November 26, 2014

Events & Happenings

Saturday, Nov. 29

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.

CHRISTMAS CRAFT SHOW

Grace United Methodist Church in Essex Junction will hold a Christmas craft show on from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Soup and sandwiches, baked goods, Vermont maple syrup, crafts and more. 878-8071.

 

Saturday, Nov. 29 – Sunday, Nov. 30

‘THE NUTCRACKER’

More than 120 local dance students from 33 Vermont towns will perform with professional dancers from across the globe on the Flynn Main Stage. Performances are set for Saturday at 3 and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. www.Flynntix.org or 863-5966.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 2

UNIVERSITY CATAMOUNT SINGERS

The University Catamount Singers, under the direction of Professor Erin Grainger, perform their annual concert from noon to 1:15 p.m. at St. Paul’s Cathedral. Free and open to the public.

 

Thursday, Dec. 4

HOLIDAY TEA

The Burlington Garden Club hosts its annual Holiday Tea, with a bake sale and silent auction, at the Faith Methodist United Church in South Burlington from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission $8. [email protected] or 343-0847.

DANCE END-OF-SEMESTER SHOWING

Presentation of class projects and independent student work at the University of Vermont Southwick Ballroom 301 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. 

Free and open to the public. [email protected]

BURLINGTON AWESOME TREE CONTEST

Branch Out Burlington! hosts its Awesome Tree Contest Awards Ceremony and Annual Meeting at 6 p.m. at the Burlington Municipal Building. 660-2673 or [email protected]

EVENING ARTISAN MARKET

Lake Champlain Waldorf School invites adults and older teens to its Artisan Market from 6:30 to 9 p.m. More than 60 artisans, wreath decorating, savory treats and live music. 985-2827.

 

Saturday, Dec. 6

TRAIN SHOW

The 21st Annual Winooski Scholarship Train Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Winooski Educational Center, raising money for the Winooski Dollars for Scholars program and student activities. Adult admission is $5, ages 6-12 are $1, children under 6 get in free.

WINTER’S EVE AT THE ETHAN ALLEN HOMESTEAD

Come Calling on Ethan and Fanny Allen at a recreated winter’s evening at the Ethan Allen Homestead from 4 to 7 p.m. Learn 18th century dances, learn to write with quill and ink, make 18th century toys, take a tour of the homestead.

Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for children 6-12, free for children under 6. 865-4556 or [email protected]

BASIC GENETIC GENEALOGY

Ed McGuire will identify what DNA testing can provide, which tests to take, which companies to use and what kind of answers these tests can provide from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Vermont Genealogy Library in Colchester. $5. www.vtgenlib.org or 310-9285.

HOLIDAY BAZAAR

The First Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington hosts it 82nd annual holiday bazaar from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Baked goods, books, toys, kids’ books, household goods, beautiful holiday greens, silent auction, children’s gift making workshop from 9 a.m. to noon, lunch.

FESTIVAL OF CHOIRS

The 13th annual Festival of Choirs will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Essex Junction at 6 p.m. This holiday performance is free and open to the public.

HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR

THE Shelburne United Methodist Church will host its annual holiday craft fair from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. More than 40 tables of local artisan and crafters’ wares, along with lunch offerings.

HOLIDAY FAIR

Lake Champlain Waldorf School hosts its annual holiday fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Artisan market, holiday singing, children’s craft making, storytelling, magical activities, games, African drumming, homemade bistro food and more. 985-2827.

‘WILL’

Vermont Shakespeare Company presents a staged reading of “Will” by Jon Glascoe at 7 p.m. ay The Off Center for the Dramatic Arts in Burlington. (877) 874-1911. Tickets $15.

www.vermontshakespeare.org

 

Friday, Dec. 5 – Saturday, Dec. 6

‘HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS’

Collaborating with the Vergennes Opera House, the Saint Michael’s Playhouse will present “Home for the Holidays,” the fourth annual holiday benefit show to raise funds for the non-profit theater company’s 2015 summer season. Performances are Friday at Vergennes Opera House at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at Saint Michael’s Playhouse at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. www.saintmichaelsplayhouse.org.

