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December 6th, 2016

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Wednesday, December 7
BARRE – West African Drumming and Song. Barre Area Senior Center, 131 S. Main St. #4. 2 p.m. $5/session. Drums supplied to first 10 participants. Come enjoy each other’s company, build community, and explore rhythms steeped in tradition while learning the basics of djembe drum holding position, technique, and tone production. Please register: Minimum of six.

MONTPELIER – OLLI Film Series — Some Mother’s Son. Savoy Theater. 12:30-2:30 p.m. Rick Winston will examine three films that captured everyday life in Northern Ireland during the violence-filled period known as “The Troubles.” Some Mother’s Son, starring Helen Mirren, this 1996 film tells the true story of the 1981 prison hunger strike.

Nancy Reid Taube Student Music party. Bagitos. 6-8 p.m. Student piano recitals and performances, original music and fun.

NORTHFIELD – Northfield Rotary Holiday Dinner. Elementary School. 6-8 p.m. All local seniors are invited to this community event, which includes musical entertainment as well as its traditional Christmas dinner, with home-cooked turkey and all the fixings. There is no charge. Santa and Mrs. Claus are expected to make an appearance as well. Transportation is available by pre-reservation.

WATERBURY – Winter Movie Night: VT Reads Shackleton. Waterbury Public Library. 6 p.m. As part of the VT Humanities Council “Vermont Reads” program, the Library will be showing the 2000 movie, “The Endurance”, narrated by Liam Neeson (Rated G). It recounts this ill-fated expedition led by Earnest Shackleton, with footage of the actual locations, and interviews with surviving relatives of key expedition members, plus archived audio interviews with expedition members, and still photos shot on the expedition. Ages 10 to adult. No registration required.

Thursday, December 8
MONTPELIER – Lunchtime concert: Andrea Brightenback, oboe and Lynnette Combs, organ. Christ Church Montpelier, 54 State St. Noon to 12:45 p.m. Coffee and tea will be provided; bring a bag lunch. Free. A donation is solicited for the Foodbank to help neighbors in need.

Bronwyn Fryer CD Release Party. Bagitos. 6-8 p.m. Come join Bronwyn Fryer and Colin McCaffrey to celebrate the release of Bronwyn’s new “Winter” CD.

Christmas Tree Lighting. State House steps. 4:30 p.m.

Friday, December 9
MARSHFIELD – Bethlehem, You’ve Not Been Forgotten: A Live Nativity. Christ Covenant Church, 167 Creamery St. 7 p.m. Real people, real animals, real music, Christmas caroling, hot drinks. Info: David & Amanda, 802-426-2412

MONTPELIER – Soule Monde live at Positive Pie. 22 State St. 10 p.m. $5. Ray and Russ return for another epic night of organ driven funk/soul.

Stefani Capizzi live at Bagitos. 6-8 p.m. Originals & favorites – blend of Folk, Country, and Blues.

PLAINFIELD – Vermont Youth Theater presents A Christmas Carol. Plainfield Opera House. 7:30 p.m. Tickets at the door: $15 adults, $10 students/children.

Saturday, December 10
BARRE – Breakfast With Santa. Civic Center’s Auditorium—Main Floor. 8-9:30 a.m. All ages encouraged to attend with or without youngsters for a visit with Santa. Adults/$7, Children/$5. Cash or checks only. Scrambled eggs, sausage links, bacon, pancakes, cereal, coffee, tea, juice and milk. Reservations appreciated: 802-476-0257 or squaranta@barrecity.org

MARSHFIELD – Bethlehem, You’ve Not Been Forgotten: A Live Nativity. Christ Covenant Church, 167 Creamery St. 7 p.m. Real people, real animals, real music, Christmas caroling, hot drinks. Info: David & Amanda, 802-426-2412

MONTPELIER – Irish Session at Bagitos. 2-5 p.m. Sarah Blair, Hilari Farrington, Benedict Koehler, Katrina VanTyne, Bob Ryan, and many other talented traditional Irish musicians fill the cafe with song.

Memory Café. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St. 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Musician Mick Byers invites you to a holiday singalong! The Memory Cafe is where people with memory loss disorders and their care partners can come together to connect and support one another.

