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DISCOVER

VOL.20 N O. 7

Your Own Inspired Path to Learning

AUGUST 2013 DEPARTMENTS From the Kids VT Staff ............................................5 Readers Respond .......................................................6 Birthday Club..................................................................48 Use Your Words: Essay ..........................................51

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CALENDAR Daily Listings ..................................................................25 Classes ..................................................................................29 Story Times ......................................................................30 Playgroups ........................................................................34 Ongoing Exhibits ........................................................39

Home Base.........................20

HANDS-ON Book Review Winners ............................................44 Habitat: Playground Paradise ..........................45 Book Review Contest ..............................................46 Project: Fruit Popsicles .........................................47 Puzzle Page ......................................................................48 Coloring Contest .........................................................49

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You have to let kids get hurt sometimes, my friend Meghan told me recently. We were talking on her back porch, while my kids, 5 and 7, played with a 6-year-old neighbor boy in the yard. The three of them had invented a game. They were standing beneath a tree. From its branches hung two rope swings: one ended in a knot; the other had a small but thick stick on the end. One kid held each swing; the third wielded a plastic bat. At an agreed upon time, the kids with the ropes would whip them through the air toward the batter, who would swing and try to hit them both. It looked dangerous on many levels. Be careful! I yelled reflexively at my daughter, Ivy, the youngest of the crew. Watch out for that piece of wood! I hollered, as I saw the stick narrowly miss her head. That’s when Meghan, whose boys are a few years older, made her comment. She gently reminded me that kids need to test their physical limits, brushing up against the edge of what they can and should do. They may get hurt, but they’ll be learning how to assess risk — a vital skill once they’re out on their own. I was grateful for the reality check. After all, I was a daredevil child. I hung upside down from monkey bars, climbed tall trees and jumped my bike over flimsy plywood ramps daily — without a helmet. I freaked out parents — mine and everyone else’s — on a regular basis. I never understood what they were all so upset about. I never got seriously

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Cara Mezitt (“Vermont Day-cations”) is the owner of Yellow Birch Studio. She lives in Bolton with her husband, Brian, and sons William and Cullen.

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July 18 was Kids VT night at Centennial Field in Burlington. The first 500 kids through the gate got a voucher for a free hot dog, bag of chips and soft drink; the first 200 took home a free Kids VT water bottle. Young Keira McKeen threw the first pitch — on her birthday! It was a winning night all around: The Vermont Lake Monsters defeated Maryland’s Aberdeen IronBirds 6-4.

Enchanting Article I would love to be the kid who lives there or gets invited to that cool “enchanted backyard” [“Habitat,” July 2013]. What a great idea! Well done. Lisri Correll Colchester

Feeling the Force I love that yo you guys have articles about stuff parents actually talk about [“How do you know if your kid is ready to watch Star Wars?” February Wars 2011]. Have had this conversation with lots of friends and sometimes get gasping questions — “You let them watch Star Wars?!” We watched it as a family. My husband and I really enjoyed re-watching them! Megan Rudy Quechee

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Good Eats Really a wonderful night for the family [“Out to Eat: Burger Night at Bread & Butter Farm,” July 2013]. Kids can explore and see the farm, and everyone gets to eat great food! Get in line early; otherwise, you’ll be standing in line for a while. They can also sell out of what you were hoping to have for dinner, so have a back-up plan in mind. Barbara Barras South Burlington

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“Home Front” Finale In July, our “Home Front: Diaries of a Vermont military family” blog series came to an end. Tasha Lehman, a mother of three boys, chronicled her husband’s first overseas deployment with the Vermont National Air Guard from start to finish. Here’s an excerpt from her final post: Our deployment journey started out with a boom. Literally. A tree fell on our house just before my husband, Matt, deployed overseas, and I knew the next six months were going to be a doozy. The “deployment curse” continued to wreak havoc over that time. Even a few days before Matt came home, I paid $800 in car repairs and enjoyed the thrill of a child with pink eye. Matt’s homecoming was filled with cheers and tears. Not from me. I was too happy, relieved, excited, nervous — don’t make me pick an emotion — to make a sound. “I’ll let you run ahead and hug him first,” I told the boys as we saw him coming toward us at the airport. “But you better hurry.” In that moment, it didn’t feel real. A flashback of the last six months clouded my mind. All the things we’ve been through, the tears we’ve cried, the nights I didn’t sleep and the days I pulled the covers over my head and wished it all away — they are memories now. They’ve become harder to remember every day since Matt’s been home. What will not slip away so easily are the lessons we learned about inner strength and personal sacrifice for a greater good. All I learned about perseverance, self control and patience, I will not soon forget... Welcome home, Matt! And thanks to all those who have served and are serving in the armed forces and their families.

COLORING CONTEST

We saw a lot of eagles wearing stars and stripes in honor of Independence Day in this month’s 95 Coloring Contest entries — as well as a whole brood of “chickens.” Most impressive, though, were the 18 outstanding submissions from 10-year-old Ashley Tierney of Vergennes. She earns a feather in her cap!

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TOP TITLES “FLY FOR THE FOURTH OF JULY” Rachel Porth, 8, Jericho “RED, WHITE AND HOOT” Maddie Mullins, 10, Colchester

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“Home Cookin’: Strawberry Topping, Two Ways”: After picking at Monkton’s Last Resort Farm with her son, writer Alison Novak shared a recipe for macerated berries, to be served over frozen yogurt.

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“Tune Time: 10 Family-Friendly — and Free! — Summer Concert Series”: When it comes to music, Vermonters are spoiled this time of year. Managing editor Carolyn Fox compiled a list of our favorite outdoor spots to catch some tunes.

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HoT enougH FoR you? Especially in the summer, it’s important to remember that children are more susceptible to heat-related ailments than adults. Kids have a larger surface area relative to their body weight, which means they absorb heat faster. It takes them longer to cool down because their sweat glands are not as developed — or as numerous — as they will be later in life. And kids don’t get thirsty the way adults do, which leaves them prone to dehydration. This month, Dr. Lewis First, head of pediatrics at Vermont Children’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen 6:05 PMHealth Care, offers tips for recognizing and treating heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. KIDS VT: What are heat cramps? LEWIS FIRST: Heat cramps occur without a fever, typically after exercise in extreme heat. When kids sweat, they can lose fluid and salt, which causes a metabolic imbalance. The first place kids feel it is in their muscles — their calves, thighs and occasionally their belly — which will start cramping. KVT: How do parents treat heat cramps? LF: This one is easy. Stop them from exercising, bring them inside or to a cool place, have them drink plenty of fluids 3:10 PMand massage the cramps, and they’re usually good to go within a couple of hours. In fact, the cramps usually subside within a couple of minutes. Heat cramps don’t preclude children from going outside the next day. It’s actually a good opportunity to teach kids about the importance of staying hydrated. KVT: What is heat exhaustion? LF: Heat exhaustion is a combination of high environmental temperatures and dehydration. This means that heat is building up in the body without the ability to lose it through sweat. Typically, heat exhaustion is marked by a fever of 100 to 104 degrees. A child with heat exhaustion will appear weak and fatigued, their skin will feel clammy, and they may experience nausea, vomiting, weakness and a headache. KVT: How do you treat heat exhaustion? LF: Get the kids inside or into the shade, remove or loosen their clothing, and encourage them to slowly but steadily drink cool liquids. If they can’t drink because they’re too nauseated, that’s a reason to seek emergency care — they’ll need intravenous fluids. They should be bathed in cool — but not cold — water.

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If the water’s too cold, they’re going to shiver, which will generate even more body heat. As long as their temperature is below 105 degrees, the body is still trying to compensate and get rid of the heat. If you don’t treat heat exhaustion while the temperature is in that range, it could progress to heat stroke. KVT: What is heat stroke? LF: Heat stroke is a true medical emergency. The body essentially gives up and can no longer regulate its internal temperature. So the person will stop sweating and continue to heat up.

If they can’t drink because they’re too nauseated, that’s a reason to seek emergency care. KVT: How do parents tell the difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke? LF: Basically, the child’s body temperature will be above 105 degrees with heat stroke. Whether the temperature is taken orally, rectally or in the ear, if it reads above 105, the child is verging on heat stroke. The child will have very hot, flushed and dry skin. They’ll become incredibly dizzy, confused and may have a seizure. They’ll also have a throbbing headache and may be unresponsive to the point of losing consciousness. If this occurs, bring them inside immediately, sponge them down with cool water and call 911 because an emergency facility will need to do appropriate cooling. When someone has heat stroke, it is not appropriate to

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give him or her cool liquids to drink. They’re not in control of their swallowing mechanism and may vomit and then aspirate the liquid into their lungs. KVT: Does it matter if kids are hydrated with plain water or sports drinks? LF: The American Academy of Pediatrics is fine with the use of cool water. Most kids who are under 90 pounds need four to six ounces of water before they go out, and for every 20 minutes of exercise or activity. If they’re over 90 pounds, they need about nine to 12 ounces every 20 minutes. Ordinarily, I’m not a big fan of flavored sports drinks for kids because of all the sugar and other additives in them. But the advantage of sports drinks in high-heat situations is that they have a salty flavor and will make kids thirstier, and thus drink more. KVT: How can kids exercise safely in the heat? LF: Especially in hot and humid conditions, athletic workouts should take place in the morning or late afternoon, when the sun is not at its peak. Coaches should slowly increase activities during the first two weeks of hot-weather practice and not have kids put on heavy equipment and uniforms until their bodies are better acclimated to exercising in the heat. They should then be sure the kids hydrate every 20 minutes. One idea is to weigh kids before and after each vigorous 20-minute workout to make sure they are not losing too much weight too suddenly due to dehydration. Adequate hydration should be instituted before heat exhaustion or heat stroke occurs. Finally, coaches and parents should know how to recognize heat exhaustion and heat stroke, and have a suitable first-aid and emergency-transport plan should a heat illness occur. K


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Q The Librarian Likes Until then, the sky’s the limit in terms of playing soccer “games” with your children. The trick, says Williams, is to take common games that kids already know — such as red light-green light, sharks and minnows or tag — and add a soccer ball.

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Kids were told to act like the superhero Flash and go as fast as they could down the field with the ball. Playing ball at CVU Soccer School

Try this at home: As Coach Williams says, all you need to play soccer is a ball and some room. Turn your backyard into a playing field ��� or, on rainy or wintry days, move to your garage or basement. Even a short driveway has enough space for a game of freeze tag with a ball, for example. Wear loose, comfortable athletic clothing and sneakers; cleats aren’t necessary for home play. Look for soccer balls of the following sizes for your kids: Ages 8 and under: size 3

Why kids will like it: Repeated lines encourage kids to join in during readalouds. Kids will love saying “huff” and “puff” and “blow the house down!” It’s also fun to find all the animals on each page — in addition to the pigs and wolf, there are birds, cats, chickens and ducks. This is a story you and your preschooler will enjoy. K

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sure they get a chance to play. While the older kids at Soccer School were on a separate field learning skills, drills and rules, the miniest Pelés were focusing simply on having fun. Instead of being told to dribble, kids were told to act like the superhero Flash and go as fast as they could down the field with the ball. Instead of passing, they played Batman and Robin, kicking the ball back and forth to each other. There were obstacle courses, bowling pins to knock down — just about anything to engage the kids’ imaginations. “I’ve seen lots of kids who love practicing soccer at a young age but don’t like the competition,” says Williams. “Parents and coaches need to keep in mind the age group. Are the practices and drills fun? Is it organized? Are all the players involved? Are all players getting lots of touches?” Parents should remember that kids under 6 can’t grasp team sports or passing, says Williams. By age 8, they begin to get a feel for team sports. By 10 or 11, they can be playing high-quality team soccer.

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It was a sweltering summer morning at Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg, but the dozens of red-faced kids kicking soccer balls didn’t seem bothered by the heat. They were busy negotiating orange cones, dodging and darting, when head coach Stan Williams shouted, “Katie, send your pinnies here! Tucker, send your blue team over here! Half the team stays, half the team goes!” It was rotation time at CVU Soccer School, one of Vermont’s many summertime programs designed to help kids take their game to the next level. Now in its 13th year, the camp attracts more than 120 kids in kindergarten through ninth grade. Taught by 20-plus instructors, the weeklong session promotes a love for the game via “skills and tactics that are an essential part of becoming a complete player.” The beauty of soccer? You can play it anywhere — even in your own backyard. “All you need is a ball and some room,” says Williams. “And you can make up so many games.” Williams’ recommendation for parents of young soccer players: Make

After a week at CVU Soccer School, my own little dribblers, ages 4 and 6, have been keen to try out these games at home. Along with certificates for “Most Mischievous Smile” and “Stellar Offender,” respectively, they each left camp with a small soccer ball — now prominently placed by the garage door as a reminder to play every chance we get. “To become balanced athletes, physically and emotionally,” says Williams, “kids need to learn to have a ball on their foot. It has to be fun.”K

Perry’s summary: The Three Little Pigs is a children’s classic, but awardwinning author and illustrator Mark Teague gives the story a twist. When a farmer and his wife move to Florida, three pigs find themselves suddenly displaced from their farm. They decide to build their own homes. Two of the pigs purchase cheap straw and sticks, spending the rest of their money on their favorite snacks. The third pig buys bricks and plants a garden instead. Soon a wolf comes to town looking Librarian: for lunch Amanda Perry, — but his Winooski interactions Memorial Library with the pigs are humorous Book: The Three rather than Little Pigs and threatening. the Somewhat Teague’s Bad Wolf by bright and Mark Teague engaging oil-paint Age range: illustrations 3-5 pave the way for an unexpected happy ending.


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I hAd bEEn A crEEmEE cUsTOmEr at Burlington Bay Market & Café’s ice cream window for years before I realized you could order breakfast, lunch and dinner inside. After making that discovery, my husband and I took advantage of a recent sunny day by bringing the kids to this waterfront restaurant for an al fresco lunch. While I didn’t expect the finest dining in the Queen City, I knew we could count on one of the finest views around. The expansive outdoor patio overlooks Lake Champlain and the south end of Waterfront Park. Despite the open kitchen and grill, it’s not a greasy fast-food snack shack. The lunch and dinner menu offers soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps, burgers and a few daily specials. You’ll find fresh meat and vegetables, creative seasonings and sauces, and several fish and vegetarian options. Everything is reasonably priced. The lunch crowd that day comprised local workers, tourists and families. Some were buying snacks and drinks — the market has a great selection of wine and beer, and even includes a liquor store for the marina crowd — but many, like us, were queued up to order meals. Even with the rush, the line moved briskly. Burlington Bay doesn’t have a kids menu, but the cooks are willing to tweak entrées to suit young diners. Upon request, they’ll serve a plain grilled cheese or undressed burger, and my daughter was happy to take advantage of a simple hot dog with fries. We ordered and paid at the register, then took our drinks and my son’s cup of clam chowder to a table. My grand plan to eat outside was thwarted by the crowds, but the indoor tables had the same spectacular view, and we didn’t have to worry about the heat or the sunscreen. We were still able to people- and lake-watch until our meals were delivered.

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The creemees here are creamier and dreamier than other iterations. My son oohed and ahhed over his chowder, deeming it one of the best he’s ever tasted. His Grilled Chicken Club Wrap — hold the veggies — was packed with bacon and grilled all-natural chicken. His only complaint was that he would have preferred cheddar cheese to Swiss.

His sister was less excited about her Jumbo McKenzie all-beef hot dog. “It’s OK,” she shrugged. But the fries made up for it — she downed more than her fair share of our quart-size bucket. My husband’s Ginger Wasabi Mahi Mahi sandwich was a little “fishy,” but the fresh pineapple and pickled ginger wasabi dressing salvaged it for him. The maple balsamic on my Garden Hummus Wrap pulled together the mild hummus, shredded carrots, grape tomatoes, spring greens, cucumbers and red onions. Slightly gooey, sweet and salty, the dressing made all the ingredients sing. Next time, I’ll get some extra on the side for dipping. When every last fry had been extracted from the carton, we headed out to the ice cream window. Even with full bellies, we were able to force down dessert: a root-beer float for my son, a chocolate creemee for my daughter and a vanilla creemee for me. The creemees here are creamier and dreamier than other iterations. The subtle flavors don’t seem overly artificial. Each of the four offerings — vanilla, chocolate, black raspberry and maple — is so good that I have trouble choosing every time I go. So I usually get more than one. The best part? We got to eat our desserts at an outside table under an umbrella in utter summer bliss. K

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The activity I like to do on a rainy day is to sit with my children at home and play either table tennis or do some math tricks with them. My children enjoy my tricks, which make them think and learn. We also play some card games; I love to show them some tricks with cards, too. It becomes their responsibility to find out how they work. We also make hot spicy food during rainy days and eat it to keep us warm in the winter. During summer, I like to be outside in the garden, even in rain. If I am not able to go out, I like to read and watch television. One of my daughters likes dancing, and she tries to teach us on rainy days. But it’s difficult, as her “students” are not good dancers!

