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Dr. Peet This Month’s Topic:



Q. I really do not like to give my son drugs for his pollen allergies, which lead to ear fluid. Can chiropractic help?


From the Kids VT Staff ............................................5 See and Say ......................................................................7 Birthday Club..................................................................43 Use Your Words: Essay ..........................................47

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A. Young children & adults experience benefits


with reduced allergy symptoms with chiropractic care. This happens because the body’s immune system is controlled by many responses that are ultimately controlled by the brain and nervous system. Chiropractic care works to restore optimum nervous system function. Gentle, precise spinal adjustments also relieve tension in the muscles that affect sinus and lymphatic drainage.

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The Kids Beat ..................................................................8 Ask Dr. First: Getting Kids to Eat Right ....10 Fit Families: Fall Hiking.........................................11 The Librarian Likes ....................................................11 Home Cookin’: Hearty Hotcakes ....................12 Out to Eat: The Bee’s Knees ...............................13 Go Ask Dad: Picky Eaters......................................14 The Art of... Rug Hooking ......................................15 In Season: Talkin’ Turkey .....................................27

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Dr. Jennifer Peet




Daily Listings ..................................................................28 Ongoing Events.............................................................29 Playgroups.........................................................................30 Story Times.......................................................................32


Some adult patients feel their sinuses drain minutes after an adjustment. Children feel relief as the fluid drains down their ear tubes. Adjustments do not “kill” bacteria & viruses, but drugs are rarely needed because the fluid drains out along with the infection. Once the “petri dish” that the virus could grow in is removed the infection does not have a good environment to reestablish itself. Health is restored naturally without drugs.

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A View of a Lifetime!

Thanksgathering THANKSGIVING IS CHAOS for my family. But it’s a good chaos: I’m one of seven kids, and we all congregate at my dad’s for dinner. Brothers, sisters, in-laws, kids and grandkids cram into a small space for a big meal. Every year, we run short on chairs and resort to mismatched plates to serve ourselves buffet-style because table space is limited. Between the setup of folding tables and the sinks full of dishes waiting to be hand-washed, the only lull is a pause for grace. I miss my mom, who died a few years ago. But in the crazy white noise generated by family and food, it’s possible to imagine she’s still at the table. Thanksgiving is a holiday that involves lots of eating, but it’s also about gathering to share a meal. That tradition — and how every family interprets it — is the topic of this month’s “Use Your Words” by Cathy Resmer on p. 47. Food is on everyone’s mind this month: Dr. Lewis First talks about healthy nutrition for kids, and local dads compare strategies to get picky eaters to turn over a new green leaf. On page 23, find a roundup of great family-friendly cookbooks. Even this month’s featured craft is edible. When you’ve gotten your fill of food and family, turn to the holiday gift guide. The goal is to support local retailers, whether you’re looking for a spade sled, a flip kite or a Bilibo. However your holiday goes — quiet or chaos, football or shopping — be sure to find a moment in the hubbub to be thankful for all of it. KATE LADDISON, MANAGING EDITOR

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How often do your kids eat a “hot lunch” at school?

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Count the individual carolers singing their way through this issue and you could win a pair of tickets to A Christmas Carol at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. The show takes place Sunday, December 11, at 7 p.m. Add up the carolers, then tell us how many you found at, or write to us at Kids VT, PO Box 1184, Burlington, VT 05402. We’ll collect the correct responses and choose winners from among the entries. Enter by 5 p.m. on November 15 to win.

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A Year at the Museum There’s just one problem with the Shelburne Museum: It’s only open to the public between May and October, limiting opportunities for kids to take the helm of the restored steamship Ticonderoga, peer into the exquisitely decorated of dollhouses, or run up and down the museum’s expansive fields. Schools trips are almost impossible. Not anymore. The Shelburne Museum recently announced plans to construct a 16,000 square-foot, LEED-certified CENTER FOR ART AND EDUCATION,, which in addition to providing more gallery space will house an auditorium and classrooms. Kids and adults will soon benefit from art-making programs all year round. Plus, the whole museum is getting a fiber-optic upgrade, so your tech-savvy kids will feel right at home. — M.J. THE CENTER FOR ART AND EDUCATION AT SHELBURNE MUSEUM: Construction is set to begin next year, with the center opening in 2013. Info, 985-3346,

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Meanness isn’t new. But bullying is a hot topic for parents and educators. An upcoming educational conference takes the bully by the horns and looks deep into his or her brain. Puppets in Education brings speaker Frank J. Kros to Main Street Landing to look at bullying through the lens of cognitive neuroscience. The morning’s topic is “CHANGE YOUR LANGUAGE, CHANGE THEIR LIVES”; in the afternoon, it’s “BATTLING THE BULLY: BRAIN-INSPIRED RESPONSES TO BULLYING.” Both are designed to provide practical take-home strategies. “I want feet-on-the-ground tools that I can employ right now,” says PiE executive director Deb Lyons. Breaking up the brainy sessions, PiE’s puppets model problem-solving skills, respect and compassion in an after-lunch presentation on bullying. — K.L. PUPPETS IN EDUCATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE: Friday, November 22, Main Street Landing, 1 Main Street, Burlington. $100. Info, 860-3349,

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It ain’t easy being small. Little Bunny knows that all too well. But in this magical holiday book by Northeast Kingdom resident David Martin, a young rabbit gets even smaller on Christmas Eve and discovers that small stature results in big perspective. Little readers will look longingly at LB’s adventure racing around the Christmas tree in his favorite fire engine ornament. Illustrator Valeri Gorbachev’s muted watercolors lend the holiday tale a dreamy, oldfashioned mood. LITTLE BUNNY AND THE MAGIC CHRISTMAS TREE isn’t Martin’s only book for children. He’s also penned Hanukkah Lights and All for Pie, Pie for All. This new story is perfect for any child who has fallen asleep under the Christmas tree, dreaming of a holiday fantasy Martin brings to life. — K.L. LIT T LE BU NNY AND T HE MAG IC C HR IS T MAS T R E E : By David Martin, Candlewick Press, 40 pages. $15.99. Info,

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Nothing promotes painting like a blank slate. You’ll find dozens of functional and decorative molded items ready for embellishment at TIME TO PARTY AND PAINT. Leo and Anne Valliere own the new University Mall store that offers an affordable, makeit-and-take-it activity — painting party, anyone? Kids choose what to pretty up from hundreds of white objects, including cups and saucers and chess sets. The paint dries quickly. The retired-but-still-working Vallieres have another store, in the Berlin Mall, where they say customers really throw themselves into the creative process. “This really means something to those kids,” says Leo. Bonus: The Vallieres clean up. — K.L.


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WHEn noVEmbER Rolls around, we begin thinking about food, families and giving thanks —three front-burner topics for parents. Lewis First, chief of pediatrics at Vermont Children’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen and editor-in-chief of Pediatrics, discusses palates and clean plates.

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Kids VT: Everybody says that sugar makes kids hyper. is that true? LEWIS FIRST: It’s not true. The only health issues that have been linked to high sugar intake are tooth decay and 11:28 AMobesity. There have been at least 12 studies that I know of that have tried to link sugar intake to hyperactivity, and not one of them could show any linkage, comparing children who got lots of sugar to those who didn’t. Whether this was done studying natural sugars, sugar in sweets such as chocolate candy or even in kids whose parents said they were very sensitive to sugar, no studies proved it.

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KVT: How does food insecurity relate to sugar intake and childhood obesity? LF: Often when families cannot afford the healthiest food, they tend to buy food that is high in quantity but low in nutritional value — foods that are going to lead to kids having an increased risk of becoming overweight or obese. Thanksgiving is a great time for people to think about families who may not be as secure with their foods and think about ways to help them by volunteering at food shelves, donating foods or even making a contribution to one of the food charity organizations here in our area.

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KVT: is it true that exposing kids to different foods can shape their tastes? LF: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends solid foods being introduced between the ages of 4 and 6 months. Ideally it’s recommended that parents breast-feed exclusively to as close to 6 months as possible and then introduce solids. The reason we go so long before we introduce solids is because solids don’t contain enough calories and nutrients to help your child grow in that first year of life. Solids are purely for taste and texture, believe it or not. If you go a lot further past 6 months before you introduce the solids, your child may be less excited about trying different tastes and textures. One suggestion that some health care providers 10/27/11 12:59 PM

make is that you begin with cereal, which is very easily digested, move on to vegetables and eventually get to fruits. Because the fruits are the sweetest, children will like them. If they’ve been eating fruits, and then they get introduced to the spinach or the broccoli, they’re not going to be as enthused.

an adult’s diet really should consist of. Hopefully, how you set your child’s plate up will mimic the proportions on the new MyPlate. In addition, there’s a website ( where you can enter your child’s age, height and weight. Then it offers you and your child choices of different food groups and proportions.

KVT: Any ideas for picky eaters? LF: Offer some choices with each meal. Not 25 choices, but “do you want eggs or pancakes with your breakfast?” That way, children begin to understand that they have some control over the meal but not the entire kitchen. With an ability to choose, they may be more apt to eat what is in front of them rather than be picky. Also, kids respond better to small portions on bigger plates than they do to overwhelming their plate with lots of food on a small plate. Parents need to realize that between one and two Send them to years of life, a child averages about two and a half pounds of weight gain. Often, because there’s been such an emphasis on helping our babies grow in the first year of life, they forget that they don’t have to cram food into their toddlers.

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Parents forget that they don’t have to cram food into their toddlers. KVT: What happened to the old “food pyramid”? LF: This year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture switched from the pyramid to this colorful food plate, which is called MyPlate. It helps families eat healthy in as simple a manner as possible. Instead of six sections of the pyramid, the plate has four: vegetables, fruits, grains and proteins — plus a side spot for dairy. Fruits and vegetables make up more than half the plate, which is what a child or

KVT: There’s an old saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. is that true? LF: Absolutely. There have been lots of studies that children perform better with the right healthy protein, grains, fruits and vegetables in their digestive system before they focus on using their brains to do some good schoolwork. Kids should strive to eat a healthy breakfast, either with their family or, if families can’t make that happen, many of the schools in our area really focus on making sure that kids have a good breakfast at school before they start class. K — Kate Laddison

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Comiskey’s summary: The book begins when the little boy’s mama catches him “paintin’ pictures on the fl oor/and the ceiling/and the walls/and the curtains/ and the door.” She takes his paint away and cleans him up. Once she’s gone, he works on getting the paint back and then paints himself in creative ways. Why kids will enjoy it: With each turn

of page, children are delighted to fi nd out what the main character paints next, and it’s easy for them to predict the rhyming word coming up. The part that always generates giggles: “I’m such a nut, gonna paint my … WHAT?”

Why parents will love it: This is a book that you can read again and again without growing tired of the story. 


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BOOK: I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More!, by Karen Beaumont; Illustrated by David Catrow


joined my 9-year-old son and me recently to explore the Groton State Forest Nature Trail. The dynamic Ws took turns fi nding red and blue trail blazes along the self-guided 0.6-mile loop. We examined mossy rocks and waxy-looking mushrooms and took turns guessing who might be living down the deep, dark holes we found. A giant glacial boulder captivated us; it was covered on all but one side with lichen, moss and other plants. Our best evidence of animal life was a large pile of owl “pellets” that Jennifer eagerly pulled apart to reveal the bones of a recently consumed rodent. The kids loved hearing about how owls regurgitate their prey. The winter months are the best time to spot moose, which move to

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THERE’S NO REASON to pack it in for the year just because the state parks have closed their gates. Even in the o˛ -season, trails are open for walking and snowshoeing with children. With a few added layers and safety precautions specifi c to hunting season, cool-weather hiking o˛ ers unique benefi ts. My favorite: not having to fend o˛ swarms of stinging insects. In these cooler months, you can experience nature DEET-free. And because the bare trees expose the changing forest and its inhabitants, “you are likely to see deer and other woodland animals more easily than in the summer,” said Rochelle Skinner of Vermont’s Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation. “Watching squirrel behavior is quite amusing.” A note of caution, though: Hunters benefi t from that exposure, too, and they’re all over the Vermont woods in November, shooting bear, deer and wild turkey. That means you need to dress your kids in orange, prevent them from bounding ahead and be prepared to explain that rifl e report when they ask, “What was that?” Twin 3-1/2-year-olds William and Wesley and their mother, Jennifer,

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“Mom, I can get bacon in my mac and cheese!” burgers and a daily flatbread. The five relatively healthy entrées on the kids menu are served with sides such as carrot sticks or housemade applesauce. The narrow dining room at the back of the restored brick building was about half full the night my husband and our twins came in for dinner — for a second time. The crowd in the


THE FIRST TIME she saw the menu at the Bee’s Knees, my 8-year-old daughter started sobbing. “You mean they don’t have chicken fingers here?” she asked, tears rolling down her cheeks. Nope, there’s no sign of that particular kidsmenu staple, which made me ecstatic. My son had already moved on. “Mom, I can get bacon in my mac and cheese!” he enthused. Devotion to home-cooked entrées loaded with locally sourced ingredients distinguishes the little eatery on Morrisville’s Lower Main Street. The bread is made just down the road, at Elmore Mountain Bread. The eclectic menu offers Mexican and Asian dishes, vegetarian and vegan options,

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FAMILY-FRIENDLY AMENITIES: high chairs, booster seats, books and toys, and a kid’s menu with more healthy choices than fried fare. OUR BILL FOR FOUR: $76.79, including tax and tip.

front of the restaurant, which hosts café tables and a small bar, seemed more inclined to drinking and live music. But in a corner of the bar area, a bookcase of games, toys and books offered just the sort of distractions little diners require on a school night. Unfortunately, the pickings were slim. The Monopoly game we saw last time was gone, and the Uno deck was missing most of its cards. We placed our orders: pasta with spicy andouille sausage, quiche with scallions, kalamata olives and chard, a burger and fries, and a kids black bean and cheese quesadilla. Then we played short-decked Uno and waited for our meals. And waited, and waited. After 25 minutes I found an old Brain Quest

deck, and we spent the next 25 minutes answering trivia questions, growing ever hungrier. It suddenly became clear to me what happened to the Monopoly board and Uno cards: Starving patrons ate them while waiting for their meals! We had a pretty good view into a kitchen that seemed understaffed and in no particular hurry to fill orders. When our food finally arrived after an hour, we fell on it like a pack of starving animals. All of our dishes were good, though none was great, and my enjoyment of the food was hampered by the slow service on a school night. But the long wait won’t stop me from dining again at the Bee’s Knees — a quirky, small-town restaurant with strong locavore values. Next time, we’ll bring our own Uno deck. 

