S aturday, Dec. 28
GRANVILLE A spaghetti dinner to benefit the James family will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 28 at VFW Post 1653, North Street, Granville. The family lost everything in a recent fire. Cost is $6 per person; $6.50 for takeout. Information: Sherry, 802-353-3516.
GREENWICH Greenwich Elementary School has started its kindergarten enrollment process and it urges parents to call Mrs. Robinson at the primary office at 518-692-9542, ext. 6100. A child must be five-years-old by Dec. 1, 2014 in order to enter the September, 2014 kindergarten class. Mrs. Robinson will explain that requirement and offer to parents details of the upcoming program that familiarizes children for kindergarten. The program is called “Ready, Set, Kindergarten.”
POULTNEY The Slate Valley Community monthly breakfast will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 28 at the Poultney United Methodist Church on Main Street. Cost for the sausage and egg breakfast is $1 for adults and children under 15, free. For details, call the church at 802-287-5710.
CAMBRIDGE Hubbard Hall will twice present the folk group, “The Whippersnappers,” on Saturday, Dec. 28. The trio of Frank Orsini, George Wilson and Peter Davis will join a community dance at 4 p.m., followed by a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. At 8 p.m., on Hubbard Hall’s main stage, the trio will perform a full concert, which costs $25 for general admission, $20 for members and $10 for students. For more information, call 518-677-2496 or visit www.hubbardhall.org.
Sunday, Dec. 29
4th Country Dance
SCHUYLERVILLE Country Round and Square Dance Association, for the fourth time this month, will dance old-style country from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 29 at Schuylerville’s Clancy Street American Legion. All are welcome. Cost is adults, $5; children 6 to 17, $2; under six, free. As there will be a change in winter dancing dates, be sure to call Linda at 518-638-8905 or Sandy at 518-824-3719.
SCHAGHTICOKE Victor Lodge of Schaghticoke will host a pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 29 at the lodge on Route 29. Breakfast will include pancakes, waffles, Knickerbocker soufflé, bacon, sausage, potatoes, scrambled eggs and more. All are invited.
Monday, Dec. 30
HOOSICK FALLS The Hoosick Falls Soccer Club urges interested teenage players to register now for both boys and girls Travel Soccer Teams at https://hoosickfallssoccer.sportssignup.com//login. The age range is 10 to 80. The club urges soccer enthusiasts to register players by Feb. 1 and to pay by Feb. 15. For complete information on youth soccer, email [email protected] or call 518-944-1498.
General information on policies can be gleaned at www.cdysl.org.
Tuesday, Dec. 31
MANCHESTER Manchester Music Festival’s 4th annual New Year’s Eve Celebration Concerts will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 31 at First Congregational Church in Manchester Village. A 4 p.m. family concert is free for children under 18; $13 for adults. A 6 p.m. evening concert is $30 for adults, and $13 for those 18 and under. Composers highlighted at the double concert event range from J.S. Bach to Cole Porter. For details, call 802-362-1956.
New Year’s Eve Fete
POULTNEY Poultney American Legion will hold a New Year’s Eve Party from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31. Music will be provided by DJ John Saltis of Penquin Enterprises. Snacks, a mini-buffet and noise makers will be provided. There is no charge for Post 39 members and a charge of $5 for sign-in members’ guests. For details, call 802-287-5229.
Women who Rocked
GLENS FALLS “Women Who Rocked the 60’s,” a good-natured satiric “take” on a Las Vegas revue, will be performed by Glens Falls area Entertainer Laura Roth on Tuesday, Dec. 31, with two shows, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Joining Roth will be Amelia Wargo and Megan Karcher. All three will salute Tina Turner; each will impersonate other sixties’ divas. Tickets cost $25. For details, call 518-874-0800.
Wednesday, Jan. 1
New Year’s Brunch
PAWLET The Pawlet Fire Department will hold its annual New Year’s Day brunch from 8 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 1 at the firehouse on Route 133 in Pawlet Village. The menu includes pancakes with real maple syrup, eggs, bacon, sausage, muffins, home fried potatoes and toast. Cost is adults, $8; children under 12, $4. For details, call 802-325-3222 or email [email protected].
