Thursday December 8
RUTLAND The Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice and Dorset Nursing will offer a free “Coping with Grief during the Holidays” workshop from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8, at the RAVNAH office, 7 Albert Cree Drive in Rutland. This workshop is for those grieving the loss of a loved one, and coping strategies and helpful suggestions will be offered. Pre-registration is required with Ann LaRocque at 802-770-1516.
CASTLETON Everyone is invited to the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Castleton Free Library on Main Street, Route 4A. Featured will be storytelling, a carol sing by the fireplace, cookies and cocoa, and a visit by Santa. The Tree of Remembrance will be lit in honor of loved ones. See posters at businesses throughout town to participate at $1 for each person named.
MANCHESTER Mark Skinner Library will demonstrate its newest resource, “Universal Class,” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8. The program offers more than 500 online courses taught in real time with 24/7 remote access. Classes are free when entered through MSL’s website, www.markskinnerlibrary.org and you enter your library card number. To reserve space for the introductory program, call 802-362-2607.
CASTLETON The Vermont Small Business Development Center and the e-Vermont Community Broadband Project will offer a “Social Media Marketing for Small Business” interactive training workshop at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8. You’ll find this opportunity in Computer Lab 159 of Stafford Hall at Castleton State College. Learn how to use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Yelp, Digg, and more. Information: Patrick Ripley at 802-595-3388, email [email protected], or www.VtSBDC.org.
GRANVILLE A Holiday Card Making Class will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Pember Library, 33 W. Main Street in Granville. Get creative with paper and glue at this event. Information: 518-642-2525.
Friday December 9
Tree of Giving
POULTNEY Everyone is encouraged to stop by the Northland Real Estate office, 115 Main Street in Poultney, and select a paper ornament from the Christmas Tree of Giving that will include the size and interests of an area child. Buy a gift(s) for the child and return it to Northland, wrapped and tagged, by Saturday, Dec. 17. Your gift will make a child’s Christmas bright.
HOOSICK FALLS The Hoosick Area Church Association (HACA) Food Pantry, located at 26 John St., is still seeking donations to meet its goal of $6,000 for the annual Holiday Food Box distribution. Volunteer help is needed as well as food and monetary donations. Send monetary donations to PO Box #1, Hoosick Falls, NY 12090, and drop off food donations at the food pantry from 10 a.m. to noon, Monday and Friday, and from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Wednesday. To volunteer, call Dianne Hosterman at 518-686-5310.
Cards for Horses
ARGYLE The Double L Stable Equine Rescue and Sanctuary is asking everyone to send a holiday card with a $1 bill to the horses at the sanctuary. All cards will be hung in the barn and funds raised will support the overall rescue program. Cards may be sent to the The Horses-Double L Stable Equine Rescue and Sanctuary, 9 Tilford Road, Argyle, N.Y. 12809.
GREENWICH Reservations are requested by Friday, Dec. 9, for the Greater Greenwich Chamber of Commerce’s Holiday Gathering that will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 111 Main Street in Greenwich. For members, families and employees. Cost: $10. Information/reservations: 518-692-7979.
FAIR HAVEN Toys are being collected for the Fair Haven Knights of Columbus Council 810’s Toys for Joy Program for this season. New or good, used toys may be donated at the following locations: St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Castleton, Castleton Beauty Shop, Prunier’s Market in Bomoseen, Our Lady of Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Fair Haven, or Fair Haven Fitness. Information: Tim Perry at 468-2446, or Dennis Perry at 265-2025.
POULTNEY The Poultney Public Library at 205 Main Street will offer free Story Time for Toddlers through age 5 at 10:30 a.m. on Fridays through Dec. 23. Information/registration: 802-287-5556. Also, the library is holding a “Bells of Giving” fundraiser. Donate $2 to the library and take home a bell ornament, with proceeds benefiting the Children’s Room. And, a limited number of “Helping Hands” mitten ornaments still are available.
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.
HOOSICK FALLS The Polish Hall at 12 Mechanic Street in Hoosick Falls will host its Third Annual Hall-a-Palooza Membership Drive Friday through Sunday, Dec. 9 to 11. Stop by Friday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for a variety of $5 bar foods (wings, clams, half pizza), Saturday for a potluck dinner at 5 p.m. and the CarMa Band from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., and Sunday for a Chinese auction, with doors opening at noon. Everyone will be welcome.
