Thursday, Nov. 12
“Rightsizing for Seniors: Preparing for a Stress-Free Move” virtual presentation. Thursday, Nov. 12, 3-4:30 p.m. Join four professionals in a panel discussion to learn about ways to effectively “rightsize” your home and affairs and be well prepared for a stress-free move. Panelists include: Robyn Young, Daily Money Manager with Money Care, LLC; Sarah Thompson, Professional Home Organizer with Clean Slate; Don Rathgeb, Senior Move Manager with Second Act; and Ben Durant, Senior Realtor with Transitions Realty. Q&A Session to follow. RSVP to register and receive zoom link to: Suzanne Bennett, email@example.com, 802-377-3393.
“Navigating the Holidays During a Pandemic” virtual conversation. Thursday, Nov. 12, 4-5 p.m., Zoom. Moira Cook from the Vermont Department of Health and Dr. Jody Brakeley host an interactive conversation about communicating your health and wellness needs as we get into this holiday season. They will share tips and answer questions to help you feel safe and supported through these uncertain times. Attendance is free and open to the public. Register in advance for this meeting at tinyurl.com/Cook-Brakeley. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the meeting.
Friday, Nov. 13
Art opening in Brandon. Friday, Nov. 13, 5-7 p.m., Brandon Artist Guild, 7 Center St. Join the festive opening reception of the Guild’s 2020 holiday show “It’s the Thought That Counts,” which features original, affordable creations designed for gift-giving from all of our artists. Free and open to all.
“The Presidents vs. the Press: The Endless Battle Between the White House and the Media” online. Friday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m., Vermont Humanities Digital Channels. How did we go from journalism as a trusted form of information to an era of “fake news” and “alternative facts”? Presidential historian Harold Holzer examines the tension between chief executives and their chief critics, from George Washington to the present. Found on Vermont Humanities Council Digital Programs portion of its website, Facebook page, and YouTube channel.
Jupiter Quartet virtual performance. Friday, Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m., go.middlebury.edu/digitalstages. The Jupiter String Quartet is a particularly intimate group, consisting of violinists Nelson Lee and Meg Freivogel, violist Liz Freivogel (Meg’s older sister), and cellist Daniel McDonough (Meg’s husband, Liz’s brother-in-law). Now enjoying their 17th year together, this tight-knit ensemble is firmly established as an important voice in the world of chamber music. Free.
Saturday, Nov. 14
Green Mountain Club Bread Loaf Section hike in Monkton. Saturday, Nov. 14, Raven Ridge. A pleasant 2.5-mile hike of easy/moderate difficulty on Nature Conservancy property onto a ridge with overviews and interesting geological formations. Loop walk starting at a causeway across a swamp and up onto the ridge returning through the woods. 485-ft. elevation gain. Wear appropriate clothing; bring water and hiking poles if desired. Limit six participants. Pre-registration required with the leader and read/agree to GMC guidelines. Mask required. Contact leader Ivor Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-453-4412. Guidelines at greenmountainclub.org/calendar-outings-events. More info at gmcbreadloaf.org.
Winter Clothing giveaway in Middlebury. Saturday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Middlebury United Methodist Church, 47 N. Pleasant St. Coats, sweaters, scarves, hats, boots, and more for children, women, and men will be ready for this event, now in its seventh year. Hundreds of people are served. Masks required.
Outdoor pre-holiday Artist Market in Middlebury. Saturday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Merchants Row. Bundle presents this Artists’ Market to help you get a jumpstart on your list, meet the anticipated slowdowns of shipping and early shopping to help with less crowded conditions. Shop unique gifts from Vermont Makers along the parking area of Merchants Row and enjoy the beautiful new wider sidewalks. See you downtown.
Spaghetti and meatball dinner to go in New Haven. Saturday, Nov. 14, 4-7 p.m., New Haven Congregational Church, Town Hill Rd. Dinner includes salad, garlic bread and apple crisp for dessert. Cost is $10/per person. Reservations are helpful but not necessary. Walk ups are welcome. Call 802-349-0352 for time.
“Objector” virtual screening. Saturday, Nov. 14, 6 p.m., through Tuesday, Nov. 10, 6 p.m. In Middlebury College graduate Molly Stuart’s 2019 film. Atalya, like all Israeli youth, is obligated to become a soldier. Unlike most, she questions the practices of her country's military, and becomes determined to challenge this rite of passage. Objector follows Atalya to prison and beyond, offering a unique window into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the perspective of a young woman who seeks truth and takes a stand for justice. A Q&A with Director Molly Stuart follows the screening. Free. Register to watch at middlebury.edu/academics/fmmc/hirschfield/2020-2021Sunday, Nov. 15.
