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North Adams Happenings: Jan. 29-Feb. 5

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North Adams Happenings:  January 29 - February 5
Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events
 

Save the Date

 

2/7
MCLA Green Living Series: Cows Save the Planet: Soil, Climate, and the Promise of Regenerative Agriculture
Room 121, Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation, MCLA campus.
(413) 662-5303 or Elena.Traister@mcla.edu
5:30PM
for more information

All “Green Living” seminars will take at 5:30 p.m. in room 121 of the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation on the MCLA campus. Presented on Thursdays throughout the spring semester, this series is free and open to the public.

“Sustainable Food and Farming” will focus on the past, present, and future of how food is produced and distributed in our region and strategies for improving the sustainability of our food system.

“This series offers students and community members an opportunity to learn more about how food makes its way to our plate, and choices we have as individuals and as a society about how to ensure that everyone is able to enjoy fresh, healthy food now and in the future,” said Dr. Elena Traister, MCLA professor of environmental science.

2/14
Community Outreach Volunteer Training
NbCC, 61 Main St, Suite 218
(413) 663-7588
5:30 - 8pm
Free
call for more information

Want to help your neighbors and be more engaged in our community? Become a Community Outreach Volunteer!

Northern Berkshire Neighbors is seeking community-minded individuals to take part in the Community Outreach and Civic Engagement Volunteer Training. Join over 60 Northern Berkshire residents who are now Community Outreach Volunteers! Trainings will be held on Thursdays from 5:30 to 8pm beginning on February 14th and running through July. As part of the training, participants will learn about the many local health and human service providers, and community organizations; engage in workshops and training on topics such as styles of leadership, accessing local government, community organizing, conflict management and more; complete a project that meets a community need or builds upon an existing asset.

No prior education or experience necessary. Applications are available at the nbCC offices, or at www.nbccoalition.org. For more info, call Glenda.
 

2/16
WINTERFEST!
Downtown
10 AM - 4 PM
Free
for more information

SATURDAY, FEB. 16TH, DOWNTOWN - All events are FREE

10 AM - 4 PM | Fun in the snow @ Colegrove Park & ice sculpting  on Main Street
10 AM - 3 PM | Winter Farmer & Artisan Market @66 Main Street (old Sleepy's space)  with Winterfest Homebrew Competition hosted by Bright Ideas Brewing
10 AM - Noon | hot cocoa, cookies & McCann Tech Robotics Team @ MountainOne Bank Lobby
Noon - 2 PM | Chowder competition @ The Green, 85 Main Street, Suite 105 & Community Campfire @ Holden & Main
1 - 3 PM | Horse-drawn wagon rides (line starts in front of MountainOne
2 - 4 PM | Ice skating & FREE skate rentals @ the Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink, 1267 Church Street, N.Adams,MA.

Thank you to our sponsors! We couldn't do this without you! North Adams Tourism, Greylock Federal Credit Union, MountainOne, Bright Ideas Brewing and the Green

 

Submissions

 

Deadline February 22
Reconnection: MCLA Alumni Exhibition Call for Submissions

MCLA Gallery 51 is pleased to announce an opportunity for ALL alumni to exhibit their work in a group exhibition highlighting their creative pursuits since graduation. It is a unique chance for the college to present the work of our alumni in our downtown gallery, highlighting the impact of an innovative liberal arts education and MCLA’s Alumni’s contribution to vibrant creative communities in North Adams and beyond.

Details and Apply online at:
https://goo.gl/forms/UNAqSlTYmlossXwT2

 

 

Wednesday January 30th

 

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.

Parents and Caregivers
Back to School Workshop
nbCC,  Conf. Room, 61 Main St., Suite 213
Registration is required, call (413) 663-7588
1 - 2 PM
for more information

Parents and Caregivers: Looking to go back to school? nbCC’s The Family Place is hosting a 1-hour workshop for those interested in furthering their education. A representative from Mildred Elley will present the programs that they offer and will answer any questions about going back to school. Registration is required, call (413) 663-7588. Childcare and transportation can be provided upon request.

