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Thursday, May 28

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. 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. Nectar’s, Burlington, 7-9:30 p.m. Free. Info: 658-4771.

Friday, May 29

Ballroom and Latin Dancing: Bolero. Samir Elabd leads choreographed steps for singles and couples. No partner or experience required. Jazzercise Studio, Williston, Introductory lesson: 7-8 p.m. Dance: 8-9:30 p.m. $14 per person. Information: http://ballroomnights.com/694.html

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Saturday, May 30

Child Car Seat Check. Beginnings: A Center for Childbirth and Parenting Education is sponsoring a free child car seat check at Timber Lane Pediatrics. VT Department of Health’s Child Passenger Safety Program certified technicians will be on hand to perform the seat checks. No registration necessary. Timber Lane Pediatrics, South Burlington, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Information: 658-5959 or info@beginningschildbirth.com

Green Mountain Bicycle Club Introductory Ride. The Green Mountain Bicycle Club will be hosting an introductory group ride.  Experienced riders will explain the rules of the road and teach novice cyclists how to ride safely in a group. There will be at least two ride leaders who will teach group dynamics, including signaling and passing, as well as learning to respect cars.  The pace will be determined by the ability of new riders. Rides are between 12 and 20 miles long.  Cyclists must wear helmets and have bikes in good working condition.  Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Wheeler log at Veterans Memorial Park, South Burlington, 10 a.m.  Information: hviolachu@gmail.com

Italian Vernacular Residential Architecture. The Vermont Italian Club presents landscape designer Thea Alvin. Alvin will present a slideshow on the restoration of homes in northern and southern Italy. Alvin is an expert on alpine and trulli roof systems. Local architect Mac Rood, an Italian speaker, will be a co-leader of this program. South Burlington Community Library, South Burlington, 11 a.m. Free. Information: vermontitalianclub@gmail.com.

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Sunday, May 31

Community Breakfast. Island Boy Scout Troop 617 will be hosting a community breakfast to support their trek to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. Start the day with a hearty breakfast featuring Ma Blow’s doughnuts, Mackenzie maple sausage and maple cured ham, eggs, pancakes, coffee, orange juice and more. St Rose of Lime Church, South Hero, 7:30-11:30 a.m. Donations accepted. Information: 372-6608.

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Monday, June 1

South Burlington Vet Center Book Group. This program presented by the South Burlington Veterans Center and Vermont Humanities will provide an opportunity for combat theater veterans to connect with other veterans, build relationships, read insightful materials and share experiences. Participants receive free copies of all readings, and a light dinner will be provided at each session. The group will be led by Michael Heaney, retired history professor and Vietnam veteran, and Marie Milord, a counselor at the Vet Center. The group will meet every other Monday through July 27. Pre-registration is required. South Burlington Veterans Center, South Burlington, 5-6:30 p.m. Information: 862-1806.

Build Your Own Rain Barrel Workshop. The Friends of the Winooski River are holding a “build your own” rain barrel workshop at the Monitor Barn in Richmond. Rain barrels capture water that runs off your roof and into the nearest storm drain. Capturing the water to reuse on lawns, trees, shrubs and flowerbeds reduces pollution. There will be a demonstration along with a discussion about other ways you can control storm water on your property. Advanced registration by May 28 is required to build a barrel. All materials and tools will be provided. Monitor Barn, Richmond, 6 p.m. Register: 882-8276 or info@winooskiriver.org 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, June 2

Vermont Philosophical Society Meeting.  Inspired by artist Frank Gonzalez, Nick Ruderman has formed a philosophy group in Burlington. Similar to a university seminar, a guest lecturer will speak on a subject of philosophy followed by some discussion. Forthcoming speakers may discuss ecology, Buddhism, Islamic philosophy, economics, jurisprudence and history.  Discussion shall be directed according to the tenets of Dewey’s version of pragmatism: fallibilism, naturalism and pluralism. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Information: 865-7211.

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Wednesday, June 3

Movie Screening. The Hicks Foundation will be hosting the regional premiere of “Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic.” Narrated by Vanessa Williams, the film reveals how dangerous the HPV virus can be, potentially causing six different types of cancers in both men and women. The film follows five women afflicted by HPV and cervical cancer as well as interviews with the world’s top experts. Davis Auditorium, UVM Medical Center, Burlington, 5:30-8:00 p.m. Free and open to the public Information: visit www.freepap.org

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Thursday, June 4

Community Soup and Bread Supper. The Covenant Community Church will be hosting its monthly soup and bread supper. Eat in or takeout 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.

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.

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. Nectar’s, Burlington, 7-9:30 p.m. Free. Info: 658-4771.

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Ongoing

Five Corners Farmers’ Market. The market features local farmers, artisans, food vendors and entertainment. 3SquaresVT (EBT) cards and debit cards accepted at the market manager’s table to buy market tokens. Through October 2. Fridays from 3:30-7 p.m. on Lincoln Street in Essex Junction. More info: http://5cornersfarmersmarket.com.

Interstitial Cystitis Support Group. Interstitial cystitis (IC) is recurring pelvic pain, pressure or discomfort in the bladder and pelvic region, and urinary frequency/urgency. This is often misdiagnosed and mistreated as a chronic bladder infection. If you have been diagnosed or have these symptoms, you are not alone. We are building a Vermont-based support group and welcome you to email bladderpainvt@gmail.com or call (802) 899-4151 for more information.

Seed Sharing. A seed-sharing table has been set up at the Brownell Library for leftover and/or unused flower and vegetable seeds from last year or this year. Full or partial seed packets and home saved seeds are all welcome. This is a chance to share excess seeds with your neighbors. Bring your labeled seeds to the desk at the library through June 6. Brownell Library, Essex Junction. During normal library hours. Information: 343-4738.

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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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Friday, May 29

Planting the Late Spring Crop. Join us in planting our Brownell Library Vegetable Garden. Meet at Summit St. School Garden to plant beans, tomatoes, cucumbers & more. Bring garden tools if you have them – rakes, hoes, or cultivators. For kids & adults, both experienced and new gardeners. Call 878-6956 to sign up, or email mary@brownelllibrary.org. Brownell Library, 3-4:30pm

Magic: The Gathering. 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, spells you know and creatures you can summon to fight for you. Beginners welcome. 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: 6maggie2@myfairpoint.net. Brownell Library, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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Saturday, May 30

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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Monday, June 1

Caveat Lector Creative Writing Group. Whether you are a long-time writer or aspiring author, you are welcome at Caveat, a supportive peer writing group that will encourage your literary endeavors and help your writing improve. Brownell Library, 7-8:30 p.m.

Vermont Astronomical Society: How We First Got Interested in Astronomy. This night, everyone may share stories of how they became interested in the night sky. Some of us cannot remember a time we were not interested, not because we are too old to remember, but because we were too young to remember. Some became interested when they observed a celestial event as a kid. Brownell Library, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 2

Brownell Library Closed for Village Function, 3-5 p.m.

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 and Wednesdays, 12-1 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.

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 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. 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.

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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Champlain Valley Prostate Cancer Support Group. Dr. Scott D. Perrapato will answer questions about prostate cancer surgical procedures. Plus, general discussion and sharing among survivors and those beginning or rejoining the battle. Second Tuesday of each month. Hope Lodge, 237 East Ave, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Contact: 274-4990.

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 St., 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 5 years. Memorial Hall, Essex, 9:30-11 a.m. Contact Lauren: 878-6715.

VCAM Access Orientation. Free. Vermont Community Access Media, 208 Flynn Ave. 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.

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 $1 per 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 getting 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 served. 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.