Play at BBA
MANCHESTER The Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning and Burr and Burton Academy will screen the National Theatre of London’s play, “Collaborators,” at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9. This play is set in 1938 Moscow. Cost: $20; $5 students. You’ll find this event at Burr and Burton’s Riley Center for the Arts in Manchester. Information/tickets: Renee Bornstein at 802-362-1199, or www.greenmtnacademy.org.
GREENWICH Everyone is invited to a Dessert Auction and December Drama Recital at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9, at The Adirondack School, 5158 Route 113 in Greenwich. You are asked to bring a potluck dish to share or a dessert for the auction. Information: 695-5294.
POULTNEY The Poultney Public Library at 205 Main Street will screen Holiday Movies at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9 and 16, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. Free admission and refreshments. Information/movie titles: 802-287-5556.
Pico, Rutland Books
RUTLAND Linda Goodspeed, author of “Pico, Vermont,” and “Redfield Proctor and the division of Rutland,” will discuss and sign copies of her books at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9, at Book King in downtown Rutland. Learn about Pico, one of the first ski mountains in the country, and about how Redfield Proctor divided his hometown, Rutland.
Saturday December 10
ARGYLE The Fourth Annual Old-Fashioned Christmas in Argyle event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10. Santa will visit the firehouse, there’ll be horse-drawn wagon rides, a quilt show and a Christmas tea at the Argyle United Methodist Church, a piano and organ duet at the Argyle Presbyterian Church, and a tree lighting at the Stiles House. Also, Christmas caroling with the Girl Scouts, a pancake supper at the Argyle American Legion, a business showcase at the school, and a children’s craft and story hour at the library. Information/times: www.argyle-business.org.
QUEENSBURY Winter Blast Teen Softball Tournaments will be held at 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10 and 11, 17 and 18, at the Adirondack Sports Complex/The Dome in Queensbury. Free. Information: 518-743-1086, or www.adksc.com.
SOUTH GRANVILLE The South Granville Congregational Church will host a Men’s Prayer Breakfast from 8 to 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10. Grandfathers, fathers and sons are welcome. Reservations: 642-9510.
GRANVILLE The Ladies Group of the South Granville Congregational Church will hold a Prayer Breakfast at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10 at AJ’s Restaurant. All are welcome. Information: 642-9510.
RUTLAND The Parent Teacher Club of Christ the King School will host Breakfast with Santa from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, at Applebee’s Restaurant, 225 Woodstock Avenue in Rutland. Cost: $6. Information/tickets: 802-773-0500.
GREENWICH Gift wrapping for Operation Santa Claus will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, in the middle grade gymnasium at the Greenwich Central School. Bring scissors and scotch tape. This program will benefit families in the Greenwich Elementary School.
RUPERT A Christmas Fair will be held at the Rupert Firehouse on Rt. 153 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10. The fair features a wonderful array of products by a variety of entrepreneurs. Refreshments too!
MIDDLETOWN SPRINGS The Middletown Springs Community Church at the intersection of routes 133 and 140 will hold a Free Indeed event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10. Offered for free will be gently used items such as winter clothing, small household items, games, toys, Christmas decorations, and gifts. Donations for this event may be dropped off from 2 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 8, or 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 9 (no books, DVDs or other media, big furniture, computers, TVs, large electronics, or anything else that would need to be disposed of). Information: Virginia at 235-2348.
ARLINGTON A Holiday Bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Arlington Community House. Featured will be a Christmas tree lighting and a carol sing at 4 p.m., and luminaries will be lit on Main Street in Arlington. Cookies and hot chocolate, too. To pre-order a boxwood tree, kissing ball or centerpiece, call Kathy Geneslaw at 802-375-1233.
ARGYLE The Double L Stable Equine Rescue and Sanctuary at 9 Tilford Road in Argyle invites everyone to an Open House from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10. Come meet the sanctuary’s horses, consider adopting a pet from Adirondack Save-a-Stray, and bring your bottles and cans for a drive to help the horses. Information: 518-638-6929.
Craft Show, Parade
SALEM The Salem Craft Show and Parade will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, at Proudfit Hall in Salem. Bring a food donation for the Salem Food Pantry and be entered to win a prize. Information: Tera Williams at 518-854-9627.
