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    'Google Lunar X Prize Back to the Moon for Good'

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    Fri., Sept. 21, 6 & 7:30 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 22, 3 p.m.

    An out-of-this-world show follows scientists racing to return to Earth's satellite in a $30 million competition. at Northcountry Planetarium, SUNY Plattsburgh in Plattsburgh. Outside Vermont (map). $5-7.

    'Recitatif'

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    Fri., Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 22, 2 p.m.

    An interdisciplinary adaptation of Toni Morrison’s short story combines elements of theater, music and dance. at Dance Theatre, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College in Middlebury. Middlebury Area (map). Free.

    Sport of Kings Day

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    Sat., Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Lords and ladies experience the history, language and tradition of falconry. at Vermont Institute of Natural Science Nature Center in Quechee. Upper Valley (map). Regular admission, $13.50-15.50; free for members and kids 3 and under.

    Vermont Living History & Militaria Expo

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    Sat., Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Martial mavens feel as though they've gone back in time when walking among vendors, displays, reenactment encampments and live demos. at Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction. Chittenden County (map). $5-25; free for kids under 6.

    Better L8 Than Never Car Show

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    Sun., Sept. 23, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

    Gearheads check out sweet rides at this benefit for Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, hosted by the Addison County Chamber of Commerce and Snake Mountain Cruisers. at Bristol Recreation Field in Bristol. Middlebury Area (map). $20 per vehicle; donations for spectators.

    Bruce's Moose Ride

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    Sun., Sept. 23, 10 a.m.

    Motorcycle riders cruise through the Green Mountains to support the Moose Foundation, a nonprofit assisting injured bikers. Registration, 9 a.m.; ride, 10 a.m. at Green Mountain Harley-Davidson in Essex Junction. Chittenden County (map). Donations; preregister.

    VINS Annual Fall Meeting

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    Sun., Sept. 23, 1:30-3 p.m.

    Those with a love for the great outdoors keep abreast of Vermont Institute of Natural Science business. at Vermont Institute of Natural Science Nature Center in Quechee. Upper Valley (map). Free; preregister.

    Equinox Circle Dancing & Writing

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    Sun., Sept. 23, 3-6 p.m.

    With or without experience, hoofers join hands for simple, repetitive patterns set to world music. Bring a potluck contribution. at Bobbin Mill Community Center in Burlington (map). Free.

    Food & Art Fridays

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    Fri., Sept. 21, 5:30-8:30 p.m. and Fri., Oct. 26, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

    Wood-fired pizza, farm-fresh produce, visual art, story-telling and live performance make for a memorable evening. at The Sable Project in Stockbridge. Rutland/Killington (map). Free; $5-10 for pizza.

    Stargazing

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    Fri., Sept. 21, 8:30-10 p.m.

    Clear skies at night mean viewers' delight when telescope users set their sights on celestial happenings. Call to confirm. Mittelman Observatory. at McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Middlebury College in Middlebury. Middlebury Area (map). Free.

    Guided Tours

    Guided Tours

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    Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Oct. 14

    A historic Gothic Revival house opens its doors for hourly excursions. Self-guided explorations of the gardens, exhibits and walking trails are also available. at Justin Morrill Homestead in Strafford. Upper Valley (map). $6; free for kids 14 and under.

    Fall Foliage Train Excursions

    Fall Foliage Train Excursions

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    Saturdays, 10 a.m. and Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sundays, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. Continues through Oct. 21

    Passengers take in historic narrations, cocktails or cider, lunch and, of course, stunning views on a three-hour round trip on the rails. at Green Mountain Railroad (Chester) in Chester. Brattleboro/Okemo Valley (map). $20-25; free for kids under 3.

    Vermont E-Bike & Brew Tour

    Vermont E-Bike & Brew Tour

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    Fridays, Saturdays, 12-4:30 p.m. Continues through Oct. 27

    Electric bicycles transport suds lovers to three local beer producers via scenic routes. at Old Mill Park in Johnson. Stowe/Smuggs (map). $75.

    Homecoming & Family Weekend

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    Sept. 21-23

    Campus and community connections are made over fireworks, varsity sports games and Oktoberfest fun. at Northern Vermont University-Lyndon in Lyndonville. Northeast Kingdom (map). Prices vary.

    Queen City Ghost Walk: Darkness Falls

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    Fridays, Saturdays, 7 p.m., Sun., Oct. 7, 7 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, 6 & 8 p.m. and Through Nov. 3, 7 p.m. Continues through Oct. 27

    Local historian Thea Lewis treats pedestrians to tales of madmen, smugglers, pub spirits and, of course, ghosts. Arrive 10 minutes early. Democracy sculpture. at 199 Main St. in Burlington (map). $20.
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