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NORTHERN BERKSHIRE INTERFAITH ACTION INITIATIVE
North Adams, 10 a.m.
Kristin Irace of the Nutrition Center will discuss nutrition and Chip Joffe-Halpern will discuss the upcoming open enrollment period for the affordable care act. The meeting will be held at the First Baptist Church of North Adams. (Please use the Eagle Street entrance.) For more information and recent news, visit http://northernberkshireinterfaith.blogspot.com.

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SING-A-SONG PLAYGROUP
Great Barrington, 10:30-11:30am

Join Kim Waterman for a fun Sing-A-Song Playgroup. We're limiting each 4-week session to eight families. Please register! If filled, register for the next 4-week session.* (Please register for only one session at a time.) Good for children ages 2 to 5 years with their caregiver. This program is at our Mason Library at 231 Main St. in Great Barrington. Please see our website at http://gblibraries.org for more details.
*Sing-A-Song Playgroup is also at the Sheffield Library on Thursdays at 10-11:30, open for drop in every week.
Sponsored by Community Health Programs (CHP).

 


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FALL FESTIVAL OF SHAKESPEARE
Lenox, 6:30 p.m.
The Fall Festival of Shakespeare performances will take place at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox from Nov. 20-23. Hundreds of teenagers will take to the stage for the culmination of the nationally recognized program that places Shakespeare & Company Education Artists in 10 local and regional schools, where they lead students in a nine-week exploration of a Shakespeare play. The program’s finale includes a series of performances, first at each school, and then at Shakespeare & Company, in the Tina Packer Playhouse. The schedule on Nov. 21 at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox is as follows:

6:30 - Lenox Memorial High School - "Hamlet"
8:30 - Mt. Greylock Regional High School - "The Winter’s Tale"

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THE HARLEM WIZARDS BASKETBALL TEAM
Adams, 6:30 p.m.
Join us for a fun filled evening and support the Adams Cheshire Educational (ACE) Partnership. This group provides thousands of dollars each year to support programs in our schools that we would otherwise not be able to provide. HVMHS gymnasium - Rte 116- Savoy Road, Cheshire, Cost: $10 students/$12 adults. $25 special courtside tickets and “Meet and Greet” tickets Call the Superintendent’s Office at 743-2939 ext. 1104 for more information.

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CONCERT TO BENEFIT THANKSGIVING ANGELS
Pittsfield, 7 p.m.
South Congregational Church will host a benefit concert. Tommy T & Black Velvet have generously donated their time and talent.  Suggested donation is $15 and all proceeds will go to the "Thanksgiving Angels," the 13 faith-based groups in the city that will provide Thanksgiving meals for an estimated 1,400 families, roughly between 5,000 and 6,000 men, women and children.

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HAMLET
Williamstown, 7:30 p.m.
What is it about this play, so apparently simple in its premise, that makes it so endlessly engaging to anyone in any era, anywhere? Why have generations of theatre-makers and their audiences over four centuries been so obsessed with The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke by William Shakespeare? It seems to trigger, like the Greek tragedies of the ancient world, a profound sense of identification. In any event, it always presents an irresistible challenge. '62 Center for Theatre and Dance, 1000 Main Street, Williamstown, 413-597-2425
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MILHAM PLANETARIUM SHOWS
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Williams College invites you to experience the wonders of our universe at the Milham Planetarium, located inside the Old Hopkins Observatory at Williams College. Astronomy students at the college will host free shows for the public on the following Friday evenings at 8 p.m.: Sept 12, 19, and 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24,  and 31; November 7, 14, 21, and 28; and December 5.  Audiences will be treated to shows from the high-precision Zeiss Skymaster ZKP3/B opto-mechanical planetarium projector, installed in April 2005. For reservations (recommended) contact Michele Rech at (413) 597-2188 or email at mcr4@williams.edu. Others will be admitted as space permits. Large groups should call for special appointments. Shows will last about 50 minutes.

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ALL ENSEMBLES PERFORMANCE
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Williams College Dance Department will present All Ensembles Performance, featuring performances of original dance and music that includes each of the college's four ensembles rallying together but offering their own distinctive style of works in process. The department is comprised of four ensembles: CoDa, Sankofa, Kusika, and the Zambezi Marimba Band. Each ensemble spends the year developing ideas that lead to the spring performances. The performance will be at the ’62 Center’s MainStage, 1000 Main St. Tickets for this event are $3 and can be ordered online at http://62center.williams.edu.

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BERKSHIRE SYMPHONY
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
The Williams College Department of Music presents the Berkshire Symphony in concert in Chapin Hall on the Williams College campus. There is a pre-concert talk with conductor Ronald Feldman at 7:15 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, adjacent to the main venue. Joining Feldman at the talk is Celeste Headlee, journalist and former co-host of the NPR show “The Takeaway.” The concert opens with a piece by George Gershwin, “Suite from Girl Crazy" and continues with Symphony No. 2 in G Minor (Song of a New Race) by William Grant Still, an American composer who wrote over 150 works. The concert and talk are free and open to the public.

