If it quacks like a gift
BARRE ó For those who donít have enough pictures of deer or ducks or those in need of a Christmas gift, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department has released its 2013 calender.
The calender also features dates for hunting, fishing and trapping seasons.
It can be ordered online at vermontlifecatalog.com or by phone at 800-455-3399.
Lighting the way
WATERBURY ó Waterburyís third annual River of Light Community Lantern Parade takes to the village streets soon after dark this weekend.
The roughly hourlong event will coincide with Revitalizing Waterburyís annual Holiday Stroll, where merchants have extended hours and specials to encourage customers to do their holiday shopping in town.
A samba band will lead the illuminated procession Saturday at 5 p.m. starting at Thatcher Brook Primary School on Stowe Street. The parade will make its way to Main Street, turn left and head downtown to Park Row with a gathering at the end for singing at Rusty Parker Memorial Park.
Participants will include schoolchildren and their family members. Students made lanterns in November at special workshops.
Lanterns on the theme ďouter spaceĒ range in size from simple hand-held papier-machť creations to large pieces carried by two or more people.
All are welcome to participate in the parade and bring their own battery-operated lanterns. Spectators are encouraged to line the parade route and hold or wear lighted or glowing objects.
Organizers are asking attendees not to use fire for lighting. Battery-operated LED lights will be available for sale.
Details and up-to-date parade information can be found at www.ariveroflightinwaterbury.wordpress.com.
Beer of the week
MONTPELIER ó If you havenít gotten to every brewery in Vermont, donít worry. The beer is coming to you.
Next week will be Vermont Craft Beer Week at Three Penny Taproom. From Monday through Dec. 15 the bar will be featuring beer from nearly every brewery in the state.
The week will culminate in a Craft Beer Celebration on Dec. 15 with special menu items to pair with the beer and a meet-and-greet with several Vermont brewers.
Soup and silence
BARRE ó There will be soup and a silent auction to benefit the deaf and hard-of-hearing in Vermont on Saturday.
Deaf Vermonters Advocacy Services is holding its annual Soup Festival and Silent Auction from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Old Labor Hall in Barre.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. The auction will include items such as a $100 gift certificate to Leunigís Bistro, fleece shirts and massage gift cards.
Proceeds will go toward advocacy, education, training and outreach on issues such as domestic violence, sexual assault, fraud, discrimination, divorce, child custody and accessibility issues.
For more information about Deaf Vermonters Advocacy Services, visit www.dvas.org.
Cats rally for a cause
BURLINGTON ó If youíre still looking for ways to celebrate the season of giving, try stealing a page from the University of Vermont menís lacrosse playbook.
The Catamounts donít kick off their season for another two months, but theyíve been busy off the field to help fight hunger in the local community. Members of the UVM squad recently completed a drive to collect more than 100 cans of food, which will be donated to the Vermont Foodbank for the upcoming holiday season. The donated items will go to local community members who struggle to meet their food needs.
The Vermont Foodbank and its partners help as many as 86,000 Vermonters in need of emergency support each year, making it the largest hunger-relief organization in the state. The Cats plan on making the contribution an annual tradition after the successful endeavor this year.MORE IN Central VermontMANCHESTER, N.H. ó One day after raising $1.5 million in donations, Vermont Sen. Full Story
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