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North Adams Happenings: Dec. 11-17

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NOW through DECEMBER 23rd  - FREE MASS MoCA Admission for Berkshire Residents
MASS MoCA celebrates the Berkshires this holiday season offering FREE admission to all Berkshire County residents from Friday, December 6, through Monday, December 23.
Galleries open 10am-5pm every day but Tuesdays, with art-making in Kidspace on the weekends. Show us proof* of Berkshire County residence, and give us your email and mailing address (so we can stay in touch!) and enjoy the art for free.
* an ID, or utility bill will do the trick.

DECEMBER 22nd  - 2nd Annual Menorah Lighting
Mayor Thomas Bernard invites all members of the North Adams community to mark the first night of Chanukah and to join in the city’s second annual menorah lighting on Sunday, December 22, 2019, at 5 p.m.
The brief ceremony will be held in Dr. Arthur Rosenthal Square on West Main Street across from City Hall. We are honored to have Rabbi Rachel Barenblat joining us to share a few words.
The lights of the menorah, lit during the eight days of Chanukah, represent the miracle of restoring light to the Temple in Jerusalem as it was rededicated during the second century B.C.E. Today the lights of Chanukah are a reminder of light and hope during dark times.. More Information.
Wednesday 12/11
9:00 A.M. (FREE), SOCIAL, Open Hours UNO Community Center, 157 River Street, (413) 664-4612 More information.

10:00 A.M. (FREE), KIDS, Terrific Tots Playgroup The Family Center, 210 State Street, (413) 664-4821 More information. 


11:30 A.M. (FREE), KIDS, Little Wonders Baby Playgroup The Family Center, 210 State Street, (413) 664-4821 More information.

5:00 P.M. (FREE), TEENS, nbCC's Teen Writing Workshop  nbCC Conference Room, 61 Main Street, (413) 663-7588 More information.

5:30 P.M. (FREE), TALK, Local Color: Artists from The Studios at MASS MoCA  TOURISTS Welcome, 915 State Road, (413) 346-4933 More information.

6:00 P.M. (FREE), HIKE, Full Moon Hike or Snowshoe  TOURISTS Welcome, 915 State Road, (413) 346-4933 More information.

8:00 P.M. (FREE), GAMES, Trivia Night! Ramunto's, 67 Main Street, (413) 398-5152 More information.

8:00 P.M. (FREE), MUSIC, THOMPSON SPRINGS  HiLo North Adams, 55 Union Street More information.

Thursday 12/12

9:00 A.M. (FREE), SOCIAL, Open Hours UNO Community Center, 157 River Street, (413) 664-4612 More information.

 

4:00 P.M. (FREE), TUTORING, After School Program UNO Community Center, 157 River Street, (413) 664-4612 More information.

5:30 P.M. ($20, registration required), CELEBRATION, North Adams Dems Holiday Social Boston Seafood Restaurant, 160 American Legion Drive, (413) 663-8740 More information.


5:30 P.M. ($9), DINNER, Chili Dinner North Adams Elks, 100 Eagle Street, 413-664-9039 More information.

5:30 P.M. (FREE), MUSIC/INTERACTIVE, Phil Kline's Unsilent Night - North Adams UNO Community Cener, 157 River Street More information.

7:00 P.M. ($5/members, $10/non-members), KIDS, Open Gym Night J Star Gymnastics, 69 Union Street More information.

8:00 P.M. ($12 adv, $15 at the door), MUSIC, Billy Wylder at HiLo HiLo North Adams, 55 Union Street More information.

Friday 12/13
10:00 A.M. (FREE), KIDS, Drop-In Playgroup The Family Center, 210 State Street, (413) 664-4821 More information.

10:00 A.M. (FREE), MONTHLY FORUM, nbCC's Monthly Forum: Mental Health in the Community *First Congregational Church in Williamstown, (413) 663-7588 More information.

10:30 A.M. (FREE), KIDS, Snowy Day Family Activitiy The Family Center, 210 State Street, (413) 664-4821 More information. 

12:00 P.M. (FREE), SOCIAL, Open Hours UNO Community Center, 157 River Street, (413) 664-4612 More information.

4:15 P.M. (FREE), MUSIC, Kids 4 Harmony Winter Concert City Hall Lobby, 10 Main Street, (413) 662-3000 More information.

6:00 P.M. ($1 and up), GAMES, BINGO! North Adams Elks 487 Lodge, 100 Eagle Street, (413) 664-9039 More information.

6:00 P.M. ($25), FUNDRAISER, MUSICAL BINGO! For Toys for Tots Mingo's Sports Bar & Grill, 41 Roberts Drive, (413) 346-4067 More information.

6:30 P.M. (FREE), FAMILY MOVIE, Free Dads and Kids Movie Night - The Muppets Christmas Carol
The Green, 85 Main Street, Suite 105, paul@terranovachurch.com More information.

7:00 P.M. ($10), MIXED MEDIA, Holiday Hallucinations @Common Folk Common Folk, 73 Main Street More information.

8:00 P.M. ($18 adv, $20 at the door), MUSIC, The Sweetback Sisters' Country Christmas Singalong Spectacular HiLo North Adams, 55 Union Street More information.

9:00 P.M. (FREE), MUSIC, Karaoke Friday! State Street Tavern, 167 State Street, (413) 664-9152 More information.
Saturday 12/14
10:30 A.M. (FREE), KIDS, Explore: Hanukkah North Adams Public Library, 74 Church Street, (413) 662-3133 More Information

11:00 A.M. (FREE), KIDS, Cookies and Cocoa With Santa! North Adams Commons Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, 175 Franklin Street, (413) 664-4041 More Information

12:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. (FREE), CEREMONY, Wreaths Across America Ceremony and Wreath Laying Veterans Memorial Park, Center Street More information.

