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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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'BEER AND CAROLS'
Pittsfield, 7 p.m.
Zion Lutheran Church of Pittsfield hosts “Beer & Carols” in the back room of Baba Louie’s Pizza, 34 Depot St. “Beer & Carols,” the seventh installment of Zion Lutheran’s already-popular “Beer & Hymns” series of sing-alongs, is intended to gather many people together in a non-church space for a loud and lively night of popular Christmas carols and songs. Everyone is welcome — there is no admission fee or cover charge — and all seating is general admission. A free-will offering will be taken to support the Pittsfield Area Council of Congregations Emergency Fuel Fund.

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ELLEN SALTONSTALL AT TASHA YOGA
Williamstown, 3-6 p.m.
Tasha Yoga presents a therapeutics workshop for all levels of experience with Ellen Saltonstall on Friday, Dec. 12, through Sunday, Dec. 14. Tasha Yoga is located at 610 Main St. Visit www.tashayoga.com to register. Friday features "Yoga, Anatomy & Ballwork for Shoulders and Neck." Enjoy an informative and practical approach to finding relief for the shoulders and neck.  Includes ball work techniques and yoga poses you can practice at home or share with students for ongoing self-care and relief.

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'CHRISTMASTIME IN THE CITY'
Pittsfield, 8 p.m.
Town Players of Pittsfield, the oldest theater in Berkshire County and one of the oldest nonprofit theaters in the country, presents "Christmastime in the City" at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave. A holiday variety show directed by Monica Bliss with accompanist Jeff Hunt, "Christmastime in the City" will celebrate the many varieties of entertainment you would expect to find in the "City": music, theater, dance, stand-up comedy and slam poetry, all with a holiday twist! Tickets are $15; $12 for seniors, students and groups of 10+; and $10 for members of Town Players. Tickets may be reserved by calling the Town Players' Box Office at 413-443-9279.

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BOREAL FOREST WINTER TREASURES
Windsor, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Balsam Fir Tree Seasonal Wild Crafting with naturalist Aimee Gelinas, director at the Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center in Windsor. Make simple crafts such as balsam balm and evergreen sachets for seasonal gifts with fresh fir needles and sap you can harvest yourself. More info at www.tamarackhollow.com. Register at www.massaudubon.org.

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2014 HOLIDAY SHINDY
Pittsfield, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Shire City Sanctuary is hosting its annual Holiday Shindy at 40 Melville St. The event will feature more than 50 hand-selected vendors from near and far selling holiday greenery, jewelry, ceramics, winter woolies, party dresses, luscious soaps, twinkling candles, tasty treats and so much more.

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HIKE WITH SANTA
Sheffield, 10 a.m.-noon
Kids will enjoy a half-mile hike with Santa at Bartholomew’s Cobble, Sheffield, learning about nature and winter wonders. Grab a cup of hot chocolate or tea while the kids share their wish lists for the season. The cost is $20 for child. RSVP 413-229-8600 or bcobble@ttor.org.

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ELLEN SALTONSTALL AT TASHA YOGA
Williamstown, 10 a.m.
Tasha Yoga presents a therapeutics workshop for all levels of experience with Ellen Saltonstall on Friday, Dec. 12, through Sunday, Dec. 14. Tasha Yoga is located at 610 Main St. Visit www.tashayoga.com to register. Saturday features "Yoga to Benefit Your Nervous and Respiratory Systems and Help You Sleep Well." Many people begin a yoga practice to become strong and flexible; it’s a fitness workout at first, but soon students feel its deeper benefits. Yoga helps people think more clearly, sleep better, breathe better, and manage stress better.

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HOLIDAY STROLL
Great Barrington, 4 - 9 p.m.
The sixth annual Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce Holiday Stroll will take place in downtown Great Barrington. Holiday shopping specials will be featured throughout the day while a host of activities sponsored by local businesses will provide entertainment for young and old. The evening finale includes a fireworks display. Due to the popularity of the hayrides, face painting and visits to Santa, the Chamber is introducing reservations allowing people to shop or eat, then return at the time specified on the ticket. A calendar of Stroll Events and Event map will be sponsored by and inserted in the Shoppers Guide and distributed at the event. For more information about the holiday stroll, call the Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce at 413-528-5485.

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'THE LIAR SHOW'
Lenox, 7:30 p.m.
The Mount, Edith Wharton’s home in Lenox, will celebrate the holiday season with a special edition of "The Liar Show" in the Drawing room of the Main House.  Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Advance purchase is strongly recommended.  Join seasoned storytellers Andy Christie, Ophira Eisenberg, James Braly, and Michael Dockery as they take the stage to tell personal stories about the trials and tribulations of the holiday season. But, the audience must listen closely as only three of them will be telling the truth. After the storytelling, listeners will have a chance to interrogate the cast and expose the liar in the hopes of winning a prize. In the words of creator and host Andy Christie, “Seek the truth, win a t-shirt.” The Mount is located at 2 Plunkett Street in Lenox, Mass. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit EdithWharton.org or call 413-551-5100. 

