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ART

Alchemy Initiative

Handmade Holiday Festival: 30 juried artisans, designers and food producers from greater New England Jewelry, ceramics and watercolors, silk-screened apparel, wooden cutting boards, glass ornaments and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Masonic Lodge, 116 South St., Pittsfield.

EPOCH

Reception for local artist Emily Abramovich, a Boston-based artist who works in a wide range of mediums. RSVP for the reception by calling (413) 499-1992. Free and open to the public, 6:30 p.m., 140 Melbourne Road, Pittsfield.

Hoffman Pottery

Open House. "Cosmis Interlude," handbuilt art works by Elaine Hoffman, potter in residence. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 103 Great Barrington Road, Route 41, West Stockbridge. (413) 232-4646.

Holiday Craft Fair

Fourth annual fair sponsored by Berkshire Made -- jewelry, photographs, silk pocketbooks and jackets, Christmas ornaments, and more. Free admission, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stockbridge Town Offices, 50 Main St., Stockbridge. (413) 298-3926, www.berkshirebotanical.org

IS183

Needlefelted Holiday Ornaments workshop with Julia Morgan-Leamon, 9 a.m. to noon. Little Red Schoolhouse, Routes 7 and 43, Williamstown. Gift Making with Clay workshop, 10 a.m. to noon, also Dec. 14. Citizen's Hall, Route 183, Stockbridge. www.is183.org

Lenox Library

Art Sale to benefit the library. Donated artwork, prints, and art books, 1 to 3 p.m. (413) 637-2630 or info@lenoxlib.org

Mass MoCA

Izhar Patkin's ‘The Wandering Veil,' survey of work by Israeli-born New York artist, includes ‘Don Quixote Segunda Parte' aluminum sculpture, and paintings on rubber and gossamer tuile. Opening today. North Adams.

MCLA

Opening of the Israeli-born, New York-based artist Izhar Patkin's exhibition "The Wandering Evil." 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams. massmoca.org.

Monterey Makers Studio Tour

Over a dozen artists will be opening their studios for the tour. Maps are available at the Monterey General Store, the Roadside Cafe and the Knox Gallery at the Monterey Library. The opening of "In the Details" art show at the Knox Gallery from 6 to 7:30 p.m. will kick off the tour. Monterey.

Norman Rockwell Museum

‘Dancing Princess: The Picture Book Art of Ruth Sanderson' opens, 4 to 7 p.m., with the artist. Sanderson will speak at 4:30 p.m. followed by a book signing. Route 183 Stockbridge. (413) 298-4100, www.nrm.org

Windsor Holiday Fair

Windsor Mountain Holiday Crafters present hilltown crafts, 9 am. to 3 p.m. Lunch available and admission free. Windsor Town Hall, Route 9.

COMMUNITY

'Anonymous' Meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous, main contact number: (413) 443-0212; Narcotics Anonymous, information on daily meeting locations and times: (413) 443-4377; Al-Anon, for family members who have a husband/ wife/son/daughter, etc. who is impaired with alcohol/drugs, (413) 445-5852.

Berkshire Vendors Holiday Event

Vendors selling their wares, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Chin Bo Jok Martial Arts Academy, 10 Lyman St., Pittsfield.

Chess Night

Presented by the "Soldier On" program, all welcome, 7 p.m., main dining room, 360 West Housatonic St., Route 20, Pittsfield. Information: Willie Ledbetter, (413) 822-8530 or 236-5644.

Food Pantry

Sponsored by Berkshire Veterans of Soldier On, veterans and public invited, every Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m., 360 West Housatonic St., Pittsfield, (413) 236-5644.

Green Gargoyle

Gift and thrift shop, good quality clothing from infants to adults, household items and accessories, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., First Congregational Church of Dalton, Main Street.

Lord and Tailor

Gift and thrift shop, quality brand name clothing, gifts and collectibles, noon to 4 p.m., South Congregational Church, 110 South St., Pittsfield.

