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Wednesday, Nov. 22

Red Cross Blood Drive in Bristol. Wednesday, Nov. 22, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Ambrose Church, 11 School St.

 

Thursday, Nov. 23

Don's annual dinners meal in Middlebury. Thursday, Nov. 23, noon-2 p.m., VFW, 530 Exchange St. Let someone else do the cooking on Thanksgiving. Eat at the VFW or get take-out delivered. Call or text 802-349-6020 by Nov. 18 for reservations. Donations appreciated.

 

Friday, Nov. 24

Holiday craft fair in Bridport. Friday, Nov. 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Masonic Hall, Middle Rd. Over 50 crafters with handcrafted quality merchandise at country prices. More info contact Barbara Wagner at 802-758-2420 or [email protected].

Free clothing giveaway in Middlebury. Friday, Nov. 24, 2-5 p.m., Middlebury United Methodist Church, North Pleasant and Seminary Streets. Warm coats, hats, gloves/mittens, sweaters and boots.

 

Saturday, Nov. 25

Hunter/early bird breakfast in South Starksboro. Saturday, Nov. 25, 7-10 a.m., Jerusalem Schoolhouse, 782 Jerusalem Rd. “All You Care To Eat” buffet breakfast. Tickets 12 and up $9/$4 ages 5-11 /under 5, free. More info at 802-453-4573.

Green Mountain Club Silver Lake hike Salisbury. Saturday, Nov. 25. A moderate hike of 5.2 miles with a gradual ascent of 793 feet. This is a family friendly and dog friendly hike. Wear appropriate clothing. Bring water, a snack and hiking poles if desired. Contact David Andrews at [email protected] or 802-388-4894 or Mike Greenwood at [email protected]. For more activities, visit gmcbreadloaf.org.

Christmas craft fair in Bristol. Saturday, Nov. 25, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., American Legion Auxiliary Unit 19, Airport Dr. Bring a note for Santa and be entered in a drawing for a $100 gift card to Toys R Us. Lunch of corn chowder and chili, bake sale.

Holiday craft fair in Bridport. Saturday, Nov. 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Masonic Hall, Middle Rd. Over 50 crafters with handcrafted quality merchandise at country prices. More info contact Barbara Wagner at 802-758-2420 or [email protected].

Craft, bake and Christmas tree sale in Middlebury. Saturday, Nov. 25, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., American Legion, 49 Wilson Rd. Mountain View 4H group is hosts this sale with over 20 tables of handmade crafts and direct sales people. The 4H kids will have their own crafts for sale and will have crafts for kids to purchase to make there also. Also a bake sale and Christmas tree sale to benefit the 4H kids.

Free clothing giveaway in Middlebury. Saturday, Nov. 25, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Middlebury United Methodist Church, North Pleasant and Seminary Streets. Warm coats, hats, gloves/mittens, sweaters and boots.

Indies First Day in Middlebury. Saturday, Nov. 25, all day, the Vermont Book Shop, 38 Main St. A nationwide celebration of independent bookstores. John Vincent of A Revolutionary Press will be printing an exclusive Vermont Book Shop piece. See how the press operates and take a turn starting at 11 a.m. At 2 p.m., Middlebury natives Kim Smith Spensley (author) and Heather Murray Bellanca (illustrator) will present “A Hound's Holiday Storytime” with music by Vermont musician Steve Spensley and games that would have been part of a family gathering in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Small Business Saturday in Bristol. Saturday, Nov. 25, all day, around town. A nationally designated day to shop local and support locally owned businesses in the community. Help keep the local economy strong. Part of Bristol’s Cool Yule celebration.

Alpaca open house in Brandon. Saturday, Nov. 25, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Maple View Farm, 185 Adams Rd. Come to this annual holiday open house and learn about these gentle, intelligent animals. Visit with alpacas, observe mill operations and watch fiber demonstrations. More info at 802-247-5412, [email protected], mapleviewfarmalpacas.com or on Facebook.

The Bow Wow Film Festival in Middlebury. Saturday, Nov 25, 2 and 5 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. A collection of short films devoted entirely to dogs. Proceeds will benefit THT and Homeward Bound. Tickets adults $10/children 12 and under $5. More info at 802-382-9222 or townhalltheater.org.

Ashley Wolff in Middlebury. Saturday, Nov. 25, 4-5 p.m., EastView at Middlebury, 100 East View Terrace. Wolff will present the paintings and story behind her book “Where, Oh Where is Baby Bear?” Reception to follow.

King Pede party in Ferrisburgh. Saturday, Nov. 25, 6:30 p.m., Ferrisburgh Town Hall and Community Center, 3279 Route 7. The socializing begins at 6:30 with a sandwich supper and then on to an evening of fun and card games. All are welcome.

 

Sunday, Nov. 26

All-you-can-eat Breakfast in Vergennes. Sunday, Nov. 26, 7:30-10 a.m., Vergennes Masonic Lodge, 54 School St. $8.

Woodchuck’s Revenge performs in Middlebury. Sunday, Nov. 26, 2 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek, 350 Lodge Rd. A performing group of three friends who have combined their lifelong love of music to offer their audiences an eclectic and refreshing mix of traditional and contemporary folksongs played with spirit and an old time country sensibility. Free, open to the public and handicap accessible. More info contact Pat Ryan at 802-388-1220 or [email protected]. Part of The Residence’s Sunday Music Series.

Addison Town Historical Society meeting in Addison. Sunday, Nov. 26, 3 p.m. Addison Volunteer Fire Station, 44 VT Route 17, just west of Addison 4 Corners. Lucien Paquette will speak about Field Days and farming in Addison County in the past. He has a wealth of stories about how he helped agriculture and the fair evolve in the county. Light refreshments will be served. Non-members are asked for a donation.

Memory Tree lighting in Brandon. Sunday, Nov. 26, 3:30 p.m., in front of Brandon Town Hall, Conant Sq. Donate $1 for a light to remember loved ones in this annual Brandon holiday tradition. More info at 802-247-6401 or brandon.org.

 

Monday, Nov. 27

Scholarship application workshop in Middlebury. Monday, Nov. 27, 1-2 p.m., CCV Middlebury, 10 Merchants Row. VSAC Educational Outreach Counselor Cathy Hunter will walk college applicants through applying for VSAC Scholarships for the upcoming academic year. Free and open to all. More info and to register call 802-388-3032.

“Table Talk” in Middlebury. Monday, Nov. 27, 4 p.m., Community Room, Ilsley Public Library, 65 Mains St. Storymatters, a monthly story gathering, will host coffee, tea, cookies and stories and special treat — gifts from a personal collection of small humor books.

Jason Chin in Middlebury. Monday, Nov. 27, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Ilsley Public Library Community Room. Children’s book author and illustrator, Jason Chin combines imaginative storytelling with intriguing science to create books that both enchant and educate. Chin will give a presentation about his newest book “Grand Canyon” and sign books.

 

Tuesday, Nov. 28

“Douglas Anderson: His Unpredictable Path to Town Hall Theater” talk in Middlebury. Tuesday, Nov. 28, 3:30 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek, 350 Lodge Rd. Spanning several careers, from playwright to college professor to opera director to a stint as the head writer on a television soap opera, Anderson will talk about his various careers as well as the joys and challenges that come with running a small-town performing arts center. Free, open to the public and handicap accessible. More info contact Pat Ryan at 802-388-1220, or [email protected].

“Where’s Help” meeting in Brandon. Tuesday, Nov. 28, 6-8 p.m., Brandon inn, Park St. Sponsored by Brandon Cares, a community organization dedicated to education, outreach, treatment and prevention of opiate abuse, the topic will be “Navigating Resources around Treatment, Recovery and Support of Opioid Abuse Disorder. Free and open to the public. Pizza and cider for attendees. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Discussion with Terry Norris in Whiting. Tuesday, Nov. 28, 7-8:30 p.m., Whiting Town Hall, Route 30. Whiting Democrats host Norris, their legislator in Montpelier, to discuss health care, marijuana legalization, undocumented farmworkers, and Lake Champlain clean up. All are welcome.

 

Wednesday, Nov. 29

RSVP of Addison County handmade card and ornament drop-off in Middlebury. Wednesday, Nov 29, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Middlebury Recreation Center, 154 Creek Rd. Join RSVP in making the season brighter for area seniors by dropping off seasonal cards, ornaments and cookies to be delivered to over 200 seniors through the Meals on Wheels and Senior Meal Programs. More info at 802-388-7044.

“What Coca Cola Tells Us About American History” lecture in New Haven. Wednesday, Nov. 29, 7 p.m., New Haven Town Offices, 78 North St. Castleton State College professor Sanjukta Ghosh will explore 3 major themes in a multimedia talk: the use of images of women in Coke advertising; Coke’s role in shaping America’s involvement in World War II and the subsequent global economy; and Coke’s entanglement in imperial movements around the world. More info at 802-453-4015.

Conservation Commission presentation in Ripton. Wednesday, Nov. 29, 7-9 p.m., Ripton Community House. Information will be presented on a proposal to change the wetland designation of a the 66-acre Beaver Meadows Wetland Complex on the Ripton/Middlebury/Bristol town line from Class II to Class I with a proposed 400-foot buffer.

Warren Miller’s “Line of Descent” on screen in Middlebury. Wednesday, Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. The latest film by a ski film icon. Get excited for winter. Tickets $15-$18. Tickets may be purchased at townhalltheater.org, 802-382-9222, at the THT box office, or at the door Mon.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. or one hour before show time.

Middlebury African Music and Dance Ensemble performs in Middlebury. Wednesday, Nov. 29, 8 p.m., Robison Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, 72 Porter Field Rd. The music of this student ensemble demonstrates the study of many musical Africanisms: complex polyphony, musical conversation, structured improvisation, recurrent patterns, layered ostinati, timbral variety, and tonal variations. Damascus Kafumbe, director. Free. More info at middlebury.edu/arts or 802-443-3168.

 

Thursday, Nov. 30

RSVP of Addison County handmade card and ornament drop-off in Middlebury. Thursday, Nov 30, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Middlebury Recreation Center, 154 Creek Rd. Join RSVP in making the season brighter for area seniors by dropping off seasonal cards, ornaments and cookies to be delivered to over 200 seniors through the Meals on Wheels and Senior Meal Programs. More info at 802-388-7044.

Vocal recital by Jack DesBois in Middlebury. Thursday, Nov. 30, 12:15-12:45 p.m. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, on the town green. DesBois will sing arias from Handel’s Messiah, and selections from his own epic, The Western Star, accompanied on piano and organ by Ronald Romano and George Matthew Jr. Free.

Huddlebury meeting in Middlebury. Thursday, Nov. 30, 5-6:30 p.m., Middlebury Police Station Community Room, Lucas Shaw Ln. Goals include responding to local and national issues regarding climate and environmental justice, social and racial justice and learning to promote healthy dialogue. Everyone welcome. More info at [email protected].

Book Discussion in Shoreham. Thursday, Nov. 30, 7 p.m., Platt Memorial Library, 279 Main St. A discussion of Jaqueline Woodson’s “Brown Girl Dreaming.” This Vermont Reads title is available for borrowing at the Platt Memorial Library. The book discussion will conclude with light refreshments.

Warren Miller’s “Line of Descent” on screen in Middlebury. Thursday, Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. The latest film by a ski film icon. Get excited for winter. Tickets $15-$18. Tickets may be purchased at townhalltheater.org, 802-382-9222, at the THT box office, or at the door Mon.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. or one hour before show time.

“Middletown” on stage in Middlebury. Thursday, Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m., Wright Memorial Theater, Chateau Rd., Middlebury College. Inspired by “Our Town,” the play is about the “need for love and forgiveness, the search for meaning in life, and the long, lonely ache of disappointment.” Awarded the inaugural Horton Foote Award for Most Promising New Play of 2010. Tickets $15 general public/$12 Middlebury College staff & ID holders/$6 students.

 

Friday, Dec. 1

I Spy contest ten tiny chickens in Middlebury. Dec. 1-31, downtown. Try to find the hidden ornaments in ten store windows in downtown Middlebury and be entered to win $100 in Middlebury Money.

Be your favorite Christmas character in Middlebury. Dec 1-31, downtown. Ever wonder what you’d look like as a snowman or a gingerbread girl? Pose for a picture with an adorable assortment of character cutouts around town.

“Alternate Endings, Radical Beginnings” videos in Middlebury. Friday, Dec. 1, 12:30 p.m. Mahaney Center for the Arts, 72 Porter Field Rd. The annual Visual AIDS’ Day With(out) Art Video Series — seven video works, each seven minutes long, that highlight the ongoing HIV/AIDS crisis. This year’s program places particular emphasis on those marginalized within broader Black communities nationwide, including queer and trans populations. Free.

“Star of Wonder” Christmas marketplace in Bristol. Friday, Dec. 1, 1-5 p.m., St. Ambrose Church, 11 School St. Featuring a craft shop, bakeshop, mercy creation gift shop, doll and jewelry shop, Wonder jars, silent auction, attic treasures, raffles and more. Silver Tea at 2:30 p.m. (Friday only).

Gingerbread house opening reception in Middlebury. Friday, Dec. 1, 4-6 p.m., Vermont Folklife Center, 88 Main St. Come see the gingerbread houses and vote for your favorite Wizard of Oz themed construction. Exhibit runs through Friday, Dec. 22. More info and entry forms available at vermontfolklifecenter.org/events/gingerbread-2017.

