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Thursday, March 26

Gallery Talk. Frog Hollow announces a gallery talk by Douglas Brooks who’s research is featured in their current exhibit “Trapping Boats of Lake Champlain.” The exhibit and talk are the culmination of several years of research into the craft of boatbuilding by Lake Champlain trappers from the 1940’s through the 1980’s. Douglas will talk about his research with Hannaford Career Center and Middlebury College students to identify local trapping boats in Addison County and Essex County, N.Y., documenting them through interviews, measurements, and photographs. Frog Hollow, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Information: www.froghollow.org.

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.

Film Screening. The Burlington Film Society and the Vermont International Film Foundation will be hosting the area premiere of the Academy Award nominated French-Mauritanian film “Timbuktu.” The film follows a cattle herder and his family that lives in Timbuktu and has their quiet live abruptly disturbed. Following the film screening, there will be discussion lead by Laurence Clerfeuille, board member of Alliance Française and professor of French at St. Michael’s College. The Main Street Landing Film House, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free to VTIFF members; $8 general admission; $5 students.

Godspell. Rice Memorial High School will be performing the Stephen Schwartz musical “Godspell.” The show tells a series of parables based on the Gospel of Matthew and using modern music set to lyrics from traditional hymns. Runs through March 29. Burlington Black Box Theater, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Tickets: $15 adults; $10 students and children. Information: 862-6521.

Friday, March 27

Elder Education Enrichment Lecture. The Elder Education Enrichment group will be offering the next installment of their spring lecture series with the Director of Pediatric New American Clinic at the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital, Dr. Andrea Green. Green will present a lecture entitled “Pediatric Refugee Health Care in Vermont.” Parking and handicap access available. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5 at the door. Information: 864-3516.

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Saturday, March 28

Village Streetlight Count. Essex Energy Committee invites residents and friends to survey existing streetlights in the Village, a first step to swapping out the old and updating with energy-efficient L.E.D. lights. Begin at Brownell Library’s Kolvoord Room. Maps, directions, and refreshments provided. Bring a clipboard and wear walking shoes. Arrive promptly. Contact Darby: 878-6944.

Sugar On Snow Party. The Palmer’s Sugarhouse will be hosting a sugar on snow party. Maple demonstrations, maple goodies including traditional sugar on snow, petting zoo, trails and horse rides with views of the Adirondacks, live music and more. Handicap accessible and plenty of parking and seating. Musical entertainment by the Spencer Lewis. Palmer Sugar House, Shelburne, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Information: 985-5054 or www.palmersugarhouse.com.

Greek Pastry Sale and Take-out Dinner. The Greek Orthodox Church in Burlington will be hosting a pastry sale and take-out dinner. A wide variety of Greek pastries and spinach pies will be sold. Chicken souvlaki, beef gyro and falafel available for dinner. Greek Orthodox Church, Burlington, Sale 10 a.m. and dinner begins at 11 a.m. Information: 862-2155.

Essex Egg And Scavenger Hunt. This annual event is co-produced by Essex Junction Recreation and Parks and Essex Parks and Recreation. Bring a basket or bag to search for and collect eggs and other treats. Dress appropriately for the weather. Note there is a 10-egg limit per child. For children preschool to grade 4 age. Please help in providing food to the local food pantry and bring a non-perishable food item. Maple Street Park, Essex Junction, 10 a.m. Information: 878-1375.

Congo Fest! St. Michael’s College invites everyone to celebrate the culture of the Democratic Republic of Congo with music, drumming, food, speakers, artworks and dancing. Meet members of the Burlington Congolese community. Free and open to the public. Alliot Hall, St. Michael’s College Campus, 3-5 p.m. Free. Information: 654-2795.

