Thursday, December 5
PLAN Results Program. Tenth-grade students and parents should pick up the PLAN (pre-ACT) test results and students’ testing booklets and learn about how to use the PLAN in planning for the future. Essex High School Cafeteria, 6:30 p.m. Contact School Counseling Office: 879-5515.
Concert. Shelburne Vineyard “First Thursday,” a fall concert series, will feature local singer songwriters. Local foods will be available, as well as wine and Fiddlehead for sale by the glass. 6308 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, 6-8:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Contact: 985-8222.
Noontime Concert Series. The ensemble Reed, Rosin and Pedal will perform classical and Klezmer-inspired works. First Baptist Church, 81 St. Paul Street in Burlington, 12:15 p.m. Free and open to the public. Bring a lunch; tea and coffee are provided. Contact: 864-6515 or fbcburlingtonvt.com.
Colchester Legislative Breakfast. Hosted by Colchester Community Development Corporation and the Town of Colchester. Hampton Inn, Chateaugay Room, Colchester. 8-9:30 a.m. RSVP to Kathy Finnie at CCDC by Dec. 5 at Kathy@ccdcvt.com or 872-9757.
Food For Thought Teen Group. Teens meet for pizza, discussion, book/DVD selection and plan special events for the library. Free and open to anyone grades 7-12. New members welcome. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, 21 Library Lane, Williston, 4-5 p.m. Contact: 878-4918 or www.williston.lib.vt.us.
Art Show. The Emile A Gruppe Gallery, in Jericho Center, presents an exhibition of unique creations from 16 artists of the Caspian Arts. Works will include fine art in watercolor, oils and acrylics, kiln-fired glass, bronzes, ceramics, fiber and jewelry. Through Dec. 22, hours: Thursday-Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Contact: www.emilegruppegallery.com.
Panel. World AIDS week: Social Justice Alumni Career panel. Distinguished alumnae speak about their advocacy work on HIV/AIDS. St. Michael’s College, St. Edmunds Hall, Farrell Room #315, 6 p.m. Contact: 654-2536.
Concert. Wind and Jazz Ensembles. Jazz Orchestra directed by Brian McCarthy, Wind Ensemble directed by Chris Gribnau. St. Michael’s College, McCarthy Arts Center, 7 p.m. Contact: 654-2536.
Winter Tales. Features stories by Vermont writers, poetry from students in the Young Writers Project and songs. Tickets: $32 and include complimentary hot cider and molasses cookies from B’s pantry. FlynnSpace, Dec. 4-8. Wednesday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Contact: 86-FLYNN or www.flynntix.org.
Tuscany Talk And Photo Show. With Dawn Terrill. Sponsored by the Vermont Italian Club. Free and open to the public. Refreshments available. McClure Multigenerational Center, 241 North Winooski Ave, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Contact Adele: 862-2595.
Variety Show. “Christmas Decorations” sponsored by Essex Community Players. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 children 12 and under. Essex Memorial Hall, Dec. 5-8 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 7-8 at 2 p.m. Contact: www.essexpplayers.com.
Friday, December 6
Holiday Tea. The Burlington Garden Club will host their Fourth Annual Holiday Tea and Craft Fair. A $5 donation supports academic scholarships available to Vermont residents and civic beautification projects. Faith United Methodist Church, 899 Dorset Street, South Burlington. 2-4 p.m. Info: http://www.bgcvt.org.
Colchester Community Chorus Concert. “Heavenly Harmonies” will include selections by Braz, Herman, Leavitt, Luis de Victoria, Martin, Miller and Jackson, Ross, Rutter, Wood and others. Directed by Carol Reichard, Frank Whitcomb will be the accompanist and Heidi Soons will play harp. Colchester High School auditorium, 7:30 p.m. Free with donations accepted. Contact Georgene Raub: 862-3910.
