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North Adams Happenings: Oct. 26-Nov. 1

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North Adams Happenings:
Oct 25th - October 31st
Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events
 

Save the Date

 
11/2
Deluxe Small Business Seminar
MASS MoCA, 1040 Mass MoCA Way
9 am - 3 pm
Free

This one-day small business seminar, hosted by Deluxe, will teach you new ways to market your business, get found online locally, manage your customer experience and go through how to successfully build a budget and plan your finances all for free. You will also leave with great sales tools, tips and techniques for managing and growing your business.

Sign up now: https://www.deluxe.com/sbrc/marketing/deluxe-small-business-seminar-north-adams
 
11/9
Common Folk Public Meeting
MCLA Design Lab, 49 Main Street
6pm
Free
for more information

We've been getting a lot of feedback that folks miss our public meetings. So we're bringing them back! But this one is special. 

We invite anyone who has ever been a "member" of Common Folk to join us in a discussion about our future. So much of our success has come from the community supporting us and we want to know what you think should be next. 

We will also be rolling out the beginnings of our membership process! If you are interested in becoming a member, this would be a great meeting to attend!

Creators of all ages are welcome. Anyone under 12 must be accompanied by an adult!

More info TBA!
 
 

Wednesday October 25th

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

Toddler storytime and songs at the North Adams Public Library in 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.
 
UNITY's Teen Writing Workshop
nbCC Conference Room, 61 Main Street, North Adams
(413) 663-7588
5 - 7 pm
Free

An after school writing program for teens of all writing experiences. Teens will hone in on their skill with professional local writers and peers. For more information, call Tim at the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition at (413) 663-7588.
Open Studios at MASS MoCA
Assets for Artists, 1320 Mass Moca Way
(413) 664-4481
5 - 7 pm
Free
for more information
Our new residents are eager to share what they've been working on in the Studios with you! Come and join us for a fall evening of art and conversation. We'll be serving up hot cider and pumpkin treats, too! All are welcome. We look forward to seeing you there!

Directions to the Studios:
When you park in the main visitor lot at MASS MoCA, Building 13 is right in front of you. You’ll see Ferrin Contemporary and CYNTHIA-REEVES on the first floor. Enter through the side door (on the end of the building farthest from Rt. 2) and take the stairs or elevator to the second floor.

RSVP appreciated: Email Krystal Henriquez at studios@massmoca.org
Artist Talk with Sam Wes-Bruce
MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA WAY
(413) 662 2111
5 pm
$6 students, $10 advance, free for members
for more information

Watch Wes Sam-Bruce’s film The Wonder Sound; then discuss the artistic process and create your own work with the Kidspace exhibiting artist. (But leave the kids at home — this one’s for adults!)
Fostering Resilience In Our Community
North Adams Movieplex, 86 Main St
(413) 663-9062
6 - 8 pm
Free
for more information
Free screening of the documentary Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope. This will be followed by a discussion about how resilience can be fostered in our community to support the impacts of trauma. Held in collaboration with the Department of Mental Health.
 

Thursday October 26th

 
After-School Program
UNO Community Center, 157 River St.
(413) 663-7588 Ext. 22
4 - 5 pm
Free
for more information

Serving students in 4th Grade - 8th Grade. Healthy Snack, Homework Assistance, Tutoring, Computer Access and Creative Activities.

 

Downtown Bike Around: Halloween Edition
St. Anthony's Parking Lot (Location of North Adams Farmers Market), corner of Marshall St. and St. Anthony's Dr.
4:30 - 6 pm
Free
for more information

Bike lights are required and costumes encouraged! Help shift bicycle culture in North Adams for drivers and people on bikes by joining in on a casual and group ride. For all ages! There is safety in numbers as we take to the streets to create a safer environment for sharing our roads! For more information, email Amanda Chilson at achilson@nbccoalition.org.
Chinese Language & Culture Class for Youth
North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St
(413) 662-3133
6 - 6:30 pm
Free
for more information

