Updated 12/05/19

Community Events

Earn Your Turns Roundtable, discussion of backcountry skiing with land managers, ski area operators, uphill enthusiasts, Thurs., Dec. 5, 6-8 pm, Rumble’s Kitchen, Sugarbush. Hosted by Catamount Trail Association and MRV Backcountry Coalition.

Moretown Community Sip and Shop, artisans, vendors, wine sipping, fundraiser for MECA (Moretown after-school program), Fri. Dec. 6, 4-8 pm, old Moretown Town Hall.

Holiday Merry Market, crafters, baked goods, lunch, Sat., Dec. 7, 9 am-3 pm, Waitsfield United Church.

Country Christmas Cocktails, collect drink tickets from participating retailers, redeem for sample cocktails by Mad River Distillers at MRV Chamber visitor center, Bridge St., Waitsfield. Photo op for people and pets. Cookie decorating for kids at Joslin Library. Sat., Dec. 7, 4-7 pm.

River of Light Lantern Parade, Sat., Dec. 7, 5 pm, from Thatcher Brook Primary School (Stowe St., Waterbury) to Dac Rowe Field, bonfire, hot chocolate, fire performance troupe Cirque de Fuego. www.ariveroflightinwaterbury.org.

S’mores with Roarke, $2, benefits Valley Arts, next to Mad River Taste Place, Waitsfield, Sun., Dec. 8, 11 am-1 pm.

Make Your Own Wreath, fee for materials, proceeds go to Valley Arts, Sun., Dec. 8, 11 am-2 pm, next to Mad River Taste Place, Waitsfield.

Co-housing discussion hosted by Living Tree Alliance, Sun., Dec. 8 (National Jewish Co-Housing Day), 3-5 pm, at Zenbarn, https://livingtreealliance.com/national-jewish-cohousing-day/.

SugarBash, Sugarbush’s 61st birthday party, music by the Funk Collection, Sat., Dec. 14, 8-11 pm, Gate House Lodge, free.

Moretown Artisans’ Sale, Dec. 14 and 15: Sat., 10 am-5 pm, live music; Sun., 10 am-3 pm, free photo booth with Santa (noon-2 pm). Silent auction and raffle benefit Hannah’s House. Moretown Elementary School. Free admission.

Holiday Community Party hosted by MRV Chamber of Commerce and Sugarbush, free hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, Thurs., Dec. 19, 5-6:30 pm, Rumble’s Kitchen.

Caroling and Christmas sweater contest, most festive sweater wins a Big Pic gift certificate, Thurs., Dec. 19, 6 pm, Big Picture Theater and Cafe.

Fundraisers

International Boutique, shop for items from around the world, Dec. 7-14, 10 am-6 pm, Masonic Lodge, Waitsfield. Fundraiser for Amurtel; proceeds support programs for women and children.

Gallery of Arts & Collectables, Sat., Dec. 7, 9 am-4 pm, Waterbury Center Community Church, 244-8089.

Holiday party, Meals On Wheels fundraiser, appetizers, cash bar, admission by suggested donation, Wed., Dec. 11, 5-7 pm, Waitsfield Inn. Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 496-9416.

MRV Rotary Restaurant Raffle tickets sales: Mehuron’s Supermarket, Fri., 3-6 pm, and Sat., 11 am-3:30 pm; and The Warren Store, Sat., 11:30 am-1:30 pm, and Sun., 10 am-noon.

Returnable bottles/cans may be donated to Waitsfield United Church (next to library), shed behind church.

Fun & Games

Jigsaw Puzzle Swap, Sun., Dec. 8, 11:30 am-1 pm, next to Mad River Taste Place, Waitsfield.

Sugarbush Racing Club 2020 kickoff party, Sun., Dec. 15, 4:30-6 pm, Castlerock Pub. Sugarbush skiers invited to join, all abilities. Races on Thursdays, 10 am-noon, on the NASTAR course, followed by gathering at local pub/restaurant. www.sugarbushracingclub.com.