Elder Education. “Is Technology Rendering Congress Obsolete?” presented by Allison Stanger, PhD, Professor of Political Science, Middlebury College, $5 fee. Faith Methodist Church, 899 Dorset Street, South Burlington, 2-3 p.m. Information: eeevermont.org.
International Festival. Showcasing the diversity of Vermont with crafts, food, dancing and musical performances representing cultures from all over the world. Tickets: Adults $7, $5 kids age 6-12 and seniors 65+, $20 family pass, children under 6 free. Admission good for the entire weekend. Free parking and handicap accessible. Champlain Valley Exposition, Route 15/Pearl Street, Essex Junction. Dec. 6: 5-8 p.m. Dec. 7: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 8: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Contact: www.vermontinternationalfestival.com.
Rally. World AIDS week: Rally for Robin Hood Tax and Resources for HIV/AIDS. Starts on Church Street at Senator Bernie Sanders’ office and concludes at Senator Patrick Leahy’s office, 2 p.m. Contact Patricia Siplon: 654-2766.
Play. Stage version of “It’s A Wonderful Life” presented by the Lamoille County Players. Tickets: $18 adults, $12 students and seniors (age 60+). Hyde Park Opera House. Dec. 6-7 and 13-14, 7 p.m. Dec. 8 and 15, 2 p.m. Contact: www.LCPlayers.com or 888-4507.
Talk. “Is Technology Rendering Congress Obsolete?” Presented by Allison Stanger, PhD, Professor of Political Science at Middlebury College. Admission: $5. Faith United Methodist Church, 61 Fairmount Street, Burlington, 2 p.m. Contact: www.EEEVermont.org.
Annual Tree Lighting. Sponsored by the Essex Community Historical Society. Refreshments served after. Essex Elementary School, 6:15-7:30 p.m. Contact Eva Clough: 879-0849.
Grand Opening Reception. Meet the artists of the pop-up galleries at the Winooski Roundabout storefronts. Winooski Circle Arts, 42 Main Street, on the Roundabout, Winooski, 5-8 p.m. Contact Liza Cowan: 399-2670 or email@example.com.
Reading Program. R.J. Palacio’s novel Wonder. Participate in the statewide reading of this bestselling book. Apply online at vtreads.org or call 262-2626 x304.
Art Show. Reflections of Vermont: Photographs by Nicole Welcome. Landscape photography, including farms, foliage and streams in the Montpelier region. Through Dec. 29. Pickering Room. Contact Barbara Shatara: 865-7211.
Multicultural Dinner. Sponsored by the sixth grade religious education class. Cost is any donation, which will benefit a typhoon relief program through Father Asucan’s Philippine connection. St. Thomas Church, parish hall, Underhill Center, 6 p.m. Contact: 899-4632.
Saturday, December 7
Spanish Playgroup. Join Constancia Gomez for Spanish rhymes, books, and songs. Includes a craft activity and snack. For children birth to age 5. Free. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, 21 Library Lane, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Contact: 878-4918.
Holiday Craft Fair. Local artisans, craftspeople and businesses will be on hand selling their products just in time for holiday shopping. Homemade soup and bake sale. Underhill Central School, 6 Irish Settlement Road, Underhill Center. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Contact Lucinda: 899-1773.
Holiday Bazaar. The First Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington hosts their 81st Annual Holiday Bazaar. Enjoy food, craft vendors and a silent auction. Free and open to the public. First Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington, 152 Pearl Street, Burlington. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Contact Jean: 288-9566.
Winooski Scholarship Train Show. The 20th Annual Winooski Scholarship Train Show features operating layouts in a variety of gauges, Lego trains and a display, books, videos, railroadiana, toy train dealers, displays and a food concession. Adults $5, ages 6-12 $1, children under 6 are free when accompanied by an adult. Admission supports the Winooski Dollars for Scholars program. Winooski Educational Center, Main Street, Winooski. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Info: www.winooski.k12.vt.us. Contact John: 655-2555.