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Well, I’m a marketer, so I see the same problems in marketing as I do with kids eating. There’s a difference between what I want them to eat and what they want to eat. One of the things we tried to do was to look at what our kids like to eat and how we can make food that speaks to their learning taste buds but gets them the nutrients they need. We eat a lot of vegetables. When we started steaming vegetables and marinating them in soy sauce and sesame oil, all of a sudden Felix would eat up all of them and not leave any for us. We found ourselves saying crazy things like “If you don’t eat the rest of your hotdog, there’s no more broccoli for you.” Now we do that with almost all of our vegetables. My daughter became a vegetarian when she was 8 or 9. She still needs to get protein somewhere. Well, I love making soups. One day I gave her some of my soup, and she started wolfing it down. I thought, “Wait a minute. The beans — there’s her protein.” Now both kids gobble up the soup so I rarely get any. I experimented with a number of stews and found that Olivia loved dishes that used North and West African spices, especially ones that combined things such as cinnamon, cumin, turmeric and hot spices. I throw tofu in them, and she gets her protein there, too. It’s still a struggle getting them to eat right, but we’re getting smarter at it. As in marketing, you have to know your audience.

It’s still a struggle getting them to eat right, but we’re getting smarter at it. As in marketing, you have to know your audience.

Education is the big thing. My wife studied nutrition in college, and she has always made sure that we understand what we eat. She’s always reading the labels. She’ll read off all the things that we want to avoid. From the start, what’s in our cupboards is usually pretty healthy. A lot of our strategy is talking to the kids and letting them know how the food helps them and why it’s good for them. But to hear that it’s good for you is not always enough. The next thing that’s helpful is role modeling. We eat healthy because we want to be healthy. The kids seeing us eat healthy encourages them. The older kids have gotten into the habit of eating healthy foods, and the younger ones see them as role models, too. But then, if it comes down to them saying, “I still don’t like this food,” we have a last fail-safe, and it’s to be expressive about what we like and don’t like and to tell them that we’re still going to eat those things: “It’s okay not to like everything, but you still want to make sure that you eat food that’s healthy for you.”

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Autumn slowly, cautiously pulled up three almost-even loops and proudly showed them to her family standing nearby. That sense of accomplishment draws young people to rug hooking, Allen-Krauss said. In rug hooking, there’s only one stitch to learn, making it easier to pick up than knitting or crocheting. That single motion can be used with an infinite number of colors, textures and drawn patterns. “The most important thing, at any age, is to work on a design you like and colors you love,” added Allen-Krauss. New England farm wives of the early 1900s used scrap wool to make rugs that were cheap, beautiful and added warmth to their homes. They cut up old woolen clothes and blankets, and dyed them in creative preparations — onionskins and butternut — to get the colors they wanted. In the absence of linen, burlap feedbags served as backings. Allen-Krauss began to make rugs at the early age of 5. Her mother, Anne Ashworth, was a nationally known rug hooking teacher who founded Green Mountain Rug School. Her daughter carries on the tradition each June at Vermont Technical College. Ashworth cofounded the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild with her students in the mid-’80s. The Guild now has 600 to

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I HAVE ONE THING ON MY HOLIDAY WISH LIST THIS YEAR. It’s neither a Crock-Pot nor a trip to Fiji. What I want more than anything is for us parents to go out and look for just the right gifts for our children. No more hitting “enter” on the keyboard to order cheap plastic stu˜ from China. Instead, let’s go shopping in our hometown. Let’s talk with local shopkeepers about the smartest, silliest, sturdiest, cutest, warmest, coolest, happiest, quirkiest, funniest toys and games available. Let’s make physical contact with the playthings our children will hold in their hands. Maybe we’ll get back in touch with our own playfulness in the process. Remember the toys that had a lasting impression on you? I delight in recalling the lighted globe I got from my father when I was 8. We’d take turns spinning and stopping it. We swore to visit every place we landed on. Two decades later, we took a safari in Kenya — one of the very fi rst places my fi nger touched on the globe. That simple, beautiful gift spawned another memory of a lifetime. I asked some of my friends about their most memorable presents, and the answers all had a similar theme: toys that helped bring their own stories and selves to life. They mentioned paper dolls, handmade wooden stilts, Lincoln Logs, Tinkertoys, Fisher-Price Village, blocks, Colorforms, a baseball glove, a doctor’s kit, a red wagon, a Davy Crocket raccoon hat and crayons.

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Oh and yes, Barbie. Like it or not, she popped into many minds of the people I polled. One of my friends, who grew up to be a novelist, used her parents’ paperback-book collection to build houses where Barbie and Ken could kiss. I liked to test the rules of gravity by dropping the dolls out of my tree house — another treasured gift from my parents, built by a local carpenter. I discovered that even if I switched Barbie and Ken’s heads, heads, they they fell fell at at roughly roughly the same speed. Ultimately, I gave gave them them aa burial burial at at sea from my rubber inner tube. (For more backbackground on Barbie’s cultural significance, check out The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie: A Doll’s History and Her Impact on Us,, by Tanya Lee Stone, $19.99, $19.99, at at Flying Pig Books and Phoenix Books.) Here’s a preliminary guide to presents that have have the potential to reach into our children’s heads and pull out a never-ending story. Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa Kwanzaa or or Winter Winter Solstice, I hope there’s something here that also makes you feel like a kid again while you shop for memories yet to be made. *Nota bene: Many regional retailers may carry the toys highlighted in each category. I simply mention the store or stores where I saw or heard about it. So remember the words of Johnny Kidd & the Pirates, “You’d better shop around.”


Speed Demons

Does your tyke like physical activity? Is he or she on the go and game for anything physical? Explore these suggestions to inspire, and tire, your indefatigable offspring.

FREESTYLE SPOONER BOARD for young snowboarders, skateboarders, surfers and riders in the making. Kids can pretend they’re hitting the slopes, seas and streets without leaving the safety and warmth of the family room. Before kids are ready for the real thing, the Spooner off o˜ ers a preview of what board sports have to off o˜ er. Ages 3+, $44.99, Kids Town, Learning Express. AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF PIRATE VS. PIRATE: THE TERRIFIC TALE OF A BIG, BLUSTERY MARITIME MATCH, written by Mary Quattlebaum, illustrated by Alexandra Boiger. In this 40-page book, Bad Bart, “the biggest, burliest boy pirate in the Atlantic,” challenges Mean Mo, “the maddest, mightiest girl pirate in the Pacifi Pacific.” c.”Ages Ages4-8, 4-8,$16.99, $16.99,Flying FlyingPig PigBooks. Books. ANNIKA JR. (for girls) and MERLIN JR. (for boys) Inline Skates, by K2 Skate, feature a “vibration-absorbing composite frame” on the company’s comfy, trademark “Softboot.” “Softboot.” With With 5-size 5-size adjustability, kids can get years of wear wear from from tearing tearing around. around. Adjustable sizes, 1.0-8.0, 1.0-8.0, $66, $66, SkiRack. SkiRack. QUICKY KIDS SPADE SLED, by TSL Sleds, is a tiny, half-pound, durable sled (shaped like a shovel) that off o˜ ers high speed on the slopes. Miraculously designed to fi fittall allfannies, fannies,young youngand andold. old.Just Justsit sit down with handle between your legs and off o˜ you go. Parents should decide when their kid is ready for solo sledding, $4.99, Outdoor Gear Exchange.

CHICKEN PURSE PURSE, by Pylones, is a regal-yetwhimsi cal hen-shaped whimsical handbag that hangs from a short strap. Crafted from sturdy rubber in soft colors, kids (or grandmothers) can tote everything from wallets to walkie-talkies in the belly of this sweet beast. Any age, $29.95, Jamie Two Two Coats. Coats.

Fashion-forward bambinos have funky taste buds. They love rocking duds, cutting-edge fads and chic accessories. Complement your progeny’s wild streak with some of these trendsetting threads and toys.

GOOD MANNERS FLASH CARDS, by eeBoo, use polite pigs to demonstrate good behavior in familiar situations. One side of a card asks how to behave in a certain situation; the reverse off o˜ ers a good suggestion. After all, kids who want to grow up to break the rules need to know them fi first. rst.Ages Ages5+, 5+,$14, $14,Isabean. Isabean. x, are backSPIKETUS REX, by MadPax, packs and tote bags that come in four “funtastic” sizes — Full Pack, Half Pack, Pack, the Nibbler and the Mighty Bite — all designed to “funk up your trunk.” With soft dinosaur spikes covering these brightly covered satchels, kids won’t just be kids; they’ll be rock stars. For middle and high school students, or precocious grown ups, prices range from $12 to $60, Woodbury Mountain Toys.


FIVEFINGERS FOOTWEAR FOOTWEAR, by Vibram, is designed to give kids the feeling of running barefoot in the yard while still protecting their little paws from the elements. Made of thin, abrasion-resistant stretch nylon upper with a specialized rubber grip to avoid slippage. Think of FiveFingers as gloves gloves for for the feet. Kids sizes 11.5 to 4, $65-$85, Onion River Kids.

GNOME PORCELAIN LAMP, by Seltzer Studios, brings the beloved lawn ornament inside and adds whimsy to bedside tables. Best for older kids because the mischievous little fellow plugs into the wall, $46, Jamie Two Coats.

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Z-CURVE Z˛CURVE BOW, by Zing, is an archery set with soft foam arrows that can travel uup to 125 yards. Not to fear, the suction-cup tip won’t hurt a fl fly,y,but butdoes does stick on many surfaces. Ages 8+, $24.99, Kids Town, Town, Learning Express.

AIR SWIMMERS SWIMMERS, by the William Mark Corporation, are fi five-foot-long ve-foot-long sharks, also available as clownfi clownfish, which move around the room courtesy of a remote control device and helium. Air Swimmers look like they are moving through the water as they fl oat overhead. Ages 8+, $39.99, Woodbury Mountain Toys, Learning Express.

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Outdoor Explorers

Calling all nature lovers, outdoor explorers and animal observers! If your child fits this description, consider these options for feeding his or her fertile imagination.

OUTDOOR EXPLORER KIT, made by Seedling, includes a checklist of creepy crawlies to fi nd, a sketchpad and colored pencils, as well as a magnifying glass and LED headlamp. Comes in a handy drawstring bag. Ages 5-10, $44.95, Isabean. ANIMAL˛SHAPED SLEEPING BAGS, by Melissa & Doug, come in alligator, turtle or ladybug designs, with matching tents. (Kids tuck into the gator’s mouth!) Ages 4-8, Bags $30; Tents $50, available available at at the the Outdoor Outdoor Gear Gear Exchange. In a similar vein, Nap Mats come with a built-in pillow (removable for washing) and roll up to fi fitton onyour yourdaycare-bound daycare-boundtoddler’s toddler’sback. back.Designs Designs range from butterfl butterflies iesto toelephants. elephants.By ByStephen Stephen Joseph, $49.99, Buttered Buttered Noodles. Noodles.

ECHO LAKE AQUARIUM AND SCIENCE CENTER family membership is a gift that keeps on giving. Support the study of our local environment while encouraging the conservationist in your kid. Dual memberships for one adult and one child are $60 annually. Depending on the size of your gang, you can get them all in every day of the year, except holidays, holidays, for an annual expenditure of $100-$150.

FLIP KITE, by Prism Kite Technology, Technology, has has been called a kaleidoscope in motion. The eye-catching, spinning graphics add a burst of brilliance to the sky. Also exciting is the mechanism by which it fl flies ies— —achieving achievinglift liftvia viathe theMagnus Magnus eff ect,the thesame sameprinciple principlethat thatgives givesgolf golf balls balls loft. loft.But But e˛ ect, the best thing of all? It requires no assembly. Great for all ages, and their parents, $29.95, $29.95, Outdoor Outdoor Gear Gear Exchange.

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MERMAID ISLAND ISLAND, by Peaceable Kingdom, a cooperative board game for kids invented by a little girl and her family while they sailed around the world. The goal of the game is to get the mermaids to the island before the Sea Witch can get there. Billed as a “lively, strategic game of chase.” chase.” Ages Ages 5+, 5+, $15.99, $15.99, Flying Pig Books and Woodbury Mountain Toys. Toys.


MONTSHIRE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE o˜ ers a passbook for exploring interactive bubble stations, the region’s largest collection of moths and butterfl butterflies, ies,creative creativeRube Rube Goldberg devices, topological puzzles, a colony of leaf-cutter ants, and much more. There’s also 100+ acres of trails, a walking tour of the solar system and “the most intelligent water park” in New England (open in summer only). Passbooks contain 12 admission passes for $110.

