Last Friday marked the start of early voting for August primaries in Vermont, bringing the state’s largest freshmen class of legislators in years one step closer to the Statehouse.

A free workshop for kids 10 and older explores the science of breath, including how oxygen flows through the body and how breathing can affect mood and performance, Tuesday, July 12, 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the South Burlington Library’s Community Room.

Learn how to close the loop by turning household food scraps into compost, improve the health of your garden and grow a fresh generation of food, July 16, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Green Mountain Compost in Williston.

The second community conversation with public officials and political candidates about the issues affecting Vermonters, especially those in Lamoille County, will be Friday, July 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Jenna’s House Community Center, 117 St. Johns Road, Johnson.

The Johnson Racial Justice and Social Equity Committee hosts a group reading of Frederick Douglass’ landmark speech, “What, to the slave, is the 4th of July?”, on Saturday, July 9, 3 p.m. at Legion Field, by the pizza oven.

Jenna’s Promise is hosting the speakers’ series Community Conversations with public officials and political candidates to talk about the issues affecting Vermonters, especially those in Lamoille County.

Shelburne’s Pierson Library welcomes Bill McKibben for its first third Sunday adult summer reading event, Sunday, June 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the historic town hall attached to the library.

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