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HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

Sunday, December 19-20

Holiday Artist Market. Burlington City Arts hosts the 2014 Holiday Artist Market. The Holiday Artist Market showcases products from local artists from the BCA Summer Artist Market in City Hall Park and other high quality local artists providing a unique holiday shopping experience. These local, handmade, one of a kind items are perfect gifts for the upcoming holiday season. Friday, Dec. 19 from 4-8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 20 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Contois Auditorium, Burlington. Information: 865-7166 or www.burlingtoncityarts.org.

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Monday, December 22

CVAA Holiday Celebration. The Champlain Valley Agency on Aging will be hosting a holiday celebration featuring a turkey dinner. Entertainment by Sergio. Tickets required. Doubletree Hotel, South Burlington. Check-in 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch costs $5. Information: 865-0360.

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Thursday, December 25

10th Annual Holiday Dinner for Seniors. HANDS will be hosting their 10th annual Christmas meal for seniors. The dinner will be a sit down, buffet style. Meals will also be available for home deliver. Reservations for home delivered meals must be placed by Dec. 18. All participants receive a gift bag. Free transportation is also available to those who need it. Elks Club, Burlington, 1 p.m. Information: 865-0360.


 

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Thursday, December 18

Heavenly Food Pantry. The Heavenly Food Pantry will be open to all residents of Essex, Essex Center and Westford. First Congregational Church of Essex Junction, Essex Junction, 2-6 p.m. Free. Information: 878-5745.

TM Talk. The Vermont Transcendental Meditation Center will be hosting an informational session on TN with Dr. Janet Smith and Edwards Smith, M.D. Anyone can easily develop greater peace of mind and reduced stress through the simple meditation techniques. Pre-registration encouraged. Vermont Transcendental Meditation Center, Williston, 7 p.m. Information: Vermont@tm.org or 923-6248.

Documentary “Rich Hill” Screening. The Burlington Film Society and the Vermont International Film Foundation are pleased to present the Vermont theatrical screening the American documentary film, “Rich Hill.” The film offers an openhearted portrait of impoverished American life named after the tiny Missouri town where directors went searching for teens that were representative of the challenges kids face in such communities. The Main Street Landing Film House, Burlington, 7 p.m. $8 general admission; $5 students. Tickets available online or at the door. www.brownpapertickets.com/e/964427.

Friday, December 19

The Great Brisket Bake-off. The Temple Sinai invites diners to pile their plates with slow-cooked meat at a Hanukkah dinner party complete with games and crafts. Bring brisket, a side dish or dessert. Temple Sinai, Burlington, 5:30 p.m. Free. Information: info@templesinaivt.org.

Men’s Auxiliary Wing Night. The Men’s Auxiliary of the VFW Post 6689 will be hosting a wing night. $4 for five wings or $7 for 10 wings. VFW Post 6689, Essex Junction, 5:30-7 p.m. Information: 878-0700.

First Annual Winter Solstice Fabulous Yoga Event. Celebrating the arrival of longer days and shorter nights, join John McConnell as he leads this upbeat, “bright-hearted” yoga practice. The theme of the evening is “Shine Your Light Into The Darkness.” Along with the yoga, there will be music, smiling, dancing and singing. Celebrate the light and then stick around with your friends for food and drinks. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $15. Information: artsriot.com/events.

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Local Libraries

898 Main Street, Colchester. Contact: 264-5660 or jmuse@colchestervt.gov. Website: colchestervt.gov/Library

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Burnham Library

898 Main Street, Colchester. Contact: 264-5660 or jmuse@colchestervt.gov. Website: colchestervt.gov/Library

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Thursday, December 18

Burnham Library Trustees Meeting. The library’s trustees meet monthly, and meetings are open to the public. 4 p.m.

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Wednesday, December 24 and Thursday, December 25

Library closed for the Christmas holiday.

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Ongoing

One-on-One Tutoring. Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Students from the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences’ Colchester campus will be tutoring students in reading, math and science. The program is focused on grades 1-6, but tutoring is available for other grades in certain subjects. Mondays, 5-8 p.m.; Wednesdays, from 4-7 p.m.; and Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. There is no fee for the service. Call 264-5660 to sign up, or for more information.

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. Derek brings music and fun every Wednesday. Best for ages 3-5. 1-1:30 p.m.

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. A weekly selection of music, rhymes and stories. For ages 18 months-3 years. Call to sign-up. 10:30 a.m.

Preschool Story Time. Thursdays. Come for stories followed by a craft or activity. For ages 3-6. Call to register. 10:30 a.m.