Sit & Knit
The Spin-Off Yarn Shop, Norad Mill, Ste. 302
413-344-6257
2-4 PM & 5 - 7 PM
Free
for more information

Join us for fellowship and help with your project.  All knitters and crocheters are welcome!

The Spin-Off Yarn Shop has an extensive and beautiful selection of yarn for every budget.  The shop carries Malabrigo, Juniper Moon Farm, Ella Rae, Rowan, DanDoh, Urth, Freia, Toft, Frabjous, and many others, along with locally produced and hand-dyed yarns.  

We have patterns and books to provide inspiration for your next project. Knitting needles, crochet hooks, gifts, and must-have haberdashery are available.  For those finishing touches, we have thousands of beautiful buttons, making our button selection the best in the area.

ABC Read With Me - Every Child Ready to Read with new books!
The Family Center Playroom, 210 State St
413-664-4821
4 - 5 PM
Free (Please register)
for more information

Wednesdays January 23 and 30, February 6 and 11 from 4:00-5:00 pm in The Family Center Playroom, 210 State St, North Adams. We have new books and more reading fun with activities and learning toys to take home. For families and their children 2-5 years old. Call 413-664-4821 to register or sign up at Playgroup.

nbCC’s Teen Writing Workshop
nbCC Conference Room, 61 Main Street
413-663-7588
5 - 7 PM
Free
for more information

An afterschool 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.

 

Thursday January 31st

 

After-School Program
UNO Community Center, 157 River Street
(413) 663-7588
6:30-7:30pm
Free
for more information

Serving students in 4th Grade - 8th Grade. Healthy snack, homework assistance, tutoring, computer access and creative activities. Call or email Glenda at (413) 663-7588 ext. 20 or gmcarter@nbccoalition.org for more information.

State of the City
City Council Chambers, City Hall 10 Main St. 
(413) 663-7588
6:30-7:30pm
Free
for more information

Mayor Tom Bernard has announced that due to the anticipated inclement weather on Tuesday, January 29, he has rescheduled the State of the City address for Thursday, January 31, at 6:30 p.m.

The mayor will deliver his January 31 address from City Council chambers. It also will be broadcast live on Northern Berkshire Community Television channel 1303.

Comedy Coffee House
feat. Moody McCarthy
DPAC, Drury High School, 1130 South Church St
7 - 10 PM
$5-10/ person
for more information

The Drury Performing Arts Center is proud to announce comedian Moody McCarthy in our Comedy Coffee House event on January 31st at 7PM. Opening for the show (hosted by our own student Quintin DeMarsico) will be Mike Speirs. Assorted hot beverages will be available for purchase as well as a bake sale. Tickets for the event are $5 for students and $8 for general admission. There are also a limited number of premium, 4 seat tables available for $40. Wait service during the show is included in the ticket price for the tables. Tables are available for online purchase only. We hope to see you there!

 

Friday February 1st

 

Sit & Knit
The Spin-Off Yarn Shop, Norad Mill, Ste. 302
413-344-6257
2-4 PM & 5 - 7 PM
Free
for more information

Join us for fellowship and help with your project.  All knitters and crocheters are welcome!

The Spin-Off Yarn Shop has an extensive and beautiful selection of yarn for every budget.  The shop carries Malabrigo, Juniper Moon Farm, Ella Rae, Rowan, DanDoh, Urth, Freia, Toft, Frabjous, and many others, along with locally produced and hand-dyed yarns.  

We have patterns and books to provide inspiration for your next project. Knitting needles, crochet hooks, gifts, and must-have haberdashery are available.  For those finishing touches, we have thousands of beautiful buttons, making our button selection the best in the area.

Candle Making & Wine Tasting
Demarsico's Wine Cellar, 60 Roberts Drive #suite 211
6 - 8 PM
$22/ person
for more information

What goes better together than wine and candles?  

We've partnered with Demarsico Wine Cellars in North Adams to bring you our first Candle Making Class, partnered with wine tasting!

Come learn the art of soy candle making, while you taste from a variety of local wines made by our friends Glen & Cheryl Demarsico here in North Adams.

