welcome to participate with parental supervision. Brownell Library, 2-3:30 p.m.

Friends of Brownell Meeting.  Kolvoord Community Room. Interested? Contact Lara 598-7597. Brownell Library, 7-8:30 p.m.

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Tuesday, April 22

Vacation Movie: “The Pirate Fairy.”  From the world of Peter Pan, a new adventure about Zarina, a dust-keeper fairy. When her wild ideas cause trouble, Zarina flees Pixie Hollow to join forces with pirates. Tinker Bell & her friends search for Zarina, going sword-to-sword with the pirates, who are led by a cabin boy, the future Captain Hook. Free popcorn and beverage. (G, 90min.) Brownell Library, 10-11:30 a.m.

United Way Volunteer Connection Town Talks: Essex Junction.  Looking for ways to give back and volunteer? United Way of Chittenden County Volunteer Connection hosts a coffee hour. Join us to explore the wide range of volunteer opportunities available in Chittenden County and learn how easy it is to become engaged and give back to nonprofits that help meet community needs. Brownell Library, 4-5 p.m.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover. Stuffed friends sleepover at the library. Drop off your stuffed animal on Tuesday evening before 8 p.m. and pick them up on Wednesday after 9 a.m. Check out pictures of their overnight stay when you pick them up. Essex Free Library.

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Wednesday, April 23

Wii Gaming.  Come try LEGO Star Wars, Harry Potter, Wii Sports Resort, MarioKart and others.  All Ages. Brownell Library, 2-3 p.m.

Youth Creative Writing. Let your imagination soar as you write your own stories using prompts, games, and other exercises. For grades 5 and up.  Essex Free Library. 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Hoopapalooza for Teens.  Create a routine with hula hoops and music. Teens from Brownell Library will compete for prizes at the annual Hoopapalooza at Burlington City Hall Park on May 3. Sponsored by Burlington Rotary, supporting Puppets in Education. Information: email maryk@brownelllibrary.org. Brownell Library, 3-5 p.m.

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Thursday, April 24

Bookmark Making. Create your own bookmark to use in the books you check out. Ages 8 and up. Essex Free Library, 1 p.m.

Chess Club. Teen chess players will help you discover new moves. All ages and skill levels welcome. Children 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Chess Sets Funded by the Friends of Brownell Library. Brownell Library, 2-3 p.m.

Hoopapalooza for Teens.  Create a routine with hula hoops and music. Teens from Brownell Library will compete for prizes at the annual Hoopapalooza at Burlington City Hall Park on May 3. Sponsored by Burlington Rotary, supporting Puppets in Education. Information: email maryk@brownelllibrary.org. Brownell Library, 3-5 p.m.

Adult Evening Book Discussion.  Join the discussion of  “The Paris Wife” by Paula McLain. Essex Free Library, 6:30 p.m.

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Ongoing

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

Reading Buddies for Students in Kindergarten – Grade 5.  One-on-one reading time with eighth-grade volunteers from A.D. Lawton’s Citizenship Project. Sessions will run every Monday afternoon until April 14. Limited spaces, so sign your kids up now. Brownell Library, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Drop-in story-time. Mondays. Reading, rhyming, and crafts each week. All ages welcome. No registration required. Essex Free Library, 10:30 a.m.

Story-time for babies and toddlers. Tuesdays. Picture books, songs rhymes and puppets. Brownell Library, 9:10-9:30 a.m.

Story-time for 3- to 5-year-olds. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Picture books, songs, rhymes, puppets and flannel stories for preschoolers. Brownell Library, 10-10:45 a.m.

Toddler story-time. Wednesdays. Stories, songs and crafts for ages 18 months-3 ½ years. Essex Free Library, 10:30 a.m. Registration required.

Preschool story-time. Books, songs, rhymes and crafts for ages 3.5-5 years. Free and open to the public. No registration required. Essex Free Library, Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Crafternoon!  Every Friday come craft something creative to jump start your weekend with fun.  Materials and refreshments provided. Brownell Library, Fridays from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Drop-In Story Time for Kids of All Ages. Twice a month on Fridays. Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers are welcome to come listen to Picture Book Stories and have fun with Finger Plays and Action Rhymes.  No registration required. Brownell Library, 10-10:45 a.m.

Drop-In knitting group. Connect with other knitters and tackle new knitting projects. Both beginner and advanced knitters are welcome. Essex Free Library, Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.

Tai Chi for Arthritis Beginners. A fun, joint safe activity proven to reduce pain while improving balance, agility and increasing lower and upper body strength. Participation in this program can help you maintain your independence. Tai Chi for Arthritis can be done seated or standing. Classes are led by certified instructors Sponsored by CVAA. Mondays and Wednesdays April 1-May 28. Congregational Church, Essex Junction, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free for adults 50 years or older. Contact: 865-0360.

Creative Tuesdays. Artists exercise their imaginations with recycled crafts. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3:15-5 p.m. Contact: 865-7216.

Line Dance Classes. Denise Brault Line Dance presents Beginner and Beginner Plus classes. No experience needed. St. Joseph School Gym, Burlington. Mondays through March 31. Beginners’ class, 6:15-7:15 p.m. Beginners’ Plus class 7:15-7:45 p.m. $4 for beginner class and $6 for beginner and beginner plus classes. Contact Denise: 658-0096.

Bingo. Sponsored by the Whitcomb Woods Residents Association. Whitcomb Woods, 128 West Street, Essex Junction. Mondays at 6 p.m. Contact: 879-1829.

Beginner yoga classes. Tuesdays. In lieu of a fee, please bring a non-perishable item or monetary donation for the Richmond Food Shelf. Richmond Free Library, 201 Bridge Street, Richmond, 6-7 p.m. Contact: 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.

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

Community Wellness Day. Practitioners offer Reiki, Shiatsu, aromatherapy, acupressure, energy work and more to those looking to experience alternative healing. 2 Wolves Holistic Center in Vergennes, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. most Fridays. Sliding-scale donations; preregister the Tuesday prior. Contact: 2wolvescenter@gmail.com or 870-0361.

Early Birder Morning Walks. Sundays starting May 4. Enjoy the start of the day with birds, and other woodland inhabitants. Walks are led by experienced birders familiar with Vermont birds. Best for adults and older children. Free, donations welcomed. Birds of Vermont Museum. 900 Sherman Hollow Road, Huntington, 7-9 a.m. Contact: 434-2167 or museum@birdsofvermont.org.

English As A Second Language Classes. Improve your English conversation skills and meet new people. Wednesdays. Administrative Conference Room: Intermediate/Advanced. Pickering Room, 2nd Floor: Beginners. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Contact: 865-7211.

Essex Art League. Meets the first Thursday of the month. The meeting agenda includes a business and social time, and features a guest artist presentation. Essex Junction Congregational Church on Main Street, Essex Junction, 9-11 a.m. Visit: www.essexartleague.com.

Essex Rotary Meeting. Essex Rotary Meetings are held on Wednesdays at 12:10 p.m. at The Essex. Serving the communities of Essex, Essex Junction, Jericho and Underhill.

Family Support Group. Outright Vermont holds support group meetings for family members of youth going through the process of coming out. One Sunday evening and one Wednesday morning each month at Outright Vermont. Contact: 865-9677.

German-English Conversation Group. Improve your German conversation skills and meet new people. First and third Wednesday of each month. Local History Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Contact: 865-7211.

Italian Conversation Group. Open to all interested in learning/hearing the Italian language. Room 101, St. Edmunds Hall, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month, 7-9 p.m. Contact: 654-2536.

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.