Big Kicker, kick off the ski season with Mad River Glen and Sugarbush, Sat., Nov. 18, 5-10 pm, American Flatbread/Lareau Farm, Waitsfield. Food, music, open rail jam, Flyin’ Ryan, VT Adaptive, films, auction by High Fives, DJ Krusty Kutz, dancing, bonfire.
Thanksgiving Market, produce, meats, fish, maple syrup, candy, jams, pies, beers and more, food vendors, live music, chair massage, Sun., Nov. 19, 10 am-2 pm, Round Barn, Waitsfield. Free admission.
Free Community Supper, all welcome, Fri., Nov. 24, 5:30 pm, Waitsfield United Church of Christ. Info: 496-3065.
Country Christmas, local businesses stay open later, fire pit for s’mores and roasting chestnuts, oxen cart rides, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, Frost the Snowman, Merry Market, International Boutique, Sip ’n’ Paint, crafts and more. Fri. and Sat., Dec. 8 and 9, in the Mad River Valley.
Moretown Artisans’ Sale, local arts and crafts vendors, silent auction, raffle to benefit Hannah’s House, Dec. 9 and 10: Sat., 10 am-4 pm; Sun., 11 am-4 pm. Moretown Elementary School.
MRVTV live music fundraiser, Chicky Stoltz and friends, Big Basin Band, 50-50 raffle, no cover charge but donations at the door ($10 suggested) will be matched by anonymous donor, Fri., Nov. 17, 8 pm, Localfolk Smokehouse.
Moretown PTN Pancake Breakfast, Sat., Nov. 18, 8-10:30 am, Moretown Elementary School, $5.
Holiday Craft Fair, Sat., Nov. 18, 9 am-3 pm, St. Leo’s Hall behind St. Andrew Church, Waterbury. Lunch, 11:30 am-2 pm.
Thanksgiving fundraiser, donations needed by Nov. 19 for turkey dinners for locals in need. Mail checks (made out to Mad River Valley Interfaith Council) to MRVIC, P.O. Box 342, Waitsfield, VT 05673, or The Valley Reporter, P.O. Box 119, Waitsfield, or drop off food, checks or cash at The Valley Reporter on the Mad River Green, 496-3607.
Central VT Pioneers sled hockey team fundraiser: Hot dogs/burgers cookout at Village Grocery, Sat., Nov. 25, 11 am-3 pm; and Lawson's Finest Liquids bottle sale, Bridge Street Marketplace, Waitsfield, noon-3 pm.
Christmas Trees and Wreaths Sale, Harwood sophomore class fundraiser, Lareau Farm, American Flatbread. Dec. 1-10: Fridays, 4-7:30pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 9 am-6:30 pm.
Returnable bottles and cans may be donated to Waitsfield United Church (next to Joslin Library); leave in marked shed behind church.
Fun & Games
Duplicate Bridge, Mondays, 12:30 pm, Waitsfield Inn. Info: Alice, 496-7154.
The Children’s Room, weekdays when school is in session, 8 am-4 pm, free drop-in play space, up to age 6 from any town, resource center for parents. Thatcher Brook Primary School, Waterbury. www.childrensroomonline.org/calendar.html. 244-5605.
“Vermont Farm Kids,” short documentary, stories about growing up on a VT farm, followed by discussion with local farmers, Thurs., Nov. 16, 6:30 pm, Joslin Library, free.
Animal Slumber Party Storytime, Fri., Nov. 17, 6 pm, Moretown Library. Bring your favorite stuffed animal or doll to tuck in at the library (and pick up the next day and see what they were up to).
Shorter days of winter, tips for coping from Barbara Garvin of Hannah’s House, Sat., Nov. 18, 2 pm, Warren Library.
Children’s author Brian Wray will read from his new book, Unraveling Rose, interactive crafts, snacks, ages 4 and up, Sat., Dec. 2, 2 pm, Joslin Library.
Free Adult Education: basic reading, writing, math, computer skills; high school diploma/GED programs; career/college readiness; English language learning and U.S. citizenship. Tuesdays, 1-3 pm, Joslin Library. Info: David Busker, 244-8765; no reservations necessary.
Magic: The Gathering, trading card game, Sundays, 3:30 pm, Joslin Memorial Library.
Joslin Memorial Library Story Hour, Mondays, 10 am, preschoolers. www.joslinmemoriallibrary.com, 496-4205. Free.
Moretown Memorial Library Story Hour, Tuesdays, 10:30 am, story, crafts, outdoor exploration. https://moretownlibrary.com, 496-9728. Free.
Waterbury Public Library Story Times: Baby/toddler, up to age 3, stories, songs, playtime, Mondays, 10 am. Preschoolers, ages 3-6, stories, songs, crafts, Thursdays, 10 am. www.waterburypubliclibrary.com, 244-7036. Free.
