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North Adams Happenings: Feb. 14-20

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North Adams Happenings:
February 14-20
Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

Save the Date

Feb 22
Family Fun Day - Let's Skate!
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink, 1267 Church St.
(413) 663-7588, ext. 11 by February 14
12:30 - 2:30 PM
Free – registration required

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition and the City of North Adams is hosting FREE ice skating for all families with children living in Northern Berkshire (Adams, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Florida, North Adams, Savoy, Williamstown). Snacks, hot beverages and ice skates are provided at no cost. Children MUST be accompanied by an adult. Transportation is available, call Stephanie at (413) 663-7588, ext. 11 by February 14.  



Wednesday February 14th

Preschool Storytime
North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St
(413) 662-3133
10:30 am
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.
Pints & Pages
Bright Ideas Brewing, 111 MASS MoCA Way
6 – 8 PM
for more information

February's Pints & Pages pick is: Heartless by Marissa Meyer
PLEASE NOTE THE TIME CHANGE FOR WINTER. Socializing begins at 6, book discussion starts at 6:15.

Request a copy through your library here:
If you need assistance accessing your library account please send P&P a private message!

**Pints & Pages @Bright Ideas is a social book club for readers in their 20's, 30's and the young at heart. We meet the 2nd Wednesday of every month to discuss a wide range of eclectic reads through a variety of genres! Join us for good books, good beer and even better conversation!**

Thursday February 15th

Racial Justice Forum for Young People
43 Eagle Street, ROOTS Teen Center
6 - 8pm
for more information

What is your experience with racism, bias, and discrimination? What do you need in order to feel safe and supported within your community? 

Please join us on Thursday, February 15 for a Racial Justice Forum dedicated to hearing your voices as young people living in Berkshire County. 

This forum is open to those between the ages of 13-21, and will specifically center young people of color. Adults are welcome to attend, but will be asked to quietly listen until the forum concludes. 

Snacks will be provided!
MCLA Green Living Seminar: "How a Network of Real Life Sensors is Being Used to Understand and Manage the Hudson River"
MCLA Campus CSI 121, 375 Church St.
5:30 PM
for more information

“How a Network of Real-Time Sensors is Being Used to Understand and Manage the Hudson River,” presented by Stuart Findlay, aquatic ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, N.Y.Every semester, MCLA’s Green Living Seminar Series hosts lectures by local, regional, and national experts. The seminars are organized around a central theme related to the environment and sustainability. The 2018 series is a presentation of the MCLA Environmental Studies Department and MCLA’s Berkshire Environmental Resource Center.

For more information, go to or contact Traister at (413) 662-5303.
How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
The Family Center, 210 State Street
5:30 – 7 PM
Free, please register
for more information 

A Free 4 Week Series for Parents. Thursdays, February 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at The Family Center, 210 State Street, North Adams. This series, for parents of 1-8 year olds, offers practical, easy to implement strategies that have been proven effective in everyday parenting. Learn simple techniques that really work! Gain your child’s cooperation, set limits and maintain goodwill, use positive discipline, cope with your child’s negative feelings, express your anger without being hurtful, resolve family conflicts peacefully. Each participant will receive a copy of the book How to Talk So Kids will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Faber and Mazlish.  Light refreshments will be served. Free on-site child care and transportation are available. Call to register or for more information at 664-4821.
Knitting Night
Makers’ Mill, 73 Main St.
(413) 749-2073
7 – 9 PM
for more information

Bring your needles & yarn! Knitting night. 7-9 PM tonight. This a great chance to meet other knitters and get a project going— free & open to the public @northadamsmakersmill
Musical Bingo
Mingo's Sports Bar & Grill , 41 Roberts Road
(413) 346-4067
7:30 – 9:30 PM
for more information

If you love music, than you'll love Musical Bingo. Similar to Bingo but instead of numbers being called out DJ Bizz will play 45 seconds of a song and you need to cross it off your card...that's if you have it!!! And don't worry if you don't know the song, you can always ask your friend. Free to play and lots of great prizes to win.
Lego Group
North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St
(413) 662-3133
6 - 7 PM
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.
Book Club for 6th and 7th Grade Girls
UNO Community Center, 157 River St.
6-7:30 PM
for more information