Pearl Harbor Day

Ceremony to honor Pearl Harbor Day, presented by the Berkshire Veterans Coalition. 10 a.m. at the Peace Memorial on Veterans Way off South Street, Pittsfield.

Snowball Bazaar

Delight in Christmas wreaths and centerpieces, huge tag sale, crafts, baked goods, silent auction, homemade desserts and luncheon. 6-8:30 p.m., Second Congregational Church, Hillside Street, Bennington, VT. (802) 442-2559.

Stephentown Fire Hall

Texas Hold'em Tournament, no advance registration required. Free buffet served at the first break and refreshments will be available. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and play begins at 6:15 p.m. sharp. 35 Grange Road, Stephentown, NY. Information call (518) 658-2448.

West Stockbridge Library

Holiday Book Sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sponsored by the Friends of the West Stockbridge Library. 21 State Line Road, Route 102, West Stockbridge. DANCE

Albany Berkshire Ballet

Tchaikovsky's ‘The Nutcracker,' 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Colonial Theater, 111 South St. Pittsfield. (413) 997-4444, berkshireballet.org

Cornwall Community Contra

Holiday contradance, 7 p.m. at the Cornwall Town Hall, Cornwall, Conn. Live music by Still, the Homegrown Band with Patricia Campbell. All welcome. (860) 672-6101.

EXHIBITS

Harrison Gallery

Opening reception for a solo exhibition of paintings by Tracy Helgeson - inspired by the old barns and farm fields around her home near Cooperstown, NY. Reception from 5-7 p.m., open to the public. 39 Spring St., Williamstown. (413) 458-1700

HEALTH & FITNESS

Dalton CRA

Abs, Arms & Tush, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; Flex and Flow Yoga, 9 to 10 a.m., 400 Main St., Dalton, (413) 684-0260.

Healing Rhythms

Cardio Strength Fusion, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; Slow Flow Yoga, 8:45 to 10:15 a.m.; Heart Centered Yoga Flow, 9-10:30 a.m.; Lenox Commons, 55 Pittsfield Road, Lenox, (413) 637-2727.

Overeaters Anonymous

Meets from 11:30 to 12:30, Fairview Hospital, fourth floor, 29 Lewis Ave., Great Barrington.

Pilates

Pilates Mat Class, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., Berkshire Physical Therapy, 740 Williams St., Pittsfield; registration: (413) 358-1007.

Pittsfield Family YMCA

Tabata, 8-8:45 a.m.; Deep Water Circuit Training, 8-9 a.m.; Cardio Kickboxing, 9-10 a.m.; Indoor Cycle, 10-10:45 a.m., North Street, Pittsfield, (413) 499-7650.

Prenatal Yoga

No experience necessary, 10:30 a.m., Zaanti Yoga Studio, 449 Pittsfield Road, Lenox, (413) 496-9642.

Tai Chi Easy/Qigong

For health and relaxation, adaptable for all ages and almost any stage of health practice, free for returning soldiers, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield; information/registration: Sherilyn Mindermann, (413) 446-1791.


HOLIDAYS

Adams Youth Center

Make It and Take It: Join the Adams YC (and Santa) for a morning of arts and crafts: Reindeer, stuffed dolls, pine cone swag, clay pot snowmen, cookies and more. Some crafts are free. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with Santa at noon. 20 East St., Adams.

Becket Athenaeum

Becket-Washington Community Library annual gala, 7 to 11 p.m. Desserts, music and dancing and a silent auction of goods and services from local businesses and artisans. Chimney Corners YMCA in Becket. www.becketathenaeum.org

Bennington Museum

Family Day and Children's Shopping Day, 1 a.m. to 5 p.m. Any child under 18 who brings a personal care item for an adult or child gets in free. Items will go to BROC in Bennington.Santa from 1 to 4 p.m. Gallery hunt, crafts and more. Children's Shopping Boutique with volunteers to help children choose gifts for friends and family. Community-created exhibit of designed and decorated holiday trees, with objects from the museum's collection. 75 Main St. Bennington, Vt., (802) 447-1571, benningtonmuseum.org.

