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Thursday, August 28

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: or 985-8442.

Lyric Theatre Auditions.  Lyric Theatre Company will be holding auditions for their production of the Mel Brooks musical “The Producers.” Lyric’s production will feature a cast of 34 with stage ages ranging from 18 to 60 plus. Those auditioning must register between 5:45 and 6:15 p.m. Lyric Production Supervisor Kathy Richards, Artistic Director Corey Gottfried, Music Director Carol Wheel and Choreographer Donna Antell will lead the team. Williston Central School, Williston, 5:45-10 p.m. Information:

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, August 29

Lawn-Fest.  The Center Community Church will be hosting its annual lawn and craft sale. A variety of slightly use items will be available including books, household items, jewelry, toys, puzzles, small appliances, baskets and collectables.  Homemade maple baked beans, chili, hot dogs and other baked goods will be available. This event runs through Sept. 1. Center Community Church, Waterbury, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Information: 244-8089.

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

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 August ride is fairytales.  Rain or shine.  City Hall Park, Burlington, meet at 7:30 p.m. and the ride begins at 8 p.m. Free. Information:


Saturday, August 30

The Great Donut Race.  Arts Riot presents the first annual Great Donut Bike Race. All racers will be given a map with race checkpoints, which will consist of local cafes and bakeshops.  All racers will check in at each and get stamped. At this point, racers have the option of eating up to three donuts per checkpoint. Proceeds from the race go to Local Motion.  The race begins and ends at Arts Riot.  Awards ceremony will follow the race.  Arts Riot, Burlington, 10 a.m. check-in, 11 a.m. race.  $10. Information:

Bolton Valley Benefit 5K. The 5K trail run and walk takes place on Bolton’s Nordic Trails and is a scenic run or walk who’s course primarily leads through wooded trails with moderate up and down grades. Trails will range from groomed to muddy and semi-rocky terrain. The overall winners both male and female will receive awards. All top finishers will receive awards in each age category.  This year the event will also feature a free kids fun dash, for kids ages 8 and under.  A raffle and the awards ceremony will occur immediately post race. All proceeds will be donated to Vermont Adaptive. Runners should preregister through Bolton Valley Ski Resort, Bolton, check-in at 8 a.m. and race begins at 9 a.m. $30 adults; $20 participants 18 and under. Information:

Queen City Ghostwalk: Darkness Falls. Paranormal historian Thea Lewis highlights haunted happenings throughout Burlington. Meet at the steps in City Hall Park 10 minutes before start time. Pre-registration is required. City Hall Park, Burlington, 8 p.m. $15. Tickets:

Sunday, August 31

Community Breakfast. The American Legion Post 91 will be hosting its weekly community breakfast. The menu will include a buffet of 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.

New World Festival. This 11-hour event on Labor Day Sunday, celebrates the region’s Celtic and French Canadian musical traditions brought to northern New England by English, Scottish, Irish and French-Canadian immigrants. It has earned a reputation as one of the finest traditional music events in Vermont.  Nearly 75 of the best regional and international musicians play concerts on five all-weather stages, offer workshops, and participate in dance bands, and share tunes and traditions at this family-friendly festival.  Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, 12-11 p.m. $39 adults; $12 students; children are free.  Information:


Monday, September 1

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.


Local Libraries

Brownell Library, 6 Lincoln Street, Essex Junction. Contact: 878-6956.
Essex Free Library, 2 Jericho Road, Essex. Contact: 879-0313 or

Individual Events underlined below require registration in advance. Programs are free, and space is limited for some events. Come to the library to register or register online.  Go to the calendar and find the program you want to register for. There will be a link for registration.  Each child may be registered for a maximum of 12 programs.


Friday, August 29

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.

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. No registration is required. To contact Maggie: Brownell Library, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Teen Movie: “Thor: the Dark World.” When Jane Foster is possessed by a great power, Thor must protect her from a new threat of old times: the Dark Elves. (2014, PG13, 112 min) Brownell Library, 6:30-8:22 p.m.