Sunday, Nov. 15
“Completing the Picture” virtual 10-minute opera, Opera Company of Middlebury YouTube channel. Sunday, Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m. Opera Company of Middlebury will stream the East-coast premiere of this 10-minute opera, which focuses on the famous photo of The Golden Spike, taken at the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869. After the premiere, the opera will remain available for free online at ocmvermont.org.
Monday, Nov. 16
American Red Cross blood donation In Brandon. Monday, Nov. 16, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., American Legion, 550 Franklin St. Make your appointment to give blood, platelets or plasma with the Red Cross by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Strict Covid safety guidelines will be in place.
Tuesday, Nov. 17
Sleep webinar. Tuesday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m., Zoom. The Middlebury Branch of the American Association of University Women hosts this webinar by Middlebury College Professor Michael Dash. He will explore current hypotheses and data that address the biological underpinnings of sleep need and how specific patterns of brain activity characteristic of sleep contribute to sleep function. Register at bit.ly/AAUWsleep. Email email@example.com with questions.
“Conversation at the Crossroads: The Intimacy of Right Relations (Who’s got skin in the game?)” virtual lecture. Tuesday, Nov. 17, 7-8:30 p.m. In the spirit of embracing 2020 vision, Diné (Navajo) activist, artist and ceremonial leader Woman Stands Shining (Pat McCabe) and African American storyteller, activist, performer-in-the-making and Middlebury College Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Carolyn Finney are coming together in an intentional virtual conversation about race, the environment, intimacy and right relations. Bring your questions and your open heart and let’s see what might emerge. Register to receive Zoom link at tinyurl.com/ConversationattheCrossroads.
Wednesday, Nov. 18
Virtual Gingerbread House competition and exhibit in Middlebury. Nov. 18-Dec. 4, vermontfolklifecenter.org. The Vermont Folklife Center’s Annual Gingerbread House Competition and Exhibit is open to anyone living in Vermont. Bake and build an edible creation at home and submit photos. Prizes awarded in multiple categories. Photos from each submission included in an online exhibit. Pre-registration required. Sign up by Nov. 18 and be ready to upload photos of your House between Nov. 20 - Dec. 4. $5 registration fee has been waved. Donations to support costs associated with the exhibit are gratefully accepted
ACORN annual meeting via Zoom. Wednesday, Nov. 18, 5:30-7 p.m. Join ACORN’s 2020 Annual Meeting. Keynote speakers Ian McSweeney of the Agrarian Trust and Alison Nihart of the Vermont Agrarian Commons will introduce an innovative new farmland ownership model. Also learn about the second year of the Farmacy Food is Medicine program, the future launch of ACORN’s Eat Local VT app, an improved Online Market, and what else ACORN has in store for 2021. Register in advance at tinyurl.com/ACORN-annual-2020. More info at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Henry Sheldon Museum virtual Annual Meeting. Wednesday, Nov. 18, 6 p.m., Zoom. Guest speaker Dorothy Moss, curator of painting and sculpture at the National Portrait Gallery and coordinating curator of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative will present the talk “Behind the Scenes of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative.” $25 fee goes to support the museum. Register at henrysheldonmuseum.org for Zoom link by Thursday, Nov. 12.
“Is our Current Economic System the Solution or the Threat to a Healthy Planet?” virtual presentation. Wednesday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m., Zoom. Gus Speth joins the Salisbury Conservation Commission for this presentation. He is the author, co-author or editor of eleven books including the American Crisis series published by Yale University Press. Gus says, “Our current economic system is founded on individualism, anthropocentrism, and materialism. Can a system that prizes growth, profit, private enterprise, economic freedom, and commercialization be expected to adequately respond to climate challenges and other environmental issues?” Pre-register at forms.gle/aeL9bLVw3HJAUZTk6.
Thursday, Nov. 19
American Red Cross blood donation In Bristol. Thursday, Nov. 19, 12:30-5 p.m., American Legion, 56 Airport Dr. Make your appointment to give blood, platelets or plasma with the Red Cross by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Strict Covid safety guidelines will be in place.
Friday, Nov. 20
Drive-through flu clinic in New Haven. Friday, Nov. 20, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Addison County Home Health and Hospice, 254 Ethan Allen Highway. For members of the public 18+, the standard dose of the influenza vaccine, not the high dose version for individuals 65+, will be administered. The clinic will be by appointment only and reservations must be made by calling the ACHHH office at 388-7259 by 5 p.m. on Nov. 11. There is no cost for this clinic however donations to cover administration costs are gratefully accepted.
