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ART

Oil Painting Class

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

Sculpture Class

Stone carving with Myrna Lieb Citron, for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, 1 to 4 p.m., 1260 Pleasant St., Lee, (413) 243-4456. 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.

BerkshireWorks Career Center

The Elder Services Senior Aid Program meets from 10 to 11 a.m. Information or registration visit www.berkshireworks.com

Bushnell-Sage Library

"Sit and Knit" meetings, 6-8 p.m.,

SheffieldCoat Drive

SheffieldCoat 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.

Community Lunch

All welcome, at noon, Guthrie Center, 2 Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington, (413) 528-1955.

Contract Bridge

For all levels, from 1 to 4 p.m., Lee Senior Center; information: (413) 243-3512.

Dower Square Community Center

Every Child Ready to Read: Help your child develop early literacy skills by engaging in the 5 early literacy practices: talking, singing, reading, writing and playing. 6:30-7:30 p.m., Pittsfield.

Guthrie Center

Free Legal Clinic of Berkshire County, Inc. is holding free legal clinics from 12-1 p.m. during their free lunch program. Information call (413) 854-1955. 2 Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington.

Hinsdale Lunch

Hinsdale Lunch

Elder Services meal offered every Wed. and Fri. at 11:30 a.m., Hinsdale Town Hall, Bingo to follow, South Street, Hinsdale; advance reservations: Meal site at (413) 655-2310 or Nutrition Program at (413) 499-0524.

Hinsdale Knit & Crochet Group

Meets every Wednesday at 1 p.m., Old Town Hall, Hinsdale.

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.

"Learn to Skate" Program

Annual "Learn to Skate" program registration, 4:30-6 p.m. in the Boys and Girls Club lobby. Cost for program is $25. Skaters will be taken on a first come, first served basis. Pittsfield.

MountainOne Financial Center

Holiday Chamber Nite hosted by the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce. Networking takes place from 5-7 p.m. Registration is encouraged. Chamber Nite events are open exclusively to Berkshire Chamber members and their employees. Register call (413) 499-4000. 111 Silver Lake Boulevard, Pittsfield.

Parents Group

"Parents Helping Parents," share experiences and get support and encouragement from other parents, free, confidential and anonymous, 6 to 8 p.m., call for location/information: (617) 926-5008, ext.102.

Pembury Bridge Club

ACBL-sponsored duplicate bridge, open game at 12:30 p.m., South Congregational Church, 110 South St., Pittsfield; Peter Samsel, (413) 655-2416.

DANCE

Scottish Dancers

Great Barrington Scottish Dancers, no partner needed, beginners welcome, bring clean, soft shoes, from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m., over Crystal Essence, 39 Railroad St., Great Barrington; please confirm with Jean, (518) 672-4243 or Ted, (413) 698-2944.

HEALTH AND FITNESS

Blood Pressure Clinics

Walk-ins are welcome, sponsored by Porchlight VNA and Tri-Town Board of Health, 9 to 10 a.m., Porchlight Home Care offices, 21 High St., Lee; 11 a.m. to noon, Lee Senior Center a the Crossway Village Cafeteria, Lee.

Berkshire South

Stay Fit, 6:30-7:30 p.m., 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington. (413) 528-2810.

Cancer Resource & Support Group

Cancer Resource & Support Group

For adults diagnosed with any type of cancer and their loved ones, meets from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Radiation Oncology Department, Berkshire Medical Center, 725 North St., Pittsfield, park in Radiation Oncology parking lot on Wahconah Street for easy access, (413) 447-3092.

Center for Healing Arts

All levels yoga and qigong, 5:30 p.m., Center for Healing Arts and Energy Medicine, 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, (413) 623-8713.

Dalton CRA

Pilates, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.; Abs, Arms & Tush, and Zumba, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., 400 Main St., Dalton, (413) 684-0260.

’Fit to Go!’

