THURSDAY-SUNDAY, MAY 20-23
A plant sale to benefit the Dismas House (directly behind Price Chopper) in Burlington will be held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 878-9852.
FRIDAY, MAY 21
OPEN GOVERNMENT REGISTRATION DEADLINE
Registration deadline at 5 p.m. for “Access Across America,” a workshop designed to try to improve transparency throughout state government by helping interested Vermonters obtain access to public records and meetings. The workshop is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 28 at the Capitol Plaza on State Street in Montpelier. $20, includes lunch. 654-2442 or [email protected]
SATURDAY, MAY 22
Celebrate Bird Day with Audubon Vermont and the Birds of Vermont Museum, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Birds of Vermont Museum in Huntington. Free. 434-2167.
EveryWoman Ministries will host a one-day conference featuring Sheila Walsh, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at North Avenue Alliance Church in Burlington. Walsh will present a message drawn from her new book, “Beautiful Things Happen When a Woman Trusts God.” $28. www.essexalliance.org/women.
The Friends of the UVM Horticulture Farm and the Burlington Garden club present Bloom-Time Festival, with a plant sale and silent auction, at the University of Vermont Horticultural Research Center in South Burlington. View extensive collections of plants in bloom, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. www.friendsofthehortfarm.org or 864-3073.
WILLISTON HISTORICAL SLIDE SHOW
Williston Historical Society presents a historical slide show by Richard Allen at the Old Brick Church in Williston Village at 1:30 p.m., followed by a walking tour of North Williston. 878-3853.
LASAGNA DINNER FUND-RAISER
Lasagna dinner served at 5 p.m. at Green Mountain Masonic Lodge in Williston to support Lucy’s House for the Prevention of Homeless Pets, a pet food shelf. www.lucyshouseforthepreventionofhomelesspets.com.
SUNDAY, MAY 23
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will sponsor its “Walk to Cure Diabetes,” held at Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg. Registration at 8:30 a.m.; the 3K walk begins at 10 a.m. rain or shine. www.jdrf.org or 866-268-0832.
MONDAY, MAY 24
Vincent Feeney, University of Vermont history professor and author of “Finnigans, Slaters, and Stonepeggers: A History of the Irish in Vermont” will speak at Burnham Library at 6:30 p.m. 879-7576.
TUESDAY, MAY 25
The Stern Center presents “ADHD, is it us or is it them?” at Shelburne Farms Coach Barn, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. An artisan cheese and cash wine bar will be available for attendees. Tickets $25 each, proceeds benefit Stern Center scholarships. 878-2332 [email protected]
WEDNESDAY, MAY 26
CHITTENDEN FAMILIES TOGETHER
Chittenden Families Together, which focuses on concerns of families who have high school youth and adults with developmental disabilities, will meet at Vermont Family Network Conference Room in Williston, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Dr. Barbara Frankowski will discuss transition in health care from pediatric practices to the adult care system. 876-5315.
CVU 1965 CLASS REUNION
The graduating class of 1965 from Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg is planning a 45th Class Reunion on July 17 from 2 p.m. until whenever. For more information or to help locate classmates, go to classmates.com or 482-3684.
CLAY TARGET SHOOTING CLINIC
The North Country Sportsman’s Club in Williston will hold a Clay target shooting clinic for new shooters, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. each Sunday through September. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent, grandparent or guardian. $20. The North Country Sportsman’s Club is located on Gun Club Road, just off Old Creamery Road. 876-7004 or [email protected] www.shootncsc.com.
WILLISTON FARMERS’ MARKET
The Williston Farmers’ Market will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday from June 5 to Oct. 2, on the Village Green next to Dorothy Alling Memorial Library. 735-3860 or www.willistonfarmersmarket.com.
To train for the annual Run For Empowerment, which benefits Women Helping Battered Women, a running clinic will meet each Wednesday, rain or shine, in front of ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center at the waterfront in Burlington, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. $5 per session. 658-3131 x1076.
DRAGON BOAT REGISTRATION
The annual Citizens Bank Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival and Races will be held Aug. 8, at Waterfront Park in Burlington. Team registration opens May 3 with the launch of a new Festival Web site. Get 20 of your co-workers, friends and family together and form a team. No paddling experience necessary. www.ridethedragon.org.
SCHIP GRANT APPLICATION
Shelburne Charlotte Hinesburg Interfaith Projects has new grant application. Forms available at SCHIP’s Treasure Resale Shop in Shelburne or at [email protected] Application deadline May 30.
