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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13
“A CHRISTMAS CAROL” AT MAC CENTER FOR THE ARTS IN NEWPORT
On Friday, December 13, at 7:30 p.m., QNEK Productions will present “A Christmas Carol” Radio Play to benefit the MAC Center for the Arts at 158 Main Street in Newport. MAC Center extended hours also on this day: open 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tickets on sale at the MAC Center or call 334-1966 to reserve.
STATE LYNX SURVEY RESULTS TO BE PRESENTED IN DERBY
Results of the first systematic survey of lynx in the state — in the Silvio O. Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge’s Nulhegan Basin Division near Island Pond — will be presented by refuge biologist Rachel Cliche on Friday, December 13, at 7 p.m., at Coutts-Moriarty Camp’s new education lodge in Derby. Hosted by Siskin Ecological Adventures. Free and open to all interested. For more information about this program or to register for the Saturday field portion of this program, contact Jason or Annie Brueck at Siskin/Coutts at (802) 673-5638 or email@example.com. For directions to Coutts, visit www.siskincoutts.org.
JAM SESSION AT OEVNA IN NEWPORT
The Orleans Essex VNA & Hospice Inc. will hold a Jam Session on Friday, December 13, at 7 p.m., at 46 Lakemont Road in Newport. All proceeds will benefit the Hospice program of the agency. A suggested $3 donation is appreciated.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14
GLOVER CRAFT FAIR AT GLOVER SCHOOL
The 24th annual Glover Craft Fair will be held Saturday, December 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Glover school gym. Lunch available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Menu includes beef stew, corn chowder, chili, corn bread, hot dogs, chips, sodas, coffee, and hot chocolate. Local vendors, bake sale, raffle. Santa from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Sponsored by Glover Parents Club. Crafters wanted: Leave message for Julie Thompson at 525-6958. Also, Glover Parents Club at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook.
RELAY FOR LIFE HOLIDAY PANCAKE BREAKFAST AT COVENTRY SCHOOL
A Relay for Life Holiday Pancake Breakfast will be held at Coventry Village School on Saturday, December 14, from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Menu includes pancakes, sausage, hash browns, coffee, juice, hot chocolate. Cancer survivors are free. Everyone else is asked for donations to the American Cancer Society. Santa will arrive to talk to kids at 9 a.m. Children’s crafts available all morning. Hosted by the Coventry school Student Council.
BREAD & PUPPET TOTAL THIS & THAT CIRCUS
The Bread & Puppet Total This & That Circus will be held at the Glover Town Hall on Saturday, December 14, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. It will include the following ingredients: the battle against the F-35 jets, the miraculous birth of a calf, a giant face trying to see who’s running back and forth between his ears, the tar sands pipeline, some very tall people with wooden legs, all kinds of animals from zebras to some very interfering turkeys, and much more. All acts are accompanied by the circus band. Free admission; donations appreciated.
OPEN HOUSE & MOVIE NIGHT AT GREEN MOUNTAIN BIBLE CHURCH
On Saturday, December 14, an Open House and Movie Night will be held at Green Mountain Bible Church in Island Pond. Open house will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. and will include games, music, refreshments, and horse-drawn wagon rides. All welcome; bring the kids. Free movie night features J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Hobbit starting at 6:30 p.m. for ages 13 and up. Popcorn and refreshments will be served. For more information leave a message at the church at 723-6143 or call Pastor Neal Perry at 754-2396.
HOLIDAY GINGERBREAD OPEN HOUSE AT LEACH LIBRARY IN IRASBURG
The 7th annual Holiday Gingerbread Open House to benefit the Leach Public Library in Irasburg will be held Saturday, December 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities include raffles, bake sale, cookie decorating, live music, and free refreshments. For more information, call 754-2526.
MEAT RAFFLE AT AMERICAN LEGION NEWPORT POST 21
A Meat Raffle will be held at American Legion Newport Post 21 at Veterans Drive on Saturday, December 14, from 2 to 4 p.m. Large packages of fresh meat — fast-moving event with great chance to win bulk packages. Bring an unwrapped toy and get a $1 ticket to start. Toys go to area youth. Special raffle on two baskets. Dinner basket to include 12 lb. ham, fruitcake, sweet potatoes, rolls, and more. Breakfast basket to include ham, sausage, eggs, and more. For more information, call the Legion at 334-6181.
CHRISTMAS PARTY AT AMERICAN LEGION NEWPORT POST 21
A Christmas Party will be held at the American Legion Post 21 in Newport on Saturday, December 14. Social hour from 6 to 7 p.m. For all Legion, auxiliary, SAL, social members and their families. Bring unwrapped gift toy for tree for area youth. Bring your favorite potluck dish and/or $5 admittance at door per person. DJ is at 7 p.m. Sponsored by Sons of the American Legion Squadron Post 21. For more information, call the Legion at 334-6181.
QNEK PRESENTS “A CHRISTMAS CAROL” AT CATAMOUNT ARTS IN ST. JOHNSBURY
QNEK Productions will present “A Christmas Carol” Radio Play at Catamount Arts Center on Eastern Avenue in St. Johnsbury, on Saturday, December 14, at 7:30 p.m. Directed by Susan-Lynn Johns. A benefit for the QNEK College Scholarship Fund. Advance tickets $10, $12 at the door. Reserve by e-mail at www.qnek.com or reserve and charge online or by phone at www.catamountarts.org or (888) 757-5559.
HOLIDAY COOKIE “FARE” AT UNITED CHURCH OF NEWPORT
The annual Holiday Cookie “Fare” will be held at the United Church of Newport on Third Street, on Saturday, December 14, from 10 a.m. until sold out. Over 80 kinds of fancy and holiday cookies will be featured. Sponsored by the Friendship Circle.
AUDUBON CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT AT NORTHWOODS
Join the NorthWoods Stewardship Center in East Charleston for the Audubon Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, December 14, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Beginners are welcome. Potluck to follow. Free event. Registration required. To register and for more information, call Maria Young at (802) 723-6551, extension 115, or e-mail email@example.com.