$22.00 includes all of your candle making supplies, as well as a full wine tasting of 5 wines of your choice, or one single glass of wine of your choice.  At the end of the evening, you will take home your art to share with your family and burn in your home.The winery will be open all night to sell glasses and bottles as we have a fun an informational evening!

Please feel free to bring something to share such as cheese and crackers, fruits, charcuterie, etc.

Choice of scents will include Savignon Blanc and Merlot wine fragrances.

Only 25 spots are available for this event so please book your tickets soon.

Shut The Folk Up: Melissa Brinton & Ciarra Fragale
Location released when you RSVP.
6:30 PM
$10/person
for more information
RSVP; You gotta be on the list to get in.

Melissa A Brinton, a native of Pittsfield, Mass., is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. She'll perform original music––a blend of folk and jazz. She writes about real life experiences and make-believe experiences. She has a particular interest in Irish ballads and jigs. Her musical inspirations include Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos, Jewel, and The Beatles, among many others.

Ciarra Fragale is a solo indie pop singer/songwriter from New York's Hudson Valley. By blending the nostalgic traditions of songwriting with unique new-wave sensibilities, she creates a sound all her own. "Her individuality resonates through her songwriting, sustaining a rich sound." (Sauna Sessions)

RSVP

Doors at 6:30
No Entry after 7:30
Show: 7:40
$10 (Cash or Card)
$8 If you bring a snack to share!

Knitting Nights
Common Folk, 73 Main St.
wearecommonfolk@gmail.com
7 - 9 PM
By donation
for more information

Come to the Common Folk space and knit with folks alike! There's plenty of space and materials for use. Participation by donation. Yarn/fabric is "fill a bag" for $3 and attendees can get 20% off that.

Facilitator: Casey Nivens

Donny Sawyer
VFW Post 996 North Adams, 573 Mohawk Trl.
(413) 664-9042
8 PM
Free
for more information

Donny is back! If you've heard him, you love him and if you haven't, you should!

The Midnight Revival Band w/Sinking
Pitcher’s Mound Pub, 218 Ashland St.
(413) 663-8390
9 PM
Free, 21+
for more information

Joe Mansman and The Midnight Revival Band with special guest Sinking

 

 

Saturday February 2nd

 

National Girls and Women in Sports Day
Amsler Campus Center Gym, MCLA
8:30AM - 3PM
FREE to girls, $5 for women
for registration and more information

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) announces it will host this year’s National Girls and Women in Sports Day event from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, in the James T. Amsler Campus Center Gym, on the second floor of the Center.

Winter Farmers Market 
The Green, 85 Main, Suite 105
potvinsara@gmail.com
9 AM - 1 PM
Free
for more information

Join us for our Monthly WINTER Farmers Market!

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 through May, from 9am - 1pm. We accept EBT/Debit/CC.

Our Market Match Program has unfortunately run out of funds for the 2018-2019 season. Fundraising efforts are underway to ensure its return in June for the 2019-2020 season! Please be aware that we CAN still accept SNAP, this only affects our SNAP doubling program.

FEBRUARY MARKET VENDORS WILL INCLUDE:

Assembly Coffee Roasters; Berkshire Hills Fresh Dog Food; Caroline"s Scottish Shortbread; Clarksburg Bread Co.; Cricket Creek Farm; ELMARTIN FARM; Fahey Family Honey Farm; Herbellion Apothecary; Jaeschke Fruit & Flowers Center; MonArtistic Pet Products; Mountain Girl Farm; Natalya's Ethnic Cousine; North Yeast Bakery; Square Roots Farm

PLUS Live Music from Ashley & Noah! Hope to see you there!