Increase your strength and energy with Kas Maroney, American Council on Exercise certified group instructor, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., Unitarian Church, 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, (413) 841-5834.

Healing Rhythms

Intermediate yoga sculpt, 8:30 to 10 a.m.; gentle yoga, 11 to noon; capoiera, fusion of martial arts and dance, 5 to 6 p.m., Lenox Commons, Building 8A, 55 Pittsfield Road, Lenox, (413) 637-2727.

Impulse Fitness

Impulse Fitness

Cardio Kickboxing, 5:30-6:30 p.m., 360 Pecks Road, Pittsfield (413) 446-7857.

Pittsfield Family YMCA

Pittsfield Family YMCA

Indoor cycle, 6-6:45 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; all levels yoga, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; lunch indoor cycle, 12:15-1 p.m.; Tabata Kickboxing, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Pilates/Cycle Combo Class, 6:45-8 p.m., North Street, Pittsfield, (413) 499-7650.

Public Health Clinics

Public health clinics sponsored by the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of Northern Berkshire. Clinics include blood pressure and blood sugar screening, medication reviews, heights and weights, and health teaching. Located at the Millhouse Apartments, 10-11 a.m. and North Adams Regional Hospital, 1-3 p.m. Headquarters, North Adams.

Tobacco Program

Men’s tobacco treatment program, 5 p.m., conference room, 29 Lewis Ave., Great Barrington; preregistration: (413) 854-9608.

Yoga Classes

Teen yoga, for ages 13-19, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Yoga Depot, 137 North St., Pittsfield; and, gentle/beginner yoga, 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., Connections, Pittsfield; information: Waterfall Perry, (413) 464-1944.

Zumba Class

From 7:15 to 8:15 p.m., Steeple Valley Dance, 195 Ashland St., North Adams.

KID STUFF

Berkshire Athenaeum

Lego Club! Ages 5 and up. All children under 10 must be with an adult at all times. Free, no registration required. 4-5 p.m. This week’s theme: Firehouse, Police Station & Hospital. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Chess Club

Beginners welcome, 3 p.m., Bushnell-Sage Library, Sheffield, (413) 229-7004.

New Lebanon Library

Tales for Tots Story Hour, includes crafts, songs, and movement activities, 10:30 a.m.; Hug-A-Bye Babies, age appropriate stories, songs, and movement activities, noon. 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, NY.

North Adams Library

Preschool story time for ages 3-6, 10:30 a.m., Youth Services Department, second floor, 74 Church St., North Adams, (413) 662-3133.

Playgroup

"Baby and Me!" parent/infant playgroup, for babies ages four weeks to one year, social interaction, music and developmentally appropriate play activities, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Berkshire Medical Center, 725 North St., Pittsfield; preregistration: (413) 447-2400.

LITERARY

Berkshire Writers Room

Memoir writing group, 1-3 p.m., third floor small office, Ralph Froio Senior Center, 330 North St., Pittsfield; information: (413) 842-5014.

Ramsdell Library

Ramsdell Library

Writing workshop series with Suzi Baum. Written works may be included in Out of the Mouths of Babies... An Evening of Mothers Reading to Others on March 1, the kick-off event for the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, which is held throughout the month of March. 6:30-7:30 p.m., 1087 Main St., Housatonic. (413) 274-3738.

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

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.

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.

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 Highlanders

Band rehearsals, bagpipes and drums, from 7 to 9 p.m.; call for location details, Bill Irvin, (413) 442-6180.

Berkshire Sings

Opportunities to sing as a soloist, duo or small ensemble will be offered. Everyone is welcome, no prior musical training is necessary. 6:45-8:15 p.m., free. Berkshire South Regional Community Center, 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington, (413) 528-2810.

Tomorrow

ART

Painting Class

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

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

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 Business Builders

For all business people looking for an opportunity to network, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., 55 Church St., Pittsfield; Kathy Hazelett, (413) 442-8581.

