The Berkshires Calendar for Jan. 1



Dirty Brush Studios: Paint Party. 1 p.m. "Winter Tree Hugger" on a 16x20 canvas. $30, includes three hours of individualized instruction, premium acrylic paints and supplies. Reservations required; 413-442-9300. 141 North St., Pittsfield.


Meditation Group: Open to all faiths, sit in silence in the sanctuary to enjoy teachings and meditative practices, 9 to 9:30 a.m., Congregation Beth Israel, 53 Lois St., North Adams, 413-663-5830.

Pittsfield Sangha: "Buddhism & the 12 Steps," 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., by donation, George Crane Center, 81 Linden St., Pittsfield. Information: 413-358-2626.

Health and Fitness

Gentle Yoga: Yoga for Arthritis, Injuries and Anti-Aging. Instructor Sonya Boesse will lead classes that include centering, breath work, guided movement therapy, stretching, strengthening, balancing, meditation and deep relaxation. All ages and levels welcome. 10-11 a.m. at Sweetwood of Williamstown, 1611 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown, 413-458-8371.

Pittsfield Family YMCA: New Year's Day fitness classes. Free. Schedule: 8:15–9 a.m., Cycling; 10–10:45 a.m., Gentle Sculpt; 11–11:45 a.m., Zumba; 12:30–1:30 p.m., Obstacle Run. Information: 413-663-6529 or 292 North St., Pittsfield.


Berkshire Community College: Berkshire Running Center First Night 5K Road Race. 5 p.m. Night of race registration and bib pick up 4 to 4:45 p.m. Post-race refreshments along with awards. Information: 413-344-4472. 1350 West St., Pittsfield.

MassAudubon: South Berkshire Christmas Count. Join a team and welcome the new year with some winter birding. To sign up or information about time and place: René Laubach, 413-623-8803 or

Mount Greylock State Reservation: First Day Hike — Bradley Farm Trail. 12:15 p.m.; sign in at the Visitor Center by noon. Dress in layers, wear winter boots. Dogs on leash welcome. Information: 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough.

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.


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