Community Bulletin Board

(12/1-11) THE SHEFFIELD POLICE OFFICER ASSOCIATION IS CELEBRATING THE USMC RESERVES TURNING 100, BY ASSISTING THE US MARINES OUT OF WESTOVER AIR FORCE BASE IN PROVIDING HOPE TO THE LESS FORTUNATE YOUTH BY ACCEPTING NEW AND UNWRAPPED TOYS FROM ANY AGE UP TO 12. THE SHEFFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 10 SOUTH MAIN ST, IS THE DESIGNATED DROP OFF SITE FOR TOYS. TOYS MAY BE DROPPED OFF AT ANY TIME NOW UNTIL DECEMBER 11TH . TOYS THAT ARE REPLICATIONS OF WEAPONS ARE NOT ENCOURAGED. ALSO, IF YOU KNOW OF ANY FAMILIES WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM THIS FOUNDATION, PLEASE HAVE THEM REGISTER ONLINE AT WESTERNMASS.TOYSFORTOTS.ORG . IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT ANY OFFICER WITH THE SHEFFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT.

(11/16-12/16) THE “CROWD-SOURCED” BUSINESS PLANNING PROGRAM FOR YOUNG PEOPLE KNOWN AS ENTRY TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP WILL BE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS UNTIL FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16TH. ANYONE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 14 AND 25 INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT BUSINESS IS ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. YOUNG PEOPLE MAY EXPRESS THEIR INTEREST BY VISITING WWW.BERKSHARES.ORG/CONTENT/ENTRY-ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND FILLING OUT A SHORT APPLICATION. APPLICATIONS WILL CLOSE ON DECEMBER 16TH. STUDENTS WILL BE NOTIFIED OF THEIR ACCEPTANCE BY DEC. 23RD, AND WEEKLY CLASSES BEGIN JAN.25TH. NOW ENTERING ITS THIRD YEAR, THE PROGRAM IS OFFERED BY BERKSHARES, INC. IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE MASS. SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER NETWORK’S BERKSHIRE REGIONAL OFFICE AND IN COLLABORATION WITH BERKSHIRE COMMUNITY COLLEGE.

(11/23-12/24) IN THIS SEASON OF HOLIDAY GIVING BERKSHIRE COUNTY’S NONPROFITS ARE OFTEN THE BENEFICIARIES OF OUR COMMUNITY’S GENEROSITY, PROVIDING THE IMPORTANT FUNDING THAT HELPS THEM CARRY OUT THEIR MISSIONS ALL YEAR LONG. YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT THESE ORGANIZATIONS IN A NEW 128-PAGE GIVING GUIDE FROM THE NONPROFIT CENTER OF THE BERKSHIRES, TITLED “GIVING BACK: YOUR GUIDE TO CHARITABLE OPPORTUNITIES IN THE BERKSHIRES”. YOU CAN PICK UP A FREE COPY AT THE NONPROFIT CENTER’S OFFICE AT 40 RAILROAD STREET IN GREAT BARRINGTON OR AT ANY NUMBER OF LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT BERKSHIRE COUNTY INCLUDING HERE AT WSBS, ALL BRANCHES OF LEE BANK AND ADAMS COMMUNITY BANK. THE GUIDE CAN ALSO BE ORDERED ONLINE AT NPCBERKSHIRES.ORG.

(12/2) OLDTONE PRODUCTIONS BRING SWING NIGHT TO DEWEY HALL, 91 MAIN STREET, SHEFFIELD, STARTING FRIDAY DECEMBER 2ND. THE COOLEST CATS IN TOWN SWING IN SHEFFIELD. COME AND JOIN THE GANG. FREESTYLERS WELCOME AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO BRING A PARTNER (USUALLY PLENTY TO GO AROUND). EAST COAST SWING LESSON WITH ELIZABETH ORENSTEIN AND JASON FENTON STARTS AT 8:00. LUCKY 5 WILL PLAY STARTING AT 8:30. FOR MORE INFO: 413-717-1255 OR EMAIL BETH@OLDTONEMUSICFESTIVAL.COM . STARTING IN 2017 SWING NIGHT WILL HAPPEN THE SECOND SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH.

(12/2) BERKSHIRE SOUTH REGIONAL COMMUNITY CENTER INVITES YOU TO “STOP, DROP & SHOP!”, THIS SATURDAY, DEC. 3 FROM 12:30-5:30 PM. IT’S $25 FOR MEMBERS, $35 PER CHILD FOR GUESTS. CONTACT BERKSHIRE SOUTH FOR INFO: 413-528-2810, ONLINE AT BERKSHIRESOUTH.ORG .

