North Adams Happenings: Jan. 4-10

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North Adams Happenings:
January 4 - 10
Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events
 
 

Complete Street Policy

 
Do you know a place that would benefit from an improved sidewalk? Or is there an intersection where it is difficult to bike? Do you have mobility concerns?

The City of North Adams has adopted a Complete Streets Policy and is working to improve bicycling, walking, and transit access for residents and visitors, but to do this we need your help! We are collecting comments online, so let us know where there are dangerous crossings, barriers, or other challenges to traveling in and around North Adams on foot or by bicycle. We want to ensure safe travel for all modes, and your comments will help inform our Complete Street project priorities.
Please submit your infrastructure-specific comments to help refine potential improvement recommendations by Weds. January 25th.

You can post your comments and take a look at what other people are saying here. If you have questions or would like to submit comments via e-mail, please contact BRPC Planner Eammon Coughlin  or 413-422-1521 x19

 
 
 

Save the Date

 
January 19th - March 16th
Employ North Berkshire Program 
(413) 663-7588 ext. 22 or gpawlowski@nbccoalition.org
Free!
email for more information

The Northern Berkshire Neighbors program of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition (nbCC) is seeking individuals from the community who are either unemployed or underemployed to enroll in our Employ North Berkshire Program. This program is designed to teach participants the necessary skills to find and keep a rewarding job. A success coach from nbCC and other professionals will work with the participants during classes that take place over the course of eight weeks at MCLA. Some of the topics that will be covered include career exploration, work ethic, career skills, personal skills and teamwork.  The participants will receive a certificate upon completion and will have ongoing career support from the success coach to increase the chances of remaining employed. The training starts on January 19 and applications must be submitted by January 13.  Participants must be residents of North Berkshire County with a high school diploma or equivalent.
January 29th
Thanks for the Fishes/Voices Against Greed
MCLA Gallery 51, 51 Main St.
3pm
Free
for more information

Poets and spoken word performers are invited to share work that celebrates sharing and caringand/or reflects on the consequences of greed and a sharing and caring deficit.
Pre-registered poets will have a maximum of 5 minutes to share their work. If you're a poet with something to say, get on the list before it's too late.
January 31st
Teen Writing Workshop Midyear Showcase
Gallery 51, 51 Main St
tshiebler@nbccoalition.org
5 pm - 7 pm
Free!
for more information

Come and experience original poetry and fiction performances from talented Northern Berkshire Teens!
 

Wednesday January 4

 
Preschool Storytime
North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St
(413) 662-3133
10:30 am
Free!
for more information

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.
 

Thursday January 5

 
Northern Berkshire Retirees Club
Greylock Community Club, 548 State Rd
413-663-9263
10 am
call for more information

The Northern Berkshire Retirees Club will meet at the Greylock Community Club. Dues will be collected for the year 2017. Coffee and doughnuts will be available.
City Council
Community Development Committee 
City Hall, Council Chambers, 10 Main St.
413-662-3000
6pm
Free!
for more information

On the agenda is a discussion of the resolution before coming back to council at our February 14th regular meeting. Council Paper #11,555-1 Resolution for a Safe Community
Knitting Night
Makers’ Mill, 73 Main St.
413-749-2073, or info@northadamsmakersmill.org
7 pm - 9 pm
for more information

Join us for our every-other-weekly evening of knitting, open to all community members. So bring a friend or make a new one. Need supplies or tools? We’ll have discounted yarn for sale ($5 yarn, $3 crochet) and a grab box of free stuff, needles and hooks for check out, and loads of great reference books. This evening event will be led by local knitter, Michelle Marrocco, who will be available to answer questions and troubleshoot problems. So bring an in-progress project or start up something new!
 

Friday January 6

 
Houghton Mansion Ghost Hunt
172 Church St.
hello@ghosthuntsusa.com
8:30 pm
$129
for more information

Featured on Ghost Adventures, Ghost Hunters and many others! Ghost Hunting Vigils and Séances with the Ghost Hunts USA Team!