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BERKSHIRE SYMPHONY FEATURES VIOLINIST JOANNA KURKOWICZ
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Berkshire Symphony: Grant Still, Gershwin, World Premiere Violin Concerto   The Berkshire Symphony offers works of Gershwin, Grant Still, and a world premiere by Ileana Perez Velazquez played by violinist and concertmaster Joanna Kurkowicz. Conductor Ronald Feldman will also give a pre-concert talk with Celeste Headlee at 7:15pm in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, adjacent to Chapin Hall. Free and open to the public.   http://music.williams.edu/events/berkshire-symphony-18/   Chapin Hall, free
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GRAND TRADITION PIANO RECITAL
Williamstown, 1 p.m.
A warm and relaxing hour of piano music will be performed by WES students on the school's grand piano in the Williamstown Elementary School auditorium. This event is free.

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UPCYCLING WORKSHOP
North Adams, 1-3 p.m.
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Gallery 51 will host an “UPCYCLYING” workshop, “What Can You Make from a Plastic Bag, and More?” Held in conjunction with “Water and Earth: A Call to Protect our Fragile Ecosystem” in MCLA Gallery 51, “What Can You Make from a Plastic Bag, and More?” invites participants to make decorative and functional objects using “upcycled” plastic bags.  A family friendly workshop, this event is free and open to the public. It is open to everyone age 8 through adult. Space is limited, and pre-registration is strongly encouraged at gallery51@gmail.com.

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LATE FALL HIKE
Windsor, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Boreal forest late fall ecology & cellar hole hike at Tamarack Hollow & adjacent conservation lands in Windsor. Experience this high elevation forest in late fall and learn about trees such as Balsam Fir and Red Spruce while exploring cellar holes from the 1700s and 1800s. Register at www.massaudubon.org or call 413-584-3009. More info at www.tamarackhollow.com.

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HOLIDAY FARMERS MARKETS
Great Barrington, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Berkshire Grown will kick off its expanded schedule of Holiday Farmers’ Markets at Monument Valley Middle School (313 Monument Valley Road in Great Barrington). These popular events feature locally grown and produced foods and gifts, plus live music, lunch fare, and activities for children, during months when most farmers’ markets are not open in the region. Admission is free.

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ST. JOACHIM CHRISTMAS BAZAAR
Vermont, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
St Joachim hosts their annual Christmas Bazaar at St Joachim Parish Hall, 36 Tunnel Street in Readsboro, Vt. Christmas bazaar features a wide variety of gifts, wreaths, holiday decorations and delicious homemade baked goods, tag sale with attic treasures and silent auction, basket raffles and Chinese auction.  Luncheon served throughout the day.

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HOLIDAY GIFT SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA
North Adams, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Holiday Gift Shopping Extravaganza to benefit the Northern Berkshire Santa Fund will be held at Houghton Mansion at 172 Church St. The event will feature more than 30 vendors, lunch from noon to 2 p.m. and $5 mansion tours.

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SHAMISEN CONCERT
Williamstown, 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.
The East Coast tour of A Salute to Tradition, featuring Japan’s preeminent shamisen players, comes to the Clark Art Institute. Shamisen player Fujii Hirokazu performs a free 20-minute piece in the Kyushu regional jiuta style at 10:30 a.m.; at 5 p.m., two traditional shamisen musical styles — nagauta and gidayu — are performed by chanters, shamisen players, and a traditional nihon buyo dancer. The morning performance is free; tickets to the 5 pm performance are $15. Tickets are available at clarkart.edu or by calling 413-458-0524.

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FUN WITH FINE ARTS
Great Barrington, 10:30-11:30am

Join us for an hour of arts and crafts fun at Ramsdell. We'll use a variety of materials to make different crafts each week. This program is good for ages 4 and up, and is at our Ramsdell Library at 1087 Main St. in Housatonic. Please see our website at http://gblibraries.org for more details.


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FALL FESTIVAL OF SHAKESPEARE
Lenox, 1:30 p.m.
The Fall Festival of Shakespeare performances will take place at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox from Nov. 20-23. Hundreds of teenagers will take to the stage for the culmination of the nationally recognized program that places Shakespeare & Company Education Artists in 10 local and regional schools, where they lead students in a nine-week exploration of a Shakespeare play. The program’s finale includes a series of performances, first at each school, and then at Shakespeare & Company, in the Tina Packer Playhouse. The schedule on Nov. 22 at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox is as follows:

1:30 - Monument Mountain Regional High School - "The Winter’s Tale"
3:30 - Taconic High School – "Twelfth Night"
6:15 - Mt. Everett Regional High School  - "Henry V"
8:30 - Springfield Central High School -  "A Midsummer Night’s Dream"

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'IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK'
Lenox, 3:30 p.m.
Paperhanger, consultant and writer Robert M. Kelly will present a Tea & Talk at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum titled “If These Walls Could Talk.” The walls at The White House; Gracie Mansion in New York City; Andrew Jackson’s home, The Hermitage; Martin Van Buren’s home, Lindenwald and many more have all been exposed to his expertise. Kelly’s talk will zero in on circa 1893 when Ventfort Hall was constructed and how upper-class patrons in the Gilded Age decorated with wall coverings. Admission for the Kelly Tea and Talk is $20 for advance reservations and $25 day of the lecture.  Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited.  For reservations call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206 or visit info@gildedage.org.   The historic Gilded Age mansion is located at 104 Walker St.

