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Brandon is brimming with holiday activities

The Town of Brandon is overflowing with holiday events and more, in this week, and the weeks to come.

On Nov. 30, Otter Valley Union High School hosts a presentation called "The Social Black Bear" by an author and wildlife biologist, Ben Kilham. He will be talking about his experiences raising orphaned bear cubs at 7 p.m. in the OV Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, Dec. 1, there will be a mini-Christmas bazaar in the Undercroft of St. Thomas Church from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The Hopkins Book Store, from the Cathedral of St. Paul, in Burlington is sending a consignment of books and members of the congregation will have Christmas handmade items for sale as well. Fudge, cookies and a variety of homemade goodies will be on sale. Soup and bread will be available for lunch.

On Sunday, Dec. 2, join the Friends of the Brandon Free Public Library for their annual holiday auction. Over 50 local patrons and artists donate holiday wreaths, decor, artwork and treasures for the event. Enjoy music, refreshments, and door prizes. A preview of the auction items begins at 2:30 p.m., with the auction beginning at 3:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, Dec. 4, take part in a wine tasting in The Café Provence Private Dining Room with Foley Wine Group and G.Housen. Call for details or reservations at 802-247-9997.

Also on Tuesday, Dec. 4, the St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble will perform at 7 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church on Rt. 73 in ForestDale. Russian Sacred Music as well as Russian Folk Music will make up the repertoire for this unique concert. Attendance is by free will donation and refreshments will be available after the concert, as we greet the four gentlemen from Russia. For further information on this performance, please call Rev. Margo Fletcher at 802-247-6759.

Then, to kick off local holiday shopping, Dec. 5 is the first of two evenings of Moonlight Madness, with area shops open late, with sales and specials 'til 9 p.m.

For more information on any of the events, contact the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce at 802-247-6401.