Berkshire Botanical Garden

Holiday Marketplace: Garden transforms into a festive market. Gallery of Wreaths and a juried group of regional artisans. Holiday blooms, fresh centerpieces, swags, boxwood topiaries, boxwood kits, herb baskets and more, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Routes 102 and 183, Stockbridge. Free admission. (413) 298-3926, www.berkshirebotanical.org

Berkshire Museum

Holiday Flash Mob concerts Saturdays and Sundays in December, string quartets and carolers with Berkshire Music School. ‘Festival of Trees.' 39 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 443-7171, www.berkshiremuseum.org

Board Game Swap

Hilltown Families annual Board Game Swap, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Meekers Library, Williamsburg, Free. www.
HilltownFamilies.org

Christmas Bazaar

Annual Bazaar hosted by the Pownal Valley Fair. Features crafters, tag sale, Chinese auction, bake sale, raffles, and a $100 Money Tree. Santa will be there from noon to 2 p.m. with grab bag gifts for all kids. Coloring contest and activities for children. Lunch available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Beginning at 8 a.m., located at the American Legion Hall, Route 7, Pownal,, VT.

Christmas Bazaar

St. Peter's Christmas Bazaar, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wreathes, greens, beeswax candles ... Cookie walk. Lunch available. St. Peter's Presbyterian Church, County Route 7, Spencertown, N.Y. (518) 392-3386, www.spencertownausterlitz.org

Christmas Gift Bazaar

Sacred Heart Parish hosts their largest annual fundraiser, featuring 17 area vendors, parish craft group, homemade baked goods, $1000 raffle, Chinese auction, snack bar, Santa, and a tag sale. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 1 Meadow Lane, Pittsfield. Free.

Christmas Fair and Silver Tea

Homemade cookies, candles and other goodies. Novelty scarves, knitted bears, glamorous clothes for 18" dolls, bulbs and plants for yourself or for gifts. African crafts and a special Christmas corner. Lunch of soup, sandwiches, quiche and treats from the tea table. Caroling at noon. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 88 Walker St., Lenox. (413) 637-2440.

Cookie Walk

Undermountain Elementary School auction, book sale, plant sale, performers -- and cookies, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Great Barrington Holiday Stroll

Town-wide holiday with lights and music, 4 to 7:30 p.m. Holiday story hour at Mason Library, 3 p.m. Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, southernberkshirechamber.com

Hildene for the Holidays

Apple cider, Vermont tastings and fresh cider doughnuts, pine boughs and sounds of the season. Live music by Emerald Valley Recorder Ensemble. Historic home of Robert Todd Lincoln, son of Abraham Lincoln, 1005 Hildene Road, Manchester, Vt. (802) 362-1788, www.hildene.org

Holiday Craft Fair/Bazaar

Hosted by the Karen's School of Dance competition team. Features area crafters selling their handmade items, bake sale, Chinese auction, and a kid's fish bowl game for stuffed animals. Raffled items include a candy-filled gift basket, a take-me-away gift basket, an elliptical machine, and a recumbent bike. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Eagles Hall on Curran Highway, North Adams.

Holiday Fair

First Congregational Church of Lee's annual holiday fair, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Some of the proceeds goes to the Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity. Lunch served 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Boy Scouts will sell Christmas Trees. 25 Park Place, Lee. www.ucc-lee.org or (413) 243-1033.

Holly Fair

First Congregational Church fair 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Baked Goods, Greenery, Toys & Gifts, Grandma's Attic, Hand knits, Raffle, Luncheon, Santa Claus Stockbridge.

