FRIDAY, DEC. 19
Temple Sinai in South Burlington will hold a special family service at 5:30 p.m., immediately followed by an annual potluck great brisket bake-off. Music and entertainment by Robert & Gigi. Fun for all ages. Judy 862-5125 or email@example.com.
The Vergennes Opera House’s Friday Night Flicks movie series continues at 7:30 p.m., with the modern holiday classic “Elf,” starring Will Ferrell. Bring a non-perishable food donation for a reduced ticket price. Tickets $5 per person or $15 for family of four. 877-6737.
SATURDAY, DEC. 20
Burlington Winter Farmers’ Market, Memorial Auditorium, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Twenty-five area farmers offer a variety of locally-grown vegetables, eggs, cheese, maple syrup, jams, pickles and more. The market also features handmade pottery, woven scarves, jewelry and more. 888-889-8188.
THURSDAY, DEC. 25
HOLIDAY DINNER FOR SENIORS
A free holiday dinner for seniors will be held at 1 p.m. at Burlington High School. Free transportation available. Seniors do not have to live in Burlington to attend. To reserve a sit down meal or delivery, call Champlain Valley Agency on Aging 865-0360. To donate or volunteer, contact Megan Humphrey 864-7528 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TUESDAY, DEC. 30
DONATE YOUR CAR
Good News Garage Donated Cars Drop-off Day. The Garage will accept donated vehicles from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Burlington. Please bring your title. Enjoy music, treats and beverages when you donate. All vehicles will be accepted. Information: 877-448-3288 or www.goodnewsgarage.org.
SATURDAY, JAN. 3
WILLISTON OFF-SEASON MARKET
Local produce, specialty prepared foods and unique one-of-a kind gifts available, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Market located in the Williston National Guard Armory. Christina Mead 872-7728, email@example.com, www.willistonfarmersmarket.com.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 7
AN EVENING OF CONVERSATION
Hal Colston, founder of Good News Garage and “Neighborkeepers” program in Chittenden County, will discuss exploring dimensions of white privilege at First Unitarian Universalist Society in Burlington, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. S. Linskey 879-0576.
History professor Sylvie Beaudreau presents “Remembering Samuel de Champlain: His Legacy after 400 Years,” part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series at Fletcher Free Library in Burlington at 7 p.m. Call 865-7211 or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802-262-2626 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.vermonthumanities.org.
BECOME A MENTOR
Make a difference in a child’s life through the Howard Center’s Community Friends Mentoring program. Discover ways to play while enriching a child’s life and building a friendship to last a lifetime. Join Community Friend’s legacy by contacting Kristen Hayden-West 488-6650 or email@example.com.
MASTER GARDENER’S COURSE
Register to learn about insects, turf, flowering plants, soils, veggies, landscape design and more. Feb. 3 – April 28. Call 656-9562 for locations.
NOON TIME CONCERTS
A noon concert series will be held on Tuesdays at St. Paul’s Cathedral, located at 2 Cherry St. in Burlington. Bring a bag lunch. Coffee and tea are provided. Call 864-0471.
SPECIAL EDUCATION PARENT SUPPORT
Special Education Parent support group meets the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m. Meetings are held at a different home each month. For information, questions or to sign up for an e-mail list of monthly directions and reminder, call Marla McQuiston 872-2744.
CONTRA AND SQUARE DANCE
Monkton Recreation Committee sponsors a dance series at the Hinesburg Town Hall, 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the third Friday of the month, November through April. All proceeds to benefit the moving and restoration of the Old Monkton Boro Schoolhouse. $8 for students, $5 for seniors. firstname.lastname@example.org or 453-3795.
REC BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Registration is open. League runs from December to February. Register through Williston Town Clerk, 878-5121. Coaches needed. email@example.com.
ALS SUPPORT GROUP
ALS Support Group meets every second Thursday of every month from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at “Jim’s House” in Williston. 864-5896 or 878-2854. www.jimshouse.org.
The Williston Rotary meets Thursday mornings at the Federated Church on North Williston Road from 7:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. for breakfast and an informative speaker presentation. All potential members interested in local community outreach and being part of a service organization are welcome. 872-5968.
GIVE A GALLON
The Colchester Milton Rotary Club and the local United Way Chapter is sponsoring “Give a Gallon.” One gallon cans will be labeled and placed in businesses around the area, asking for donations of $5. Money will help buy heating fuel for those in need. All contributions welcome. www.rotary.org.
A support group for people experiencing grief and loss will meet every other Tuesday at Maranatha Christian Church, 1037 South Brownell Road, Williston. Donna 878-0498.