Chocolate Walk in Bristol. Friday, Dec. 1, 5 p.m., locations around town. Shared across three Main St. locations, the area’s best food and drink producers and crafters will be joining the event for holiday shopping and sipping and of course, chocolate. More info at Bristol Core’s Facebook page. Part of Bristol’s Cool Yule celebration.

Tandem Holiday market in Bristol. Friday, Dec. 1, 5-9 p.m., Tandem Market, 26 Main St. Two dozen fabulous vendors will be selling their wares at three unique locations on Main Street, including the Tandem, Bristol Bakery & Cafe, and Vermont Tree Goods. Free. More info at 802-734-4236 or 802-760-6076.

Lu.Lu Chocolate Walk market in Bristol. Friday, Dec. 1, 5-9 p.m., Lu.Lu, 11 Main St. Delicious ice cream, cocktails from Stonecutter Spirits, and food courtesy of Mary’s Restaurant. Free. 802-318-0883.

Art opening in Bristol. Friday, Dec. 1, 5-9 p.m., ARTSight, 6 South St. Opening reception for the new exhibit “Fire and Light.” Chocolate treats and warm beverages served, and Celtic Harpist, Bo Price, playing in the gallery. Free. 802-989-1333.

Hurricane fundraiser in Middlebury. Friday, Dec. 1, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Middlebury Indoor Tennis, 360 Boardman St. BYOB potluck event to raise funds for the island of St. John. All three courts will be open, plus silent auction including local gift certificates and a week on the island of St. John. Suggested donation: $40 person or $70 a couple payable with a check at the door. More info and links to donate to organizations online at 802-734-0320.

Flashlight candy cane hunt in Bristol. Friday, Dec. 1, 6 p.m., town green. Santa has hidden candy canes all around the park. Bring a flashlight and help find them. Meet Santa at the corner near the veterans’ memorial, where he will count down to officially start the hunt.

Memory tree lighting in Bristol. Friday. Dec. 1, 6:30 p.m., gazebo, town green. Lights on the tree represent memories of loved ones during the holiday season. Music, presentations and reading of names. Bulbs may be purchased for $5 each at the Recreation Office or Town Office in Holley Hall by Nov. 27. More info at 802-453-5885.

Middlebury Community Wind Ensemble Winter Concert in Bristol. Friday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m., Mt. Abraham Union High School/Middle School, 220 Airport Dr. A special offering for Bristol this year. Ken Weston has written an arrangement of Verdi's music: the Prelude to “I Masnadieri,” featuring his daughter Alice as euphonium soloist. Ken's grandson Niles and Alice's husband Steve also play in the group. Also music by Clifton Williams, Duke Ellington, and a salute to Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus. Jerome Shedd conducts.

George Winston performs in Middlebury. Friday, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall Theater. An evening of acoustic piano music from the well-known musician. Tickets $55, available at 802-382-9222, townhalltheater.org, at the box office Monday-Saturday noon-5 p.m., or at the door.

“Middletown” on stage in Middlebury. Friday, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m., Wright Memorial Theater, Middlebury College. Inspired by “Our Town,” the play is about the “need for love and forgiveness, the search for meaning in life, and the long, lonely ache of disappointment.” Awarded the inaugural Horton Foote Award for Most Promising New Play of 2010. Tickets $15 general public/$12 Middlebury College staff & ID holders/$6 students.

Led Zeppelin tribute in Middlebury. Friday, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m., Marquis Theater, 65 Main St. Powerhouse vocalist Laura Thomas and Middlebury College graduate joins the Grift to recreate the sounds of Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and the rest of this iconic rock band. Tickets $8, available at the door.

Miro Sprague Quartet in Brandon. Friday, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Music, 62 Country Club Rd. The Miro Sprague Quartet is a dynamic jazz ensemble performing original music and arrangements with an emphasis on melodic clarity, deep grooves, and creative improvisation. Tickets $20. Pre-concert dinner available for $25. Reservations required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. More info at 802-247-4295, [email protected] or brandon-music.net.

Imani Winds perform in Middlebury. Friday, Dec. 1, 8 p.m., Robison Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, 72 Porter Field Rd. Come hear this Grammy-nominated quintet on their 20th Anniversary Tour. Tickets: $28 adults/$22 Middlebury College faculty, staff, emeriti, and alumni/$10 youth 18 and under/$6 Middlebury College students, available at 802-443-MIDD (6433) or middlebury.edu/arts/tickets.

Fall Dance Concert in Middlebury. Friday, Dec. 1, 8 p.m., Dance Theater, Mahaney Center for the Arts, 72 Porter Field Rd. A dynamic evening of ideas in motion showcases choreography by emerging student dance artists at the intermediate and advanced levels, and the annual Newcomers’ Piece, choreographed this year by Artist in Residence Julian Barnett. Tickets: $15 General public/$12 Midd ID holders/$6 Midd students.

 

Saturday, Dec. 2

Christmas bazaar in Bristol. Saturday, Dec. 2, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Bristol Federated Church, 37 North St. Baked goodies sale, homemade crafts, attic treasures, and assorted gift baskets silent auction. Santa Claus visit starts at 10 a.m. A luncheon of homemade soups, sandwiches, and cookies, special silver teapot tea, coffee, and regular tea will be served.

Holiday Stroll in Vergennes. Saturday, Dec. 2, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., various locations around downtown.

Breakfast with Santa in Vergennes. Saturday, Dec. 2, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Vergennes Union High School Cafeteria, 50 Monkton Rd. Eat the most important meal of the day and have a chat with Santa.

Gift Basket silent auction in Vergennes. Saturday, Dec. 2, all day, Bixby Memorial Library, 258 Main St. Baskets will be on display to bid on. All proceeds from help the Friends of the Bixby Library. Part of Vergennes Holiday Stroll festivities.

Winter Holiday Fair in Vergennes. Saturday, Dec. 2, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Vergennes Union Elementary School, 43 East St. Come to this holiday fair to benefit the VUES after school Fusion program. More than 60 vendors selling ceramics, quilting, photography, blacksmithing, crochet, jewelry, handmade pens, honey, jams, soaps, specialty foods, Tupperware, woodworking, fleece, socks, bake sale, raffle baskets, felt hats and belts and more. Entry fee is a non-perishable food item to donate to the local food shelf or animal shelter.

“Star of Wonder” Christmas marketplace in Bristol. Saturday, Dec. 2, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., St Ambrose Church, 11 School St. Featuring a craft shop, bake shop, mercy creation gift shop, doll and jewelry shop, wonder jars, silent auction, attic treasures, raffles and more.

Holiday craft workshop in Brandon. Saturday, Dec. 2, 9-11 a.m., Furnace Brook Wesleyan Church, 1895 Forest Dale Rd. Advent wreath making, children’s activities. Free.

Christmas bazaar in Bristol. Saturday, Dec. 2, 9-2 p.m., First Baptist Church of Bristol, 10 Park Sr. Enjoy shopping for those special people from the craft and baked food tables, the attic treasures, the silent auction items, and the baskets filled with great things. Warm up with a lunch of homemade soup and a sandwich or buy some to take home.

Christmas bazaar in Orwell. Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9-2 p.m., Orwell Town Hall. St. Paul’s annual event, featuring handmade gifts and crafts, Christmas decorations, raffle, silent auction, flea market, bake sale, lunch and refreshments.  Proceeds benefit St. Paul’s Church.  More info contact Kathy Buxton at 802-948-2049.

Santa Arrives in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 2, 9:15 a.m., Downtown. Line the streets to welcome Santa as he arrives via fire truck for two spins over the Cross St. Bridge and up Main St.

Hot cocoa hut in Middlebury. Saturday,Dec. 2, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Cannon Park. Take a break from shopping and have a cup of hot cocoa from the Hot Cocoa Hut. It’s 25 cents for a cup with all the fixings.

Old fashioned Santa visits in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 2, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Middlebury Inn. Santa will be at the Inn to chat with good little boys and girls. Free milk and cookies and wooden toys donated by Maple Landmark Woodcraft. Come early to get your tickets with a time to return to visit Santa. Free.

Annual Holiday Farmer’s Market in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 2, 9:30- 2 p.m., Mary Hogan Elementary School Gym, Mary Hogan Dr. Free.

Holiday open house in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., The Henry Sheldon Museum, 1 Park St. Enjoy the elaborate model train layout, carols played on the Sheldon’s 1831 piano, and a miniature Christmas tree raffle. featuring 20 creative trees decorated by local artists. The exhibit “Draw Me a Story – Tell Me a Tale” will also be on view along with amusing topiaries by the Middlebury Garden Admission by free will donation. More info at 802-388-2117 or HenrySheldonMuseum.org.

Horse drawn wagon rides in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-noon, Loading at the Middlebury Community House. Free.

Pottery sale in Middlebury. Sat, Dec 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Middlebury Studio School, 2377 Route 7 South. Pottery by Kathy Clarke, Ken Martin, Su Shannon, local potters, studio assistants and students. Find wonderful handmade pottery, also cards, jewelry, paintings and some surprises. Proceeds benefit the school.

Make your own graham cracker gingerbread house in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 2, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Community Meeting Room, Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. Stop in to create your own edible abode.

Santa visit in Vergennes. 10:30-11:45 a.m., Bixby Memorial Library, 258 Main St. As part of the Holiday Stroll Santa visits the Bixby and reads “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

Caroling, Cookies and Cider in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 2, 10:45-11:30 a.m., Congregational Church of Middlebury Steps.

Jon Gailmor in Vergennes. Saturday, Dec. 2, 11-11:45 a.m., Bixby Memorial Library, 258 Main St. Part of Vergennes Holiday Stroll festivities.

Local author book sale in Vergennes. Saturday, Dec. 2, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Bixby Memorial Library, 258 Main St. Part of Vergennes Holiday Stroll festivities.

Holiday Card making for Adults in Bristol. Saturday. Dec. 2, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., ARTSight, 6 South St. Make your own holiday cards with materials provided. All ages welcome but 16 or under must be accompanied by adult. Come and go as you please. Free. 802- 989-1333.

Books and media sale in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 2, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St.

Gift-wrapping station in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 2, noon-4 p.m., 44 Main St. Anything purchased in Middlebury can be wrapped for free. Just show your receipt.

Die Zauberflote live in HD in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 2, 1 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St.The MET’smusic director emeritus James Levine conducts the full-length German version of Mozart’s magical fable, with production by Julie Taymor. A free talk will be given in the studio in the lower level at 12:15 p.m. Tickets, adults $24/students $10, available at 802-382-9222, townhalltheater.org, at the box office Monday-Saturday noon-5 p.m., or at the door.

Maiden Vermont in Vergennes. Saturday, Dec. 2, 1-1:30 p.m., Bixby Memorial Library, 258 Main St. An a capella serenade to those gathered in the lobby. Part of Vergennes Holiday Stroll festivities.

Caroling Party in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 2, 2-4 p.m., Congregational Church of Middlebury. Come sing or play your instrument at the 4th Annual Middlebury Community Music Center Orchestral Caroling Party. Vocal and Instrumental Parts will be available for a variety of vocal and instrument parts. Musicians, please bring a stand. Susanne Peck will conduct. Info: [email protected].

“Anne of Green Gables - The Musical” auditions in Vergennes.  Saturday, Dec. 2, 2:30 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church parish hall (across the street from the gazebo on the green). Join the fun and be a part of this beloved story, to be performed March 16-18, 2018 at Town Hall Theater. Casting ages 8-88! Complete information at bit.ly/PLCPaogg18.

Community Advent wreath-making in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 2, 4 p.m., Middlebury United Methodist Church, Invite friends and neighbors to join the fourth annual Advent Wreath-making event. All greens and supplies necessary will be provided for making holiday wreaths and swags to take home. Refreshments and holiday music as well.

“Jackie” on screen in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 2, 3 and 8 p.m., Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, 356 College St. Jackie Kennedy (Natalie Portman) struggles with grief and anger as she attempts to comfort her children, renew her faith, and make her husband’s death meaningful. Free.

Holiday tree lighting in Salisbury. Saturday, Dec. 2, 5 p.m., Salisbury Veterans Memorial Park, across from Maple Meadow Farm. Festivities include a giant bonfire, hayrides, a visit from Santa, sing-along, hot cocoa, and more. A holiday party with food and refreshments, stories, and a chance to spend more time with Santa, will follow at the Salisbury Town Library. All are welcome. More info contact 802-352-4836.

Annual International Students’ Organization show in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 2, 5:30 and 8 p.m., Wilson Hall, McCullough Student Center. The ISO invites the community to join them for an evening of cultural exchange featuring beautiful poetry, moving songs and energetic dances from around the world. Tickets $5/children 5 and under free available at the Middlebury College Box Office. middlebury.edu/arts/boxoffice. More info at [email protected].

Daddy Long Legs on stage in Ripton. Saturday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., Ripton Community Coffee House, 1305 Rt. 125. Open mic followed by featured performers. $10 general admission/$15 generous admission/$3 kids under 12. Doors open at 7 p.m. Open mic sign-up and info at 802-388-9782 or rcch.org.

Rupert Wates In Brandon. Saturday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Music, 62 Country Club Rd. Wates returns to Brandon Music to debut material from his brand new CD, 'The Lights Of Paris,' a showcase for his brand of original, acoustic, melodic art/folk, with flavors of jazz and vaudeville. Tickets $20. Pre-concert dinner available for $25. Reservations required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. More info at 802-247-4295, [email protected] or brandon-music.net.