Thursday, Jan. 2
HOOSICK FALLS The Northeast New York Safety and Health Council will sponsor on Thursday, Jan. 2, a pre-licensing course at the Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in the Hoosick Falls Health Center on Danforth Street, Hoosick Falls, starting promptly at 3:30 p.m. The program requires a $40 pre-registration fee, payable to NENY Safety, and a valid driver’s permit. Completion of the class and test gives students the paperwork required to take the state driver’s test and is valid for one year. Call 518-686-4854 for details.
Saturday, Jan. 4
HOOSICK FALLS The Northeast New York Safety and Health Council will sponsor a Defensive Driving Course at the Hoosick Falls Health Center on Danforth Street, starting promptly at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4. Successful completion permits a 10 percent reduction on collision and liability for 3 years and a 4-point reduction on license points for infractions from the previous 18 months. Register early by calling 518-686-4854.
Long Trail Hike
KILLINGTON Killington Section of the Green Mountain Club announces a hike on Long Trail to the Churchill Scott shelter, plus another optional mile to Mendon Lookout, starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4. For details on the 4 to 6-mile trek, call Vivian Beebe and Larry Walter at 802-775-3855.
BRANDON Singer-Songwriter Caitlin Canty will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4, at Brandon Music in Brandon, Vermont. She will be joined by Matt Lorenz on guitar, percussion and violin. In her songwriting, Canty blends folk music with Western. Cost for the concert is $15, with a pre-concert dinner also available for $15. Reservations are recommended. For details, call 802-465-4071.
CAMBRIDGE Dancer and Choreographer Ken Pierce, accompanied by Music from Salem Director Lila Brown on viola and Sharan Leventhal on violin, will present a music and dance concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4 in Cambridge’s Hubbard Hall –– a concert which will introduce area audiences to such elegant dances of the Baroque period as gavottes, sarabandes, entrees and folias. Cost for this unusual concert is “pay-what-you-can,” but a $20 contribution is suggested. For details, call 518-677-2495.
Sunday, Jan. 5
JOHNSONVILLE The Johnsonville Rescue Squad will hold its monthly breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 5 in the squad building for a cost of $6 for adults and $3 for children. The menu ranges from eggs to pancakes to French toast to omelets and more.
For details, call 518-753-9549.
SCHUYLERVILLE The County Round and Square Association will host an old-style country dance at Clancy Street’s American Legion in Schuylerville from 12:30 to 5 p.m., with both a buffet and dancing. Cost is $5 for adults; $2 for children 6 to 17; and free for children under six. For details on this Sunday, Jan 5th event, call Linda at 518-638-8905 or Sandy at 518-824-3719.
Monday, Jan. 6
WILTON The popular Latin fitness dance Zumba will be taught at Gavin Park in Wilton at the following times and dates: Session A will runs from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. on Mondays, from Jan. 6 through Feb. 4; Session B will run from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays from Jan. 8 through Feb. 26. Pre-registration, including payment of a fee, is required. For registration details, call 518-584-9455.
DORSET Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning will offer a group drumming program with Saragail Benjamin, starting on Monday, Jan. 6. This four-week program will take place on Monday night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Drummers of all levels are welcome, said Benjamin, a well-known music educator. Pre-registration is $40. For details, call 802-867-0111.
Wednesday, Jan. 8
HOOSICK FALLS Cheney Library in Hoosick Falls will host an “E-Reader Workshop” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8 (snow date, Thursday, Jan. 9) in the library. Upper Hudson Library System’s Jo-Ann Benedetti will demonstrate to new owners just how to operate their Kindles, Nooks or I-Pads. For details, call 518-686-9401.
Van Gogh Effect
RUTLAND Art Historian Carol Berry will explain what influenced Painter Vincent Van Gogh and his influence on later painters, impressionist or otherwise, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, as part of Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays at Rutland Free Library. For information, call 802-773-1860.
Thursday, Jan. 9
KILLINGTON National Recording Artist Keller Williams will appear in concert at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9 at the Pickle Barrel Nightclub in Killington. A native of Fredericksburg, Virginia, Williams has been described as a “one-man jam band.” His latest CD, called “Funk,” was released in November. Keller also hosts a weekly syndicated radio program, “Keller’s Cellar.” His show costs $18.50 in advance and $21.50 the day of the show. Pickle Barrel is on Killington Road. For details, call 802-422-3035.
