Here is a list of Community & Non-Profit Events coming soon in our area:
Thursday, December 12th
The Arbors at Shelburne, 687 Harbor Road is hosting its annual Holiday Wreath Stroll and Silent Auction from 6 pm to 8 pm to benefit Age Well’s Meal-on-Wheels and Dementia Grant. Enjoy holiday music and some homemade seasonal treats while you check out and bid on wreaths. Admission is free and it is open to the public.
A Women Veterans Rejuvenation and Relaxation Open House is taking place at the VA Burlington Lakeside Clinic from 5 pm to 7 pm. It is free to all women Vets.
Friday, December 13th
The Colchester Community Chorus Holiday concert is happening at 7:30 pm at Colchester High School. All are welcome. It is free, but donations are appreciated.
Carolyn’s Highgate Methodist Community Center, 3327 Route 78, is having a Ham Dinner from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Eat-in or take out. For reservations, call 868-4922
Friday and Saturday, December 13th & 14th
Mountain View Center, 9 Haywood Avenue in Rutland is hosting a Holiday Shop and Tour from 10 am to 3 pm both days. All proceeds from the bake sale and raffles benefit the residents.
Saturday, December 14th
The Binghamville United Methodist Church in Fletcher is having a meat pie supper by reservation only with seatings at 5 pm and 6 pm. Pies may be ordered separately. Call 849-2120
The Ethan Allen Homestead Museum on Burlington’s Intervale off of the BeltLine invites the public to celebrate Christmas with treats, dancing, music and a lantern-lit tour from 5 pm to 7 pm. Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated.
The annual Cadyville Community Tree Lighting takes place at the fire station starting at 5 pm with refreshments, hayrides, and caroling. Bring a dessert to share.
All Saint’s Parish in Richford is hosting Bingo. Doors open at 11:30 am and the games start at 1 pm. Lunch will be available.
Sunday, December 15th
VFW Post 6689 on Pearl Street in Essex Junction is having a breakfast from 9 am to 11 am. The public is invited.
Master organist Stephan Conrady performs music from the 16th to the 20th Century on the 100-year-old pipe organ at the Winooski United Methodist Church on West Allen Street from 2 pm to 3pm. There is no charge for the concert, but there will be a free-will offering.
A visit with Santa hosted by the Town of Dannemora and Friends takes place at the Lyon Mountain American Legion Post #1623. Doors open at 3:15 pm and Santa arrives at 4 pm.
Through December 15th
Vermont State Game Wardens and the Vermont Marine Corps League are partnering to collect toys, gift cards and donations for Toys for Tots at Agency of Natural Resources locations around the state including the Essex Junction office, 111 West Street.
Through December 18th
The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood or platelets this holiday season. Receive a $5 Amazon.com gift card via email courtesy of Suburban Propane. Find a blood drive near you or go to the Burlington Donor Center. Go to www.redcrossblood.org
The annual Operation Fire Cuffs to collect new toys and monetary donations to benefit the kids at The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital runs through December 18th with delivery by Santa and his elves on December 19th. Details of this collaboration of law enforcement, firefighters, rescue, the Red Cross and businesses in Chittenden, Franklin, Lamoille, and Grand Isle Counties can be found on Facebook.
Thursday, December 19th
The North Country Chamber of Commerce is having its Holiday Business After Hours at Livingood’s Restaurant & Brewery, 697 Bear Swamp Road in Peru from 5:30 pm to 7 pm. RSVP at www.northcountrychamber.com or call 518-563-1000
The Auxiliary of the American Legion Post 91 at Route 7 and Main Street in Colchester is hosting a chicken and broccoli Fettuccine dinner from 5:30 pm to 7 pm.
Friday, December 20th
VFW Post 6689 on Pearl Street in Essex Junction is hosting a Wing Night from 5:30 pm to 7 pm. The public is invited.
Saturday, December 21st
USA Dance and Vermont Swings invite all to a combined ballroom and swing dance with Joe’s Big Band at the Elley-Long Music Center at Fort Ethan Allen in Colchester with two free lessons from 7 pm to 8:30 pm and open dance from 8:30 pm to 11 pm.
“Stories for a Winter’s Eve” featuring stories and music by Patti Casey, Pete Sutherland, Mark Nash, and Kathryn Blume takes place at The Old Meeting House, 1620 Center Road in East Montpelier Center with shows at 3 pm and 7 pm. For tickets, go to www.oldmeetinghouse.org
Through Tuesday, December 24th
When shopping at the University Mall, head to the Gift Wrap Booth in the Food Court to have volunteers do the wrapping with donations to benefit the homeless at ANEW Place in Burlington. To volunteer, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 729-0133
Wednesday, December 25th
Dinner is being held on Christmas Day from noon to 3 pm at the Elks Lodge, 925 North Avenue in Burlington. The event is free and open to the public and all ages are welcome. For transportation, to the dinner or to reserve a free hot meal delivered to a person 50 years of age or older, call 865-0360 or 864-7528. Learn more at www.handsvt.org