Thursday, Dec. 18
ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP MEETING
A new support group strives to create a safe environment to provide emotional, educational and social support for caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. The group will be facilitated by two volunteers with the Alzheimer’s Association. The first meeting will be held from 10 to 11: 30 a.m. at Shaw’s Supermarket Community Meeting Room at the Shaw’s on Shelburne Road in South Burlington. Meetings will be held the third Thursday of each month. (800) 272-3900.
Fyre and Lightning Baroque Consort (recorders, bassoon and harpsichord) present a program that includes J.S. Bach and J. Zelenka, the lastof three free December advent concerts at the First Baptist Church in Burlington at 12:15 p.m. Bring a bag lunch, coffee and tea are provided. 864-6515.
Learn about developing greater peace of mind and reducing stress through the simple Transcendental Meditation technique in a free talk at 7 p.m. at the Vermont Transcendental Meditation Center in Williston. Free and open to the public. To register, email [email protected] or call 923-6248.
‘RICH HILL’ SCREENING
Main Street Landing, The Burlington Film Society and the Vermont International Film Foundation present an exclusive Vermont screening of the award winning American documentary film “Rich Hill” at 7 p.m. at The Main Street Landing Film House in Burlington. Free for VTIFF Members, $8 general admission, $5 for students. vtiff.org/membership
Friday, Dec. 19
VFW in Essex hosts a wing night from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wings 5 for $4, 10 for $7. 878-0700.
Saturday Dec. 20 – Sunday, Dec. 21
‘HOLIDAY LIGHTS’ CONCERT
The Solaris Vocal Ensemble, a chamber choir of mixed voices based in northern Vermont, presents unique and creative Christmas season performances in Colchester and Waterbury. Saturday’s concert is at 7:30 p.m. at the Waterbury Congregational Church, The White Meeting House. Sunday’s performance is at 3 p.m. at the Recital Hall of the McCarthy Fine Arts Center atSaint Michael’s College. Admission $20 adults; $15 students and seniors. Tickets available at the door or online at flynntix.org. www.SolarisEnsemble.org
Sunday, Dec. 21
Chabad of Vermont presents a Chanukah Wonderland at the University Mall from noon to 5 p.m. Dreidel house, kids crafts, games, raffles, Menorah lighting at 4 p.m. [email protected] or 347-743-7130.
Thursday, Dec. 25
HOLIDAY DINNER FOR SENIORS
HANDS will host its 10th annual free Holiday Dinner for Seniors on Christmas Day from noon-3 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Burlington. A special gathering there at 1 p.m. for seniors. To reserve the free meal delivered to your home (either ham or vegetarian lasagna), call Champlain Valley Agency on Aging at 865-0360 by Dec. 18. After Dec. 18 or to reserve free transportation to the Elks Lodge, call Megan Humphrey at 864-7528 or email [email protected] www.handsvt.org.
Saturday, Dec. 27
BIRD MONITORING WALK
Experienced birders lead the monthly bird monitoring walk on the Bird of Vermont Museum’s property in Huntington from 8 to 9:45 a.m. Bring your own binoculars and dress for the weather. Walk ends with cocoa, coffee and tea at the Bird Viewing Window inside the Museum. Free, pre-register. www.birdsofvermont.org or 434-2167.
Sunday, Dec. 28
‘THE THIRD DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS’
Shelburne United Methodist Church presents a time of music and art beginning the morning worship service at 9:30 a.m. and continuing after that service, and again in the afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m. The event features the music of John Rutter. 985-3981.
Wednesday, Dec. 31
NEW YEAR’S EVE CONCERT
The Richmond Congregational Church in Richmond hosts a concert at 7:30 p.m. featuring Hannah Beth Crary, Hilary Stewart, the Fiddleheads and the Highland Weavers. Suggested donation of $10 per person. Proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Gillett Pond Save the Dam fund. For more information, contact Tim Whiteford at [email protected] or 434-4565.
