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MEMOIR WORKSHOP
Williamstown, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Sweetwood of Williamstown will host "Writing Your Life Story" with award-winning Vermont author Ellen Perry Berkeley, who will guide particapants through the process of writing their own memoir. Lunch will be provided and the workshop is free. Space is limited; RSVP at 413-458-8371, ext. 13, or aplaine@care-one.com.

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COALITION MEETING
North Adams, 10 a.m.-noon
Northern Berkshire Community Coalition's (nbCC) monthly forum will focus on community pride. Guests can share why they are proud of living and working in Northern Berkshire, hear from community leaders on what’s going on in the Northern Berkshires that we can be proud of, excited about and look forward to, and learn about and take the Community Pride Challenge. The forum will be held at the First Baptist Church (please use the Eagle Street entrance).

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HOLIDAY CASUAL CONCERTS
North Adams, 4 p.m.
Two Kids 4 Harmony Holiday Casual Concerts, informal concerts that encourage students to become comfortable in front of audiences and to illustrate the strength of the group as they perform as an ensemble, will be held Dec. 8 at 5:15 p.m. at Morningside Community School and Dec. 9 at 4 p.m. at Brayton Elementary School. Admission is free.

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POETRY READING
Lenox, 5:30 p.m.
The Bookstore, 11 Housatonic St., presents a poetry reading of "little terrarium," the debut volume by former Orion poetry editor Hannah Fries. Depicting a world on the brink, our spiritual history and very human love, Fries’ poems evoke sincere wonder through lyricism, freshness and the ability to surprise.

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DARROW WINTER CONCERT
New York, 7:30 p.m.
The Darrow Chorus and the Darrow Jazz Ensemble join forces to present an eclectic evening of music including pop, rock, jazz, and seasonal songs at the Darrow School in New Lebanon, N.Y. The event is free and open to the public.

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MELISSA ETHERIDGE'S HOLIDAY TRIO
Great Barrington, 8 p.m.
Melissa Etheridge is one of rock music’s great female icons. Her critically acclaimed debut album was certified double platinum. Etheridge’s popularity built around such memorable songs as “Bring Me Some Water,” and “Ain`t It Heavy” , for which she won her first Grammy. For this special holiday show, she will sing fan favorites and holiday classics, such as "Merry Christmas Baby,” "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “O Night Divine,” and more. For tickets and information visit the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center web site or call the Box Office at 413.528.0100.
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SUNDANCE THEATRE LAB
North Adams, 8 p.m.
Sundance Institute’s renowned Theatre Program has developed Broadway and Off Broadway hits by the bushel, and its annual lab at MASS MoCA gathers top-tier dramatic artists for writing workshops and a work-in-progress performances. The quality of the work, combined with the feeling of ink still wet, make for a riveting night of theater-in-the-making.
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WILLIAMS COLLEGE WIND ENSEMBLE: ANGELS IN THE ARCHITECTURE
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
“Angels in the Architecture” is a concert spanning 400 years of music with the Williams Wind Ensemble directed by Brian Messier and featuring soprano Mary Hubbell, and baritone Nathan Leach ‘17. Works by Gallus, Hahn, Grainger, Ogren, Hovhaness, and Ticheli. http://music.williams.edu/'post_type=event&p=11445x Free Chapin Hall Bernhard Music Center, 54 Chapin Drive, Williams College, Williamstown, MA @ 8 p.m.
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BCC PLAYERS
Pittsfield, 8 p.m.
The BCC Players will present two unique satires, "Endgame" and "The Bald Soprano," in the Boland Theatre at BCC’s Main Campus located at 1350 West St. in Pittsfield. Samuel Beckett's "Endgame" is a despairing play about hopelessness. The sense of despair is heightened by the fact that the characters are not waiting for anything other than death in the play. "The Bald Soprano," by Eugene Ionesco, is a hilarious, unique satire on the ordinary English middle class. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students, staff and seniors and can be purchased online or at the door.


