Recess: What to do the week of Jan. 5


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CELEBRATE KWANZAA >> The Women of Color Giving Circle of the Berkshires will be hosting from 6-8 p.m. today a Kwanzaa celebration at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 67 East St., in Pittsfield.

All members of the community are invited to attend as Kwanzaa is a non-religious celebration that centers on seven principles geared towards uplift and empowerment. This year's theme will center on the principles of unity (Umoja) and purpose (Nia), and feature music, food and a panel discussion. There is a suggested donation of $5. Info: 413-841-8770 or 413-448-8276.

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OLLI WINTER SEMESTER >> Winter semester courses through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College (OLLI at BCC) will begin Jan. 12 and run through Feb. 25. Courses ranging from the life and times of Frank Sinatra to brain science to photography.

Courses will take place at various throughout the Berkshires, with morning and afternoon times available.

Membership is $50 per year, includes discounts and special events, and is required to register for a course. Registration fees are $45 for one class, $90 for two or 3 classes in a semester, or $100 for unlimited classes within a semester. Partial scholarships are available.

While OLLI classes are designed for people age 50 and up, anyone can register at or 413-236-2190.

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LEE WINTER CONCERT >> The Lee Middle and High School Winter Concert will be performed at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the school auditorium. The concert will feature the middle and high school choruses and bands, and include the premiere performance of Matthew Quayle's "Chaconne," a new work written for the Lee High School Band. The concert is free and open to the public.

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PRESCHOOL PLAY >> The North Adams Public Library at 10:30 a.m. each Wednesday, offers a preschool story and craft time, that is free and open to families and caregivers. Info: or 413-662-3133.

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GALLERY DRAWING WORKSHOP >> The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge will present from 2 to 4 p.m. this Saturday, and on Feb. 13, "Art in Motion: Drawing in the Galleries with Pat O'Donnell." Illustrator/educator Pat O'Donnell will demonstrate how the artistic techniques used on the covers of "The Saturday Evening Post" and guide you in your own drawing. The workshop is included with museum admission (free to $18). Info: or 413-298-4100.


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