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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.

Tomorrow

ART

Open Studio

Life drawing with live model for practicing artists, bring own materials, from 6 to 9 p.m., IS183, Art School of the Berkshires, 13 Willard Hill Road, Stockbridge; information: (413) 298-5252, Ext. 100.

COMMUNITY

Community Supper

Community Supper

Free delicious meal prepared by some of the finest chefs in the Berkshires. No reservation required, donations accepted. 5-6 p.m., 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington. (413) 528-2810.

Jewish Fed. of the Berkshires

"Breathing an Movement" series with yoga and pilates instructor, Karen Lee, at 1 p.m., following noon lunch, at Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield.

Master Gardener Hotline

Gardening questions answered by Master Gardeners, 9 to noon, leave a message and call will be returned the following Monday between 9 and noon, (413) 298-5355.

Meditation Sangha

Pittsfield UU Meditation Sangha, learn how to handle stress and find peace, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., George Crane Memorial Center, 81 Linden St., Pittsfield.

North Egremont Fire House

Village an Rural District bylaw information meeting. The Planning Board wants all residents' input. Refreshments will be served. 7 p.m., Egremont.

Pembury Bridge Club

ACBL-sponsored duplicate bridge, open game at 6:45 p.m., South Congregational Church, 110 South St., Pittsfield; Peter Samsel, (413) 655-2416.

Route 7 Grill

The Railroad Street Youth Project's annual Culinary Celebration to support the RSYP Culinary Arts Apprenticeship Chefs. Student chefs will prepare a five-course tasting menu. The evening also includes wine, hors d'oeuvres and a cheese tasting by Rubiner's Cheesemongers. Information or to purchase tickets visit www.rsyp.org or call (413) 528-2475. 5:30 p.m., Great Barrington.

HEALTH AND FITNESS

BMC

Parkinson's Exercise Group, 5th Floor Medical Arts Complex, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Medical clearance required. $5/session. Information call (413) 447-3075. Pittsfield.

Cancer Group

"Women Facing Cancer," for all women facing the challenges of having cancer, Noon to 1 p.m., Health Information Resource Room, near the lobby, Berkshire Medical Center, (413) 447-3092.

Dalton CRA

Hi-Lo infusion, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.; Hatha yoga, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., 400 Main St., Dalton, (413) 684-0260.

Gentle Yoga

For all levels, focus on creating sequencing, breath work and meditation, drop-ins welcome, 9 to 10 a.m., Yoga Depot, 137 North St., Pittsfield; Rachael Plaine: (413) 822-2034.

Healing Rhythms

Gentle Yoga, 9-10 a.m.; Breath and Fitness Yoga, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Lenox Commons, 55 Pittsfield Road, building 8A, Lenox; information: (413) 637-2727.

Impulse Fitness

Workshop: Letting Go of Excuses, 6:30-8 p.m. with Izzy Lenihan; Body Blast, 9 to 10 a.m.; Cardio Circuit, 2:45 to 3:45 p.m.; Strength/Cardio/Stretch, 4-5 p.m. Porter Plaza, 360 Pecks Road, Pittsfield, (413) 446-7857.

Parkinson's Exercise Group

Southern Berkshire Volunteer Ambulance Garage, 1 p.m., Fairview Hospital campus, Lewis Avenue, Great Barrington; medical clearance required, $5 per session; information: (413) 854-9740.

Pittsfield Family YMCA

Indoor Cycle, 6:30-7:30 a.m.; Deep Water Circuit Training, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; Senior Strength Training (Silver Sneakers), 9:30-10:45 a.m.; Aquafit, 11 to noon; Gentle Yoga, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; Tabata Boot Camp, 12:30-1:15 p.m.; All in One, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Evening Yoga, 6:45-8 p.m., 292 North St., Pittsfield, (413) 499-7650, ext.13.Yoga Depot

Indoor Cycle, 6:30-7:30 a.m.; Deep Water Circuit Training, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; Senior Strength Training (Silver Sneakers), 9:30-10:45 a.m.; Aquafit, 11 to noon; Gentle Yoga, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; Tabata Boot Camp, 12:30-1:15 p.m.; All in One, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Evening Yoga, 6:45-8 p.m., 292 North St., Pittsfield, (413) 499-7650, ext.13.Yoga Depot

All-levels yoga, practice using posture flow, breath work and deep relaxation, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., 137 North St., Pittsfield; Waterfall Perry: (413) 464-1944.

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.

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.

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 Hillsmen

Pittsfield's men's barbershop chorus meeting, all men who like to sing a capella in four part harmony are welcome, 7 p.m., Town Hall, Route 41 and Church Lane, Richmond; information: Dan Burkhard, (413) 298-4773.

Drum/Bugle Corps

Pittsfield Red Knights Drum and Bugle Corps practice, 6 to 8 p.m., Pilgrim Memorial Church, Wahconah Street, Pittsfield. Information: Paul Christopher, (413) 281-1216 or Betsy Halla, (413) 822-5235.

Eagles Band Rehearsals

Eagles Wind Symphony rehearsal, new members welcome to sit in, bring a music stand, from 7 to 9 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 55 Fenn St., Pittsfield. Information: (413) 499-2071.

Lichtenstein Center

Folkloric and contemporary Afro-Caribbean and West African drumming, percussion and singing class with Aimee Gelinas of Gaia Roots, beginner/intermediate class at 6 p.m., intermediate/advanced class at 7 p.m., 28 Renne Ave., Pittsfield; information: aimee@gaiaroots.com.

Northern Berkshire Chorale

Northern Berkshire Chorale

Mixed-voice choir; rehearsals at 7:15 p.m. in Presser Hall on the Williams College Campus, Williamstown.

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.