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I like to cram in as much activity with my girls as possible on a rainy day. I’ll take them to Talent Skatepark for a couple of hours — we always have a great time there; the girls love it. I’m one of the dads who will get out there and skate with them. They work on their tall drops and drop-ins, and I skate the mini ramp. At the end of our session, we chill and eat M&M’s. If it’s a Saturday, my wife and I will take them to a kids CrossFit class at CrossFit Burlington. While my wife is deadlifting weights, the kids are running obstacle courses and hammering out burpees. We never sit still. K

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the air and a wide-legged, athletic stance. Paton uses visualization to guide his students. “Imagine your head as a bucket of rainwater. You’re going to bend at the hip and pour it out,” he explains while teaching one bow-like movement. Paton stands at the front of the room with his back to his students, drumming and vocalizing while the kids mimic his actions, working their way through a composition called “Matsuri Taiko.” His demeanor is calm but strict. “Hands on shoulders,” he directs when some errant drumming comes from the group while he is speaking. The boys respond immediately.

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iF you go: Burlington taiko is located at 208 Flynn ave., suite 3-G, in Burlington. the next six-week kids’ beginner class series starts tuesday, september 10, at 4:305:20 p.m. Classes are for boys and girls ages 6 and up. tuition is $60 for six weeks.

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Through taiko, he explains, he hopes to teach kids about patience, politeness and respect. Within the walls of the dojo, students must address each other with titles of respect — adding “-san” to the end of everyone’s name — and respond to Paton’s directions with “Hai, Sensei,” which means “Yes, Teacher.” The group spends several minutes “air drumming” the piece of music they’ve been working on, while simultaneously yelling the Japanese vocalizations that correspond to each movement. Warm-up exercises that build strength, coordination and endurance follow. The boys scoot on their bellies like sea lions and skitter lightly on their fingers and toes like scorpions. “We do that to honor the physical energy and excitement kids arrive with,” Paton says. When the boys are finally directed to pick up their drumsticks, a few of them break into smiles. They begin their drumming on tires wrapped in duct and packing tape, then move on to larger — and louder — practice drums made from drainage pipes covered with rawhide. To the observer, taiko appears to be as much a full-body workout as a music lesson. “Taiko is movement and music together,” Paton explains. Intricate choreography accompanies each musical piece, involving arms sweeping through

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Contrary to geographiCal probability, Japanese taiko drummers are a familiar sight in Vermont. The loud, rhythmic adult taiko ensemble has become an integral part of both the Vermont City Marathon and the First Night Burlington Parade. Less visible but just as surprising: For the past 20 years, Stuart Paton, founder of Burlington Taiko, has also been teaching this modern form of ancient Japanese drumming to kids. The lessons take place at Burlington Taiko’s South End dojo — a Japanese term for a student gathering spot. Drums of all sizes hang enticingly from the white brick walls. On a recent summer day, seven school-age boys remove their shoes and bow as they enter. The boys line up shoulder to shoulder in order of seniority and sit in formal seiza position, bums resting on their heels and hands on their laps. “It automatically makes their backs straighter,” Paton explains later. “The lungs can inhale more; their bodies are more alert.” Paton, who wears a skinny red headband and a long, gray braid, was raised in Tokyo but didn’t formally study taiko until he was a college student in America. “It’s been a great way for me to be in touch with the culture and language I grew up with,” he says.

Structure and discipline are integral to teaching taiko to the younger set, Paton says. But kids often catch on to complicated drumming sequences quicker than adults. “There is a full-body/heart intuition more immediately available with kids,” he theorizes. One of Paton’s pupils, 7-year-old Rowan, would probably agree. He started taking taiko because his grandma is in the adult ensemble. He points her out in a group photo on the wall of the dojo. She’s still learning, just like him. K

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here’s still time to take a few “day-cations” before school is back in session. Has the hot weather addled your brain, leaving you uninspired? We’ve got a few day-trip suggestions for you. Every summer, Kids VT seeks out family-friendly destinations where you and your kids can experience the natural beauty and unique culture of the Green Mountain State. They’re all places you can visit for a day, though some merit a longer stay. Each of our three summer issues features two recommended stops, complete with tips on nearby dining and attractions. In this final installment, our writers and their families hike through the hills and gaze down dizzying granite cliffs. Looking for more day-trip ideas? Read the rest of our award-winning “Vermont Day-cations” series at kidsvt.com.

Ready to Rock: Digging Graniteville’s Rock of Ages BY N AN C Y ST E AR N S BE R C AW

Just a stone’s throw from Burlington, Rock of Ages granite quarry is a glimpse into another world. The setting is so surreal — sheer, jagged walls of gray granite plunging 600 feet into a pool of fluorescent green water — that Superman’s enemies might mistakenly stop by for Kryptonite. A view of this bedrock would undoubtedly have reduced cartoon quarry worker Fred Flintstone to a pile of rubble. But Rock of Ages’ otherworldly landscape is the real deal. More compelling than any computergenerated image, it has served as an intergalactic backdrop for two Hollywood films: Star Trek (2009) and Batman & Robin (1997). Americana artist Norman Rockwell was so inspired by the place that he memorialized the quarry’s work in two separate paintings. Tourists, too, dig the sight of this mammoth monolith — or so I’d heard. On a recent Saturday, my 9-year-old son, David, and I struck out for Graniteville to see if the quarry does indeed rock. Our trip began with lunch at the Cornerstone Pub & Kitchen in downtown Barre. It was a tad upscale, but I couldn’t resist eating somewhere with the word “stone” in its name.

David was delighted to find macaroni and cheese on the menu, albeit with the added ingredients of bacon and jalapeños. I dove into my towering edamame burger with reckless abandon. We demolished our impressively plated edibles, then took off for Rock of Ages. The drive is fewer than 10 minutes from downtown Barre. David and I reveled in the visitor’s center air conditioning as we learned about the quarry’s 128-year history. The place became a mecca for the granite industry when the railroad reached Barre in the late 1800s. Immigrants came from all over the world — Scotland, Italy, Norway, Finland, Spain and Canada — to work in the quarries and factories. Consequently, Graniteville’s population grew from 2000 in 1880 to more than 12,000 by 1910. We developed a morbid fascination with the gift shop, in which you can buy everything from granite ice cubes to handcrafted crypts. But my recalcitrant child decided he needed to purchase a shiny stone from Brazil. Sigh. Reluctantly departing the cool building, we headed out into the sweltering sunlight to try Rock of Ages’ outdoor bowling alley, a single lane of fun. Players have to stack the plastic pins themselves, and the balls are made of rubber. The lane itself was carved from granite, gutters and all.

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Know before you go: The Rock of Ages visitor’s center is open Mondays through Saturdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The 40-minute guided quarry tour operates each of those days, from 9:15 a.m.-3:35 p.m. Tour rates: $5 for adults, $4.50 for seniors, $2.75 for ages 6 to 12 and free for kids under 6. Artists cut, polish and carve granite in the factory, which is open for self-guided observation Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Visitors can cut a design into the stone themselves in the Sandblast Experience, available Mondays through Fridays for a fee.

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Tickets for a guided tour of the quarry are a reasonable $5 or less per person. The 40-minute tour, which includes a short ride on a yellow school bus, is the only way to get a view down into the majestic — and still functioning — worksite. Our peppy tour guide mentioned that, despite the terrifying heights, the work of extracting granite has become much safer since the industry’s early years. He also told us there’s enough granite in these hills to keep workers busy for another 4500 years. Someone asked if Rock of Ages was in the business of making granite countertops, in addition to its well-known gravestones and memorials. The guide answered that consumers don’t tend to fancy gray counters, but the corporation owns other quarries that produce more popular shades of white, red and black. After gaping into the quarries’ depths, David and I headed back to the reality of gaping at sinkholes in Burlington. But we’re glad to know that Graniteville will rock on long after we’re gone.

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Rock of Ages’ outdoor bowling alley

The visitor’s center offers drinks and snacks from vending machines; the location is also great for a family picnic. You can pick up a healthy spread en route from Hunger Mountain Coop (623 Stone Cutters Way, Montpelier). Cornerstone Pub & Kitchen (47 N. Main St., Barre) serves lunch and dinner Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. The restaurant is great for grown-ups and is also completely kid-friendly. We spent a total of $20 on our two-person meal.

Also nearby: Limehurst Lake Campgrounds (4104 Rt. 14, Williamstown), just nine miles south of Barre, offers a sandy beach, two diving boards, a float, a waterslide, a playground and a game room. Pets are welcome. For information, visit limehurstlake.com.

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Our family didn’t let near-daily showers in June and July rain on our parade. With two energetic little boys — Will, 6, and Cullen, 3 — we’re looking for outdoor activities to help “get the wiggles out” regardless of the weather. One of our favorite places to explore, rain or shine, is Little River State Park in Waterbury. We got hooked on Little River last summer, after spending two amazing weekends camping there. Just a 20-minute drive from our house, the park gives us all-inclusive access to campgrounds, paved roads for riding bikes, small brooks and the Waterbury Reservoir for swimming, boating and fishing. But it wasn’t until recently that we got to explore its extensive trail network. My husband was away for the day, so it was up to me to lead an adventure on a drizzly morning. Waterproofed in mud boots and rain jackets, my boys and I grabbed a map and brochure at the ranger station and started down the park’s Stevenson Brook Trail. It rained off and on during our relatively easy hike. We discovered countless natural features for the boys to climb on — from crazy


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tangles of exposed tree roots to huge rocks on the side of the brook. The trail took us into the woods, across beautiful bridges, up a rock staircase and alongside a by-then sunny meadow. Back in the shade of the trees, we were surprised to find an old wagon wheel peeking up through the dirt and underbrush. We had connected to the Little River History Hike, which, our brochure explained, was really a “journey through time.” Fifty families lived here in the 1800s, in a thriving timber-mill community sustained by industry brought to the area by the Waterbury railroad. But by the early 1900s, the younger generations had abandoned their family farms in search of an easier life. Settlement ruins are scattered all over Little River; finding traces of this long-gone mountain

village fueled our imaginations throughout the hike. “Mama, is that a choo-choo train?” asked Cullen as we came upon the rusty remains of the Waterbury Last Block Co. Sawmill. Nope — according to a trail marker, the machine was used to mill timber for ammunition cases and gunstocks during World War I. But engines are engines in the eyes of a 3-year-old! Soon we met up with the Dalley Loop Trail, where we discovered stone foundations of houses, old culverts and bridges. More descriptive trail markers here described the crops the 1800s settlers grew and the number of livestock they kept. As we approached a clearing, we spotted an old farmhouse. We’d made it to the Almeron Goodell farm, site of the last standing historic structure in Little River State Park; everything else was either destroyed or dismantled and moved when the land was acquired for public use.

Settlement ruins are scattered all over Little River; finding traces of this long-gone mountain village fueled our imaginations throughout the hike.


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“I see the village!” exclaimed Will. Both boys took off running. Near the end of our hike, the boys were fascinated by the remains of a huge stone culvert under the road. A trail marker explained that it was a “high bridge,” used to support the passage of trucks and wagons on the rough dirt roads up the mountain. Will took out his little camera and snapped away. In all, we walked more than two miles, stopping for quite a few snack breaks along the way. This small portion of the trail system took us about

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Where to eat: We brought a picnic lunch of fresh fruit and sandwiches for the beach, plus nuts and dried fruit to keep our energy levels up during the hike. If you’re looking to grab dinner on the way home, try the Blue stone (15 stowe st., Waterbury), a nearby hot spot serving rustic pizza with fresh, local ingredients. It’s a family favorite. Or stop in at on the Rise (39 Esplanade, Richmond). It offers an extensive menu of meat-free favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner — including the best veggie burger around. there’s a great playground on the property if the kids have any wiggles left inside.

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I recommend bringing a second set of shoes and clothes — our feet got wet on the hike. And don’t forget bathing suits and towels; I’ve found that if I put kids in front of water, they are going to take a dip, even if we hadn’t planned on swimming. there’s a beach where they can venture in.

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two hours; lunch could not come soon enough. It was still sunny when we reached the car, so we drove straight to one of the park’s beaches for a picnic. The boys scarfed down every bit of their sandwiches and played by the reservoir, skipping stones and searching for minnows along the shore. With so many different activities offered at one location, Little River State Park has become our go-to spot for outdoor fun. We can’t wait to return for our next adventure — even if it’s in the rain. K

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Powell says of his sparse but comfortable second-floor bedroom. “I’m usually down here hanging out with Eli and Austin.” Austin plays American Legion baseball, a competitive level after high school. Powell says he gives the older Pine boy baseball pointers on occasion, but since they’re closer in age, their conversations mostly revolve around bigger topics. “We talk more about life in general,” says Powell. “Since he’ll be going next year, we talk about college a lot, what to do, what not to do.” By nature, the lifestyle of a minor-league baseball player is one of uncertainty; most will never make it to the majors. At any moment, a player could learn that he has been demoted, cut or traded — there are likely more than a few “players to be named later” on any given Vermont roster. That’s pressure enough for anyone, especially ball players who are practically still kids themselves. Many of them, like Powell, are away from their families for the first time, so having a place to call home is critical. “The Pines have made it so I don’t get homesick,” says Powell. “They act like they’re my family.”

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ccording to Lake Monsters representative Kate Echo, the team’s housing model is employed by most lower-level minor-league franchises, from rookie ball to high Single-A. “It is a pretty standard practice across the board,” she says in a recent phone call. Echo has been the Lake Monsters’ merchandise and accounting manager for four years, and also oversees the host-family program. With Freda Tutt’s help, Echo coordinates the placement of the team’s 30 players — this year into 18 households. She generally advises host families to take in more than one player at a time. “It gives the other guy a buddy,” she says, “someone to hang out with. It’s a little less awkward.” More than two, however, can get a bit out of hand. The Tutts typically host two players a year, but last summer they

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n 1995, Freda Tutt was sitting in the stands at Centennial Field, taking in a Vermont Expos baseball game with her son, when a message crackled across the public address system. “They made an announcement at the end of a game that they were looking for host families for the last few weeks of the season,” Tutt recalls in a recent phone Why Vermont families open conversation. “My son, who was 10 at the time, decided that we had to have a player their doors to Lake Monsters live with us.” BY D AN BOL L E S Through the team’s host-family program, they ended up inviting Puerto Rican pitcher Juan Rosado into their Essex Junction home for the remainder of added in to your family,” says Pine. “They become that season. Tutt says her son, Jon Passaretti, and interwoven into your life and your kids’ lives, too.” Rosado hit it off immediately. Like the Tutts, the Pines became a host family “They went everywhere together,” she says. because they thought it would be a good experi“They connected right away.” ence for their kids. They hoped having a pro player That’s a good thing, considering the two shared a around the house would give their sons — Eli, 13, bunk bed in Passaretti’s room. and Austin, 18 — a better understanding of the “Jon slept on the top bunk and Juan slept on the sacrifice and dedication it takes to play baseball at a bottom bunk,” says Tutt. high level. “It was like having a big brother,” says Passaretti “They both love the game,” says Pine. “Like any from his home in North Carolina. kids, they dream about what it would be Passaretti, who is now on active like if you stay with it and get good and duty in the Navy, recalls playing catch play professionally.” with Rosado on the field at Centennial. This year, the Pines are hosting After games, the pitcher would often Herschel “Boog” Powell, an outfielder bring him into the team clubhouse — from Mission Viejo, Calif. The 20-yearsacred ground in professional baseball old spent a year in junior college in rarely open to non-players. Their California before going pro but had relationship grew so close that the Tutt otherwise never been away from home, family later visited Rosado and his let alone across the country relatives in Puerto Rico. to Vermont. For the 19 seasons since, Tutt and “Burlington is her husband, Mike Tutt, have continMIKE TROMBLEY, pretty different ued to host players from Vermont’s HOST PARENT from home,” minor-league baseball team — first Powell says called the Vermont Expos, now the from the Vermont Lake Monsters. Though the living room of the players are technically pros, they don’t get paid Pines’ house in the Old much, and they hail from as far away as Central North End. “But it’s America and the Caribbean. They need local housan awesome place.” ing for the summer. Powell says he and Host families get free tickets to games and a Eli have become fast stipend to cover food costs, among other modest friends, bonding over benefits. The players get food, shelter and, on occaa shared love of video sion, a lift to the ballpark. But as the Tutts’ experigames and, of course, ence shows, hosting players is about more than just baseball — Eli plays in giving them a place to crash. Brian Pine and his family have housed eight Lake a Babe Ruth League in Burlington. Monsters players in their Burlington home over “I’m rarely in my room the past six years. “It’s really neat to have someone unless I’m going to bed,”


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put up five at once — eight total over the course of the season — squeezed into three bedrooms in their raised ranch. “That was a little crazy,” Tutt admits. “Those guys can eat a lot of food.” Host families are free to set their own rules for players, ranging from having guests and curfews to whether of-age athletes can consume alcohol in the house. The only requirement

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for families is that they provide a room with a door — and, of course, a bed. The players “need a space they can go to and get away, get a good night’s sleep and be at their best to perform,” says Echo. Echo notes that the Lake Monsters don’t do background checks on either the players or the families, noting the team has never had a problem with safety. She explains that a variety of factors determine where she places the players, including which ones have cars and, in the case of foreign players, fluency in English.