Horse Traders in Vergennes. Saturday, Dec. 2, 8 p.m., Vergennes Opera House. A well-loved local rock band will play as part of Hired Hand Brewing’s Opera House Music Series.

Fall Dance Concert in Middlebury. Sa†urday, Dec. 2, 8 p.m., Dance Theater, Mahaney Center for the Arts, 72 Porter Field Rd. A dynamic evening of ideas in motion showcases choreography by emerging student dance artists at the intermediate and advanced levels, and the annual Newcomers’ Piece, choreographed this year by Artist in Residence Julian Barnett. Tickets: $15 General public/$12 Midd ID holders/$6 Midd students.

The Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 2, 8 p.m., Robison Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, 72 Porter Field Rd. The Sound Investment celebrates the centennials of two of the giants of jazz: Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk. The program features their original compositions as well as standards they loved to play. Free.

 

Sunday, Dec. 3

Holiday open house in Middlebury. Sunday, Dec. 3, noon-4 p.m., The Henry Sheldon Museum, 1 Park St. Enjoy the elaborate model train layout, carols played on the Sheldon’s 1831 piano, and a miniature Christmas tree raffle featuring 20 creative trees decorated by local artists. The exhibit “Draw Me a Story – Tell Me a Tale” will also be on view along with amusing topiaries by the Middlebury Garden Admission by free will donation. More info at 802-388-2117 or HenrySheldonMuseum.org.

“Menashe” on screen in Middlebury. Sunday, Dec. 3, 2 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. The MNFF Winter Film Series offers this film about a widower within Brooklyn’s ultra-orthodox and quite insular Jewish community who battles for custody of his son. Performed entirely in Yiddish [with English subtitles], the film intimately explores the nature of faith and the price of parenthood. Tickets $12/$60 season pass, available at 802-382-9222, townhalltheater.org, at the box office Monday-Saturday noon-5 p.m., or at the door.

Chicken and Biscuit Supper in Middlebury. Sunday, Dec. 3, 5-6 p.m., Middlebury United Methodist Church, Seminary and N. Pleasant St.

Dessert and silent auction of goods and services in Middlebury. Sunday, Dec. 3, 6:30-8 p.m., Fellowship Hall, Memorial Baptist Church, 97 S. Pleasant St. Find one-of-a-kind gifts for Christmas and, at the same time, help the Haiti team raise money for their upcoming trip in February 2018. From vacations to earrings and everything in between. More info posted around town or call for list at 802-388-7472.

“Hope Changes Everything” benefit in Middlebury. Sunday, Dec. 3, 6:30 p.m., Memorial Baptist Church, 97 S Pleasant St. Antique enthusiasts, come check out the large selection at the Extravagant Dessert & Silent Auction to benefit. Choose from an array of free desserts and bid on favorite items. There will be a short presentation on the church’s work in Haiti following the auction. More info contact [email protected].

 

Monday, Dec. 4

RSVP of Addison County cookie drop-off in Middlebury. Monday, Dec. 4, 8-10:30 a.m., Middlebury Recreation Center, 154 Creek Rd. Join RSVP in making the season brighter for area seniors by dropping off seasonal cards, ornaments and cookies to be delivered to over 200 seniors through the Meals on Wheels and Senior Meal Programs. Cookies should be bagged by the dozen in a clear sealed storage bag with the ingredients listed. More info at 802-388-7044.

Lions Club Memory tree lighting in Middlebury. Monday, Dec. 4, 5:30 p.m., Courthouse Square.

Bill McKibben in Middlebury. Monday, Dec. 4, 6:30 p.m., Vermont Book Shop, 38 Main St. Local and noted author and environmentalist McKibben will read from, discuss and sign his new book, “Radio Free Vermont: A Fable of Resistance.”

Amaryllis in Middlebury. Monday, Dec. 4, 7:30-8:30 p.m., St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, on the town green. Come hear Vermont’s premier Renaissance vocal group, directed by Susanne Peck, St. Stephen’s music director and Middlebury College faculty, in a program of Advent and Christmas music. Donations suggested.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 5

“The Music of 209” in Middlebury. Tuesday, Dec. 5, 8 p.m., Robison Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, 72 Porter Field Rd. Students from Su Lian Tan’s Music I course perform original compositions in a semester-end celebration of their work. Free.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 6

“Canaletto and the Art of Venice” on screen in Middlebury. Wednesday, Dec. 6, 11 a.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. Journey into the life of Venice’s famous view-painter in this film documenting over 200 paintings, drawings and prints. Part of THT’s Great Art Wednesdays series. Tickets: adults $13/students $8 available at 802-382-9222, townhalltheater.org, at the box office Monday-Saturday noon-5 p.m., or at the door.

Illustrator Stephanie Stouffer in Brandon. Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2-8 p.m., Compass Music and Art Center, 333 Jones Dr. Meet Stouffer while and view her exhibit “Holiday Legacy,” shop for the holidays, take advantage of special deals, have dinner provided by SoundBite’s chef Vicky Regia, and more.

Chess Club of Addison County in Middlebury. Monday, Dec. 6, 3:15-6 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m., Aurora Learning Center, 238 Peterson ter. The first CCAC weekly meeting. Players of all abilities. Open to anyone 14 and over. Semi-professional instruction and coaching will be offered to any participant who requests it. More info contact Monty Montgomery at [email protected].

Moonlight Madness in Brandon. Wednesday, Dec. 6, 4-8 p.m., Brandon Town Hall. Over 20 vendors fill the upstairs and downstairs of the hall with food, drinks, holiday gifts and more.

“Loving” on screen in Middlebury. Wednesday, Dec. 6, 4 and 7 p.m., Marquis Theater, 65 Main St. The second offering in Showing Up for Racial Justice’s Seeing Color/Seeking Justice film series, this Academy Award-nominated film tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, the plaintiffs in the 1967 Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia, which invalidated state laws prohibiting interracial marriage. Suggested donation of $10, but no one turned away for lack of funds. Money raised will go to support Rokeby Museum and Middlebury SURJ.

“Physicists’ Dream of a Theory of Everything” lecture in Middlebury. Wednesday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m., Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. Dartmouth professor Marcelo Gleiser describes how physics and astronomy obtain knowledge of the natural world and how their limitations preclude us from ever getting a “final theory.”

 

Thursday, Dec. 7

The Addison String Quartet in Middlebury. Thursday, Dec. 7, 12:15-12:45 p.m., St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, on the town green. Directed by Emily Sunderman of Middlebury Community Music Center, the group will perform the “Allegro” from Beethoven’s Quartet, opus 59, no. 1 and Corelli’s “Christmas Concerto,” accompanied by George Matthew Jr., organist. Free.

Midd Night Stroll in Middlebury. Thursday, Dec. 7, 5-8 p.m., downtown. Middlebury stores will be open late for holiday shopping with goodies and a festive atmosphere. Restaurant specials, free tastings, Hot Cocoa Hut, free gift wrapping at 44 Main, and S D Ireland’s light-encrusted truck to light the night from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Canid slideshow in Cornwall. Thursday, Dec. 7, 7-9 p.m., Bingham Memorial Elementary School, 112 School Rd. Vermont naturalist Sue Morse will be on hand to talk about coyotes and foxes — what traits they share and what role they play in maintaining a healthy ecosystem — in “Cousins of Our Best Friends: Wolves, Coyotes and Foxes.” Free and open to the public. More info contact Mary Dodge, [email protected].

 

Friday, Dec. 8

Magic on Main in Vergennes. Friday, Dec. 8, 5-7 P.m., downtown. Stores in Vergennes are open late for holiday shopping. Buy local and enjoy the festive surprises at downtown businesses.

Christmas Music night in New Haven. Friday, Dec. 8, 7 p.m. New Haven United Reformed Church, Route 7, 4 miles north of Middlebury. Christmas songs, readings, and refreshments as to prepare for the holiday season All are welcome. More info contact Judy at 802-877-3878.

Broadway Direct in Vergennes. Friday, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m., Vergennes Opera House, 120 Main St. Bill Carmichael brings a few of his talented friends from Boston and New York to put on a show celebrating music from Broadway and more.

“How to Eat Like a Child” on stage in Middlebury. Friday, Dec. 8, 7 p.m., MUHS Auditorium. Based on the book by Delia Ephron, this play lampoons the adult world through the eyes of children in a series of comedy skits and songs. Tickets $7 available through the THT Box office, at 802-382-9222 on in person. A Middlebury Community Players production.

 

Saturday, Dec. 9

Breakfast with Santa in Bristol. Saturday, Dec. 9, first seating 8 a.m., second seating 9:30 a.m., third seating 10:30 a.m., Holley Hall. Santa’s presence will be accompanied by carriage rides from 8:30-10:30 a.m., arts and crafts and live music. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausages, juice, milk coffee or tea. Tickets $10 per person/children two and younger are free, available at Recreation Department Office or at bristolrec.org.

Monthly wildlife walk in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 9, 8-10 a.m., Otter View Park parking area, intersection of Weybridge St. and Pulp Mill Bridge Rd. Otter Creek Audubon and the Middlebury Area Land Trust invite community members to help survey birds and other wildlife at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland. Birders of all ages and abilities welcome. More info contact 802-388-6019 or 802-388-1007.

Holiday character pancake breakfast in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 9, seatings at 8:30 and 10 a.m., Middlebury Inn. Breakfast with favorite characters, balloons music and more. Tickets $12 adults/$8 children 12 and under available at eventbrite.com. Search Very Merry Middlebury Character Breakfast. Limited seating.

Christmas Cookie sale in Vergennes. Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Champlain Valley Christian Reformed Church, Church St. Fancy cookies, candies, Dutch goodies, and other treats will be sold by the pound. Choose and package your favorites. Enjoy hot cider and festive music while you shop. More info contact Martha at 802-349-0229.

Holiday Card making for Adults in Bristol. Saturday. Dec. 9, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., ARTSight, 6 South St. Make your own holiday cards with materials provided. All ages welcome but 16 or under must be accompanied by adult. Come and go as you please. Free. 802- 989-1333.

Old fashioned Santa visits in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 9, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Danforth Pewter Flagship Store, Seminary St. Free.

Hot Cocoa Hut in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Cannon Park. Hot cocoa with all the fixings, just 25 cents a cup.

Free gift wrapping in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 9, noon-4 p.m., 44 Main St. For any item purchased in Middlebury. Just show your receipt.

Christmas Storytime in Shoreham. Saturday, Dec. 9, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Platt Memorial Library, 279 Main St. A special Christmas story time with a visit from Bob Claus, cookies, a craft, and several Christmas-themed books.

“How to Eat Like a Child” on stage in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 9, 2 p.m., MUHS Auditorium. Based on the book by Delia Ephron, this play lampoons the adult world through the eyes of children in a series of comedy skits and songs. Tickets $7 available through the THT Box office, at 802-382-9222 on in persona Middlebury Community Players production.

Midd Kid Dance holiday fair in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec.  9, 3-7 p.m., VFW, 530 Exchange St. Free.

Maiden Vermont “Come Fly With Us” in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 9, 4 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. A holiday spectacular from local favorite women’s barbershop chorus, with special guest Moira Smiley. Tickets $25 Adults/$22 Seniors/$22 Students and children, available at 802-382-9222, townhalltheater.org, at the box office Monday-Saturday noon-5 p.m., or at the door.

“A Christmas Carol” out loud in Shoreham. Saturday, Dec. 9, 6 p.m., 279 Platt Memorial Library, Main St. A Reader’s Theater presentation. Talented local voice actors set the tone for a warm season by giving a staged reading of Charles Dickens’ Christmas classic. Light refreshments will be served.

Contra dance in Cornwall. Saturday, Dec. 9, 7-9:30 p.m., Cornwall Town Hall, Route 30. Featuring Adina Gordon calling to live banjo and fiddle music by Red Dog Riley. $5-10/person (sliding scale). All are welcome. No experience or partner necessary. More info at 802-462-3722.

The DuPont Brothers in Brandon. Saturday, Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Music, 62 Country Club Rd. Lush finger-style guitar work complimented by elegant prose and a vocal blend that could only be matched by blood relation. Tickets $20. Pre-concert dinner available for $25. Reservations required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. More info at 802-247-4295, [email protected]usic.net or brandon-music.net.

Public Skating in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 9, 8-10 p.m., Memorial Sports Center, 296 Buttolph Dr. Concession stand open.

 

Sunday, Dec. 10

“How to Eat Like a Child” on stage in Middlebury. Sunday, Dec. 10, 2 p.m., MUHS Auditorium. Based on the book by Delia Ephron, this play lampoons the adult world through the eyes of children in a series of comedy skits and songs. Tickets $7 available through the THT Box office, at 802-382-9222 on in persona Middlebury Community Players production.

Champlain Valley Fiddlers Christmas dinner in Middlebury. Sunday, Dec. 10, time tba. For more info call 802-462-2834 by Nov. 29.

Lessons and Carols for the Advent of Christmas in Middlebury. Sunday Dec. 10, 4 and 7 p.m., Mead Memorial Chapel, Middlebury College. Modeled after the longstanding European tradition, this annual program includes Bible readings of Advent and Christmas carols performed by the college choir with the congregation. Preceded by performances on the chapel carillon. Donations collected for area charities.

 

Monday, Dec. 11

Chanukah Carnival in Middlebury. Monday, Dec. 11, 3:45- 5 p.m., Havurah House, North Pleasant St.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 12

Craft night at Ilsley in Middlebury. Tuesday, Dec. 12, 5-6:30 p.m., Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. Feeling crafty? Gather at the library for an evening of crafts. Snacks provided.

