In Bellows Falls...
NOEL BAZAAR: The Bellows Falls Area Senior Center, 18 Tuttle St., will hold its annual Noel Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The bazaar features knitted and hand-sewn items, homemade food sale, white elephant tables, raffles and the Elf Cafe, which opens at 9 a.m., serving coffee, tea and doughnuts; a light lunch of homemade corn chowder, sandwich rolls and homemade pies is available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS: Santa Claus will visit the Gibson-Aiken Center at 207 Main St. on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 1 p.m. on a tractor provided by The Robb Family Farm and escorted by the Brattleboro Police and Fire Departments.
Children can visit with Frosty, Santa and his Elves and have their picture taken for a donation. "Santa’s Workshop" will be open for children to decorate Christmas cookies which are donated and made by "The Hideaway" at Brattleboro Union High School. Also, the BUHS Band will play Christmas tunes. This event is for children of all ages.
For more information, call 802-254-5808.
TURNING POINT WISH: Turning Point of Windham County, located at 112 Hardwood Way off Putney Road in Brattleboro, is in need of a copier/scanner/printer machines. Anyone with a machine to donate is asked to call Turning Point at 802-257-5600.
Turning Point is part of a network of recovery centers in Vermont where a warm and welcoming, safe environment is provided to all members of the community.
BENEFIT FOR LEXY: Three auctions will take place on Friday, Nov. 30, at the B.P.O.E. 1499 Lodge, 75 Putney Road, in Brattleboro to benefit Lexy Giallella.
A live auction will start at 6 p.m. Prior to and during the auction raffle tickets for a Chinese auction will be sold. There will also be a silent auction. Many items have been donated for these auctions. The Elks Lodge will be selling individual pan pizzas. All are welcome.
Lexy, 14, was recently diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. She is the daughter of Cherish and Randy Clark and Bob Giallella.
For anyone interested in making a cash donation, make checks payable to Cherish or Randy Clark and send to Ruth Gorham Houle, 89 Meadowbrook Road, Brattleboro VT 05301 or to B.P.O.E. 1499 (Elks Lodge), P.O. Box 8051, Brattleboro, VT 05304. Monetary donations may also be dropped off at the Elks Lodge.
WINTER SWAP PROGRAM: The Swap Program at the Windham Solid Waste Management District is now on winter hours. The program will be open the second Saturday of each month, weather permitting, from 9 a.m. to noon. The next scheduled opening will be Dec. 8.
MEDITATION WORKSHOP: The Shambhala Buddhist Meditation Center will host a workshop for all meditators called "Mindfulness in the Body: The Alexander Technique" with Rupa Cousins on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
This workshop will offer tools to use in meditation practice as well as tips on how to be more physically and mentally mindful in one’s daily life.
The Center is located in the Whetstone Studio for the Arts building at 28 Williams St., near the intersection of Elliot, Frost, Union, and Williams streets. For information or to register, call 802-257-1984 or 802-387-5276 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: The Guilford Community Church’s festive annual Christmas Bazaar will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. An array of handmade crafts, fragrant balsam holiday wreaths, white elephant items, stocking stuffers, and homemade jams, baked goods, and specialty cookie platters will be on sale. A special raffle table will feature a variety of items such as gift baskets, an American Girl doll, and more.
Coffee and sweets will be for sale in addition to a lunch of homemade corn chowder, chili, sandwiches, and quiches.
HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR: The Halifax PTG (FOHS) will host a Holiday Vendor and Craft Fair in the Halifax School gym at 246 Branch Road in Halifax on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Many local crafters, artisans and consultants will be featuring handmade jewelry, maple syrup, decorated desserts, handmade clocks, candles and accessories, Christmas decorations, doll clothes and accessories, and more. There will be a ticket auction for various prizes from the participating vendors.
A snack booth supporting the 8th grade class trip will be feature breakfast, snacks and lunch items. Proceeds of the craft fair will benefit the Halifax PTG (FOHS).
In Hinsdale, N.H. ...