(12/2) IF YOU LIKE MURDER MYSTERIES, DON’T MISS “FASHION WEEK IN THE BERKSHIRES CAN BE MURDER”, AT 6 PM SATURDAY DEC. 3 AT THE EGREMONT COUNTRY CLUB, GREAT BARRINGTON. IT’S BEING SPONSORED BY “TEAM IMAGINE” TO BENEFIT THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY RELAY FOR LIFE. TICKETS ARE $50 , WHICH INCLUDES APPETIZERS, DINNER & ENTERTAINMENT. THERE WILL BE A CASH BAR. ALL TICKETS WILL BE SOLD IN ADVANCE, SO TO GET YOURS, CALL TERRI AT 413-446-0552 OR EMAIL TERRI19@ROADRUNNER.COM .

(12/3) CHRIST TRINITY CHURCH HOLDS ITS ANNUAL HOLIDAY BAKE SALE ON SATURDAY, DEC. 3 FROM 10AM-2 PM. YOU’LL FIND BAKED GOODS, CANDIES, JAMS & JELLIES, FRUIT CAKES AND PICKLED ITEMS FOR SALE. STOP IN FOR THE GOURMET SOUP LUNCHEON 11:30-1:30. CHRIST TRINITY CHURCH IS AT 180 MAIN STREET, RT. 7, SHEFFIELD. THERE’S FREE ADMISSION AND PLENTY OF PARKING. CALL 413-229-8811 OR GO ONLINE TO CHRISTTRINITYSHEFFIELD.ORG FOR MORE INFO.

(12/3) FRIENDS OF THE GREAT BARRINGTON LIBRARIES AND THE COUNCIL ON AGING ARE SPONSORING A FREE SCREENING OF THE 2016 DOCUMENTARY, “91%: GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA” AT THE CLAIRE M. TEAGUE SENIOR CENTER. THE EVENING BEGINS WITH A FREE WINE AND CHEESE SOCIAL AT 7PM, FOLLOWED BY THE 74 MINUTE FILM AND DISCUSSION. THE EVENT IS FREE AND ALL ARE WELCOME. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL THE CLAIRE M. TEAGUE SENIOR CENTER, 917 MAIN ST., GT. BARRINGTON, 413-528-1881.

(12/3) THE WOMEN’S SERVICE LEAGUE OF THE FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF STOCKBRIDGE WILL HOLD ITS ANNUAL HOLLY FAIR ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, FROM 10 AM – 3 PM AT 4 MAIN STREET, STOCKBRIDGE. IT FEATURES CRAFTS, BAKED GOODS, GIFTS, ORNAMENTS, GREENERY, LUNCHEON, SANTA CLAUS, GRANDMA’S ATTIC, AND MORE. FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY, ALL PROCEEDS TO CHARITY.

(12/3) A TOYS FOR TOTS EVENT IS COMING UP ON SAT. DEC 3RD FROM 11 TO 3 AT THE SHEFFIELD HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S RAYMOND HOUSE ON MAIN ST, SHEFFIELD, NEXT TO THE MOBIL STATION. IT’S SPONSORED BY THE SHEFFIELD POLICE DEPT AND SHEFFIELD HISTORICAL SOCIETY. YOU’RE ASKED TO BRING AN UNWRAPPED TOY OR SOME CANNED GOODS. BRING YOUR CAMERA TOO, AND TAKE A PICTURE WITH SANTA ON A ONE HORSE SLEIGH OR 1800’S-ERA CARRIAGE! RAINDATE IS SUNDAY DEC.4.

(12/3) THIS SATURDAY (DEC. 3) THE SANDISFIELD HOLIDAY FAIR WILL BE HELD AT FIREHOUSE #2, 207 SANDISFIELD RD.(RT 57) FROM 10 AM UNTIL 2 PM. THERE WILL BE A BAKE SALE, CRAFTS, PENNY AUCTION, VENDORS, MR. & MRS. CLAUS, RAFFLES, MINIATURE PONIES, CHILDREN’S CRAFTS, AND…LUNCH WILL BE AVAILABLE!

