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North Adams Happenings: Feb. 13-19

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North Adams Happenings:  February 13 - 19
Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events
 

Save the Date

 

2/21
Family Fun Day - Let’s Skate!!!
Vietnam Veterans Skating Rink located at 1267 Church Street, N.A.
413-663-7588, ext 11 RSVP by Feb. 14
12:30 – 2:30pm
Free
call to RSVP

nbCC’s The Family Place and the City of North Adams are offering FREE ice-skating for all families with children. Snacks, hot beverages and ice skates are provided at no cost. Children MUST be accompanied by an adult. If you are in need of transportation, please contact Stephanie Puc at 413-663-7588, ext 11 by February 14th.

3/29 - 3/30
High Mud Comedy Festival
MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way
413-662-2111
Various times
$75 2-Day Preferred, $45 2-Day Early Bird, $20 2-Day Student
for more information

Our annual salute to a few funny things will gather world champion comedians to enlighten us with humor in this heightened moment. Come for laugh-filled workshops, wickedly mocking museum tours, and hilarious musical interludes.

 

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 February 13

 

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.

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.

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.

February Pints & Pages Discussion: Everything is Horrible and Wonderful
Bright Ideas Brewing, 111 MASS MoCA Way
(413) 346-4460
6 – 8 PM
Free
for more information

Hey all! February discussion will take place on Wed. 2/13 at 6pm. This month's pick is "Everything is Horrible and Wonderful", a memoir by Stephanie Wittels Wachs.

Socializing begins at 6, discussion begins at 6:15!

**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!**

Ben Pirani - Live in the Lodge
TOURISTS, 915 State Road
(413) 346-4933 | stay@touristswelcome.com
8 - 10 PM
Free, cash bar/food
for more information

Soul music is many things to Ben Pirani: It’s positive and it’s hopeful. It’s a soundtrack for struggle, which is where soul music came from in the first place. Real soul can’t be faked — it’s an expression of self that is so much more than mimicry of the sounds that have come before. “It’s called soul music,” Pirani says. “You’re supposed to sing from your heart and your soul and not your record collection.”  

Don't miss this rare solo set from Ben in the intimate TOURISTS lodge.

 

Thursday February 14th

 

 

MCLA Green Living Series: “Realizing the New England Food Vision,” presented by Julia Freedgood, assistant vice president of programs at America Farmland Trust   
Room 121, Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation on the 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.

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

Game Night!
Bright Ideas Brewing, 111 MASS MoCA Way
(413) 346-4460
7:30 - 9 PM
Free
for more information

Join us for a raucous evening of WDYM hosted by John Del Sordo and the BIB crew. If you've never played, it's like Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity, but with memes and NSFW (except for us of course, because we work here.)

 

Friday February 15th

 

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.

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

Create & Empower: An Arts Workshop for Women
AR Designs Fine Art & Tattoo, 18 Holden St.
(413) 464-1110
6-8 PM
$15.00 per person
for more information

Open to 12 participants. Join local women in a creative event of nurturing and honoring themselves through art. With the beautiful setting of AR Designs we will delve into the deliciousness of relaxing creativity.  This mixed media workshop will introduce the concept of experiential creativity where we will learn from one another and have the freedom to cultivate our visual voice with warmth and excitement. You will leave with a piece of art that speaks directly to you.  Please bring a personally significant object, something that speaks to you that day.

-All other materials are provided

Underground Sounds: Community Open Mic
ROOTS Teen Center, 43 Eagle St.
(413) 398-4088
6:30 - 9:30 PM
Free
for more information

Come one, come all! ROOTS presents Underground Sounds: An Open Mic series geared toward folks of all ages and open to the community. Come perform with us: poets, musicians, artists, magicians, and all of the like, and enjoy a night of awesomly talented individuals! All art forms are welcome.

Sign ups start at 6:30pm. Come early to make sure you get on the list. And don't forget to invite and share this with your friends!

Free Admission, but donations are strongly encouraged!

Free Taco Bar.

Car Seat Headrest with Naked Giants
MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way
413-662-2111
8 PM
$25/Advanced, $35/Day of, $50/Preferred
for more information

“They are the kinds of perfect, instantly familiar pop songs that echo in the background of your dreams.” — The New Yorker

Born from outsider origins and indie pop, Car Seat Headrest has evolved from the homespun solo-project of Will Toledo to a four-piece outfit that generates intricate masterworks of pop music and draws comparisons to everyone from the Beach Boys to Pavement. See the internet’s finest IRL, when Car Seat Headrest combines forces with Naked Giants for a night of postmodern punk, enigmatic witticisms, and irresistibly head-banging tunes.

 

Saturday February 16th

 

North Adams 22nd Annual WINTERFEST!
Downtown
10 AM - 4 PM
Free
for more information

Thank you to our sponsors! We couldn't do this without you!

North Adams Tourism, Greylock Federal Credit Union, MountainOne, First Hartford Realty, Bright Ideas Brewing and the Green

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

9 AM - 3 PM | 6th Annual Spin In @ All Saints Episcopal Church - Wool Spinning, fiddle bands, poetry
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
11 AM - 1 PM | Children’s Activities at the Winter Carnival at the First Baptist Church
11 AM - 1:30PM | Open Gym play at J Star Gymnastics
Noon - 2 PM | Chowder Competition @ The Green, 85 Main Street, Suite 105
Noon - 2 PM | 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.

