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COMMUNITY

BURLINGTON

Women’s Festival of Crafts Nov. 25: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 26: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 28th annual. Over 50 booths. Hinesburg artists Kathy Dowd-Hill, K.D. Hill Knitwear; Lori Yarrow, Lori Yarrow Designs. Free. Burlington City Hall, 149 Church St. womensfestivalofcrafts.com.

South End Holiday Shop Dec. 1: 5 to 8 p.m. South End Arts and Business Association. 40 creative businesses and art studios. seaba.com/holiday-shop. To participate, contact Adam Brooks, 859-9222, seaba.com.

CHARLOTTE

Tai Chi Monday and Wednesday through Dec. 6: 11:15 a.m. to noon. Mixed level for beginners; evidence-based Tai Chi for arthritis program. Charlotte Congregational Church, St. Jude’s Apostle Parish Hall, 403 Church Hill Road. $5 donation. Register: Mary West,  igolflikeagirl@gmail.com; 922-0498 (leave message).

SHELBURNE

Chittenden County Chess Club Every Thursday at 7 p.m. Registration 7-7:15 p.m.; Games begin at 7:30 p.m. Great competitive fun. Information: Dave at 324-1143 or email carterd253@hotmail.com. Lake Champlain Waldorf High School, 122 Bostwick Road.

Tai Chi Mondays and Wednesdays. Beginning Sun Style Tai Chi 9-10 a.m.; Sun 73 (advanced) Tai Chi, 10:15-11:15 a.m. Classes are relaxed, non-competitive, focused on well-being and fall prevention. Slow gentle movements emphasize balance and flow. Information: Chris Curtis 734-6903 or curwit@gmail.com. Shelburne Town Hall.

Holiday Fair Dec. 1: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Lake Champlain Waldorf School Artisan Market, 60 vendors, food, No-Fret Quartet. Adults and older teens. Dec. 2: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Family Fair and Market. Crafts, card making, musical cake game, seasonal play by teachers, more. 2:15 p.m. Artisan raffle drawing. 2:30 to 3 p.m. African drumming. Free. 359 Turtle Lane. lakechamplainwaldorfschool.org.

VERGENNES

Winter Holiday Fair Dec. 2: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Vergennes Elementary School 17th annual. 60-plus vendors. Items from bake sale to woodworking. Entry fee: non-perishable food item for local food shelf and/or animal shelter. Benefits VUES After School Fusion Program. At the school, 43 East St. 877-3761, vueswhf@gmail.com.

WINOOSKI

2017 Winooski Train Show Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sponsored by the Champlain Valley Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society to benefit the Winooski Dollars for Scholars fund. Featuring: Model and toy trains, accessories, and parts for sale; books, videos, and railroad memorabilia for sale; operating layouts and displays. Expert advice and free appraisals of your train items. Admission: Adults $5; children ages 6-12 $1; under 6 free; families $10. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Winooski Education Center, 80 Normand St. Information at sites.google.com/view/winooskitrainshow.

DANCE

BURLINGTON

Flynn Center for the Performing Arts “The Nutcracker” Nov. 25: 3 and 7 p.m. Nov. 26: 1 p.m. Albany Berkshire Ballet with local dancers performing; stowedance@aol.com, nutcrackervermont17@gmail.com. MainStage. 153 Main St. 86-FLYNN, flynntix.org.

MIDDLEBURY

Middlebury African Music and Dance Ensemble Nov. 29 at 8 p.m. Student ensemble demonstrates the study of African music. Damascus Kafumbe, director. A Middlebury College Music Department event. Free. Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall. middlebury.edu/arts or 443-3168

EXHIBITS

Silkscreen by Josh Espy ’17. Courtesy of Middlebury College
Nov. 28 until Dec. 5. Student exhibition addresses technical and conceptual challenges, presents a wide array of imagery. The silkscreen process is refined through composition, drawing, computer manipulation. A Studio Art event. Free. Johnson Memorial Building at Middlebury College. middlebury.edu/arts or 802-443-3168.