C. Berkshire Habitat for Humanity

C. Berkshire Habitat for Humanity

"Building for Tomorrow," a financial literacy training program. Learn how to manage money, get out of debt, and improve credit score using the YNAB program. Sign up in advance for an upcoming series of classes by calling Habitat at (413) 442-3181. 314 Columbus Ave., Pittsfield.

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.

Hometown Holidays

Head downtown each Thursday in December -- stores in downtown North Adams open late with holiday-themed activities like visits from Santa, ornament making workshops, roving carolers. Main Street, Eagle Street, Holden Street, Ashland Street, downtown North Adams. www.ExploreNorthAdams.com

Jewish Fed. of the Berkshires

"The Process of Aging" with therapist Maggie Bittman at 1 p.m., following noon lunch, at Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield.

Meditation Group

Meditation and discussion, 6 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield; information: (413) 358-2626 or (508) 237-4252.

New Lebanon Library

Family Crafts Night & Cookie Swap: Join the fun and make clay dough ornaments, all materials provided. Following the craft will be a cookie swap. Participants should bring four dozen cookies, a recipe, and a container to hold your cookie haul. Swap will be at 7 p.m. Suitable for the whole family. 6:30 p.m., 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, NY.

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.

Trout Unlimited Holiday Party

Taconic Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold its annual holiday party at The Bass Water Grill on Route 8. Gathering begins at 5 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. There will be door prizes and a bucket raffle. Reservations call Bill Travis at (413) 822-7934. Cheshire.

DANCE

Country Dance Classes

New beginners from 6 to 7 p.m.; couples/line dances for beginner/intermediate from 7 to 9 p.m., couples and singles welcome, with instructor Cheryl Wendling, Itam Lodge, Waubeek Road, Pontoosuc Lake, Pittsfield; information: (413) 443-6263.

Healing Rhythms

Healing Rhythms

Shake Your Soul; Be moved with Sage Peeler. No experience necessary, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Lenox Commons, 55 Pittsfield Road, Building 8A, Lenox. (413) 637-2727.

Line Dance Lessons

Berkshire County Line Dancers, lessons for intermediate/advanced, at 6:30 p.m., Eagles Hall, Curran Highway, North Adams. Information call Mary Ellen Dean (413) 663-9718.

FILM

Beacon Cinema

"The Anonymous People" free showing, sponsored by the Brien Center, AdCare Hospital, BMC/McGee detox and the Beacon Cinema. The film is a documentary that opens the dialog for chemical dependency recovery. Brief reception at the theater at 6:45 p.m., movie showing at 7:30 p.m. Pittsfield.

The Linda

Food for Thought, featuring "Xmas Without China." This monthly evening of food, film and discussion will explore the intersection of consumerism and immigration in American culture. 7 p.m., 339 Central Ave., Albany, NY. Tickets visit thelinda.org.

HEALTH AND FITNESS

Acupuncture Clinic

Community acupuncture treatments for trauma, addiction, pain and stress, sliding fee of $20-$50, Sunrise Studio at Berkshire Healing Arts, (above Berkshire Nautilus), 9 to 2, 42 Summer St., second floor, Pittsfield, (413) 243-0654.

Blood Pressure Clinic

Walk-ins are welcome, sponsored by Porchlight VNA, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Stop & Shop, Merrill Road, Pittsfield.

BMC

Parkinson’s Exercise Group, 2-3 p.m., 5th Floor Medical Arts Complex. Medical Clearance required, $5/session. Information call (413) 447-3075. Pittsfield.

Center for Healing Arts

Yoga/qigong, 5:30 p.m., Center for the Healing Arts and Energy Medicine, 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. Information/registration: (413) 623-8713.

Healing Rhythms

Healing Rhythms

Shake Your Soul, an energizing, fun and soul-filled dance class. 5:30-6:30 p.m. 55 Pittsfield Road, Building 8A, Lenox (413) 637-2727.

