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THE INDOMITABLE HUMAN SPIRIT
Tyringham, 5 p.m.
Long-time Berkshire Country Day School English teacher is giving a talk based on Alexandr Solzhenitsyn's One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich for the Tyringham Hop Brook Community Club Fall Lecture. Refreshments. Freewill offering for the scholarship fund of the Hop Brook Club.Tyringham Town Hall, 116 Main Road, Tyringham

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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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CONCERT BY LONNY JARRETT REDSHIFT FUSION
Lenox, 8 p.m.
The band Redshift is a fusion band in the truest sense of the word. We blend the best of jazz, blues, and funk, all with a rock edge that can be danced to. From Charlie Parker, Freddie Hubbard, and Cannonball Adderly to soulful renditions of Al Green, Freddie King, up through Hendrix we play jazz standards with a groove and groovy music with a jazz edge. Jazz you can dance to, Funk you can think about. eastover
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BOOK PRESENTATION, DISCUSSION
Lenox, 1 p.m.
The Bookstore, 11 Housatonic St., will host a presentation, discussion and book signing for "To the Village Square: From Montague to Fukushima: 1975-2014." The book retraces first-hand both the early days ofthe anti-nuclear movement and the aftermath of nuclear catastrophes at ThreeMile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima. Through iconic images, internationally acclaimed photographer Lionel Delevingne, reveals various aspects of thenuclear theme, while presenting the power of citizens to effect social change.

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NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM FAMILY FESTIVAL DAY
Stockbridge, 1-4 p.m.
In conjunction with its newest exhibition, “Mort Künstler: The Art of Adventure,” Norman Rockwell Museum will present an adventure-filled family festival day. Starting at 1 p.m., meet acclaimed illustrator/historical artist, Mort Künstler, who will discuss his work, with a book and print-signing to follow. At 1:30 p.m., Winds of the Wilderness Concerts will present flute and guitar compositions inspired by Native American, classical and jazz musical styles. At 2:30 p.m., join fisherman Doug McDevitt for a fly-tying demonstration; followed by tales of adventure at 3 p.m. with storyteller, Tony Toledo. Visitors will also have the opportunity to build their own action-adventure, 3D dioramas in special hands-on art workshops presented throughout the afternoon. The family festival day is free for museum members, or with regular museum admission.

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PET PHOTOS WITH SANTA CLAUS
Connecticut, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Bring your pet to Sand Road Animal Hospital for “Pictures with Santa” and help Berkshire Humane Society. The cost is $10 for each photo, and professional photographer Sonja Zinke is donating her time and talents. All pets are welcome, but dogs must be on leashes and other animals in carriers.  No appointment is necessary.  Three holiday backgrounds will be available, and photos will be mailed to you on a disk. Sand Road Animal Hospital is located on 136 Sand Road in Falls Village, Conn.  For more information, call the hospital at 860-824-5223 or Puradise at 413-717-4244.

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LIBRARY BOOK SALE
Great Barrington, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Friends of the Great Barrington Library are holding their annual book sale at the Mason Library on Main Street. The large sale will spread out over the library with crates of books in the main reading room, the community room, the Friends' sorting room and the hallways. Highlights include a collector's donation of books on food, including cookbooks, diet, sustainability, politics and culture; local history, gift books, sets and books on CD. All books are one dollar except children and teen items which are fifty cents each. Small mass market paperbacks are five for a dollar. The last hour of the sale will feature the opportunity to fill a bag with books for $6. 

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SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY
Adams, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum will participate in Small Business Saturday. Guests will enjoy free admission to the museum, refreshments and 20 percent off of gift shop merchandise. The gift shop has books, wooden toys, jewelry, "Votes For Women" items reminiscent of the Suffrage Movement, scarves and many other unique gifts. The museum is also offering free tote bags to anyone spending more than $35. The Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum is located at 67 East Road in Adams. For more information, visit www.susanbanthonybirthplace.org or call 413-743-7121.

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CHRISTMAS AT THE COLONIAL WITH MARY VERDI
Pittsfield, 2 and 7 p.m.
Mary Verdi is returning for her fifth annual Christmas at the Colonial Theatre, featuring special guest Rev Tor, the Dalton Ballet, Berkshire Music School’s violinists, a children’s vocal group, Berkshire Gymfest and, of course, Santa Claus. The shows will land on Mary Verdi’s 50th birthday and to celebrate this day, Mary will be joined by her daughters, Madilyn & Kate McCarthy, from Austin, Texas.Her brother, John Handley from Grand Junction, Colorado will also be performing with Mary. For tickets visit www.berkshiretheatre.org or call 413-997-4444.

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BIDWELL HOUSE MUSEUM THANKSGIVING PARTY
Monterey, 4-7 p.m.
The 1750s Georgian Saltbox residence of the Reverend Adonijah Bidwell will be transformed by harvest decorations for the Bidwell House Museum's eighth annual fall fund-raising party, Our Colonial Holiday of Thanksgiving. A bonfire, luminaires and lanterns will light the way to the historic home for a holiday get-together in Reverend Bidwell's own parlors. Bonner McAllester will play hammer dulcimer, joined by Joe Baker on guitar, while guests enjoy refreshments and a 7-course sampling menu of local seasonal treats. A silent auction will offer antiques, gifts and other treasures. Tickets to the party are $50 in advance, $60 at the door. For reservations, call 413-528-6888.

