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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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LENOX TREE LIGHTING
Lenox, 6 p.m.
The annual Christmas Tree Lighting will be held in Lilac park. Santa will arrive by fire truck and then meet the kids back at the Community Center for cookies and hot chocolate.

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LONDON'S NATIONAL THEATRE IN HD: SKYLIGHT
Great Barrington, 7 p.m.
Bill Nighy (Love Actually, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Carey Mulligan (Inside Llewyn Davis, The Great Gatsby) feature in the highly anticipated production of David Hare’s Skylight, directed by Stephen Daldry (The Audience), broadcast from the West End by National Theatre Live. Mahaiwe
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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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WILLIAMS WIND ENSEMBLE
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
The Williams College Department of Music presents the Williams College Wind Ensemble in concert in Chapin Hall. This free event is open to the public. The Williams College Wind Ensemble offers an exciting program that melds contemporary and traditional music for wind and percussion instruments. David Maslanka’s transcendent “Give Us This Day: A Short Symphony” is partnered with Pulitzer Prize winner Karel Husa’s powerful and intense "Al Fresco.” Also featured is the passionate neoromantic American composer Vittorio Giannini and his “Symphony No. 3, as well as Adam Gorb’s charming and playful “Eine Kleine Yiddshe Ragmusik.”

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'BAREFOOT WALKING' READING
Lenox, 1 p.m.
The Bookstore, at 11 Housatonic St., will present a reading of "Barefoot Walking" by Laird White. White started writing poetry as a child and later became a comedy writer for cabarets, but poetry is her prime love. Her goal is “not just to share with people, but to connect with them." A book signing will follow the reading.

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DRURY STAGE COMPANY PRESENTS THE MUSIC MAN
North Adams, 2 and 7 p.m.
The Drury Stage Company of Drury High School will present The Music Man on Thursday, December 4 at 7PM, 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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31ST ANNUAL WILLIAMSTOWN HOLIDAY WALK
Williamstown, 3 p.m.
Holiday sounds and spirit will fill Spring Street on Saturday, December 6th for the 31st Annual Williamstown Holiday Walk. The event kicks-off with the ever popular, and always fabulous, Reindog Parade. Whether you’re walking your pooch in the parade or viewing from the sidelines, these dogs are all dressed in their holiday best and ready to entertain. As always, fun & musical talent will fill the street, with performers from around the region.  After the parade, we will have Santa and his elves on Spring Street to hear the wishes of children. Children will also be able to decorate gingerbread cookies in the former Sweets & Beans location, sponsored by Hops & Vines. Saratoga Horse & Carriage will be on the street to offer rides. WilliNet will be on the street to broadcast the event. The weekend will be filled with holiday activities. Check out these activities that take place outside of the Holiday Walk hours of 3 – 5:30 on Saturday! The Clark will host s’mores & hot chocolate on the Fernandez Terrace on Friday evening from 5-7pm, with free admission to the galleries. Just before the festivities start on Saturday, Images Cinema will hold a free community viewing of Elf at 1pm. Finish up the weekend on Sunday at the Williamstown Elementary School Craft Fair from 9am-4pm – including a pancake breakfast with Santa to benefit the 6th grade. Also, make room for a tea social by the fire at The Williams Inn on Sunday from 3-5pm.

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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. In addition, a free-will offering will be collected at the conclusion of the service, for the benefit of Doctors Without Borders, the international health consortium, for their work battling the ebola epidemic, and for the North Berkshire chapter of Habitat for Humanity, as they gather resources to begin their next building project.

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ST. MARY'S ACADEMY COMEDY AND CAROLS HOLIDAY CABARET
New York, 6:30 p.m.
On Saturday, St. Mary's Academy of Hoosick Falls, NY will hold their annual Cabaret. This year we will feature two very different acts to get you into that holiday spirit. The Comedy and Carols Cabaret will feature performances by Comedians Greg Aidala and Ben Geurin and Musicians Mike and Cindy Brewster and Friends.  Doors open at 6:30pm so you can start bidding early on the silent auction items featuring the very popular and sentimental classroom projects plus many more items to choose from before the show starts at 7:30pm. This is a 21 and over event with a cash bar and lite fair buffet available throughout the night. Tickets are $25 per person and are on sale now. Get your tickets before they are gone by calling Mary Beth Smith at St. Mary's Academy at (518)-686-4314 or email your request to StMarysEvents@yahoo.com. The performance will be held at St. Mary's Academy, 4 Parsons Ave., Hoosick Falls, NY.