Duplicate Bridge, Mondays, 12:15 pm, Waitsfield Inn. Info: Vickie, 802-595-3068. Generally 5-8 tables. Walk-in pairs welcome but advance sign-up preferred. Singles, please inquire in advance.

Kids

Photos with Santa Claus on the Single Chair, Mad River Glen Sat., Dec. 7, 3-5 pm.

Photos with Frosty the Snowman at Three Mountain Cafe, special Waffle Bar, Sun., Dec. 8, 8-11 am.

Decorate your own Christmas ornament to take home, free event for kids of all ages, Sun., Dec. 8, 11 am-1 pm, The Collection, Waitsfield, 496-6055.

Mrs. Claus will talk to children, collect letters to Santa and accept donations to Prevent Child Abuse Vermont, Dec. 14 and 15, noon-2 pm, Three Mountain Cafe.

Breakfast and photos with Santa, wear PJs and watch “The Polar Express,” pancakes, hot cocoa, presents, free, Sat., Dec. 14, 10 am-noon, Church of the Valley, 5197 Main St., Suite 2A, Waitsfield, 856-689-0025.

Kids Pizza & Movie Night, drop off the kids, ages 4-12, for crafts, pizza, movies, Sat., Dec. 14, 5-8 pm, $40. Reserve: www.sugarbush.com/events-calendar.

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

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

Warren Playgroup, free, open to all, Fridays, 10:30-11:30 am, Warren Town Hall, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Children’s Room, drop in any school day, 8 am-4 pm, free play space, up to age 6 from any town, resource center for parents. Thatcher Brook Primary School, www.childrensroomonline.org, 244-5605.

Library

“Repeopling Vermont: The Paradox of Development in the Twentieth Century” author and historian Paul Searls will lead a group discussion on population trends, tensions between progress and preservation, Thurs., Dec. 5, 6:30 pm, Joslin Memorial Library.

Estate planning with attorney Claudia Pringles, Fri., Dec. 6, 4 pm, Joslin Library, free. RSVP: 496-4205.

Holiday Book Sale, puzzles, DVDs, Sat., Dec. 7, 10 am-2 pm, Warren Library.

Warren Public Library trustees’ bimonthly meeting, Mon., Dec. 9, 6:30 pm, at the library. The public is welcome.

Story Time with Mrs. Claus, hot cocoa, cookies, songs. Bring letters to Santa. Pajamas encouraged. Free, all ages, Tues., Dec. 10, 6 pm, hosted by Moretown Library at old Town Hall.

Open Mic Night, music, comedy, poetry, any talents, includes a holiday singalong, Fri., Dec. 13, 7-9 pm, old Moretown Town Hall, free, all ages. Hosted by Moretown Library, 496-9728.

Family Maker Night: graham cracker gingerbread house building, materials provided, free, Tues., Dec. 17, 6 pm, Warren Public Library.

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program, free, Wednesdays, 2-3 pm, Warren Town Hall. Preregister: www.warrenlibrary.com, 496-3913, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or sign up during class time.

Central VT Adult Basic Education, free help with technology, high school diploma/GED, career and college readiness, basic literacy, etc. Thursdays, 1:30-4:30 pm, Joslin Library. Call for an appointment or drop in, Thom McAllister, 244-8765.

Read & Play, children and caregivers play, sing, read stories with librarian Cory Stephenson, Fridays, 10:30 am, Moretown Town Hall, free, hosted by Moretown Library. Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 496-9728.

Free Play Fridays, 2:45-4 pm, when school is in session, Warren Public Library, activities, snack. Ages 9+ may drop in; ages 8 and under preregister: 496-3913, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Free.

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

Joslin Memorial Library Story Hour, Mon., 10 am, preschoolers. http://joslinmemoriallibrary.com, 496-4205. Free.

Warren Public Library Story Time, Wed., 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, Mon., 10 am. Preschoolers, ages 3-6, Thurs., 10 am. www.waterburypubliclibrary.com, 244-7036. Free.