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DANCING WITH THE HORSES
Lanesborough, 1 p.m.
Equus Therapeutic presents the The fifth annual performance of "Dancing with the Horses." In addition to an Equus team and teams from Wedgewood and Nick of Time Equine, the event will feature Karry Brothers and riders from Emerald-Glen performing together with dancers from the Olga Dunn Dance School in Great Barrington, Admission is free! We will be fundraising by selling food, hot chocolate and raffle tickets for great gift baskets! If you’d like to donate a gift  basket, please contact Jenna Gancarz, 413-281-7531. Also after the performance, photos with local equine celebrity “Gus” will be available for donations to Equus at Wedgewood Stables at Wirtes Farm in Lanesboro MA. The Street address is 705 N Main Street.The mission of Equus Therapeutic is to provide a safe, encouraging environment where children and adults with special needs maximize their physical, emotional, and intellectual potential through the development of their relationship with horses.  
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EAGLES CONCERT
Adams, 3 p.m.
The Eagles Brass Ensemble will perform at the Adams Library at 3 p.m. A free-will offering will be taken.

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WILLIAMS CHINESE MUSIC ENSEMBLE
Williamstown, 4 p.m.
Williams newest music ensemble along with it director, Mr. Wang Guowei, offer a debut concert. The Chinese Music Ensemble presents the vitality and rich variety of Chinese music to students, community, and beyond.   http://music.williams.edu/events/chinese-music-ensemble/
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HEALTH LECTURE
North Adams, 6:30 p.m.
A health lecture  about the connection between nutrition and our health, how much protein do we really need and the benefits of cleansing your body will be held at Eat To Total Health located at 14 Ashland St. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, email info@eattototalhealth.com or call 413-329-4710.

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SOUTH ASIAN FILM SERIES
Williamstown, 7 p.m.
The Williams College departments of English and history will host a South Asian film series featuring popular and art house cinema from 1955 to 2013. All shows are free and open to the public and will be held in the Paresky Auditorium. The lineup is as follows: Dec. 1, the landmark Hindi film " Deewar" (1975), which follows the story of two brothers, one leading the underworld and the other a policeman; Feb. 9, the highest-grossing Hindi film of all time, "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge" (1995), which tells the story of a young Indian man and woman based in London who fall in love; March 9, Muzzaffar Ali’s "Umrao Jaan" (1982), based on an Urdu novel published in 1899 that follows a young courtesan living in the world of royal courts and Indian princes; and April 13, Satyajit Ray "Pather Panchali" (1955), the first film in the Apu Trilogy, which tells the story of a poor family in Bengal.

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'AMISH GRACE'
New York, 7 p.m.
Old Chatham Quaker Meeting will screen “Amish Grace” at 7 p.m. at the Old Chatham Quaker Meetinghouse, 539 County Route 13, Old Chatham, N.Y, across from Pitt Hall Road and Powell House. Based on the 2006 Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, Amish school shooting and the spirit of forgiveness the Amish community demonstrated in its aftermath. The film is free and open to the public. For more information call 518-794-0259.  For directions visit www.oldchathamquakers.org.

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THE SPOUSE/PARTNER LOSS GROUP
Pittsfield, 10 a.m.
The Spouse/Partner Loss Group is held the third Tuesday of each month, at 10 a.m. This group is geared toward those who have experienced the loss of a spouse or partner. No registration is required. All above sessions will be held at the HospiceCare in The Berkshires, 877 South Street in Pittsfield. To register or for more information please contact the office at 413-443-2994.

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HOOSAC VALLEY GIRLS BASKETBALL BOOSTER CLUB MEETING
Adams, 6:30 p.m.
High School Cafeteria, Adams

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NECK, BACK PAIN WORKSHOP
North Adams, 6:30 p.m.
Living Well Chiropractic and Nutrition, 140 Pleasant St., will host "Chiropractic: Beyond Neck and Back Pain" to review the role of chiropractic in improving your overall health by removing interference to your nervous system. The workshop is free but registration is requested at 413-663-5500 or www.Living-Well.info.

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NORTH ADAMS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
North Adams, 6 p.m.
North Adams will hold the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Hometown Holidays kick-off event at Monument Square on Main Street (between the First Congregational and First Baptist Churches). To help evoke the season’s spirit, the First Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir will be performing a series of holiday melodies and Christmas carols, as well as giving away hot chocolate. After the tree lighting, keep an eye out for the North Adams Fire Department’s fire engine as it makes its way through downtown to host the arrival Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, bearing gifts for the first 500 children.

