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Thursday, April 16

African Children’s Choir. Performed entirely by children, the African Children’s Choir is an inspirational show that blends joyful song and dance from across the African continent. Cost: $15-$36. Flynn Center, 153 Main St., Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Contact: 863-5966. More info: www.africanchildrenschoir.com

Vermont Creative Network Community Forum.   The Fletcher Free Library will host a community forum to provide information, gather ideas, and welcome participation in a new statewide initiative called the Vermont Creative Network. The Vermont Creative Network is being developed to advance the entire creative sector through increased communication and planning, advocacy and funding opportunities, and engagements with other sectors. Dinner will be served. Art activities for children ages 5 to 12. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4:30-8 p.m. Preregister: 828-3291 or by visiting the Vermont Creative Network Facebook page.

Mount Mansfield Scale Modelers Meetings. The Mount Mansfield Scale Modelers meetings are informational gatherings of scale model enthusiasts that happen on the third Thursday of each month. Builders of all areas of interest and skill level are welcome. The meetings offer an opportunity to showcase individual projects, discuss tips, offer helpful technique advice and gain inspiration. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info: 879-0765.

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Friday, April 17

Elder Education Enrichment Lecture. The Elder Education Enrichment group will be offering the next installment of its spring lecture series with the clinical supervisor of the Day One Program at University of Vermont Medical Group, William Keithcart. Keithcart will present a lecture entitled “Prevention and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders.” Parking and handicap access available. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5 at the door. Information: 864-3516.

First Baptist Church Spring Rummage Sale. Shoppers are asked to use the church’s back entrance. Sale continues April 18. First Baptist Church, Burlington. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Information: 864-6515.

Essex CHIPS 6th Annual Bargain Dress Bash. Join Essex CHIPS for refreshments, raffle prizes and the opportunity to shop through a wide selection of gently-used dresses and gowns for sale at deeply discounted prices. Dress sales support the Essex CHIPS and the Teen Center. Prices for garments range from $10 to $40. Essex CHIPS and Teen Center, Essex Junction, 3-7 p.m. Contact Tori: 878-6982.

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Saturday, April 18

Sugar On Snow Party. 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 Mystic Party Band. Palmer Sugar House, Shelburne, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Information: 985-5054 or www.palmersugarhouse.com.

“The Road Less Traveled.” Green Mountain Chorus presents its 67th Annual Show titled “The Road Less Traveled.” The show is a musical journey around the nation featuring some of favorite songs, including “Memphis Blues,” “Home on the Range” and “Shenandoah.” In addition to the main portion of the show by Green Mountain Chorus, the evening will include guest performances by UVM’s “Top Cats” and St. Michael’s “Mike Check” among others. Essex High School, Essex Junction, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Adults $20; Seniors $15; Students $5. Tickets: http://www.greenmountainchorus.com/events.html or 505-9595.

Ham Supper and Silent Auction. The Winooski United Methodist Church will be hosting a ham dinner and silent auction. The menu will include ham, roasted red potatoes, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, glazed carrots and rolls. For dessert the church will serve a choice of brownies or lemon squares. Takeout available. Reservations encouraged. Winooski United Methodist Church, Winooski, 6 p.m. Adults $10; Children $5. Contact: 343-8401.

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Sunday, April 19

Pancake Breakfast. Grace United Methodist Church will be hosting its pancake breakfast. The menu will consist of scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, coffee/tea and juice.  All are welcome. Grace United Methodist Church, Essex Junction, 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Contact Elizabeth: 878-5923.

Jewish Play Contest. Theatre Kavanah is once again partnering with the Jewish Plays Project to bring new Jewish theater to Vermont. Burlington’s Theatre Kavanah will host a live contest in which audience members will get to vote for one of three plays via text message. Play readers include local talent Ethan Bowen and Karen Lefkoe, and JPP’s David Winitsky will emcee the contest. Temple Sinai, South Burlington, 2-4 p.m. Tickets: $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Information: http://theatrekavanah.org/

 

 

Monday, April 20

CVAA Senior Lunch. CVAA will be hosting its weekly lunch at Covenant Church. The menu will include baked spaghetti and meatballs, Tuscan vegetables, Italian bread, and a butterscotch brownie for dessert. 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 its spring lecture series with Eric Davis, professor emeritus of political science at Middlebury College. Davis will present a lecture entitled “The 2016 Presidential Election: A Preview.” 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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Tuesday, April 21

Chemistry Magic Show. St. Michael’s College and the St. Michael’s Student Affiliates Chapter of the American Chemical Society will present their annual Chemistry Magic Show. Free and open to the public. Good for all ages, especially children. McCarthy Recital Hall, St. Michael’s College Main Campus, Colchester. 7-8 p.m. Contact: dheroux@smcvt.edu.

