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ADAMS PLAYGROUP
Adams, 10-11 a.m.
Play and Learn Group at Adams Youth Center, 20 East St., is for ages walking to 5 years.

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LANESBOROUGH PLAYGROUP
Lanesborough, 10-11 a.m.
A Play and Learn Group at Lanesborough Town Hall Community Room, 83 North Main St., is for ages walking to 5 years old.

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'SLEEPING BEAUTY' PUPPET SHOW
Lenox, 3:30 p.m.
Puppeteer Carl Sprague, whose annual Christmas appearances at Ventfort Hall have charmed everyone with his “behind-the-scenery” mastery, will bring to life the classic fairy tale titled “Sleeping Beauty.” Admission to all programs are $15 adults, $7 children 5 to 17 and free for children 4 and under.  Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited.  For reservations call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206 or visit gildedage.org for more information. The historic Gilded Age mansion is located at 104 Walker St.

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FAMILY MOVIE: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2
Great Barrington, 6:15-8:30pm

When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.
Wear jammies & bring a blanket. Popcorn & drinks provided.
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.


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NATURE CRAFTS
New York, 1 - 3 p.m.
Kids of all ages are invited to come make some crafts outside in the snow! We will be making our own freeform snow candles decorated with natural items (parents will need to help supervise young ones) and making our own maple syrup taffy in the snow! All crafts will be completed outside so please dress appropriately. Pre-regsitration is encouraged but not required. Please call or email Dyken Pond at 518-658-2055 or dykenpond@fairpoint.net. The event will run from 1pm – 3pm and there is a $1 materials fee.
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FUN WITH FINE ARTS - AFTER THE HOLIDAYS ART
Great Barrington, 10:30-11:30am

Looking for something to help you wind down after the holidays? Come make art with us! This program 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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BLUE’S ENCHANTED ADVENTURES
Great Barrington, 12:00-1:00pm

Join us in the Ramsdell Children's Room for a story time for young children. This program 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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WATERCOLOR DROP-IN
Great Barrington, 1:30-2:30pm

Drop in for relaxed watercolor painting at Ramsdell. This is a friendly, unguided session; no teacher, just fellow artists. We have supplies available, and you are also welcome to bring your own. This program is at our Ramsdell at 1087 Main St. in Housatonic. Please see our website at http://gblibraries.org for more details.
 


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KNIT ’N STITCH
Great Barrington, 3:00-4:00pm

Bring your handwork for an hour of chatting and project help. All ages and all skill levels welcome!  This program 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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'WASSAIL, WASSAIL, ALL OVER THE TOWN'
Lenox, 3:30 p.m.
When “Wassail, Wassail, All Over the Town!” comes to Ventfort Hall, gifted musician, artist, teacher and storyteller Tom Hooker Hanford will present ancient Christmas and Winter Solstice traditions of the British Isles and the United States.  Songs and rituals of apple tree wassailers, wren boys, John Canoe Revelers and callithumpians live again with singalong songs and audience role playing with colorful masks and props.  Admission to all programs are $15 adults, $7 children 5 to 17 and free for children 4 and under.  Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited.  For reservations call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206 or visit gildedage.org for more information. The historic Gilded Age mansion is located at 104 Walker St.

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VICTORIAN ERA HOLIDAY PROGRAM
Stockbridge, 5:30 p.m.
In conjunction with its current exhibition, “Norman Rockwell: Home for the Holidays,” Norman Rockwell Museum will present  a look at fashions from the Dickensian era. Explore Norman Rockwell’s holiday paintings which feature Victorian dress, and learn more about the fashions of the time from historian Linda Meyer, the proprietor of Lynda’s Antique Clothing Loft in Adams. Refreshments will be served during the program, which is free with museum admission ($10 for program only).

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'SLEEPING BEAUTY' PUPPET SHOW
Lenox, 3:30 p.m.
Puppeteer Carl Sprague, whose annual Christmas appearances at Ventfort Hall have charmed everyone with his “behind-the-scenery” mastery, will bring to life the classic fairy tale titled “Sleeping Beauty.” Admission to all programs are $15 adults, $7 children 5 to 17 and free for children 4 and under.  Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited.  For reservations call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206 or visit gildedage.org for more information. The historic Gilded Age mansion is located at 104 Walker St.

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WINTER SURVIVAL SKILLS
New York, 1 - 3 p.m.
Could you survive a night in a Northeastern winter? You can give yourself a fighting chance by learning some winter survival skills. Kids will learn how to make a variety of snow shelters and how to build a fire in the snow. Dress to be outside in the snow building shelters. Pre-regsitration is encouraged but not required. Please call or email Dyken Pond at 518-658-2055 or dykenpond@fairpoint.net. The event will run from 1pm – 3pm and there is no cost to attend.  
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WILLIAMSTOWN PLAYGROUP
Williamstown, 10-11:30 a.m.
Monday Play and Learn Group meets at the Williamstown Youth Center, 66 School St., for ages walking to 5 years old.

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MAGIC SHOW
Lenox, 3:30 p.m.
Brothers Pete and Chris proudly proclaim themselves as New England’s only two-man children’s high energy magic show. Kids join in the fun and there is slapstick comedy galore! The duo will perform at Ventfort Hall. Admission to all programs are $15 adults, $7 children 5 to 17 and free for children 4 and under.  Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited.  For reservations call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206 or visit gildedage.org for more information. The historic Gilded Age mansion is located at 104 Walker St.