Ghosts Through History. Local author and historian Thea Lewis presents a peek at the Winooski’s spirited past through stories and photos. Vermont Genealogy Library, 377 Hegeman Ave., Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester. 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. The library is also open for research Tuesdays from 3-9:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. More info. www.vtgenlib.org. Contact: 310-9285.
Book Fair Benefit. Make a donation to Milton Family Community Center by doing some holiday shopping at Barnes & Noble. Present a voucher (available at the store) at checkout or shop online Dec. 7-14 and use book fair ID#11101383. MFCC receives a percentage of your purchase. More info: www.miltonfamilycenter.org.
Holiday Playhouse. To benefit St. Michael’s Playhouse 2014 summer season. Performances by Bill Carmichael, John Jensen, Kathryn Markey, Amanda Ryan Paige and Gabrielle Stravelli. Tickets: $27. Buy online at www.saintmichaelsplayhouse.org; call 654-2281 or visit the box office starting Dec. 2. St. Michael’s College, McCarthy Arts Center, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Contact: 654-2536.
Holiday Concert. Presented by the Vermont Fiddle Orchestra. Tickets: $15 adults, $12 students and seniors, children under 12 free. Reservations required; discount coupons available. College Hall Chapel on the green at the Vermont College of Fine Arts on East State Street, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Contact: 1-877-343-3531(FIDDLE1) or www.vtfiddleorchestra.org.
Concert. Interfaith Festival of the Choirs concert. Free and open to the public. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Chapel, 73 Essex Way, Essex Junction, 6 p.m. Contact: 879-9142.
Holiday Stroll. Join the Vergennes community as they sponsor breakfast with Santa at VUHS, a holiday craft fair at VUES and many other holiday activities. Open to the public. Vergennes, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. View the full schedule at www.AddisonCounty.com/HolidayStroll or call 388-7951 x1.
Mass. Holy Family – St. Lawrence Parish, 158 West Street, Essex Junction. Saturdays 4 p.m. Sundays 9:30 a.m. Reconciliation: Saturday 3:15-3:45 p.m. Contact: www.hfslvt.org.
Christmas Open House. Celebrate the season with the 15th annual Christmas open house and paint-in hosted by the MRV Chamber of Commerce, featuring homemade gifts, holiday music and food. Waitsfield and Warren, all day Dec. 7-8. Contact: 496-3409 or www.madrivervalley.com/events.
Museum And Market. Visit the Birds of Vermont Museum at the Richmond holiday market. Various locations in Richmond, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Contact: http://www.westernslopesvt.org/arts/richmond-holiday-market/.
Gift Making. Make homemade gifts from recycled materials. Sponsored by the Winooski Valley Park District. Some materials will be provided. Hot chocolate is available. Feel free to bring your own materials and ideas. Bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to COTS. Free and open to the public. Ethan Allen Homestead, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Contact Lauren Chicote: 863-5744.
Square Dance. Charlie Trapp calling. Sponsored by Lake Champlain Squares. Faith United Methodist Church, 899 Dorset Street, South Burlington. Advanced: 6:30-7:30 p.m., Mainstream and Plus: 7:30-10:30 p.m. Contact: 985-2012, 878-2485 or www.lakechamplainsquares.org.
Musical. “A Puppet Musical”: Christmas Through the Years. Crafts and refreshments after. Free and open to the public, call ahead to reserve seats. Living Hope Christian Church, 1037 South Brownell Road, Williston, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Contact: 862-2108.
Book Signing. Images of America: Milton by local author Gary Furlong. All proceeds benefit the Milton Historical Society. Free and open to the public. Kinney Drug, Center Street, Milton, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Contact: 893-1604.
Sunday, December 8
Concert. The University Concert Choir and Catamount Singers will perform. Free admission to concert. Fleming Museum Marble Court, 61 Colchester Avenue, Burlington, 2-3 p.m. Contact: 656-0750.
