The Berkshires Calendar for Dec. 10



Adult Pickleball: Instruction and equipment for beginners is available, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Dalton CRA during the winter and inclement weather, and at a private outside tennis court, spring through fall. Free for CRA members, $2 per session for non-members. Information: Email

American Red Cross of Western Mass.: Informational session for those interested joining its Disaster Action Team. 1 p.m. Volunteers need flexible schedules. Information: Mary Nathan, 413-233-1017. Red Cross office, 480 West St., Pittsfield. Volunteers may also apply directly at

Congregation Ahavath Sholom: Nosh and Drosh with Spiritual Leader Barbara Cohen. Noon to 2 p.m. Free. Bring a vegetarian lunch and a willingness to listen and to share interpreting our ancient texts. Information: 7 North St., Great Barrington.

First Congregational Church: Blue Advent, a prayer-filled gathering that will include reflection, singing, and prayer related to the challenges that Christmas can present. Fellowship afterward. All invited to attend. 4 Main St., Stockbridge.

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires: Noon lunch, at Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield.

Knitting Circle at Dottie's: Meet with like-minded knitters at this open circle. 2 to 4 p.m. All levels welcome. Free. Dottie's Coffee Lounge, 444 North St., Pittsfield. Information: 413-443-1792.

Mason Library: "Hevreh Lights Up the Berkshires" candle lighting. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Information: 413-528-2403 231 Main St., Great Barrington.

McCann Tea Room: 10:45 a.m. to noon. Schedule and menu: Hodges Crossroad, North Adams.

Meditation Sangha: Offered by Pittsfield Sangha, 6 p.m. Young People's Sangha (for children) also at 6 p.m. By donation, Unitarian Universalist Church, 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield; information: 413-358-2626 or 508-237-4252.

North Adams Public Library: Felt ornament workshop. 6 p.m. Some instruction and materials provided. For adults and teens. To register: 413-662-3133. Heritage Room at the library, 74 Church St., North Adams.

Parlor Cafe: Comedy Open Mic. 7 p,m. Free. 303 Ashland St., North Adams.

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.

Sewing Lab: Learn how to use a sewing machine, bring in a project or do some mending. No reservations are needed. Donations of fabric, patterns or notions are welcome. Experienced sewers are welcome to share their expertise, 9 to noon, Salvation Army, 298 West St., Pittsfield. Information: Captain Darlene Higgins, 413-442-0624.

Sheep Hill: Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation and the Western Mass. Woodlands for Wildlife informational event for landowners who want to access funds to improve wildlife habitat on their land. 6 p.m. Free. Information: 413-625-9151: to RSVP, email melissa@masswoodlands. 671 Cold Spring Road Williamstown,

Thursday Morning Club: Special holiday program. 2 p.m. First Congregational Church, Stockbridge.


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

Health and Fitness

Blood Pressure Clinic: Sponsored by Berkshire Health Systems, Dewey Hall Sheffield, 10 to 11 a.m.; Town Hall, New Marlboro, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.; Town Hall, Monterey, 2 to 3 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, sponsored by Porchlight VNA, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Stop & Shop, Merrill Road, Pittsfield.

'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.

Kids' Stuff

Berkshire Athenaeum: Play & Learn with Jenn, geared for ages 11/2 to 31/2, 10 a.m., 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, 413-499-9480, ext. 5.

Bushnell-Sage Library: "Sing-a-long Playgroup" offered by CHP Family Services/South Berkshire Kids, 10 to 11:30 a.m., 48 Main St., Sheffield.

CHP Family Services/S. Berk. Kids: "Toddler Steps," 18 months to 3 years, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; "Kids' Kitchen," 21/2 to 5 years, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m, CHP Family Services Building, 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington.

Dalton Public Library: Pre-school storytime. Includes stories, videos, crafts and snacks. 10-11 a.m. No storytime during school vacation or on snowdays. 462 Main St., Dalton.

Family Center Playgroup: Gym Group at Haskins Center, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., for walking to 5 years old, 210 State St., North Adams. Lego Group, 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, 6 to 7 p.m., for 4 to 12 years, free, North Adams Library 3rd floor, 74 Church St., North Adams.

Lenox Library: Toddler story time for children ages 18 months to 3, program features stories, songs and fingerplays, 10:30 to 11 a.m., Youth Department, 18 Main St., Lenox. Information: 413-637-0197, Ext. 105.

New Lebanon Library: Fun family crafts. 4:30 p.m. Snowman tea light ornament. All materials provided. Information: 518-794-8844. 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y.

North Adams Public Library: LEGO Group (ages 8 and older). 6 to 7 p.m. NAPL 3rd floor meeting room, Church Street, North Adams.

Ramsdell Library: Storytime for Toddlers. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. 2 to 5 years. 1087 Main St., Housatonic.

Richmond Play & Read Group: Offered by CHP Family Services/South Berkshire Kids, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Richmond Consolidated School Library, 1831 State Road, Richmond.


Lenox Library: Writers Round Table. Leadership rotates weekly. Bring copies of new work for discussion, 2-4 p.m., 18 Main St., Lenox. Information: Coordinator at 413-637-1900.

Stamford Community Library: Discussion and celebration of "Haroun and the Sea of Stories" by Salman Rushdie. 6:30 p.m. Celebration will include a sampling of Indian food. Main Road, Stamford, Vt.


Berkshire Music School: Student recital. 5 p.m. Free. Taft Recital Hall, 30 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield. 413-442-1411.

First Reformed Church of Chatham: Half-hour musical concert of organ music at the church to benefit Heifer International Project. Noon and 7 p.m. Free-will offering. Information: 518-392-5926 23 Kinderhook St., Chatham, N.Y.

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.

Williams College: Jazz at Williams — Williams Jazz Repertory Ensemble, 7 p.m. Free. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall in Bernhard Music Center, 54 Chapin Hall Drive on the college campus, Williamstown.

Zion Lutheran Church: "Beer & Carols." 7 p.m. A loud and lively night of popular Christmas carols and songs. Beer, wine, a variety of non-alcoholic beverages, and Tavern at the A menu available for purchase. No admission fee; free-will offering to support the Pittsfield Area Council of Congregations Emergency Fuel Fund. Back room of Tavern at the A at the GEAA Golf Course, 303 Crane Ave., Pittsfield.


Pittsfield High School: Proteus Theatre, the romantic comedy "Almost, Maine." 7 p.m. Adults $10; students $8. Reservations: 413-499-9535.

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