Drop-in Gentle Hatha Yoga. No class, Oct. 28. Tuesdays. Bring a mat and enjoy poses for mindful stretching and relaxation. A registered nurse of over 30 years, Betty Molnar is certified as a Hatha Yoga instructor from the Temple of Kriya Yoga in Chicago. Beginners and intermediates welcome. Sponsored by the Friends of the Burnham Library. 4:30 p.m.

Saturday Drop-in Story Time. Saturdays. A weekly selection of music and books for children of all ages. No sign-up required. 10 a.m.

Flynn Show Choirs Concert. The Flynn’s Show Choirs are performing troupes made up of 70 young singers, actors and dancers that stage high-energy, fully-choreographed performances of Broadway favorites and pop hits, accompanied by a professional live band. This performance will include selections from “Dogfight, A Christmas Story”, “The Wiz” and more. Music direction by Piero Bonamico. Flynn Space, Burlington, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. $16 adults; $12 students. Information: www.flynntix.org or 863-5966.

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Saturday, December 20

3D Printing, Designing and Scanning With Blu-Bin. Instruction in basic programs teaches attendees how to build digital models of their ideas. Blu-Bin in Burlington, 12-1:30 p.m. Free. Call to preregister: 345-6030.

Frog Hollow Demo Days: Annelein Beukenkamp. Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center will be hosting master watercolor painter, Annelein Beukenkamp, Beukenkamp will be demonstrating her techniques and answer questions about her work, her process, and more. Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center, Burlington, 12-3 p.m. Information: froghollow.org.

Deep Midwinter: Songs from Winter’s Heart. Social Band presents its fifth annual winter concert. The band will present carols, contemporary works by Vermont composers, songs from the American shape-note tradition and joyful sing-alongs. The group strives to draw upon the strengths of classical and folk traditions. Tickets are available at the door. College Street Congregational Church, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $15 suggested donation. Information: www.socialband.org or 355-4216.

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Sunday, December 21

“The SantaLand Diaries.” Local actor Joseph Grabon interprets author and comedian, David Sedaris’ essay about his stint as a cynical Macy’s elf during the holidays in this Bad Quarto production. North End Studio A, Burlington, 2 p.m. $10-$12. Information: 473-1801.

Community Breakfast. The Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars will be hosting a community breakfast. The menu will include all your breakfast favorites. Plenty of food for everyone. All are invited, both members and non-members. VFW Post 6689, Essex Junction, 9-11 a.m. Adults $7; children 10 and under $3. Information: 878-0700.

Israeli Dancing. Come dance at the Ohavi Zedek Synagogue Social Room. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Dances will be taught, reviewed and prompted. Sessions progress from beginning to advanced dances. Dances will be performed in circles and lines, no partner required. Dress comfortably and bring a pair of soft-soled shoes with clean treads. First session free. Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, 7:15-9 p.m. Tickets $2. Contact: 864-0218 or portico@stowevt.net.

Monday, December 22

CVAA Lunch. CVAA will be hosting its weekly lunch at Covenant Church. The menu will include spaghetti and meatballs, Italian vegetables, Italian bread, and lemon mousse for dessert. Milk to drink. Covenant Church, Essex Center, 12 p.m. Free, donations accepted. Contact: 865-0360.

Shape and Share Life Stories. Prompts trigger real life experience stories, which are crafted into engaging narrative and shared with the group. Led by Recille Hamrell. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Free and open to all adults. Information: 878-4918 or www.williston.lib.vt.us.

Trivia Night. Trivia buffs gather for a meeting of the minds. Hotel Vermont lobby, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free. Contact: 651-5012.

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Tuesday, December 23

Pause-Café French Conversation. French students of varying levels engage in dialogue “en français.” Panera Bread, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Information: 363-2431.

Movies at Main Street Landing: “It’s A Wonderful Life”. The Movies at Main Street Landing series present the 1946 holiday classic “It’s A Wonderful Life” starring film icon, Jimmy Stewart. Main Street Landing Film House, Burlington, 7 p.m. Donations benefit local charities. Contact: 540-3018.

Sleigh Rides. The Shelburne Museum will be hosting winter sleigh rides. Horses take riders over snow-covered open fields. Rides leave every half hour; seats are first come, first served. Weather permitting. Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $8-$10. Information: www.shelburnefarms.org

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Ongoing

Jazzercise Lite for 50 Plus. A fun, easy dance and fitness class that combines dance, yoga, pilates and strength training for all levels of fitness with instructor Kit Sayers. 10-visit punch pass can be purchased at Essex Junction Senior Center. Essex Junction Senior Center, Essex Junction. Tuesdays 8-9 a.m. and Thursdays 11 a.m.-12 p.m. $30 members, $35 non-members. Contact Lou Ann: 876-5087.

