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New Encounters

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14 New Encounters at the Vermont Common School 18 A Focus on Early Academics 21 Spotlight on New Business 20 Secrets Revealed: Lush Lawns 25 Send Your Community Photos


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5  From the Editor 7 Around Town 23  Gotta Go!

What’s special this month — in the magazine, and the area. People, places, problems, good causes and occasions. Best bets for upcoming concerts, shows and events.

25  Snapshot 27  Calendar

Community residents share their photos with readers. Your guide to music, theater, kid stuff and lots more.


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30  And Another Thing...

A fond farewell from this month’s issue of the magazine.

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In the past two years, 28 students have graduated from Vermont Commons and they were the recipients of $2.2 million in merit-based academic awards.
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recently returned from a summer vacation in Norway. It was a totally spontaneous trip that came about when a friend of mine from Vermont invited me over for a visit. But that wasn’t the only reason I decided to go. My parents recently took a DNA test from and both of them discovered they are 10 percent Scandinavian, which of course means that I am 10 percent Scandinavian. Turns out that one of my great-grandfathers lived in Norway and there is even a statue of him in the town of Alusund, on the western coast. I wasn’t able to make the 10-hour trek to see the statue but I could definitely feel the energy of my ancient ancestors everywhere I went, including at the ancient Viking burial mounds near Tonsberg and around Oslo. For the first time in my life, I felt I had discovered a missing link in my own life’s story, one that I had never known before, but one that felt like so much of who I am! Another interesting thing I discovered about Norway is that it looks very similar to Vermont and the Adirondacks. On my last day, I visited a small lake just north of Oslo and it could have been any small lake in the northeast. I loved connecting to this previously unknown part of my ancestral history and would love to hear some of your own stories. Where do you come from? Who are you? Send your stories and I can publish them in a future edition. Until then, enjoy the last days of summer!

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Take a Free Universal Class
The South Burlington Library offers more than 540 classes.
by Barbara Ziemann
Community contributor

Local news you can use.


s the new school year approaches, the South Burlington Community Library has an exciting opportunity for people who are eager to keep on learning. This month we are featuring the database Universal Class, Library Edition. Universal Class is a growing catalog of more than 40 courses on a multitude of topics such as Arts and Music, Exercise and Fitness, Computers and Technology, Cooking, Health and Medicine, Homeschooling, Job Assistance, Parenting and Family, Religious Studies, Web Design, plus hundreds more. The Vermont Department of Libraries offers Universal Class, at no cost, to all Vermont Public Libraries. Setting up a free account is easy. You will need a South Burlington Resident Library Card and a valid email address. Simply go to the South Burlington Community Library home page (sburlcomlib. com) and click on the Universal Class link. Login with the barcode number on the back of your library card and follow

Free online learning opportunities through the South Burlington Community Library.
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Learn Something New
Sign up for a “Universal Class” at the South Burlington Community Library, 540 Dorset Street or call 802-652-7080 or sign up online:
the prompts to set up your account. You may enroll in up to five courses at a time, and you have up to six months to finish each course. Most courses can be completed within a month. Each course has a qualified instructor with whom you may communicate via email. Other features include video-based lessons, a collaborative learning environment, graded lesson tests, and certificates of achievement. Advanced courses may

also offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs), which are industry measurements of non-credit education. However, these courses are not intended to be a substitute for any state, government, licensing or educational requirements. Many South Burlington Library patrons have taken courses offered through Universal Class and found them to be both challenging and rewarding. A patron expressed his satisfaction with the program: “I never learned to read as a child. My family is working-class and didn’t give much consideration to reading or writing. When I saw the classes listed on a flyer at the library, I decided to try one on English Grammar. After completing the course, I continue to learn more about language and to improve my writing skills. I look forward to taking more!”

Food Revolution
You are invited to join other community members at the South Burlington Library for The Food Revolution Series, which will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 3 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Enjoy fresh baked bread from the Bread and Butter Farm, delicious local cheeses donated by Healthy Living, and other flavorful local foods (and recipes).

Learn how food impacts all of us.
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Learn how changes in the ways that food is grown, manufactured, delivered, and consumed can all make a profound impact on our environment and our world, as well as on our own health. To register, please call the library at 802652-7080. Co-sponsored by the South Burlington Task Force on Sustainable Agriculture and the South Burlington Community Library.
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Play Is Truly Educational for Children
PRoPELS is an acronym that outlines the most critical elements of preschool play time.
by Pam Lueck
Contributo As a preschool director, I explain to parents the importance of play and the need for caregivers to look at the whole child. Their social and emotional skills, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, language skills, listening skills, speaking skills, self-reliance skills, music and art skills are all affected by early interaction. If that learning process is positive, lifelong learning progresses smoothly. Preschool helps provide opportunities for learning as young children are introduced to ABCs and 123s. Even more important, however, is social interaction. The emphasis for children ages 3 and 4 is not formal education. What seems like child’s play — songs, finger plays, gross motor movement and other age-appropriate activities — is actually vital to early learning. When parents express concern about an apparent lack of academic structure, these conversations allow me to teach them about learning. I get to explain the importance of play to the whole child, and just how essential the early years are and how rich experiences affect a child’s overall development. I recently spoke with a parent of a 4-year-old who said she was concerned her child would be bored in preschool because she was already reading. I congratulated her on her daughter’s early mastery of the written word. She had obviously spent many hours working with her daughter developing this skill. I explained the preschool curriculum includes much more than reading and encouraged this mother to consider all of her daughter’s other areas of development, such as social, emotional and self-reliance skills. Let’s face it; all kids develop at different rates depending on their own strengths and weaknesses, but in the grand scope of what we all need to function in society, developing social skills and interacting in new situations are paramount.
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Through play, children use their imaginations and play out roles with other kids.
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Changing Mindsets
As a preschool director and a strong proponent for play, I am implementing additional opportunities for children to play and learn. The 2013-14 curriculum will incorporate additional time for children called Stay & Play. My goal is to try to integrate special time intentionally set aside for play. Too often, educators feel the need to prove themselves to parents by sending home arts and crafts. While arts and crafts are a great part of the preschool experience, it is not a banner of proof that somehow quantifies learning has occurred. Unfortunately, this is a trap many preschool teachers fall into. Through parent education and teacher advocacy, play remains the focus. Play is the singular fundamental purpose of preschool development and if a child does not bring home a picture they colored, teachers need not feel bad and parents should be supportive of the curriculum and overall benefits their children receive from enriching activities. PRoPELS is an acronym that stands for the most critical elements of chil-

dren’s play that adults can implement for successful play. • Plan — prepare children’s ability to think about play in advance • Roles children play — including the actions, language and emotional expressions associated with a specific role, such as community helpers, families, friends, favorite characters, etc. • Props — the objects (real, symbolic and imaginary) children use in play, such as cardboard boxes, empty food containers from the grocery store, household items, etc. • Extended time frame — play that lasts for long periods of time. Allow about one hour or so to provide plenty of opportunities for continued play. • Language — what children say when they act out certain scenarios. • Scenario — what children act out; maybe suggest ideas they may enjoy. Using the PRoPELS acronym helps to give teachers ideas of how to maximize the environment for play in their classrooms. Teachers can also share these ideas with parents to foster and implement more play at home.

