Dec. 5, 2013
Thursday, Dec. 5
The Vermont Italian Club hosts a Tuscany Talk and Photo Show by Dawn Terrill, at the McClure Multigenerational Center in Burlington. 7-9 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 5 – Sunday, Dec. 8
Essex Community Players presents “Christmas Decorations,” an original musical review created by Carol Wheel and Walter Mahany of Essex. Performances Thursday – Saturday at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. at Memorial Hall in Essex Center. $10 for adults; $5 for children 12 and under. www.essexplayers.com or 878-9109.
Friday, Dec. 6
BURLINGTON GARDEN CLUB’S HOLIDAY TEA
The Burlington Garden Club will host its fourth annual holiday tea and craft fair from 2 – 4 p.m. at Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. A formal tea with tea sandwiches, finger desserts, savories and tea is served. $5 suggested donation for scholarships and civic beautification projects.
FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK
More than 40 venues will stay open late for December’s First Friday Art Walk in Burlington. www.artmapburlington.com. 264-4839 or [email protected]
The UVM Lane Series will present its final concert before the UVM winter break on at 7:30 p.m. with Lionheart, vocal music from the Italian lauda tradition. Tickets are $35 adults, $15 for students. 656-4455. www.uvm.edu/laneseries.
The St. Thomas sixth grade religious education class will sponsor a multicultural dinner at 6 p.m.in the St. Thomas parish hall. By donation. All proceeds from the dinner will go to Typhoon Haiyan relief. 899-4632.
Friday, Dec. 6 – Sunday, Dec. 15
‘IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE’
The Lamoille County Players present holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” Dec. 6-7 and 13-14 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 8 and 15 at 2 p.m. Hyde Park Opera House. $18 adults; $12 students and seniors. www.LCPlayers.com or 888-4507.
Saturday, Dec. 7
First Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington holds its annual holiday bazaar from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Baked goods, books, toys, kids’ books, household goods, holiday greens, silent auction, lunch, craft vendors. 288-9566.
BELLA VOCE WOMEN’S CHORUS OF VERMONT HOLIDAY CONCERT
Ring in the holidays with the Bella Voce Women’s Chorus of Vermont along with handbell ensemble Northern Bronze. 7 p.m. $18 general admission, $15 students and seniors. First Baptist Church, 81 St. Paul Street, Burlington. www.bellavocevt.org.
Shelburne United Methodist Church will hold its Christmas bazaar and luncheon from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Crafts, quilts, jewelry, pottery, baked goods, silent auction. 985-3981.
ENERGY AND CLIMATE ACTION CONFERENCE
The Annual Vermont Community Energy and Climate Action Conference is set for 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Lake Morey Inn in Fairlee. This year’s conference focuses on getting serious about climate action in Vermont by strengthening partnerships and advancing total energy solutions. www.regonline.com/2013VTEnergy
The 20th annual Winooski Scholarship Train Show, held at the Winooski Educational Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., benefits the Winooski Dollars for Scholars program. Adults $5, ages 6-12 $1, children under 6 free when accompanied by an adult.
WINOOKSI’S FAVORITE HAUNTS
Local author and historian Thea Lewis presents “Exploring Ghosts Through History: Winooski’s Favorite Haunts,” a peek at the Winooski’s spirited past through stories and photos. Lewis is the creator of Queen City Ghost Walks and the author of three books. 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Vermont Genealogy Library in Colchester. Free.
‘CHRISTMAS THROUGH THE YEARS’
Living Hope Christian Church holds “Christmas Through the Years,” a puppet musical with a Christmas message. Craft making and refreshments following the show. Free. www.livinghopevt.com or 862-2108.
‘A HOME BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS’ ADOPTION EVENT
Potter’s Angel Rescue will hold a dog parade and adoption event at the Shelburne Town Gym in the town offices from noon to 4 p.m. Submit an application ahead of time to adopt at the event. Donations of crates, leashes, collars toys and blankets also accepted. www.pottersangelsrescue.org.
COUNTDOWN TO COVERAGE
Community meeting for those purchasing health insurance plans on their own through Vermont Health Connect in Champlain Valley Union High School’s computer lab from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Advanced 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., mainstream and plus 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Faith United Methodist Church. 985-2012, 878-2485 or www.lakechamplainsquares.org.
RECYCLED CRAFT WORKSHOP
The Winooski Valley Park District hosts a recycled craft workshop at the Ethan Allen Homestead from 10 a.m. to noon. Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to COTS.
Saint Michael’s Playhouse presents a benefit for the summer 2014 Playhouse season at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the McCarthy Arts Center. Favorite performers from the summer Playhouse will take to the stage for a holiday benefit. $27. www.saintmichaelsplayhouse.org.
