Our Calendar is offered as a service for local events sponsored by church groups, youth clubs, civic organizations, arts organizations, and other non-profit, charitable organizations. In general we run non-advertorial, educational, informational, and community-focused events that are free to the public. Ticketed events for which all proceeds will benefit a charitable organization will be considered.

Upcoming Events



Stargazing Party

Lakeview Cemetery

Oct. 19: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (canceled in case of rain or cloudy skies). Dave Tabor of Stellafane, Springfield Telescope Makers; hand-crafted telescopes and Orion FunScope telescopes from Space Science Institute available. Moon pies and hot apple cider. Free, all ages. Bring blankets or folding chairs, telescopes if you have them. 455 North Ave. Hosted by fletcherfree.org.


Country Park Autumn Craft Fair

Oct. 19: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Handmade ornaments, lighted bottles, dolls, knitted and crocheted items, raffle prize, baked goods, etc. Free parking and admittance. Proceeds help fund events for community elders. Country Park Apartments, 635 Hinesburg Road. Anne Duplin, 802-522-3755, duplinvt@hotmail.com.

UVM and South Burlington 

High School Division 1 Men’s Lacrosse Games

“A Game For Healing”

Oct. 20: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fall season finale in pre-season tournament playing both Harvard University and Manhattan College. All teams will play each other on the turf. Free. Donations will be given to local mental health organizations. Event coordinated and supported by UVM Men’s Lacrosse Program and the South Burlington Post Office Boys Lacrosse Program, Mental Health Awareness Club and Athletic Leadership Council. 550 Dorset St. Gar Smith, gsmith@sbschools.net.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Dodge For A Cause

Oct. 30: 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. Must be 18-plus. Prizes for Best-dressed in Pink (one man, one woman) and Last Person Standing. Instructions for first-time players. $10 entry to play. Supports American Cancer Society’s initiatives: Road to Recovery, Hope Lodge, Patient Navigators, Reach to Recovery, etc. Orchard School, 2 Baldwin Ave. bit.ly/dodgeforacause

St. John Vianney

Holiday Craft Fair

Nov. 2: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Almost 50 crafters, refreshments sold, raffle table. 160 Hinesburg Road. Catherine Joachim, 802-233-0289, vermontcraftfairs@gmail.com, facebook.com/events/523599435114883/?active_tab=about


Williston Federated Church

Chicken Pie Supper

Oct. 19: 5 and 6 p.m. Annual chicken pie supper menu includes chicken pie with biscuits, mashed potatoes, squash, coleslaw, pumpkin or apple pie and beverage served family style.  Reservations are required. Limited take out available by reservation. Adults/$13, children 12 and under $6. For reservations, call Carol at 862-7400. 



Queen City Contras

Contra Dance

Oct. 18: Beginners 7:45 p.m. 8 to 11 p.m. Mad Robin Callers Collective and North End Studios co-sponsoring special dance; trying out possible new venue. Don Stratton, Mad Robin Callers Collective, calling. Larks and Ravens. Music by David Carpenter, Franklin Heyburn, Brian Perkins and April Werner. All welcome, dances taught, no partner necessary. Bring clean, soft-soled shoes for dancing. By donation. O’Brien Community Center, 32 Malletts Bay Ave., 802-877-3698; queencitycontras.org 



Little Umbrella: Art Curation

Union Station Gallery

Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Oct.: Photographer Stephen Mease of Williston; special events in Vermont.

1 Main Street. Sarah Drexler, 802-391-4083, s.drex.vt@gmail.com

The Gallery at Main Street Landing

Kara Torres, “Myopia;” Ben Balcom, film: “The Sequence of Years. mainstreetlanding.com; 391-4083, 

60 Lake St.

Burlington City Arts

October Happenings

• Oct. 23: 6 p.m. doors, 6:30 p.m. Architecture + Design Film Series: “Kusama: Infinity.” Free. Contois Auditorium. Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.

• Oct. 25: 5 to 7 p.m. Opening reception: Transcendent. 802-865-7166, burlingtoncityarts.org


Birds of Vermont Museum

Pollinate This!

To Oct. 31: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. “Art inspiring seeds of conservation.” Work from 34 artists and photographers asks and sometimes answers, “How can art explore, examine, and express pollination – metaphorically and otherwise?”  900 Sherman Hollow Road.


Emile A Gruppe Gallery

• Oct. 17 to Nov. 24: Tom Waters, “Forest, Field & Stream,” landscapes in oil; through Nov. 24.

• Oct. 20: 2 to 4 p.m. Artist reception. 3:30 p.m. Drawing; attendees eligible to win a painting.

22 Barber Farm Road. 899-3211, emilegruppegallery.com.



Vermont International Film Festival

“The Made Here Showcase”

• Oct. 17 and 18: Films from Northeastern U.S. and Canada.

