- 2015 • 10 • 04MARCH FOR ELEPHANTS AND RHINOS
- 2015 • 10 • 04BOOM VT DRUM FESTIVAL
- 2015 • 10 • 04JAKE KAHN 5K FUN RUN/WALK
- 2015 • 10 • 04Divorce Support Group
- 2015 • 10 • 05SIDEWALK STUDY
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Thursday, Sept. 27. The Burlington Film Society and the Vermont International Film Foundation will host an exclusive Burlington area theatrical screening of the recent documentary “The Wolfpack” at 7 p.m. at The Main Street Landing Film House. Discussion will follow. Free for VTIFF Members, $8 general admission, $5 for students. vtiff.org
VSO MADE IN VERMONT TOUR
Friday, Sept. 25 – Sunday, Oct. 4. The Vermont Symphony Orchestra begins its annual fall tour, presenting in eight towns and villages across Vermont. Tickets available at flynntix.org.
Adults $29, seniors $25, VSC faculty/staff $15 and students/VSC Students $10/6. vso.org
WILLISTON CHOWDER CHALLENGE
Sunday, Sept. 27. Sample chowders from 20 local restaurants and organizations and vote on your favorite. Adults $10, kids 6-12 $5, under age 6 free. Get $1 off admission with a nonperishable food item. Noon-3 p.m. on the Williston Village Green. Proceeds benefit Williston Police Officers Association and Williston Community Food Shelf. www.willistonchowderchallenge.org
ALL SOULS CHORAL CELEBRATION
Saturday, Sept. 27. All Souls Interfaith Gathering will hold its 14th annual Choral Celebration at Shelburne Farms at 4 p.m. Free. Donations accepted. www.allsoulsinterfaith.org.
Sunday, Sept. 27. The Albany Berkshire Ballet is hosting auditions for Vermont children to dance the roles of Clara, Fritz, Party Children, Parlor Maids, Reindeer, Mice, Mini-Mice, Toy Soldiers, Clowns and Angels at the Flynn Center. There is a role in this production for every child who auditions. Previous dance experience is not required of the 4-5 year olds, or of the boys. Participation fee $25, audition fee $15. Audition times: Ages 4-5, 10-10:30 a.m.; Ages 6-8, 10:30-11:30 a.m.; Ages 9-11 11:30-1 p.m.; Ages 12 and up, -1:30 p.m. 253-5151 or [email protected]
HEALTHY AGING CONVERSATION
Wednesday, Sept. 30. If you are aged 60 or older, join United Way’s conversations about healthy aging. Share your ideas about how Chittenden County could better meet the unique needs of our residents as they age. Dorothy Alling Library in Williston from 10:30 a.m.-noon. 861-7822 or [email protected]
SUSTAINABLE WILLISTON MEETING
Thursday, Oct. 1. Sustainable Williston meeting at 7:15 p.m. at Dorothy Alling Library. www.sustainablewilliston.org.
WILLISTON LITTLE LEAGUE ANNUAL MEETING
Thursday, Oct. 1. Williston Little League will hold its annual meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the
Williston Central School Library. The primary agenda item is to elect board members for the 2015-2016 season. The league needs new board members. [email protected]
SHARE THE HARVEST
Thursday, Oct. 1. The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont will hold the 21st annual Share the Harvest event, to be held at more than 52 food businesses around the state. Up to 15 percent of sales on this day at participating restaurants, co-ops and stores will be donated to NOFA-VT’s Farm Share Program. www.nofavt.org/STH
CASINO NIGHT TO BENEFIT EPILEPSY
Friday, Oct. 2. Black Jack, Roulette, Poker, Craps and Wheel of Fortune with cash prizes and music by J.A.M. Entertainment. Benefit for Epilepsy Foundation of Vermont from 7 p.m.-11 p.m at the Elks Club, 925 North Ave., Burlington. $5 admission. The first 100 attendees will receive a free appetizer card from the Texas Roadhouse in Williston. For more information, call 1-800-565-0972 or [email protected]
FAIRFAX RUMMAGE SALE
Friday, Oct. 2 – Saturday, Oct. 3. Sale 3-7 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Baptist Building on Main Street in Fairfax. 849-6313.
ESSEX JUNCTION RUMMAGE SALE
Friday, Oct. 2 – Saturday, Oct. 3. Sale 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Grace United Methodist Church, 130 Maple St., Essex Jct. 879-7943.
WILLISTON FIRE DEPARTMENT OPEN HOUSE
Saturday, Oct. 3. The Williston Fire Department will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with station tours, the opportunity for kids to touch a truck, children’s safety activities and car seat safety inspections. From 10:30 to 11 a.m., there will be fire extinguisher training, and a bedroom live fire demonstration at noon.
Saturday, Oct. 3. The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Vermont will hold a 5K walk around downtown Burlington from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to raise funds and awareness for mental health issues in Vermont. All walk donations go directly toward free NAMI Vermont community programs. No registration fee. www.namivt.org
WALK FOR FARMED ANIMALS
Sunday, Oct. 3. Green Mountain Animal Defenders’ 5th Annual Walk for Farmed Animals at 11 a.m. on Church Street in Burlington will raise awareness of the plight of animals, especially those on factory farms, and generate funds for life-saving rescues of farmed animals. Rain date Oct. 10. [email protected], 861-3030 or http://bit.ly/2015walk4farmedanimals.
CHICKEN PIE SUPPER
Saturday, Oct. 3. Jericho Congregational Church will hold its 115th chicken pie supper, with seatings at 4:30, 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Adults $10, children 3-12 $5, children 2 and under free. 899-4911.