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The Tutts, Pines and Trombleys “You get a mixed bag of guys who stay in touch with most of the players can speak English really well, some they’ve hosted and keep track of their who can speak it a little and some who can’t at all,” says Echo. “We try to progress. “I’ve been to weddings, I get birth reach out to as many people as we can in the community that speak Spanish, announcements,” says Freda Tutt, who refers to her players as “host which is a little difficult in this area.” sons.” She adds that one of them calls Pine says his family has hosted her every Mother’s Day. Spanish-speaking players in the Of the three families, only the Tutts past, but they asked for an Englishhave had a player reach the major speaking player this season. “My wife speaks some Spanish,” he leagues: all-star outfielder Jason Bay, who played with says. “But [the language the Vermont Expos in barrier] was always a 2000. Bay is now with challenge, because you the Seattle Mariners want the players to feel after playing with comfortable. And you the Boston Red Sox want something a little from 2008 to ’09 and bit more for you and the New York Mets your family, too. It’s not from 2010 to ’12. The just about getting a free Tutts also hosted a ticket [to the games].” Lake Monsters coach, Mike Trombley Rick Eckstein, who sees other intangible went on to become a benefits from hosting hitting coach with the Lake Monsters players. HErscHEL Washington Nationals. He and his family have “Boog” PowELL, Tutt takes pride in been participating in ouTFiELdEr, being “just one stop the hosting program for VErmonT LaKE along the way” for four years. He says that monsTErs her players — and the having professional occasional coach — and players in his South will often tweet about Burlington home has been a good learning experience for his their progress, in baseball and other things. kids: 14-year-old Jake and Emma, 11. “I follow their baseball careers,” “Everyone is given a gift,” he says, referring to the players’ baseball skills. she says. “And when they’re no “But you still have to work hard at that longer in baseball, I follow their new careers.” gift, which is good for my kids to see.” Tutt points out that, when she first This year, the Trombleys are signed up to host players, she did it for hosting Chris Wolfe, a 23-year-old her son. “I thought it would be a great shortstop from Houston, Texas. way to give him a strong role model,” Trombley says Wolfe goes out of his she says. way to spend time with the children. “As the years went on, and my son “He comes home and plays catch grew up, it became more about giving with my son,” he says. “That’s pretty these guys an opportunity not to have special. How many kids can say they play catch with a professional baseball to worry about anything other than playing baseball, to give them a safe player?” place to come home and eat dinner,” He adds that his daughter, whom she continues. “I always thought he describes as “terrified of any sport that if my son was away from home with a ball,” has taken an interest in like they are, I would want someone baseball since Wolfe arrived. watching out for my kid, too.” K “It makes it special for her to go to a game and have someone to root for,” he says.

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Art on Park: White tents house the works of jewelers, potters, painters, fiber artists, food vendors and more. Live musicians play weekly. Park Street, Stowe, 5:308:30 p.m. Free. Info, 793-2101. Art on the Go: Museum exhibits inspire crafts, games and activities at the Round Barn and Circus Buildings. Shelburne Museum, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Regular museum admission, $5-22; free for children under 5. Info, 985-3346.

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Breast-Feeding support Group: Lactating moms bring their babies and bond over stories and advice. Family Birthing Center, Northwest Medical Center, St. Albans, 10 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, 524-7970. Burlington Prenatal Yoga: Mothers-to-be build

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Vermont Festival of the Arts: A whoppin’ five-week festival boasts art exhibits, performances and workshops celebrating painting, poetry, crafts, culinary arts and everything in between. Visit vermontartfest.com for details. Various locations, Mad River Valley, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Various prices. Info, 496-6682.

La Leche League of Essex: fletcherallen.org/ Moms bring their little ones to firstwithkids a discussion of parenting and breast-feeding. Pregnant and planning moms are also welcome. chocolate-dipping demonstration: Fans First Congregational Church of of cocoa-covered confectioneries experience the temEssex Junction, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 383-8544. pering and dipping process. All ages. Laughing Moon Chocolates, Stowe, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 253-9591.

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Bubbles & Books: Good, clean fun commences as little ones create soap art in the sun. All ages. Wheeler Homestead and Garden Park, South Burlington, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 652-7539. Dig Into Reading Craft & Event Series: As part of the summer reading program, participants tune in for hands-on projects. Ages 4-12. Aldrich Public Library, Barre, 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 476-7550. Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Discussion: Readers voice their opinions of Jennifer Nielson’s The False Prince. Snack provided. Grades 4-8. Milton Public Library, 3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 893-4644. Parent/Child Book Discussion: Kids and adults come together to chat about Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black’s The Spiderwick Chronicles. Milton Public Library, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 893-4644.

Movies

Movies in the Park: Kids screen family classics such as Jumanji and The Wizard of Oz at this drive-in experience — without the cars. Movies start at dark. All ages. Bristol Town Green, 9 p.m. Free. Info, 453-5885.

Music

Brown Bag Concert Series: Dana and Susan Robinson blend contemporary songwriting and Appalachian traditions in folk harmonies. Rain site: Town Hall Theatre. Woodstock Village Green, noon. Donations accepted. Info, 457-3981. Craftsbury Chamber Players’ Mini Concerts: Worldclass musicians present classical works from the baroque to the contemporary era in this special series for children and their families. East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 800-639-3443. Maple Tree Place Summer Concert Series: Bands such as the Rhythm Rockets, Real Deal and SturCrazie sound out hits on the green at this weekly gathering. Maple Tree Place, Williston, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 879-9100. Music With Mr. Chris: Singer, storyteller and puppeteer Chris Dorman leads kids in song and dance. All ages. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. Preschool Music: Lively tunes with Peter Alsen or Derek Burkins strike the right note among the wee crowd. For ages 5 and under with a caregiver. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free; limited to one session per week per family. Info, 878-4918. River Road Summer Concert Series: Spectators bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks to fully enjoy outdoor musical entertainment. Sherburne Memorial Library, Killington, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 422-2105. Rockin’ Ron the Friendly Pirate: Shiver me timbers! Listeners learn about pirate lore and history in a jollygood concert. St. Albans Free Library, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 524-1507. Snow Farm Vineyard Summer Concert Series: Weather permitting, crowds gather for a weekly rotation of classical, jazz, swing, bluegrass and rock. Snow Farm Vineyard, South Hero, picnicking begins at 5 p.m.; music starts at 6:30 p.m. Free; food and drinks available for purchase. Info, 372-9463.

Nature & Science

Great Vermont Corn Maze: A 10-acre maze of maize lures labyrinth lovers outstanding in their field. The

Stowe Farmers Market: Live music, face painting and balloon art add to displays of locally sourced agriculture in the Spruce Plaza. All ages. Stowe Mountain Resort, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 253-7321.

Mirror, Mirror: Little ones use looking glasses to investigate reflection and symmetry. All ages. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 11 a.m. Regular museum admission, $10-12; free for members and kids under 2. Info, 649-2200. Vermont Instute of Natural Science Program: Novice naturalists journey above and below the forest floor, meeting live animals and investigating their survival strategies. All ages. South Hero Community Library, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 372-6209. VINS Summer Programs: Wilderness lovers gather for songbird feeding time, raptor programs and activities in the “nature nook.” All ages. Vermont Institute of Natural Science Nature Center, Quechee, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Regular admission, $11-13; free for members and kids under 4. Info, 359-5000.

Theater

‘Anything Goes’: Very Merry Theatre teens perform this Broadway musical set aboard the ocean liner S.S. American. Rain location: Old Brick Church. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. ‘Into the Woods’: Twenty local teens star in FlynnArts’ fractured fairy-tale musical about following your dreams. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7 p.m. $14-16. Info, 863-5966.

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Arts & Crafts

Art on the Go: See August 1. Homeschoolers Knitting Group: Stay-at-home learners hang with peers as they improve their needlework. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 3-4:15 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4095.

Health & Fitness

Afternoon Hoops: Basketball-loving high school students spend the afternoon dribbling, shooting and scoring. St. Albans City Hall, 2:30-3:45 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 524-1500, ext. 266. Dancing With My Baby: Rock, reggae, pop, hip-hop and more inspire movement in parents and young dancers. Ages 6 weeks and up. Blue Heron Aikido Studio, Middlebury Municipal Building, 10-11 a.m. $12 drop-in; discount for multiple classes; preregister. Info, 388-3381. Family Gym: Indoor playground equipment gives tumblers a chance to run free. Ages 7 and under. Pomerleau Family YMCA, Burlington, 10:30 a.m.-noon. $5-8 per family. Info, 862-8993. Tiny Tumblers Open Gym: Young gymnasts bounce, bend and balance. Ages 9 months-6 years, accompanied by an adult. Green Mountain Gymnastics, Williston, 9:30-11 a.m. $10 per child; $15 per family; preregister. Info, 652-2454.

Music

Brandon Summer Concert Series: Brandon bands play everything from ballads to rock songs to Dixieland jazz in the park. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Central Park, Brandon, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 247-6401. Friday Night Family Fun Series: Live bands and theater companies entertain the masses at this weekly outdoor fête. Maple Street Park, Essex Junction, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-1375. Friday Night Live: Local musicians band together for a festive celebration complete with food and vendors. Gazebo Park, Island Pond, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 673-1854. Kids Music With Linda ‘Tickle Belly’ Bassick: Toetapping good tunes captivate kiddies. Radio Bean, Burlington, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 660-9346.

Baby & Maternity

Lunchtime Concert: Singer-songwriters, a cappella choirs, circus acrobats and jugglers entertain the lunch crowd at open-air performances held twice a week. Burlington City Hall Park, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166.

Community

Spanish Musical Kids: Amigos learn Latin American songs and games with native Argentinian Constancia Gómez. Ages 1-5. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.

Postnatal Core Yoga: Get your abs on! New moms learn to reengage core muscles lost during pregnancy in this flowing yoga class for all levels. Pre-crawling babies are welcome. Evolution Yoga, Burlington, 1:30 p.m. $14. Info, 864-9642.

Music With Derek: The wee crowd convenes to shake out their sillies in tune-filled activities. All ages. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810.

Glass-Blowing Demos & Food Trucks: Families view art in action as eight mobile vendors serve good grub nearby. All ages. AO Glass Works, Burlington, 5-8 p.m. Free. Info, 488-4455.

The Swing Peepers: Musicians Matt and John offer zany, interactive songs about farming and gardening. Summer-reading prizes and ice cream follow. Wilder Club & Library, Hartford, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 295-6341.

Lickity Splitz Kids’ Consignments: Seasonal Consignment Sale: Savvy shoppers find gently used, name-brand clothing for cheap. Call for consignment details. All ages. Mid Vermont Christian School, White River Junction, 6-9 p.m. $15 registration fee for consignors; free for shoppers. Info, 779-5347.

Nature & Science

Dance

First Friday Family Dance: A wholesome evening of live music and dancing ends with a song circle. All ages. Worcester Town Hall, 6:30-9:30 p.m. $5-12. Info, 229-0173.

Fairs & Festivals

Vermont Festival of the Arts: See August 1.

Food

Burger Night: Live music and kids activities lend a festive air to a local feast of grilled fare. All ages. Bread & Butter Farm, Shelburne, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Free admission; cost of food and drink. Info, 985-9200. Chocolate-Dipping Demonstration: See August 1. Five Corners Farmers Market: From natural meats to breads and wines, farmers share the bounty of the growing season at an outdoor exchange, complete with live entertainment and kids activities. Lincoln Place, Essex Junction, 3:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 5cornersfarmersmarket@gmail.com. Lunch at the Library: See August 1.

Exploring Magnets: See August 1. Foodways Fridays: Children tour the heirloom garden, watching how the veggies make their way into historic recipes prepared in the 1890 farmhouse kitchen. All ages. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular admission, $3-12; free for kids under 3. Info, 457-2355. Great Vermont Corn Maze: See August 1. Hands-On Horticulture: See August 1. VINS Summer Programs: See August 1.

Theater

‘Annie’: The sun’ll come out when QNEK Productions stages this uplifting musical about a little orphan. Haskell Free Library and Opera House, Derby Line, 2 & 7:30 p.m. $13-15. Info, 334-2216. ‘Freckleface Strawberry’: Based on the book by actress Julianne Moore, this musical production by St. Michael’s Playhouse is full of freckles, dancing and laughter. See calendar spotlight on page 40. McCarthy Arts Center. St. Michael’s College, Colchester, noon. $10. Info, 864-2281. ‘Into the Woods’: See August 1, 2 & 7 p.m.

TINY TOTS: Fun and fitness for the 1-2.5-year-old set (and their ride, too!). Toddlers are ready to play and move, and they’ll do plenty of both at Tiny Tots. Dance, jump, tumble, play games! Get those bodies moving and make some nice social connections with others along the way. 7 Thursday sessions beginning Sep. 12, 11-11:40 a.m. $48/members, $62/community; 8 Thursday sessions beginning Oct. 31, 11-11:40 a.m. $55/ members, $70/community. Location: Winooski YMCA, 32 Mallets Bay Ave. Info: gbymca.org, 655-YMCA. BUSY BODIES: Stretch and strengthen little bodies ages 2.5-4. Toddlers are made to move, and, at this age, they are also eager to explore. Release that excess energy and channel it into new grooves including improvisational dance, gymnastics, yoga and even ballet. Adults join the class, too – or not. Your choice. 7 Thursday sessions beginning Sep. 12, 1010:45 a.m. $48/members, $62/community; 8 Thursday sessions beginning Oct. 31, 1010:45 a.m. $55/members, $70/community. Location: Winooski YMCA, 32 Mallets Bay Ave. Info: gbymca.org, 655-YMCA. K

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Arts & Crafts

BCA Summer Artist Market: Kid Zone: Weather permitting, creative types have a blast painting, drawing and printmaking in the park. All ages; parents must accompany their children. Burlington City Hall Park, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $4-5. Info, 865-7166. Clay for Families: Special ceramics made in the studio are left for firing and glazing, then picked up later. All ages. ArtisTree Community Art Center, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-noon. $20 per parent/child pair; $5 per additional person; preregister. Info, 457-3500. Kids Craft: Sharpie T-Shirt Decorating: Using markers and rubbing alcohol, fledgling fashion designers create cool duds of their own design. Ages 5 and up. Creative Habitat, South Burlington, 1-3 p.m. $5. Info, 862-0646.

Baby & Maternity

Breast-Feeding Support Group: The Vermont Department of Health organizes this informative social group for moms, babies and families. Bent Northrop Memorial Library, Fairfield, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 524-7970.

Community

Community Yard Sale: Folks browse through 125 tables of household essentials, children’s clothing, books, collectibles, furniture and more. Proceeds benefit the KidSafe Collaborative in its efforts to prevent and address child abuse and neglect. Donation drop-offs: July 31 and August 1, 8 a.m.-7 p.m., and August 2, 8-10 a.m. All ages. Champlain Valley Expo, Essex Junction, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. $1 suggested donation. Info, 863-9626. 3 saturday, p.30

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Richmond Farmers Market: Vendors peddle maple iced tea, honey ice cream, vegan chocolates, just-picked

Color Mixing: Preschoolers and their families blend primary colors into brand-new hues. All ages. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 3 p.m. Regular museum admission, $10-12; free for members and kids under 2. Info, 649-2200.

LAKE CHAMPLAIN WALDORF SCHOOL PARENT & CHILD CLASSES: Circle time, organic snacks and parent support combine to make nourishing classes for the whole family. Children discover skills, songs and friendship. Moon Garden: newborns-beginning walkers; Sun Garden: beginning walkers-20 months; Star Garden: 20 months-3 1/2 years. Caregivers attend classes with their child. 10-week sessions beginning Sep. 12. Location: All Soul’s Interfaith Gathering, 291 Bostwick Farm Rd., Shelburne. Info: Pam Graham, 985-2827, ext. 12, pgraham@ lakechamplainwaldorfschool.org.

