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FLU VACCINATION CLINIC
Adams, 10-11:30 a.m.
A flu vaccination clinic presented by the Berkshire Public Health Alliance through a public health nursing contract with the Town of Adams will be held at the Adams Council on Aging in the Berkshire Visitors Center at 3 Hoosac St. The flu vaccine and the flu mist are available at no charge to individuals ages 6 months and older. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. If you have insurance, please bring your insurance card(s) with you. Please wear short sleeves, or a shirt that has easily rolled-up sleeves. If you have any questions regarding this program, or are interested in other flu clinics in your area, please call 413-442-1521 x37, or e-mail jkimball@berkshireplanning.org
 

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HASKINS CENTER GYM GROUP
North Adams, 11:30-12:30 p.m.
Gym Group at Haskins Center, 210 State St., is for ages walking to 5 years old.

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MCBA BOOK CLUB
Great Barrington, 3:30-4:30pm

This after-school book club is for 4, 5 & 6 graders to explore the Massachusetts Children's Book Award nominees. We will discuss and do fun activities related to the books. Children participate in the state voting for their favorite! We'll have a pizza party for the last book club. Parents or school bus may drop off children for this program, (Check with Massini Bus company 229-7962), 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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LYME ALLIANCE OF THE BERKSHIRES SUPPORT GROUP
Pittsfield, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Lyme Alliance of the Berkshires (L.A.B.) is a support group for those suffering from Lyme Disease and their loved ones as well as for individuals who would like to become further educated about Lyme and it's associated diseases in Northern Berkshire County, Western MA, Southern Vermont and Upstate NY. Meetings are held every third Thursday of the month (unless otherwise noted). Berkshire Atheneum (Pittsfield Library) 1 Wendell Avenue Pittsfield, MA  2nd Floor Conference Room  Fall Lyme Alliance of the Berkshires Support Group Meeting Dates   Thursday October 16th, 2014 Thursday, November 13th, 2014 Thursday, December 18th, 2014   Website: http://berkshirelyme.blogspot.com/   Contact: berkshirelyme@yahoo.com  
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EMPLOYER COMMUNITY CONVERSATION
Pittsfield, 8 a.m.
Berkshire United Way will host an Employer Community Conversation at the Country Club of Pittsfield at 639 South St in Pittsfield for local employers, managers, human resource professionals, and small business owners. Berkshire United Way will share successful strategies currently used to provide workplace based financial capability training and coaching to employees while also hearing from attendees about current workplace challenges that impact their ability to maintain a quality workforce. The event will look at the implementation strategies to consider for area workplaces as well as allowing employers to contribute their experiences, thoughts and insights into improving our local workplaces and community. Registration is available at www.berkshireunitedway.org.

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31ST ANNUAL HOLIDAY OPEN STUDIO AND SALE
Vermont, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Vermont glass artists Mary Angus and K. William LeQuier will open their Readsboro glass studio to the public for their 31st Annual Holiday Open Studio and Sale, December 19-21, from 10 AM to 5 PM. Visitors are invited to stop in to see Angus and LeQuier’s beautiful hand blown glass, enjoy some hot mulled cider and homemade cookies and join the artists in celebrating the holiday season! Studio visitors will find a unique collection of hand blown glass for sale, including perfume bottles and ring holders, bud vases in translucent jewel tones, and colorful handmade glass candy cane and icicle ornaments. Also available are Angus and LeQuier’s beautiful glass snowflakes, intricately sandblast-carved in clear glass. Readsboro Glassworks is located at 6954 Main Street (lower level) in Readsboro, Vermont. Call (802) 423-7706 or visit www.maryangusglass.com for information. The studio is open additional hours between now and Christmas by appointment.


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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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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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CHERRY STREET LIGHTS THE NIGHT
Pittsfield, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
The Berkshire Dream Center will host its fourth annual "Cherry Street Lights the Night" outside their location at 41 Cherry St. There will be hot chocolate, cookies, music, children's choir, a carving of an ice sculpture, performance from youth alive, the telling of the Christmas story and a visit from Santa & Mrs. Claus with gifts for all the children. This event is free and open to the community.

