The Berkshires Calendar for Dec. 5



Art in the Afternoon: For adults. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Ramsdell Library, 1087 Main St., Housatonic, 413-274-3738.

Berkshire Paint and Sip: Fundraiser to benefit Michelle Pascarelli. 6 to 8 p.m. "Green Doves"; $35, all painting materials and instruction included. BYOB. Reservations: C. Carlo Hair Express, 1551 East St., Pittsfield.

Clark Art Institute: Book sale of discounted art books. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wide selection of remainders, markdowns and sale books about artists, art history, architecture, photography, gardening, decorative arts, and other illustrated topics. Clark Center's Michael Conforti Pavilion, 229 South St., Williamstown.

Norman Rockwell Museum: Contemporary illustrator Marc Rosenthal to present his new interactive children's book, "Big Bot, Small Bot: A Book of Robot Opposites," 1 to 4 p.m. Stockbridge.


Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires: Public skate. 2 to 3:45 p.m. Children: $4 with membership; $6 without. Adults: $6. Ice skate rental available, $3 per session. 16 Melville St., Pittsfield. Helping Hands in the Berkshires 6th Annual Toy Drive. 7 p.m. Tickets: $5. All proceeds will be distributed around Berkshire County to various organizations in need of toys for unfortunate children. Crowne Plaza, Pittsfield.

North Adams Movieplex: Free screening of "Elf," 11 a.m. Information: 413-663-6300. North Adams Movieplex, 80 Main St. Donations to the food pantry encouraged, but not required to attend.

Northern Berkshire Relay for Life: Hot Chocolate 5K Road Race & Walk to benefit American Cancer Society's Relay For Life, noon, Center Street, Information: Downtown North Adams.

Crane Currency: "Toys for Tots" toy drive. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Open to the public. All toys collected remain in Berkshire County. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at Crane main office, 30 South St., and the Pioneer Mill parking lot, 60 Pioneer St., Dalton.

Food Pantry: Sponsored by Berkshire Veterans of Soldier On, veterans and public invited, every Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m., 360 West Housatonic St., Pittsfield, 413-236-5644.

Knit 'n Stitch: Bring your handwork for an hour of chatting and project help. All ages and all skill levels welcome. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Ramsdell Library, 1087 Main St., Housatonic.

Naumkeag: Christmas in Stockbridge: Naumkeag Open House and Holiday Shop. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge.

N.B. Habitat for Humanity: Annual Christmas Tree Showcase. 2 to 6 p.m. First Congregational Church, Williamstown.

Pittsfield Walmart: Sixth Annual "Cop on Top" fundraiser. Beginning at 9 a.m. Local police officers to raise money for Special Olympics Massachusetts. Berkshire Crossing Plaza, 555 Hubbard Ave., Pittsfield.

St. Mark's Church: Bingo. Doors open 3:30 p.m.; games at 6:20 p.m. Food available. Information: 413-445-4506. Parish Center, 400 Columbus Ave. Extension, Pittsfield.

St. Mary's Church of Cheshire: Annual Christmas Bazaar. 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Country Store, jewelry table, white elephant table, children's table, food concession, adult Chinese auction, raffles and much more. Bidding auction at noon. Santa will arrive at 10:30 a.m. by fire truck. Church Street, Cheshire.

St. Mary's School: Annual Magical Evening Dinner with Santa. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wear pajamas. Tickets: $15 at the door with a family maximum of $50. 115 Orchard Street, Lee.

Texas Hold'em Tournament: Veterans of Stephentown. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and close at 6 p.m. Play begins at 6:15 p.m. sharp. Refreshments available. No advance registration is required. A donation of $60 will be accepted Stephentown Fire Hall, 35 Grange Road in Stephentown, N.Y. Information: John Linton, 518-322-1582.