Community Friends of the Dog Park
by City of South Burlington Recreation and Parks
Community contributor The South Burlington Community Dog Park on Kirby Road was developed in 2010 to the latest in Dog Park standards. The land on which it sits was provided as a part of a lease agreement with the Burlington International Airport at no cost and the facility was To volunteer at the dog park, please call 812-846-4108. built using Recreation Photo courtesy of City of South Burlington Impact Fees. The park features a separate area for small dogs. The park is surrounded by a 5ft tall fence and includes several picnic tables. Volunteers are needed to help manage the dog park. If you are interested to help out in any way, please contact the City of South Burlington Recreation & Parks Office at 802-846‐4108.


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Rules of the Dog Park
For everyone’s enjoyment, users of the dog park are encouraged to observe the following rules: Park is open year-round from 7 a.m. to dusk. Dogs must be leashed until inside the entrance gate. Dogs are permitted off leash only in designated areas. Handlers must accompany dogs inside the designated areas. All dogs must have valid licenses and vaccination tags. Dogs must be removed at first sign of aggression. Handlers must keep dog in sight and maintain appropriate control over dogs by voice or hand and possess a restraint device. Handlers are responsible for feces clean-up and are limited to two dogs.

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New South Burlington Fire Code
by DC Terence Francis, CFI
Fire Marshal, South Burlington Fire Dept. In an effort to better serve the community, South Burlington City Council recently decided that it would like to have its own enforcement powers relative to the Vermont Fire and Building Safety Code and any other adopted local ordinances. The fire code is based on a consensus model document known as the National Fire Code. A review was conducted and it was found that many of the city fire safety ordinances, dating back to the early 1970s, were deficient or in conflict with the Vermont Fire and Building Safety Code. Because of this, a new fire prevention and fire safety ordinance proposal was created to address current deficiencies. It was also created with the State of Vermont Division of Fire Safety giving the fire department full jurisdictional authority to enforce the state fire and building safety code with local addendums. The department will now be conducting all inspections (except electrical and plumbing inspections), on existing and new buildings in the city. The Department’s Fire Marshal’s Office at 802-846-4134 will be issuing all building construction and fire protection system permits. The permit applications are now in a form fillable format and may be downloaded by following the links from the city main page to: city departments/fire department/permit applications. As separate licensing is required for electrical and plumbing work, those permits are still issued through the State’s Division of Fire Safety-Williston office.

The South Burlington Fire Department now has full jurisdiction to enforce state fire code.

anticipation of creating a Memorandum of Understanding between the City and State allowing the City to enforce the Vermont Fire and Building Safety Code and collect all applicable fees and fines. The South Burlington Fire Department was then recently awarded this memorandum of understanding with the

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Stress Affects Blood Sugar, Weight Gain
Under pressure, your body releases cortisol, a hormone that makes it tough to relax.
by Jennifer Long
Contributor The nostalgia of summer has worn off, the kids won’t stop fighting, the workload has escalated, the baby sitter canceled, your in-laws decided to visit at the last minute, you feel like the “mean mom,” can’t remember your last meal, you’re fatigued and you keep waking up all night. You’re at your wit’s end, praying for school to begin. To make it worse, you wake up and the shorts that fit you in the beginning of summer have suddenly “shrunk.” Sound familiar? Don’t worry, it’s not you; it’s the love-hate relationship caused by stress. We all experience it, but we don’t all know how to manage it, which sabotages your health, preventing you from achieving your health goals. Stress is defined as an emotional or physical response to change. There are two types of stress, acute and chronic. Acute stress is the body’s way of protecting itself in a brief stressful moment — a car accident, a fight or even a presentation. That triggers your body to immediately release two main hormones, cortisol and adrenaline. These hormones causes an increase in your heart rate and lung functions. Once the stressor is gone, your body relaxes and goes back to normal. Chronic stress will prevent you from achieving your health goals. It occurs when you experience too many moments of acute stress. When the level of cortisol is constant in your body, it prevents you from being able to relax. There are four ways cortisol can harm your body. First, is it raises your blood sugar, causing your body to increase its fat-storing capacity. Second, it suppresses your immune system, preventing you from fighting off those germs your kids so kindly share with you. Third, it slows down digestion. That affects how you metabolize food and may cause constipation or diarrhea. Last, if you cannot reach a point of relaxation, your sleep will be affected, which will make it harder to sleep and get away from that chronic stress. The first way cortisol prevents you from reaching your weight-loss goals involves how it affects your blood sugar. Our blood sugar is fuel for our brain and body. Remember the last time your blood sugar was low and you were starving? What happens in that moment is your low blood sugar caused your body to eat its muscle to create the fuel for your brain and body to function. Now, think about what added stress can do to your body. That is what causes us moms to feel like we are at the end of our ropes. That added stress slows down your digestive system and suppresses your appetite. That is why moms tend to miss meals. Then, once the day ends, they get ravenous and stuff their faces. People think stress increases appetite, but the truth is it suppresses it. It’s the aftermath of stress, once your body relaxes and your appetite returns, usually in an aggressive manner. That is the body’s way of attempting to make up for the calorie deficit caused by skipping meals during your stress episode. The key is to stabilize your blood sugar to protect your body from deprivation and in return handle the stress response in a healthy way. Let’s face it, we are moms and cannot avoid all stress. We can stabilize our blood sugar and battle the bulge cortisol created. How do we stabilize blood sugar? Eat less more often. By eating a balance of protein, fats and carbohydrates every three to four hours, within an hour of waking up and an hour before bedtime. Yes, before bedtime. Everyone has a body type and ratios for that body type. What I do for my clients is show them how to eat the foods they love by stabilizing their blood sugar to achieve permanent weight loss and body confidence. — Jennifer Long, a registered nurse and certified nutritionist, owns a business that focuses on health, wellness and nutrition.
Moms can’t avoid stress, but can learn to prevent blood-sugar spikes by eating smaller meals more often throughout the day. Photo courtesy of hibu September 2013 11

South Burlington Council Votes to Implement City Center
City is along path to realize long-held community vision.
by Pam Mackenzie, Chair, South Burlington City Council
Community contributor The City of South Burlington took another step toward starting their city center project. In July, the South Burlington City Council voted unanimously directing the City Manager to formally begin project planning. This includes, but is not limited to: organizing resources, planning, engineering and permitting for infrastructure, facilities and amenities. Essentially, as Kevin Dorn, Interim City Manager, explained, this resolution tells staff to “go out and create a plan for how the city center will be built as a public-private partnership.” This vote formalized the diligent efforts of committees who have worked since 1985 to establish city center as the heart of the South Burlington community. The Vermont Economic Progress Council plans to take the final vote on the South Burlington City Center TIF District application later this month. South Burlington has nearly 18,000 residents and a daytime population of 28,000. It is one of the few communities in Vermont without a downtown.