Movie Matinees. Colchester Parks and Recreation offers movie matinees on the second and fourth Fridays of each month. Popcorn and coffee will be provided. Movies begin at 1 p.m. Free. 781 Blakely Road, Colchester. Information: 264-5640.

CVAA Tai Chi for Arthritis. Due to popular demand, CVAA will be sponsoring Tai Chi for Arthritis. Wednesday evenings. The class is offered to anyone age 50 and older. It is intended for adults who are still in the workforce. Winooski Senior Center, Winooski, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Contact Rachael: 865-0360 or rachael@cvaa.org.

Newcomers Club. Newcomers Club’s organized day trips, lunches and dinners are a great way of making friends and get acquainted with things in the community. The club meets on Wednesdays twice monthly from September to June. Contact Dana 864-0766 or Orchard 985-3870.

Senior Strength. HammerFit Gym in Essex offers a 50-minute guided exercise class for anyone over the age of 50. The session begins with a warm up, stretching exercises, then strength training using Hammer Strength equipment with guidance. The class ends with a relaxing stretch and cool down, and participants are welcome to use the cardio machines before or after if they wish. HammerFit Gym, Essex, Mondays and Thursdays 9:30 a.m. $5. Information: 878-0444.

Essex Community Justice Center’s Citizen Advisory Board Meetings. Meetings take place on the second Wednesday of all even numbered months. The Community Justice Center provides restorative responses to crime and conflict in the greater Essex area. The Citizens Advisory Board advises the Community Justice Center on policy, direction and programming in an ongoing capacity. Community Justice Center, Essex Junction, 5:30 p.m. Contact Kate: 662-0001 or at kate@essexcjc.org.

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.

Colchester-Milton Rotary meeting. Thursdays. Serving the communities of Colchester, Milton and the Champlain Islands. Hampton Inn, Colchester, 12 p.m.

Essex Eats Out Community Meals. Essex Eats Out seeks to build community connections by providing healthy, free meals in a warm, safe and inclusive atmosphere. Meals will be served: first Friday at First Congregational Church; second Friday at Holy Family/St. Lawrence Parish Center; third Friday at St. James Church; fourth Friday at Essex United Methodist Church; and fifth Friday when applicable at St. Pius X Church. 5:30-7 p.m. each week. Transportation available. Call Dawn Thursday by 9 a.m. to schedule Friday transit: 878-7622. Information: essexeatsout@gmail.com or www.essexeatsout.org.

Bagpipe and Drum Lessons. The St. Andrew’s Pipeband of Vermont offers instruction for bag piping and drumming as an encouragement and incentive for attracting new members. The instructional program is designed to integrate and transition a piper or drummer into the “parade” band at a level of basic competency. St. James Episcopal Church, Essex Junction, Wednesday evenings. Free. Contact Beth: 343-4738.

Drop-In Pottery Wheel Class. Spend Friday nights with our pottery instructors learning the basics of wheel working. Try the wheel and have some fun with other beginner potters. Through demonstrations and individual instruction, students will learn the basics of preparing and centering the clay and making cups, mugs and bowls. Price includes one fired and glazed piece per participant. Additional fired and glazed pieces are $5 each. No registration necessary but space is limited. First come, first serve. BCA Print and Wheel Studio, Burlington, Fridays 8-10 p.m. $12. Contact: 865-7166.

Drop-In Life Drawing Class. This drop-in life drawing class is open to all levels and facilitated by local painter Glynnis Fawkes. Spend the evening with other artists, drawing one of our experienced models. Bring drawing materials and paper. No registration necessary. Ages 16 and up. BCA Center, Burlington, Mondays 6:30-8:30 p.m. $8. Contact: 865-7166.

Free Yoga for Survivors. H.O.P.E. Works is offering a free and confidential trauma-informed yoga program for survivors of sexual violence. Meets on the first Saturday of each month. Registration is required to attend. Laughing River Yoga, Burlington, 1:30 p.m. Free. Contact: 864-0555, x19 or atsarah@hopeworksvt.org.

Creative Tuesdays. Artists exercise their imaginations with recycled crafts. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3:15-5 p.m. Contact: 865-7216.

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: ldiamond@uvm.edu 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.

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.

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: 2wolvescenter@gmail.com or 870-0361.

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.

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.

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.