Birdsong Gallery and Boutique will be offering 10% off of products from their music room. Located on Eagle St.

FBCNA Parent's Night Out
First Baptist Church, 131 Main St
(413) 663-3780
5 PM - 8:30PM
for more information

All ages welcome to join us for crazy games, a craft, and a Movie. Pizza will also be served. The cost is $20 per family.

Live Music: State of the Union and Pavlov’s Dog
Key West Lounge, 159 State St.
9 PM
Free
for more information

Don’t miss this one...from Boston, State of the Union, brings their unique flair to the Berkshires!  

 

Tuesday February 19th

 

February Vacation Baseball Clinic
Amsler Campus Center Gym at MCLA
(413) 884-5388 or michael.gladu@mcla.edu
9 AM - 2 PM
Free (you MUST pre-register)
for more information

MCLA Baseball coaches and players will be hosting their annual February Vacation Baseball Clinic for players 8-12. The clinic will run Tuesday-Friday the week of February Vacation from 9am-2pm in the Amsler Campus Center Gym at MCLA.

The clinic will place an emphasis on skills development and teaching the fundamentals of the game of baseball in a fun team-centered environment.

Players will need to bring their baseball gear and a peanut-free lunch. All players must be preregistered by contacting Coach Mike Gladu at (413) 884-5388 or michael.gladu@mcla.edu.

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.

Winter Birds Program for Youth
North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St
(413) 662-3133
2 PM
Free
for more information

Mariah from the Berkshire Natural Resources Council will join the North Adams Public Library on Tuesday, February 19th at 2:00 p.m. in the Youth Services Department for a reading of Birds in Winter, accompanied by a lesson on what birds you might see during the cold months. Each child will make a bird feeder to take home. The lesson in geared toward 1st- 4th graders but any interested youth are welcome!  Call the Youth Services Department at 413-662-3133, ext. 14 for more information.

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.

Monthly MIC Inc. Meeting
The Green, 85 Main St., Ste. 105
5:30 PM
Free
for more information

Join us for the monthly meeting of Men Initiating Change(MICinc) as we continue to develop and act on initiatives to empower marginalized members of our communities in Northern Berkshire County.

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 Ryan Jackson
Bright Ideas Brewing, 111 MASS MoCA Way
(413) 346-4460
6 – 7 PM
Free ($5-10 Donations to musician strongly encouraged)
for more information

Every Tuesday at Bright Ideas Brewing! Common Folk brings you local musicians in an intimate setting.

Ryan Jackson, a member of Cactus Attack, is a singer from Rhode Island with sultry vocals and killer lyrics.

Come down to your local brewery for some #TuesdayTunes!
$5-$10 Strongly Suggested Donation! While we don't have a cover charge, we hope that you can throw a few (or more) dollars in the chalice to help support these AMAZING musicians!

 

From Our Neighbors

 
Friday 2/15

The Berkshire Blueprint 2.0: Launch
Colonial Theatre, 111 South St, Pittsfield
(413) 997-4444
9:30 - 11:30 AM
Free
for more information

Join 1Berkshire, members of the Berkshire County legislative delegation, and numerous stakeholders and partner organizations as they share the culmination of 2 years of work, and to help launch into the implementation phase, The Berkshire Blueprint 2.0. This event is free and open to the public, but we ask that you please register via the ticket link for logistics planning.

 

Sunday 2/17

Inhabiting the Landscape: Winter at the Clark
Clark Art, 225 South St., Williamstown
(413) 458-2303
2-3:30 PM
Free
for more information

Join Grounds Manager Matthew Noyes for a winter stroll and learn about the Clark’s approach to winterizing the museum’s 140-acre campus. Take in the beauty of the Berkshire winter during a walk-and-talk on the museum grounds, learn more about how the Clark balances fine art aesthetics with a commitment to environmental responsibility, and hear about all of the opportunities for fun seasonal activities on Stone Hill. After the guided walk, borrow a pair of snowshoes and explore the campus on your own!

 

Visitors should meet at the Orientation Center located outside the entrance to the Clark Center. Space is limited and registration is required. Extreme weather cancels this event.

Friday 2/15

Free Community Play Night
Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield
5:30 - 7:30PM
Free
for more information

Join us as we kick off Ten Days of Play! Families are invited to try all of our exciting, child-directed activities free of charge during this fun community event.

Explore "Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion," build towering structures in the Crane Room, break and make in the Tinker Lab, and more!

Free and open to the community.

Generously sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union.

This year's Ten Days of Play takes place Friday, February 15 through Sunday, February 24. For a complete schedule of events, visit berkshiremuseum.org.

Ten Days of Play is part of Pittsfield's Annual 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival.

Tuesday 2/19

Social Change Film Series: Jewel’s Catch One
Williams College Paresky Auditorium, Williamstown
7 PM
Free

And, as part of the “Social Change Film Series” offered in a collaborative effort by MCLA, Williams College and Bennington College, the public is invited to a free screening of “Jewel’s Catch One” (2016) on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m., in Williams College’s Paresky Auditorium.

 

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