Community Calendar 11/24/11

 

Thursday November 24

 

Holiday Tea

CAMBRIDGE Reservations are requested by Thursday, Nov. 24, for the Washington County Historical Society’s Second Annual Victorian Holiday Tea on Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Rice Mansion in Cambridge. Seating will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and 3 to 4:30 p.m. Theme attire is optional but welcome and harpist Debi Craig will perform. Scones, savories and sweets will be served with tea. Cost: $20. Information/reservations: Historical Society at 854-9108, or Warren Caldwell at 854-3421.

 

5K Run/Walk

GLENS FALLS The James P. Hinchliffe 5K Run/Walk for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) will be held on Thursday, Nov. 24. Registration will be from 7 to 8:15 a.m. at Momument Square, 333 Glen Street in Glens Falls, with the run/walk at 8:30 a.m. Entry fees: $15 adults in advance; $12 age 18 and younger in advance; $20 race day. Information: Email jph.als5k@gmail.com.

 

5K Fun Run

STRATTON MOUNTAIN Stratton Mountain will host its Sixth annual Gobble Gobble Wobble 5K Fun Run on Thursday, Nov. 24. Registration will be from 7 to 8:30 a.m. and the run will start at 9 a.m. Walkers and runners will compete for prizes to be awarded to the first three men, women and juniors (age 13 and younger), and for those decked out in the best (outrageous) costumes. Cost: $35 in advance, $50 race day, including commemorative T-shirt, with proceeds benefiting local food pantries and Vermont families recovering from Hurricane Irene. Registration information: www.stratton.com/events/11gobblegobblewobble.htm. General information: 1-800-STRATTON, or www.Stratton.com.

 

Thanksgiving Dinner

POULTNEY A free Thanksgiving Dinner will be served for those without a place to go on Thanksgiving Day from noon to 3 p.m. on Nov. 24 at Café Dale on Main Street in Poultney. Owners Dale and Pat Sullivan are serving this meal to thank the community for supporting their business during the past two years. They will close the business on Dec. 1 to pursue another opportunity. If you know of anyone without a place to go on Nov. 24, call 802-287-1161.

 

Thanksgiving Dinner

ARGYLE The free 18th Annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner will be served from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 24, at the Argyle Firehouse. Also, dinners will be delivered to homebound people by calling Joan by Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 638-8507. Volunteers are needed, too, for help in the kitchen and to deliver meals on Nov. 24; call Betsy at 638-8683. Also needed are homemade pies and canned goods; call Kaaren at 638-8667.

 

Thanksgiving Dinner

WHITEHALL A free Eighth Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be served from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 24, at the Whitehall United Methodist Church, 56 Greenmount Cemetery Lane in Whitehall (off Route 12). Takeouts will be available about 11 a.m. and dinners will be delivered to those who are physically unable to eat at the church; call Maxine Willis at 518-499-1565, or leave a message at the church, 499-0851. Monetary donations in support of this event may be sent payable to Companions in Christ Fellowship Committee, Whitehall United Methodist Church, 56 Greenmount Cemetery Lane, Whitehall, N.Y. 12887.

 

Friday November 25

 

Pottery Classes

SALEM The Pottery Studio at the Salem Courthouse Community Center will offer an “Introduction to Pottery” workshop on Mondays starting on Nov. 28, “The Influence of Seven Modern Clay Artists” workshop on Sundays, and an intermediate pottery class on Tuesdays. There also will be three courses for children, the first starting on Nov. 28.  Information/registration: 518-854-7053, or email Gail Bearup at gbearup@salemcourthouse.org.

 

Holiday Ornaments

RUTLAND AREA The Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice is selling Holiday Ornaments designed by Vermont artists Carol Krochak and Mark Kilburn of Horizon Porcelain. These handcrafted, glazed ornaments may be personalized in memory of a person you choose. Cost: $12 for a Lace Bell or Comet, $15 for a Snow Goose, with proceeds benefiting RAVNAH’s hospice program. Information/orders: 802-770-1516.

 

Scrap Metal Drive

POULTNEY The Men’s Club at St. Raphael Church in Poultney is holding a Scrap Metal Drive to help fund church activities. All kinds of metal will be accepted (no refrigerators, microwaves or computers) and junk cars are desired. Information/to arrange a pickup: Ernie at 802-287-9755.

 

Book Angels

MANCHESTER The Northshire Bookstore in Manchester is starting its annual Book Angel Program to put books into the hands of children that otherwise don’t own or have access to them. You can help by choosing an angel off a tree at the store to make a book match, by making a monetary donation at the store registers, and book club dollars and gift cards also may be donated. Information: 802-362-2200, or www.northshire.com.

 

Holiday Pies

WEST FORT ANN The West Fort Ann Volunteer Fire Co. and Ladies Auxiliary are selling Holiday Pies. Cost: $10 for most pies; $15 maple cream pie. Pickups will be at the firehouse on Joe Green Road in West Fort Ann, and at Valerie’s Hair Care in Hudson Falls. Information/orders: Pat at 792-0157, or Valerie at 747-7400.

 

Wreaths, Kissing Balls

CAMBRIDGE The Cambridge Connects group is taking orders for locally handmade Holiday Wreaths and Kissing Balls. Items will be ready for pickup during the 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas in Cambridge Craft Fair in the Cambridge Central School auditorium on Saturday, Dec. 3. Cost: $16.50 per wreath; $30 per kissing ball; discounts for multiple orders. See samples at Battenkill Books on Main Street in Cambridge. Information/orders: Amy at 677-5304, or email cambridgeconnects@gmail.com.

 

Chocolate Letters

SCHUYLERVILLE The Schuylerville Area Chamber of Commerce is selling St. Nicolaas Chocolate Letters. Delivery will start the first week of December and continue through the holiday season. Available will be dark, milk and sugarless chocolate, individually packaged in a festive box, and each letter is 3 inches by 4 inches. Cost: $6 each, with proceeds benefiting the St. Nicolaas Festival on Saturday, Dec. 3. Information/orders: Schuyler Sweets at 518-695-4171, email rstickle@schuylersweets.com, or call Marie Foster at 695-5609, email fostermr@verizon.net.

 

5K Registration

SARATOGA SPRINGS Registration is requested by Friday, Nov. 25, for the 14th Annual First Night Saratoga 5K Run that will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31. This run will be on a USA Track and Field-certified course, starting and finishing at Skidmore College. Registration fee: $20, including a long-sleeved shirt, by Nov. 25; $30 thereafter (no race day registration). Registration: www.saratoga-arts.org. Information: 584-4132, Ext. 207.