Think Tankers

Most kids ask “why” as toddlers, and many never stop questioning how things work. Youngsters who fall into this category have a passion for experimenting, building, reading, constructing and deconstructing. Fuel their fervor with toys that test their minds.

THE STRANGE CASE OF ORIGAMI YODA, by Tom Angleberger, tells the story of Dwight, a so-called weirdo who’s “always talking about robots or spiders or something.” One day he shows up at school with a little origami Yoda fi finger ngerpuppet puppetthat thatspews spewsschoolschoolyard wisdom. The mystery is whether the Yoda is just Dwight speaking in a funny voice, or if the puppet actually has mystical powers. Grades 3-6, $12.95, Flying Pig Books. PERPLEXUS ˛D PUZZLE, by PlaSmart, is an addicting maze game that challenges everyone who dares to try. Players must maneuver a small marble around challenging barriers inside a transparent sphere. Ages 6+, $24.99, Buttered Noodles, Learning Express.

ALIEN CONQUEST BATTLE PACK, by LEGO, features fi five vemini-fi mini-figures guresand andprovides providesan anopportunity opportunitytotodefend defend Earth from invasion. There’s even even aa tiny tiny businessman businessman to protect from attack, unless you and your rug rats share an anti-Wall anti-Wall Street Street sentiment sentiment and and prefer prefer that thatthe the Aliens win. Ages 6+, $14.99. Add an Alien Mothership, appropriate for ages 8-14, for $59.99. $59.99. Available Availableat atmany many local stores. es & Kosmos, is a kit that PHYSICS PRO, by Thames teaches kids to build wind tunnels, pneumatic shocks and hydraulic lifts. The main focus is water and air but the lessons grow from “why a streamlined shape lets a car drive faster” to “how power plants convert a current of


BILIBO is an oddly shaped and weirdly wonderful, brightly colored, shell-like Swiss-designed thing with holes that look like eyes. It comes with no directions, so kids can interpret at will. Sit in it and spin. Stand on it and balance. Fill it with sand. Wear it like a helmet. Serve oatmeal in it. The shell is made of high-density polyethylene that’s billed as “shock-resistant, weatherproof, food safe and completely recyclable.” Ages 2-7, $33, Isabean.

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Artists in Residence

Every child loves to create, so you can’t go wrong with a gift that is a piece of art or leads to one. Besides, no home in Vermont is complete without a box of art, books and crafts (the other ABCs) to help pass the coldest and snowiest of winter days. Here are a few gift ideas to warm the heART.




KID CONCOCTIONS: WEIRD WACKY & WILD STUFF YOU CAN MAKE AT HOME, an Alex book, has more than 200 recipes for fun. Create toys, contraptions, paint, dough and silly snacks with common household ingredients. Ages 6+, $9.99, Woodbury Mountain Toys.

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SAFETY PIN BRACELETS, by Klutz, comes with simple, illustrated directions for making 10 unique, sparkly bracelets with more than 1000 beads and 175 safety pins. Ages 8+, $19.99, Kids Town. TINTE, invented by Burlington-based Learning Materials Workshop, is a set of notched hardwood building blocks, painted in 42 different colors, that comes in a wood box frame. Kids can create colorful forms and structures on the floor, and then hang them



days, a specialist will call to discuss details. They later provide a sketch, a price quote and a delivery date. Price varies, as does bear size. Ages 12+.

on the wall. A guide introduces the concepts of hue, value and intensity. Ages 3+, $195, Isabean. Variations on the theme, called Arcobaleno and Spectra, sell for $49.95 and $34.95, respectively. DESIGN YOUR OWN BEAR, by Vermont Teddy Bear Company, allows Project Runway-wannabes to test out their designs on an ursine subject. Select a bear size online, and then follow the step-by-step process of selecting specifications. Within two business

BAILEY, by local cartoonist, illustrator and author Harry Bliss, is the charming “tail” of dog’s first day at school. Will he eat his homework? School proves to be an unexpectedly artful place for Bailey to do what he loves: read, fetch, paint, dig, sing and make friends. Ages 3+, $16.99, Flying Pig Books.

CREATIVE HABITAT GIFT CARDS provide your pint-sized Picasso with the tools of the trade. Pick tried-and-true art forms, like pen and ink, or delve into scrapbooking or custom framing. All ages, all price ranges. Creative Habitat. 

LAPTOP BUDDHA BOARD, by Canadian-company Buddha Board Inc., is a portable canvas and easel that gives Zen-like artists the chance to paint over and over again — clearing both mind and palette. The “laptop” reference is an antidote to (and pun on) the computer. Comes complete with water well and bamboo brush. Ageless, $39.99, Homeport.



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Makeovers Meal ideas from creative cookbooks BY C H E R YL H E R R I C K

Healthy Cooking with Young Kids

The Whole Family Cookbook: Celebrate the Goodness of Locally Grown Foods Michelle Stern, Adams Media, $17.95

Fairy Tale Feasts: A Literary Cookbook for Young Readers & Eaters Jane Yolen, Crocodile Books, $20




Full of fairy tales, folksy illustrations and simple recipes, Jane Yolen’s collection connects two terrifi c rainyafternoon activities: cooking and reading. Zander, my 6-year-old, thinks that the oatmeal we make from the recipe accompanying the “Magic Pot of Porridge” story is the very best. I’m not sure why he feels it stands out, but I like his enthusiasm for reading and cooking, so why challenge him? The book includes some lesser-known folk tales, such as “The Magic Pear Tree” and “The Great Turnip,” alongside usual suspects “Jack and the Beanstalk” and “Cinderella.” At your next story time, try Very French Toast or Runaway Pancakes.

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Michelle Stern is from the San Francisco area, but her eat-local and cook-from-scratch ethos fi fits tsthe the values of many Vermont parents. parents. Her cookbook opens with an introduction called “Raising Little Locavores” and provides enthusiastic help, teaching parents how to shop for, cook with and train the palates of young children. She o° offers lists of equipment for cooking with kids, along with down-to-earth advice. For the parent considering a cooking project with a toddler, she says, “If you woke up on the wrong side of the bed today, reconsider this activity. Have a glass of wine and a good night’s sleep — and try again tomorrow.” Her recipes are child friendly and combine ambitious fl avors in unthreatening presentations. Try Breakfast Anytime Pizza with olives, tomatoes, cheese and ham, Corny Raspberry Mu˝ ns, or Acorn Squash and Wild Rice Bowls.˙

Cooking With Your Bookworm


“YOUR RECIPES JUST DON’T DANCE ACROSS MY TASTE BUDS.” A harsh line from a restaurant review? No, that indictment came from a child —˜the son of my hairdresser, Linda Pacheco. Parents worry plenty about kids and their relationship to food. Are they eating too little? Too much? Are they getting enough vegetables, or an excess of junk? Parents negotiate precise counts of peas and carrots in exchange for coveted cookies, all the while trying to model good manners and healthy practices. Turns out parents are food critics, too. “I don’t love cooking, especially for this fi nicky group I live with,” says Pacheco, “and I’m tired of the same old, same old.” Even the most creative cooks can fi nd themselves in a rut caused by the daily routines of feeding family. Thankfully, a good cookbook can really help. Here is a list of some standouts.

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10/14/11 10:18 AM “ I cook because I love to eat,” says author Isa Chandra Moskowitz. And she brings that simple enthusiasm to the table in this collection of recipes gathered from 16 years of life as a committed vegan — a vegetarian who does not consume dairy, eggs or other animal products. While telling compelling stories of growing up in Manhattan, Moskowitz shares recipes such as Coconut Pancakes With Pineapple Sauce, ParsnipScallion Pancakes, Pizza Dough, and an amazing and easy recipe for homemade seitan.

Baking for Special Diets


BabyCakes: Vegan, (Mostly) Gluten-Free, and (Mostly) Sugar-Free Recipes From New York’s Most Talked-About Bakery Erin McKenna, Clarkson Potter, $24 Packed with celebrity endorsements and glossy full-page photos, BabyCakes inspires the belief that it’s possible to create delicious treats for the vegan, the food intolerant and the omnivorous alike. Erin McKenna tempts with an incredible lineup of sweets available for snacks, breakfast and dessert at the BabyCakes NYC bakery: Chocolate Shortbread Scones With Caramelized Bananas, Red Velvet Cupcakes, Strawberry Rhubarb Pie and dozens of other recipes. The friend who lent me the cookbook recommends the Carrot Cake — it’s one of her son’s favorites.





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The Weekend Baker: Irresistible Recipes, Simple Techniques, and Stress-Free Strategies for Busy People Abigail Johnson Dodge, W.W. Norton, $24.95 GREATER BURLINGTON YMCA 266 College St., Burlington VT 802-862-9622 5-STAR rated

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A French-trained pastry chef, Abigail Johnson Dodge caters to busy cooks and parents by organizing recipes according to the amount of time required to complete them. Got a bake-sale obligation on a busy weeknight? Try a selection from the “Baker’s Express” section such as Warm Cinnamon-Spiced Blueberry Cake or

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Breaking the Food Rut Without Breaking the Bank EatingWell on a Budget

Jessie Price, Countryman Press, $18.95 Every family needs a source of new dinner ideas when they’re bored with the usual ones. This book, produced in Vermont by the staff of EatingWell magazine, offers flavorful and easily prepared options, all priced $3 or less per individual serving. While not specifically a family cookbook, there’s plenty for most kids to enjoy, from Grilled Black Bean Nacho Pizza with homemade crust to Spaghetti Frittata and Sweet & Sour Chicken Drumsticks. The book also offers more sophisticated options for parents. Try Sweet Potato and Tofu Red Curry, Barley Risotto With Fennel, or Maple-Chili Glazed Pork Medallions for your next stay-at-home date night.

Homemade for Babies and Toddlers Organic Baby & Toddler Cookbook


Lizzie Vann, DK Publishing, $15


One of the first gifts I received as a new mom, this beautifully colored book is filled with easy purées for babies sampling their first solid foods. It also includes recipes the whole family can appreciate, such as Corn and Potato Mash With Herbs and Vegetable Korma. The fruit mashes and pasta recipes are easy to make, and my first son enjoyed them through toddlerhood. Though he lost his adventurous taste buds around age 3, this book encouraged us to experiment with flavors and ingredients atypical for most American families with young kids. 


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or butter rubbed, stuffed or unstuffed, a turkey is the centerpiece of most Thanksgiving tables. After the initial carving, a meaty bird keeps on giving for days, in the form of sandwiches, soups and casseroles — and, of course, every kid’s favorite: the wishbone. The best birds hail from here. Unlike birds that are raised in crowded factory farms and injected with flavor enhancers, local, farm-fresh turkeys are free to roam the outdoors and eat a natural diet. What’s more, a visit to a local farm to fetch the Thanksgiving bird is a great way to show the kids where their food comes from. Someday, they’ll be thankful for that. The farms listed below roughly coincide with the KidsVT circulation area.

Back Beyond Farm 9 Glen Road, Chelsea 889-3211

Maple View Acres 211 Polly Hubbard Road, Georgia 527-1251

The Barn at Gray Rocks 1147 Main Street, Richmond 878-4291; 434-2783

Misty Knoll Farm 1685 Main Street, New Haven 453-4748

Brotherly Farm Organic Lavender Road, Brookfield 276-9904

Mountain Edge Farm 2568 Silver Street, Hinesburg 842-7405

Cloudland Farm 1101 Cloudland Road, Woodstock 457-1520

Parsells Farms 719 Sawyer Hill Road, Mount Holly 259-2838

Dunstable Farm 960 Bothfield Hill Road, Cabot 563-2715; 563-2386

Seymour Farm 299 Turner Hill Road, Moretown, 244-5533

Fat Rooster Farm 354 Morse Road, Royalton 763-5282

Stonewood Farm 105 Griswold Lane, Orwell 948-2277

Four Springs Farm 776 Gee Hill Road, Royalton 763-7296

Teenie’s Tiny Poultry Farm Teenie’s Tiny Road, Rutland 773-2637

Gaylord Farm 2587 Main Street, Waitsfield 496-5054

Vermont Country Meats 509 Lakeview Drive, North Hero 238-2846

Hogwash Farm 97 Kerwin Hill Road,Norwich 649-8807

Winding Brook Farm 1224 LaPorte Road, Morrisville 888-5922; 279-3234

Hollister Hill Farm 2193 Hollister Hill Road, Marshfield 454-7725

Windy Hill Farm 1850 New Boston Road, Norwich 649-1568

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c andy b uyback: Peeps looking to off-load their Halloween take are paid $1 per pound for the sweet stuff, with another $1 donated to post-Irene flood relief. Champlain Orthodontic Associates, Burlington, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 862-6721.

Library & Books

c raftacular Tuesdays: Kids get caught up in low-tech projects. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 3:30-5 p.m. Free. Info, 223-4665. Hand in Hand: Do-gooders get together to plan community projects and help the environment as part of this service club for kids. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. music With r obert: All ages welcome to sing along. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 1111:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.

Nature & Science

s cience & s tories: s almon s pawning: Preschoolers learn how Lake Champlain fish make a treacherous trip to release their eggs. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington, 11 a.m. Museum admission. Info, 877-324-6386.



music in the meeting House: Raphael strums, sings and sneaks in basic music theory — all while emphasizing good fun, taking turns and using motor skills. Ages 3-5. Colchester Village Meeting House, 12:30-1 p.m. Free. Info, 879-7576.



