Education notes from the Berkshires



Tree lighting ceremonies: Both Pittsfield and North Adams will host their tree-lighting ceremonies this week.

Santa Claus and his helpers will be on hand in North Adams on Wednesday at 5 p.m., at Monument Square on Main Street, between the First Congregational and First Baptist churches.

The Drury High School Band will perform some holiday music, and the First Baptist Church will give away hot chocolate. After the tree lighting, the North Adams Fire Department's antique Mack fire engine will make its way through downtown to host the arrival Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, bearing gifts for the first 300 children.


Pittsfield's tree-lighting festivities will take place on Friday. From 5 to 8 p.m., Berkshire Museum on South Street will offer music, refreshments and half-price admission. The Berkshire Hills Chorus and Taconic High School Chorus will perform from 5:30 to 6 on Park Square. The tree-lighting takes place at 6. The Taconic choir will stick around afterward to serenade a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Free hot chocolate will be served, courtesy of Patrick's Pub.

Those planning to attend are asked to bring non-perishable food items that will be donated to the Christian Center's food pantry.


Wildlife lecture and tracking program: Wildlife tracker Susan Morse will present a program, "Animals of the North: What will Global Climate Change Mean for Them?" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Paterson Field House at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield. The presentation is $5 general admission, free for students and staff with BCC ID.

After the presentation, the Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) will hold sign-ups for its Berkshire Wildlife Trackers program ( Participants sign on for six full-day training workshops in the field plus two classroom sessions spread over the year. Information: berkshirecc. edu or Jane Winn at or (413) 230-7321.


Lee winter concert: Lee Middle and High School will present its annual Winter Concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, in the school auditorium, 300 Greylock St., in Lee.

The performance of instrumental and choral music is free and open to the public.


'You Can't Take it With You': Pittsfield High School's drama society, Proteus, will present Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman's play, "You Can't Take it With You," at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6 and 7, 13 and 14, and Sunday, Dec. 15 at 1:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students, and are available at the door, or can be reserved by calling (413) 499-9535, ext. 1102, or by emailing


Join RAP: The Railroad Street Apprenticeship Program (RAP) matches the inspirations of young people to the resources of the community, creating a successful model of community collaboration.

RAP is designed to meet the unmet vocational and educational needs of South Berkshire youth and prepare them for the workplace. This semester, RAP is offering after-school apprenticeships in culinary arts, massage therapy and photography. Information or to register: or call (413) 528-2475.


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