The Berkshires Calendar for Dec. 16



Berkshire Paint and Sip: Fundraiser to benefit the Hoosac Valley High School cheerleaders. 6 to 8 p.m. "Snowman with HV Scarf"; $35, all painting materials and instruction included. Reservations: or 413-205-8346. Prior to the event, 10 percent of meals purchased will be donated to the cheerleaders. Printed Paypal receipt required. Adams Ale House, 8 E. Hoosac St., Adams.


350MA Berkshire Node: Monthly meeting and holiday party. Party begins 5:30 p.m. Potluck finger foods and drinks (BYOB, soft drinks provided; bring your favorite holiday snack). Brief update on campaigns at 6:15 p.m., then the party continues. RSVP to if possible, but all are welcome. UU Church, 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Berkshire County Beekeepers: "Introduction to Beekeeping: Choosing the Proper Hive to Fit Your Needs." 6 p.m. Free. To register: Berkshire Bank Community Room, 99 North St., Pittsfield.

Bushnell-Sage Library: "Sit and Knit," 6-8 p.m., Sheffield.

College Financial Aid Programs: With Carrie Alibozek of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. 5:30 p.m. McCann Technical High School, Hodges Crossroad, North Adams. Snow date: Jan. 12.

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.

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 Knit & Crochet Group: Meets every Wednesday at 1 p.m., Old Town Hall, Hinsdale.

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.

Toys for Tots Collection: Sponsored by the North Adams Police, Fire and Ambulance Service. Noon to 7 p.m. All toys should be new, unopened and not wrapped. Hot chocolate and goodies for the kids (while supplies last). Walmart. Curran Highway, North Adams.

Worthington Finance Committee: Broadband option meeting. Informational meeting on MBI option, 6:30 p.m., R.H. Conwell Elementary School, Worthington.


Scottish Dancers: 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. Information: Jean, 518-672-4243, or Ted, 413-698-2944. Berkshire Pulse, 410 Park St., 3rd floor, Housatonic.


Ramsdell Library: Creative Film "Reconversao." 7 p.m. Information: 413-274-3738 1087 Main St., Housatonic.


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.

EPOCH at Melbourne: Marci Greenfield Simons and Lori Johnson of HospiceCare in The Berkshires, "Coping with Grief During the Holidays." 2 p.m. Free. Information or to RSVP: 413-499-1992. 140 Melbourne Road, Pittsfield.

Fit To Go!: Functional Fitness class for all levels of ability. 9 a.m. Information: 413-464-0064. Unitarian Universalist Church of Pittsfield, 175 Wendell Ave. Pittsfield.

Northern Berkshire YMCA: Wellness Wednesday, Open to all residents of Northern Berkshire. Free open swim and fitness classes; call for times and descriptions. Fitness Center available 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Health and wellness practitioners on site 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Information: 413-663-6529 or visit 22 Brickyard Court, North Adams.

Seniors' Ministry of Immaculate Conception/St. Joseph: Catholic Charities representative. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Information: 518-925-0682 or 518-733-0469. ICC Parish Hall, 732 US-20, New Lebanon, N.Y.

Yoga: Gentle yoga for cancer survivors to help improve strength and sleep. Noon to 1:15 p.m. Registration encouraged, but walk-ins welcome. Information: 413-447-3092. Community Education conference room, first floor of the BMC Cancer and Infusion Center, 165 Tor Court, Pittsfield.


Berkshire Athenaeum: Lego Club. 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Theme, "Star Wars." Children of all ages are welcome. Free, no registration required. Children younger than 10 must be accompanied at all times by an adult over 18 years of age. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Berkshire South: Berkshire Sings! for ages 13+. Under the guidance of musician and teacher Robert Kelly. No auditions. Open to new and seasoned singers alike. Free. 6:45-8:15 p.m., 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington. 413-528-2810.

Chess Club: Beginners welcome, 3 p.m., Bushnell-Sage Library, Sheffield, 413-229-7004.

CHP/South Berk. Kids Playgroups: "Play N Learn," ages 3-5 years, sign-up required at 413-644-0104, 9 to 11 a.m., CHP Family Services Building, 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington; Playgroup, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Lenox Community Center, 65 Walker St., Lenox; Storytime, 10 to 11:30 a.m., New Marlborough Library, 1 Mill River-Great Barrington Road, New Marlborough.

Family Center Playgroups: Toddler Playgroup, 10 to 11 a.m., for 1 to 2.5 years old, Haskins Center, 210 State St., North Adams. Lanesborough Town Hall, 10 to 11 a.m., for walking to 5 years old, free, Community Room, 83 N. Main St., Lanesborough.

New Lebanon Library: Small Wonders Lapsit Storytime, includes age appropriate stories, songs, and movement activities, 10 a.m.; Preschool Story Hour, includes crafts, songs, and movement activities, 11 a.m., 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y. 518-794-8844.

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.


Ramsdell Library: Powder Keg Session for Mothers and Others, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Information: 413-274-3738 1087 Main St., Housatonic.


Berkshire Children and Families: Kids 4 Harmony concert. 4:15 p.m. 15-minute concert. Brayton Elementary School, Barbour Street, North Adams.

Berkshire Highlanders: Band rehearsals, bagpipes and drums, from 7 to 9 p.m.; for more information, visit

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.

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