Saturday December 1, 2012

Today

Music/Dance

Messiah Sing: 1-3 p.m., Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., Brattleboro. Come to sing or just listen. Friends of Music at Guilford’s 42nd Community Messiah Sing. Clark Anderson, conductor; Christian Huebner, organist. Bring vocal score or buy one at the door. Donations at door for Morningside Shelter and Brattleboro Area Drop In Center. Van from Drop In Center to collect nonperishable food, winter clothing, outwear, blankets, unwrapped new toys. Information: 802-254-3600 or office@fomag.org; visit online at www.fomag.org.

Bluegrass and Folk Quintet: 7:30 p.m., Stone Church Arts’ stage at Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St., Bellows Falls. Possum Haw of Burlington performs. Admission $20; seniors and children under 12, $15 at the door. Tickets: www.brattleborotix.com. Info or directions: www.immanuelepiscopal.org or 802-463-3100. Theater

Live Comedy: 7:30 p.m., Evening Star Grange, Dummerston Center. Vermont Theatre Company presents "Moon Over Buffalo" by Ken Ludwig. A family of jaded traveling actors struggle to move from the stage to movies. Admission: General, $12; Seniors and Students, $10. Information: Facebook, Vermont Theatre Company; Twitter@officialvtc.


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Film

Ski Film: 7:30 p.m., in the Nita Choukas Theater, Horowitz Hall, Vermont Academy, Saxtons River. Vermont Academy presents "Superheroes of Stoke," one of the most eagerly awaited ski films of the last two decades. Admission $5. Information: 802-869-6298.

Kids

Santa Claus Arrives: 1 p.m., Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St., Brattleboro. Santa arrives on tractor. Opportunity for children to visit with Frosty, Santa and his Elves, take pictures and decorate cookies from 1-2:30 p.m. BUHS Band performs. Information: 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.

Letters from Santa: Personalized letters offered by the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) at Windham Regional Career Center. Order forms at www.wrccvt.com. Leave a message with the elves at 802-451-3930. Deadline for ordering Dec. 17. Cost $7. Supports young entrepreneurs.

Windham County Activities for Youth: See the Youth Services’ H.E.Y.! Help Empower Youth! guide to after school and other activities and programs at www.HelpEmpowerYouth.com.

Outdoors/Recreation

Fitness at the Rec: Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St., Brattleboro. 9-10 a.m., Kickbox/Conditioning. Information: Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Dept., 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.

Trap Practice: 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Sportsmen’s Inc., Creamery Road, Guilford. Every Saturday. Information: 802-579-1587.

Open Gym and Game Room: Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department, Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. 1-4 p.m., Grades 7-12. Information: 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.

Meals

Bean Supper: 5-6:30 p.m., United Church of Winchester, Main Street, Winchester, N.H. Served family style. Cost: Adults, $8; children, $3; family, up to 5 members, $20. Information: 603-239-4465. No advanced ticket sales. Handicapped accessible.

Museums

Brooks Memorial Library: 224 Main St., Brattleboro. Check out free museum passes to local area museums: Eric Carle, MASS Mocha, Springfield, Shelburne, Norman Rockwell, Bennington, etc. Reserve online at www.brooks.lib.vt.us, click on "Museum Passes" button. Information: 802-254-5290.

Miscellaneous

Craft Fair, Basket Raffle and Book Fair: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Vernon Elementary School, Governor Hunt Road, Vernon. Annual Vermont Yankee Home for the Holidays Craft Fair and Vernon Elementary School Basket Raffle, Book Fair and Luncheon. 50 regional artisans will offer crafted items for sale. Benefit Terril Watson/Linda Watson Masters Scholarship Fund and Vernon Elementary Spirit Club. Admission is free.

Annual Holiday Bazaar: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., All Souls Church Unitarian Universalist at West Village Meeting House, South Street, West Brattleboro. Handmade Christmas wreaths, swags and table arrangements, silent auction, raffle. Luncheon of soup at 11 a.m.; baked goods; Elves Workshop and Santa at noon. Information: 802-254-9377.

Annual Christmas Bazaar: 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Guilford Community Church. Handmade crafts, fragrant balsam holiday wreaths, white elephant items, stocking stuffers, and homemade jams, baked goods, and specialty cookie platters. Raffle of a handmade quilt, gift baskets, an American Girl doll, and more. Coffee and sweets, and lunch. Directions: I-91 Exit 1 (Brattleboro), south on Route 5 to just past the Guilford Country Store, left on Bee Barn Road, left again on Church Drive.