Friday, Jan. 10
WHITEHALL The Whitehall Public Library will hold a book sale on Friday, Jan. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday, Jan. 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The sale will be held downstairs and parking is available in the back of the library and the side entrance may be used. There are many adult and children’s fiction, nonfiction and audio books to choose from. Prices are 50 cents for hard-covers and 25 cents for paperbacks. For details, call 518-499-1366.
Saturday, Jan. 11
MANCHESTER A “Hot Blues for Cold Nights” concert of blues and jazz will be performed by “Downtown” Bob Stannard and those Dangerous Bluesmen at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11 at the Eagles Club in Manchester on Routes 11 and 30. Proceeds from the jazz-blues concert will go to “Ski for Heat,” the fundraiser providing heating assistance to local families and individuals. For more information, call 802-824-3558 or 802-779-2227.
Sunday, Jan. 12
VALLEY FALLS The Valley Falls VFW on Poplar Avenue will hold its monthly breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 12, with the menu consisting of hash browns, eggs, pancakes, French toast, juice, coffee, fruit, and biscuit with sausage gravy. For details, call
VALLEY FALLS Valley Falls United Methodist Church on 16 State Street will host a “souper supper” from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 12, featuring a variety of soups, plus bread, muffins, drinks and dessert for only $7. Children under six are admitted free.
The church is handicapped accessible and tickets are available at the door. For tickets and information, call 518-753-6053 or 518-753-6028.
WEST PAWLET The first reported pancake breakfast of 2014 will be hosted by the West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 12, offering a wide variety of pancakes, as well as scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon and home fries. Cost is $7 for 12 and up, $5 for 5 to 12, and children under 5, free. For details, call 802-345-4312 or email [email protected].
Tuesday, Jan. 14
RUPERT Chef Ray Chen of the Inn at West View Farm in Dorset will teach a cooking class for Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning on Tuesday, Jan. 14 from 5:45 to 9 p.m. at the Holland/Wiegand residence in Rupert, Vt. Infusing French and Asian influences into a fish dish, Chen’s class will be followed by a seated dinner with wine. Cost is $100.
Pre-registration is required. For details, call 802-867-0111.
Friday, Jan. 17
TINMOUTH Tinmouth Community Center will host a “Contra Dance,” a long-line square dance, from 8 to 11 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17. Alden Robinson will fiddle, Brendan Taaffe will play guitar and Rebecaa Lay will call. First-timer cost is $5. The center is on Route 140 in Tinmouth’s heart, five miles west of Wallingford. Regular cost is $9 for adults, $7 for teens, and free for children under 12. For details, call 802-235-2718 or 802-446-2928. Tinmouth Contra Dances are generally held on the third Friday of each month.
Saturday, Jan. 18
GREENWICH North Country Insurance Agency, at 101 Main Street in Greenwich, announces that it will host a defensive driving course from 8:45 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18. The course can save one up to 10 percent on auto insurance. Pre-payment is required, so call 518-692-9601 to register ahead.
Sunday, Jan. 19
SCHUYLERVILLE The County Round and Square Association will host an old-style country dance at Clancy Street’s American Legion in Schuylerville from 12:30 to 5 p.m., with both a buffet and dancing. Cost is $5 for adults; $2 for children 6 to 17; and free for children under six. For details on this Sunday, Jan. 19th event, call Linda at 518-638-8905 or Sandy at 518-824-3719.
Emerald Lake Hike
DORSET Killington Section of the Green Mountain Club announces a hike, or if snow permits, a snowshoe or cross-country ski trek, on Meadow Trail, Lower Trail and Nature Trail in Emerald Lake State Park in North Dorset, starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18. For details on the two-mile hike, call Herb Ogden at 802-293-2510.
Monday, Jan. 20
RUTLAND The Rutland County Parent Child Center announces that it will hold a family fun day at Rutland’s Paramount Theatre from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30.
A costume building party, with supplies provided, will be followed by a costume parade and then a showing of Disney’s “Snowball Express” film. Suggested donation is $4. For details, call 802-775-9711.