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5TH ANNUAL TOY DRIVE
Pittsfield, 7 p.m.
HELPING HANDS IN THE BERKSHIRES - 5th Annual Toy Drive, at Fairways at the A Bring a toy & be entered to win an ipad Air ($400 Value!) Tons of Raffles! Bring Your Friends and Family for a fun night out! Tickets available at: Bella Tan Fairways @ the “A” Moments House See Kristi Marchetto, Ang Penna or Danielle Trumbull or online at www.momentshouse.org All toys will be distributed to local children at Moments House and other local nonprofits working with children.
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DALA: A VERY SPECIAL HOLIDAY SHOW
North Adams, 7:30 p.m.
As part of the MCLA Presents! Series, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC), to present “Dala: A Very Special Holiday Show” on Saturday,  in the Eleanor Furst Auditorium at the MCLA Church Street Center. For this fourth concert of “The ReWind Season,” and in celebration of the holiday season, Juno nominees and winners of the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year, acoustic pop duo Dala is comprised of Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine. They will perform an intimate evening of holiday classics and original music. Admission to this MCLA Presents! Performance is $10 general admission, $8 for MCLA Alumni, $5 for MCLA Faculty and Staff and free for MCLA students and MCLA Presents members.

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SUNDANCE THEATRE LAB: THROW ME ON THE BURNPILE AND LIGHT ME UP
, 8 p.m.
Academy Award-nominated Lucy Alibar, whose stage play was adapted into the award-winning film Beasts of the Southern Wild, will workshop her latest, Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up with the Sundance Theatre Lab, in residency for two weeks at the museum. Catch a reading of this work — a tale of a man, his family, his animals, and his burn pile — on its way to the bright lights. MASSMoCA
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WILLIAMS STUDENT SYMPHONY
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
The Williams College Department of Music  presents the Williams Student Symphony in concert in Chapin Hall on the Williams College campus. The orchestra presents a concert titled “The Calm of the Evening.” This performance is free and open to the public. The program includes “Stillhunting” by Dan Kohane '12, “Chanson de nuit” by Edward Elgar, and “Mother Goose Suite” by Maurice Ravel. Student conductors Jasmine Thomasian ‘15 and Ben Kaufman ‘16 lead the group.

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QUEEN VICTORIA REIGNS AT VENTFORT HALL
Lenox, 3:30 p.m.
Actress Sally Mummey will return to Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum in a first-person portrayal of Queen Victoria Reigns at Ventfort Hall. Her Majesty will also preside over a regal Victorian tea in the dining room while the mansion is lavishly decorated in Christmas finery. Using a combination of living history, acting, storytelling and authentically reproduced costume, Mummey will bring to life Her Majesty’s personal details, a powerful yet humane woman whose self will and intelligence sustained her through a 63-year reign and whose name was given to an age that covered most of the 19th century. Tickets for the Mummey performance are $35 for advance reservations and $40 day of the event.  Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited.  For information or reservations call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206 or visit info@gildedage.org.  The historical mansion is located at 104 Walker St.

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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. In addition, a free-will offering will be collected at the conclusion of the service, for the benefit of Doctors Without Borders, the international health consortium, for their work battling the ebola epidemic, and for the North Berkshire chapter of Habitat for Humanity, as they gather resources to begin their next building project.

