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    'The Christmas Revels: A Nordic Celebration of the Winter Solstice'

    'The Christmas Revels: A Nordic Celebration of the Winter Solstice'

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    Thu., Dec. 14, 6 p.m., Fri., Dec. 15, 7 p.m., Sat., Dec. 16, 1 & 5 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 17, 1 & 5 p.m.

    Christmas Revels, a festive stage show and well-loved Upper Valley institution, returns for its 43rd year. Presented by community arts nonprofit Revels North, this spirited spectacular of song, dance and storytelling celebrates a particular culture each year by exploring its winter solstice and holiday traditions. This year, a cast of 73 auditioned performers tells the story of a young girl, played by Strafford’s Maeve Miller, on a journey to discover her Nordic heritage. Finnish tales, Swedish gnomes, Scandinavian music and dance, and even some Norwegian drinking songs enliven this dazzling display of regional appreciation. at Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College in Hanover. Outside Vermont (map). $7.50-48.

    'Breath'

    'Breath'

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    Thu., Dec. 14, 7 p.m.

    A child’s imagination can provide relief from stress, anxiety and trauma, explains psychologist Charlotte Reznick in a video on the parenting website Kids in the House. For Bahar, the little girl in the 2016 film Breath, this claim proves true. Set in central Iran in the 1970s and ’80s, the dramatic motion picture follows Bahar, played by Sareh Nour Mousavi, as she escapes her chaotic world through books, daydreams and fantasies. Writer and director Narges Abar drew on her own experiences to make the movie, shown in Farsi with English subtitles. The Vermont International Film Festival presents this Academy Award submission at Burlington’s Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center. at Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center in Burlington (map). $5-8; free for Vermont International Film Festival members. Buy Tickets

    'Disney's The Little Mermaid'

    'Disney's The Little Mermaid'

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    Sundays, 2 p.m., Saturdays, 2 & 7:30 p.m., Thursdays, 2 & 7:30 p.m., Fridays, 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., Tue., Dec. 26, 2 & 7:30 p.m., Wed., Dec. 27, 2 & 7:30 p.m., Mon., Jan. 1, 2 p.m., Wed., Jan. 3, 7:30 p.m. and Thu., Jan. 4, 2 & 7:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 20

    "I wanna be where the people are,” sings Ariel in Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Northern Stage’s ambitious production of this fairy tale musical takes viewers on the golden-voiced sea creature’s quest to live on land. Actor Dani Westhead portrays the title character as she frolics with friends Flounder and Scuttle, faces off against her formidable father, King Triton, and strikes a deal with Ursula, the fearsome sea witch. Directed by Chad Larabee, this aquatic adventure makes a splash with eye-catching costumes, stunning scenery and beloved songs such as “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.” at Barrette Center for the Arts in White River Junction. Upper Valley (map). $15-69.

    LGBTQ Youth & You

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    Thu., Dec. 14, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

    Outright Vermont presents a workshop for parents and other supportive adults on supporting kids as they explore their sexual and gender identity. at Large Conference Room in Morristown. Stowe/Smuggs (map). Free; preregister.

    Music at Noon

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    Thu., Dec. 14, 12 p.m.

    Bag lunches are welcome at a performance by the Far and Away Trio. at Christ Episcopal Church in Montpelier. Barre/Montpelier (map). Donations.

    Read to a Dog

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    Thu., Dec. 14, 3:15-4:15 p.m.

    Book hounds ages 5 through 10 curl up with a good story and a furry friend. at Fairfax Community Library in Fairfax. Champlain Islands/Northwest (map). Free; preregister.

    Read to a Cat

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    Thu., Dec. 14, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

    Lit lovers share stories with a registered therapy feline. at Dorothy Alling Memorial Library in Williston. Chittenden County (map). Free; preregister.

    Winter Stories With Linda Costello

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    Thu., Dec. 14, 3:30-4 p.m.

    The raconteur regales listeners with cold-weather tales. at Brownell Library in Essex Junction. Chittenden County (map). Free.

    Amy Welch

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    Thu., Dec. 14, 4 p.m.

    Need to unwind? The professor weighs tension-reducing options in “To Run or Relax? Exploring the Arousal Antithesis for Stress Management." at Stearns Cinema, Johnson State College in Johnson. Stowe/Smuggs (map). Free.

    Netdahe Stoddard

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    Thu., Dec. 14, 4 p.m.

    The past illuminates the problems of the present during the discussion "History of Racism." For ages 12 and up. at Jaquith Public Library in Marshfield. Barre/Montpelier (map). Free.

    Celebrate the Light With Channel 17

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    Thu., Dec. 14, 5-7 p.m.

    Community members celebrate the holiday season with fellow free-speech champions and local media makers. at CCTV Channel 17 Studios in Burlington (map). Free; preregister.

    Public Menorah Lighting

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    Thu., Dec. 14, 5 p.m.

    Refreshments, stories, singing and raffles enliven the illumination of a sacred candelabrum. at Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier. Barre/Montpelier (map). Free.

    Holiday Kids' Bike Bonanza

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    Thu., Dec. 14, 5:30-8 p.m.

    Youngsters snag cycles on the cheap, then personalize them at a decoration station. at Sustainability Academy, Lawrence Barnes School in Burlington (map). Free; preregister; limited space.

    Vigil to End Gun Violence

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    Thu., Dec. 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

    Community members honor those who have lost their lives to firearms since the 2012 mass shooting in Sandy Hook, Conn. at First Unitarian Universalist Society in Burlington (map). Free.

    Women's Social Hour

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    Thu., Dec. 14, 5:30-7 p.m.

    Games and beverages — alcoholic and non-alcoholic — give way to great conversation. at Drink in Burlington (map). Cost of drinks.
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