 

Wednesday, Dec 13

MakerClub in Shoreham. Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2:45-3:45 p.m., Platt Memorial Library, 279 Main St. On the first day of Hanukkah, light some lights with wearable electronics. Come learn about how to create simple circuit jewelry. A snack will be served.

Public Menorah lighting in Middlebury. Wednesday, Dec. 13, 5:30 p.m., town green. Community celebration will follow.

The Festival of Sankta Lucia in Middlebury. Wednesday, Dec. 13, 7-8 p.m., St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, on the town green. Celebrate the traditional Swedish Christmas festival, with costumed children, youth and adults from Orwell Congregational Church, St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Orwell, St. Stephen’s and the Congregational Church of Middlebury. St. Lucia brought food to the Christians in the Catacombs of ancient Rome and her crown of light symbolizes the turning point from the darkest night of winter to the lights of Christmas.

Middle School winter concert in Bristol. Wednesday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m., Mt. Abraham Union High School/Middle School, 220 Airport Dr. Come and listen to the middle school music ensembles perform a variety of songs to celebrate the winter season. Free.

 

Thursday, Dec. 14

Recital of French Advent and Christmas in Middlebury.  Thursday, Dec. 14, 12:15-12:45 p.m., St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, on the town green. Music by George Matthew Jr., St. Stephen’s organist. Works by Balbastre, Dandrieu, Guilmant, Joulain and Eugene Gigout. Free.

A Very Merry Peaches Storytime in Middlebury. Thursday, Dec. 14, 4:30 p.m., Vermont Book Shop, 38 Main St. Shaundra Bartlett Lerman, now based in Saratoga Springs, NY, but born in Middlebury is the author and illustrator of a children's book series called Bartlettberry Briar. She will read her first book, "Peaches Bakes A Pie" and her new book, “It's the Spirit of Christmas, Peaches.”

High School winter concert in Bristol. Thursday, Dec. 14, 7 p.m., Mt. Abraham Union High School/Middle School, 220 Airport Dr. Come and listen to the high school music ensembles perform a variety of songs to celebrate the winter season. Free.

 

Friday, Dec. 15

Eat, Drink & Be Merry in Bristol. Friday, Dec. 15, 5-9 p.m., downtown. Music and wine tasting at Bristol Bakery & Cafe, as well as various happenings downtown in Main Street businesses. Free. 802-760-6076.

Trunk show in Bristol. Friday, Dec. 15, 5-8 p.m., Vermont Honeylights, 9 Main St. Beautiful jewelry from Island Girl Jewelry (Audrey Beckwith). Free. 802-453-3952.

Free wine tasting in Vergennes. Friday, Dec. 15, 5-8 p.m., Creative Space Gallery, 214 Main St. Enjoy hand-picked wines courtesy of Vergennes Wine and a special menu of miniature holiday treats. Find unique gifts, stocking stuffers, candles and cards at the Holiday Show, featuring new work from member artists and guest artists. More info at 802-877-3850 or at the gallery’s Facebook page.

Christmas caroling in Bristol. Friday, Dec. 15, 6 p.m., Holley Hall. Joins carolers as they sing  around town. All are welcome. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Meet back at Holley Hall for cocoa and cookies. Sign up at the Recreation Office.

“Merry, Mary” Exhibit opening in Bristol. Friday, Dec. 15, 65-9 p.m., ARTSight, 6 South St. An exhibit of the latest work by Rachel Elion Baird, featuring live bluegrass music with the local band Old Bones. Free. (802) 989-1333.

Night Fires in Middlebury. Friday, Dec. 15, 8 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. As Winter Solstice approaches, this year’s Night Fires is a shout of hope and passionate prayer for our “Turtle Island” and all the many different peoples living here today — abundantly offered in a delicate intertwining of prose, poetry, song and dance. Tickets $25/$21 seniors/$20 student, available at 802-382-9222, townhalltheater.org, at the box office Monday-Saturday noon-5 p.m., or at the door.

 

Saturday, Dec. 16

Decorate a gingerbread house in Brandon. Saturday, Dec. 16, two sessions, 10:30-11:30 a.m., and 12:30-1:30 p.m., Compass Music and Art Center, 333 Jones Dr. SoundBite Cafe’s Chef Vicky will provide the houses (or church) and all the decorating (or munching) fixings for this family-friendly creative event. Come and have some holiday fun. The houses: Small (graham cracker) house $12/large (graham cracker) church $20/homemade gingerbread house $15. More info at 802-247-4295 or [email protected].

Old fashioned Santa visits in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m.-noon, Maple Landmark Wwoodcraft, Exchange St. Free.

Hot Cocoa hut in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Just 25 cents for a cup of cocoa with all the fixings.

Free gift wrapping in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec 16, noon-4 p.m., 44 Main St., For any item purchased in Middlebury. Just show your receipt.

Gentle Christmas  and lunch in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 16, noon, St Stephen’s Episcopal Church, on the green. Free.

A Holiday Concert: Songs of the Season in Bristol. Saturday, Dec. 16, 7 p.m., Holley Hall, 1 South St. Celebrate the music of the season with your friends and neighbors in the tradition started long ago. Suggested donation $5. 802-453-5885.

2017 Mr. Christmas Tree pageant in Bristol. Saturday, Dec. 16, 7 p.m., Mt. Abraham Union High School/Middle School, 220 Airport Dr. Six senior boys compete for the crown of Mr. Christmas Tree in a very funny pageant format. Formal wear, interviews, talent and bathing suit portions have entertained the community since 2013. Free for all ages. 802-349-0498.

Night Fires in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 16, 4 and 8 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. As Winter Solstice approaches, this year’s Night Fires is a shout of hope and passionate prayer for our “Turtle Island” and all the many different peoples living here today — abundantly offered in a delicate intertwining of prose, poetry, song and dance. Tickets $25/$21 seniors/$20 student, available at 802-382-9222, townhalltheater.org, at the box office Monday-Saturday noon-5 p.m., or at the door.

The Promise is Hope in Brandon. Saturday, Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Music, 62 Country Club Rd. Married couple Ashley and Eric L’Esperance, explore through their music the mysteries of love, spirituality, and the joys and struggles of life’s journey. Tickets $20. Pre-concert dinner available for $25. Reservations required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. More info at 802-247-4295, [email protected] or brandon-music.net.

Public Skating in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 16, 8-10 p.m., Memorial Sports Center, 296 Buttolph Dr. Concession stand open.

 

Sunday, Dec. 17

Vermont Book Shop birthday in Middlebury. Sunday, Dec. 17, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Help our local bookshop celebrate. Free cake.

Annual Community holiday dinner in Bristol. Sunday, Dec. 17, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Mary’s at Baldwin Creek, 1868 N. Route 116. Mary’s 35th annual holiday celebration for local residents. Free dinner, music and entertainment - plus a visit from Santa! 802-453-2432.

Annual “Messiah” sing in Middlebury. Sunday, Dec. 17, 2 p.m., Congregational Church of Middlebury, 1 Main St. Join other members in the community to celebrate the holiday season by singing Handel’s “Messiah” together. Free and open to the public.

Chanukah party in Middlebury. Sunday, Dec. 17, 3-6 p.m., Havurah House, North Pleasant St.

Night Fires in Middlebury. Sunday, Dec. 17, 4 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. As Winter Solstice approaches, this year’s Night Fires is a shout of hope and passionate prayer for our “Turtle Island” and all the many different peoples living here today — abundantly offered in a delicate intertwining of prose, poetry, song and dance. Tickets $25/$21 seniors/$20 student available at 802-382-9222, townhalltheater.org, at the box office Monday-Saturday noon-5 p.m., or at the door.

Winter Solstice Fundraiser at The Village Shala in Bristol. Sunday, Dec. 17, 5 p.m., The Village Shala, 14 School St. Surrounded by candlelight, learn the Gayatri mantra, known for calling on the light. We will then chant it 108 times, celebrating the darkness and calling on the light. We will be accepting donations to support a local organization. All are welcome. Suggested donation of $10-$20. 802-349-2320.

The Festival of Sankta Lucia in Orwell. Sunday, Dec. 17, 7-8 p.m., Orwell Congregational Church, Main St. Celebrate the traditional Swedish Christmas festival, with costumed children, youth and adults from Orwell Congregational Church, St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Orwell, St. Stephen’s and the Congregational Church of Middlebury. St. Lucia brought food to the Christians in the Catacombs of ancient Rome and her crown of light symbolizes the turning point from the darkest night of winter to the lights of Christmas.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 19

Light of Love tree lighting and open house in Middlebury. Tuesday, Dec. 19, 6-7, Homeward Bound, Boardman St. Pets can celebrate too. Free.

Annual concert and carol sing in Middlebury. Tuesday, Dec. 19, 7 p.m. Middlebury United Methodist Church, Seminary and N. Pleasant St. Come sing to raise money for the Charter House.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 20

Decorate a gingerbread house in Brandon for grown-ups. Wednesday, Dec. 20, 6:30-8 p.m., Compass Music and Art Center, 333 Jones Dr. SoundBite Cafe’s Chef Vicky will provide the houses (or church) and all the decorating (or munching) fixings. Price: $25 (large graham cracker church or homemade gingerbread house) includes light snacks and a choice of festive drinks. Minimum 5 people. More info at 802-247-4295 or [email protected].

 

Thursday, Dec. 21

Recital of Advent and Christmas in Middlebury. Thursday, Dec. 21, 12:15-12:45 p.m. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, on the town green. Music with strings, woodwind, and vocalists, accompanied by organ and piano. Free.

 

Friday, Dec. 22

A Grinch-tacular Christmas Eve-eve-eve in Middlebury. Friday, Dec. 22, 10:30-11 a.m., Community Meeting Room, Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. View the classic animated movie with free popcorn, hot chocolate and candy-canes.

Decorate a gingerbread house in Brandon for grown-ups. Friday, Dec. 22, 6:30-8 p.m., Compass Music and Art Center, 333 Jones Dr. SoundBite Cafe’s Chef Vicky will provide the houses (or church) and all the decorating (or munching) fixings. Price: $25 (large graham cracker church or homemade gingerbread house) includes light snacks and a choice of festive drinks. Minimum 5 people. More info at 802-247-4295 or [email protected].

Lumen celebration of fire and lights in Bristol. Friday, Dec. 22, Main St. Experience fire performers Cirque de Fuego on the green, a lighted walk down Main St and fire pits at Tandem and Vermont Tree Goods complete with hot drinks, tasty eats and handmade s’mores kits from Lu.lu. Wrap up the night at Hatch 31 with music and revelry. Part of Bristol’s Cool Yule celebration.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 27

Thank-you card party in Middlebury. Wednesday, Dec. 27, all-day, Reference Room, Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. Create and write thank-you cards using basic craft supplies and envelopes from the library.

 

Thursday, Dec. 28

“Wonder Woman” on screen in Middlebury. Thursday, Dec. 28, 12:30-3 p.m. Community Meeting Room, Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. Free. Adults and youth 13 and older independently, 9-12 with adult or adult permission, 8 and under with adult caregiver.

 

Sunday, Dec. 31

Countdown to Noon-Year in Middlebury. Sunday, Dec. 31, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Community Meeting Room, Ilsley Public Library, 74 Main St. A celebration for kids who won’t be up at midnight. Crafts, stories, face painting, photo booth and fun.

Best Night New Year’s Eve celebration in Bristol. Sunday, Dec. 31, 5 p.m., downtown. Come out to enjoy this community celebration of the New Year ahead. Three venues with music, dancing and children’s activities. $10 before 12/25, $12 at the door, children under 12 and seniors over 75 are free. Information at bestnight.org or 802-453-4613.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks and Ice Skating. Sunday, Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m., Middlebury Recreation Field, Mary Hogan Dr. Hot Cocoa hut too. After fireworks, free ice-skating at Memorial Sports Center from 8-9:30 p.m.

New Year’s Eve with The Grift in Middlebury. Sunday, Dec. 31, 8 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. Middlebury favorites The Grift throw a New Year’s Eve Party for the ages. Tickets $18 door/$15 in advance available at 802-382-9222, townhalltheater.org, at the box office Monday-Saturday noon-5 p.m., or at the door.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 3

 ‘Race, Nation and Toni Morrison’s “Beloved”’ talk in Middlebury. Wednesday, Jan. 3, 7 p.m., Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. UVM Professor Emily Bernard explores how “Beloved” argues that America must reckon with the consequences of out nation’s original sin — slavery. Part of the Vermont Humanities Council First Wednesdays series.

 

Saturday, Jan. 6

Merry Mulch in Middlebury. Saturday, Jan. 6, begins 8 a.m. Have your Christmas tree at the curb by 8 a.m. free of decorations, tinsel, etc., for Rotary Club of Middlebury to pick up.

 

Night Tree on stage in Ripton. Saturday, Jan. 6, 7:30 p.m., Ripton Community Coffee House, 1305 Rt. 125. Open mic followed by featured performers. $10 general admission/$15 generous admission/$3 kids under 12. Doors open at 7 p.m. Open mic sign-up and info at 802-388-9782 or rcch.org.

 

Saturday, Jan. 13

Invasive insect presentation in Shoreham. Saturday, Jan. 13, 2 p.m., Platt Memorial Library, 279 Main St. Learn about invasive insect species with Meredith Whitney, Forest Pest Education Coordinator with the Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Program. A kid-friendly, insect-heavy experience. An insect craft and a snack are included.