TEDx North Adams
Club B10 @ MASS MoCA
tedxnorthadams@gmail.com
12 - 9 PM
$45 - $47.86 (Limit 2 per person)
for more information

Our TEDxNorthAdams 2019 speakers:

Dr. Lisa Donovan: Will discuss her "Berkshire Blueprint" which would help small towns grow.
dysFUNKcrew: Step team using their differences to create community
Hamza Farrukh: Water specialist will talk about how water impacts community.
Craig Floyd: Manages a farm that gives 100% of their crops to people in need.
Kristen van Ginhoven: Shares her expertise on the integration and intersectionality of arts and activism across communities.
Ty Allan Jackson: Preaches literacy and accessibility to books.
Barbara Ann Malkas Ed.D: Discusses her findings on how creating inclusive communities makes strong communities.
Mark Stewart: Uses his musicianship to create specific and once in a lifetime moments.
Catherine Storing: Will break down why conflict is important to creating community.

 

Sunday February 3rd

 

Clarksburg PTG Annual Superbowl Pancake Breakfast
Clarksburg Elementary School, 777 W Crossroad, North Adams
8 - 11 AM
$10 adults, $6 Children 6 & Under
for more information

Join us for plain or blueberry pancakes with bacon or sausage, amazing raffles and great company!  Tickets available at the door: Adults $10, Children 6 & under $6

 

BEAT Tracking Club
Clarksburg State Park, 1199 Middle Rd
(413) 663-8469
9 AM - noon
Free
for more information

Join us in Clarksburg State Park, a 368-acre property comprised primarily of hardwood forest and Mauserts Pond. We will go around the pond on the trail, poking our heads into the woods and wetlands here and there looking for track and sign. In the past, we’ve found spoor of river otter, weasel, porcupine, gray fox, coyote, and deer.

No experience or knowledge necessary!

Free on the 3s
MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way
413-662-2111
All day
Free
for more information

MASS MoCA is free for North Adams residents on the 3rd of the month through June 2019.

Bring an official ID (or utility bill) to show you’re a resident of the 01247 and MASS MoCA’s galleries are yours for the day.

What to Expect

Looking for something to eat? Check out Lickety Split, our museum cafe, or other restaurants in downtown North Adams. There are several more options right here on our museum campus: Gramercy Bistro, Tunnel City Coffee, Bright Ideas Brewing, and A-oK Berkshire Barbeque.

VFW Super Bowl Party!
VFW Post 996 North Adams, 573 Mohawk Trl.
(413) 664-9042
5 - 11 PM
Free
for more information

Join us to watch the Super Bowl! We will have snacks and giveaways all night!

Feel free to bring a snack to share.

 

Monday February 4th

 

Pedal n' Wrench
North Adams Armory, 206 Ashland
bbeattie@nbccoalition.org or call 413-663-7588 Ext. 28
5 - 7 PM
Free
for more information

Pedal n' Wrench, North Adams Bike Collective, will have pop up open hours on  Monday, February 4th, 5p-7p at the North Adams Armory on Ashland Street. Please use entrance in back side of building, there will be signs. Bring your bike to share tools and bike stands for basic tune up and fixes or come check out and learn about the bike collective. For more information contact Bret Beattie, bbeattie@nbccoalition.org or call 413-663-7588 Ext. 28

Black History Month Event: “The Movement: 50 Years of Love and Struggle”
MCLA Venable Theater, MCLA Campus Center
7 PM
Free
for more information

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) announces that this year’s celebration of Black History Month include a number of events that are free and open to the public, including a one-man show performed by Emmy Award-winning actor Ron Jones, “The Movement: 50 Years of Love and Struggle,” which will take place at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4, in Venable Theater in MCLA’s Amsler Campus Center.

 

Tuesday February 5th

 

A Matter of Balance
The Green, 85 Main St., Ste 105
413-663-7588
9 - 11 AM
Free ( Pre-registration required)
call for more information

A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. A FREE series of 8 classes including tips to reduce fear of falling and increase strength and balance. January 8, 15,22,30 and February 5,12,19,26 from 9-11am at The Green located at 85 Main Street, North Adams. Pre-registration is required, call Bret or Amanda at (413) 663-7588.

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.

Preschool STEM Group
The Family Center, 210 State St.
413-664-4821
3:30 - 4:30 PM
Free
for more information

Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in The Family Center Playroom. Explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. For children ages 2.5-5 years old. A variety of FUN hands-on STEM activities for preschoolers.