Sunday, Dec. 8
BELLA VOCE WOMEN’S CHORUS OF VERMONT HOLIDAY CONCERT
Ring in the holidays with the Bella Voce Women’s Chorus of Vermont along with handbell ensemble Northern Bronze. 3 p.m. $18 general admission, $15 students and seniors. First Baptist Church, 81 St. Paul Street, Burlington. www.bellavocevt.org.
ST. MIKE’S SWIM CLINIC
The Saint Michael’s Swimming and Diving Team is holding a co-ed stroke clinic for children ages 8 and older from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Current St. Mike’s swimmers will provide technique training for all four strokes, flip-turns, starts and additional race skills. Lessons are $25 for an hour or $40 for two hours per swimmer. All proceeds go to the Saint Michael’s Swimming and Diving Team. [email protected]
‘UNTO US A CHILD’
The Vermont Choral Union present a concert telling of “light that shines in the darkness and of a child to be born of a virgin mother” at St. Paul’s Cathedral at 3 p.m. Adults $17; students/seniors $12; children free. 864-0471.
RICE OPEN HOUSE
Interested families with students of all ages are invited to explore Rice Memorial High School from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 862-6521, ext. 235 or [email protected]
COUNTRY BENEFIT BREAKFAST
The St. Thomas Knights of Columbus Council #7810 will hold a country breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. in the parish hall. Juice, fruit, eggs, pancakes, sausage, bacon, home fries, coffee or tea. By donation. Proceeds from this breakfast will benefit the Philippine Relief effort. 899-4632.
Monday, Dec. 9 – Tuesday, Dec. 10
Lost Nation Theater is hosting its general auditions for the 2014 season. Actors/singers/movers should prepare two contrasting monologues and 16 bars of a song (optional) no longer than two minutes total. Bring a headshot and resume. Roles open in most shows. Auditions by appointment 5:30 – 8 p.m. at Montpelier City Hall Arts Center. 229-0492 or [email protected]
Tuesday, Dec. 10
PROSTRATE SUPPORT GROUP
The Champlain Valley Prostate Cancer Support Group will meet at Hope Lodge in Burlington from 6 to 8 p.m. 274-4990.
Thursday, Dec. 12
ALZHEIMER’S WARNING SIGNS
The Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont Chapter presents “Know the 10 Warning Signs: Early Detection Matters” at its Williston office. The warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease, like memory loss or behavioral changes, are often dismissed as side effects of normal aging. Early detection gives you a chance to begin drug therapy, enroll in clinical studies and plan for the future. Free. Registration recommended. [email protected] or 272-3900.
AWESOME TREE CONTEST AWARDS CEREMONY
The Branch Out Burlington Awesome Tree Contest Award Ceremony will be held at the Department of Parks and Recreation in Burlington at 6 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 13
The Oriana Singers and Orchestra present the complete 1754 Foundling Hospital version of “Messiah” with soloists Sarah Cullins, Mary Bonhag, Wendy Hoffman, Adam Hall and Gary Moreau. 7:30 p.m. at Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Burlington. Adult $25, student $10. www.flynntix.org.
Queen City Contras will hold its regular dance at 8 p.m. at Edmunds School Gymnasium in Burlington. All are welcome, all dances taught, no partner or experience necessary. Beginners’ session at 7:45. Admission is $8 adults. Under 12 free. Bring clean, soft-soled shoes for dancing. 371-9492 or 343-7165. www.queencitycontras.org
Friday, Dec. 13 – Saturday, Dec. 14
The First Baptist Church of Shelburne will hold two live Nativity performances—Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Twenty-minute dramatizations with several scenes, carols, refreshments.
Saturday, Dec. 14
A craft fair at Stowe High School with 40 Vermont vendors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. benefits Therapy Dogs of Vermont. Food and raffle tickets available. Free.
WINTER’S EVE CELEBRATION
The Ethan Allen Homestead hosts its Winter’s Eve Celebration. Eighteenth-century group dances, live music, historical demonstrations, craft activities, lantern-lit tour of the Allen House with historical presentations. 865-4556 or [email protected]
HOLIDAY ICE SHOW
Leddy Park Arena will host its third annual figure skating holiday show at 3 p.m., featuring local skaters at all levels showcasing holiday themed routines. Admission is free, donations accepted, all proceeds go to the COTS foundation.
HEALTH CARE FORUM
Fletcher Free Library will host a program from 11 a.m. to noon in the Pickering Room to provide information to Vermonters about free assistance that is available to all Vermonters when problems arise with health care insurance and access to health care services. 1-800-917-7787.
YULETIDE CONCERT AND CAROL SING-A-LONG
A holiday concert featuring favorite carols and festive music of the season performed by the Green Mountain Celts and the Good Shepherd Contemporary Praise Band and Choir at Good Shepard Lutheran Church in Jericho at 7 p.m. Donations welcomed to benefit People Helping People Global. 434-3233.