Holiday Concert. “Unto Us A Child” by The Vermont Choral Union, directed by Jeff Rehbach. Admission $17, students/seniors $12, children under 15 free. Free parking and handicap accessible. The Episcopal Cathedral, 2 Cherry Street, Burlington, 3 p.m. Contact: 864-0471.
Holiday Open House. Enjoy live music, holiday treats, antique toys and kid’s activities. The Milton Historical Society Museum, 13 School Street, Milton, 1-4 p.m. Contact Allison Belisle: 363-2598.
Student Choreography Showcase. See an exciting new performance by UVM dance composition students. Free and open to the public. UVM Music Building Recital Hall, 384 South Prospect Street, Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Contact: Paul.Besaw@uvm.edu.
Lecture. Annual Jane Austen birthday tea and lecture on “Pride & Prejudice.” Registration required. Cost is $25 per person, $5 for students and $30 at the door. Champlain College Hauke Conference Center, 375 Maple Street, Burlington, 2-5 p.m. To make reservations: 343-2294 or janeausteninvermont.wordpress.com.
Holiday Concert. “Lessons and Carols” Chorale concert, directed by Professor Nathaniel Lew. St. Michael’s College Chapel, 7 p.m. Contact: 654-2536.
Mass. Holy Family Church, 36 Lincoln Street, Essex Junction. Sundays 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Contact: www.hfslvt.org.
Art Gallery. Photography that features the process of preparing, plating and enjoying food. Artists Reception and silent auction to benefit Hunger Free Vermont, Darkroom Gallery, 3-5 p.m. Contact: http://www.darkroomgallery.com/ex49.
French-English Conversation Group. Join the group and practice foreign language conversation. Fluency is not required (nor is attendance at every meeting). Fletcher Free Library, 235 College Street, Burlington, Sundays, 4-5:30 p.m. Contact Barbara Shatara: 865-7211.
Country Breakfast. Sponsored by the St. Thomas Knights of Columbus Council #7810 to benefit Philippine relief. Buffet style. Cost is donation. St. Thomas Church, parish hall, Underhill Center, 8-11 a.m. Contact: 899-4632.
Monday, December 9
Pajama Story Time With Abby Klein. Bring kids in PJs with their favorite stuffed animal for stories, a craft and a bedtime snack. Make a story treasure box. For information call 876-7555. Sponsored by Building Bright Futures. Free. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, 21 Library Lane, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Contact: 878-4918 or www.williston.lib.vt.us.
Elder Education Enrichment Lecture. Holiday luncheon 12 p.m. (reservation required). “Egypt and its Evolving Revolution” at 1 p.m. featuring Barrie Dunsmore, journalist and lecture. Lecture free and open to the public. Faith Methodist Church, 899 Dorset Street, South Burlington. Contact: eeevermont.org.
Preschool Music. For children 5+ with adult. No preregistration. Limit one session per week per family. Free. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, 21 Library Lane, Williston. Mondays, 10:45 a.m. with Peter Alsen and Thursdays 10:30 a.m. with Derek Burkins. Contact: 878-4918.
Tuesday, December 10
Film. “The State of Arizona,” sponsored by the Community Cinema, explores Arizona’s struggle with illegal immigration. Fletcher Free Library, Fletcher Room, 6 p.m. Contact: 865-7211.
College Information Session. College search and selection experts will be available to answer general questions on the college search, selection and application process, financial aid and entrance essay writing. Free and open to the public. Strategies for College, 354 Mountain View Drive, Suite 200, Colchester, 5-7 p.m. Contact Andrea Torello: 338-0560.
Wednesday, December 11
Holiday Tea And Cookie Exchange. A social for seniors 55+. Each participant is encouraged to bring a dozen cookies. Supplies provided to package up a variety of holiday favorites to take home and enjoy. Conference room, 575 Dorset Street, South Burlington, 1-3 p.m. Contact: 878-1375.