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Well Played young instrumentalists get a load of low notes during the v ermont youth o rchestra a ssociation’s Trombone d ay and b assoon d ay . Held on separate afternoons, each program features workshops, master classes, recitals and improv sessions for players who may not have access to a formal program at school. “part of the challenge of being a young musician in v ermont is not necessarily having a group to play with,” says vyo music director Jeff d omoto. “We hope to see a greater sense of community happening at an earlier stage of development, not just when they get to high school.” b oth t rombone d ay and b assoon d ay are free to attend; only an instrument — and interest — are required.  Trombone d ay: Saturday, November 5, noon to 6 p.m. b assoon d ay: Tuesday, November 15, 3 to 7:30 p.m. Elley-Long Music Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. Free. Info, 655-5030,

c andy b uyback: See November 1.


c ookie d ecorating: Budding bakers doll up sugar cookies with sprinkles, frosting, sugar and nuts. Panadero Bakery, Burlington, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 863-8278. Kids c ook Up s tories: Little ones read a story and bring it to life through cooking. For prekindergarten-age children. LACE, Barre, 10 a.m. $3 suggested donation. Info, 476-4276. Kids in the Kitchen: Turnovers: Chefs in the making craft layers of flaky dough and fill them with juicy apples during this hands-on class. Preregister. Healthy Living Natural Foods Market, South Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. $20 child. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1. s ocial Thinking: Meetings focus on socialskills development for kids with nonverbal learning disabilities, Asperger’s syndrome and high-functioning autism. Call for times. Ages 6-17. Preregister. Maple Leaf Clinic, Wallingford. Info, 446-3577.

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Health & Fitness

a fternoon Hoops: Basketball-loving high school students spend the afternoon dribbling, shooting and scoring. Preregister. St. Albans City Hall, 2:30-3:45 p.m. Free. Info, 524-1500, ext. 266. b reast-Feeding-mom s upport: New mothers get to know each other during this informative and informal session. Children welcome. Trinity Episcopal Church, Rutland, 10:30 a.m.-noon Free. Info, 747-8665. Kids o pen Gymnastics: Tykes tumble and jump while adults connect with other families. Snack is provided. River Arts, Morrisville, 1011:30 a.m. $5 child, $8 two children, $10 three or more children. Info, 888-1261.

Library & Books

Hogwarts r eading s ociety: This club is for peeps who are pumped about Harry Potter and other fantasy series. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. Le Go a fternoons: Kids create freely from big buckets of building blocks. Parents encouraged to send a snack; popcorn provided by the library. Ages 6 and up. Lincoln Library, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 453-2665. middle s chool b ook Group: Readers discuss their favorite works. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. movin’ & Groovin’ With c hristine: Tots let loose to the rhythms of rock and world music. Intended for ages 2-5, but all are welcome. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.



movin’ & Groovin’: Little ones jump, tumble, dance, climb, march and more during this session designed to build confidence and coordination. Ages 18 months-4. Preregister. Purple Crayon Productions, Woodstock, 10:15-11:15 a.m. $12 child. Info, 457-3500. Pollywog d rop-in a rt: Tots get their art fix with a variety of craft materials, from homemade play dough to colorful ribbons. Ages 6 months-5 accompanied by adult. Burlington City Arts Center, 9:30-11:30 a.m. $6 child/parent pair, $5 BCA member child/parent pair. Info, 865-7166. ‘r omeo & Juliet: The ’60s’: Young thespians star in Very Merry Theatre’s original musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic. All ages. Edmunds Middle School, Burlington, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 863-6607. Vermont d ance & d rum Festival: See spotlight, page 34.


c andy b uyback: See November 1.


Confection Perfection c andy-cane creation draws together science, art and the pleasure of eating. a t LAUGHiNG moo N cH oco LATEs’ cAN d Y cANE -mAKiNG d emos, “it has become a tradition to watch as candymakers boil, pull, turn, roll and twist … candy canes into works of art, which cour Tesy of l aughi Ng moo N c hocola Tes are both beautiful and delicious,” says owner l eigh Williams. c anes are made in peppermint, spearmint, cinnamon, wintergreen and maple flavors. Want the hands-on experience of making candy yourself? That requires a reservation. participation space is limited to about 20 people.

milton c ommunity Youth c oalition: Friends and families share a meal while reviewing the results from recent youth behavior and attitudes surveys. Location TBD, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 893-1009.


PAc T Potluck: Community members dish up dinner and ideas during this evening in support of kids and teens. South Burlington High School, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 660-3189.

‘Ask Us Who We Are’: This documentary explores foster care in Vermont, highlighting not only the struggles children face within the system but also their strength as they search for a sense of belonging. All ages. BFA Performing Arts Center, St. Albans, 7 p.m. $10 adult, $5 child. Info, 357-4616.


Eye on Adolescence: This symposium for adults features two programs: “Helping Youth Manage Difficult Transitions” and “Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Lives of Boys.” Preregister. Majestic 10, Williston, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $119 person for single day, $199 person for both days. Info, 658-3924, ext. 1042.

Health & Fitness cAN d Y-cANE -mAKiNG dE mos: Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, November 16-December 23, 11 a.m. Laughing Moon Chocolates, Stowe. Free to watch, $6 person and preregistration encouraged to make your own. Info, 253-9591,

s troller s trolling: Families walk and roll down the recreation path. This informal, drop-in program ends when the weather gets too chilly. Fairfax Community Park & Recreation Path, 9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-1941.

Library & Books

Ongoing Events Ec Ho LAKE AQUARiUm ANd sci ENc E c ENTER Info, 864-1848 Grossology: The impolite s cience of the Human Body: Back by popular demand, ‘Grossology’ is a fun, colorful and informative exhibit grounded in the theory that the best way to get kids interested in science is to present it in terms they find most appealing — snot, vomit, gas and scabs. FAiRBANKs mUs EUm & PLANETARiUm Info, 748-2372 Wildflower Table: A living exhibit, the Wildflower Table reflects the abundance and diversity of flowers, grasses, berries, ferns and evergreens found in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Introduce kids to more than 400 species displayed throughout the year, in both fruit and flowering stages. THE GREAT VERmo NT co RN mAZE Info, 748-1399

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Info, 649-2200 Earth From s pace: See our planet as you’ve never seen it before — from space. Developed by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, this exhibition features detailed satellite images of Earth, from the swirling arms of a massive hurricane to the triangular shadows cast by the Great Pyramids. PREs ERVATio N BURLiNGTo N History Hunt: This Burlington area architectural scavenger search presents competitors with photos of elements found on historic buildings throughout the city, along with a few hints, and tasks people with correctly identifying them. Families can complete the hunt at their leisure anytime until November 10. Contest packets are available for download at VERmo NT iNs TiTUTE o F NATURAL sci ENc E NATURE c ENTER Info, 359-5000 Through the Eyes of Raptors: Explore the natural world through the eyes of raptors and be amazed by these efficient predators. Bird programs cover the mechanics of flight, seasonal migration and conservation issues. All ages. Raptors Up c lose: Explore the fascinating lives of birds. Learn how hundreds of birds are rehabilitated each year and the fundamentals of how raptors are trained. The exhibit includes touchable artifacts and hands-on materials. All ages. K

Homeschoolers Book Group: Readers share thoughts on recent reads. Ages 8 and up. Preregister. St. Albans Free Library, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 524-1507. o rigami in the Afternoon: Kids practice the art of paper folding with a pro. Grades 4-8. Cobleigh Public Library, Lyndonville, 3:15 p.m. Free. Info, 626-5475. Young Writers Group: Homeschoolers explore writing topics as a group, then work on individual projects while learning about revision, editing and proofreading. All ages. Preregister. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 355-1841.



Beads, Beads and more Beads: Kiddie crafters make one-of-a-kind jewelry. Ages 7 and up. Creative Habitat, South Burlington, 5-6 p.m. $15 person. Info, 862-0646. Family c lay d rop-in: Parents join kids for some work on the wheel. All ages. Burlington City Arts Center, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $6 nonmember, $5 member; punch card available; prices include one fired/glazed piece, $5 additional piece. Info, 865-7166. Gingerbread Village: Budding builders use sugar, spice and sound construction techniques to create a tiny-but-tasty town. Grades K-2. Preregister. Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, 3-4:30 p.m. Call for price. Info, 253-8358. Preschool c lay d rop-in: Kids craft cool stuff using the wheel or working by hand. Preschool ages. Burlington City Arts Center, 9:30-11:30 a.m. $6 child. Info, 865-7166. ‘Romeo & Juliet: The ’60s’: See November 3, 7 p.m.

Eye on Adolescence: See November 3. History for Homeschoolers: Revolutionary War-era Vermonters are showcased during this lesson that compares real accounts with historical fiction. Ages 6-12. Preregister. Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, 1-3 p.m. $5 student, $4 member student and for families with three or more children participating. Info, 828-2180.

Health & Fitness

Adventures With Parker T. Bear: A friendly grizzly leads a hike, complete with snacks and an outdoor activity. A different trail is explored each week; call for location. Ages 2-5, 9:30-11 a.m. $6 resident child, $10 nonresident child. Info, 846-4108. Afternoon Hoops: See November 2. Kids o pen Gymnastics: See November 2.

Library & Books

o nce Upon a Time: Middlebury College students share fairy tales and crafts as part of the Page 1 Literacy Project. Grades K-2. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. s chool’s o ut: Forest Forts: Kids spend a day off from class designing and building a home fit for fairies and forest creatures. Ages 5 and up. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10:30 a.m.noon. Free. Info, 388-4097. Toddler Yoga & s tories: Little ones sample simple yoga and listen to tales. All ages. Preregister. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:15 a.m. and Free. Info, 878-4918.



Artful Letters: Artists of all ages experiment with exotic alphabets to create unique mixed-media works before joining a storyteller for a closer look at letters’ sounds and forms. Fleming Museum, Burlington, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Museum admission. Info, 656-0750. Giving Bach: Burlington Ensemble’s classical concert benefits its nonprofit partners, including Vermont Children’s Community Trust Foundation. College Street Congregational Church, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $5 person suggested minimum donation. Info, 598-9520. mini-mud Variety s how: Tykes and teens show off their talents during this showcase of music, dance and more. Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, 7 p.m. $6 student, $14 adult. Info, 728-6464. o rnamentally Yours: Holiday crafters make and take an ornament to celebrate the season. All ages. Creative Habitat, South Burlington, 1-3 p.m. $3 person. Info, 862-0646. ‘Romeo & Juliet: The ’60s’: See November 3, 7 p.m.

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Animal menagerie: Rain or shine, come see, pet and feed a variety of animals at this educational, hands-on farm. All ages.

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Highgate Youth Advisory: Kids in grades 5-8 plan projects with the Crossroads after school program. Highgate Public Library, 3-4:45 p.m. Free. Info, 868-3970.


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Anytime c raft: Kids get creative making bottle-cap necklaces whenever the mood strikes them.

Info, 862-8869 Public s kating: The Olympic rink provides plenty of space for skaters of all skill levels. Times and dates are subject to change, especially during school vacations.

Food for Thought: Teens share pizza during this advisory-group discussion; library projects round out the hour. Grades 7-12. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

c andy Buyback: See November 1.


Great Vermont c orn maze: Revel in “cornfusion” as you get lost in the Great Vermont Corn Maze, located on a third-generation dairy farm. Open weather permitting; call first if weather is questionable. All ages.


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Playgroups MONDAY Burlington Early-Months Playgroup: A mother-infant group for moms and their fi rst babies during the fi rst few months after birth. Baby massage, lullabies and information sharing. VNA Family Room, St. Joseph School, Burlington, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 860-4420. Hometown Playgroup Jeffersonville: This playgroup sponsored by Lamoille Family Center gives children a place to have fun and meet new friends while parents socialize and learn about resources for families in the area. All ages. Cambridge Elementary School, Je° ersonville, 9:30-11 a.m. Follows school calendar. Free. Info, 885-5229. Hometown Playgroup Morristown: Children play and meet new friends while parents socialize and learn about family resources in the area. Morristown Graded Building, Morrisville, 9-10:30 a.m. Follows school calendar. Free. Info, 888-5229. Isle La Motte Playgroup: Free play, stories, crafts and a provided snack. Isle La Motte School, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Norwich After School Superheroes: See Tuesday. Swanton Playgroup: Tykes enjoy free play, stories, songs, crafts and a provided snack. Mary S. Babcock School, Swanton, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Williston Music With Raphael: See Thursday, 10:45 a.m. Winooski Fathers and Children Together: Evening fun and dinner for dads and kids up to fi rst grade. Winooski Family Center, 5-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 655-1422.

TUESDAY Alburgh Music and Movement: Get moving and grooving with this playgroup session in the gym. Footwear that doesn’t mark required. Alburgh Community Education Center, every other Tuesday, 9:15-10 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.





