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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Dec. 20-26

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Mark "Monk" Schane-Lydon inhabits every role in this hilariously touching stage adaptation of the iconic holiday film It's a Wonderful Life at the Whitney Center for the Arts. George Bailey, Clarence, Mr. Potter and the gang come to life as a single actor creates a heartwarming story about the effect one hardworking man's life has on the people around him.
FRI JB's Acoustic Gravel at Proprietor's Lodge FRI WordXWord Story Slam at Dottie's FRI Wintergreen at Bread & Roses Cafe FRI DJ Dance Party at Methuselah FRI Tom Savoy at Hotel on North FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow FRI MAD Crew Holiday Gala at The A SAT Desserts & Teen Music w/Tristan Cormier at Dottie's SAT Ugly Sweater Party w/Sawyer Country at Elks Lodge | SAT Livio Gravini at Proprietor's Lodge | SAT Garson & Sullivan at Proprietor's Lodge | SAT Last-minute DIY Christmas Crafts at Uncorked | SUN Lindsay Anne & Duffy at PortSmitt's | SUN Tommy T & Black Velvet at Italian American Club | MON Jazz Night at Mission | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU The Picky B's at Mission


The Official Book Release for local author Dan Sadlowski's new children's book, The Universe Is Rooting for You! will be held at Barnes & Noble from 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Purchase your copy and have it signed by the author and artists! The first 50 customers will receive a special gift to go with the book! This fun-loving tale is a creative reminder of how loving and awe-inspiring the natural world around us truly is.
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 Festival of Trees After Dark at Berkshire Museum SAT Desserts & Teen Music w/Tristan Cormier at Dottie's SUN Discovery Tank Program at Berkshire Museum MON Snowman Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum MON Nerdy Board Game Lunch at Berkshire Athenaeum MON Dungeons & Dragons at Berkshire Athenaeum TUE Chanukah Family Festival at Holiday Inn THU Teen Tech: Reboot at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Lego Club at Berkshire Athenaeum


Join Berkshire Running Center for the 8th annual Jingle Bell Run to benefit The Berkshire Eagle's Santa Toy Fund. The run is free, fun and unofficial. No registration, timing, or chips - just bells, balls and tinsel! 10 a.m. Stick around afterwards for the BRC's last sale of the season and save 15% off of gift cards and 20% off of all apparel, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
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 SAT Winter Solstice Yoga Celebration at Radiance Yoga SAT Sufferfest Cycle at Berkshire Running Center SUN Restore & Renew Yoga with Massage at Radiance Yoga | MON 15/15/15 at Berkshire Running Center TUE Peace & Love Holiday Flow at Radiance Yoga THU Holiday Detox Yoga at Radiance Yoga


'Tis the season for holiday cheer and there is lots of it at City Hall! In celebration of the holiday season, the little ones (and adults, too!) are invited to visit City Hall from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20 to take a special tour. Check out the festive doors and decorations throughout the building. Plus, Santa will make a special appearance for pictures and free candy canes!

Don't miss the holiday bake sale at St. George Greek Orthodox Church.  The sale will feature traditional Greek pastries (baklava, kourambiedes, melomakarona, pasta flora, snowballs, Greek thumbprint cookies, traditional gingerbread cookies, koulouria and more).  And new this year - spanakopita! What a wonderful treat for the holidays! 
Saturday, Dec 21 
73 Bradford Street 

FRI-SAT A Christmas Carol at The Colonial | SAT Rainbow Seniors Talk & Listen Group at Berkshire Athenaeum | SAT Paint "Holiday Pittsfield Park" to benefit First Fridays Artswalk at Berkshire Paint & Sip | SUN Brunch w/Redshift at Dottie's | SUN St. Stephen's Church Handbell Ringers at Berkshire Museum TUE Chanukah Family Festival at Holiday Inn WED Pay-what-you-can Pancake Christmas at Otto's


Just in time for the holidays, learn to create a classic centerpiece at Township Four on either Saturday at 5 p.m. or Monday at 6 p.m. There will be a large selection of florals from which to choose. No prior experience is needed. Classes fill up fast and prior registration is required.
SAT Christmas Flower-arranging Workshop at St. Stephen's Church | SAT Paint "Holiday Pittsfield Park" to benefit First Fridays Artswalk at Berkshire Paint & Sip | SAT Last-minute DIY Christmas Crafts at Uncorked | SUN Paint "Family Christmas Tree" to benefit Pittsfield Bear Care at Berkshire Paint & Sip | MON The Magic Dreidel at Knesset Israel | MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Classes at The Lichtenstein | THU Current Affairs at Knesset Israel


FRI-MON To Be of Service at The Little Cinema
To Be of Service is a feature documentary that explores complex stories of veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the service dogs with which they are paired. These dogs bring independence and a feeling of safety, along with a new measure of happiness and hope to these brave warriors we sent into war.
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