A Thursday evening Chinese language and culture program at the North Adams Public Library will offer a 30-minute instruction to children from K-4th grade.  Siblings are welcome.  The aim is for children to acquire some basic knowledge of Chinese language through a fun learning process.  Children will learn how to read and write some Chinese characters, sing songs, and do projects.  The program will also integrate Chinese cultural components along with the language.  Instructor Ms. Wan is a Chinese language teacher.  She has been teaching Chinese to children from Pre-K to elementary school for over 10 years.  The fall program will run for 5 weeks on Thursday evenings from October 5th –November 2nd from 6:00-6:30 p.m. in the Youth Services Department.  This is a drop-in program.    Call the Youth Services Department for more information, 413-662-3133, ext. 14.
North Adams Commons Annual Spaghetti Supper
N. Adams Commons Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, 175 Franklin St
(413) 664-4041
5 pm
for more information

Join us for a hearty Italian meal celebrating our local Council on Aging groups for their service to the community. Enjoy a delicious spaghetti dinner with Chef Don’s famous homemade meatballs, garlic bread, salad, and dessert. Enter our raffle to win fabulous prizes and take a tour of our newly remodeled community.
Reading
MCLA Gallery 51, 51 Main St
(413) 662-5324
5 - 6:30 pm
Free
for more information

Join us at MCLA Gallery 51 as we share some of the interdisciplinary responses generated by the current exhibition Freedom From Fear/Yellow Bowl Project. These poems, essays and artworks were created by current MCLA students. To learn more about this exhibition - visit the project website at http://www.yellowbowlproject.com/. For more information about the Gallery, visit mcla.edu/gallery51
Book Club for Girls in the 5th & 6th Grades
UNO Community Center, 157 River St
6 - 7:30 pm

Books will be provided FREE of charge to all participants so they can build their own libraries! Snacks and refreshment are also provided. To join, email Regina at regina.velazquez@storey.com. This month's book is Peppermints in the Parlor by Barbara Brooks Wallace

 

Lego Group
North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St
(413) 662-3133
6 - 7 pm
Free
for more information

The Family Center will hold Lego Groups in North Adams and Adams beginning in September. Enjoy building Lego creations at the Library. Lego groups are for families with children ages 4-12 years old. Evening Lego Group at The North Adams Public Library, 75 Church Street third floor.  It will meet the second and fourth Thursday of each month.
Elizabeth & Lawrence Vadnais Environmental Issues Lecture
MCLA, Murdock Hall, Sammer Dennis Room (218), 375 Church St
413.662.5224
7 pm
Free
for more information

Joanna Ballantine is the Vice President for the Western Region.  The Western region contains some of the state’s most iconic properties including Stevens-Coolidge Place, the Old Manse, Fruitlands Museum, Powisset and Chestnut Hill Farms, Farandnear, Doyle, Tully Lake Campground, Naumkeag, Notchview, Field Farm, Monument Mountain and Bartholomew’s Cobble, a national natural landmark. In total the Western region encompasses over 50 iconic and scenic properties from mountains to farms to public gardens including remarkable collections and historic houses.

Joanna’s role is to oversee the stewardship, business and enterprise performance, engagement and visitor services and field operations for the Western region. Joanna serves as the internal and external leader for The Trustees’ throughout the Berkshires, Pioneer Valley, Central MA, Charles River Valley and Andover regions of Massachusetts. These properties serve thousands of visitors and generate significant revenue that helps support the overall mission of The Trustees. Since joining The Trustees, Joanna has been working to expand the organization’s mission and impact in the Western region, using its many iconic, natural, agricultural and cultural properties as platforms to engage new members, visitors, and supporters.

