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ART

Hoffman Pottery

Open House "Infinited Emerald Green" series: handbuilt art works by Elaine Hoffman, potter in residence. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 103 Great Barrington Road/Route 41, West Stockbridge. Information call (413) 232-4646.

Oil Painting Class

Taught by Charlotte Weed Gerwaski, for all levels, 7 to 9 p.m., 225 Pittsfield Road, Lenox, (413) 344-7096.

Taught by Charlotte Weed Gerwaski, for all levels, 7 to 9 p.m., 225 Pittsfield Road, Lenox, (413) 344-7096.

COMMUNITY

Al-Anon Meeting

Hevreh, 10 a.m., State Road, Great Barrington.

Bingo

Bingo

Hinsdale Lions Club bingo, dinner/
refreshments available, $250 progressive game, doors open at 5 p.m., Lions Club building, Maple Street, Route 143, Hinsdale.

Coat Drive

Coat Drive

Coat drive sponsored by The Children's Clothing Exchange, to benefit men, women and children in our community. Donations of men's, women's, and children's winter items will be accepted, including winter coats, boots, snow-pants, hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves. Items may be dropped off on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. or Wednesdays between 9 a.m. and noon at the Pilgrim House, 30 Granite Avenue, Canaan, CT. (860) 824-7232.

Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays

As 2013 draws to a close, there are still some special animals at the Berkshire Humane Society and Purradise Feline Adoption Center waiting for a forever family. Open your heart and take advantage of the "Choose an Adoption Fee" program as well as the "Senior for Senior" and "Buddy" programs. Information call the Berkshire Humane Society at (413) 447-7878 or Purradise at (413) 717-4244.

New Year's Eve Party

Sons of Italy to host a gala New Year's Eve party at the Sons of Italy Itam Lodge 564. Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Live music will be provided by Champagne Jam. A champagne toast and light brunch will be available at midnight. Tickets call Alba Wendling at (413) 499-3492. Waubeek Road, Pittsfield. DANCE

Healing Rhythms

Shake Your Soul; Be moved with Dan Leven. No experience necessary, 4:30-5:40 p.m., Lenox Commons, 55 Pittsfield Road, Building 8A, Lenox. (413) 637-2727.

HEALTH & FITNESS.

Brain Injury Support Group

For people and family members affected by traumatic or acquired brain injury, 4 to 6 p.m., Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts at Center for Rehabilitation, Medical Arts Complex, 5th floor, 777 North St., Pittsfield, (413) 443-0200.

Inspired Stretching

Inspired Stretching

Six week series with Lisa Bassi, registered yoga teacher, and Barbara Lampron. Classes include social time as well as one hour of chair yoga suitable for people who need work on flexibility and balance as well as strength. All levels welcome and no prior yoga experience is needed. Information or to register call (413) 662-3125. 10-11:30 a.m. at the Spitzer Center, 116 Ashland St., North Adams.

HOLIDAYS

Ventfort Hall

Decorated for the holidays; Second floor open, tours through New Year's Eve. 104 Walker St., Lenox. (413) 637-3206.

KID STUFF

Berkshire Museum

New Year's Eve Event: "The Pirate, the Princess, and the Pea" presented by Crabgrass Puppet Theatre. 11 a.m. At noon head up to the Crane Room for refreshments, 39 South St., Pittsfield. (413) 443-7171.

Berkshire Athenaeum

Story time for Toddlers, at 10 a.m., Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield; information: children's library, (413) 499-9480, ext., 5.

Lanesborough Library

Story time, for preschoolers ages two and up, story and craft, 10:15 a.m., Route 7, Lanesborough, (413) 442-0222.

Lee Library

"Toby on Tuesdays," free weekly reading program featuring Toby, a 5-year-old chocolate Labrador retriever, therapy dog, 4-5 p.m., 100 Main St., Lee; (413) 243-0385.

Lenox Library

Toddler Storytime, 11 to 11:30 a.m. for children ages 18 months- 3 years old and their caregivers. Enjoy interactive board books, stories, songs, and fingerplays. Free. 18 Main St., Lenox.

Mass MoCA

December Break for Art, 10 a.m. Kidspace hosts art-making countdown of the top 10 hits from more than 14 years of Kidspace. Jello sculpture, anyone? (413) 662-2111.

Rhyme Time

Rhymes, finger plays, circle games and simple puppetry designed for infants, crawlers, toddlers and young children, drop-in weekly event, 10:30 a.m., Matrushka, 309 Main St., Great Barrington, (413) 528-6911.