HOST FAMILY NEEDED
A 16-year-old girl from Germany, who will be attending a local high school this fall, needs a host family for the academic year. If interested, contact Nana Boffa 425-2630 or [email protected] www.pax.org.
WINOOSKI RIVER SOJOURN
Sign up now for the annual Winooski River Sojourn, a six-day paddling trip down the Winooski River, June 22-27. Participants can join for one day or all six. www.winooskiriver.org.
HOST A FRESH AIR CHILD
Sign up now to volunteer with The Fresh Air Fund’s local committee or apply to become a host family for New York City children this summer. 951-5928 or www.freshair.org.
4-H BIKING BONANZA
Learn bike safety, maintenance, and riding skills for roads and trails as part of a 4-H Biking program. May 22, June 19 and July 24, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the University of Vermont Campus Extension Office in Burlington. Participate in a group ride on Aug. 14. $20, open to youth age 8 to 18. [email protected]
AIR FORCE ASSOCIATION
Green Mountain Chapter of the Air Force Association is looking for new members. The mission of the AFA is to educate about, advocate for and support the U.S. Air Force. Monthly lunch meetings held at noon on the second Thursday of each month, at the Elk’s Club on North Avenue in Burlington. 868-9034.
RED SOX RAFFLE
Purchase raffle tickets for $50 each to win a trip for four to Fenway Park on June 19, on a private charter from Burlington on Heritage Flight, to see the Red Sox take on the Los Angeles Dodgers. The proceeds benefit the statewide musical and educational programs of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. Drawing on June 9, live on AM-1230 WJOY and FM-98.9 WOKO. www.vso.org or 800-876-9293 x25.
Ripple Youth Group Programs will meet the first and third Tuesdays every month, 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. at RIPPLE in South Burlington, for youth in grades six through 12. 881-3768.
MUSIC DAY CAMPS
The Vermont Youth Orchestra Association is accepting applications for Music Day Camp, held June 28 – July 2. Camp sessions held daily from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael’s College. www.vyo.org.
BUSINESS GRANTS AVAILABLE
Business Grants from USDA Rural Development are available for energy efficiency and renewable energy systems. Businesses interested in learning more about the program can contact USDA Rural Development in Montpelier, 828-6031.
‘PEACE FOR VETERANS’
“Peace for Veterans” is a program in Chittenden County that provides free therapeutic massage to returning soldiers. Massage therapists in the area have teamed up to offer 30-minute treatments twice a month. Veterans receiving the treatments have the option of purchasing a longer session, and the first half hour will be free. [email protected]
Vermont Adult Learning offers GED preparation, reading, writing and math instruction, classes for English language learners and GED testing for 16-year-olds and older if eligible. 846-7245 x100 or www.vtadultlearning.org.
WEEKLY CLASS OFFERINGS
Essex Parks and Recreation has a variety of weekly programs open to the public. Contact essexparksandrec.org or 878-1342 for subjects and times of classes.
DRIVERS NEEDED FOR CANCER PATIENTS
The American Cancer Society seeks volunteers to drive cancer patients to their treatment appointments. Volunteer drivers receive simple training and are asked to volunteer at least one hour, or one day, per month. 872-6308 or [email protected]
BECOME A MENTOR
Mobius, the Mentoring Movement, is a local non-profit that acts as an umbrella organization for 16 mentoring programs in Chittenden County. Mobius will work with volunteers to find a mentoring program that fits their schedule and interests. 658-1888 or [email protected]
4-H is a youth program that focuses on life skills via experiential learning. Green Mountain 4-H of Williston accepts boys and girls age 6 and older and will have three project groups this year: Archery, Leisure Arts and Sewing. Groups meet on Saturday mornings during the school year. Judy Roy 879-6212.
The Fletcher Free Library in Burlington presents conversation groups in French, Spanish, Russian, German and English. Join members of the community for fun and conversation. Fluency not required. 865-7211 for days and times. ESL classes for English language learners meet Wednesdays, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
FRESH AIR HOST FAMILIES NEEDED
Become a Fresh Air host family to inner city children for up to two weeks during summer 2010. 951-5928, 800-367-0003 or www.freshair.org.
The Tropical Fish Club of Burlington hosts monthly meetings on the second Thursday of each month. 7 p.m. at the VFW Hall in Burlington. 372-8716 or www.tfcb.org.