(12/3) SOUTHFIELD CHURCH WILL PRESENT THEIR 4TH HOLIDAY MARKET ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3RD, FROM 10 AM-3 PM. THE MARKET FEATURES ARTISTS, BAKERS, CRAFTERS, FARMERS AND WRITERS FROM NEW MARLBOROUGH AND SLIGHTLY BEYOND. THE SOUTHFIELD CHURCH OFFERINGS WILL INCLUDE A DECADENT HOT CHOCOLATE BAR AND FRESH BAKED CINNAMON ROLLS. CERTAIN PROCEEDS FROM THE DAY’S SALES WILL HELP FUND THE CHURCH’S DEACON’S ASSISTANCE FUND FROM WHICH EMERGENCY FUNDS ARE PROVIDED TO OUR NEIGHBORS IN NEED. ENJOY A LITTLE HOLIDAY CHEER SAT DEC. 3RD AT SOUTHFIELD CHURCH, 234 NORFOLK ROAD, SOUTHFIELD VILLAGE IN NEW MARLBOROUGH.

(12/3) OLD CHATHAM QUAKER MEETING WILL SCREEN “THE SINGING REVOLUTION” SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3 AT 7 PM, POTLUCK AT 6:00 PM, IN THE OLD CHATHAM QUAKER MEETINGHOUSE, 539 COUNTY ROUTE 13, OLD CHATHAM, NY, ACROSS FROM PITT HALL ROAD AND POWELL HOUSE. THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED AND A MODERATED DISCUSSION WILL FOLLOW. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 518-766-2992. FOR DIRECTIONS: OLDCHATHAMQUAKERS.ORG

(12/3) THE SHEFFIELD COUNCIL ON AGING PRESENTS A HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR THIS SATURDAY DEC. 3 FROM 3-5 PM! THERE WILL BE TREE TRIMMING, VERONICA CUNNINGHAM READING THE STORY “A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES”, AND A COOKIE EXCHANGE (PLESAE BRING 2 DOZEN TO SWAP & 1 DOZEN TO SHARE). IT TAKES PLACE AT THE SHEFFIELD SENIOR CENTER, 25 COOK ROAD AND IS OPEN TO ALL, INCLUDING SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES. PLEASE CALL TO REGISTER: 413-229-7037.

(12/3) ST. MARY’S SCHOOL’S ANNUAL MAGICAL EVENING DINNER WITH SANTA WILL BE SAT. DEC.3RD. “ST. MARY’S HAS SANTA AS A GUEST, CAN’T WAIT TO SEE HIM…HE’S THE BEST! I’LL BRING MY LIST, HE CAN CHECK IT TWICE! PAJAMAS ARE FINE, WON’T THAT BE NICE?! THERE’S DINNER, RAFFLES AND SINGING A SONG! BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW…BEFORE THEY’RE GONE!” (LAST YEAR’S EVENT WAS A SELLOUT). TICKETS ARE $12 IN ADVANCE OR $15 AT THE DOOR WITH A FAMILY MAXIMUM OF $50. THAT’S SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3TH, 5:30 TO 8 PM AT ST. MARY’S SCHOOL, 115 ORCHARD STREET, LEE, MA. FOR TICKETS CALL ST. MARY’S AT 413-243-1079.

(12/3) SATURDAY DECEMBER 3RD FROM 10 AM-3 PM, THERE WILL BE A HOLIDAY FAIR AT THE FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF LEE. A HOST OF HANDCRAFTED ITEMS AND FOOD WILL BE AVAILABLE. THERE WILL ALSO BE A SANTA’S ATTIC WITH GENTLY USED CHRISTMAS ITEMS AND A NEARLY NEW SHOP WITH OTHER GENTLY USED ITEMS. LUNCH WILL BE SERVED STARTING AT 11 AM. FRESH-CUT CHRISTMAS TREES WILL ALSO BE SOLD. THE CHURCH IS LOCATED IN THE CENTER OF LEE OFF ROUTE 20 AT 25 PARK PLACE, BEHIND TOWN HALL. PARKING IS AMPLE. WHEELCHAIR ACCESS IS AT THE END OF THE DRIVE ON THE RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF THE CHURCH.

(12/3) BERKSHIRE SOUTH IS PLANNING ITS 1ST EVER LASER TAG TOURNAMENT! FRIDAY DEC 9 FROM 6:30-8:30 PM. IT’S $10 TO PRE-REGISTER, AND $12 AT THE DOOR, BUT DON’ T WAIT—A MINIMUM OF 30 PARTICIPANTS ARE NEEDED TO MAKE THIS A “GO”, SO GET YOUR TEAM TOGETHER & SIGN UP IN ADVANCE. STOP IN AT BERKSHIRE SOUTH, 15 CRISSEY RD., GREAT BARRINGTON OR CALL 413-528-2810.

