Saturday, July 26
CHAMPLAIN VALLEY FOLK FESTIVAL
The Champlain Valley Folk Festival is set for 4-11 p.m. at the Elley-Long Center in Colchester. Finest Kind concert from 4-6 p.m., potluck from 6-8 p.m., Wild Asparagus contra dance 8 – 11 p.m. www.cvfolkfest.org or 877-850-0206.
PJC KIDS CLUB
The Peace & Justice Center Kids’ Club continues from 2-4pm with an event celebrating Africa. An afternoon of cultural acceptance, exploration and fun. Francine Serwili-Ngunga will share her Rwandan culture through dance, story telling and sambusa making. Part of the free summer series.
The Milton Community Band will perform a summer concert on the beach at Sand Bar State Park at 1 p.m. Local musicians will pull from their diverse repertoire of show tunes, parade marches, folk music and more. Free with paid park entry.
Sunday, July 27
RICK AND THE RAMBLERS CONCERT
Rick Norcross and The All Star Ramblers will perform at the Grand Isle Lake House with picnicking on the lawn at 5:30 p.m. and show at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance at several local stores. $25 tickets are available at the event or reserved by calling 372-8889.
Wednesday, July 30
MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer hosts a kickoff event from 6 to 8 p.m. at G’s Restaurant at Sheraton Hotel in South Burlington. RSVP no later than July 23 [email protected] or 872-6344.
Friday, Aug. 1
BENEFIT CONCERT AND SILENT AUCTION
Benefit concert and silent auction is set from 5 p.m. to midnight at People Academy. Performers include A2VT, Jon Gailmor, Rachel Booher, Andriana Chabot, David Pollack, Lily Virginia, John Wilson, Allen Church and Girls’ Night Out. Tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for youth ages 11-17 and college students with a college ID. All money raised will go towards a wheel chair van and home renovations for Nathan Cosgrove, who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Saturday, Aug. 2
CVU CLASS OF 1969 REUNION
The Champlain Valley Union High School Class of 1969 is holding a 45th year reunion. Members of the class of 1968 and 1970, as well as other classes of that vintage, are invited to attend. For more information, contact Jeff Isham [email protected] or 793-3373.
Sunday, Aug. 3
VERMONT FRESH NETWORK FORUM
Vermont Fresh Network hosts its annual forum and fundraising dinner at the Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms. The celebration will features local products grown and raised by Vermont’s farmers prepared by 30 of the state’s chefs. Tickets are $50 for members and $75 for non-members. www.VermontFresh.net or 434-2000. Tickets at FlynnTix.org.
Wednesday, Aug. 6
BURLINGTON BUSINESS FAIR
The Burlington Business Fair is set from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Burlington City Hall on Church Street. Free event connecting people interested in starting or growing a business with local, state and federal resources. An Exploring Business Ownership workshop will be held at 10 a.m. and a Marketing For Business Owners workshop will be held at noon. [email protected] or 865-7187.
Friday, Aug. 8
Queen City Contras will hold its regular dance at 8 p.m. at Shelburne Town Hall. All are welcome, all dances taught, no partner or experience necessary. Beginners’ session at 7:45 p.m. Admission $8 for adults, under 12 free. Bring clean, soft-soled shoes for dancing. 371-9492, 343-7165 or www.queencitycontras.org
Friday, Aug. 8 – Saturday, Aug. 9
Our Lady of Grace Parish in Colchester is holding an indoor tag sale fundraiser on Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 879-1642.
Saturday, Aug. 9
BHS CLASS OF 1979 REUNION
Burlington High School class of 1979 will host its reunion at 6 p.m. at the Eagles Club in South Burlington. www.btvhs79.com
RUN FOR YOUR LIFE
Ninth annual Run for Your Life Brandon M Stephenson 4.4 mile Memorial Run/Walk is set for 8:45 a.m. at the St. Albans town pool. Family-friendly event, welcoming runners, walkers, bicycles, dogs, strollers and even a rollerbladers. The money raised goes to scholarships for two BFA students. www.runforyourlifevt.com.
Sunday, Aug. 10
YOGA ON CHURCH STREET
Free 1.5-hour community hatha yoga class on the Church Street Marketplace in Burlington from 9 a.m. to noon. All volunteer run event raises awareness and donations for Prevent Child Abuse Vermont. Meet across from Unitarian Church. Bring a yoga mat. Post-event activities include raffle prizes. www.pcavt.org/index.php?id=400
Sunday, Aug. 17
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
Saturday, Aug. 23
USED MUSICAL INSTRUMENT SALE
Central Vermont Share the Music presents the 18th annual Used Musical Instrument Sale at Bethany Church, located at 115 Main Street in Montpelier. Sellers keep 80 percent of sale price, 20 percent goes to CVSM. All profits used to provide music scholarship assistance. Instruments for sale should be dropped off on Friday between 4 and 7 p.m., sale hours are Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. SharetheMusicVT.org
Saturday, Aug. 30
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.