Joanna holds an MSW from University of Maryland, an MA from Baltimore Hebrew University in Middle East Studies, and a BA from Hampshire College. Joanna currently serves on the Board of the Brookfield Farm and lives in Amherst with her husband Clay and two teenage children.
Debate Club: Healthcare
The SereniTea Cafe and Bar, 303 Ashland St
AB2397@mcla.edu
8 - 9 pm
Free
for more information

Join MCLA’s Debate Club as we jump into one of the hottest subjects of the present day: Healthcare.

This debate will cover the subject of whether or not our country should give its citizens free access to Healthcare. In particular, it will debate between whether a single payer healthcare system or a commercial multi payer system (the one our country currently has) would be better for our country, including any details encompassing either one. The event is open to the public. Anybody is allowed to come speak their mind! Contact AB2397@mcla.edu if you have any further questions!
 

Friday October 27th

 
Haunted Harvest Festival
Downtown/ROOTS Teen Center 43 Eagle Street
6pm-9pm
Various Prices
for more information

Things are about to get spooky! Join us in our first annual youth led fundraiser!

WHAT TO DO:
FIRST! Stop down at ROOTS Teen Center to purchase your tickets to use for activities and raffles. Activities will be located in different storefronts throughout Eagle Street and the general downtown area. You will find a list of activiites, where they are, and how much they cost. Most activities will cost 1-5 tickets. Tickets are $1 each.

SHOP LOCAL ALL DAY:
Select downtown businesses will be donating 10% of their sales for the day. See the list below for participating sponsors:

Persnickety Toys
Eagle Street Artisans
BELLA ROMA
Empire Cafe
Village Pizza

The Youth Board has a $1,000 goal for this fundraiser. Help us raise MORE by donating online at www.rootsteencenter.com.

MORE INFO TO COME!
Ready, Set, Grow!
The Family Center Playroom, 210 State Street
11 am - 12 pm

At The Family Center Playroom, 210 State Street, North Adams. This interactive event is for families with children ages 3 months to 5 years.  Join us to learn about your child’s developmental stage. Parents will complete a short Ages and Stages questionnaire while the children play at different learning stations. Staff will set individual meetings with parents to review results of their child’s ASQ. Each child will receive a new free book to take home. Call 413-664-4821 to register.

 

Family Fun Night
Northern Berkshire YMCA, 22 Brickyard Ct
6 - 7:30pm

Spend some quality, carefree time with your family. Free, fun fall activities for families. Dinner provided. For more information, call Stephanie at the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition at (413) 663-7588.
Weekly Trivia Night
The SereniTea Cafe, 303 Ashland St
(413) 346-4624
8 pm
Free
for more information

Team sign ups at 8, trivia starts at 8:30! Topic: 90s television

Bar food menu offering:
- Wing Dings
- BBQ wings
- Buffalo wings
- Chili
- Chili cheese fries
- Steak fries
- Nachos
- Pigs in a blanket
- Churros

Plus we'll have all of our cafe drinks, and ice cream sundaes available.
Adrian Aardvark, Forks of Buffalo LIVE at Design Lab
Design Lab 49 Main Street
7 - 10 pm
$5-$10 sliding scale
for more information

Come down to DESIGN LAB on Friday Oct. 27th for a Fun night of original tunes!

FEATURING --
Forks of Buffalo, local acoustic guitar synth
Adrian Aardvark, Upstate NY psychedelic grunge folk
https://www.facebook.com/adrianaardvarkmusic/
https://adrianaardvark.bandcamp.com/

$5- $10 sliding scale. All ages!
A Portion of the proceeds will go towards a charity to help Puerto Rico hurricane survivors.
@ http://unidosporpuertorico.com/en/
Chris Collingwood with Look Park at DPAC
Drury Performing Arts Center, 1130 Church St
(413) 662-3240
7 - 10:30 pm
for more information

Do you think "Stacy's Mom" has got in going on? Well come on down and see GRAMMY nominated artist Chris Collingwood. He will be performing with Look Park on October 27th at the Drury Black Box Theatre.
MCLA Dance Company Fall Show
MCLA Venable Theatre
7pm
$3 Students/ $5 General Admission/ FREE with costume
for more information

