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Thursday, January 29

College Planning: Visits and Interviews. The Essex High School Counseling office will hold a second college planning evening, which will focus on college visits and interviews. Learn how to get the most from a college visit, as well as the different types of college interviews. Included will be a panel of current seniors who will discuss their visit and interview experiences. This is great information to have prior to upcoming February and April school breaks. Essex High School Auditorium, Essex Junction, 6:30 p.m. Free. Information: 879-7121.

VSAC Financial Aid Paperwork Workshop. Vermont Student Assistance Corporation will offer a free workshop to help families fill out financial aid forms. This informal workshop will offer guidance on filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and Vermont grant forms. Students and parents can also ask questions and learn about the college financial aid process, including scholarships. Internet access will be available and space is limited. Participants should bring the following: Social Security number; most recent federal tax return; and most recent W-2 or year-end pay stub. All documentation will be confidential and used solely to fill out individual forms. Colchester High School Library, Colchester, 6:30 p.m. Free. Information: www.vsac.org/schedule.

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, January 30

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: 876-5087 or info@essexvtseniors.org.

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Saturday, January 31

20th Annual Vermont 50-Plus and Baby Boomers Expo. Vermont Maturity Magazine will be hosting this day of fun and learning for baby boomers and seniors however all ages welcome. The expo will feature more than 90 exhibitors; interactive workshops and seminars; art and wellness demos; coffee and tea tasting and more. Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center, South Burlington, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $4 in advance; $5 at the door. Information: www.vermontmaturity.com/expo or 872-9000.

Design Five Corners Workshop. The Villiage of Essex Junction will be hosting this strategic planning effort to enhance the physical quality and economic vitality of the junction’s “Village Core.” Participants will help in developing a possible scenario for future improvements with strategies to make the Five Corners area more pedestrian-friendly and reachable on foot. Essex High School, 12-3:30 p.m. Free. Contact Darby: 878-6944.

Pan-Celtic Music and Dance. Good Sheppard Church will be hosting an evening of music from Ireland, Scotland, the Highlands, Quebec and Appalachia through bagpipes, whistles, drums, fiddle, hammered dulcimer and dance. Foot tapping and lively for all ages. Good Sheppard Church, Jericho, 7-8:30 p.m. $10 adults, $8 students, free for kids 12 and under. Information: www.goodshepherdjericho.org.

Sunday, February 1

Community Breakfast. The Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars will be hosting a community breakfast. The menu will include all your breakfast favorites. Plenty of food for everyone. All are invited, both members and non-members. VFW Post 6689, Essex Junction, 9-11 a.m. Adults $7; children 10 and under $3. Information: 878-0700.

Learn to Curl Clinic. Green Mountain Curling Club in conjunction with the Bedford Ice Arena and Club in Quebec will be hosting a clinic for beginners to this popular winter sport. The session will begin with a brief off-ice introduction, followed by two hours on the ice with instructors and a mini-game. Passports required. Bedford Ice Arena and Club, Bedford, Quebec. 12:15-2:30 p.m. $35. Contact Connie: 233-0898.

Monday, February 2

Elder Education Enrichment Lecture. The Elder Education Enrichment group will be kicking off their spring lecture series with architectural historian Britta Tonn. Tonn will present a lecture entitled “1865: The Year Burlington Became a City.” Parking and handicap access available. Coffee and refreshments served before the lecture. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. Coffee 1:15 p.m., lecture 2 p.m. $5 at the door. Information: 864-3516.

CVAA Lunch. CVAA will be hosting its weekly lunch at Covenant Church. The menu will include sliced hot turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, maple acorn squash, apple cornbread stuffing and a fruit filled cookie. Milk to drink. Covenant Church, Essex Center, 12 p.m. Free, donations accepted. 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.

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, February 3

Movies at Main Street Landing: “The 39 Steps.” The Movies at Main Street Landing series present the classic 1935 Alfred Hitchcock thriller “The 39 Steps,” starring Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, and Lucie Mannheim. Main Street Landing Film House, Burlington, 7 p.m. Donations benefit local charities. Contact: 540-3018.