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See Proposal Maps
To learn more, see the signed proposal, maps and photos, please visit contact: Ilona Blanchard, Project Director City of South Burlington 802-846-4107

Explore Your City
Take a walk through your neighborhood.
Although in many respects South Burlington looks like a typical, modern American community, it has many unique natural places to explore. Red Rocks Park, a 100-acre Photo by Jessica Riley parcel on Lake Champlain, has 2.5 miles of foot trails, a picnic area, and public beach. Also of interest are the park’s 300 species of wildflowers, outstanding fern and lichen growth, and many varieties of small wildlife and birds. The park includes scenic overlooks and is used year-round for hiking, running, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The Dorset Park Natiional Area is also a great place to explore pristine habitat. This area includes foot trails, grasslands, forest, wetlands, and transitional brush land. The City’s Recreation Path Network offers nearly 20 miles of paved, off-road path and is a great way to get around on foot or bike. Other Natural Areas include Centennial Woods and East Woods owned by the University of Vermont. Don’t miss Overlook Park to take in a beautiful view of the Lake and the Adireondack mountians. —South Burlington Rec Department
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Vermont Senior Games
Join primarily to have a good time.
The Vermont Senior Games – “The Senior Olympics” – promotes healthy lifestyles and fitness for the age50-and-older community through year-round fitness Photo courtesy of hibu programs and annual competitive Vermont State Championship games. Vermont is an open state and welcomes the participation of athletes from other states. Founded in 1983 as a not-for-profit volunteer sports and fitness organization, the VSGA is affiliated with the State of Vermont’s Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, and is a member of the National Senior Games Association which is a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee. We invite anyone age 50 or older by December 31 to participate in the annual Vermont State Championships, the Move for well-being program, and any of our other non-competitive, year-round activities and programs. With the exception of the annual State Championship competitive games there is no charge for participation in any of our other programs or activities. —


Freshen Up Your Garden With Herbs
These classic plants have been used throughout history for their aroma and food-flavoring power.
by Renee Marsh
Contributor The first garden I planted when we bought our home was full of herbs. It sits on rocky ground facing due south, as close to the kitchen door as I could make it. To me, there is great joy in continuing a tradition where herbs are a valued part of a garden — cherished for their flavor, smell and beauty. Since ancient times, people have used herbs to enhance the flavor of food. I use herbs every day because my homegrown herbs are handy, more flavorful than those found in the grocery store, and much less expensive. Besides using the herbs fresh, I dry the leaves and seeds for use in the winter. Any well-ventilated location out of direct sun will do for drying. Once they are dry, I store the herbs in a sealed container in a dry, dark place to preserve the taste and smell. Many herbs freeze well, especially basil and mint, which lose much of their flavor when dried. Recipes and techniques abound in books and on the Internet. Beyond their culinary use, herbs are valued for their fragrance. Just brushing the plants in my garden releases such wonderful scents. Best known of the aromatic herbs is lavender, but some lesser-known herbs of merit are anise hyssop with its licorice scent, southernwood and wormwood with their very distinctive sharp, spicy odors, and lemon balm with its sweet lemon smell. Some aromatic herbs have the added benefit of repelling insects such as ants, moths and mosquitoes, as well as rodents. Herbs include annuals, biennials and perennials. Annual herbs such as basil, cilantro and dill produce foliage, flowers and seed in one growing season, then die. Some annuals, such as dill, self-sow — that is, the seeds fall to the ground in the winter and sprout again in spring. Basil and cilantro will need to be started from seed or purchased new. A few herbs, such as parsley, are biennials. They live two growing seasons, forming leaves in the first season and then flowering and setting seed in the second season before dying. Parsley is often treated as an annual, but I let my plants bloom the second year, as the flowers attract beneficial insects. Most herbs are perennials and live for years. Some perennial herbs, such as rosemary and bay laurel, are not coldhardy and must be overwintered indoors. The most important requirement for can grow aggressively and need to be planted separately or in pots. Avoid pesticides. They generally aren’t needed, as very few insects or diseases attack healthy herb plants. Another bonus: Deer don’t much like strongly scented herbs, either. Finally, herbs don’t have to be in their own garden — mix them with flowers and vegetables. There is a growing practice of companion planting — that is, planting one plant with another one that assists in its growth either by attract-

Herbs can be used for anything from flavoring foods to adding a nice smell to your home.
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growing herbs is at least six hours of full sun per day. Full sun will result in denser foliage, darker color and higher levels of flavorful essential oils. A well-drained, neutral soil is best for most. However, lavender requires an alkaline soil — if your soils are generally acidic, the pH needs to be raised with lime. Many herbs, such as oregano, thyme, lavender and sage, are very drought- and heat-tolerant once established. As a rule of thumb, herbs with grayish leaves and/or woody stems require less water. A word of caution about herbs such as mint, lemon balm and catnip — they

ing beneficial insects, repelling harmful insects, or providing nutrients. Take, for example, that parsley I let bloom; it attracts hoverflies, whose larvae are known to eat aphids, thrips and other plant-sucking insects. Asparagus, carrots, chives, onions, roses and tomatoes benefit from having parsley near (but mint hates parsley). Plant a few herbs and you will be charmed — and hooked. Did I mention what beautiful and fragrant bouquets and potpourri they make? To learn more about herbs, check out the Herb Society of America (
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Nothing Common About the Vermont Common School
Students expand world knowledge during weeklong ‘encounters’ at Vermont Common School.
by Sarah Soule
Community contributor arts, social studies, and world languages (the school offers both Spanish and Mandarin Chinese). Classes at Vermont Commons are writing intensive, hands-on, and focus on critical thinking skills and understanding systems to analyzing and communicating solutions. The curriculum includes honors coursework and a Vermont Commons faculty member teaches side by side with a University of Vermont professor, on site, during the school day, to provide a college level, four-credit credit bearing calculus course to our juniors and seniors. One semester of UVM’s Calculus 21 is taught over the course of one year, enabling Vermont Commons students to experience college level work while still in high school and earn four college credits which are fully transferable. Vermont Commons is the only high school in Vermont offering this type of on-site partnership with the University of Vermont. An integral part of the Vermont Commons experience is the Encounter Week program, which provides truly innovative and memorable experiences for students. During the fall, winter, and spring, students, teachers, and administrators embark on week-long “encounters,” learning a new set of skills and/or experiencing a new setting to expand their understanding of the world. Recent trips have included a bike trip around the perimeter of Lake Champlain, day hikes and winter camping in the Green Mountains, learning to sail, local foods and cooking, screenwriting, touring the major art museums of New York City, and trips to Nantucket, Cape Cod, Acadia National Park and a dive trip to the Bahamas. Big trips in the 2013-14 academic year include the Sundance Film Festival in Utah and travel to a Mayan village in Belize. Continued on next page


any consider New Year’s Day to be January 1, but those who work in education often consider the first day of school as the onset of the “new year.” Students in South Burlington will return to school in early September to embark on new academic challenges. As the school year begins, students at area schools are encouraged to pursue their love of learning in a creative atmosphere and discover new talents and areas of engagement under the direction of inspiring teachers.
At Vermont Commons, an independent school for students in grades 7 through 12, located on Green Mountain Drive in South Burlington, students experience a unique blend of rigorous college preparatory academics and global immersion. The school utilizes 21st-century teaching methodologies, and encourages environmental engagement and responsibility. VCS provides an integrated approach to math, science, language

Families choose Vermont Commons for a variety of reasons, most notably for the sense of community.
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Because of the small class size, students bond well with each other.
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Students regularly comment that their teachers are both friends and mentors and appreciate the enthusiasm they exude for their subject matter.
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Peter Goff helps students use a microscope. Goff is chair of the school’s science department and was named the 2012 Vermont Science Teacher of the Year by the Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering (VASE) for grades 9 through12. Photo courtesy of Vermont Common School

Continued from previous page Every year, each student at Vermont Commons enrolls in Research and Service, a required semester long course, which is a concrete manifestation of the school’s deep commitment to place based education, service learning, and service learning, and ecological stewardship. The class provides group project work and leadership opportunities and is designed to get students out into the community on a weekly basis. Recent research and service courses have included students working with Alzheimer’s patients, in the Vermont Refugee Resettle-

Engaging Students with the World.