Saturday, Jan 25
FORT ANN The Fort Ann Volunteer Fire Company will host a live auction at its Route 149 station house, with doors opening at 4 p.m. and auction bidding at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25. Dave Mattison will be the auctioneer. All proceeds benefit the fire company.
All new items, gift cards and gift certificates will be auctioned off. The kitchen will also be open, and there will be a bake sale, too. For more information, call 518-639-8635.
Otter Creek Hike
PITTSFORD Killington Section of the Green Mountain Club announces a hike starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 on the Phillips and Cadwell Trails, from a covered bridge along Otter Creek through farm fields. For details on this moderate hike call Sue Thomas at 802-
Sunday, Jan. 26
SCHUYLERVILLE The County Round and Square Association will host an old-style country dance at Clancy Street’s American Legion in Schuylerville from 12:30 to 5 p.m., with both a buffet and dancing. Cost is $5 for adults; $2 for children 6 to 17; and free for children under six. For details on this Jan. 26th event, call Linda at 518-638-8905 or Sandy at 518-824-3719.
Sunday, Feb. 2
SARATOGA SPRINGS The Saratoga Winterfest 5K Snowshoe Run/Walk will be held at 11 a.m. in Saratoga Spa State Park on Sunday, Feb. 2. The following week, Saturday, Feb. 8, the Camp Saratoga 8k Snowshoe Race will start at 10:30 a.m. in Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park. For details, call 518-581-7550.
Wednesday, Feb. 5
RUTLAND Film Expert Rick Winston will show an acknowledged screen classic, 1940’s Casablanca, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5 in Rutland Free Library. The event is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series, held the first Wednesday of each month. For specifics, call 802-773-1860.
Friday, Feb. 14
BENNINGTON Bennington Museum will exhibit art created by public and private school students from the Bennington area from Friday, Feb. 14 through Sunday, March 30. The art of elementary, middle and high school students will be shown. Students receive certificates of presentation at the show’s grand opening on Saturday, Feb. 15. Call 802-447-1571 for more information.
BENNINGTON At the Bennington Museum, 75 Main Street, starting Friday, Feb. 14, different regional artists will display their artwork for eleven weeks. Selected by a jury twice a year, the exhibits include a mix of paintings, sculpture, photos, wood working and more. Call 802-447-1571 for more information.
BENNINGTON The 1970s photographs of John Hubbard, former sports reporter and photographer for the Bennington Bannner, will be displayed from Friday, Feb. 14 through Sunday, March 30 at Bennington Museum, whose hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The black and white photographs are the people Hubbard encountered on the job. For more information, call 802-447-1571.
Saturday, Feb. 15
POULTNEY Diane Bargiel of the Killington Section of the Green Mountain Club announces that a moderate 2 to 4 mile snowshoe trek through woods and meadows in the East Poultney and Lake St. Catherine area will start at 10:30 a.m. at East Poultney Green. For more details, call Bargiel at 413-687-1109.
BENNINGTON Closed from January through Feb. 13, the Bennington Museum will officially reopen its doors Saturday, Feb. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a community day celebration. Patrons can view the re-installed Grandma Moses exhibit and the initial recreation of the Decorative Arts Gallery, amongst all the other special exhibits, as well as the permanent collection. Call 802-447-1571 for more information.
Monday, Feb. 17
BENNINGTON The Bennington Museum will offer school vacation workshops from Monday, Feb. 17 through Friday, Feb. 21 for children of all ages at appropriate times for the appropriate age. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For specific information and to make reservations, call Deana Mallory at 802-447-1571.
Saturday, March 29
BENNINGTON Bennington Museum will offer an “Appraisal Fair” from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 29. A panel of art experts and antiques appraisers will evaluate family heirlooms or any other odd, quirky piece. For more information, call 802-447-1571.
Friday, April 4
Eat and Drink
BENNINGTON “The Annual Brew and Food Pairing” will be paired at Bennington Museum on Friday, April 4. The food will be created by area chefs, bakers and chocolatiers, and the brews and ciders are carefully selected potations. The event runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and it is the fifth annual event of its kind at the museum. Call 802-447-1571 for more information.