Come join us on Halloweekend in the MCLA Venable Theatre for our fall show!!! 
Friday October 27th at 7pm and Saturday October 28th at 2pm!
MCLA Students: $3 at the door or free with a costume! Reserve your tickets in the Campus Center marketplace starting Monday October 23rd! 
General Admission: $5 at the door or free in a costume! Reserve by emailing jw4331@mcla.edu.
We can't wait to see you all there!
ProDemos Nashville - Donny Sawyer
VFW Post 996 North Adams, 573 Mohawk Trl
(413) 664-9042
8 pm - 12 am
Free
for more information

ProDemos Nashville presents Donny Sawyer! No cover charge! No Halloween costume required!
 

Saturday October 28th

 
AYJ Fund Once Upon A Dream Children's Concert
MCLA Church Street Center
413-652-1602
1pm
$5-25
for more information

Join us for this wonderful concert of Disney and favorite children's songs with Samantha Talora and Ron Ramsay and the MCLA Allegrettos and more! Doors will open at 12 noon for meet and greet with our Disney princesses & Chinese Auction. All proceeds support AYJ Fund's programs for kids with cancer and fund cancer research. $5 kids, students and seniors $8 adults $25 families.
FBCNA Warm Clothing Drive
First Baptist Church North Adams, 131 Main St
(413) 663-3780
9 am - 2 pm
Free
for more information

This is free community event -- we are currently collecting all kinds of cold weather gear (hats, coats, gloves, scarves, boots etc) for all ages (infant through adult). Then on Saturday, October 28th, all are welcome to stop by and "shop" for needed items - for FREE! Please share with family and friends. If you would like to donate to the event, please drop your items off to the church from 8:30am-1:30pm (M-F) or at another church event (if you attend the church).
Fall Foliage Rides
Hoosac Valley Train Ride, 98 Crowley Avenue
(413) 663-4189
10 am - 4 pm
$12 adults, $8 kids
for more information

See the Berkshires in a whole new way!! Fall Foliage Train rides are family-friendly, one-hour round trips between North Adams and Adams, MA.

 

Halloween at Big Y
Big Y, 45 Veterans Memorial Drive
(413) 663-6549
3 - 5 pm
Free

The North Adams Big Y will host a Halloween event for kids to come in costume, decorate a trick-or-treat bag and trick-or-treat around the store. Bowey the Clown will make balloon animals for the kids from 4 to 5 p.m. The event is free and for kids 12 and under; all children must be accompanied by an adult.
Big Dance Theater: 17c
MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way
(413) 662-2111
8 - 11 pm
$20 students, $30 advance, $40 day of, $54 preferred
for more information

Co-presented with Jacob’s Pillow Dance

Obie Award-winning maverick ensemble Big Dance Theater takes a dizzying intertextual spin through the outré diaries of Samuel Pepys, a famed 17th-century socialite, weaving music, dance, video, and text into this sneak preview performance.

This program is supported in part by the Irene Hunter Fund for Dance at MASS MoCA in association with Jacob’s Pillow Dance.
Open Mic (Hosted by Spires)
The SereniTea Cafe, 303 Ashland St
(413) 346-4624
8 pm
Free
for more information

Spires is back in action! You're all invited to Spires' first open mic night of the semester! It's on October 28th at 8pm and located at SereniTea. Poetry, food and drinks--what could be better? All sign ups are welcome!
Halloween Party at The Mohawk!
The Mohawk Tavern, 30 Marshall St
(413) 346-4052
8 pm
for more information

Dress in your best costume and come on down to the Mohawk Tavern for a fun Halloween party! DJ, dancing, and cash prizes!
Halloweiner Spectacular
Pitcher's Mound Pub, 218 Ashland St
(413) 663-8390
9 pm - 1 am
for more information

Grab that old Halloween mask, find that old costume that used to fit, or come out in your normal clothes like a party pooper and celebrate a night of tricks and treats with RumHam, the spookiest group of kooks. There will be prizes for the best costume.

