October 2, 2014

Events & Happenings

Tuesday, Oct. 2

SHARE THE HARVEST

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont will collaborate with approximately 70 restaurants, food markets and food cooperatives throughout Vermont for the 20th annual Share the Harvest fundraising event. Participating restaurants and food stores will donate a percentage of their sales to NOFA-VT’s Farm Share Program. For a list of participating restaurants, visit www.nofavt.org or call 434-4122.

 

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.

FIRST FRIDAY ART

Galleries and art venues staying open late (5 to 8 p.m. in most cases) to welcome walkers and share Burlington’s art scene. Pick up A copy of Art Map Burlington, First Friday Art’s official publication, or check out www.artmapburlington.com to see a preview of First Friday Art happenings. [email protected] or 264-4839.

CHAMPLAIN COLLEGE MAKERLAB OPENING

Champlain College will celebrate the grand opening of the college’s MakerLab and expanded Emergent Media Center on from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at Champlain’s Miller Center at Lakeside Campus in Burlington. Tour the new MakerLab and Emergent Media Center, learn about rapid prototyping equipment, explore interactive digital and physical projects, and make something of your own. Free and open to the public. champlain.edu/emc or 383-6650.

 

CASINO NIGHT

The Epilepsy Foundation of Vermont will host its 15th annual Casino Night from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Elks Club in Burlington. $5 admission fee. Black jack, roulette, poker, craps and Wheel of Fortune. Cash prizes. 1-800-565-0972 or [email protected]

 

Friday, Oct. 3 – Saturday, Oct. 4

RUMMAGE SALE

Grace United Methodist Church in Essex Junction will hold its annual fall rummage sale on Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 878-8071.

 

Saturday, Oct. 4

FALL BAZAAR & CRAFT SHOW

Williston Woods hosts its Fall Bazaar & Craft Show from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Williston Woods Activity Center. Craft tables, bake sale, gift basket raffle, plant sale, candy table and white elephant sale. Continental breakfast, soups and sandwiches for lunch.

GEAR AND TAG SALE

The Bellwether School will hold a gear and tag sale with items from more than 40 families from 9 a.m. to 1 pm. at the school. Kids’ gear and winter clothes, household items, bikes, furniture, books, games, bake sale and more. Rain or shine.

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.

VERMONT COVERED BRIDGE SOCIETY FALL MEETING

The Vermont Covered Bridge Society will host its fall meeting at Ilsley Library in Middlebury with a business meeting at 10 a.m. and a presentation on the Cambridge Junction/Poland Bridge at 11 a.m. and a tour of local covered bridges after lunch. Free and open to the public. www.vermontbridges.com

 

Sunday, Oct. 5

STUDENT CHOREOGRAPHY SHOWCASE

UVM dance composition students perform their work from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
 at the UVM Music Recital Hall in Burlington. Free and open to the public.
 [email protected]

 

Tuesday, Oct. 7

MAKING STRIDES TEAM MEETING

A Making Strides Against Breast Cancer team meeting will be held 5:30-6:30 p.m. at American Cancer Society in Williston, preparing for the walk on Oct. 19 at Dorset Park in South Burlington.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 8

THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF THE PASSENGER PIGEON

Passenger Pigeons numbered in the billions in the 19th century, yet by 1914 they were extinct. Author and naturalist Joel Greenberg recounts the story of the Passenger Pigeon’s demise as described in his book, “A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction” and highlights the important lessons this story presents for those of us living in the 21st century. The event will be held at 7 p.m. at 207 Lafayette Hall on the UVM campus. Free, donation of $15 ($5 for students) appreciated.

AARP SMART DRIVER CLASS

Wake Robin in Shelburne will host the AARP Driver Safety Class 12:30-5 p.m. Open to all drivers 50 years and older. $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. Call Krista Malaney at 264-5107.

Friday, Oct. 10

CONCERT

The University Concert Band performs under the direction of Professor D. Thomas Toner and the University Symphony Orchestra performs under the direction of Professor Yutaka Kono at the UVM Music Recital Hall from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free and open to the public.