Kids VT

Submit your September event for print by August 15 at kidsvt.com or to calendar@kidsvt.com

Hands-On Horticulture: Citizen scientists learn about flowers and soil through craft projects and deep digging. All ages. Fort Ticonderoga, N.Y., 1:30-3:30 p.m. Regular admission, $8-17.50; free for kids under 5. Info, 518-585-2821.

List your class or camp here for only $15 per month! Submit the listing by the 15th at kidsvt.com or to classes@kidsvt.com.

August 2013

Exploring Magnets: Budding scientists experiment with invisible pull. All ages. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 11 a.m. Regular museum admission, $10-12; free for members and kids under 2. Info, 649-2200.

produce and much more at this lively showcase of locavorism. All ages. Volunteers Green, Richmond, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, rfmmanager@gmail.com.

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Digging Deep Into Reading With Live Animals: Kids journey above and below the forest floor to learn about its inhabitants. Ages 3-10. Colchester Village Meeting House, 2 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-0313.

Great Vermont Corn Maze, Danville, 10 a.m. $10-15; free for kids under 5. Info, 748-1399.


AUG CALENDAR 3 TUESDAY (CONTINUED) Lickity Splitz Kids’ Consignments: Seasonal Consignment Sale: See August 2, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Town-Wide Yard Sale Day: Bargain hunters find deals and steals all through the village. Maps available at the visitor’s center of the Brandon Museum at the Stephen A. Douglas Birthplace, as well as online at brandon.org. Various locations, Brandon, 8 a.m. Free. Info, 247-6401.

Education

Kids Workshops: Children learn do-it-yourself skills and tool safety as they build a different project each session. Ages 5-12. Home Depot, Williston, 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 872-0039.

Fairs & Festivals

Deerfield Valley Blueberry Festival: Feeling blue? Wilmington, Whitingham and Dover make the best of the hue over 10 days with a Big Blue Parade, a Blue Street Fair, blues music and pick-your-own blueberries. Various locations statewide, 6 p.m. Various prices. Info, 464-8092. Vermont Festival of the Arts: See August 1.

Food

Burlington Farmers Market: Farmers, artisans and producers offer fresh and prepared foods, crafts, and more in a bustling marketplace. All ages. Burlington City Hall Park, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 310-5172. Caledonia Farmers Market: Freshly baked goods, veggies, beef and maple syrup figure prominently in

displays of “shop local” options. All ages. 50 Railroad Street, St. Johnsbury, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 592-3088. Capital City Farmers Market: Veggies, honey, maple syrup and more change hands at a celebration of locally grown food. All ages. Corner of State and Elm streets, Montpelier, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-2958. Chocolate-Dipping Demonstration: See August 1. Middlebury Farmers Market: Crafts, cheeses, breads, veggies and more vie for spots in shoppers’ totes. All ages. Marble Works District, Middlebury, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 537-4754. Shelburne Farmers Market: Musical entertainment adds cheer to this exchange of fruits, veggies, herbs, honey, maple syrup and more. All ages. Shelburne Village Green, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 985-2472.

Health & Fitness

Yoga Tots: Toddlers and parents stretch it out in exercises meant to build self-esteem and positive attitudes toward physical activity. Ages 3-6. Highgate Town Office Building, 9 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 868-3970.

Library & Books

Used Book Sale: Bibliophiles gather new reads for their nightstands. All ages. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4095.

Movies

Ben & Jerry’s Summer Outdoor Movie Festival: Cinema lovers screen Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted in the open air. Ben & Jerry’s Factory, Waterbury, dusk. Free. Info, 244-1411.

Story Times MONDAY Dig Into Stories With Megan: Fletcher Free Library, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. Essex Drop-In Story Time: Essex Free Library, 10:3011:30 a.m. Free. Info, 879-0313. Richmond Pajama Time: Richmond Free Library, 6:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 434-3036. St. Albans Story Hour: St. Albans Free Library, 10:3011:30 a.m. Free. Info, 524-1507. Stowe Story Time for 2- to 3-Year-Olds: Stowe Free Library, 10:15-11 a.m. Free. Info, 253-6145. Waitsfield Story Time: Joslin Memorial Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 496-4205. Waterbury Toddlers-’n’-Twos: Waterbury Public Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 244-7036. Woodstock Baby Story Time: Norman Williams Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 457-2295. TUESDAY

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South Burlington Tiny Tot Explorers: Wheeler Homestead and Garden Park, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 652-7539. St. Johnsbury Story Time: St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 748-8291. Williston Story Hour: Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. Williston Story Time With Corey: Buttered Noodles, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. Winooski Preschool Story Time: Winooski Memorial Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 655-6424. Woodstock Preschool Story Time: Norman Williams Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 457-2295. WEDNESDAY East Barre Realms of Reading Crafts: East Barre Branch Library, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 476-5118. Essex Toddler Story Time: Essex Free Library, 10:3011:30 a.m. Free. Info, 879-0313.

Alburgh Story Hour: Alburgh Community Education Center, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 796-6077. Barre Children’s Story Hour: Aldrich Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 476-7550.

Hardwick Preschool Story Time: Jeudevine Memorial Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 472-5948.

Colchester Toddler Story Time: Burnham Memorial Library, 10:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-0313.

Montgomery Story Hour: Montgomery Town Library, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, montgomery.librarian@ gmail.com.

Georgia Pajama Story Time: Georgia Public Library, third Tuesday of every month, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 524-4643. Grand Isle PJ Story Time: Grand Isle Free Library, first Tuesday of every month, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Hinesburg Preschool Story Time: Carpenter-Carse Library, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 482-2878. Hinesburg Toddler Story Time: Carpenter-Carse Library, first Tuesday of every month, 9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 482-2878. Lunch Time Read Aloud: Brown Dog Books & Gifts, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 482-5189. Richmond Story Time: Richmond Free Library, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 434-3036. Shelburne Story Time With Webby: Shelburne Museum, 10:30-11 a.m. Regular museum admission, $5-22; free for children under 5. Info, 985-3346.

Cooler in the Mountains Concert Series: National acts steal the stage at family-friendly outdoor shows. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Killington Resort, 3:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 422-6200. Lyra Summer Music Workshop: Student Gala Concert: Music scholars dazzle audiences on the piano, violin, viola or cello. Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, 1 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 728-6464.

Nature & Science

ChampFest: Are you a believer or a skeptic? Cryptozoologists explore the facts and folklore of Lake Champlain’s monster through daily story times, films and animal-care demos. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular museum admission, $9.50-12.50; free for kids under 3. Info, 864-1848. Great Vermont Corn Maze: See August 1. Heritage Chicken Day: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Visitors can ponder this big question as they visit newly hatched chicks, study different livestock breeds and engage in farm-life stories and crafts. All ages. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular admission, $3-12; free for kids under 3. Info, 457-2355. Learn S’more About Camping: Want to sleep under the stars? Learn how in this campsite clinic, where you’ll practice setting up your gear and building a fire. Quechee State Park, Hartford, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 888-409-7579. Planetarium Presentation: An astronomy expert

offers a guided tour of the cosmos. Ages 5 and up. Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, St. Johnsbury, 1:30-2:30 p.m. $5. Info, 748-2372. Super Science Day: Splash! Exploring Water: Curious kiddos float homemade boats, make liquid rainbows and test surface tension at a day devoted to getting wet. All ages. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular museum admission, $10-12; free for members and kids under 2. Info, 649-2200. VINS Summer Programs: See August 1.

Theater

‘Annie’: See August 2, 7:30 p.m. ‘Freckleface Strawberry’: See August 2, 10 a.m. ‘Into the Woods’: See August 1, 2 & 7 p.m. Saturday Drama Club: Thespians help Very Merry Theatre produce a show in just three hours. Ages 5-12. Very Merry Theatre, Burlington, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $15 (or pay what you can). Info, 863-6607.

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Baby & Maternity

Burlington Prenatal Yoga: See August 1, 10:05 a.m. Postnatal Yoga: Moms bring their pre-crawling kids to an all-levels flowing yoga class addressing sore shoulders and back pain through gentle core work. Evolution Yoga, Burlington, 12:15 p.m. $14. Info, 864-9642. Shelburne Prenatal Yoga: Yoga postures, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques nurture bodies and create a loving connection between moms-to-be

Early-literacy skills get special attention during these read-aloud sessions. Some locations provide additional activities such as music, crafts or foreign-language instruction. Contact the story-time organizer or visit kidsvt.com for details. Schedules may change; call ahead to confirm.

Grand Isle Preschool Story Time: Grand Isle Free Library, 10 a.m. Free; newcomers should preregister. Info, 372-4797.

East Barre Kids Story Hour: East Barre Branch Library, 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 476-5118.

Music

Quechee Story Time: Quechee Public Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 295-1232. Randolph Morning Story Time: Kimball Public Library, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 728-5073. Richford Story Hour: Arvin A. Library, 9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 848-3313. South Burlington Baby Blossoms: Wheeler Homestead and Garden Park, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 652-7539. South Burlington Story Time: Barnes & Noble, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 864-8001. Swanton Story Hour: Swanton Public Library, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 868-7656. Warren Preschool Story & Enrichment Hour: Warren Public Library, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 595-2582. Waterbury Baby Lap Time: Waterbury Public Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 244-7036. Williamstown Story Time: Ainsworth Public Library, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 433-5887.

THURSDAY Bristol Story Time: Lawrence Memorial Library, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Free. Info, 453-2366. Colchester Preschool Summer Story Time: Burnham Memorial Library, Aug. 1, 10:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-0313. Essex Preschool Story Time: Essex Free Library, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 879-0313. Fairfax PJ Story Time: Fairfax Community Library, first Thursday of every month, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Rutland Story Time: Rutland Free Library, 1010:45 a.m. Free. Info, 773-1860. Shelburne Story Time With Mary Catherine Jones: Pierson Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 985-5124. St. Albans Story Hour: See Monday. Vergennes Story Time: Bixby Memorial Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 877-2211. Westford Story Time: Westford Public Library, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-5639. FRIDAY Brandon Preschool Story Time: Brandon Free Public Library, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 247-8230.

Stowe Baby & Toddler Story Time: Stowe Free Library, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 253-6145.

Essex Musical Thirds Story Time: Essex Free Library, third Friday of every month, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 879-0313.

Waterbury Preschool Story Time: Waterbury Public Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 244-7036.

Enosburg Story Hour: Enosburg Public Library, 9-10 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Georgia Preschool Story Time: Georgia Public Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 524-4643. Huntington Story Time: Huntington Public Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 434-4583. Lincoln Toddler/Preschool Story Time: Lincoln Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 453-2665. Milton Toddler/Preschool Story Time: Milton Public Library, 10 a.m. Info, 893-4644. Moretown Story Time: Moretown Memorial Library, 11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 496-9728. South Burlington Bookworms: Wheeler Homestead and Garden Park, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 652-7539. South Burlington Pajamarama: Barnes & Noble, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 864-8001.

SATURDAY Barre Story Time: Next Chapter Bookstore, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 476-3114. Burlington Saturday Story Time: Phoenix Books, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 448-3350. Colchester Saturday Drop-In Story Time: Burnham Memorial Library, 10 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-0313. South Burlington Story Time: See Wednesday. St. Johnsbury Story Time: See Tuesday, first Saturday of every month, 10:30 a.m. SUNDAY Williston Russian Story Time: Buttered Noodles, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 730-2673. 


Baby & maternity

and their babies. Women at all stages of pregnancy are welcome. Yoga Roots, Shelburne, 4:30-6 p.m. $15 drop-in. Info, 985-0090.

community

community Yard sale: See August 3, 10 a.m.-noon. Lickity splitz Kids’ consignments: seasonal consignment sale: See August 2, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

see Dr. First videos “First with Kids” at fletcherallen.org/ firstwithkids

Fairs & Festivals

montpelier Prenatal Yoga: Pregnant mamas focus on movements that will help prepare their bodies for labor and birth. Yoga Mountain Center, Montpelier, 5:30-7 p.m. $15 drop-in. Info, 778-0300. Yoga After Baby: New moms work on their core, pelvic floor and arm strength, bringing their infants along if they choose. Shambhala Center, Montpelier, 11 a.m.-noon. $10. Info, 778-0300.

Lake champlain dragon Boat Festival: Aquatic athletes, community members and breast cancer survivors paddle their way to victory on 41-foot boats. Onlookers enjoy lively entertainment, food and children’s activities on shore. Proceeds benefit Survivorship NOW. All ages. Waterfront Park, Burlington, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 999-5478.

Fairs & Festivals

Vermont Festival of the Arts: See August 1.

Lunch at the Library: See August 1.

Food

Games

chocolate-dipping demonstration: See August 1. Power of Produce (PoP) club: Kids register for a Passport to Health at the Winooski Farmers Market, which earns them a tote, button and tokens for fruits, veggies or plant starts. Additional children’s activities focus on food, farming and nutrition. Ages 5-12. Winooski Falls Way, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 413-446-4684.

Health & Fitness Family Gym: See August 2.

music

concert on the Green: Local bands sound out catchy tunes in the center of town. Rain location: Danville United Methodist Church. Danville Village Green, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 684-2256. driftwood: Folk, rock and blues musicians offer acoustic harmonies and conga rhythms in the great outdoors. Branbury State Park, Salisbury, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 888-409-7579. music on the Porch: Hard Scrabble, Dave Keller, the Growlers and Seth Yacavone are among the artists featured in this weekly lineup of tunes. Rusty Parker Memorial Park, Waterbury, 1-3 p.m. Donations accepted for Food 4 Farmers. Info, 882-2700.

Nature & science champFest: See August 3.

Great Vermont corn maze: See August 1. Leafcutter Ants: Nature fans investigate the secret lives of “insect fungus farmers.” All ages. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 3 p.m. Regular museum admission, $10-12; free for members and kids under 2. Info, 649-2200. Planetarium Presentation: See August 3. sound science: Good listeners explore how audio travels through different materials. All ages. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 11 a.m. Regular museum admission, $10-12; free for members and kids under 2. Info, 649-2200. sundays for Fledglings: Aspiring junior birders learn all about feathers and flying through observation, research and goofing around. Ages 5-10. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 2-3 p.m. Regular museum admission, $3-6; preregister. Info, 434-2167. ViNs summer Programs: See August 1.

‘Freckleface strawberry’: See August 2, 10 a.m. & noon.

Food

chocolate-dipping demonstration: See August 1.

Big insane Games: Fun-lovin’ youngsters flock to the library lawn for obstacles, catapults and silliness. Ages 4-10. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 1-3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-0313.

Hoopla: Large, easy-to-use hoops and great music make for a funky dance-fitness experience for all levels. All ages. Middlebury Municipal Gym, 6:45-8 p.m. $5-12 drop-in; discount for multiple classes. Info, 388-3381. Yoga class: Playful breathing, stretching and relaxation techniques build mindfulness and body awareness. Ages 6-12. 2 Wolves Holistic Center, Vergennes, 4-5 p.m. $14 drop-in. Info, 870-0361.

Library & Books

summer monday Book sale: Little literati and their grownups thumb through hundreds of hardcovers, paperbacks, puzzles, CDs and DVDs. Proceeds support library collections and activities. Rutland Free Library, 4-8 p.m. Free. Info, 773-1860. Write Now!: Best-selling authors-to-be get inspired to start penning that book or poem. Ages 12-18. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-0313. Young Adult Advisory Board: Sixth through 12th graders help make the library a destination for their peers. Ages 12-18. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-0313.

music

Preschool music: See August 1, 10:45 a.m.

Nature & science champFest: See August 3.

Great Vermont corn maze: See August 1. Hands-on Horticulture: See August 1. Honeybees: Families catch the buzz about the seethrough hive on the museum’s second floor. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 11 a.m. Regular museum admission, $10-12; free for members and kids under 2. Info, 649-2200. Pocket Kites: Kids make their own simple craft to take to the skies. All ages. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 3 p.m. Regular museum admission, $10-12; free for members and kids under 2. Info, 649-2200. ViNs summer Programs: See August 1.

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Garden stepping stone Workshop: Creative adolescents make awesome outdoor decor. Ages 12 and up. Milton Public Library, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 893-4644.

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Tom Joyce: The “magic man” captivates kiddos with mystifying sleights of hand. This summer-reading finale features a raffle drawing and free books. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

‘into the Woods’: See August 1, 2 p.m.