COMMUNITY FORUM IN NEWPORT ON “STREETS, SIDEWALKS AND BIKE PATHS”
A Community Forum, “Streets, Sidewalks and Bike Paths Taking YOU Where You Want to Go,” will be held Saturday, December 14, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Emory Hebard State Office Building, Room 250, on Main Street in Newport. For more information, e-mail Beth Barnes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KINDERMUSIK FUND-RAISER IN NEWPORT
There will be a Kindermusik Fund-raiser on Saturday, December 14, at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Wellness Center in Newport to benefit the North Country Hospital Oncology Fund, for children ages newborn to five (with adult). Price is $10 per child, $5 for additional child of the same family. Limited to ten children. There will be singing and dancing to holiday music. Another fund-raiser will be held on December 14 at the Wellness Center. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Medora Jensen at 895-4899, or e-mail: email@example.com.
ISLAND POND BIRD COUNT
Participate in the longest run Citizen Science survey in the world, the 114th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count! Tens of thousands of birding enthusiasts throughout the Americas volunteer each year, collecting data that Audubon in turn uses to assess the health of bird populations, and help guide conservation action. Check out Audubon.org for more details. On Saturday, December 14, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., join in the Island Pond count. Potluck to follow. Contact NorthWoods Stewardship Center at 723-6551, extension 115, for more information and to register.
KINGDOM COFFEEHOUSE: MUSIC OF THE MOONLIGHT
A winter evening not to miss on Saturday, December 14, at 7 p.m. at the NorthWoods Stewardship Center in East Charleston! Enjoy old-time Americana, bluegrass and country, mixed with original and traditional jazz, reaching south to Appalachia and east to the British Isles. Jim Daniels on banjo and guitar, Jeanne Segretto Miller on fiddle, and Fran on bass will blend vocal and acoustic harmonies, keeping the lodge warm and rosy for spectators and dancers alike. The door fee is $10, refreshments are included. No registration required. Contact NorthWoods Stewardship Center at 723-6551, extension 115, for more information.
GRACE ANNUAL HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE & ART SALE
GRACE (Grass Roots Art & Community Effort) will be holding its annual Holiday Open House and Art Sale on Saturday, December 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be hot and cold beverages, holiday cookies, and fabulous art sales. GRACE is located in the old firehouse at 59 Mill Street in Hardwick. For additional information, contact GRACE@vtlink.net or call 472-6857.
LEWIS FRANCO AT THE MUSIC BOX
On Saturday, December 14, at 7:30 p.m., The Music Box in Craftsbury will feature Lewis Franco and the Missing Cats with the Brown-eyed Girls. Mandolin, guitar, bass, harmonies, acoustic jazz, blues, and ballads. For more information on the performance, visit www.lewisfranco.com, or The Music Box at 586-7533 or www.themusicboxvt.org.
HOLIDAY BAZAAR IN NEWPORT
Gardner Park’s Restoration Holiday Bazaar event is being held on Saturday, December 14, at the Newport Municipal Building from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lots of activities for everyone, including a holiday craft for children, a bake sale, refreshments, raffles, and even holiday story time followed by a guest appearance from Santa from noon until 2 p.m. Proceeds benefit the efforts to upgrade Gardner Park’s playground.
HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR IN IRASBURG
Irasburg’s tenth annual Holiday Craft Fair at the Irasburg Town Hall will be held on Saturday, December 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Several new vendors with beautiful handcrafted gift items, as well as baked goods, candy, maple products, and more. Lunch available and handicapped accessible.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15
OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS AT DERBY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
On Sunday, December 15, at 2 p.m., everyone invited to the Derby Historical Society Museum on Main Street in Derby (in the white building immediately to the left of North Country Union Junior High School) to experience an old-fashioned Christmas. Play old-time games and make Christmas ornaments the way your ancestors did. Tour the museum, which has the newly unveiled Mary Cofran Collection of hand-drawn portraits on muslin cloth featuring early Derby buildings and landmarks. For more information about the event or the historical society, call Bill Gardyne at (802) 766-5324, Allen Yale at (802) 766-5159, or Scott Wheeler at (802) 334-5920.
SANTA AT GOODRICH LIBRARY IN NEWPORT
Goodrich Memorial Library on Main Street in Newport will hold its Family Christmas Party on Sunday, December 15, at 2 p.m. Music and merriment by Mark Shelton and his merry elves for all ages, hot chocolate, coffee, and cookies. Santa will talk to all the children and give each an early Christmas present. Free for all. The library is handicapped accessible.
BREAKFAST BUFFET AT ORLEANS AMERICAN LEGION POST #23
Orleans American Legion Post #23 will sponsor a Breakfast Buffet on Sunday, December 15, from 8:30 to 10 a.m., at the post home. The public is invited and there is a small fee. The post is located at the end of the East Street extension. For information and directions, call 754-6540 or visit www.orleansvermontpost23.org.
LRUHS SELECT CHORUS TO PRESENT PROGRAM AT ST. MARK’S IN NEWPORT
On Sunday, December 15, at 4 p.m., the Lake Region Union High School Select Chorus will present a program at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church at 44 Second Street in Newport. Admission is free. Ticket reservations are highly recommended. As only limited seating remains.E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with name, phone, and number of tickets.
CONCERT AT HOLLAND COMMUNITY CHURCH
On Sunday, December 15, at 6 p.m., Holland Community Church (formerly known as Holland United Methodist Church) will host a Christmas Concert featuring September Rain. This group is well known in the area for their original and contemporary Christian music. All are welcome. Refreshments will follow the performance.
DANCES OF UNIVERSAL PEACE IN DERBY LINE
Dances of Universal Peace will be held on Sunday, December 15, from 2 to 4 p.m., in the Hall of the First Parish Universalist Church in Derby Line. No experience necessary. All dances will be taught. For more information, call Heather Webster at (802) 895-4341.
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS WORKSHOP IN CRAFTSBURY
The United Church of Craftsbury will hold a Children’s Christmas Workshop on Sunday, December 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. Make, take, decorate, and give a variety of Christmas crafts. Free and open to all young at heart. Refreshments provided. For more information, call 586-8028 or visit www.unitedchurchofcraftsbury.com.
CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE IN IRASBURG
Agape Ministries, Inc., KAT’S Miracle Wings, is having a Christmas Open House at 3214 Creek Road in Irasburg, on Sundays, December 15 and 22, from 4 to 8 p.m., and on Saturday, December 21, from 1 to 8 p.m. Come and enjoy over 200 village houses and 10 Christmas trees, along with hot chocolate and cookies. Call 755-9999 for directions.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 16
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17
NEK COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS CANDLE LIGHTING CEREMONY IN ORLEANS
The annual Northeast Kingdom Compassionate Friends Candle Lighting Ceremony will be Tuesday, December 17, at 6:30 p.m., at Orleans Federated Church on School Street. Join in lighting a candle in the memory of a son or daughter, grandchild, or grandchildren. Children are honored at this difficult time of year and every third Tuesday of the month. Please bring a photo for the display table. Everyone is also encouraged to bring a poem or saying to share. For more information, call Fran 334-1505 or Bev at 754-2085.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18
BARTON LIBRARY BARN RAFFLE DRAWING
A drawing will be held for the handmade miniature barn complete with animals and toy equipment on Wednesday, December 18, at 4 p.m., at Barton Public Library. Raffle tickets available until the time of the drawing. $5 or 3 for $10. The public is invited to the drawing and refreshments will be served. For more information, call the library at 525-6524.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19
CRAFTSBURY ENERGY COMMITTEE PROGRAM
Kathryn Blume, co-founder and executive director of Vermontivate, an award winning sustainability game, will come to Craftsbury on Thursday, December 19, at 7 p.m. Representatives from area towns and schools who are interested in forming teams to participate in the 2014 Vermontivate are encouraged to attend this information meeting. Door prizes and light refreshments. For more information about Vermontivate, visit www.vermontivate.com. For more information, contact Craftsbury Energy Committee Chair Amelia Robinson-Fritz at 586-7533 or email@example.com.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21
BORDER BOARD GAMES IN DERBY LINE
You are invited to play a whole new variety of board games on Saturday, December 21, at 5 p.m., at Derby Line Village Hall. Games like Settlers of Catan and Ticket to Ride are played. Newcomers to all the games are gladly taught. If you are a sci-fi or fantasy fan, you will love the games. For more information, visit http://sites.google.com/site/borderboardgames or contact Bethany at (802) 873-3028 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FELINES & FRIENDS FOUNDATION FUND-RAISER IN NEWPORT
Felines & Friends Foundation fund-raiser will be held at Ginnie Bowman’s home on 423 Miller Way in Newport on Saturday, December 21, from 4 to 7 p.m. Come enjoy the beautiful decorated home and pick up last minute gifts to help the cats. Door prizes, refreshments. Tickets are $10 or $25 for a family, available at the Brown Cow, the Animal Doctor, or just call 334-1015 and tickets will be mailed. If weather is bad, the alternate date is Sunday, December 22, from 4 to 7 p.m.
CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE IN IRASBURG
Agape Ministries, Inc., KAT’S Miracle Wings, is having a Christmas Open House, at 3214 Creek Road in Irasburg, on Saturday, December 21, from 1 to 8 p.m. and on Sunday, December 22, from 4 to 8 p.m. Come and enjoy over 200 village houses and 10 Christmas trees, along with hot chocolate and cookies. Call 755-9999 for directions.
MOVIE NIGHT AT GREEN MOUNTAIN BIBLE CHURCH
On Saturday, December 21, a free Movie Night will be held at Green Mountain Bible Church on Route 105 West in Island Pond. Featuring J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Fellowship of the Ring starting at 6:30 p.m. for ages 13 and up. Organic popcorn and refreshments will be served. For more information call 723-6143.
SOLSTICE SNOWSHOE OVER MOOSE MOUNTAIN WITH NORTHWOODS
On Saturday, December 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., staff from NorthWoods Stewardship Center in East Charleston will lead a snowshoe hike and provide a shuttle for the Moose Mountain Trail from the east to the west, just under four miles. This is a beautiful trail through hardwood forest and rolling, not-too-steep terrain. Bring a picnic lunch, a hot drink, and warm layers. Registration required. Snowshoes available. Cost is $15. For more information and to register, contact NorthWoods at (802) 723-6551, extension 115.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22
SAVE THIS DATE!
On Sunday, December 22, at 2 p.m., U.S. Army War College student Colonel Pierre Gervais will speak to the general public at the Welcome Center, at the corner of Birth and Cross streets, in Island Pond. Colonel Gervais will speak about some of the current issues and national security interests from a DOD perspective. He will also highlight some of his personal experiences as a member of the Armed Forces. This prepared speech to a civilian audience not affiliated with DOD is required for graduation from the U.S. Army War College. It will be followed by a question and answer period.
CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE IN IRASBURG
Agape Ministries, Inc., KAT’S Miracle Wings, is having a Christmas Open House, at 3214 Creek Road in Irasburg, on Sunday, December 22, from 4 to 8 p.m., and on Saturday, December 21, from 1 to 8 p.m. Come and enjoy over 200 village houses and 10 Christmas trees, along with hot chocolate and cookies. Call 755-9999 for directions.
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ADULT LEARNING CENTER FREE SERVICES
Northeast Kingdom Learning Services Community Education Center on 1 Main Street in Newport offers GED preparation and GED testing, High School Completion Plans for teens (16 years and older) and adults, preparation for standardized tests such as the AccuPlacer for CCV or the ParaPro for public school teaching; basic computer skills instruction; academic skills assessment in reading, writing and math; and instructions in most academic disciplines. All adult education services are free of charge to the student. The tutorial program offers tutoring services at an hourly rate for grades K-12. The adult learning center is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; tutorial services K-12 are scheduled by appointment. For more information, call 334-2839.
AA meetings are presently held in Lyndonville, Orleans, West Burke, East Charleston, Barton, Island Pond, Westmore, and East Burke. For more information including times and location, please call AA at (802) 334-1213 or toll free at 1-877-334-1213. Also visit www.aavt.org and click on “District 3” for a comprehensive schedule.
AL-ANON MEETING IN CRAFTSBURY COMMON
Thursdays at 6 p.m., at the United Church in Craftsbury Common. Discussion.
AL-ANON MEETING IN NEWPORT
Tuesdays at 7:30, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church parish house on Second Street in Newport. Step meeting. Open to anyone interested. Discussion.
ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION OF VERMONT
Caregivers support group every fourth Tuesday from 7 to 8 p.m. at North Country Hospital, 2nd floor waiting room (Room 221). For those dealing with family members or friends diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other related dementia. Informal gathering. All welcome. For further information, call (800) 272-3900 or e-mail email@example.com.
AMERICAN LEGION BARTON POST #76 MEETINGS
First Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m., at the Legion Hall in the Barton Memorial Building.
AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY MEETINGS
Second Wednesday of every month at 4 p.m., at the Legion Hall in the Barton Memorial Building. For more information, call Patsy Tompkins at 525-6565.
AMERICAN LEGION NEWPORT POOL TOURNAMENT
The American Legion in Newport is holding an 8 Ball Pool Tournament on Mondays. 6 p.m. practice, 7 p.m. play. Double elimination, BCA rules. 8 players or less, pay two places; 9 players or more, pay three places. For more information, call 334-2374.
BENEFIT BINGO IN MONTGOMERY CENTER
Bingo at St. Isidore’s Parish Hall on Route 242 in Montgomery Center every Friday evening. Doors open at 5 p.m. Quickies at 6:30 p.m., regular and special games at 7 p.m. Paper cards. Progressive jackpot, raffles, lunch, freebies, fun for all.
CODA — CODEPENDENTS ANONYMOUS — 12 STEP MEETING
Meetings at 6 p.m. on second and fourth Fridays of each month at the Church of God, 295 Crawford Road, in Derby.
COMMUNITY MEAL IN NEWPORT
A free Community Meal will be held the third Thursday of every month at noon, at the United Church of Newport on Third Street. All welcome.
CPR & FIRST AID CLASSES OFFERED BY BARTON AMBULANCE SQUAD
Barton Ambulance Squad is still offering CPR and First Aid classes for the public. Classes are taught by certified instructors who make classes fun while giving you knowledge and skills you may need to save a life one day. Four instructors are available so a large class is possible, but not necessary. They also work one-on-one. For prices and more information call 525-3637.
CRAFTSBURY COMMUNITY SUPPERS
Members of the United Church of Craftsbury in Craftsbury Common will offer free evening suppers on the third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. Open to all. Donations appreciated but not required. For more information, call 586-8028.
DERBY SENIOR MEAL AT ELKS CLUB
Derby Senior Meal will be held at the Elks Club on the Newport–Derby Road in Derby every second Thursday of the month at noon. By donation. For more information, call Jenny or Lallie at the Area Agency on Aging at (800) 642-5119.
DIVINE HEALING COMMUNITY GROUP MEETING AT THE ART HOUSE
A Divine Healing Community Group will meet at The Art House on North Craftsbury Road in Craftsbury Common every Tuesday at 7 p.m. Free. To register, call 586-9070. Registration is not required. All experience levels welcome. Come to be healed, come to learn how to heal, or just come to learn what divine healing is.
DO DROP IN MEAL SITE IN NEWPORT CENTER
The Do Drop In Meal Site at the Newport Center Fire Department on Cross Road is open on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Games played before lunch, lunch at noon, bingo played after. For more information or reservations, call 334-6443.
FREE ONE-ON-ONE COMPUTER CLASSES IN JAY
Free one-on-one computer classes will be held by appointment only at Jay Town Hall. Learn or refresh computer skills in Excel, Word, Publishing, social media, digital imaging, website setup, tax preparation, anti-virus & backup, and more. Laptops will be provided or bring your own. Experts will be there to help you update your knowledge and skills. Open to all area residents and businesses. Call GeeGee at 988-4015. Sponsored by Jay Focus Group, part of the e-Vermont grant awarded to the towns of Jay and Westfield.
GRANDPARENTS ’N’ KIN RAISING “GRAND” KIDS
Meets second Wednesday of the month from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at North Country Career Center, 209 Veterans Avenue, Room 380, in Newport. For more information and to notify of your attendance, contact group leader Angela Blais at Head Start/Early Head Start by leaving a message at 525-3362, extension 201. Dinner provided. Childcare provided upon request.
JAM SESSION IN WESTFIELD
A Jam Session will be held at the Westfield Community Center every third Sunday of the month, from 1 to 4 p.m. Anyone with musical or singing talent is invited to attend. $3 donation at the door with proceeds to benefit the Westfield Playground Project. For further information, call John and Sandy Vear at 635-2596.
JAY COMMUNITY RECREATIONAL CENTRE DISCOUNT CARD
$20. Valid January through December 2014 for cardholder only. Great gift for any occasion. Includes ongoing discounts at Jay Village Inn, Jay Country Store, Snow Job Sport & Gift Shop in Jay, Bernie’s Restaurant & 1st Trax in Montgomery Center, and free entry to 2014 Monte Carlo Casino & Texas Hold ’Em April 12, 2014. Buy at www.jayvt.com, Jay Town Hall or participating businesses. For more information, call (802) 343-5687. A Jay Focus Group fund-raiser.
JAY TUESDAY LITE LUNCH & SOCIAL GATHERING
For Jay area residents on Tuesdays (with some exceptions) at Jay Community Center, Jay Town Hall. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. with a light lunch of soup, sandwiches, dessert, and beverage at noon, with time to socialize — play cards, work on a puzzle, or browse through the lending library. Other activities may include health checks and entertainment. Doors close at 4 p.m. Donation of $2 for 60+, $4 for all other ages. Reservations are appreciated: call Kathy at 744-2399 or Peggy at 988-4706, or visit www.jayvt.com.
JAY/WESTFIELD RSVP BONE BUILDER CLASSES
RSVP Bone Builders Balance & Strengthening classes are being offered twice a week through RSVP volunteers: at Jay Community Center on Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., and at Westfield Community Center on Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. These are free exercise classes to prevent or reverse osteoporosis. Weights provided. For more information, contact Teresa at (617) 413-3898 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LINE DANCING IN WESTFIELD
Line dancing will be held at the Westfield Community Center on Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. No partner needed and no level of experience required. $5 per person. For information, call Pat Sanders at 988-4193 or Connie LaPlume at 744-2484.
NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS MEETING IN NEWPORT
Narcotics Anonymous meetings will be held Tuesdays at 7 p.m., at North Country Hospital library in Newport.
NEK MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SUPPORT GROUP
The NEK Multiple Sclerosis Support Group will meet the first Wednesday of the month from 9:30 a.m. to noon, at North Country Hospital in the meeting room next to the library. For more information, call Stella at 766-0103.