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WILLIAMSTOWN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CRAFT FAIR
Williamstown, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Vendors will have holiday goodies throughout the gym, and a pancake breakfast with Santa will benefit the sixth grade.
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BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Dalton, 9 and 11 a.m.
The Pediatric Development Center will present its annual Breakfast with Santa at the Wahconah Country Club, 20 Orchard Road, Dalton. There are two seatings: 9 and 11 a.m. Visit with Santa, bring your camera for photo opportunities, there will be a raffle and caroling, all while enjoying a delicious breakfast prepared by Savory Harvest Catering. Children receive a Scholastic Book, Pittsfield Suns Ticket, Hot Harry’s Kids Meal, Bouncy House Pass and CyberStation Tokens. Adult tickets are $25, Children age 3 – 10 are $10, and Children under 3 are FREE!  Tax and gratuity are included in this price. Reservations are required. Purchase tickets online at www.pediatricdevelopmentcenter.org or contact the Pediatric Development Center at 413-499-4537.

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BOTTLE DRIVE
Cheshire, All Day
Hoosac Valley Girls Basketball program will be conducting a bottle drive in Adams and Cheshire on Sunday
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STEPHENTOWN HISTORICAL SOCIETY POTLUCK DINNER
New York, 6:30 p.m.
Holiday Potluck Dinner, at the Stephentown Historical Society meeting, Monday, at the Heritage Center, Garfield Road (County Route 26),  Stephentown, New York. Bring a dish to share; beverages and table service are provided. After dinner, Tom Kernan will tell some history of Christmas decorations. A monetary collection will be taken to benefit the Stephentown Food Pantry. Free and open to the public.Handicapped accessible. For directions, telephone (518) 733-0010

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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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THE JUGGLING NUTRITION MAGICIAN SHOW
Adams, 6 p.m.
ToBe Fit: The Juggling Nutrition Magician, a new show that inspires kids to take charge of growing up healthy, happy and fit, is coming to the Adams Library. Featuring fantastic feats of juggling, circus arts, music, magic and audience participation, ToBe helps kids juggle the foods they eat to wind up with a balanced diet. An adult must accompany children under 8 years of age.  Library events are free and open to the public. Call the Adams Free Library at 413-743-8345.

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EATING WELL WORKSHOP
North Adams, 6:30 p.m.
Living Well Chiropractic and Nutrition, 140 Pleasant St., will host "EAT Well Feel WELL" to discuss how to determine the cause of these issues, easily and in a non-invasive way. You’ll feel better just knowing what the cause is. The workshop is free but registration is requested at 413-663-5500 or www.Living-Well.info.

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'100 CATS FOR CHRISTMAS'
Pittsfield, 7 a.m.
Berkshire Humane Society (BHS) is once again sponsoring “100 Cats for Christmas,” a low-cost spaying and neutering event for cats in Berkshire County. To participate, residents of Berkshire County need to come to BHS to complete a registration form and pay a non-refundable $25 fee, which include a rabies vaccination. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. On the morning of the event, cats will be dropped off at one of three locations–BHS, Greylock Animal Hospital in North Adams, or Purradise Feline Adoption Center in Great Barrington between 7 and 8 p.m. BHS staff and volunteers as well sales associates from Haddad Subaru of Pittsfield will then drive the cats to their appointments at veterinarians and return them for owner pick-up in the afternoon. All cats must be in carriers with proper identification–the owner’s name as well as the cat’s name. For more information about “100 Cats for Christmas,” contact Erin Starsja at 413-447-7878, ext. 24. 

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BERKSHIRE COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE
Stockbridge, 8:30 a.m.
Join Berkshire Country Day School faculty, administrators, and current parents on a tour of our 27-acre campus and classrooms. Learn more about what BCD has to offer your student and family from those who know it best. If you can’t visit on a specified date, don’t hesitate to call the Office of Admission. We are happy to host visiting families throughout the year as schedules allow. Call for more information (413.637.0755) and complete the form below to register for your visit. We look forward to welcoming you to Berkshire Country Day School's campus!
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FX IN THE BERKSHIRES
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
Berkshire Museum’s Little Cinema will host a new film series "FX in the Berkshires – Middle Earth to the Matrix," featuring films accompanied by talks with area filmmakers who are active in the special and visual effects fields. The series opens with "Fellowship of the Ring," with a commentary by special effects expert John Nugent. The series is presented in partnership with Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative. The cost is $10.

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