Humane Society Boutique

Café Chic: Pop-Up Boutique for Ladies to benefit Berkshire Humane Society and Purradise cat shelter. Early Bird shopping 10 a.m. to noon. Free admission noon to 6 p.m. Berkshire Functional Fitness: 325 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington.

Lebanon Valley Farmers Market

Holiday market with local vegetables, meats, baked goods, flowers, handcrafted furniture, local musicians, and visits from Santa and Kobe the alligator. (413) 884-3446.

Lessons and Carols

Annual concert and reading of the Biblical Christmas story, 4 p.m. Icelandic music from Williams College Concert and Chamber choirs. Thompson Memorial Chapel, Williams College, Williamstown. www.williams.edu

Light up the Holidays

Dalton Civic Arts Committee presents 18th light up the holidays parade, 5 to 8 p.m. Parade to the CRA/Union Block, where Santa will light the tree. Visit the new home of the Berkshire Carousel, 6 to 8 p.m., for cookies and cider. Music by David Grover 6 to 7 p.m. and by Central Berkshire Regional fifth-grade band, 7 to 8 p.m. Downtown Dalton.www.daltoncra.org

Main Street at Christmas

Holiday House Tour, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit historic properties, B&Bs, and Inn. Children's Holiday Story Time, 11 a.m. Stockbridge Library, free. Caroling Luminaria Walk, 6 to 7 p.m. in front of The Red Lion Inn. Holiday Concert, 7:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church with the Berkshire Lyric Chorus and the Blafield Children's Chorus. Stockbridge Main Street, Route 7. (413) 298-5200, stockbridgechamber.org

Meet Santa

Meet and greet for children at Spencertown Fire House, 3 to 5 p.m., free. 1 Memorial Drive, Spencertown, N.Y. (518) 392-3386, www.spencertownausterlitz.org

The Mount

Pride and Prejudice Book Release and High Tea, 4 p.m. Open for the holidays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with new Backstairs tour, noon and 2 p.m. Learn about the daily routines and the men and women who ran The Mount. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. www.edithwharton.org

New Marlborough Fair

New Marlborough Central School and Monterey School fair, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Silent auction, Christmas Tree Sale, book and bake sale, crafts, games, horse-drawn carriage rides. New Marlborough Central School, Mill River.

Sheffield Festival of Holidays

Old Stone Store open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Work by local artisans, jams, jellies, nuts, stocking stuffers and ornaments, candies and more. Holiday House, 1 to 5 p.m.: 18th-century Dan Raymond House, decorated for the holidays, opens for tours. Sheffield Historical Society, 161 Main St., Route 7, Sheffield. www.sheffieldhistory.org

Snowball Bazaar

Delight in Christmas wreaths and centerpieces, huge tag sale, crafts, baked goods, silent auction, homemade desserts and luncheon. 6-8:30 p.m., Second Congregational Church, Hillside Street, Bennington, VT. (802) 442-2559.

Wreath Making

Annual Wreath-Making Workshop at Merck Forest and Farmland Center, 1 to 4 p.m. Boughs from the MFFC farm, and ribbons are provided. All ages are welcome. 3270 Route 315, Rupert, Vt. Fee for materials, but admission to 30 miles of trails is free. Register (802) 394-7836, www.merckforest.org

Williamstown Holiday Walk

30th annual town-wide celebration. Reindog parade on Spring Street, 3 p.m. Santa and elves visit the Log with cookie bake-off and hot cocoa 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. Music and entertainment. Williamstown Community Chest Penny Social in Lasell Gym, 3 to 6. Reading of "A Christmas Carol" in The Log at 4:45 p.m. Habitat for Humanity Tree Showcase at the First Congregational Church, 2 to 5 p.m. Candlelight caroling and tree lighting 5:45 to 6 p.m. Williams College Museum of Art annual sale 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. www.williamstownchamber.com

Winter Walk

Hosted by the Hudson Opera House. Carolers, Horse-Drawn Carriages, Musicians, Performers, Festive Lights, Fireworks, Santa Claus, and much more. 5-8 p.m., 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY.