RUPERT The Mount Anthony Grange will host its annual Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Rupert Firehouse. Vendors will offer a range of handmade, locally produced items suitable for gift giving, including jams and relishes, candy, jewelry, pillows, and aprons. There also will be corn chowder, burgers and chili dogs for sale, with food proceeds benefiting the Kids Summer Lunch Program. Information/table space: Ellie at 802-645-9161 after 5 p.m., or email Kelli at [email protected]
WHITEHALL Elks Lodge 1491 will host their annual Hoops Shoot at the Whitehall High School gymnasium on Saturday, Dec. 10. This free foul shooting event is open to children ages 8-13 and there will be categories for both boys and girls with divisions for 8 and 9 year olds, 10 and 11 year olds and 12 and 13 year olds. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with the shooting set to begin at 10 a.m.
SALEM The First United Presbyterian Church of Salem on W. Broadway will hold its annual Christmas Cookie Sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, in the church’s chapel. Many varieties of homemade cookies will be offered along with cookie containers and plastic gloves for making your selections. Information: Dolores Phaneuf at 854-7275.
WELLS St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at the green in Wells will hold its monthly Rummage Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10. A wide range of items will be offered at this event that is held on the second Saturday each month, with few exceptions. Information: Charity Downs at 802-645-0071.
VFW Craft Fair
VALLEY FALLS VFW Post 1938 on Poplar Avenue in Valley Falls invites everyone to a Holiday Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10. Table space is available at $10 each. To reserve space, local crafters are encouraged to call Rose at 753-4358, or email [email protected]
SCHUYLERVILLE The Olde Flax Mill Gallery at 88 Broad Street in Schuylerville will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 and 17, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11 and 18. Offered will be one-of-a-kind crafted works for Christmas, hostess, and New Year’s gifts. Fresh, local evergreen wreaths also will be available and there’ll be craft demonstrations by local artisans. Information: 518-695-5534.
GLENS FALLS The Second Annual Holiday Showcase will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, at The Shirt Factory in Glens Falls. Offered will be original art and handcrafted items, and there’ll be craft demonstrations. Information: 518-824-1290, or www.shirtfactorygf.com.
GRANVILLE Fireside Stories for children will be presented at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Pember Library, 33 W. Main Street in Granville. Cookies will be the theme this week. Information: 518-642-2525.
XLAKE GEORGE A free Holiday Wine Tasting will be held at the Adirondack Winery in Lake George Village from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, and 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday the 11th. Information: 518-668-9463, or www.adirondackwinery.com.
ARLINGTON The Santa Lucia Festival of Lights will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10, in Arlington. Included will be holiday open houses at Arlington and Manchester inns and B&Bs from noon to 4 p.m.; tree and luminary lighting and a carol sing at 4 p.m. at the Arlington Community House; and a pageant at 5 p.m. at St. James Church. The Manchester inn/B&B tours will cost $15, with proceeds benefiting Habitat for Humanity. All other events will be free and open to all; free-will offerings will be accepted to benefit the Arlington Area Food Shelf. Information: Amie Emmons at 802-375-6516, or email [email protected]
Santa at the Skene Manor
WHITEHALL Santa Claus will visit the Skene Manor from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10. This event is open to all. This is also the last day the Skene Manor will be open this season.
MANCHESTER The American Museum of Fly Fishing in Manchester will host a Hooked on the Holidays Celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10. Museum admission will be free all day and activities will include decorating a trout cookie, painting a fish ornament, weaving a paper snowflake, and tying a clown fly. Refreshments will be served, too, and you can visit the current exhibition, “A Graceful Rise: Women in Fly Fishing, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.”
SHUSHAN The Courthouse Community Center will offer a Home for the Holidays House Tour at eight homes in Shushan and nearby communities from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10. Meet at 1 p.m. at the Center, 58 E. Broadway in Salem, where maps will be provided for this self-guided tour. Cost: $20; $15 for CCC members. Reservations are encouraged at 518-854-7053.
GREENWICH Everyone is invited to help celebrate Dorothy Thomas’ 90th birthday from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, at The Spiritual Life Center, 575 Burton Road in Greenwich. In lieu of a gift, you are asked to make a donation to the Greenwich Relief Fund, Orphan Grain Train, Stump Church, or the Greenwich Scholarship Fund.