American Legion Post 45 of Williston holds its monthly meeting every second Monday at Whitney Hill Senior Housing in Williston at 6:30 p.m. Walt 879-2664.
Reading with Frosty and friends: bring a book and read to a dog, all ages. Tuesdays, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Preschool story hour: for ages 3 to 5. Tuesdays 11 a.m. and Wednesdays 1 p.m. After School Reading Buddies: students read to children while parents browse for books. Register for all. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. 878-4918.
WILLISTON SENIORS MEETINGS
First Tuesdays (business meeting) and third Tuesdays (social), noon, Whitney Hill Homestead Community Room. Potluck lunch. Esther Putnam 878-9098.
LOOK GOOD … FEEL BETTER
This free program is a service that teaches female cancer patients beauty techniques. Third Wednesday, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and second Monday, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., every month at the American Cancer Society, 121 Connor Way, Suite 240, Williston. 800-ACS-2345.
SENIORS’ EXERCISE PROGRAM
The Williston Parks and Recreation Department offers a drop-in exercise program for Williston seniors every Tuesday and Thursday at the Federated Church on North Williston Road from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Participants age 50 and older are welcome. Williston Parks and Recreation 878-1239.
The Williston Fire District #1 holds its monthly meeting every second Monday at the well house at 7 p.m. Members welcome.
SUPPORT GROUP FOR LOVED ONES WITH ALZHEIMER’S
The Arbors at Shelburne and Armistead Caregiver Services are pleased to offer a free educational support group series for families coping with a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Held monthly at The Arbors at Shelburne on Wednesdays, at 9:30a.m. Nicole Houston 985-8600.
AMERICAN SOCIETY OF DOWSERS
The Chittenden County Chapter of the American Society of Dowsers will meet on the second Saturday of each month from September to May. Shelburne Town Offices, Room 1. Meetings will begin at 9:30 a.m. with dowsing practice. Special presenters and speakers will be introduced after 10 a.m. to educate and entertain. Soni Knapp 865-7429.
HOST FAMILIES NEEDED
Host a high school student through World Heritage, a not-for profit student exchange program. Students from Spain, France, China, Germany, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Denmark and Italy are awaiting a host family for the 2008-2009 school year. Call Shirley at 524-5461 or 800-888-9040. www.world-heritage.org.
RICHMOND FARMERS’ MARKET
The market is open from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Fridays on Volunteers Green in Richmond. Meet your local growers and buy local. For information, contact Carol Mader 434-5273 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP
The Champlain Valley Prostate Cancer Support Group meets every second Tuesday at the Fanny Allen Hospital, Route 15, in the boardroom, lower level, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Attendees include men who have received treatment as well as recently diagnosed men. 878-8451.
RICHMOND TEEN CENTER
The Richmond Area Teen Center (RATC Nest) is open in the basement of the Richmond Town Center, Bridge Street, on Thursdays and Fridays, 2:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. for grades seven through 12 in the Chittenden East School District. Adult supervisors needed. Call 434-RATC.
4-H SHOOTING SPORTS
Learn safe use of firearms including shotgun, rifle, handgun, black powder, archery and living history. Ages 8 to 18 accompanied by parent or guardian. Second and fourth Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the North Country Sportsman’s Club, Williston. Gerry Moulton 238-5960.
A support group for individuals and families in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias will give caregivers strategies. Also learn about the uncertainties ahead and find comfort in others. Third Wednesdays. The Arbors at Shelburne, 687 Harbor Road, Shelburne. Nicole Houston 985-8600.
The Richmond Playgroup invites families to enjoy a morning of fun and activities. Meet your neighbors while your children play. Snacks. Every Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Richmond Free Library Community Room. Cathy 434-7775.
YOGA FOR SURVIVORS
An opportunity for domestic violence survivors to continue their journey of healing with the support of their peers and an experienced yoga teacher and healer who has had personal experience with domestic abuse. Sunday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church, north end of Church Street, Burlington. Emma Gibbs 658-3131 x2025.
A scleroderma support group meets the third Wednesday of each month from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Richmond Congregational Church. 878-0732.
On the porch of the Richmond Congregational Church, 20 Church St., Richmond. Every Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., everyone welcome.
The Vermont Chess Club meets every Thursday at 7 p.m. at Faith United Methodist Church in South Burlington. Open to everyone. 879-0198.
FREE MEMORY SCREENING
For adults age 55 and older, offered by University of Vermont College of Medicine and Fletcher Allen Health Care. Sally Ross Nolan 847-9488.
HOST FAMILIES NEEDED
Families in the Chittenden County area interested in learning more about hosting a foreign high school student between the ages of 15 and 18 are encouraged to contact Pacific Intercultural Exchange. Contact John Doty, 888-PIE-USA1.