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Saturday, Nov. 28 – Sunday Nov. 29. Albany Berkshire Ballet presents “The Nutcracker” with 130 local Vermont children at Flynn Center For The Performing Arts. Saturday at 3 and 7 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m. flynntix.org or call 863-5966.
BIRD MONITORING WALKS
Saturday, Nov. 28. Experienced birders, walks in the woods, and bird-friendly coffee the last Saturday of every month from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at the Birds of Vermont Museum in Huntington. Bring your own binoculars and dress for the weather. Free, pre-register. www.birdsofvermont.org
CHRISTMAS CRAFT SHOW
Saturday, Nov. 28. Grace United Methodist Church in Essex Junction will hold its annual Christmas Craft Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Homemade soup, sandwiches, desserts crafts and more. 879-7943 or 878-8071.
Sunday, Nov. 29. The second grade girls in Brownie Troop 30921 will be collecting bottles to fund its overnight trip to ECHO in the spring. Place bottles in a bag labeled “Brownies” at the end of your driveway.Scouts will collect in neighborhoods of Sunrise, Southridge, Brennan Woods, Turtle Pond Road, Pleasant Acres, Wildflower Circle, Southfield Drive, Chamberlin Drive, Ledgewood, Katie Lane and Lamplite Lane. To request another pick-up location, email KatieFieldsend@gmail.com.
ROOTS OF LATIN JAZZ
Wednesday, Dec. 2. Renowned recording artist, composer, and educator Ray Vega will examine the contributions of Latino American musicians who helped create Latin Jazz in a talk at Brownell Library in Essex Junction at 7:00 pm. His talk, “Roots of Latin Jazz,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public. vermonthumanities.org.
‘PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK’
Thursday, Dec. 3. United Way Women’s Leadership Council presents ”Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life & Times of Katrina Gilbert” film screening and panel discussion about the life of one mother whose struggles illuminate the challenges faced by many women and their children from 5-7:30 p.m. at Main Street Landing Film House in Burlington. Suggested $5 or food donation. https://paycheckmovie.eventbrite.com
SURVEILLANCE DRONES PRESENTATION
Thursday, Dec. 3. The Vermont Peace & Justice Center presents a basic overview of the history of surveillance in the U.S., how it is currently used, privacy laws, surveillance drone technology and more at 6 p.m. at 60 Lake Street, Burlington.
BURLINGTON GARDEN CLUB FUNDRAISER
Thursday, Dec. 3 Burlington Garden Club hosts a holiday luncheon and fundraiser, including a plant and bulb sale, bake sale and silent auction from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at Faith United Methodist Church in South Burlington. $10 admission. 489-5485.
BURLINGTON TREE AWARD CEREMONY
Thursday, Dec. 3. Celebrate some of Burlington’s trees at the 16th Awesome Tree Contest Award Ceremony at the Burlington Municipal Building, located at 645 Pine Street, at 6 p.m. Free. Pizza and home-made desserts. RSVP by Nov. 25 to Margaret Skinner, firstname.lastname@example.org or 656-5440.
OPEN ENROLLMENT EVENT
Friday, Dec. 4. Vermont Health Connect is hosting an enrollment event at the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library from 4-6 p.m. Get free, in-person information and support enrolling in health insurance coverage from an experienced navigator. email@example.com or 860-1417, Ext. 115.
FESTIVAL OF CHOIRS
Saturday, Dec. 5. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Essex Junction hosts an Interfaith Musical Community Celebration of Christ featuring 10 local choirs, beginning at 6 p.m. Free admission.
FAT BIKE DAY
Saturday, Dec. 5. The Fellowship of the Wheel, The Old Spokes Home and MTBVT.com will host the second annual Global Fat Bike Day celebration at the Catamount Outdoor Family Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. www.fotwheel.org/calendar/ or www.MTBVT.com.
Saturday, Dec. 5. The Family Place’s 13th Annual Gingerbread Festival will be held from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Tracy Hall in Norwich. Display of more than 80 gingerbread houses, silent auction, demonstrations, cookie decorating and more. $10 per family, $5 per individual to benefit The Family Place. 649-3268 or email Gingerbread@the-family-place.org
Saturday, Dec. 5. Deaf Vermont Advocacy Services will hold its annual Soup Festival and Silent Auction in conjunction with the Vermont Association of the Deaf’s Holiday Party from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Barre Old Labor Hall. $10, free for children 10 and under. firstname.lastname@example.org or 661-4091.
CHRISTMAS TREE SALE
Saturday, Dec. 5 – Sunday, Dec. 6. The second annual Christmas tree sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at All Breed Rescue in Williston to benefit Lund and All Breed Rescue. $35 minimum donation for a tree. Bring a non-perishable food donation for the food shelf or a donation for dog rescue and get a free poinsettia.