NEWPORT AREA COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA REHEARSALS IN DERBY LINE
The Newport Area Community Orchestra meets on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m., at the First Universalist Parish in Derby Line. New members are always welcome. Currently in need of more string players, oboe, bassoon, trumpet and trombone. If interested, contact the orchestra through the website: www.newportareacommunityorchestra.org.
NORTH COUNTRY QUILTERS
Regular monthly meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 3417 Darling Hill Road in Derby. Visit http://ncquilters.wikispaces.com/.
NORTHEAST KINGDOM COMMUNITY ACTION ASSISTANCE
Available to help with forms, photocopies, faxes, phone assistance, fuel/electrical assistance, food shelf and commodities, Farm to Family coupons, holiday meals, seed packets, housing, temporary shelter, housing advocacy, and 3Squares applications.
Newport: 70 Main St., Newport, VT 05855. (802) 334-7316. Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Island Pond: 70 Cross St., Island Pond, VT 05846. (802) 723-6425. Hours: Tuesday 10 a.m. to noon.
St. Johnsbury: 115 Lincoln St., St. Johnsbury, VT 05819. (802) 748-6040. Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS MEETING
Overeaters Anonymous (OA) offers a 12-step program of recovery for the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of compulsive eating. Derby meeting Saturdays from 10 to 11 a.m., at Derby Community National Bank training center on Crawford Road (behind the bank). Step study meeting follows from 11:15 a.m. to noon. For more information, call (802) 673-5621.
PLAYWORLD & NEKCA BARTON EARLY HEAD START PLAYGROUP
130 Kinsey Road, Barton. Fridays 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Central Orleans Family Education Center. For more information, call 525-6253.
RCT ISLAND POND ROUTE
The RCT Island Pond route is a FREE route that operates between Island Pond and Newport. The route runs through Morgan on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, and through Charleston on the first and third Thursdays of each month. Please call 1-877-213-6402 or 1-802-535-3354 for more information.
RCT LOWELL MOUNTAIN SHOPPER ROUTE
The Lowell Mountain Shopper is a FREE route that runs from Westfield Community Center to Lowell, Irasburg, Coventry, and Newport the first and third Thursdays of each month. Please call 1-877-213-6402 or 1-802-535-3354 for more information.
RCT NORTHERN LIGHTS ROUTE
The RCT Northern Lights is a FREE route that runs from North Troy, Newport Center, and Newport the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Please call 1-877-213-6402 or 1-802-535-3354 for more information.
SAVVY SENIORS IN BARTON
The very popular program, Savvy Seniors, which is a Medicare (Senior Medicare Patrol) informational endeavor, incorporating skits to convey important information for seniors, is now taking requests for bookings. Based out of Barton Senior Center (for the Northeast Kingdom), practices are being held each Tuesday from 1 to 3 p.m. If your group is interested in booking this group, or participating in any way, call Brenda Lowther at 525-4400. Sponsored by COVE (Committee of Vermont Elders) and NEVAAA (Area Agency on Aging).
SOUPER LUNCH AT ST. MARK’S IN NEWPORT
Souper Lunch will be held the last Tuesday of each month at noon, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Second Street in Newport. Free. All welcome.
ST. ISIDORE’S PARISH BINGO
St. Isidore’s Parish (Route 242, Montgomery Center) Bingo every Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. Progressive jackpot, lunch, raffle, paper sheets.
TAI CHI IN BARTON
Instructors Patty Beckwith and Brenda Lowther are teaching Tai Chi at the Barton Senior Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m. The Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program, developed by Dr. Paul Lam, uses gentle Sun-style Tai Chi routines that are safe, easy to learn, and suitable for every fitness level. For more information, call 525-4400.
TAI CHI IN GLOVER
Tai Chi with instructor George Mckenzie is held Thursdays starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Glover Town Hall. Sponsored by GREC. For more information, call Darlene at 525-4153 or visit www.grecreation.org.
TOPS MEETING AT BARTON LIBRARY
TOPS VT #82 Barton meets every Monday at Barton Public Library. Weigh-ins, 5 to 5:45 p.m.; meetings, 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. For further information, call 525-3685.
TOPS MEETING AT ISLAND POND PUBLIC LIBRARY
TOPS VT #135 Island Pond meets every Monday at Island Pond Public Library. Weigh-ins, 4:30 to 4:45 p.m.; meeting from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m. For further information, call 723-6039 or 723-4922.
VAN SERVICE FROM WESTMORE TO BARTON
Every first and third Tuesday of each month there will be van service from Westmore to Barton. 10:30 a.m. pickup at the old Town Clerk’s office; 1:30 p.m. return trip to Westmore. Free to residents age 60 or older. For more information, call Mary at 525-4128 or the Area Agency on Aging at 334-2190.
VAN SERVICE TO SENIOR MEALS IN BARTON
Every Thursday there is van service to senior meals in Barton. The pickup schedule is as follows: 11:25 a.m., Mountain View Apartments; 11:30 a.m., Congress Court; 11:35 a.m., Monitor Manor; 11:40 a.m., Hillcrest; 11:45 a.m., Memorial Building; 11:50 a.m., Park Street trailer park. For more information, call Brenda Sargent at 525-4400.
YOGA IN GLOVER
Tuesdays at 10 a.m. at the Glover Town Hall, Sundays at 11 a.m. (next on 12/15). All levels class, drop-ins and beginners welcome. Relieve stress, recover from injuries, develop concentration, balance, and build strength under the guidance of certified hatha yoga instructor Tina Ghantous. $10 per class, no one turned away for lack of funds. Proceeds benefit Glover Recreation. For more information and schedule, visit the Glover Recreation website at www.grecreation.org, call Tina directly at 626-4759, or check out “Moon Rise Yoga” on Facebook.
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ALBANY TOWN LIBRARY
Located on Route 14 in the back of Albany Town Hall on Main Street. Hours: Tuesday, noon–4:30 p.m. and 6–8 p.m.; Thursday, noon–4:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m.–noon. For more information, call 755-6127.
BARTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
100 Church Street, Barton. Hours: Monday and Friday, 1–7 p.m.; Wednesday, 9 a.m.–noon and 1–7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–noon. For more information, call 525-6524. Barn Raffle Drawing: Drawing will be held for the handmade miniature barn complete with animals and toy equipment on Wednesday, December 18, at 4 p.m. Raffle tickets available until the time of the drawing. $5 or 3 for $10. The public is invited to the drawing and refreshments will be served.
COBLEIGH PUBLIC LIBRARY
70 Depot Street, Lyndonville. Hours: Monday, noon–5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, noon–7 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. For further information, call the library at 626-5475.
CRAFTSBURY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Craftsbury Common. 586-9683. email@example.com. www.craftsburypubliclibrary.org. Hours: Tuesday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Wednesday, 9 a.m.–noon; Thursday, 2–6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.–noon; and Sunday, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Tuesday Story Time: 10–11 a.m., birth to 5 years. Wednesdays: Homeschool group, 5-13 years old, 10 a.m.–noon. Fridays 10–11 a.m. Preschool Exploration. 3 to 6 years. Friday Lego Club for children 5 to 12 years old, 3–4 p.m. Dungeons and Dragons: Fridays, 5–8 p.m.
DAILEY MEMORIAL LIBRARY
101 Junior High Drive, Derby Center. Hours: Tuesday and Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. 766-5063. Free Computer Help: every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon and Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m.
GLOVER PUBLIC LIBRARY
51 Bean Hill Road, Glover. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 1–6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.–noon. For more information, call 525-6524 or 525-4365. Story Hour: Fridays at 10 a.m. Cook & A Book Discussion: Call for book and date. Children’s literature discussion group for adults: Call to sign up. For more information, call library coordinator Toni Eubanks at 525-4365.
GOODRICH MEMORIAL LIBRARY
202 Main Street, Newport. 334-7902. www.goodrichlibrary.org/. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Board of Trustees meetings: Meetings quarterly; call for dates. Book discussion groups: Third Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. Preschool story hour: Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Chess Club: First and third Wednesdays of each month at 3:30 p.m. Program for Vermonters with questions about health care: Saturday, December 14, from 11 a.m. to noon. Free assistance. Visit vtlawhelp.org/health for more health care information or call (800) 917-7787 for assistance with a health care issue.
GREENSBORO FREE LIBRARY
53 Wilson Street, Greensboro. 533-2531. Librarian Mary Metcalf. Hours: Sunday, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Closed Monday and Wednesday. Story Hours: Tuesdays 10:30–11:30 a.m., Homeschool Group; Thursdays 10–11 a.m., storytime for ages 0 to 6. Also Book Discussions and Young People’s Programs. Mexican Nativity Scene: This new exhibit is a Mexican-style nativity scene, collected and displayed by Gina Jenkins. Nacimientos, folk art dioramas that celebrate the birth of Jesus and reflect a legacy of indigenous artistic and ritual practices, miniature or life-size, are an important part of Mexican Christmas tradition. These scenes are constructed in mid-December and not taken down until February 2, the Day of Purification. This exhibit will also be on display until February 2.
HASKELL FREE LIBRARY
93 Caswell Avenue, Derby Line. Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m.–6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Toddler Time: Thursdays at 9:45 a.m. Book Club Just for Fun. Board of Trustees meets the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call Nancy at 873-3022, visit www.haskellopera.org, or find them on Facebook.
HITCHCOCK MEMORIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM
Route 100, Westfield. 744-8258. Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 1– 5 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m.–noon.
ISLAND POND PUBLIC LIBRARY
Main Street. Hours: Tuesday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; Wednesday, 2–6 p.m., Thursday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Story Time every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. For further information, call 723-6134 or look on Facebook.
JEUDEVINE MEMORIAL LIBRARY
93 North Main Street; P.O. Box 536, Hardwick. (802) 472-5948. www.jeudevinememoriallibrary.org/. Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 1–7 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 1–5 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.; closed Sunday.
JOHN WOODRUFF SIMPSON MEMORIAL LIBRARY
1972 East Craftsbury Road, East Craftsbury. (802) 586-9692. Hours: Sunday, noon–1 p.m.; Wednesday and Saturday, 9 a.m.–noon and 2–5 p.m.
JONES MEMORIAL LIBRARY
1 Water Street, Orleans. (802) 754-6660. Hours: Monday, 10 a.m.– 8 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Closed Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Handicapped accessible. Story Time: Mondays at 10:30 a.m. Board Meetings: 3:30 p.m. on the second Monday of every month. Computer tutorials: available by appointment.
LEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY
Irasburg. 754-2526. Hours: Monday, 3–8 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 3–6 p.m.; and Saturday 10 a.m.–4 p.m. The 7th annual Holiday Gingerbread Open House to benefit the Leach library will be held Saturday, December 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities include raffles, bake sale, cookie decorating, live music, and free refreshments.
RAND MEMORIAL LIBRARY
160 Railroad Street, North Troy. www.randmemoriallibrary.org. Hours: Monday 2–6 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 2:30–6:30 p.m., Thursday, 9 a.m.–noon; Friday, 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Preschool Story Time: Every Friday at 10 a.m. Adult book discussion: Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact the library at 988-4741.
ST. JOHNSBURY ATHENAEUM
1171 Main Street, St. Johnsbury. 748-8291. www.stjathenaeum.org. Story Time (Acorn Club): Fridays at 10:30 a.m., ages 0 to 6, children’s Library. First Wednesday Series. Scrabble Club: First Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Readings in the Gallery.
ART GALLERIES, HISTORICAL SOCIETIES & MUSEUMS
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ADRIEN “YELLOW” ART STUDIO
Lower level of Newport Natural, 194 Main Street, Newport. Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. For commission of artwork paintings, call (802) 272-8179 for appointment.
A unique St. Johnsbury Gallery. 443 Railroad Street, St. Johnsbury. (802) 424-1414. www.theartfuleye.com. Open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Open Sunday by chance. Come explore 4,500 sq. ft. of locally crafted fine art and artisan craft.
BARTON (PIERCE HOUSE) MUSEUM
Water Street, Barton. The Crystal Lake Falls Historic District (also known as the Brick Kingdom) is closed for the season. It was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on August 7, 1994.