PLAINFIELD – Vermont Youth Theater presents A Christmas Carol. Plainfield Opera House. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets at the door: $15 adults, $10 students/children.

4th annual Holiday Craft Party hosted by EarthWalk Vermont.Christ Church, 64 State St. 1-4 p.m. Participants are invited to make natural crafts including candles, cards, jewelry, scented pillows, decorations, and more while enjoying live music. Delicious baked goods available for purchase. All ages are welcome, free to browse. A suggested donation to participate in crafting of $10 per person or $25 per family is appreciated. All proceeds to support the EarthWalk Scholarship Fund. Info: 454-8500 or kelsey@earthwalkvermont.org

RANDOLPH – Sweetback Sisters Country Christmas Sing-Along Spectacular. Chandler Center for the Arts. 7:30 p.m. This wildly popular show requires a bit of audience participation and a love for all genres of holiday music. $20 advance, $22 day of, $35 front 2 rows, $10 students, kids 5 and under free.

SOUTH ROYALTON – Christmas Benefit Concert: A Special Night of Music. Red Door Church, 67 S. Windsor St. 7 p.m. Featuring special guest violinist Rachel Gouge and our own Unity Band. Traditional Christmas hymns and contemporary Christian songs. Event is FREE, but donations warmly accepted. Proceeds go to purchase water filters to provide safe, clean drinking water for orphans and widows in Kenya. Info: Touched by Love International at (802)-476-9699

WAITSFIELD – Mad River Chorale presents “Jubilant Holiday Harmonies”. Waitsfield United Church. 7:30 p.m. Programming features the Pergolesi Magnificat, selections from the Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio, other varied works, and the traditional audience singalong. Tickets: Adults $15, Seniors/Students 12-21 $12, kids 11 and under free. Info/advance tickets: www.madriverchorale.net or 496-4781.

WATERBURY – Celebrate the Season with Judi Byron – a Family Concert. Waterbury Public Library. 10 a.m. Judi will entertain us with her little/big (Clarsach) harp, as she draws music from many lands. Ages 18 months – adult. No registration needed.

WEST FAIRLEE – Come to fund raising for Nate Pero! West Fairlee Church, 954 Rt. 113. 5 p.m. Nate has given so much to the Community! We need to give back to him! He had a complete heart bypass and hasn’t been able to work for two years. If you would like to donate on his behalf send check to Union Meeting House c/o of Steve Garrow at 5636 Vt. Rt. 113 Vershire, VT 05079

Veterans Supper. West Fairlee Church, 954 rt. 113. 5 p.m. Vets and your family. Thetford, Fairlee, West Fairlee and Vershire are invited. Please bring a dish or dessert to share as we are cooking ham, turkey, and vegetables. We will have a tree and unwrapped gifts for the children. RSVP if possible with ages of children. Info: Steve, 685-3141 or West Fairlee Church, 333-4748

Sunday, December 11
BARRE – Northeast Fiddlers Assoc. monthly jam and meet. Canadian Club, Rt. 14 from noon to 5 p.m. Fiddlers and public welcome. Local food shelf donations welcomed. Info: Lee Deyette, 802-728-5188

Remembrance Tree Lighting Ceremony to honor veterans living or deceased. American Legion Post 10. 5 p.m. Program and refreshments. Info or to honor a veteran: Maria McKnight, 454-7746 or mariamcknight907@gmail.com

Barre Antiques Market to benefit Vermont Center for Independent Living. The Old Labor Hall, 46 Granite St. Early Buyers 8 a.m. $5, General admission 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. $2. Free for 12 and under. 25 vendor spots at $25 per spot. Vendors will be required to pack up and leave by 3 p.m. Info: (802)622-0919.

BROOKFIELD – Brookfield Community Singers Christmas Concert. Pond Village Church. 3 p.m.

MONTPELIER – Southern Old Time Music Jam. Bagitos. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mark DiStefano and Bridget Asay lead an old time music session. Join in or just hang out and listen.

Hike Snowshoe Montpelier. Easy. Clear sky backup date: Monday, December 12. Evening snowshoe hike exploration of local trails by moonlight. Bring headlamp. Meet at 7 p.m. Contact Jill Aspinall, happy.jillaspinall@gmail.com for details, meeting place.