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PARENTS NIGHT OUT
Williamstown, 6-9 p.m.
New Hope United Methodist Church will host a Parents Night Out. Parents are invited to have a night out while the children enjoy fellowship at the church’s 4 Water Street location.  Children from the community can gather and learn about Christmas through crafts, activities, games and snacks.  Reservations are required and space is limited. For more information and to reserve a space, call or text Pastor Courtney Randall at 720.236.2534 or email her at pastorC@new-hopeumc.org.

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31ST ANNUAL HOLIDAY OPEN STUDIO AND SALE
Vermont, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Vermont glass artists Mary Angus and K. William LeQuier will open their Readsboro glass studio to the public for their 31st Annual Holiday Open Studio and Sale, December 19-21, from 10 AM to 5 PM. Visitors are invited to stop in to see Angus and LeQuier’s beautiful hand blown glass, enjoy some hot mulled cider and homemade cookies and join the artists in celebrating the holiday season! Studio visitors will find a unique collection of hand blown glass for sale, including perfume bottles and ring holders, bud vases in translucent jewel tones, and colorful handmade glass candy cane and icicle ornaments. Also available are Angus and LeQuier’s beautiful glass snowflakes, intricately sandblast-carved in clear glass. Readsboro Glassworks is located at 6954 Main Street (lower level) in Readsboro, Vermont. Call (802) 423-7706 or visit www.maryangusglass.com for information. The studio is open additional hours between now and Christmas by appointment.
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UPSTREET HOLIDAY FESTIVAL
Pittsfield, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Office of Cultural Development and Downtown Pittsfield will host the Upstreet Holiday Festival in the Palace Park parking lot right across from the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts at 28 Renne Ave. It will feature a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus; free train rides from Roaming Railroad; live music; crafts and face painting from Michael's (December 13 only); a cookie decorating station by Madeleine's Patisserie and Café; the Berkshire Eagle Holiday Photo Booth (December 20 only); the Jingle Bell Run to benefit the Eagle Santa Fund (December 20 only – click here for more information) and the Boys and Girls Club Keystone group (a high school volunteer program) selling  pretzels, popcorn, and chestnuts with a game zone as well. The Upstreet Holiday Festival is free and open to the public. Visit discoverpittsfield.com or call the Office of Cultural Development 413-499-9348 for more information.

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

What's better than family crafts at Ramsdell? Family crafts with candy! Join us to make fun candy people - we provide the candy, you provide the creativity! 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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READ TO CODY THE THERAPY DOG
Great Barrington, 11:00am-12:00pm
School-age children love to read to Cody, our Therapy Dog (certified with Canine Link).
Your child will gain confidence and be less nervous or self-conscious reading aloud.
Each child will register for a 10-minute reading session.
Sponsored by Canine Link, Inc. .
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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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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'THETIS: IMMORTAL FIRE'
Lenox, 5 p.m.
Kristin Wold presents "Thetis: Immortal Fire" in the Tina Packer Playhouse at Shakespeare & Company. A dance theatre performance inspired by the story of Thetis, the sea nymph of Greek mythology who was a shape-shifter and mother of the great warrior Achilles. Thetis tries to immortalize the baby Achilles by burning him in the hall fire by night and anointing him with ambrosia by day. In another version of the story, she tries to protect him by dipping him in the River Styx in Hades. His heel, untouched by the water, was not protected and became his mortal weakness. The performance features Susannah Millonzi as the seagoddess Thetis, and Josh McCabe as Peleus, the mortal father of Achilles. For tickets call the Shakespeare & Company Box Office at 413-637-3353 or visit https://tickets.shakespeare.org.

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LONDON'S NATIONAL THEATRE IN HD: BROADWAY'S OF MICE AND MEN
Great Barrington, 7 p.m.
Golden Globe® winner and Academy Award® nominee James Franco (127 Hours, Milk) and Tony Award® nominee Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, Girls) star in the hit Broadway production Of Mice And Men, filmed on stage by National Theatre Live. Mahaiwe
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FREE HOLIDAY MOVIE
North Adams, Noon
The North Adams Movieplex will host a free screening of "A Christmas Story." Admission is first come, first served.

