RECESS | Things to do this week: Go caroling, hear stories, explore trees after dark

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Zion Lutheran Church and the Berkshire Concert Choir will co-host at 3 p.m. on Sunday a "Yule for Fuel," community carol singing celebration at the church, 74 First St., in Pittsfield. The event is free, but freewill donations will be collected to support the Pittsfield Area Council of Congregations Emergency Fuel Fund to provide heating assistance for local families.

At this event, visitors will be invited to sing alongside the choir, accompanied by piano and organ music. Paula Nuss will conduct the Berkshire Concert Choir, and Amy Renak and the Rev. Timothy Weisman, pastor of the Zion Lutheran Church, will accompany the carols. Info:

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Beginning in January, the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Department of Computer Science will offer a new concentration in electrical engineering. This new program will focus on working with modern technology and cover the disciplines of electrical circuit design, advanced circuit design, electronic fabrication, control systems, communications and computer organization and assembly language, etc. Info: Contact department chair, Mike Dalton, at; call the admissions office at 413-662-5410, or review program details at

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The Justice League Program partnership between Reid Middle School and Williams College will offer a program showcase on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave., in Pittsfield. A presentation will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

The program emphasizes the idea of "changing the narrative" or "reclaiming the narrative" by giving middle school students the space to tell their stories and to reflect on their own passions and interests through storytelling presentations.

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The Berkshire Museum will host from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, "Whimsical, Wonderful Festival of Trees: After Dark." General admission tickets are $5, and will offer guests a chance to wander the indoor forest of decorated trees in a darkened gallery space, and take part in a quizzical treasure hunt for hidden objects on each tree. Info: or 413-443-7171

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The Clark Art Institute, located at 225 South St. in Williamstown, will host over the winter break, "Kids Can Cook!," at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, Dec. 29. Starr Catering Executive Chef Dan Hardy invites children ages 5 to 10 to learn how to make breakfast. The hands-on menu includes hearty pancakes, French toast, and fruit skewers. The cost of the class is $29, which includes breakfast and a take-home goodie bag. Space is limited, and sign-ups run through Dec. 22 via or by calling 413-458-0524.


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