Community Calender

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Charlotte Events (or featuring a Charlotter)

THURSDAY, December 3

Community Event: American Red Cross Blood Drive.  2–7 p.m. Charlotte Senior Center. Info: (800) RED CROSS (800-733-2767) or redcrossblood.org.

Film: The Merchants of Doubt. Presented by Transition Town Charlotte. The 90-minute documentary, with discussion following, exposes a concerted strategy to create doubt about the facts of climate change through the use of pundits-for-hire that present themselves as scientific authorities. Based on the book by Naomi Oreskes. Refreshments will be served. 7 p.m. Charlotte Congregational Church. Info: ruahswennerfelt@gmail.com.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4

Music: Francesca Blanchard at the Hotel Vermont. 9 p.m. 41 Cherry Street, Burlington. Info: hotelvt.com

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6

Community Event: Quinlan Holiday Open Schoolhouse. Visit the Schoolhouse on the Town Green and enjoy community camaraderie and holiday goodies. 1–3 p.m.

Open House: Charlotte Memorial Museum. Celebrate the holiday season at the Charlotte Historical Society annual party at the Memorial Museum on Church Hill Road. 1–4 p.m.

Concert: Annual Messiah Sing. 4 p.m. Charlotte Congregational Church. Featuring musicians from the Vermont Symphony, the Burlington Chamber Orchestra and four professional vocalists, accompanied by a chorus of audience and choir members. $12 adult, $40 for a group of 4. Info: charlotteucc.org.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11

Music: Francesca Blanchard at the Hotel Vermont. 9 p.m. 41 Cherry Street, Burlington. Info: hotelvt.com

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13

Concert: Birds, Beethoven and Wandering. In this time of preparing for winter and the upcoming holidays, reflect, hear colors, the excitement of nature, and bird calls. Featuring Pianist Annemieke McLane (Spoelstra). Music by Schubert (Wanderer Phantasy), Beethoven (Tempest Sonata), and Debussy, Hovhaness, Rameau, Daquin, Couperin. Donations at the door. 4 p.m. Charlotte Congregational Church. Info: annemiekemclane.com

TUESDAY, December 15

Meeting: First of two Charlotte Selectboard public hearings to consider proposed Town Plan and Land Use Regulation Amendments. The full text of the amendments are available for review at the Charlotte Town Office and at charlottevt.org. 7 p.m. Charlotte Town Hall. Second hearing on Thursday, Jan. 7. See story on page 1.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16

Film: Architecture + Design Film Series: Matisse: From Tate Modern and MOMA, Seventh Art Productions. Doors open/reception begins at 6 p.m., film begins at 6:30. Contois Auditorium, City Hall, Burlington. Charlotte sponsors include Vermont Eco-Floors and Artisan Engineering. Info: adfilmseries.org.

Concert: CVU Madrigal Singers. Charlotte Senior Center. 1 p.m.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18

Sing-a-long: Carols of Many Lands. Sing favorite carols in our candle-lit sanctuary and learn some new ones too, including a fun Christmas carol from Spain sung with instruments like gourds and tambourines. 6–7:30 p.m. Charlotte Congregational Church.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20

Play: Christmas Pageant. Charlotte Congregational Church, 10 a.m.

Around the Area

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3

Meeting/Theater: Lyric Theater Kick-Off/Informational Meeting. Lyric Theatre Company, 7 Green Tree Dr., South Burlington. 7 p.m. Info: lyrictheatrevt.org

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4

Festival: Vermont International Festival. 23rd annual celebration of the cultures that make up our community. Featuring crafts from all over the world, ethnic and gourmet foods, and traditional international music, dance and stories. $7/adult, $5/ages 6-12 and seniors, $20/family, under 6 free. Admission is good for the whole weekend. 9 a.m.–8 p.m. Champlain Valley Expo. Info: vermontinternationalfestival.com.

Holiday Fair: Lake Champlain Waldorf School. European-style fair and magical family event, starting with an Artisan Market for adults and older teens. 6:30– 9 p.m. 359 Turtle Lane, Shelburne.

Opening Reception. Vermont Folklife Center’s 17th annual Gingerbread House competition and exhibit. 4–6 p.m. 88 Main Street in Middlebury. Exhibit continues through Dec. 22. Info: vermontfolklifecenter.org.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5

Holiday Fair: Lake Champlain Waldorf School. The artisan market continues all day, and visitors can enjoy African drumming, holiday singing, children’s games, craft making, and homemade, healthy, bistro food. Admission is free, and activities cost $1 to $4. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 359 Turtle Lane, Shelburne.