Bristol Playgroup: Gathering and sharing for young families. All ages. Bristol Baptist Church, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 388-3171. Burlington Family Play: Big Room: Activities for parents and children ages birth-5. Work on your GED or high school diploma, take ESL classes or parenting workshops. Baby Room: Learn about your child’s development, baby signs and baby massage. Sessions run simultaneously. St. Joseph School, Burlington, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 860-4420. Burlington Fathers and Children Together: Evening fun for dads and kids up to fi rst grade. Located in the VNA Family Room. St. Joseph School, Burlington, 5-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 860-4420. Hardwick Playgroup: Children get out and play while community parents meet. Hardwick Elementary School, 8:15-10:15 a.m. Free. Info, 652-5138. Johnson Baby Chat: Playgroup for the youngest members of the community and their caregivers. Socialize while learning about

development expectations. Church of the Nazarene, Johnson, fourth Tuesday of every month, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 888-3470. Middlebury Playgroup: All ages. Info, Middlebury Baptist Church, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 388-3171. Milton Playgroup: All ages. New Life Fellowship Church, Milton, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 893-1457. Norwich After School Superheroes: Afterschool program for children in grades 1-6 features homework help, outdoor play areas (including zip line and bouncy castle), art, science and cooking projects. Preregister. Upper Valley Events Center, Norwich, 3-6 p.m. Packages range from one day for $35 to one month (20 days) for $600 to 90 days (half of the school year) for $2500. Info, 649-2772. South Hero Playgroup: Free play, crafts and songs entertain children and their grown-up companions. South Hero Congregational Church, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.

Montgomery Playgroup: Free play, songs, stories, crafts and a provided snack for children and their adult caregivers. Montgomery Town Library, fourth Wednesday of every month, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Norwich After School Superheroes: See Tuesday. Vergennes Playgroup: All ages. Congregational Church of Vergennes, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Free. Info, Info, 388-3171.

St. Albans Playgroup: Children and their caregivers socialize and play. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, St. Albans, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.

Winooski Open Gym With Princess: Kids let loose with free play before sharing cupcakes and stories with royalty. Regal Gymnastics Academy, Winooski, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. All ages. $12 child. Info, 655-3300.

Tulsi Morning Playgroup: Featuring botanically-inspired storytelling with astrologer MaryAnna Abuzahra, this playgroup includes art projects and games in the tearoom’s kidfriendly environment. Ages infant-8. Tulsi Tearoom, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Info, 223-0043.

Williston Baby-Time Playgroup: Baby play for infants and toddlers is sponsored by Building Bright Futures. (No playgroup the fi rst Wednesday of the month.) Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 658-3659.

WEDNESDAY Arts for Tots: Toddlers create something cool, groove to music and loosen up with free play while hanging with the grown-ups. Drop-ins are welcome and snack is provided. Ages 18 months-4. Purple Crayon Productions, Woodstock, 10-11 a.m. $10 child. Info, 457-3500. Burlington Family Play at Ethan Allen: Indoor and outdoor activities for parents and children ages birth-5. Ethan Allen Homestead Museum, Burlington, 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 860-4420. Charlotte Playgroup: Meet in the multipurpose room/gym for an hour of play. Sign in at the front o˛ ce. Charlotte Central School, 12:15-1:15 p.m. Free. Info, 764-5820. Enosburg Playgroup: Come to enjoy circle time, free play and a craft. Snack provided. American Legion, Enosburg Falls, 9-11 a.m. Free. Info, 933-6435. Essex Welcome Baby Playgroup: Connect with other parents and˝their babies. Essex Junction Teen Center, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 872-9580. Fairfi eld Playgroup: Kids and their caregivers play, sing, share stories and a snack. Bent Northrup Memorial Library, Fairfi eld, 1011:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Hinesburg Playgroup for Dads: Evening fun for dads and kids up to fi rst grade. Enjoy food, activities and discussion with other adults. Annette’s Preschool, Hinesburg, 5-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 860-4420.

THURSDAY Burlington EvoMamas Playgroup: EvoMamas fosters community, support and friendship in the transition between pregnancy and motherhood. Evolution Physical Therapy and Yoga, Burlington, second and fourth Thursday of every month, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 864-9642. Burlington Family Play: See Tuesday. Burlington Family Play at Ethan Allen: See Wednesday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fletcher Playgroup: Kids come to play and interact with games, toys, arts and crafts, and other resources in the school gym. Bring a snack. Fletcher Elementary School, Cambridge, 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Georgia Playgroup: Kids and their adult caregivers unwind with stories, songs, crafts and free play. Snack provided. Georgia Youth Center, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Hometown Playgroup Johnson: Children play and meet new friends while parents socialize and learn about family resources in the area. United Church of Johnson. Follows school calendar, 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 888-5229. Milton Playgroup: See Tuesday. Montgomery Infant Playgroup: Playtime for little ones while parents meet and talk. Ages birth-2 and caregivers. Montgomery Town Library, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Morrisville Baby Chat: Playgroup for the youngest members of the community and

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their caregivers. Socialize while learning about development expectations. Local specialist in child health available. First Congregational Church of Morrisville, fi rst Thursday of every month, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 888-3470. Norwich After School Superheroes: See Tuesday. Richmond Welcome Baby Group: Welcome the newest community members with play and socialization. Richmond Free Library, second Thursday of every month, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 899-4415. Williston Music With Raphael: Kids sing, dance and clap their hands to folk music with Raphael and his guitar. Up to age 5 with a caregiver. Limit: one session per week per family. No session November 24. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. Winooski Playgroup: Stories, songs and playtime. Ages birth-5 with caregiver. O’Brien Community Center, Winooski, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 655-1422.

FRIDAY Burlington Crawlers, Waddlers and Toddlers: Learn about development stages, share with other parents, play, move and have fun in the VNA Family Room. St. Joseph School, Burlington, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 999-5100. Essex Center Playgroup: Schedule varies due to Essex Community Players’ schedule. Memorial Hall, Essex Junction, 9-11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6751. Fairfax Playgroup: Tykes celebrate the harvest with circle time, crafts and snacks in addition to free play. BFA Fairfax, 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Ferrisburgh Open Gym: All ages. Ferrisburgh Central School, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 388-3171.



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Hometown Playgroup stowe: Children play and meet new friends while parents socialize and learn about family resources in the area. Stowe Community Church. Follows school calendar, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 888-5229.

shelburne Playgroup: Bring a toy to share and a snack, and play with other kids and parents. In addition to open playtime, enjoy singing, stories and special guests. Trinity Episcopal Church, Shelburne, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 985-2382. st. albans moPs: Childcare provided during this gathering for mothers with children ages birth-6. Church of the Rock, St. Albans, third and first Friday of every month, 8:4511 a.m. Free. Info, 891-1230. swanton Late-morning Playgroup: Round out your morning routine with free play, stories, songs, crafts and a snack. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Swanton, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.

SAtUrDAY Franklin Playgroup: Playgroup includes stories, songs and crafts. Ages birth-6. Franklin Central School, second Saturday of every month, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. north Hero Tumble Time: Children and adult caregivers enjoy stations and free play around the gym with a snack provided. North Hero Elementary School, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. morrisville Weekend Baby chat: Playgroup for the youngest members of the community and their caregivers. Socialize while learning about development expectations. Local specialist in child health available. Lamoille Family Center, Morrisville, second Saturday of every month, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 888-3470.

Tots & Tykes Gym Time: The pint-size set is free to play while parents socialize. Ages 1-5 with adult. Chamberlin School, South Burlington, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 846-4108.


cochran’s ski & ride sale: Skiers and riders shop for gear. Camels Hump Middle School, Richmond, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. Free to browse. Info, 434-2479.


‘ask us Who We are’: See November 4, West Monitor Barn, Richmond, 7 p.m. Babysitter safety: Caregivers get schooled on first aid, feeding techniques, bedtime tactics and other issues in this American Red Cross-sponsored training. Milton Town Office Community Room, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $90 Milton resident, $95 nonresident. Info, 893-4922. Fall open House: Teachers and high school students give tours and presentations while young children make lanterns and join in preschool and kindergarten activities. Preregister. Lake Champlain Waldorf School, Shelburne, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 985-2827.

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Postnatal yoga: Moms and their brand-new babies connect through movement and breathing exercises. Central Vermont Medical Center, Berlin, 10:45-11:45 a.m. $10 mom/baby pair. k8v-WaitsfieldKski1011.indd Info, 778-0300.


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Prenatal yoga: Moms-to-be explore meditations, postures and breath work tailored to their minds and bodies during pregnancy. Central Vermont Medical Center, Berlin, 9-10:30 a.m. $10 person. Info, 778-0300.

Nature & Science

Face Time With Fossils: Kids clue in to the origins of fossils during this hands-on session. All ages. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 11 a.m. Museum admission. Info, 649-2200. Lake Physics Lowdown: Science-savvy UVM students explain what’s what with water during interactive demos. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Museum admission. Info, 877-324-6386. Wagon-ride Weekends: Farm fans explore a 19th-century working dairy the old-school way. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.3:30 p.m. Museum admission. Info, 457-2355. Wood-carving demo: Bird lovers check out wooden works in progress and guess which feathered friends will be added next to the museum collection. All ages. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 1 p.m. Free with admission. Info, 434-2167. youth deer Weekend: See spotlight, page 38.



Vermont dance & drum Festival: See spotlight, page 34.

A two day event that combines a top notch artisan market with magical activities for children of all ages, delicious food, and live seasonal music. A weekend filled with pleasures!

Friday, December 2nd 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Evening Shopping

Come for a shopping experience like no other! Browse for all your holiday gifts while enjoying a caffè latte, savory treats, and live music with operatic bass Erik Kroncke, singing songs of the season. For adults and older teens.

10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Huge artisan market, holiday singing, children's craft making, storytelling, magical activities, including the “Crystal Cave of the Snow Queen,” circus games, African drumming, cake game, home cooked café foods and more! Enjoyable for everyone.

Saturday, December 3rd

European-Styled Family Fair

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Kids’ Books & Gifts from our Online Museum Store

Vermont dance & drum Festival: See spotlight, page 34.

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south Burlington Tots and Tykes open Gym: Open, unstructured playtime in the gym. Ages 1-5 and their caregivers. Chamberlin School, South Burlington, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 846-4108.

Trombone day: See spotlight, page 28.

open Tot Gym & infant Playtime: Kiddos and their parents slide, jump, swing, tumble and more during this free-play session. Babies even have space to bop around and explore in an area all their own. BFA Fairfax, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 524-6393.

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montgomery Tumble Time: Allow little ones to expend some of their abundant energy. Lots of toys and space to run in the gym, play mat for babies. Montgomery Elementary School, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.

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saturday drama club: Kids help Very Merry Theatre produce a show in just three hours. All ages. Preregister. Pay-by-the-day program. Very Merry Theatre, Burlington, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $15 child (or whatever you can afford). Info, 863-6607.


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Story Times MONDAY Books and Beyond: This program combines great children’s literature and hands-on activities for fun science learning and exploration. Ages 3-5 and their parent or caregiver. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, November 14, 10:15 & 11:30 a.m. Museum admission. Info, 649-2200. Bristol Toddler Story Time: Introduce your little one to the library and children’s books with activities and music. Lawrence Memorial Library, Bristol, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 453-2366. Burlington Stories With Megan: Enjoy a funfi lled preschool story time with rhymes, songs and books. Ages 2-5. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. Essex Fall Story Time: See Wednesday. Marshfi eld Story Time: Read-aloud tales with a cross-cultural theme catch the ear of youngsters. Ages birth-6. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfi eld, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 426-3581.

WEDNESDAY Brownell Toddler Story Time: See Tuesday.

Burnham Toddler Story Time: Stories for tots. Ages 18 months-3. Preregister. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 878-0313.

Essex Fall Story Time: Little ones relax with a mid-morning story. All ages; check online schedule for sessions for di° erent ages. Preregister. Essex Free Library, Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 879-0313.

East Middlebury Preschool Story Hour: Kids get silly with stories and songs. Ages birth-5 with caregiver. Sara Partridge Community Library, East Middlebury. Follows school calendar. 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 388-7588.

Highgate Toddler and Preschool Story Time: Listen to stories and songs, shake out your sillies and make a craft. Ages birth-preschool. Highgate Public Library, Highgate Center.Follows Center.Followsschool schoolcalendar. calendar.11:15 11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 868-3970.

Grand Isle PJ Story Time: Curl up in your PJs with a good book. Ages birth-6. Grand Isle Free Library, fi rst Tuesday of every month, 6:307:30 p.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.

Richmond Story Time: Tall tales and simple stories. Ages 2-6. Richmond Free Library, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 434-3036.

St. Albans Story Time: Book hounds hear stories, sing songs and play. Ages birth-6 and caregivers. St. Albans Free Library, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 524-1507.

Highgate Toddler and Preschool Story Time: Listen to stories and songs, shake out your sillies, and make a craft. Families from surrounding towns welcome. Ages birthpreschool. Highgate Public Library. Follows school calendar, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 868-3970.

Shelburne Story Time With Webby: Lively readings of children’s books related to museum collections with new stories o° ered each week. Intended for preschoolers, but all are welcome. Shelburne Museum, 10:30-11 a.m. Free with admission. Info, 985-3346.

Hinesburg PJ Story Time: Kiddos relax in their jammies while sharing books and catching a video. Ages 3-7. Carpenter-Carse Library, Hinesburg, November 15 only, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 482-2878.

South Burlington Tiny Tot Time: Join Miss Meg for songs and stories during this literacybased program. The morning begins with a short book and group activity followed by time to play with friends and explore a variety of developmentally appropriate materials. Birth to 3. South Burlington Community Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 652-7080.

Williston Story Time at Buttered Noodles: See Tuesday. Woodstock Baby Story Time: Ages 6 months-2. Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 457-2295.


Brownell Toddler Story Time: Simple stories, songs and fi nger-plays for the toddler crew. Ages 18 months-3 with adult. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9:10-9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.

Richmond Pajama Time: Stories with Douglas while decked out in your bedtime best. Ages 2-6. Richmond Free Library, 6:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 434-3036.