Benefit Hockey Game. The 12th Annual VT National Guard Defenders vs. VT Law Enforcers Benefit Hockey Game will be held the Essex High School Skating Facility. Proceeds from the event go to assist Vermont Guard families through the Vermont National Guard Charitable Foundation. Family fun featuring games for the kids, Champ from the Vermont Lake Monsters, the VT National Guard Mascot, GI Johnny, and one of the Vermont State Police Canine Teams. Door prizes and raffles will be drawn. Essex High School Skating Facility, Essex Junction. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the game begins at 6 p.m. Tickets: $5. Information: 338-3452.

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Sunday, March 29

Village University: Friends of the Winooski River. The Village University is a project of the Community Center in Jericho, whose purpose of the events is to foster thoughtful discussion, provide information and bring community members together to shape our collective future. During this session, the Friends of the Winooski River will be presenting on what you can do to reduce runoff, including building a rain barrel. The group works to raise awareness of pollution in the Winooski River. Jericho Community Center, Jericho Center, 2-4 p.m. Free. Information: 899-2366.

“Dimanches.” The Fletcher Free Library presents it’s French-English conversation group where French speakers of all levels gather to practice the language while in a casual, social setting. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Contact Barbara: 865-7211.

Balkan Folk Dancing. Taught by Louise Brill. Easier line and circle dances are taught the first hour, followed by intermediate dances, reviews and open request dancing. Beginners are welcome and no partner required. Wear informal, comfortable clothing. Plenty of parking. Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, 3-6 p.m. $6 recommended donation. Contact Louise: 540-1020 or dance@together.net.

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Monday, March 30

CVAA Senior Lunch. CVAA will be hosting its weekly lunch at Covenant Church. The menu will include Salisbury steak, potatoes with parsley, hot winter vegetables, corn bread and apple crisp. Milk to drink. Covenant Church, Essex Center, 12 p.m. Free, donations accepted. Information: 865-0360.

Elder Education Enrichment Lecture. The Elder Education Enrichment group will be offering the next installment of their spring lecture series with Architectural Historian, Britta Tonn. Tonn will present a lecture entitled “South Willard Street: A Look at the History and Architecture of Burlington’s Gilded Age.” Parking and handicap access available. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5 at the door. Information: 864-3516.

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, March 31

Movies at Main Street Landing: “The Searchers.” The Movies at Main Street Landing series present the 1956 John Ford directed Western classic “The Searchers,” starring a cast including John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles and Natalie Wood. Main Street Landing Film House, Burlington, 7 p.m. Donations benefit local charities. Contact: 540-3018.

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Wednesday, April 1

Seated Yoga. Led by dedicated volunteers, this free exercise class is open to all seniors Seated yoga is a gentle form of exercise, designed to increase flexibility and balance and help reduce stress. Essex Junction Senior Center, Essex Junction, 10-11 a.m. Free. Contact Lou Ann: 876-5087.

German-English Conversation Group. Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Meet others in the community who do. Join the group and practice foreign language conversation. Fluency not required nor is attendance at every meeting. Fletcher Free Library, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Contact Barbara: 865-7211.

Thursday, April 2

Community Soup and Bread Supper. The Covenant Community Church will be hosting its monthly soup and bread super. 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 Pastor Peter: 879-4313.

First Thursday Music in the Loft with Maryse Smith. The Shelburne Vineyards presents the next installment in their monthly Music in the Loft series with local singer/songwriter Maryse Smith. The vineyard will have wines for sale by the glass and light supper fare available from Southern Smoke BBQ. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit Food for Farmers. Shelburne Vineyard, Shelburne, 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. Information: www.shelburnevineyard.com

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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, March 26

Digital Literacy for Seniors: Listen Up Vermont. The Essex Free Library will be hosting a series of informative programs to help local senior citizens develop new computer skills. This week seniors will learn the basics of using Listen Up Vermont, the downloadable audio book program provided by the member libraries of the Green Mountain Library Consortium. Essex Free Library, 6-7:30 p.m.

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Friday, March 27

TAB. Learn how to draw with Haley. And welcome spring with an eye towards summer planning. Brownell Library, 3-4:30 p.m.