 

Wildlife Tracking

BRANDON/TINMOUTH Pre-registration is required for a “Learn to Track Wildlife!” workshop with local tracker, ecologist and wilderness explorer Josh Hardt from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, at Otter Valley High School in Brandon, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Old Firehouse in Tinmouth. Half-day sessions will follow from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 21, in Brandon, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 28, in Tinmouth. Cost: $18, including one full-day and one half-day session. Registration: Monica Erhart at 802-446-7030, or email monica.erhart@gmail.com. Information: Staying Connected Initiative of Rutland County, www.stayingconnectedgreensadks.wordpress.com.

 

Pups Parade

MANCHESTER Registrations are being accepted for The Posh Pups Parade that will be held at noon on Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Crystal Palace street level entrance, 72 Depot Street, Route 11/30, in Manchester. Pups and their owners will walk a parade route to help raise funds for the nonprofit Meals on Wheels of Bennington County. Registration fee: $10 per pet. Registration: www.manchesterdesigneroutlets.com.

 

Art Exhibits

BENNINGTON The Bennington Center for the Arts, Route 9 West at Gypsy Lane, has three exhibitions running through Friday, Dec. 18: Small Works, Impressions of New England, and The Laumeister Fine Art Competition. All of the works are for sale. Also on view is a portion of the permanent collection, “The People of Turtle Island,” including paintings, bronzes, kachinas, pots, and Navajo rugs of and by Native Americans. Information: 802-442-7158, or www.thebennington.com.

 

Toy Drive

GREENWICH The Cambridge-Greenwich Police Dept. will hold its First Annual Toy Drive beginning at 5 a.m. and continuing all day on Black Friday, Nov. 25, at the Greenwich Kmart. New, unwrapped toys will be collected and given to Operation Santa Claus for distribution throughout the Cambridge and Greenwich school districts. Also, collection boxes will be placed throughout the communities through Dec.15 for additional toy donations. Look for the Cambridge-Greenwich Police Dept. insignia with a Santa hat.

 

Gallery Opening

MANCHESTER The Southern Vermont Arts Center off West Road in Manchester will hold a grand opening for its “Off the Hill” temporary pop-up gallery from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25 and 26, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday the 27th.  Art, prints and other quality merchandise will be for sale. Information: 802-362-1405, or www.svac.org.

 

Country Boutique

BONDVILLE The Mountain School at Winhall will hold its 17th Annual Christmas in the Country Boutique and Artisan Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25 and 26, at the school, one mile north of the Stratton Mountain access road on Route 30 in Bondville. Fine home accessories, pillows, hooked rugs, pure soy candles, handcrafted chocolates, and much more will be offered. Santa will visit and there’ll be hayrides, soup, gift wrapping, and more. Information/vendor space: Kim-Scott Miller at 802-297-2662, or www.themountainschool.org.

 

Christmas Fair

POULTNEY The 26th Annual Poultney Christmas Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25 and 26, in the gymnasium at Poultney High School. More than 60 local vendors will offer Christmas décor, balsam wreaths, jewelry, candles, knits, pottery, woodcrafts, paintings, prints and frames. There also will be pure maple syrup, other maple products, home-baked goods, and gourmet foods. Free admission. Information: Jaime at 802-287-9570.

 

Memory Lights

POULTNEY Memory Lights will be on sale during the Poultney Christmas Fair that will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25 and 26, at Poultney High School. Cost: $1 each, with proceeds benefiting the Poultney Food Shelf and the Tree of Giving. Names to be memorialized also may be mailed to P. Beatty, 751 Hampshire Hollow Road, Poultney, Vt. 05764, with a check payable to the St. Raphael’s Ladies Guild.

 

SVAC Open House

MANCHESTER The Southern Vermont Arts Center off West Road in Manchester invites everyone to its First Annual Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25 and 26. Featured will be complimentary refreshments and 10 percent off the price of all artwork. Information: 802-362-1405, or www.svac.org.

 

Holiday Showcase

GLENS FALLS A Holiday Showcase at the Shirt Factory event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Nov. 25 to 27, at The Shirt Factory in Glens Falls. Artisans and craftspeople will offer original art and handcrafted items. Information: 518-824-1290, or www.shirtfactorygf.com.

 

Cat Adoption

PITTSFORD The Rutland County Humane Society in Pittsford will hold a Black Friday Black Cat Adoption event from noon to 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25. Cost: $5 and all regular adoption policies will apply. All of the cats have been spayed/neutered, checked by a veterinarian, and more. Information: 802-483-6700, or www.rchsvt.org.

 

Folk Concert

GLENS FALLS Canadian folk musician Heather Dale and her musical partner Ben Deschamps will play a free family-oriented concert at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25 in the Community Room at Crandall Library, 251 Glen St. The duo performs internationally at medieval reenactments, with a high-energy, audience participation show. The concert is offered by the library as an alternative to Black Friday shopping. Information: (978) 979-0933 or www.heatherdale.com.

 

Book Reading

SALEM Author Jon Katz will read from and sign his new book, “Going Home,” at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25, at Gardenworks on Route 30, W. Broadway, in Salem. This book offers a thoughtful look at how to deal with the loss of beloved pets. Information: 518-854-3250, or www.gardenworksfarm.com.

 

Contra Dance

TINMOUTH A Contra Dance will be held from 8 to 11 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25, at the Tinmouth Community Center on Route 140. Beginners should arrive early since dances become more challenging as the night progresses and you are asked to wear clean, non-marring shoes. Cost: $9; $7 teens; free age 12 and younger. Refreshments will be available. Information: 235-2718, or www.Tinmouthvt.org.

 

One-Act Plays
CAMBRIDGE The Hubbard Hall Theater Company will present an evening of one-act plays directed by John Hadden, “Thrills, Spills & Lonely Hearts,” at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 3, and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 4, at Hubbard Hall, 25 E. Main Street in Cambridge. Cost: $25; $22 members; $15 students. Information/tickets: 518-677-2495, or www.hubbardhall.org.

 

Saturday November 26

 

Gift Fair

DORSET The United Church of Dorset and East Rupert on Church Street in Dorset will hold its annual Alternative Gift Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26, and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday the 27th. Offered will be baskets, jewelry, items for home use and décor, nativity scenes, ornaments, and crafts from throughout the world. Proceeds will benefit families in need in 35 countries. If you cannot make the fair, call Derry Dickinson at 867-5976 for an alternate time.

 

Lunch with Santa

FAIR HAVEN The Fair Haven United Methodist Church will hold a Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26. And from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., children are invited to have lunch with Santa and have their photograph taken with him ($3 per child).

 

Craft Fair

SCHUYLERVILLE The Schuylerville United Methodist Church invites everyone to its 12th Annual Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26, at American Legion Post 278 on Clancy Street in Schuylerville. Featured will be crafts, baked goods and a silent auction, and lunch will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Information/crafter space: Julie Pratt at 584-7985, or email japratt@hotmail.com.