SHELBURNE

Furchgotte-Sourdiffe Gallery Through Nov. 25. Origins: Recent Paintings by Adelaide Murphy Tyrol. Work of Plainfield, Vt. and New York City artist. 86 Falls Road. fsgallery.com.

Luxton-Jones Gallery Through Dec. 30. Impression of Lake Champlain & Beyond. New paintings by Carolyn Walton, Athenia Schinto, Helen Nagel, Gail Bessette and Betty Ball, and introducing the works of Ken Russack to the gallery. Jewelry by Tineke Russell. 5955 Shelburne Road, across from Shelburne Museum. luxtonjonesgallery.com

FILM

BURLINGTON

Extreme Weather 3D ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center Through Feb. 9; daily 11 a.m., 1 and 3:30 p.m. Weather is intensifying in varied and complex ways. Extreme Weather goes to the front lines. $3-5 plus regular admission, $13.50-16.50; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. echovermont.org

MIDDLEBURY

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Town Hall Theater Bow Wow Film Festival Nov. 25: 2 and 5 p.m. Films about dogs that celebrate, educate, and inspire. Proceeds shared between theater and Homward Bound animal shelter. $10 adults, $5 age 12 and under, plus $1 preservation fee per ticket. 68 South Pleasant St. homewardboundanimals.org. townhalltheater.org.

“Line of Descent” Nov. 29 and 30. Doors at 6 p.m.; 7 p.m. house opens; 7:30 p.m. start of Warren Miller’s ski film, “Line of Descent.” $18, plus $2 preservation fee. 68 South Pleasant St. townhalltheater.org

Woodwinds in the house

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The Imani Winds Dec. 1 8 p.m. Grammy-nominated woodwind quintet will perform “Classically Improvised” featuring arrangements of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, a Piazzola tango, classical woodwind quintet repertoire, and more. Part of the Nelson Chamber Music Series. Mahaney Center for the Arts’ Robison Hall. Tickets: $28 for adults; $22 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, emeriti, and alumni; $10 for youth 18 and under. 802-443-MIDD (6433) or middlebury.edu/arts/tickets.

KIDS

BURLINGTON

ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center Innovation Playground Exhibit Through Jan. 15. Celebrates lifelong play and its role in sparking technological, social, and artistic innovation in our community. Build with giant blue blocks, explore virtual galaxies in a cardboard spaceship, and bring inventions to life in a fully-equipped maker space. Up Close with Sled Dogs Nov. 25 at 11 a.m., 12:30 and 2 p.m. Siberians Sled Dogs visit ECHO. Meet a team of working huskies on the terrace. Free with ECHO admission or membership. 1 College St. echovermont.org.

MUSEUMS

SHELBURNE

Shelburne Museum Webby’s Art Studio Every Saturday from Thanksgiving through year’s end and daily during Dec. holiday week, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Special craft projects. Nov. 25: Printed Still Life project to make a modern still life inspired by paintings in the Webb Gallery. In the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education’s classroom. More details at shelburnemuseum.org

“Deck the Halls” Dec. 2 and 3: 11 a.m. to 4 pm. Family fun: festive trees, art activities, horse and wagon rides, scavenger hunts, chocolate ornament making, museum store sale. Music by Jack Snow, VT Youth Orchestra members, and New England-Appalachian roots tunes with Mayfly. Admission: Adults $10; children 5-17 years old $5; kids under 5 and members free. Through Jan. 21, 2018: “Hooked on Patty Yoder,” exhibit of 20th century hooked rugs as art.

Through Feb. 18: “Sweet Tooth: The Art of Dessert,” exhibition looking at America’s sweets obsession through pop culture and visual art. 6000 Shelburne Road. 985-3346; info@shelburnemuseum.org, shelburnemuseum.org.

MIDDLEBURY

Henry Sheldon Museum Holiday Open House Dec. 2 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Highlights include an elaborate model train layout, carols played on the Sheldon’s 1831 piano, and a miniature Christmas tree raffle featuring 20 trees decorated by local artists including Ashley Wolff, Warren Kimble, Sarah Stahl, Gayl Braisted, and Sarah Pope. Also on view: the exhibit “Draw Me a Story – Tell Me a Tale,” celebrating the work of 20 contemporary Vermont children’s book artists/authors. Admission by donation. One Park St., 388-2117 or HenrySheldonMuseum.org.