 

Thursday, Oct. 9 – Saturday, Oct. 11

RUMMAGE SALE

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.

 

Friday, Oct. 10

CONTRA DANCE

Queen City Contras will hold its regular dance on 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 is $8 adults. Under 12 free. Bring clean, soft-soled shoes for dancing. www.queencitycontras.org, 371-9492 or 343-7165

 

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.

BOTTLE DRIVE

Williston Girl Scout Troop 30821 will run a bottle drive in Williston. When possible, leave cans and bottles at the curb. If you want to arrange pick-up of a large donation or you live in an area you think scouts will miss, call Meghan Mathon at 879-9503.

FALL FESTIVAL

The Birds of Vermont Museum in Huntington will host a fall festival and arts and crafts open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Outdoor meadow games, craft tables and more. Volunteers welcome.

Free for members; $5 everyone else. www.birdsofvermont.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

BUDDY WALK

The Champlain Valley Down Syndrome Group will host the 5th Annual Champlain Valley Buddy Walk at Battery Park in Burlington. The event kicks off at noon and one-mile walk through Burlington commences at 1 p.m. Refreshments provided. $10 per participant. http://cvdsg.org/buddy-walk-2014/

HARVEST HAM DINNER

St. Thomas Church in Underhill Center holds its annual Harvest Ham Dinner with seatings at 4 p.m., 5:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The menu includes ham, baked potatoes, squash, carrots, coleslaw, rolls and homemade desserts. Take out meals available. Tickets $12 for adults, $6 for children 6 – 12 years, children 5 and under free. 899-4632.

FLUTE CONCERT

Vermont Virtuosi, Vermont’s new chamber music series, continues its programming with a concert for multiple flutes, featuring UVM and Middlebury College affiliate artist Anne Janson as soloist in Mozart’s “Andante in C,” transcribed for flute ensemble at the UVM Music Recital Hall from 4 to 5 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, email [email protected], visit www.laurelannmaurer.com or call 881-9153.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 15

HOSPICE CARE IN VERMONT

VNA’s Madison-Deane Initiative is presenting a “Knowledge is Power” free event to generate community discussion on this topic. Renowned best-selling author and award-winning journalist Stephen Kiernan will present an update on the status of end-of-life care in Vermont and he will propose a clear call-to-action to help further understanding of how Hospice can help Vermonters and their families at the end of life. Hampton Inn, Colchester, 7 – 8:30 p.m. www.vnacares.org/mdi.

 

Friday, Oct. 17

LANE SERIES CONCERT

The UVM Lane Series presents prize-winning pianist Tien Hsieh, who completed a tour of Budapest, Hungary, where she performed an all-Liszt program at the Liszt Museum. The concert, set for 7:30 p.m. at the UVM Recital Hall, is supported by the UVM Lane Series Piano Consortium and also by the Vermont Community Foundation. Tickets are $25 adult/$10 student. www.uvm.edu/laneseries or flynntix.org or 86-FLYNN.

 

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.

 

Saturday, Oct. 18

BALLROOM DANCE SOCIAL

Dancers of all skill levels and backgrounds come together to share an evening with a featured lesson in West Coast Swing at the Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School in South Burlington. 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/ or [email protected]

 

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.

MUDDY’S BUDDIES

The Humane Society of Chittenden County is hosting Muddy’s Buddies 5K Run/Walk, in memory of Muddy the dog, at the Vermont Teddy Bear grounds in Shelburne. A portion of the proceeds to benefit the humane society and the Shelburne Dog Park. Dogs welcome. Timed race with prizes for top three finishers. Registration at 7:45 – 8:30 a.m. $30 per adult, $10 per child 12 and under. [email protected] or 316-7142.

 

Monday, Oct. 20

UNIVERSITY CATAMOUNT SINGERS

University Concert Choir and Catamount Singers perform an hour of choral music, including tribute to the Civil War Sesquicentennial, at 7:30 p.m. at the UVM Music Recital Hall in Burlington. Free and open to the public.