Holiday Craft Fair: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Halifax School gym, 246 Branch Road, Halifax. Many local crafters, artisans; handmade jewelry, maple syrup, decorated desserts, handmade clocks, candles and accessories, Christmas decorations, doll clothes and more. Ticket auction for prizes from vendors. Snack booth to support 8th grade class trip, breakfast, snacks and lunch items. Proceeds of the craft fair to benefit the Halifax PTG (FOHS).

Annual Christmas Bazaar: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Millstream Community Center, Main Street, Hinsdale, N.H. Area crafters, a Chinese auction, raffle, bake sale, and lunch items. Game for children with prizes. Santa visits, pictures taken. Hosted by the North Hinsdale Community Church. Information: Tina McCosker, 802-579-5475.

Big Holiday Toy Sale: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Academy School, West Brattleboro. For parents and children to sell used toys and purchase used toys. Information: 802-257-2411.

Rotary Christmas Trees: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., in front of Brattleboro Bowl, Putney Road, Brattleboro. 48th Annual Brattleboro Rotary Club Christmas Tree Fundraiser. Vermont-grown trees of all shapes and sizes.

Annual Christmas Bazaar: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., St George Greek Orthodox Church, 70 West St., Keene, N.H. Greek-style lunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; crafts by area artists, attic treasures, Greek pastries and a Greek boutique.

Brattleboro Winter Farmers’ Market: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., Brattleboro. Farm products, fresh baked goods, crafts, lunch, live music. Project of Post Oil Solutions. Information: 802-8692141 or farmersmarket@postoilsolutions.org.

Gingerbread Cookie Competition: 10:30 a.m.-noon, at Brattleboro Food Coop, lower Main Street, Brattleboro. Cookie decorating. Gingerbread Man will arrive at end of workshop and lead parade to Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., for judging at 2 p.m. Prizes. Also, cookie sale to benefit Youth Services Big Brother Big Sister program.

Ongoing Events

Thrift Shop: 9 a.m.-noon, Wed. and Sat., second floor, above, West Townshend Post Office, Route 30, West Townshend. Sponsored by The West River Community Project. Community closet with large selection of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, footwear; and toys.

Worn Again Thrift Shop: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., St. Edmunds Catholic Church, Saxtons River. Clothing for all; shoes, boots and sneakers; bedding; household articles; toys. Operated by volunteers of West River Mission of Putney and churches in Putney, Townshend, Stratton Mountain and Saxtons River.

Food Shelf Open: 9-10 a.m., Putney Community Center, Christian Square, Putney. Information or to donate: 802-387-8551.

Overeaters Anonymous: 9:30-10:30 a.m., Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. Information: 802-257-5600.

Hospice Thrift Shop: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Experienced Goods Thrift Shop for Brattleboro Area Hospice, 77 Flat St., Brattleboro. Selling quality clothing, books, housewares, furniture and more. Seeking donations, 802-254-5200.

Al-Anon Meeting: 3-4 p.m., Brew Berry Conference Center #1, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, 17 Belmont Ave., Brattleboro.

Easy Does It: 8:30-9:40 p.m., Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Brew Barry Conference Center 2. Information: 802-257-5801.

AA Hotline: Toll free, 1-877-851-0181.

BCTV

Brattleboro Channel 8: 7 a.m., Words of Peace: Peace is Already There; 7:30 a.m., Liberty TV; 8 a.m., All Souls Church Unitarian Universalist; 9 a.m., Community Medical School: Get to the point, Childhood Immunization; 10:30 a.m., Agape Christian Fellowship: Hanging on Hard Times; 12 p.m., Author Joe Galloway: We Were Soldiers; 12:45 p.m., Outbytes with Myra: A Tribute To Our Veterans; 1:30 p.m., The Rhema Word; 2:15 p.m., BCTV Telethon; 3 p.m., Tribute to George Stoney: How Film Can Change Lives; 5:30 p.m., Community Calendar; 5:45 p.m., 5:45 Live: Weekend Report; 6 p.m., Author Joe Galloway: We Were Soldiers; 7 p.m., Let’s Talk About Mental Health; 7:30 p.m., BCTV Open Studio: Putney Craft Tour, Fall 2012; 8 p.m., Putney Craft Tour; 8:30 p.m., BCTV Open Studio: Project Feed the Thousands 2012; 9 p.m., Conversations with Daryl: Turning Point of Windham County; 9:30 p.m., Riverbank Church: Money; 10:30 p.m., Words of Peace: Peace is Already There; 11 p.m., Gay USA.