Saturday, Oct. 3. Shelburne United Methodist Church will host its annual harvest dinner with chicken, gravy and biscuits with mashed potatoes, cole slaw, squash and more. $12 adults, $6 children (5-11), free for children 4 and younger. Reservations required. Two seatings: 5 and 6:30 p.m. 985-3981 or [email protected]
HOUSING CO-OP FORUM
Saturday, Oct. 3. Leaders of housing cooperatives in Vermont and Montreal will explain how their co-ops work and why they love them. Visit co-op tables from 2-3 p.m. at Contois Auditorium, City Hall, Burlington from 2-3 p.m. The forum is set for 3 – 5 p.m.
MARCH FOR ELEPHANTS AND RHINOS
Sunday, Oct. 4. Thousands of people around the world will march as one voice to put an end to the ivory and rhino horn trade. Locals will gather at City Hall in Burlington at 11 a.m. and march at 11:30 a.m. A rally will be held at noon in front of City Hall on Church Street. www.ivoryfreevermont.org.
BOOM VT DRUM FESTIVAL
Sunday, Oct. 4. Free drum festival brings together people with and without disabilities through the joy of music and the arts. Workshops, demonstrations, lessons and hands-on art and drum making projects culminating in a community drum circle led by local professional drummers. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington from 1-4 p.m. www.vsavt.org/cultural-access/boomvt
‘PAYING FOR COLLEGE’ WORKSHOP
Wednesday, Oct. 7. Vermont Student Assistance Corp. will offer free workshops at local high schools—including one at Champlain Valley Union High at 6:30 p.m.—to help families plan how to pay for college and training after high school. The presentations, which normally run 90 minutes to 2 hours, provide students and their parents with information on financial aid and other resources available to pay for college.
RICHMOND CHICKEN PIE SUPPER
Wednesday, Oct 7. Richmond Congregational Church will hold its 68th annual Chicken Pie Supper. Seatings at 4:30, 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Take out meals available at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. $12, $6 for children under 12, preschool-aged children free. Reservations required. www.rccucc.org or 318- 5359.
CHASE AWAY 5K
Sunday, Oct. 11. Help Chase Away K9 Cancer with a fun run along the South Burlington bike path, beginning at Veterans Memorial Park. Friendly, leashed dogs welcome. Check-in at 9 a.m., race at 10 a.m. $20 to pre-register, $30 day of the race. www.facebook.com/ChaseAway5K
Friday, Oct. 16 – Saturday, Oct. 17. Richmond Congregational Church will hold a rummage sale Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. [email protected]
MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER
Saturday, Oct. 18. The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk will be held at Dorset Park in South Burlington. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and the 5-mile walk, with a 3-mile option, starts at 1 p.m. 1-800-227-2345 or makingstrideswalk.org/chittendencountyvt
HOMESHARE VERMONT INFO SESSION
Thursday, Oct. 22. Learn about HomeShare Vermont—which helps seniors and adults with disabilities remain at home by matching them with housemates who will help with household chores in exchange for an affordable place to live—during an information session at HomeShare Vermont’s South Burlington office at noon. Free, pre-register. [email protected] or 863-5625.
HALLOWEEN EXPRESS TRAIN RIDES AND PARTY
Friday, Oct. 30 – Saturday, Oct. 31. Train rides and pre-boarding party at Main Street Station in Burlington. Costumes encouraged. Three options: Kids Express daytime rides for families; Haunted Express evening rides; and R.I.P. rides (VIP experience with appetizers and Switchback brew tasting). Portion of proceeds benefits the Vermont Foodbank. www.halloweenexpressvt.com or 872-9000 x11.
DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP
Sept. 13 – Dec. 6. Divorce is a tough road. Feelings of separation, betrayal, confusion, anger and self-doubt are common. But there is life after divorce. The Essex Alliance Church in Essex Junction will host 13-week Divorce Care Support Group (for men and women) will on Sunday evenings, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 425-7053.
EEE LECTURE SERIES
Education Enrichment for Everyone (EEE) will begin its fall series of programs on Friday, Sept. 11 and present 12 weeks of interesting and diverse programs. The series is held at the Faith United Methodist Church in South Burlington at 899 Dorset Street. Each lecture starts at 2 p.m. and lasts one hour. There will be coffee and refreshments between 1:15 and 1:45 p.m. the first session of each month. Participants can join EEE for $50 for the fall semester and $90 for both the fall and spring semesters, or pay $5 for each lecture (at the door). 864-3516.
BICYCLE CLUB RIDES
The Green Mountain Bicycle Club will host rides throughout the state every Sunday through the summer. Helmets required. www.thegmbc.com.
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. [email protected]
GREATER BURLINGTON SOCIAL TENNIS LEAGUE
League matches will be played at South Burlington High School on Wednesday nights from 6-8 p.m. ustanewengland.com/BurlingtonSocialTennisLeague
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
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. [email protected] or 872-5722.
Women gather for a time of crafts and fellowship at Essex Alliance Church twice a month Wednesday evenings. For more information and times, contact Deb Schonberg at 238-2291.
CHITTENDEN COUNTY CHESS CLUB
Play chess against a human, not a computer. The club meets at 7 p.m. on Thursdays in Room 202 in the Joyce Learning Center, Champlain College, Burlington. Experts and novices welcome. $2 nightly fee. 324-1143 or [email protected]
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.
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 performs at First Night, Mardi Gras, July 3, Dragon Boat Races, COTS Walk, River of Light Parade and more. www.sambatucada.org or 862-5017.
FREE COMMUNITY DINNERS
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 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.
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.
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.