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Thursday, October 16

Common Fraud Schemes and Investigations. The New England Federal Credit Union will host Michael Gendron, Postal Inspector and David R. Mooney, Postal Inspector. Gendron and Mooney will present the most common fraud schemes such as work at home, foreign lottery, mortgage rescue and other schemes involving counterfeit instruments. The presentation will include some real life current examples of these schemes as well as tips on how to identify fraudulent offers and steps to take to prevent being victimized. Seating is limited, pre-registration encouraged. New England Federal Credit Union, Williston, 5:30-7 p.m. Register: 879-8790 or nefcu.com.

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

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, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info: 879-0765

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, October 17

Mah Jongg. The Essex Junction Senior Center will be having its drop-in Mah Jongg game. All members of the community 50 years and older are invited to come down to the center to enjoy this lively game with other enthusiasts. New players are always welcome. Essex Junction Senior Center, Essex Junction, 10 a.m. Free. Information: 878-6940 or info@essexvtseniors.org.

National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey. The Vermont Clean Cities Coalition will be hosting this biennial, outreach and education event. On display will be alternative fuel vehicles from around Vermont including those powered by electric, propane, biodiesel and natural gas. Church Street Marketplace, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Information: vtccc.w3.uvm.edu/calendar.

Classic Films of the 1950s. The 1950s were a fascinating time for Hollywood films. The studio system was in decline and independent films were gaining a foothold. Vermont Humanities presents Rick Winston who will show clips from several acclaimed films of various genres from that era and discuss their significance. Carpenter-Carse Library, Hinesburg, 7 p.m. Free. Contact Jane: 482-2878.

Champlain Valley Quilt Guild 32nd Annual Show. “Baskets Aplenty” is this year’s theme. A spectacular display of more than 125 quilts will be on exhibition in the State Building at the Champlain Valley Fairgrounds in Essex Junction. Show hours: Saturday, Oct. 18, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission – $6. Children under 12 – free. Free parking. Food vendors on-site. For more info go to www.cvqgvt.org.

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Saturday, October 18

Historic Tour of Williston Village. Local historian and author, Richard Allen will offer a slide-talk presentation on “Along the Winooski Turnpike: Historic Tour of Williston Village.” This presentation will explore the past and present buildings and streetscapes, and the stories that have defined the main street of Williston over the last 150 years. Sponsored by the Friends of Dorothy Alling Memorial Library. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Information: 878-4918 or www.williston.lib.vt.us.

USA Dance Inc. Halloween Social. USA Dance Inc invites dancers of all ages and skill levels to come together for an evening featuring a mini-lesson in the Waltz and a full-length lesson in West Coast Swing. No partner or experience required. Halloween costumes encouraged. Frederick H Tuttle Middle School, South Burlington. Beginners lessons 7-8:30 p.m.; open dance until 11 p.m. $15 general admission; $10 students and seniors. Information: www.dancevermont.org.

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Sunday, October 19

Pancake Breakfast. The Grace United Methodist Church will be hosting its free pancake breakfast. The menu will include scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes and maple syrup with juice and coffee. Grace United Methodist Church, Essex Junction, 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Free. Contact Elizabeth: 878-5923.

Community Breakfast. The American Legion Post 91 will host its weekly community breakfast. The menu will include 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.

Westford Music Series Presents: The Modern Grass Quintet. The Westford Fall/Winter Music Series presents the high-energy, risk-taking contemporary bluegrass band, Modern Grass Quintet based in Northern Vermont. The group brings a broad representation of musical talent and variety of acoustical sound. Refreshments will be served following concert. UCW White Church, Westford, 4-5 p.m. Freewill donation. Information: 879-4028.

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Monday, October 20

CVAA Lunch. CVAA will be hosting its weekly lunch at Covenant Church. The menu will include sweet and sour pork, vegetable rice medley, Asian vegetables, crispy noodles, lemon mousse and milk to drink. Covenant Church, Essex Center, 12 p.m. Free. Information: 865-0360.

Shape and Share Life Stories. Prompts trigger real life experience stories, which are crafted into engaging narrative and shared with the group. Led by Recille Hamrell. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Free and open to all adults. Information: 878-4918 or www.williston.lib.vt.us.

University Catamount Singers. The program features University Catamount Singers under the direction of Professor Erin Grainger in an hour of solo and choral music. Free and open to the public. UVM Music Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Information: 656-7776.

