The Berkshires Calendar for Dec. 31

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Art

Berkshire Paint and Sip: Couples — open bar. 7 to 9 p.m. $35 per person. All painting materials and light snack included. Free beer and wine. Reservations: berkshirepaintandsip.com or 413-205-8346. 305 North St., Pittsfield.

Norman Rockwell Museum: Drop In On Art! workshops. 1 p.m. Take inspiration from the illustration art on view, to invent your own story lines, and design characters, plots, and settings. For children of all ages. Free for museum members, or with regular admission, except where noted. Information: 413.931.2221 or nrm.org. Stockbridge.

Community

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 Berkshirepb@gmail.com.

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: ahavathsholom.com. 7 North St., Great Barrington.

Freight Yard Pub: New Year's Eve celebration to benefit Relay for Life with team Soul Sisters and Brothers. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Includes light snacks, party favors, Mark Denning DJ, and a midnight champagne toast. $20 per person at the door. Route 8, North Adams.

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.

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.

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.

Film

Ramsdell Library: Star Wars Marathon: "Return of the Jedi," 11 a.m. Pizza after the movie. "The Empire Strikes Back," 4:30-7 p.m. To register: 413-274-3738. 1087 Main St., Housatonic.

Health and Fitness

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.

'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.

Berkshire Museum: New Year's Rockin' Rodeo Eve. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Welcome in the new year Wild-West style. Practice your roping skills, pose for pictures among the cacti, then stop by the saloon to grab some grub and play some cards. $15 adult, $8 child; Museum members $5 adult, $3 child; children 3 and under free. Information: 413-443-7171. 39 South St., Pittsfield.

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.

Dirty Brush Studios: Young Adult Paint Party. 1 p.m. Young adult (age 10 and up) open canvas class. Choose from four designs to paint on a 16x20 canvas. $28, all materials are included. Reservations required, 413-442-9300. 141 North St., Pittsfield.

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.

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.

Music

EPOCH at Melbourne: New Year's celebration. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Snacks, refreshments and a performance by the D.B. Jazz Trio. Free, but space is limited. Information or to RSVP: 413-499-1992. 140 Melbourne Road, Pittsfield.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center: "Bach at New Year's" featuring Berkshire Bach Ensemble and Kenneth Cooper, director/harpsichord. 6 p.m. Tickets: 413- 528-0100 or mahaiwe.org. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington.

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.

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