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ANNUAL NMC HOLIDAY FAIR
Great Barrington, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (silent auction ends at 2:oopm!)
The New Marlborough-Monterey PTA is thrilled to announce The Most Magical Event of the Year: ANNUAL NMC HOLIDAY FAIR!  New Marlborough Central School, 44 Hartsville Mill River Road, Mill River, Saturday December 10th, 10am-3pm* (*Famous Silent Auction closes at 2pm!)  Heaps of joyous family fun to be had by all in our magical little school in the woods!  *Handcrafts  *Face Painting  *Photo Booth  *Book Sale  *White Elephant Sale *Children-Only Shopping Room  *Cake Stall   *Delicious Eats *Make & Take Crafts *Local Maple Syrup *Christmas Trees        *FAMOUS SILENT AUCTION (auction closes at 2pm!)   See you there
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CHAHTAM WINTERFEST
, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Chatham WinterFest, A real community event. Holiday sales throughout the village, free activities for kids, live music, visits with Santa, and more. Word Hop Kids and adults are invited to participate in Chatham’s Winterfest Word Hop. Each participating business will display a different holiday word. Use your form, which you can pick up at participating locations, and write down the word. When you’ve collected them all, return the form. All complete and properly filled out forms will be entered to win a prize. There’s no fee to play and no age requirement. Hosted by: Administrator Location: Main Street, Hudson Avenue, and Park Row in the village of Chatham
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HOLIDAY SHINDY
Pittsfield, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
The Holiday Shindy is a juried Holiday Sale featuring over 50 of the region’s most notable makers of fine and original craft and artisinal food products! We will be welcoming screen-printers, textile artists, soap makers, jewelers, potters, woodworkers, and more! 3$ admission for general public. 12/10 10AM-6PM and 12/11 11AM-4PM
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LOCAL AUTHOR SIGNING
Great Barrington, 10 a.m.-noon
Ward's Nursery, Garden Center & Christmas Shop will host local author Deborah Zamperini Hewins meeting patrons and signing copies of her picture book "Nobody Notices Bently" illustrated by Nicholas Lewis, at Ward's Nursery and Garden Center. "Nobody Notices Bently" encourages young readers to have self-confidence and inspires them to appreciate the wonders of nature. Admission is free and copies of the book are $14.95 each.

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'START WITH ART'
Williamstown, 10 a.m.
The Clark Art Institute's popular Start with Art program, designed for 3- to 6-year-olds and their parents, will be held. Animals are the theme of the session, which includes a gallery talk and art-making activities specially designed for this age group. The session will be held in the Michael Conforti Pavilion. Start with Art is free and open to preschool-aged children and their parents or caregivers; gallery admission is included. No registration is required. Art project appropriate clothing is encouraged.

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NUTSHELL PLAYHOUSE FAMILY SHOW
Pittsfield, 11 a.m.
Nutshell Playhouse will present the first of a series of three performances for children and families at the Whitney Center for the Arts on Wendell Avenue when they present "Mambo and Nemonee’s Worldwide Adventure." Can Mambo and Nemonee save the beautiful but endangered Floratius Serendipitus' Follow them on their hilarious adventures around the globe as they look for the special ingredients that will do the trick. Admission is free.

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THE MET LIVE
Williamstown, 12:55 p.m.
The Clark Art Institute airs "L'Amour de Loin," screened live in HD from the Metropolitan Opera, in the auditorium. Tickets are $25 ($22 members, $18 students). To order tickets, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 0524. All ticket sales are non-refundable. Commissioned by the Salzburg Festival, where it was first seen in 2000, it will now have its Metropolitan Opera premiere in a dazzling new production by Robert Lepage, featuring glimmering ribbons of LED lights that extend across the length of the stage and over the orchestra pit. Eric Owens is the knight on a quest of love and Susanna Phillips is his lover on the other side of the sea. Conductor Susanna Mälkki makes her Met debut.

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PEACEFUL PAINTING AFTERNOON
Williamstown, 2-4 p.m.
Artists from Progressive Palette will be at Sweetwood of Williamstown Retirement Community, 1611 Cold Spring Road, to take in the lovely mountain view and paint it from Sweetwood. This painting is designed for beginner level painters. More experienced painters are welcome and instruction will be provided to all skill levels. The cost is $35, which includes two hours of painting instruction and all supplies. Register online.

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'IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE'
Lenox, 3 p.m.
Shakespeare & Company will present "It’s a Wonderful Night! A Special Benefit Performance" of the holiday production "It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre. Following the performance, there will be a festive after-party to welcome Artistic Director Allyn Burrows at Firefly Gastropub. Tickets for this event are priced at $200 for Gold Tickets and a limited number of Silver Tickets will be sold for $150. All proceeds benefit Shakespeare & Company’s 40th Anniversary Season. Call 413-637-1199 ext. 105.

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CHRISTMAS TRAIN RIDES
North Adams, 3, 5 and 7 p.m.
Dress up in your best 1950s travel clothes and climb aboard the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum's exclusive Tinseliner for a trip back to the era of black & white television, Lionel Trains, Bing Crosby, "glow bright" frosted color Christmas lights, silver trees and colorful tinsel. Featuring a scheduled visit from the man dressed in red himself, this approximate one-hour experience is appropriate for children of all ages and will evoke the nostalgia and romance of a typical American Christmas during the 1950s. BSRM's Tinseliner trains feature a vintage, all stainless steel Budd Rail Diesel Car just like the ones people traveled on for the holidays during the 1950s. All Tinseliner trains are one hour round trip and depart from 98 Crowley Ave. in North Adams. Tickets are available online and are $18 for adults, $14 for children 4-12 and free for children under 4, who must sit on an adult's lap.

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SERVICE OF LESSONS AND CAROLS
Williamstown, 4 p.m.
The annual Christmas Service of Lessons and Carols at Williams College will be held in Thompson Memorial Chapel. The identical services feature choral music by the Williams Concert and Chamber Choirs, congregational singing of carols, and the traditional reading of the biblical Christmas story. There is no admission charge for the services, but all are encouraged to bring an item of non-perishable canned or packaged food for local emergency food pantries.