Brattleboro Channel 10: 8:30 a.m., 5:45 Live: Weekend Report; 8:55 a.m., Dummerston Selectboard Mtg.; 11:25 a.m., Montpelier Connection: Death with Dignity Special; 12 p.m., Putney Selectboard Mtg.; 2:30 p.m., Pop Warner Superbowl 2012: Brattleboro; 4 p.m., Leland & Gray School Board Mtg.; 6:30 p.m., Lessons from Election 2012, Common Good Vt.; 8 p.m., Brattleboro Selectboard Meeting; 10:45 p.m., Vernon Selectboard Mtg.

Sunday

Music/Dance

Dance Your Prayers: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Putney Community Center. A weekly, all-ages dance jam to nourish tribal consciousness, sacred connection, and heart-openings through music, dance and celebration. Suggested donation, $5. Presented by Tribal Mystics. Every Sunday. Information: marcellaeversole@yahoo.com or http://tinyurl.com/7gxsgng.

Holiday Caroling: 2 p.m., First Baptist Church, 190 Main St., Brattleboro. Sponsored by Estey Organ Museum. Christmas carols and hymns chosen by those who attend. Suggested donation $10 at the door to help support the Estey Organ Museum. Information: 802-254-8398.

Jazz Jam: 2 p.m., The Open Music Collective, 74 Cotton Mill Hill, Studio A-335, Brattleboro. Facilitated by Jamie MacDonald. For instrumentalists and singers to play and learn bebop, standards, or other jazz music. All levels welcome. First Sunday each month. Information: www.openmusicollective.org.

Community Circle Dance: 3:30-5:30 p.m., Aikido Studio, 11 Cottage St., Brattleboro. Taught by Hope Jinishian and Gwyn Peterdi. All dances taught. No partner needed. All welcome. Donations appreciated, not required. Information: Lucia Wilson, 802-380-3291 or Parker Huber, 802-257-9108.

Christmas Concert: 4 p.m., First Congregational Church, Route 5, Westminster. The Westmoreland Town Band presents a Christmas Musical Extravaganza. Free-will offering to support instrument repair and music purchases. Refreshments follow.

Informal Singing Group: 44 Fern Hill Road, Marlboro. The Ridgetones invite new singers. "Fall Into Winter." No experience necessary. Songbooks provided. 6 p.m., potluck supper; 7 p.m., singing. Directions: Just past and across from the Marlboro Firehouse on South Road. Information: Ron Minnes, 802-257-1640 or 802-258-9902, or e-mail minnesron48 @gmail.com.

Brattleboro Balkan Dance: 7-10 p.m., at the Stone Church, 210 Main St., Brattleboro. Live music by Xopo. Line and circle dances from the Balkans. All levels welcome. 6:30 p.m., free beginner session. Play along with Xopo session at 8:45 p.m. All instruments and voices welcome. Bring clean, soft-soled shoes and water bottle. Suggested donation $12. Information: 802-257-9513 or rachelleackerman@yahoo.com.

Theater

Live Comedy: 3 p.m., Evening Star Grange, Dummerston Center. Vermont Theatre Company presents "Moon Over Buffalo" by Ken Ludwig. A family of jaded traveling actors struggle to move from the stage to movies. Today’s show (Dec. 2) is American Sign Language interpreted. Admission: General, $12; Seniors and Students, $10. Information: Facebook, Vermont Theatre Company; Twitter@officialvtc.

Kids

Teen Get-Together: 6:30 p.m., Bethel Chapel, 28 Birge St., Brattleboro. High School/Teen Group for grades 7-12 and for young adults up to 20 years old. Information: 802-254-6687.

Outdoors/Recreation

Speed Skating: 7:30-8:30 a.m., Nelson Withington Skating Facility, Living Memorial Park, Brattleboro. For ages 7 and up. Information: 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.

Miscellaneous

Rotary Christmas Trees: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., in front of Brattleboro Bowl, Putney Road, Brattleboro. 48th Annual Brattleboro Rotary Club Christmas Tree Fundraiser. Vermont-grown trees of all shapes and sizes.

Mayan Fire Ceremony: 10 a.m.-noon, at Manitou, Sunset Lake Road, Williamsville. Led by Mayan Elder, Mercedes Longfellow. Potluck lunch at noon, bring dish to share. Bring one or more to honor the fire: tobacco, seeds, unwrapped chocolate or unwrapped cookies. If inclement weather, held inside. 10 a.m., Meet at Manitou parking lot. Suggested donation: $20. Info: Fred. rtaylor@antioch.edu, or 802-387-2681. Directions: 1.4 mi. up Sunset Lake Rd. from Williamsville Village, sign on right or 5.5 miles over the top on Sunset Lake Rd. from Rte. 9.