Your ghost hunt at Houghton Mansion includes the following:
History Tour, Sleepover Event (Bring bedding and air mattresses), Group Vigils, Group Séances,
Structured Vigils, Free Time to privately explore this vast location and to undertake your very own lone vigils, Ghost Hunt with experienced Ghost Hunting Team, Use of our equipment which includes, trigger objects and EMF Meters, Unlimited refreshments available throughout the night,
Selection of snacks. Breakfast (Coffee and Donuts)
 

Saturday January 7

 
North Adams Winter Farmers Market
American Legion, 91 American Legion Drive
tourism@northadams-ma.gov
9am - 1 pm
Free
for more information

Join us at the North Adams American Legion Post 125 for our monthly winter Farmers Market in North Adams! We're moving the market indoors and keeping it going throughout the winter and spring months! The North Adams Winter Farmers Market will take place every 1st Saturday of the month for 9am- 1pm. We accept EBT/Debit/ CC and will double SNAP benefits while funding for our SNAPx2 Program lasts.
January Market Vendors include:
JANUARY MARKET VENDORS:
Bees n' Blossoms Lotion Bars, Black Goat Farm, Caroline"s Scottish Shortbread, Clarksburg Bread Co., Gray Raven Farm, Jaesche Orchards, Many Forks Farm, Mark's Acres, MonArtistic Pet Products
Morin Gardens, Mountain Girl Farm, MP Rustic Decor, Natalya's Ethnic Cuisine, North Yeast Bakery, Sandy's Cutting Boards, Square Roots Farm, Senecal's Sugarhouse, White Goose Gardens
Shibori Indigo Dye Workshop Part II
Makers Mill, 73 Main St.
info(at)northadamsmakersmill.org
1 – 4pm
$40 – 55
for more information 

In this follow up class, we will continue to learn about the 400­-year-­old Japanese art of Shibori using natural indigo dye, focusing on advanced techniques, like pole-wrapping and varieties of stitching. Or, if you’re new to the technique, you can start off making your own scarves and/or samplers using a variety of simple Shibori techniques such as folding, clamping, pleating, and binding. All tools and materials will be provided, including gloves to protect your hands from the dye. Please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting stains on – just in case.

Bio:
Ann Scott has been a faculty member in the Education Department at MCLA since 2002. For decades she has pursued her passion for textiles as a weaver, rug hooker, clothing designer, historical costumer and dyer. Ann worked for several years at the Museum of American Textile History in Lowell, MA, teaching about the history of textile production in New England.
 

Sunday January 8

 
Printmaking Workshop: Monotype and Drypoint
Makers Mill, 73 Main St.
info@northadamsmakersmill.org
1 – 4pm
$10 - $30
for more information 

In this monthly workshop, we will experiment with monotype and drypoint techniques, two forms that have a wide range of image-making possibilities, We’ll be using our new Praga 30″ x 48″ etching press, which has been generously donated to the Makers’ Mill. Ink and plates will be provided. Bring your own brushes, larger plates, stencils, colored inks and paper and or buy paper at cost from instructor. No previous printmaking experience necessary but all levels welcome!

About the instructor: Jim Peters,  has exhibited regularly in NYC at CDS Gallery and ACA Galleries, and in Boston and Provincetown, MA. He graduated from the US Naval Academy and MIT (Nuclear Engineering) before earning an MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 1977. He is a member of the Visual Arts Committee at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and currently teaches at Rhode Island School of Design.
 

Monday January 9

 
BART Boys Basketball vs Buxton
Armory, 206 Ashland St
(413) 743-7311
4 pm - 5:35 pm
for more information

BART Charter vs Buxton School at Armory Building in North Adams. 
Figure Drawing Collective
Makers' Mill 73 Main Street
(413) 749-2073
7 – 9 PM
$5/members, $10/drop-in
for more information

Be part of a new figure drawing collective starting up at Makers’ Mill. Sessions will run every Monday and will focus on long poses, and include a warm up consisting of several short poses. 
 

Tuesday January 10

 
Toddler Storytime
North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St
(413) 662-3133
10:30 am
Free!
call for more information

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.
 

From Our Neighbors

 

Thursday 1/5
 
Arts in Recovery for Women
George B. Crane Memorial Center, 81 Linden St, Pittsfield
(413) 464-7066, or siogaclub@albany.twcbc.com
1:30 pm
Free!
for more information

On Thursday January 5th our Arts in Recovery program will resume at 1:30. Come share your post holiday emotions and make healing art for restoration and relaxation. We will work with Round Robin collages on the topic of breaking isolation and reaching out! Free and all are welcome.