Winter Holiday Centerpiece. Sharon of Williston’s Buds and Roses will lead a group on making a holiday table arrangement. All materials are provided. Free and open to 10 adults. Pre-registration required. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, 21 Library Lane, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Contact: 878-4918 or www.williston.lib.vt.us.
Babytime Playgroup. Designed for children ages birth-2 years and their caregivers. Age-appropriate toys, stories and fingerplays. For information call 876-7555. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Building Bright Futures. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, 21 Library Lane, Williston, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Contact: 878-4918 or www.williston.lib.vt.us.
Read To Van Gogh The Cat. Call 878-4918 to pre-register for 10-minute individual reading sessions. All ages. Free. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, 21 Library Lane, Williston, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Contact: 878-4918 or www.williston.lib.vt.us.
Photography Contest. Photograph the beauty of nature and represent the five elements of nature. Juror: Eddie Soloway. Deadline: Dec. 11 at midnight EST. Prizes will be awarded. Darkroom Gallery. Contact: http://www.darkroomgallery.com/ex51.
Thursday, December 12
Noontime Concert Series. Organist Arthur Zorn will improvise on the organ, portraying the journey from Advent to Christmas. Free and open to the public. Bring a lunch; tea and coffee are provided. First Baptist Church, 81 St. Paul Street, Burlington, 12:15 p.m. Contact: 864-6515 or fbcburlingtonvt.com.
Holiday Shopping Trip To Plattsburgh. Cost is $30 for seniors aged 50+. Must provide own lunch. Van departs from Maple Street Recreation Center at 9 a.m. and returns at 4 p.m. For tickets call Caitlin: 878-1375.
The Tech Tutor Program. Patrons may stop by anytime during tech hours and ask one-on-one technology questions with one of our local teens. Guarantee a time by making a 15 minute appointment. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, 21 Library Lane, Williston, 3-6 p.m. For an appointment, call: 878-4918 or www.williston.lib.vt.us.
Holiday Concert. “Sing Noel!” under the direction of Nathaniel Lew. Tickets: adults $20, seniors $15, students and financially challenged $5. United Methodist Church, 21 Buell Street, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Contact: www.counterpointchours.com or 540-1784.
Art Gallery. “Faces” with Juror Elizabeth Avedon features fascination with portraits. Exhibition open Dec. 12-Jan. 5, Darkroom gallery. Contact: http://www.darkroomgallery.com/ex50.
Art Gallery. Art Under the Influence. Join Sue Adamson as she walks through the steps of expressive cartoon character creation. Tickets $40. Drink!, 135 St. Paul Street, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Contact: http://seaba.com/artundertheinfluence/.
Tree Contest Award Ceremony. Watch a slideshow of the winning trees from the contest that happened in September as the winners receive their prize. Free pizza and desserts. Free and open to the public. Department of Recreation, 645 Pine Street, 6 p.m. Contact: 862-8245.
Friday, December 13
Holiday Bon Fire. Gather around the fire, join community members in singing holiday songs and enjoy the company of friends and family with holiday refreshments. Special guest appearance by Santa Claus. Maple Street Park, 75 Maple Street, Essex Junction, 7-8 p.m. Contact: 878-1375.
Holiday Concert. The Vermont Symphony Orchestra presents the first in a series of their annual holiday concert. Anthony Princiotti will conduct it and Bill Mares will be guest emcee. For tickets, contact: 876-9293 x10 or www.vso.org.
Brown Bag Book Club. This month we will discuss “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry. Books available at the front desk. Coffee, tea, juice and dessert provided. Free and open to the public. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, 21 Library Lane Williston, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Contact: 878-4918 or www.williston.lib.vt.us.
Toddler Time. Early Literacy Program. Rhymes, books, playtime and simple art activities for children ages 1-3. This program introduces early literacy skills through books, rhymes, and fingerplays and includes a simple craft activity. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, 21 Library Lane, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Contact: 878-4918 or www.williston.lib.vt.us.
