Benefit concerts, horse shows and more happening in town

Benefit concert
The Old Lantern Inn and Barn is holding a benefit concert from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Oct. 6 to benefit victims of Hurricane Irma on St. John and St. Thomas islands. The concert will feature Josh Panda, with food donated by La Villa in Shelburne, Juniors Downtown and the Old Lantern. Cash bar. Tickets are $30 per person, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to St. John Rescue and the Reform Church of St. Thomas which has been providing food, supplies and support to victims of Hurricane Irma. SunCommon is sponsoring a special viewing of the short documentary film Hurricane to Climate Change starting at 6:15 p.m. Music begins at 7. For more information visit

Horse show
Steeple Ridge Farm Horse Show, Phase 2 of the VHJA Finals 2017, will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 1379 Hinesburg Road in Charlotte, Oct. 6 through Oct. 8. Steeple Ridge Farm will be awarding cash and gift certificate prizes, trainer awards and more. For more information call (802) 425-3535.

Quilt show
The Milk and Honey Quilters Guild quilt show will be held at the Middlebury Recreation Facility. This biannual quilt show, called “Quilting in the Land of Milk & Honey,” will include about 100 quilts and feature quilts made by two members of the guild, Rachel Eldredge and Phyllis Bowdish, projects made by local children, and Quilts of Valor. The show will have vendor booths, raffle baskets, ornaments and other handmade items for purchase, as well as a raffle quilt. The show takes place on Oct. 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Oct. 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door. For more information visit Milk and Honey Quilters or send an email.

Tractor Parade
The 17th Annual East Charlotte Tractor Parade will be held at Spear Street and Jackson Hill Road in East Charlotte on Oct. 8. Food vendors, a petting zoo and more will be set up by 11:00 a.m. and the parade will begin at 1:00 p.m.

A maple-themed bake-off will take place at the East Charlotte Tractor Parade on Oct. 8, hosted by Spear’s Corner Store. Visitors will vote on their favorite baked goods from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Maple syrup (or flavor) must be an ingredient in the baked good. Please register with Emily.

Garden club
The Shelburne Charlotte Garden Club will meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Shelburne Methodist Church Fellowship Hall on Oct. 10. VJ Comai will speak about Trees for Posterity – maintaining our trees. VJ lives in Charlotte, has been an arborist for over 25 years in this area and is a representative for Bartlett Tree Service. All are welcome to attend. There will be time for questions. Refreshments will be served. For more information call Ann Mead at (802) 985-2657.

Painting in Light, Color and Darkness, a watercolor veil painting workshop Oct. 13, 14 and 15 at Charlotte Congregational Church. The autumnal season brings equal day and night and the opportunity to find balance. Painting with Color out of the Laws of Light (Sacred Male principle) and Darkness (Divine Feminine principle) is a meditative process to balance inner soul and outer life. Beginners are welcome. For more information call (802) 877-2031.

Speed event
The Sports Car Club of Vermont (SCCV) will present the Mt. Philo Hillclimb in Charlotte Oct. 13, 14 and 15. The Mt. Philo mountain road and hiking trails will be closed to the general public from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. The park will also be closed to cars at noon on Friday while the SCCV sets up safety equipment on the hill. A hillclimb is a speed event up the mountain road with drivers racing against the clock. If you are interested in driving or working, please visit the SCCV website. For more information call (802) 777-1000 or send an email.

Craft fairs
Two CVU Access craft fairs will be held this fall at 369 CVU Road in Hinesburg. Different vendors will be featured for each fair to be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Oct. 14 and Nov. 25. For more information call (802) 482-7194 or send an email.

Open House
Vermont Commons School is holding its fall open house at 1:00 p.m. on Oct. 15. Meet the faculty, students and families and learn what makes a Vermont Commons School education so compelling. Vermont Commons School is located at 75 Green Mountain Drive in South Burlington. Visit the Vermont Commons website for more information, and please RSVP with Jill Strawbridge at (802) 865-8084, ext. 190, or by email.

Tech training
Are you the parent or guardian of a 6th through 12th grader? Are you trying to manage your student’s use of technology? Please join us from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Champlain Valley Union High School auditorium on Oct. 19. This technology training workshop is free and open to the public. No registration required. Speaker Erin Walsh uses brain science, stories and humor to explain how technology is changing the ways kids grow up, socialize and make decisions. She provides practical tools and strategies that help families build on their strengths. Presented by Connecting Youth, a program of Champlain Valley School District. For more information, contact Lynn Camara at (802) 985-1932 or via email.

Public Safety Day
Charlotte Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services (CVFRS) invites you to their Public Safety Day from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Oct. 21. CVFRS is located at 170 Ferry Road in Charlotte. This day will be educational as well as fun for all ages. Visit with public safety providers, and watch live demonstrations to include K-9, CPR, vehicle extrication, fire demos and more. Also, see Charlotte get recognized as a HeartSafe community. Lunch will be sold from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Proceeds from lunch and a 50/50 raffle will go toward the purchase of an automated external defibrillator for the rescue marine unit. Contact Rescue Chief Kevin Romano or Assistant Fire Chief Rob Mullin at (802) 425-3111 for more information.

Monster bash
The Mahana Magic Foundation’s Monster Bash is an adult-only, colorful night filled with food, dancing and incredible costumes. All proceeds from the Monster Bash benefit the Mahana Magic Foundation, which offers support to a child who is coping with the fear and uncertainty of having a parent or caregiver with cancer. Previous years’ events raised close to $41,000. Tickets are now on sale. This is held at The Old Lantern in Charlotte on from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Oct. 27. For more information visit the Mahana Magic website.

Virtual hike
“Secrets of Mt. Philo” will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 8. Take a virtual hike up Mt. Philo to learn the history of Vermont’s first state park. No hiking boots necessary. The instructor for this CVU Access workshop is Judy Chaves. The fee is $20. For more information or to register call (802) 482-7194 or send an email.

Pie season
Apple pies will be on sale at the Charlotte Congregational Church on Fridays from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Homemade with Vermont apples, flaky crust with just the right dash of cinnamon, they are $16 per pie. Freeze one for Thanksgiving dinner and enjoy one for dessert Friday night! At the top of the hill on the Charlotte Hinesburg Road. You can call and reserve one at (802) 425-3264.

Teen Yoga
Yoga to Prevent Sports Injury for Teens/Tweens by Rowan Beck will be held on Mondays at 6:15 p.m. at Honest Yoga in the Blue Mall at 150 Dorset Street in South Burlington. Participating athletes will increase their endurance, speed and focus, allowing them to feel relaxed during competition.

Farm Yoga
Yoga Roots is continuing to offer Vinyasa Yoga Monday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Adam’s Berry Farm through the fall. Ten percent of all proceeds will be donated to the Charlotte Land Trust. Sign up online or call (802) 985-0090 for more information.

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