KID STUFF

Berkshire Museum

"Chow Time," discovery program where staff feed fish, reptiles or amphibians, at 12:30. 39 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 443-7171.

Berkshire South

Fun in Nature with Flying Deer Nature Center, ages 7-11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Craft Club, ages 6-10, 11-11:45 a.m. Explore a different craft each week. Sign up for one or all. (413) 528-2810, Crissey Road, Great Barrington.

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.

The Mount

Edith Wharton's historic house and gardens, open daily 10 to 5, Thurs. 10 to 8, through October. Tours, contemporary outdoor sculptures, outdoor cafe and gift shop, special events throughout the summer including free music Fri. and Sat. evenings, 2 Plunkett St., off Route 7, Lenox; information: www.EdithWharton.org.

Naumkeag

Naumkeag House & Gardens Gilded Age mansion, 20 acres of landscaped grounds, guided house tours and special garden, 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.

Susan B. Anthony Museum

Childhood home of the legendary human rights leader, features a portrait gallery, legacy room and birthing room, open Thurs., Fri. and Sat., 10 to 4, 67 East Road, Adams; private tours: (413) 743-7121.

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

Berkshire Music

Free Family Holiday Concert by Berkshire Music School ensembles, 1 p.m. Berkshire Athenaeum. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. Voice recital 3 p.m., Berkshire Music School Taft Recital Hall, 30 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. Free (413) 442-1411, berkshiremusicschool.org

Chameleons

Benefit concert in memory of Theresa Burke. Featuring more than 20 bands. Unwrapped gifts will also be accepted for Burke's 5-year old daughter. 2 p.m. to midnight, 1350 East St., Pittsfield.

Community Bible Church

Christmas Musical: "Eyewitness News: Live from Bethlehem." 6 p.m., 160 Bridges Road, Williamstown. Free.

Folk Concert Series

Sponsored by the Friendly Union, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Dewey Memorial Hall, Sheffield; www.deweyhall.com.

Haflinger Haus

Tom Corrigan: Acoustic guitar and classic rock songs, 7-10 p.m. 17 Commercial St., Adams. (413) 743-2221.

The Linda

Melissa Ferrick, 8 p.m., 339 Central Ave., Albany, NY. Tickets visit thelinda.org.

OMI

Candlelight Concert: jazz vocalist Fay Victor & Anders Nilsson. Reception and refreshments to follow. 6:30 p.m., 1405 County Route 22, Ghent, NY. (518) 392-4747.

Spencertown Sing

Good Globe Singing School and Sheri Mayorga "all welcome" audience in a Community Sing at the Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 1 to 2:30 p.m. with "Fiddlers,Too" Free. (518) 392-3693, www.spencertownausterlitz.org

Williams College

The Williams College Department of Music presents the Vocal Studio Recital, 1 p.m.; Lessons and Carols, 4 p.m.; Williams Student Symphony, 8 p.m., Williamstown.

Winter Revels

Winter solstice celebration with Renaissance costumes, folk tunes, music, drama and comedy, 4:30 p.m. Historic Tannery at the Darrow School, Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y.

THEATER

Ghent Playhouse

Annual Christmas pantomime: ‘SleepFrog,' merging fairy tales with spells, songs and schtick in a Comic British tradition. 8 p.m. (800) 838-3006, GhentPlayhoiuse.org

'It's a Wonderful Life'

Live Radio Play inspired by Frank Capra's 1946 film, 7:30 p.m. Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St. Lenox. (413) 637-3353, www.shakespeare.org

Mass MoCA

Sundance Institute presents ‘First Daughter Suite' by lyricist John LaChiusa, 8 p.m., exploring mother-and-daughter relationships. North Adams. www.massmoca.org

Pittsfield High School

The drama society, Proteus, presents "You Can't Take it With You," 7:30 p.m., Pittsfield.