 

Basket Party

GRANVILLE The ladies auxiliaries of VFW Post 1653 and American Legion Post 323 will host a Basket Party on Saturday, Nov. 26, at the American Legion Post, 10 Columbus Street in Granville. Early-bird specials will be from 10 to 11 a.m. and drawings will start at 1:30 p.m. Cost: $5 entry and 20 tickets; $2 additional 20 tickets. There also will be a 50/50 raffle and lunch will be available for $3.

 

Trees Festival

BENNINGTON The Bennington Museum at 75 Main Street, Route 9, will host its 15th Annual Festival of Trees from Saturday, Nov. 26, through Saturday, Dec. 31. More than 20 uniquely decorated trees will be exhibited, along with traditionally decorated trees throughout the museum. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday. Also, families will enjoy free admission on Nov. 26 and have an opportunity to visit the Children’s Shopping Boutique, the Holiday Boutique, and the Museum Gift Shop. Games, crafts and snacks, too. Information: 802-447-1571, or www.benningtonmuseum.org.

 

Exhibition, Sale

CAMBRIDGE The 30th Annual Holiday Exhibition and Sale Open House will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26, at the Valley Artisans Market, 25 E. Main Street, Route 372, in Cambridge. See a Christmas tree decorated with handmade ornaments, sample homemade treats and hot-mulled cider, and select gifts from a range of crafts and fine art. This exhibition and sale will run through Sunday, Jan. 8. Information: 518-677-2765, or www.valleyartisansmarket.com.

 

Fireside Stories

GRANVILLE Fireside Stories for children will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26, at the Pember Library, 33 W. Main Street in Granville. Mother Goose will be the theme this week. Information: 518-642-2525.

 

Basket Party

WHITEHALL Skene Manor’s annual Basket Party will be held on Saturday, Nov. 26, at Whitehall High School. Doors will open at 11 a.m. with drawings starting at 1 p.m. Admission tickets, $5; additional tickets $2. There also will be cash, quilt and 50/50 raffles. To donate baskets, cookies or sandwiches, or your time to help, call Jean Vladyka at 499-0913, Joan LaCroix at 499-1022, or Skene Manor at 499-1906.

 

Book Signing, More

BENNINGTON Will Moses will sign copies of his newest book, “Mary and Her Little Lamb,” from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26, at the Bennington Museum, 75 Main Street, Route 9. While there, purchase a chance to win “Stalking Mushrooms,” an original painting by Will valued at more than $7,000. The museum shop also offers old-fashioned children’s toys and games, stained glass, and more. Information: 802-447-1571, or www.benningtonmuseum.org.

 

Concert Benefit

SALEM Professional musicians Bryan Burkett, Mark Richardson and James Staples will perform works by Vivaldi and Brahms at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26, at the First United Presbyterian Church, 13 W. Broadway in Salem. Cost: Free-will offering to benefit the Salem-Shushan Fuel Fund. Information: Rev. Donna Jackson at 854-9471.

 

Artist Reception

SCHUYLERVILLE The Little Gallery Down Under at 161 Broad Street in Schuylerville invites everyone to an Artist Reception from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26. Meet artist Joseph F. Hladik, enter to win one of his full-color, signed prints, and enjoy complimentary refreshments.

 

Amazing Kreskin

BENNINGTON The Amazing Kreskin will visit the Bennington Center for the Arts, Route 9 West at Gypsy Lane in Bennington, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26. Kreskin is famous for his predictions and ability to read the minds of his audience. Cost: $30 in advance at 802-442-7158, or $35 at the door.

 

Readings, Music

SALEM Author Kimerer LeMothe and her musician husband, Geoffrey Gee, will present an afternoon of readings, a signing of the book “Family Planting,” and music from a new CD, “I’ll Be There with You,” beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26. You’ll find this activity at Gardenworks on Route 30, W. Broadway, in Salem. Information: 518-854-3250, or www.gardenworksfarm.com.

 

Wine Tastings

MANCHESTER The Reluctant Panther Inn and Restaurant on West Road in Manchester will kick off the “Manchester Merriment” season of wine tastings from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26. Cost: $10, with proceeds benefiting all area food cupboards. Information/tickets: Manchester and the Mountains Regional Chamber of Commerce at 5046 Main Street in Manchester Center, or call 802-362-6313. Additional tastings will be held at Gringo Jack’s on Saturday, Dec. 3, Comollo Antiques and Fine Wines on Saturday, Dec. 10, and Honora (next to the Equinox Resort) on Saturday, Dec. 17.

 

Children’s Art Studio

RUTLAND The Chaffee Art Center at 16 S. Main Street in Rutland invites everyone to the opening of “Lucy’s Room, a Children’s Art Studio” from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26. Lucy’s Room will be open to children of all ages to enjoy an activity while visiting the gallery. Also, Rosemary Moser will lead a six-week session for ages 1.5 to 3 and 4 to 8 beginning on Wednesday, Jan. 4. Information/registration: www.chaffeeartcenter.org.

 

Tree Lighting

MANCHESTER The Town of Manchester will hold its annual Tree Lighting at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive on a red fire truck and a hot beverage will be served.

 

Holidays Concert

GLENS FALLS Tony DeSare will perform a “Home for the Holidays” concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26, and 2 p.m. Nov. 27, at the Charles R. Wood Theater in Glens Falls. Information/tickets: 518-874-0800, or www.woodtheater.org.

 

Singing Anchors

SALEM Jerry Gretzinger, Jessica Layton and Benita Zahn will present “The Singing Anchors Go Holiday!” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26, at The Cabaret at Fort Salem  Theater, 11 E. Broadway in Salem. Featured will be seasonal songs and stories by the area’s highly regarded news anchors. Cost: $20, including $5 for coffee and dessert. Information/tickets: 518-854-9200, or www.fortsalemtheater.com.

 

Sunday November 27

 

Road Walk

RUTLAND AREA The Green Mountain Club will offer a safe, hunting season Road Walk on Sunday, Nov. 27. Time and place: Diane Bargiel at 413-687-1109.

 

Pentecostal Event

BALLSTON SPA The Free Spirit Fellowship will host an Old-Fashioned Sunday event on Nov. 27 at the church, 1425 W. High Street in Ballston Spa. Pentcostal heritage will be celebrated through music and costume. Information/time: 518-885-3149.

 

Breakfast Benefit

SCHAGHTICOKE The Northern Rensselaer County Knights of Columbus group invites everyone to an all-you-can-eat Pancake/French Toast Breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 27, at the Hoosic Valley Rescue Squad on Route 40 in Schaghticoke. Cost: $6 adults; $3 ages 6 to 12; free 5 and younger. Proceeds will benefit Military Mom in Action’s efforts to support our troops worldwide at Christmas.