UNO Community Center Books will be provided FREE of charge to all participants so they can build their own libraries! Snacks and refreshment are also provided. This month’s book: National Velvet by Enid Bagnold. To join, email Regina at
Poliça/ s t a r g a z e
8 PM
for more information

s t a r g a z e, Berlin’s collective of new music mavericks, joins forces with the brooding pop of Poliça to create a new evening-length work Music for the Long Emergency, commissioned by and premiered with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series. Pitchfork describes Poliça as “digitized Norah Jones atop Radiohead at its most polyrhythmic.” Fold in one of Europe’s hottest ensembles for a sense of this boundary-breaking collaboration. A new work for the ensemble by Daniel Wohl opens the show. MASS MoCA

Friday February 16th

Digital Wheat Paste's Anniversary Show
Design Lab, 49 Main Street
7 – 11 PM
$5-$10 sliding scale
for more information

Doors at 7 |

Digital Wheat Paste has been alive for a whole year, reviewing music, plugging shows, and being a spot for emerging bands to get some nice press clips. Come celebrate on 2/16 with a banger show featuring:

Adrian Aardvark: This band gave it during their last NA show--if you missed them you're a loser and you're required to attend this second chance. Adrian Aardvark offers a unique brand of rock and roll that is highly energetic, completed with costumes, theatrics, introspective lyrics, and solid grooves.

SCHMAVE: Great, relatable, beautifully done indie from New Paltz, N.Y. December release was one of DWP's 2017 picks.

Winnebago Vacation: Also of New Paltz, this is a project belonging to Eli Frank of Teenage Halloween and TOP Nachos. Great, poppy indie, great synth lines.

Forks of Buffalo: Conceived in 2015, Forks of Buffalo (Benne Isreal) became an outlet for the less conventional musical genres that pervaded the mind of folk performer and singer-songwriter Otto Funk. At its core, Forks is folk, yet the inner workings have evolved to include elements of EDM, Dream Pop, "Indie", Jazz, Bossa Nova, R&B, Hip-Hop, Phil Spector, Arthur Russell, HOMESHAKE, Four Tet, Yellow Days, and Elvis Depressedly.
State Street Karaoke!
State Street Tavern,  167 State St.
9 PM – 1 AM
for more information

Karaoke! Every Friday night from 9pm – 1am.



Saturday February 17th

North Adams Winterfest!

Various Locations in Downtown North Adams
9AM – 4PM
All events are FREE to attend
for more information

9am – 4pm | Ice Sculpting on Main St. and Eagle St. – Watch artists along the street carve 300lb. blocks of ice into creative creatures and objects! As of this release this year’s ice block sponsors are the Museum of Dog (x3), Empire Café, Berkshire Emporium, PopCares, and Klipper Kingz.

9am - 4pm | Fun in the Snow @Colegrove Park (weather permitting) - Self-guided fun in downtown’s “backyard.” Colegrove park offers great sledding. Bring your own sled.

9- 11am / 2-3pm | Community Conversation led by MCLA’s Diversity Programs & Multicultural Education Center @ the Design Lab, 49 Main St. - In this community conversation we will deep dive into Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 's "Letter from Birmingham Jail" that focuses the four steps of non-violent protest. Identify, Negotiate, Self-Purify, and Direct Action. You will learn about yourself and how you can affect change. We will address societal change  and ways to reduce prejudice individually as we live, learn, work, and lead together.

10am - 3pm | farmer & artisan market @ 66 Main – Shop local at this indoor food and crafts market featuring over 30 vendors. Live music by Sandy & Sandy from 11-2. Shoppers can expect to find jewelry, ceramics, knit wear, handmade toys, home décor, natural skincare and remedies, winter produce, meats, cheese, eggs, jams, relishes, syrup, bread, granola, baked treats and pastries. The market will also offer prepared crepes and grilled cheese sandwiches from Natalya’s Ethnic Cuisine and Cricket Creek Farm. Bright Ideas Brewing will be offer crowlers to purchase for home consumption and pints will be available to purchase for on site consumption. Attendees wishing to purchase alcohol must be 21+ and show valid ID. Open containers cannot be taken off the premises.