(12/3) OLDTONE PRODUCTIONS STANDS WITH STANDING ROCK!! ROCK OUT TO LUCKY 5, EASY RIDIN’ PAPAS, OXBOW ROAD, CHRIS NEUMANN, AND MORE IN A BENEFIT CONCERT TO SUPPORT THE PROTEST EFFORT AT STANDING ROCK. FUNDS WILL BE SENT TO THE OFFICIAL OCETI SAKOWIN (SEVEN COUNCIL FIRES) CAMP. THE CONCERT IS THIS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3RD, AT DEWEY HALL, 91 MAIN STREET, SHEFFIELD, FROM 7-11. $20 AT THE DOOR, CASH ONLY, AND ADDITIONAL DONATIONS ENCOURAGED.

(12/3) PHOEBE BRIGHT, STONE COURT WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE, READS FROM HER WORK THIS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3 AT 3 PM AT THE MOUNT, 2 PLUNKETT STREET, LENOX. REFRESHMENTS AND CONVERSATION WITH THE AUTHOR WILL FOLLOW. ADMISSION IS FREE. VISIT EDITHWHARTON.ORG OR CALL 413-551-5100 FOR MORE INFORMATION.

(12/3) THIS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3 AT 5PM, “UNSILENT NIGHT”, AN ORIGINAL COMPOSITION FOR BOOMBOX BY COMPOSER PHIL KLINE WRITTEN SPECIFICALLY TO BE HEARD OUTDOORS AS AN INTERACTIVE HOLIDAY STREET PARADE, MAKES ITS HUDSON DEBUT FOR THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF WINTER WALK. THIS SPECIAL EVENT IS IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE EXHIBITION “THE BOOMBOX PROJECT” BY PHOTOGRAPHER LYLE OWERKO, WHICH RUNS THROUGH DEC. 23RD AT THE HUDSON OPERA HOUSE, 327 WARREN STREET, HUDSON, NY. FOR MORE INFO VISIT HUDSONOPERAHOUSE.ORG .

(12/4) THE MUDDY BROOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PTA’S ANNUAL ONLINE AUCTION IS UNDERWAY, AND WILL CONTINUE THROUGH SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4TH at 8PM. THIS IS THEIR MAIN FUNDRAISER AND SUPPORTS A WIDE RANGE OF ENRICHMENT PROGRAMMING, INCLUDING ARTIST RESIDENCY PROGRAMS, FIELD TRIPS, AND MUCH MORE! THANKS TO THE GENEROSITY OF MANY LOCAL BUSINESSES AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS, THERE ARE MORE THAN 150 ITEMS READY TO BID ON, WITH SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE, FROM THE FUN TO THE PRACTICAL AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN. VISIT BIDDINGFORGOOD.COM/MBPTA TO JOIN THE FUN!

(12/4) IMPROVE YOUR STROKE AND ENHANCE YOUR LAP SWIM WORKOUT WITH STROKE IMPROVEMENT WORKSHOPS AT BERKSHIRE SOUTH, UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF EXPERIENCED INSTRUCTOR PEGGY HARNER. ANOTHER WORKSHOP IS COMING UP FROM 6:30-7:30 P.M. ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6. SPACE IS LIMITED; PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE. MEMBERS $10 GUESTS $15 PER WORKSHOP. CALL 413.528.2810 OR EMAIL INFO@BERKSHIRESOUTH.ORG FOR INFORMATION.

(12/5) ON SATURDAY, DEC. 17, AT 5 P.M. FOR YOUNGER AUDIENCES AND 7 P.M. FOR THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE, THE OLGA DUNN DANCE COMPANY WILL PRESENT A HOLIDAY SHOW. JUNIOR COMPANY DANCERS AND FACULTY WILL PERFORM EXCERPTS FROM THE NUTCRACKER, 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS, AND PREVIEW UPCOMING NEW DANCES. TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR FOR $10 PER PERSON, CHILDREN UNDER TEN FREE. REFRESHMENTS WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE. THE PERFORMANCES WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE HOLIDAY DECORATED STUDIO PERFORMANCE SITE IN THE HISTORIC GREAT BARRINGTON TRAIN STATION, 46 CASTLE STREET, GREAT BARRINGTON. SEATING IS LIMITED. CALL (413) 528-9674 FOR MORE INFORMATION OR FOR RESERVATIONS.

