It’s the season of giving back and a Charlotte artist, Alexandra Lehmann, has once again used her talents to create something beautiful and jolly — this time, a whimsical winter scene on a restored children’s sled — that will be raffled off to benefit two local food pantries.

The first Central Vermont Queer Craft Fair will be held Saturday, Dec. 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Old Labor Hall, 46 Granite Street in Barre.

For the past several years, Morrisville’s sidewalks have featured a painted green line that people can follow to visit two dozen different historic locations in the downtown village.

Stowe area businesses are offering special promotions and events to encourage local holiday shopping and giving back to community organizations in early December.

In conjunction with the Festival of Lights in Morrisville on Saturday, Dec. 3, River Arts is raffling off seven bountiful gift baskets, each with a different theme such as gourmet, pet or garden.

Join Hyde Park Community Circle and Gihon Valley Hall for the annual Lighting of the Wreaths on Friday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. at the Community Building in Hyde Park Village, formerly known as St. Teresa’s Parish Hall, 92 West Main Street.

Wow! This year’s fall foliage contest, once again, brought out many of the area’s most talented local photographers. Crisp colors, breathtaking and dramatic views and well-composed shots flooded the pool of contenders, making it truly difficult to award just three prizes.

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