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Church cookie sale to aid Food Cupboard

MANCHESTER — The First Baptist Church of Manchester is holding "Cookies for the Cupboard," a benefit cookie salefrom 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. The cookies will be sold for $8.50 a pound and containers will be provided. There will be a wide variety of cookies some decorated.The proceeds from this sale will go to the renovation of the church's kitchen and other outreaches, such as The Food Cupboard.

The church is located at the small roundabout at the corner of Main and Bonnet streets. For questions call Dottie Sundquist at 802-375-6127.

Taconic offers evening of holiday music

MANCHESTER — The Manchester Community Library and Taconic Music present "An Evening of Holiday Music" on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at the library. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a reception offering mulled cider, mulled wine, and sweet and savory hors d'oeuvres donated by area fine restaurants. Joana Genova and Sarah Briggs, violins, Ariel Rudiakov, viola, and Nathaniel Parke, cello, will play light classical, Broadway, and holiday tunes, starting at 6:30 p.m. Their performance will offer some pieces to warm your heart and bring a tear to your eye, others to make you snap your fingers and tap your feet.

The evening is a holiday gift to the community; the pre-program reception and musical performance are free and open to all. The event is co-sponsored by Christmas Days and The Roberta and Russell Housman Charitable Foundation. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester. For more information, call the library at 802-362-2607.

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1st Congregational to present music-inspired service

Manchester — The First Congregational Church's Chancel Choir, directed by Linda Hueckel, will join conductor, Julie Freebern and over 30 members of the BBA Chorus and Chamber Choir to present a music inspired service at FCC at 10:30 a.m., on Sunday, Dec. 8, in the FCC Sanctuary. Songs ranging from sacred to secular and accompanied by piano, guitar and drums will be performed, including the spiritual, "Oh, Mary Don't You Weep"; Randall Thompson's setting of Robert Frost's poem, "Stopping By the Woods," as well as seasonal favorites, "Christmastime is Here" and "White Christmas."

Holiday music, reception planned at library

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MANCHESTER CENTER — Manchester Community Library and Taconic Music present, "An Evening of Holiday Music," on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the library. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a reception offering mulled cider, mulled wine, and sweet and savory hors d'oeuvres donated by area restaurants. Joana Genova and Sarah Briggs, violins, Ariel Rudiakov, viola, and Nathaniel Parke, cello, will play light classical, Broadway, and holiday tunes, starting at 6:30 p.m. The pre-program reception and musical performance are free and open to all. The event is co-sponsored by Christmas Days and The Roberta and Russell Housman Charitable Foundation. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. For more information, call the library at 802-362-2607.

Burr and Burton Academy presents Winter Showcase

MANCHESTER — "Winter Showcase: A Festival of Dance, Drama and Film," will be presented at 6 and 8 p.m., on Thursday, Dec. 12, in the Riley Center for the Arts at Burr and Burton Academy. The festival is presented by the school's Media and Performing Arts Department. Acting scenes range from Shakespeare, to the hilarious "Odd Couple:The Female Version," musical theater pieces and an original work from Gianna Delossantos '20.

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The BBA Dance Company will perform five different pieces including hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, ballet and a Broadway-style piece. The fall short film project will also be seen for the first time. Tickets are $3 for students and $6 for adults and can be purchased online at: bbatickets.com.

'It's a Wonderful Life' to be performed live

MANCHESTER — A live, radio play version of "It's a Wonderful Life," will take place at the Southern Vermont Arts Center's Arkell Pavilion on Friday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m., with a snow date of Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. Carols and cocktails will take place at 6:30 p.m.

Audience members will travel back to the 1940s, the golden age of radio. This version of "It's a Wonderful Life" will be performed as a "live" radio broadcast in front of a "studio" audience. "It's a Wonderful Life" is about George Bailey, a good man who has become disheartened. It takes the help of an angel, trying to earn his wings, to show George the true meaning of the holidays. Adapted by Joe Landry and directed by Michelle Cox, the cast consists of children and adults who are students and teachers in local schools. Tickets are $6 for children and $12 for adults and may be purchased online at https://www.svac.org/performances.

Holiday baskets on display at Martha Canfield Library

ARLINGTON — Baskets are on display at the Martha Canfield Library for the annual Holiday Basket Raffle. All baskets, donated by local organizations and businesses, will be on display throughout the library through Tuesday, Dec. 17. Tickets are $1 each, or 6 for $5 and are available at the library. Baskets to be raffled include a "Kid's Cooking" basket donated by Happy Days Playschool; a "Handyman's Basket," donated by Miles Lumber; a "Lego Basket" donated by the Advocate Group at the library; an Italian dinner donated by Berkshire Bank, plus many gift certificates donated by local restaurants and businesses. Winners will be drawn on December 17, after Santa's visit to the library. All proceeds from the basket raffle will benefit children's programs and the purchase of children's books. Information: 375-6153.


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