MORRISVILLE – Sunday Brunch. VFW Post 9653, Pleasant Street. 9-10:30 a.m. Adults/$10, Children under 10/$5. Benefit: Lamoille County VFW Auxiliary to Post 9653

NORTHFIELD – “Animal Allies” FIRST® LEGO® League “sports for the mind” robotics competition for 9- to 14-year-olds. Norwich University’s Shapiro Field House. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free and open to the public. Spectators welcome and encouraged to attend! This year teams solve problems of human-animal interactions and how we can help one another. Events are scheduled throughout the day, including campus visits. STEM-related exhibits begin after noon.

PLAINFIELD – Holiday Trunk Sale. Plainfield Opera House. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come support your local herbalists, crafters, and farmers and get fabulous handmade crafts, foods, herbal + bodycare products, and other gifts for the holidays and beyond! Free/by donation eco gift wrapping station. Feel free to bring recycled wrapping materials, twine, string, ribbon to reclaim/reuse for plastic-free/tape-free gift wrap. Handicap accessible.

WATERBURY – Mad River Chorale presents “Jubilant Holiday Harmonies”. Waterbury Congregational Church. 3 p.m. Programming features the Pergolesi Magnificat, selections from the Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio, other varied works, and the traditional audience singalong. Tickets: Adults $15, Seniors/Students 12-21 $12, kids 11 and under free. Info/advance tickets: www.madriverchorale.net or 496-4781.

Monday, December 12
BARRE – Healthy Eating on a Budget. Barre Area Senior Center. 11 a.m. Class #2 presented by Sylvia Gaboriault, registered dietician. Must attend all three classes. Free and open to the public, but must register for all three classes in this series.

Dream Mentoring: A Playful Exploration into the Depths of Dreaming. Barre Area Senior Center. 3 p.m. $5/session. Must register. Gerette Buglion facilitates a playful exploration into the nature of dreams. Using participant’s dreams as a springboard, we will engage in a variety of exercises that can easily be adapted for individual, ongoing use.

MONTPELIER – The Capital Orchestra presents a Holiday Concert. Unitarian Church, 130 Main St. 7:30 p.m. Leah Desroches conducts the Montpelier-based community orchestra in a one-hour concert. Seasonal favotites plus some Bach, Beethoven, and more. Donations appreciated. Info: 802-223-8610

Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio’s Open House Week. 18 Langdon St. Watch classes, meet the director, talk with teachers, explore possibilities. Info: 802-229-4676, www.cdandfs.com

Tuesday, December 13
BARRE – Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Annual Free Holiday Dinner. Canadian Club, 414 E. Montpelier Rd. Noon. Seating is limited, and RSVPs are required by Dec. 5. Call Sanders’ office toll-free at 1-800-339-9834 to sign up.

MONTPELIER – The Somatics of Digestion with Abbi Jaffe. Hunger Mountain Coop. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Nourish yourself deeply. Bring your dinner to the classroom. We will learn about the anatomy and physiology of the digestion system, meditate on desire, hunger, and being full, and we will cultivate a meditative eating practice. Free for members/$2 nonmembers.

Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio’s Open House Week. 18 Langdon St. Watch classes, meet the director, talk with teachers, explore possibilities. Info: 802-229-4676, www.cdandfs.com

WATERBURY – Holiday Lego Challenge. Waterbury Public Library. 3-4 p.m. Drop in after school and build your ideal holiday scene. This month, we will have a special challenge to create a holiday display for the library! For ages 8-11. No registration required.

Scan Your Family Photos: A Digital Workshop. Waterbury Public Library. 11 a.m. to noon. Do you have piles of old photos collecting dust in your house that seldom see the light of day? Bring your photos to the library and we’ll help you scan them to create digital copies that you can save and share easily with family and friends! Free and open to the public. No registration necessary.

Wednesday, December 14
BARRE – West African Drumming and Song. Barre Area Senior Center, 131 S. Main St. #4. 2 p.m. $5/session. Drums supplied to first 10 participants. Come enjoy each other’s company, build community, and explore rhythms steeped in tradition while learning the basics of djembe drum holding position, technique, and tone production. Please register: Minimum of six.