GLENS FALLS The Adirondack Ballet Theater will stage the holiday classic, “The Nutcracker” at 2:30 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday the 11th, at the Charles R. Wood Theater in Glens Falls. Performing will be students ages 5 to 18, with guest artists. Information/tickets: 518-874-0800, or www.woodtheater.org, or 798-5058 and www.dcqdance.com.
SALEM North Main Gallery in Salem will host a reception for its new exhibition “Winter Show,” from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11. Featured artists are Joan Duff-Bohrer, Harry Orlyk and Ken Wheeler. The show will be displayed through Jan. 21. North Main will also hold a Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17. Information: 518-854-3406.
GRANVILLE The South Granville Congregational Church on Route 149 invites everyone to a singing of Part I and The Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10. Pianist/organist Geoffrey Gee will play while Crystal Everdyke will conduct. You are asked to bring your own score. Information: Joan at 642-9510.
GLENS FALLS The Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra and Children’s Chorus will present “A Musical Gift for All” concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, at Glens Falls High School. Information/cost: 518-793-1348, or www.gfso.org.
Prime Rib Dinner
GREENWICH VFW Post 7291 in Greenwich invites everyone to a family-style Prime Rib Dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10. Takeouts will be available. Cost: $15; $7 age 9 and younger. Information: 677-3174, or 692-2753.
ARGYLE The Argyle American Legion invites everyone to an all-you-can-eat Pancake Supper from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, at the American Legion Post on Route 40, Sheridan Street. Cost: $6 adults; $3 children. Information: Gary Gilchrist at 638-8603.
Tree Lighting, More
ARLINGTON Arlington’s annual Tree Lighting will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Arlington Community House, followed by the annual St. Lucia Celebration at St. James Church that will feature a Swedish twist this year. Everyone will be welcome.
BRANDON World renowned concert pianist Peter Seivewright will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, at Brandon Music, 62 Country Club Road. The program will include works by composers from the early 17th to the early 20th centuries. Cost: $15, including complimentary soft drinks. Reservations are recommended at 802-465-4071, or email [email protected]
Sunday December 11
VALLEY FALLS The Ladies Auxiliary invites everyone to a Pancake/French Toast Breakfast from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, at VFW Post 1938 on Poplar Avenue in Valley Falls. Cost: $7 adults; $3 children.
FAIR HAVEN American Legion Post 49 at 72 S. Main St. in Fair Haven invites everyone to a buffet Pancake/French Toast Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11. Cost: $7 adults; $3.50 children. This breakfast is held on the second Sunday each month, with few exceptions. Information: 802-265-7983.
Free Ice Cream
GREENWICH Everyone is invited to the Ice Cream Man shop on Route 29 in Greenwich for a Free Cone Day for Charity event from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11. Select from a variety of homemade ice cream flavors, and children can visit with Santa from 1 to 4 p.m. Also, donations will be accepted for the Double “H” Hole in the Woods Camp in Lake Luzerne that benefits critically ill children. Information: Julie Reynolds at 518-692-8382.
CASTLETON A Basket Party will be held on Sunday, Dec. 11, at American Legion Post 50 on Route 4A in Castleton. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. with drawings starting at 2 p.m. Cost: $6, including a sheet of tickets, with proceeds benefiting CSC Alternative (substance-free) Spring Break. Door prizes, too.
GRANVILLE The Pember Library and Museum and the Slate Valley Museum will host their annual holiday open houses from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. Both events feature a Civil War-era Santa, the President and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln and a historically illustrated telling of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Music by Steve Havel. Events will take place at differing times at each location. For more information contact the Pember at 642-2525 or the Slate Valley at 642-1417.
GREENWICH Boy Scout Troop 27 invites everyone to a free Community Christmas Turkey Dinner from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, in the Middle Falls Fire Station at routes 29 and 40. Reservations/to arrange delivery: Jobbie and Helen at 855-4059, Sue and Jim at 692-2085, or Joe and Denise at 692-9229.
SARATOGA SPRINGS The Saratoga Chamber Players group will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, in Zankel Hall on the Skidmore College campus in Saratoga Springs. Five musicians originally brought together 40 years ago will reprise their performance of Schubert’s String Quintet in C major, D.956, op.post.163. Cost: $18 adults; $15 senior citizens; free Skidmore students with ID and children accompanied by an adult. Information: 518-584-1427, or www.saratogachamberplayers.org.