Contra Dance. Sponsored by the Queen City Contras. Music provided by Sassafrass Stomp. All are welcome, no partner or experience necessary. Admission: $8 adults, children under 12 free. Wear clean, soft-soled shoes. Edmunds School Gymnasium, 299 Main Street, Burlington, 8 p.m. Contact: 371-9492 or 343-7165.
Performance. The Oriana Singers and Orchestra Messiah, directed by William Metcalfe. Tickets: $8 adults, students $10 at flynntix.org or at the door. The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 2 Cherry Street, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Contact William Harwood: 864-0788.
Gallery Exhibition. “Shades of Fall,” a small picture exhibition featuring 88 artists presented by the Bryan Memorial Gallery. Free and open to the public. Bryan Memorial Gallery, 180 Main Street, Jeffersonville, Through Dec. 29. The gallery is open Thursday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Contact Mickey Myers: 644-5100.
Bingo. Sponsored by the Whitcomb Woods Residents Association. Whitcomb Woods, 128 West Street, Essex Junction. Mondays at 6 p.m. Contact: 879-1829.
Beginner Line Dance Class. Mondays. Learn to line dance or refresh your basic skills. All types of music, no dance experience needed. Donation: $4 for gym use. St. Joseph School, 20 Allen Street, Burlington, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Beginner yoga classes. Tuesdays. In lieu of a fee, please bring a non-perishable item or monetary donation for the Richmond Food Shelf. Richmond Free Library, 201 Bridge Street, Richmond, 6-7 p.m. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 318-5570.
Burlington Writers Workshop. A free writing workshop for all Vermonters. Meets every Wednesday in downtown Burlington. Free and open to the public. Participants must register at meetup.com. More info: burlingtonwritersworkshop.com.
Cell Phones For Soldiers. Local residents can support these collection drives by donating their old cell phones at A. W. Rich Funeral Home, 57 Main Street, Essex Junction or at the American Legion, 3650 Roosevelt Highway, Colchester. Collections accepted 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Contact: 849-6261.
First Friday Art Walk. Over 40 galleries and art venues stay open late to welcome walkers and share the art scene. Check out www.artmapburlington.com to see a list of participating venues. Citywide, Burlington, 5-8 p.m. Contact: 264-4839 or email@example.com.
Champlain Echoes. A women’s four-part harmony chorus group seeks additional women to sing in their holiday performances. Meetings are Monday nights. The Pines, Aspen Drive, South Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Contact: 655-2174.
Colchester-Milton Rotary meeting. Thursdays. Serving the communities of Colchester, Milton and the Champlain Islands. Hampton Inn, Colchester, 12 p.m.
Community Wellness Day. Practitioners offer Reiki, Shiatsu, aromatherapy, acupressure, energy work and more to those looking to experience alternative healing. 2 Wolves Holistic Center in Vergennes, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. most Fridays. Sliding-scale donations; preregister the Tuesday prior. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 870-0361.
Early Birder Morning Walks. Sundays. Enjoy the start of the day with birds, and other woodland inhabitants. Walks are led by experienced birders familiar with Vermont birds. Best for adults and older children. Free, donations welcomed. Birds of Vermont Museum. 900 Sherman Hollow Road, Huntington, 7-9 a.m. Contact: 434-2167 or email@example.com.
English As A Second Language Classes. Improve your English conversation skills and meet new people. Wednesdays. Administrative Conference Room: Intermediate/Advanced. Pickering Room, 2nd Floor: Beginners. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Contact: 865-7211.
Essex Art League. Meets the first Thursday of the month. The meeting agenda includes a business and social time, and features a guest artist presentation. Essex Junction Congregational Church on Main Street, Essex Junction, 9-11 a.m. Visit: www.essexartleague.com.
Essex Rotary Meeting. Essex Rotary Meetings are held on Wednesdays at 12:10 p.m. at The Essex. Serving the communities of Essex, Essex Junction, Jericho and Underhill.