 

Basket Party

WELLS The Section Eight Ryders will host a Basket Party on Sunday, Nov. 27, at the Modern Woodmen of America’s smaller building off Route 30 in Wells. Doors will open at 2 p.m. and drawings will start at 4 p.m. Cost: $5 first sheet of tickets; $2 each additional sheet. Proceeds will benefit the Granville Senior High School Band’s trip to Hershey, Pa., for a competition. There also will be a raffle and a 50-cents-per-scoop buffet. Information: Janice Paddock at 518-321-9126, or Terry Mead at 518-642-3605.

 

Radio Tour

GLENS FALLS The nonprofit Christian radio station WBLN-LP, 104.9 FM, invites everyone to an Open House from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 27. There’ll be informative tours of the studio in Suite 48 of the Colvin Building, 206 Glen Street in Glens Falls, and refreshments will be served. Information: Gary Bombard at 798-5235.

 

Country Dance

SCHUYLERVILLE The Country Round and Square Dance Association invites everyone to an Old-Style Country Dance from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 27, at the American Legion Post on Clancy Street in Schuylerville. Music will be provided by the Ole Time Country band. Cost: $5 adults; $2 ages 6 to 17; free 5 and younger. Information: Floyd at 747-6687, or Sandy at 638-9008.

 

Men’s Ensemble

VALLEY FALLS The St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble will perform in concert at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 27, at the handicap accessible Valley Falls United Methodist Church at 16 State Street. Selections will range from ancient Russian chants and chorals of Western Europe to modern music. Cost: $10 at the door and everyone will be welcome. Information: 753-4848, or www.unyumc.org/churches/detail/1130.

 

Monday November 28

 

Holiday Train

WHITEHALL The Canadian Pacific Railroad Holiday Train will stop at 2:20 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 28, at the Amtrak Station in Whitehall. Featured entertainers will be Willy Porter and Sydney Grigg, and Santa Claus also will be there. Donations received will benefit the Whitehall Food Pantry.

 

Donations Needed

GRANVILLE The Granville Baptist Church at 23 Quaker Street in Granville will accept donations of items for its upcoming Rummage Giveaway from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, through Friday, Dec. 2, or by special arrangement with Pastor Jim Peterson at 518-642-2245. Needed is gently used winter clothing, Christmas decorations, gift items, toys, games, stuffed animals, baby and children’s clothing, household and kitchen items, sports equipment, etc. (no summer clothing, furniture, or junk). The giveaway will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the church.

 

Pottery, Clay Classes

SALEM An Introduction to Pottery class will be offered from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Mondays from Nov. 28 through Jan. 16 at the Salem Courthouse Community Center. And, an Open Studio clay class will run from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays from Nov. 30 through Jan. 18. Information/registration: Visit the Community Center.

 

Tuesday November 29

 

Vets’ Benefit

BENNINGTON In honor of all veterans, the AARP Driver Safety Program will offer the program for free to all veterans and their spouses at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the Dorset Congregational Church (bring a sandwich for a lunch break). Register with Frank at 802-287-4308. Arrive early to fill out some paperwork and bring proof of your being a veteran or veteran’s spouse.

 

Caregivers Meeting

BENNINGTON The Families Together group for those caring for a loved one will meet at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at Bennington Project Independence Adult Day Service in the Dr. Richard A. Sleeman Building, 614 Harwood Hill in Bennington. Information: 802-442-8136, email info@bpiads.org, or www.bpiads.org.

 

Teenage Brain Talk

DORSET Noted child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Roberta Bennett will speak on “The Teenage Brain” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the Long Trail School off Route 30 at 1045 Kirby Hollow Road in Dorset. Free and open to parents, educators of teenagers, and young adults. Information: www.longtrailschool.org.

 

Wednesday November 30

 

CARS 2

SCHAGHTICOKE The new, animated movie, “CARS 2,” will be screened at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30, during Kids Movie Night at the Diver Memorial Library, 136 Main Street in Schaghticoke. Light refreshments will be served. Information: 518-753-4344, or www.diverlibrary.org.

 

Gospel Jam

FORT EDWARD The Bluebillies will host a Gospel Jam at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30, in the Green Room and Backstage at the Little Theater on the Farm, 27 Plum Road in Fort Edward. Cost: Free, donations appreciated. There’ll be a 50/50 raffle and refreshments, too. Look for a handicap accessible entrance at the back of the barn. Information: www.littletheater27.com.

 

Printmaking Exhibition

NORTH BENNINGTON The Vermont Arts Exchange will host an opening reception for an exhibition by seven advanced printmaking students from Bennington College titled, “I will Try to Put Down on Paper,” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30. This event, at VAE’s Sage Street Mill in North Bennington, opens the Sixth Annual Bennington College Printmakers’ Show. Information: 802-442-5549, or www.vtartxchange.org.

 

Thursday December 1

 

Holiday Party

POULTNEY Reservations are requested by Thursday, Dec. 1, for the Poultney Area Chamber of Commerce’s Holiday Party that will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Fair Haven Inn (no payments accepted at the door). Cost: $30, including dinner, tax and tip. Bring a $5 gift for the Yankee Swap. Information/reservations: Mary Lee at Stitchy Women, 287-4114, or the chamber at 287-2010.

 

Legion Auxiliary

FAIR HAVEN American Legion Auxiliary Unit 49 will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, at American Legion Post 49, 72 S. Main St. in Fair Haven. This auxiliary meets on the first Thursday each month. Information: 802-265-7983.

 

AIDS Memorial

GLENS FALLS A World AIDS Day Memorial Service will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Charles R. Wood Theater in Glens Falls. Information: 518-874-0800, or www.woodtheater.org.

 

Doggie Dancing

RUTLAND Red Dog Solutions at 75A Woodstock Avenue in Rutland will host a Doggie Dance Review at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1. Come watch dog owners and their dogs dance to music that’ll make you laugh and cheer. Cost: $5 minimum donation, free for children, with proceeds benefiting the Rutland County Humane Society. Information: 558-0512.

 

Legion Meetings

POULTNEY Meetings will be held at American Legion Post 39, 689 Granville Street in Poultney, as follows: Sons of the American Legion 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1; Ladies Auxiliary 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6; and regular Legion meeting 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8. Information: 802-287-5229.

 

Natalie MacMaster

RUTLAND Virtuoso Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster will perform at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Paramount Theatre on Center Street in Rutland. A 40-member choir of Rutland Intermediate School students will accompany her with a variety of holiday songs. Cost: $29.50 to $39.50. Information/tickets: 802-775-0903, or www.paramountlive.org.

