The Berkshires Calendar for Nov. 5



Berkshire Paint & Sip: Couples Night. 6 to 8 p.m. "Fish School for Two," 32x20 inch double-canvas painting. $30 per person. All painting materials and light snack included. BYOB. Reservations: 305 North St., Pittsfield.


AdLib Inc.: Public hearing with Massachusetts Statewide Independent Living Council. 1 p.m. To gather information to develop a three-year state plan for independent living that addresses independent living needs. 215 North St., Pittsfield.

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

Berkshire Children and Families: Networking meeting for organizations and individuals interested in mentoring programs. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Information: Kathleen Toomey, 413-442-5333 ext. 63 or 480 West St., Pittsfield.

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

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: 7 North St., Great Barrington.

Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum: Fall book sale. 4 to 8 p.m., members only. Information: 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires: "Conspiracies, Rumors, and Loves in a Jewish Community" with novelist Stephanie Abrams, at 10:45 a.m., preceding noon lunch, at Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield.

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.

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

Meditation Sangha: Meditation and discussion. 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.

Northern Berkshire Retirees Club: Meeting. 10 a.m. Tickets for the Dec. 9 Christmas luncheon available. Coffee and doughnuts. Infomration: 413-743-9476 or 413-663-9263. Greylock Community Club, State Road, North Adams.

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.

Pickleball: Beginners and intermediate play. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Paddles available. Fee:$4 per person. Information: or 4130662-2246. North Adams Armory, 206 Ashland St., North Adams.

Salvation Army: Sewing Lab. 9 to noon. 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. Information: Major Dulce Fletcher, 413-442-0624. 298 West St., Pittsfield.


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.


Bard College at Simon's Rock: Workshop and information session with independent filmmaker Jay Craven 5:30 p.m. Craven will show clips from his films. Free. Lecture Center at the college, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington.

Mason Library: First Thursday Film: "Vessel." 7 p.m. Information: 413-528-2403. 231 Main St.Great Barrington.

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.

Flu shot clinic: Available to the public. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shots will be administered for $25 or with a Medicare card. Information: 860-824-8133. Geer Village, 77 S. Canaan Road, Canaan, Conn.

'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.

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.

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.

Mason Library: Thanksgiving Palooza. 10:15 a.m. Information: 413-528-2403. 231 Main St.Great Barrington.

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. 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.


Berkshire Community College: Forum — "Live, Learn, Grow; Attempting Suicide and Finding Life" with author and suicide attempt survivor Craig Miller. 12:15 p.m. Free. Room K-111, 1350 West St., Pittsfield.


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.

New Lebanon Liibrary: Great American Short Stories. 6:30 p.m. Dr. Irene Saks on "By the Waters of Babylon" by Stephen Vincent Benet. Information: 518- 794-8844. 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y.


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.

Williams College: Voxare String Quartet. 8 p.m. Free. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall in Bernhard Music Center, 54 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown.

Zion Lutheran Church: Jazz Vespers, 6 p.m. A casual meal at 5:30, featuring entrees from a variety of local restaurants. Free-will offering. Information: At the church, 74 First St., Pittsfield.

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. Listings for museums, exhibits, theater, etc., can be found in Thursday's Berkshires Week.


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