 

Mingo's Halloween Party
Mingo's Sports Bar & Grill, 41 Roberts Dr
(413) 346-4067
9 pm - 12 am
for more information

RAFFLES
GIVEAWAYS
COSTUME CONTEST
 

Sunday October 29th

 
Fall Foliage Rides
Hoosac Valley Train Ride, 98 Crowley Avenue
(413) 663-4189
10 am - 4 pm
$12 adults, $8 kids
for more information

See the Berkshires in a whole new way!! Fall Foliage Train rides are family-friendly, one-hour round trips between North Adams and Adams, MA.
FBCNA Lego Faith Event
First Baptist Church North Adams, 131 Main St
(413) 663-3780
12 - 2 pm
Free
for more information

CALLING ALL BOYS!!! It's your turn for a boys only event. Spend an afternoon with Legos and build each other up! All boys in grades K-7 are welcome to join us.
 

Monday October 30th

 
Figure Drawing Collective
Makers' Mill 73 Main Street
413-749-2073
7pm-9pm
$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. We’ll be bringing in local models and a local, figure drawing instructor who will drop-in as available. Get in at the ground level to shape the direction this collective takes. Bring your own lap board, paper, pencils, and creative energy!
Mayoral Debate with
Thomas Bernard & Robert Moulton Jr.
MCLA Center for Service and Citizenship, 375 Church Street, Campus Center
(413) 662-5384
6 - 8 pm
Free
for more information

Join us for the Mayoral Debate between Thomas Bernard and Robert Moulton Jr at the MCLA Church Street Center in North Adams on Monday, October 30th, moderated by Adam Shanks. Doors open at 6 pm, with the debate beginning at 6:30 pm.
 

Tuesday October 31st

 
City Wide Trick or Treating!
Downtown North Adams
5- 7 pm
Happy Halloween!

 

Toddler Storytime
North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St
(413) 662-3133
10:30 am
Free!
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.
After-School Program
UNO Community Center, 157 River St.
(413) 663-7588 Ext. 22
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free
for more information

Serving students in 4th Grade - 8th Grade. Healthy Snack, Homework Assistance, Tutoring, Computer Access and Creative Activities.
Youth Leadership Program
nbCC Conference Room, 61 Main Street, North Adams
(413) 663-7588
5 - 7 pm
Free
for more information

Offers teens a platform to design original service projects that will positively impact the community. Teens will craft their leadership skills and discuss the needs they see in their community. For more information, call Tim at the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition at (413) 663-7588.

 

4-H Wacky STEAM Club
UNO Community Center, 157 River Street, North Adams
3 - 5 pm

A free club focusing on interesting and interactive science experiments, as well as other great academic-based programming from the 4-H curriculum. Have fun learning science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. For youth 6 to 18 years old. Snacks provided. Contact glenda to register at (413) 663-7588 ext. 22 or gmcarter@nbccoalition.org.

 

 

 

From Our Neighbors

 
Wednesday 10/25

Jonah Tolchin Live at Methuselah

Methuselah Bar and Lounge, 391 North St, Pittsfield
(413) 347-2888
7:30 - 10:30 pm
for more information

Jonah Tolchin is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and New Jersey native. He performed at the Newport Folk Festival in 2012. Tolchin released his first full-length album, Criminal Man, independently in 2012. He is currently signed to Yep Roc Records through which he has released two albums.

 

Friday 10/27

Pittsfield's Halloween Parade

Tyler Street, Pittsfield
7 pm
Free
for more information

The City of Pittsfield’s 73rd annual Halloween Parade will take place on Friday, October 27th beginning at 7:00 p.m.! We encourage your organization/school to participate in this Pittsfield tradition on Tyler Street!

Parade Route:
The parade will begin on Tyler Street at the corner of Tyler and Smith Streets and end at Woodlawn Ave.