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Merry Maritime the LaKe champLain mariTime FesTiVaL sails back into Burlington this month for four days of aquatic entertainment. Families channel captain Jack sparrow as they race along the waterfront in the Pirate 5K run/Walk, attended by swashbuckling singer-songwriter rockin’ ron the Friendly Pirate. Multiple stages and festival tents offer international crafts, food and music, while the lake champlain Antique & classic Vintage Boat show offers a glimpse into our region’s maritime history. Between paddleboard races, comedy shows and ticketed evening concerts, there are plenty of reasons to drop anchor and stay a while. LaKe champLain mariTime FesTiVaL: Thursday, August 15, 5-10 p.m.; Friday, August 16, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday, August 17, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; and Sunday, August 18, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., at Waterfront Park in Burlington. All ages. Most events are free; admission charged for nightly concerts. Info, 482-3313. lcmfestival.com


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The Bees Knees, Morrisville, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 888-7889.

creative Tuesdays: Artists engage their imaginations with recycled crafts. All ages, but kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.

Fairfax summer concert series: Families tune in for the Fairfax Fletcher Westford Band. All ages. Fairfax Middle School, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 849-2420.

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Gazebo concert: Local musicians strike a chord with the community. Stowe Free Library, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 253-7792.

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Baby & maternity

see Dr. First videos “First with Kids” at fletcherallen.org/ firstwithkids

Burlington Prenatal Yoga: See August 1, 4 p.m.

Postnatal Yoga: See August 4, 10:30 a.m.

community

milton’s National Night out: Community spirit soars as neighbors gather for food, tunes from Bobby and the Retrotones, children’s games, bike crafts and more. Shine your porch light from 9-11 p.m. to show solidarity in crime prevention. All ages. Milton Municipal Complex, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 893-1009. Vermont Lake monsters Game: The Green Mountain State’s minor-league baseball team steps up to the plate at a home game. Centennial Field, Burlington, 7:05 p.m. $5-10. Info, 655-4200.

Fairs & Festivals

Addison county Fair & Field days: Vermont’s largest agricultural fair hosts horse, miniature-donkey and sheep shows, tractor pulls, kiddie rides and live entertainment. Addison County Field Days Grounds, Vergennes, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. $5-12; free for kids under 6. Info, 545-2557. Vermont Festival of the Arts: See August 1.

Food

chocolate-dipping demonstration: See August 1.

music With Robert: Families sing along with a local legend. All ages. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.

Nature & science Fossils: Evidence of the Past: Youth sleuths clue into the origins of preserved remains. All ages. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 3 p.m. Regular museum admission, $10-12; free for members and kids under 2. Info, 649-2200. Great Vermont corn maze: See August 1. Hands-on Horticulture: See August 1. Kitchen chemistry: Mad scientists combine common household products, which yield unexpectedly entertaining results. All ages. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 11 a.m. Regular museum admission, $10-12; free for members and kids under 2. Info, 649-2200. Nature Walk for Kids: Intrepid explorers observe plant and animal life while wandering through the great outdoors. All ages. Fort Ticonderoga, 10:30 a.m. Regular admission, $8-17.50; free for kids under 5. Info, 518-585-2821.

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dancing With my Baby: See August 2. martial Arts class: See August 1. R.i.P.P.E.d. 4 Kids: This unique fitness formula — short for “rhythm, intervals, power, plyometrics, endurance and diet” — includes nutrition tips and fun movements to music. Ages 7-12. North End Studio, Burlington, 1-2 p.m. $6. Info, 578-9243. Tiny Tumblers open Gym: See August 2. Walk/Run Trail series: All ages and abilities break a sweat in a 5K open race, 3K walk/run or 1K kids run. Hard’ack, St. Albans, 6 p.m. $3-5; kids 1K is free. Info, 524-1500, ext. 266.

Library & Books

dig into Reading craft & Event series: See August 1. End of the summer Reading Program Festival: Balloons, face painting, games and refreshments celebrate bookish achievements. All ages. Milton Public Library, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 893-4644. Garden story Time: Little ones listen to seasonal tales and tunes under the sun. Ages 5 and under. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4097.

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Youth media Lab: Aspiring Spielbergs make movies and explore technology in this drop-in collaboration with Middlebury Community Television. Grades 4 and up. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4097.

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Booktivity: Tie-dye T-shirts: Fledgling fashion designers create a swirly piece of wearable art. Ages 5-10. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 2 & 3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-0313. Kids craft: Journal making: Scribblers decorate a notebook for creative visual and written self-expression. Ages 5 and up. Creative Habitat, South Burlington, 1-3 p.m. $5. Info, 862-0646.

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Baby & maternity

Breast-Feeding mom support: New mothers get to know each other during this informative and informal session. Children welcome. Grace Church, Rutland, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 747-8665.

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smArt: Kids, mini Golf mania: Fore! Visitors tee off, playing nine holes inspired by the museum’s grounds and buildings. Shelburne Museum, 4-7 p.m. Regular museum admission, $5-22; free for children under 5. Info, 985-3346.

Education

social Thinking: Kids with nonverbal learning disabilities, Asperger’s syndrome and high-functioning autism develop their social skills. Call for times. Ages 6-17. Preregister. Maple Leaf Clinic, Wallingford, Info, 446-3577.

Fairs & Festivals

Addison county Fair & Field days: See August 6, 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

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Vermont Festival of the Arts: See August 1.

Food

caledonia Farmers market: Freshly baked goods, veggies, beef and maple syrup figure prominently in displays of “shop local” options. All ages. Route 2, Danville, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 592-3088. chocolate-dipping demonstration: See August 1. cookie decorating: Budding bakers doll up treats with sprinkles, frosting, sugar and nuts. Barrio Bakery, Burlington, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 863-8278. 7 WEdNEsdAY, p.34

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children’s sing-Along With Lesley Grant: Parents sip coffee while wee ones break into song with a local musician and educator. Preschool-age kids and younger.

HOPSTOP FAMILY SERIES Free hands-on programs introducing the youngest audiences to the wonders of the performing arts. Each hour-long presentation is an engaging way to stimulate the curious minds of children. Offered one Saturday each month at 11 am throughout the school year. For schedule, go to hop.dartmouth.edu.

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Ben & Jerry’s summer outdoor movie Festival: See August 3. Ben & Jerry’s, Burlington, dusk. Free. Info, 862-9620.

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Quechee summer Tuesdays: Readers tune in for themed songs, experiments and outdoor adventures. Ages 6-11. Quechee Public Library, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 295-1232.

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Time Travel Tuesdays: Families blast into the past, experiencing the late 19th century through farmhouse chores and pastimes. All ages. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular museum admission, $3-12; free for kids under 3. Info, 457-2355. ViNs summer Programs: See August 1.

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champFest: See August 3.

Lunch at the Library: See August 1.

chess club: Checkmate! Kids of all ability levels scheme winning strategies. All ages. Fairfax Community Library, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 849-2420.

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Playgroups

Kids enjoy fun and games during these informal get-togethers, and caregivers connect with other local parents and peers. The groups are usually free and often include snacks, arts and crafts, or music. Contact the playgroup organizer or visit kidsvt.com for site-specific details. Schedules may change; call ahead to confirm.

MONDAY Barre Open Gym: Sunrise Gymnastics, 10 a.m.-noon. $10 child. Info, 223-0517. Burlington Crawlers, Waddlers & Toddlers: St. Joseph School, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 999-5100. Colchester Playgroup: Malletts Bay School, 9-11 a.m. Free. Info, 264-5900. Essex Open Gym: Regal Gymnastics Academy, 1-2 p.m. & 7:30-9 p.m. $8; free for children under 18 months. Info, 655-3300.

Barre Open Gym: See Monday. Charlotte Playgroup: Charlotte Central School, 9:3010:30 a.m. Free. Info, 764-5820.

Williston Playgroup: Alice in Noodleland: Buttered Noodles, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810.

Essex Open Gym: See Monday, 1-2 p.m.

Bristol Playgroup: Bristol Baptist Church, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 388-3171. Burlington Family Play: VNA Family Room, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 860-4420. Burlington Fathers & Children Together: VNA Family Room, 5-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 860-4420. Colchester Playgroup: See Monday. Hardwick Playgroup: Hardwick Elementary School, 8:15-10:15 a.m. Free. Info, 652-5138. Johnson Baby Chat: Church of the Nazarene, fourth Tuesday of every month, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 888-3470.

Georgia Summer Playgroup: Georgia Beach, 10 a.m.noon, Free. Info, 527-5426. Richmond Playgroup: Richmond Free Library, 8:4510:15 a.m. Free. Info, 899-4415. Shelburne Playgroup: Trinity Episcopal Church, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 764-5820. South Burlington RU12? LGBTQA Family Playgroup: Leaps and Bounds Child Development Center, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 860-7812. South Royalton Playgroup: United Church on the Green, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 685-2264. St. Albans Playgroup: NCSS Family Center, 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Vergennes Playgroup: Congregational Church of Vergennes, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 388-3171.

Burlington EvoMamas Playgroup: Evolution Physical Therapy and Yoga, second Thursday of every month, 10:20 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 864-9642. Burlington Family Play: See Tuesday. Essex Open Gym: See Monday, 7:30-9 p.m. Milton Playgroup: See Tuesday. Montgomery Infant/Toddler Playgroup: Montgomery Town Library, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Morrisville Baby Chat: First Congregational Church of Morrisville, first Thursday of every month, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 888-3470. Winooski Playgroup: O’Brien Community Center, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 655-1422. FRIDAY Bradford Story Hour: Bradford Public Library, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 222-4536. Essex Center Playgroup: Memorial Hall, 9-11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6751. Essex Open Gym: See Monday, 7-9 p.m. Ferrisburgh Open Gym: Ferrisburgh Central School, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 388-3171. Huntington Playgroup: Huntington Public Library, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Info, 899-4415. Montgomery Tumble Time: Montgomery Recreation Center, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Randolph Toddler Time: Kimball Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 728-5073.

THURSDAY

Underhill Playgroup: Underhill Central School, 9:3011 a.m. Free. Info, 899-4415.

Middlebury Playgroup: Middlebury Baptist Church, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 388-3171.

Alburgh Playgroup: NCSS Family Center, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.

Williston Playgroup: Allen Brook School, 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 876-7147; jakruwet@yahoo.com.

Milton Playgroup: New Life Fellowship Church, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 893-1457.

Brandon Stories & Crafts: Brandon Free Public Library, 9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 247-8230.

7 WEDNESDAY (CONTINUED) Farmers Market Story Walk: Families explore the South Hero Farmers Market page by page, starting at the Vermont Department of Health table. St. Rose of Lima Parish, South Hero, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Lunch at the Library: See August 1. Middlebury Farmers Market: See August 3. Woodstock Farmers Market: Fresh vegetables, farm eggs, local meats and cheeses, cut flowers, and seasonal fruits and berries represent the best of the growing season. Woodstock Village Green, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 457-3555.

Games

Chess Group: Strategists gather around the checkered board to learn, play and “kibbitz about playing.” Ages 8 and up. Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 457-2295. Lego Afternoons: Youngsters create freely from big buckets of building blocks. Parents encouraged to send a snack; popcorn provided. Ages 6 and up. Lincoln Library, 3:30-5 p.m. Free. Info, 453-2665. Lego Club: Amateur architects piece together creative scale models of cityscapes. Lawrence Memorial Library, Bristol, 3:15-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 453-2366.

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Jericho Playgroup: Jericho Community Center, 9:3011 a.m. Free. Info, 899-4415.

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Montpelier Lego Club: Kellogg-Hubbard Library, third Tuesday of every month, 3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-4665.

Essex Junction RU12? LGBTQA Family Playgroup: Leaps and Bounds Child Development Center, Aug. 14, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 860-7812.

Winooski Fathers & Children Together: Winooski Family Center, 5-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 655-1422.

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Montpelier Tulsi Morning Playgroup: Tulsi Tea Room, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 223-0043.

Legos for the Little Ones: Builders fashion architecturally sound constructions. Ages 5-7. Milton Public Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 893-4644.

Health & Fitness

Afternoon Hoops: See August 2. Tiny Tumblers Open Gym: See August 2.

Library & Books

Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Discussion: Bibliophiles voice likes and dislikes about award-nominated books, such as Sara Pennypacker’s Summer of the Gypsy Moths. Ages 8-11. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-0313. Harry Potter Club: Wannabe wizards and witches sew their own scarves while listening to The Tales of Beadle the Bard. All ages. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

Richford PJ Story Time: Kids gather with friends for bedtime prep through stories, songs and crafts. Ages 6 and under. Arvin A. Library, Richford, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.

Movies

‘A Bug’s Life’: It’s ants versus grasshoppers in this popular animated flick from 1998. Snacks provided. Milton Public Library, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 893-4644.

SATURDAY Morrisville Weekend Baby Chat: Lamoille Family Center, second Saturday of every month, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 888-3470. South Burlington Tots & Tykes Open Gym: Chamberlin Elementary School, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 846-4108. SUNDAY Essex Open Gym: See Monday, 1-2:30, 2:30-4 & 4-5:30 p.m. 

Wagon Ride Wednesdays: Giddyup, let’s go! Horses carry wagons through the operating dairy farm. All ages. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Regular museum admission, $3-12; free for kids under 3. Info, 457-2355.

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Health & Fitness

Library Legos: Building-block lovers get busy with the library’s giant collection. All ages. St. Albans Free Library, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 524-1507.

‘Anything Goes’: See August 1. Ages 5 and up. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.

Itsy Bitsy Yoga: See August 1.

Community Evenings at the Farm: Families set up their lawn chairs and blankets for local food and musical entertainment. Shelburne Farms, gates open at 5:30 p.m.; concert, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 985-8686.

‘Jack and the Beanstalk’: Thirteen-year-old Ian Keene joins the Folk and Fairytale Project: The Next Generation in an adaptation of this magical, sky-high myth. An ice cream social follows. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581.

Library & Books

Craftsbury Chamber Players’ Mini Concerts: See August 1. UVM Recital Hall, Burlington, 4:30 p.m.

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Dig Into Reading Craft & Event Series: See August 1.

Music

Lunchtime Concert: See August 2. Preschool Music With Mr. Chris: A fun, tune-filled gathering strikes the right note. Ages 3-5. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 878-0313.

Nature & Science

Beginners’ Bird Watching: Eagle-eyed youngsters learn how to identify and describe birds through sketching and discussion. Ages 10 and up. Deborah Rawson Memorial Library, Jericho, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 899-4962. ChampFest: See August 3. Great Vermont Corn Maze: See August 1. Hands-On Horticulture: See August 1. Microscopic Investigations: Hand lenses and microscopes help kids discover there’s more to the world than meets the eye. All ages. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 3 p.m. Regular museum admission, $10-12; free for members and kids under 2. Info, 649-2200. Mirror, Mirror: See August 1. VINS Summer Programs: See August 1. Wacky Wednesday: Hop Into Habitats: Amphibian fans create a fun and functional habitat for their frog friends. Ages 8 and up. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington, 12:30 p.m. Regular museum admission, $9.50-12.50; free for kids under 3. Info, 877-324-6386.

Arts & Crafts

Art on Park: See August 1. Wax Relief Textile Design: Fashionistas use dyes, wax crayons, melted wax and more to design a T-shirt or bandana. Ages 12-17. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-0313.

Baby & Maternity

Burlington Prenatal Yoga: See August 1.

Martial Arts Class: See August 1.

Cleo the Therapy Dog: Canine companions visit with a friendly pooch from the Therapy Dogs of Vermont. Ages 3 and up. Milton Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 893-4644. Pirate Popsicle Party: Triumphant summer readers celebrate with fun, games and frozen treats. All ages. South Burlington Community Library, 7-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 652-7539. Stuffed-Animal Sleepover: Kids drop off their fuzzy friends for a pajama party, then pick them up the next morning and watch a slide show of their adventures over doughnuts and juice. St. Albans Free Library, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 524-1507.

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Community

‘James and the Giant Peach’: Ice cream sundaes sweeten a screening of this Roald Dahl classic. Bring a lawn chair. All ages. Fairfax Community Library, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 849-2420.

Fairs & Festivals

Movies in the Park: See August 1.

Summervale: See August 1.

Vermont Festival of the Arts: See August 1.

Teen Books-to-Film Discussion: Fantasy lovers read J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, then watch it jump off the page in a film adaptation. Milton Public Library, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 893-4644.

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Music

Addison County Fair & Field Days: See August 6, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Chocolate-Dipping Demonstration: See August 1. Lunch at the Library: See August 1. Milton Farmers Market: See August 1.