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HASKINS CENTER GYM GROUP
North Adams, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
The Gym Group at Haskins Center, 210 State St., meets for ages walking to 8 years.

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SUBNIVEAN ZONE: LIFE UNDER THE SNOW
New York, 1 - 3 p.m.
Kids will learn the different levels of snow and we will find the small rodent tunnels that rely on the subnivean zone. Then you will turn yourself into a mouse, vole or shrew and learn what it takes to survive the winter by building your own subnivean tunnel. Dress to be outside building tunnels in the snow. Pre-regsitration is encouraged but not required. Please call or email Dyken Pond at 518-658-2055 or dykenpond@fairpoint.net. The event will run from 1pm – 3pm and there is no cost to attend.
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'THE FIREBIRD' PUPPET SHOW
Pittsfield, 1 p.m.
The Puppet People presents “The Firebird” in the Auditorium of the Berkshire Athenaeum. This magical puppet fantasy is truly for all ages. Inspired by the Russian folktale and popular ballet, it features beautifully handcrafted marionettes, lavish costumes, a vivid set and is masterfully accompanied by Stravinsky’s musical score from the ballet of The Firebird. Performers Michelle Smith-Carrigan and Mark Carrigan, better known as the Puppet People, have been entertaining people for over 20 years. They have performed at many theatres, schools, festivals, museums, community centers and have performed at Lincoln Center. They create all their own puppets, scenery and scripts. This 50-minute family event is free.

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HASKINS CENTER PRESCHOOL PLAYGROUP
North Adams, 10-11:30 a.m.
The Preschool Group at the Haskins Center, 210 State St., is for ages 2.5-5 years old.

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BRAIN BUILDERS! PLAY & LEARN PLAYGROUP
Great Barrington, 10:30-11:30am

Read, sing, play, & talk during circle time & continue with fun table time activities, combining STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) & Every Child Ready to Read. This program is for children ages baby through 5 years and their caregivers. No registration required.  *No program on Veteran's Day Nov 11* Held at our Mason Library at 231 Main St. in Great Barrington. Please see our website at http://gblibraries.org for more details.

Sponsored by South Berkshire Kids (funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant provided by the Department of Early Education and Care), and the CHP Family Network.


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YOGA CLASSES
Williamstown, 11 a.m.
During school vacation week, the Clark offers two free family-friendly events: a series of intergenerational yoga classes. Yoga classes, designed for ages 10 and up, will be held in the Clark Center. Participants should bring yoga mats or towels.

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LLAMAS AT THE LIBRARY!
Great Barrington, 2:00-3:00pm

Join Debbie Elias of Country Quilt Llama Farm for an enrichment presentation with live llamas. Meet some of her llamas, learn about llama life, habits and history, and see examples of llama-fur fabric art.
Free to the public!
This program 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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FILM SERIES
Williamstown, 2:30 p.m.
The Clark will host a film festival in the Clark Center, beginning with Disney’s smash hit "Frozen" on December 30, followed by "Fantastic Mr. Fox" on December 31 and "Hugo" on January 2. Babysitting is available. All movies are rated PG; for more information, visit clarkart.edu.

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GREYLOCK APARTMENTS PLAYGROUP
North Adams, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
The Play and Learn Group at Greylock Apartments' Community Room on Angeli Street is for ages walking to 8 years old.

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QUIT SMOKING TALK
Williamstown, 6 p.m.
Do you or someone you know want to quit smoking? Join Corinne Case, Tobacco Treatment Specialist, at the New Hope United Methodist Church, 4 Water Street, Williamstown, for a no-charge "Quit Talk" with Q & A. You'll receive quit smoking information and resources to support you. To learn more, call 413-242-4495.  Presented by the Berkshire Tobacco-Free Community Partnership at Berkshire AHEC. For information on quitting, visit http://makesmokinghistory.org
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MASON FILM: HAPPY
Great Barrington, 7:00-8:30pm

Due to the holiday, the January First Thursday film will be shown on Tuesday, December 30. Happy takes viewers on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy. Combining real life stories of people from around the world and powerful interviews with the leading scientists in happiness research, Happy explores the secrets behind our most valued emotion. 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.
 


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TODDLER PLAYGROUP
North Adams, 10-11 a.m.
Toddler Play and Learn at Haskins Center Lower level Playroom, 210 State St., is for ages 1 to 2.5 years.

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YOGA CLASSES
Williamstown, 11 a.m.
During school vacation week, the Clark offers two free family-friendly events: a series of intergenerational yoga classes. Yoga classes, designed for ages 10 and up, will be held in the Clark Center. Participants should bring yoga mats or towels.

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FILM SERIES
Williamstown, 2:30 p.m.
The Clark will host a film festival in the Clark Center, beginning with Disney’s smash hit "Frozen" on December 30, followed by "Fantastic Mr. Fox" on December 31 and "Hugo" on January 2. Babysitting is available. All movies are rated PG; for more information, visit clarkart.edu.

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FIRST DAY HIKE
Lanesborough, 1 p.m.
The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation will host America’s First Day Hikes 2015 at 12 park locations across the state, including Mount Greylock Reservation, Lanesborough, at the Visitor Center at 30 Rockwell Road. First Day Hikes offer a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome the New Year with friends and family.

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