Sitting and Walking Meditation Practice: 10 a.m.-noon, Vermont Insight Meditation Center, Neighbor’s Hall, Solar Hill, 229 Western Ave., Brattleboro. Led by Manny Mansbach. Sunday’s Dharma talk, "Welcoming What Comes and Surrendering What Goes: Developing A Graceful Relationship to Change."

Annual Holiday Bazaar: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Wardsboro Town Hall, Main Street. Noon-2 p.m., Santa Claus visits at Town Hall. Coffee shop, homemade baked goods including holiday cookies and candies, jellies, relishes and more. Handcrafted holiday ornaments, fresh balsam wreaths, and holiday decorations; Santa’s Gift Shop; books for children. Benefit the Friends of the Wardsboro Library to support the Gloria Danforth Memorial Building, the home of the Wardsboro Public Library. Information: 802-896-3416 or www.friendsofwardsborolibrary.org.

Cookie Exchange: 1:30 p.m., at the Jacksonville Municipal Center. Bring three dozen cookies to swap and some for eating. Coffee and juice provided. 2:30 p.m., Secret Pal Party, exchange of gifts and names drawn for next year. Information: Jan at 802-368-2947 or Liz at 802-368-7173.

Town Tree Lighting/Caroling: 4:30 p.m., on the Common, Dummerston Center. Reception follow in Dummerston Congregational Church. Bring some cookies to share. Information: susanna@griefen.com, 802-257-0577.

Holiday Celebration: 5:30 p.m., Saxtons River. Christmas tree lit in front of Historical Society. Santa to visit with children at The Dish on Main restaurant. Wagon ride around the village. Sponsored by Main Street Arts. Saxtons River Ringers offer free handbell concert at 4 p.m.; soup and bread supper 5-7 p.m. Both events free, with donations for the supper to benefit the Greater Falls Warming Shelter.

Ongoing Events

Alcoholics Anonymous: 10-11 a.m., The Stone Church, 210 Main St., Brattleboro. Eye Openers.

Alcoholics Anonymous: 6-7 p.m., Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. Back to Life AA program. Information: 802-257-5600.

AA Hotline: Toll free, 1-877-851-0181.

BCTV

Brattleboro Channel 8: 7 a.m., Athens Community Christian Church; 8 a.m., Agape Christian Fellowship: Hanging on Hard Times; 9:30 a.m., Athens Community Christian Church; 10:30 a.m., The Rhema Word; 11:05 a.m., Tribute to George Stoney: How Film Can Change Lives; 1:30 p.m., Conversations with Daryl: Turning Point of Windham County; 2 p.m., All Souls Church Unitarian Universalist; 3 p.m., BCTV Open Studio: Putney Craft Tour, Fall 2012; 3:30 p.m., St. Michael’s Mass; 4:30 p.m., Aralyn’s Quest: Part 2; 5:30 p.m., Community Calendar; 5:45 p.m., 5:45 Live: Weekend Report; 6 p.m., Outbytes with Myra: A Tribute To Our Veterans; 6:45 p.m., Khrushchev: 50th Ann. of the Cuban Missile Crisis; 7:30 p.m., Marijuana Resolve: Matt Simon, Marijuana Policy Project; 8 p.m., St. Michael’s Mass: November 3, 2012; 9 p.m., Brattleboro Citizens Breakfast; 9:45 p.m., Author Joe Galloway: We Were Soldiers; 10:30 p.m., The Retreat’s Keep Talking: Dr. White & Kane; 11:15 p.m., The Draa Hobbs Trio, Jazz Ensemble in Brattleboro; 11:30 p.m., Conversations with Daryl: Turning Point of Windham County.

Brattleboro Channel 10: 8 a.m., Pop Warner Superbowl 2012: Brattleboro; 9:18 a.m., Sen. Sanders: Budget Deficit Deals; 9:45 a.m., Community Calendar; 10 a.m., 5:45 Live: Weekend Report; 10:15 a.m., Sen. Leahy on Post-Election; 10:30 a.m., Putney Selectboard Mtg.; 1 p.m., Vermont State Board of Education; 5 p.m., Jamaica Selectboard Mtg.; 7:30 p.m., Guilford Selectboard Mtg.; 10 p.m., Dummerston Selectboard Mtg.