Youth Leadership Program
nbCC Conference Room, 61 Main Street
413-663-7588
5 - 7 PM
Free
for more information

Tuesdays, 5 - 7pm, January 8, 15, 22, 29.UNITY staff engage local teens in a wide variety of exercises related to leadership skills such as communication, problem-solving, team work, identifying community needs, and project/event planning. For more information, email Tim Shiebler at tshiebler@nbccoalition.org or call the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition at (413) 663-7588.

 

Active Parenting -Ages 1-4 Years
The Family Center, 210 State Street
413-664-4821
5:30 - 7 PM
Free (Please Register)
for more information

Tuesdays January 29 and February 5, 12 and 19 from 5:30-7:00 pm at The Family Center, 210 State Street, North Adams. Learn about The 1-year-old Explorer, The 2-year-old Boss, The 3 year old Pal and The 4-year-old Adventurer. Typical behaviors, child development and positive discipline techniques will be covered. Includes a workbook, meal and on-site child care. Transportation if needed. Call 413-664-4821 to register.

Common Folk Presents:
Tuesday Tunes
Bright Ideas Brewing, 111 MASS MoCA Way
(413) 346-4460
6 – 7 PM
Free ($5-10 Donations to musician strongly encouraged)
for more information

Do you like live music? 
Do you like beer? 
Well come on down to @brightideasbrewing for Common Folk's #TuesdayTunes events. Donations go toward funding O+ North Adams. 

After-School Program
UNO Community Center, 157 River Street
(413) 663-7588
6:30-7:30pm
Free
for more information

Serving students in 4th Grade - 8th Grade. Healthy snack, homework assistance, tutoring, computer access and creative activities. Call or email Glenda at (413) 663-7588 ext. 20 or gmcarter@nbccoalition.org for more information.

 

From Our Neighbors

 
Thursday 1/30

Trivia Thursday at The Log!
The Log, 78 Spring St.
(413) 884-6073
8 - 10 PM
Free
for more information

Come on down to The Log and show your smarts! Every Thursday at 8pm The Log by Ramuntos brings you five competitive Rounds of trivia for you and your friends to match wits and come out on top! Trivia is always FREE and open to ALL! Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams, EVERY WEEK! It may even be a BIG PRIZE NIGHT! You Never Know. We'll See You Thursday...
Saturday 2/2

MUSIC TRIVIA
Adams Turn Hall,  6 Turners Avenue, ADAMS
Gail Burda  413-441-9177
7:30 PM
Free
for more information

Stop down to the Turn Hall in Adams on Saturday, February 2 at 7:30 pm for our next Music Trivia.  That's Super Bowl Eve - so you can expect it'll be super! We'll have five fun rounds. Teams of one to four.  Grab your friends - it's always free and open to all. Prizes to first place and maybe a bonus round for free beer!
Saturday 2/2
 
142nd Annual Fireman's Ball
Bounti Fare, 200 Howland Ave, Adams
(413) 743-0193
6 PM
$28/person, $55/couple
for more information

Come join us for a fun-filled night of dancing, live music, drinks and dinner on February 2nd. We are excited to share our Firemans Ball with the public hope to see you there!!
Sunday 2/3

FREE First Sundays at the Clark
Clark Art, 225 South St., Williamstown
(413) 458-2303
All Day
Free
for more information

Studies show that approximately 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February. Reverse this trend by refocusing and recommitting to the New Year ahead with a day of fresh perspectives, introspection, and inspiration at the Clark.

Spend some “me time” in the galleries, unplug by leaving your cell phone with our courtesy phone check and pick up a self-guide designed for personal reflection. In the Michael Conforti Pavilion, decorate a chalkboard to help you stay organized and face the rest of the year with a clean slate, then write a motivational letter to your future self to be sealed by you and mailed by us just in time for a six-month pick-you-up. “Caption This” in the Museum Pavilion to give new voice to an iconic Clark image, and visit the Manton Study Center for Works on Paper for a pop-up display featuring recent acquisitions from 11-3pm.

All activities and admission to the galleries are free as part of the Clark’s First Sundays Free program, supported by funding from the officers and employees of Allen & Company, Inc.

 

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