Thursday, Jan. 1
BEETHOVEN’S NINTH SYMPHONY
The Green Mountain Mahler Festival presents its fifth annual performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on New Year’s Day under the direction of Daniel Bruce. The concert will take place at 3 p.m. at the Elley-Long Music Center in Colchester. Net proceeds will benefit the Vermont Family Network, a local organization that focuses on helping families with children with special needs. Vtmahler.org
Saturday, Jan. 3
TWELFTH NIGHT CELEBRATION
Essex Children’s Choir presents the annual Twelfth Night Celebration at 6:30 p.m. at the Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester. This joyful presentation of music brings to close the traditional celebration of Christmas. Donations accepted. In the event of incumbent weather the concert will be presented on Jan. 4 at 4:30 p.m. 862-9161 or www.essexchildrenschoirofvermoont.org
Tuesday, Jan. 6
CENTRAL VERMONT TROUT UNLIMITED CHAPTER MEETING
UVM biologist, Dr Ellen Marsden, will provide an update on the health of lake trout in Lake Champlain, and a trout project underway at Yellowstone at the Holiday Inn in South Burlington. Doors open at 6:30, meeting starts at 7 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.
‘SOCIAL MEDIA: PICKING THE RIGHT TOOLS’
NEFCU presents “Social Media—Picking the Right Tools” as part of the Score Roundtable Series from 5:30-7 p.m. at NEFCU’S Williston branch. Free, seating is limited. 879-8790 or nefcu.com.
Thursday, Jan. 8
CVU CELEBRATE THE ARTS NIGHT
Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg will host its sixth annual Celebrate The Arts Night from 6-7:30 p.m. Every student from CVU’s Intro through Advanced Placement Studio Art will be showing a piece they feel best represents their work from the semester, more than 450 pieces created by students. [email protected]
New England Federal Credit Union loan officer and financial counselor presents a workshop entitled “Budgeting to Maintain Your Creditworthiness” at NEFCU’s St. Albans branch from 5:30-7 p.m. Free, seating is limited. 879-8790 or nefcu.com. Learn how to set realistic financial goals, prioritize your bills, increase your wealth and eliminate your debt with a spending plan.
The Shelburne Museum’s new exhibition, “Natural Beauties: Jewelry From Art Nouveau to Now,” features 300 designs by world renowned jewelry designers including works from René Lalique, Tiffany & Co and Van Cleff & Arpel, as well as works by four Vermont artists. The exhibit will be on view until March 8, 2015 at the Shelburne Museum’s Pizzagalli Center for Art & Education.
The Great Hall in Springfield presents its fifth exhibition, “Fibrations! New England Fiber Art & Mixed-Media Invitational Exhibition.” The exhibition will be open through spring 2015. [email protected] or 885-3061.
New to the area? Newcomers Club is for you. Organized day trips, lunches, and dinners are a way to make friends and get acquainted with things in the community. The club meets Wednesdays, twice monthly, from September to June. For more information, call Dana Engel at 864-0766 or Orchard Corl at 985-3870.
CHAMPLAIN VALLEY PROSTATE SUPPORT GROUP
General discussion and sharing among survivors and those beginning or rejoining the battle from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hope Lodge in Burlington the second Tuesday of each month. 274-4990
PARENT & CHILD CLASSES
The Lake Champlain Waldorf School Parent & Child Classes provide a gentle and nurturing setting for families to come together and revel in the first three years of childhood. Circle time, organic snacks, infant massage and parent support for several age groups. The once a week classes begin the week of Dec. 1. Each session lasts for 10 weeks. The program takes place at the All Soul’s Interfaith Gathering, off of Botswick Road in Shelburne. Call Pam Graham with questions 985-2827 ext. 12 or [email protected] Registration forms are online: http://www.lakechamplainwaldorfschool.org/earlychildhood/parent-and-child/
The Burlington Bridge Academy at 156 Commerce Street in Williston holds weekly bridge events—Mondays at 7 p.m. is novice night, Tuesdays at 7 p.m. is an open game, Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. is open, Friday at 10 a.m. is open, bring your lunch. Cost for regular games is $6 per person, includes coffee and snacks. [email protected] or 425-3066. www.bridgewebs.com/BurlingtonAcademy/
Toastmasters of Greater Burlington helps locals develop your speaking and leadership skills and ace job interviews. The group meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month at the Holiday Inn in South Burlington.