MIRACLE ON MAIN STREET
Saturday, Dec. 5 – Sunday, Dec. 6. The Living Hope Christian Church in Williston will hold a Christmas musical that blends contemporary songs with traditional carols. Sung by children and featuring the Living Hope Puppets. Free. Shows Saturday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. www.livinghopevt.com
BELLA VOCE CONCERT
Friday, Dec. 5 – Saturday, Dec. 6. Bella Voce Women’s Chorus of Vermont will perform two Feast of Carols holiday concerts—Saturday at 8 p.m. and on Sunday at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Burlington. $18 general seating, $15 seniors and students. www.flynntix.org
Saturday, Dec. 5. Shelburne UMC will host its Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Handmade crafts by local artisans, recycled sweater shop, bake sale, silent auction, Fair Trade products, lunch 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 985-3981 or shelburneumc.org/
Saturday, Dec. 5 – Sunday, Dec. 6. Theatre Kavanah will hold auditions for “Brundibar: A Musical Tale” Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Contois Auditorium in Burlington’s City Hall. Performances in March. theatrekavanah.org/auditions
WILLISTON TREE LIGHTING
Sunday, Dec. 6. The annual Williston holiday tree lighting will be held at 5 p.m. in the Williston Town Gazebo. Caroling with WCS’s Vaietones, hot cocoa, baked goods. Sponsored by the Williston Girl Scouts. 777-5298.
LIGHT THE NIGHT
Sunday, Dec. 6. Chabad of Vermont hosts a Menorah lighting on the UVM Green at the coner of Main and South Prospect streets in Burlington at 5:30 p.m. Food and souvenirs for kids. www.chabadvt.org or 658-5770.
Sunday, Dec. 6. Cathedral Arts presents “Heavenly Light,” a concert by The Vermont Choral Union at 3 p.m. at St Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Burlington. From medieval chant to the a cappella music from Renaissance times to the present, the Choral Union gives voice to ancient texts and traditional carols to depict the warmth and glow of morning light. Admission $17 for adults, $12 for seniors and students, free for youth 15 and under, with ticketed adult.
www.flynntix.org or 863-5966.
Monday, Dec. 7 – Tuesday, Dec. 8. Lost Nation Theater hosts general and youth auditions, ages 12 and up, for its 2016 season-opening show “Hairspray.” Prepare a short monologue, 16-32 bars of a song and optional short dance sequence. Bring a headshot and resume. Times by appointment at Montpelier City Hall Arts Center. 802-229-0492 or email@example.com
Wednesday, Dec. 9. Trinity Baptist Church in Williston hosts a community Christmas tree lighting and carol sing at 6:30 p.m. in the church’s courtyard. Cookies and hot chocolate after the caroling. Tbcvt.org or 878-8118.
Saturday, Dec. 12. St. James Episcopal Church in Essex Junction will host the Very Merry Madrigal Feast; a festival of music, drama, laughter, fun and feasting, at 6 p.m. Reservations required. firstname.lastname@example.org or 879-5258 or email to reserve your seat at the table. $30 per person.
GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA
Saturday, Dec. 12. The Glenn Miller Orchestra will perform at the Chandler Music Hall in Randolph at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for $25 for adults, $5 for students. www.chandler-arts.org
Sunday, Dec. 20. Schola, an 18-member men’s singing group, will perform
a concert of Gregorian chant, organ solos and seasonal carols in Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel at Saint Michael’s College at 3 p.m. Free.
BIRD MONITORING WALKS
Saturday, Dec. 26. Experienced birders, walks in the woods, and bird-friendly coffee the last Saturday of every month from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at the Birds of Vermont Museum in Huntington. Bring your own binoculars and dress for the weather. Free, pre-register. www.birdsofvermont.org
THIRD THURSDAY SERIES
The Vermont Historical Society will offer presentations about historic topics over the lunch hour the third Thursday of each month at the Vermont History Museum at 109 State Street in Montpelier. Talks held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Snelling Room at the Vermont History Museum. vermonthistory.org/calendar
The Essex Alliance Church hosts a 12-step faith-based recovery program every Thursday night from 7 to 9 p.m. Multiple support groups for both men and women on subjects such as chemical dependency, co-dependency, sex addiction and pornography, food issues and overcoming abuse. All 18+ are welcome, no childcare. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. email@example.com.
GREATER BURLINGTON SOCIAL TENNIS LEAGUE
League matches will be played at South Burlington High School on Wednesday nights from 6-8 p.m. ustanewengland.com/BurlingtonSocialTennisLeague
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
The Burlington Bridge Club at 600 Blair Park Road, Suite 120 in Williston holds weekly bridge events. Games are held Monday and Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:15 a.m. Special newcomers games Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. Cost for regular games is $6 per person, includes coffee and snacks. Burlingtonbridgeclub@outlook.com or 872-5722.
Women gather for a time of crafts and fellowship at Essex Alliance Church twice a month Wednesday evenings. For more information and times, contact Deb Schonberg at 238-2291.
CHITTENDEN COUNTY CHESS CLUB
Play chess against a human, not a computer. The club meets at 7 p.m. on Thursdays in Room 202 in the Joyce Learning Center, Champlain College, Burlington. Experts and novices welcome. $2 nightly fee. 324-1143 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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. 782-4832.
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.
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@example.com or visit www.willistonrotary.org.
Newcomers’ Club welcomes people new to the Burlington area. It meets the third Wednesday of the month and offer programs from museum visits to home concerts to book sharing. It is a good way to meet new friends and to get acquainted with the community. 854-0766 or 985-3870.
LA LECHE LEAGUE
Come meet other nursing moms—share your knowledge and get your questions answered. Meeting are the second Tuesday of every month from10:15 – 11:45 a.m. at the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington. 879-3000 or www.lllmarivt.org
NURSING BEYOND A YEAR
Nursing beyond a year? Join other moms to discuss the joys and challenges of an older nursling. Discussion topics include nighttime parenting, benefits, setting limits, weaning. Bring a snack to share. Toys available. Meetings are the fourth Wednesday of each month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Aikido of Champlain Valley in Burlington. 879-3000 or www.lllmarivt.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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.