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, October 21

Noontime Concert Series: Reed, Rosin and Pedal. Cathedral Arts will host Wesley Christensen playing clarinet; Laura Markowitz on violin; and Melody Puller accompanying on piano. The trio will play a selection of works from Romantic to modern, featuring “Serenade for Three,” by Peter Schickele, written for this unique combination of instruments. Bring a bag lunch. Coffee and tea provided. St. Paul’s Cathedral, Burlington, 12-1 p.m. Free. Information: 864-0471.

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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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Thursday, October 16

Vacation Movie: Hotel Transylvania. Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count’s teen-aged daughter. Free popcorn and beverage. (92 min. Rated PG) Brownell Library, 3-4:32 p.m.

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Friday, October 17

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, 10-10:45 a.m.

Magic: The Gathering. Whether you know the game or are curious to find out more, come have tons of gaming fun. In Magic, you play the role of “planeswalker”: a powerful wizard who fights other “planeswalkers” for glory, knowledge and conquest. Your deck of cards represents all the weapons in your arsenal, the spells you know and creatures you can summon to fight for you. Grades 6 and up. Brownell Library, 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: 6curly2@gmail.com. Brownell Library, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 18

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

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Monday, October 20

Friends of Brownell Library (FOBL) Meeting. Brownell Library, 7-8:30 p.m.

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Tuesday, October 21

Chapin Orchards Apple Tasting. Explore the myriad of flavors and varieties that our local orchard has to offer with owner Phil Murdock. Cider and donuts will also be provided. Essex Free Library, 6:30 p.m.

Library Trustees Meeting. Brownell Library, 7-9 p.m.

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Ongoing

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 for babies and toddlers with an adult. Brownell Library, 9:10-9:30 a.m.

Story Time for 3- to 5-Year-Olds. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Picture books, songs, rhymes, puppets, flannel stories, and early math activities for preschoolers. Brownell Library, 10-10:45 a.m.

Creative Writing Club for Ages 9 Plus. Wednesdays. Let your imagination soar as you write your own stories and poems using prompts, games and other writing exercises. Essex Free Library, 3:30-4:30p.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.

Rock, Roll and Read Story Time. Fridays. Rock out and read with books, songs, and instruments. All ages. No story time on Oct. 3. 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.

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.

Adopt a Beanie Pet. 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.

Peace Education Workshop: Listening For What Matters Most. 
 The Peace and Justice Center will be hosting this conflict resolution workshop, lead by Robin Guillian. Through exercises and engaging discussion, participants will learn key techniques to becoming a more effective listener, with the goals of creating deep empathy, opening up safe spaces, and strengthening relationships. Peace and Justice Center, Burlington, 7 p.m.
Free. Information: program@pjcvt.org.

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Wednesday, October 22

Putting Your Garden to Bed. Local Author Ron Krupp will read from his new book “Woodchuck Returns to Gardening” and will talk about putting your garden to bed for the winter season. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions on the topic. Book signing available. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Free. Information: 878-4918 or www.williston.lib.vt.us.

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Thursday, October 23

Loon To Lynx: Protecting Nature And Preparing For The Future. The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources will be hosting an all-day symposium that will celebrate the legacy of the Endangered Species Act and Vermont’s experience protecting its most vulnerable species. Keynote speakers include Joe Roman, Hardy Fellow and Collin O’Mara. Panels of experts will examine the future for conservation biology and discuss the challenges ahead for preserving Vermont’s natural heritage. Price of admission includes a buffet lunch. Echo Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington, 830 a.m.-9 p.m. $15. Information: Charlee.Drury@state.vt.us or 828-1000.

VT Early Math Literacy Workshop For Childcare Providers. The Milton Public Library and the Westford Public Library are providing a childcare provider training on early math literacy. This training includes free books and math toys, and attendees can earn two credit hours. Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited, pre-registration is encouraged. Milton Public Library, Milton, 7-9 p.m. Register: 893-4644.

Ongoing

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

Square Dance Classes. Join the Green Mountain Steppers and learn to square dance. First class is free. Classes run every Thursday through Oct. 9. Singles welcome. Maple Street Park, Essex Junction, 7-9 p.m. $6 members; $7 non-members. Information: www.greenmountainsteppers.org.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.