Saturday, Aug. 16
The Vermont Zen Center will host its annual yard sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center, located in Shelburne. All proceeds benefit the Vermont Zen Center. 310-4074 or 985-3177.
Saturday, Aug. 16 – Sunday, Aug. 17
Auditions for Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” will be held at the Hyde Park Opera House, starting at 1 p.m. both days. Show dates are Nov.14-16 and 21-23. Character descriptions and more information at www.LCPlayers.com.
Sunday, Aug. 17
Classically trained composer and pianist Dan Kennedy will perform on the keyboard at 2 p.m. at the Round Church in Richmond as part of the Round Church Concert Series. Suggested donation of $5/person, proceeds benefit the 2015 concert series and church upkeep. 434-4565 or [email protected]
URBAN SCAVENGER HUNT
The United Way of Chittenden County will host its “Mission Possible” scavenger hunt at the Burlington Waterfront from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to raise funds and awareness for the organization and the programs it supports. MissionPossibleVT.com.
Wednesday, Aug. 20
A “build your own barrel” demonstration, along with discussion about other ways homeowners can control stormwater on their property. Moniter Barn at 6 p.m. Free and open on a walk-in basis. If participants want to build a barrel that evening (for $30), advanced registration by Aug. 18 is required. Space is limited to 20. All materials and tools will be provided. 882-8276 or [email protected]
The Kelly Brush Foundation is holding a benefit to highlight the foundation’s achievements in improving the lives of those living with spinal cord injury through the love and enjoyment of sport, showcasing the work of the nonprofit founded by Charlotte native Kelly Brush Davisson and her family after she sustained a spinal cord injury in a ski racing crash. The event will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education at Shelburne Museum. Tickets $25. www.KellyBrushFoundation.org.
‘THE PRODUCERS’ MEETING
A kick-off/information meeting for Lyric Theatre Company’s “The Producers” is set for 7 p.m. at South Burlington High School. Meet the team and learn about opportunities to perform on stage as well as behind-the-scenes roles in Lyric’s fall 2014 production of Mel Brooks’ “The Producers.” The show will be presented on the Flynn MainStage in November. www.lyrictheatrevt.org
Friday, Aug. 22
RUN FROM THE COPS 5K
Special Olympics Vermont will host a 5K event, Run from the Cops, in partnership with the Law Enforcement Torch Run. The race begins at Champlain Valley CrossFit on South Brownell Road in Williston at 7 p.m. www.specialolympicsvermont.org.
Saturday, Aug. 23
MARINE FAMILY PICNIC
The Vermont detachments of the Marine Corps League will host a family picnic for Marines, Marines no longer on active duty, FMF Corpsmen and other service members who were attached to or served with the Marine Corps, as well as family members and friends of the Corps beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Sandbar State Park in Milton. 863-3536 or [email protected]
Saturday, Aug. 23 – Sunday, Aug. 24
CAMBRIDGE CIVIL WAR DAYS
The historical village of Cambridge will once again be the scene for Civil War Days with various educational and entertaining activities. Free and open to the public Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. www.cambridgehistoricalsociety.org
Monday, Aug. 25 – Thursday, Aug. 28
Auditions set for Lyric Theatre’s “the Producers” from 5:45-10 p.m. at Williston Central School. Lyric’s production will feature a cast of 34 with stage ages ranging from 18 to 60-plus. Register between 5:45 and 6:15 p.m. www.lyrictheatrevt.org
Saturday, Aug. 30
THERAPY DOGS PRE-CERTIFICATION CLINIC
Therapy Dogs of Vermont will host a pre-certification clinic and test. Preregistration is required. To learn more or to sign up, visit www.therapydogs.org
BOLTON VALLEY 5K
Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports will host the annual Bolton Valley 5K run/walk, open to all ages and abilities. The cost is $20/person ages 18 and under and $30/adults. All proceeds will be donated to Vermont Adaptive. The race begins at 9 a.m. rain or shine. Race day check-in is required before 8 a.m. Runners should preregister through Active.com.
