September 17, 2014

Events & Happenings

Friday, Sept. 12

CONTRA DANCE

Queen City Contras will hold its regular dance at 8 p.m. at Edmunds School in Burlington. All are welcome, all dances taught, no partner or experience necessary. Beginners’ session at 7:45 p.m. Admission is $8 adults. Under 12 free. Bring clean, soft-soled shoes for dancing. 371-9492, 343-7165 or www.queencitycontras.org

 

Saturday, Sept. 13

NEFCU SHREDFEST

New England Federal Credit Union will hold the third and last NEFCU Shred Fest of 2014 on from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the credit union’s Williston branch. Free and open to the public. For individuals only, with a limit of five boxes of documents per person. nefcu.com

WALK FOR CHILDREN

Prevent Child Abuse Vermont will host the 2014 Walk for Children at the Howe center in Rutland. Walkers from all over Vermont come to show their support for child abuse prevention and help to make a difference for Vermont children at risk. www.pcavt.org or 1-800-CHILDREN to register.

SIMULCAST

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

BENEFIT CONCERT

The Chad Hollister Band and special guest, Kris Gruen, are holding a benefit concert for Prevent Child Abuse Vermont at the Barre Opera House at 7 p.m. Tickets $24-$31. www.barreoperahouse.org

BEGINNING GENEALOGY

The Vermont Genealogy Library in Colchester will host a talk aimed at those who are about to start their genealogy searches and those who are relatively inexperienced. Sheila Morris will discuss records, methods and best practices for research and organizing the records and information you find. Classes run from 10:30 a.m. to noon and cost $5 unless noted. www.vtgenlib.org/

 

Sunday, Sept. 14

Walk for Wishes

Make-a-Wish Vermont hosts the 11th annual Walk for Wishes at Shelburne Museum. The Walk, which has the option of a scavenger hunt component, is followed by a family friendly Celebration of Hope where wish kids, past and present, will be celebrated. www.walkforwishesvt.org or 864-9393.

 

Wednesday, Sept. 17

‘WOMEN AND MONEY’

New England Federal Credit Union will host a workshop entitled “Women and Money” from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the credit union’s St. Albans branch. Learn six steps women can take to help them achieve financial confidence, including taking control of their money, becoming more knowledgeable investors, advocating for themselves in the workplace, planning for retirement and creating an estate plan. Free. Seating is limited, call 879-8790 or sign up at nefcu.com.

 

Thursday, Sept. 18

OPEN HOUSE

The Center for Technology, Essex will hold an open house called “Face to Face” starting at 6:30 p.m. in the EHS cafeteria. Parents and guardians can meet administrators, teachers, guidance coordinators, special educators, career development coordinators and more.

HOME BUYING WORKSHOP

New England Federal Credit Union will host “Home Buying After 5” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Whether you are looking to buy a new home in three months or three years, start preparing now with a general overview of what to expect. Free. Seating is limited, call 879-8790 or sign up at nefcu.com.

VERMONT NATURAL RESOURCES COUNCIL ANNUAL MEETING

The Vermont Natural Resources Council will host its 2014 annual meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Old Lantern Inn and Barn in Charlotte. The public is invited. Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner David Mears will discuss recent gains for the environment and offer an update on the cleanup of Lake Champlain. VNRC will also present this year’s Art Gibb Award to Andrea Morgante of Hinseburg. Suggested donation of $10. [email protected]

 

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

BALLROOM DANCE SOCIAL

The Vermont Chapter of USA Dance will hold a ballroom dance social at the Elley Long Music Center in Colchester. Dancers of all skill levels and backgrounds come together with a featured lesson in salsa. 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

CHICKEN AND BISCUIT SUPPER

The Essex United Methodist Church in Essex Center, is hosting a chicken and biscuit supper. Reservations are required for the two sittings at 5 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. and also for take-out dinners at 4.30 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. Cost is $12 adults, $6 children; no charge for children under 5. Chicken, biscuits, mashed potatoes, gravy, squash, cranberry sauce, coleslaw, homemade pie and a beverage. 878-8304.

ELECTRIC CAR SHOWCASE

Drive Electric Vermont is hosting an electric car showcase in South Burlington at the University Mall from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

www.DriveElectricVT.com/ndew2014

 

Sunday, Sept. 21

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.

BAND CONCERT

The Joe Levesque Big Band will perform at 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Essex Junction. Donations accepted to benefit the music program at the church. [email protected] or 878-5745.

