RECESS | Things to do this week: Read comics, go caroling, make crafts and more

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Son and father duo, Diego and Michael Mongue of Williamstown, will be sharing the latest Awesome Robot Science Fiction Action Comix from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, at Barnes & Noble bookstore, 555 Hubbard Ave., in Pittsfield as part of the Herberg Middle School book fair being hosted there. The fair runs on Saturday, as well as on Sunday.

On Saturday at the store, special discounts will be offered throughout the store for educators. At 11 a.m., there will also be an activity and reading of Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" Info:

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Save the date: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College will host a free winter open house program from 10 to 11:30 a.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave., in Pittsfield. Enjoy refreshments, meet current and other prospective members, and get a sneak preview of the winter semester of classes from the instructors. Winter classes begin Jan. 12 at various locations in Pittsfield, Lenox and Great Barrington. Info: 413-236-2190 or

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The 28th annual "Home for the Holidays" in Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas event brings artist Norman Rockwell's iconic painting to life this weekend. At 5 p.m. on Friday, visit the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives for a free "Readings Around the Hearth" event. Saturday's activities include a Holiday House Tour; Children's Holiday Story Time at 11 a.m. at the library; and a caroling walk at 6 p.m. And on Sunday, starting at noon, check out vintage cars, food vendors and family-friendly festivities.

For details, including admission fees and a list of free events, visit or call 413-298-5200.

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The Sandisfield Arts Center will present Linda Daugherty's "Jack and the Giant Beanstalk," performed by the Sandisfield Players, at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, at the center, located on Route 57 and Hammertown Road in Sandisfield. Daugherty's version expands the classic tale with the help of a lively mix of seven children and 10 adults in this theatrical, family-friendly adventure. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children, and can be purchased at

Then, on Saturday, Dec. 9, guests are invited back to the center for its free community Yuletide Festival, beginning at 2 p.m. There will be crafts, snacks, caroling and holiday tree trimming with ornaments created by visitors. Info: 413-258-4100

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The finale of National Novel Writing Month, aka "NaNoWriMo," will be celebrated at 3:30 p.m. with a read-aloud of local writers' work at The Lee Library, 100 Main St., in Lee. A writing group met at the library on Thursdays.

In addition to this celebration, also at 3:30 p.m., will be the Teen Crafternoon workshop and a meeting of the role-playing Dungeons & Dragons game group. Info: or 413-243-0385


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