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Festival of Lights celebration, prizes awarded for displays, Chamber’s holiday mixer, community members invited, Thurs., Dec. 18, 5:30 pm, Timbers Restaurant.
Holiday Farmers’ Market, Sun., Dec. 21, 10 am-1 pm, Big Picture Theater, 496-8994.
Ox-drawn sleigh rides, Neill Farm, Waitsfield, every Saturday starting Dec. 27 at 10 am, noon, and 2 pm. Reserve: Kaleigh, (802) 279-7121.
Large Birds of Prey performance, Sat., Dec. 27, 4-5:30 pm, The Schoolhouse, Sugarbush, 583-6349.
Ticket to Ride, Warren Miller movie, Sat., Dec. 27, 8 pm, Gate House Lodge, Sugarbush. Free.
Dog Parade and Fashion Show, dog costumes encouraged, prizes. Wed., Dec. 31, 3:30 pm (registration starts at 2 pm), Gate House Lodge Courtyard, Sugarbush, 583-6349. Registration fees will be donated to PAWSitive Pantry.
Torchlight parade, fireworks, Wed., Dec. 31, 7 pm, Lincoln Peak. New Year’s Eve party, live music by Funk Collection, 9 pm-12:30 am, Timbers Restaurant, 583-6800. www.sugarbush.com.
Family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration, torchlight parade, bonfire, potluck dinner, flag football, kids’ movie. Dec. 31, 6:30-10:30 pm, Mad River Glen. www.madriverglen.com.
The Mad 12 Dinner, 12-course tasting dinner by 12 local chefs. All proceeds go to VT Farm Fund. Mon., Jan. 12, 5:30-9:30 pm, Round Barn Farm. Tickets: www.mad12.com, 496-3567.
Warren Playgroup: Adventures in Clay, Crafts and Sensory Fun with Ellen Kucera, Fridays through Dec. 19, 10-11:30 am, Warren School art room. Free, open to all.
Holiday cookie decorating, Wed., Dec. 24, 4 pm, The Schoolhouse, Sugarbush, 583-6349. Free.
Kids’ Pizza and Movie Night, ages 4-12, Fri., Dec. 26, 5:30-8:30 pm, The Schoolhouse, Sugarbush. Reserve: 583-6349.
All About Bears snowshoe hike, Sat., Dec. 20, 10:30 am. The Wild Side of Stark Mountain, seek out signs of forest animals, Sun., Dec. 21, 10:30 am. Holiday Week Naturalist Series, daily, Dec. 26-29, 10:30 am, all ages, easy to moderate difficulty. Mad River Glen.
Walking group, all welcome, Tuesdays, noon-1 pm, Old County Rd., Waitsfield. Meet at Health Center parking lot. Info: Kate, Mad River Family Practice, 496-3838.
Duplicate Bridge, Mon., 12:30 pm, Waitsfield Inn. Info: Alice, 496-7154.
Holiday Party with the Animals, Central VT Humane Society Adoption Center, Sat., Dec. 20, 10 am-2 pm. Refreshments, animal-related crafts, face painting, Santa and Mrs. Claus. Donations accepted for shelter animals: canned pet food, pet-safe ice melt, toys, financial support; see wish list at www.cvhumane.com. 476-3811.
Kids Creating Music with Bob Brookens, Sat., Dec. 20, 10 am, Waterbury Public Library. Kids ages 18 months to 4 years can learn to play instruments, sing and dance.
Farewell party for former Joslin librarian Joy Worland, rescheduled for Fri., Jan. 2, 4-6 pm, at Joslin Library. Everyone is invited.
Paintings by Melissa Purdy, exhibit runs through Jan. 3, Warren Library.
VT Humanities Council book discussion series, “Orchestrated Stories,” fictional interpretations of four composers: Marrying Mozart by Stephanie Cowell, Jan. 22, 9 am, Warren Library; Clara: A Novel by Janice Galloway, Feb. 12, 9 am, Joslin Library; Joplin’s Ghost by Tananarive Due, March 19, 9 am, Warren Library; Vivaldi’s Virgins by Barbara Quick, April 9, 9 am, Joslin Library. Free.
Noontime Knitters, knit, crochet or tat, Tuesdays, noon-1 pm, Waterbury Library, 244-7036.
Computer tutoring, Mondays and Wednesdays, bring laptop or use the library’s, Warren Library, call for appointment, 496-3913.
Joslin Library Preschool Story Hour: Mon., 10 am. Theme for Dec. 22, Holiday Stories. Dec. 29, No Story Hour. www.joslinmemoriallibrary.com.
Moretown Library Story Time, Fridays, 11:15 am-noon. Bedtime Story Time with Mrs. Claus, Thurs., Dec. 18, 6:30 pm.
Waterbury Library Story Times: Baby/toddler, Mon., 10 am. Musical Story Time with Lesley Grant, sing-along for ages 18 months to 4 years, Dec. 29, 10 am. Preschool Story Time,Fri., 10 am. Free. Waterbury Library. 244-7036, www.waterburypubliclibrary.com.
MRV Republicans meets fourth Wed. of each month, 6pm, Bongiorno’s Restaurant. Info: Carol Miner, 583-5816.
Valley Democrats meets second Mon. of each month, 5:15 pm, at Eastern Systems. Info: Jim Leyton, 496-1000.
Moretown Republicans meeting, second Thurs. of each month, 6 pm, Moretown Elem. School. 496-3296.