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WILLIAMS MAKES JAZZ! WITH SMALL JAZZ ENSEMBLES
Williamstown, 7 p.m.
A concert of Small Jazz Ensembles highlights two talented student groups. First to perform is a group of young jazz musicians under the guidance of John Wheeler, who explore the question: “What is jazz?” With new arrangements by cutting edge rap artists. The second group on the billing is led by Avery Sharpe presenting a program of jazz standards and originals.  http://music.williams.edu/events/small-jazz-ensembles-8/   Brooks-Rogers
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ST. JOE'S DINING FOR A CAUSE
Pittsfield
The St. Joseph High School Crusader Club will be the beneficiary of a fundraiser at The 99 Restaurant on Merrill Road in Pittsfield. The restaurant will donate 15 percent of each check to the school to support student co-curricular activities (guests must first present a coupon to their server). The coupons are available from any St. Joe student or at the school’s office, located on 22 Maplewood Ave. For more information call 413-443-9686.

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PAVE VOLUNTEER CELEBRATION
Vermont, 5-7 p.m.
PAVE is honoring its volunteers with a celebration and is encouraging others to get involved in a shared vision to end domestic and sexual violence. Over the past year, PAVE volunteers dedicated more than 5,100 hours of their time serving victims of domestic and sexual violence. The event will take place at The Barn, One Monument Drive, in Old Bennington. An R.S.V.P. to 802-442-2370 is necessary.

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'UNSILENT NIGHT'
North Adams, 5:15 p.m.
Phil Kline’s "Unsilent Night" will be presented by Frog Pond Creative in partnership with MCLA Gallery 51, the City of North Adams Office of Tourism and Community Events, and Mass MoCA. "Unsilent Night" is a free outdoor participatory sound sculpture of many individual parts, recorded on cassettes, CDs, mp3s and the Unsilent Night app, and played through a roving swarm of boomboxes carried through city streets every December. People bring their own boomboxes or other music-amplifying devices and drift peacefully through a cloud of sound which is different from every listener’s perspective. This free event starts at the Mass MoCA parking lot at 87 Marshall Street at 5:15 p.m. The 45- minute group walk ends at MCLA Gallery 51. Reservations encouraged at http://unsilentnightnorthadams.brownpapertickets.com.

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DRURY STAGE COMPANY PRESENTS THE MUSIC MAN
North Adams, 7 p.m.
The Drury Stage Company of Drury High School will present The Music Man on Thursday,  Friday, December 5 at 7PM and Saturday, December 6 at 2PM and 7PM. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and students.  Tickets are available at the door st Drury High School, 1130 South Church St. North Adams, MA   
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CLASSIC AFRO-CUBAN JAZZ!
Williamstown, 7 p.m.
The Williams Jazz Repertory Ensemble, led by Kris Allen, will perform modern and classic Afro-Cuban Jazz by Dizzy Gillespie, Mario Bauza, Rebecca Mauleon and others. Hear how Williams makes jazz! .    http://music.williams.edu/events/williams-jazz-repertory-ensemble/
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TALK ON PIPELINE
Williamstown, 7 p.m.
Mary Stewart Douglas, Washington correspondent for The Berkshire Edge, will present “Pipeline Politics in the Berkshires: The Kinder Morgan Natural Gas Project” at Williams College, Griffin Hall, room 3. It is free and open to the public. In her talk, Douglas will discuss the politics of the proposed Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct Project, which would extend a pipeline following a route in the Berkshires. There has been significant controversy regarding the pipeline, because it would transport fracked natural gas from the Marcellus shale in Pennsylvania.

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NEW PARENTS GALLERY TALK
Williamstown, 10:15 a.m.
The Clark Art Institute welcomes new parents and their infants to a series of New Parents Gallery Talks on select Friday mornings through late winter. The free hour-long sessions will be held at 10:15 a.m. on Nov. 7, Dec. 5, Jan. 2, Feb. 6 and March 6. New Parents Gallery Talks are designed to give parents a cognitive break from thinking about “all things baby” and are best suited for parents with pre-toddlers. The talks offer a chance for parents to engage with the Clark collection with their infants and participate in open-ended guided conversations about the art in a way that welcomes all contributions. No registration is required. Strollers and front-style baby carriers are permitted. For information, call Nadine Dosa at 413-458-0410.

 

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'SONGS, SHOPPING, AND S’MORES'
Williamstown, 5-7 p.m.
The Clark Art Institute offers something fun for the whole family this winter, starting with “Songs, Shopping, and S’mores.” The free event, which kicks off Williamstown’s Holiday Walk Weekend, includes roasting s’mores over open fire pits, an ice sculpture carving demonstration, and holiday caroling led by Williams College a cappella groups, all held on the Clark Center terrace. Galleries and the museum Store, which offers an eclectic, unusual selection of holiday gifts, will remain open until 7 p.m.

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PITTSFIELD’S CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
The Department of Community Development Recreation Program has announced that the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, sponsored by Republic Services, will be held at Park Square. The Taconic High School Chorus will perform a variety of carols, Santa & Mrs. Claus will arrive following the tree lighting, and free hot chocolate will be available, courtesy of Patrick’s Pub. Those planning to attend the ceremony are asked to bring non-perishable food items that will be donated to the Christian Center’s food pantry. For more information please contact Becky Manship, Recreation Activities Coordinator, at 413-499-9370.

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