Age Well Drive-thru Holiday Meal Pick-Up in Vergennes. Friday, Nov. 20, Pick 11 a.m.-noon. St. Peter’s Church Garage, 85 S. Maple St. Menu includes roast turkey dinner with the fixings and pumpkin pie for dessert. This meal will be served freshly chilled as a heat and eat-at-home meal. Open to anyone age 60 and over. Advanced reservations only. Must sign up by Sunday, Nov. 15. This meal is at no cost. Call Michelle to reserve at 802-377-1419.
Saturday, Nov. 21
Take-out holiday bazaar in Monkton. Saturday Nov. 21, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Monkton Friends Methodist Church, 78 Monkton Ridge. Monkton Friends Methodist Church is selling a variety of popular baked and other goods online at tinyurl.com/MFMC-online-bazaar. Order doughnuts, chocolates and more by Nov. 15 and pick them up in the church parking lot on Nov. 21.
Curbside breakfast in Bristol. Sunday, Nov. 22, 8-10 a.m., Masonic Lodge, 2 Elm St. The Masons will be serving a curbside breakfast on Menu includes two pancakes with local maple syrup, sausage, baked omelet, and a homemade donut. all for $8. Drive by and they will deliver to your car.
Tuesday, Nov. 24
American Red Cross blood donation in Vergennes. Tuesday, Nov. 24, noon-5 p.m., Assembly of God Christian Church, 1759 Route 7. Make your appointment to give blood, platelets or plasma with the Red Cross by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Strict Covid safety guidelines will be in place.
Wednesday, Dec. 2
“Friends with Academic Benefits: How College Friendship Networks Matter” virtual lecture. Wednesday, Dec. 2, 7 p.m., Vermont Humanities Council, Ilsley Library link. For her book “Connecting in College,” Dartmouth professor Janice McCabe examined 82 students’ friendships over five years and identified three types of friendship networks: tight-knitters, compartmentalizers, and samplers. Challenging views of friendships as either helping or harming, McCabe will show how and for whom friends help and hinder. Learn more at vermonthumanities.org/middlebury.
Thursday, Dec. 3
“Albert Nobbs” virtual screening and discussion. Thursday, Dec. 3., Zoom discussion 7:30 p.m. The Middlebury Classic Film Club virtual series for fall 2020 continues with the story of Albert Nobbs, a woman in 19th-century Ireland who dresses as a man in order to escape the oppression women of that era faced. Available on Kanopy through Ilsley Public Library. More info at email@example.com. To register for Zoom discussion call (802) 388-4095 and leave a message.
Saturday, Dec. 5
Green Mountain Club Bread Loaf Section hike in Lincoln. Saturday, Dec. 5, Gilmore Pond. Bushwhack to Gilmore Pond of almost 3 miles total and a 600-ft elevation gain for experienced hikers. Difficult hike, moderate pace. Limit six participants. Pre-registration required with the leader and read/agree to GMC guidelines. Mask required. Contact Barry Francis at firstname.lastname@example.org to register and for start time and more details. Guidelines at greenmountainclub.org/calendar-outings-events. More info at gmcbreadloaf.org.
Rokeby Holiday Open House in Ferrisburgh. Saturday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Rokeby Museum, 4334 Route 7. One day only, visitors can explore the museum free and browse the selection of books and craft items. Hot apple cider will be available and festive wreaths for sale with proceeds going towards Rokeby Museum’s COVID recovery.
Sunday, Dec. 13
“Spinning Into Butter” online play reading. Sunday, Dec. 13, 4 p.m., Zoom. In this play by Rebecca Gilman, a crisis erupts at a small Vermont college when racist notes are posted on the dorm room door of one of the school’s few African-American students. Sarah Daniels, the newly-hired dean of students, races to defuse the whirlwind of emotions spun up by students and faculty, but before the play reaches its surprise ending, she and the other whites on campus must first confront their own conflicted feelings about race. Rebecca Strum moderates. Part of the Middlebury Acting Company’s American Dream Project. Series subscription $20. Play bundles available at Vermont Book Shop at a 15% discounted rate using coupon code THTAD. Visit townhalltheater.org for details and to register.
Thursday, Dec. 17
“Moonlight” virtual screening and discussion. Thursday, Dec. 17, Zoom discussion 7:30 p.m. The Middlebury Classic Film Club virtual series for fall 2020 wraps up with the story of Chiron as he moves through childhood, teenage years and young adulthood. At each stage Chiron is challenged by hardship and yet supported by key people in his life. Available on Kanopy through Ilsley Public Library. More info at email@example.com. To register for Zoom discussion call (802) 388-4095 and leave a message.