Students graduate with the values, knowledge, skills, and commitment necessary to become ethical and engaged ecological citizens.
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ment Project, to studying wetlands and working at the humane society. The average class size at Vermont Commons School provides the opportunity for students to truly know their teachers in a meaningful way. Students regularly comment that their teachers are both friends and mentors and appreciate the enthusiasm they exude for their subject matter. Peter Goff, chair of the school’s science department, was named the 2012 Vermont Science Teacher of the Year by the Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering (VASE) for grades 9 through 12. The academy recognizes and honors Vermont’s outstanding teachers by granting two annual awards to teachers in Vermont who have served as role models for their colleagues and are leaders in the improvement of science education. The school has many traditions during the year, one of which is Common Text Day which will be celebrated on Oct. 11. This year, the Language Arts Department has selected Brewing Change: Behind the Bean at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters by Bill Mares and Rick Peyser. The book chronicles Peyser’s efforts to bring the practice of fair trade to Green Mountain Coffee. In reading the book, students will learn about global engagement, sustainability, as well as an individual’s power to make lasting change. Other highlights during the year include the Evening of Readings where students read from their written work, the Night of Glory where students are inducted into the National Honor Society and sports awards are given. The school fields teams in ultimate frisbee, basketball, vol-

Merit-Based Awards
Each year, over 50 colleges and universities visit the Vermont Common School to meet personally with students.
Vermont Commons School is committed to finding colleges and universities that best match each student’s academic, social, athletic, geographic, personal and individual needs as they move on to higher education. Beginning in the winter of their junior year and working together with the Director of College Counseling, each student evaluates their individual strengths, personal growth, and academic profile and creates a list of colleges to which they will apply to during their senior year at VCS. The school utilizes an online program, Naviance, to assist in the college search process. In the past two years, 28 students have graduated from Vermont Commons and they were the recipients of $2.2 million in merit-based academic awards from colleges and universities across the country in recognition of their scholastic achievement. Students take the PSATs beginning in the ninth grade and the average SAT scores for the Classes of 2012 and 2013 were: Critical Reading 639, Math 588 and Writing 620. ACT composite of 26. Ninety three percent of the graduates (26 of 28 students) in the classes of 2012 and 2013 enrolled in college immediately after graduation. Two participated in a gap year program, one in India and another in Bolivia, and will attend college in the following year.

A student examines a specimen during science class out in the field.
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leyball, cross country, sailing and soccer. The girls’ volleyball team has won the state championship title three times and the ultimate team has been crowned state champs twice. A partial listing of colleges offering admission to Vermont Commons students include American, Bates, Beloit, Boston University, Bowdoin, Brown, Bryn Mawr, Carnegie Mellon, Champlain, Colby, College of Wooster, Cornell University, Dartmouth, Duke, Earlham, Grinnell, Hamilton, Ithaca, Johns Hopkins, Kenyon, Massachusetts College of Art, Rochester Institute of Technology, Scripps, Smith, St. Lawrence, Swarthmore, Universities of Colorado, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Vermont. Families choose Vermont Commons for a variety of reasons, most notably for the sense of community, challenging academics, caring faculty and college placement record. In looking to the year ahead, one student has this to say about her experience at Vermont Commons “I have found teachers who motivate me and I have friends who are in every gradeThis school is my second home!” May all students in South Burlington have a great school year in 2013-14!

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In the past two years, 28 students have graduated from Vermont Commons and they were the recipients of $2.2 million in merit-based academic awards.
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International Children’s School

The International Children’s School is a small preschool-kindergarten located in South Burlington that is patterned after many successful European schools.
Photo courtesy of the International Children’s School

A Focus on Early Academics
by Sadie Khouri-Roitman
Community contributor
18 September 2013


e’re really amazed at the progress Sophie has made,” say her proud parents, Hongmei and Junjun Li, following Sophie’s graduation from the International Children’s School (ICS) in South Burlington. “She has learned all the letters and their sounds, three and four letter words and blends, simple addition and subtraction. She loves to read and has built up her confidence in learning. We are very impressed with her progress.”
Sophie’s story is not unusual. This small private preschool in South Burlington has helped hundreds of children develop and thrive since 1989. The school is patterned after many successful European schools, and the School Principal, Sadie Khouri-Roitman attributes its success to providing a high quality academic

experience within a caring environment personalized to each child’s needs. The school accepts young children ages 3 to 6, but is very different to most traditional daycares or nursery schools. The school emphasizes more traditional teaching of reading, writing, spelling, math and science. By the time many of the children leave they are reading and writing at a Grade 2 level. In addition to the academic programs, the children experience foreign languages such as Spanish, French and Mandarin. Social and extra-curricular activities are not forgotten either; the children enjoy programs in dance, drama, music, art, and field trips, as well as “travelling” each month to a different country to learn about different cultures and people. Khouri-Roitman explains the school’s philosophy: “The early years of a child’s life are vital in determining the child’s future. Children of developing ages two, three, four, and five years are able learners, capable of doing far more than had ever been expected when schools first began teaching children at age six. Every child is unique, and only through one-on-one attention can they achieve their potential. If a child is not given opportunities early in life for development of their mind and their relationships with others, it will become difficult for them later. There is no second chance at childhood. The foreign language and multicultural programs we offer allow the children to assimilate new ideas and experiences. Every child develops a stronger awareness, sensitivity and appreciation of their own cultural heritage. Our children take learning and turn it into play. We encourage this style through a variety of experiences in arts, music, storytelling, sign language, foreign language, global travels, cooking, and much more.” Even a brief visit to the International Children’s School is enough to see the difference to a traditional daycare: The children wear a smart school uniform; several rows of desks are neatly lined up in front of a traditional blackboard; the walls are adorned with children’s art representing different cultures. Perhaps the most striking difference is in the attitude of the children themselves though; they are expected to behave well and work together, for example in a team for a spelling bee. The success of the school is based on commitment from the children, the parents and the teachers. For parents who are committed to their children getting the best possible start to their education, the International Children’s School provides an ideal opportunity. The school year runs from September to June, with an additional summer program offered in July. Children are also accepted throughout the year. The school is genuinely multicultural and accepts both local and international students. Currently, the children at the school have strong links to many different parts of the world, including North America, China, India, Europe, South American and New Zealand. For more information about the International Children’s School, visit the website at, or contact Khouri-Roitman directly by telephone at 802-865-3344 or by Email at On the website you can even watch videos of the children themselves explaining their favorite subject of the year. The future of the world lies in the hand of our children. More than ever before, there is a great need for individuals to understand and appreciate other languages and cultures so that

Students at the International Children’s School take learning and turn it into play.
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Here is a sample of our new students’ artwork.
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we can live and work productively in a multi-national society. Let’s create a place where we can love our fellow brothers and sisters of the world. We take pride in our diverse classroom and teach students to appreciate the beauty of other cultures as well as our own.