10am - Noon | hot cocoa, cookies, and robotics! @  MountainOne, 93 Main  - Event sponsor, MountainOne will be offering free hot cocoa and cookies in their lobby, along with robotics demonstrations from the McCann Tech Robotics Team.

10am – Noon | Free screening of Cool Runnings @ North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St- Get excited for the 2018  Winter Olympics with this free, family-friendly, movie screening at the library. Free popcorn will be served!

11am – 1pm | Children’s Winter Carnival @ First Baptist Church, 131 Main St.- The First Baptist Church invite you into their Eagle Street Room for some indoor winter games and activities for the family.

Noon - 2pm | Chowder Cook-off @ The Green, 87 Main St. & Community Campfire @ Main & Holden- What would WinterFest be without the annual “Chowda” Cook-off? Taste delicious samplings from this year’s competitors and vote for your favorite chowder! 1st/2nd/3rd place awards will be given for People’s Choice and Judges Choice. Only ONE will walk away with the “Only in North Adams” award for most unique chowder.  As of this release participating restaurants are: Berkshire Food Project, Boston Seafood Restaurant, Gramercy Bistro, Freight Yard Pub, Grazie, The Hub, Mingo’s Bar & Grille, North Adams Commons, and Ramuntos.

Noon – 2pm | Free OPEN GYM @ J Star Gymnastics, 69 Union St. – J Star Gymnastics opens its doors to the community for a free, 2 hour, open gym! Families are welcome to come over and get out some energy in their spacious gym. All children must have a guardian present.

Noon – 2pm | Coloring Activity @ the Makers’ Mill, 73 Main St. – Stop by the Maker’s Mill for a coloring activity for kids of all ages!

1 - 3pm | Horse-drawn Wagon Rides -  The line for free horse-drawn wagon rides begins in front of MountainOne Bank. Rides are offered from 1 to 3 pm.

2 - 4pm | ice skating & FREE skate rentals (Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink) – The City welcomes all to finish off the festivities at the ice skating rink for 2 hours of free skate rentals and skating.
Alisa Dworsky Opening Reception
5 – 7 PM
for more information

Vermont based artist Alisa Dworsky opens an exhibition of new works, including InVersion, a large scale, site-based volumetric work, at CYNTHIA-REEVES, located on the campus of MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. Dworsky will be working on her installation from February 6 - 10, which will be open to the public. There will be an artist’s reception Saturday, February 17 from 5 - 7 pm; the exhibition runs through March 10.
Rafiq Bhatia
8 PM
$10/Students, $14/Advance, $20/Day Of, $26/Preferred
for more information

Rafiq Bhatia is a guitarist and composer who balances meticulous sound art with searing improvisation, “transcending real sound in real time with the unexpected” (The New York Times). As a member of Son Lux he anchors the ensemble’s minimal arrangements—and here he appears in a new trio. Our friend and neighbor George Langford of the brilliant knob-twisting duo Javelin opens the evening.
Zine Launch!
North Adams City Council, Issue 00
Gravity Gallery, 44 Eagle St.
8 - 10 PM
$5 Suggested Donation
for more information

Join soft-boiled zines for the launch of it's 1st publication, North Adams City Council, Issue 00.

There will be a DJ set preformed in conjunction with a previously recorded webcast of a North Adams City Council meeting along with FREE ISSUES of the zine.

This issue—00—is an introduction to the North Adams, Massachusetts City Council. Stay tuned for a full series of zines documenting the city council minutes. Know what's happening in your town, know what's happening in your WORLD! 

There is a *suggested* $5 donation to the event. HOWEVER! If you can't swing five bucks, no judgements passed, you can still enjoy the music and the webcast and go home with your very own zine containing *very* important information that can improve your everyday life. 

Local government is where it's at and I'm personally trying to learn.. me, Lorna C. Osoba with the assistance of Ashley Strazzinski.

Questions? Comments? Want to make a zine about something?
Anything? Nothing? Let us know:

Sunday February 18th



Monday February 19th

Figure Drawing Collective
Makers' Mill 73 Main Street
(413) 749-2073
7 pm – 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. 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!