 

Girls Night Musical

SARATOGA SPRINGS “Girls Night: The Musical” will be staged at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, at Universal Preservation Hall, 25 Washington Street in Saratoga Springs. Additional performances will be 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3, and 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. Cost: $40. Information/tickets: 1-800-838-3006, or www.universalpreservationhall.org; group rates, 518-584-2627.

 

Friday December 2

 

Holiday Bazaar

LONDONDERRY A Holiday Bazaar will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, at the Flood Brook School in Londonderry. Enjoy lunch at the café, browse offerings from local vendors, participate in a silent auction and gingerbread house contest, and get a photo taken with Santa.

 

Holiday Shop

GLENS FALLS The LARAC Holiday Shop will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, through Saturday, Dec. 24, at the Lapham Gallery in Glens Falls. Original art and fine crafts by local and regional artists will be offered. Information: 518-798-1144, or www.larac.org.

 

Studio Touring

WASHINGTON COUNTY “Christmas in the Country,” the 21st Annual Artists’ Open House/Studio Tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Dec. 2 to 4, at 13 locations from Kingsbury to West Fort Ann. Each location will feature high-quality artwork. Look for Christmas tree-shaped signs from routes 4 and 149, and Dix Avenue, and get a map at participating locations. Information: 793-7925.

 

Thrift Shop Open

ARGYLE The Argyle Methodist Church Thrift Shop will be open from 2 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 3. This shop will be open on the first Friday each month and every Saturday.

 

Fish Fry

WHITEHALL American Legion Post 83 at 148 Main St. in Whitehall invites everyone to its Friday Fish Fry from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 2. This meal is served each Friday, with few exceptions. Information: 518-499-2482.

 

Legion Supper

SCHAGHTICOKE The Charles Waldron American Legion Post 731 Auxiliary invites everyone to a Friday Night Supper from 4 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 2 at the post on Main Street in Schaghticoke. Information: 753-4188.

 

Christmas Bazaar

FAIR HAVEN A Christmas Bazaar will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, and 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday the third, at St. Mary’s School, 19 Washington Street in Fair Haven (meet Santa from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday). Offered will be craft items, baked goods, trash and treasures. There also will be a raffle with more than 50 prizes, door prizes, and refreshments will be available. Information: Jane Schraff at 265-8045.

 

Pizza at Elks

GREENWICH The Greenwich Elks Club on Route 40 South will offer Henderson’s Pizza every Friday night. In addition to pizza, the menu will include weekly specials such as mozzarella sticks, chicken wings, French fries, and more. Information/to order: 692-2061.

 

Sustainability Talk

MANCHESTER The Manchester and the Mountains Regional Chamber of Commerce will present Gwendolyn Hallsmith, founder and director of Global Community Initiatives and author of “The Key to Sustainable Cities,” at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, at the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester. Information/reservations: 802-362-6313.

 

Tree Lighting

SARATOGA SPRINGS A Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held from 6 to 8:45 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, at Gavin Park in Saratoga Springs. The Saratoga Soundtrack Chorus will perform from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m., Santa will arrive from 6:45 to 7 p.m. in front of Dailey Gym and the Administration Building and will meet and greet until 8:45 p.m. at the gym. Holiday movies also will be screened from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. and refreshments will be provided from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the gym. Information: 518-584-9455.

 

Winter Ball

MANCHESTER The Southern Vermont Arts Center invites everyone to its biannual, black-tie Winter Ball, “Arts for All,” at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, in the newly renovated Colonnade Ballroom at the Equinox Resort and Spa in Manchester. Bid on a luxurious, five-bedroom hillside villa in St. Lucia, a weeklong stay at a private home with a pool in Vero Beach, and much more. There’ll be a cocktail reception, seated dinner, live and silent auctions, and dancing. Information/reservations: Jackie Bell-Sargood at 802-362-1405, Ext. 22, or www.svac.org.

 

Friday Bingo

WHITEHALL Elks Lodge 1491 at 5 Elks Way in Whitehall will host Friday Night Bingo at 7 p.m. on Dec. 2. Featured will be a $500 jackpot special. This bingo is held each Friday, with few exceptions. Information: 518-499-1491.

 

Marionettes

RUPERT The Rupert Kittay Public Library will host the No Strings Marionette Company with a presentation of the fairytale classic, “Jack and the Beanstalk,” at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, at the Rupert Firehouse on Route 153. Fifteen large-scale marionettes will be featured, and children and their parents will have an opportunity to inspect them and various tools used in staging this show. Free and open to all. Information: Email rkkittay@myfairpoint.net, or www.rupertkittaylibrary.org.

 

Winnie the Pooh

DORSET The Dorset Players will stage “Winnie the Pooh” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2 and 9, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3, 4, 10 and 11, at the Dorset Playhouse. Cost: $12 adults; $10 members; $8 students; free age 5 and younger accompanied by an adult.

 

Holiday Kick Off

GRANVILLE The Granville Area Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to kick off the holiday season from 6 to about 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, at Veterans Park on Quaker Street in Granville. Santa will arrive by fire truck for a countdown to the lighting of the town tree, and then he’ll give a gift to each child. Adults will enjoy a fire ring provided by the Boy Scouts, while marshmallows and refreshments will be provided by the ladies auxiliaries of the Granville American Legion and VFW posts. Free and open to all.

 

Pember First Friday

GRANVILLE The  Pember Library at 33 W. Main Street in Granville will host a First Friday in Granville event from 7 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 2. Paintings by Nicholas Loscalzo, appliqué work by Chris Michel, leaf bird baths and garden tiles by Jody Kilbourn, and works by other artists will be featured. Holiday foods will be offered, including Raclette-style cheese by Southwind Farm, and one-of-a-kind jams from Red Bench Jam. Rupert Rising Bread, too. Also, bring an unwrapped toy for the Marine Corps League’s Toys for Tots drive.

 

Saturday December 3

 

Food Drive

WHITEHALL Boy Scout Troop 83 will collect non-perishable food items and toiletries on Saturday, Dec. 3, in Whitehall. If you live outside the village and have items to donate, you are asked to call Bob Gendron at 499-0297, or JoAnn Mattison at 499-9177, to arrange a pickup.

 

Santa Breakfast

GREENWICH Breakfast with Santa will be held from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Elks Lodge on Route 40S in Greenwich. Pancakes, photos with Santa, children’s activities and crafts will be featured. Information: Email ckelly@greenwichcsd.org.

 

Christmas Bazaar

SHUSHAN The Shushan United Methodist Church will hold a Christmas Bazaar from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 3. The day will start with an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. Offered will be crafts and handcrafted wreaths, and there’ll be a food sale. Information: Gayle Shaw at 518-854-3896.