For more information, please visit:
http://www.cityofpittsfield.org/city_hall/community_development/parks_and_recreation/fall/halloween_parade.php

Saturday 10/28

Kids Fall Festival

New Life Community Fellowship, 172 Hubbard Ave, Pittsfield
(413) 684-0001
2 - 5 pm
for more information

Attention Local Families! We are having a Fall Festival on Oct 28th, from 2-5PM! This family-friendly event will have cider, hot cocoa, games, prizes, music, and plenty of smiles all around. Come out and enjoy a few hours away from the rush of life, and bring your little ones too! They will have a blast! There will be many different stations set up for them to explore and get excited about this new season of life.

The best part of all is we get to see how God, our awesome Maker, made you just the way you are!!!

* Please no scary costumes!

Sunday 10/29

Children's Halloween Parade

Parking Lot of Adams Community Bank (across from Big Y)
adamslionsclub@gmail.com
3:30 - 5 pm
Free
for more information

The Adams Lions Club invites children to parade in their Halloween costumes. Meet at 3:30 in the parking lot of Adams Community Bank (across from Big Y). Free cider donuts and Halloween treats to follow at Adams Visitors Center parking lot. Prizes for best costumes!

Tuesday 10/31

Jazz Night at The Log

The Log, 78 Spring St, Williamstown
(413) 655-1300
7:30 pm
Free

Feel the music with us as "Jazz at Williams" joins us for their weekly jam session here at the Log. Settle in, sit back and take in some amazing music by some incredibly talented students.

Every Tuesday, September to May, 7:30-9PM
Always FREE and Open to All

See you at The Log!

 

Thursday 10/26

Trivia Night at The Log w/ Ephs at The Clark
The Log, 78 Spring St, Williamstown
(413) 655-1300
8 pm
Free
for more information

Come visit us at the Log at 78 Spring Street in Williamstown and join us for some mental escapades as we tickle your trivia knowledge with our set of quizzical questions! This week will feature special guest hosts, Ephs at the Clark!

The event will occur weekly and is open to the entire community! It will feature different guest host each week with five rounds of questions. We look forward to seeing you and your friends at the Log!

Saturday 10/28
 
Halloween at Hancock

Hancock Shaker Village, 1843 W Housatonic St, Pittsfield
(413) 443-0188
11 am - 3 pm
for more information

Come in costume for trick-or-treating throughout the Village. Snap your picture in the Berkshire Eagle photo booth. Visit the Brick Dwelling for ghost stories and fortune telling. Make-n-take slime, bob for doughnuts, and decorate a pumpkin. Face painting & balloon art offered by BTC Family Entertainment (fees apply).

FREE to members/included in admission

Saturday 10/28

Creatures of the Deep

Shire City Sanctuary, 40 Melville St, Pittsfield
8 pm
$30 advance, $35 at the door
for more information

Halloween under the deep sea! No telling what lurks under the dark waves!
DJ BFG all night long!

Performances by:
Heart-Shaped Box
Berkshire Acro-yogis
Tarot Readings by Darlene Baisley (sign up early in the party!)
Projections by Drew Suto

Join us for what promises to be the biggest Halloween Party around! 21+, ID REQUIRED (that means you!!) CASH BAR. TICKETS ARE $30 IN ADVANCE AVAILABLE THROUGH EVENTBRITE, $35 AT THE DOOR, CASH ONLY

 

Monday 10/30

Talking Criminal Justice Reform with Hinds and Barrett

Water Street Grill, 123 Water St, Williamstown
(413) 458-2175
7 - 9 pm
Free
for more information

A conversation with Senator Adam Hinds and newly chosen Democratic State Representative Candidate John Barrett on the topic of criminal justice reform. This discussion is a part of a series organized in collaboration with three faith communities: First Congregational Church Williamstown, St. John's Episcopal Church Williamstown, and Congregation Beth Israel North Adams.

 

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