Events Calendar

– Please note that ** = multiple times and/or locations – 

Letters to Santa
Dec 1 all-day

Dec. 1 through Dec. 23, children can mail their letters to Santa Claus at the West Rutland Public Library. With each letter mailed you will receive a small gift. Happy Holidays! Any questions call 438-2964.

Gift of Life Marathon
Dec 1 @ 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

The Gift of Life Marathon – 12 Days of Giving blood drive kicks off at the home of Castleton University president David Wolk, who is offering a free ride to anyone that needs it by calling 802-468-1203. 119 Alumni Drive, Castleton. Give the gift of life! Appointments at; 800-RED-CROSS.

Holiday Assistance
Dec 1 @ 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

The Salvation Army Holiday Assistance 2015 application (for baskets and toys) times at 1 Scale Ave., Bldg. 12-A, Rutland. Info, 802-775-5150. Bring all required proofs with you at time of application: Photo I.D., proof of address, income statements and food stamps (PATH), pay stub, social security, medicaid or disability cards, proof of children and any other documentation that may be helpful. Today, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Ludlow Rotary Club Meets
Dec 1 @ 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Ludlow Rotary Club service area includes Ludlow, Mt. Holly, Cavendish, Plymouth with members from these communities. Meets for lunch & fellowship Tuesdays. Club activities fund scholarships for area students, support local not-for-profit organizations and contributes to other local & international humanitarian efforts.

TOPS Meeting
Dec 1 @ 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

TOPS – Taking Off Pounds Sensibly meets every Tuesday at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 85 West Street, Rutland. Weigh-in 5-5:25 p.m. Meeting 5:30-6:30 p.m. For additional information call Robin at 802-483-2967.

Final Exam Pitch
Dec 1 @ 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM

Castleton University invites local community members to participate in Final Exam Pitch at Green Mtn Power Energy Innovation Center, 68-70 Merchants Row, Rutland. Students in Castleton’s Small Business and Entrepreneurship class will pitch innovative business plans as part of their end of the semester group projects (like “Shark Tank”). Light dinner followed by presentations and Q&A. Reservations required at 802-770-7061 or

Level 1 Yoga
Dec 1 @ 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Level 1 Yoga at Killington Yoga with Karen Dalury, RYT 500. 3744 River Rd, Killington. Info,, 802-422-4500.

Power of the Sun
Dec 1 @ 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Energy Innovation Center in Downtown Rutland presents program with Dr. Jean-Sebastien Gagnon of CCV, giving a glimpse into the power of the sun and its global impact on humankind, past and future. Free, light refreshments served. 68-70 Merchants Row, Rutland.

Annual Meeting
Dec 1 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Bridgewater Historical Society’s annual meeting at old brick schoolhouse, 12 North Bridgewater Rd., Bridgewater. Short meeting for election of officers and board members, followed by presentation “700 Million Years of Mountain Building a Geological HIstory.” Free, open to the public, refreshments served.

Legion Bingo
Dec 1 @ 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM

Brandon American Legion, Tuesdays. Warm ups 6:15 p.m., regular games 7 p.m. Open to the public. Bring a friend!

Santa’s Arrival & Tree Lighting
Dec 1 @ 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Downtown Rutland Partnership presents Santa’s arrival and the lighting of the Christmas tree in Depot Park. Join for Christmas carols led by local choral groups, hot chocolate and goodies. Follow Santa to the Paramount Theatre after the tree is lit for a meet and greet; then, double feature on the big screen featuring Charlie Brown and the Grinch. Downtown Rutland, free! Info, 802-773-9380.

Chess Club
Dec 1 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Rutland Rec Dept. holds a chess club at Godnick Adult Center, providing a mind-enhancing skill not only to the youth but adults as well. The club will teach anyone who is willing to learn. All ages are welcome; open to the public. Tuesday evenings, 7 – 9 p.m. 1 Deer St., Rutland.

Winter Movie Series
Dec 1 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Downtown Rutland Partnership presents Winter Movie Series featuring holiday classics showing free on the Paramount Theatre’s big screen. Today is a double feature following Santa’s arrival and the lighting of the tree in Depot Park: “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Meet Santa at 6:30 p.m. before the movies start. Free! 30 Center St., Rutland.

Jazz Concert
Dec 1 @ 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Castleton Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo present eclectic mix of jazz standards, pop covers, fusion pieces with accompanying conga drums, horn, and harp. In Castleton University’s Casella Theater. Tickets $10 adults; $5 faculty, staff and alumni, seniors, students and children. Info, 802-468-1119. Alumni Drive, Castleton.

Farmers Market
Dec 2 all-day

The Rutland Downtown Farmers Market is inside for the season, Wednesdays 3-6 p.m. at 251 West St., Rutland. Info and vendors,

Bikram Yoga **
Dec 2 @ 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM

Bikram Yoga holds classes Wednesdays: 6-7 a.m., 9-10:30 a.m., 12-1 p.m., 5:30-7 p.m. 1360 US-4, Mendon. Info, 802-747-6300.

Dec 2 @ 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Sherburne Memorial Library offers playgroup for for children ages birth to 4 years on Wednesdays, 9 – 11 a.m. Socialize while your kids play! 2998 River Rd., Killington. 422-9765.

Story Time
Dec 2 @ 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Preschool Story Time with Cornelia Crocker at Maclure Library, Pittsford. Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m. for story, songs, crafts, snack. Info, 802-483-2792.