(12/5) “THIS MUSLIM AMERICAN LIFE” IS THE TOPIC OF THE NEXT “WHO THE PEOPLE” LECTURE ON MONDAY DEC. 5 AT 5 PM IN BLODGETT HOUSE AT BARD COLLEGE AT SIMON’S ROCK. THE SPEAKER WILL BE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK PROF. MOUSTAFA BAYOUMI, WHO IS THE AUTHOR OF THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED AND AWARD-WINNING BOOK “HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE A PROBLEM?: BEING YOUNG AND ARAB IN AMERICA”. THE PROGRAM IS FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

(12/6) THE GREAT BARRINGTON TOWN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE WILL MEET ON DECEMBER 6 AT 5:30 P.M. IN THE GREAT BARRINGTON SELECTMEN’S ROOM. THE AGENDA WILL INCLUDE DISCUSSING THE ELECTION, STARTING ON WARRANT ARTICLES, A POSSIBLE TOWN RECALL VOTE, AND THE MAY TOWN MEETING AND ELECTION.
ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND. FOR MORE INFORMATION EMAIL: ANDY MORO: AMORO47@GMAIL.COM OR CALL PATRICK FENNELL 413-528-9106

(12/6) ON TUESDAY & WEDS., DECEMBER 6 & 7, TOWN PLAYERS OF PITTSFIELD IS HOLDING AUDITIONS FOR A STAGED READING OF “OPUS TO MOONLIGHT” BY REN CAMPBELL, AT 7PM AT THE DIRECTOR’S HOME, 27 ALEXANDER TERRACE IN PITTSFIELD. NEEDED FOR THE CAST ARE A TWELVE YEAR OLD GIRL, SIX WOMEN, AGES TEENAGER THROUGH EIGHTIES, AND SEVERAL MEN OF VARYING AGES. PLEASE CONTACT THE DIRECTOR, MARION CIMINI, AT 443-1954 WITH QUESTIONS.

(12/7) THE GREAT BARRINGTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY IS PRESENTING A SPECIAL PROGRAM: “PEARL HARBOR 75TH ANNIVERSARY” ON WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7TH, AT 7 PM AT THE TEAGUE SENIOR CENTER, SOUTH MAIN STREET, GREAT BARRINGTON. LOCAL HISTORIAN DAVID RUTSTEIN WILL SPEAK & WILL INTRODUCE AN EYEWITNESS TO THE ATTACK, WHO WAS A 10-YEAR OLD LIVING IN HONOLULU WITH HER PARENTS AT THE TIME. ITEMS ON DISPLAY WILL INCLUDE THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE, NEW YORK TIMES, AND LIFE MAGAZINES DETAILING THE ATTACK AND A LARGE MAP OF THE PACIFIC WAR AREA IN 1941. THE PROGRAM IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

(12/7) LUNCH N’ LEARN WITH RABBI NEIL P.G. HIRSCH AT HEVREH OF SOUTHERN BERKSHIRE. ON WEDNESDAYS, DECEMBER 7, 14, & 21, FROM 11:45-1 PM, THE SUBJECT WILL BE “JEWS & CHRISTIANS: THE BIRTH OF TWO SIBLING FAITHS”. YOU WILL STUDY THE HISTORY THAT DESCRIBES THE FOUNDATIONS FOR WHAT REALLY ARE TWO SIBLING FAITHS. THE PORTRAIT OF THESE SIBLING FAITHS INFORMS OUR UNDERSTANDING OF INTERFAITH RELATIONS, TODAY AS WELL. ALL ARE WELCOME. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO BRING A BAG LUNCH. HEVREH IS LOCATED AT 270 STATE ROAD, GREAT BARRINGTON; ONLINE AT HEVREH.ORG .

(12/7) ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7 AT 7 PM, LOCAL AUTHOR AND PHOTOGRAPHER CHRISTY BUTLER WILL PRESENT A FREE BOOK TALK/POWER POINT PRESENTATION AT THE BERKSHIRE ATHENAEUM, 1 WENDELL AVENUE, PITTSFIELD. HIS BOOK, “ROCKACHUSETTS: AN EXPLORER’S GUIDE TO THE AMAZING BOULDERS OF MASSACHUSETTS”, PROVIDES NEW HIKING DESTINATIONS AND FUN-FILLED ADVENTURES FOR ALL. THE PRESENTATION IS SPONSORED BY THE FRIENDS OF THE BERKSHIRE ATHENAEUM. THE PROGRAM IS APPROVED FOR BCC FORUM CREDIT.

