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ART

Hoffman Pottery

Open House. "Helix Collection": handbuilt 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. 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 Hills Country Club

GE Pensioners and Quarter Century Club Christmas dinner and dance, 1 p.m. Dinner includes a choice of top round of beef, chicken almondine or baked haddock. Champagne Jam will provide music. 500 Benedict Road, Pittsfield.

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.

Hudson-Chatham Winery

Open House featuring a savoy theme, with multiple Hudson Valley artisanal cheeses for sampling and sales, and additional wine pairing suggestions. Weekend also includes the mulled wine Nancy Fuller created on her Food Network, 10% off any gift certificates, and donations of cat or dog food for every wine tasting. Noon to 5 p.m., 1900 State Route 66, Ghent, NY. Information visit www.hudson-chathamwinery.com

Lansing Chapman Rink

Holiday show held by the Christmas Brook Figure Skating Club, 7 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door and admission is $3 per person. A bake sale will be held during the event. Williamstown.

DANCE

A Celtic Nutcracker

Experience the story of the Nutcracker told through Celtic Dance from the perspective of a young girl living in a cottage in Ireland. 1 & 4:30 p.m., Northampton Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main St., Northampton.

Nutty Nutcracker

Off-the-wall version of the original Nutcracker. Includes two casts from its Pre-Professional and Children's Ballet programs, former dancers from the Hartford Ballet, and surprise cameo appearances by several local celebrities and dignitaries. 2 p.m., Hartt School, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford, CT. Box Office (860) 768-4228.

FILM

North Adams Movieplex

"National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation," (PG13) 11 a.m., free. North Adams.

Triplex Cinema and Allium Restaurant

Berkshire International Film Festival's REEL Friends Film Society will host a special screening and brunch. BIFF will show the film "Five Days Gone," shot in Stockbridge. Q&A immediately following. Seating is limited so RSVP to the BIFF office at (413) 528-8030. 11 a.m., Great Barrington.

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 Museum

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

Annual Festival of Trees sponsored by the Hinsdale Dayz Organization and the Council on Aging, 1-4 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at 2 p.m. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Although the event is free, visitors are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to put under the hat and mitten tree for the Hinsdale Food pantry. Hinsdale.

Holiday Farmers Market

Market of locally grown and produced foods: fruits and vegetables, cheese, eggs, meat, poultry, bread, pie, pickles, jams and more with live music, children's activities, holiday recipes, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch available. Williams college Towne Field House, Williamstown. berkshiregrown.org

Holiday Shindy

Crispina ffrench's annual holiday fair: 50 or more makers from near and far selling hand-made, festivity enriching goodness. Artspace setting, music, food, free admission. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 40 Melville Street, Pittsfield. (413)236-9600. Crispina.com

Hope Church

"A Night in Bethlehem." Come see, taste & smell a night long ago. Experience Bethlehem as it might have been 2000 years ago. 2-4 p.m., 259 Kemble St., Lenox. Free.

Sheffield Festival of Holidays

Shop at the Old Stone Store open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Work by local artisans, jams, jellies, nuts, stocking stuffers and ornaments, home and kitchen items, candies, and more. Holiday House, 1 to 5 p.m.: 18th-century Dan Raymond House, decorated for the holidays by local designers, opens for tours. Sheffield Historical Society, 161 Main St., Route 7, Sheffield. www.sheffieldhistory.org

Williamstown Common

Mrs. Claus visits with refreshments, 1 to 3 p.m. 25 Adams Road. Free (413) 458-2111

KID STUFF

Dower Square Community Center

Every Child Ready to Read: Help your child develop early literacy skills by engaging them in the 5 early literacy practices: talking, singing, reading, writing and playing. 1:30-2:30 p.m., Pittsfield.

LECTURE

Mahaiwe

"Downtown Abbey and Gilded Age Holiday Entertaining," 3 p.m., followed by a screening of "Somewhere in Time" at 4 p.m. Lecture will be presented by food historian Francine Segan and will be about the fascinating time period when high society was at its peak. Tickets and information visit www.mahaiwe.org or call (413) 528-0100. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington.

Temple Anshe Amunim

"Jewish Identity in the United States," an important and insightful lecture on Jews and Jewish life in America. Presented by Alan Cooperman, deputy director of the Pew Research Center's Religion and Public Life Project. 2 p.m. with a Q&A and reception to follow. 26 Broad St., Pittsfield.