Town of Stockbridge: 26th annual Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas. Self-guided Holiday House Tour, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets: $20 per person at the Red Lion Inn. Free children's holiday story time — 11 to 11:30 a.m., Stockbridge Library's Train Station. Caroling Luminaria Walk, 6 to 7 p.m. Meet in front of The Red Lion Inn, Main Street with a candle or flashlight for caroling followed by a luminaria walk to the First Congregational Church. Holiday Concert by the Berkshire Lyric and the Blafield Children's Chorus, 7:30 p.m., First Congregational Church. Tickets: $23 per person. Downtown Stockbridge.

Williamstown Chamber of Commerce: 32nd Annual Holiday Walk. Reindog Parade at 3 p.m. Musical performances, a visit from Santa Claus, old-fashioned caroling and horse-drawn carriage rides. Spring Street, Williamstown.


Old Chatham Quaker Meeting: "Voices Across the Divide." 7 p.m., preceded by a potluck at 6 p.m. Discussion and presentation by Danika Padilla, who worked with the International Solidarity Movement, follows. Refreshments. Information: 518-766-2992. Directions: Old Chatham Quaker Meetinghouse, 539 County Route 13, Old Chatham, N.Y.

Health & Fitness

Tai Chi for Seniors: Epoch Assisted Living at Melbourne, free, space is limited. 11 a.m., 140 Melbourne Road, Pittsfield. Information and RSVP: 413-499-1992.

Holiday bazaars

Alchemy Initiative: Seventh annual Handmade Holiday Festival. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Curated holiday marketplace featuring contemporary artisans, designers and food producers. Paterson Field House at Berkshire Community College, 1350 West St., Pittsfield.

Dalton United Methodist Church: Christmas Craft Fair. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. More than 15 craft tables, lunch available 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Information: 684-0521. 755 Main St., Dalton.

First Baptist Church of Readsboro, Vt.: Christmas Fest. Food sale, Chinese auction, raffle and luncheon of soup, sandwiches and dessert. A special time for children 1 to 2:30 p.m. Birthday party for Jesus. Santa will be present. All are welcome. 7030 Main St., Readsboro, Vt.

First Congregational Church: Holiday Fair. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Handcrafted items, handmade raffle items, baked goods, meals-to-go, candy, gently used items, berry bowls and plants, and fresh-cut Christmas trees. Lunch available 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Information: 413-243-1033 or 25 Park Place, Lee.

First Congregational Church of Stockbridge: Women's Service League annual Holly Fair. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Handmade gifts and ornaments, greenery, baked goods, children's toys, and antiques and collectibles. See Santa and have lunch. 4 Main St., Stockbridge.

Friends of the Pittsfield Council on Aging: Annual holiday bazaar. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Over 40 vendors. Raffles, "Tag Sale of Hidden Treasures" and a special visit from Santa. Food will available all day. Free. Ralph J Froio Center, 330 North St., Pittsfield.

Geer Nursing & Rehabilitation Center: Holiday Bazaar. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Crafts, jewelry, clothing, baskets, personalized ornaments, sand art, drawings and more. Children receive free goodie bag and have a free picture with Santa. Information: 860-824-5137. 99 South Canaan Road, Canaan, Conn.

Pownal Valley Fair: Annual Christmas Bazaar. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Crafters, tag sale, Chinese auction, bake sale and raffles. Santa visiting noon to 2 p.m. Lunch available 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. American Legion Post 90, Route 7, Pownal, Vt.

Sacred Heart Parish: Christmas Gift Bazaar. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 18 area exhibitors, parish craft group, $1,000 raffle, Chinese raffle, bake sale, snack bar, tag sale and Santa. Sacred Heart School auditorium, 1 Meadow Lane, Pittsfield.

St. Mary's Church of Cheshire: Annual Christmas Bazaar. 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Country Store, jewelry table, white elephant table, children's table, food concession, adult Chinese auction, raffles and much more. Bidding auction at noon. Santa will arrive at 10:30 a.m. by fire truck. Church Street, Cheshire.

Santa's Elves/Friends of the Becket Ambulance: Christmas Penny Social. Doors open 11 a.m.; social starts 1 p.m. Refreshments available. Becket Town Hall, Becket.

Sheffield Historical Society: Festival of the Holidays featuring Berkshire artisans. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Old Stone Store, 137 Main St., Sheffield.