 

Holiday Sale

SCHUYLERVILLE The Old Saratoga Reformed Church at the corner of Pearl and Burgoyne streets in Schuylerville will hold a Holiday Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. New and gently used Christmas items will be offered, including indoor and outdoor decorations, collectibles, ornaments, and much more. A bake sale, too. Information: Church office from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday at 695-3479.

 

Flea Market

HUDSON FALLS A Flea Market will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3,

and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 188 Main Street, Route 4, in Hudson Falls. Door prizes will be presented. This event will be held on Saturdays and Sundays through March, 2012. Information/vendor space: 260-2807.

 

Rummage Giveaway

GRANVILLE The Granville Baptist Church at 23 Quaker Street in Granville will hold a Rummage Giveaway from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the church. Available will be items such as gently used winter clothing, Christmas decorations, gifts, toys, games, stuffed animals, baby and children’s clothing, household and kitchen items, sports equipment, etc. Information: Pastor Jim Peterson at 518-642-2245.

 

Winter Walk

MIDDLETOWN SPRINGS Rutland County Forester Eric Hansen will lead a “Winter Walk with a Forester” at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, on private land at 310 North Street in Middletown Springs. This will be a moderate hike and you should bring snowshoes if conditions warrant. Information: Staying Connected Initiative at 802-446-7030, or email monica.erhart@gmail.com.

 

Winter Clothing

GRANVILLE An Ecumenical Coat Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 and 17, at the Bethel Peniel Presbyterian Church on Quaker Street in Granville. Anyone who needs free winter coats, gloves, hats, etc. will be welcome. Donations of winter coats and other winter wear, either new or in good and clean condition, will be accepted during the above hours.

 

Arts, Crafts Sale

SALEM The Sixth Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Courthouse Community Center in Salem. Twenty-five vendors will offer a wide assortment of unique, handcrafted items suitable for holiday gift giving. Breakfast and lunch foods also will be available.

 

Book Sale

GRANVILLE A Holiday Book Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Pember Library, 33 W. Main Street in Granville. Information: 518-642-2525.

 

Arts and Crafts

CAMBRIDGE The Cambridge Connects group will host the annual Christmas in Cambridge Fine Arts, Crafts and Vendor Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Cambridge Central School. Information: Dawn Case at 518-677-3959, or email case52@verizon.net.

 

Glass Bead Making

SALEM The Spinning Glass Studio at 123 Gillis Hill in Salem invites everyone to a Glass Bead Making Demonstration from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. Information: Email Nancy Bariluk-Smith at goboldlync@gmail.com.

 

Meet Alpacas

EASTON Alpacas of Easton at 11822 Route 40 invites everyone to a free Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4. Meet alpacas, spin and dye fibers, and enjoy holiday cheer. Information: 518-692-8684, email catherineziehm@yahoo.com.

 

Basket Raffle

RUTLAND An Upward Bound Basket Raffle will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, at Rutland High School, 22 Stratton Road. Cost: $5 admission and 25 tickets; $2 each additional sheet of tickets. Refreshments will be available. Proceeds will benefit the Castleton Upward Bound Scholarship Fund. Information: Jen at 802-468-6404.

 

House Tours

MANCHESTER The Inn at Ormsby Hill at 1842 Main Street, Route 7A in Manchester, will host Holiday Open House Tours from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 and 10. Cost: $5 at the door, with all proceeds benefiting the Vermont/New Hampshire Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure of breast cancer. Pink gift bags with offers from local businesses, artisan cheese sampling, free raffle tickets and more will be featured both days. And from 1 to 3 p.m. on Dec. 10, Vermont mystery writer Archer Mayor will sign copies of his new bestseller, “Tag Man.” Information: Chris Sprague at 802-362-1163.

 

Tea

MANCHESTER A Grandmother/Granddaughter Tea will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, at Equinox Village in Manchester. Great-grandmothers also are invited to this event that will feature gay apparel, tea and hot chocolate, tea sandwiches and cookies, and a holiday story read by Janet Kleinberg from the Mark Skinner Library. Free and open to all. Reservations are requested at 802-362-4061.

 

Yarrow, Stookey

MANCHESTER Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey of the legendary group, “Peter, Paul and Mary,” will set to music their book, “The Night Before Christmas,” at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester. A book signing will follow at this free event that’s open to all. Information: 802-362-2200, or www.northshire.com.

 

Tractor Parade

MANCHESTER The Second Annual Manchester Merriment Lighted Tractor Parade will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, from the Dorr Farm and proceeding through downtown Manchester Center. Information: www.visitmanchestervt.com.

 

Taste of Europe

DORSET Everyone is invited to a “Taste of Europe” event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, at The Long Trail School off Route 30 at 1045 Kirby Hollow Road in Dorset. Students will serve gourmet European hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Cost: $10, with proceeds going toward a spring trip by 18 students to France and Spain. Silent auction, too, with winners announced during the intermission of a performance of “A Christmas Carol.” Information: Anharad Edson at email aedson@longtrailschool.org.

 

Tree Lighting, Santa

WEST RUTLAND The annual Tree Lighting will be held at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, in West Rutland. Santa will arrive in an antique fire truck and light the tree at the Town Hall. For a donation of $1 you can light one of 2,000 bulbs in memory of a loved one, or as a gift to a friend, with proceeds benefiting the Town Hall Restoration Fund. Santa then will visit with children in the upstairs auditorium and there’ll be refreshments and singing of holiday tunes. Bring a plate of cookies to share.

 

Concert Benefit

MANCHESTER The Northshire Bookstore and the Equinox Resort will present Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey in concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Equinox Resort in Manchester. Cost: $45, including a copy of the book, “The Night Before Christmas;” and $65 VIP tickets, including a 6:30 p.m. pre-concert meet-and-greet with Peter and Paul, a copy of “The Night Before Christmas,” preferential seating, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Proceeds will benefit Music2Life and the Book Angels Program. Information/tickets: 802-362-2200, or www.northshire.com (tickets must be paid for in advance and picked up in person at the bookstore or the Equinox between 7 and 8 p.m. on Dec. 3).

 

Sunday December 4

 

Breakfast Buffet

CAMBRIDGE An all-you-can-eat Breakfast Buffet will be served from 8 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, at American Legion Post 634, 210 Route 22 in Cambridge. This breakfast is served on the first Sunday each month, with few exceptions, and

everyone will be welcome.

 

Sunday Hike

RUTLAND The Green Mountain Club will offer a moderate, four-to-five-mile hike with steep climbing, at Merck Forest in Rupert on Sunday, Dec. 4. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Main Street Park, near the east end of the fire station off Center Street in Rutland City. Information: Vivian Bebee and Larry Walter at 775-3855.