BREAD & PUPPET MUSEUM
The Bread and Puppet Farm is located on Route 122 (off Rte. 16 and I-91, Exits 24 or 25) in Glover. www.breadandpuppet.org. Hours: Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013. One of the largest collections of some of the biggest puppets in the world. Donations appreciated. Woodshed Gallery: For more information about the gallery and Bread and Puppet, call curator Sam Wilson at (802) 525-3031.
BROWN LIBRARY GALLERY
At Sterling College, Craftsbury Common. 586-7711, extension 129. Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
CATAMOUNT ARTS CENTER
115 Eastern Avenue, St. Johnsbury. Masonic Temple building. 748-2600. Open Monday through Friday, 1–6 p.m. and before and after each movie screening. Gallery is always open to the public free of charge.
CLAIRE’S RESTAURANT EXHIBITION
41 South Main Street, Hardwick. 472-7053. The Second Tuesday Art Group meets on the second Tuesday of each month to view new work and participate in discussions. Exhibiting the photographs of Kent Shaw, featuring scenes of Morrisville, Elmore, and Hardwick. All welcome. Showing until January 20.
CRAFTSBURY COMMUNITY CARE CENTER GALLERY
1784 East Craftsbury Road, East Craftsbury. (802) 586-2414. www.craftsburycommunitycarecenter.org/.
CRAFTSBURY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Babcock House Museum, Craftsbury Common. Open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m.– noon.
FAIRBANKS MUSEUM GALLERY
1302 Main Street, St. Johnsbury. 748-2372. www.fairbanksmuseum.org. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sunday, 1–5 p.m.; and Monday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
GLOVER HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM
Bean Hill Road in Glover, second floor in Municipal Building. Open by appointment only. Call Joan at 525-6212 or Randy or Betsy at 525-4051.
Old Firehouse, 13 Mill Street, Hardwick. P.O. Box 960, Hardwick, VT 05843. 472-6857. www.graceart.org. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Community Workshops are held weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and are open to all community members. Exhibition by five women artists from the GRACE collection: Gayleen Aiken, Berta Diller, Huddee Herrick, Dot Kibbee, and Phyllis Putvain. 27 pieces are included exploring a variety of media. The public is invited. The exhibition will continue through January 14. Annual Holiday Open House and Art Sale on Saturday, December 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hot and cold beverages, holiday cookies, and fabulous art sales.
GREENSBORO HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Hill Family Legacy & Photo Exhibit: Faces of Our Town. Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m.– 1 p.m. and Saturday from 10–noon.
MAC CENTER FOR THE ARTS
158 Main Street, Newport. (802) 334-1966. Over 40 Vermont visual artists and handcrafters offer their work for sale in the 2,000+ square foot gallery. MAC Center for the Arts also offers special events, musical performances, and classes for adults and children. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended holiday hours the week before Christmas. QNEK “Christmas Carol,” December 13, 7:30 p.m. benefits MAC Center. For more information, visit website at www.memphremagogartscollaborative.com.
MEMPHREMAGOG HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF NEWPORT
Second floor of Emory Hebard State Office Building, Main Street, Newport. Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Recapturing a Vanishing Past: Exhibit of changes on Main Street and along the waterfront that include before and after photos of the demolition of buildings that once stood where the state office building stands today, to the last day on December 17, 1996, when the Gilman Block (built 1863) came down.
Museum exhibit on Abenaki Culture Time Line of the Native American presence and history along with an exhibit depicting the village of Newport and surrounding towns on Lake Memphremagog in the corridors of the state office building.
MORGAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Corner of Route 111 and Toad Pond Road. (802) 723-5907. Closed until July 2014.
NATIVE AMERICAN MUSEUM (NATIVE CULTURAL SOCIETY, INC.)
56 Church Street in Newport Center. (802) 334-6770. Open from 11 a.m.–6:30 p.m., closed Mondays. No admission fee.
NEWPORT NATURAL FOODS GALLERY
194 Main Street, Newport. (802) 334-2626. Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m.–6 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
NORTHEAST KINGDOM ARTISANS GUILD (BACKROOM GALLERY)
430 Railroad Street, St. Johnsbury. 748-0158. www.nekartisansguild.com. Open daily, 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
OLD STONE HOUSE MUSEUM (ORLEANS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY)
109 Old Stone House Road, Brownington. 754-2022. firstname.lastname@example.org. www.oldstonehousemuseum.org. Museum CLOSED for guided tours until May 15. Alexander Twilight Visitors’ Center and gift shop open year-round, Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
PARKER PIE GALLERY
Parker Pie Co., West Glover Village. 525-3366. Exhibit by Elinor Osborn: Winter: photographs. Showing till December 16.
P.J. HAMMOND ART GALLERY
3802 Lake Road, Newport Center. First exhibition in Iceland and then in many other places. Five trips to Alaska and all places in between, three to Newfoundland, also Egypt and Virgin Islands. Acrylics, watercolors, mixed mediums. Realistic to inspirational. Book: Traveling with Wildflowers from Newfoundland to Alaska. Please call 334-2685 to be sure not to miss the artist.
ROWE DESIGNS CUSTOM PICTURE FRAMING & GALLERY
287 East Main Street, Newport. Open Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.–noon. Featuring wood carvings by Al Diem, scenic and nature photography by Robert Lyons and Gustav Verderber, Bella Doni Pottery, Edgewater Jewelry, original art by John Rowe, Elry Maze, Deb Cowan, Pat Lipinsky.
ST. JOHNSBURY ATHENAEUM GALLERY
1171 Main Street, St. Johnsbury. (802) 748-8291. www.stjathenaeum.org. Open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. The Art Gallery at the Athenaeum contains one of America’s unique collections of 19th century American paintings. Admission fees: $8 for adults; free for age 12 and under, St. Johnsbury residents, and nonresident patrons. Second floor gallery features exhibits by local artists.
THE 99 GALLERY AND CENTER
Located in the Carriage House on 316 Main Street (across from the Family Dollar) in Newport. Exhibition of Surreal open through January 31, 2014.
THE ART HOUSE GALLERY & SCHOOL
1376 North Craftsbury Road, Craftsbury Common, VT 05827. (802) 586-2200. email@example.com. www.commonplacevt.org or www.vermontarthouse.com. Visit website for current hours.
THE MUSEUM OF EVERYDAY LIFE
3482 Dry Pond Rd. (Route 16) in Glover (short distance south of Shadow Lake Road). Claire Dolan: (802) 626-4409. www.museumofeverydaylife.org.