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LAST CHANCE TO SEE SANTA
North Adams, 1 - 4 p.m.
Kit & Kaboodle will be OPEN from 1-4pm and we will have SANTA, MRS CLAUS and one of their ELVES! WOW! Come take your own photo for free OR let our photographer take one for you! CDs with a max of 3 images are only $5! Can't beat that price!
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31ST ANNUAL HOLIDAY OPEN STUDIO AND SALE
Vermont, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Vermont glass artists Mary Angus and K. William LeQuier will open their Readsboro glass studio to the public for their 31st Annual Holiday Open Studio and Sale, December 19-21, from 10 AM to 5 PM. Visitors are invited to stop in to see Angus and LeQuier’s beautiful hand blown glass, enjoy some hot mulled cider and homemade cookies and join the artists in celebrating the holiday season! Studio visitors will find a unique collection of hand blown glass for sale, including perfume bottles and ring holders, bud vases in translucent jewel tones, and colorful handmade glass candy cane and icicle ornaments. Also available are Angus and LeQuier’s beautiful glass snowflakes, intricately sandblast-carved in clear glass. Readsboro Glassworks is located at 6954 Main Street (lower level) in Readsboro, Vermont. Call (802) 423-7706 or visit www.maryangusglass.com for information. The studio is open additional hours between now and Christmas by appointment.
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WINTER SOLSTICE HIKE/SNOWSHOE
Windsor, 10 a.m.-noon
Winter Solstice Hike/Snowshoe at Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center and the backcountry of Notchview Reservation. Explore the high elevation boreal forests of Windsor and celebrate the first day of winter with naturalist Aimee Gelinas. Learn how to identify trees, plants and wildlife tracks along the way. $10 per person; snowshoe rentals $5. More info at www.tamarackhollow.com. Register at aimee@gaiaroots.com.

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CHRISTMAS CONTATA
North Adams, 10:30 a.m.
First Baptist Church of North Adams will host an original Christmas Contata composed by Matthew McConnell, featuring full soprano/alto/tenor/bass choir, dramatic readings, handbells, and solos, both vocal and instrumental. The concert is free.

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CHANUKAH CELEBRATION
Lanesborough, 4-7 p.m.
A Chanukah celebration for the whole family including a public menorah kindling ceremony will be held at the Berkshire Mall. Local families will assist in kindling the giant "menorah of freedom." Enjoy live music, face painting, dancing, hot potato latkes, sufganiyot (doughnuts), chocolate gelt, a grand raffle, dreidels and a spectacular show. This program is free and open to the public, sponsored by Chabad of the Berkshires in collaboration with the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires.


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BLUE CHRISTMAS SERVICE
Williamstown, 5 p.m.
New Hope United Methodist Church will host a Blue Christmas Service at the church's 4 Water St. Recognizing that Christmas is not always merry for people who have experienced loss, grief, loneliness, New Hope will hold a Blue Christmas Service to give a voice to the hope in the midst of difficulty.  The service will acknowledge the hardships in the midst of a time when people are “expected” to be joyful. For more information, visit www.new-hopeumc.org or call 413-458-3183.

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1753 HOUSE CAROL SING
Williamstown, 7 p.m.
The 1753 House Committee will host the 41st annual 1753 House Carol Sing, a free, ecumenical event for all ages, at the 1753 House on Field Park in between the Williams Inn and the Milne Public Library at the northern intersection of Routes 2 and 7. Parking is available at the inn and the library. Deborah Burns and members of her OK Chorale will lead the a cappella singing beside a roaring blaze in the fireplace. Carol books and hot mulled cider are provided. There is no heat or electricity in the 1753 House, so dress warmly and bring a candle to see by.

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CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT SERVICE
Vermont, 7 p.m.
A Christmas Candlelight Service will be held at the Pownal United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Route 346 and Church Street, on Sunday, December 21 at 7 PM. The Saint Patrick's Saint Raphael's Bell Choir will provide special Christmas music. All are welcome to this service. For more information call Mary Louise: 802-823-7769. 
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FREE HOLIDAY MOVIE
North Adams, Noon
The North Adams Movieplex will host a free screening of "Home Alone." Admission is first come, first served.

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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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