Here's what happening in Vermont news and politics this week. Got an event for next week's calendar? Email us by Friday to submit.
Monday, November 19
At noon, Vermont Public Radio's "Vermont Edition" tackles food stamps, with guests Marissa Parisi and Rob Meehan.
U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) is in Chittenden County all day. At 12:15 p.m., he speaks to the Burlington Rotary Club at the Hilton. At 2:45, he visits COTS' Canal Street apartments on — yup, you guessed it — West Canal Street in Winooski. And at 5, he visits the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf in Burlington.
Gov. Peter Shumlin's got a light public schedule this week. At 1:20 p.m., the guv holds a press conference in a prison (!). He'll highlight Salvation Farms, a project at the Southeast State Correctional Facility in Windsor to make surplus Vermont-grown potatoes available to food shelves in the southeastern part of the state.
At 3:45 p.m., Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger holds a ribbon-cutting press conference to formally open Appletree Park Playground in the New North End.
At 5 p.m., the Burlington City Council's special committee on ward redistricting hosts a public meeting in Contois Auditorium to review redrawn maps for wards 4, 6 and 7. View the maps here.
At 5:25 p.m., State Auditor-elect Doug Hoffer is live on Channel 17 (CCTV). Stream it live.
Rest of the holiday week after the break...
Tuesday, November 20
MSNBC loves Peter Welch. At 11 a.m., Vermont's lone congressman is the guest on MSNBC with Thomas Roberts.
At 2:45 p.m., Gov. Shumlin holds a press conference at the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf in Burlington. Uh, gov. You know that Welch already did that this week, right?
Wednesday, November 21
As he does every Wednesday, Seven Days columnist Paul Heintz joins Charlie, Ernie and Lisa on WVMT 620 AM live at 7:40 a.m.
Thursday, November 22
Happy Thanksgiving! At noon, carve the tofurkey, dish up the seitan stuffing and argue with your Aunt Reba about politics. It's the American thing to do. Turkey day alternative: Watch President Obama pardon a turkey, stuff your face with bird, and get drunk till you pass out in front of the Detroit Lions game.
Actually, before you do that, you might want to run. Perhaps the Green Mountain Athletic Association's 36th annual Turkey Trot 5K in Burlington fits the bill. Details.
Friday, November 23
Skip Black Friday, and go see the big fat man in red. The Church Street Santa Parade kicks off at noon in Burlington, followed that night by the annual Marketplace Lighting Ceremony.
At 3 p.m., U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) makes his weekly appearance on "The Thom Hartmann Show," aired on WDEV 96.1 FM. Listen live.