August 23, 2017

Events & Happenings

Upcoming Events

CLIMATE CHANGE SUMMIT - Wednesday – Friday, September 6-8. The University of Vermont hosts the Catalysts of the Climate Economy. Registration details and other information including the full schedule, speaker lineup, and more can be found at  
HIKE - Sunday, August 27. The Vermont Land Trust hosts Hike Richmond Ridge from 1 – 3 p.m. Hike is free, directions will be emailed to participants. Visit to sign up.  
ARTS - Saturday, August 26. Burlington City Arts hosts a family arts Saturday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Families are invited to drop-in.
BOOK - Wednesday, August 23. Phoenix Books in Burlington hosts author Sarah Prager, author of “Queer, There, and Everywhere” at 7 p.m. For more information, please call 448-3350 or visit
TALK - Sunday, August 20. The Ethan Allen Homestead Museum hosts a talk on “Unshackling America: How the WAr of 1812 Truly Ended the AMerican Revolution” at 2 p.m. in Colchester. Admission is free.  
BCA REGISTRATION - Monday, August 14. Burlington City Arts opens their registration for adult classes in photography, darkroom, clay, jewelry, printmaking, drawing, and painting at their Pine Street studio.
VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT - Sunday, August 13. The Essex Mud Volleyball Tournament for Epilepsy is held in a large field on Chapin Road in Essex Center. Team registrations are $300 and each team must pre-register. To obtain an application or volunteer, email us at or call the Epilepsy Foundation of Vermont at 1-800-565-0972.  
ART SHOW - Saturday, August 12. Saint Michael’s McCarthy ARts Center hosts an exhibit of Nancy Stone’s handmade books at 10 a.m.
WALL TO CANVAS - Saturday, August 12. Magic Hat Brewing Company hosts the Wall to Canvas event to benefit the Shelburne Craft School at 1 p.m. There is a $5 donation which will go directly to the Shelburne Craft School. There will be an art competition, live music, an open-air beer garden and food.
FARM TO PIZZA - Saturday, August 12. Shelburne Farms hosts a lunch on “Farm to Pizza: The Working Landscape of Shelburne Farms” from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Free; registration required; family-friendly. Visit for more information.  
ALS WALK - Saturday, September 23. The Davis Center at the University of Vermont hosts the Walk to Defeat ALS. Registration begins at 9:00 AM and the walk kicks off at 10:30 AM. This year’s event will feature musical entertainment, crafts and activities for kids. Breakfast and lunch will also be available for walkers. To register or volunteer […]
SPIN-A-THON - Sunday, September 17. The Edge in Essex hosts a spin-a-thon for Celiac Disease research. Visit for more information. All proceeds from Spin-for-Celiac will go directly to the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University.
STORY - Thursday, August 31. The Fletcher Free Library hosts a story on “A Trail of Bread Crumbs”  at 3:30 p.m. This all ages event leads listeners along a trail of stories from Scotland and beyond where you are as likely to run into a Hebridean baker, as a bannock or fairy.  Head home nourished by a […]
WORKSHOP - Sunday, August 27. The Fletcher Free Library hosts a workshop on Irish Soda Bread at 3 p.m. This event is free and open to all. All ingredients will be provided
WORKSHOP - Sunday, August 20. The Fletcher Free Library hosts a workshop on Viking Black Breads at 3 p.m. This event is free and open to all. All ingredients will be provided.    
MUSIC FESTIVAL - Monday – Friday, August 21 – 25. The Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival kicks off this week. Visit for the full schedule.
SOLAR ECLIPSE - Monday, August 21. The Dorothy Alling Library hosts a solar eclipse viewing party fro 1:30 – 4 p.m. Free solar viewing glasses provided by STAR_Net. If conditions are cloudy, they will have live video images of the eclipse. Snacks and activities provided.  All ages welcome.  
FAIR - Thursday – Saturday, August 24 – September 2. The Champlain Valley Exposition hosts the Champlain Valley Fair in Essex Junction. For more information visit  
FILM SCREENING - Friday, August 18. The Vermont Media Project hosts a film screening on “Vermont Speaks For Itself” at the First Unitarian Society of Burlington at 7 p.m. This event if free and open to the public. For more information on the film:
OPEN FARM WEEK - Tuesday – Saturday, August 15 – 19. Vermont Open Farm Week takes place in various locations statewide. For more information visit
KINDERGARTEN KICKOFF - Monday, August 14. The Dorothy Alling Library hosts new kindergarten students and their families to listen to stories, get a library card, and meet new friends. For Williston & St. George students entering kindergarten in 2017. Call 878-4918 to register.  
MAGIC SHOW - Monday, August 7. The Dorothy Alling Memorial Library hosts a magic show at 6:30. All ages welcome.
Lego Day & Movie - Friday, August 4. The Dorothy Alling Memorial Library hosts a make your own LEGO creations from 10:30 a.m.  – 12 pm. And a family movie at 12 p.m. Call library for details. Free popcorn. All ages. Children ages 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adults  
ARTS AND CRAFT FESTIVAL - Friday – Sunday, August 4 – 6. The Southern Vermont Arts and Craft Festival will take place in Camelot Village in Bennington. For more information visit!/103711-39th-annual-southern-vermont-art-and-craft-festival    
LECTURE -   Thursday, August 3. The Fletcher Free Library in Burlington hosts a lecture on “Dinning with Jane Austen: A Cluniary History with Author Julienne Gehrer” at 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