Friday, Sept. 5
Blues musician Bill Ellis will perform with Eric George of Young Tradition Vermont at 7 p.m. at the Round Church in Richmond as part of the Round Church Concert Series. Suggested donation of $5/person, proceeds benefit the 2015 concert series and church upkeep. 434-4565 or [email protected]
LATIN DANCY PARTY
Shelburne Farms Coach Barn, 7-11 p.m. to benefit the Vermont-Hands to Honduras-Tela 2015 humanitarian service projects. Music, appetizers, desserts and silent auction. $30 per person.
For tickets, call 425-3838 or 363-6064 or email [email protected]
Saturday, Sept. 6
KELLY BRUSH CENTURY RIDE
The ninth annual Kelly Brush Century Ride—Vermont’s largest fundraising ride to conquer the challenges of paralysis through love of sport and improve ski racing safety—will be held in Middlebury. Participants ride in gently rolling terrain with several distance options: 25, 50, 65, 85 or 100 miles. www.kellybrushfoundation.org
Saturday, Sept. 13
LifeWay Christian Resources is slated to simulcast Bible teacher and author Beth Moore live from Fort Wayne, Ind. at the Community Alliance Church in Hinesburg from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets $15. www.hinesburgcma.org
Saturday, Sept. 20
MADE IN VERMONT MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Vermont Symphony Orchestra Made in Vermont Music Festival at the Vergennes Opera House at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: seniors $23, adults $27, students $6. www.vso.org
Sunday, Oct. 12
CHASE AWAY 5K
Chase Away K9 Cancer with a run along the South Burlington bike path. Friendly, leashed dogs welcome, prizes. Dorset Park, South Burlington. 9 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. start. $20 to preregister, $25 for same-day registration. http://www.raceit.com/search/event.aspx?id=27531
‘THE SECRET GARDEN’
The Stowe Theatre Guild presents “The Secret Garden.” The musical opens on Wednesday, Aug. 13, at 8 p.m., and runs Wednesday through Saturday to Aug. 30 at Town Hall Theatre on the second floor of the Akeley Soldiers Memorial Building in Stowe. Tickets: $20 adults, $10 children.www.stowetheatre.com
The Waterbury Festival Players present “Sight Unseen” by Donald Margulies. Performances are Aug. 8 and 9, Aug. 14 – 16 and Aug. 21 – 23. Tickets for all shows are $30 in advance (must be purchased by 5 p.m.), $35.00 at the door. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. www.WaterburyFestivalPlayhouse.com or 498-3755.
Dorset Theatre Festival will present “The Mousetrap,” Dame Agatha Christie’s masterpiece of mayhem and mystery, Aug. 14- 30 at the Dorset Playhouse. Evening performances at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and some Tuesdays; matinees at 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Sundays and some Saturdays. On Aug. 16th, a talk-back with Director Paul Mullins and Artistic Director Dina Janis will follow the matinee performance. www.dorsettheatrefestival.org or 867- 2223.
‘REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE’
“Reflections of my Life,” an exhibit of photographs taken by adults from Howard Center Developmental Services in a VSA Vermont adult arts education class, will be displayed Aug. 3-31 at the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington.
CALL TO ARTISTS
Artists are invited to think squares. The next show at the Jericho Town Hall will reflect your interpretation—in any medium—of the square. Register by Aug. 15. More info at 899-2974 or [email protected]
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.
‘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
MARY BRYAN EXHIBIT
Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville celebrates the 30th anniversary of its founding with an exhibition of paintings by Mary Bryan, in whose memory the gallery was built, from May 2 – Sept. 7. The exhibition of 100 paintings includes watercolors, oils, collages and egg tempera paintings, painted over a 30 year period in Vermont, Massachusetts, Alaska and the Southwest, England and the Caribbean.
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.
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.