Waterbury Toddlers-n-Twos: Active stories designed for kids ages 18-36 months and their caregivers. Waterbury Public Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 244-7036.


Woodstock Toddler Story Time: Ages 2-5. Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 457-2295.

Milton Infant Story Time: Little ones enjoy lap time, songs and stories. Ages birth-18 months. Milton Public Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 893-4644.

Stowe Monday Morning Story Time: Little lit lovers share stories and songs in the community room. Stowe Free Library, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 253-6145.


Essex Junction, Junction, 1010Brownell Library, Essex 10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.

Fairfax Preschool Story Time: Kids and their caregivers explore themes of Thanksgiving, hibernation and nature during this hour of stories, songs and crafts. No story hour November 22. Fairfax Community Library, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 242-9000.

Stories With Megan: Fun-fi lled story time features multicultural songs and rhymes. Ages 2-5. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.


Noodles, Williston, 1010:30 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810.

Alburgh Story Hour: Little ones enjoy stories, songs, crafts and snacks. Ages 2-5. Alburgh Community Education Center, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 796-6077. Barre Children’s Story Hour: Tots tune in for audible prose. Ages 2-5. Aldrich Public Library, Barre, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 476-7550. Barre Kids Story Hour: Literature hounds show up for tall tales. East Barre Branch Library, kids under 3 meet at 10 a.m., ages 3-5 meet at 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 476-5118. Brownell Story Time: Stories, songs, rhymes and more for little ones. Ages 3-5. Preregister.

Hinesburg Preschool Story Time: Ages 3-5. Carpenter-Carse Library, Hinesburg, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 482-2878. Hinesburg Toddler Story Time: Ages 3 and under. Carpenter-Carse Library, Hinesburg, fi rst and third Tuesday of every month, 9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 482-2878. Lyndonville Baby/Toddler Story Time: Connect with library friends and enjoy stories, songs, storyboards and fi nger plays. Ages birth3 and caregivers. Cobleigh Public Library, Lyndonville, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 626-5475. Milton Preschool Story Time: Books, songs and crafts entertain tykes. Ages 3-5. Milton Public Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 893-4644. Montpelier Story Time: Join us for great books, singing, crafts and fun. Preschool age. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. Follows school calendar, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 223-4665. Reading With Frosty & Friends: Dog lovers are invited to bring a book and read to a pooch registered with Therapy Dogs of Vermont. All ages. Preregister for 10-minute sessions. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

Stories With a Twist: Kids and their caregivers join a preschool educator as she brings science and nature to life with stories, songs and crafts using a unique style of teaching to engage ECHO’s youngest visitors. The program focuses on a di° erent science topic each week. Ages 2-6. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington, 11 a.m. Museum admission. Info, 324-6386. Story Time in the Nestlings Nook: Stories about birds are followed by a nature walk, crafts or music, depending on the weather. Intended for preschoolers, but all ages are welcome. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, second Tuesday of every month, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free with admission (donations welcome). Info, 434-2167. Williston Fall Story Hour: Stories and a craft entertain young readers. Ages 3-5. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. Williston Story Time at Buttered Noodles: Early readers get together for group book time; snack and juice provided. Ages 1-7. Buttered

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Lyndonville Preschool Story Time: Enjoy stories, the letter of the day, a focus on one of six early literacy skills each week, songs, crafts and friends. Ages 3-5 and families. Cobleigh Public Library, Lyndonville, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 626-5475. Middlebury Baby & Toddler Story Hour: Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. Middlebury Stories With Shoopie and Lily: Read to a therapy dog. Preregister. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. Montgomery Story Hour: Listen to stories, do a craft and share a provided snack. Montgomery Town Library, second Wednesday of every month, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Montpelier Story Time: Kids gather for great books, singing, crafts and fun. Preschool age. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. Follows school calendar. 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 223-4665. Pajama Story Time: Little ones (and big ones, if they so desire) wear their PJs to the library and enjoy stories, cookies and milk. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, third Wednesday of every month, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 879-7576. Richford Story Hour: Join your friends and make new ones during this story hour for preschoolers. Preregister. Arvin A. Library, Richford, 9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 848-3313. Shelburne Teddy Bear Story Time: A bear-y good time with books and stories. Ages 3-5. Vermont Teddy Bear Company, Shelburne, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 985-1643. South Burlington Story Time: Sta° read newly released board books and old favorites. Ages 1-3. Barnes & Noble, South Burlington, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 864-8001. Swanton Story Hour: Come listen to stories and songs, and do an easy craft.



Swanton Public Library, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 868-7656.

Please call ahead. Enosburg Public Library, 9-10 a.m. Free. Info, 933-2328.

Waterbury Baby Lap Time: Story time designed for babies birth to 18 months with songs and simple rhymes. Waterbury Public Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 244-7036.

Huntington story Time: This early-literacy hour features rhymes, books and music for wee ones up to age 5. Huntington Public Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 434-4583.

Williston story Time at Buttered Noodles: See Tuesday.

Lincoln children’s story Time: Songs, crafts and other activities for children. Ages birth-5. Lincoln Library, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 453-2665.

Thursday Barre Kids story Hour: Snacks and activities follow an hour of tales. LACE, Barre, 3:304:30 p.m. Free. Info, 476-4276. Bristol Preschool story Time: Explore early literacy skills with reading, music, movement and projects. Lawrence Memorial Library, Bristol, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 453-2366. Burnham Preschool story Time: Stories, crafts and other activities for preschoolers. Ages 3-6. Preregister. No story time on November 24. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, Mondays, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 878-0313. Essex Fall story Time: See Wednesday. Fairfax PJ story Time: Children chill in their jammies while crafting and listening to stories. All ages. Fairfax Community Library, November 3, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Franklin story Time: Preschool story time filled with fun crafts, silly songs and stories. Haston Library, Franklin, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 285-6505. middlebury Preschool story Hour: Stories, songs, rhymes and a craft. Ages 3 and up. No story hour on November 24. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury. Follows school calendar. 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. shelburne story Time With mary catherine Jones: The musician and storyteller brings stories, songs and rhymes to the library. All ages welcome. Pierson Library, Shelburne, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 985-5124. south Burlington Baby story Time: Infants are introduced to the wonders of language with nursery rhymes, songs, finger plays and board books. For children who are not yet walking. Preregister. No story time on November 24. South Burlington Community Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 652-7080. st. Albans story Time: Book hounds hear stories, sing songs and play. Ages birth-6 and caregivers. St. Albans Free Library, 10:3011:30 a.m. Free. Info, 524-1507.

Williston story Time at Buttered Noodles: See Tuesday.


south Burlington story Time Adventures: Join Miss Meg and Mr. Monkey for an adventure in a book. Listen to stories, sing songs, play games and create with a variety of materials that Mr. Monkey has hiding in his tree house. Intended for ages 30 months and up; children who are able to sit, listen and safely create with small materials. No session November 11 or 25. South Burlington Community Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 652-7080.

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hopkins center for the arts presents


Thrilling traditional Korean percussion and acrobatic dance

thU | nov 10 | 7 pm spaulding auditorium “Unsparing energy and technical mastery with a strong sense of spirituality.” Los Angeles Times

Waterbury Preschool story Time: A time for great stories, puppets and fun songs. Ages 3-6. Waterbury Public Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 244-7036. Williston story Time at Buttered Noodles: See Tuesday.

saTurday colchester saturday stories: Children of all ages enjoy great picture books. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-0313. saturday drop-in story Time: Kids check out a weekly selection of music and books. All ages. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 878-0313. shelburne Teddy Bear story Time: See Wednesday. south Burlington saturday story Time: Staff read newly released books that will resonate with children up to grade 2. Barnes & Noble, South Burlington, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 864-8001. south Burlington second-saturday stories: Families share stories with Miss Meg, then explore the art of painting with corn. South Burlington Community Library, second Saturday of every month, 10:15 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 652-7080. Woodstock story Time: Ages 3-7. Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 457-2295. K

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Enosburg story Hour: Listen to stories, craft something cool, even take a field trip or two

Pint-size science & stories: This program focuses on a different science topic each week. Children are encouraged to ask questions, make predictions, and test their ideas in a fun and engaging way. Ages 3-7 with adult caregiver. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington, 11 a.m. Museum admission. Info, 324-6386.

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Westford story Time: Stories and activities utilize early-literacy concepts. Ages birthpreschool. Westford Public Library, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-5639.

montpelier story Time: Kids crack open great books and enjoy singing, crafts and fun. Preschool age. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. Follows school calendar. 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 223-4665.

Vergennes story Time: Themed stories with American Sign Language and an activity. Preschool ages. Bixby Memorial Library, Vergennes, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 877-2211.

milton Toddler story Time: Toddlers tackle tall tales and enjoy songs and crafts. Ages 18 months-3 years. Milton Public Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 893-4644.





c ommunity c ochran’s s ki & Ride s ale: See November 5, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. c ommunity Remembrance & c andle Lighting: Nondenominational service features music, poetry and family readings to support people mourning the loss of a loved one. All ages. Holy Angels Church, St. Albans, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 527-7531.


Fairs & Festivals

Hand in Hand: See November 1.

‘The s ecret Room’: Author Beth Kannell shares her latest novel, the story of two eighth-grade girls who find a hidden space in one of their houses and try to solve the mystery. Ages 10 and up. Flying Pig Children’s Books, Shelburne, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 985-3999.

Nature & Science

Build it Better: Young scientists explore the world of batteries and electric energy during this hands-on workshop. All ages. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 3 p.m. Museum admission. Info, 649-2200. make it Fly: Aspiring aeronautical engineers test-fly gliders they craft themselves. All ages. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 11 a.m. Museum admission. Info, 649-2200. Neshobe Youth d eer Hunting c elebration: See spotlight, page 38. s undays for Fledglings: Kids hike, create, explore, carve, act, write and investigate the lives of birds, their habitats and their neighbors. Intended for kids in grades 1-4, but all are welcome. Preregister. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 2 p.m. Free with admission. Info, 434-2167. Wagon-Ride Weekends: See November 5. Youth d eer Hunting c elebration: See spotlight, page 38.



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Teen to Adult: This workshop for parents discusses services available to help young people transition to adulthood. First Congregational Church of Morrisville, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 800-800-4005, ext. 225.

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‘Ask Us Who We Are’: See November 4, Essex United Methodist Church, 7 p.m.

Bouncy Fest: Kids catch some air while hopping to their hearts’ content. Food vendors, face painting and quarter games add to the fun. St. Albans City Hall, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $6 child (all you can bounce), free for adults. Info, 527-5725.


‘Jungle Book’: Young thespians perform a Disney classic. Very Merry Theatre, Burlington, 4 p.m. and Free. Info, 863-6607.

Prenatal Yoga: Moms in the making practice postures, meditations and breath work tailored to pregnancy. Drop-ins are welcome. Yoga Mountain Center, Montpelier, 5:30-7 p.m. Call for rates. Info, 778-0300.

Library & Books

Legos & c hess: Gamers go old school with building blocks and knights, rooks and pawns. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. may’s music & movement: Kiddos and their caregivers don their dancing shoes for a turn on the floor with May. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4097.

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c raftacular Tuesdays: See November 1. music With Robert: See November 1.

Nature & Science s cience & s tories: Animals in November: Curious kids learn how their furry friends make ready for a long winter. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington, 11 a.m. Museum admission. Info, 877-324-6386.



‘Jungle Book’: See November 8, 6:30 p.m. music in the meeting House: See November 2. s amulNori d rumming Workshop: Participants learn traditional Korean beats. Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. Free. Info, 646-2422.


‘Ask Us Who We Are’: See November 4, Catamounts Arts, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Burlington La Leche League: Moms bring their questions, babies and older kids, too, to this breast-feeding support group. Lending library available. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 985-8228. c ookie d ecorating: See November 2. Kids c ook Up s tories: See November 2. New mentor Training: Mobius gives role models some tips on guiding youth. Preregister. Heritage Aviation, South Burlington, 5:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 658-1888.

Beat Down! West African music and movement takes over b urlington during Jeh Kulu’s four-day 17th annual Ve Rmo NT dAN ce & dRU m Fes TiVAL. Artists from Guinea, Senegal and mali share their rhythms during workshops and performances with dancers of all skill levels, including a Saturday class just for kids. t here’s also a presentation by Jeh Kulu Junior, the “kids company,” featuring four talented b urlington residents of West African descent. Autumn b angoura of Jeh Kulu notes they have been studying dance and music “since birth.” Families can watch for free from the balcony at b urlington City Hall Auditorium. Ve Rmo NT dAN ce & dRU m Fes TiVAL: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 3 through 6, various times (Full schedule online). Festival Kids Class: Saturday, November 5, 10:15 to 11 a.m., Flynn Theater Dance Studio, Burlington. call for more info. Pre-register to participate in classes; drop-ins welcome to watch for free. Call for class fees. Info, 859-1802, Teen Advisory Group: Middle and high schoolaged kids get the lowdown on the library’s latest programs and share some snacks. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4097.

Nature & Science

Kids o pen Gymnastics: See November 2.

Preschool d iscovery Program: Wee ones bundle up for a walk in the woods to investigate nature. This month’s theme: “Nestling in Deep Down.” Ages 3-5. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 10-11:30 a.m. $5 child. Info, 229-6206.

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s ocial Thinking: See November 2.

Health & Fitness

Afternoon Hoops: See November 2.