St. Agnes Academy

The Drama Club presents "A Christmas Carol," 2 p.m. at Nessacus Middle School, Dalton. Donations accepted at the door.

'Willy Wonka'

Undermountain elementary school play, 7 p.m. at Consolati Performing Arts Center, Sheffield.

Tomorrow

ART

Hoffman Pottery

Open House. "Cosmis Interlude," handbuilt art works by Elaine Hoffman, potter in residence. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 103 Great Barrington Road, Route 41, West Stockbridge. (413) 232-4646.

Holiday Craft Fair

Fourth annual fair sponsored by Berkshire Made -- jewelry, photographs, Christmas ornaments and more. Free admission, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stockbridge Town Offices, 50 Main St., Stockbridge. (413) 298-3926, www.berkshirebotanical.org

Williamstown Holiday Fair

Artisans from silversmiths to jewelers to fiber artists and more, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Williamstown Elementary School, 115 Church St., Williamstown.

COMMUNITY

'Anonymous' Meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous, main contact number: (413) 443-0212; Narcotics Anonymous, information on daily meeting locations and times: (413) 443-4377; Al-Anon, for family members who have a husband/wife/son/daughter, etc. who is impaired with alcohol/drugs, (413) 445-5852.

Becket Town Hall

Santa's Elves Christmas Penny Social, doors open at 10 a.m., begins at 12 p.m. Becket Town Hall, Route 8, Becket.

Meditation Class

Introduction to meditation and relaxation practice, 4 to 5 p.m., Church on the Hill annex, 55 Main St., Lenox. Information: (413) 358-5755.

Middle East Update

Internationally acclaimed historian Ralph Numberger to speak, 7:30 p.m., on American foreign policy and current events. Free. Jewish Federation of the Berkshires at Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 270 State Road, Great Barrington. (413) 442-4360, ext. 15.

New Lebanon Library

Book club discusses "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" by Ben Fountain. Newcomers are welcome. 11 a.m., 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, NY.

DANCE

Albany Berkshire Ballet

Tchaikovsky's ‘The Nutcracker,' 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Colonial Theater, 111 South St. Pittsfield. (413) 997-4444, berkshireballet.org

FILM

Images Cinema

‘Nightmare before Christmas,' 1 p.m. Admission is free. 50 Spring St. www.imagescinema.org

North Adams Movieplex

‘Fred Claus,' 1 p.m. Admission is free. 80R Main St., North Adams.

HEALTH & FITNESS

Co-Dependent Meeting

12-step meeting every Sunday, 7 to 8 p.m., Congregational Church, Main Street, (use entrance on right of building), Dalton; information: (413) 684-2137.

Healing Rhythms

Heart-centered yoga flow, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Lenox Commons, 55 Pittsfield Road, Building 8A, Lenox, (413) 637-2727.

Pittsfield Family YMCA

Aquafit, 8-9 a.m., North Street, Pittsfield, (413) 499-7650.

HOLIDAYS

Berkshire Botanical Garden

Holiday Marketplace: Garden is transformed into a beautiful, festive market with hundreds gifts. Gallery of Wreaths and a juried group of exceptional artisans and vendors. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Routes 102 and 183, Stockbridge. Free admission. (413) 298-3926, www.berkshirebotanical.org

Berkshire Museum

Holiday Flash Mob concerts Saturdays and Sundays in December, string quartets and carolers with Berkshire Music School. ‘Festival of Trees' -- 200 trees throughout the galleries. 39 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 443-7171, www.berkshiremuseum.org

Breakfast with Santa Benefit

The fifth annual Breakfast with Santa presented by the Pediatric Development Center. Children may visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus; bring a camera for photo opportunities. Santa will pass out goodie bags for the children and there will be a raffle and caroling, all while enjoying Zucchini's breakfast buffet. Seatings are scheduled at 9 and 11 a.m. To purchase tickets contact the PDC at (413) 499-4537. 1331 North St., Pittsfield.

