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Thursday, October 30

Heavenly Food Pantry.The Heavenly Food Pantry will be open to all residents of Essex, Essex Center and Westford. First Congregational Church of Essex Junction, Essex Junction, 2-6 p.m. Free. Information: 878-5745.

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.

Friday, October 31

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

Haunted Castle. The Regal Gym will be hosting the Haunted Castle; a spooky stroll takes the brave through a laboratory, a meat market, a graveyard and more. Proceeds from the event benefit the Regal Gymnastics Equipment Fund. Regal Gymnastics, Essex, 6-11 p.m. $10 adults; $5 children 10 and under. Information:


Saturday, November 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. Winooski Senior Center, Winooski, 8:30 a.m. $15 AARP Members; $20 non-members. Reservations: 655-6425.

Holiday Bazaar. Crafts, Christmas ornaments, hand-sewn and knitted articles, baked goods, candy, plants and “white elephant.” Lunch available. Looking for knitting project? Information available on Knit for Kids project. Essex United Methodist Church, Essex Center, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Information: 878-8304.

Christmas Bazaar. The Saint Pius X Church will hold their annual Christmas Bazaar. Bring the entire family to enjoy crafters, Sugarplum Bakery, Treasures From The Attic, Christmas café, raffles and more. St. Pius X Church, Essex, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Contact Deb: 878-5113.

Williston Central School Fall Craft Show. Williston Central School will be hosting its annual fall craft show. Over 100 crafters and other vendors. Hot lunch available for purchase. Free parking. Williston Central School, Williston, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. Information: 871-6063.

Essex Rescue Open House. Essex Rescue will be hosting a community open house. Visit their headquarters for refreshments, tours of the facility and more. The event will include free classes on compression-only CPR, car seat safety checks, blood pressure screenings and more. Children can explore ambulances, fire trucks and police cars. Refreshments including pancakes, popcorn, snacks and beverages. Essex Rescue, Essex Junction. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Information: 878-4859, x 28.

The Hatch Presents: Storytellers On A Mission. Storytellers from “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me,” “The Moth,” and more tell hilarious tales to raise money for Vermont Parks Forever, the new foundation to support Vermont State Parks. Hosted by Tom Bodett. Flynn Theater, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $28.75-$70.50. Information: 863-5966 or

Sunday, November 2

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.

All Saints Day Service.The Malletts Bay Congregational Church will be holding it’s All Saints Day service.During this special service of worship people are invited to light candles in memory of family and friends who have passed away. All are invited. Malletts Bay Congregational Church, Colchester, 9:30-10:45 a.m. Information: 338-2756.

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.

VNA Memorial Service. The VNA’s End-of-Life Care Services will be holding their annual time of remembrance and opportunity for those within the community to remember their loved ones, while remembering those served by the VNA’s Hospice and Palliative Care programs. The service is open to the entire community and includes a program filled with music and meaningful readings. Attendees will have the opportunity to light a candle in memory of a loved one. A reception will follow the service. First Unitarian Universalist Church, Burlington, 3 p.m. Contact Ally: 860-4410 or


Monday, November 3

CVAA Lunch. CVAA will be hosting its weekly lunch at Covenant Church. The menu will include chicken parmesan, egg noodles, creamed spinach, wheat rolls, and ambrosia. 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

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

Tuesday, November 4

Read to a Dog. The Dorothy Alling Memorial Library invites children to bring a book and read to Oli the Samoyed, a therapy dog registered with Therapy Dogs of Vermont. All ages. Pre-register for a one-one-one reading session. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Register: 878-4918.

Wednesday, November 5

A History of 19th Century Photography. Vermont artist Robert Waldo Brunelle, Jr., will present a brief history of 19th century photography, from its invention by Daguerre through the Brownie Box Camera of the 1920’s.Examples of several types of 19th century photography will be on display. We will learn how to tell the difference between daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, glass plate negatives, paper photos, and magic lantern slides. Milton Historical Museum, Milton, 7 p.m. Free. Contact Allison: 363-2598 or


Local Libraries

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

Friday, October 31

Halloween Face Painting. Get ready for trick-or-treating. Come have your face painted by teen volunteers. We’ll match the design to your costume. All ages. Brownell Library, 3:15-4:15 p.m.

Teen Halloween Movie: “Ghostbusters.” (PG) Drinks and marshmallows. Brownell Library, 5-7 p.m.


Saturday, November 1

Cozy Nook Craft Fair and Bake Sale. See what local crafters have for sale at the Friends of the Library’s annual craft fair. Proceeds benefit the Essex Free Library Summer Reading Program. Essex Free Library, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.


Monday, November 3

Vermont Astronomical Society: Favorite Astronomical Objects. Several VAS members will bring and discuss some of their favorite astronomical objects to view and photograph, including: M22, a Globular Cluster; Veil Nebula, a Super Nova Remnant; and Jupiter with its moon Callisto. Brownell Library, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 5

Red Clover Group for Homeschooled Students. Each month, students in grades K-3 read two titles and do activities with one of the on the list for this year’s Red Clover Award. 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.

First Wednesday Lecture: The Marshall Plan Revisited. Mark A. Stoler, editor of George Marshall’s papers and UVM professor emeritus, examines the Marshall Plan of the late 1940s and early 1950s, considered one of the most successful programs in the history of American foreign relations. Brownell Library, 7-8:30 p.m.


Thursday, November 6

Noontime Book Discussion. Come discuss “Growing Up,” by Russell Baker. Our noontime book discussion meets every first Thursday of the month. Essex Free Library, 12-1 p.m.

Fall Stories. Storyteller Linda Costello shares her favorite fall tales in the oral storytelling tradition. For grades 1 and up. Brownell Library, 3:30-4 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 for Ages 9 Plus. Wednesdays. Let your imagination soar as you write your own stories and poems using prompts, games and other writing exercises. Essex Free Library, 3:30-4:30p.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.

First Wednesday: The Marshall Plan Revisited. The Vermont Humanities Council presents Mark A. Stoler, editor of George Marshall’s papers and UVM professor emeritus. Stoler examines the Marshall Plan of the late 1940s and early 1950s, considered one of the most successful programs in the history of American foreign relations. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. Free. Information: 878-6955.

Thursday, November 6

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.

Career and College Search Process Meeting. The Essex High School will be holding an informational session for juniors and parents on the career and college search process. This session will cover important information for students as they begin considering career and school choices. A local college admission counselor will discuss what colleges are looking for in applicants. In the second half of the program, participants will choose from a menu of workshops based on their interests and needs. Essex High School, Essex Junction, 6:30 p.m. Free. Information: 879-5515.

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.



CVAA Tai Chi for Arthritis. Due to popular demand, CVAA will be sponsoring Tai Chi for Arthritis. Wednesday evenings, beginning Oct. 29. 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

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

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.

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: 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.