Sunday, Dec. 15
The Hinesburg Artist Series presents its annual community Christmas concert at 4:30 p.m. in the St. Jude Church. Traditional and contemporary Christmas songs. Free, donations accepted. Bring a non-perishable item for the food shelf.
Monday, Dec. 16
TAX EXEMPTION LEGISLATION
The special interim Property Tax Exemption Study Committee has draft legislation that would make statutory changes to property tax exemptions for certain nonprofits. A public hearing will be held in the State House on at 1 pm in Room 11. Written testimony is accepted to accommodate those who cannot attend the hearing. http://www.leg.state.vt.us/legdir/CommitteeInfo.cfm?CommitteeID=286
Wednesday, Dec. 18
Kelley Marketing Group Monthly Meeting
Professionals in marketing and communications gather over breakfast and offer ideas to a local non-profit organization. New members welcome. 7:45 a.m. Ireland room 217, Champlain College.
Thursday, Dec. 19
WINTER SOLSTICE STROLL
The Winooski Valley Park District hosts a stroll through the woods at Woodside Park in Essex at 3 p.m. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy footwear. [email protected] or 863-5744.
CVU NORDIC ONLINE AUCTION
The CVU Nordic Ski Team is holding its annual online auction Nov. 20 – Dec. 4. CVU Nordic has grown to be one of the largest in the state with over 80 boys and girls from Charlotte, Hinesburg, Shelburne, St. George and Williston. Funds raised from the auction will cover additional coaching staff, uniforms, waxes and training equipment. Auction includes food, dining, sport and travel items. www.biddingforgood.com/cvunordic
A community playgroup for children birth through age 5 and their caregivers is held at Allen Brook School Fridays from 9:30-11a.m. Age-appropriate toys, arts and crafts and circle time with songs and stories. Contact Danielle Brown, [email protected] or 876-7555.
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 fourth Tuesday of every month at the Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont Chapter in Williston. 272-3900 or alz.org/Vermont.
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.
The Emile A Gruppe Gallery in Jericho presents an exhibition of creations from 16 artists of the Caspian Arts. Works include fine art in watercolor, oils and acrylics, kiln-fired glass, bronzes, ceramics, fiber and jewelry. The exhibition is from Nov. 21 through Dec. 22. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. www.emilegruppegallery.com.
‘WORDS AND MEDIA’ EXHIBIT
Vermont art group Strength in Numbers presents exhibit “A Mixing of Words and Media” at the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington Dec. 15 – Jan. 30. Reception, December 15, 12:30-2:00pm in the Pickering Room.
LAKE CHAMPLAIN CLEANUP PUBLIC MEETING
EPA, in conjunction with the State of Vermont, is holding a series of six public meetings in December to discuss proposals for reducing water pollution that is degrading Lake Champlain and its tributaries.
Meetings set for: Dec. 2, 2– 4 p.m., Bliss Room, St Albans Historical Society; Dec. 2, 7– 9 p.m., Swanton Municipal Building; Dec. 3 9:30– 11:30 a.m., Auditorium at the Pavilion Building, Montpelier; Dec. 10, 2 – 4 p.m., ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center, Burlington; Dec. 10, 7– 9 p.m., Founders Room, Middlebury Inn; Dec. 11 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Fox Room, Rutland Free Library.
DIVORCE CARE SUPPORT GROUP
The 13-week Divorce Care Support Group (for men and women) will be offered on Wednesday evenings, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Sept. 11 – Dec. 4 at the Essex Alliance Community Center, 37 Old Stage Road, Essex Jct. For more information and to register, call Sandy 425-7053.
GLOBAL LENS FILM SERIES
Burlington City Arts and the Fletcher Free Library present the 2013 Global Lens Film Series, with monthly screenings of narrative feature films from Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East at the Fletcher Free Library and The BCA Center through December. Donations accepted. Full schedule at www.burlingtoncityarts.org.
FREE ZUMBA CLASSES
Free Zumba classes for women Mondays 7-8 p.m. at Community Alliance Church, Hinesburg. Donations accepted for the Hinesburg Food Shelf. [email protected]
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.
UVM FILM SERIES
The University of Vermont Film Series, which features movies that focus on how the human body is used in film, will be shown at the Billings Lecture Hall on the UVM campus, Thursdays, once a month beginning at 6 p.m. Film Series memberships fees and film titles and dates can be found at www.uvm.edu/laneseries.
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/
WALDORF PARENT & CHILD CLASSES
The Lake Champlain Waldorf School in Shelburne offers Parent & Child Classes for children ages 0 – 3 and their caregivers. The ongoing classes meet once a week, Mon-Fri, for 10-week sessions. Enjoy circle time, organic snacks and community. 985-2827 or www.LakeChamplainWaldorfSchool.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.