POULTNEY The Poultney Public Library at 205 Main Street will screen Holiday Movies at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, and 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16. Free admission and refreshments. Information/movie titles: 802-287-5556.
RUTLAND The Vermont Symphony Orchestra will perform a joyful holiday pops concert, “Fun and Games,” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland. Tickets range from $9 for students to $29, available at 802-775-0903, or www.Paramountvt.org. Additional concerts will be on Jan. 29 and March 11, 2012. Series tickets for all three concert dates are available at $24 for students and $77 for premier seating; call 1-800-VSO-9293, Ext. 10, or visit www.vso.org.
SALEM An Art Reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, at the North Main Gallery, 196 N. Main Street in Salem. Featured will be works in the gallery’s Winter Show, including paintings, drawings, and mixed mediums on canvas and paper. Information: 518-854-3406.
GLENS FALLS The Glens Falls Symphony Children’s Chorus will perform a Holiday Pops Concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, at Glens Falls High School. Cost: $25 adults; $10 students; discounts for groups of eight or more. Information: 518-793-1348, or www.gfso.org.
BENSON The Benson Community Hall will host a Christmas Party from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11. Enjoy crafts, carols, refreshments and pictures with Santa. Free and open to the public.
RUTLAND The Rutland Chapter of The Compassionate Friends organization will host a Candle Lighting at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Rutland. Honored will be the memory of all children, regardless of age, who have died. There’ll be readings, music, and the lighting of candles. Everyone, whether or not they’ve suffered the loss of a child, will be welcome. Information: Michael Mackey at 802-446-2278.
The Christmas Star
MANCHESTER The Emerald Valley Recorder Ensemble and the FCC Chancel Choir will perform “The Christmas Star” at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, at the First Congregational Church in Manchester. The FCC Tall Spire Ringers, Burr and Burton Academy students, and special guest musicians will join in this program of music and narration. Cost: Free-will offering to benefit the FCC organ restoration fund. Information: Patti Kelley at 802-558-6946.
MANCHESTER The Israel Congregation of Manchester’s Jewish Film Festival will screen the comedy, “Keeping the Faith,” at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, at Israel Congregation on Route 7A north, 6025 Main Street in Manchester. This film…starring Ben Stiller, Ed Norton, Anne Bancroft and Eli Wallach…tells the story of best friends, a priest and a rabbi, and the common ground that Judaism and Catholicism share in showing compassion toward people. Cost: Free-will donation. Open to all and refreshments will be served. Information: Doris Bass at 802-297-0167.
VALLEY FALLS The handicap accessible Valley Falls United Methodist Church at 16 State Street invites everyone to a “Super Souper Supper” from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11. Cost: $6, free age 5 and younger, including a variety of soups, bread, muffins, beverages and desserts. Information/tickets: 753-6053, 753-6028, or www.valleyfallsunitedmethodist.com.
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.
MIDDLETOWN SPRINGS The Middletown Springs Grange and the Community Church will host Christmas in the Park…a live nativity, caroling and tree lighting event…at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, on the green in Middletown Springs. Hot beverages and delicious treats will follow in the Historical Society’s building and everyone will be welcome. Information: Rita at 235-2436.
SCHUYLERVILLE The Ecumenical Choir from area churches will present “Lead Me Back to Bethlehem” by Pepper Choplin at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Schuylerville United Methodist Church, 51 Church Street. Refreshments will follow the program and everyone will be welcome.
Monday December 12
GRANVILLE The Granville Senior Band will host a fundraising Spaghetti Dinner on Monday, Dec. 12, at Bernardo’s Restaurant on Church Street in Granville. Seating will be at 5, 6:15 and 7 p.m. Eat in or take out. Proceeds will go toward the band’s trip next summer to “Trills and Thrills” in Hershey, Pa.
FAIR HAVEN The Fair Haven Grade School Music Concert will be presented at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12, at the school (snow date Dec. 13). Students in grades 5 through 8 in Fair Haven and Benson will perform and everyone will be welcome.