Brown Bag Concert Series: Sayon Camara and Landaya Ensemble play joyous, traditional Guinean drumming and music. Rain site: Town Hall Theatre. Woodstock Village Green, noon. Donations accepted. Info, 457-3981.


craftsbury chamber Players’ mini concerts: See August 1.

Mrs. Dulac. Milton Public Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 893-4644.

maple Tree Place summer concert series: See August 1.

Preschool Tea Party: Tiny ones dress as fancy as they like for tea and treats. Ages 2-6. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, noon. Free; preregister. Info, 878-0313.

music With mr. chris: See August 1. Preschool music: See August 1. River Road summer concert series: See August 1.

see Dr. First videos “First with Kids” at fletcherallen.org/ firstwithkids

snow Farm Vineyard summer concert series: See August 1.

Nature & science champFest: See August 3.

color mixing: See August 2. Exploring magnets: See August 1. Great Vermont corn maze: See August 1. Hands-on Horticulture: See August 1.

stuffed-Animal sleepover: See August 8, 10-11 a.m.

movies

After-school movie: See August 2. ‘Northern Borders’: A 10-year-old boy comes of age in the Northeast Kingdom in Jay Craven’s new film, based on the novel by Vermont author Howard Frank Mosher. Fairfax Community Library, 6-8 p.m. $6-12. Info, 849-2420.

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Fairs & Festivals

Addison county Fair & Field days: See August 6. 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Jay summer Fest: Fun under the sun commences with a horseshoe tournament, town parade, square dance demo, ice cream social, kids activities and more. Proceeds support community nonprofits. All ages. Downtown Jay, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 343-5687.

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mini danville Fair: While the big fair is canceled due to road construction, a smaller festival is still cause for celebration. There’s a children’s parade, carnival games, rib cook-off, fireworks and more. Hill Street Park, Danville, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Free. street dance & Block Party: Spectators dance the night away to live tunes at this old-fashioned fair held in conjunction with the weekend’s Antique & Classic Car Meet. Main Street, Stowe, 7-10 p.m. Free. Valley stage music Festival: Modern Grass Quintet, the DuPont Brothers Band, Stray Birds and Joy Kills Sorrow perform at this open-air family affair emphasizing sustainability. 246 Blackbird Swale, Huntington, 12:30-9:30 p.m. $10-30; $70 family ticket. Info, 863-5966.

Rocky Puppet show: Energetic theatrics teach families with young children about how stones change over time. Audience members can handle rock specimens after the show. All ages. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 11-11:30 a.m. Regular museum admission, $10-12; free for members and kids under 2. Info, 649-2200.

Friday Night Family Fun series: See August 2.

ViNs summer Programs: See August 1.

music With derek: See August 2.

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Foodways Fridays: See August 2.

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shakespeare in the Park: Vermont Shakespeare Company stages The Winter’s Tale — a story of tragedy, love, music and laughter — in the open air. Bring your own chair or blanket. Oakledge Park, Burlington, 6 p.m. $2225; free for children under 12 with a paying adult; $4 parking fee. Info, 877-874-1911. ‘X-Theater Presents’: Burlington Parks & Recreation’s Open Stage Performance Camp produces wondrously wacky plays created by and for kids. Ages 5 and up. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.

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Arts & crafts

Homeschoolers Knitting Group: See August 2.

Baby & maternity

Postnatal core Yoga: See August 2.

community

Glass-Blowing demos & Food Trucks: See August 2.

Education

Homeschool Project day: Out-of-classroom learners present their current studies to peers. Milton Public Library, 2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 893-4644.

Fairs & Festivals

Addison county Fair & Field days: See August 6, 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Vermont Festival of the Arts: See August 1.

Food

Burger Night: See August 2. chocolate-dipping demonstration: See August 1. Five corners Farmers market: See August 2. Lunch at the Library: See August 1. Richmond Farmers market: See August 2.

Health & Fitness

Afternoon Hoops: See August 2. dancing With my Baby: See August 2. Kickball Game: Teammates gather for a few innings of this beloved playground game. Fairfax Community Park & Recreation Path, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. R.i.P.P.E.d. 4 Kids: See August 6. Tiny Tumblers open Gym: See August 2.

Great Vermont corn maze: See August 1.

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Burlington Farmers market: See August 3.

Hands-on Horticulture: See August 1.

caledonia Farmers market: See August 3.

Hoopster Gliders: Creativity soars as kids craft a flying contraption. All ages. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 11 a.m. Regular admission, $10-12; free for members and kids under 2. Info, 649-2200.

chocolate-dipping demonstration: See August 1.

straw Rockets: Imaginative inventors use air power to make space contraptions fly. All ages. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 3 p.m. Regular museum admission, $10-12; free for members and kids under 2. Info, 649-2200. ViNs summer Programs: See August 1.

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‘Adventures of a comic Book Artist!’: Members of Broadway at the Barre Opera House summer camp step into the limelight in this 70-minute musical. See calendar spotlight on page 36. Ages 5 and up. Barre Opera House, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 476-0292. circus show: Trapeze arts, juggling and acrobatics fly in the culmination of NECCA’s summer boot camp for adults. All ages. New England Center for Circus Arts, Brattleboro, 7:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 254-9780. shakespeare in the Park: See August 8.

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Art Workshops With the Art House: Kids create marbled paper, mosaics, puppets, potato prints and more at the farmers market. Ages 3-15. Craftsbury Common, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $8. Info, 586-2545. BcA summer Artist market: Kid Zone: See August 3. Kids craft: Hand-Print Lion canvas: Palm prints become cool cats at this drop-in session. Ages 5 and up. Creative Habitat, South Burlington, 1-3 p.m. $5. Info, 862-0646.

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community day & Village-Wide Yard sale: Families gather for high-flying feats from Circus Smirkus, rock climbing, live music, concessions and fireworks. Various locations, Derby Line, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 873-3420. craftsbury old Home day: The fun kicks off with a pet show, dunking booth, bounce house, pie-eating contest and field games. The main highlight, a parade with floats, commences at 1 p.m. All ages. Craftsbury Common, 9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 586-2076. Picnic Potluck & Field day: RU12? Community Center hosts this lunchtime shindig for LGBTQ and allied families. Beach-ball volleyball, scavenger hunts, face painting and swimming round out the day. All ages. Wrightsville Reservoir Beach, Middlesex, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $10-15 family donation suggested. Info, 860-7812. Vermont Lake monsters Game: See August 6, 6:05 p.m.

capital city Farmers market: See August 3. Farmers market story Walk: Families explore the Northwest Farmers Market page by page, starting at the Vermont Department of Health table. Taylor Park, St. Albans, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. middlebury Farmers market: See August 3. shelburne Farmers market: See August 3.

Health & Fitness

Healthy Kids clinic: Vermont Lake Monsters coaching staff and players lead kids through activity stations promoting fitness, nutrition and fun. Ages 7-15. Centennial Field, Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. $5; preregister. Info, 655-4200.

movies

Ben & Jerry’s summer outdoor movie Festival: Cinema lovers screen Escape From Planet Earth in the open air. Ben & Jerry’s Factory, Waterbury, dusk. Free. Info, 244-1411.

Nature & science

Bird monitoring Walk: Tweet, tweet! Beginners learn birdsong basics and share their passion for everything ornithological. Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, 7-9 a.m. Donations accepted. Info, 434-3068. champFest: See August 3.

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Great Vermont corn maze: See August 1. Kids Gardening club: Do you believe in fairies? Participants follow a story walk around the pond in search of these mythical pixies. Gardener’s Supply, Williston, 10-11 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 660-3505. Leafcutter Ants: See August 4. Planetarium Presentation: See August 3. sound science: See August 4. ViNs summer Programs: See August 1.

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Baby & maternity

montpelier Prenatal Yoga: See August 5.

chocolate-dipping demonstration: See August 1.

Yoga After Baby: See August 5.

Power of Produce (PoP) club: See August 4.

community

Health & Fitness

Hoopla: See August 5.

Yoga class: See August 5.

Library & Books

summer monday Book sale: See August 5.

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colossal coaster World camp: An annual free kids camp includes crafts, games, music, singing, Bible stories and more. Ages 3-11. Daybreak Community Church, Colchester, 9 a.m.-noon. Free; walk-ins are welcome, but preregistration is appreciated. Info, 338-9118.

music on the Porch: See August 4.

Education

Fossils: Evidence of the Past: See August 6.

Family Gym: See August 2.

concert on the Green: See August 4.

Nature & science

Antique Tractor day: Visitors ogle retro farm machines from the 1930s to ’60s before taking a tractor-drawn wagon ride, making ice cream and playing in the sandbox. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular admission, $3-12; free for kids under 3. Info, 457-2355. champFest: See August 3. Great Vermont corn maze: See August 1. Honeybees: See August 5. Planetarium Presentation: See August 3. Pocket Kites: See August 5. sundays for Fledglings: See August 4.

First-Time Kindergarteners: Over stories and activities, students-to-be meet other children (and their parents) headed to school in the fall. Everyone leaves with a free book. Ages 5-6. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 10:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-0313. Kindergarten Kickoff: Williston and St. George students entering kindergarten this year convene to hear stories, get a library card and meet new friends. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918.

Fairs & Festivals

Preschool music: See August 1, 10:45 a.m.

Nature & science

Great Vermont corn maze: See August 1. Hands-on Horticulture: See August 1. Kitchen chemistry: See August 6. ViNs summer Programs: See August 1.

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Arts & crafts

creative Tuesdays: See August 6.

Vermont Festival of the Arts: See August 1.

Baby & maternity

Food

Postnatal Yoga: See August 4, 10:30 a.m.

chocolate-dipping demonstration: See August 1.

Burlington Prenatal Yoga: See August 1, 4 p.m.


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Library, 10-11:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 849-2420.

colossal coaster World camp: See August 12, 9 a.m.-noon.

Fairs & Festivals

Vermont Festival of the Arts: See August 1.

Food

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chocolate-dipping demonstration: See August 1. Kids in the Kitchen: double corn Bread: Budding chefs get corny as they whip up a veggie-packed batter from scratch. All ages. Healthy Living Market and Café, South Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. $20 per child; free for accompanying adult; preregister. Info, 863-2569. Lunch at the Library: See August 1.

Games

chess club: See August 6. Game on!: Kids learn new diversions or play old faves. All ages. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-4665.

Health & Fitness

dancing With my Baby: See August 2. martial Arts class: See August 1. Parent/child Yoga With Jaycie: Kids and their caretakers settle in for simple stretching exercises. Ages 5-11. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-0313. Tiny Tumblers open Gym: See August 2. Walk/Run Trail series: See August 6.

Library & Books

dig into Reading craft & Event series: See August 1. ‘Leo Geo’ Workshop: The Center for Cartoon Studies’ John Chad talks about turning his handmade children’s book, Leo Geo and His Miraculous Journey Through the Center of the Earth, into a published title. Ages 8-12. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-0313. Little Night-owl story Time: Listeners swoop in for some bedtime tales, songs and crafts. Ages 5 and under. Essex Free Library, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 879-0313.

movies

Ben & Jerry’s summer outdoor movie Festival: See August 10, Ben & Jerry’s, Burlington, dusk. Free. Info, 862-9620.

music

children’s sing-Along With Lesley Grant: See August 6. Gazebo concert: See August 6. music With Robert: See August 6.

Nature & science

Bug Walks: Intrepid explorers bring a net to observe fascinating insects. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 3:30-5 p.m. $3-5; free for members. Info, 229-6206. Great Vermont corn maze: See August 1. Hands-on Horticulture: See August 1.

Arts & crafts

Family Tie dye: Folks bring their own T-shirts, pil- CY low cases and more for a colorful craft project. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info,CMY 388-4097. K Kids craft: clay Bird: Participants sculpt a winged wonder in this drop-in session. Ages 5 and up. Creative Habitat, South Burlington, 1-3 p.m. $5. Info, 862-0646.

Burlington La Leche League: Babies and older kids are welcome as moms bring their questions to a breastfeeding support group. Lending library available. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, second Wednesday of every month, 9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 985-8228.

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Fairs & Festivals

orleans county Fair: Agricultural demonstrations — from horse shows to oxen pulls — figure prominently in this town tradition also featuring arts and crafts, carnival rides, live music and a demolition derby. Orleans County Fair Grounds, Barton, 8 a.m. $7-15; free for kids under 3. Info, 525-3555. Vermont Festival of the Arts: See August 1.

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Lego club: See August 7.

Health & Fitness

Afternoon Hoops: See August 2.

You Rock! An Evening to celebrate: Summer readers are rewarded with music, watermelon and prizes. All ages. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.

music

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community Evenings at the Farm: See August 7. craftsbury chamber Players’ mini concerts: See August 7. Lunchtime concert: See August 2.

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Time Travel Tuesdays: See August 6.

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Baby & maternity

Tiny Tumblers open Gym: See August 2.

story Time in Nestlings Nook: Preschoolers settle in for avian education. Activities include crafts, music and nature walks, if the weather permits. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Regular museum admission, $3-6. Info, 434-2167.

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Nature & Science

River Road Summer Concert Series: See August 1.

Hands-On Horticulture: See August 1.

Exploring Magnets: See August 1.

Snow Farm Vineyard Summer Concert Series: See August 1.

Sound Science: See August 4.

Color Mixing: See August 2.

Great Vermont Corn Maze: See August 1. Hands-On Horticulture: See August 1.

Nature & Science

VINS Summer Programs: See August 1.

A Corn Maze Adventure: Get lost! Families navigate their way through a life-size puzzle in the shape of the historic fort. All ages. Fort Ticonderoga, N.Y., Regular admission, $8-17.50; free for kids under 5. Info, 518-585-2821.

Wagon Ride Wednesdays: See August 7.

Great Vermont Corn Maze: See August 1.

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Hands-On Horticulture: See August 1.

Nature at Night: Coneheads & Katydids: Sharp-eared listeners walk through the wilderness, learning to identify “singing” insects. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 7:30-9 p.m. $3-5. Info, 229-6206.

Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour: See August 13.

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Arts & Crafts

Art on Park: See August 1.

Baby & Maternity

Burlington Prenatal Yoga: See August 1.

Community

Colossal Coaster World Camp: See August 12, 9 a.m.-noon. Families Together Support Group: Parents of children with special needs convene with the Vermont Family Network for information about organizing records and important paperwork. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Swanton, 6-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 373-3365. Summervale: See August 1.

Fairs & Festivals

Lake Champlain Maritime Festival: Nonstop music, boat displays, local fare and hands-on exhibits sail into the waterfront at a four-day bash. See calendar spotlight on page 32. All ages. Waterfront Park, Burlington, 5-10 p.m. Free; admission charged for nightly concerts. Info, 482-3313.

Straw Rockets: See August 9. VINS Summer Programs: See August 1.

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VINS Summer Programs: See August 1.

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‘Caps for Sale’: PuppeTree presents a globe-trotting presentation of a common folktale. Ages 3-10. Colchester Village Meeting House, 2:15-3:15 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-0313.

Shakespeare in the Park: See August 8.

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Arts & Crafts

BCA Summer Artist Market: Kid Zone: See August 3.

Shakespeare in the Park: See August 8, Knight Point State Park, North Hero, 6 p.m.

Kids Craft: Bug Bucket: Itsy-bitsy entomologists decorate a canister for catching crawly insects. Ages 5 and up. Creative Habitat, South Burlington, 1-3 p.m. $5. Info, 862-0646.

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Community

Circus Smircus Big Top Tour: See August 13.

Arts & Crafts

Homeschoolers Knitting Group: See August 2.

Baby & Maternity

Postnatal Core Yoga: See August 2.

Community

Colossal Coaster World Camp: See August 12. Glass-Blowing Demos & Food Trucks: See August 2.

Fairs & Festivals

Lake Champlain Maritime Festival: See August 15, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Orleans County Fair: See August 14.

Orleans County Fair: See August 14. Vermont Festival of the Arts: See August 1.

Food

Chocolate-Dipping Demonstration: See August 1.

See Dr. First videos “First with Kids” at fletcherallen.org/ firstwithkids

Hoopster Gliders: See August 9.

Vermont Festival of the Arts: See August 1.

Food

Leafcutter Ants: See August 4.

Burger Night: See August 2. Chocolate-Dipping Demonstration: See August 1.

Rabble in Arms: Through waterfront demonstrations and exhibits, costumed reenactors bring history alive on the anniversary of the War of 1812. Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Vergennes, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular admission, $6-10; free for members and kids under 5. Info, 457-2022.

Fairs & Festivals

Lake Champlain Maritime Festival: See August 15, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Orleans County Fair: See August 14.