• Oct. 18: 7 p.m. Awards announcement.

• Oct. 27: 7 p.m. Lyric Theatre sponsors the screening of “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.” This German expressionist classic from 1920s will feature live piano and percussion accompaniment from Randal Pierce and Colin Henkel.

Main St. Landing Film House, 60 Lake St. 3rd floor. 802-260-2600. vtiff.org.

Anime Night

Second Friday of the month. Animated shows from Japan; four or more episodes. Discussion follows. Enter through side door. 777-9012, lazerem91@gmail.com. Laboratory B, 266 Pine St.



Seeds of Light

Grow Greater Happiness

Nov.4 to Dec. 9: 3:30 to 5 p.m. Free six-week mindfulness series for kids ages 7 to 11. Maximum 12 kids. Pre-registration required. Seeds of Light is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring mindfulness and self-care tools to young people in a way that is fun and easy to integrate into daily life. Railyard Apothecary, 270 Battery St. seeds-of-light.org

Flynn Free Family Saturdays

Nov. 16: Red Kite Green Mountain, for young people on the autism spectrum and their caregivers. Local artists and educators; beautiful interactive puppets.

10 to 11 a.m. Musical programs. Main Lobby of the MainStage. Free; pre-registration suggested. 802-86-FLYNN, flynntix.org

University of Vermont

VTeen 4-H Science Pathways Café

• Nov. 6: Registration deadline: nov2019cafe.eventbrite.com.

• Nov. 9: Infectious Diseases Café.

5 to 7 p.m. Grade 7 to 12. Free; pre-registration required. Free pizza and beverages. Led by Katrina Moreau, clinical assistant professor, and Koela Ray, senior lecturer, UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Department of Biomedical and Health Sciences.

Disability-related accommodation: Lauren Traister, 866-260-5603. Mansfield Dining Room, Dudley Davis Center, UVM campus. uvm.edu/extension/youth/announcements

Burlington City Arts Center

• Oct. 24: 6 to 8 p.m. Young Writers Project: Voices for Change. With Narges Anzali, Becca Orten, Lizzy Fox, poet. Free, free pizza. BCA Gallery.

• Oct. 26: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Family Art Saturday. Drop-in art activities. Open to the public. 865-7166, burlingtoncityarts.org. 135 Church St.



COTS Annual Meeting

Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

Oct. 25: 8 to 9:30 a.m. Keynote speaker is child and family homelessness advocate Barbara Duffield, executive director of The SchoolHouse Connection. RSVP at rsvp@cotsonline.org or 802-864-7402. First Congregational Church of Burlington, 38 S. Winooski Ave.

Legal Services Vermont and

Vermont Legal Aid

Nov. 5: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Public meeting. Nonprofit law firms providing civil legal help and help with legal problems of crime victims. No registration needed. Light refreshments. Legal Services Vermont, 274 N. Winooski Ave. Sam Abel-Palmer, Legal Services Vermont, 802-383-2213; David Koeninger, Vermont Legal Aid, 


Mother Up! Burlington

Third Thursday of the month. 6-7:30 p.m. Mother Up!: Families Rise Up for Climate Action is a project of 350VT bringing together families to talk about the tough realities of climate change and to participate in the transition to a healthier and safer world. Meeting location rotates to different homes. 


Champlain Valley Prostate Cancer 

Support Group

Second Tuesday of month. 6-7:30 p.m. General discussion and sharing among survivors, those beginning or rejoining the battle, wives, partners, etc. Mary L. Guyette RN, MS, ACNS-BC, 274-4990, vmary@aol.com. Hope Lodge, 

237 East Ave.



ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain

• Oct. 26 and 27: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mad Science & Marvelous Metals Weekend. Hands-on activities.

• Through Jan. 5, 2020: Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab. Interactive explorations.

Wednesdays: 11 a.m. Science & Stories. College St. 864-1848, echovermont.org

Fleming Museum

University of Vermont

• Oct. 23: 5:30 pm. “Playing the Artworks” with Daniel Bernard Roumain, composer, performer, educator and activist.

• Oct. 24: 6 p.m. Painted Word Poetry Series: Sandra Lim.

• Oct. 29: Aruna D’Souza, renowned art critic and art historian.

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: noon to 4 p.m. $3 students and seniors, $5 adults, $10 family; age 6 and under free. 61 Colchester Ave. 




Cathedral Church of St. Paul

Cathedral Arts

• Oct. 20: 3 p.m. Capital City Concerts: all Bach program.

• Nov. 12: Noon. Champlain Consort; Renaissance and Elizabethan music on period instruments.

Tuesdays: noon to 1 p.m. Free; bring bag lunch, coffee and tea provided.