Southfield Church: Holiday Market. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local artisans, crafters, food makers and gift purveyors .Volunteers in Medicine will be selling their 2016 Coupon Book. 234 Norfolk Road, Southfield, New Marlborough.

Trinity Church: Christmas Fair and Silver Tea. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Christmas gifts, knitted goods, wrapping paper, rosemary trees, poinsettias. All profits to the Gordon Klem Academy in Kenya, Africa. 66 Walker St., Lenox.

Kids' Stuff

Berkshire Museum: Learner's Lab: Holiday Pastries, 10 a.m. Ashley Summers of Berkshire Bakes will guide you through the process of assembling a variety of delicious Hanukkah and Christmas sweets. Included with regular museum admission. "Chow Time," discovery program where staff feed fish, reptiles or amphibians, at 12:30 p.m., 39 South St., Pittsfield, 413-443-7171.

Ioka Valley Farm: Breakfast with Santa. 8 a.m. to noon. Hayrides. Route 43, Hancock.

Boys and Girls Club of Pittsfield: Annual "Afternoon with Santa." 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free refreshments for children, games, crafts, Home Depot activities, gifts from Santa. Information: 413-242-6363. 16 Melville St., Pittsfield.

Lenox Library: Preschool story/craft for children ages 3 to 5, program features stories, songs and a craft related to the stories, from 11 to 11:45 a.m., Youth Department, 18 Main St., Lenox. Information: 413-637-0197, Ext. 105.

Mason Library: Gingerbread House Making. 1:15 to 3:30 p.m. Information: 413-528-2403. 231 Main St., Great Barrington.

Ramsdell Library: Fun with Fine Arts. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Ages 4 and older. Blue's Enchanted Adventures Story Time, noon to 1 p.m., for babies to age 5. Ramsdell Library, 1087 Main St., Housatonic.


Heritage State Park: Illustrated lecture, "Shadows of Hanukkah." 3 p.m. Explore the history of Hanukkah and the origins of its symbols. Information: 413-663-6312. The park is located south of the Hadley Overpass on Route 8, North Adams. The Visitors Museum is in building No. 4.


Wild Oats Market: Book reading and signing by Surya Green, author of "Once Upon a Yugoslavia: When the American Way Met Tito's Third Way." 3 p.m. Information: 413-458-8060. Free. 320 Main St., Williamstown.


Berkshire Music School: Holiday musical program. 1 p.m. Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. Student recital from the studio of Bonnie McCubbin. 2:30 p.m. Free. Taft Recital Hall, 30 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. Information: 413-442-1411.

EPOCH at Melbourne: Rich Vinette Quartet. 2 p.m. Wide range of jazz standards. Free, but space is limited. Information or to RSVP: 413-499-1992. 140 Melbourne Road, Pittsfield.

Hilltown Choral Society: Holiday concert. 7 p.m. Suggested donation: $8; $5 seniors and students. Refreshments following the performance. Berkshire First Church of the Nazarene in Dalton.

Mass MoCA: Orchestral rock band San Fermin. Folk revivalist Sam Amidon opens. 8 p.m. Tickets: $18 day of and $24 preferred. At box office, 413-662-2111 or Club B10. Marshall Street, North Adams.

Williams College: Williams Jazz Ensemble with Ray Vega. 8 p.m. "Bebop Big Band." Free. Chapin Hall, 54 Chapin Drive on the college campus, Williamstown.


Berkshire Arts And Technology Charter School: Nutshell Playhouse, "Pirates!" 11 a.m. A swash-buckling adventure for the whole family. 1 Commercial Street, Adams.

Drury Stage Company: Frank Loesser's hit musical, "Guys And Dolls." 7 p.m. Tickets: Students $5; general admission $7, Drury High School, South Church Street, North Adams.

Ghent Playhouse: The Pantoloons, the childhood classic, "Snow White," subtitled "House of Dwarfs." 8 p.m. Tickets: $20 each, $17 for Friends of the Playhouse, and $10 for students with ID; 1-800-838-3006 or 6 Town Hall Place, Ghent, N.Y.

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