Dungeons and Dragons. Embark upon imaginary adventures. Our Dungeon Master serves as the game’s referee and storyteller. Grades 6 and up. Brownell Library, 6-8:30 p.m.

Teen Movie. Free popcorn and drinks. Brownell Library, 6:30-8:16 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. Brownell Library, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Contact Maggie: 6maggie2@myfairpoint.net.

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Saturday, March 28

Meet and Greet with Brownell Library Trustees. Do you have questions regarding the Brownell Library budget, or any question regarding the library? Several of the Brownell Library Trustees will be available to answer your questions by the fireplace in the library. Brownell Library, 1:30-3 p.m.

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

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Tuesday, March 31

Knitting for Kids. Knit a hat or flower brooch with our looms. You can check them out and take them home to finish. We have yarn, or bring your own favorite colors. For all skill levels. Brownell Library, 3-4:30 p.m.

Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Group. Come and discuss “Zebra Forest, by Adina Rishe Gewirtz. Trivia will be played and pizza will be served. Brownell Library, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, April 1

Red Clover Group for Homeschooled Students Voting Day. Students in grades K-3 read and do activities with the last two titles on the list for this year’s Red Clover Award. Today, they vote for their favorite to win. Book prizes for students. Brownell Library, 9-10 a.m.

DCF Group for Homeschooled Students Voting Day. Students in grades 4-8 heard many book talks from this year’s DCF list. Students kept a log of books they read, and today they vote for their favorite to win the DCF Book Award. Book prizes for participants. Brownell Library, 9-10 a.m.

GMBA Book Discussion for Homeschooled Students. New this year, High School students who home-school will gather monthly to discuss the books on the Green Mountain Book Award list. For grades 9-12. Brownell Library, 9-10 a.m.

Tutoring. Students from St. Michael’s College are here to help students with any subjects. Contact the youth desk at 878-6956. Brownell Library, 3:30-5 p.m.

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Thursday, April 2

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. Brownell Library, 9:15 a.m., 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

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Ongoing

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. No reservations needed. First come, first helped. Brownell Library, Mondays, 6-7 p.m. and Wednesdays, 1-2 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. Snacks will be provided. Essex Free Library, 3:30-5 p.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.

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.

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. Wednesdays, 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.

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

Read to Zyla. Thursdays. Zyla is a trained therapy dog that loves books. Sign up for a 15-minute time slot to read your favorite books to her. For ages 4-10. Essex Free Library, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

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.

Minecraft Club. Fridays. Come show off your world building and survival skills on our XBox 360. Play and discuss with fellow “minecrafters.” Snacks will be provided. Essex Free Library, 3-5 p.m.

Rock, Roll and Read 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.

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Ongoing

CVAA’s Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention. Tuesdays and Thursdays. CVAA will be offering this program to help senior citizens stretch and bend without injury, pain or fear of falling. The program is a joint safe activity proven to reduce arthritic pain, increase both lower and upper body strength and improve balance and agility. Call soon as class size is limited and programs fill quickly. Classes are offered at no charge and are open to anyone 50+. Beginner classes begin March 17 and continue through May 7. Covenant Church, Essex, 10-11 a.m. each day. Contact Rachael: 865-0360, x1046 or Rachael@cvaa.org.

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.

Duplicate Bridge. Wednesdays. Essex Junction Senior Center, Essex, 1 p.m. Information: 876-5087.

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.

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 $1per 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.

Jazzercise Lite for 50 Plus. A fun, easy dance and fitness class that combines dance, yoga, pilates and strength training for all levels of fitness with instructor Kit Sayers. 10-visit punch pass can be purchased at Essex Junction Senior Center. Essex Junction Senior Center, Essex Junction. Tuesdays 8-9 a.m. and Thursdays 11 a.m.-12 p.m. $30 members, $35 non-members. Contact Lou Ann: 876-5087.

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.

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.

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.

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, 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.

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 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. Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 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.