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 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, 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

Cantilena Chamber Choir

‘Christmas at Trinity on Sunday,' 3 p.m. ‘Quartre motets pour le temps de Noel' by Francis Poulenc and music for Christmas by Russian masters Rachmaninov and Titov. Celebration of Benjamin Britten's 100th Birthday: ‘Hymn to the Virgin' and his rarely heard ‘Chorale on an Old French Carol.' John Rutter settings of French carols including ‘Noel Nouvolet' and ‘Il est Ne le Divine enfant.' Trinity Church, 88 Walker St., Lenox. (518) 791-0185, www.cantilenachoir.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.

Experience Music at United

The Holyoke High School Madrigal Singers and Bell Choir present a holiday concert. 2 p.m. at the United Congregational Church of Holyoke in Skinner Chapel, Maple Street, Holyoke. Information call (413) 532-1483.

First United Methodist Church

Gospel Christmas, the 4th Annual Benefit Concert for the Emergency Oil Fund of the PACC and the Emergency Assistance Fund of Construct Inc. 4 p.m., 55 Fenn St., Pittsfield.

Lichtenstein Center

"Mostly Jazz" jam session, for musicians of all ages and abilities (except beginners) to play jazz, meet other musicians and socialize, from 3 to 5 p.m., 28 Renne Ave., Pittsfield; information: Art Niedeck, (413) 442-2665.Starving Artist Creperie

"Mostly Jazz" jam session, for musicians of all ages and abilities (except beginners) to play jazz, meet other musicians and socialize, from 3 to 5 p.m., 28 Renne Ave., Pittsfield; information: Art Niedeck, (413) 442-2665.Starving Artist Creperie

Musical Brunch. Live bluegrass, jazz, funk, classical, and other types of music from talented local performers. Breakfast served until 3 p.m. View the artwork from the adjoined Good Purpose Gallery. 11 a.m., Lee.

OUTDOORS

Tamarack Hollow

Hike/Snowshoe Trek at Savoy State Forest, one of the highest elevation towns in MA. Join naturalist Aimee Gelinas and trek up the Busby Trail. Wear warm, layered clothing, sturdy, waterproof booys, nylon pants and bring snowshoes if needed. Bring water and lunch. Directions sent upon registration, call (413) 522-1505. Windsor.

THEATER

A Christmas Carol

Classic story by Charles Dickens, adapted and directed by Eric Hill at The Colonial Theatre, 2 p.m. Revel in the joy and redemptive power of Christmas as told in the timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, the infamous miser who is reformed and shown the error of his ways by four spirits. 111 South St., Pittsfield. (413) 9974444,www.berkshiretheatregroup.org

Fireside Yuletide

Mill City Productions will host a dramatic reading of Christmas stories including the Grinch and "'Twas the Night before Christmas," 2 p.m. Western Heritage Gateway state Park, Route 8, North Adams.

Ghent Playhouse

Annual Christmas pantomime: ‘SleepFrog,' merging fairy tales with spells, songs and schtick in a Comic British tradition. 2 p.m. (800) 838-3006, GhentPlayhoiuse.org

'It's a Wonderful Life'

Live Radio Play inspired by Frank Capra's classic 1946 film starring Donna Reed and James Stewart brings back to the Golden Age of radio with a poignant, funny and unique play-within-a-play. 2 p.m. Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St. Lenox. (413) 637-3353, www.shakespeare.org

Pittsfield High School

The drama society, Proteus, presents "You Can't Take it With You," 1:30 p.m., Pittsfield.

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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

BerkshireWorks

Job club with Millie Calesky, personal and professional coach, allows job seekers to expand their network of contacts and serves as a support group throughout the job search process, from 1 to 2 p.m., optional networking at 12:45 p.m., 160 North St., Pittsfield; preregistration: (413) 499-2220, Ext. 154 or online at www.berkshireworks.org.

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.

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.

Jewish Fed. of the Berkshires

Energize with Tai Chi & Qi Gong with Sufi Kathy and Sufi David Crowe 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.

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.

DANCE

Line Dance Classes

With instructor Cheryl Wendling, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Dalton Senior Center, 40 Field St., Ext., Dalton, (413) 443-6263.

Line Dance Lessons

Berkshire County Line Dancers, for beginners of all ages, at 6:30 p.m., Eagles Hall, Curran Highway, North Adams. Information call Mary Ellen Dean (413) 663-9718.

HEALTH AND FITNESS

BMC

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

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 Stress Naturally, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; 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.

Overeaters Anonymous

12-step meeting, 7 p.m., 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

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

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.

KID STUFF

Kindergym

Open play, reading, circle time, crafts, snacks and swimming for toddlers and their parents/guardians, follows Central Berkshire school schedule, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Dalton CRA, 400 Main St., Dalton, (413) 684-0260.

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 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, 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.