October 21, 2014

Events & Happenings

Thursday, Oct. 16

COMMON FRAUD SCHEMES AND INVESTIGATIONS

Postal inspectors Michael Gendron and David R. Mooney present a seminar on common fraud schemes from 5:30-7 p.m. at New England Federal Credit Union in Williston. Topics include work at home schemes, foreign lottery schemes, mortgage rescue schemes and schemes involving counterfeit instruments. The presentation will include some real life current examples of these schemes as well as tips on how to identify fraudulent offers and steps to take to prevent being victimized. Free, seating is limited. 879-8790 or nefcu.com.

 

Friday, Oct. 17

BRICK CHURCH MUSIC SERIES CONCERT

Middlebury College’s a cappella group, The Dissipated 8, is set to perform at the first Brick Church Music Series performance. Art show at 6 p.m., concert begins at 7 p.m. with opener Aaron Flynn. $12 in advance, $14 at the door ($10/$12 for seniors and children under 12). town.williston.vt.us/Brick Church Music

LANE SERIES CONCERT

The UVM Lane Series presents prize-winning pianist Tien Hsieh, who completed a tour of Budapest, Hungary, where she performed an all-Liszt program at the Liszt Museum. The concert, set for 7:30 p.m. at the UVM Recital Hall, is supported by the UVM Lane Series Piano Consortium and also by the Vermont Community Foundation. Tickets are $25 adult/$10 student. www.uvm.edu/laneseries or flynntix.org or 86-FLYNN.

 

Friday, Oct. 17 – Saturday, Oct. 18

RUMMAGE SALE

The Richmond Congregational Church will host a rummage sale on Friday from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to noon. 434-2053.

 

Saturday, Oct. 18

BALLROOM DANCE SOCIAL

Dancers of all skill levels and backgrounds come together to share an evening with a featured lesson in West Coast Swing at the Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School in South Burlington. No partner or experience required. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., lessons from 7-8:30 p.m. with open dancing until 11 p.m.
 $15 general admission, $10 for students, seniors, and USA Dance members.
 www.dancevermont.org/ or [email protected]

QUEEN CITY MEMORY CAFE

The Queen City Memory Cafe offers a social time and place for people with memory impairment and their support partner to laugh, learn, share concerns and celebrate feeling understood and connected. Coffee/tea and baked goods will be provided. Entertainment and group discussion are offered during this no fee event held the third Saturday of every month at Thayer House Gardens Commons Room, 1197 North Ave. Burlington. (800) 272-3900

OKTOBERFEST TO BENEFIT WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT

The annual Oktoberfest to support Wounded Warrior Project is set for 2 to 8 p.m. at the Dutch Mill Family Restaurant in Shelburne, beginning with the National Anthem and culminating with a bonfire. Live music, food, raffles, giveaways and more. $25 per person, 12 and under free. https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/individual-fundraising/sblake/

HEALTH & FITNESS DAY

The Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity and the Greater Burlington YMCA will host a Family Health and Fitness Day from noon to 3 p.m. at the YMCA Gym Burlington. A fun family affair. All activities are free, including massage, wellness demos, yoga instruction, consultations, music, kids activities, snacks and smoothies and more. 860-1417, ext. 115 or [email protected]

SUPER HERO 5K

Burlington firefighters will host their third annual 5K run/walk to benefit Muscular Dystrophy Association at Oakledge Park in Burlington. Runners can feel free to bring their family, and the firefighters will be grilling hot dogs and burgers starting around 11 a.m. Half-mile “victory lap” during the race for non-runners. [email protected] or 862-6424.

VT FRENCH CANADIAN GENEALOGY SOCIETY ANNUAL CONFERENCE

The Vermont French-Canadian Genealogical Conference, open to the public, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the St. John Vianney Parish Hall in South Burlington. Registration $20 at the door or $15 if you pre-register at www.vtgenlib.org by Oct. 11.