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Keeping Lake Champlain Clean
Did you know it was illegal in South Burlington to use phosphorus-containing fertilizers on existing lawns?
by Ross Saxton


Community contributor

our lawn and your beach might seem completely unrelated, but they’re both very much connected. What can mean an unhealthy lawn can also mean unhealthy waters in which you or your family won’t want to swim. On the contrary, to the delight of those who enjoy clean water, a healthy lawn can help ensure your beach stays open. The definition of a healthy lawn, described later in this article, might not be what you think.
come plants (weeds), bare spots, grubs, or insects that eat your prized flowers. The truth is that more inputs to your lawn, including chemicals and fertilizers, are an indicator of an unhealthy lawn. A healthy lawn doesn’t need any inputs, but in rare cases, a soil test will tell you if fertilizers need to be added. When it rains, water accumulates and runs over hard surfaces like roofs, driveways, parking lots, and roads. You might know this runoff as stormwater. Even lawns don’t absorb all the rain water which leads to water runoff. Lawn inputs are often swept away by rain water and into the closest stormdrain then into a stream or the lake. If fertilizers are added, most won’t be absorbed into the soil or used by plants, so these nutrients end up in the lake as algal-bloom food. Blue-green algae, the kind of algae that can kill dogs and make people sick

We all know that water flows downhill. With this in mind, think about everything you or your neighbors might add to the lawns in your neighborhood—fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, and other chemical treatments in an attempt to control unwanted outcomes. These outcomes could be unwel-

For more tips on preventing water pollution, maintaining a healthy lawn, and information about Lake Champlain and rivers, visit Lake Champlain International at Thanks for helping to keep Lake Champlain clean!
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from its sometimes toxic excretions (cyanobacteria), thrives off of phosphorus. Some studies are finding that nitrogen is feeding these algal blooms, too. It’s actually illegal in Vermont to use phosphorus-containing fertilizers in existing lawns. Chemicals, like pesticides, will also run off with rain water down the stormdrain, into the stream, and into the lake. Pesticides are used to kill things, and it can take days to weeks for these chemicals to break down into something that is no longer harmful. Why would we want to send these chemicals into where we swim and go fishing and from where we extract our drinking water? Or, why would we want to expose our children, pets, and ourselves to these chemicals on our own lawns that are known to be risky to our health? The good news is that lawn inputs are not necessary for your lawn to be lush, saving you money, effort, and time. A healthy lawn will thrive mostly on its own. There are billions of living organisms in a chemical-free lawn from microbes to bacteria to insects. All of these creatures keep the grass green and thick. Adding chemicals can kill these creatures causing your lawn to become reliant on the chemicals. If your lawn is already “on chemicals,” you can still achieve a healthy lawn without them, but you’ll just need to be a little patient—it can take up to a year for your lawn to recover and repopulate itself with all the creatures it needs to be lush. Leaving those chemical behind will be worth it. So now that we know lawn fertilizers and chemicals are harming our water and our health, what are a few things we can do to achieve that lush lawn? •Bare spots: Overseed—spread grass seed once every couple of weeks in the bare spot and water as needed. •Crabgrass and other unwelcome plants (weeds): Cut your grass to a minimum length of three inches. Also, try spraying vinegar on weeds instead of chemical pesticides. •Grubs: Spread beneficial nematodes in your lawn, and be sure to use some that are adapted to cold climates.

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Turning Conflict Into Opportunity
Denyse Perry is a conflict consultant, coach and mediator who lives and works in South Burlington.
by Catherine Z. Davis, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce
You live and work in South Burlington. What’s it like? South Burlington is a wonderful place to live. It’s close to everything, has great schools and the recreation department is very involved with the community. I wouldn’t want to live or work anywhere else. Tell us a bit about your business. It’s not something you hear about every day. Most people don’t want to deal with conflict let alone talk about it. It’s unfortunate because conflict often leads to stress, damaged relationships and unhappiness. That’s where I can help. I am a conflict specialist and mediator. I work with organizations and individuals to make conflict a source of growth, happiness and opportunity. At home it means better relationships. At work it means being more engaged and productive. If practiced, these skills are life-changing. Sounds wonderful. How do you do this? There are many ways. It begins by making the outcome of the conflict or any conversation your responsibility. Rather than try to change the other person, become aware of your own thinking, feeling and habitual behaviors that aren’t working. With this awareness you can pause yourself when “triggered,” and make better choices about how to proceed. Changing habits is hard. What are some tools for this? The key is to maintain control of your thinking by interrupting the brain’s hard-wired reaction to fight, flee or freeze. In conflict, small or large, the primitive part of the brain detects What’s the key to it all? Well if I had to name one thing it would be curiosity. In conflict our brain likes us to be right, assume the worst, and blame the other. The assumptions we make are mostly wrong and get us into much trouble. Change this habit by checking it out. Ask lots of questions like, “What do you mean?”“What just happened?” or “What’s up?” Follow these with “What might we do about it?” or “What are we going to do now? If you can pause and then access your curiosity in “the moment” you are well on the way from dysfunctional conflict to expanded opportunity. Then it’s about listening, inquiring, and problem solving. Cooperative and compassionate language are other keys, as is remaining positive. It’s all within reach if you are willing to practice. Can you just say a bit about mediation before we close? I’m curious about what happens in a “mediation”? (See I am already using my new skill!) Great question. In mediation a neutral third person is invited into the conflict dialogue. This neutral person (the mediator) helps uncover what is going on, helps manage emotions and facilitates the process of finding the solution. Often relationships can be maintained or even rebuilt and solutions are better and more sustainable because the people involved help create them. At the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber, we put everything into place to help our members grow their businesses: 1) providing innovative member services and programs, 2) promoting our region and 3) making it an even better place to business.To learn more about the Chamber visit or call 802-863-3489.

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Denyse Perry
You can learn more about Denyse and her work at: You can contact Denyse at: 802-825-8102 Denyse is a member of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce.
threat and the primitive part of the brain kicks into action. It sets off a series of neurological events that brings out aggression, defensiveness or the desire to run and hide. The antidote is to pause. Learning to notice the trigger then pause allows you to regain access to the problem solving part of your brain. With this comes the ability to regulate emotions, speak clearly and start to dig for the opportunity behind the conflict.

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When You Shop for Food, Keep the Strategy in Mind
Supermarkets plan carefully to boost shoppers’ exposure to food items that may not be on their shopping lists.
by Tabetha Franklin
Contributor they look appealing or they’re a trade-off for good behavior. Hunger and children can distort your judgment when making buying decisions. It is quite funny when my daughter goes with me to the store because she will pick out the sugary cereal I never buy and begs for all sorts of snack food. Does that sound familiar? • Products that save steps in cooking almost always cost more than buying the raw ingredients to prepare them from scratch. Have you noticed that you can buy a bag of onions with about eight onions in it for around $2, while the teensy tub of chopped onions in the produce department that equals about a half-cup is $3? The cost of conveniences like these are usually about 70 percent more than doing the work yourself. Savvy moms are learning easy ways to overcome the trickery of the grocery store game. I hope you will share these tips with people you know who need to trim the family food budget while still eating healthy meals.