MONTPELIER – OLLI Film Series — Bloody Sunday. Savoy Theater. 12:30-2:30 p.m. Rick Winston will examine three films that captured everyday life in Northern Ireland during the violence-filled period known as “The Troubles.” This 2002 film recounts the stunning violence of 1972 that haunted the peace process for years.

Intro to Embodied Mindfulness with Christyn King, Yoga Teacher, Group Facilitator, CYT. Hunger Mountain Coop. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Be supported in meeting the fullness of your life and let the wisdom inside of you initiate the next step! Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy includes guided somatic meditation & basic yoga postures paired with self-inquiry & simple body-based mindfulness practices that you can easily integrate into your life. $8 members/$10 nonmembers.

Forget Your Troubles! Come On, Get Happy! Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free; pre-registration required, 223-2518. Bring your playfulness, a sense of fun, and a willingness to try something new. Anne Ferguson and Nancy Schulz will lead you through a series of interactive games that are designed to generate laughter while stimulating creative thinking.

Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio’s Open House Week. 18 Langdon St. Watch classes, meet the director, talk with teachers, explore possibilities. Info: 802-229-4676, www.cdandfs.com

WATERBURY – Ski Tuning Workshop. Waterbury Public Library. 6:30 p.m. This workshop will include repair overview, edge sharpening, de-burring, basic waxing, scraping and buffing techniques, as well as wax selection for different snow conditions. Free and open to the public. No registration required.

Thursday, December 15
MONTPELIER – Alex Figura live at Bagitos 6-8 p.m. Solo acoustic singer-songwriter incorporates Jazz, Folk & Blues.

Falling Away…with Robert Kest, Ph.D. Hunger Mountain Coop. 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Moving beyond western constructs of self and psychotherapy. An exploration of mindfulness practice, psychotherapy, and unfolding.

Lunchtime concert: Elisabeth von Trapp. Christ Church Montpelier, 54 State St. Noon to 12:45 p.m. Coffee and tea will be provided; bring a bag lunch. Free. A donation is solicited for the Foodbank to help neighbors in need.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Montpelier High School Masque presents the 1960s musical comedy. MHS Auditorium, 5 High School Dr. 7 p.m. Admission: $12 general, $10 students and 65+, under 5 free.

Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio’s Open House Week. 18 Langdon St. Watch classes, meet the director, talk with teachers, explore possibilities. Info: 802-229-4676, www.cdandfs.com

WATERBURY – Books Come to Life with AB2. Waterbury Public Library. 10-11 a.m. Join Rachel O’Donald of AB2 (Active Body-Active Brain) for a creative music and movement-based exploration of early literacy skills. Each class will focus on a concept of dance tied to a children’s book. A wide variety of music, props and rhythm instruments add to the fun and learning! Ages 3–6. No registration needed.

Friday, December 16
MONTPELIER – Dave & Rory Loughran live at Bagitos. 6-8 p.m. Acoustic Classic Rock/Folk

Rumblecat live at Positive Pie. 22 State St. 10 p.m. $5 Funky rock’n’roll gumbo seasoned with sweet harmonies, sizzling solos, and hearty grooves

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Montpelier High School Masque presents the 1960s musical comedy. MHS Auditorium, 5 High School Dr. 7 p.m. Admission: $12 general, $10 students and 65+, under 5 free.

Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio’s Open House Week. 18 Langdon St. Watch classes, meet the director, talk with teachers, explore possibilities. Info: 802-229-4676, www.cdandfs.com

MORRISVILLE – John Lackard Blues Band. Moog’s Place, 97 Portland St. 9 p.m.

Saturday, December 17
MONTPELIER – Irish Session at Bagitos. 2-5 p.m. Sarah Blair, Hilari Farrington, Benedict Koehler, Katrina VanTyne, Bob Ryan, and many other talented traditional Irish musicians fill the cafe with song.

1940’s Holiday Music Extravaganza. Bagitos. 6 p.m. to close. Join Erin McIntyre & Friends for a wonderful evening of Holiday music focused on the great songs of the 1940’s – Bing Crosby, The Andrew Sisters, The Mills Brothers, etc.

Capital City Winter Market. Montpelier City Hall. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring seasonal produce, local meats and cheeses, hot food, and handmade crafts from central Vermont. Patti Casey kicks off our first week of live music in December. Info: Ashton Kirol, 793-8347 or manager@montpelierfarmersmarket.com.