Breakfast with Santa

Join Santa for breakfast at The Sugar House, 8 a.m. to noon, Ioka Valley Farm, Hancock. Information visit iokavalleyfarm.com

Hildene for the Holidays

Apple cider, Vermont tastings and fresh cider doughnuts, pine boughs and sounds of the season. Live music by Emerald Valley Recorder Ensemble. Museum shop at the historic home of Robert Todd Lincoln, son of Abraham Lincoln, 1005 Hildene Road, Manchester, Vt. (802) 362-1788, www.hildene.org

Holiday Benefit Community Dinner

Third annual community gathering, dinner and music, will benefit Construct Inc., The Watson Fund and Volunteers in Medicine, 4 to 7 p.m. Holiday Buffet Dinner, 6 to 9 p.m. music and dancing with the Lucky 4 and The BTUS. All proceeds will be donated. Castle Street Cafe, 10 Castle Street, Great Barrington. (413) 528-5244, info@castlestreetcafe.com

Holiday Craft Fair

Located at the Williamstown Elementary School, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pancake breakfast hosted by sixth graders and lunch available. 115 Church St., Williamstown.

Humane Society Boutique

Café Chic: Pop-Up Boutique for Ladies to benefit Berkshire Humane Society and Purradise cat shelter. Free admission 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Berkshire Functional Fitness: 325 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington.

Lenox Library

Ninth Annual Gingerbread House Competition and auction, theme ‘Berkshire Gingerbread Cottages.' Refreshments, Kid's Korner craft. Art Sale to benefit the library: artwork, prints, and art books, 1 to 3 p.m. (413) 637-2630 or info@lenoxlib.org

Lessons and Carols

Annual concert and reading of the Biblical Christmas story, 4 p.m. Icelandic music from Williams College Concert and Chamber choirs. Thompson Memorial Chapel, Williams College, Williamstown. www.williams.edu

Main Street at Christmas

Main Street as Norman Rockwell saw it: Antique cars, Christmas Food Booth, holiday music by Monument Mountain Regional High School, First Congregational Church of Stockbridge Handbell Choir and the Londontown Carolers. Santa's workshop with Norman Rockwell Museum. Horse-drawn wagon rides. Stockbridge Main Street, Route 7. (413) 298-5200, stockbridgechamber.org

Pilgrim Memorial Church

Christmas Penny Social, doors open at 1 p.m., begins at 2 p.m. Questions contact Ellen at (413) 442-9567. 249 Wahconah St., Pittsfield.

Santa Breakfast

Join Santa for pancakes, 8 to 11 a.m., Building Blocks EEC, 457 Dalton Ave., Pittsfield. (413) 885-0131

Sheffield Festival of Holidays

Shop at the Old Stone Store open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Holiday House, 1 to 5 p.m.: 18th-century Dan Raymond House, decorated for the holidays, opens for tours. Sheffield Historical Society, 161 Main St., Route 7, Sheffield. www.sheffieldhistory.org

South Williamstown Tree Lighting

Tree lighting, open house at Little Red Schoolhouse (IS183), 5 p.m. Route 7, Williamstown. williamstownchamber.com

Tree Lighting and Hayride

Annual Tree Lighting and Hayride with Santa beginning at the Senior Center. The hayride will go to the Town Hall for caroling with the Hoosac Valley High School Chorus and tree lighting with Santa and then back to the Senior Center for refreshments and visit with Santa. All are welcome. 5:30 p.m., Cheshire.

Winterfest

Historic Chatham Village winter wonderland, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Window displays, lights, cookies and seasonal treats. Carolers, rides in horse-drawn wagons and visits with Santa. (518) 392-5848, www.visitchathamny.com

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. Open Tues.-Sun. through June, 10 to 5. 225 South St., Williamstown, (413) 458-2303.