have a Facebook friend who put an exasperated post on her page recently: “I hate grocery shopping!” Scores of comments followed from many of her friends, chiming in on their displeasure over the inevitable trip to the grocery store. How often

do you go in for a gallon of milk and leave with milk plus $40 in additional products? Whether you are running in for a

gallon of milk or filling an entire cart, here are some things you should know if you don’t want to break the bank at the store.
• Grocery stores plan carefully when arranging products for consumers. They want you to spend as long as possible wandering the aisles, hoping to entice you to buy additional items you did not plan to purchase. • Most items you need on a midweek grocery run are located at the back of the store. That means that you have to venture through the store to get to the milk, and the grocer is hoping you will find extras on your way to and from the milk aisle and buy more than you had planned, • Convenience items — fresh bakery items, produce departments with shiny fruits and veggies, elaborate “end cap” bargain displays, sample products, and so on — are all strategically placed in the “path” you need to travel to get to the gallon of milk. I always think of the time my son, who was about 5 years old at the time, asked if we could go eat dinner at Sam’s Club, because he remembered that there were a lot of food samples there. No wonder he wanted to go there for dinner. It can be difficult to get out of the store without buying the foods you tried.. • Mornings are the best time to go shopping and you should consider shopping at a store where you know your way around. That will keep you from stumbling into unknown territory that tempts you to browse longer. Have you noticed how some aisles just “move” to a new location and you have to wander around to find a basic food item? That was no accident; it was part of the plan to keep you looking around. • Don’t go to the store hungry or with children, if possible. You may purchase items that are not on your list just because
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You can save money and still be eating well.
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South Burlington Autumn Fest


utumn Fest is back. Join us for an afternoon of music, food and fun. Come celebrate autumn in the park with family and friends. All events will take place at Dorset Park near the Bandshell on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be games and activities, booths from our sponsors, partners and city departments as well as a Touch-a-Truck with the Fire, Police and Public Works Departments. There will also be concessions with Common Roots, School Food Services and The Sausage Shack as well as a concert at the bandshell starting at 6 p.m. The evening will end with a movie in the park at the bandshell starting at 7:10 p.m. This was a great event last year and we are planning for a bigger and better one this Fall. Be sure to visit our website for updates- There will be something for everyone, so plan on bringing the whole family.

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Curious George Appearance at University Mall

Come visit Curious George as he visits University Mall. Children’s activity stations, photo opportunities, prizes and more. University Mall, 155 Dorset Street, South Burlington, Vt. This is a free event, however, a $3 donation per child, at the door to benefit the VNA Family Room is appreciated. Call 802863-1066 x11 for more information. 802-863-1066

Welcome to PACT Community Dinner at South Burlington High
Join us on Sept. 26 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for the PACT Community Dinner at the South Burlington High School. About PACT: In 2008, dozens of South Burlington teenagers lead community dialogue on underage drinking, drug use, and other challenges they face daily. As a result of these Dialogue Nights, PACT.was founded. 802-846-4108

Shake Your Sillies Out at University Mall

A weekly music time where kids can enjoy familiar songs and dance around. Hosted by local children’s entertainer Derek Burkins. Located in center court at the Universtiy Mall at 10:30 am. Free event. Series runs every Monday, Sept. 30 through Nov. 18. The University Mall is located at155 Dorset Street, South Burlington, Vt. Visit or call 802-863-1066 ext. 11 for more info. 802-863-1066
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Local Homebrewery Opening
Brian Eckert of South Burlington is a Green Mountain Masher.
by James Welch, Vermont Beer
Community contributor he Green Mountain Mashers is a homebrewing club that meets several times a year to discuss techniques and share homebrewed beer and interesting commercial beer. The club also sponsors picnics, club brews, and brewery tours which have included Vermont, Montreal, Maine and Massachusetts. Every year the club holds the Greg Noonan Memorial Homebrew Competition where homebrewers from around New England compete for ribbons and feedback. Brian Eckert of South Burlington is a Green Mountain Masher in the process of taking the leap from homebrewer to professional brewer. Eckert began homebrewing more than 12 years ago and is living out every homebrewer’s dream as he begins work on his brewery and taproom in Winooski, which is scheduled to open in late 2013. I had a chance to speak and assist Eckert while he was brewing a Patersbier at his home in July and asked him how he got started. Eckert said, “It started with tasting some California microbrews on a cross country trip in 1999. From there, I wondered if I could make my own. My wife gifted me a homebrew kit for Christmas, and with that, the possibilities were endless. It became a great creative outlet.”


Brian Eckert is living out every homebrewer’s dream. To find out more about the Green Mountain Mashers, visit

Extended Interview with Four Quarters Brewing Owner
by James Welch, Vermont Beer
Community contributor Q: What are your goals for your brewery? A: Four Quarters Brewing will focus on the ethos of sustainability, environmental stewardship, and using as many locally sourced ingredients as possible, organic when available. In the future, I hope to install solar panels to power the electric brew system I’m hoping to go with. I plan on brewing a variety of Belgian and American inspired beers such as abbey beers, wits, saisons, sours, IPAs, smoked, and barrel-aged beers. My initial focus will be an abbey single style beer called a Patersbier that is light, flavorful, slightly tart and funky, and refreshing. My goal for the taproom is to offer growler fills, some limited bottle releases, and a number of tasting events with local restaurants. I’m looking forward to being a part of the great food, beer, and music scene in Winooski, and hope to work with local restaurants for beer/food pairing events and cask nights. Q: What was the trigger for going from homebrewing to professional Brian Eckert will soon open Four Quarters brewing? A: It was a matter of opportunity. A lot of homebrewers dream of Brewing in Winooski. Photos courtesy of James Welch going pro, but it really is an extraordinary challenge. The first major reality was finding the right location. I found this location by chance, and everything since then has been very serendipitous to its fruition. I’m very lucky with everything that has happened so far, and thankful. Q: Finally, what does “Four Quarters” mean? A: Four Quarters refers to the four quarters of the moon, the four seasons, the four elements, or other similar relations. This embodies everything I am personally passionate about – the seasons, the moon cycles, the universe, the cycle of life. All of those are our interfaces with nature, which give us an opportunity to ingest the natural world and reflect them into something like... a beer. At the end of the day, its still beer… but it’s the culmination of these influences crafted into (hopefully) a work of art. View an expanded Q&A on
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Champlain Valley Fair
Celebrate the 10 best days of summer from Aug. 23 to Sept. 2. The fair has hundreds of exciting things to do.


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The fairgrounds are open from 10 a.m. to midnight daily, except Labor Day when the fair closes at 7 p.m. Gate admission is $12 for adults, $5 for kids and children under 5 admitted free.

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What Lies Beneath?
Here is your chance to experience Lake Champlain in a whole new way.
by Ross Saxton
Community contributor It’s not often that the chance to cruise Lake Champlain with the people who know it best comes around. Better yet, if you’re going to spend two hours with the experts, why not do it on the University of Vermont’s (UVM) research vessel, the Melosira? Regional water, fisheries, and people protection group Lake Champlain International (LCI) and researchers from UVM have partnered to offer a rare trip this September so that you and your neighbors can explore Lake Champlain’s mysteries. This Sept. 12, you can explore the natural history of Lake Champlain from the surface of our “great” lake (Lake Champlain was, in fact, designated a “Great Lake” for ten days). We’ll also take a look at how we interact with the lake and “what lies beneath.”

Tickets and more information for What Lies beneath: Natural History of the Lake & Shoreline Development occurring on Thursday, Sept. 12 can be found at