1:00 P.M. ($7, Pre-registration required), CRAFT, SNOW GLOBE MAKING WORKSHOP ROOTS Teen Center, 43 Eagle Street, (413) 398-4088 More information.

1:00 P.M. ($10, Pre-registration required), FAMILY, Cocoa and Crafts! Artsy Avenue, 151 Eagle Street More information.

5:30 P.M. (FREE for members, $20/gen. admission), OPENING, Opening Reception: Ledelle Moe MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way, (413) 662-2111 More information.

7:00 P.M. ($15 adv, $18 at the door), MUSIC, The Sea The Sea HiLo North Adams, 55 Union Street More information.

8:00 P.M. ($10-30), MUSIC, David Neumann: Distances Smaller Than This Are Not Confirmed MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way, (413) 662-2111 More information.
Sunday 12/15
1:00 P.M. ($5, Pre-registration required), CRAFT, Painting Workshop ROOTS Teen Center, 43 Eagle Street, (413) 398-4088 More information.

2:00 P.M. (FREE), MUSIC, Drury High School Winter Concert Drury High School, 1130 Church Street, (413) 662-3240 More information.

2:00 P.M. (FREE), CELEBRATION, 5th Annual Community Christmas Party! All Saints Berkshires Episcopal Church, 59 Summer Street, (413) 664-9656 More information.
Monday 12/16
4:30 P.M. (FREE), MEET UP, nbCC Bike Collective Open Hours North Adams Armory, 206 Ashland Street, (413) 663-7588 More Information

5:00 P.M. (FREE), KIDS, Winter Craft Making North Adams Public Library, 74 Church Street, (413) 662-3133 More Information

5:00 P.M. ($10), CRAFT, Doodle a Pint Bright Ideas Brewing, 111 MASS MoCA Way More Information
Tuesday 12/17
10:30 A.M. (FREE), KIDS, Toddler Story Time North Adams Public Library, 74 Church Street, (413) 662-3133 More Information

3:30 P.M. (FREE), KIDS, Preschool STEM Group The Family Center, 210 State Street, 413-664-4821 More Information

3:30 P.M. (FREE), KIDS, After-school Story Time North Adams Public Library, 74 Church Street, (413) 662-3133 More Information

4:30 P.M. (FREE), GAMES, ROOTS Teen Center Game Night ROOTS Teen Center, 43 Eagle Street More Information

5:00 P.M. (FREE), CELEBRATION, North Adams Chamber of Commerce Christmas Party and Networking Event  Studio 9 at the Porches Inn, 231 River Street, (413) 664-0400 More information.

5:00 P.M. (FREE), TEENS, nbCC's Youth Leadership Program  nbCC Conference Room, 61 Main Street, (413) 663-7588 More information.

5:00 P.M. (FREE), WELLNESS, Movement Maintenance WOW Workshop  Berkshire Strength, NORAD Mill, 60 Roberts Drive, (413) 663-7588 More information.

6:00 P.M. ($5-10 Suggested Donation), MUSIC, Tuesday Tunes  Bright Ideas Brewing, 111 MASS MoCA Way More information.

6:30 P.M. (FREE), TUTORING, After School Program UNO Community Center, 157 River Street, (413) 664-4612 More information.

7:00 P.M. (FREE), MUSIC, Riverside Brothers in Residence  HiLo North Adams, 55 Union Street More information.

FROM OUR NEIGHBORS
  Saturday, December 14,  7:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. - WILLIAMSTOWN - Owner Appreciation Day Wild Oats Market

Sunday, December 15,  10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. - WILLIAMSTOWN - Berkshire Grown Holiday Farmers Market

Weekends through December 22, 2019, 5:00 P.M. - ADAMS -Tinseliner Trains with Santa Claus

Weekends through December 31, 2019, 5:00 P.M. - STOCKBRIDGE -  Winterlights at Naumkeag

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Guest Column: Statement on Sentencing in Steele-Knudslien Murder

Guest Column
As the region's longest-serving LGBTQ organization, Berkshire Stonewall Community Coalition has closely followed the case of the murder of Christa Steele-Knudslien, the North Adams resident and founder of the Miss Trans New England Pageant. 
 
Today [Thursday], her murderer has been sentenced to life in prison with eligibility for parole after serving 25 years. In the two years since we lost Christa, the community has rallied around her memory and inspiration. In North Adams, a grassroots task force was founded in reaction to her death and those of other residents killed by their partners. This led to the Berkshire County Domestic and Sexual Violence Task Force, a coalition of community agencies such as Elizabeth Freeman Center, law enforcement, and the court system, currently working to end domestic violence in Berkshire County for good. 
 
On the brighter side, over the past two years the Berkshire Pride Festival has grown to be a major event, celebrating and uplifting the trans community that Christa cared about so much. An annual award for local LGBTQ leaders has been established in her name and with her spirit. Clothing swaps have happened where Berkshire residents shared the joy and beauty of being trans, the same goal Christa had in mind when founding her pageant. Rainbow Seniors and the Berkshire Trans Group expanded their meetings, providing support and connection from Williamstown to Great Barrington.
 
Politically, a local contingent spent hours organizing and fighting to pass the state ballot measure last year that made Massachusetts the first state to successfully defend an attack on a trans rights bill, setting a strong precedent for human rights across the nation. And we mourned, as a community, at each Trans Day of Remembrance, a national event that struck home when we read Christa's name amongst those murdered.
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