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Weekly Calendar of Events

Updated: 11/21/18  HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Community Events

Mad River Taste Place, free tastes of Vermont Homestead Gourmet (bruschetta topping and goat cheese spreads), Windfall Orchard Cider (ice cider and hard cider), Boyer’s (cider and wine), Per’s Smoked of VT (smoked fish and dips). Fri., Nov. 23, noon-3 pm. 89 Mad River Green, Waitsfield.

Armchair Travelogue: Italy with Douglas Stoehr, Thurs., Nov. 29, 12:30 pm, Evergreen Place, no reservation needed. Reserve lunch (noon): 496-2543.

Free Community Supper, all welcome, Fri., Nov. 30, 5:30 pm, Waitsfield United Church of Christ. Info: 496-3065.

Family Hanukkah Gathering, storytelling, menorah lighting, latke eating, singing, dreidel playing. Sun., Dec. 2, 3-6 pm, Waitsfield United Church Village Meeting House, hosted by MRV Jewish Community, all welcome. Reserve by Nov. 26: Bobbi Rood, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Mad River Valley Backcountry Coalition launch party, newly formed chapter of the Catamount Trail Association focused on winter backcountry recreation in the area. Slideshow, raffle, auction, music by Mad Mountain Scramblers, cash bar, Fri., Dec. 7, 7-10 pm, Mad River Glen. www.mrvbc.org.

Country Christmas, Dec. 7 and 8, music, art, food, fun festivities in the Mad River Valley. Call Valley Arts (496-6682) for info and to add events; all holiday events of any denomination welcome. Deadline: Nov. 26.

Moretown Artisans’ Sale, Dec. 8 and 9: Sat., 10 am-4 pm; Sun., 11 am-4 pm. Artisans, food, silent auction, raffle, live music (Sat., 11-3) free photo booth with Santa (Sun., 11:30-2). Moretown Elementary School, www.moretownartisan.com.

Holiday Taste of the Valley, local youth teams will offer tastes at locations on Bridge Street and Mad River Green Shops, Waitsfield. Vote for People’s Choice Award at Whippletree Designs. Sat., Dec. 8, noon-2 pm.

Fundraisers

International Boutique, Dec. 1-8, shop for items from around the world, fundraiser for AMURTEL, all proceeds support projects for women and children in need. Sat., Dec. 1, 10 am-8 pm; Sun.-Sat., Dec. 2-8, 10 am-6 pm. Masonic Lodge (across from Joslin Library), Waitsfield. www.internationalboutique.org.

Red Cross Blood Drive, Tues., Dec. 4, 2-6 pm, Fayston Elementary School, 782 German Flats Rd. Visit redcrossblood.org and enter “Fayston” to schedule appointment.

MRV Rotary Restaurant Raffle tickets available Fri. and Sat. afternoons at Mehuron’s; Sat. and Sun. at The Warren Store; or from Rotary members. Drawing: Jan. 2019.

Holiday party, fundraiser for Meals On Wheels, Wed., Dec. 12, 5-7 pm, Waitsfield Inn, music, appetizers, cash bar, hosted by MRV Senior Citizens board and volunteers. Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 496-9416.

Returnable bottles/cans may be donated to Waitsfield United Church (next to Joslin Library) in marked shed behind church.

Fun & Games

New tennis clinics: 30/30 Clinic, Wednesdays starting Nov. 28, 5:30-6:30 pm, 30 minutes of drills, 30 minutes of point play; Cardio Tennis, Thursdays starting Nov. 29, 8:30-9:30 am. Bridges Resort, 583-2922, www.bridgesresort.com.

Duplicate Bridge, Mondays, 12:30 pm, Waitsfield Inn. Info: Alice, 496-7154.

Kids

Warren Playgroup, ages 0-5, sing and dance, children may bring their favorite stuffed animal. Fridays, Nov. 30 through Dec. 21, 10 am, Warren Library. Free, open to all. Info: Constancia Gomez, 802-917-1776.

Waitsfield Playgroup, Thursdays, 10-11:30 am, Big Picture Theater, coordinator is Constancia Gomez, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Free, open to all.

Scouting, new members welcome. Cub Scouts, grades 1-5; Scouts BSA, grades 6-12. Info: cubpack798.org, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

Library

Solidarity Forever: Songs of Union and Labor, Mark Greenberg presentation using live and recorded music, American labor songs from the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution through the Wobblies and into the coal wars of the 1930. Tues., Nov. 27, 7-8 pm, Warren Library. Free.

Magic: The Gathering Club, fantasy adventure card game, all skill levels. Bring your cards or use the library’s, first and third Sundays of each month, 2-4:30 pm, Warren Public Library. Free. Recommended for ages 9+. Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

No Free-Play Friday on Nov. 23: Ages 8+ may drop by the Warren Library after school for snacks, activities, 2:45-4 pm. Nov. 30, Lego-building challenge. See events calendar at warrenlibrary.com for each week's activity. Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Free.

Mrs. Claus at Moretown Library, Christmas stories, songs, snacks, wear PJs, bring letters for Santa, all ages. Thurs., Dec. 13, 6 pm.

Knit & Play, Tuesdays, 10:30 am, Warren 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.

Warren Public Library Story Time, Wednesdays, 10:30 am, up to age 6. Amanda Gates, 496-3913, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.warrenlibrary.com. 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.

Meetings

Hannah's House Grief Support Group, Nov. 21 (third Wed. of each month), 6 pm, Mad River Health Center, Community Resource Room, second floor. Info/ RSVP: 496-9715, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Drop-ins welcome.

MRV Republicans meets fourth Wed. of each month (Nov 28), 6 pm, Bongiorno’s Restaurant.

Mad River Town Leadership meeting (Warren, Fayston, Waitsfield, Moretown, Duxbury), local option tax presentation, Ridge to River Initiative, Mad River Valley Data Report, update on the rec district. Thurs., Nov. 29, 6-9 pm, Waitsfield Elementary School. All encouraged to attend.

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.

Music

Open Mic with Alex Budney, amps and drums provided, Thursdays, 8:30 pm, Localfolk Smokehouse.

Dead Not Dead, Wed., Nov. 21, 9 pm. Red Hot Juba, Sat., Nov. 24, 8 pm. Zenbarn, Waterbury Center.

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.

Elisabeth von Trapp to open Noontime Series, Thurs., Nov. 29, noon, Christ Church Episcopal, 64 State St., Montpelier. Free lunchtime concert, bring lunch, coffee/tea provided. Donations accepted for stained-glass window.

Seniors

After-lunch activities, Tues. and Thurs., 12:30 pm, Evergreen Place Senior Center: 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.

The Arts

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. 16, Fri. and Sat., 7:30 pm; Sun., 3 pm. 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.

Fiber Riot! Wednesdays, 5-7:30 pm, free. Informal gathering; bring knitting, crocheting, spinning, rug-hooking project. Mad River Fiber Arts & Mill, Waitsfield. Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 496-7746, www.madriverfibermill.com.

Workshops

Cooking Classes at The Store, Waitsfield: Fresh Pasta, Sat., Nov. 24, 11 am-2 pm. Cast Iron Cooking, Wed., Nov. 28, 6-8 pm. Sushi, Sat., Dec. 1, 6-8 pm. Late Fall Date Night, Thurs., Dec. 6, 6-8 pm. Air Fryer Cooking, Sat., Dec. 8, 6-8 pm. $60. http://kitchenatthestore.com.

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