FREEMASON OPEN HOUSE

Freemason lodges in the area will open their doors to the public and answer questions about freemasonry. Visit with members of these organizations, find out what they are about and what they may be doing in the community. Open houses include the Green Mountain Masonic Center at 115 Merchants Row in Williston from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information on open houses, contact [email protected] or call 448‐0179.

 

Saturday, Oct. 18 – Sunday, Oct. 19

QUILT SHOW

The Champlain Valley Quilt Guild hosts its 32nd annual quilt show at the Champlain Valley Expo grounds, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. or Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adults $6, children under 12 free.

 

Sunday, Oct. 19

PANCAKE BREAKFAST

Grace United Methodist Church in Essex Junction will host a free pancake breakfast with scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes and maple syrup with juice and coffee. Servings at 8:30 and 10:45 a.m., all welcome for service at 9:30 a.m.

LOCAL MOTION VOLUNTEER CELEBRATION

Local Motion hosts a party for its volunteers, members and supporters from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms. Food and festivities, live music, art show, opportunities to share your ideas for walking and biking in the next 15 years. www.localmotion.org.

MUDDY’S BUDDIES

The Humane Society of Chittenden County is hosting Muddy’s Buddies 5K Run/Walk, in memory of Muddy the dog, at the Vermont Teddy Bear grounds in Shelburne. A portion of the proceeds to benefit the humane society and the Shelburne Dog Park. Dogs welcome. Timed race with prizes for top three finishers. Registration at 7:45 – 8:30 a.m. $30 per adult, $10 per child 12 and under. [email protected] or 316-7142.

‘ARTFUL AND DESIGNING MEN’

Gary Shattuck, author of the “Black Snake Affair,” returns with another tale from the critical period between the end of the Revolutionary War and the creation of the Constitution—that of the charismatic farmer and militia captain who went on to be a leader in Shays’ Rebellion—at 2 p.m. at the Ethan Allen Homestead.

 

Monday, Oct. 20

UNIVERSITY CATAMOUNT SINGERS

University Concert Choir and Catamount Singers perform an hour of choral music, including tribute to the Civil War Sesquicentennial, at 7:30 p.m. at the UVM Music Recital Hall in Burlington. Free and open to the public.

PUBLIC HEARING

The Vermont Department of Health is inviting public comment on three proposed rules. Public hearings for all three rules will be held in Room 2B, 108 Cherry Street, Burlington. Written comments on the three rules can be submitted by Oct. 27 to [email protected] The proposed Reportable and Communicable Diseases Rule updates the list of diseases that must be reported to the Health Department by medical care providers. The public hearing for this rule will be held at 10 a.m. A proposed Good Manufacturing Practices for Food Rule updates existing food safety requirements for licensed food manufacturers will be discussed at 1 p.m.

A proposed repeal of the Regulation of Bakeries in Vermont Rule will also be discussed at 1 p.m. Bakeries will be regulated under the Good Manufacturing Practices for Food Rule in the future.

 

Tuesday, Oct. 21

PUBLIC HEARING ON AERIAL HUNTING

A public hearing on a proposed regulation controlling the use of unmanned aerial vehicles or drones for hunting will be held by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Board at 6:30 p.m. in the Pavilion Auditorium at 109 State Street in Montpelier. The proposed regulation would make it unlawful for any person to take or attempt to take wild animals while flying in an aircraft or by use of an unmanned aerial vehicle or drone. www.vtfishandwildlife.com

CONCERT

Cathedral Arts presents “Reed, Rosin and Pedal,” featuring a selection of works, at noon at St. Paul’s Cathedral. Bring a bag lunch. Coffee and tea are provided. 864-0471.