2 Cherry St., corner of Battery. 864-0471, info@cathedralarts.org



Deborah Rawson Memorial Library

Nov. 3: Scott Alarik from Boston; musician, journalist (Boston Globe), author, radio program producer; performer on A Prairie Home Companion. 2 p.m. 8 River Road. 899-4962.


Green Mountain Club

Hike Outings

Join the Burlington section of the Green Mountain Club. Contact hike leader for meetup time and location. 


• Oct. 19: 8:30 to 11 a.m. Bird Monitoring Walk. Meet at Colchester’s Delta Park to observe fall migration of shore birds and waterfowl. Easy walk. 1 mile. Juli Tyson, jstyson17@gmail.com.


Vermont Fish and Wildlife

“Take a Time Out for Turtles”

Oct. 26: 10 to 11 a.m. (may continue to 4 p.m.) Volunteers welcome at annual spiny softshell turtle beach cleanup day. North Hero State Park. Group may move to another site by 11 a.m. Pull up vegetation to prepare nesting sites for next year. Dress in layers of warm clothes, bring work gloves, leaf rake, short-handled tools (trowels) and own lunch. Families welcome. Participants can choose how long to assist. Eric Lazarus, lazarericus@gmail.com.



Ethan Allen Homestead Museum

“The Bennington Storehouse”

Oct. 20: 2 p.m. The Battle of Bennington actually took place near Hoosick, N.Y. Bob Hoar, historian and docent at the Bennington Battlefield State Historic Park, will speak about the storehouses that were the target of the British forces at the Battle of Bennington. 1 Ethan Allen Homestead. 865-4556, ethanallenhomestead.org.

Community Medical School

The Robert Larner, M.D., College of Medicine

University of Vermont

Nov. 12: 6 to 7:30 p.m. “How Knowledge, Belief, & Truth Impact Medical Practice,” Eike Blohm, M.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery. Sullivan Classroom, Medical Education Building (Room 200), UVM Larner College of Medicine, 89 Beaumont Ave. med.uvm.edu

Voicing Art

Ekphrastic Poetry Reading Series

• Oct. 18: Submission deadline at poartryproject@gmail.com. All ages. “Ekphrastic” means a vivid, verbal description of a work of art. Original poetry in direct response to Mercedes Bautista’s “Joy and Other Acts of Resistance” art exhibit at Flynndog Gallery, 208 Flynn Ave., Burlington, or other art of the writer’s choice.

• Oct. 19: 2 to 3 p.m. Voicing Art Poetry Reading. In-person and internationally livestreamed family-friendly reading. poartry.org/voicing-art. Flynndog Gallery/Nomad Coffee South End Station. 

“Time is Not a Factor in Your Life”

Oct. 27: 2 to 3 p.m. David Hohle, CSB, of Chicago, explores how to gain dominion over time by living in the timeless, stressless spiritual now. Community Sailing Center, 505 Lake St. Free.802-864-4709, christianscienceburlington.org/events 


St. Michael’s College

Author Emily Bernard

Oct. 23: 7:30 p.m. Author Emily Bernard reads from her memoir “Black is the Body: Stories from my Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, and Mine.” www.smcvt.edu. McCarthy Arts Center Recital Hall, 

18 Campus Road.

Veterans Town Hall

Nov. 3: 1 p.m. McCarthy Arts Center, 

St. Michael’s College, 18 Campus Road. RSVP encouraged: vtvetstownhall.eventbrite.com Questions: kristen.eaton@gmail.com


Vermont Humanities Council

First Wednesdays

Nov. 6: Carol Berry, “From Rembrandt to Van Gogh and Beyond.”

Brownell Library, 6 Lincoln St. 878-6955. vermonthumanities.org


Milton Historical Society

“A Real Monster Walks the Streets”

Oct. 23: 7 p.m. Vermont Agency of Transportation Archaeologist Brennan Gauthier presents “A Real Monster Walks the Streets of Burlington: H.H. Holmes in Vermont,” which lays out the entire H. H. Holmes in Vermont story. Often called America’s first serial killer, Holmes was born in New Hampshire, and arrived in Burlington as a medical student, and would return later as a wanted con man, and killer. miltonvthistory.org. Milton Grange Hall, 135 River St.


Education & Enrichment for Everyone (EEE)

Fall Speaker Series

• Oct. 18: “Cuba: A New Cold War?” Armando Vilaseca, President, Cuban American Friendship Society.

• Oct. 25: “The Importance of Public Access TV to Democracy.” Lauren-Glenn Davitian, Executive Director, Center for Media and Democracy.