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PAINT & SIP TO FOR NOTH CANAAN 8TH GRADE CLASS TRIP
Connecticut, 6 p.m.
Join us on Sat 12/10 at the VFW, 104 South Canaan Rd, Canaan, CT for a Paint & Sip fundraiser to benefit the North Canaan Elementary School 8th Grade Class Trip. You'll learn to paint this beautiful wintery image of "Winter Stroll" on a large 16x20 canvas. All materials, instruction, and donation included for $35. CASH BAR. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346
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MURDER MYSTERY DINNER
Lenox, 6 p.m.
The Comical Mystery Tour ensemble will present “An HMO Blue Christmas,” a murder mystery dinner theater program, at Ventfort Hall at 104 Walker St. Dr. E. Ville, Head Physician; Anne Teak, Clinic Administrator; Nurse Vera Hotty Head Nurse; Duane Pipe, Janitor/Maintenance, and Bonnie Anne Clyde, HMO Representative, are suspects in the death throes of a killer incident when they appear at Ventfort Hall. A full-course dinner will be served during the audience-participation performance. Tickets are $35 per person; reservations are required by Dec. 5 at 413-637-3206.

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DINOSAUR JR. CONCERT
North Adams, 8 p.m.
Formed in Amherst, Mass., in 1984, Dinosaur Jr. has maintained its looming presence over its three-plus decades, waxing and waning as genres come and go, but re-emerging in the last few years to assume their mantel as elder statesmen of viscerally badass rock-‘n’-roll. The band’s latest record, Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not, dropped this summer; they are here, as conquering Western Mass. heroes, to support it. MASS MoCA
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BCC PLAYERS
Pittsfield, 8 p.m.
The BCC Players will present two unique satires, "Endgame" and "The Bald Soprano," in the Boland Theatre at BCC’s Main Campus located at 1350 West St. in Pittsfield. Samuel Beckett's "Endgame" is a despairing play about hopelessness. The sense of despair is heightened by the fact that the characters are not waiting for anything other than death in the play. "The Bald Soprano," by Eugene Ionesco, is a hilarious, unique satire on the ordinary English middle class. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students, staff and seniors and can be purchased online or at the door.


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BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
North Adams, 9 a.m. - Noon
Breakfast with Santa, Eagles, Curran highway, North Adams, $6.

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BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
North Adams, 9 a.m.-noon
The Eagles will host a Christmas breakfast with Santa Claus featuring scrambled eggs and pancakes, sausage and home fries, and toast, as well as a Chinese auction. The cost is $6.

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SURVIVING THE HOLIDAYS
Pittsfield, 9 to 11 a.m.
Grieving or know someone who is' When you are grieving a loved one's death, the holiday season can be especially painful, Our Surviving the Holidays seminar helps participants discover: how to deal with your emotions and what to do about traditions. As well as learn helpful tips for surviving social events and how to find hope for the future. Please join us Saturday December 10th from 9:00am to 11:00am at New Life Community Fellowship, 172 Hubbard Ave., Pittsfield. Cost is $5:00 for materials. Refreshments will be provided. For further information please call 413-684-0001, email GriefShareNLCF@gmail.com or go to: http://www.griefshare.org.
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PICK 4 GIFTS PAINT & SIP FOR BART CHARTER SCHOOL
Lanesborough, 1 p.m.
Join us Sun 12/11 at Skyline Country Club for a Pick 4 Gifts Paint & Sip party to benefit the Bart Charter School Parent Group.  You'll learn to paint on glassware.  Each guest can mix and match any 4 designs with any 4 pieces of glassware.  Over a dozen designs to choose from.  Glassware includes wine glasses, mason jars and ornaments.  All materials, instruction and donation included for $35.  CASH BAR.  Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346
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CHRISTMAS TRAIN RIDES
North Adams, 1, 3 and 5 p.m.
Dress up in your best 1950s travel clothes and climb aboard the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum's exclusive Tinseliner for a trip back to the era of black & white television, Lionel Trains, Bing Crosby, "glow bright" frosted color Christmas lights, silver trees and colorful tinsel. Featuring a scheduled visit from the man dressed in red himself, this approximate one-hour experience is appropriate for children of all ages and will evoke the nostalgia and romance of a typical American Christmas during the 1950s. BSRM's Tinseliner trains feature a vintage, all stainless steel Budd Rail Diesel Car just like the ones people traveled on for the holidays during the 1950s. All Tinseliner trains are one hour round trip and depart from 98 Crowley Ave. in North Adams. Tickets are available online and are $18 for adults, $14 for children 4-12 and free for children under 4, who must sit on an adult's lap.

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ACADEMY AT CHARLEMONT OPEN HOUSE
, 1-3 p.m.
The Academy at Charlemont, a college preparatory day school for grades 7 to 12 located on the scenic Mohawk Trail in Charlemont with students from all over western Massachusetts and Southern Vermont, is hosting an open house. Come meet students and faculty members and learn about the academic and fine arts programs. Information and registration is online, or call 413-339-4912, ext. 113.
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