Hope Group

Hope Group

Open to men and women whose cancer has returned or is advanced, free group, 4 to 5 p.m., Health Information Resource Room, near lobby, Berkshire Medical Center, North Street, Pittsfield, (413) 447-3092.

Impulse Fitness

Abs/Arms/Butt 9 to 10 a.m., 360 Pecks Road, Pittsfield, (413) 446-7857.

Parkinson’s Exercise Group

Medical clearance required, $5 per session, from 2 to 3 p.m., Berkshire Medical Center, Medical Arts Complex, fifth floor, Pittsfield; information: (413) 447-3075.

Public Health Clinics

Public health clinics sponsored by the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of Northern Berkshire. Clinics include blood pressure and blood sugar screening, medication reviews, heights and weights, and health teaching. Located at the VNA & Hospice’s headquarters, 99 Hospital Avenue, 3-4 p.m. and at the Adam’s Council on Aging, 10-11 a.m. North Adams.

Tobacco Program

Women’s tobacco treatment program, 6 p.m., conference room, 29 Lewis Ave., Great Barrington; preregistration: (413) 854-9608.

TOPS

Take Off Pounds Sensibly, weight loss support group, every Thursday from 5:45 to 7:30 p.m., Morningside Community School, Burbank Street, Pittsfield, (413) 822-9593.

Yoga Depot

Yoga and meditation class, gentle-all levels, 7-8:15 p.m., Crawford Square, 137 North St., Pittsfield; (413) 281-9775.

’Yoga for You’

Small classes exploring the use of your breath, with flexibility, strength and endurance postures, followed by complete guided imagery relaxation, 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 5:30 to 7 p.m., takes place in Stockbridge, call for more information: Nancy Simanson, (413) 298-3319.

Zumba

Latin-inspired, easy to follow, dance fitness class with live drumming, drop-ins welcome, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Terpsichore, 395 North St., Pittsfield; Rachael Plaine, (413) 822-2034.

KIDS’ STUFF

Berkshire Athenaeum

Play & Learn with Jenn, 10 a.m., 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, (413) 499-9480, ext. 5.

Dalton Public Library

Dalton Public Library

Pre-school story time, 10 a.m. 462 Main St., Dalton.

Lenox Community Center

Art class for grades 1-5, conducted by Deb Carter. Various art projects will include spin art, clay and more. 4 to 5 p.m. To register email Laura at Lmiskinis@townoflenox.com or call (413) 637-5530. Lenox.

Lenox Library

Preschool story/craft for children ages 3 to 5, program features stories, songs and a craft related to the stories, from 11 to 11:45 a.m., Youth Department, Main Street, Lenox. Information: (413) 637-0197, Ext. 105.

LITERARY

Writers Round Table

Read any work in progress for feedback; leadership rotates, 2 to 4 p.m., Lenox Library, 16 Main St., Lenox. (413) 637-1900.

MUSIC

Beer & Carols

The second installment of Zion Lutheran’s already popular, "Beer & Hymns" series of sing-alongs is intended to gather many people together in a non-church space for a loud and lively night of popular Christmas carols and songs. 7 p.m. in the back room of Baba Louie’s, 34 Depot St., Pittsfield.

Guthrie Center

Hootenanny Nite, doors open at 7 p.m., music at 8 p.m., 2 Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington; tickets: (413) 528-1955.

Haflinger Haus

Christmas Show with BlueBerry Buckle - a family affair with Cate Byrne on violin, Savannah Byrne on drums, and their father Tom Byrne on guitar, bass and the occasional wind instrument. 6-7:30 p.m., 17 Commercial St., Adams.

Vespers Service

Sunset evening prayer service with candles and silence, 6 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 74 First St., Pittsfield.

Zion Lutheran Church

Zion Lutheran Church

Jazz Vespers, a brief time of worship which incorporates elements of jazz, blues, and gospel into the ancient tradition of Evening Prayer, 6 p.m., 74 First St., Pittsfield.

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, 9-5.