(12/8) SCREENAGERS, THE FILM ABOUT GROWING UP AND FINDING BALANCE IN THE DIGITAL AGE, WILL SCREEN THURSDAY, DEC. 8, 6:30PM AT MONUMENT MOUNTAIN REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL, GREAT BARRINGTON. SPONSORED BY THE SOUTHERN BERKSHIRE SHARED SERVICES PROJECT, GREAT BARRINGTON RUDOLF STEINER SCHOOL AND THE BERKSHIRE WALDORF HIGH SCHOOL, THE FILM WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A DISCUSSION MODERATED BY BERKSHIRE HILLS REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT DR. PETER DILLON, WITH A PANEL OF EXPERTS FROM OTHER LOCAL SCHOOLS. FREE ADMISSION; ALL ARE WELCOME. PARENTS OF CHILDREN 5TH GRADE AND UP ARE ENCOURAGED TO BRING THEIR CHILDREN TO THE SCREENING. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT MONUMENT MOUNTAIN REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL AT 413-528-3346 OR VISIT MMRHS.BHRSD.ORG, BERKSHIREWALDORF.COM , OR GBRSS.ORG .

(12/9) TOWN PLAYERS OF PITTSFIELD PRESENTS “CHRISTMASTIME IN THE CITY- HOLLYWOOD” AT 8PM FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9 & SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, AND AT 2 PM ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11. PERFORMANCES WILL BE AT THE WHITNEY CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 42 WENDELL AVENUE IN PITTSFIELD. PLEASE CALL THE BOX OFFICE FOR RESERVATIONS 413-443-9279.

(12/10) ST. PATRICK’S CHURCH IN WEST STOCKBRIDGE IS HOLDING ITS 19TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY COOKIE WALK ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10 FROM 9-11:30 AM. YOU WILL BE ABLE TO CHOOSE FROM A WIDE VARIETY OF COOKIES WHICH WILL BE SOLD BY WEIGHT.

(12/10) WARD’S NURSERY, GARDEN CENTER & CHRISTMAS SHOP, ON MAIN ST., GREAT BARRINGTON, HAS JUST ADDED A MEET THE AUTHOR AND BOOK-SIGNING EVENT FROM 10 A.M. TO NOON ON SATURDAY DECEMBER 10, TO ITS LINE-UP OF HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES. LOCAL AUTHOR DEBORAH ZAMPERINI HEWINS WILL MEET PATRONS AND SIGN COPIES OF HER PICTURE BOOK, “NOBODY NOTICES BENTLY”, ILLUSTRATED BY NICHOLAS LEWIS. THE BOOK ENCOURAGES YOUNG READERS TO HAVE SELF-CONFIDENCE AND INSPIRES THEM TO APPRECIATE THE WONDERS OF NATURE. ADMISSION IS FREE AND COPIES OF THE BOOK ARE $14.95 EACH.

(12/10) ON SATURDAY. DECEMBER 10 AT 2 PM, RITA PARISI OF WATERFALL PRODUCTIONS WILL BE YOUR HOSTESS FOR AN EDWARDIAN CHRISTMAS TEA AT THE BERKSHIRE ATHENAEUM, 1 WENDELL AVENUE, PITTSFIELD. ENJOY SOME HOLIDAY CHEER, AS MRS. GORGON, PLAYED BY RITA PARISI, TRANSPORTS YOU BACK TO CHRISTMAS 1908. FIND OUT WHAT MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN WANTED IN THEIR CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS THAT YEAR AND HEAR HER PREPARATIONS FOR A CHRISTMAS DINNER. SPONSORED BY THE FRIENDS OF THE BERKSHIRE ATHENAEUM, THE EVENT IS FREE & IS APPROVED FOR BCC FORUM CREDIT. CALL (413) 499-9480 FOR INFO.

(12/10) THE RICHMOND-WEST STOCKBRIDGE ARTIST’S GUILD HOLDS ITS HOLIDAY FINE ART SHOW NOW THROUGH DEC. 10 AT THE LENOX LIBRARY’S WELLES GALLERY. THE SHOW WILL FEATURE PAINTINGS, SCULPTURE, POTTERY AND OTHER WORKS, INCLUDING MANY SMALLER PAINTINGS AND UNFRAMED PIECES, BY LOCAL ARTISTS. THE HOLIDAY FINE ART SHOW WILL BE OPEN FROM 10 AM TO 5 PM TUESDAYS THROUGH SATURDAYS, AND TUESDAY EVENINGS UNTIL 8:00 P.M. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT RWSAG.ORG OR EMAIL INFO@RWSAG.ORG .