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Preschool Music: Mondays, 11 am with Peter Alsen & Thursdays, 10:30 am with Marcie Hernandez. (Except Thursday, August 10: Spanish Music with Constancia Gomez.) For children up to age 5 with a caregiver. No pre-registration. Limit: one session per week per family. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, 21 Library Lane, Williston, VT.802-878-4918.



The CVUHS Fitness Center will be open from June 26 until August 11 this summer for six hours per day. These hours will be divided into two sets of three (3) hours each. Mornings from 6:30 – 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Cost is free




Programs for Children and Teens: “Build a Better World”. Register for our Summer Reading Challenge and win free books and raffle tickets. Keep track of the amount of time you spend reading, including books, magazines, and audio books. (Williston/St. George residents). Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, 21 Library Lane, Williston,


Mondays, 11 am & Thursdays, 10:30 am. 2nd Thursday of each month: Spanish Music with Constancia. Up to age 5 with a caregiver. No pre-registration. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, 21 Library Lane, Williston, VT.802-878-4918.




Tuesdays at 10:30, June 27- August 15. Join us for stories and a craft activity. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, 21 Library Lane, Williston,



Introduction to Violin/Fiddle, fun group class this summer! Five weekly sessions for kids ages 8-11. (Wednesday afternoon/evening– will figure out the hour that works best) Pick either session one: June 28-July 26; or session two: Aug 2-30. Violins available to borrow for first five who respond! Experienced violinist/teacher Laura Markowitz has had a teaching studio in Richmond for over a decade, and teaches violin at Brown’s River Middle School. Contact Laura:, (802)829-8168



The Isham Barn hosts Gentle Yoga every Wednesday throughout the summer from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the Isham Barn in Williston. Cost is $10 and half of that will go to the Williston Community Food Shelf. Bring a mat if you have one, there will be many on hand as well.



A taste of history. Starting on Thursday, June 15, The Burlington Edible History Tour will once again take participants back in time to connect the history of Burlington’s early migrant groups to their food traditions, with stops at 5 farm-to-table restaurants over a 2 mile walk. Tours run Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 1:00 – 4:15pm, through October 14. Tickets must be purchased in advance through FlynnTix via their website at, phone 802-863-5966, or in-person sales at 153 Main Street in Burlington, or through the Tour’s website at

The tour donates 10% of profits to New Farms for New Americans, AALV.