Burlington Farmers Market: See August 3. Caledonia Farmers Market: See August 3. Capital City Farmers Market: See August 3. Chocolate-Dipping Demonstration: See August 1. Kingdom Farm & Food Days: A celebration of regional food and agriculture includes farm tours, food workshops and a local foods showcase. Various locations, Northeast Kingdom, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Most events are free or by donation; some small fees apply. Info, 472-5362. Shelburne Farmers Market: See August 3.

Health & Fitness

Library & Books

Martial Arts Class: See August 1.

Dancing With My Baby: See August 2.

Library & Books

Family Gym: See August 2.

Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Discussion: Book buddies chat about Gordon Korman’s Ungifted. Grades 5-7. Fairfax Community Library, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 849-2420.

Library & Books

Dig Into Reading Craft & Event Series: See August 1.

Summer Reading Program Finale: Lit lovers celebrate their success with “dirt” cake, fun games, free books and prizes. St. Albans Free Library, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 524-1507.

Movies

Brown Bag Concert Series: Michele Choiniere performs traditional Franco-American and Québec folk songs, original compositions, jazz standards and covers. Rain site: Town Hall Theatre. Woodstock Village Green, noon. Donations accepted. Info, 457-3981.

Maple Tree Place Summer Concert Series: See August 1. Music With Mr. Chris: See August 1.

LCATV Producers Workshop: Aspiring directors learn to use video equipment for a short project. Ages 8-9. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 2-3:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-0313.

Music

Friday Night Family Fun Series: See August 2. Friday Night Live: See August 2. Kids Music With Linda ‘Tickle Belly’ Bassick: See August 2. Lunchtime Concert: See August 2. Music With Derek: See August 2.

Nature & Science

A Corn Maze Adventure: See August 15. Foodways Fridays: See August 2. Great Vermont Corn Maze: See August 1.

Middlebury Farmers Market: See August 3.

Meet Llama Llama: Bookworms gather for a reading of Anna Dewdney’s Llama Llama and the Bully Goat and await a visit from the protagonist himself. All ages. Phoenix Books Burlington, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 448-3350.

Movies

Ben & Jerry’s Summer Outdoor Movie Festival: Cinema lovers screen The Avengers in the open air. Ben & Jerry’s Factory, Waterbury, dusk. Free. Info, 244-1411. ‘Monsters University’: Everyone’s favorite frights go to college in this summer flick from Pixar. Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hanover, 4 & 7 p.m. $5-8. Info, 603-646-2422.

Music

Music for Strings & Piano: Members of the Lyra Summer Music Workshop perform works by Beethoven, Shostakovich, Brahms and beyond. Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, 8 p.m. Complimentary student tickets available. Info, 728-6464.

Nature & Science

A Corn Maze Adventure: See August 15. Full Moon Hike & Marshmallow Roast: Lunar light adds intrigue to a moderate 1.5-mile walk along wooded trails. Classic campfire treats await your return. Hard’ack, St. Albans, 8-9 p.m. $4-6. Info, 524-1500, ext. 266. Great Vermont Corn Maze: See August 1. Moonlit Campfire: A flickering bonfire sets the scene for s’mores, a visit from a live owl and other nature activities. Shelburne Farms, 7-9 p.m. $5-6; preregister. Info, 985-8686.

FAIRBANKS MUSEUM & PLANETARIUM, St. Johnsbury

Info, 748-2372 ‘Wildflower Table’: This living exhibit reflects the abundance and diversity of flowers, grasses, berries, ferns and evergreens found in the Northeast Kingdom. Kids are introduced to more than 400 species displayed throughout the year, in both fruit and flowering stages. FLETCHER FREE LIBRARY, Burlington

Info, 863-3403 What On Earth? Activity Stations: Kids uncover hidden treasures through library activities, games, puzzles and scavenger hunts. Ages 5 and up. Continues throughout the summer. MONTSHIRE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE, Norwich

Info, 649-2200 ‘Playing With Time’: Turn back the clock — or speed it up — at this exhibit that allows visitors to time travel through the natural world. Through September 8. PHOENIX BOOKS, Burlington and Essex

Info, 872-7111 Phoenix Summer Reading Programs: Bookworms document their latest reads on “leaves,” which they attach to an in-store Tree of Knowledge. Bookstore Bingo is also available for kids entering grades 4 to 8. All ages. K

Planetarium Presentation: See August 3. Super Science Day: Microworlds: Investigation of the Very Small: Using hand lenses and compound microscopes, little ones investigate tiny things invisible to the naked eye. All ages. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular admission, $10-12; free for members and kids under 2. Info, 649-2200. 17 Saturday, p.40

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Preschool Music: See August 1.

After-School Movie: See August 2.

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Craftsbury Chamber Players’ Mini Concerts: See August 1.

Movies

‘Connecting the Drops’: Families follow a Kids VT story walk from the top of Church Street to the waterfront, stopping at artist-decorated rain barrels to learn how to prevent stormwater runoff. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center hosts a related investigation table and “Let It Rain” stormwater program. Exhibit ends on August 30; bid on a barrel at a live auction on September 6, during the South End Art Hop.

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Youth Night: Teens and tweens hang out and enjoy movies, snacks and projects. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 6-9 p.m. Free. Info, 223-4665.

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LCATV Producers Workshop: Aspiring directors learn to use video equipment and create a film of their own to take home. Ages 8-9. Milton Public Library, 1:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 893-4644.

Tiny Tumblers Open Gym: See August 2.

Info, 434-2167 ‘The Breeding Bird Atlas: Science and Art’: More than 300 citizen scientists, artists and photographers contributed to this exhibit about avian life in Vermont. Through October 31.

Food

Stowe Farmers Market: See August 2.

Afternoon Hoops: See August 2.

BIRDS OF VERMONT MUSEUM, Huntington

Info, 864-1848

Games

Health & Fitness

Info, 457-2355 Annual Quilt Exhibition: Windsor County quilters display their masterful textiles at an eye-catching exhibition. Quilting activities and demonstrations appeal to all ages and skill levels. Through September 22.

‘Bigger Than T-Rex’: Petite paleontologists study prehistoric skeletons of Giganotosaurus, Mapusaurus and other humongous dinos. A hands-on dig pit, excavation videos and animatronic raptors make it even more exciting. All ages. Through September 2.

Five Corners Farmers Market: See August 2.

Shelburne Magic Club: See August 1.

BILLINGS FARM & MUSEUM, woodstock

Vermont Festival of the Arts: See August 1.

Milton Farmers Market: See August 1.

Richmond Farmers Market: See August 2.

Ongoing Exhibits


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12 Acre Gettysburg Maze, Punches to find,Text for Trivia, Bridges, Clues, Mini Maze & Play Area

Theater

Livestock Barn & Wagon Rides All Natural Beef • Maple Syrup

shakespeare in the Park: See August 8.

circus smirkus Big Top Tour: See August 13, Circus Smirkus, Greensboro, 7 p.m. $17-20. Info, 533-7443. saturday drama club: See August 3.

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Baby & maternity

Burlington Prenatal Yoga: See August 1, 10:05 a.m. shelburne Prenatal Yoga: See August 4.

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‘mission: Possible’: Adventure Race & scavenger Hunt: Participants compete in light physical and mental challenges that highlight some of the nonprofits and projects association with the United Way of Chittenden County. Waterfront Park, Burlington, 9 a.m.-noon. Fundraising encouraged; preregister.

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‘mission: Possible’: Nonprofit open House: COTS, the Boys & Girls Club, the YMCA, the Sara Holbrook Community Center and the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf open their doors for fun activities and prizes. Ages 5 and up. Downtown Burlington, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 864-7851. Rabble in Arms: See August 17.

Fairs & Festivals

Lake champlain maritime Festival: See August 15, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. orleans county Fair: See August 14. Vermont Festival of the Arts: See August 1.

Food

Mini Golf Mania “Fore” golfers of all ages! Tee off at Shelburne Museum. Play nine holes inspired by the Museum’s grounds and buildings. 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, August 7

chocolate-dipping demonstration: See August 1. Kingdom Farm & Food days: See August 17. Power of Produce (PoP) club: See August 4.

Health & Fitness Family Gym: See August 2.

music

concert on the Green: See August 4. music on the Porch: See August 4.

Nature & science

A corn maze Adventure: See August 15. sponsored by:

Fossils: Evidence of the Past: See August 6. Great Vermont corn maze: See August 1. Kitchen chemistry: See August 6. Planetarium Presentation: See August 3.

Vermont residents: $11 admission; children $5 shelburnemuseum.org

sundays for Fledglings: See August 4. ViNs summer Programs: See August 1.

Theater

circus smirkus Big Top Tour: See August 17, 1 & 6 p.m. shakespeare in the Park: See August 8, 4 p.m.

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Baby & maternity

montpelier Prenatal Yoga: See August 5. Yoga After Baby: See August 5.

Education

First-Time Kindergarteners: See August 12.

Fairs & Festivals

Vermont Festival of the Arts: See August 1.

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Health & Fitness Hoopla: See August 5.

Yoga class: See August 5.

music

music music With Robert: See August 6.

Nature & science

summer Entertainment series: The Milton Community Band serenades families soaking up the sunset. Bombardier Park, Milton, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 893-4922.

Great Vermont corn maze: See August 1.

Nature & science

Preschool music: See August 1, 10:45 a.m.

A corn maze Adventure: See August 15. Hands-on Horticulture: See August 1. microscopic investigations: See August 7. mirror, mirror: See August 1. ViNs summer Programs: See August 1.

Theater

‘dinoman!’: Fossils, bugs in amber and real dinosaur bones figure prominently in a theatrical presentation about the giant creatures that roamed the Earth millions of years ago. Ages 5-12. Colchester Village Meeting House, 11:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-0313.

see Dr. First videos “First with Kids” at fletcherallen.org/ firstwithkids

A corn maze Adventure: See August 15. Exploring magnets: See August 1. Great Vermont corn maze: See August 1. Hands-on Horticulture: See August 1. maze By moonlight: Flashlights and a celestial glow illuminate a twisty trek through the six-acre labyrinth. All ages. Fort Ticonderoga, N.Y., 8-11 p.m. $10. Info, 518-585-2821. Nature Walk for Kids: See August 6.

Arts & crafts

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Burlington Prenatal Yoga: See August 1, 4 p.m. Natural Beginnings: Mothers gather at this breast-feeding support group. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4095. Postnatal Yoga: See August 4. 10:30 a.m.

Fairs & Festivals

Vermont Festival of the Arts: See August 1, Sep. 2, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Food

chocolate-dipping demonstration: See August 1.

Games

chess club: See August 6.

Health & Fitness

martial Arts class: See August 1. Tiny Tumblers open Gym: See August 2.

Lego Afternoons: See August 7.

milton Farmers market: See August 1.

Lego club: See August 7.

Games

Health & Fitness

Afternoon Hoops: See August 2. Tiny Tumblers open Gym: See August 2.

Pajama story Time: Small ones curl up for bedtime tales, cookies and milk. Ages 18 months-5 years. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-0313.

music

community Evenings at the Farm: See August 7. craftsbury chamber Players’ mini concerts: See August 7. Lunchtime concert: See August 2.

Time Travel Tuesdays: See August 6. ViNs summer Programs: See August 1.

Baby & maternity

Food

Library & Books

color mixing: See August 2.

20 TUESDAY creative Tuesdays: See August 6.

Games

chess Group: See August 7.

children’s sing-Along With Lesley Grant: See August 6.

Preschool music With mr. chris: See August 7.

Nature & science

A corn maze Adventure: See August 15. Great Vermont corn maze: See August 1.

Arts & crafts

Kids craft: mini Birdhouse on a stick: Avian enthusiasts make a teensy habitat for their feathered friends. Ages 5 and up. Creative Habitat, South Burlington, 1-3 p.m. $5. Info, 862-0646.

community

Prince & Princess Tea: Young royals dress in their best for a party in the park. Bring your own lunch. Bristol Town Green, 12-1 p.m. Free. Info, 453-5885. Vermont Lake monsters Game: See August 6.

Education

social Thinking: See August 7.

Fairs & Festivals

caledonia county Fair: Good, old-fashioned festivities range from an aerial show to alpaca demonstrations to amusement park rides. August 21 is Children’s Day. Caledonia County Fairgrounds, Lyndonville, 7 a.m.-9 p.m. $10-18; free for kids under 3. Info, 626-5917. Vermont Festival of the Arts: See August 1.

Hands-on Horticulture: See August 1. Hoopster Gliders: See August 9. monarch Butterfly Tagging: Kids gently catch, tag and release these black-and-orange migrants. Bring a net if you have one. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 3:30-5 p.m. $3-5. Info, 229-6206. straw Rockets: See August 9. ViNs summer Programs: See August 1. Wagon Ride Wednesdays: See August 7. Wiggly Worms: Little ones imagine what life is like for squirmy invertebrates. For ages 3-5 with an adult companion. Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, 10-11 a.m. $8-10 per adult/child pair; $4 per additional child; preregister. Info, 434-3068.

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Arts & crafts

Art on Park: See August 1.

Baby & maternity

Walk/Run Trail series: See August 6.

Food

Burlington Prenatal Yoga: See August 1.

movies

chocolate-dipping demonstration: See August 1.

summervale: See August 1.

Ben & Jerry’s summer outdoor movie Festival: See August 17, Ben & Jerry’s, Burlington, dusk. Free. Info, 862-9620.

caledonia Farmers market: See August 7. cookie decorating: See August 7. middlebury Farmers market: See August 3. Woodstock Farmers market: See August 7.

community

Fairs & Festivals

chocolate-dipping demonstration: See August 1.

Library Legos: See August 8.

Health & Fitness

martial Arts class: See August 1.

Library & Books

cleo the Therapy dog: See August 8.

movies

movies in the Park: See August 1.

music

Brown Bag concert series: Fast Track deliver highenergy barbershop-quartet numbers. Rain site: Town Hall Theatre. Woodstock Village Green, noon. Donations accepted. Info, 457-3981. craftsbury chamber Players’ mini concerts: See August 15. maple Tree Place summer concert series: See August 1. music With mr. chris: See August 1. musical stories: Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival instrumentalists help youngsters compose their own musical stories. For kids ages 5-11 and their grown-up companions. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. Preschool music: See August 1. snow Farm Vineyard summer concert series: See August 1.

Nature & science

A corn maze Adventure: See August 15. Great Vermont corn maze: See August 1. Hands-on Horticulture: See August 1. Leafcutter Ants: See August 4. sound science: See August 4. stop-motion Family Workshop: Budding filmmakers use the museum’s iPads and their own creative juices to make short animated videos. All ages. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Regular admission, $10-12; free for members and kids under 2; tickets required. Info, 649-2200. ViNs summer Programs: See August 1.

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Arts & crafts

Homeschoolers Knitting Group: See August 2.

caledonia county Fair: See August 21. Vermont Festival of the Arts: See August 1. 23 FRidAY, p.42

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Baby & maternity

art Workshops With the art House: See August 10.

Postnatal core yoga: See August 2.

community

Kids craft: Papier-mâché dolphin: Using glitter glue, paint and gemstones, participants fashion shimmering marine mammals. Ages 5 and up. Creative Habitat, South Burlington, 1-3 p.m. $5. Info, 862-0646.

Glass-Blowing demos & food Trucks: See August 2.

fairs & festivals

caledonia county fair: See August 21. Vergennes day: The Little City is big fun! Friday night kicks off with a street dance and live music. Saturday features a pancake breakfast, 5K and 10K races, a craft show, bandstand music and more. Downtown Vergennes, 7-10 p.m. Various prices. Info, 388-7951. Vermont festival of the arts: See August 1.

see dr. First videos “first with Kids” at fletcherallen.org/ firstwithkids

community

Vermont Lake monsters Game: See August 6, 6:05 p.m.

fairs & festivals

caledonia county fair: See August 21.

food

champlain Valley fair: Cotton-candy fun and carny curiosities collide at the state’s largest fair, complete with midway rides, daily parades and live entertainment. See calendar spotlight on page 25. All ages. Champlain Valley Expo, Essex Junction, 10 a.m. $5-12; free for kids under 5; additional tickets required for grandstand concerts. Info, 878-5545.

Burger Night: See August 2. chocolate-dipping demonstration: See August 1. five corners farmers market: See August 2. richmond farmers market: See August 2.

Health & fitness

afternoon Hoops: See August 2.

Quechee scottish festival & celtic fair: Bagpipe bands, sheepdog trials and, of course, plaid skirts figure prominently in this annual celebration of Scottish heritage. Quechee Polo Field, 8 a.m. $10-15; free for kids under 5. Info, 295-5351.

family Gym: See August 2.

