Saturday, Nov. 1
FAP CRAFT FAIR
Williston FAP hosts its annual Fall Craft Show at Williston Central School from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission, more than 100 crafters, lunch.
WILLISTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY ANNUAL MEETING
The Williston Historical Society hosts its annual meeting at 7 p.m. at the Isham Family Farm barn on Oak Hill Road. Free Cape Breton music and Contra dancing from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. Light refreshments served.
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
Williston Seniors host its annual holiday bazaar from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Williston Federated Church. Small lunch served. 879-2511.
The second annual Canicross 5 and 2.5K Race is set for 10 a.m. at the Catamount Outdoor Family Center. $15 registration fee. Prizes for dogs and winners. All dogs must be leashed. Event will benefit Golden Huggs Rescue and Catamount Family Center. catamountoutdoorfamilycenter.com/events
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]
ESSEX RESCUE OPEN HOUSE
Essex Rescue is hosting a community open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit its headquarters for refreshments, tours. CPR classes and more. Free. 878-4859, ext. 28.
AARP SAFE DRIVER COURSE
The Winooski Senior Center will host the new AARP Smart Driver Class at 8:30 a.m. The 4.5-hour refresher course is open to all drivers 50 years and older. This is the final class of the year in the area. The fee for the course is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non- members. To reserve space in the upcoming class, call the Winooski Center at 655-6425.
STORYTELLERS ON A MISSION
The Nation’s Top Storytellers from The Moth and NPR will perform at an evening of Storytelling to raise money for Vermont Parks Forever, the new foundation that benefits Vermont State Parks, at 7:30 p.m. at the Flynn Center for Performing Arts. Tickets $28.75 to $70.50 at FlynnTix.org.
VERMONT CATHOLIC CONFERENCE
Catholics from all over New England will be gathering for the eighth annual Vermont Catholic Conference to celebrate “The Holy Land – Come Walk with Jesus and Let the Adventure of Your Life Begin” from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at St. Monica Church and Central Vermont Catholic School in Barre. www.VTChallengers.org
Lost Nation Theater presents its annual Halloween Poe Spooktacular featuring “The Raven,” an aerial silks act, Wendy the Wolf-girl, dancing, food, door prizes and a costume contest at Montpelier’s City Hall Arts Center. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day-of or at the door. lostnationtheater.org or 229-0492.
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.
VNA NNUAL MEMORIAL SERVICE
VNA End-of-Life Care Services hosts its annual memorial service at 3 p.m. at First Unitarian Universalist Society in Burlington. The event is an opportunity for those within the community to remember their loved ones, while we remember those served by the VNA’s Hospice and Palliative Care programs. The Memorial Service is open to the entire community and includes a program filled with music and meaningful readings. Everyone present will have the opportunity to light a candle in memory of a loved one. A reception will follow the service.
VERMONT COMMON SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE
Vermont Commons School hosts its fall open house at 1 p.m. vermontcommons.org
Organist Susan Summerfield, with special guests Jessica Voyer and Timothy Cummings, will present a program at First Baptist Church in Burlington at 4 p.m. Admission is free, donations support maintenance of the organ and programs of the church. A reception will follow the concert. 864-6515.
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.
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
DEW Construction in Williston will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to learn more about the donation process and to make an appointment.
New England Federal Credit Union in Williston hosts a roundtable series entitled “The Taxman Cometh—Is Your Business Ready?” from 5:30-7 p.m. Find out what you should do and can do in advance of year-end and how to make the best and smartest decisions for your business before the taxman is at your door. Free, seating is limited. Sign up at nefcu.com or call 879-8790.
Wednesday, Nov. 5
FIRST WEDNESDAY WELLNESS FLU SHOTS
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont’s free First Wednesday Wellness event will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at its Information and Wellness Center in the Blue Mall in South Burlington. BCBSVT will provide free flu vaccinations for all participants 18 and older, regardless of their insurance status. Those without health insurance are welcome. You must make an appointment at 764-4828.
Thursday, Nov. 6 or Friday, Nov. 7
SENIOR SERVICE DAYS
Center for Technology, Essex students and staff invite those ages 60 or older to benefit from their skills on Nov. 6 or Nov. 7. All services are free, including manicure, haircut, computer and cell phone help, wonderful buffet lunch, health and wellness information, auto winter safety check, tire rotation, photo restoration and more. Live jazz concert by the EHS Performing Arts students 1:15-1:45 p.m. 879-5558.
Friday, Nov. 7
LUNG CANCER WORKSHOP
The American Lung Association, in partnership with Vermonters Taking Action Against Cancer, will host Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Lung Cancer, a free workshop for lung cancer patients and their families at 5 p.m. at the American Cancer Society. 876-6862.
UNIVERSITY CONCERT BAND
Professor D. Thomas Toner directs the University Concert Band from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the UVM Recital Hall in Burlington. Free and open to the public.
Saturday, Nov. 8
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
Faith United Methodist Church in South Burlington will host its annual holiday bazaar, luncheon and tag sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Crafts, baked goods, tag sale. Lunch (from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) will include homemade soups, chili and assorted sandwiches. Benefits will go to local charities. 860-7014.
UNIVERSITY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The University of Vermont Symphony Orchestra performs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the UVM Music Recital Hall in Burlington, with Professor Yutaka Kono as the conductor. Free and open to the public.
