The Berkshires Calendar for Nov. 19



Berkshire Paint and Sip: "Pig in Hay,"$30, all painting materials and instruction included, 7 p.m., Mount Washington House, 2627 NY-23, Hillsdale, N.Y. Reservations:


Adult Pickleball: Instruction and equipment for beginners is available, 9:30 a.m. to noon at Dalton CRA, 400 Main St., 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

Becket Democratic Town Committee: Featured speaker: State Sen. Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield), light refreshments, 6:30 p.m., Community room of Town Hall, Becket.

Cheshire Community Center: Presentation on hooked wool rugs by award-winning quilter and crafter Elizabeth King, 7 p.m., School Street, Cheshire.

Congregation Ahavath Sholom: Nosh and Drosh with Spiritual Leader Barbara Cohen. Free. Bring a vegetarian lunch and a willingness to listen and to share interpreting our ancient texts. Noon to 2 p.m, 7 North St., Great Barrington. Information:

Festival of Trees: "Westward Ho Ho Ho!" More than 100 holiday trees decked out in this year's American West theme fill the galleries, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield.

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires: "Stories of the Greenfielder Rebbe and Other Surprises" with Maggid David Arfa, at 10:45 a.m. preceding noon lunch, at Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield. Lunch reservations by 9 a.m.: 413-442-2200.

Knitting Circle: 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, 413-443-1792.

McCann Tea Room: Schedule and menu at, 10:45 a.m. to noon, Hodges Crossroad, North Adams.

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, 413-358-2626 or 508-237-4252.

Moments House: Spirited Canvas Workshop, 6 p.m., 34 Depot St., Suite 301, Pittsfield, 413-443-6800.

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.

Quilting Session: New members are welcome, beginners can learn to quilt at any time, 1 p.m., Cheshire Community Center, School Street, Cheshire. Information: Betty King at 413-743-3275.

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: Major Dulce Fletcher, 413-442-0624.


Line Dance Lessons: Berkshire County Line Dancers, lessons for intermediate/advanced, at 6:30 p.m., Eagles Hall, Curran Highway, North Adams. Information: Mary Ellen Dean, 413-663-9718.


Community Film Series: Free screening of a current documentary film, call for title, 6:30 p.m., New Lebanon Library, 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y. Information: 518-794-8844.

Health and Fitness

Blood Pressure Clinic: Walk-ins are welcome, sponsored by Porchlight VNA, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Stop & Shop, Merrill Road, Pittsfield.

Moments House: Reiki drop-in, 1 to 3 p.m., 34 Depot St., Suite 301, Pittsfield, 413-443-6800.

'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. 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.

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. No storytime during school vacation or on snowdays, 10-11 a.m., 462 Main St., Dalton.

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: Stargazers Club for ages 8-14 (under 10 must bring an adult), 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free, but pre-registration is required. Sign up at the Youth Services Department or 413-662-3133, ext. 14. 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, 2 to 5 years, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., 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.


TEDxBerkshires: Day-long series of TED-like talks focused on health, wellness and economics; $50 at the door; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health ,57 Interlaken Road, Stockbridge. Information:


Lenox Library: Writers Round Table. Leadership rotates weekly. Bring copies of new work for discussion, 2-4 p.m., 18 Main St., Lenox. Information: Coordinator at 413-637-1900.


Berkshire Theatre Group: Moondance: The Ultimate Van Morrison Tribute Concert, 8 p.m., Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield. Ticket office, 413-997-4444 or

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.

Warm Up the Winter Concert: Cabaret singer Deborah Zecher and pianist Joe Rose, alt-rockers Jordan Weller and the Feathers, the men's a cappella group Quintessential, and rhythm and blues artists The Wanda Houston Band. Proceeds benefit the heating assistance programs of Construct Inc. Tickets: $25 adults; children under 16, free. At 7 p.m., Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. Tickets: 413-528-0100 or

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