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What to Do: 1/18/14

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We have a few ideas for how to spend your Saturday, January 18, 2014.


For the kids, there's a big exhibit is opening today at ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center. It's called Alice's Wonderland and is geared toward children ages 3 to 8, with an emphasis on drawing in girls to science and math exploration through studying optical illusions. Tickets for kids are $10.50. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


In Southern Vermont, the 5th Annual Whitingham Fire Dept. Fishing Derby on Lake Sadagwa is going on until 3 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds benefit the Whitingham Fire Dept.


If you're looking for a great deal on books, you've got one more week to get to the Holiday Book Sale, which started in December, at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier. Everything is by donation. 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.


And it's Bark for Life at Dog Mountain Open House. Animal lovers and their canine companions wear ugly sweaters at this festive gathering at Dog Mountain in St. Johnsbury. Donations of pet food and bedding are requested. 12 - 4 p.m.


Simone Dinnerstein is a New York-based pianist who gained an international following because of the remarkable success of her recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations, which she raised the funds to record. Released in 2007 on Telarc, it ranked No. 1 on the US Billboard Classical Chart. That's at 7:30 PM. Adults pay $35 advance, $40 day of show; Students $10 www.chandler-arts.org


The Burlington Chamber orchestra kicks off a weeklong collaboration with a concert at 7:30 p.m. at St. Michaels College at the McCarthy Arts Center. More information at www.flynntix.org


Dance Ballroom (Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Rumba, Cha Cha, and more), Latin, Swing, Salsa and Argentine Tango at the Elley-Long Music Center in Colchester. Lessons, dancing, and light refreshment included in admission cost. $13 - General Admission, $9 - USA Dance Members/Seniors/Students. This month includes a mini-lesson in Waltz from 7-7:30 and a feature lesson in Argentine Tango from 7:30-8:30. Social dancing begins after that and goes until 11 p.m. Dancers of all ages and abilities are welcome. No partner necessary. For more information, go to http://www.dancevermont.org/


In Wilmington, you can go to "Chili and Chimes," a Winter Stroll event, from 3 p.m.- 6 p.m. downtown. There will be chili samples and homemade chime displays. It's free and open to anyone. For more information on this event and other downtown events, please see the Wilmington Works website: www.wilmingtonworksvt.com.


Waterbury is holding its Winterfest through Sunday, January 26. There have been a few changes because of the weather, but organizers say the festival is still a go. They say most of the 40+ events are free. Competitive events have nominal registration fees. There is a great mix of outdoor activities and indoor events. Many local businesses are taking part with special promotions, discounts, specials through the entire week of Winterfest. For times and details visit: www.wtrbry-winterfest.org


You can learn to prepare fish or game for your dinnertable at the 22nd Annual Yankee Sportsman's Classic at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction. Chef Jimmy Kennedy will offer simple, yet elegant recipes for venison, grouse and fish at his popular game cooking seminar. And new this year, the department is also offering a deer butchering seminar. Eric Holmgren, a professional butcher and state meat inspector, will demonstrate the simple skills and knowledge you need to transform your deer carcass into recognizable cuts for the table. The seminar on Whole Deer Processing will be held 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. in the Stevens Room. Game Cooking with Jimmy Kennedy will be from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. upstairs.


Young Tradition Vermont's Touring Group will make its debut at the Celtic Winter Festival Concert on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 7 pm at the All Soul's Interfaith Gathering at 291 Bostwick Farm Road in Shelburne, Vermont. There will be fiddle tunes, original and shape note songs, and contra dances by 18 young folks between 14 and 18 years of age, mostly from Vermont, but also including friends from Massachusetts and Quebec. Tickets will be $16.50 for Adults and $10 for children under 18 and will be available at the door on the night of the concert.

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