Contra dance in Cornwall. Saturday, Jan. 13, 7-9:30 p.m., Cornwall Town Hall, Route 30. Featuring Don Stratton calling to live banjo and fiddle music by Red Dog Riley. $5-10/person (sliding scale). All are welcome. No experience or partner necessary. More info at 802-462-3722.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 20

“Quilters, the Musical” in Middlebury. Saturday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m., Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, 2 Duane Ct. A tender, moving play about a pioneer woman and her daughters that portrays the lot of women on the prairie through music, dance and drama. Free will donation.

 

Saturday, Jan. 27

Quilters’ community service projects in Middlebury. Saturday, Jan. 27, 9 a.m., The Residence at Otter Creek, 350 Lodge Rd. Milk and Honey Quilters’ Guild members will sew clothing protectors, fidget quilts and ‘port’ pillows (for chemotherapy patients) for distribution to community service programs. More info contact Peg Allen at 802-623-6211.

“Tosca” live stream in HD in Middlebury. Saturday, Jan. 27, 1 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. The MET’s latest rendition of this beloved opera stars Kristine Opolais in the title role opposite Vittorio Grigolo and Bryn Terfel. A free talk about the opera will be given in the studio on the lower level before the broadcast at 12:15 p.m. Tickets: adults $24/$10 students, and are available at 802-382-9222, townhalltheater.org, at the box office Monday-Saturday noon-5 p.m., or at the door.

 

Sunday, Jan. 28

Caregivers’ conference in Shoreham. Sunday, Jan. 28, 1-4 p.m., Platt Memorial Library, 279 Main St. For all people who work with small children, both informally and professionally. Learn about ways to support emerging literacy in children ages 0-5, how to select and share books that children love, and some extension activities to take the learning beyond the book. More info contact Abby at 802-897-2647.

 

Saturday, Feb. 3

LC Jazz “Winter Thaw” concert in Vergennes. Saturday, February 3, 7 p.m., Vergennes Opera House, 120 Main St. Join LC Jazz and shake off your winter blues. Free will donations at the door, to be used for local scholarships.

 

Thursday, Feb. 8

“Slavery by Another Name” talk in Middlebury. Thursday, Feb. 8, 7 p.m., Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. Historian and Filmmaker Douglas Blackmon discusses his film, and Pulitzer-winning book, “Slavery by Another Name,” which chronicle the return of forced labor across the South between the Civil War and WWII. The talk includes brief film clips. Part of the Vermont Humanities Council First Wednesdays series.

 

Saturday, Feb 10

Contra dance in Cornwall. Saturday, Feb. 10, 7-9:30 p.m., Cornwall Town Hall, Route 30. Featuring David Kaynor calling to live banjo and fiddle music by Red Dog Riley. $5-10/person (sliding scale). All are welcome. No experience or partner necessary. More info at 802-462-3722.

 

Wednesday, Feb. 14

“David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Arts” on screen in Middlebury. Wednesday, Feb. 14, 11 a.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. In-depth and intimate interviews with Britain’s most popular artist during his hugely successful shows at the Royal Academy of Arts in 2012 and 2016. Part of THT’s Great Art Wednesdays series. Tickets: adults $13/students $8 available at 802-382-9222, townhalltheater.org, at the box office Monday-Saturday noon-5 p.m., or at the door.

 

Saturday, Feb. 17

“L’Elisir d’Amore” live stream in HD in Middlebury. Saturday, Feb. 17, 1 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. The MET’s production of Donizetti’s comedy. A free talk about the opera will be given in the studio on the lower level before the broadcast at 12:15 p.m. Tickets: adults $24/$10 students, and are available at 802-382-9222, townhalltheater.org, at the box office Monday-Saturday noon-5 p.m., or at the door.

 

Saturday, Feb 24

Formosa Folk on stage in Middlebury. Saturday, Feb. 24, TBA, Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, 2 Duane Ct. The Formosa Quartet returns to Middlebury to perform a folk-influenced program, including Dana Wilson’s Hungarian Folk Songs, Mark O’Connor’s Appalachia Waltz, and Dvorak’s American Quartet. Tickets $16-$26. More info at capitalcityconcerts.org.

“La Boheme” live stream in HD in Middlebury. Saturday, Feb. 24, 12:30 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. The World’s most popular opera returns in this MET production with a cast of young stars. A free talk about the opera will be given in the studio on the lower level before the broadcast at 11:45 p.m. Tickets: adults $24/$10 students, and are available at 802-382-9222, townhalltheater.org, at the box office Monday-Saturday noon-5 p.m., or at the door.

 

Sunday, Feb. 25

“Sex With Strangers” on stage in Middlebury. Sunday, Feb. 25, 4 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S Pleasant St. Middlebury Actors Workshop present the story of twenty-something sex blogger Ethan and unsung forty-ish novelist Olivia and their complicated relationship. (Language warning).

 

Saturday, March 3

Try Hockey for Free in Middlebury. Saturday, March. 3, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Memorial Sports Center, 296 Buttolph Dr. Hosted by the Middlebury Amateur Hockey Association, Try Hockey for Free is designed to provide kids between the ages of four and nine with a completely free experience to try youth hockey. A limited amount of equipment is available to borrow. MAHA coaches will be on the ice to assist the children in learning the basics. Youngsters do not need any previous skating or hockey experience. More info at www.middhockey.com or [email protected].

Carnevale Vergennes in Vergennes. Saturday, March 3, TBA, Vergennes Opera House, 120 Main St. An annual fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vergennes, The Vergennes Partnership and the Vergennes Opera House. Great Music, unusual acts, interesting prizes, food, cash bar and dancing, with or without Carnevale costumes. Ticket info TBA.

 

Wednesday, March 7

“Holbein: Eye of the Tudors” on screen in Middlebury. Wednesday, March 7, 11 a.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. Henry the VIII’s court painter recorded the most notorious era in English History. This film examines the life and work of Hans Holbein. Part of THT’s Great Art Wednesdays series. Tickets: adults $13/students $8 available at 802-382-9222, townhalltheater.org, at the box office Monday-Saturday noon-5 p.m., or at the door.

Presidents appointing judges talk in Middlebury. Wednesday, March 7, 7 p.m., Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. Join UVM professor Lisa Holmes as she explains how presidents have long used judicial appointments to tilt the judiciary in one direction or another, and on occasion gaining great political benefit from appointing judges for ideological reasons. Part of the Vermont Humanities Council First Wednesdays series.

 

Saturday, March 10

“Quilters, the Musical” in Brandon. Saturday, March. 10, 4 p.m., Brandon Inn, 20 Park St. A tender, moving play about a pioneer woman and her daughters that portrays the lot of women on the prairie through music, dance and drama. Free will donation.

Contra dance in Cornwall. Saturday, March 10, 7-9:30 p.m., Cornwall Town Hall, Route 30. Featuring Fern Bradley calling to live banjo and fiddle music by Red Dog Riley. $5-10/person (sliding scale). All are welcome. No experience or partner necessary. More info at 802-462-3722.

 

Saturday, March 17

Prydein on stage in Vergennes. Saturday, March 17, 7 p.m., Vergennes Opera House, 120 Main St. Enjoy St. Patrick’s day with this Celtic rock band, along with the Catamount Bagpipe Band. Doors and cash bar open at 6:30 p.m.

 

Wednesday, April 4

Understanding scripture lecture in Middlebury. Wednesday, April 4, 7 p.m., Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. Middlebury Professor Emeritus John Keene considers how we come to understand scripture and gain an interfaith reading of the text by stepping back to see it in context. Part of the Vermont Humanities Council First Wednesdays series.

 

Saturday, April 14

Contra dance in Cornwall. Saturday, April 14, 7-9:30 p.m., Cornwall Town Hall, Route 30. Featuring Luke Donforth calling to live banjo and fiddle music by Red Dog Riley. $5-10/person (sliding scale). All are welcome. No experience or partner necessary. More info at 802-462-3722.

 

Wednesday, May 2

“Churchill and Roosevelt: The Personal in the Partnership” lecture in Middlebury. Wednesday, May 2, 7 p.m., Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. UVM History Professor Emeritus Mark A, Stoler examines the important personal relationship between Britain’s Prime Minister and America’s President during their WWII alliance. A Vermont Humanities Council event.

 

Sunday, June 3

“The Big Meal” on stage in Middlebury. Sunday, June 3, 4 p.m., Stonecutter Spirits, 1197 Exchange St. Somewhere in America, in a typical suburban restaurant on a typical night, Sam and Nicole first meet. Sparks fly. And so begins an expansive tale that traverses five generations of a modern family, from first kiss to final goodbye. A Middlebury Actors Workshop production.

 

LIVE MUSIC

Woodchucks Revenge in Middlebury. Sunday, Nov. 26, 2 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek.

Jack Desbois in Middlebury. Thursday, Nov. 30, 12:15 p.m., St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.

Middlebury Community Wind Ensemble in Bristol. Friday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m., Mount Abraham Union High School.

George Winston in Middlebury. Friday, Dec. 1, Town Hall Theater.

Led Zeppelin Tribute in Middlebury. Friday, Dec 1, 7:30 p.m., Marquis Theater.

Miro Sprague Quartet in Brandon. Friday, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Music.

Imani Winds in Middlebury. Friday, Dec. 1, 8 p.m., Mahaney Center for the Arts.

Jon Gailmor in Vergennes. Saturday, Dec. 2, 11 a.m., Bixby Memorial Library.

Maiden Vermont in Vergennes. Saturday, Dec. 2, 1 p.m., Bixby Memorial Library.

Daddy Long Legs in Ripton. Saturday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., Ripton Community Coffee House

Rupert Wales in Brandon. Saturday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Music.

Horse Traders in Vergennes. Saturday, Dec. 2, 8 p.m., Vergennes Opera House.

Amaryllis in Middlebury. Monday, Dec 4, 7:30 p.m., St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.

 

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Addison String Quartet in Middlebury. Thursday, Dec. 7, 12:15 p.m., St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.

Maiden Vermont in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 9, 4 p.m., Town Hall Theater.

DuPont Brothers in Brandon. Saturday, Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Music.

Lessons and Carols for the advent of Christmas in Middlebury. Thursday, Dec. 14, 12:15 p.m., Mead Chapel.

Middle School winter concert in Bristol. Wednesday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m., Mount Abraham Union High School.

High School winter concert in Bristol. Thursday, Dec. 14, Mount Abraham Union High School.

Songs of the Season in Bristol. Saturday, Dec. 16, 7 p.m., Holley Hall.

The Promise is Hope in Brandon. Saturday, Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Music.

Best Night in Bristol, with musicians Patrick Fitzsimmons, Greg Ryan, The Insiders, Too Tall String Band, Karen Lueders, Cut, Split and Delivered, Encanto, Richard and Beth Duquette, MAUHS Sweet Transition A Capella Group and more. Sunday, Dec. 31, 5-9:30 p.m. Downtown.

Night Tree in Ripton. Saturday, Jan. 6, 7:30 p.m., Ripton Community Coffee House.

 

 

ONGOING EVENTS

By category: Farmers’ Markets, Sports, Clubs & Organizations, Government & Politics, Bingo, Fundraising Sales, Dance, Music, Arts & Education, Health & Parenting, Meals, Art Exhibits & Museums, Library Programs.

FARMERS’ MARKETS

Brandon Farmers’ Market. Fridays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., May 26-July 21, Central Park, July 28-through Oct. 20, Crescent Park. Vegetables, flowers, plants, Vermont maple syrup, honey, baked goods, organic beef, goat cheese, hand-crafted and tie-dyed items, jewelry, paintings and more.

Middlebury Farmers’ Market. Wednesdays and Saturdays at the VFW parking lot, Exchange St. Baked goods, organic products, cheese and dairy products, crafts, cut flowers, fresh fruit and vegetables, honey, jam, jellies, preserves, maple syrup, meat and poultry products, wine, bread, plants, pickles, prepared foods, soap and body-care products, eggs, yarn, and cider.

Vergennes Farmers’ Market. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon, beginning Nov. 18, Kennedy Brothers, 11 Main St. Up to 20 vendors, live music, free parking, rain or shine. Local food, produce, eggs, cheese, baked goods. Jewelry, crafts and gifts.

Whiting Farmers’ Market. Thursdays, 3-6 p.m., Whiting four corners. Maple syrup, honey, baked goods, eggs, pork, bacon, lamb, and many other seasonal offerings.

SPORTS

Co-ed volleyball in Middlebury. Pick-up games Monday, 7-9 p.m., Middlebury Municipal Gym. Jack Brown, 388-2502; Bruce at Middlebury Recreation Department, 388-8103.

Community Rowing Club in Vergennes. Thursdays, 5:15 – 7:30 p.m. June-Aug., Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. Info lcmm.org or 802-475-2022.

Family tennis court time in Middlebury. Sundays, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Middlebury Indoor Tennis. Family play drop-in offers families a chance to play together. Equipment is provided. Open to all levels of play. Info: Erin Morrison, [email protected].

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

ACT (Addison Central Teens). Drop-in hours during the school years: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 3-6 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday, 3-7 p.m. Warming Hut, 77 Mary Hogan Drive. Teen drop-in space for kids. Hang out with friends, play pool, watch movies, and eat great food. Info: 388-3910 or addisonteens.com.