 

Craft Fair

MIDDLETOWN SPRINGS The 17th Annual Holiday Craft Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Middletown Springs Elementary School on South Street. Wreaths, soaps, baked goods, honey, ornaments, paintings, quilts, and much more will be offered. There also will be a food sale to benefit the grades 5 and 6 class trip.

 

Talk, Movie

GLENS FALLS SUNY Adirondack associate professors of English, Nancy White and Peter Marino, will speak on “Life Lessons and Other Nonsense: A discussion of the history and craft of children’s literature for writers and readers of all ages” from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4. Also from 1 to 2 p.m. there’ll be a book reading for children of “Where the Wild Things Are,” followed by a movie at 2:15 p.m. You’ll find these free activities that are open to all at The Hyde Collection, 161 Warren Street in Glens Falls. Information: June Leary at 518-792-1761, Ext. 27, or email jleary@hydecollection.org.

 

Hymn Sing

WHITEHALL The Whitehall Presbyterian Church on Broadway will hold their Annual Advent Hymn Sing at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4. For more information, contact the church at 499-2535.

 

Concert Benefit

BENNINGTON The Vital Spark North group will perform a “States of Being” concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, in the Martha Hill Theater at Bennington College. Works by Chopin, Bach, Debussy, Gershwin, Steve Reich and Fats Waller, along with original choreography, will be featured. Cost: $25, $5 students, with proceeds benefiting Meals on Wheels of Bennington County. Information/reservations: 802-332-8012, or email sfoxmow@comcast.net.

 

Country Dance

SCHUYLERVILLE The Country Round and Square Dance Association invites everyone to an Old-Style Country Dance from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, at the American Legion Post on Clancy Street in Schuylerville. Music will be provided by the Ole Time Country band. Cost: $5 adults; $2 ages 6 to 17; free 5 and younger. A meeting will precede the dance from 1:30 to 2 p.m. and there’ll be a buffet at 3 p.m. (bring a dish to share). Information: Floyd at 747-6687.

 

Science Pub

CASTLETON The Friends of the Castleton Free Library group invites everyone to a Science Pub titled, “Just How Blank is That Slate?” with Dr. John Klein, chairman of the Psychology Dept. at Castleton State College, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4. Discussed will be the old, the new, and the latest on the nature versus nurture debate. You’ll find this event (free except for beverages) at The Iron Lantern on Route 4A in Castleton. Information: www.castletonfreelibrary.org/friends.

 

Tree Lighting

GREENWICH A Holiday Tree Lighting Memorial titled, “Everlasting Lights,” will be held at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Town Commons on Academy Street in Greenwich. Free and open to all. Information: Town clerk at 518-692-7611, Ext. 1.

 

Caroling, Cookies

GREENWICH Community Caroling will be held at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Mowry Park gazebo in Greenwich. Hot beverages and cookies will follow at St. Paul’s Parish Hall on Main Street.

 

Monday December 5

 

Health Clinics

RUTLAND AREA The Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice will offer Blood Pressure and Foot Care Clinics as follows: 11:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 5, Village Manor, Pittsford; 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, Wallingford House, Wallingford; and 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, Castleton Meadows, Castleton. Cost: $2 blood pressure; $5 foot care. Information: 802-775-0568.

 

Spaghetti Benefit

GRANVILLE The Granville Rotary Club invites everyone to its Christmas Wish Spaghetti Dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5, at Bernardo’s Restaurant on Church Street in Granville. Takeouts will be available. Cost: $6 donation, with proceeds going toward the purchase of winter clothing and boots for Granville area children in need.

 

Holiday Craft

SCHAGHTICOKE Local florist Claudia Heyer will demonstrate how to make Fragrant Pomander Balls at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5, at the Diver Memorial Library, 136 Main Street in Schaghticoke. Adults and children age 8 and older will craft their own pomander balls to take home. Registration is required for this free event at 753-4344, or www.diverlibrary.org.

 

Arthritis Support

RUTLAND The Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5, Floor 1 at 6 Court Street in Rutland (RSVP/FGP/One-2-One office). Share stories, provide support, and suggest tips and strategies for dealing with rheumatoid arthritis. Information: Nan at 775-8220, Ext. 101, or email nmhart14@aol.com.

 

Legion Bingo

CAMBRIDGE American Legion Post 634 at 2106 Route 22 in Cambridge will host Monday Bingo at 7 p.m. on Dec. 5. This bingo is held each Monday, with few exceptions. Information: 518-677-8069.

 

Chorus Practice

RUTLAND The Rutland Curbstone Chorus will meet for practice at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5, at Rutland High School. All males with an interest in barbershop singing are encouraged to join this fun group. Information: 802-273-2911.

 

Tuesday December 6

 

Women’s Health

Cambridge/Granville Washington County WIC will hold its monthly clinic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, December 6, at The Baptist Church on Quaker Street in Granville, and Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the Brieman Building in Cambridge. WIC provides supplemental foods and health education to pregnant and nursing women, infants, and children to age 5. Ask if you qualify for help with your food bill. Information/alternate time: 518-746-2460.

 

Christmas Luncheon

ARLINGTON The Arlington Garden Club will hold its Christmas Luncheon and Annual Meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Manchester Country Club. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. and the meeting will follow at 1:30 p.m. Information/reservations: Fran Shepherd at 375-2465.

 

Remembrance Ceremony

RUTLAND The Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice will host its annual Tree of Remembrance Tree Lighting Ceremony and Memorial Service at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Franklin Conference Center in Rutland. Community members are invited to gather and remember and honor someone who has died. Music, reflections and the reading of names will be included. To have a name read, call in advance to 802-770-1516.

 

Bingo

QUEENSBURY The Queensbury VFW at 32 Luzerne Road, across from the West Glens Falls Fire Department, will host Bingo at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Cards go on sale at 5:30 p.m. and home-cooked meals and more will be available. Featured will be $1,000, $750, and $500 jackpots. This bingo is held each Tuesday, and the first Saturday each month, with few exceptions, and everyone will be welcome.

 

Wednesday December 7

 

Tree Lighting, Potluck

DORSET The Dorset Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 7, on the green in Dorset. The annual community potluck supper will follow.

 

PTSD Talk

RUTLAND The Vermont Humanities Council will present post traumatic stress disorder expert Dr. Edward Tick with a talk titled, “War and the Soul: Transforming Our Communities to Heal Our Veterans,” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the Rutland Free Library, 10 Court Street. Free and open to all. Information: Library at 802-773-1860, or Humanities Council at 802-262-2626.

 

Winter Concert

FAIR HAVEN The Fair Haven Union High School Winter Chorus Concert will be presented at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the school. The snow date will be Dec. 8. Everyone will be welcome.

 

Friday December 9

 

Health Clinic

RUTLAND AREA The Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice will offer a Blood Pressure and Foot Care Clinic at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 9, at the Rupert Firehouse. Cost: $2 blood pressure; $5 foot care. Information: 802-775-0568.

