Ballroom and Latin Dance: Stone Church, 210 Main St., Brattleboro. A night of ballroom and Latin dancing presented by Shall We Dance Brattleboro. 7-8 p.m., Free Salsa, LA Smooth Style, dance lesson. 8-10 p.m., Open dancing. Refreshments. Cost: Singles, $8; couples, $15; teens and seniors, $5. Information: Ray, 802-579-9990; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kevin Parry Performs: 7-10 p.m., at The West Dover Inn, Route 100, West Dover. Kevin Parry takes requests on guitar and vocals. Free. Information: 802-464-5207.
Benefit Performance: 7:30 p.m., Next Stage, Putney. Guitarists Will Ackerman, Scott Ainslie, and David Surette celebrate Vt. instrument maker Michael Millard and his Froggy Bottom Guitars. "Music from Froggy Bottom" moderated by musician, songwriter and guitar teacher Lisa McCormick. Tickets: General, $20; students/seniors $18 at Offerings Jewelry at www.nextstagearts.org. Part of the Community Artist Performance Series curated by Next Stage Arts Project. Theater
Opening Night: 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.
Family Movie Night: 6-8 p.m., Pettee Memorial Library, 6 South Main St., Wilmington. Free movie. Film rated PG. Description: Big budget remake of the classic cartoon about a creature intent on stealing Christmas. Information: 802-464-8557, email@example.com, or petteelibrary.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.
Preschool Playgroup: 9:30-11 a.m., at Whitingham Elementary School. For children 0-5 years old with parent or childcare provider. Led by Amanda Hiouas. Sponsored by Early Education Services. Information: 802-368-7872.
Storytime and Crafts: 10:30-11:30 a.m., Jamaica Memorial Library. Every Friday. Information: 802-874-4901.
Storytime for Preschoolers: 10:30 a.m., Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls. Singing or a craft after stories. Free. Information: 802-463-4270.
Toddler Storyhour: 1:30 p.m., Moore Free Library, 23 West St., Newfane. Stories, songs, crafts for toddlers. Information: 802-365-7948.
Friday Teen Night: 6-11 p.m., Boys & Girls Club, 17 Flat St., Brattleboro. Grades 7 through 18 year olds. Bands, DJs, skate jams, and movies. Free meal at 6 p.m., dinner. Information: 802-254-5990.
Dungeons and Dragons: 5-9 p.m., Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls. Fantasy-based, epic storytelling game. Other games, also. Ages 13 and up. Reservations required. Info: 802-463-4270 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
World Affairs Talk: 7 p.m., SIT Graduate Institute/World Learning, Rotch Hall, Room 108/109, off Kipling Road in Brattleboro. Ken Furst, Director of the World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts to speak at the Windham World Affairs Council meeting. Furst’s talk, "Afghanistan: A First-Hand View from Kabul and What the Afghan People Really Say." Free, public welcome. Coffee with the speaker at 6:30 p.m.
Fitness at the Rec: Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St., Brattleboro. 12:10-1:10 p.m., Ongoing Yoga/Pilates. Information: Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Dept., 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.
Open Gym and Game Room: Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department, Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. 3-5 p.m., Grades K-6. Information: 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.
Congregate Breakfast: 7:45-8:15 a.m., Brattleboro Senior Center, 207 Main St., Brattleboro. Menu: Scrambled eggs with boursin and spinach, vegetable hash with celeriac, turnip and carrots, scone and fruit, juice, yogurt. Suggested donation for seniors over 60, $3.50. All others, $6. Information: 802-257-1236.
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.
World AIDS Day Commemoration: Noon-1 p.m., Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., Brattleboro. The AIDS Project to commemorate World AIDS Day. 10-min. candlelight vigil, followed by program of local and international speakers, music by song-writer and musician Damaris; donation of a quilt for a person living with HIV/AIDS handmade by local residents. Light snacks available. Community invited to honor those affected by HIV/AIDS and those who work to combat AIDS worldwide. Information: 802-254-4444.
Rotary Christmas Trees: 11 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.