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'MEET THE ARTIST' RECEPTION
Stockbridge, 4-6 p.m.
The Gift Shop at The Red Lion Inn is hosting a “Meet the Artist” event  featuring Berkshire County artists. Visitors may chat with the featured artists, who will be on hand to discuss their creative process and showcase their work. There will be a cash bar and hors d'oeuvres provided by The Red Lion Inn.

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ART RECEPTIONS
North Adams, 5-7 p.m.
Independent Art Projects is pleased to announce two new exhibitions opening on Nov. 22: "artKamp: indigo mass," a collaborative contemporary ceramic installation presented by Ferrin Contemporary, and "Modern Renaissance," Anne Morgan Spalter’s recent photo-based art installations, presented by Cynthia Reeves. For more information, visit independentartprojects.com or call 347-243-5094.

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WILLIAMS GOSPEL CHOIR: "NEVER WOULD HAVE MADE IT"
Williamstown, 7 p.m.
The Williams Gospel Choir presents a concert titled "Never Would Have Made It.” The performance features gospel hits such as “Every Praise,” “Praise Is What I Do,” and “Thirsty.” Williams Gospel Choir is a group with a long history of service to the college and community. http://music.williams.edu/events/williams-gospel-choir-5/   Chapin Hall
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HAMLET
Williamstown, 7:30
What is it about this play, so apparently simple in its premise, that makes it so endlessly engaging to anyone in any era, anywhere? Why have generations of theatre-makers and their audiences over four centuries been so obsessed with The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke by William Shakespeare? It seems to trigger, like the Greek tragedies of the ancient world, a profound sense of identification. In any event, it always presents an irresistible challenge. '62 Center for Theatre and Dance, 1000 Main Street, Williamstown, 413-597-2425
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JOSH RITTER
, 8 p.m.
Idaho-native singer and guitarist Josh Ritter has a literary disposition and an affinity for the old-guard likes of Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, and Paul Simon that led The New York Times to place him "among the cream of the young singer-songwriter crop." His songs are playfully erudite, equally dense with clever metaphor and whimsical turns of phrase. He's here in an intimate acoustic setup to try out new material for an as-yet unnamed forthcoming album. “About six months ago I was hit by a song on the New York Thruway," he recently wrote. "The whole thing. Verses, bridge, a witty one-liner or two. Nothing like that had ever happened with such force. It was the first raindrop in a thunderstorm that I’m thankful continues unabated. I don’t normally go in for showing songs before they’re fully done, but what the hell, you only live once.”
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ALL ENSEMBLES PERFORMANCE
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Williams College Dance Department will present All Ensembles Performance, featuring performances of original dance and music that includes each of the college's four ensembles rallying together but offering their own distinctive style of works in process. The department is comprised of four ensembles: CoDa, Sankofa, Kusika, and the Zambezi Marimba Band. Each ensemble spends the year developing ideas that lead to the spring performances. The performance will be at the ’62 Center’s MainStage, 1000 Main St. Tickets for this event are $3 and can be ordered online at http://62center.williams.edu.

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NAMI TRAINING
Pittsfield, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
NAMI In Our Own Voice Speaker Training will be held in Pittsfield. NAMI In Our Own Voice presenters speak about their experiences with mental illness, recovery, treatments, coping skills and successes to a group for 60 to 90 minutes. These speakers help to inspire others who are living with mental illness and help to change the perception of mental illness through education. Applications can be obtained by emailing namibc@namibc.org or calling 413-443-1666.

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ST. STAN'S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BAZAAR
Adams, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Event features chinese Auctions, hand made goods, raffles, homemade Polish foods, snack bar and more. Call 743-1091 for more information.

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BERKSHIRE YOGA DANCE & FITNESS GRAND OPENING
Pittsfield, 9:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness, located at 55 North St. Suite 201, will host a grand opening celebration to introduce the studio to the community, giving guests the opportunity to meet the Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness instructors and enjoy free classes. Mayor Bianchi will kick-off the celebration with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9:15 am, followed by free sample classes every half hour until 4 pm, along with free chair massage, postural analysis, acupuncture and nutrition response testing. A 10-class punch card to the studio valued at over $100 will be raffled off, Jade yoga mats will be available for sale with a special discount, and healthy snacks and drinks will be provided.

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CPR AND FIRST AID CLASS
North Adams
The Northern Berkshire YMCA will be holding a CPR and First Aid class. Certified American Heart Association Instructor Sharon Leary will be teaching CPR and AED with First Aid. Students can take both classes together or just one of the components. Cost of the classes are: CPR with AED $35, First Aid $35 or CPR with AED and First Aid $65. Cost of the course includes certification card and manual. Pre-registration for the classes are now being accepted; please call Leary directly at 413.441.9093.

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