The Berkshires Calendar for Dec. 7



Berkshire Paint and Sip: Fundraiser for Camp VISION. 6 p.m. "Snowman," 16x20-inch canvas. $35, all painting materials and instruction included. Reservations: Skyline Country Club, 405 S. Main St., Lanesborough.

Open Studio: Life drawing with live model for practicing artists, bring own materials, from 6 to 9 p.m., IS183, Art School of the Berkshires, 13 Willard Hill Road, Stockbridge, 413-298-5252, Ext. 100.


Adult Pickleball: Instruction and equipment for beginners is available. 9:30 a.m. to noon, the 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

Berkshire Carousel Workshop: Two night gingerbread man soap-making class. 6:30 p.m. (Also Tuesday, Dec. 8.) $35 for three soaps. Reservations required; 413-499-0457 or email 1440 East St., Suite 2, Pittsfield.

City of Pittsfield: Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. 10 a.m. Keynote speaker: Director of Veteran Services, James H. Clark. Veterans Memorial off South Street, Pittsfield.

College Financial Aid Program: With Anne Moore of Berkshire Community College. 6:30 p.m. For Lee/Lenox high schools at Lee High School, Snow date: Dec. 17.

Community Supper: Free meal prepared by some of the finest chefs in the Berkshires. 5-6 p.m. No reservation required, donations accepted. Non-perishable food items also collected for food banks. 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington. 413-528-2810.

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires: "Preserving a National Landmark" with Will Garrison, executive director, Berkshire County Historical Society, on changes at Arrowhead. at 10:45 a.m., preceding noon lunch, at Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield.

Master Gardener Hotline: Gardening questions answered by Master Gardeners, 9 to noon, leave a message and call will be returned the following Monday between 9 and noon, 413-298-5355.

National Alliance on Mental Illnes: Ladies Night. 5:30 to 8 p.m. No entry fee; all proceeds support the programs of NAMI Berkshire County. Food, shopping and door prizes. Information: 413-433-1666 or email ITAM Lodge, 93 Waubeek Road, Pittsfield.

Pittsfield Sangha: "Meditation in the Chapel," noon to 12:30 p.m., Berkshire Medical Center chapel, 725 North St., Pittsfield. Linden Street Mediation. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., George Crane Memorial Center, 81 Linden St., Pittsfield.

New Lebanon Library: "Study the Constitution." 7 p.m. Biweekly discussion group. Bring questions and be ready to share opinions. 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y., 518-794-8844.

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.

Town of Lee: Open Space and Recreation Task Force to hold interactive public forum in which residents can identify and prioritize actions that should be taken to protect or improve open and scenic spaces and recreational opportunities. 6:30 p.m. Town Hall, 32 Main St., Lee.

Stephentown Historical Society: Holiday potluck dinner and meeting. 6:30 p.m. Illustrated talk on the origins of America's Christmas by Tom Kernan. Bring a dish to share; beverages and table service are provided. Prize for wearer of the most over-the-top holiday sweater. Handicapped accessible. Directions: 518-733-0010. Heritage Center, 4 Staples Road (off Garfield Road, County Route 26), Stephentown, N.Y.


Line Dance Classes: With instructor Cheryl Wendling, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Dalton Senior Center, 40 Field St. Ext., Dalton, 413-443-6263.

Line Dance Lessons: Berkshire County Line Dancers, for beginners of all ages, at 6:30 p.m., Eagles Hall, Curran Highway, North Adams. Information: Mary Ellen Dean, 413-663-9718.

Health And Fitness

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

Parkinson's Exercise Group: 5th Floor Medical Arts Complex at Berkshire Medical Center, requires medical clearance, $5 per session, 10:30-11:30 a.m., 777 North St., Pittsfield, 413-447-3075.

Kids' Stuff

Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires: Four-session class"Babysitting Too." 4 to 6 p.m. Also Dec. 8, 14 and 15. Develop the skills needed to be a caring, trustworthy, responsible, and competent babysitter. Cost: $25; register at SMART Girls 4 to 5 p.m. Girls ages 8-18 talk about growing up, self-esteem, healthy eating, healthy relationships, healthy attitudes, etc. Club membership: $10. No additional fees. Register at 14 Melville St., Pittsfield.

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; "Gym Fun," 9:30 to 11 a.m., Town Hall, 21 State Line Road, West Stockbridge.

Family Center Playgroups: Williamstown Youth Center, 10 to 11:30 a.m., for infants to 5 years old, free, 66 School St., Williamstown. Gym Group at Haskins Center, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., For walking to 5 years, free, 210 State St., North Adams.


Mason Library: Monday Local Voices: "Ben Abelow: Are Religions Shaped by Childhood Trauma?" 5:30-7 p.m. Information: 413-528-2403. 231 Main St., Great Barrington.


Williams College: Jim Shepard, J. Leland Miller Professor of American History, Literature, and Eloquence at Williams, will give a fiction reading. 7 p.m. Griffin Hall, room 3. Free. On the college campus, Williamstown.


Berkshire Hillsmen: Pittsfield's men's barbershop chorus meeting, all men who like to sing a capella in four part harmony are welcome, 7 p.m., Richmond Congregational Church, Route 41 and Church Lane, Richmond; Information: Jake, 518-869-3468; Dan Burkhard, 413-298-4773 or

Berkshire Music School: Adult cabaret class in public performance. 7 p.m. Coffee, wine and desserts served. $15 per person; reservations required, 413-442-1411. Taft Recital Hall, 30 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Eagles Band Rehearsals: Eagles Wind Symphony rehearsal, new members welcome to sit in, bring a music stand, from 7 to 9 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 55 Fenn St., Pittsfield. Information: 413-499-2071.

Lichtenstein Center: Folkloric and contemporary Afro-Caribbean and West African drumming, percussion and singing class with Aimee Gelinas of Gaia Roots, beginner/intermediate class at 6 p.m., intermediate/advanced class at 7 p.m., 28 Renne Ave., Pittsfield; information:

The Eagle calendar publicizes free or low-cost community-oriented events of broad public interest. These listings represent nonprofit or not-for-profit organizations and are printed as a public service. The calendar puts a priority on publishing one-day events. The deadline is seven days prior to the date of the event. Emailed entries (no attachments) are preferred to; list the event name and date in the subject line. Questions: 413-496-6298, Monday through Friday, 8 to 12.


If you'd like to leave a comment (or a tip or a question) about this story with the editors, please email us. We also welcome letters to the editor for publication; you can do that by filling out our letters form and submitting it to the newsroom.

Powered by Creative Circle Media Solutions