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Wednesday, April 22

CVAA Community Senior Meal. JP’s Diner and Deli, Essex Junction. Chicken and biscuits will be served. 10:30 a.m. check in; 11 a.m. lunch. $5. Contact: 865-0360.

Learn the Keys to Credit. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library invites you to participate in the statewide Money Smart Week. Learn the basics and get smart about the important and often confusing world of credit. Open to all. Pre-registration required. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6 p.m. Free. Information: 878-4918.

Understanding Social Security: A Look at the Bigger Picture.  The New England Federal Credit Union will be hosting this informative program led by Jonathan Whitehouse, CFS Financial Consultant. The seminar will discuss key facts about the Social Security Retirement program including: how benefits are calculated; full retirement age and choosing the right time to file; receiving benefits while working; provisional income and tax implications and more. Seating is limited, registration is encouraged. New England Federal Credit Union, Williston, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Register: 879-8790 or nefcu.com.

Jazz Vocal Ensemble and Jazz Combo Concert. The UVM Jazz Vocal Ensemble and the Tuesday Combo, under the direction of Amber deLaurentis and Tom Cleary, present ‘Earth/Bird’, an Earth Day-themed concert with songs honoring trees, stars and everything in between. Featuring the music of Jim Scott, Burton Lane, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Luiz Bonfa, Allen Toussaint and Charlie Parker. Free and open to the public. University of Vermont Music Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30-9 p.m. Information: 656-7776.

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Thursday, April 23

Latin Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Guitar Ensemble Concert. Under the direction of Ray Vega, the UVM Latin Jazz Ensemble will present a program including works by Oliver Nelson, Michel Camilo, and Mongo Santamaria, among others. The UVM Jazz Guitar Ensemble, under the direction of Joe Capps, will present a program of great music by Duke Ellington, Frank Zappa, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Joe Zawinul and Miles Davis. Free and open to the public. University of Vermont Southwick Ballroom Room 301, Burlington 7:30 p.m. For information contact Kelly: 656-7776.

 

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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, April 17

Axis and Allies: War at Sea. Play a World War II game of strategy using battleships, air fleets, and submarines to decide the fate of the world. For teens. Brownell Library, 3:30-5 p.m.

TAB Volunteering. TAB members and friends are volunteering to help at Essex Eats Out, St. James Episcopal Church in Essex Junction. Meet at the church. Let the Youth Desk know you are planning to help. Brownell Library, 5-8 p.m.

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.

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Saturday, April 18

Manga Club Meeting. Get to know other members, share your favorite manga series, and tell Japanese legends. Explore this awesome Japanese style of art and writing. Grades 6 and up. Brownell Library, 3-4 p.m.

Monday, April 20

Vacation Movie. Free popcorn and drinks. Brownell Library, 2-3:20 p.m.

Friends of Brownell Library Meeting. Brownell Library, 7-8:30 p.m.

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Tuesday, April 21

Digital Literacy for Seniors: Skype and FaceTime. 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 video conferencing including Skype and FaceTime. Essex Free Library, 1 p.m.

Lego Fun. Participate in fun and friendly building with LEGOs. For kids entering kindergarten and up. Kids under 5 are welcome to participate with parental supervision. Brownell Library, 2-4 p.m.

A Celebration of the Written Word. EFL is hosting a night of author readings. Read aloud from your work for up to 10 minutes. Registration is required. Call the library 879-0313 for more information and to register. Essex Free Library, 6 p.m.

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Wednesday, April 22

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.

Local Author Night with Grant Corson, Ted Tedford and Justine O’Keefe. Join Grant Corson, Ted Tedford and Justine O’Keefe as they discuss their books. Grant Corson will present on his book “Weed Road Chronicles”, short stories portraying life in rural Essex, VT. Ted Tedford will speak about his book “Incident at St. Albans”, a fictionalized history of the Civil War raid in St. Albans raid portraying the life and escapades of their leader. Justine O’Keefe will discuss her historical novel “Scattered Pages”, based on her grandmother’s childhood. The authors will take questions and sign their books. Brownell Library, 7-8:30 p.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.

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.

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

Champlain Valley Prostate Cancer Support Group. Dr. Scott D. Perrapato, DO, 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 five 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 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 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.