MUSIC

BURLINGTON

Flynn Center for the Perf. Arts Dec. 1: 8 p.m. Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, “A Celtic Family Christmas.” MainStage. Dec. 2: Brian McCarthy Quartet: CODEX Release. FlynnSpace. 153 Main St. 86-FLYNN, flynntix.org.

Fleming Museum UVM Concert Choir and Catamount Singers Dec. 3: 2 p.m. “Winter’s Warm Music: A Celebration of Yuletide.” David Neiweem directing. Free. Marble Court, 61 Colchester Ave.kelly.dutra@uvm.edu.

CHARLOTTE

Handel’s “Messiah” Charlotte Congregational Church Dec. 3 at 4 p.m. Seventh annual sing-along will feature musicians from the Vermont Symphony, the Burlington Chamber Orchestra and four professional vocalists, accompanied by a chorus of audience and choir members. Anne Decker, conductor; ​​ Jane Kittredge, Brooke Quiggins-Saulnier, violins; Sarah Cullins, soprano; Ana Ruesink, viola; Linda Radtke, mezzo; Dieuwke Davydov, cello; Adam Hall, tenor; Bill Tilley and Erik Kroncke, bass; Jason Whitcomb, trumpet; Claire Black, continuo; Howard Kalfus, timpani. Tickets at the door: $15 per adult, $50 for a group of four. Information: 425-3176 or scookekitt@mac.com; 403 Church Hill Road.

MIDDLEBURY

Town Hall Theater
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George Winston Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Minimalist, acoustic solo piano music. $55. georgewinston.com. 382-9222, townhalltheater.org. Town Hall Theater, 68 South Pleasant St.

Opera broadcast Dec. 2 at 1 p.m.  MET Live in HD Die Zauberflöte. Full-length German version of Mozart’s magical fable. At 12:15 p.m., a free talk about this opera will precede the broadcast. Tickets: $24; $10 students (+$2 preservation fee) 382-9222, townhalltheater.org. Town Hall Theater, 68 South Pleasant St.

TALKS

New Vermont fiction
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Environmentalist, activist and Vermont author Bill McKibben stops in Burlington and Montpelier next week to talk about his first novel just released, “Radio Free Vermont.” The fictional, humorous and timely tale follows a band of Vermont patriots who decide that our state might be better off as its own republic. Its main character is an underground radio talk-show host who, with his cohorts, uses guerilla tactics including hijacking a beer truck and dismissing schoolchildren early on Ethan Allen Day. The author of more than a dozen books, McKibben is a leading climate-change activist and founder of 350.org, a grassroots organization calling for divestment in fossil-fuel interests. McKibben is at Montpelier’s Bear Pond Books, 77 Main St., at 7 p.m. Nov. 28. He talks at Phoenix Books, 191 Bank St., Burlington, at 7 p.m. on Nov. 29. More at: bearpondbooks.com, phoenixbooks.biz.

COLCHESTER

Vermont Genealogy Library Dec. 2, 10:30 a.m. to noon. “Quebec Coroners Inquests: A Unique Genealogical Resource.” Denyse Beaugrand-Champagne reference archivist at the Montreal branch of the Bibliotheque et Archives Nationales du Quebec will discuss these documents which often include much more than a simple cause of death; how they can provide genealogical clues unavailable anywhere else; where to locate them online and elsewhere. Fort Ethan Allen, 377 Hegeman Ave. in Fort Ethan Allen. Open for research: Tuesday, 3 to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 310-9285, vtgenlib.org.

SHELBURNE

Flying Pig Bookstore Nov. 25: 2 p.m. John Churchman, author of “A Farm for Maisie,” and Maisie, the sheepdog. All three “Sweet Pea and Friends” books available for purchase and signing. 5247 Shelburne Road, Suite 102. 985-3999, flyingpigbooks.com.