Meetings

Gun Owners of VT meeting, Fri., Dec.13 (second Friday of each month), 6 pm, location changes between Warren Village firehouse and Northfield firehouse. All welcome. Call Bob, 732-718-3032.

Valley Democrats meets at Lawson’s Taproom for a social holiday gathering, cash bar, Mon., Dec. 9, 5 pm. All welcome (meets second Monday of each month).

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.

Berklee American Roots Night, Americana, bluegrass, folk, house band with guests from Berklee College of Music, Thursdays, 7-10 pm, Zenbarn, free.

Hostel House Band (rock, funk, blues, soul), Fri., Dec. 6, 9 pm. Jacob Green, one-man band (blues, folk, rock), Sat., Dec. 7, 9 pm. Hostel Tevere, Warren. $5.

Mad River Chorale holiday concert and singalong with chamber orchestra, Sat., Dec. 7, 7:30-9 pm, Waitsfield United Church. Adults, $15; students/seniors, $12; 11 and under, free. Sun., Dec. 8, 3 pm, Waterbury Congregational Church.  www.madriverchorale.net.

Green Mountain Swing, 17-piece big band, Sat., Dec. 7, 7:30 pm, Grange Hall Cultural Center, Waterbury Center, $20, https://sevendaystickets.com/events/swing-time-at-the-grange-hall-12-7-2019.

Beg, Steal or Borrow, bluegrass, Sat., Dec. 7, 9 pm, Zenbarn.

Clint and Peter from The Grift, Mon., Dec. 9, 5-7 pm, Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Waitsfield.

Wednesday Night Dead with Dead Not Dead, Dec. 11, 7-10 pm, free, Zenbarn.

VT Symphony Brass Quintet and Counterpoint Singers annual holiday concert, Tues., Dec. 17, 7:30 pm, Warren United Church. Free but must reserve tickets: Virginia Roth, 496-3865, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Seniors

Foot Care Clinic with CVHHH at Evergreen Place, Thurs., Dec. 5, 8:30 am-noon. Reserve: 223-1878. Bring basin, towel, foot soak powder, clippers. $20.

Family-Style Lunch, piano music, Tues. and Thurs., noon, open to all, by suggested donation. Evergreen Place Senior Center, Waitsfield. Reserve lunch: Joan Bartlett, 496-2543. Walk-ins OK.

After-lunch activities, Tues. and Thurs., 12:30 pm, Evergreen Place Senior Center, free. Dec. 5, Carolers; Dec. 10, Singalong with Carrie Bennett; Dec. 12, Carolers; Dec. 17, Heads Up Game – Christmas items; Dec.19, Christmas feast; Dec. 24, Christmas picnic; Dec. 26, closed; Dec. 31, New Year’s resolutions and this year’s broken ones.

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.

Game Day, Thursdays, 2-4 pm, Evergreen Place Senior Center, Waitsfield, all welcome. Lessons and playing Mahjongg, Train Dominos, Cribbage and other games. Info: Debbie, 498-5385.

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.

The Arts

Mad Quilters, all abilities welcome, meets Dec. 10 (second Tuesday of each month), 6:30 pm, Harwood Union High School. 496-2035.

VT Watercolor Society’s annual awards show, Festival Gallery, Village Square, Waitsfield, runs till Dec. 21, Wed.-Sat., 1-5 pm.

Workshops/Presentations

Baby and Me yoga class, free. Tea, water, mats, blankets are all offered free, Wednesdays, 9-10 am, Valley Glow Yoga. Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Cooking Classes at The Store, Waitsfield: Cast Iron Cooking, Thurs., Dec. 5, 6-8 pm. Mediterranean, Sat., Dec. 7, 6-8 pm. Seafood, Thurs., Dec. 12, 6-8 pm. Aromas of the Middle East, Sat., Dec. 14, 6-8 pm. Sushi, Thurs., Dec. 19, 6-8 pm. Winter Wonderland, Fri., Dec. 20, 6-8 pm. Soups and Panini, Sat., noon-2 pm. $60, kitchenatthestore.com.