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PRESCHOOL STORYTIME
North Adams, 10:30 a.m.
Preschool storytime and craft at the North Adams Public Library in the Youth Services Department is held for ages 3 to 6 years old, siblings welcome. Several stories will be read and there is time to share ideas and thoughts as well as complete a craft.

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GENTLE YOGA FOR CANCER SURVIVORS
Vermont, 5 p.m.
Southwestern Vermont Health Care will offer a weekly gentle yoga class for cancer survivors and members of their support teams. The hour-long classes are scheduled at 5 p.m. each Wednesday starting Jan. 6 in Conference Room C of the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center at 100 Hospital Drive in Bennington. There is no charge. Participants will learn basic balancing postures, breathing, and visualization techniques for relaxation, stress reduction, flexibility, and strength. For more information and to attend call 802-440-4244 or rebecca.hewson-steller@svhealthcare.org.

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BERKSHIRE DIVA'S QUARTER AUCTION
Adams, 6 p.m.
Join us for our December Quarter Auction at Bounti-Fare! You could WIN a $50 shopping spree with Jennifer of Herbalife just for coming to the quarter auction! Prizes will randomly be given out through out the evening too!  Our consultants will have tables set up, some with cash and carry items or you can place orders and even book a party!  Holiday Bonus!! All our consultants will be offering a fantastic special good for our Quarter Auction night only for your holiday shopping! 50/50 and Gift Basket raffle for our Charity of the Month: Northern Berkshire Santa Fund.
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PAINT & SIP FOR BERKSHIRE NURSING FAMILIES
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
Join us Wed 12/14 at Berkshire Paint and Sip, 305 North St, Pittsfield, MA for a fundraiser to benefit the Berkshire Nursing Families in honor of Nadia Lipinski.  You'll learn to paint this beautiful image of "Sunset Giraffes" on a large 16x20 canvas.  All materials, light snack and donation included for $35.  CASH BAR.  Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346
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THE BOOKSTORE: A CONVERSATION WITH MATT TANNENBAUM
Lenox, 5 p.m.
Matt Tannenbaum discusses his 40 years of owning this Berkshire literary landmark, in the heart of Lenox. He will be joined by New Yorker cartoonist, Bob Eckstein, author of the book Footnotes from the World’s Greatest Bookstores: True Tales and Lost Moments from Book Buyers, Booksellers, and Book Lovers, which features The Bookstore.
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PAINT & SIP FOR BERKSHIRE REHAB LIFE FUND
Great Barrington, 6 p.m.
Join us Thu 12/15 at Bogies Restaurant, 935 Main St, Great Barrington for a Paint & Sip fundraiser to benefit the Berkshire Rehabilitation Resident Life Fund.  You'll learn to paint this inspirational image of "Tree of Life" on a large 16x20 canvas.  All materials, instruction and donation included for $35.  Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346
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86TH ANNUAL HANCOCK COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS
Hancock, 7 p.m.
Hancock will be celebrating their 86th Annual Community Christmas on Thursday December 15 at 7pm. Each child in the community (birth through 6th grade) and anyone that attends the Hancock School receives a bag from Santa with fruit, candy, a book and a gift.

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FIRST SENIOR PANCAKE BREAKFAST
North Adams, 9 - 10:30 a.m.
North Adams Commons invites area seniors to its first annual Senior Pancake Breakfast on Thursday, Dec. 15 from 9 – 10:30 a.m. The breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, eggs and bacon with coffee and juice, and some holiday cheer. There will also be a raffle for a gift certificate. Senior citizens interested in attending are asked to RSVP to Kira Breard at (413) 662-4403 by Monday, Dec. 5 as space is limited.