Thursday 1/5
 
Women of Color Giving Circle Kwanzaa Event
Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield
(413) 443-0289, or info@thewhit.org
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
$5 suggested donation
for more information

Join us to celebrate and discuss the 7 principles of Kwanzaa with a panel of young and gifted members of the community, drumming and dinner.
 

Friday 1/6

1st Friday Community Dinner with Shire City Kitchen
Shire City Sanctuary, 40 Melville St, Pittsfield
(413) 236-9600, or shirecitysanctuary@gmail.com
6 pm - 8 pm
$20
for more information

Dinner is served! Mariana Bergtold of "The Dancing Vegan" is heading up Shire City Sanctuary's Commercial Kitchen and will be fixing an amazing vegan, mostly gluten-free/soy free, meal with all sorts of tasty adornments on the first Friday of each month. January's menu will be comprised of Russian Cuisine as follows; Pickled mushroom in Sour cream and dill, Borscht, Dark Rye, Gulubtsy (stuffed cabbage), Barley and onion Phyllo Squares, Seitan Stroganoff, Zapikanka (potato dish), Cranberry bilini and Russian tea cakes. Yes it's really all vegan from start to finish. We hope you'll join us, and bring a friend! Cost is $20 per person, children welcome. Tickets must be purchased in advance here. Questions? Please email at kitchen@shirecitysanctuary.org
 

Friday 1/6
 
Hack Monet
Casey's, 501 Dalton Ave, Pittsfield
9 pm
for more information

This is going to be a great show... hope everyone can make it out to check us out and help us launch our new album, Control.
 

Saturday 1/7
 
Berkshires Four Freedoms March & Rally
St. Joseph's Church, 414 North Street, Pittsfield
4freedomscoalition@gmail.com
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Free!
for more information

Join us on Saturday, January 7th, the 76th anniversary of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's inspiring Four Freedoms speech, as our Berkshires community comes together united against hate and bigotry in all its forms. All are welcome. We plan to gather in downtown Pittsfield, march, and then rally together to re-inspire and reconnect ourselves with our highest values and commitment to our neighbors. 

Saturday 1/7

Bluebird Farm's Keep the Humans Warm
631 Outlook Ave, Cheshire
(413) 446-3345
3 pm
Free!
for more information

Let's help keep our community warm this Winter!!! My goal is to get 1000 scarves, hats , mittens knitted or donated to hang in our communities this Winter to keep people warm! Anyone who needs an item could take one!
 

Sunday 1/8
 
First Sundays Free:
Tea and Ceremony

The Clark, 225 South St, Williamstown
(413) 458-2303
12 pm - 4 pm
Free!
for more information

Explore the special exhibition Japanese Impressions: Color Woodblock Prints from the Rodbell Family Collection and learn more about the importance of tea to Japanese identity and culture. From 1–4 pm, mix your own custom tea blend and decorate a teacup to enjoy with your brew at home. At 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 pm, licensed instructors from the Urasenke Chanoyu Center in New York City host tea ceremonies in the Michael Conforti Pavilion. Space for tea ceremonies is limited. Reserve and pick up a ticket at the admissions desk on the day of the event. All activities and admission to the galleries are free as part of the Clark’s First Sundays Free program. This program is supported by funding from the officers and employees of Allen & Company, Inc.
 
 

Monday 1/9
 
Community Conversation: Hearing Voices Groups
George B. Crane Memorial Center, 81 Linden St, Pittsfield
(413) 464-7066
10:45 am - 12 pm
Free!
for more information

The Community Conversation is back on! :) The focus of this group will be to discuss what the Hearing Voices Network is and what Hearing Voices Groups are. We will have an educational information to hand out as well as an open discussion about having Hearing Voices Groups in our local area and our self-sustainability.