Sambatucada is an all-volunteer samba street percussion band. It rehearses every Monday from 6-8:30 p.m. at the 8-Space Studio in Burlington. Rehearsals are initially free; regular members pay $40 a year in dues. The band regularly perform at First Night, Mardi Gras, July 3, Dragon Boat Races, COTS Walk, River of Light Parade and more. www.sambatucada.org or 862-5017.
FREE COMMUNITY DINNERS
The United Church of Hinesburg hosts free community dinners the last Friday of each month. Open to the public. Donations accepted for the Vermont Foodbank.
WILLISTON ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP
Emotional, educational and social support group for caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias meets at 5 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month at the Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont Chapter in Williston. 272-3900 or alz.org/Vermont.
ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP MEETING
A new support group strives to create a safe environment to provide emotional, educational and social support for caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. The group will be facilitated by two volunteers with the Alzheimer’s Association. Meetings will be held the third Thursday of every month from 10 to 11: 30 a.m. at Shaw’s Supermarket Community Meeting Room at the Shaw’s on Shelburne Road in South Burlington. (800) 272-3900.
DIVORCE CARE SUPPORT GROUP
Divorce is a tough road. Feelings of separation, betrayal, confusion, anger and self-doubt are common. But there is life after divorce. Led by people who have already walked down that road, we’d like to share with you a safe place and a process that can help make the journey easier. The 13-week Divorce Care Support Group (for men and women) will be offered on Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Sept. 9 – Dec. 2 at the Essex Alliance Community Center in Essex Junction. 425-7053.
Williston Richmond Rotary club meets for breakfast every Thursday from 7:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the Federated Church in Williston. Breakfast is $8. [email protected] or visit www.willistonrotary.org.
RICHMOND FREE LIBRARY EVENTS
Visit richmondfreelibraryvt.org to get connected to the calendar and check events, sign up to get newsletters and announcements via email, locate online services and materials.
ISLAM Q & A SESSIONS
The Islamic Society of Vermont presents an informative series of question and answer sessions about all aspects of Islam. The informal conversation groups will meet twice per month for friendly dialogue at Fletcher Free Library in Burlington. 865-7211.
ESSEX ART LEAGUE
The Essex Art League meets the first Thursday of the month, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Essex Junction Congregational Church. The agenda includes a business and social time, and features a guest artist presentation. www.essexartleague.com.
BLOOD DONORS NEEDED
Blood donors are urgently needed. Walk in or by appointment. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. to 1p.m. Saturdays. www.redcrossblood.org.
CANCER SUPPORT GROUP
The Northwest Vermont Cancer Prayer and Support Network will host a spiritually based support group, held Essex Center United Methodist Church the fourth Monday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. [email protected].
CANCER SURVIVOR CLASSES
Join the wellness classes at Survivorship NOW, created by cancer survivors for cancer survivors. 777-1126 or www.survivorshipnowVT.org.
CENTERPOINT PARENT SUPPORT GROUP
Centerpoint Parent Support Group meets Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. at the Centerpoint. 488-7712.
FLETCHER FREE LIBRARY PROGRAMS
The Fletcher Free Library in Burlington presents a variety of programs, free and open to the public, which include film screenings, book discussions, lectures and workshops. Contact 865-7211 for program details.
VERMONT COMMUNITY ACCESS MEDIA
All Vermont Community Access Media workshops are free and available to those living and working in the service area. Workshops are held at the VCAM studio in Burlington. For schedule or for more information, call 651-9692 or visit www.vermontcam.org.
The VNA offers year-round fatherhood education classes in collaboration with the HowardCenter and Vermont Adult Learning, targeted to help dads of children age birth to six become better parents, partners and providers for their families.
www.vnacares.org/fatherhood or 860-4420.
GREEN MOUNTAIN CARE BOARD PUBLIC MEETINGS
GMCB holds public meetings from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesdays or Thursdays. 828-2177.
BURLINGTON ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETINGS
The Burlington Walk/Bike Council (BWBC), an all-volunteer advisory council to the City of Burlington, meets the fourth Thursday of every month at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall Room 12. http://burlingtonwalkbike.org/
Mount Mansfield Scale Modelers will meet the third Thursday of every month at Brownell Library in Essex Junction from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 879-0765.