MUSEUMS

Animagic

Museum of Animation, Special Effects and Art showcases Berkshire-based talent that made blockbuster movies like "The Matrix," "X-Men" and "Chicken Run." Original models and technologies from the movies. "Create Your Own Animated Movie" workshop with award-winning special effects creator Eugene Mamut; creations will be posted on Internet. 135 Main St., Lee. By reservation, (413) 243-8095 or (413) 841-6679.

Becket Land Trust

Historic quarry and forest featuring hundreds of artifacts and dynamic vistas, year-round outdoor quarry museum and expansive nature preserve, self-guided historic walk, open daylight hours year round, free admission, coordinating exhibits and programs at 12 Brooker Hill Road, Route 8, Becket; quarry is off Route 20, 456 Quarry Road, Becket, (413) 623-2100 or www.becketlandtrust.org.

Berkshire Botanical Garden

Garden features 15 acres with 23 display beds representing over 3,000 regionally appropriate plant species, significant trees, unique shrubs and exotic botanical collections. Open year-round to visitors, corner of routes 102 and 183, Stockbridge. Information: (413) 298-3926 or visit www.berkshirebotanical.org.

Berkshire Museum

"Festival of Trees 2013: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow," on view through January 2; "Radical Traditionalism" and "Exquisite Illusion," on view through January 2; "Objectify: A Look Into the Permanent Collection," ongoing. Art, history and natural science museum, open 10-5, Mon.-Sat., noon-5, Sun. 39 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 443-7171.

Chesterwood

Summer home of public sculptor, Daniel Chester French, sculptor of The Minute Man in Concord, and Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Tours, workshops, artist demonstrations and guided tours offered daily at 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30, open daily through Oct. 31. 4 Williamsville Road, off Route 183, Stockbridge, (413) 298-3579, ext. 25216.

Clark Art Institute

Art museum and international center for research and scholarship features public and educational programs, 10 to 5. 225 South St., Williamstown, (413) 458-2303.

Crane Museum

Exhibits include 19th century letterhead artistry, hand-bordering station and moments in Crane history captured on Crane paper, 1 to 5 p.m., South Street, Dalton, (413) 684-6380.

The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home

Summer cottage of the great American writer, Edith Wharton, best known for her Pulitzer prize winning novel, The Age of Innocence. Open daily May-October. Grounds are open to public from dawn to dusk November-April. Special events, lectures, and performances throughout the year. Please visit EdithWharton.org or call (413) 551-5115 for more information. 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox.

Naumkeag

Naumkeag House & Gardens Gilded Age mansion, 20 acres of landscaped grounds, guided house tours and special garden tours, 10 to 5. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, (413) 298-8138.

Norman Rockwell Museum

World's largest collection of original art by Norman Rockwell as well as changing exhibitions on the art of illustration. Featured exhibitions are "Wendell Minor's America" and "Norman Rockwell: Home for the Holidays." Open Mon.-Fri. 10 to 4, Sat. and Sun. 10 to 5; family creativity center. Information: www.nrm.org or (413) 931-2221.

Ventfort Hall

Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, 1893 Morgan mansion with extraordinary plaster ceilings, stained glass and hand carved wood; open daily year-round for tours; featuring "Les Petite Dames de Mode" exhibit featuring women's fashions from 1855-1914 as well as plays, concerts, and a tea & talk series. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 104 Walker St., Lenox. Information: (413) 637-3206 or www.GildedAge.org.

MUSIC

Gospel Gang

Contemporary Christian and gospel choir and band, rehearsals for upcoming events, singers and musicians of all ages welcome, no audition required, 6:30 p.m., United Methodist Church of Lenox, 6 Holmes Road, Lenox, (413) 445-5918.

Mahaiwe

"Bach at New Year's" series, featuring the celebrated Berkshire Bach Ensemble directed by world-renowned harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper. 6 p.m., 14 Castle St., Great Barrington.

Parkinson's Choir

Choir for people with Parkinson's Disease, their friends and families and anybody who loves to sing, Vikki True, choir director, 10 a.m., First Congregational Church, Lee; information: Megan Cook, (413) 770-1975.

Sweet Adelines

Berkshire Hills Chorus of Sweet Adelines, a women's chorus of four-part barbershop acapella harmony directed by Julie Bertelli, weekly rehearsal, all women who like to sing are invited, at 6:30 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, (use front entrance). Information: Marcy, (413) 499-5945 or visit bhcsings.org.

Most of these listings represent nonprofit or not-for-profit organizations and are printed as a public service. Prices vary for arts and entertainment events. Ongoing events must be updated monthly. Information must arrive at least a week before the date of publication and be sent to Olivia Daly, Calendar, The Berkshire Eagle, P.O. Box 1171, Pittsfield 01202; emailed to news@berkshireeagle.com, or faxed to 499-3419. Questions: (413) 496-6238, Monday through Friday, 9-5.