Farewell gathering for the Rev. Nancy McHugh, Waitsfield United Church of Christ Village Meeting House Fellowship Hall, Sat., Nov. 17, 2-4 pm.
Thanksgiving Farmer's Market, local foods, beer/spirits, teas, crafts, live music, Sun., Nov. 18, 10 am-2 pm, Round Barn, Waitsfield. Free admission.
Free Community Supper, all welcome, Fri., Nov. 30, 5:30 pm, Waitsfield United Church of Christ. Info: 496-3065.
Country Christmas events welcome, December 7 and 8. Valley Arts is helping to organize this event. Those who have an event or special or want more info may call 496-6682. All holiday celebrations of any denomination are welcome. Deadline: Nov. 26.
Launch party for Mad River Valley Backcountry Coalition, newly formed chapter of the Catamount Trail Association focused on winter backcountry recreation in the area. Slideshow, presentation, cash bar, prizes, raffle, music by Mad Mountain Scramblers, Fri., Dec. 7, 7-10 pm, Mad River Glen. www.mrvbc.org.
MRVTV Community Party and Benefit, music by Phineas Gage and Big Basin & Beyond, GoPro camera raffle (mrvtv.com/raffle), 50-50 raffle. Fri., Nov. 16, 8 pm, Localfolk Smokehouse. Free, but $10 donation encouraged.
Jamie Lee Thurston Hurricane Relief Concert for former Duxbury residents Chris and Lisa Wimble, whose home was destroyed by flooding. Fri., Nov. 16, 8:30 pm (doors open 7:30), Rusty Nail, Stowe. Advanced tickets: jlthurricaineflorencerelief.eventbrite.com ($20); at door ($25).
Thanksgiving Food Drive providing turkey dinners for locals in need: Drop off food donations at The Valley Reporter, Mad River Green; drop off or mail checks (made out to MRV Interfaith Council) to The Valley Reporter, P.O. Box 119, Waitsfield, VT 05673.
MRV Rotary Restaurant Raffle tickets available starting Nov. 16, Fri. and Sat. afternoons at Mehuron’s; Sat. and Sun. at The Warren Store; or from Rotary members. Drawing: Jan. 2019.
Returnable bottles/cans may be donated to Waitsfield United Church (next to Joslin Library) in marked shed behind church.
The Big Kicker, Mad River Glen and Sugarbush kick off the ski/ride season, Sat., Nov. 17, 5-10 pm, American Flatbread. Wood-fired pizza, libations, hot chocolate, family activities (5-7 pm); presentation on mountain news, films, live auction (7 pm); DJ Crusty Cutz, open rail jam (8-10 pm); dancing, bonfire.
Fun & Games
Duplicate Bridge, Mondays, 12:30 pm, Waitsfield Inn. Info: Alice, 496-7154.
Warren Playgroup, ages 0-5, sing and dance, children may bring their favorite stuffed animal. Fridays, Nov. 16 and 30, at 10 am, Warren Library. Free, open to all. Info: Constancia Gomez, 802-917-1776.
The Children’s Room, 8 am-4 pm, weekdays following school calendar, free play space, up to age 6 from any town, resource center for parents. Thatcher Brook Primary School, www.childrensroomonline.org. 244-5605.
Scholastic Book Fair, Moretown Elementary School library, Nov. 12-16: Mon.-Wed., 7:30 am-7 pm; Thurs. and Fri., 7:30 am-4 pm. Open to the public. All proceeds go to the school library.
"Denial," documentary about Christine Hallquist’s work, contributions, gender identity, created by her filmmaker son, Derek Hallquist. Thurs., Nov. 15, 6:30 pm, old Moretown Town Hall. Presented by MRV libraries.
Stuffed Animal Sleepover Storytime and Book Swap: Storytime, Fri., Nov. 16, 6 pm. Wear PJs, bring a stuffed toy and children’s book for book swap; read stories, sing songs, then tuck in your stuffie; pick them up Sat. and see what they were up to. Book swap, Sat., Nov. 17, 10 am-1 pm. Moretown Library.
Central VT Adult Basic Education with Dave Busker, free help with technology, literacy, test prep, resumes, etc. Tuesdays, 1-3 pm. Drop in or by appointment: Joslin Library, 496-4205; Dave Busker, 244-8765.