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. 20
MADE IN VERMONT MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Vermont Symphony Orchestra is set to hold the 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
The UVM music department hosts a series of concerts by Italian pianist Raphael Gualazzi and Vermont musicians at the following venues: Aug. 6, Sweet Melissa’s, Montpelier; Aug. 7, Artsriot, Burlington; Aug. 8, 51 Main, Middlebury; Aug. 9, Parker Pie Co., West Glover; Aug. 10, Osteria Chiara, Norwich; Aug. 12, The Monkey House, Winooski. www.facebook.com/pages/Raphael-Gualazzi-Band-Reality-Fantasy-Vermont-
An exhibition of new paintings created by Jay Giroux during his residency at Black Horse SPG (Studio Project Gallery) in Burlington. The paintings voyeuristically exploit popular themes from Giroux’s childhood roots in Burlington. Launch party for READ Movement is set for July 24 from 6 to 8 p.m.
‘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.
RICHMOND FARMERS MARKET
The Richmond Farmers Market is held every Friday from 3 to 6:30 p.m. through Oct. 17 on the Volunteer’s Green in the Richmond Village town park. Live music, fresh vegetables, fruit, flowers, mushrooms, meats, honey, maple syrup, breads and other baked goods, chevre, pesto, prepared foods, wine, soaps and lotions, pottery, cards, and more. www.RichmondFarmersMarketVT.org
‘ON THE TOWN’
Stowe Theatre Guild’s production of the romantic musical comedy On The Town opens on Wednesday, July 16, at 8 p.m., and runs Wednesday through Saturday until Aug. 2 at Town Hall Theatre on the second floor of the Akeley Soldiers Memorial Building in Stowe. $20 adults, $10 children. www.stowetheatre.com
Nationally exhibited Vermont-based artist, Adrienne Ginter, will have a solo exhibition at Outerlands Gallery in Vergennes for the month of July. The exhibition will focus on her hand-cut paper works, for which Ginter has gained national acclaim. www.outerlandsgallery.com
‘BLUES IN THE NIGHT’
Lost Nation Theater presents “Blues in the Night,” running Thursdays through Sundays July 10—27 at the Montpelier City Hall Arts Center. Curtain is 7 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays; 7 p.m. Sunday, July 13 & 20 and 2 p.m. Sunday, July 27. Plus a 2 p.m. matinee July 12. Tickets are $30 Friday – Sunday. $25. 229-0492 or lostnationtheater.org
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.
SUMMER WRITING WORKSHOP
A series of free summer writing workshops are being offered focusing on stories of addiction and recovery for individuals and their families. “Writers for Recovery” will be held in Burlington at The Turning Point Center of Chittenden County, located at 191 Bank Street. Workshops run on Wednesdays, June 16 through Aug. 20, and start at 5:30pm. [email protected] or 861-3150.
SUMMER ARTS CAMP
Our Community Cares Camp is offering a Summer Arts Camp to support, challenge and inspire young artists to further develop skills and pursue new ideas. The camp is for students ages 8 – 13, located at Camel’s Hump Middle School from 9 a.m. – noon the weeks of July 21-25 and July 29-Aug. 1. Art Camp fee is $145. Open Studio fee is $155 a session. Applications available online at www.ourcommunitycarescamp.org or at the Williston library.
Burlington College will hold a “Music in the Fields” summer concert series July 17 – Aug. 2. Concerts performed outdoors on campus under a tent. Tickets are available online at www.burlington.edu/mighty-mozart. $15 adults; free for children 12 and under.
‘THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAY’
St. Michael’s Playhouse presents Ken Ludwig’s contemporary comedy “The Fox on the Fairway” July 2 – 12. Tickets and times at www.saintmichaelsplayhouse.org or 654-2281.
‘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
‘IN OUR ELEMENT’
Emile A Gruppe Gallery in Jericho presents 15 textile artist, members of Vermont’s chapter of the Surface Design Association. June 5 through July 13. www.emilegruppe gallery.com
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.
GMBC INTRODUCTORY GROUP RIDES
The Green Mountain Bicycle Club will offer introductory group rides every other Saturday during the months of May and June. Experienced riders will explain the rules of the road and teach novice cyclists how to ride safely in a group. The rides will start at 10 a.m. at the Wheeler log at Dorset Park in South Burlington and will travel between 12 and 20 miles. Nobody will be left behind. Cyclists must wear helmets and have bikes in good working condition. Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The GMBC’s Introductory Group Rides will take place on May 3, May 17, May 31, June 14 and June 28. Contact GMBC Advocacy Chair Viola Chu at [email protected] for more information.
DIVORCE CARE SUPPORT GROUP
The 13-week Divorce Care Support Group (for men and women) will be offered on Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:30 p.m., March 11 – June 3, at the Essex Alliance Community Center. 989-4081.
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.