 

Sunday December 11

 

Free Supper

HOOSICK FALLS The men of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 70 Main Street in Hoosick Falls, invite everyone to a free Sunday Supper from 5 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 11. Information: 686-4982.

 

Friday December 16

 

Fish Fry

WHITEHALL American Legion Post 83 at 148 Main St. in Whitehall invites everyone to its Friday Fish Fry from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 16. This meal is served each Friday, with few exceptions. Information: 518-499-2482.

 

Legion Supper

SCHAGHTICOKE The Charles Waldron American Legion Post 731 Auxiliary invites everyone to a Friday Night Supper from 4 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 16 at the post on Main Street in Schaghticoke. Cost: $8. Information: 753-4188.

 

Pizza at Elks

GREENWICH The Greenwich Elks Club on Route 40 South will offer Henderson’s Pizza every Friday night. In addition to pizza, the menu will include weekly specials such as mozzarella sticks, chicken wings, French fries, and more. Information/to order: 692-2061.

 

Friday Bingo

WHITEHALL Elks Lodge 1491 at 5 Elks Way in Whitehall will host Friday Night Bingo at 7 p.m. on Dec. 16. Featured will be a $500 jackpot special. This bingo is held each Friday, with few exceptions. Information: 518-499-1491.

 

Dance Party

BENNINGTON The Club Muse Holiday Dance Party will be held from 8 to 11 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, at the Bennington Museum, 75 Main Street, Route 9. Holiday-themed cocktails from the cash bar will be available and the “Best of the Fest” awards for the public’s favorite tree vignettes will be announced. Cost: $5 at the door. Information: 802-447-1571.

 

Saturday December 17

 

Flea Market

HUDSON FALLS A Flea Market will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 188 Main Street, Route 4, in Hudson Falls. Door prizes will be presented. This event will be held on Saturdays and Sundays through March, 2012. Information/vendor space: 260-2807.

 

Sunday December 18

 

Country Dance

SCHUYLERVILLE The Country Round and Square Dance Association invites everyone to an Old-Style Country Dance from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18, at the American Legion Post on Clancy Street in Schuylerville. Music will be provided by the Ole Time Country band. Cost: $5 adults; $2 ages 6 to 17; free 5 and younger. Information: Floyd at 747-6687.

 

Monday December 19

 

Legion Bingo

CAMBRIDGE American Legion Post 634 at 2106 Route 22 in Cambridge will host Monday Bingo at 7 p.m. on Dec. 19. This bingo is held each Monday, with few exceptions. Information: 518-677-8069.

 

Tuesday December 20

 

Bingo

QUEENSBURY The Queensbury VFW at 32 Luzerne Road, across from the West Glens Falls Fire Department, will host Bingo at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 20. Cards go on sale at 5:30 p.m. and home-cooked meals and more will be available. Featured will be $1,000, $750, and $500 jackpots. This bingo is held each Tuesday, and the first Saturday each month, with few exceptions, and everyone will be welcome.

 

Saturday December 31

 

5K Run

SARATOGA SPRINGS Saratoga Arts will host the 14th Annual First Night Saratoga 5K Run at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31. This run will be on a USA Track and Field-certified course, starting and finishing at Skidmore College. Advance registration fee: $30 (no race day registration). Registration: www.saratoga-arts.org. Information: 584-4132, Ext. 207.

 

Wednesday January 4

 

Classic Film Talk

RUTLAND The Vermont Humanities Council will present film expert Rick Winston with a talk titled, “What Makes a Classic Film?” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 4, at the Rutland Free Library, 10 Court Street. Free and open to all. Information: Library at 802-773-1860, or Humanities Council at 802-262-2626.

 

Friday February 17

 

Food Drive

HARTFORD The Hartford Community Food Drive will continue through June 30 to benefit the Hartford Community Food Pantry. Bring non-perishable food items to the Hartford United Methodist Church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, and noon to 2 p.m. Sundays. Monetary donations also will be appreciated, with all food and donations going to the pantry at the Yoked Parish on Route 23. Information: 518-632-5894, or www.Hands4NY.org.

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WASHINGTON COUNTY FARMERS’ MARKETS

 

Cambridge, Cambridge Freight Yard, East Main Street, behind Hubbard Hall, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays through mid October, contact Fran Morrison, 261-1877, e-mail jcamero4@nycap.rr.com.

 

Fort Edward, Broadway Lanes parking lot, Route 4, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays June through October, contact Linda Gifford, 792-0198.

 

Fort Ann, Walker’s Farm, Home and Tack, 5565 Route 4, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays through October 26, contact Allison Wilshere, 639-5223.

 

Granville, downtown Granville, 2 to 5 p.m. Mondays, June through October, contact Bob Andersen, 854-3750.

 

Greenwich, Main Street (former IGA parking lot), 2 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, June through October, contact Bob Andersen, 854-3750.

 

Hudson Falls, Sutherland Farms, Lower Dix Avenue, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, June through October, contact Linda Gifford, 792-0198.

 

Salem, Salem Park, Main Street, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, May through October, contact Bob Andersen, 854-3750.

 

Whitehall, Boulevard Park, 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, June through October, contact Bob Andersen, 854-3750.

 

SARATOGA COUNTY FARMERS’ MARKETS (updated May 6, 2011)

 

Ballston Spa, Wisnal Park, Front Street, 3 to 6 p.m. Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays, mid June through September; Winter Market, CCE Building, 50 W. High Street, first Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon, October through May; contact Cyndi Pastore, 885-6693.

 

Burnt Hills, Former Old Homestead Restaurant, Route 50 and Lakehill Road, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May through October, contact Gary Janssen, 384-0526.

 

Clifton Park, St. George’s Church, Route 146, 2 to 5 p.m. Thursdays, July through October, www.saratogafarmersmarket.org.

Gansevoort, Village Park, 3 to 6 p.m. Thursdays, June through October; Winter Market, inside City Hall, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. second Saturdays, November through February,  contact Linda Gifford at 792-0198.

 

Greenfield, Middle Grove Park, 4 to 7 p.m. Fridays, late June through September, contact Ron Deutsch, 469-6769.

 

Prestwick Chase at Saratoga, 3 to 6 p.m. Mondays, June through October, contact Kellie Postlethwaite, 584-7766.

 

Saratoga Springs, High Rock Park, 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, May through October; Winter Market, Division Street Elementary School, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, November through April,  www.saratogafarmersmarket.org.

 

South Glens Falls, Village Park, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, June through October, contact Linda Gifford, 792-0198.

 

Waterford, Waterford Harbor Promenade, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays, June through October, contact Mary Stalker, 665-8344.

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