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POST ELECTION INTERFAITH GROUP DISCUSSION
North Adams, 10 a.m.
The Northern Berkshire Interfaith Action Initiative will hold a post-election discussion on Friday, Dec. 16, at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of North Adams.All will be welcome to what is envisioned as a civil conversation. We will focus on how we, as people of different faiths and denominations, along with others of goodwill, can help our community continue moving forward in an unfamiliar political environment. The possible funding and economic impact of the new Administration and Congress on local social services will also be considered. For more information about this meeting, the NBIAI or the Friendship Center, visit http://northernberkshireinterfaith.blogspot.com/ or call Mark at 413-664-0130.

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COMMUNITY CRIB AND WINTER SHABBAT DINNER
Pittsfield, 5:30 p.m.
Temple Anshe Amunim will hold its annual Community Crib and Winter Shabbat Dinner on Friday, December 16 at 26 Broad Street, Pittsfield. The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a Shabbat Service led by the Religious School and Youth Group. A Latke dinner will follow in the Social Hall. In conjunction with the event, the Youth Group will be collecting new clothing, books, toys, baby formula, diapers and other new items for children aged 6 months through 18 years old for donation to local charities. Reservations for the dinner are required and should be made before December 13 by calling the Temple Anshe Amunim office at (413) 442-5910 or emailing TempleOffice@AnsheAmunim.org . The cost of the dinner is $15 for adults, $6 for children under age 12, and a maximum of $35 for families with children.

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YOGA FOR GRIEF & LOSS
North Adams, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Through community, discussion, and yoga those of us who are dealing with a death of a loved one will come together to share stories and ideas through this journey of grief and loss. This bereavement group is intended to be a safe place for you to come and share what you need, and take self-care ideas to help nurture yourself. Devin and Nicole will help to lead a discussion before Nicole leads a short yoga practice.  Nicole and Devin have both used yoga as part of holistic self-care regime after the passing of parents. Please note that neither Nicole nor Devin are trained therapists or counselors. This group is not intended to be therapy, but a like-minded group of individuals looking to give and receive support. FREE. Donations accepted for the yoga instruction No prior yoga experience is needed. Please wear comfortable clothes to sit on the ground for discussion and for the yoga practice.   North Adams Yoga 26 Holden Street North Adams, MA 01247 contact@northadamsyoga.com www.northadamsyoga.com
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BERKSHIRE BOOTS & BRIDLES PAINT PARTY BENEFIT
Sheffield, 6:30 p.m.
Join us Fri 12/16 at Mt. Everett High School Cafeteria, 491 Berkshire School Rd, Sheffield, MA for a paint party fundraiser to benefit the Berkshire Boots & Bridles 4H Club. You'll learn to paint this cool image of "Cowboy Fence" on a large 16x20 canvas. All material, snack and donation included for $35. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346. This event is neither sponsored or endorsed by the Southern Berkshire Regional School District.
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HOLIDAY DANCE
Great Barrington, 6:30 8:30 p.m.
Friday. Come join us as we get ready to bring in the holiday seasons at Berkshire South! Good music and fun times with your friends! Snacks and drinks will be provided. For grades 5 through 8. $6 at the door. Berkshire South Regional Community Center
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HOLIDAY FARMERS MARKETS
Hancock, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Berkshire Grown will host Holiday Farmers Markets at Monument Valley Middle School. These festive events feature the freshest locally grown and produced foods and gifts, including fruits and vegetables, cheeses, meats, breads, preserved foods and grilled sausages during months when farmers markets are rarely open in the region. Admission is free.

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CHRISTMAS TRAIN RIDES
North Adams, 3, 5 and 7 p.m.
Dress up in your best 1950s travel clothes and climb aboard the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum's exclusive Tinseliner for a trip back to the era of black & white television, Lionel Trains, Bing Crosby, "glow bright" frosted color Christmas lights, silver trees and colorful tinsel. Featuring a scheduled visit from the man dressed in red himself, this approximate one-hour experience is appropriate for children of all ages and will evoke the nostalgia and romance of a typical American Christmas during the 1950s. BSRM's Tinseliner trains feature a vintage, all stainless steel Budd Rail Diesel Car just like the ones people traveled on for the holidays during the 1950s. All Tinseliner trains are one hour round trip and depart from 98 Crowley Ave. in North Adams. Tickets are available online and are $18 for adults, $14 for children 4-12 and free for children under 4, who must sit on an adult's lap.

