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  • May 19, 2016 6:30 PM | Kendra Kenney (Administrator)

    Fit & Feisty Fitness and Everyday Self-Protection for Women

    6-Week Beginner Course starting May 19

    At Green Mountain Dojo in Montpelier

    Thursday evenings 6:30 - 8:00 pm

    Discounted Course Fee: $75 / $15 drop in

    Learn the "down and dirty" of, what you as a woman, need to know to protect yourself. Learn simple and effective self-defense skills and self-awareness practices that can greatly improve your level of safety. Gain the type of confidence that will help you in all areas of your daily life. Get some exercise and connect with other women in a supportive, fun and friendly environment! This is a great course for mothers and daughters, college-bound teens, and women of all ages. Class instructor, Toni Flynn, has over 30 years experience in martial arts and self-defense. For more information, or to register, please call 802 595 9719. More details available at:

  • March 31, 2016 8:00 AM | Kendra Kenney (Administrator)

    Check out our Level I training in Hand Analysis

    Spring in Burlington!

    Calling all healers, coaches, counselors, entrepreneurs, and hand owners. Are you ready?  Learn to read hands and change your life and the lives of those you care about. Been on the fence for a while?  Or you just got the "hand bug"?  Contact me today to schedule a chat and to apply.

    2016 Level I- IIHA LifePrints
    Hand Analysis Training
    in Burlington, Vermont

    Early bird deadline
    Pay in full by Feb. 28th; save $300
    and receive 3 bonuses worth $450 or Set up 3 easy payments of $500 w/no interest.

    GO HERE for all the information

  • March 06, 2016 1:00 PM | Kendra Kenney (Administrator)

    March 6, 2016


    One Executive Drive, Suite 204
    Back Entrance
    South Burlington, VT 05403

    It's a great way to check out the studio, see some of the paintings we do in class and consider it for your private group party.

    Freebies to include:

    • Raffles for free spots at my Painting with Payton parties
    • STOWE ICE CREAM (locally made)
    • Paint "Winter Moonglow" at 3:00 (first come/first served, limited seating) and take home your own work of art.
    Hope to see you there!

    Payton Pellegrini
    Painting with Payton

  • March 01, 2016 8:00 AM | Kendra Kenney (Administrator)

    Kathryn Blume is launching the 5th round of Vermontivate - an award-winning sustainability game designed to bring hope, fun, and impact to the serious work of tackling climate change. Vermontivate! welcomes players of all ages and experience levels to explore how they can make meaningful change in their lives and communities. Signups begin March 1, and the game runs March 21 - May 7. For more info visit

  • February 08, 2016 6:00 PM | Kendra Kenney (Administrator)

    What:  Free weekly Meetup community gatherings in Burlington:  Career, Life Purpose, And Business

    When:  Monday evenings at 6 pm, 95 Cumberland Road, Burlington

    Network opportunity:  At each of these gatherings there will be time for you to share information about your services so make sure to bring your business cards - people have walked away with new customers and clients at these gatherings - so fun!

    Link for more information:

  • February 04, 2016 6:00 PM | Kendra Kenney (Administrator)

    Free weekly community Meetup gatherings in Burlington - Career, Life Purpose, and Business

    Where:  95 Cumberland Road, Burlington, Vermont

    Who:  Career and Business Coach, Cornelia Ward

    When:  Thursday evenings at 6 pm in March

    Bring:  If you have a business, make sure to bring information about your services or products.  You'll have a chance to share information about what you do as part of the gathering.  People have walked away with new clients and customers as a result!

    More information:  If you need more information, please contact me at   or    802-864-2978

    Meetup link:


    • March 10:  How To Successfully Market Your Services As An Introvert So You Can Relax And Enjoy A Thriving Career
    • March 17:  How To Get Clarity About The Right Career Path For You So You're Excited To Get Back To Work On Monday
    • March 24:  Surprising Marketing Tools For Business:  How To Create A Successful Business So You Can Share Your Gifts With The World
    • March 31:  How To Bring In A Steady Flow Of New Clients So You And Your Business Can Really Thrive

  • January 24, 2016 11:51 AM | Jill Meyers (Administrator)

    Join us for a week of feasts to celebrate the opening of Colchester's Mead Hall, the new restaurant at Groennfell Meadery!

    Colchester's Mead Hall, 856 Hercules Dr, Suite 20, Colchester, VT 05446

    Phone: 802-497-2345


    Community Lunch - Wednesday, January 27th, 11:30 - 3 PM
    This is our way of thanking everyone in the local community who has been so supportive of us over the last two years as we've worked our way towards making the Mead Hall into a reality.