The Mount

Edith Wharton's historic house and gardens, open daily 10 to 5, Thurs. 10 to 8, May-October. Tours, contemporary outdoor sculptures, outdoor cafe and gift shop, special events throughout the summer including free music Fri. and Sat. evenings, 2 Plunkett St., off Route 7, Lenox; information: www.EdithWharton.org.

Naumkeag

Naumkeag House & Gardens Gilded Age mansion, 20 acres of landscaped grounds, guided house tours and special garden, 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.

Susan B. Anthony Museum

Childhood home of the legendary human rights leader, features a portrait gallery, legacy room and birthing room, 11:30 to 4, 67 East Road, Adams; private tours: (413) 743-7121.

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

Close Encounters with Music

Luncheon Musicale Benefit: light-hearted music. 12:30 p.m., Blantyre, Lenox.

Community Bible Church

Christmas Musical: "Eyewitness News: Live from Bethlehem." 6 p.m., 160 Bridges Road, Williamstown. Free.

Community Sing

Austerlitz Historical Society hosts a community sing with stories, 2 p.m. Refreshments to follow. Austerlitz Community Church, (518) 392-0062. www.spencertownausterlitz.org

Drum/Bugle Corps

Pittsfield Red Knights Drum and Bugle Corps practice, 2 to 5 p.m., Victory Temple Church, Dewey Avenue, Pittsfield. Information: Paul Christopher, (413) 281-1216 or Betsy Halla, (413) 822-5235.

Eagles Concert Band

Holiday concert, 3 p.m. First United Church, 55 Fenn St., Pittsfield. Free. (413) 499-2071.

Elms College

Irish Christmas show featuring some of Ireland's finest traditional musicians with the vocal duo Lumiere leading the all-star line up. 2 p.m. at the Veritas Auditorium in Berchmans Hall at Elms College, 291 Springfield St., Chicopee.

EPOCH

Berkshire Hills all-women chorus to perform a cappella barbershop choral music with unique, chord-ringing style. Free and open to all. Information or to RSVP call (413) 499-1992. 1:30 p.m., 140 Melbourne Road, Pittsfield.

Hope Church

Choir concert "Hope of the World." A 42 voice choir will be accompanied by piano, flute, violin, and soloists. The program includes both traditional and contemporary music of the season. Free, 6 p.m. 259 Kemble St., Lenox. (413) 637-2212.

A Renaissance Christmas

Collegium and vocal ensemble Tapestry, Renaissance Christmas music, 2 p.m. Kellogg Music Center, Bard College at Simon's Rock, Alford Road, Great Barrington. Free. (413) 298-5365.

Stockbridge Festival Chorus

Rehearsals for Annual Christmas Concert, 1-3 p.m. in the sanctuary of First Congregational Church, Stockbridge. Last day for registration is October 13. Information contact Tracy Wilson at (413) 243-6076 or werdenroad@aol.com.

Tony DeBlois

Pianist and musicians on 19 instruments, internationally touring musician. Concert to benefit Dalton Senior Center, 2 p.m. at the center at 40 Front St. ext. in Dalton. Free-will donation. (413) 684-2000.

Whitney Center for the Arts

Boston Public Quartet performs Ravel, Shostakovich, Haydn, 4 p.m. 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. (413) 443-0289

Winter Revels

Winter solstice celebration with Renaissance costumes, folk tunes, music, drama and comedy, 4:30 p.m. Historic Tannery at the Darrow School, Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y.

THEATER

Ghent Playhouse

Annual Christmas pantomime: ‘SleepFrog,' 2 p.m. (800) 838-3006, GhentPlayhoiuse.org

'It's a Wonderful Life'

Live Radio Play inspired by Frank Capra's 1946 film. 2 p.m. Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St. Lenox. (413) 637-3353, www.shakespeare.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 (413) 499-3419. Questions: (413) 496-6238, Monday through Friday, 9 to 5.