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Wednesday, February 4

Burlington Gap Year Fair. High school students are increasingly choosing to postpone college in favor of a Gap Year, a structured time of personal grown aided by activities of enrichment. Burlington-area high school students will have the opportunity to learn more about Gap Year options at the 2015 Burlington Gap Year Fair. The fair will highlight programs that offer students the chance to volunteer, study abroad, intern and more. South Burlington High School, South Burlington, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Contact: 652-7000.

Bridge Concert. The Essex High School Band and Chorus will present their annual Bridge Concert. All band and chorus ensembles will be featured at this evening’s concert. 8th grade students from ADL, EMS, Westford, and Island Schools are invited to participate. The band students will present a world premiere performance of “Foundations,” by Carl Holmquist, which was commissioned for these students, to perform at this event. Essex High School Auditorium, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. Free. Information: www.EssexBands.org.

Delicious to the Ear: The Inspiring Voice of Maya Angelou. Before she was a revered poet, memoirist, and activist, Maya Angelou was mute for five years as a child. In this First Wednesday event sponsored by Vermont Humanities, UVM professor Emily Bernard explains how poetry awakened Angelou’s voice, which transformed a history of trauma into inspiration and beauty. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. Free. Information: www.vermonthumanities.org/first-wednesdays-essex-junction.

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.

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Thursday, February 5

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.

Woof! Dog Communication in the Human World. Gold Star Dog Training will be hosting a fun, informative multi-media presentation intended to demystify dog communication, common dog-human misunderstandings, and explore how dogs and humans relate to each other. Memorial Hall, Essex, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Cost: $0-$15. Contact Deb: deb@goldstardog.com.

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Ongoing

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.

Premier Floor Hockey Winter Session. Premier Floor Hockey is accepting registrations for their winter floor hockey season. This is a competitive floor hockey league and participants should have previous floor hockey or ice hockey experience. The play is fast but done in a fun and safe environment. Runs through April 29. Sports and Fitness Edge, Essex. Information: www.premierfloorhockey.com or 861-2200.

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.

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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, January 29

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, 1 p.m.

Friday, January 30

Magic: The Gathering. 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, 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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Monday, February 2

Caveat Lector Creative Writing Group. Got a story in your soul? A poem in your pen? A memoir in the making? Whether you are a long-time writer or aspiring author, you are welcome at Caveat Lector (“Let the reader beware”), 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 You Are Related to Your Favorite Star by Al Boudreau. Your total existence depends upon stars. You couldn’t exist without them. Stars are the most interesting things in the universe, and since our existence literally depends upon them, we ought to get to know them. We also need to understand the future of the Sun. All that will be revealed in this talk. Brownell Library, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 4

Red Clover Group for Homeschooled Students. Each month, students in Kinderarten through third grade read two titles and do activities with one of the books on the list for this year’s Red Clover Award. Voting takes place in April. Brownell Library, 9-10 a.m.

DCF Group for Homeschooled Students. Each month, students in grades 4-8 hear book talks from this year’s DCF list. Students keep a log and vote for their favorite to win the DCF Book Award in the spring. Group discussion is encouraged. 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. This session we will discuss “Emperor Mollusk Versis the Sinister Brain,” by A. Lee Martinez and “Escape from Camp 14,” by Blaine Harden For grades 9-12. Brownell Library, 9-10 a.m.

Tutoring. Students in kindergarten through eighth grade can get help with any subjects from St. Michael’s College student volunteers. Register for a 30-minute slot. Brownell Library, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

First Wednesdays Lecture: Delicious to the Ear: The Inspiring Voice of Maya Angelou. Before she was a revered poet, memoirist, and activist, Maya Angelou was mute for five years as a child. UVM professor Emily Bernard explains how poetry awakened Angelou’s voice, which transformed a history of trauma into inspiration and beauty. Brownell Library, 7-8:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 5

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 circulation desk to schedule an appointment. Brownell Library, 9:15 a.m., 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.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, 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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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.

CVAA Tai Chi for Arthritis. Due to popular demand, CVAA will be sponsoring Tai Chi for Arthritis. Wednesday evenings. The class is offered to anyone age 50 and older. It is intended for adults who are still in the workforce. Winooski Senior Center, Winooski, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Contact Rachael: 865-0360 or rachael@cvaa.org.

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 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.

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. 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.