WHITE WATER GALLERY
East Hardwick Village on the corner of Main St. and 5 River St. by the bridge. Open Sundays from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. or by appointment. 563-2037. http://whitewatergallery.blogspot.com.
WOODEN HORSE ARTS GUILD (WHAG)
P.O. Box 502, North Troy 05859. Wooden Horse Arts Guild is a 501c3 charitable organization composed of artists, crafters, writers, photographers, and musicians who live and work throughout Vermont and beyond. They support and encourage artistic excellence in the literary, visual, and performing arts. Their virtual gallery gives members an individual web page on www.woodenhorsearts.com. To read the news of members and arts around the area, visit http://blog.woodenhorsearts.com and Like them on Facebook. We will draw the 50-50 Cash Scholarship raffle that was started in August. Tickets for the raffle are available at the sale until 3 p.m.
REGISTRATION REQUESTED & TIME LIMITED ONGOING EVENTS
CHRISTMAS PAGEANT AT EAST CRAFTSBURY CHURCH
An all-ages cast recruited from throughout the community, a world-renowned organist, and a real shepherd will all be featured in East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church’s traditional Christmas pageant on Monday, December 23, at 6 p.m. Casting is still in progress and anyone in the community of any age who wants to participate should call Carole Young at 525-3149. No lines to learn. Wearing a costume and following directions are the only requirements. Rehearsals will be Friday, December 20, at 5 p.m. and Sunday, December 22, following the conclusion of the church service around noon.
JAY FOCUS GROUP COMMUNITY SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP
The Jay Focus Group, a 501©(c)3 nonprofit announces the Jay Focus Group Community Service Scholarship open to an Orleans County high school senior to assist with continued educational costs. One $500 scholarship will be offered per calendar year and requires previous community service involvement. Applicants must attach one reference regarding community involvement/service (not a family member) along with application, and confirmation of acceptance to a continued education school. Application deadline May 1, 2014. Winner announced May 31, 2014. Application available online at www.jayvt.com or at Jay Town Hall (Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.). For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Kathy at (802) 988-1115.
MEMORY TREE AT HOLLAND COMMUNITY CHURCH
Holland Community Church will have a Memory Tree again this year on the church lawn to benefit the Building Fund. A donation of $5 will pay for lighting a bulb in memory of a loved one or a friend. A reading of the donors’ names will take place during the candlelight service on December 24, at 7 p.m. Cards will be available at Holland Town Hall, at the church, and at the home of Anna Whitelaw at 242 Holland Pond Road, Derby Line, VT 05830, or by calling 895-5319.
TREE LIGHTING BY NCH AUXILIARY
North Country Hospital’s Auxiliary is providing an opportunity to donate a light in honor or memory of a loved one for its 1st annual tree lighting. Additional lights are being lit daily as donors contribute. See Window Box Gift Shop for details.
CNB TREE OF LIGHTS FUND-RAISER
The Tree of Lights will again adorn the front of Community National Bank at the Derby Branch Office, each light representing a loved one remembered. This is an annual benefit for the programs of Orleans Essex VNA & Hospice, Inc. Donations of $5 are accepted at CNB branches in Newport, Derby, Derby Line, Troy, Island Pond, and Barton, as well as at OEVNA & Hospice. The tree will be lit on December 13 and remain illuminated until January 3, 2014. For more information, call 334-5213.
VERMONT HEALTH CONNECT AT NCH
Talk one-on-one with a Navigator and Certified Enrollment Specialist, who will provide answers to your questions as you enroll for 2014 healthcare coverage. Every Thursday through March 20, 2014, 3 and 6 p.m. sessions will be offered in North Country Hospital’s Primary Care Building at 186 Prouty Drive (behind North Country Hospital). Employers should call NCH’s Navigator, Victoria Lantagne, at (802) 334-3210, extension 7608, for an onsite appointment at your business. Sponsored by NCH. For more information, visit the health connect website at https://portal.healthconnect.vermont.gov.
VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION & TRAINING SESSIONS AT REINING HOPE IN MORGAN
Reining Hope, a boarding and therapeutic riding stable, will hold a Volunteer Orientation and Training Session on Saturday, January 11, 2014, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. These events are free to individuals who are interested in volunteering at Reining Hope stables located at 574 Sunset Drive in Morgan. No horse experience is necessary — you will be trained. To register for one of these volunteer training sessions, contact Kristin Mason at (802) 895-9166 or email@example.com.
REGISTRATION OPEN FOR 2014 NEWPORT PENGUIN PLUNGE
Registration is open for the 2014 Newport Penguin Plunge to take place on Sunday, February 16, in Lake Memphremagog. Plungers will gather at the Gateway Center and Plunging begins at 1 p.m. All plungers (ages 7 to 70) will receive an lbex winter hat and a Penguin Plunge towel as they exit the water. To benefit Special Olympics Vermont. To register, visit www.penguinplunge.org. More information about the event and a paper registration form are also available on this site.
BOTTLE DRIVE TO BENEFIT GLOVER 8th GRADE TRIP TO NYC
A school year-long Bottle Drive is being held to benefit the Glover eighth-grade spring trip to NYC. Please drop off your returnables from now until May at Currier’s Market and label them “Glover 8th Grade.” For more information, contact Cleo at Cleopatra@glovervillage.com.
AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHERS WANTED FOR PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB
If you are interested in joining a monthly amateur photography club, call Casey at (802) 873-5062. The idea is to share photography with slide shows, to name a theme for the month, and just enjoy the wonderful opportunities for a field trip around the Northeast Kingdom and beyond.
BARTON SENIOR CENTER SPONSORING WEEKLONG TRIP
The Barton Senior Center will sponsor a seven day, six night trip on June 8 to 14, 2014, to Mackinac Island, Michigan. Ten meals are included and admission to Soo Locks, Sault Sainte Marie, Mackinaw Crossings, Colonial Michilimackinac, and gaming at Kewadin Sault Casino. Lodging is included for four nights on the island, which is reached by ferry and only mode of transportation is horse and carriage. Price for this adventure is $609 — $75 is due on signing and the remainder by April 2, 2014. For more information, call Brenda Lowther at 525-4400.