(12/10) SATURDAY DECEMBER 10, 3-5 PM, BERKSHIRE STRINGS & DEWEY HALL PRESENT: BERKSHIRE STRINGS FIDDLE JAM, A NEW MONTHLY ADDITION TO THE DEWEY HALL OFFERINGS, FOR TRADITIONAL FIDDLE TUNES BY REQUEST. $10 SUGGESTED DONATION. RSVP TO ERIKA@BERKSHIRESTRINGS.COM .

(12/12) BERKSHARES PRESENTS THE FINAL WORKSHOP IN THEIR “BRINGING ‘BUY LOCAL’ FULL CIRCLE” SERIES. IT WILL BE IN GREAT BARRINGTON ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 12TH AT 5:30 PM, AT THE BRYANT BUILDING OF IREDALE MINERAL COSMETICS. THE CO-SPONSOR IS BERKSHIRE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS AND YOU CAN RSVP FOR THAT WORKSHOP VIA FACEBOOK.

(12/13) D.O.P.E. (DISCUSSING OUR PERSONAL EXPERIENCES) MEETS ON THE 2ND AND 4TH TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH, FROM 6:45-8 PM AT BERKSHIRE SOUTH REGIONAL COMMUNITY CENTER. IT SEEKS TO BRING TOGETHER ADDICTS, FAMILIES, FRIENDS, TEACHERS, DOCTORS, POLITICIANS, POLICE OFFICERS, THERAPISTS AND ANYONE ELSE INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE TERRIBLE DISEASE OF ADDICTION AND TRYING TO FIND A SOLUTION. ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CALL BERKSHIRE SOUTH AT 413-528-2810 EXT.15.

(12/15) IS183 OFFERS SOMETHING TO BE THANKFUL FOR THIS SEASON. IS183 ART SCHOOL IS OFFERING MEMBER PRICES IF YOU REGISTER FOR CLASSES, WORKSHOPS, ARTS NIGHT OUT, ETC. BETWEEN NOW AND THEIR HOLIDAY BREAK, DECEMBER 22! TO REDEEM YOUR DISCOUNT MAKE SURE TO SAY “IS183 GIVES THANKS TO CREATIVE HEARTS” WHEN REGISTERING. PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE AT IS183.ORG, OR CALL 413-298-5252 EXT.100 .

(12/15) THE GREAT BARRINGTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM EXHIBIT, “THE GREATEST GENERATION”, HONORS OUR COMMUNITY’S CONTRIBUTION TO THE WAR EFFORT. ARTIFACTS INCLUDE WORLD WAR II-ERA UNIFORMS & GEAR, TANK & ARTILLERY MODELS, TRAINING MANUALS, PICTURES, AWARDS, CITATIONS, MAGAZINES & NEWSPAPERS. THE DISPLAY WILL BE OPEN SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS IN DECEMBER FROM 10-2. THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM IS AT THE WHEELER FARMSTEAD, 817 SOUTH MAIN ST., JUST SOUTH OF THE FAIRGROUNDS.

(12/16) YOU’RE INVITED TO ENJOY A HOLIDAY CONCERT WITH SAMANTHA TALORA & RON RAMSAY AT THE AMERICAN LEGION, 41 WENDELL AVE. IN PITTSFIELD ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16TH AT 7:30PM. THE DUO WILL PRESENT “SONGS OF THE SEASON” JOINED BY EILEEN MARKLAND ON VIOLIN. TICKETS ARE $20 WITH A SPECIAL TICKET PRICE OF $10 FOR VETERANS AND ACTIVE MILITARY MEMBERS. DOORS OPEN AT 6:45; A FULL BAR WIL BE AVAILABLE. FOR RESERVATIONS CALL 413-212-4459, EMAIL INFO@SAMANDRON.COM OR GO ONLINE TO SAMANDRON.COM.