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HARI KONDABOLU
, 8 p.m.
"Smart, analytical and rising" is how Time Out NY described Brooklyn-based, Queens-raised comic Hari Kondabolu, a ubiquitous and hilarious presence on late-night TV (Letterman, Conan, Kimmel, Comedy Central) and at festivals from South by Southwest to Bumbershoot to Sasquatch. Listen in amazement as he manages to turn his London School of Economics Master's Degree in Human Rights into stand-up gold. Bring your brain to this one. MASSMoCA
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'CHRISTMASTIME IN THE CITY'
Pittsfield, 8 p.m.
Town Players of Pittsfield, the oldest theater in Berkshire County and one of the oldest nonprofit theaters in the country, presents "Christmastime in the City" at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave. A holiday variety show directed by Monica Bliss with accompanist Jeff Hunt, "Christmastime in the City" will celebrate the many varieties of entertainment you would expect to find in the "City": music, theater, dance, stand-up comedy and slam poetry, all with a holiday twist! Tickets are $15; $12 for seniors, students and groups of 10+; and $10 for members of Town Players. Tickets may be reserved by calling the Town Players' Box Office at 413-443-9279.

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NUTCRACKER DANCE WORKSHOP FOR KIDS
Lenox, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
The Lenox Library will host a Nutcracker Dance Workshop from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Children ages 5-10 will move and dance to the music of Tchaikovsky, while learning the story of the Nutcracker. This is a free event for boys and girls; pre-registration is required. Visit www.lenoxlib.org or contact the library at 413-637-2630 or by email at info@lenoxlib.org.

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'SAUCES A GLOBAL HISTORY' EVENT
Lenox, 1 p.m.
The Bookstore, 11 Housatonic St., will present "Sauces A Global History" by Maryann Tebben, which takes readers on a journey from fermented sauces in fifth-century China to present-day cuisine. This book examines sauce as a globe-crossing phenomenon, a culinary concept that followed trade routes from East to West. The author will present sauces for tasting and discuss them after the reading. A book signing will follow the reading.

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GINGERBREAD HOUSE COMPETITION
Lenox, 1-3 p.m.
The Lenox Library is hosting the 10th annual Gingerbread House Competition and Silent Auction at the library. This year’s theme is “Nutcracker ‘Sweet’ Homes.”  Build and bring us your sugar plum house, your candy cane cottage, or your mouse king castle. For the Gingerbread House Competition, the library is seeking entries of decorated houses from local restaurants, hotels, schools, businesses, families, and individuals. Houses in each category (Professional, Group, and Individual) will be voted on by a panel of distinguished judges. All gingerbread house entries will be sold by silent auction at the event, with proceeds to assist The Lenox Library’s award-winning services that bring books, information, and family programs to downtown Lenox. Admission to the Gingerbread House Competition is free for those registered to compete, and $5 per person, $10 per family for those coming to view the competition. For further information or to register by Dec. 8, visit www.lenoxlib.org or contact the library at 413-637-2630 or by email at info@lenoxlib.org.

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ELLEN SALTONSTALL AT TASHA YOGA
Williamstown, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Tasha Yoga presents a therapeutics workshop for all levels of experience with Ellen Saltonstall on Friday, Dec. 12, through Sunday, Dec. 14. Tasha Yoga is located at 610 Main St. Visit www.tashayoga.com to register. Sunday features "Yoga, Anatomy & Ballwork for Low Back and Sacro-iliac Joints." Ellen will differentiate the primary causes of low back pain, and how to work with each one specifically. Includes ball work techniques and yoga poses you can practice at home or share with students for ongoing self care and relief.

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2014 HOLIDAY SHINDY
Pittsfield, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Shire City Sanctuary is hosting its annual Holiday Shindy at 40 Melville St. The event will feature more than 50 hand-selected vendors from near and far selling holiday greenery, jewelry, ceramics, winter woolies, party dresses, luscious soaps, twinkling candles, tasty treats and so much more.

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'CHRISTMASTIME IN THE CITY'
Pittsfield, 2 p.m.
Town Players of Pittsfield, the oldest theater in Berkshire County and one of the oldest nonprofit theaters in the country, presents "Christmastime in the City" at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave. A holiday variety show directed by Monica Bliss with accompanist Jeff Hunt, "Christmastime in the City" will celebrate the many varieties of entertainment you would expect to find in the "City": music, theater, dance, stand-up comedy and slam poetry, all with a holiday twist! Tickets are $15; $12 for seniors, students and groups of 10+; and $10 for members of Town Players. Tickets may be reserved by calling the Town Players' Box Office at 413-443-9279.

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LONDON'S NATIONAL THEATRE IN HD: JOHN
Great Barrington, 3 p.m.
What emerged was a story that is both extraordinary and touching. Years of crime, drug use and struggling to survive lead John on a search in which his life converges with others, in an unexpected place, unknown by most. Mahaiwe
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SHORT STORY READING
Lenox, 3 p.m.
Stone Court Writer-In-Residence, D.J. Thielke will read from her short stories at The Mount, home of novelist Edith Wharton, in Lenox. The event is free to the public; advanced registration at The Mount website is requested.

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CHRISTMAS CONCERT
North Adams, 4 p.m.
The annual North County Christmas presentation will be held at the First Congregational Church. A free-will offering will be taken.

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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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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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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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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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BIG APPLE CIRCUS IN HD: METAMORPHOSIS
Great Barrington, 6 p.m.
Fly away to our magical All-New Show, METAMORPHOSIS. Be transported to a realm of enchantment and illusion, a dreamscape domain where no one sits more than 50 feet from ringside, and nothing is impossible! Mahaiwe
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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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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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