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WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (1971)
Great Barrington, 4 p.m.
Your Golden Ticket awaits! Catch Gene Wilder on the big screen in one of his most celebrated roles, the eccentric and mesmerizing chocolate factory owner Willy Wonka. This timeless musical fantasy is fun for all ages, so bring the whole family for a nostalgic adventure. $7 http://www.mahaiwe.org/WillyWonka
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PAINT & SIP FOR CHURCH OF ST JOHN
New York, 1 p.m.
Join us Sun 12/18 at the St John's Church, 261 /route 344, Copake Falls, Ny for a ptin and sip fundraiser to benefit the Church of Saint John in the Wilderness.  You'll learn to paint this seasonal image of "Holly Ivy" on glass ware (wine glasses of various sizes or mason jars).  All materials, light snack and donation included for $35.  Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346.
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CHRISTMAS TRAIN RIDES
North Adams, 1, 3 and 5 p.m.
Dress up in your best 1950s travel clothes and climb aboard the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum's exclusive Tinseliner for a trip back to the era of black & white television, Lionel Trains, Bing Crosby, "glow bright" frosted color Christmas lights, silver trees and colorful tinsel. Featuring a scheduled visit from the man dressed in red himself, this approximate one-hour experience is appropriate for children of all ages and will evoke the nostalgia and romance of a typical American Christmas during the 1950s. BSRM's Tinseliner trains feature a vintage, all stainless steel Budd Rail Diesel Car just like the ones people traveled on for the holidays during the 1950s. All Tinseliner trains are one hour round trip and depart from 98 Crowley Ave. in North Adams. Tickets are available online and are $18 for adults, $14 for children 4-12 and free for children under 4, who must sit on an adult's lap.

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HOLIDAY FARMERS MARKETS
Williamstown, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Berkshire Grown will host Holiday Farmers Markets at Williams College Towne Field House. These festive events feature the freshest locally grown and produced foods and gifts, including fruits and vegetables, cheeses, meats, breads, preserved foods and grilled sausages during months when farmers markets are rarely open in the region. Admission is free.

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THE NUTCRACKER
Williamstown, 1:00 p.m.
Join the Clark for a special encore presentation of the Bolshoi Ballet production of The Nutcracker, screened in HD, at 1 pm in the auditorium. Before the production, celebrate the season at 11 am with a Sugar Plum Fairy Tea, featuring gourmet delicacies; combination tickets available 
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LONDON'S NATIONAL THEATRE IN HD: NO MAN'S LAND
Great Barrington, 3 p.m.
Recommended for audience members ages 17+ due to explicit language and adult content. Following their hit run on Broadway, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart return to the West End stage in Harold Pinter’s No Man's Land, broadcast live to cinemas from Wyndham's Theatre, London. One summer's evening, two ageing writers, Hirst and Spooner, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst's stately house nearby. As the pair become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men. Encore performance on January 28, 2017 at 7:00pm.
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TOWN PLAYERS MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Pittsfield, 7 p.m.
On Monday, December 19  at 7pm, Town Players of Pittsfield will hold its Quarterly Membership Meeting  at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield. Town Players of Pittsfield welcomes both members and non members to join them as they continue to celebrate their 96th season. Updates on the success of "Christmastime in the City- Hollywood"  and information about auditions, upcoming staged readings and the next full production, “The Whale” by Samuel D. Hunter will be presented. Refreshments will be served and entertainment provided following the short business meeting. More information can be found on their web site  townplayersofpittsfield1921@gmail.com or follow them on Facebook.