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: The North Hinsdale Community Church will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Millstream Community Center on Main Street in Hinsdale.
The bazaar will feature area crafters, a Chinese auction, raffle, bake sale, and lunch items. There will also be a game for the children with prizes. Santa will visit with the children and pictures will be taken. For more information, call Tina McCosker at 802-579-5475.
COOKIE EXCHANGE: The annual Jacksonville Cookie Exchange will be held on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 1:30 p.m. at the Jacksonville Municipal Center.
Those attending should bring three dozen cookies to swap and some for eating. Coffee and juice will be provided.
The Secret Pal Party will follow at 2:30 p.m. There will be an exchange of gifts and names drawn for next year. For further information, call Jan at 802-368-2947 or Liz at 802-368-7173.
SINGING GROUP: The Ridgetones, an informal singing group, invites new members to "Fall Into Winter" with song, food and laughter on Sunday, Dec. 2. No experience is necessary. The only requirement is the desire to enjoy singing with others, mostly a cappella. Songbooks are provided, although the group welcomes new songs.
The evening will begin with a potluck supper at 6 p.m. and singing at 7 p.m. On Sunday the group will meet at 44 Fern Hill Road in Marlboro, just past and across from the Marlboro Firehouse on South Road.
For further information, call Ron Minnes at 802-257-1640 or 802-258-9902, or e-mail minnesron48 @gmail.com.
In Saxtons River...
TREE LIGHTING: The arrival of Santa on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 5:30 p.m. will signal the start of the holiday celebrations in Saxtons River when the village Christmas tree is lit in front of the historical society.
After the lighting, Santa will visit with the children and hear Christmas wishes at The Dish on Main restaurant. There will also be a wagon ride around the village.
This year’s event is sponsored by Main Street Arts, the community arts center. Also participating is Christ’s Church, whose Saxtons River Ringers will offer a free hand bell concert at 4 p.m., followed by a soup and bread supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Both events are free, with donations for the supper benefiting the Greater Falls Warming Shelter.
HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR: The Annual Vermont Yankee Home for the Holidays Craft Fair and Vernon Elementary School Basket Raffle, Book Fair and Luncheon will be held on Friday, Nov. 30, from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Vernon Elementary School, Governor Hunt Road, Vernon.
Fifty regional artisans will offer items for sale. Proceeds will benefit Terril Watson/Linda Watson Masters Scholarship Fund and Vernon Elementary Spirit Club. Admission is free.
HOLIDAY BAZAAR: The Friends of the Wardsboro Library will sponsor its 12th Annual Holiday Bazaar on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Wardsboro Town Hall on Main Street.
At noon, Santa Claus will arrive at Town Hall and visit until 2 p.m. Homemade baked goods including holiday cookies and candies, jellies, relishes and more holiday treats will be offered for sale.
A large selection of handcrafted holiday ornaments, fresh balsam wreaths, and holiday decorations will highlight the bazaar. All proceeds from the bazaar will benefit the Friends of the Wardsboro Library to support the Gloria Danforth Memorial Building, the home of the Wardsboro Public Library.
For more information, call 802-896-3416 or visit www.friendsofwardsborolibrary.org.
In West Brattleboro...
HOLIDAY BAZAAR: The Annual Holiday Bazaar at the All Souls Unitarian-Universalist Church will offer unique artisan wreaths and greens from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1.
Holiday handmade swags, wreaths, table arrangements made from locally cut fresh greens and natural wonders to decorate the largest and smallest of spaces will be available for sale. Berries, cones and other natural contributions adorn the wreaths.
Lunch is served from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., with a menu offering soups, bread and desserts. There will be baked goods including traditional holiday pastries and breads, cakes, cookies, and candies.
Children can make gifts at the Elves’ Workshop for Kids, and enjoy a visit from Santa at noon.
The auction will open with many gifts such as dinners, a basket of homemade goods, maple syrup, a hand-crocheted bedspread and more.
All proceeds benefit the All Souls Church Unitarian-Universalist at West Village Meeting House. Information, call 802-254-9377.