Free certificate program at BCC: Berkshire Community College is offering free training to earn a "Green Business Careers Certificate," beginning in January.

The training, which will run through June, will prepare eligible individuals to work in the clean energy industry in a variety of different capacities including customer service, installation and maintenance, sales, distribution, manufacturing and conservation, and help them transition to BCC for an associates degree.

Participants must be 18 years or older, have a GED or high school diploma and meet grant income-eligibility guidelines. Space is limited. Contact Audrey Clairmont, (413) 236-5252, or Details: greenbiz.


Video contest for high schoolers: Population Connection is hosting a video contest, "World of 7 Billion." Students in Grades 9 to 12 (or the age equivalent) are asked to create a video, no longer than 60 seconds, that illustrates the connection between population growth and one of the following global challenges: climate change, global poverty or water

Cash prizes will be awarded to four winners in each topic area. Three grand prize winners will receive $1,000. Participating teachers will receive free classroom resources. The deadline for video submission is February For full contest rules or to see previous winning videos, visit


Christmas Concert: Earth Angels Director and Musical Director Jim Morrison will conduct a Christmas concert on Friday, at 7 p.m., at the Lee Congregational Church, 25 Park Place. At 6:30 p.m., enjoy a prelude performance by the Lee Handbell Choir, directed by Judy Olds.

Admission to this holiday event is free, and refreshments will be served. Information: (413) 243-1033.


Festival of Trees: Berkshire Museum's "Festival of Trees 2013: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow" runs through Jan. 2. The event features more than 100 decorated holiday trees, created and sponsored by area businesses, schools, and community organizations.

Berkshire Museum, at 39 South St., Pittsfield, is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5. Information: or (413) 443-7171. Museum admission is $13 for adults and $6 for children younger than 18. Members and children 3 and younger enjoy free admission.

Museum passes are available through local public libraries on a first-come, first-served basis.


'Learn to Skate': Registration will be held this week at the Boys and Girls Club of Pittsfield for its annual "Learn to Skate" holiday school vacation week program. Registration will take place today and Wednesday from 4:30 to 6 p.m., and from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Boys and Girls Club lobby.

Cost for the program is $25, with a Boys and Girls Club membership ($10). Enrollment is limited and registration will be done on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Learn to Skate program will be held Thursday and Friday, Dec. 26 and 27, and Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 30 and 31, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the club ice rink, 16 Melville St., Pittsfield.

Skaters must be at least 5 years of age. Information: or