Cancer support group meets fourth Wed. every month, 6 pm, at MRV Chamber of Commerce.
Mad River Valley Rec District meets third Tues. of each month, 6 pm, Gen. Wait House. Open to all.
Mad River Valley Rotary Club meets first Wed. each month, 5:15-6:30 pm, Round Barn, Waitsfield; all other Wednesdays, 7:15-8:30 am, Sugarbush Inn, Warren. All welcome. Info: www.mrvrotary.org.
MRV Republicans meets fourth Wed. of each month, 6 pm, Bongiorno’s Restaurant.
Valley Democrats meets second Mon. of each month, 5:15 pm, Eastern Sales, Waitsfield. All welcome.
Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, Sun., 7 pm, and Tues., 7 pm, at Parish House, Our Lady of the Snows Church/St. Dunstan’s, Waitsfield. Fri., 7 pm, Warren Church. Confirm times: 229-5100. www.aavt.org.
Soule Indomitable, members of Soule Monde and Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band, Thurs., Nov. 16, 9 pm, Zenbarn, zenbarnvt.com.
Chad Hollister and Jeff Poremski, Fri., Nov. 17, 7-8:30 pm; followed by Radio Jarocho, music and dance from Veracruz, Mexico, 9-11:30 pm, Zenbarn, zenbarnvt.com.
Montpelier Community Gospel Choir, evening of traditional and contemporary American gospel music, admission by donation, Sat., Nov. 18, 7 pm, Waitsfield United Church. Info: 802-778-0881, vtgospel.com.
Grippo Funk Band, Sat., Nov. 18, 9 pm, $5 advance, $10 day of show, Zenbarn, zenbarnvt.com.
Lily and Duncan, fiddlers, Tues., Nov. 21, 7-9 pm, suggested donation $10-15, Zenbarn, zenbarnvt.com.
Zach Nugent’s Grateful Thanksgiving, acoustic Grateful Dead tunes, Wed., Nov. 22, 9-11 pm, $5 at door after 8 pm, Zenbarn, Waterbury Center, zenbarnvt.com.
Red Hot Juba, blues, country, swing, Sat., Nov. 25, 9-11 pm, $5, Zenbarn, zenbarnvt.com.
Vermont Fiddle Orchestra, Sun., Dec. 3, 2-4 pm, Harwood auditorium, bake sale. Adults, $10; seniors and ages 12-18, $8; family (2 adults and 2 kids), $30; age 11 and under, free. Moretown United Methodist Church fundraiser.
Moretown Open Mic, Fri., Dec. 8, 7-10 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm). All ages. BYOB. Moretown Town Hall.
Mad River Chorale holiday concert, The Splendor of Christmas, Sat., Dec. 9, 7:30-9 pm, Waitsfield United Church, and Sun., Dec. 10, 7:30-9 pm, Waterbury Congregational Church.
Family-Style Lunch, Tues. & Thurs., noon, open to all, discount for age 60-plus. Piano music by Joan Foster or Roger Hussey. Evergreen Place Senior Center, Waitsfield. After lunch activities: Nov. 21, Thanksgiving holiday dinner; Nov. 23, closed for Thanksgiving; Nov. 28, Discussion about Thanksgiving traditions; Nov. 30, Travelogue to Iceland with Mark Peal. Reserve lunch: Walt, 496-2543.
Diner Breakfasts, Mondays, 8-10 am, Evergreen Place, open to all, suggested donation, $8, supports Meals On Wheels.
Bingo, Tues. & Thurs., 10:30-11:30 am, Evergreen Place Senior Center.
Move! Tuesdays, 2 pm. Fun, varied group exercise with SASH coordinator Kenneth Russell, Evergreen Place.
Knitting Circle, Fridays, 10:30 am, Shades of Winter yarn shop, Waitsfield.
Meals On Wheels, home-delivered meals for seniors, call 496-2543.
Art exhibit: Paintings by Jude Desmond, who grew up in Haiti, on display through Nov. 30 at Three Mountain Cafe.
Mad River Dance Academy students to perform in The Nutcracker, Flynn Center for Performing Arts, Burlington, Sat., Nov. 25, 3 and 7 pm; Sun., Nov. 26, 1 pm. Tickets: 802-863-5966, www.flynntix.org.
Art exhibit: Paintings by Kathleen Kolb, Into the Woods, Festival Gallery, Village Square, Waitsfield. Wed.-Sat., noon-5 pm, Nov. 1 to Dec. 23. www.valleyartsvt.com/latest-news/.
Mad Quilters, all abilities welcome, meets second Tuesday of each month, 6:30 pm, Harwood Union High School. 496-2035.
Free Home Weatherization Workshop, Thurs., Nov. 16, 6-7:30 pm, free pizza, raffle, free LED bulb to each attendee. Steele Community Room, Waterbury Municipal Center, next to library.