 

Saturday, Dec. 6 – Sunday, Dec. 7

HOLIDAY CONCERT

Bella Voce performs “Ceremony of Carols” festive holiday concerts Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 7 at 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Burlington. Tickets $18 general admission, $15 senior citizens and students. Available in advance at flynntix.org. Learn more at www.bellavocevt.org or 999-8881.

BENEFIT TREE SALE

A Christmas tree sale at Nate’s Automotive in Essex benefits All Breed Rescue and the HowardCenter Holiday Gift Giving Project. Sale hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Sunday, Dec. 7

HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING

The Williston Girl Scouts will host Williston’s annual community holiday tree lighting at 5 p.m. at the town gazebo in the Historic Village. Caroling, hot cocoa, baked snacks. Park at Williston Central School.

WINTER’S WARM MUSIC: A CELEBRATION OF YULETIDE

The University Concert Choir and Catamount Singers sing music that has inspired and entertained countless generations at the Marble Court at the Robert Hull Fleming Museum at UVM from 2 to 3 p.m. Free admission to concert only.

SUMMIT SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE

The Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture in Montpelier will host an open house, potluck, live performances and jam sessions with teachers and students from 5 – 7 p.m. [email protected] or 917-1186.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 9

CHASING CHICKENS-COLORADO GROUSE

Eric Hynes, a professional tour guide who has led birding groups from Australia to Alaska, will describe his experiences exploring Colorado searching for North America’s Birds of Paradise—Prairie Chickens, Sage Grouse, Sharp-tailed Grouse, and Dusky Grouse—at the Pierson Library in Shelburne at 6:30 p.m.

 

 

Wednesday, Dec. 10

EFFICIENCY VERMONT COMMUNITY FORUM

Efficiency Vermont is hosting a community forum to get feedback from Vermonters on how best to develop their program plans for the next three years at Camel’s Hump Middle School in Richmond from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jim Merriam, Director of Efficiency Vermont, will present and moderate the forum. It is free and open to the public and a light supper will be provided. If you plan to attend you can register at www.efficiencyvermont.com/communityforums or call (888) 921-5990.

 

Monday, Dec. 15

FRIENDS OF BROWNELL LIBRARY MEETING

The Friends of the Brownell Library will hold its annual meeting at the library from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Community members who value the Brownell Library and its programs are invited for light refreshments, to learn more about the group’s activities and take some free books. [email protected]

 

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.

 

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.

 

ONGOING

 

CVU NORDIC SKI TEAM ONLINE AUCTION

The annual CVU Nordic ski team online auction will be open from Nov. 22 – Dec. 7. Visit the online website at www.32auctions.com/cvunordic to view and bid on array of featured products including gourmet food, flowers, garden supplies, experiences including dining, lodging, skiing, golf, and yoga, and salon, spa, handyman, automotive and veterinary services. All proceeds will go towards wax, equipment, and uniforms for Vermont’s largest, all inclusive, Nordic ski team. Contact coach Sarah Strack for more information at [email protected]

 

‘NATURAL BEAUTIES’

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.

 

CRAFTERS WANTED

Ascension Church in Georgia is looking for crafters for its Craft Fair on Nov. 29 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Anyone interested in renting a table is asked to contact Andrea Milne at 578-8043 or [email protected]

 

‘CRADLE AND ALL’ EXHIBIT

Burlington City Arts announces its new exhibition, “Cradle and All,” at Vermont Metro Gallery on Church Street. “Cradle and All” features work by Leslie Fry (mixed media), Alexandra Heller (sculpture), Nissa Kauppila (painting) and Susan Smereka (mixed media). The exhibition runs through Nov. 29.

 

‘FIBRATIONS’ EXHIBIT

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.

 

NEWCOMERS CLUB

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/early_childhood/parent-and-child/

 

BRIDGE CLUB

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

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 REHEARSAL

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. http://www.sambatucada.org/ or 862-5017.

 

FREE COMMUNITY DINNERS

The United Church of Hinesburg hosts free community dinners the last Friday of each month (exceptions are Aug. 22, Oct. 24 and Nov. 14). 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

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.

 

FATHERHOOD EDUCATION

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/

 

SCALE MODELERS

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.