Vergennes day: See August 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Tiny Tumblers open Gym: See August 2.

Vermont festival of the arts: See August 1.

movies

food

stowe farmers market: See August 2.

after-school movie: See August 2.

Burlington farmers market: See August 3. caledonia farmers market: See August 3.

music

capital city farmers market: See August 3.

friday Night Live: See August 2. island Time steel Band: This tropical quartet whisks kids away to the Caribbean in a special concert filled with easy-going calypsos and fiery Trinidadian socas. Ages 6 and up. Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, 11 a.m. $6. Info, 728-6464. Kids music With Linda ‘Tickle Belly’ Bassick: See August 2.

chocolate-dipping demonstration: See August 1. middlebury farmers market: See August 3. shelburne farmers market: See August 3.

Health & fitness

Nature & science

World soccer festival: This family-friendly, multicultural celebration of soccer features Brazilian music and dance, a tournament for kids and adults, the Puppet and Player parade, mural making and more. Lamoille Union High School, Hyde Park, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free; $44 preregistration for the tournament. Info, 635-3558.

foodways fridays: See August 2.

music

Lunchtime concert: See August 2. music With derek: See August 2.

a corn maze adventure: See August 15. Great Vermont corn maze: See August 1. Hands-on Horticulture: See August 1. Honeybees: See August 5. Pocket Kites: See August 5. ViNs summer Programs: See August 1.

Bird monitoring Walk: Early risers bring their own binoculars and hope to catch sight of feathered wings above. Best for older children and adults. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 7:30-9:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 434-2167. a corn maze adventure: See August 15.

dinofest!: Families explore the “Bigger Than T-Rex” exhibit, build dinosaur puppets and watch an exclusive film about Lake Champlain’s own Champ. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Regular museum admission, $10.50-13.50; free for members and kids under 3. Info, 877-324-6386. fossils: Evidence of the Past: See August 6. Great Vermont corn maze: See August 1. Kitchen chemistry: See August 6. Planetarium Presentation: See August 3. ViNs summer Programs: See August 1.

string duos & a Quartet: Members of the Lyra Summer Music Workshop perform works by Bartók, Berio, Piston and Bruch. Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, 8 p.m. Complimentary student tickets available. Info, 728-6464.

music

concert on the Green: See August 4. music on the Porch: See August 4.

Nature & science

a corn maze adventure: See August 15. Great Vermont corn maze: See August 1. microscopic investigations: See August 7. mirror, mirror: See August 1. Planetarium Presentation: See August 3. sundays for fledglings: See August 4. ViNs summer Programs: See August 1.

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Theater

saturday drama club: See August 3.

Baby & maternity

montpelier Prenatal yoga: See August 5.

25 SUNDAY

yoga after Baby: See August 5.

Baby & maternity

Burlington Prenatal yoga: See August 1, 10:05 a.m. Newborn 101: Moms- and dads-to-be learn baby basics — from breast-feeding to prolonged crying — as well as how to enjoy the first three months of parenthood. Franklin County Home Health Agency, St. Albans, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $30; preregister. Info, 527-7531. shelburne Prenatal yoga: See August 4.

Education

first-Time Kindergarteners: See August 12.

fairs & festivals

champlain Valley fair: See August 24. Vermont festival of the arts: See August 1.

food

chocolate-dipping demonstration: See August 1.

community

Vermont Lake monsters Game: See August 6, 5:05 p.m.

fairs & festivals

caledonia county fair: See August 21. champlain Valley fair: See August 24. Vermont festival of the arts: See August 1.

food

chocolate-dipping demonstration: See August 1.

rockin’ ron the friendly Pirate: See August 1. All ages. Ainsworth Public Library, Williamstown, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 433-5887.

Zoe’s race: Community members take a 1K fun run/ walk or 5K run to raise money for children and families who receive support from HowardCenter and need to make their homes accessible. Entertainment from Waldo & Woodhead and the Hokum Bros. follows. All ages. Oakledge Park, Burlington, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $2040. Info, 488-6911.

Power of Produce (PoP) club: See August 4.

Health & fitness family Gym: See August 2.

mVP Health care run for fun: Among peers of their own age, kids pound a 1K or 3K path of unpaved uphill and downhill terrain, conquering some fun obstacles along the way. See calendar spotlight on page 27. Ages 4-14. Midway Lodge. Stowe Mountain Resort, noon-2 p.m. $10-15 includes a medal, one raffle ticket and a commemorative race bib. Info, 864-5794.

Health & fitness yoga class: See August 5.

Library & Books

intergenerational dessert Book discussion: Lit lovers gather for a good read-and-rant session about Maggie Stiefvater’s The Scorpio Races, complete with something sweet. Ages 12-adult. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-0313.

music

Preschool music: See August 1, 10:45 a.m.

Nature & science color mixing: See August 2.

a corn maze adventure: See August 15. Exploring magnets: See August 1. Great Vermont corn maze: See August 1. Hands-on Horticulture: See August 1. ViNs summer Programs: See August 1.

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Arts & crafts

creative Tuesdays: See August 6.

Baby & maternity

Burlington Prenatal Yoga: See August 1, 4 p.m. Postnatal Yoga: See August 4, 10:30 a.m.

Fairs & Festivals

music

community Evenings at the Farm: See August 7. Lunchtime concert: See August 2. Preschool music With mr. chris: See August 7.

Nature & science

A corn maze Adventure: See August 15. Great Vermont corn maze: See August 1. Hands-on Horticulture: See August 1.

champlain Valley Fair: See August 24.

Leafcutter Ants: See August 4.

Vermont Festival of the Arts: See August 1.

sound science: See August 4.

Food

chocolate-dipping demonstration: See August 1.

Games

chess club: See August 6.

ViNs summer Programs: See August 1. Wagon Ride Wednesdays: See August 7.

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Arts & crafts

stowe Farmers market: See August 2.

Afternoon Hoops: See August 2. Tiny Tumblers open Gym: See August 2.

After-school movie: See August 2.

music

Friday Night Live: See August 2.

music With derek: See August 2. North Branch Bluegrass Festival: See August 29.

Tiny Tumblers open Gym: See August 2.

Burlington Prenatal Yoga: See August 1.

Foodways Fridays: See August 2.

children’s sing-Along With Lesley Grant: See August 6.

Nature & science Bug Walks: See August 13.

A corn maze Adventure: See August 15. Great Vermont corn maze: See August 1.

summervale: See August 1.

Fairs & Festivals

champlain Valley Fair: See August 24.

Health & Fitness

straw Rockets: See August 9. ViNs summer Programs: See August 1.

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Arts & crafts

Kids craft: Glimmer Art Tattoo: Little ones queue up for sparkly self-expression at this drop-in session. Tattoos will be applied by a Creative Habitat employee. Ages 5 and up. Creative Habitat, South Burlington, 1-3 p.m. $5. Info, 862-0646.

Baby & maternity

martial Arts class: See August 1.

music

music With mr. chris: See August 1. North Branch Bluegrass Festival: This outdoor music bash by the Ottaquechee River features New England bands, music workshops, nightly jam sessions and camping. Bridgewater Center Rd., 3 p.m. $5-20 per day; $20-50 weekend pass; free for kids under 5. Info, 672-3042. Preschool music: See August 1. snow Farm Vineyard summer concert series: See August 1.

Nursing Beyond a Year: Moms gather to discuss the joys and challenges of an older nursling. Discussion topics include nighttime parenting, weaning and setting limits. Bring a snack to share. Aikido of Champlain Valley, Burlington, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 879-3000.

Nature & science

Education

social Thinking: See August 7.

Fairs & Festivals

Hands-on Horticulture: See August 1. Kitchen chemistry: See August 6. ViNs summer Programs: See August 1.

Arts & crafts

milton Farmers market: See August 1.

Nature Walk for Kids: See August 6.

Great Vermont corn maze: See August 1.

Food

Hoopster Gliders: See August 9.

Kids craft: Klutz Kids Quilling: Nimble fingers roll a cute little snail from paper, and attach it to a notepad. Ages 8 and up. Creative Habitat, South Burlington, 1-3 p.m. $5. Info, 862-0646.

community

Vermont Lake monsters Game: See August 6, 6:05 p.m.

Fairs & Festivals

champlain Valley Fair: See August 24, 10 a.m. southern Vermont Garlic & Herb Festival: Vampires are sure to shun this annual extravaganza featuring crafts, food, children’s games, live music and entertainment. Camelot Village, Bennington, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $1-5. Info, 447-3311. Vermont Festival of the Arts: See August 1.

Food

Burlington Farmers market: See August 3.

A corn maze Adventure: See August 15.

caledonia Farmers market: See August 3.

Great Vermont corn maze: See August 1.

capital city Farmers market: See August 3.

Hands-on Horticulture: See August 1.

chocolate-dipping demonstration: See August 1.

Honeybees: See August 5.

middlebury Farmers market: See August 3.

Pocket Kites: See August 5.

shelburne Farmers market: See August 3.

ViNs summer Programs: See August 1.

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Vermont Festival of the Arts: See August 1.

Arts & crafts

Homeschoolers Knitting Group: See August 2.

Jay Peak Trail Running Family Festival: Quick-footed participants big and small hoof it along 5K, 25K and 50K routes — and a kids fun run. Ages 4 and up. Jay Peak Resort, 8:30 a.m. $15-80 per race; additional tickets required for a post-race barbecue.

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caledonia Farmers market: See August 7. chocolate-dipping demonstration: See August 1. cookie decorating: See August 7. middlebury Farmers market: See August 3. Woodstock Farmers market: See August 7.

chess Group: See August 7. Lego Afternoons: See August 7. Lego club: See August 7.

Afternoon Hoops: See August 2. Tiny Tumblers open Gym: See August 2.

Glass-Blowing demos & Food Trucks: See August 2.

Nature & science

Fairs & Festivals

Great Vermont corn maze: See August 1.

A corn maze Adventure: See August 15.

champlain Valley Fair: See August 24.

microscopic investigations: See August 7.

Vermont Festival of the Arts: See August 1.

mirror, mirror: See August 1.

Food

Planetarium Presentation: See August 3.

Burger Night: See August 2. chocolate-dipping demonstration: See August 1. Five corners Farmers market: See August 2.

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North Branch Bluegrass Festival: See August 29, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

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Disney Bouncers • Sponge Bob • Finding Nemo Parties • Schools • Fairs • Company Promos & Events

Kids music With Linda ‘Tickle Belly’ Bassick: See August 2.

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Visual Dunk Tank, Splash Booth & Obstacle Course

Family Gym: See August 2.

Art on Park: See August 1.

martial Arts class: See August 1.

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recommends: Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass â&#x20AC;&#x153;My favorite part is when the characters are watching the full solar eclipse. It is so descriptive, and it made me feel like I was in the story watching the eclipse with them.â&#x20AC;?

Find this monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Book Review Contest on page 46. The deadline is August 16. Happy reading!


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• A designated preschool area features a smaller jungle gym and swing set, as well as a big sandbox for digging.

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School’s out, but kids are still co-principal Stephanie Hudak of the coming to Waterbury’s Thatcher Brook unusual design. Conceptualized in 2005 Primary School — for the playground. and finally realized in 2008 after much This sprawling hillside community fundraising and funscape is home to support, the playground If you go: Thatcher tetherball and teeterminimizes plastic and metal Brook Primary School is located on High Street totters, swing sets and structures by making use of in Waterbury. For more slides. But what really logs, rocks and the natural information, call 244-7195 sets it apart are the lay of the land. or visit tbps.org. natural play structures, Best of all, the playground including a rock-garden is open to the community labyrinth, a massive sandbox and a rock- during all non-recess hours. Hudak says climbing wall. she has seen children climbing, sliding “The goal was to connect kids to and swinging on the grounds all summer nature through imaginative play,” says long. K

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Fruit Popsicles Raise your hand if you love Popsicles. Yep, that’s what we thought. Easy to make and fun to eat, these frozen treats are a summer staple. This recipe makes colorful, layered pops that are perfect for keeping cool when the weather gets hot. Tip: Whip these up right before bedtime, and they’ll be frozen by morning. — Carolyn Fox

instructions Materials • blender • half of a seedless watermelon, cubed • fine-mesh strainer (optional) • 1 small bowl • 1 mango, cubed

3. Rinse out the blender, then purée the mango until smooth. 4. Fill the Popsicle molds about a quarter of the way with the mango purée. Slide a slice of kiwi into each mold, then fill the rest of the way with the watermelon juice. Insert the Popsicle sticks. 5. Transfer the Popsicle molds to the freezer for six to eight hours.

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Water Worries An unforgettable day at the pool BY N AN CY ST E AR N S BE R C AW

THE NIRWANA RESORT HOTEL in Bintan, Indonesia, “Keep him on his side!” the woman shouted. is only a one-hour ferry ride from Singapore, where I wanted to yell “No!” The boy needed continued my family lived a few years ago. An online resuscitation, which couldn’t be performed if he advertisement drew us to the “cheery family was on his side. But I couldn’t speak. The attenhotel,” which boasts an impressive infinity dant continued his work of compressions pool that seems to stretch right into the and mouth-to-mouth without flinching WARNING: or second-guessing himself. South China Sea. Contains graphic But within five minutes of our The boy’s mother was imploring descriptions of a child in her son to be strong. She said it over arrival on a March day in 2010, that distress. and over and over again. Be strong. Be glorious sight turned into a horrific strong. I started chanting the phrase in my scene. mind, too. Just as my 5-year-old son, David, and I were putting our beach towels on a lounge chair, a blur His eyes opened, and he vomited again. The in my peripheral vision caused me to turn around. attendant put his finger in the boy’s mouth and cleared it. I couldn’t remember if vomiting was a good Someone had run past me. Why? sign — or just a reflex. An Asian boy, approximately 6 or 7 years old, was lying on the deck in his blue swimsuit. His goggles were around his Four hotel employees arrived with a backboard, quickly neck. He was unconscious. People were gathering around him. lifted the boy onto it and ran with him back to the hotel. Why I took one of them to be his distraught mother; had they stopped CPR to transport him? There she was screaming for an ambulance. were only two possible answers, I reasoned: He There were no lifeguards at Nirwana was either breathing fine or was never going to Resort Hotel, according to a multitude of signs. breathe again. Instead, it was a pool attendant who began CPR I turned toward my son, who was still sitting with the short, slight chest compressions apon the lounge chair. Had he seen everything? propriate for a child. The boy’s mother dropped How long had it been? Thirty seconds or five to her knees and begged, pleaded, prayed. minutes? I pointed to my mouth, attempting to I pulled David into my arms and said, “Pray, signal the attendant to add mouth-to-mouth pray, pray.” resuscitation to the chest compressions. But I David whispered, “I’m glad I know how to wasn’t in his field of vision, and he was focused swim.” solely on getting water out of the boy’s lungs. I noticed that most of the other vacationers Besides, I couldn’t recall the exact sequence of had gone back to their books and sunbathing. the resuscitation procedure. How could anyone return to normal? Didn’t As I watched him work, I wondered if there was a place they all want to know if the boy had lived? between drowning and drowned. If so, the little boy was in it. David and I picked up our beach towels and walked inside The pool attendant soon began mouth-to-mouth. Within the hotel. I booked us on the next ferry back to Singapore. I two or three breaths, the boy vomited. Clear the airway now, lingered for a few extra seconds at the concierge desk and I tried to will into the attendant’s head, although I wasn’t considered inquiring about the boy, but I couldn’t bring myself entirely certain that it was accurate to do it. Not knowing meant I could at advice. I’d taken dozens of CPR courses least hold on to the idea that he had in my lifetime. I’d been a lifeguard. I’d survived. been a swim coach. I’d taught hundreds Since that day in Bintan, I no longer of kids to swim. I was a national consider beaches and pools to be championship swimmer. I have ruled relaxing. Instead, I’m constantly on the water for most of my life. Yet, in edge, watching. I put my chair in places If not, take a class to learn lifethat moment of crisis, the water was where lifeguards or parents might have saving skills. Check out the courses winning and my mind was spinning. an obstructed view. I scan for signs of offered by these local organizations: A German woman began screaming exhaustion in swimmers, especially in • American Red Cross, redcross. “Turn him on his side!” as she made her my own son, and keep one foot in the org/take-a-class way to the scene. But the attendant was water, ready to respond in a matter of • Greater Burlington YMCA, one step ahead of us both. While I was seconds. gbymca.org pondering and she was shrieking, he’d Because of that beautiful boy, I may • Annuvia, annuvia.com/ quickly rolled the boy over, cleared his never let my own guard down again.  find-cpr-classes/vermont mouth, returned him to his back and resumed CPR — all in a span of seconds.

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