Tech Savvy Wednesdays
Dec 2 @ 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Norman Williams Public Library holds Tech Savvy Wednesday with Lesley Hatch, to answer questions on personal technology. 802-457-2295. 10 the Green, Woodstock.

Used Book Sale
Dec 2 @ 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Friends of Brandon Free Public Library hold holiday used book sale, part of Moonlight Madness, until 8 p.m. Fiction and non-fiction for all ages; CDs; holiday books. Refreshments served. 4 Franklin St., Brandon. 802-247-8230.

Learn to Knit **
Dec 2 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Green Mountain Fibers holds Learn to Knit classes Wednesdays through Dec. 16, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Learn basic knitting skills, cast on, knit and purl stitch, cast off. Free with purchase of yarn and needles; $10 to others. 259 Woodstock Ave., Rutland. Info, 802-775-7800.

Dec 2 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

RAVNAH blood pressure/ foot care clinic at Wallingford House, Wallingford. $10 foot clinic. Info, 802-775-0568.

Holiday Assistance
Dec 2 @ 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

The Salvation Army Holiday Assistance 2015 application (for baskets and toys) times at 1 Scale Ave., Bldg. 12-A, Rutland. Info, 802-775-5150. Bring all required proofs with you at time of application: Photo I.D., proof of address, income statements and food stamps (PATH), pay stub, social security, medicaid or disability cards, proof of children and any other documentation that may be helpful. Today, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Active Seniors Lunch
Dec 2 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Killington Active Seniors meet for a meal Wednesdays at the Lookout Bar & Grille. Town sponsored. Come have lunch with this well-traveled group of men and women.

Gift of Life Marathon
Dec 2 @ 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

The Gift of Life Marathon – 12 Days of Giving blood drive continues at the U.S. Army Reserve, Post Rd., Rutland Town. Give the gift of life! Appointments at; 800-RED-CROSS.

Stick & Puck
Dec 2 @ 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Giorgetti Arena holds stick & puck 3:30-5 p.m. open to all ages. Info, 802-775-7976, 2 Oak St Ext, Rutland.

Moonlight Madness
Dec 2 @ 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Townwide sales in Brandon for Moonlight Madness, where stores are open until 9 p.m. offering discount beginning at 4 p.m. Deals, warm drinks, sweet treats, and feeling good with your neighbors. for more info.

Ski Bum Registration
Dec 2 @ 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Dos Equis Ski Bum Registration Party at Moguls, Killington Rd., Killington. 4-6 p.m. Get your team signed up for this year’s races, held on Highline Trail at K1. Earn those bragging rights! After party each week following Wednesday races.

Library Program
Dec 2 @ 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Simon Dennis gives workshop at Norman Williams Public Library on How to Make Good Meetings Great, 4:30-6 p.m. 10 the Green, Woodstock. Info, 802-457-2295.

Gentle Yoga
Dec 2 @ 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Gentle yoga – all levels, everyone welcome! Call to sign-up or drop-in. Yoga Studio at Mountain Top Inn & Resort, Chittenden. 802-483-2311.

Rutland Wellness
Dec 2 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Education and support for people who are struggling emotionally. Focus on tools and methods for improving our lives mentally and physically. Wednesdays, 5-7 p.m., Grace Congregational Church, 8 Court St., Rutland. 802-353-4365.

Smoking Cessation
Dec 2 @ 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Commit to quit, stop smoking program classes at Castleton Community Center, Wednesdays through Sept. 30, 5-6 p.m. Free class, plus free nicotine gum, patches, and lozenges. Stay “quit!” Join the group by calling 802-747-3768 or drop in. 2108 Main St., Castleton.

Rotary Meeting
Dec 2 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

The Killington Pico Rotary Club meets Wednesdays at Summit Lodge 6-8 p.m. Full dinner, guest speaker and/or discussion. Seeking new members. 773-0600 to make a reservation.

Table Tennis
Dec 2 @ 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Green Mountain Table Tennis. Play twice as a guest for free. $30/ year membership. Knights of Columbus/Boys & Girls Club of Rutland County gym, 21 Merchants Row, Rutland. 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Info, 802-247-5913.

Sip N’ Dip
Dec 2 @ 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Chaffee Art Center holds Sip N’ Dip painting class, a creative night out where you can BYOB and your closest friends or family for a fun and artsy evening. 6:30-9 p.m. at Chaffee Art Center, 16 S. Main St., Rutland. $30 or $25 for Chaffee members. 802-775-0356.

First Wednesday
Dec 2 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Middlebury College Prof. Kirsten Hoving discusses the thinking behind Impressionist art movement in talk at Rutland Free Library, “The Impressionists: Painters of Modern Life” part of Vt. Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series. Free, open to public. 10 Court St., Rutland.

Brandi Carlile
Dec 2 @ 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Brandi Carlile: Winter Acoustic Tour comes to Paramount Theatre. Tickets $42.75-82.75., 802-775-0903. 30 Center St., Rutland.

Rails 2 Riches
Dec 5 @ 8:00 AM – 6:30 PM

The East Coast’s leading rail jam is back! Competitors will drop in on an exclusive, custom built rail venue in an attempt to snag a piece of the $25,000 cash purse. Those who have what it takes to impress the judges will walk away with cold hard cash and ultimate bragging rights for the season. Come watch the action unfold as top athletes battle it out under the lights.