FREQUENT FLIER DONATIONS
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Vermont is asking all frequent fliers to consider donating their miles to help grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. www.vermont.wish.org.
SCHOOL IN RICHMOND
If you believe Richmond Elementary School is not aware that your family lives in town, the school would like to hear from you. The school is updating its yearly census report and this will ensure you get timely information regarding preschool and kindergarten registration. Jeanne Adams or Deb Salant at 434-2461, or e-mail [email protected]
“So You Think You Can Draw Comics Club” is for fifth through eighth graders. Have your comics posted on the group’s Web site. The club meets 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Friday that school is in session, at Dorothy Alling Memorial Library in Williston. Bring a drawing utensil. Free. Space is limited, sign up in advance. 846-7517 or [email protected]
Are you willing to help keep Williston safe and healthy? Are you willing to help the Williston Reparative Board address minor anti-social behavior before it becomes a habit? Consider serving on the volunteer Williston Reparative Board, twice monthly meetings. Ruth Skiff 878-2381 or [email protected]
SINGLE AGAIN MINISTRY
Essex Alliance Church presents a variety of events for divorced, widowed and single adults. Events run through December. 878-8213.
Vermont Humanities Council presents the First Wednesdays monthly lecture series at Fletcher Free Library in Burlington, 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. All lectures are free. 865-7211.
Temple Sinai in South Burlington holds morning story time for children on various Tuesdays and Sundays and also Friday night dinners once a month. For a schedule, call 862-5125.
Vermont Student Assistance Corporation Resource Center in Winooski offers monthly workshops for high school juniors and seniors. Walk-ins welcome, pre-registration preferred. 800-642-3177 or [email protected]
’BOOKED FOR LUNCH’ SERIES
The Friends of the Fletcher Library in Burlington offer “Booked for Lunch” series with speakers on a wide variety of topics. Noon to 1 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month. 862-5153.
BABY TIME PLAYGROUP
Building Bright Futures presents “Baby Time” at Dorothy Alling Memorial Library in Williston on Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. to noon, except for the first Wednesday of each month. Pre-walkers all welcome with a caregiver. 876-7147.
Vermont Adult Learning offers GED testing three times a month, including Saturdays. Pre-register: 846-7245.
An informal gathering of scale model enthusiasts will meet on the third Thursday of each month, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Brownell Library in Essex Junction. 879-0765.
Teen Advisory Council meets the first Thursday of every month at Dorothy Alling Memorial Library in Williston. Pizza, books, movies and discussion for teens. New members welcome. 878-4918.
Chittenden County Stamp Club meets the first Wednesday of every month, at 6:15 p.m., at the old IDX building, now called GE Healthcare in Burlington. Lainey 660-4817.
BECOME A MENTOR
Make a difference in a child’s life through the Howard Center’s Community Friends Mentoring program. Discover ways to play while enriching a child’s life and building a friendship to last a lifetime. Join Community Friend’s legacy by contacting Kristen Hayden-West 488-6650 or kristenhw@[email protected]
SPECIAL EDUCATION PARENT SUPPORT
Special Education Parent support group meets the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m. Meetings are held at a different home each month. For information, questions or to sign up for an e-mail list of monthly directions and reminder, call Marla McQuiston 872-2744.
ALS SUPPORT GROUP
ALS Support Group meets every second Thursday of every month from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at “Jim’s House” in Williston. 864-5896 or 878-2854. www.jimshouse.org.
The Williston Rotary meets Thursday mornings at the Federated Church on North Williston Road from 7:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. for breakfast and an informative speaker presentation. All potential members interested in local community outreach and being part of a service organization are welcome. 872-5968.
A support group for people experiencing grief and loss will meet every other Tuesday at Maranatha Christian Church, 1037 South Brownell Road, Williston. Donna 878-0498.
American Legion Post 45 of Williston holds its monthly meeting every second Monday at Whitney Hill Senior Housing in Williston at 6:30 p.m. Walt 879-2664.
The Williston Fire District #1 holds its monthly meeting every second Monday at the well house at 7 p.m. Members welcome.
PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP
The Champlain Valley Prostate Cancer Support Group meets every second Tuesday at the Fanny Allen Hospital, Route 15, in the boardroom, lower level, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Attendees include men who have received treatment as well as recently diagnosed men. 878-8451.
The Vermont Chess Club meets every Thursday at 7 p.m. at Faith United Methodist Church in South Burlington. Open to everyone. 879-0198.