 

 

Wednesday, Oct. 22

WHAT TO DO WITH 403(B) AND 457 PLANS

Financial consultants Lyn Tober and Jonathan Whitehouse present a workshop on 403(b) and 457 plans from 5:30-7 p.m. at New England Federal Credit Union in Williston. Free, seating is limited. 879-8790 or nefcu.com. If you have a 403(b) or 457 Plan you probably work for a tax-exempt or governmental organization. Do you know your options concerning your retirement plan when retiring or changing jobs? Making the right choices can save you thousands in taxes. Take control now. Learn what your options are and if you are ready to retire, how to turn your 403(b) or 457 Plan into monthly income to live on.

‘RAISING OF AMERICA CONVERSATIONS’

A free special sneak peak of the new documentary “The Raising of America,” followed by an important community conversation about early childhood in Chittenden County and the future of Vermont will be held 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Main Street Landing in Burlington. Free. http://www.letsgrowkids.org/raising-america-conversations

 

Thursday, Oct. 23

‘BEFORE THE MALL’

The Vermont Italian Club will unveil an enlarged timeline of the history of “Piccolo Italia Burlington” at 4 p.m. at the Cherry Street entrance of the Burlington Town Center Mall. This is an extension and enlargement of the “Interpretive Signs” designed and installed in co-operation with the Lake Champlain Basin Program. www.vermontitalianclub.org

WILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL

The Vermont Natural Resources Council hosts the 7th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival, an event to benefit the council, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Main Street Landing in Burlington. The festival will feature a lineup of environmental and adventure-based films, food and drinks and a silent auction. vnrc.org/take-action/wsff/ or 223-2328, ext. 121.

 

Friday, Oct. 24

BENEFIT CONCERT

Jamie Lee Thurston, a Vermont native, now living in Nashville, is coming home to put on a concert at the Paramount Theater at 8 p.m. in Rutland to benefit Prevent Child Abuse Vermont. www.pcavt.org

 

Friday, Oct. 24 – Sunday, Oct. 26

‘ONCE UPON THIS MATTRESS’

The Champlain Valley Union High School Theatre Program presents “Once Upon This Mattress,” a musical comedy retelling of the story of “The Princess & The Pea.” Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $6 for students and children and $8 for general admission. https://sites.google.com/a/cvuhs.org/cvu-theater/home?pli=1

 

Saturday, Oct. 25

WHEELS FOR WARMTH

Phil Scott’s 10th annual Wheels for Warmth tire sale will take place 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Casella Waste Management. Donate tires for resale (tax deduction). Purchase tires at no more than $25 each. Proceeds go to the Emergency Fuel Program. Drop off days are Oct. 23. and Oct. 24 at Casella Waste Management.

‘GIRLFRIENDS IN GOD’

The EveryWoman Ministry of Essex Alliance Church in Vermont, along with numerous co-host churches, the Girlfriends in God Conference in Barre is designed to provide an inspiring way to connect women with each other and empower them to live a tenacious faith. Speaker Sharon Jaynes will lead the conference, joined by Mary Southerland and Gwen Smith. To purchase tickets, visit www.essexalliance.org/women or call Leslie Wall at 578-3619.

HARVEST HAM DINNER

Milton Knights of Columbus hosts the St. Ann Farm Harvest Dinner at 5:30 p.m. at the St. Ann Parish Hall. Baked ham, homemade baked beans, squash, potatoes, homemade apple and pumpkin pies. $14 adults, $10 students, $12 seniors, kids under 6 free. Take-out available. 893-2487.

HARVEST FESTIVAL

Richmond Elementary School’s Farm to School Program holds its fifth annual Harvest Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the West Monitor Barn in Richmond to benefit the program. Activities include grinding corn and grain, blending bike-powered smoothies, making pizza, crafts and much more. Local food, live music, silent auction. Free, open to children of all ages and their families. [email protected]

 

Monday, Oct. 27 and Tuesday, Oct. 28

EFFICIENCY VERMONT COMMUNITY FORUM

Efficiency Vermont wants your input. The statewide energy efficiency utility is hosting two community forums to get feedback from Vermonters on how best to develop their program plans for the next three years. Free and open to the public and a light supper will be provided. Forums are set for Oct. 27 at Bellows Free Academy-St. Albans in the North Building cafeteria and Oct. 28 at the Spaulding High School cafeteria in Barre, both from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

www.efficiencyvermont.com/communityforums or (888)921-5990.