Burnham Book c lub: Readers rate works that have received a Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award. On this month’s agenda: “Belly Up” by Stuart Gibbs. Ages 8-11. Preregister. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-0313. Lego Afternoons: See November 2. middle s chool Book Group: See November 2. movin’ & Groovin’ With c hristine: See November 2. Preschool music With Raphael: Little ones move and groove to guitar tunes. Ages 3-5. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-0313.


movin’ & Groovin’: See November 3. Pollywog d rop-in Art: See November 3. s amulNori d rumming Workshop: See November 9.


‘Ask Us Who We Are’: See November 4, Catamounts Arts, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Kids in the Kitchen: Tassies: Little bakers fill homemade dough cups with sweet, pecanstudded goodness, bake them off, then package them up for gift giving. All ages. Healthy Living

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Natural Foods Market, South Burlington, 3:304:30 p.m. $20 child. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1. s choolhouse o bservation mornings: Prospective families have an opportunity to take a tour, meet teachers and parents, and learn about this independent elementary school’s programs. Preregister. The Schoolhouse, South Burlington, 9-11 a.m. Free. Info, 355-7023.

Health & Fitness

s troller s trolling: See November 3.

Library & Books

Highgate Youth Advisory: See November 3. Le Go c lub: Building-block lovers get busy. All ages. St. Albans Free Library, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 524-1507. o rigami in the Afternoon: See November 3. s cience magic: Kids use trickery and everyday household items to wow the audience. Grades 3 and up. Preregister. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

Nature & Science

Preschool d iscovery Program: See November 9.



‘cinderella’: Youth theater company puts its unique spin on the classic fairy tale. All ages. Very Merry Theatre, Burlington, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 863-6607. Family clay drop-in: See November 4. Gingerbread Village: See November 4. Paper marbling: Art lovers design their own paper for scrapbooking, gift wrap and more by swirling paint on water. Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, 1-4 p.m. $35 person (see website for discounts and other rates). Info, 253-8358. ‘The Pirates of Penzance’: A youth cast takes on this comic opera. Very Merry Theatre, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 863-6607. Preschool clay drop-in: See November 4.


Teen Night: Ages 11-14. David Gale Recreation Center, Stowe, 8-10 p.m. Info, 253-6138. Youth Booth: The Richmond Farmers Market showcases the entrepreneurial flair of local kids, featuring their baked goods, produce and crafts. Volunteers Green, Richmond, 3-6:30 p.m. Free to browse. Info, 434-5273.


Languages of the Brain: An advocate for children discusses “Battling the Bully” through the lens of neuroscience and transforming kids’ lives through words during this annual conference. Preregister. Main Street Landing, Burlington, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $100 person. Info, 860-3349.

Health & Fitness

Adventures With Parker T. Bear: See November 4. Afternoon Hoops: See November 2. Kids open Gymnastics: See November 2.

Library & Books

once Upon a Time: See November 4.



Family Art drop-in: Crafters, painters and other art lovers work together in the First Floor Gallery. All ages. Burlington City Arts Center, 10 a.m.-noon. Info, 865-7166.

ornamentally Yours: See November 5. ‘The Pirates of Penzance’: See November 11, 2 & 7 p.m. Woodstock Film series: Movie fans catch a flick on the farm’s big screen. November features include Buck and The Secret of Roan Inish. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 3 p.m. $10 adult, $6 child (call for member and package prices). Info, 457-2355.

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scholastic Tournament: Chess-playing champs of all skill levels take each other on in rounds. Open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Berlin Elementary School, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. $10 player at door, $8 player in advance. Info, 223-1948. sibshops: These workshops are for children who have brothers and sisters with special needs. Ages 7-14. HowardCenter Child, Youth and Family Services, Burlington, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 800-800-4005, ext. 217. PTA ski & skate sale: Skiers and riders shop for gear. Waitsfield Elementary School, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free to browse. Info, 496-3643. “Zanes is enriching the field with his dance-party, hootenanny for the 21st century...”- LA Times


‘Ask Us Who We Are’: See November 4, Unitarian Universalist Society, Burlington, 7 p.m. Family Engagement in Education: This fourpart workshop designed for educators explores how to develop a greater understanding of family/school connectedness. Preregister. Vermont Family Network, Williston, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 800-800-4005, ext. 225. saxon Hill school open House: Families are free to check out this parent-cooperative preschool and kindergarten for children ages 3-5. Saxon Hill School, Jericho, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 879-0182.

Fairs & Festivals

Hooked in the mountains: Displays, demos and workshops for kids highlight the art of rug hooking. Shelburne Museum, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $8 senior, $4 adult, free for children. Info, 434-8191.

Health & Fitness

Postnatal Yoga: See November 5. Prenatal Yoga: See November 5.

Library & Books

‘The Flint Heart’: The weavers of this new fairy tale tell of a talisman, daring rescues, friendly farmers and badgers. All ages. Brown Dog Books & Gifts, Hinesburg, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 482-5189. Think Globally, Read Locally: This celebration of all things reading supports Mary Hogan Elementary School students as they participate in the MESA Read-a-thon. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 388-4097.

Nature & Science

creatures of the Night: See spotlight, page 36. machine madness: Homemade inventions are linked together to form a community-inspired chain reaction during this museum tradition. Guidelines available online. All ages. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 1-4 p.m. Museum admission. Info, 649-2200. owl-carving class: Older kids learn the art of wood carving and craft their own bird to take home. Wood and eyes provided; carvers should bring their own tools. Preregister. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $25 member, $35 nonmember. Info, 434-2167. Wagon-Ride Weekends: See November 5.

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mini-Bazaar: Families get their jam and jelly fix along with books and other goodies. Mater Christi School, Burlington, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free to browse. Info, 658-5494.

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saturday drama club: See November 5.

Foundation T-shirts, and relax with music and food. Shelburne Town Center Gym, 9 a.m.noon. $20 adult, $5 child. Info, 425-4747.

Hoo-Hoo: Families check out a live owl, then create arts-and-crafts projects based on their owl observations. Preregister. Shelburne Farms, 10 a.m.-noon. $10 member parent and child, $5 additional child; $12 nonmember parent and child, $6 additional child. Info, 985-8686.

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Welcome-Baby Brunch: Babies born in Charlotte between September 1, 2010, and August 31, 2011, are invited to a celebration with their families. All ages. Location TBD, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 999-7557. PTA s ki & s kate s ale: See November 12.


Fairs & Festivals

Hand in Hand: See November 1.

Hooked in the mountains: See November 12.

music With Robert: See November 1.

Health & Fitness

Nature & Science

Prenatal Yoga: See November 7.

Library & Books

Books for c hildren: Burlingtonians donate preschooler-friendly texts during this annual gift campaign. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, Free. Info, 865-7216. Legos & c hess: See November 7. may’s music & movement: See November 7.

‘Ask Us Who We Are’: See November 4, Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 7 p.m.


Fairs & Festivals

Bassoon d ay: See spotlight, page 28.

Hooked in the mountains: See November 12.

Nature & Science

d eep Freeze: Science buffs explore the properties of ice while making model glaciers. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 3 p.m. Museum admission. Info, 649-2200. Parachutes: Curious kids make their own Jhutes to test air resistance. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 11 a.m. Museum admission. Info, 649-2200. s undays for Fledglings: See November 6. Wagon-Ride Weekends: See November 5.



PBis Workshop: Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports session discusses creating safe school environments for students to learn and grow. Hebard State Office Building, Newport, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 373-5382.


Flicks at the Film House: Favorites The Wizard of Oz and Raiders of the Lost Ark kick off this family film series, in support of the United Way of Chittenden County. All ages. Main Street Landing, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 540-3018. ‘Robin Hood’: The Prince of Thieves gets the VMT treatment. All ages. Very Merry Theatre, Burlington, 7 p.m. and Nov. 16, 12 p.m. Free. Info, 863-6607.

Fairs & Festivals

Hooked in the mountains: See November 12.

Health & Fitness

Breast Feeding: Keep it s imple: Soon-to-benursing moms learn the basics and receive an instructional DVD. Northwestern Medical Center, St. Albans, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 524-7970.

s cience & s tories: migration: Preschoolers learn which birds head south for the winter, and which ones chill out in Vermont. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington, 11 a.m. Museum admission. Info, 877-324-6386.



music in the meeting House: See November 2. ‘Robin Hood’: See November 15, noon.


c andy-c ane-making d emo: See spotlight, page 29.

Health & Fitness

Afternoon Hoops: See November 2. Kids o pen Gymnastics: See November 2.

Library & Books

Books for c hildren: See November 14. Hogwarts Reading s ociety: See November 2. Lego Afternoons: See November 2. middle s chool Book Group: See November 2.

movin’ & Groovin’: See November 3.


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Family c lay d rop-in: See November 4. Gingerbread Village: See November 4.


Hooked in the mountains: See November 12.


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Preschool c lay d rop-in: See November 4.

c raftacular Tuesdays: See November 1.


Franklin Grand isle Families Together: This support group helps family members prepare for emergencies for people with developmental disabilities. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Swanton, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 800-800-4005, ext. 201.

cREATUREs o F THE NiGHT: Saturday, November 12, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington. Families with children ages 4 and up. Preregister. $10 member adult/child pair, $4 additional child; $12 nonmember adult/child pair, $5 additional child. Info, 434-3068,

Let’s Talk Turkeys: Bird-loving tots learn all about Tom and company, from what they eat to how they nest. Ages 3-5 with adult. Preregister. Audubon Vermont, Huntington, 10-11 a.m. $8 member adult/child pair, $10 nonmember adult/child pair, $4 additional child. Info, 434-3068.

s ocial Thinking: See November 2.

Preschool music With Raphael: See November 9.

Scared of the dark? Face your fears at c REATUREs o F THE NiGHT, an exploration of the nighttime forest sponsored by Audubon v ermont. Led by educator Gwendolyn Causer, this nocturnal woodland stroll introduces nature-loving families to owls, deer, beavers, flying squirrels, bats and other creatures who spend their “day” under cover of darkness. Causer says it’s a chance to “spark your senses and awaken your night vision as we explore by the light of the moon.”

Nature & Science

Kids c ook Up s tories: See November 2.

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Walk on the Wild Side

Young Writers Group: See November 3, 1-3 p.m.

‘Honk’: Young thespians perform a musical adaptation of “The Ugly Duckling.” All ages. Mater Christi School, Burlington, 5 p.m. Donations. Info, 658-3992.

c ookie d ecorating: See November 2.

movin’ & Groovin’ With c hristine: See November 2.

Books for c hildren: See November 14.

snacks. All ages. St. Albans Free Library, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 524-1507.

Fairs & Festivals

Hooked in the mountains: See November 12.

Health & Fitness

Partner Prenatal Yoga Workshop: Expecting couples prep for later stages of pregnancy, labor and birth with gentle movement, massage and breath work. The Shambala Center, Montpelier, 6:45-9 p.m. $40-$60 couple. Info, 778-0030. s troller s trolling: See November 3.

c andy-c ane-making d emo: See spotlight, page 29.


Family Bingo!: Gamers go eyes down and wait for the caller during this friendly night of numbers. All ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. F. H. Tuttle Middle School, South Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $1 card (three-card limit). Info, 846-4108.

Fairs & Festivals

Hooked in the mountains: See November 12.

Health & Fitness

Adventures With Parker T. Bear: See November 4. Afternoon Hoops: See November 2. Kids o pen Gymnastics: See November 2.

Library & Books

Books for c hildren: See November 14. Jiggity Jog: Kids let music move them via song, instrument and dance. Ages 2-5. South Burlington Community Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 652-7080. o nce Upon a Time: See November 4. s ign a s tory: Calling all babies and toddlers: Join Amy as she reads stories while signing key words. Ages birth-4. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. Teen movie Night: Films are screened in the library for the teen set. Drinks and popcorn are provided; teens are asked to bring a snack to share. Grades 7 and up. Lincoln Library, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 453-2665. Toddler Yoga & s tories: See November 4.



o rigami in the Afternoon: See November 3.

d an Zanes & Friends: The Grammy Awardwinning musician is all about family and folk sounds, bringing to the stage his “mixed musical bag approach” and 21st-century appeal. Barre Opera House, 3 p.m. $25 adult, $20 child. Info, 476-8188.

s t. Albans PJ s tory Hour: Soon-to-be-sleepy kids say “goodnight” with songs, crafts and

o rnamentally Yours: See November 5.

Library & Books

Books for c hildren: See November 14. Highgate Youth Advisory: See November 3.

Family Art d rop-in: See November 12.

Nov saturday drama club: See November 5.


magic in the morning: Families fill up on laughs for a good cause with comedian, puppeteer and magician Tom Joyce. Methodist Church, South Burlington, 10-11 a.m. Free with donation of canned good for local food shelf. Info, 951-4259. moonlit Wagon Rides: Families unwind as horses guide them across the farm, then celebrate the season with activities and snacks. All ages. Preregister. Shelburne Farms, 5:15, 6, 6:45 & 7:30 p.m. $10 adult, $7 child under 12. Info, 985-8686.


candy-cane-making demo: See spotlight, page 29. e-communities in a digital Age: Local leaders are linked with online tools to share their message — from tourism to education — including a look at how technology expands the classroom for Vermont grade schoolers. Preregister. Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $20 person. Info, 859-3090.

Fairs & Festivals

Holiday showcase: This festive fair benefits the Booster Club and the local food shelf. Calling all crafters: there’s vendor space available. BFA Fairfax, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 782-6874. Hooked in the mountains: See November 12.


Library & Books

Books for children: See November 14.

