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Thursday, September 25

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.

Talk. St. Michael’s College presents a talk by Dr. Joseph Sebarenzi titled “Forgiving the unforgivable: Peace and Reconciliation after Genocide.” The former head of the Rwanda Parliament, Dr. Sebarenzi has endured tragedy most cannot fathom. He lost both his parents, seven siblings, and numerous other relatives in the Rwandan genocide of 1994. McCarthy Arts Center Recital Hall, St. Michael’s College Campus, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Information: 849-6125 or mstlouis@smcvt.edu.

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.

Friday, September 26

War of 1812 in the Champlain Valley: On the Land, On the Water and Under the Water Conference. A daylong conference focusing on the War of 1812 in the Champlain Valley. Historians and archaeologists share their knowledge and discoveries. Their research and presentations will reveal little-known stories about this chapter of Vermont and regional history. Contois Auditorium, Burlington, 8:15 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $15 pre-registration; $20 day-of. Register: vam-conference-1812.eventbrite.com.

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.

Burlington Bike Party. The mission of the Burlington Bike Party is to provide an inclusive activity that promotes safe and fun bicycling in a non-competitive group setting. Bike Party merges those from within the cycling community as well as those looking to become more involved into a moving monthly parade.Rides are generally 8-12 miles with a new route each month. Costumes and music are encouraged. The theme for the September ride is “joyride.” Rain or shine. City Hall Park, Burlington, meet at 7:30 p.m. and the ride begins at 8 p.m. Free. Information: www.burlingtonbikeparty.org.

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Saturday, September 27

Laser-Cutter Training. Hands-on instruction helps tinkerers learn machine safety and maintenance, file formatting, material usage and operational procedures. Pre-registration required. Generator, Burlington, 9-10 a.m. $20. Information: 540-0761.

#StoryHack. Teams compete to tell the most creative, compelling, immersive, and fully buzz word compliant digital story that adheres to the contest challenge within 24 hours. This year the contest’s central theme focuses on contemporary challenges faced by the library system.All teams must present their projects at the conclusion of the event at Arts Riot. Event runs through September 28. BCA Center, Burlington, 10 a.m. Free. Information: storyhackvt.com.

Square and Contra Dance. Beginners welcome. Dances will be called by Ray Moskewich. 15 years and older. Wear soft-soled shoes and comfortable clothing. Light refreshments served. St. James Church, Essex Junction, 7-10 p.m. $7. Information: 878-4014.

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Sunday, September 28

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.

Adventures In Mime And Space: The Legacy Of Marcel Marceau. Theatre Kavanah, Temple Sinai, and Ohavi Zedek Synagogue presents an illustrated lecture show with Rob Mermin. Mermin, the founder of Circus Smirkus, and student of the legendary French mimes Marcel Marceau and Etienne Decroux, will present his memories of training with the masters. Mermin will demonstrate techniques of the art of pantomime and will share rare film clips of Marceau and Decroux performing and teaching, bringing to life the essence of what Marceau called “the eloquent art of silence.” North End Studios, Burlington, 7 p.m. $18/$15 students and seniors. Information: 503-1132.

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Monday, September 29

Avoid Falls With Improved Stability. A personal trainer demonstrates daily practices for seniors concerned about their balance. Pines Senior Living Community in South Burlington, 10-11 a.m. $5. Contact: 865-1109.

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

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, September 30

Film Screening of “Gasland.” 
 Watch this informative film and learn about the work that Rising Tide VT is doing to confront the causes of climate change and facilitate transition to resilient and equitable land-based communities. Part of the Peace and Justice Center’s Film Series with the Block Gallery and Coffeehouse. The Block Gallery and Coffeehouse, Winooski, 7 p.m. Free. Information: 373-5150.

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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, September 25

Adult Book to Movie Discussion.  Come discuss “Orange is the New Black,” by Piper Kerman. Pack a dinner and stick around for an episode. Copies of the book are available at the library.  Essex Free Library, 6 p.m.

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Friday, September 26

Teen Movie Night: “Divergent.” In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she’s Divergent and won’t fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, she and the mysterious four must find out what makes them dangerous before it’s too late. (140 Min. Rated PG 13) Please note early start time. Brownell Library, 6-8:20 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.

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Saturday, September 27

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

Tuesday, September 30

Crafternoon.  Come make something creative to get your week off to a fun start. We supply the materials, you supply the creativity.  For students in grades 4 and up. Brownell Library, 3-4:30 p.m.

Young Readers Book Discussion.  Join other kids from grades 4-8 to talk about this year’s Vermont Reads selection “Wonder,” by R.J. Palacio. Copies are available at the library. Pizza will be served. Essex Free Library, 6:30 p.m.
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Thursday, October 2

Adult Noontime Book Discussion. As part of the Vermont Reads program, come discuss and compare “Wonder,” by R.J. Palacio and Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchett. Copies of both books are available at the library. Our noontime book discussion will continue to meet every last Thursday of the month.  Essex Free Library, 12-1 p.m.

Ongoing

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.

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.

Wednesday, October 1

AARP Driver Safety Class. This 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. Class size is limited. Early registration is recommended and pre-registration is required. Checks for the class must be received prior to the class. American Cancer Society, Williston, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $15 AARP Members; $20 non-members. Reservations: 802-888-3394 or bairdmorgan@myfairpoint.net.

Chicken Pie Supper. The Richmond Congregational Church will be hosting its 67th annual Chicken Pie Supper. The menu will include chicken and biscuit pie; mashed potatoes, squash, coleslaw, cottage cheese, pickles and cranberry sauce. Dessert includes pumpkin pie or apple pie with cheddar cheese. Reservations are required. Seatings at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. are available. Richmond Congregational Church, Richmond, 4:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. $10 adults; $5 children under 12. Reservations: rccucc.org/ChickenPieTckt33.html or 318-5359.

Talk. St. Michael’s College presents a talk titled “Surviving the Weekend” by sex educator and speaker River Huston. Huston is also an award-winning poet, journalist, performer and activist. She travels throughout the United States speaking at colleges, conferences and corporate events. McCarthy Arts Center Recital Hall, St. Michael’s College Campus, Colchester. 7 p.m. Free. Contact Brian: blee@smcvt.edu.

Thursday, October 2

Tea and Formal Gardens Tour. The Inn at Shelburne Farms will be hosting a tea and formal gardens tour. Participants will receive an intimate tour of the Inn and its luxuriant cottage-style gardens followed by delectable sweets and savories in the Tea Room. Pre-registration is required. The Inn at Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, 2:30-4:30 p.m. $18. Contact: registration@shelburnefarms.org or 985-8442.

Talk. St. Michael’s College presents Dr. Mary Louise Gill delivering the annual Plato lecture on Plato’s dialogue “Phaedrus,” whose topic is love and rhetoric. Professor Gill is a Brown University David Benedict Professor of Classics and Philosophy and author of a number of books and articles. Dion Family Center, St. Michael’s College Campus, Colchester, 4:30 p.m. Free. Information: 654-2615.

“Share The Harvest.” Approximately 70 restaurants and food markets will contribute a percentage of their food sales to benefit the Farm Share Program, which makes fresh Vermont grown produce accessible at minimal cost to limited-income individuals. Information: www.nofavt.org or 434-4122.

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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.

Line Dance Classes. Denise Brault Line Dance presents Beginner and Beginner Plus classes. No experience needed. St. Joseph School Gym, Burlington. Tuesdays evenings. Beginners’ class, 6:15-7:15 p.m. Six week session. $30 per session. Contact Denise: 658-0096.

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.