South Burlington was most certainly under water about 10-13,000 years ago.
A sampling of what we’ll explore is below, but keep in mind, this article doesn’t include Champlain’s worldfamous sunset over the Adirondacks, the lake’s breeze over your face, wine from Shelburne Vineyards, cheese from Shelburne Farms, or the full wealth of knowledge of our lake’s passionate experts—the trip does. Once a sea filled with marine life thanks to a retreated glacier, Lake Champlain, or the “Champlain Sea,” covered much of the land west of the Green Mountains and east of the Adirondacks. Your home in South Burlington was most certainly under water about 10,000-13,000 years ago—as much as 500 feet under water. Just south of South Burlington a whale fossil was discovered while building rail road tracks exhibit26 September 2013

ing the previous link our region had to the salty ocean. After more than 10,000 years of “land rebounding” once the weight of the glaciers were gone, your South Burlington home and neighborhood happily sits above the lake’s surface. Before we built our homes, though, our region was vastly forested. Forests do an excellent job of absorbing rain water and snow-melt which leads to very little water pollution runoff and erosion into our streams and rivers and ultimately into Lake Champlain. As we started replacing forests and wetlands with roads, homes, and businesses, we lost a lot of the landscape’s capacity to absorb rain water and snow-melt. Now, much of the rain that lands on your roof, driveway, and road does end up beneath the surface of Champlain. The pollutants that rain runoff and snow-melt carry into the lake influences the lake’s health greatly; since more than 200,000 of us rely in the lake for our drinking water and for swimming, our families’ health relies on the lake to be clean. Furthermore, our wastewater is sent into the lake after it is treated, re-

moving most of the potential pollutants but still leaving some like the medicines we do not fully absorb. On the Melosira, we’ll take a look at where people’s influences meet the water and the changes Lake Champlain undergoes. We’ll cruise along the shoreline, and then we’ll head out to where Burlington’s wastewater treatment facility pipes-out the city’s treated effluent. If all goes well, we might even have the chance to drop a camera down to the pipe and watch the effluent enter the lake. Another major factor that is contributing to more than 60% of the phosphorus-loving algal blooms in the lake is our farming industry. We’ll explore how all the farms across the Lake Champlain basin influence the lake and its fisheries. While we explore the natural history of the lake, we’ll explore the how we interact with the lake—good and bad. More importantly, though, we’ll discover the next steps you and your neighbors can take to ensure a swimmable, drinkable, fishable Lake Champlain for the next generation of people on the Lake Champlain timeline.

Sunday 1 BIGGER THAN T-REX: Giant and Mysterious Killer Dinosaurs All day
WHAT: BIGGER THAN T-REX: Giant and Mysterious Killer Dinosaurs WHERE: Echo Lake Aquarium, 1 College St, Burlington. Venue Phone: 802-864-1848 Phone: 802-864-1848 + ext. 125 INFO: This is the largest and firstever exhibit of killer dinosaurs to visit Vermont and features both full skeletons and skulls from a variety of meat eating animals that roamed the earth millions of years ago. The exhibit also features some of the original dinosaur models used in two of the Jurassic Park films. FAMILY • FREE

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Monday 2 Color, Pattern, Whimsy, Scale: The Best of Shelburne Museum 1 - 2 p.m.
WHAT: Color, Pattern, Whimsy, Scale: The Best of Shelburne Museum WHERE: Shelburne Museum, 6000 Shelburne Rd, Shelburne. Venue Phone: 802-985-3346 INFO: Inaugural exhibition in the Center for Art and Education explores Shelburne Museum founder Electra Havemeyer Webb’s imaginative approach to collecting and features both well-known masterpieces and surprising treasures. The exhibition includes nearly 100 of the finest works from Shelburne Museum?s permanent collection. Paintings, folk art, furniture, wallpapers, decorative arts, textiles, costumes and many other forms are organized into Mrs. Webb’s pioneering collecting vision in four design themes that so strongly characterize the collections of Shelburne Museum. Center for Art and Education.

Wednesday 4 Coed Floor Hockey League Evenings
WHAT: Play coed floor hockey in a friendly competitive league. WHERE: Games are played at the Edge in Essex. INFO: Teams play once a week, either on Mondays or Wednesdays. Cost is $79 full time, or $5 per night depending on space. Info:

bibs. Dance after dinner to music provided by Spirit Sounds DJ. soea. com.

Saturdays 7, 21 VCAM Access Orientation 11- 1 p.m.
WHAT: VCAM Access Orientation WHERE: Vermont Community Access Media, 208 Flynn Ave Ste 2G, Burlington. Venue Phone: 802-6519692 Phone: 651-9692 INFO: Learn the basic concepts and nomenclature of video production. The Access Orientation is an overview of VCAM facilities, policies and procedures. This orientation is the first place to start if you are new to VCAM. All our workshops are free of charge for those living, working, or going to school in our service area.

wednesdays 4, 11, 18, 25 Burlington Community Choir 7 - 8:30 p.m.
WHAT: Burlington Community Choir WHERE: CCV Winooski, 1 Abenaki Way, Winooski. Phone: 802-6540505 INFO: Ticket Pricing: Semester dues $55. Wednesday, Sept. 4 Dec. 4. Explore a variety of music including spirituals, traditional and contemporary folk songs, classical and world music. No auditions required; beginners and shower singers welcome! Non-credit workshop. Directed by Amity Baker.

Sunday 1 Rebels, Rioters, and Paper Towns All day
WHAT: Rebels, Rioters, and Paper WHERE: Ethan Allen Homestead, 1 Ethan Allen Homestead # 2, Burlington. Hill-Brownell Education Center Venue Phone: 802-865-4556 Phone: 865-4556. INFO:The Ethan Allen Homestead Museum proudly unveils its new Mini-exhibit describing the significance of the Benning Wentworth grants and how they contributed to the modern borders of Vermont. This exhibit coincides with the 250th Anniversary of the founding of Many Vermont towns. FAMILY • FREE

Saturday-Sunday, 7-8 Wildlife Movie Marathon Weekend 1 0 a.m.- 5 p.m.
WHAT: Wildlife Movie Marathon Weekend WHERE: Echo Lake Aquarium, 1 College St, Burlington. Venue Phone: 802-864-1848 Phone: 1-877324-6386 INFO: Ticket Pricing: Free With Admission View ECHO’s Wildlife movies and come dressed as your favorite wildlife animal! $2 off ECHO admission for each person (up to 4) dressed up as a wildlife animal!

Tuesday 3 Burlington Writers Workshop 6:30 p.m.
WHAT: Burlington Writers Workshop WHERE: Half Lounge, Church Street, Burlington. INFO: Meets each Wednesday, free and open to the public.

Fridays 6, 13, 20, 27 Lobstah on the Lake 6:30 - 9 p.m.
WHAT: Lobstah on the Lake WHERE: Burlington Waterfront, 1 College Street, Burlington. INFO: New England clam chowda, steamers, and whole steamed lobstah, complete with lobster


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Tuesday 10 Growing Kids South Burlington-Free Parent Education Series 6:45 - 8:45 p.m.
WHAT: Growing Kids South Burlington is pleased to announce a parent education series entitled: Fresh Ideas for Real World Parenting. This series is free to South Burlington families with young children. WHERE: Tuttle Middle School Library INFO: Our first workshop is with Scott Noyes, an extremely energetic and popular presenter in the world of early childhood education. Scott is the founder of Empowering Programs and has an extensive background in the field. Scott’s presentation is called: Routines, Rituals and Transitions. Join us to learn some new ideas every parent can use to ease transitions and improve routines, leading to more harmony in your home. If you would like to attend, please email: aide@childcareresource. org or call 802-863-3367 ext. 31. Growing Kids South Burlington is a community collaboration between the South Burlington School District and Child Care Resource designed to enrich the lives of young children living in South Burlington. For more parenting tips and information about local events please visit our blog at: growingkidssouthburlington. FAMILY • FREE

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Spirit Family Reunion
WHAT: Spirit Family Reunion WHERE: Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington INFO: Spirit Family Reunion play homegrown American music to stomp, clap, shake and holler with. Doors open at 8 p.m. Show starts at 8:30 p.m. All Ages. $12 advance or $15 day of show. wednesday 11 South End Farmer’s Market 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.
WHAT: South End Farmer’s Market WHERE: ArtsRiot, 400 Pine Street, Burlington. ArtsRiot Phone: 802-3457847 INFO: Local farmers offer seasonal produce, grass-fed meats, herbal mate and tasty fare at this weekly neighborhood gathering. FAMILY • FREE • FOOD you how to recognize, cultivate or connect with it? Are you curiousSign up for this informative lecture.