Nature & Science

Build it Better: See November 6. Leafcutter Ants: Kids examine the secret life of insect fungus farmers during this hands-on investigation. All ages. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 11 a.m. Museum admission. Info, 649-2200. sundays for Fledglings: See November 6. Wagon-Ride Weekends: See November 5.



Getting There: Life After High school: Topics range from skipping school to drug abuse during this program for parents and caregivers of youth who are having a tough time becoming adults. Vermont Family Network, Williston, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 800-800-4005, ext. 228.

Prenatal Yoga: See November 7.

Library & Books

Books for children: See November 14. Legos & chess: See November 7. may’s music & movement: See November 7.


Prenatal Yoga: See November 5.

Flicks at the Film House: See November 15.

Library & Books

Books for children: See November 14. day of Games: Players of all ages take on more than 150 board games during this 14-hour marathon. Ages 13 and under should be accompanied by an adult. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. Fall craft Hour: Kids make and take an autumn-inspired creation. All ages. St. Albans Free Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 524-1507. Water Works: Mr. K teaches kiddos about the properties of H2O. Haston Library, Franklin, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 285-6505.

Nature & Science

All About Fingerprints: Kids get up close and personal with their prints, exploring what makes them unique. All ages. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 11 a.m. Museum admission. Info, 649-2200.

Library & Books

Books for children: See November 14. craftacular Tuesdays: See November 1. Hand in Hand: See November 1. movie matinee: Kids catch a flick (title TBA) while snacking on popcorn and lemonade. All ages. St. Albans Free Library, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 524-1507.



Art safari: Tots dive into stories and art activities related to the museum’s collections. Ages 3-5 with adult. Preregister. Shelburne Museum, 9:30-10:30 a.m. $5 child. Info, 985-3346. curious George Holiday spectacular: It’s monkey-movie madness on Vermont Public Television with back-to-back presentations of “Curious George,” “Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey” and “Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas.” 8 a.m. Free.


candy-cane-making demo: See spotlight, page 29. cookie decorating: See November 2. Kids cook Up stories: See November 2. social Thinking: See November 2.

Wood-carving demo: See November 5.

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Wagon-Ride Weekends: See November 5.


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mirror, mirror: Science fans learn about symmetry and reflection while creating cool and complex images. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 3 p.m. Museum admission. Info, 649-2200.


it’s All About digestion: This science-based demo teaches kids what’s happening when their bodies say it’s time to find a bathroom. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Museum admission. Info, 877-324-6386.

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Postnatal Yoga: See November 5.

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Books for c hildren: See November 14. Lego Afternoons: See November 2. movin’ & g roovin’ With c hristine: See November 2.

Woodstock Film s eries: See November 12.

e xploring magnets: Curious kids of all ages conduct experiments and discover what makes materials magnetic. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 11 a.m. Museum admission. Info, 649-2200.


Wood-c arving d emo: See November 5.

c andy-c ane-making d emo: See spotlight, page 29.

Preschool music With Raphael: See November 9. Teen c raft: It’s nonstop knot making during this workshop on macrame necklaces. Ages 11 and up. Preregister. St. Albans Free Library, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 524-1507.

Fairs & Festivals


Postnatal Yoga: See November 5.

Thanksgiving Weekend: See November 25.

Health & Fitness

Prenatal Yoga: See November 5.


Library & Books

movin’ & g roovin’: See November 3. Pollywog d rop-in Art: See November 3.

Books for c hildren: See November 14.

Health & Fitness

Nature & Science

c reeping c olors: This science-packed session teaches kids about capillary action as they watch water crawl up paper and find hidden colors inside a marker. All ages. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 3 p.m. Museum admission. Info, 649-2200.

s troller s trolling: See November 3.

Library & Books

Books for c hildren: See November 14. Highgate Youth Advisory: See November 3.

Wagon-Ride Weekends: See November 5.



‘The Nutcracker’: See November 26, 1 p.m.

Fairs & Festivals

Family c lay d rop-in: See November 4. g ingerbread Village: See November 4. Preschool c lay d rop-in: See November 4.


c andy-c ane-making demo: See spotlight, page 29.

Fairs & Festivals

Thanksgiving Weekend: Turkey Day doings from 1890 are showcased during this holiday celebration on the farm complete with tasty treats and wagon rides. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, Museum admission. Info, 457-2355.

Health & Fitness

Adventures With Parker T. Bear: See November 4. Afternoon Hoops: See November 2. Kids o pen g ymnastics: See November 2.

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Books for c hildren: See November 14.

Nature & Science

Wagon-Ride Weekends: See November 5.



Family Art d rop-in: See November 12. ‘The Nutcracker’: The Albany Berkshire Ballet performs this holiday classic. Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday. All ages. Call for prices. Info, 863-5966. o rnamentally Yours: See November 5. s aturday d rama c lub: See November 5. ‘The s nowmaiden’: Handcrafted puppets star


Health & Fitness

Prenatal Yoga: See November 7.

Library & Books

Books for c hildren: See November 14.

Library & Books

may’s music & movement: See November 7.

Books for c hildren: See November 14.


Nature & Science


o ptical illusions: Young minds discover that things are not always what they seem during this science-based session. All ages. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 3 p.m. Museum admission. Info, 649-2200. s undays for Fledglings: See November 6.

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Who s ank the Boat?: Little boat builders craft a vessel, then see how much weight it can hold before sinking. All ages. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 11 a.m. Museum admission. Info, 649-2200.

Legos & c hess: See November 7.

Flicks at the Film House: See November 15.


Kids in the Kitchen: Pumpkin Bread: Fall’s favorite squash takes center stage in this handson quick-bread class. All ages. Healthy Living Natural Foods Market, South Burlington, 3:304:30 p.m. $20 child. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1.

Library & Books

Books for c hildren: See November 14. c raftacular Tuesdays: See November 1. Hand in Hand: See November 1. Preschool music With Raphael: See November 9.

Nature & Science

s cience & s tories: Hibernation: Curious kids explore why some animals sleep to survive winter. Intended for preschoolers. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington, 11 a.m. Museum admission. Info, 877-324-6386.



Wagon-Ride Weekends: See November 5.

Thanksgiving Weekend: See November 25.

Lego c lub: See November 10. o rigami in the Afternoon: See November 3.

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Happy Hunting d eer-hunting season has arrived in a blaze of orange, and v ermont’s youngest hunters are invited to practice what they’ve learned about safety and wildlife conservation during Yo UTH d ee R Wee KeNd . Sponsored by the v ermont d epartment of Fish & Wildlife as part of its l ifelong Pursuit Youth Hunting Program, the weekend is open to kids ages 15 and under who have completed a hunter-education course, possess a valid hunting license and are accompanied by an adult mentor. t he state program is designed to “encourage safety and enthusiasm in a family setting.” t here’s also the Nes Ho Be Yo UTH d ee R HUNTiNg c eLeBRATio N, sponsored by b randon’s Neshobe Sportsman c lub, which combines a lunch barbecue with the chance to win a lifetime hunting license. “We hope to get more young ones involved,” says organizer d an mcd onough. Neshobe also sponsors a youth turkey weekend, fishing derby, hunter-safety courses and scholarships for local kids. Yo UTH d ee R Wee Ke Nd: Saturday and Sunday, November 5 and 6. Statewide. Licensed hunters ages 15 and under, accompanied by an adult. Info, 241-3720, Nes Ho Be Yo UTH d ee R HUNTiNg c e Le BRATio N: Sunday, November 6, 3 to 6 p.m. Neshobe Sportsman Club, Brandon. Licensed hunters ages 15 and under, accompanied by an adult. Preregister by November 4 at Dave’s Forestdale Grocery & Deli. Free. Info, 247-6127,


music in the meeting House: See November 2.


c hittenden Families Together: This group offers info and support to families with teens or adults with developmental disabilities. Vermont Family Network, Williston, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 800-800-4005, ext. 215.


c andy-c ane-making d emo: See spotlight, page 29. c ookie d ecorating: See November 2. Kids c ook Up s tories: See November 2. s ocial Thinking: See November 2.

Health & Fitness

Afternoon Hoops: See November 2. Kids o pen g ymnastics: See November 2.

Library & Books

Books for c hildren: See November 14. Hogwarts Reading s ociety: See November 2. Lego Afternoons: See November 2. middle s chool Book g roup: See November 2. movin’ & g roovin’ With c hristine: See November 2.K






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d o you spend hours camped out in the kitchen in advance of Thanksgiving dinner? This year, get the kids in on the culinary fun. While parents tend to the bird, stuffing and cranberry sauce, little ones can craft their own edible centerpiece from simple ingredients that are likely already on hand. Snacking along the way keeps kids interested in the food prep, and the final product makes a colorful decoration for the table.


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Apple-Turkey c enterpiece Pick one side of the apple to be the front. Stick one toothpick in this side of the apple and thread it with marshmallows, then cranberries, then a chocolate-covered cranberry to make it look like the neck, wattle and head of a turkey. break off the tips of a toothpick for the bird’s beak. Insert them at an angle into the chocolate-covered raisin head so that the ends come together in a peak. make tail feathers for the bird by threading at least five other toothpicks with a mix of marshmallows, raisins and cranberries. Stick each of these in the back of the apple as patterned plumage. Craft scrawny legs for the bird by sticking two toothpicks in the lower front of the apple. If you’re concerned with toothpick safety, add marshmallow shoes to your turkey; they might not be realistic, but they’ll inspire some giggles. Display the finished bird on the dinner table as a Thanksgiving centerpiece. K

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Ask party guests to bring a nonperishable food item rather than a gift. Have a collection basket with a fancy sign explaining who benefits from the donated food. After the party, take a special trip to the local food shelf with your child.

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one of the Kovalczek brothers made a bunch of little kids crawl across four-lane French Road. Then there was the time Uncle Jim pushed Aunt Carol off the porch, and she broke her arm. That’s how she remembers it, anyway. The later it got, the more animated they all became. My dad and my uncles are big guys; all of them are at least six feet tall. Sometimes they’d throw their whole bodies into a story, but often it was just their faces — their eyes widening dramatically at a certain point, their heads shaking vigorously when they corrected one another: “No, no, that’s not how it went.” My dad would deliver punch lines out of the side of his mouth, a habit of his when he really gets going. He’d tell us the one about his great uncle, a Roman Catholic priest named Father Mike, who got pulled over for speeding while driving Dad and some friends up north. Turns out Father and the rural cop had a mutual acquaintance, something that’s a lot less common in Michigan than it is in Vermont. “He talked his way out of a ticket!” my dad would quip, year after year after year. If Dad was in a good mood — i.e., not losing at cards — we kids might press him to tell us about the time he went to a blind pig, an illegal nightclub, and saw a gun sitting on a table. That story glimpsing the city’s seedy underbelly thrilled me every time I heard it. But it’s not something I hear often anymore. Those sprawling, Resmer-family Thanksgivings are over. Uncle Bill, my Aunt Carol’s husband, died in 2009. And I’m not the only one who left town. I still have family outside of Detroit, but my parents, my sister, and my Uncle Jim and Aunt Joanne all live in North Carolina, near my mom’s family, and my cousins are scattered from Illinois to Colorado to California. We see each other at weddings and funerals, if then. Growing up, I loved my family, but I always knew I’d hit the road when it was time to go to college. I couldn’t face a life of those predictable gatherings. And now, of course, I miss them. They grounded me in who I am and where I came from. How can I give my own kids that same foundation when we live so far away from family? Maybe this year, after we’ve cut into our free-range, locally raised, organic turkey, I’ll tell them the story of the time Uncle Ken took me fishing. They’ve heard it already, but it bears repeating. 

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EVERY YEAR AROUND this time, I start thinking about my family’s Thanksgiving tradition. Problem is, we don’t have one. Five years into parenthood, my partner, Ann-Elise, and I still haven’t figured out how to spend the holiday with our two kids. One year we cow-sat for friends in Fairfield, and roasted a Tofurky at their place. The next year, we spent the day with our kids’ sperm donor and his family. Talk about being thankful. Each of these celebrations had its own charm, but lately I’ve been longing for a Thanksgiving ritual like the one I knew growing up. Like most kids, I didn’t fully appreciate it at the time. My childhood Thanksgivings in suburban Detroit were practically indistinguishable from one another. My parents, my sister and I would spend the day with my dad’s relatives — his parents and grandparents, before they died, and his three siblings and their families, which often included their in-laws. Most of them knew each other from the days when they lived in the same east-side Detroit neighborhood. We took turns hosting the meal; every year, one of our houses would be full-to-bursting with my big, boisterous Polish family. The location changed, but the food and the schedule were always the same. We had turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, Mom’s broccoli casserole and Aunt Joanne’s pumpkin pie. There was always at least one television showing a football game — usually featuring the Detroit Lions, who usually lost. After dinner, the adults would clear the dishes and play pinochle or euchre. And every year they’d tell the same stories, as if none of us had ever heard them before. Maybe it was the leisurely meal that loosened their tongues. Or maybe it was the copious amounts of alcohol. “Hey Cath,” my Uncle Ken would inevitably say. “Remember the time you, your dad and me went fishing in Lake St. Clair in my 16-footer, and that storm came up, and we were coming home hitting four-foot waves? You were about 6 years old, and you were shouting, ‘We’re gonna die! We’re gonna drown!’ And I sez, ‘Cathy, shut up. Mike, shut her up.’ Remember that?” As if I could forget. Not only was it a memorable experience; he literally brought it up every single year. As the night wore on, they’d talk about the old neighborhood. We’d hear about Uncle Ken and the time he and

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