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CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Saturday, December 

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Performing arts

BELLOWS FALLS "A Christmas Memory": Casual theater hybrid take on this quirky Prohibition-era Truman Capote story. John Hadden directs his adaptation of the tale along with David Stern, the Wild Goose Players and others, which will be recorded and filmed with a studio audience. 7 p.m. doors open, 7:30 p.m. show. Limited seating. Masks required. $10 suggested donation. Stage 33 Live, 33 Bridge St. Information: stage33live.com.

The written word

BRATTLEBORO Holiday Mini Book Fair: Join local authors for this special event during Brattleboro's Holly Days featuring locally produced and written books. Enjoy coffee and pastries while finding the perfect gift. 12 noon--4 p.m. in the Atrium. Hosted by Write Action. Brooks House, 41 Harmony Pl. (Main and High St.). Information: info@writeaction.org.

Multimedia

BRATTLEBORO "We're Locals": This is a unique live multimedia show where two bozos (Dan Vetrano and Aaron Nevins) do their best to blend in with the natives in a completely different town every seven days, culminating in one dazzling show at the end of the week. Dan and Aaron comb your bars, businesses and peculiar classified ads to find the most fascinating people around, following strange paths to meet even stranger strangers, scouring your thrift shops for choice finds, and generally embarking on insane life-changing experiences that they'll tell you all about. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. (2 shows). $20. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Information, tickets, and Covid requirements: 802-281-3232; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

Windham County Genealogy Interest Group Meeting: Revisiting FamilySearch.org (via Zoom): FamilySearch.org is the world's largest, free, genealogical database. It has over 8 billion records searchable by name and the world's largest shared family tree. In terms of volume, FamilySearch has about ten times the contents of US academic research libraries. All of this is available to anyone who signs up for a free account. Because of its large size, there are many ways to search for information on the website. It's possible to search for records, images, family trees, genealogies, catalog, and books. There's also a research wiki to help narrow the search. Wayne Blanchard and Jerry Carbone will discuss ways to find useful information about ancestors that can add to a family history. They will focus on using the catalog to find the most helpful database, and searching the crowd sourced family tree to find reliable sources on specific people. 10 a.m. Free. Zoom. windhamcountygig@gmail.com .

Music

W. DOVER Kevin Parry: Parry plays a mixed bag of '60s and '70s blues and rock standards. 6-9 p.m. Free. Last Chair Bar & Grill, 267 Rte. 100. Information: www.kevinparrymusic.com, 802-464-1133.

Farmers' markets

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Winter Farmers' Market: Diverse indoor farmers market. Local farm produce, meats, syrup, fresh baked goods, local cheeses, fruits, cider, pickles, preserves, handmade jewelry, pottery, soaps and more. SNAP/EBT shoppers turn $10 into $30. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Open every Saturday. Through Saturday, March 26. C. F. Church Building, 80 Flat St. Information: 802-275-2835, farmersmarket@postoilsolutions.org.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO S'mores with Santa: In place of the annual Santa is Coming to Town, Brattleboro Rec. & Parks is offering this event to children of all ages. Free popcorn, hot chocolate, and pre-made s'more kits to all kids while supplies last. This is a great opportunity for families to take their own social distancing photo with Santa and his friend elf. 1-2:30 p.m. on the Lower Softball Field. Free. Living Memorial Park, Guilford St. Ext. Information: 802-254-5808 weekdays.

Arts and crafts

Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center (BEEC): Deck the Halls (from a distance)/Make a Story Wreath (via Zoom): This celebration of the beauty of winter weeds has become a holiday tradition. Each year, participants discover the hidden botanical treasures of the cold season. "This year, we're encouraging you to make a wreath with materials gathered in one habitat or favorite place - a "story wreath" that brings the place to mind whenever you admire it. We will begin with a demonstration and then work together remotely while sharing holiday spirit, wildlife sightings, adventure highlights from 2020, and our creation.". 3 p.m. Register: tinyurl.com/tayruzu. $20 ($15, BEEC members). Zoom.

Community meals

PUTNEY Putney Foodshelf - Weekly Curbside Open Hours: All are welcome - we just ask you to provide your town of residence and number in household for our data tracking purposes. Stay in your car. Volunteers will take your order and bring out boxes of food, including nonperishable items, fresh produce, paper goods, meat, dairy products. 9 - 10:30 a.m. Stay in car; volunteers will help. Free. Putney Foodshelf, 10 Christian Sq. Information: 802-387-8551; putneyfoodshelf@gmail.com.

Tag sales, auctions, bazaars

W. BRATTLEBORO All Souls Church Online Bazaar (In Person/Online): A wide array of locally made handmade artisan wreaths and ornaments, art work, gift baskets, can be purchased. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. outside of the Meeting House. Follow COVID protocols. West Village Meeting House, 29 South St. Information: Online info: 802-254-9377, https://tinyurl.com/2c9smdac.

CHESTER St. Luke's Christmas Market: Culinary Classics & Crafts: Choose from a host of delicacies: frozen soups and meals, wide variety of pre-wrapped baked goods, homemade jams/preserves, handmade chocolates in designer tins. Christmas-oriented decorations include live evergreen wreaths and sprays, decorated candles, more artistic or handmade creations, plus nutritious treats for pets. New items this year: homemade gingerbread-house kits, authentic English chunky orange marmalade and real English mincemeat for pies/tarts, Cyrena's potholders, handmade soaps with no artificial or harsh ingredients. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Masks required. St. Lukes Episcopal Church, 313 Main St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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