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Event listings for Saturday, December 15, 2012

The written word

WEST DUMMERSTON West River Poetry Group: Readings, discussion, stories, poems and the occasional rant. Come to read or just listen; new members always welcome. 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Free. Lydia Taft Pratt Library, 156 West St. Information:


BRATTLEBORO "Aida": Live in HD performance of Verdi's Grand Opera of Ancient Egypt, "Aida," presented by the Metropolitan Opera. Over 200 artists fill the Met stage for this performance of Verdi's tragedy, which sets a heartbreaking love triangle against the backdrop of an empire at war. Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska makes a spectacular Met debut as Aida, the enslaved Ethiopian princess, opposite two major Met stars: tenor Roberto Alagna as the war hero Radam's and Olga Borodina as the pharaoh's daughter Amneris, Aida's formidable rival. George Gagnidze sings Amonasro, Aida's cunning father, and Stefan Kocan is the imposing Egyptian priest Ramfis. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi conducts his first company performances of the opera and star soprano Renee Fleming hosts the broadcast and conducts backstage interviews with the cast. 1 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Through Sunday, December 16, 2012. $26 on Fri., $24 on Sat., $24 with Met Forever membership. Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Information: 802-257-5717; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

MANCHESTER CENTER The Elf Express: Take a one-hour sing-along, mini-performance train ride through the Green Mountains. Families will be entertained with holiday melodies and dance routines by the elves of the theater and dance program of Burr and Burton Academy. Hot chocolate and button cookies will be served and elves will be reading a special story about Christopher Pop-In-Kins, who will be hidden on every train in the greenery peeking to see who's been naughty and nice and make a guest appearance with his own elves. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus make a surprise visit to provide every child with a special gift. Depart from r.k. Miles, 670 Depot Station. Trains depart each day at: 10 a.m., 11: 30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m. Through Sunday, December 16, 2012. $25 (age 13 and up); $20 (ages 2-12); Free (under age 2 sitting on parent's lap). Manchester Lions Club. Information:

BRATTLEBORO Holly Jolly Gingerbread Craft Time: Join in making houses out of graham crackers, icing and candy. Donations of nonperishable food items for Project Feed the Thousands are appreciated. Children under 7 must have a responsible person with them. To ensure there are enough goodies for everyone, registration is strongly recommended. 10 a.m. - 1 a.m. in the Children's Room. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

SAXTONS RIVER Birds' Christmas Carol: This multi-generational performance is based on the Kate Douglas Wiggin sentimental tale from the 1880's portraying the true spirit of Christmas. It is directed by Mary Hepburn, with a choir led by Eric Robinson. Those attending are encouraged to bring a donation of non-perishable food for Our Place Drop-in Center in Bellows Falls. The Jelly Bean Tree crafts cooperative located in the MSA building will be open prior to each performance for holiday shopping. 4 p.m. Through Sunday, December 16, 2012. Free. Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Information: 802-869-2960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

GUILFORD Service of Scripture and Carols: Michael Mario will lead the service. He will be joined by Carol Jaensen on the organ, and by a brass ensemble led by Bruce Corwin. The service will be recorded by WTSA-FM for broadcast on Christmas eve. Refreshments will be served following the service in the vestibule of the church. This annual service, the 52nd, is used as the only fund-raising event of the year. 7:30 p.m. Free will offering. Green River Church, Green River Village.

LEYDEN Homegrown Holiday Craft Fair: Twenty-eight artists and crafters teach, show and sell their items. Corn husk doll making workshop at 11 a.m., wreath-making workshop at 12 p.m., clay bird making workshop at 1 p.m., and Native American concert with "Medicine Mammals" at 2 p.m. Food, raffles, music, and more. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Leyden Town Hall, 10 Leyden Road.

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