Venetian Vespers: Onion River Chorus Concerts. Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 130 Main St. 7:30 p.m. Concert of early 17th century sacred works from St. Mark’s in Venice. The program includes works by Gabrieli, Monteverdi, Rovetta, Cavalli and others. Tickets $18 ($13 for students/seniors) at the door. Advance tickets available at The North Branch Café, 41 State St. (cash or check) $15 and $10.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Montpelier High School Masque presents the 1960s musical comedy. MHS Auditorium, 5 High School Dr. 7 p.m. Admission: $12 general, $10 students and 65+, under 5 free.

Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio’s Open House Week. 18 Langdon St. Watch classes, meet the director, talk with teachers, explore possibilities. Info: 802-229-4676, www.cdandfs.com

PLAINFIELD – 56th Plainfield Christmas Bird Count. We’ll spend the day performing a census of our winter birds. The count circle includes parts of Plainfield, Calais, East Montpelier, Marshfield, Montpelier, and Barre. The day concludes with a potluck dinner.

WATERBURY – Healing Art & Writing Workshop with Patricia Fontaine. Waterbury Public Library. 10 a.m. to noon. Patricia will explore art and writing that helps reduce stress. Using simple exercises, we will write, draw, and share stories that carry us through the challenges of healing. No writing or art experience necessary. Free and open to all those touched by cancer or chronic illness, including caregivers. Pre-registration at 244-7036.

Sunday, December 18
BARRE – Barre Antiques Market to benefit Vermont Center for Independent Living. The Old Labor Hall, 46 Granite St. Early Buyers 8 a.m. $5, General admission 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. $2. Free for 12 and under. 25 vendor spots at $25 per spot. Vendors will be required to pack up and leave by 3 p.m. Info: (802)622-0919.

MONTPELIER – Bleecker & MacDougal live at Bagitos. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eric Friedman and Gretchen Doiron play Folk Ballads for Brunch.

Children’s Christmas Pageant and Eucharist. Christ Episcopal Church, 64 State St. 10 a.m.

Venetian Vespers: Onion River Chorus Concerts. Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 130 Main St. 4 p.m. Concert of early 17th century sacred works from St. Mark’s in Venice. The program includes works by Gabrieli, Monteverdi, Rovetta, Cavalli and others. Tickets $18 ($13 for students/seniors) at the door. Advance tickets available at The North Branch Café, 41 State St. (cash or check) $15 and $10.

Monday, December 19
BARRE – Dream Mentoring: A Playful Exploration into the Depths of Dreaming. Barre Area Senior Center. 3 p.m. $5/session. Must register. Gerette Buglion facilitates a playful exploration into the nature of dreams. Using participant’s dreams as a springboard, we will engage in a variety of exercises that can easily be adapted for individual, ongoing use.

Healthy Eating on a Budget. Barre Area Senior Center. 11 a.m. Class #3 presented by Amy Panetta, Nutrition and Wellness Coachn. Must attend all three classes. Free and open to the public, but must register for all three classes in this series.

EAST MONTPELIER – Holiday with the Animals. Central Vermont Humane Society. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy yummy treats to eat, fun activities, visiting with shelter animals and a special appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus! Bring donations for shelter animals so they can enjoy the holidays, too! Wish list/info: www.centralvermonthumane.org

WATERBURY – “Dessert & Discussion”: Earnest Shackleton and The Endurance Expedition Remembered, Part II. Waterbury Pulblic Library. 6:30 p.m. Pick up a copy of Caroline Alexander’s “The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition” available at the Library’s Information Desk to consider and discuss, among other things, the power of vision, courage, and perseverance, the nature of leadership, and the spirit of adventure and exploration while enjoying some ‘frosty’ desserts.

Tuesday, December 20
MONTPELIER – Old Time Music Session. Bagitos. 6-8 p.m. Bluegrass, Americana, Quebecois, & Mountain Music. Join in or sit and enjoy.

WATERBURY – Coding for Kids. Waterbury Public Library. 3-4 p.m. Kids will learn how to make their own interactive stories and animations using the Scratch Jr. and Hopscotch computer programs. For ages 8-11. Call the Library to register: 244-7036.

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