Tuesday December 13
BONDVILLE Reservations are requested by Tuesday, Dec. 13, for The Mountain School at Winhall’s OPUS Project Presentation amd International Feast on Thursday, Dec. 15. Served at 5 p.m. will be Jewish latkes, matzo ball soup, Russian oliver salad, Asian fried rice, maki rolls, and dessert. Cost: $10 per person; $25 family of three or more. The OPUS will follow at 6:15 p.m. There also will be a dessert raffle. Information/reservations: 297-2662.
PAWLET The Haystack Hustlers Seniors will hold a catered ham dinner served by Mettowee Valley Grange members at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at the Pawlet Church. Cost is $10 per person, to reserve call Phyllis by Dec. 5 at 802-325-3196. Bring a table decoration and grab bag gift not to exceed $5. Food shelf items will also be collected.
FAIR HAVEN The Fair Haven Union High School Band will present a Winter Concert at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the school (snow date Thursday, Dec. 15). Everyone will be welcome.
Wednesday December 14
WELLS The Wells United Methodist Church at the green invites everyone to a Christmas Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14. Cost: $5 adults, $3 ages 5 to 12, including a choice of regular or gingerbread pancakes. Also, Santa will visit from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., with gifts for children and singing.
SARATOGA The Olde Saratoga Seniors will hold their Christmas Party at noon on Dec. 14 at Longfellows. Reservations are required; call Dot Leone at 518-695-3578.
CASTLETON The Castleton Women’s Club will hold a short meeting at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 14, followed by a workshop by Linda Thayer to make one-of-a-kind keepsake cards at the Castleton State College Medical Chapel. There is a $2 fee for materials. All are welcome; call 802-273-2086 for more information.
CAMBRIDGE The American Legion Auxiliary invites everyone to a takeout-only Spaghetti Dinner on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the American Legion Post on Route 22 North, just outside Cambridge Village. Sauce choices will include mussel and clam, along with a choice of meatballs or sweet or hot sausages. Cost: $6.
FAIR HAVEN A Fair Haven Union High School Band Concert will be presented at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the school (snow date Dec. 15). Everyone will be welcome.
MIDDLETOWN SPRINGS The Vermont Small Business Development Center and the e-Vermont Community Broadband Project will offer a “Google Tools for Small Business” interactive training workshop at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14. You’ll find this opportunity at the Middletown Springs Elementary School. Information: Patrick Ripley at 802-595-3388, email [email protected], or www.VtSBDC.org.
RUTLAND The film, “Troop 1500,” will be screened at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the Rutland Free Library, 10 Court Street. This movie, by Ellen Spiro and Karen Bernstein, deals with Girl Scouts in Troop 1500 who want to be doctors, social workers and marine biologists despite having convicted felons as mothers. Free and open to all. Information: 802-773-1860, or email [email protected]
Thursday December 15
ARGYLE The Argyle Free Library will host an Open Knitting Group from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15. Beginner and experienced knitters will be welcome.
MANCHESTER Alan Benoit, owner of Sustainable Design, and Chris Morrow, founder of Local First Vermont will host a program entitled “Sustainable Shopping” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15 at Northshire Bookstore. Free and open to the public.
Friday December 16
GRANVILLE The Sylvan Star/Skenesborough Chapter #122 Order of the Eastern Star will hold a Rummage Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16 at the Slate Valley Masonic Center, 95 North St., Granville. Anyone wishing to donate items should bring them to the Masonic Center on the day of the sale.
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.
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.
GRANVILLE A classic holiday film will be screened at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, at the Pember Library, 33 W. Main Street in Granville. Everyone will be welcome. Information: 518-642-2525.
SCHUYLERVILLE The Riverfront Studios Fine Art Gallery at 96 Broad Street in Schuylerville will hold its Holiday Open House from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16. Free refreshments will be served. Information: 518-695-5354, or www.riverfront-studios.com.
POULTNEY The Poultney Public Library at 205 Main Street will screen a Holiday Movie at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec.16. Free admission and refreshments. Information/movie title: 802-287-5556.
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.
RUTLAND The Rutland Youth Theatre will stage “Miracle on 34th Street-The Musical” at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday the 17th, at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland. Information/tickets: 802-775-0903.
CASTLETON The Castleton Federated Church at the green on Main Street in Castleton Village invites everyone to a free Concert and Carol Sing at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16. Information: 802-468-5725.