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TODDLER STORYTIME
North Adams, 10:30 a.m.
Toddler storytime and songs at the North Adams Public Library in Youth Services Department is held for ages birth to 3 years old, siblings welcome.  One to two stories are read with lots of songs and gross motor skill activities as well.

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RAINBOW SENIORS POTLUCK PARTY
Williamstown, Noon-2 p.m.
Rainbow Seniors will host a holiday potluck, party and conversation at the First Congregational Church of Williamstown. Bring one of your favorite holiday dishes and let’s all overindulge together.

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PRESCHOOL STORYTIME
North Adams, 10:30 a.m.
Preschool storytime and craft at the North Adams Public Library in the Youth Services Department is held for ages 3 to 6 years old, siblings welcome. Several stories will be read and there is time to share ideas and thoughts as well as complete a craft.

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GENTLE YOGA FOR CANCER SURVIVORS
Vermont, 5 p.m.
Southwestern Vermont Health Care will offer a weekly gentle yoga class for cancer survivors and members of their support teams. The hour-long classes are scheduled at 5 p.m. each Wednesday starting Jan. 6 in Conference Room C of the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center at 100 Hospital Drive in Bennington. There is no charge. Participants will learn basic balancing postures, breathing, and visualization techniques for relaxation, stress reduction, flexibility, and strength. For more information and to attend call 802-440-4244 or rebecca.hewson-steller@svhealthcare.org.

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1753 HOUSE CAROL SING
Williamstown, 7 p.m.
The 1753 House Committee invites the community to the 43rd annual 1753 House Carol Sing at 7 pm on Wednesday, December 21. (Rain/snow date is Thursday, December 22.) The Carol Sing is a free, ecumenical event for all ages  Deborah Burns 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.It’s located 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.

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BOLSHOI BALLET IN HD: THE NUTCRACKER (ENCORE)
Great Barrington, 1:00 p.m.
Pre-show talk at 12:40pm by Jacob's Pillow Scholar-in-residence Brian Schaefer, a co-presentation with Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. Christmas would not be complete without the enchanting tale of young Marie and her Nutcracker prince! Danced by the Bolshoi’s principals, E.T.A. Hoffmann’s fairytale staged by Russian ballet master Yuri Grigorovich will transport children and adults alike to a world of magic and wonder for the holiday season. Music: Piotr Tchaikovsky Libretto: Yuri Grigorovich Choreography: Yuri Grigorovich Cast: Denis Rodkin (the Nutcracker Prince), Anna Nikulina (Marie), Andrei Merkuriev (Drosselmeyer), Vitaly Biktimirov (the Mouse King) Cost: $17. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the Box Office at 413.528.0100.
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RELAXATION YOGA W/YOGA NIDRA
North Adams, 6 -7:30 p.m.
Let go. Relax. Wind down. Enjoy some quiet time. Whatever you call it--it's you time! Traditional yoga poses, breathing techniques, and meditations are fit together to let you restore mind, body, and soul. A class for all levels--anyone who wants to relax! It is slower paced class that will begin with simple stretches and long, restorative positions. When the body is warm and open we will transition to a relaxed position (savasana) for a guided meditation called Yoga Nidra, or the yogi's sleep. This guided meditation promotes deep relaxation and restoration in the body and mind. It is a journey through different layers of consciousness simultaneously stimulating the brain and relaxing it. It's facilitated nap time, just in time for the holidays. $14 North Adams Yoga 26 Holden Street North Adams, MA 01247 contact@northadamsyoga.com www.northadamsyoga.com
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IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)
Great Barrington, 7 p.m.
Frank Capra’s 1946 holiday drama It’s A Wonderful Life is a seasonal favorite. In Mahaiwe tradition, the film will screen free for all this December. Designated the most inspirational movie of all time by the American Film Institute, It’s A Wonderful Life is an example of cinematic awe. Free! http://www.mahaiwe.org/It%E2%80%99saWonderfulLife(1946) Sponsored by Don Buchwald and Associates and Greylock Federal Credit Union
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