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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Nov. 23-29

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Support your local small business owners on Saturday, November 24 and be part of a national effort to highlight these shops each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Look for special deals throughout Downtown Pittsfield and get a jump on your holiday shopping list!
Also, stop by Hancock Shaker Village, whose gift shop is filled to the brim with new merchandise for the season.
Pittsfield's own singing star, Raiche, will be opening up for Jack Waldheim and his One-Man Dance Band. Make your reservations now before it is too late! Raiche begins at 8 p.m., and The One-Man Dance Band plays from 8:45-11 p.m. Mission Bar + Tapas
FRI The Lucky 5 at Mission | FRI Tom Savoy at Hotel on North | FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI-SAT Moral Dilemmas of the Modern-Day Vampire at The Whit SAT Grateful Shaker Supper at Hancock Shaker Village SAT F-Bomb at The A SAT Festival of Trees After Dark at Berkshire Museum SAT Line Dance Party at Polish Falcons SAT Shire Breu-Hous Tap Takeover & More at Thistle & Mirth SAT Shyne at Crossroads SAT JB's Acoustic Gravel at Friends | SAT Berkshire Ballroom's Crystal Anniversary Ball at Berkshire Hills Country Club | MON WordXWord: Faith in America at Berkshire Museum | MON Jazz Night at Mission | TUE American Indian Music w/Craig Harris at Berkshire Athenaeum | WED Eamonn Barry's Record Release Party at Mission | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU The Picky B's at Mission
WED Community Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum

Community Story Time is an entirely secular story time that will engage children of all ages and their caregivers in conversation about community and themselves. Pastor Sheila Sholes-Ross is the guest storyteller for this series, and snacks will be provided! 6-7:30 p.m. at Berkshire Athenaeum.
FRI-SUN Thanksgiving on the Farm at Hancock Shaker Village FRI-THU Parenting Classes & Play Groups at Berkshire Children & Families SAT Festival of Trees After Dark at Berkshire Museum MON Tiny Tots Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum | TUE Youth Chill Zone at Tyler Street Lab | WED WeeMuse: Parent/Child STEM at Berkshire Museum THU Preschool Play & Learn at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Lego Club at Berkshire Athenaeum
TUE+THU Barre Cardio Holiday Slimdown at BYDF
Join Jillian Bamford at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness for a special 6-week series held every Tuesday and Thursday from 6-6:50 a.m. This ballet-inspired workout uses small, controlled movements, isometric holds and high repetitions to help you develop long, lean and sculpted muscles while improving your posture and flexibility. $100 for the entire series or $10 drop in.
FRI FREE Post-Thanksgiving Gratitude Yoga at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness | FRI-THU Various Classes at Berkshire Running Center | FRI-THU Various Classes at Berkshire Family YMCA | FRI-THU Various Classes at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness FRI-THU Various Classes at Radiance Yoga FRI-THU Various Classes at Modig Internal Disciplines MON Moving Towards Health at Knesset Israel THU Pick-Up Soccer at The Infield
FRI Community Make Day at Shire City Sanctuary
Join Crispina ffrench in the Makerspace at Shire City Sanctuary for Community Make Day. Learn how to create garlands and wreaths out of recycled fabrics to spark creative repurposing during the holiday season. Located at 40 Melville Street from 1-4 p.m. 
SAT Holiday Community Open Studio Day at Bisque, Beads & Beyond SAT Wreath-Making Class at Framework SUN Snowy Cardinal on Slate or Canvas at Berkshire Paint & Sip SUN Wreath 'n' Sip at Hancock Shaker Village SUN+WED Wreath-Making Classes at Township Four WED Special Olympics DIY Night at Patrick's Pub THU Wreath Decorating at Forthill Farmstand THU Wreath-Making & Decorating at Dr. Lahey's Garden Center
FRI+SAT Moral Dilemmas of the Modern-Day Vampire
What happens when two bored, centuries-old vampires end up stuck in a cheap hotel for the night? The Whitney Center for the Arts presents Moral Dilemmas of the Modern-Day Vampire, a new play written by and starring Elizabeth Cardaropoli and Johnny Segalla. These two vampires must face the challenges of the 21st century while contemplating their own ethics and the inevitable eternity ahead. 8 p.m. $10.
ONGOING Pittsfield Photo Challenge | ONGOING Pittsfield is my Home at Berkshire Athenaeum | ONGOING Food for Fines at Berkshire Athenaeum | FRI Black Friday Fun at Kissy's | FRI Sip & Shop at Berkshire Running Center | FRI-SUN Thanksgiving on the Farm at Hancock Shaker Village | FRI-MON Thanksgiving Sale at The Outlet at Pine Cone Hill SAT Grateful Shaker Supper at Hancock Shaker Village | SUN Toys for Tots Pancake Breakfast at St. Joseph's Parish Center | SUN Scott Taylor Gallery Opening & Brunch at Proprietor's Lodge | SUN Park of Honor Closing Ceremony at Park Square | SUN Domingo Brunch w/Tumo Kohrs at Dottie's | MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Class at The Lichtenstein | THU Crystal Grids at New Moon Gifts
FRI-MON Farmer of the Year at Little Cinema 
When Hap Anderson, a widowed 83-year-old Minnesota farmer who thinks he's still quite the ladies' man, sells his family farm, he finds himself adrift and staring a short future in the face. Driven by the possibility of showing up with an old flame and impressing his old Army buddies, he sets out in a dilapidated Winnebago to attend his 65th WWII reunion in California with his directionless and unreasonably self-confident granddaughter, Ashley. Along the way they begin to understand and appreciate each other as individuals.
ONGOING See What's New at The Beacon
What's Showing at The Licht
Pittsfield's city-owned community arts center, the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, features nine working artist studios, a ceramics studio, a community room and an art gallery with changing exhibitions, classes, performances and more! 

28 Renne Ave.   Gallery Hours: Wed-Sat 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
On Friday, December 7The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts will hold its 4th Annual Wreath Art Auction! You'll be able to purchase handmade holiday wreaths, kissing balls and centerpieces made by local artists. The wreaths will be on display in conjunction with December's First Friday Artswalk during a $10 ticketed event with a preview from 5-6:30 p.m. A live auction will begin at 6:30 p.m. Grab-and-go items also will be available for purchase. Music will be provided by Kaz Smith. All proceeds benefit the Pittsfield Food Pantry at the South Congregational Church.


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Environment Secretary Visits Pittsfield

Kathleen Theoharides, secretary of energy and environmental affairs, visits the site of culvert project in Pittsfield being funded through the state's climate readiness program.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides was in Pittsfield on Friday to review a state-funded culvert site and meet with local officials to discuss the state's climate readiness program. 
She joined Mayor Linda Tyer at the Churchill Street culvert, a site which recently received grant funding through the state's Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program. The city was awarded an $814,524 state grant in June for the Churchill Brook and West Street Culvert Replacement Project.
Through the MVP program, which begun in 2017, municipalities identify key climate-related hazards, vulnerabilities and strengths, develop adaptation actions, and prioritize next steps. The initiative which initially started as a $500,000 capital grant program has now increased to $12 million. Pittsfield is among the 71 percent of communities across the commonwealth now enrolled in the MVP program.
"The governor and the lieutenant governor have made resilient infrastructure a priority all across the state and I think it's really important to know that we have a really vested interest in Western Massachusetts communities as well as all across the state, not forgetting the Berkshires or Pioneer Valley," said Theoharides in a statement. "Our MVP program is really focused on these types of partnership investments and looking to design infrastructure for the challenges we're seeing today and moving forward as climate change increases."
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