GLENS FALLS The Lake George Community Band will present its annual Christmas Concert at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, at the Charles R. Wood Theater, 207 Glen Street in Glens Falls. Information/tickets: 518-874-0800, or www.woodtheater.org.
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
SALEM As part of the Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count, volunteers will gather in Salem on Saturday, Dec. 17, to participate in this annual event (snow date Dec. 18). Come enjoy nature while supporting this scientific survey. Bird counts also will be done in Argyle, Hebron, Greenwich, Easton and Cambridge. Information/locations: Sue Van Hook at 518-788-7388, or email [email protected]
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.
Food Pantry Open
SCHAGHTICOKE The Food Pantry at the Hoosic Valley Community Church, 2024 Route 40 in Schaghticoke, will be open from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17. The pantry is open on the third Saturday each month. Information: 753-6984.
XBOMOSEEN/WHITEHALL The Circle of Hope K9 Rescue organization will be at Kinney Drugs in Bomoseen from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday the 18th at the State Line Flea Market in Whitehall. See pictures of adoptable pets, sign up to foster or help with transporting pets, and purchase stocking stuffers to support the K9 Rescue. Information: Angela at 802-468-5298, or www.circleofhopek9rescue.org.
SALEM North Main Gallery in Salem will host a Holiday Open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17. All are welcome. Information: 518-854-3406.
GRANVILLE A Learn with Linda activity for children will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Pember Library, 33 W. Main Street in Granville. Christmas will be the theme. Information: 518-642-2525.
Stories at Library
MANCHESTER Sue Ritchie will read stories in Spanish and English from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Mark Skinner Library in Manchester. Free and open to all; children must be accompanied by adult caregivers. Information: 802-362-2607.
MANCHESTER The Manchester Chamber and the Equinox Resort present nationally renowned recording artist Phil Rosenthal in a special children’s Bluegrass Concert at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17 in the Rockwell Room at the Equinox Resort. Members of the group Wildwood will join Rosenthal in this new “Manchester Merriment” event. Admission: Free for children, $10 for adults. Reserve by calling the Manchester Chamber at 802-362-6313.
BOMOSEEN The Pond Hill Interscholastic Equestrian Team will hold a Basket Raffle from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17 at the Bomoseen Grange. Baskets will be raffled at 4 p.m. 50/50 drawing and bake sale, too. All proceeds will go towards the cost of sending the team to the National IEA competition in Oklahoma City. Information: Peggy Sumner, 802-273-3977.
GREENWICH Con Brio Performing Arts will present “Songs of Christmas” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 70 Main in Greenwich. Cost: $10 adults, $5 students, and complimentary refreshments will be served. Reservations are suggested at 796-8184, or email [email protected] Information: www.conbrioperformingarts.com.
Sunday December 18
SCHAGHTICOKE Victor Lodge invites everyone to a buffet-style Breakfast with Santa from 7:30 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18, at the lodge across from the Hoosic Valley Central School on Route 67. Santa will have gifts for the children and pancakes, Belgian waffles and more will be served.
GREENWICH Elks Lodge 2223 on Route 40S in Greenwich invites everyone to a Sunday Buffet Breakfast from 8:30 to 11 a.m. on Dec. 18. Omelets, pancakes and more will be served at $6 per person, $5 senior citizens, and $4 children.
BALLSTON SPA The Free Spirit Fellowship at 1425 W. High Street in Ballston Spa will host a Christmas Program at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18. Featured will be dramatic and musical presentations and everyone will be welcome. Information: 885-3149.
WHITEHALL Santa will parade throughout Whitehall beginning at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18, and he’ll then go to the firehouse where refreshments will be served until 2 p.m. Also, the Whitehall Volunteer Fire Dept. will collect food items for the Whitehall Food Pantry at this event where everyone will be welcome.
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.
XGRANVILLE The Granville Area Chorus will perform a Christmas Concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Bethel-Peniel Presbyterian Church on Quaker Street in Granville. Traditional and contemporary seasonal music will be featured. Cost: Free-will offering. Everyone will be welcome.
Monday December 19
RUTLAND The Fab Finds Diva Shack at Reincarnation Upscale Resale and Fabulous Finds, 86 River Street in Rutland, will offer 10 percent off all regular-priced items from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 19. A portion of the night’s sales will be donated to the Circle of HopeK9 Rescue organization. Information: Angela at 802-468-5298, or www.circleofhopek9rescue.org.