 

Tuesday, Oct. 28

BURLINGTON GARDEN CLUB MEETING

The Burlington Garden Club will hold a meeting at 1:15 p.m. at Faith United Methodist Church in South Burlington featuring a presentation by Charlotte Albers on “Gardens of Paris,” a visual journey of Luxembourg Gardens, Place Royale, the Tuilleries and others. Free and open to the public. 372-4058.

 

Saturday, Nov. 1

STATEWIDE ‘BUTTON UP VERMONT’ DAY OF ACTION

Communities across Vermont help “Button Up” this fall by sealing the leaks in their homes that waste heat. Save energy, save money and take a powerful climate action. www.buttonupvermont.org

HOLIDAY BAZAAR

Essex United Methodist Church hosts a holiday bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Crafts, ornaments, hand-sewn and knitted articles, baked goods, candies, plants, white elephant. Lunch available starting at 11 a.m. Looking for knitting project? [email protected]

 

Sunday, Nov. 2

LITTLE BIG BAND IN CONCERT

The Little Big Band performs the music of Sly Hampton, Charles Mingus and Carla Dley at 7 p.m. at the Hinesburg Town Hall on Route 116. $10.

 

Tuesday, Nov. 4

THE BASICS: MEMORY LOSS, DEMENTIA AND ALZHEIMER’S

The Alzheimer’s Association offers a free education program entitled The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia & Alzheimer’s from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Vermont Interactive Technologies, Blair Park, in Williston. Registration is free but required. Call (800) 272-3900.

Sunday, Nov. 16

PANCAKE BREAKFAST

Grace United Methodist Church in Essex Junction will host a free pancake breakfast with scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes and maple syrup with juice and coffee. Servings at 8:30 and 10:45 a.m., all welcome for service at 9:30 a.m.

 

Saturday, Nov. 8

PRINCESS NIGHT

A night of fun for young, aspiring princesses from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Williston Federated Church. The Williston Senior Girl Scout Troop will entertain your girls with “princess” crafts, feed them dinner and feature a “princess” movie. Suggested donation $10 per girl. RSVPs requested.  [email protected] or 777-5298.

BURLINGTON CIVIC SYMPHONY CONCERT

The Burlington Civic Symphony performs its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Elley-Long Music Center in Colchester. The program features Schumann’s Symphony No. 3, The Rhenish; and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition orchestrated by Maurice Ravel, along with excerpts from Mussorgsky’s original version of the piece for piano. Prices $5 – $15. www.bcsovt.org

 

Saturday, Nov. 22

HOLIDAY BAZAAR

The Williston Federated Church will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Crafts, bake sale, meals to go, plants, attic treasures, RADA cutlery and a silent auction. Lunch served from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. including home made soups and chili. 862-7400.

 

Tuesday, Nov. 25

STUNT NITE

Rice Memorial High School holds its annual Stunt Nite featuring four unique musical comedies performed by students. Shows at 4 p.m. ($15) and 8 p.m. ($17). www.rmhsvt.org

 

ONGOING

 

SPORTS SKILL DAYS

Williston Central School eighth grader Griffin McDermott will host soccer and baseball “skill days” for kids in grades 3 – 6 from 3 to 4 p.m. on Fridays at the Williston Community Park. Soccer skill days are set for Oct. 10 and 17. [email protected]

 

HEALTHY LIVING WITH DIABETES WORKSHOP

Fletcher Allen Health Care and Support And Services at Home (SASH) Program present a free “Healthy Living with Diabetes” workshop. Participants can learn techniques to feel better if you or a loved one has diabetes. Series of six free weekly workshops, Tuesdays from Oct. 7 through Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Essex Junction Senior Center. Open to all, but seating is limited. [email protected] or 847-2278.