Tuesday February 20th

Toddler Storytime
North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St
(413) 662-3133
10:30 am
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.
Family Afternoon Game Time
North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St
(413) 662-3133
2 -4 PM

Tuesday February 20th from 2:00-4:00 p.m. the Youth Services Department will have a variety of games set up for a fun afternoon of drop in family game play.  Try your hand at Giant Jenga, take 30 seconds to play a silly round of Falling, or many more games we have available.  Games and instructions will be available.  Call the Youth Services Department at 413-662-3133, ext. 14 for more information.
After-School Program
UNO Community Center, 157 River St.
(413) 663-7588 Ext. 22
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
for more information

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

From Our Neighbors

Thursday 2/15

The Masteahds X10 X10
Methuseleah Bar & Lounge, 391 North St., Pittsfied
6 - 8 PM
Free, Food, drinks, Mastheads readers and postcards, and books curated by The Bookstore will be available for purchase.​
for more information

Come celebrate with us! As part of the 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival, and in celebration of Pittsfield's literary history, The Mastheads has asked 10 local writers across disciplines—designers, urban planners, fiction writers, and poets—to each read one short work or excerpt by a historic Berkshire author, alongside one short piece of their own.

Readers include Elizabeth BevilacquaEzra Dan Feldman, Zack Finch,Tessa KellyRoberta Mcculloch-dews, Sika Sedzro, Karen Shepard,Aaron Thier, Ted Thomas, and Sarah Trudgeon, reading works by Du Bois, Millay, Melville, Thoreau, Catharine Sedgwick, Fanny Kemble, and more!
Friday 2/16

Polar Bear Storytime
Adams Free Library, 92 Park St., Adams
10 – 11 AM
for more information

At the Adams Library, 92 Park Street  (lower level)  Friday, February 16,  10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Join Family Center Staff   and Children’s Librarian, for an hour of “furtastic” books, ice fishing, a fun polar bear fact hunt, and a polar bear art activity!  This is a free, drop in event.  Call the Family Center at 664-4821with any questions.
Saturday 2/17

Berkshire Seed Garden Grand Opening
Berkshire Antheneam, 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield
10am - 1pm
For more information

With Spring just around the corner, Berkshire AthenaeumAlchemy Initiative and Hancock Shaker Village invite you to wipe away the winter blues and join us for the grand opening of the Berkshire Seed Library!

* Learn from Hancock Shaker Village's Master Gardeners on how to start your very own garden!

* Build your own Chia Pets!

* Take home local, organic seeds!

* Design your ideal garden with our Children's Department!

This event is free and open to the public.

Thank you to the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum and Pittsfield Cultural Council for their generous support.

Friday 2/16
Pillow Pop-Up: Le Patin Libre
Boys and Girls Club of the Berkshires, 16 Melville St., Pittsfield
$25 GA; $10 Youth
for more information

Jacob’s Pillow presents Montreal-based Le Patin Libre - patinage contemporain / contemporary ice skating, pioneers of ice-skating as a new artistic discipline that bring a “fresh, ice-cool take on contemporary figure skating” (London Dance).
The company presents their work "Vertical Influences," which draws from the movement vocabularies of hip-hop, b-boying, dance theater, and ice-skating. Audience members sit on the ice with the performers as the group tries to collectively achieve a sense of harmony, realized through rhythmic footwork, moving air, and the tangible chill of the ice.

Saturday 2/18

Susan B. Anthony Birthday Ballet
Adams Free Library, 92 Park St., Adams
3 PM

The Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum and the Adams Historical Society will celebrate Susan B. Anthony's birthday with the public. The festivities, including a ballet, birthday cake and coffee reception, will take place in Memorial Hall of the Adams Free Library. The event is free. "Diamonds" is a ballet performance, presented by Mossa Dance of Rochester, N.Y. The ballet features the stories of four courageous women: Susan B. Anthony, Audrey Hepburn, Malala Yousafzai and Cleopatra. For more information, call 413-743-7121.
Tuesday 2/20

Free All Ages Yoga
Clark Art Institute, 225 South St, Williamstown
11 – 11:45 AM
for more information

Join us over school break and re-energize with instructors from North Adams Yoga. Yogis of all ages are welcome to stretch and refocus during this free, 45-minute class in the Michael Conforti Pavilion. Recommended for adults and children ages three and up. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one.


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