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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Dec. 13-19

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The annual Holiday Shindy returns to the former Shire City Sanctuary, now the Al-Khalil Cultural Center. Forty accomplished artisan vendors will sell their unique and distinctive offerings. Enjoy hot drinks from Dottie's Coffee Lounge and lunch from Braise Worthy while you shop. Shindy hours are Saturday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $3 and children under the age of 12 are free.

 
MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE

Seven make-up artists will be featured in Makeup Art: A Pop-up Show at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts. Entitled E³ (enhance, empower and express), the exhibit was created by students from Miss Hall's School. The one-night-only event will include live makeup demos by Boxxavine, Destiny Saunders, Lee Blackmer and Shay Albert, photography by Emma Adelson, Nico Zhou, Michelle Irene, Boxxavine, Destiny Saunders, Lee Blackmer and Shay Albert, and a photo booth. 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Plus... 
FRI Holiday Party at Proprietor's Lodge FRI Lauren Pellegrino & Josie Allen Price at Methuselah FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI Lita Williams at Hotel on North | SAT Anna May Duo at Mission | SAT The Refrigerators at The A | SAT Melissa Brinton at Rainbow | SAT Jason & Trev at Friends | SAT Don Sawyer at Proprietor's Lodge | SUN Lindsay Anne at O'Laughlin's | SUN Spurs USA at Italian American Club | MON Berkshire Athenaeum Book Club at Hotel on North | MON Jazz Night at Mission | TUE Green Drinks at Patrick's Pub | TUE Karaoke Dance Party at Thistle & Mirth | WED Beer and Carols at Zion Lutheran Church | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU Holiday Lights at Arrowhead | THU The Picky B's at Mission

 
FAMILY FRIENDLY

 
The December Make & Take at the Berkshire Athenaeum will feature snow-rnaments! Children in grades 2-5 and their caregivers are invited to decorate a snowman or snowflake ornament. Registration is required. 6-7 p.m.
Plus...
FRI WeeMuse Adventures at Berkshire Athenaeum FRI Beaver Busy w/Mass Audubon at Berkshire Athenaeum FRI Holiday Celebration at 18 Degrees FRI-THU Parenting Classes & Play Groups at 18 Degrees SAT Pop-up Play Day at Berkshire Museum SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum SAT We Can Be Heroes at Berkshire Museum SAT "Snowman with Blue Trees" Paint Party at Berkshire Paint & Sip SUN Discovery Tank Program at Berkshire Museum SUN FREE Photo with Santa at Crossroads MON Tiny Tots Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum MON Dungeons & Dragons at Berkshire Athenaeum TUE Read with Me: The Crossover at Berkshire Athenaeum TUE WeeMuse Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum WED Petite Picassos at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Winter Band Concert at Pittsfield High School THU Preschool Play & Learn at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Lego Club at Berkshire Athenaeum

 
WELLNESS

Join Olivia Martin for an Align & Refine Workshop: Forward Folds class at Radiance Yoga. Work through different exercises to enhance your forward folds, learn modifications to keep your practice safe, and learn more about the anatomy of the posterior chain. These poses are great for easing tension in the back of the body, calming the nervous system and creating an environment for introspection. 1-3 p.m. 
Plus...
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 Berkshire Salsa FRI-THU Various Classes at Pilates Fit | MON Common Yoga at Zion Lutheran Church

  COMMUNITY

 
Join Roots Rising in the Common Room at Zion Lutheran Church (74 First Street) for the last market of 2019! Shop for fresh, local and seasonal fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs, cheese, baked goods, coffee, art and more. The market accepts SNAP, HIP, debit cards and credit cards. Market Match is available while funds last - it's best to shop early! Plus: a chef demo with Leanne Yinger of Kira's Kitchen, make a holiday card for a senior, and more! 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
Plus...
ONGOING A Christmas Carol at The Colonial | SAT First United Methodist Bell Ringing Ensemble at Berkshire Museum | SAT Price Memorial AME Zion Christmas Bazaar at Berkshire Athenaeum | SUN Brunch w/the Convo Combo at Dottie's | SUN Family & Friends Craft Fair at Outlet at Pine Cone Hill | SUN Yule for Fuel at Zion Lutheran Church | MON Berkshire Trans Group at Berkshire Athenaeum | THU Open Swim at Gladys Allen Brigham Center | THU Holiday Lights at Arrowhead | THU Holiday Market at Dottie's

  LEARNING


Learn to paint a monogrammed dreamy pine forest on wood to benefit the Berkshire United Way at Berkshire Paint & Sip! All painting materials, two hours of instruction, light snacks and a donation are included in the $35 fee. BYOB. 6-8 p.m. 
Plus...
SAT Tours at Arrowhead | SAT $5 DIY Card Craft at Funky Phoenix | MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Classes at The Lichtens | MON Mediation for Every Day & Beyond at Knesset Israel | MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Classes at The Lichtenstein | TUE Green Drinks at Patrick's Pub | THU The Life & Music of George Frederick Root at Knesset Israel

 
FILM

FRI-MON Little Joe at The Little Cinema
Alice is a plant breeder at a corporation engaged in developing new species. She has engineered a very special flower, remarkable for its beauty and its therapeutic value: if kept at the ideal temperature, fed properly and spoken to regularly, this plant makes its owner happy. Against company policy, Alice takes one home for her son, Joe. They christen it "Little Joe" but as it grows, so does Alice's suspicion that her new creations may not be so harmless.
Plus...
ONGOING See What's New at The Beacon
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Pittsfield City Councilor Brings 16 Petitions to Meeting

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Newly elected Ward 7 Councilor Anthony Maffuccio started his term with a slate of 16 petitions ranging from simple municipal updates to new initiatives.
 
"They are just things that came up over the campaign trail," Maffuccio said before the City Council meeting Tuesday. "People talked to me about these things and while they are fresh in my head I'd like to put the ideas right out there." 
 
The majority of the petitions were kicked off to separate committees, subcommittees, or departments. Many that made the agenda were also routed to committees, subcommittees, or departments by Council President Peter Marchetti.
 
Maffuccio first asked the city assessor to provide a list of vacant lots and buildings and a date for public auction. This was directed to the Director of Finance Matthew Kerwood who said this list already exists and will be made available to councilors who not yet have it.
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