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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

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

Tomorrow

ART

Hoffman Pottery

Open House featuring "Infinite Emerald Green" series; 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.

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Humane Society

Meet Yankee the Beagle and learn about dog care. Play games and enjoy special treats. 3:30-5 p.m., Community Center at Dower Square, 253 Wahconah St., Pittsfield.

Bingo

Every Friday, includes raffles, prizes, food, doors open at 4:30 p.m., games begin at 6:30 p.m., St. Mary’s School, Orchard Street, Lee, (413) 243-1079.Green Gargoyle

Every Friday, includes raffles, prizes, food, doors open at 4:30 p.m., games begin at 6:30 p.m., St. Mary’s School, Orchard Street, Lee, (413) 243-1079.Green Gargoyle

Gift and thrift shop, good quality clothing from infants to adults, household items and accessories, 10 to 4, bookstore from 1 to 3. First Congregational Church of Dalton, Main Street.

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.

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.

Lord and Tailor

Gift and thrift shop, quality brand name clothing, gifts and collectibles, 10 to 4, South Congregational Church, 110 South St., Pittsfield.

Meditation Group

Open to all faiths, sit in silence in the sanctuary to enjoy teachings and meditative practices, 8:15 a.m., Congregation Beth Israel, 53 Lois St., North Adams, (413) 663-5830.

New Lebanon Library

Community Holiday Celebration: Includes potluck, caroling, crafts for kids, tree lighting and a visit from Santa. Participants are encouraged to bring treats or a covered dish to share. Music provided by jazz duo DBX2. 6:30 p.m., 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, NY.

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.

Weekly Meditation

"Meditation in the Chapel," by Pittsfield Sangha, noon to 12:30 p.m., Berkshire Medical Center chapel, 725 North St., Pittsfield. Information: (413) 358-2626.

HEALTH AND FITNESS

Aikido

Japanese martial art of self defense, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield; information: Kim Rivers: (413) 499-8625.

Dalton CRA

Dynamic yoga, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; Hi-Lo Infusion, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., 400 Main St., Dalton, (413) 684-0260.

Easy Exercise

Easy exercise class offered by Kim Conley, certified instructor, $5 donation, 9 to 10 a.m. at St. Ann Parish Center, Lenox.

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 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 tours, 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

Christmas Concert

Holiday music under the direction of Jim Morrison, 7 p.m. 25 Park Place, First Congregational Church of Lee. Free. www.ucc-lee.org or (413) 243-1033.

A Christmas Vocal Celebration

Judy Gray soprano and Jack Brown baritone with Lee Dixon pianist, 4 p.m. Red Lion Inn parlor, Main Street Stockbridge.

Haflinger Haus

Tom Corrigan: Acoustic guitar and classic rock songs. 7-10 p.m., Adams.

The Linda

The West Point Bands Jazz Knights performing big band holiday favorites. 7 p.m., free. Make a reservation by emailing Graeme McKenna at gmckenna@wamc.org. 339 Central Ave., Albany, NY. thelinda.org.

OUTDOORS

Taconic Hiking Club

Snowshoe to Hour Pond, North Creek, NY. Trip starts at the end of Thirteenth Lake Road. There are quite a few ups and downs with at least one stream crossing. This is considered an intermediate snowshoe trip and will require full winter gear. Contact Mary for details at mmacdonald003@nycap.rr.com.

THEATER

A Christmas Carol

Classic story by Charles Dickens, adapted and directed by Eric Hill at The Colonial Theatre, 7 p.m. 111 South St., Pittsfield. (413) 997-4444, www.berkshiretheatregroup.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. 7:30 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, 9-5.