 

Tuesday, Oct. 21

PUBLIC HEARING ON AERIAL HUNTING

A public hearing on a proposed regulation controlling the use of unmanned aerial vehicles or drones for hunting will be held by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Board at 6:30 p.m. in the Pavilion Auditorium at 109 State Street in Montpelier. The proposed regulation would make it unlawful for any person to take or attempt to take wild animals while flying in an aircraft or by use of an unmanned aerial vehicle or drone.

www.vtfishandwildlife.com

 

Thursday, Oct. 23

‘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. This is an extension and enlargement of the “Interpretive Signs” designed and installed in co-operation with the Lake Champlain Basin Program. www.vermontitalianclub.org

 

Saturday, Oct. 25

‘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. Speaker Sharon Jaynes will lead the conference, joined by Mary Southerland and Gwen Smith. To purchase tickets, visit www.essexalliance.org/women or call Leslie Wall at 578-3619.

 

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

SPORTS SKILL DAYS

Williston Central School eighth grader Griffin McDermott will host soccer and baseball “skill days” for kids in grades 3 – 6 from 3 to 4 p.m. on Fridays at the Williston Community Park. Baseball skill days will be help Sept. 26 and Oct. 3, soccer skill days are set for Oct. 10 and 17. [email protected]

 

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

 

POTTERY EXHIBIT

Frog Hollow will feature an exhibit of new work by acclaimed Vermont potter Irene Lederer LaCroix through October, with a public opening Oct. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m.

 

CRAFTERS WANTED

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]

 

‘THE SPITFIRE GRILL’

Essex Community Players present “The Spitfire Grill,” a musical celebrating second chances. The show runs Oct. 2-4 and 9-11 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 5 and 12 at 2 p.m. $18 adults, $16 children and seniors. www.essexplayers.com or 878-9109.

 

‘A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING’

UVM Theatre presents “A Grand Night for Singing,” featuring the music and lyrics of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, featuring memorable songs from such shows as “South Pacific,” “Carousel,” “Oklahoma,” “The King and I” and many more. Show runs from Oct. 2 through Oct. 12. Evening performances Oct. 2-4 and 9-11 at 7:30 p.m. Matinee performances Oct. 4 and 12 at 2 p.m. Tickets $18-25. www.uvmtheatre.org
or 656-2094.

 

‘THE UNDERPANTS’

The Waterbury Festival Playhouse in Waterbury Center presents “The Underpants,” written by Carl Sternheim and adapted by Steve Martin. Performances are Friday, Sept. 26 – Saturday Sept. 27, Thursday, Oct. 2 – Saturday, Oct. 4, Thursday, Oct. 9 – Saturday, Oct. 11. Tickets for all shows are $30 in advance (with many discounts), $35 at the door (no discounts). Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. www.WaterburyFestivalPlayhouse.com or 498-3755.

 

‘KISS ME KATE’

Stowe Theatre Guild presents “Kiss Me, Kate,” opening on Thursday, Sept. 25, at 8 p.m. at Town Hall Theatre on the second floor of the Akeley Soldiers Memorial Building in Stowe. Performances are Thursday to Sunday, Sept. 25 to 28, Oct. 2 to 5 and Oct. 9 to 12. Thursday to Saturday shows are at 8 p.m. and Sunday performances are at 2 p.m. Tickets $20 adults, $10 children.
www.stowetheatre.com

 

‘THE 39 STEPS’ AND ‘COMEDY OF ERRORS’

Lost Nation Theater presents two comedies this fall—“The 39 Steps” and “Comedy of Errors” in rotating rep, showcasing the talents of its actors, directors, designers and staff. Based on Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller, “The 39 Steps” begins Sept. 18. Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors” begins Sept. 25. For the following three weekends (Oct. 2 – 19), the shows alternate performances. For tickets & information, call 229-0492, or visit lostnationtheater.org

 

‘THE MUSIC MAN’

The Lamoille County Players present musical comedy “The Music Man Sept. 25-27 and Oct. 2-4 at 7 p.m.; Sept. 28 and Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. at the Hyde Park Opera House. $18 adults/$12 students and seniors. www.LCPlayers.com or 888-4507.

 

‘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.

 

NEWCOMERS CLUB

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.

 

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.

 

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.