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French conversation Group: Dimanches : Parlez-vous français? Speakers practice the tongue at a casual, drop-in chat. Local History Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 363-2431.
austin h an Dbell choir 50th anniversary concert : Bells will be ringing! The local ensemble reflects decades of dedication in a celebratory performance. A reception follows. First Congregational Church, Burlington, 3-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 862-5010. Festival o F Gre Gorian chant & seasonal music : Organist William Tortolano directs a multilingual choral concert of chants, carols and more. Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2536. orchestra chorus palooza : Vermont Youth Orchestra members perform works by Bach, Brahms and others, featuring soloist Nathan Chan. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 4 p.m. $5-10. Info, 863-5966. sun Day Folk series : Neptune's Car hit the stage for an intimate acoustic show of original folk tunes. New City Galerie, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. $5. Info, 735-2542.
Refreshments follow. Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, 5:15-6:45 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 978-424-1482.
caregiver for every two children. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free; groups must preregister. Info, 865-7216.
t ibetan sin Gin G & h ealin G boWl meDitation : Using multitonal frequencies, Kirk Maris Jones accesses the power of the ancient instruments. Rainbow Institute, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. $9 suggested donation. Info, 671-4569. vermont h ealth care exchan Ge inFormation session : See WED.11, 2-4 p.m.
ciné salon: l es blank: ' bur Den o F Dreams' : Utilizing a nonevasive shooting style, the documentarian follows Werner Herzog's attempt to drag a steamship over a mountain in the Peruvian amazon for the film Fitzcarraldo. Howe Library, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. Free. Info, 603-643-4120.
chess & bri DGe clinic : Monty Montgomery shares his expertise with players in a supportive environment. Vermont Room, Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4095. t rivia niGht : Teams of quick thinkers gather for a meeting of the minds. Lobby, Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 651-5012.
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vance Gilbert : A mainstay of the folk scene for more than 20 years, the singer-songwriter pairs introspective lyrics with acoustic guitar licks. See calendar spotlight. Richmond Free Library, 4-6 p.m. $17.50-20. Info, 434-4563.
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avoi D Falls With improve D stability : See FRI.13, 10 a.m. aWareness t hrou Gh movement: Fel Denkrais With uWe mester : Increased flexibility and range of motion allow participants to address habitual neuromuscular patterns. 2 Wolves Holistic Center, Vergennes, noon-1 p.m. $14. Info, 870-0361.
'Fame: t he musical' : See FRI.13, 2 p.m.
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'it's a Won Der Ful l iFe': See FRI.13, 2 p.m.
t he met: l ive in h D series : See SAT.14, Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 1 p.m. $10-24. Info, 382-9222. 't he t otal t his & t hat circus' : Bread and Puppet Theater explores new characters — including those who battle F-35 jets — amid politically charged scenarios. Plainfield Community Center, 3-4 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Info, 525-1271. 'White christmas' : See WED.11, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
h oli Day book sale : See SAT.14, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
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Do-it- yoursel F GiFts : Dana Woodruff demonstrates the process of making handmade herbal presents such as lip balm and bath salts. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7:30 p.m. $10-12; half-price for kids; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202.
aDaptive international Folk Dancin G: Creative movers of all ages, abilities and mobility learn international routines. Walkers and wheelchairs are accommodated. North End Studio A, Burlington, 1-2 p.m. $5; free for assistants. Info, 863-6713. salsa Dance class : DsantosVT leads hip-shaking steps for dancers of all experience levels. North End Studios, Burlington, beginners, 7-8 p.m.; intermediate, 8 p.m. $10. Info, 863-6713. Women's solstice sacre D circle Dance : See SUN.15, Personal tea-light candles encouraged.
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l au Ghter yoGa: Giggles help students decrease stress and tap into a playful practice. The Wellness Co-op, Burlington, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 888-492-8218, ext. 300. prenatal yoGa: Sila Rood leads expectant mothers in poses and stretches focused on preparing the body for birth. 2 Wolves Holistic Center, Vergennes, 7 p.m. $14. Info, 870-0361. r .i.p.p.e.D.: See WED.11, 6-7 p.m.
Green mountain brass Quintet : Traditional Christmas carols for trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba delight audience members of all ages. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, noon. Free. Info, 223-3338.
alice in noo Dlelan D: Youngsters get acquainted over crafts and play while new parents and expectant mothers chat with maternity nurse and lactation consultant Alice Gonyar. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. imaGination station : Kiddos craft original creations with Legos and other building materials at this arts-and-crafts session. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. make your oWn star book : Art teacher MC Baker leads youngsters in grades K and up in a creative project. Adult accompaniment is required for children ages 8 and younger. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918. music With peter : Preschoolers up to age 5 bust out song-and-dance moves to traditional and original folk. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:45 a.m. Free; limited to one session per week per family. Info, 878-4918. stories With meGan : Little ones expand their imaginations through tales, songs and rhymes. Daycare programs welcome with one
Glbt QQia Discussion Group : High school students and adults who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and allies chat about relevant issues and topics. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 5-6 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Festival o F Gre Gorian chant & seasonal music : See SUN.15, St. Augustine's Catholic Church, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2536. r ecor Der- playin G Group : Musicians produce early folk, baroque and swing-jazz melodies. New and potential players welcome. Presto Music Store, South Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 658-0030, email@example.com. sambatuca Da! open r ehearsal : New faces are invited to pitch in as Burlington's samba streetpercussion band sharpens its tunes. Experience and instruments are not required. 8 Space Studio Collective, Burlington, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 862-5017.
michelle r ath : Referencing her experience in Vermont schools, the educator details her Fullbright semester in Israel, where she researched high school counseling through Tel Aviv University. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.