The Birds of Vermont Museum opens daily, May 1 – October 31 from 10am – 4pm. Discover new exhibits and reacquaint yourself with old favorites. Admission is free for members.



Chandler Gallery will host its perennially popular Area Artists Show, These Green Mountains, April 29 – June 17. Submissions of innovative art of all kinds: painting, photographs, prints, sculpture, artists books, sculpture, mixed media, glass, pottery, jewelry, fiber, and more. Drop-off dates of framed ready-to-hang art: Monday, April 24, 6 – 8 pm. Tuesday, April 25, 5 – 7 pm, or by appt. (call Janet at 730-6992). Some pick-ups may be arranged. There is a $10 entry fee to help cover costs.



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



Essex Art League meets the first Thursday of the month through June, from 9-11 am at the Essex Junction Congregational Church on Rt. 15. The meeting agenda includes a business and social time followed by a guest artist presentation. A detailed calendar of meetings, speakers and online gallery of members works can be found at



Thursdays from 10-11:30 a.m. join the Hinesburg Community Resource Center’s Friend of Families program for little ones from birth to 18 months and their caregivers in the nursery space at the United Church of Hinesburg’s parish hall. For more information, contact Rachel Kring at 482-4667 or email



The Vermont Historical Society offers presentations about historic topics over the lunch hour the third Thursday of each month at the Vermont History Museum at 109 State Street in Montpelier. Talks held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Snelling Room at the Vermont History Museum.


The Essex Alliance Church hosts a 12-step faith-based recovery program every Thursday night from 7 to 9 p.m. Multiple support groups for both men and women on subjects such as chemical dependency, co-dependency, sex addiction and pornography, food issues and overcoming abuse. All 18+ are welcome, no childcare. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.


League matches will be played at South Burlington High School on Wednesday nights from 6 – 8 p.m.


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.


The Burlington Bridge Club at 600 Blair Park Road, Suite 120, in Williston holds weekly bridge events. Games are held Monday and Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:15 a.m. Special newcomers games Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. Cost for regular games is $6 per person, includes coffee and snacks. or 872-5722.


Women gather for a tie of crafts and fellowship at Essex Alliance Church twice a month Wednesday evenings. For more information and times, contact Deb Schonberg at 238-2291.


Play chess against a human, not a computer. The club meets at 7 p.m. on Thursdays at Faith Methodist Church in South Burlington. Experts and novices welcome. $2 nightly fee. 324-1143 or


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. 782-4832.


The United Church of Hinesburg hosts free community dinners the last Friday of each month. Open to the public. Donations accepted for the Vermont Foodbank.


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. or visit


Newcomers’ Club welcomes people new to the Burlington area. It meets the third Wednesday of the month and offer programs from museum visits to home concerts to book sharing. It is a good way to meet new friends and to get acquainted with the community. 854-0766 or 985-3870.


Come meet other nursing moms—share your knowledge and get your questions answered. Meeting are the second Tuesday of every month from10:15 – 11:45 a.m. at the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington. 879-3000 or


Nursing beyond a year? Join other moms to discuss the joys and challenges of an older nursling. Discussion topics include nighttime parenting, benefits, setting limits, weaning. Bring a snack to share. Toys available. Meetings are the fourth Wednesday of each month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Aikido of Champlain Valley in Burlington. 879-3000 or


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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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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


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. or 860-4420.


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


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.


Julie Erdelyi, Program Manager for Communication Services at the Stern Center for Language and Learning will be offering a monthly parent support group for parents of children with autism. This group is free to attend and is intended to build a supportive community of families of children with autism. Meetings are the third Thursday of every month from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the Stern Center for Language and Learning in Williston. 878-2332 or




Meets on the 2nd Tue of each month at the Hope Lodge at the corner of upper Main St. and East Ave. from 6-8 p.m. Attendees are men who have just been diagnosed with Prostate Cancer, or who have gone thru treatment and would like to share their experience.