Addison County Amateur Radio Association. Sunday, 8 p.m. On the air on club repeater 147.36/147.96 MHz, 100 Hz access tone. Non-members and visitors welcome.

Addison County Emergency Planning Committee. Last Wednesday, 5 p.m. State Police Barracks. Public invited.

Addison County Republican Party. Third Friday, 7 p.m., Ilsley Library, Middlebury. 897-2744.

American Legion Auxiliary Post 27. Fourth Monday, 7 p.m. American Legion, Wilson Road, Middlebury.

Addison County Council Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. Fourth Tuesday, noon-1:30 p.m. Addison County Courthouse in Middlebury. 388-9180.

Brandon Lions Club. First and third Tuesday, 7 p.m., Brandon Senior Citizen Center, 1591 Forest Dale Road. 247-3121.

Bristol Historical Society. Third Thursday, 7 p.m., Howden Hall, 19 West St., Bristol.

Champlain Valley Fiddlers’ Club. Middlebury VFW, 530 Exchange St. Third Sunday (except Easter), noon to 5 p.m. Donation $3. Refreshments available. Looking for fiddlers young and old. Open to public. Info: 342-0079.

The Hub Teen Center and Skate Park. 110 Airport Drive, Bristol. School year hours 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Summer hours 10 a.m. ‘til dark as staff is available. [email protected]. Info: 453-3678 or bristolskatepark.com.

LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer). Youth support group meets Monday nights, 4-6 p.m., Turning Point Center, Marble Works, Middlebury. Info: 388-4249.

Middlebury Garden Club. Second Tuesday. Location varies. Pat Morrow, 462-3741.

Middlebury Lions Club. First and third Monday, 5:30 p.m., Rosie’s Restaurant. Meetings held October through June.

NEAT (Northeast Addison Television) Channel 16. Fourth Monday, 5-7 p.m. NEAT studio in Bristol. Bruce Duncan, [email protected].

Neshobe Sportsman Club. Second Monday, 6 p.m. potluck; 7 p.m. meeting. 97 Frog Hollow Road in Brandon.

Otter Creek Poets. Open poetry workshop held Thursdays, 1-3 p.m. Ilsley Library in Middlebury. Poets of all ages are invited to share their poetry for feedback, encouragement and optional weekly assignments. Bring a poem or two to share (plus 20 copies). Led by David Weinstock. Free.

Orwell Historical Society. Fourth Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Orwell Free Library.

PACT (People of Addison County Together). Third Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Vermont state office building on Exchange St. in Middlebury, Health Department conference room. 989-8141.

Samaritan’s Cupboard. Assembly of God Christian Center, 1759 Route 7, Vergennes. Third Thursday through October.

Vergennes Lions Club. First and third Wednesday, 6:45 p.m., American Legion. Club address: PO Box 94, Vergennes, VT 05491. Info: President Tim Cowan, 877-2382.

Vergennes Rotary Club. Tuesday mornings, 7:15-8:30 a.m., Champlain Valley Christian School, 2 Church St. Breakfast served at 7:15 a.m.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

Addison Peace Coalition. Saturday, 10:30-11 a.m. Triangle Park in Middlebury.

Citizens for Constitutional Government in Bridport. Thursday, 7-9 p.m. Bridport Community School. Learn about the U.S. and Vermont constitutions and how to defend our rights.

Five-Town Area Vigil for Peace. Friday, 5-5:30 p.m. Bristol green. All welcome to speak out for world peace.

Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles Mobile Service Van. Second and fourth Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Every Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Addison County Courthouse, in Middlebury. The van offers written exams, customer service and road tests. 828-2000.

BINGO

American Legion Hall, Middlebury. Wednesday. Doors open 5:30 p.m. with early birds. Jackpot $3,000. Food available. Benefits veterans, scholarships and community programs. 388-9311.

Brandon Senior Center, Brandon. First and third Mondays. 6 p.m. Refreshments sold. 247-3121.

Brandon American Legion. Tuesday, warm-ups 6:15 p.m., regular games 7 p.m. Food available, complimentary hot tea and coffee. Info: 247-5709.

VFW Post 7823, Middlebury. Monday. Doors open 5 p.m., quickies 6:15 p.m., regular bingo 7 p.m. 388-9468.

FUNDRAISING SALES

Bixby Memorial Library Book Sale, Otter Creek Room, 258 Main St., Vergennes. Saturdays, May 6–Oct. 28, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Proceeds support library programs and materials.

Brandon Free Public Library Used Book Sale. Wednesdays, 4-7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The 2016 season runs May 4 through mid-October.

Ilsley Public Library Book Sale. First Saturday, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Vermont Room. Ongoing sale in The Last Word during library hours. Info: 388-4095.

St. Peter’s Closet in Vergennes. Behind St. Peter’s. Open on Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Two Brothers Tavern’s Charitable Mondays. First Monday. 10 percent of entire day’s proceeds go to designated charity.

DANCE, MUSIC, ARTS & EDUCATION

Bridge at Ilsley in Middlebury. Thursdays, 5:30-7:45 p.m., Ilsley Library. Single players welcome. Info: 462-3373.

Bristol folk session in Bristol. Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m., Hatch 31, 31 Main St. Open jam. Bring your voices, instruments, songs and tunes. Irish/Celtic, Maritime, Appalachian, Quebecois, Roots/Blues, World Music, Dead, Dylan. Info: vtceltic.com/bristol-folk-session.html.

Celtic jam session in East Middlebury. Third Wednesday, 8-10 p.m., Waybury Inn. Open session to play traditional Scottish and Irish tunes on acoustic instruments. All abilities welcome.

Celtic jam session in Middlebury. First Wednesday, 8-10 p.m., 51 Main. Come swap Scottish, Irish and Canadian fiddle tunes. Open to all instruments and players familiar with Celtic sessions and jam etiquette. Info: [email protected] or 203-823-8669.

Chess Club of Addison County in Middlebury. Wednesdays, 3:15-6 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m., Aurora Learning Center.

Chess and bridge clinic in Middlebury. Mondays, 3:30-5:30, Ilsley Library. Casual play and gentle coaching in bridge and chess.

Chess club in Brandon. Saturdays, 12:30 p.m., Brandon Library. All ages and abilities welcome.

Chinese conversation group in Middlebury. Saturdays, 10-11 a.m. Informal discussion in Mandarin Chinese led by native speaker Yinglei Zhang. Info: 388-4095.

Classical string ensemble in Middlebury. Third Friday, EastView at Middlebury. Amateur ensemble looking for violinists. Info: 388-7351.

College Session for Seniors in Middlebury. Elderly Services, 112 Exchange St. Classes for people over 60 in basic computer, opera, politics, history, international law and more. Call 388-3983 or e-mail [email protected].

Conversational Spanish in Middlebury. Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Ilsley Public Library. Open to all interested in practicing their Spanish. Participants should have a comfortable level of speaking.

Craft workshop in Forest Dale. Tuesday, 6:30-8 p.m., Living Waters Assembly of God Church, Route 53. Free workshop for knitting, crocheting, or other crafts. Coffee served. Info: 247-3637.

Creative writing workshop in Vergennes. Thursday, 6-8 p.m., Bixby Library. Free. Librarian Muir Haman guides participants through short-form writing and creative exercises. All experience levels welcome. Info: 877-2211 or [email protected].

Dancing in Middlebury. Sundays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., EastView at Middlebury. Come dance to swing, blues and waltz music. Wear clean, dry, soft-soled shoes. Info: 475-2349 or [email protected].

Dramatic writing workshop in Vergennes. Monday, 6-8 p.m., Bixby Library. Free workshop led by screenwriter Jay Dubberly in which participants help each other work on long-form writing projects. Info: 877-2211 or [email protected].

Drum Collective. Group drumming. Every Monday, 10-11 a.m., 111 Maple St. in the Marble Works at Huard Studio. Led by local percussionist Will Smith. Open to all. Info: drumcollective.org.

Drum gathering in Bristol. Last Friday of the Month, 6-8 p.m., Recycled Reading of Vermont. Info: 453-5982 or recycledreadingofvt.com.

Duplicate bridge at EastView at Middlebury. Tuesdays, 6:15-9 p.m. Info: [email protected].

French conversation group in Middlebury. Second Saturday (deuxième Samedi) of the month, 1 p.m., location varies. Enjoy casual conversation; all levels welcome. Info: [email protected].

Jam session for teens in Middlebury. Second and fourth Thursdays of each month, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Addison Central Teen Center, 94 Main St. Bring your own instrument or borrow one of ours. To register, call Robin or Jutta at 388-3910.

Journaling for Self-Discovery group in Lincoln. Third Thursday of every month, 7 p.m., Lincoln Library. Info: 453-2665.

Karaoke in Middlebury. Tuesdays, 9 p.m., Two Brothers Tavern

Knitting and Rug Hooking in Brandon. First and third Wednesdays of each month, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Brandon Library. Project sharing, idea gathering and textile camaraderie.

Knitting group in Brandon. Thursday, 1-3 p.m., Brandon Senior Center. 247-3121.

Knitting group in Vergennes. Third Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Bixby Memorial Library. Informal assistance provided. Arabella Holzapfel, 443-5284 (weekdays), 877-2172 (evenings) or [email protected].

Line dancing lessons in New Haven. Saturdays, starting March 5, 2016, 6-8 p.m., New Haven Town Hall. All ages. $5 per person. Info: 989-6701 or Facebook.com/ACLineDancers.

Maiden Vermont women’s barbershop chorus, under the direction of Lindi Bortney, is open to women of all ages. The group sings four-part a cappella music from traditional barbershop to doo-wop and Broadway. Rehearsals Thursdays, 7-9:15 p.m., Salisbury Community School. Info: 388-1012 or go to maidenvermont.com.

Marquis Theater, 65 Main St., Middlebury. Open Mic: every 2nd Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. Bluegrass Jam: every 4th Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. Trivia night: every 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 7 p.m. Retro Game Show night 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 7 p.m. Live Storytelling: 1st Fridays, 8 p.m. Comedy Thunderdome; 2nd Saturdays, 8 p.m. Movie Roast: 3rd Saturdays, 8 p.m. “Bullsh$1TTN” with Brittain: A Comedy Experience, last Saturdays, 8 p.m.

Middlebury College Community Chorus. Mead Chapel. Open to all singers without auditions. Tuesdays and Sundays, 7-8:30 p.m., Beginning Sept. 12, Mead Chapel. Conductor Jeff Rehbach, 443-5811; manager Mary Longey, 236-7933.

Movie club in Vergennes. First Friday of the month, 6-8:30 p.m., Bixby Library. A film of note is introduced, watched and discussed. Free popcorn. For info and upcoming title: 877-2211 or [email protected].

Movie night in Middlebury. Every Wednesday, 7-9 p.m., EastView at Middlebury, Community Room.

Parler Français Comme Des Vaches Espagnoles. Every Thursday, 7 p.m. 35B West. St. in Bristol (above Paige & Campbell). Conversational French for speakers of all abilities. Info: 453-2285.

Round, line and square dancing in Brandon. Neshobe School. Info: 247-5544.

Sacred Harp (Shape Note) Sing. Second Sunday, 1-3 p.m. Middlebury. All ages and levels of experience welcome. Debby, 388-5410 or fasola.org.

Spanish conversation group in Brandon. Every Saturday, 11 a.m.-noon, Gourmet Provence, 37 Center St. All levels welcome.

Technology help in Middlebury. Mondays and Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Sundays 10 a.m.-noon, Ilsley Public Library.

Teen movie night in Middlebury. First Friday of every month, 6-10 p.m., Addison Central Teen Center, Warming Hut.

Twist O’ Wool Guild. First Thursdays, 7 p.m. American Legion on Wilson Road.

Vermont Ukulele Society. Second and fourth Mondays, beginners 6:30-7 p.m. regular session 7-9 p.m. at Howden Hall in Bristol. Call 453-6411 or see http://vtukes.webs.com for info. Extra ukuleles for beginners.

Wooly Bullys fiber enthusiasts group. First Tuesdays, Orwell Free Library. Info: 948-2041.

Writing Workshops on Vergennes. “Writing Horror: Defining Terror, Fear & the Dark Side of Imagination,” Thursdays, Sept. 7-Oct. 26, 6-8 p.m. “Microcosms and Magnification: The Short Story,” Wednesdays, Sept. 13-Nov. 8, 3-5 p.m. Bixby Library.

HEALTH & PARENTING

Addison County Parkinson’s Disease Outreach Group in Middlebury. Last Thursday, 10-11:30 a.m., Residence at Otter Creek, 350 Lodge Road. Caregivers welcome. Info: 888-763-3366 or [email protected].

Adult ADHD support group in Middlebury. Second Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., Focus Research Center, 135 South Pleasant St. Info: 349-7222 or [email protected].

Alcoholics Anonymous. Brandon, Bristol, Middlebury, New Haven, North Ferrisburgh, Ripton, Vergennes. Alcoholics Anonymous holds meetings seven days a week throughout Addison County. For times, locations and information on twelve-step, discussion, As Bill Sees It, Big Book, women’s and men’s meetings, call 388-9284 or visit aavt.org/aamtg9.htm#Legend.

Al-Anon and Alateen meetings in Middlebury. See vermontalanonalateen.org/meetings.php for meetings days, times and locations.

Armchair Yoga in Vergennes. Thursdays, 10:30 a.m., Armory Lane Senior Housing. Register at 870-7182.

At Wits End. Middlebury. Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m. The Turning Point Center in the Marble Works. 388-4249.

