Thursday, Oct. 23
‘SCREEN TIME: GROWING READERS IN A DIGITAL WORLD’
Vermont Humanities Council in collaboration with the annual conference of the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children presents a free public talk by author Lisa Guernsey at 7 p.m. at UVM’s Davis Center in Burlington. She will discuss how electronic media affects young children and how to responsibly incorporate technology into a child’s life. 262.1352 or [email protected]
‘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. www.vermontitalianclub.org
WILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL
The Vermont Natural Resources Council hosts the seventh 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.
LOON TO LYNX
The symposium “Loon to Lynx: Celebrating 40 Years of the Endangered Species Act” celebrates the legacy of this landmark legislation and Vermont’s experience protecting our most vulnerable species at the ECHO Aquarium and Science Center from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $15. vt.audubon.org
Thursday, Oct. 23 – Friday, Oct. 24
The Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities, a federal advisory committee established by the Protect Our Kids Act of 2012, is holding a public meeting at the Sheraton Burlington Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5p.m. and Friday from 12:30 to 3 p.m. EliminateChildAbuseFatalities.sites.usa.gov
Friday, Oct. 24
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
COMMUNITY PUMPKIN CARVING
The Williston Recreation Department hosts a free community pumpkin carving night from 6-8 p.m. at the Williston Central School cafeteria. Bring your own pumpkin and use the cafeteria entrance. Free pizza while supplies last. [email protected] or 878-1239.
Friday, Oct. 24 – Sunday, Oct. 26
‘ONCE UPON A MATTRESS’
The Champlain Valley Union High School Theatre Program presents “Once Upon A Mattress,” a musical comedy retelling of the story of “The Princess and 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. 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.
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]
CHICKEN PIE SUPPER
The United Church of Hinesburg will host its annual chicken pie supper with assigned seatings at 5 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. Make reservations for your whole party at one time. Tickets $10 for adults, $6 for children ages 5-12, children under age 5 are free. For reservations, call 482-2965.
GOOGLE YOUR FAMILY TREE
Ed McGuire will discuss how Google can be used as a tool to find records associated with your ancestors at the Vermont Genealogy Library in Colchester from 10:30 a.m. to noon. $5. www.vtgenlib.org or 310-9285.
The VSO offers a five-concert Saturday Masterworks series at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington. All concerts begin at 8 p.m. and are preceded at 7 p.m. by Musically Speaking, a free pre-concert discussion that provides entertaining insight into the evening’s program. Tickets $16-$61. www.flynntix.org or www.vso.org
Sunday, Oct. 26
MOTORCYCLE BENEFIT RALLY
Motorcyclists, non-motorcyclists, friends and family are coming together to come help children in need worldwide with a Motorcycle Benefit Rally at 10 a.m. at Green Mountain Harley Davidson in Essex Junction, V.T. 05452. This event supports the efforts of Operation Christmas Child, where children all over the world who may have never received a gift before will get shoeboxes filled with toys, school supplies and basic hygiene items. The entry fee is a packed shoebox or a $15 donation. Ride registration at 10 a.m., ride until 1:30 p.m., lunch and show by Jamie Lee Thurston at 1:30 p.m. 999-2281.
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.
WORK GROUP MEETING
The Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District will host a local work group meeting at Thatcher Brook Elementary School in Waterbury from 6 to 8 p.m. to discuss the natural resource issues and concerns of area residents. RSVP requested. [email protected] or 828-4493, ext. 110.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.