Thursday 1/5

$10 Night Owl Lift Ticket weather permitting
Bousquet, 101 Dan Fox Dr, Pittsfield
(413) 442-8316, or info@bousquets.com
3 pm - 9 pm
$10
for more information

The $10 Night Own Lift ticket is back! Ski or Snowboard all night from 3pm-9pm for only $10! Every Thursday Night! Live music from the Malibu Brothers will also be in the lodge from 6:30pm-9:30pm
 

Friday 1/6
 
New Parents Gallery Talk
The Clark, 225 South St, Williamstown
(413) 458-2303
10:15 am - 11:15 am
Free!
for more information

On selected Friday mornings November through March, the Clark warmly welcomes new parents and their infants into the galleries for an informal guided gallery talk. This program is designed to give parents a cognitive break from thinking about “all things baby” and is best suited for parents with pre-toddlers. Strollers and front-carrying baby carriers are permitted. This program is supported by funding from the officers and employees of Allen & Company, Inc.

Friday 1/6

The Suitcase Junket with Sophie Lane
The Williams Inn, 1090 Main St, Williamstown
(413) 458 - 6011
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
$15
for more information

Matt Lorenz -- known as The Suitcase Junket -- is a one man band who crafts and hones his songs. He plays up to four instruments at a time with his feet, arranging unique objects around himself so that he's a singer, guitarist, drummer and percussionist all at once. With tinges of Bob Dylan and Tom Waits evident in his vocal styling, his singing voice is both guttural and hummingbird nectar-sweet. The overall energy and vibrancy he injects into his music is a force of nature.
 

Saturday 1/7

Once Upon A Time…. Fairy Tale Performance Workshop for PreK & K
First Congregational Church of Williamstown, Massachusetts, 906 Main Street, Williamstown
(413) 441-6120
11 am - 1 pm
$75
for more information

Minerva Arts Center offers a Winter Theatre Arts Workshop presenting a variety of fairy tales performed by students age 3 – 6 years old. Workshop rehearsals will be held at the First Congregational Church, located at 906 Main St. Williamstown, MA. Workshop will begin January 7th and performance is February 4th. Workshops are scheduled for Saturday mornings from 11 AM to 1 PM. Workshop dates are as follows: January, 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, February 4th. Ages 3 – 6. Teaching Artist: Jennifer Y Howard. Producer: Kathy O’Mara. Questions or for information on tuition assistance, email: Kathy at minervaartscenter@gmail.com
 

Saturday 1/7
 
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
First Congregational Church of Williamstown, Massachusetts, 906 Main Street, Williamstown
(413) 441-6120
2 pm - 5 pm
$225
for more information

Minerva Arts Center offers a Winter Theatre Arts Workshop presenting “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” an original adaptation based on the book by C.S. Lewis. Workshop rehearsals will be held at the First Congregational Church, located at 906 Main St. Williamstown, MA. Workshop will begin January 7th and performances are February 10th & 11th. Rehearsals are scheduled for Saturday afternoons from 2 PM to 5 PM and Sunday afternoons from 2 PM to 5 PM. Rehearsal dates are as follows: January, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 28th, 29th, Febrary 4th, 5th. Tech Week Schedule TBA. Ages 7 and up. Creative Team: Cassandra Vallieres & Jennifer Y Howard. Producer: Kathy O’Mara. Questions or for information on tuition assistance, email: Kathy at minervaartscenter@gmail.com
 

Saturday 1/7

Zumba Fundraiser to Benefit the Berkshire Leadership Program
Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness, 55 North St, Ste 201, Pittsfield
(413) 418-4001
4 pm - 5 pm
$10
for more information

The Berkshire Leadership Program (BLP) is an annual program of 1Berkshire, aimed at preparing, involving, and sustaining leaders from throughout Berkshire County to address community challenges and improve the quality of life in the Berkshires. This is an enriching program for anyone who is hoping to learn more about Berkshire County, enhance their leadership and team building skills, and expand their professional network. Each year, several participants are awarded partial scholarships to assist with the tuition costs of the program. For more information, please visit the 1Berkshire Website. Class is $10 cash or check payable to 1Berkshire and all proceeds will go directly to the scholarship fund to support local leaders! Drop-ins are welcome and encouraged! For more information or to pre-register please contact Krystle at Krystle.Gallo@me.com.
 

Monday 1/9
 
Mayor Tyer's State of the City Address
Colonial Theatre, 111 South St  Pittsfield
tyerformayor@gmail.com
12 pm - 2 pm
Free!
for more information

The City of Pittsfield is pleased to invite the public to attend Mayor Linda Tyer's inaugural State of the City Address on Monday, January 9 at the Colonial Theatre. Learn about highlights and initiatives of the past year and the exciting work in the year ahead.

 

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