    ​This is open to anyone and everyone who's local, whether a resident or a business! Check out the Facebook event for more info.

    Pint Club Party - Thursday, January 28th, 2 - 8 PM
    This is a special event for all of our Pint Club Members. We would not be where we are without you, and this is just a tiny way of saying thank you. All day, pours of craft mead will be only $2, and pours of our new honey wines will be just $3. We'll also have a big selection of our new foods to try.

    Open to everyone, deal is for Pint Club Members only. If you've been holding off on becoming a pint club member, today's the day to jump on the band wagon! Visit the Facebook page for more info.

    Nordic Food Fight - Friday, January 29th, 11:30 - 8 PM
    We're going to have half price lunches and dinners all day at the Mead Hall. Come early, stay all day!
    There will be cheese, herring, brats, and all of the Nordic Fare that you just can't get anywhere else!

    Open to everyone. Visit Facebook for more details.

    Grand Opening with Live Music - Saturday, January 30th, 2 - 8 PM
    This is it! The big one! Bring family, friends, loved ones, strangers; we don't care! Come to the Mead Hall and have a good time. Free live music all day! Open to all and sundry! More info can be found on the Facebook event page.

  • January 22, 2016 4:00 PM | Kendra Kenney (Administrator)

    Living Room and Excelerate Essex are excited to welcome you into what we know will be a fun and exciting home base for growing your business. We have blended our ideas on co working and collaborative space to invite a diverse population of entrepreneurs. We are looking to share our home with Wellness Professionals, Creative Arts Practitioners, Freelancers, Media Makers, Game Designers, New Residents and anyone who needs a home in which to Work, Restore and Create.

    Come Check Out Our
    Art Gallery 
    Wellness Room
    Conference Room
    Arts and Design Space
    Community and Private Work Spaces 
    Event spaces for Classes and Workshops
    RSVP to our FB Event

    When: Friday, January 22 
    Where: Excelerate Essex and Living Room

    15 Pearl Street, Essex Junction 
    Time: 4pm-8pm

    See you in the house!
    Music, Food & Fun
    Come for the food… stay for fun and join for the potential 

  • January 12, 2016 2:37 PM | Kendra Kenney (Administrator)

    In December 2015, South Burlington resident Payton Pellegrini opened a new painting party studio at One Executive Drive, Suite 204, South Burlington, VT.  Payton is the owner and sole instructor of painting parties geared mainly toward adults. Guests can sign up for the party they want to participate in on Payton’s website calendar system.  Payton leads the party with step-by-step instructions so that even those who have never painted before are able to follow along to create their own work of art.  She provides all the materials and upbeat music for painting (and singing) along.

          Pellegrini is a trained artist, a certified painting teacher and an interior designer.  She previously ran her own interior design/home staging business as well as a mural painting and faux finishing business.  Payton believes that everyone has a creative side and she enjoys helping people to realize their creative potential in a fun and relaxing way.   In September of 2014, she started her painting party business by partnering with local venues that hosted her events, did team building parties for businesses and also brought her painting parties to private homes.

         Payton wanted to create a special space for people to reconnect, create and renew (which is her business tagline).  She used all her talents to renovate and decorate a former office space, creating a comfortable, home-like environment with a vintage style, by re-purposing items, sewing tablecloths, crafting things, painting furniture with decorative finishes and designing theme decorations that change each month. The space includes a large studio area and a separate kitchenette/living room for guests to feel relaxed.  Light snacks and beverages are included (Payton occasionally bakes homemade treats) and guests may bring in their own food to enjoy while painting or have food catered from nearby restaurants for private parties.

         Payton’s parties are alcohol-free.  She feels that many “paint and sip” businesses emphasize getting tipsy and their paintings are secondary.  Payton wants her guests to realize that they don’t need alcohol in order to be creative and encourages them to incorporate some form of creativity into their everyday lives as a healthy thing to do.  Her paintings tend to have more detail to them so that painters (even beginners) can feel very proud of what they have accomplished.  Painting with Payton parties are open to all and private parties in the studio may also be booked.  To learn more, visit

  • January 11, 2016 4:00 PM | Kendra Kenney (Administrator)

    Mark your calendars! WBON’s Public Policy Committee will meet on the second Monday of each month, starting at 4pm in the offices of Marketing Partners, 176 Battery St. Burlington. Call Pat Heffernan at 802-864-6710 or write to for more information.

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