2 to 3 p.m. Nondenominational, nonprofit. $5 at door, $45 membership (free admission to series). Faith United Methodist Church, 899 Dorset St. eeevermont.org

VT French-Canadian 

Genealogical Society

Annual Fall Conference

Oct. 19: 8:30 to 4 p.m. Topics: Expression of French-Canadian Culture in Winooski, Howard Coffin on Vermont Women in the Civil War, French Honor of Merit, Exploring New England Town Records. Displays. Books for purchase. St. John Vianney Church (Parish Hall), 160 Hinesburg Road. 802-310-9285, vt-fcgs.org and vtgenlib.org.

Burlington Garden Club

“Art from Nature ABCs”

Oct. 22: 1 p.m. Author/artist Chris Gluck, talk and demonstration of her leaf collages. Faith United First Methodist Church, 899 Dorset St. bgcvt.org

Faith United Methodist Church

Book Group: “This I Believe”

Sundays to May 14: 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. Based on Jay Allison’s “This I Believe.” Reading and discussing one essay each week. 899 Dorset St. Paula Blanchett, 735-3487, pablanchett@usa.com; faithsbvt.org.



Girls Nite Out Productions

“The Sleepover ~ A Comedy of Marriage”

Nov. 6 – 16: 7:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat. and Nov. 16, 2 p.m. matinee. A ridiculously funny comedy by Vermont playwright Carole Vasta Folley. An overnight marriage retreat goes hilariously off the rails. Tickets at girlsniteoutvt.com and 802-393-GNOP. Main Street Landing, Black Box Theater, 60 Lake St.


Essex Community Players

“Inherit the Wind”

Oct. 18, 19, 20, 25 and 26. Fictional account based on the 1926 Scopes “Monkey” trial and Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. By Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee. Essex Memorial Hall, 5 Towers Road. Tickets: essexplayers.com


Shelburne Players

“The Secret Garden”

Show dates: Nov. 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23. Director Beth Curtis. Sylvia Ashby adaptation of book by Frances Hodgson Burnett. $18 general, $15 seniors and students. 802-343-2602, Shelburne Town Center activity room, 5420 Shelburne Road. shelburneplayers.com

Library Happenings


Thursday, Oct. 17, 6 p.m.

Join members of the local Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) chapter for the second in a four-part series to learn about racism and how to speak up about it.


Friday, Oct. 18 and 25, 12 p.m. 

Practice speaking English and make new friends in this ongoing ESL discussion group facilitated by Tricia Griffith.  


Wheeler House, 1100 Dorset St.

Member Only Book Sale 

Preview Night: Friday, Oct. 18, 5-7 p.m. 

Public Sale: Saturday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Old members and new members of the Friends of the Library are welcome to Friday’s special preview night. Become a Friend of the Library at this event with a $10 donation. 


Saturday, Oct. 19, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Join the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired for a day of celebrating the white cane as a symbol of strength and independence for blind and visually impaired people. Start with a guided walk at the University Mall, followed by adapted board and role-playing games with light refreshments at the library. All are welcome.


Monday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m. 

Come hear Ben Hain, armchair scholar and amateur constitutional law enthusiast, as he speaks on the development of impeachment from its origins in English practice to the trial of Andrew Johnson. Audience Q&A will follow the presentation.


Wednesday, Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m. 

All skill levels welcome.  


Thursday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m.

Please join the Friends to help support the South Burlington Public Library to provide high quality programs and services for adults and children. Meetings are at the Wheeler House and are open to the public.


Thursday, Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m. 

Join us as we discuss “How to Be a Good Creature” by Sy Montgomery. Books are available to borrow. Nov. 21: “Star of the North” by D.B. John.




Friday, Oct. 18, 6-8 p.m. 

Join children’s librarian Kelly Kendall for a Halloween story time at the South Burlington Recreation and Parks Pumpkin Carving event. This “not-too-scary” story time is part of the city’s Halloween Spooktacular. 


Tuesday, Oct. 22, 10:15 and 11:15 a.m.

A 20-30 minute musical and interactive story time for crawlers and toddlers up to age 3 with an adult. Stories, puppets, songs, fingerplays and simple crafts with time for socializing. 


Wednesday, Oct. 23, 10:30 a.m. 

A gentle, interactive story time geared to non-mobile infants and their caregivers. Stories, songs, sensory activities and literacy tips for caregivers with time for socializing. 


Wednesday, Oct. 23, 3 p.m. 

“Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief” (20th Century Fox, 2013) and “The Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan: Read the book and join us for the movie. Which did you like better? Let’s discuss. Copies of the book will be made available at the circulation desk or after the previous meeting. Snacks will be provided. All films are PG, unless otherwise noted. Ages 8+. 


Wednesday, Oct. 23, 3:30 p.m. 

Practice your reading skills with a new furry friend, Nella, certified therapy dog, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and avid listener of tales. Nella will be available on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive early to secure a spot with our canine friend. 


Saturday, Oct. 26, 10:30 a.m. 

Listen to some stories, sing some songs and make a craft to extend the theme. Books will be chosen for a preschool audience.

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