LAKE CHAMPLAIN WALDORF SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE
Lake Champlain Waldorf School hosts and open house at the Shelburne School from 10 a.m. to noon. Teachers and high school students will give tours of the campus, young children can make lanterns and play in our kindergarten. An “Introduction to Waldorf Education” presentation at 11 a.m. RSVP to Pam Graham, 985-2827 ext 12 or [email protected]
SUMMIT SCHOOL FIDDLE-BANJO DUET WORKSHOP Summit School Fiddle-Banjo Duets Workshop
Summit School musicians Tom Mackenzie, Ted Ingham, Mark Di Stefano and Katie Trautz host a workshop for fiddle and banjo players and enthusiasts at Vermont Violins in Montpelier from 1-3 p.m. $25. [email protected] or 917-1186.
To cap off its fourth annual fall residency in Stowe, exceptional alumni of The Perlman Music Program perform chamber music masterworks and Maestro Itzhak Perlman conducts the PMP String Orchestra in a stunning celebration concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe. Tickets are $20, $38 regular, $45 premium. www.SprucePeakArts.org or 760-4634.
A German dinner at Good Shepherd Church in Jericho features chicken schnitzel, German potato filling, sherry gravy, green beans and red cabbage with apples. Beverage choice and a dessert included in the $14 cost for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. Seatings at 4:30, 5:45 and 7 p.m. Reserve at 899-3932 or [email protected] Gluten free option available. Live music. www.goodshepherdjericho.org
HOW TO FIND THAT MISSION ANCESTOR
There can be many obstacles to finding your ancestors including difficulties with spelling and handwriting, as well as cultural and religious differences. Tom DeVarney will share tips he has learned that can help you with these obstacles at the Vermont Genealogy Library in Colchester from 10:30 a.m. to noon. $5. www.vtgenlib.org
Sunday, Nov. 9
VERMONT WIND ENSEMBLE CONCERT
The Vermont Wind Ensemble presents a program of contrasts—light and darkness, celebration and introspection—from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the UVM Music Recital Hall. Free and open to the public.
HOLIDAY DECORATION DEMONSTRATION
Local gardener Lynne Boie will present a holiday decoration demonstration at the Sheldon Museum showing participants how to create two types of holiday decorations with pizazz on Nov. 9 from 2-4 p.m. 388-2117 or visit www.henrysheldonmuseum.org
Wednesday, Nov. 12
EMBOIDERERS’ GUILD MEETING
The Green Mountain Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the living room/dinning room at The Pines in South Burlington. All abilities welcome. First meeting is complimentary. Bring a bag lunch. [email protected] or 372-4255.
Thursday, Nov. 13
BCBSVT COMMUNITY MEETING
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont will host a community meeting at the DoubleTree Hotel in Burlington from 7:30-9 a.m. to share information on Vermont Health Connect, including our experience with the exchange in 2014 and looking forward to changes for 2015. RSVP by Nov. 10 at www.bcbsvt.com/meetings, email [email protected] or call 371-3205 Breakfast will be served.
MILTON ARTISTS’ GUILD SHOW
The Milton Artists’ Guild hosts its 10th annual Holiday Art Show at the Milton Grange Hall. Photography, collage, jewelry, wood designs, sculpture, monotypes, watercolor, oil and acrylic paintings. Art show hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Food and live music while you browse. Free admission. www.miltonartistsguild.org or 355-6583.
Friday, Nov. 14
ANNUAL MEETING FOR THE EPILEPSY FOUNDATION
The 2014 annual meeting will be held at the Elks Club in Burlington. The social hour begins at 6 p.m., includes a silent auction and music. Dinner at 7 p.m. Guest speaker Bret Dale will do a presentation entitled “Not Just Seizures-The Impact of Epilepsy on the Family.” Short business meeting and a presentation of awards at 8 p.m. Dinner is $25. Reservations need to be made at 1-800-565-0972 or emailing [email protected] by Nov. 7.
Saturday, Nov. 15
Community Lutheran Church hosts its annual Holiday Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 864-5537.
Sunday, Nov. 16
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.
Monday, Nov. 17 – Monday, Nov. 24
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD NATIONAL COLLECTION WEEK
Operation Christmas Child National Collection Week runs Nov. 17 to Nov. 24. Bring shoeboxes filled with children’s gifts (school supplies, clothing, toys, hygiene items) to Essex Alliance Church in Essex Junction. Help meet the goal of collecting 2,100 shoeboxes this year at the Essex Relay Center. Collection hours 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Nov. 17, Nov. 19, Nov. 20; 3:30 to 6 p.m. Nov. 18 and Nov. 21; 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 22; 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 23; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 24. samaritanspurse.org/occ
Saturday, Nov. 22
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
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
The tiny town of Grover’s Corners comes to life on the Royall Tyler stage as the UVM Department of Theatre presents Thornton Wilder’s masterpiece “Our Town” Nov. 6-8 and 13-16. Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Matinee performances start at 2 p.m. on Nov. 8 and Nov. 16. Tickets from $8 – $22. uvmtheatre.org or 656-2094.
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
Frog Hollow will feature an exhibit of new work by acclaimed Vermont potter Irene Lederer LaCroix through October.
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]
‘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.
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
PARENT & CHILD CLASSES
The Lake Champlain Waldorf School Parent & Child Classes provide a gentle and nurturing setting for families to come together and revel in the first three years of childhood. Circle time, organic snacks, infant massage and parent support for several age groups. The once a week classes begin the week of Dec. 1. Each session lasts for 10 weeks. Early registration ends Oct. 30. The program takes place at the All Soul’s Interfaith Gathering, off of Botswick Road in Shelburne. Call Pam Graham with questions 985-2827 ext. 12 or [email protected] Registration forms are online: http://www.lakechamplainwaldorfschool.org/early_childhood/parent-and-child/
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 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 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 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.
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/
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.