Family Support Group. Outright Vermont holds support group meetings for family members of youth going through the process of coming out. One Sunday evening and one Wednesday morning each month at Outright Vermont. Contact: 865-9677.
German-English Conversation Group. Improve your German conversation skills and meet new people. First and third Wednesday of each month. Local History Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Contact: 865-7211.
Italian Conversation Group. Open to all interested in learning/hearing the Italian language. Room 101, St. Edmunds Hall, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month, 7-9 p.m. Contact: 654-2536.
Mount Mansfield Scale Modelers. Informal gathering of model enthusiasts. All skill levels welcome. Third Thursday of each month. Kolvoord Community Room, Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Contact: 878-0765.
Toy Library Playgroup. Fridays. Ages birth through five years. Memorial Hall, Essex, 9:30-11 a.m. Contact Lauren: 878-6715.
VCAM Access Orientation. Free. Vermont Community Access Media, 208 Flynn Avenue 2-G, Burlington. Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Contact: 651-9692 or www.vermontcam.org.
Women’s Craft Group. Inventive females work on artful projects. First and third Thursday of the month. Free. Essex Alliance Church, Essex, 7-9 p.m. Contact: 238-2291.
Dec. 24 and 25
Friday, Dec. 13
Family Movie Night. The entire family can join us for movie night. Call the library at 264-5660 for the title and other information. Online registration is appreciated. 6 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 16
Young Adult Film Crew. If you like to act, direct or just use AV equipment, Film Crew is the place to make and air your own TV programs on LCATV. 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 18
Pajama Storytime. Little ones of all ages cuddle up in pajamas and listen to bedtime stories. We’ll serve the cookies and milk! No signup required. 6:30 p.m.
Scrabble Meetup. Join us for a friendly game of Scrabble at the Library. 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 19
Burnham Library Trustees Meeting. The library’s trustees meet monthly, and meetings are open to the public. 4 p.m.
Book drive for holiday baskets. The Burnham Memorial Library’s Young Adult Advisory Board works in cooperation with Colchester-Milton Rotary on their annual Holiday Basket project. While Rotarians collect food and other essentials for approximately 250 local families, the YA Board collects books for the children and teens in each family. The goal is to make certain that every child and teen on the list gets to feed their minds with something good to read. Donate a new or like-new book until Dec. 9.
Burnham Knitters. Knitters of all skill levels meet Wednesdays. Beginners welcome. Colchester Meeting House or Burnham Memorial Library, 6-8 p.m.
Preschool music with Derek. Wednesdays (except Dec. 25). Derek brings music and fun every Wednesday. Best for ages 3-5. 1-1:30 pm.
Drop-in gentle Hatha yoga. Tuesdays until Dec. 17. Bring a mat and enjoy poses for mindful stretching and relaxation. Beginners and intermediates welcome. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Call 878-0313 to sign up.
Drop-in story-time. Saturdays. A weekly selection of music and books for children of all ages. No sign-up required. 10 a.m. Contact: 878-0313.
Toddler story-time. Tuesdays until Dec. 17. A weekly selection of music, rhymes, and stories. For ages 18 months-3 years. Call to sign-up. 10:30 a.m.
Preschool summer story-time. Mondays and Thursdays. Join us for stories followed by a craft or activity. For ages 3-6. Call to register. 10:30 a.m.
VT Health Connect Help. Tuesdays until Dec. 17. Confused? Speak one-on-one with a trained Health Connect Navigator. Schedule an appointment; in-depth (1 hour) sessions will be scheduled from 2-5 p.m., and shorter (15 min) sessions from 5-6 p.m. Call 264-5660, and choose Option 3 and then Option 1 to speak to the front desk.
Preschool holiday story-time. Mondays and Thursdays (Dec. 2, 5, 9, 12, 16 and 19). Join us for stories followed by a craft or activity. For ages 3-6. Call to register. 10:30 a.m.