Mad River Caregivers Support Group, first and third Tues. of each month, 2-3 pm, Mad River Family Practice. RSVP: Kate, 496-3838.
Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, Sun., 7 pm; 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.
Big Picture Theater and Cafe, open Wed., Dec. 24, Valley Night. Closed Dec. 25. 496-8994, www.bigpicturetheater.info.
A Ceremony of Carols,Mad River Chorale holiday concerts: Fri., Dec. 19, 7:30 pm, Waitsfield United Church; Sun., Dec. 21, 4:30 pm, Warren United Church. Nonperishable food items accepted. Tickets: www.madriverchorale.net. Info: 496-4781.
Apres-ski music, Sat., Dec. 20, 3-6 pm, at Sugarbush, free: Bad Skye, Castlerock Pub; The Detonators, Wunderbar; Bruce Isaacson, Green Mt. Lounge, Mt. Ellen.
The Tsunamibots CD release party (robotic surf punk trio), Thee Ice Picks (surf rock) and Ramcore (hard-core xxx rock), Sat., Dec. 20, 9 pm, Hostel Tevere, Warren.
Dark Side of the Mountain, tribute to music of Pink Floyd, Tues., Dec. 30, 8 pm, Big Picture Theater, 496-8994, www.bigpicturetheater.info.
Tai Chi with Kenneth, Tuesdays, 1 pm, Evergreen Place Senior Center, Waitsfield.
Foot Care Clinic with CVHHH at Evergreen Place, Thursday, Dec. 18, 8 am-noon. Reserve: 223-1878. Bring basin, towel, foot soak powder, clippers. There is a fee.
Holiday Luncheon, ham dinner, piano music and sing-along with Joan Foster, dessert is potluck. Thurs., Dec. 18, noon, Evergreen Place Senior Center, all welcome. Reserve: Austin, 496-2543.
Bingo, every Tues. & Thurs., 10:30 am, Evergreen Place Senior Center.
Diner Breakfasts at Evergreen Place, open to all, Mondays, 8-10 am, donations support Meals On Wheels.
Family-Style Lunch, open to all, discount for age 60+, Tues. & Thurs., noon. Reserve: Austin, 496-2543. Evergreen Place Senior Center, Waitsfield.
Meals On Wheels, home-delivered meals, call Austin, 496-2543.
Chris Stearns Photography exhibit runs through December, Three Mountain Cafe, Waitsfield. www.21mm.smugmug.com.
Oils and Watercolors of Susan Bull Riley, exhibit runs through Dec. 31, Festival Gallery, Village Square, Waitsfield, 496-6682.
Start with Art, group meets to share/learn artistic skills, Thursdays, 2 pm, at SHaRC, free, 583-6700.
Knit a Bit, knitting and coffee, free, Wednesdays, 3 pm, at SHaRC, 583-6700.
Community Yoga Class, free, hatha yoga, all levels, Sundays, 10-11:15 am, at Rootswork, second floor East Warren Schoolhouse. www.awakenvt.com.
Beth Jacob Synagogue, 10 Harrison Ave, Montpelier, 229-9429.
Church of the Crucified One, Route 100, Moretown.Mass, Sunday, 10 am.Franciscan Christmas Office, Dec 23, 6 pm; Family Christmas Eve service, Dec. 24, 5 pm; Midnight Mass, Dec. 24, 11 pm; Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 11 am; New Year’s Eve Vigil, Dec. 31, 8 p.m. 496-4516.
First Church of Christ, Scientist, 145 State St., Montpelier. All welcome.
Green Mountain Community Alliance, Route 100, Duxbury. Sunday, 9:30 am, Worship Service.
Hunger Mountain Christian Assembly, Route 100N, Waterbury Ctr. Sunday, 10 am, Worship Service.
Moretown United Methodist Church, Route 100B, Moretown. Sunday, 10:30 am, Worship Service.
Our Lady of the Snows (Catholic), Route 100, Waitsfield. Mass: Saturday, 6 pm.
St. Andrew (Catholic), Main St., Waterbury. Mass: Sat, 4 pm, and Sunday, 9 am.
St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, Founders’ Hall, 6307 Main St. (Route 100), Waitsfield. Sunday Service, 9:30 am, Holy Eucharist. Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 4 pm. Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 9:30 am. 479-7920. www.saintdunstans.com.
St. Jacob of Alaska Orthodox Church, Route 12, Northfield Falls, 485-9121. Services: Divine Liturgy, Sunday, 9:30 am; Great Vespers, Saturday, 5 pm; Vespers, Tuesday, 6 pm.
St. Patrick (Catholic), Route 100B, Moretown.Sunday, 11 am, Mass.
Sugarbush Christmas Eve Service led by Norwich Univ. chaplain Bill Wick, nondenominational, Dec. 24, 5-6 pm, Gate House Lodge.
Unitarian Church of Montpelier, Sunday, 10 am, Worship and Church School, 130 Main St., Montpelier.
Waitsfield United Church of Christ WorshipService, Sunday, 10 am. Route 100, Waitsfield. www.WaitsfieldChurch.org, 496-3065.
Warren United Church of Christ, Worship Service, Sunday, 10 am. Main St. Warren Village. 496-2713.
Waterbury Congregational Church, Sunday Service, 10 am. 8 North Main St., Waterbury. 244-6606.
Yearning for Learning Center for Jewish Studies, Montpelier, 223-0583