WHISKEY ON THE LAKE

Rather than risk being caught along the roads that crisscrossed the United States-Canadian border in New York and Vermont, many professional smugglers and others avoided lawmen altogether by using the open waters of Lake Champlain. Dr. Scott McLaughlin presents a 4:30 p.m. talk at the Ethan Allen Homestead explaining how these outlaws smuggled alcohol into the United States from Canada and how the U.S. Customs officers tried their best to stop the seemingly never-ending flow of booze between 1920 and 1933. Free.

 

Tuesday, Sept. 23

BURLINGTON GARDEN CLUB MEETING

THE Burlington Garden Club will host a meeting at 1:15 p.m. at the Faith United Methodist Church in South Burlington. Presentation by Richard Dube on “Pond side planting with moisture loving bulbs, perennials and wildflowers.” A brief meeting will precede the program. Free and open to the public. 372-4058.

 

Saturday, Sept. 27

PEDALS FOR PROGRESS

The Green Mountain Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and Ripple Youth will be collecting used bikes and sewing machines for self-help programs in the developing world. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Champlain Valley Expo fairgrounds in Essex Junction. $10 donation requested to help with cost of shipping the items. 238-5414.

 

Sunday, Sept. 28

VISION WALK

The Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (VABVI) will host its fourth annual “Vision Walk” Walk-A-Thon fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Dorset Park in South Burlington. Register online at www.firstgiving.com/vabvi or by calling 1-800-639-5861, ext. 219. The cost is $15 for adults and $5 for children under 12. This two-mile walk is intended to both increase awareness of the organization’s services and raise funds for its 1,409 clients. It will be followed by a barbeque by donation and music. www.vabvi.org

 

Wednesday, Oct. 1

AARP DRIVER SAFETY CLASS

The American Cancer Society in Williston will host the AARP Driver Safety Class from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The 4.5-hour refresher course is open to all drivers 50 years and older. The curriculum addresses the normal physical changes brought on by the aging process, how these changes can affect driving ability and then offers ways to compensate for those changes. Some insurance companies offer a discount to drivers who have completed the class. Drivers who have qualified for a discount by taking the course must take a refresher course every 3 years. The fee for the course is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. 888-3394.

 

Friday, Oct. 3

DANCE DANCE SI SI

DJ Toni Basanta will host “Dance Dance Si Si” at the Richmond Free Library at 7 p.m. Free Show for all ages and tastes.

 

Saturday, Oct. 4

CHICKEN PIE SUPPER

Shelburne United Methodist Church will host a chicken pie supper with seatings at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Reservations required. $12 adults, $6 children under 11, children under 5 free. 985-3981.

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS

The Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society will host an interfaith blessing of the animals at the humane society at 1 p.m. Free and open to the public and their animals. Donations collected for the Animals-in-Need Food Shelf. 802-HUG-LUCY.

 

Thursday, Oct. 9 – Saturday, Oct. 11

The First Baptist Church in Burlington will hold a fall rummage sale Oct. 9 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Oct. 11 from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. 864-6515.

 

Saturday, Oct. 11

CHICKEN PIE SUPPER

The Williston Federated Church will hold its annual chicken pie supper with seatings at 5 and 6 p.m. Chicken pie with biscuits, mashed potatoes, squash, coleslaw, pumpkin or apple pie and beverage served family style. Reservations are required. Take out is also available by reservation. Tickets $12.50 for adults, $6 for children 12 and under. Call Carol at 862-7400 to make a reservation.

 

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

ONGOING

EEE FALL SEMESTER

Elder Education Enrichment (EEE) will begin its fall series of programs on Monday, Sept. 8. The series is held at the Faith United Methodist Church, a handicapped accessible facility, located in South Burlington at 899 Dorset Street. Each lecture starts at 2 p.m. and lasts one hour. Coffee and refreshments between 1:15 and 1:45 p.m. the first session of each month. $50 for the semester or $5 per lecture. 864-3516 or [email protected] for a program list.

 

‘MOUNTAIN BORNE’ EXHIBIT

Emile A Gruppe Gallery in Jericho Center presents an exhibit of paintings by Marcia Reese, which are also captured in her poetry in a show titled “Mountain Borne, Inner and Outer Landscapes.” Sunday, Sept. 7 is an artist reception from 1 – 4 p.m. with a poetry reading at 2 p.m. The show runs through Sept. 28. 899.3211 or www.emilegruppegallery.com

 

SQUARE DANCE SESSIONS

The Lake Champlain Squares is hosting three free introductory sessions in September—Tuesdays, Sept. 9, 16 and 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School in South Burlington. 985-2012, 878-2485 or lakechamplainsquares.org

 

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.

 

‘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.