'playmakers' : Playwrights develop new work with directed and cold readings in a collaborative environment. Off Center for the Dramatic Arts, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $3-5 suggested donation. Info, 540-0773.
book Discussion: 20th century presi Dents: beFore & Durin G Worl D War ii: Helen Lang facilitates conversation about David McCullough's Truman. Wake Robin Retirement Community, Shelburne, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 985-0659. book sale : Bookworms eye new, gently used, rare and antique tomes. Rutland Free Library, 4-8 p.m. Free. Info, 773-1860. h oli Day book sale : See SAT.14, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. & 10 a.m.-8 p.m. shape & share l iFe stories : Prompts from Recille Hamrell trigger recollections of specific experiences, which are crafted into narratives and shared with the group. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.
h ome share noW inFormation session : Interested folks of all ages learn about home-sharing opportunities in central Vermont. Home Share Now, Barre, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 479-8544. peace & Justice center annual meetin G: Like-minded locals meet PJC's new executive director Rachel Siegel and get information on PJC programs. Lorraine B. Good Room, BCA Center, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 863-2345, ext. 6.
'Future o F vermont's Workin G l an Dscape' summit : Panel discussions and presentations address current issues faced by agricultural and forestry industries. See vtrural.org for details. Judd Hall, Vermont Technical College, Randolph, 9 a.m.4:30 p.m. $30. Info, 223-6091.
Flynn arts Dance sho Wcase : Students reflect 15 weeks of hard work in choreographed performances highlighting various styles. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free to attend; $5 suggested donation benefits the FlynnArts Scholarship Fund. Info, 863-5966. sWin G Dance practice session : Twinkle-toed participants get moving in different styles, such as the lindy hop, Charleston and balboa. Indoor shoes required. Champlain Club, Burlington, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $5. Info, 448-2930.
Global l ens Film series: ' moDest r eception' : An Iranian couple shares their wealth with poor villagers on the condition that the latter fulfill strange requests in Mani Haghighi's 2012 drama. Persian with English subtitles. Fletcher Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. 'it's a Won Der Ful l iFe': James Stewart stars in Frank Capra's 1946 film about a despondent man saved by a visit from his guardian angel on Christmas Eve. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free; first come, first served. Info, 540-3018. 't he h un Gry h eart' : Presented through the eyes of Franklin County residents and St. Albans pediatrician Fred Holmes, Bess O'Brien's documentary illuminates prescription-drug addiction and recovery. A panel discussion follows. Harwood Union High School, South Duxbury, 6 p.m. Free. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gamin G For t eens & aDults : Tabletop games entertain players of all skill levels. Ages 13 and under require a legal guardian or parental permission to attend. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 5-7:45 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.
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beGinnin G meDitation Workshop : Newcomers learn basic tools for calming the mind. 132 South Main Street, St. Albans, 9-9:30 a.m. Donations. Info, 782-3821. Family-Frien Dly yoGa With Deborah Felmeth : Meditation, Vinyasa-style asana, chanting and yogic philosophy help parents tap into creative expression. Kiddos ages 3 through 5 do the same at an art class across the hall. 2 Wolves Holistic Center, Vergennes, 9-10:30 a.m. $14; $25 includes kids art class; preregister. Info, 870-0361. GiFt o F l iFe marathon : Community members partner with the American Red Cross to set a one-day national record for blood donation. See giftoflifemarathon.com for details. Various downtown locations, Rutland, 10 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 775-0570. interactive music t herapy Workshop : Using a harmonium, Robin Hanbridge leads an evening of kirtan call-and-response chanting from India's bhatki traditions. Rainbow Institute, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 671-4569. kun Dalini Fusion yoGa: Participants facilitate an awareness of the body and mind through a blend of ancient teachings and exercises. Jenke Arts, Burlington, 9:30 a.m. Donations. Info, 279-6663. sami pincus : Drawing on more than 20 years of experience, the Touchstone Healing Arts School of Massage faculty member outlines the benefits of the Alexander Technique. Rainbow Institute, Burlington, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 671-4569. systema With r yan miller : See THU.12, 7-8:15 p.m.
paper ornaments With Family : Parents and kiddos join local artist Annette Hansen to create handmade holiday decorations. Fairfax Community Library, 6-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 849-2420.
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