Concert: Bella Voce presents “A Feast of Carols.” Endearing arrangements of beloved carols old and new – from England, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Russia and the U.S. With guest guitarist John Mantegna and the Essex Children’s Choir. First Baptist Church, 81 St. Paul Street, Burlington. $18 general admission/$15 seniors and students. 8 pm Saturday, 3 pm Sunday. Info: Flynntix: 802-86-FLYNN or flynntix.org.

Community Event: Vergennes Holiday Stroll. A full day of fun with something for everyone, starting with breakfast with Santa to the evening’s lighting of the trees on the city green. Santa’s Land will be set up in the Vergennes Opera House from noon until 3 with crafts stations, pictures with Santa and an ugly holiday sweater contest!

Community Event: Deck the Halls at Shelburne Museum. Festive Activities: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $10; $5 for ages 5–17; kids under 5 & members are free. Most activities take place at the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education and the Round Barn. Info: shelburnemuseum.org.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6

Meeting: The Ferrisburgh Historical Society meeting at Rokeby Museum at 2 p.m. Jane Williamson will give a presentation on Rokeby Museum’s 2015 exhibit—The Farm: Drawings of Rowland Evans Robinson, 1850–1880. Free. Info: call Gail at 425-4505.

Community Event: Wine Audition and Cheddar Challenge. Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater has decided to let the people decide what wines they sell. Guests will also be challenged to select the best Vermont cheddar, with local cheese-makers providing a selection of delicious cheddars to taste. Proceeds to benefit Town Hall Theater and its many endeavors. 5:30-7:30 p.m. $20 for members, $25 non-members and $25 at the door. Info: 802-382-9222 or townhalltheater.org.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8

Concert: The UVM Select choir presents a concert of seasonal works. 12:15 p.m. Free. Bring a bag lunch, coffee and tea are provided. St. Paul’s Cathedral, 2 Cherry Street, Burlington.
Concert: Vermont Youth Orchestra. The VYO Chorus and Concert Chorale explore the theme “We are such things as dreams are made on,” with works by Handel, Barber, Vaughan Williams and more. Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael’s College $12/adults, $7/students.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 9.

Lecture: “The Enigma of Adolescence.”  Dave Melnick, Director of Outpatient Services at Northeastern Family Institute Vermont, speaking about how professionals and parents alike can understand the teenage brain in order to effectively communicate with the adolescents in their lives. 6:30 p.m. Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Film House, 60 Lake Street, Burlington. Free. Info at rockpointschool.org/the-enigma-of-adolescence-decoding-our-21st-century-youth.

FRIDAY, DEC. 11.

Contra Dance. Queen City Contras 8 p.m. Shelburne Town Hall. Music will be provided by Atlantic Crossing. Lausanne Allen will be the caller. Aall dances taught, no partner or experience necessary. Beginner session at 7:45. $9 adults. Under 12 free. Please bring clean, soft-soled shoes for dancing. Info: 802-371-9492, 802-343-7166 and queencitycontras.org.

SUNDAY, DEC. 13

Community Event: Breakfast is back!! Come join us for a delicious breakfast. Bring your returnable bottles as this is a Youth Ministry fundraiser to offset the cost of providing meals to seniors in the area. St. Peter’s Parish, 85 South Maple St., Vergennes. 8–10 a.m. Adults – $8.50; seniors over 60 – $7.50 and kids 6-12 yrs. $6, children under 6 years old are free, and immediate families of five or more $28.00.  Info: 877-2367.

Concert: Community Christmas Concert. St. Jude Church in Hinesburg. 4:30 p.m. The performance will include We Need A Little Christmas, Mozart’s Fa- La- La, Ose Shalom, O Holy Night, with guest soloist Gary Moreau, selected movements from Handel’s Messiah, and other seasonal arrangements. The South County Chorus and HAS Orchestra will also perform a musicological journey through the “Twelve Days of Christmas.” Free, donations gratefully accepted. Also, please bring a non-perishable food item for the Hinesburg Food Shelf.

Concert: Vermont Youth Orchestra. “OrchestraChorusPalooza.” This annual tradition features VYOA’s three orchestras and two choruses. 4 p.m., Flynn Center for the Performing Arts$12/adults; $7/students. Info: vyo.org.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18

Holiday Fair: Holiday Artist Market. 4 – 8 p.m. Buy local, support local artists. Contois Auditorium, City Hall, 149 Church Street, Burlington. Info: burlingtoncityarts.org/Event/holiday-artist-market.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19

Holiday Fair: Holiday Artist Market. 4 – 8 p.m. Buy local, support local artists. Contois Auditorium, City Hall, 149 Church Street, Burlington. Info: burlingtoncityarts.org/Event/holiday-artist-market.

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