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Wednesday 11 Moving and Grooving with Christine 11 - 11:30 p.m.
WHAT: Moving and Grooving with Christine WHERE: Fletcher Free Library, 235 College Street, Burlington. Venue Phone: 802-863-3403. INFO: Move to the rhythms of great old rock ‘n roll and world beat music. Recommended for ages 2-5, but all are welcome. fletcherfree. org. FAMILY • FREE

Saturday 14 The Art of Being Happy: A Workshop on Meditation and Modern Buddhism 1 - 4 p.m.
WHAT: The Art of Being Happy: A Workshop on Meditation and Modern Buddhism WHERE: North End Studios, 294 North Winooski Ave., Burlington. Phone: 860-266-6041 INFO: Learn through meditation to understand the nature of our problems and the nature of mind and use this understanding to create positive, peaceful minds and experiences. Workshop includes guided meditation and time for discussion. Offered by Odiyana Center of Connecticut. Ticket Pricing: $25; $5 before Aug. 22

wednesday 11 Art Affair By Shearer All day
WHAT: Art Affair By Shearer WHERE: Shearer Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac, 1675 Shelburne Rd, South Burlington. Venue Phone: 802-448-2425 INFO: Through Sept. 30. Opening reception Aug. 12. Art by Sue Adamson, Lydia Littwin, and Noelle Davis. 802-658-1111. FAMILY • FREE

Wednesdays 11, 18, 25 SOUL PURPOSE DEVELOPMENT- with Cynthia Warwick Seiler 1 - 2 p.m.
WHAT: Soul Purpose Developmentwith Cynthia Warwick Seiler WHERE: Rainbow Institute Holistic Center for Spiritual Awareness, 19 Church Street #8 Burlington. Venue Phone: 802-671-4569 Phone: 802671-4JOY INFO: What is Soul Purpose? Are you curious? Do you feel like something is missing that can give your spirit validation, purpose and meaning, but have yet to pinpoint what that is for yourself? Do you long to manifest your souls purpose and are looking for a pathway that teaches


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Saturday 14 Burlington Waterfront Walking Tour 1 p.m.
WHAT: Burlington Waterfront Walking Tour WHERE: Burlington Waterfront, 1 College Street, Burlington. Meet in front of the Visitors Center at the bottom of College Street Phone: 802-522-8259 INFO: Ticket Pricing: $10 per person/ $5 students, Preservation Burlington members Stroll the beautiful Burlington Waterfront with Preservation Burlington and hear fascinating stories of Burlington’s maritime and industrial history. Meet at the Visitors Center at the bottom of College Street at 1 pm. $10 per person benefits Preservation Burlington.

WHERE: Left Bank Home & Garden, 127 Bank St, Burlington. Venue Phone: 802-862-1001 INFO: Opening reception is First Friday Art Walk, August 2nd from 5 - 8 pm. Bonnie’s oil landscape paintings capture the beauty and terrain of Vermont and Scotland.

Dec. 4. Explore a variety of music including spirituals, traditional and contemporary folk songs, classical and world music. No auditions required; beginners and shower singers welcome! Non-credit workshop. Directed by Amity Baker.

Saturday 28 Burlington Brew Tours 1 1- 4 p.m.
WHAT: Burlington Brew Tours WHERE: Downtown Burlington, Burlington. Phone: 802-760-6091 INFO: Ticket Pricing: $70 pp Burlington Brew Tours is the ultimate beer experience in New England. Spend the day with Burlington Brew Tours as we visit the region’s top breweries, beer bars, and brew pubs. Enjoy 15-20 different beers, eat lunch at a top eatery, and get round trip transportation from your home or hotel. You drink, we drive! $70/ person.

Saturdays 21 This Was Me: Self-Taught Art from the G.R.A.C.E. Gallery Collection 1 p.m.
WHAT: This Was Me: Self-Taught Art from the G.R.A.C.E. Gallery Collection WHERE: New City Galerie, 132 Church Street, Burlington. INFO: Opening reception 5-9 p.m. Aug. 2 includes a 7 p.m. talk by Milton artist Larry Bissonnette and a screening of award-winning documentary My Classic Life as an Artist. Exhibit features 30 works from nearly a dozen artists affiliated with the G.R.A.C.E. program (Grass Roots Art and Community Effort).

Friday 27 Hungry Heart Premier Burlington 7 p.m.
WHAT: Hungry Heart Premier Burlington WHERE: Flynn Theatre, Main Street, Burlington INFO: Documentary about the often hidden world of addiction and recovery. Primarily shot in Franklin County, the film highlights the struggles and hopes of those recovering from addiction and their quest for a better future. visit website submit your review.

Sundays 15, 22, 29 Brunch on the Bay - the Spirit of Ethan Allen Noon
WHAT: Brunch on the Bay - the Spirit of Ethan Allen WHERE: Burlington Waterfront, 1 College Street, Burlington. INFO: Ticket Pricing: $28.11 adults, $14.06 ages 3-11. Take time out to relax with family and friends. Brunch cruises offer quality time sailing into the pristine beauty of Lake Champlain with a bounty of buffet selections prepared in the on-board gallery. One-and-a-half hour cruise.

Sunday 29 2013 ECKANKAR Seminar: Answer the Call of Soul 9 a.m. - Noon
WHAT: 2013 ECKANKAR Seminar: Answer the Call of Soul WHERE: Billings Library, University of Vermont. 48 University Place, Burlington. Marsh Lounge Phone: 800-772-9390 INFO: Ticket Pricing: free for newcomers Join other spiritual seekers in two days of talks and workshops to explore the divine wisdom within you. The seminar is sponsored by ECKANKAR, a spiritual teaching that provides simple exercises for people of all faiths and walks of life to deepen a conscious and practical relationship with spirit. Topics include: Dreaming to Wake Up, Past Lives to Present Awareness, and Beyond Faith to Direct Experience: Discover Your Spiritual Truth. All are welcome.

Sunday 22 The Lone Bellow 7 p.m.
WHAT: The Lone Bellow WHERE: Higher Ground, 1214 Williston Road, South Burlington. INFO: Brooklyn country music. With The DuPont Brothers.

Tues. - Thurs. 17-26 Eat: The Social Life of Food Daily
WHAT: Eat: The Social Life of Food1 - 2 p.m. WHERE: Fleming Museum, 61 Colchester Ave., Burlington. Wilbur Room Venue Phone: 802-656-2090 INFO: Through spring 2014. Exhibit examines the dynamic relationship between people and food. Curated by students from the spring 2013 honors college course. fleming.

wednesday 18 Bonnie Baird Landscape Paintings at Left Bank Home & Garden 11:30 - 5:30 p.m.
WHAT: Bonnie Baird Landscape Paintings at Left Bank Home & Garden

wednesdays 4, 11, 18, 25 Burlington Community Choir 7 - 8:30 p.m.
WHAT: Burlington Community Choir WHERE: CCV Winooski1 Abenaki Way, Winooski. Phone: 654-0505 INFO: Ticket Pricing: Semester dues $55. Wednesday, Sept. 4 -

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Oh the Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Daze of Summer
Farewell to another summer to remember. May the camaraderie and community spirit generated and shared throughout the summer in South Burlington remain as the school buses are rolled out from their sabbatical, bringing with them homework, early bedtime and parental cheer.
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