Calendar: Oct. 5 – Oct. 28

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Tractor Parade
Sunday, Oct. 8, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

The East Charlotte Tractor Parade is back after a break last year. The parade will start at 1 p.m. at Green Mountain Hay at 3238 Spear Street about half a mile from the intersection of Spear Street and Hinesburg Road. It will travel north down Spear Street to the intersection of Hinesburg Road where it will head east to Bean Road. There the parade will turn south down Prindle Road back to Spear Street where it will head north and back to the farm. There will be local vendors selling a variety of goods; barn animals; face painting; food; and treats. No dogs. Follow signs to parking.

Charlotte Tractor Parade 2018. Photo by Anna Cyr

Charlotte Walks: Pease Mountain
Thursday Oct. 12, 8:30-10 a.m.
Join a walk at Pease Mountain at the rear of the bus parking lot of Charlotte Central School (to the far west of the school by the skating rink). David Ziegelman of the Charlotte Trails Committee will guide our group up Pease Mountain. This walk should take more than an hour. Charlotte Walks happen every second Thursday, meeting at a different trailhead at 8:30 a.m.

Cinderella opera
Friday & Saturday, Oct. 13 & 14
7:30 & 6 p.m.
Barn Opera at 1386 Pearl Street in Brandon presents a kid-centric, family-friendly production of Rossini’s “La Cenerentola” (or “Cinderella”). Ticket information at For more information email artistic director Joshua Collier.

Craft fair
Saturday, Oct. 14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Champlain Valley High Craft Fair will feature 150 handcrafters and their crafts; food trucks including ice cream, kettle corn and a sausage shack; and a raffle. Free.

Girls on the Run benefit
Saturday, Oct. 14, 6-9 p.m.
Girls on the Run Vermont will host its annual fall benefit, the Sneaker Soirée, on Saturday, Oct. 14, at Burlington Beer Company from 6-9 p.m. Suggested attire is semi-formal, and of course, your favorite sneakers. A silent auction will include getaways, lift tickets, spa treatments, yoga packages and artwork. Tickets can be ordered here. The funds raised help ensure girls can participate regardless of financial barriers.

Illustrated marble industry tour
Saturday, Oct. 14, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
The Henry Sheldon Museum is presenting a lecture about the marble industry in western New England, including Middlebury, by historians Glenn Andres and William Hosley at the Ilsley Public Library. Tickets are $35 for public and $25 for Sheldon Museum members. Tickets and information or 802-388-2117.

Image by Steve Buissinne from Pixabay
Image by Steve Buissinne from Pixabay

Music of Bach
Sunday, Oct. 15, 3 p.m.
Capital City Concerts presents J.S. Bach concert on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 3 p.m. at the Cathedral of Saint Paul in Burlington. The works performed will include Bach’s Keyboard Concerto in D minor and Double Concerto for two violins, as well as vocal arias, and the Cello Suite No. 4 in E-flat major. Tickets ($15-$30) are available and at the door.

Solar eclipse
Sunday, Oct. 15, 12:12 p.m.
The moon will take a little bite out of the sun in Vermont beginning at 12:12 p.m. and reaching its maximum partial blocking at 1:19 p.m. The whole lunar-solar display should be over by 2:26 p.m. For those in the western United States, in a 125-mile wide path stretching from Texas to Oregon, the event will pull a Johnny Cash — in other words, it will display as a ring of fire with the moon smack dab in the middle of the sun.

Mary Cassatt film
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 6:30 p.m.
The Architecture + Design film series continues with Mary Cassatt: Painting the Modern Woman at Contois Auditorium in the Burlington City Hall. The film is a portrait of the radical impressionist painter who shaped her career around depicting the lives of women. Carolyn Bauer, curator at Shelburne Museum, will give a special introduction on Cassatt’s connections to Electra Havemeyer Webb. For more info email.

Book launch
Thursday, Oct. 19, 5-8 p.m.
Split Rock Tree Farm is hosting a book launch and signing for a new children’s book, “Hope Beneath the Tree,” by Kristen Vincent of Shelburne, in conjunction with the organization Hope Beneath the Tree which connects children of incarcerated parents with gift-givers in the community.

Parent Coaching from Conflict to Cohesion
Wednesdays, Oct. 11-Nov. 16, 6-8 p.m.
Marigold Farm at 151 Prindle Road in Charlotte is hosting a parent coaching group. This class is for parents and caregivers who want to cultivate a relationship with their young ones that feels fun, sustainable and respectful. Participants will learn skills to improve communication and strengthen the family system through straightforward, actionable steps. Learn more or to register visit the website.

Youth Environmental Summit
Friday, Oct. 27, 8:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m.
You must register by Oct. 16 for the Youth Environmental Summit, an annual conference for middle and high school students to learn about environmental issues and get involved in local communities. Through hands-on workshops, action-inspiring discussions, networking with environmental professionals and like-minded peers, the mission of the event is to prepare youth for leadership on environmental issues. For sixth grade through seniors, the program is free and at the Barre Civic Center. Register.

Youth rowing race
Saturday, Oct. 28, 8 a.m.-noon
Cheer on local high school and middle school rowing crews in the annual youth rowing race hosted by Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vergennes. The race starts at the foot of the Vergennes Falls and goes down and back via Otter Creek. Many crews compete in the race and in an annual costume contest. Watch and cheer from Vergennes Falls Park or along Otter Creek.

Photo by Corey Sitkowski

Halloween art activity
Saturday, Oct. 28, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Get ready for Halloween at Family Art on Saturday. Drop into the BCA Center fourth-floor education studio on Church Street in Burlington for a free, intergenerational art activity inspired by the current exhibition, Terry Ekasala: Layers of Time. Kids, caregivers, students and adults will explore the power of process as they make their own abstract masterpieces, using watercolors, pastels and colored pencils. Come in your Halloween costume while you create your own curious creatures.