 

‘OF LAND AND LOCAL’ EXHIBIT

Burlington City Arts presents the second annual state-wide contemporary exhibition Of Land and Local 2014. This exhibition features contemporary art in a variety of mediums in five locations around Vermont – The BCA Center in Burlington, Shelburne Farms, The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in Rutland, The Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Woodstock, and The Kent Museum in Calais, Vermont. Complete information about opening receptions, events, locations and artists can be found at www.oflandandlocalvt.org

 

POTTERY EXHIBIT

Frog Hollow will feature an exhibit of new work by acclaimed Vermont potter Irene Lederer LaCroix through October.

 

CRAFTERS WANTED

Ascension Church in Georgia is looking for crafters for its Craft Fair on Nov. 29 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Anyone interested in renting a table is asked to contact Andrea Milne at 578-8043 or [email protected]

 

‘THE 39 STEPS’ AND ‘COMEDY OF ERRORS’

Lost Nation Theater presents two comedies this fall—“The 39 Steps” and “Comedy of Errors” in rotating rep, showcasing the talents of its actors, directors, designers and staff. Based on Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller, “The 39 Steps” begins Sept. 18. Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors” begins Sept. 25. For the following three weekends (Oct. 2 – 19), the shows alternate performances. For tickets & information, call 229-0492, or visit lostnationtheater.org

 

‘CRADLE AND ALL’ EXHIBIT

Burlington City Arts announces its new exhibition, “Cradle and All,” opening Thursday, Oct. 2 at Vermont Metro Gallery on Church Street, with a reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. “Cradle and All” features work by Leslie Fry (mixed media), Alexandra Heller (sculpture), Nissa Kauppila (painting) and Susan Smereka (mixed media). The exhibition runs through Nov. 29, 2014.

 

NEWCOMERS CLUB

New to the area? Newcomers Club is for you. Organized day trips, lunches, and dinners are a way to make friends and get acquainted with things in the community. The club meets Wednesdays, twice monthly, from September to June. For more information, call Dana Engel at 864-0766 or Orchard Corl at 985-3870.

 

CHAMPLAIN VALLEY PROSTATE SUPPORT GROUP

General discussion and sharing among survivors and those beginning or rejoining the battle from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hope Lodge in Burlington the second Tuesday of each month. 274-4990

 

BRIDGE CLUB

The Burlington Bridge Academy at 156 Commerce Street in Williston holds weekly bridge events—Mondays at 7 p.m. is novice night, Tuesdays at 7 p.m. is an open game, Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. is open, Friday at 10 a.m. is open, bring your lunch. Cost for regular games is $6 per person, includes coffee and snacks. [email protected] or 425-3066. www.bridgewebs.com/BurlingtonAcademy/

 

TOASTMASTERS

Toastmasters of Greater Burlington helps locals develop your speaking and leadership skills and ace job interviews. The group meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month at the Holiday Inn in South Burlington.

 

SAMBATUCADA REHEARSAL

Sambatucada is an all-volunteer samba street percussion band. It rehearses every Monday from 6-8:30 p.m. at the 8-Space Studio in Burlington. Rehearsals are initially free; regular members pay $40 a year in dues. The band regularly perform at First Night, Mardi Gras, July 3, Dragon Boat Races, COTS Walk, River of Light Parade and more. http://www.sambatucada.org/ or 862-5017.