CASTLETON The Castleton Village School Music Concert will be presented at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 19, at the school (snow date Dec. 20). Everyone will be welcome.
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
RUTLAND The 2011 Gift-of-Life Marathon will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 20, in Rutland. The goal is to obtain the donation of 1,969 pints of blood. Appointments are requested at 1-800-RED-CROSS, but walk-ins will be welcome. Information/locations: www.giftoflifemarathon.com.
HUDSON FALLS Rainer’s Gourmet Inspirations at B&B on the Green, 89 Route 41 in Hudson Falls, will present Nashville’s Leroy Troy at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 20. Leroy can be seen on the Marty Stuart Show on RFD-TV. Cost: $15. Food and beverages will be available. Information/tickets: 518-632-5402.
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.
Wednesday December 21
RUTLAND AREA The Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice will offer Blood Pressure and Foot Care Clinics as follows: 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, The Meadows, Rutland; 3:15 p.m. Dec. 21, The Gables, Rutland (Gables residents only); 9:30 a.m. Dec. 21, Dorset Nursing Office (by appointment only, 802-362-1200); and 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, Appletree Apartments, Fair Haven. Cost: $2 blood pressure; $5 foot care. Information: 802-775-0568.
Thursday December 22
Meal at School
HARTFORD The senior class of 2012 will serve a Dime-a-Dip Meal from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 22, at the Hartford Central School. Everyone is invited.
Friday December 23
POULTNEY The Poultney Public Library at 205 Main Street will offer free Story Time for Toddlers through age 5 at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 23. Information/registration: 802-287-5556.
Sunday December 25
GLENS FALLS Christ Church Methodist at 54 Bay Street in Glens Falls invites everyone to its Fourth Annual Community Christmas Breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 25. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. and Al and Kathy Bain, along with Ray Agnew, will perform seasonal music. Information: www.christmasbreakfast.net.
Wednesday December 28
MANCHESTER Two-time Parents Choice Award-winning artist Roger Tincknell will lead children in singing, dancing, playing rhythm instruments, songs in Spanish, and more at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 28, at the Mark Skinner Library in Manchester. Free and open to all families; children must be accompanied by adult caregivers. Information: 802-362-2607.
RUTLAND AREA The Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice will offer a Blood Pressure and Foot Care Clinic at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 28, at the Godnick Adult Center in Rutland. Cost: $2 blood pressure; $5 foot care. Information: 802-775-0568.
Thursday December 29
Call to Artists
CAMBRIDGE Artists in all media are invited to submit works for the jurying process from Thursday, Dec. 29, through Saturday, Jan. 2, 2012, to participate in the January/February 2012 juried exhibition at the Valley Artisans Market’s Small Gallery, 25 E. Main Street in Cambridge. The theme will be “Reflection.” Information: 518-677-2765.
HOOSICK FALLS Registration is now open for the Hoosick Falls Soccer Club. Travel team registration (for ages 10-18) deadline is Jan. 1. For information, call Steve Hinchliffe at 518-488-4386. Registration deadline for in-house programs for children pre-K through sixth grade is April 1. For more information about this program, call Paul Dunham at 518-753-7690. See www.hoosickfallssoccer.org for general information.
Saturday December 31
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.
Sunday January 8
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 Jan. 8. Information: 686-4982.
Saturday January 14
CAMBRIDGE Everyone is invited to an opening reception from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, for a juried exhibition titled, “Reflection,” at the Valley Artisans Market’s Small Gallery, 25 E. Main Street, Route 372, in Cambridge. Information: 518-677-2765.
Sunday January 29
RUTLAND The Vermont Symphony Orchestra will perform a “Monuments” concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland. Tickets range from $9 for students to $29, available at 802-775-0903, or www.Paramountvt.org.
Sunday February 12
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 Feb. 12. Information: 686-4982.
Friday February 17
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.
Sunday March 11
RUTLAND The Vermont Symphony Orchestra will perform a “Heroes” concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland. Tickets range from $9 for students to $29, available at 802-775-0903, or www.Paramountvt.org.
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 March 11. Information: 686-4982.
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 [email protected]
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.