Autism Support Daily. First Monday, 7-9 p.m. New Haven Congregational Church. Support for families affected by autism. Online support at autismsupportdaily.com. Lynn George, 660-7240; Milly Jackson, 545-2335.

Autism Parent Support Group in New Haven. Second Thursday. Sapphire Center, 87 Rivers Bend Road. Childcare not available. Anjanette Sidaway, 388-3887.

Foot clinics. Sponsored by Addison County Home Health and Hospice. Bring basin and towel for foot care. Clinics that fall on holidays will be held the week after on the same day. 388-7259.

Bridport: Grange Hall. First Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.-noon.

Bristol: American Legion. Second Wednesday, 10 a.m.-noon.

Middlebury: Commons. Second Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon (9-10 a.m. for Commons residents only).

Middlebury: Russ Sholes. Third Friday, 10 a.m.-noon.

Vergennes: Armory Lane Senior Housing. First Tuesday, 10 a.m.-noon (10-11 a.m. for Armory Lane residents only).

Bone Builders class. Every Monday and Wednesday, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Brandon Senior Center. Free.

Bone Builders class in Lincoln. Lincoln Library, Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Bone Builders class in Middlebury. Mondays 9-10 a.m. and Fridays 8:30-9:30 a.m., EastView at Middlebury, Community Room. Free.

Brain Injury Support Group in Middlebury. Second Tuesday, 6-8 p.m., Hannaford Career Center, Room 208. For survivors, family members and caregivers. Info: 388-2720 or [email protected].

Brain Injury Support Group Project of Crown Point, N.Y. Every other Thursday, 6:30 p.m., 1869 Crown Point Rd., Crown Point, N.Y. Call (518) 597-3104 for dates.

Brandon Sits Meditation Circle. Wednesdays 12:30 p.m., Brandon Public Library.

Breastfeeding Café. Third Tuesday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Ilsley Library. For nursing or pregnant mothers. Dads and siblings welcome. Info: Vicki Kirby, 236-4136, [email protected]; or Elizabeth Curran, 349-3825, NaturalBeginningsVT.com.

Bristol Playgroup. Every Tuesday starting Sept. 10, 2013, 9:30-11 a.m., First Baptist Church. For children from birth to 6 years. Led by David Sandler. Sponsored by the Addison County Parent/Child Center. 388-3171.

Car seat safety check in Middlebury. MREMS, 55 Collins Drive. First Saturday of every month, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Childbirth Classes. Porter Hospital offers several options in childbirth classes. Schedules and applications: 382-3413 or portermedical.org/outreach.html.

Childcare Class. Thursdays at 4:15 p.m. Lincoln Library. 453-5362.

Dementia Simulation in Middlebury. Third Thursday of every month, 4:30-5:30 p.m. The Residence at Otter Creek. RSVP Connie Leach 388-1220, residenceottercreek.com.

Disabled American Veterans in Middlebury. 388-6401. Otter Valley Disabled American Veterans Chapter 21 meet the first Monday of the month, 6-7 p.m., at the Middlebury American Legion. New members welcome.

Family Caregiver Support Group in Middlebury. 388-3983. Elderly Services, 112 Exchange St. Third Fridays.

Family Support Group in Brandon. Wednesdays, 7-8 p.m., Brandon Congregational Church fellowship hall. For families with a loved one who is struggling with drug addiction. Info: Lois Deitz, 247-3797.

Foot care clinic, also blood pressure and pulse monitors. 658-2421. Bridport Grange. First Mondays of even months.

Functional fitness class with Kimberly Cobb in Middlebury. Every Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30-9:30 a.m., EastView at Middlebury, Community Room. $5 per class. Open to the public.

Grief anonymous meetings in Middlebury. Every Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Grace Baptist Church, 52 Merchants Row.

Hellenbach Cancer Support Group in Middlebury. Call for information and meeting times: 388-6107.

HIV Testing in Middlebury. Open Door Clinic. 388-0137. Free and anonymous. Call for appointment.

Hope and Help for Hurts, Hangups and Habits recovery group in Brandon. Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m., LifeBridge Christian Church, 97 Frog Hollow Road. Celebrate recovery.

La Leche League of Addison County in Middlebury. First Thursday, 10-11 a.m., at Junebug in the Star Mill. Info: 382-1589.

Making Recovery Easier (MRE) group in Middlebury. Wednesdays, 5:30-7 p.m., Turning Point Center in the Marble Works. A group meeting for people in recovery struggling to decide whether or not to attend noon-step programs.

Meditation group in Middlebury. Sponsored by the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society’s sangha; meets every Sunday evening at the CVUUS Fenn House, 2 Duane Court, 7-8 p.m. Includes both sitting and walking mediation. No prior meditation experience required. For more info, contact Van at 388-2142 or [email protected].

Memory screenings in Middlebury. First Tuesdays, by appointment. Free. Appointments: 385-3711 or [email protected].

Middlebury Playgroup. Every Tuesday, 9:30-11 a.m., Memorial Baptist Church, South Pleasant Street. For children from birth to 6 years. Led by Melanie Root. Sponsored by the Addison County Parent/Child Center. 388-3171.

Monday Playgroup in Brandon. Mondays when schools are open, 10-11:30 a.m. St. Thomas Episcopal Church, downstairs. Run by Brandon Recreation Department, 247-0228.

NAMI-VT Family Support Group in Brandon. First Monday. 7-8:30 p.m., Brandon Museum at the Stephen A. Douglas Birthplace. For family members and close friends of a loved one with a serious mental illness. Mary, 247-0180; or NAMI office, 1-800-639-6480.

Narcotics Anonymous Road to Recovery Group. Middlebury. 6 p.m. The Turning Point Center in the Marble Works. 388-4249.

Open Door Clinic. Tuesday and Thursday evenings in Middlebury. Free health care for low-income, uninsured people. 388-0137.

Opiate overdose rescue kit distribution in Middlebury. Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon. Turning Point Center in the Marble Works. Free. Intended for opiate dependent individuals and family members or friends who might be present at an overdose. Info: 388-4249.

Overeaters Anonymous in Bristol. Saturday, 1 p.m. Downstairs in the Lawrence Memorial Library. Babysitting available fourth Saturday. 349-4545 or 453-7088. No meeting Feb. 25.

Overeaters Anonymous in Middlebury. Monday, noon. The Turning Point Center in the Marble Works. 388-4249.

Parkinson’s support group in Middlebury. Last Thursday of the month, 10-11:30 a.m., Residence at Otter Creek, 350 Lodge Road. Caregivers welcome. Info: 453-5148 or [email protected].

Play group for preschool children. United Church of Lincoln. Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Jen Goodyear, 453-8589.

POSKVT (Parents of Special Kids Vermont). Second Monday, 7-9 p.m. New Haven Congregational Church. Parent support group. Topics include IEPs, services offered in Addison County, divorce, parents’ rights, sleep problems, general teen-age issues and more. Join online group at health.groups.yahoo.com/group/POSKVT_MEMBERS. Milly Jackson, 545-2335; Ann Duclos-Collier, 453-7324.

Postpartum group meeting in Vergennes. Tapestry Midwifery, 20 Armory Lane. Second and fourth Fridays, 12:30-2 p.m. Meet other moms and explore a wide range of topics including self-care, postpartum nutrition adjustments at home and newborn care. Info: 877-0022.

Preschooler Open Gym in Ferrisburgh. Fridays, 9:30-11 a.m. Oct. 3 through end of April. Closed school holidays. Free play in the gym. Bring trikes, bikes, scooters and helmets. Toddler push carts, wagons, ball and Legos available. Baby blanket area. Birth to 5. Snacks for sale. 877-1534 or 877-1312.

PTSD Support Group in Middlebury. Monday, starting Aug. 16, 5:30 p.m., Turning Point Center in the Marble Works. 388-4249.

Remembering and renewal group in Middlebury. Hospice Volunteer Services in the Marble Works. Wednesdays, starting March 8, 5:30-7 p.m. Share stories and celebrate memories of those we have loved and lost. 8-week class runs March 8-April 26. Info: 388-4111 or [email protected] for information.

RSVP Bone Builders. Osteoporosis prevention exercise program is offered, several locations. 50-minute classes are free and open to the public. volunteersinvt.org/bonebuildclasses.html or 388-7044.

Bristol: American Legion, Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m.; Bristol Health and Fitness, Tuesday and Thursday, 2 p.m.

East Middlebury: Valley Bible Church, Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.

Middlebury: Community Room at EastView, 8:30-9:30 a.m.; Community Services Building, Monday and Wednesday, 4 p.m.; Middlebury Fitness, Tuesday and Thursday, 1 p.m.; Vermont Adult Learning, Monday and Wednesday, 4 p.m.

Monkton: Friends Methodist Church, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 5:30 p.m.

Lincoln: Lincoln Library, Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Information: 453-2665.

Shoreham: Volunteer Fire Department, Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m.

South Starksboro: Jerusalem School House, Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m.

Starksboro: Starksboro Library, Tuesday and Thursday, 6-7 p.m. Information: Lisa Daudon, 453-3732.

Whiting: Town Hall, Monday and Thursday, 9 a.m.

Seated yoga in Middlebury with Lesley Ambika Gibbs. Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m., EastView at Middlebury. $5 for non-residents.

Senior exercise class in Lincoln. Lincoln Library, Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

SOS (Survivors of Suicide). First Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Hospice Volunteer Services in the Marble Works. Grief support for those who have lost someone to suicide. Info: 388-4111.

Speak Up! Addison County. First, second and fourth Thursdays, St. Stephen’s Church in Middlebury. Self-advocacy group for individuals with developmental disabilities. Info: 388-3702.

Story Time in Weybridge. Mondays, 10-11:30 a.m. Weybridge School Library. Oct. 2-May 28.

Sun Style Tai Chi. St Peter’s Parish Hall, Vergennes. Intermediate, Tuesdays, 9-10 a.m., Sept. 25-Dec.11. Beginner, Tuesdays, 10:15-11:15 a.m., Sept 25-Oct. 30.

Tai Chi for Arthritis classes. CVAA offers beginner and advanced classes for seniors around Addison County. Call 1-800-642-5119, ext. 1019, for more information.

Tai Chi for Beginners with Susan Wallis. Tuesdays, 10-11 a.m., Holley Hall, Bristol. Fridays 11 a.m.-noon, Middlebury Rec Center, 154 Creek Rd., Middlebury.

Tai Chi Sun Style for Beginners. Mondays and Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m., Holley Hall, Bristol. Through Nov. 15.

Tai Chi Sun-Style 73 with Susan Wallis. Fridays 1-2 p.m., Middlebury Rec. Center, 154 Creek Rd.

Tai Chi with Ruth Barenbaum in Middlebury. Tuesdays 5-6 p.m., EastView at Middlebury, Community Room. Free.

Tai Chi with Dotty McCarty in Middlebury. Fridays 10:45-11:45 a.m., EastView at Middlebury, Community Room. Free.

Tai Chi Yang 24 with Susan Wallis. Tuesdays 10-11 A.m., Holley Hall, Bristol.

Toddler Playgroup. Brandon. St. Thomas Episcopal Church. Registration: 247-0228 or town.brandon.vt.us/recreation.htm.

Tot open gym in Ferrisburgh. Fridays, 9:30-11 a.m., Ferrisburgh Central School gymnasium. Info: 877-1312 or 877-3247.

Turning Point Center. Monday, 9 a.m.-7:45 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m-10 p.m. Closed Sunday. 54 Creek Rd, Middlebury. Community center dedicated to providing a safe social and educational, substance-free environment for all. Writers for Recovery workshop Tuesdays, July 11-Sept. 19 at 7 p.m.

Vergennes Playgroup. Every Wednesday, 9:30-11 a.m. Congregational Church, South Water Street. For children from birth to 6 years. Cherie Vachon. Sponsored by the Addison County Parent/Child Center. 388-3171.

Vet to Vet. Middlebury. Tuesdays, 6:15 p.m. The Turning Point Center in the Marble Works.

Wits End. Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m. A confidential support group for parents whose adolescent or young adult is using alcohol, marijuana and other drugs. Turning Point Center in Middlebury. 388-4249.

Women for Sobriety. Mondays, 6:15 p.m. The Turning Point Center in the Marble Works. Self-help group for women with drinking problems. Info: 897-5254.

Yoga and meditation in Bristol. Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Yarn & Yoga, 25A Main St. A rotating program of meditation, gentle yoga and other consciousness-raising activities. Free. Info: 453-7799 or [email protected].

Yoga class in Middlebury. Third Sundays, noon-1 p.m. Otter Creek Yoga in the Marble Works. Free. 388-1961.

Yoga class in Vergennes. Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Bixby Library. Starts Nov. 22, 2011. Free. Info: 877-2211.

Yoga for Community in Bristol. Fridays, 6:30 a.m. or 5:30 p.m. Phoenix Rising Center on Mountain Street. $5 contribution. Janet, 453-2419.

Young Adult All-Recovery Group in Middlebury. Tuesdays, 4-5 p.m., Turning Point Center. For anyone age 15-25 in recovery.

Young At Heart intergenerational yoga. Fridays, 10 a.m., The Residence at Otter Creek, 350 Lodge Rd. 802-388-1220.

MEALS

Bristol senior luncheon. First Thursday, noon, First Baptist Church of Bristol. Suggested donation $4. 453-5276.

Free Community Lunch in Middlebury. Summer: Mondays-Thursdays at the Charter House, 27 North Pleasant St. (just north of the Middlebury Inn). 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Eat in or take out. Supported by area churches.