 

 

 

‘PERILOUS PASSAGES’ and  ‘WINGS OF CLAY’ exhibits

Two exhibits are on display through Oct. 31 at the Birds of Vermont Museum in Huntington. “Perilous Passages” explores the consequences of the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon. “Wings of Clay” displays the works of Williston Central School students. The ceramic birds are on sale to help fund the museum’s Bridges to Birds flood recovery project. Free admission for members, $7 for non-member adults, discounts for seniors and children

 

FREE COMMUNITY DINNERS

The United Church of Hinesburg hosts free community dinners the last Friday of each month (exceptions are Aug. 22, Oct. 24 and Nov. 14). Open to the public. Donations accepted for the Vermont Foodbank.

 

WILLISTON ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP

Emotional, educational and social support group for caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias meets at 5 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month at the Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont Chapter in Williston. 272-3900 or alz.org/Vermont.

 

DIVORCE CARE SUPPORT GROUP

Divorce is a tough road. Feelings of separation, betrayal, confusion, anger and self-doubt are common. But there is life after divorce. Led by people who have already walked down that road, we’d like to share with you a safe place and a process that can help make the journey easier. The 13-week Divorce Care Support Group (for men and women) will be offered on Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Sept. 9 – Dec. 2 at the Essex Alliance Community Center in Essex Junction. 425-7053.

 

WILLISTON-RICHMOND ROTARY

Williston Richmond Rotary club meets for breakfast every Thursday from 7:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the Federated Church in Williston. Breakfast is $8. [email protected] or visit www.willistonrotary.org.

 

RICHMOND FREE LIBRARY EVENTS

Visit richmondfreelibraryvt.org to get connected to the calendar and check events, sign up to get newsletters and announcements via email, locate online services and materials.

 

ISLAM Q & A SESSIONS

The Islamic Society of Vermont presents an informative series of question and answer sessions about all aspects of Islam. The informal conversation groups will meet twice per month for friendly dialogue at Fletcher Free Library in Burlington. 865-7211.

 

ESSEX ART LEAGUE

The Essex Art League meets the first Thursday of the month, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Essex Junction Congregational Church. The agenda includes a business and social time, and features a guest artist presentation. www.essexartleague.com.

 

BLOOD DONORS NEEDED

Blood donors are urgently needed. Walk in or by appointment. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. to 1p.m. Saturdays. www.redcrossblood.org.

 

CANCER SUPPORT GROUP

The Northwest Vermont Cancer Prayer and Support Network will host a spiritually based support group, held Essex Center United Methodist Church the fourth Monday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. [email protected].

 

CANCER SURVIVOR CLASSES

Join the wellness classes at Survivorship NOW, created by cancer survivors for cancer survivors. 777-1126 or www.survivorshipnowVT.org.

 

CENTERPOINT PARENT SUPPORT GROUP

Centerpoint Parent Support Group meets Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. at the Centerpoint. 488-7712.

 

FLETCHER FREE LIBRARY PROGRAMS

The Fletcher Free Library in Burlington presents a variety of programs, free and open to the public, which include film screenings, book discussions, lectures and workshops. Contact 865-7211 for program details.

 

VERMONT COMMUNITY ACCESS MEDIA

All Vermont Community Access Media workshops are free and available to those living and working in the service area. Workshops are held at the VCAM studio in Burlington. For schedule or for more information, call 651-9692 or visit www.vermontcam.org.

 

FATHERHOOD EDUCATION

The VNA offers year-round fatherhood education classes in collaboration with the HowardCenter and Vermont Adult Learning, targeted to help dads of children age birth to six become better parents, partners and providers for their families.

www.vnacares.org/fatherhood or 860-4420.

 

GREEN MOUNTAIN CARE BOARD PUBLIC MEETINGS

GMCB holds public meetings from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesdays or Thursdays. 828-2177.

 

BURLINGTON ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETINGS

The Burlington Walk/Bike Council (BWBC), an all-volunteer advisory council to the City of Burlington, meets the fourth Thursday of every month at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall Room 12. http://burlingtonwalkbike.org/

 

SCALE MODELERS

Mount Mansfield Scale Modelers will meet the third Thursday of every month at Brownell Library in Essex Junction from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 879-0765.