Fresh from the Garden, Good Food for Kids. Every Tuesday we walk up to our garden plot at Summit Street School to tend the plants, pull weeds and harvest vegetables as they ripen. We return to the library to prepare tasty dishes from the vegetables we picked in our garden. Learn food prep techniques and taste something new. For children in grades 1-5. Brownell Library, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Creative Writing Club.  Let your imagination take off with creative writing. Using prompts, games and other exercises, we’ll experiment with different techniques to create our own stories and poems. Writers can contribute to Essex Free Library’s upcoming literary journal. Ages 9 and up. Wednesdays through August. Essex Free Library, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Chess for Kids. Join teen chess lovers from our library for an hour of play.  We provide the chess sets and you provide the strategy. Continuing every Friday through Aug. 15. For all ages. If younger than 9, bring an adult. Brownell Library, 3-4 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.

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.

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. Free and open to all adults.Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Information: 878-4918 or

59th Annual Underhill Jericho Chicken BBQ. Food prepared by Bill Wetherbee’s Catering. Proceeds from the barbeque will benefit the UJFD Firefighter’s Fund. This fund provides members of UJFD and their families with emergency assistance. Browns River Middle School, Jericho, 11:30 a.m. Tickets and information are available at area stores and businesses.

Trivia Night. Trivia buffs gather for a meeting of the minds. Hotel Vermont lobby, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free. Contact: 651-5012.


Tuesday, September 2

Burlington On Burlington: The Art Scene. Arts Riot will be sponsoring Burlington on Burlington, a public discourse where Burlington community gets to talk about various facets of Burlington. Each installment focuses on a different Burlington scene. This installment is called “Making A Living.” The discourse centers around making a living as a working artist in Burlington.  Presenters speak first to get the conversation started. The evening will offer two chances for discourse. First, in a forum with the panel of presenters, and then in the ‘conversation and cocktail hour’ when all including the presenters stay and drink and talk more around the bar.  Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Information:

Beginners Line Dance Lesson.  Line dance instructor, Denise Brault will be hosting a free beginners level line dance class.  No dance experience needed.  Wear comfortable clothing and soft-soled shoes.  St. Joseph School, Burlington, 6:15-7:30 p.m. Free. Information: 658-0096 or


Wednesday, September 3

UVM ActivitiesFest.   The University of Vermont invites all students, new and returning to take advantage of complimentary food, giveaways and more while learning about student clubs and organizations. Bailey/Howe Quad on the UVM Campus, Burlington, 10 a.m. Free. Information:

Green Mountain Derby Dames Fresh Meat Practice. Vermont’s hard-hitting roller derby team, The Green Mountain Derby Dames teach beginners basic skating and derby skills. Skates, mouth guard and protective gear required.  Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 8:30-10 p.m. Free. Information:


Thursday, September 4

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. Nectars, Burlington, 7-9:30 p.m. Free. Info: 658-4771.



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. Free. 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

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.

Writers for Recovery. The Turning Point Center of Chittenden County are offering a series of free summer writing workshops focusing on stories of addiction and recovery for individuals and their families. The series aims at leading the writer to explore their experiences of addiction, recovery and family relationships in the shadow of addiction. Led by local author, Gary Miller and documentary filmmaker, Bess O’Brien, the series will engage the writer to explore their own story, while working at their own pace. Writers will have the option of including their work for display during Burlington’s Annual Celebrate Recovery Event, which will be held in September. Every workshop will begin with pizza. Workshops run on Wednesdays, through Aug. 20. The Turning Point Center of Chittenden County, Burlington, 5:30 p.m. Free. Information: or 861-3150.

Colchester Farmers’ Market. Wednesdays. The market will take place rain or shine, and will feature local farmers, artisans, food vendors, and often music. Limited parking is available at Burnham Library, with additional parking at Our Lady of Grace next door. 4-7 p.m.

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

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

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: or

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

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: 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 More info:

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: 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:

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

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.