Free Community Supper in Middlebury. Fridays, 5-6:15 p.m. Congregational Church Fellowship Hall. Meals provided by over 35 different groups. Info: 388-7634 or 388-7613.

CVAA Senior Meals:

Bridport: Grange Hall Community Room. Noon meal on Monday and Wednesday. Evening meals on second and fourth Wednesdays at 5 p.m. Reservations: Michelle Eastman at 1-800-642-5119, ext. 1067. Transportation by ACTR: 388-1946.

Middlebury: Middlebury Rec Center, Creek Road. Noon meal on Tuesday. Tracy Corbett, 1-800-642-5119, ext. 1070. Free transportation: ACTR, 388-1946.

Middlebury: VFW, Exchange Street. Special noon meal on the first Friday of the month. Tracy Corbett, 1-800-642-5119, ext. 1070. Free transportation: ACTR, 388-1946.

Vergennes: Vergennes Senior Center. Noon meal on Tuesday and Thursday. Michelle Eastman at 1-800-642-5119, ext. 1067. Free transportation: ACTR, 388-1946.

Bristol Libanus Lodge, F&AM Breakfast. Second Sunday, 7:30-10:30 a.m. Eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, French toast, home fries, juice, coffee and tea. Buffet. $6. Benefits local charities.

Middlebury Congregational Church Community Supper. Friday, 5-6:15 p.m. Free. 388-7634.

Starksboro senior luncheon. Fourth Thursday, 11:30 a.m., January-October, Starksboro First Baptist Church. 453-6354 or [email protected].

Vergennes Masonic Lodge Breakfast. Last Sunday, 7:30-10 a.m. Pancakes, French toast, home fries, eggs, bacon, sausage and beverage. All you can eat. Adults $6; children $3. Benefits the lodge’s charitable donations.

VFW Fish Fry in Middlebury. Third Friday, 4-6 p.m., Men’s Auxiliary, VFW Post 7823, Exchange Street. $9 per person. Proceeds to benefit the post’s charitable donations.

VFW Fish Fry in Vergennes. Second Friday, 5-7 p.m., Sons of the American Legion, VFW Post 14, Armory Lane. $10 per person. Haddock, fries, coleslaw and cash bar.

ART EXHIBITS & MUSEUMS

51 Main. Main Street, Middlebury. 388-8209 or go51main.com.

Art on Main. 25 Main St., Bristol. Gallery open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and noon-4 p.m. on Sundays. 453-4032, [email protected] or artonmain.net.“Bringing the Outside In” Oct. 13-Nov. 12.

ARTSight Gallery, 6 South St., Bristol. “The Art of Word,” Sept. 1-Dec. 31.

Basin Harbor Club. Ferrisburgh. 475-2311 or basinharbor.com.

BigTown Gallery, 99 North Main St., Rochester. 767-9670, and 245 Main St., Vergennes. bigtowngallery.com.

Bixby Memorial Library, Vergennes. 877-2211.

Bobcat Café. 5 Main St., Bristol. 453-3311.

Brandon Artists’ Guild. 7 Center St., Brandon. Gallery open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. 247-4956 or brandonartistsguild.com.

Brandon Free Public Library, Brandon. 247-8230 or brandonpubliclibrary.org.

Brandon Museum and Visitor Center at the Stephen A. Douglas Birthplace. 4 Grove St., at the corner of routes 7 and 73 West. brandon.org or 247-6401. Open daily 11 a.m.-4 p.m. through mid-October.

Brandon Music Café, 62 Country Club Road, Brandon. brandon-music.net or 465-4071. On exhibit: The abstract expressionist landscapes of Tom Merwin.

Bristol Bakery. Main St., Bristol. 453-3280.

Carol’s Hungry Mind Café. Merchants Row, Middlebury, 388-0101.

Chimney Point Vermont State Historic Site, 7305 Vermont Route 125, Addison. 759-2412. Open May 28-Oct. 10.

Compass Music and Arts Center, 333 Jones Drive, Brandon. cmacvt.org. On Exhibit On exhibit Nov. 17- Dec. 31, Stephanie Stouffer’s “Holiday Legacy.”

Creative Space Gallery and Sean Dye Studio. 214 Main St., Vergennes. 877-3850 or creativespacegallery.org.

EastView at Middlebury. 100 Eastview Terrace, Middlebury. 989-7500.

Edgewater Gallery at Middlebury Falls. 1 Mill St., Middlebury. 989-7419 or edgewatergallery-vt.com.

Edgewater Gallery on the Green. 6 Merchants Row, Middlebury. 989-7419 or edgewatergallery-vt.com.

Gallery @ 85 North Street. 85 North St., Bristol. 453- 5813 or 349-7551.

Gallery in-the-Field. 685 Arnold District Road, Brandon. 247-0145 or galleryinthefield.com.

Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History. 1 Park St., Middlebury. Museum hours Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Research Center Thursday and Friday, 1-5 p.m. Museum admission: Adults $5; seniors $4.50; children 6-18 $3; families $12. Research Center admission: $5. Information: 388-2117 or henrysheldonmuseum.org.

Ilsley Public Library. 75 Main St., Middlebury, 388-4095. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. 4472 Basin Harbor Road, Vergennes, 475-2022 or lcmm.org.

Lawrence Memorial Library. 40 North St., Bristol. 453-2366.

Lincoln Historical Society Museum. 88 Quaker St. Second and fourth Sunday of every month, noon-4 p.m., June through October. Free.

Lincoln Library. 222 W. River Road, Lincoln, 453-2665. Monday, 2-6 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Lincoln Peak Vineyard. 142 River Road, New Haven, 388-7368, lincolnpeakvineyard.com.

Liza Myers Gallery. 22 Center St., Brandon, 247-5229 or lizamyers.com. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Featuring the work of Warren Kimble, Liza Myers and other selected artists.

The M Gallery. 3 Mill St., Middlebury.

Middlebury College Davis Family Library. 443-3168 or middlebury.edu/arts.

Middlebury College Johnson Memorial Building. 443-3168 or middlebury.edu/arts. Silkscreen Prints by students of Hedya Klein, Tuesday, Nov. 28-Tuesday, Dec 5.

Middlebury College Museum of Art. 72 Porter Field/Route 30 South. 443-3168 or middlebury.edu/arts. Museum is closed Mondays. On exhibit: “A Story of Art: Gifts and Bequests from Charles Moffat ’67 and Lucinda Herrick.” Tuesday, Sept. 5-Sunday, Dec. 10. “Land and Lens: Photographers Envision the Environment.” Sept. 15-Sunday, Dec. 10. Fridays at the museum when classes are in session, at 12:15 p.m.: casual and informative programs ranging from gallery talks to short performances. Free.

Mount Independence State Historic Site. 497 Mount Independence Road, Orwell. 948-2000 or historicsites.vermont.gov/MountIndependence.

Northern Daughters Gallery. 221 Main St., Vergennes. Thursday-Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 877-2173.

Norton’s Gallery. Route 73, Shoreham. 948-2552 or nortonsgallery.com. Studio/gallery of Norton Latourelle’s whimsical woodcarvings. Open most days and by appointment.

Orwell Free Library. 948-2041.

Otter Creek Custom Framing. 3 Park St., Middlebury. 388-2370.

Outerlands Gallery. 37 Green St., Vergennes. outerlandsgallery.com.

Peter Fried Art. 245 Main St., Vergennes. Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

PhotoPlace Gallery. 3 Park St., Middlebury. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday by appointment. Info: 388-4500 or vtphotoworkplace.com.

Rokeby Museum. Route 7, Ferrisburgh. 877-3406.

Ross Sheehan Studio, 37 Green St., Vergennes, Wednesday & Thursday. 775-303-8863, rosssheehanart.com.

Starksboro Public Library. Monday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 453-3732.

Starry Night Café. 5371 Route 7 in Ferrisburgh. Wednesday-Sunday, 5:30-9 p.m. 877-6316.

Stone Leaf Tea House. Marble Works, Middlebury.

The Storm Café. 3 Mill St., Middlebury.

Studio V. 179 Main St., Vergennes, above Addison Outfitters. Info: 877-6524 or bethanyfarrell.com.

Stratford House Pottery gallery and studio, 294 Route 22A, Orwell. Weekdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m., call proprietor Stacey Stanhope at 948-2105 to ensure it is open the day you wish to visit.

Tourterelle. 3629 Ethan Allen Highway (Route 7), New Haven. Wednesday-Saturday, 5:30-9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Town Hall Theater Jackson Gallery, Merchants Row, Middlebury. Monday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. 382-9222. “Lyn DuMoulin: Places of the Heart,” Oct. 6- Nov. 12. “Tenth Annual Holiday Show of Original Works by Local Artists,” Nov. 18-Dec. 31.

Vermont Folklife Center. 88 Main St., Middlebury. Gallery and shop hours Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission by donation. 388-4964. “Driving the Back Roads: In Search of Old-Time Vermonters” Sept. 23-Jan. 6, 2018.

Vermont Studio Furniture Gallery. 718 Old Hollow Road, North Ferrisburgh. Gallery hours, Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Walkover Gallery. 15 Main St., Bristol. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 453-3188.

LIBRARY PROGRAMS

Bixby Memorial Library. 258 Main St., Vergennes. 877-2211. Monday, 12:30-7 p.m.; Tuesday, 12:30-5 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday, 12:30-5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Used book sale 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Saturdays through October. Preschool multi-age story time Thursday, 10:30 a.m.; “Writing the Marathon” with Jay Dubberly, Mondays, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 6-8 p.m., Oct; Writing Workshop with Muir Haman, Thursdays, 6-8 p.m.; Monthly table read, last Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m. Bridge Workshop, Oct. 12-Dec. 7, 5-7 p.m. Weekly Bridge Mondays, 1-4 p.m.

Brandon Free Public Library. Hours: Wednesday, 4-7 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Magic the Gathering Table Top drop-in gaming, Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m.; Storytime (during school year) Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m., Fridays, 3:00 p.m.; Friday film on the big screen, Fridays, 1:30 p.m.;

Hancock Free Public Library. Wednesday, 1-5 p.m.; Thursday, noon-6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Books, videos and DVDs. Other items available through interlibrary loan.

Ilsley Public Library. 75 Main St., Middlebury, 388-4095. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. October-April, Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Baby and Toddler Story Time, Tuesdays, 10:15-10:45 a.m., Jan. 6-May 12. Preschool Story Time, Thursdays, 10:30-11:15 a.m., Jan. 8-May 14. Saturday Story Time: 10:30-11 a.m., Jan. 3-May 16. Youth Media Lab, Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m., for kids in grades 4 and up. The Zone, for grades 4 and up, Wednesdays following the school calendar, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Foodie Friday, Fridays, 3:30-4:30, for kids in grades 4 and up. Storymatters: a monthly story circle, Wednesdays, 4 p.m. For a complete listing of ongoing and special children’s activities, visit ilsleypubliclibrary.org or call the Children’s Room at 388-4097.

Lawrence Memorial Library. 40 North St., Bristol, 453-2366 or lawrencelibrary.net. Monday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday, 1-5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free walk-in computer help. Family Fun and Games, second and fourth Fridays, 3:15 p.m. Lego Club, Wednesdays, 3:15-4:30 p.m., for school-age children. Story time Thursdays 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Lincoln Library. 222 W. River Rd., Lincoln, 453-2665. Monday, 2-6 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (additional evening hours on a volunteer basis); Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Chess Afternoon, Tuesdays, Sept. 15-Nov. 17. Story time (age five and under), Friday, 10:30 a.m. Senior program, second Wednesday, 10 a.m. Book discussion group, fourth Wednesday, 7 p.m.

New Haven Community Library. Located in the new library/town offices building. Tuesday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, 1-8 p.m. Thursday, 1-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Story Hour, Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. Information on Facebook at New Haven Community Library (Vermont), at the website nhcl.org, or by phone at 453-4015.

Orwell Free Library. Tuesday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.; Thursday, 3-6 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Platt Memorial Library. Shoreham. 897-2647. Monday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 2 p.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Programs on website: plattlib.org. LEGO challenge hour, second Wednesday of every month, 2:45-3:45 p.m. LEGO build night, third Thursday of every month, 5:30-7 p.m. Summer Programs: Reading Program, June 26-Aug. 3. Preschool story time, M & W 11 a.m., Free kids’ lunch, M, W & Th, noon. Youth activities, M, W & Th, 1 p.m.

Russell Memorial Library. Monkton. 453-4471. Tuesday and Thursday, 3-7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday Story Hour, second and fourth Friday, 10-11 a.m. Wi-Fi available.

Salisbury Free Public Library. 352-4198. Tuesday, 2:30-5:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Thursday, 2-5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon. Children’s Time, Tuesday 2:30-4 p.m. Info: http://salisburyfreelibrary.blogspot.com. Story hour, pre-K through grade 4: Tuesdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m., read-aloud book followed by arts and crafts project. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Sarah Partridge Community Library. East Middlebury. 388-7588. Ilsley Library cards accepted. Tuesday, 9 a.m.-noon; Thursday, 2-6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon. Book sale on Saturdays.

Starksboro Public Library. 2827 Route 116, Starksboro (in town hall); 453-3732. Parking behind town offices. Monday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Story time (ages 3-5) Monday, 10:30 a.m. 453-3732.

Whiting Free Library. Main Street opposite the church. 623-7862. Call for hours. Story time with Deb Lendway, 10 a.m. Wednesdays.

 

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