Craft Fair, Basket Raffle and Book Fair: 4-8 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. 50 regional artisans will offer beautifully-crafted items for sale. Benefit Terril Watson/Linda Watson Masters Scholarship Fund and Vernon Elementary Spirit Club. Admission is free.
Tree Lighting: 5:30 p.m., Pliny Park, corner of Main and High streets, Brattleboro. Hosted by Building a Better Brattleboro. Holiday decorations downtown, window displays, seasonal music.
Benefit Auction for Lexy: 6 p.m., B.P.O.E. 1499 Lodge, 75 Putney Road, Brattleboro. Benefit for Lexy Giallella. Also, Chinese auction and silent auction. Many donated items. Elks Lodge selling pan pizzas. Lexy, 14, was recently diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Cash donations (checks payable to Cherish or Randy Clark) may be sent to Ruth Gorham Houle, 89 Meadowbrook Road, Brattleboro VT 05301. Monetary donations may also be dropped off at the Elks Lodge.
Meditation: 7:30-8:45 a.m., Biologic Wellness Center, Merchants Bank, 205 Main St., Brattleboro (ground floor, basement entrance on right). Mountains and Rivers Mindfulness Community. Free mindfulness class and sharing group in the tradition of Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Every Friday. Newcomers welcome. Wheelchair accessible. Information: email@example.com or 802-387-2382.
Bellows Falls Drop-In Center: Open Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Our Place Drop-In Center, 4 Island St., Bellows Falls. 9-10:30 a.m., free breakfast; 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., food pantry open, except during lunch; 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., free lunch. Day shelter, shower, fax, phone, food pantry. Information: 802-463-2217.
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.
Hospice Thrift Shop: 10 a.m.-7 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.
Alcoholics Anonymous: Noon, Trinity Lutheran Church, 161 Western Ave., Brattleboro.
Recovery Chat: 2-3 p.m., Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. Less formal group, conversation, games, sharing. Information: 802-257-5600.
Candlelight AA Meeting: 9-11 p.m., Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. AA discussion and fellowship with candlelit setting. Information: 802-257-5600.
AA Hotline: Toll free, 1-877-851-0181.
Brattleboro Channel 8: 7 a.m., From Mourning to Night: John Singer Sargent and Black in Fashion; 8 a.m., Democracy Now!; 9 a.m., Athens Community Christian Church; 9:50 a.m., BCTV Telethon; 10:30 a.m., Riverbank Church: Money; 11:30 a.m., Tribute to George Stoney: How Film Can Change Lives; 2 p.m., Words of Peace: Peace is Already There; 3:30 p.m., BCTV Open Studio: Project Feed the Thousands 2012; 4 p.m., Community Medical School: Get to the point, Childhood Immunization; 5:30 p.m., Community Calendar; 5:45 p.m., 545 Live Weekend Report: LIVE; 6 p.m., BUHS TV News; 6:30 p.m., Marijuana Resolve: Matt Simon, Marijuana Policy Project; 7 p.m., Let’s Talk About Mental Health; 7:30 p.m., BCTV Open Studio: Putney Craft Tour, Fall 2012; 8 p.m., Democracy Now!; 9 p.m., Al Jezeera News; 9:30 p.m., BCTV Telethon; 10:15 p.m., The Retreat’s Keep Talking: Dr. White & Kane; 11 p.m., Things You Can’t Talk About.
Brattleboro Channel 10: 8:30 a.m., Organic Politics: The Road Ahead; 9 a.m., Preview, Vt. State Plan for Independent Living; 9:45 a.m., Community Calendar; 9:58 a.m., 5:45 Live: Midweek Report; 10:15 a.m., BUHS TV Live; 11 a.m., The David Pakman Show; 12 p.m., Brattleboro Selectboard Meeting; 3 p.m., Brattleboro Planning Commission Mtg.; 5:30 p.m., BASIC Skatepark Design Meeting; 7 p.m., Guilford Selectboard Mtg.; 9:30 p.m., Jamaica Selectboard Mtg.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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. Information or directions: www.immanuelepiscopal.org or 802-463-3100.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Craft Fair, Basket Raffle, Book Fair, Lunch: 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 email@example.com.
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.
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