Joslin Memorial Library Story Hour, Mondays, 10 am, preschoolers. http://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.
Warren Library extends Tuesday hours (10 am-2 pm) until at least the end of Nov.
Local Option Tax proposal, presentation at the tri-town leadership meeting, Thurs., Nov. 29, 6 pm, Waitsfield Elementary School.
Alcoholics Anonymous meetings: Sun. and Tues., 7 pm, Waitsfield United Church (across from Village Grocery), rear of building; Wed., noon, Gen. Wait House; and Fri., 7 pm, Warren Church. Confirm times: 229-5100. www.aavt.org.
Open Mic with Alex Budney, amps and drums provided, Thursdays, 8:30 pm, Localfolk Smokehouse.
Phineas Gage and Big Basin & Beyond, MRVTV Community Party and Benefit, Fri., Nov. 16, 8 pm, Localfolk Smokehouse. Free, but $10 donation encouraged.
Jamie Lee Thurston Hurricane Relief Concert for former Duxbury residents Chris and Lisa Wimble. Fri., Nov. 16, 8:30 pm, Rusty Nail, Stowe. Advanced tickets at jlthurricaineflorencerelief.eventbrite.com ($20) or at door ($25).
Soule Monde, Sat., Nov. 17, 9:30 pm, Hostel Tevere.
Grippo Funk Band, Fri., Nov. 16, 9 am. Bellas Bartok, Sat., Nov. 17, 9 pm. VT Jazz Ensemble, Sun., Nov. 18, 4:30-6:30 pm. Dead Not Dead, Wed., Nov. 21, 9 pm. Red Hot Juba, Sat., Nov. 24, 8 pm. Zenbarn, Waterbury Center.
Wednesday Night Dead with Zach Nugent, weekly (except not Nov. 21), 7-9 pm, Zenbarn.
Hostel Tevere Winter Music Series kicks off with rockabilly star Bloodshot Bill with the Benevolent Tarots and the Brand New Luddites, Sat., Nov. 24, 9 pm. $5.
After-lunch activities, Tues. and Thurs., 12:30 pm, Evergreen Place Senior Center: Nov. 15, “Heads Up” Thanksgiving words; Nov. 20, Thanksgiving feast; Nov. 22, Closed for Thanksgiving; Nov. 27, Billie Schloss presents Travelogue on Cambodia; Nov. 29, Rolling Pictures. Free.
Family-Style Lunch, piano music, Tues. & Thurs., noon, open to all, suggested donation, discount for age 60-plus. Evergreen Place Senior Center, Waitsfield. Reserve lunch: Joan Bartlett, 496-2543.
Diner Breakfasts, Mondays, 8-10 am, Evergreen Place, open to all, suggested donation, $8, supports Meals On Wheels.
Game Day, Wednesdays, 3-5:30 pm, Evergreen Place, Waitsfield, all welcome. Lessons and playing: Mahjongg, Train Dominos, Cribbage and other games. Info: Debbie, 498-5385.
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, Evergreen Place, Waitsfield, all welcome.
Meals On Wheels, home-delivered meals for seniors, call 496-2543.
Foot Care Clinic with CVHHH at Evergreen Place, Thursdays, Nov. 29, Dec. 13, 8:30 am-noon. Reserve: 223-1878. Bring basin, towel, foot soak powder, clippers. $15.
Drop-In Painting Group, bring your drawing/painting materials and easel, food/bevs, Wed., Nov. 21, 2-5 pm and 6-9 pm. Festival Gallery, Village Sq., Waitsfield. Info: Dotty Kyle, 496-4789. Members, $5; nonmembers, $10.
“The Arsonists,” 1953 political satire by Max Frisch, Nov. 30-Dec. 2, Dec.7-9, and Dec. 14-16. Valley Players Theater, Route 100, Waitsfield. www.valleyplayers.com.
“The Wind Needs No Invitation,” paintings by Deanna Chilian, Festival Gallery, Village Sq., Waitsfield, 496-6682. Exhibit runs through Dec. 22: Wed.-Sat., 1-5 pm.
Cooking Classes at The Store, Waitsfield: 5 Knives, 5 dishes, Thurs., Nov. 15, 6-8 pm; It’s Better with bacon, Fri., Nov. 16, 6-8 pm. $60. http://kitchenatthestore.com.