(12/17) LEE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, 25 PARK PLACE IN LEE, BRINGS YOU “SOUNDS OF THE SEASON” ON FRI. & SAT. DEC. 16 & 17 AT 7 PM. THE CHRISTMAS ANGELS CHORUS, DIRECTED BY JIM MORRISON WILL PROVIDE WONDERFUL MUSIC. COME EARLY TO ENJOY A SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY THE LEE BELL CHOIR AT 6:30 PM. THERE WILL ALSO BE A VISIT FROM SANTA FOR THE KIDS, AND FREE REFRESHMENTS. ADMISSION IS FREE & THE EVENT IS HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE.

(12/17) BERKSHIRE GROWN WILL HOLD ITS POPULAR HOLIDAY FARMERS’ MARKETS AGAIN THIS SEASON, AT MONUMENT VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL ON MONUMENT VALLEY ROAD, GREAT BARRINGTON. THEY’LL RUN FROM 10AM-2 PM ON SATURDAYS DEC. 17, JANUARY 14TH & FEB. 18TH. THEY’LL FEATURE LOCAL VEGGIES, CHEESES, MEATS, BREADS, APPLES AND CRAFTS, PLUS MUSIC, FOOD, & FUN FOR KIDS. MORE INFO ONLINE AT BERKSHIREGROWN.ORG .

(12/17) THE COLONIAL THEATER, 27 RAILROAD ST., CANAAN CT, PRESENTS A FAMILY HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR, FEATURING “THE LATE SHOW’S GOSPEL CHOIR”. THIS SPECIAL EVENT WILL BE ON SAT., DEC.17TH AT 7 PM, HOSTED BY THE MUSIC LAB. HOT CHOCOLATE, COOKIES & POPCORN WILL BE AVAILABLE AT INTERMISSION. TICKETS ARE $25 EACH OR $75 FOR A FAMILY 4-PACK. CHILDREN 5 AND UNDER ADMITTED FREE. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE BY CASH OR CHECK AT STADIUM SYSTEM, 297 ASHLEY FALLS RD., CANAAN CT., OR THURSDAYS & FRIDAYS FROM NOON-2 AT THE COLONIAL THEATER, 27 RAILROAD ST., CANAAN CT. FOR INFO CALL C.CLAYDON AT 860-671-7991.

(12/18) HIGH & MIGHTY THERAPEUTIC RIDING AND DRIVING CENTER HOLDS ITS ANNUAL CAROLING TO THE HORSES, SUNDAY DEC 18 FROM 4-6PM. HELP RING IN THE CHRISTMAS CHEER BY ENJOYING HOLIDAY GOODIES AND SERENADING THEIR HERD! BRING HORSEY TREATS TO STUFF THE HORSES’ STOCKINGS AND TO SHARE WITH NEIGHBORING RESCUE FARMS. DRESS WARMLY. HIGH & MIGHTY IS LOCATED AT 71 COUNTY ROAD 21C, GHENT, NY. FIND OUT MORE BY CALLING 518-672-4202 OR EMAIL INFO@HIGH-N-MIGHTY.ORG.

(12/19) TOWN PLAYERS OF PITTSFIELD WILL HOLD ITS NEXT QUARTERLY MEMBERSHIP MEETING ON DECEMBER 19 AT 7PM AT THE WHITNEY CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 42 WENDELL AVE. IN PITTSFIELD. IT’S AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT MAKES THIS COMMUNITY THEATER TICK. ANYONE WITH AN INTEREST IN THEATER, WHETHER ON STAGE, BEHIND THE SCENES OR IN THE AUDIENCE IS WELCOME. MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO BRING FRIENDS. THE SHORT BUSINESS MEETING WILL BE FOLLOWED BY ENTERTAINMENT AND REFRESHMENTS.

(12/20) BERKSHIRE SOUTH REGIONAL COMMUNITY CENTER, 15 CRISSEY ROAD, GREAT BARRINGTON, HOSTS FREE COMMUNITY SUPPERS FROM 5-6 PM EVERY MONDAY. ENJOY A DELICIOUS MEAL PREPARED BY SOME OF THE FINEST CHEFS IN THE BERKSHIRES. NO RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. GREET YOUR NEIGHBORS, MEET NEW FRIENDS! DONATIONS ARE GRATEFULLY ACCEPTED. THEY ALSO COLLECT NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS FOR LOCAL FOOD BANKS, SO PLEASE CONTRIBUTE IF YOU CAN.

(12/20) BARD COLLEGE AT SIMON’S ROCK PRESENTS “CLEARING”, A SOLO EXHIBIT BY NEW YORK AND EGREMONT-BASED ARTIST KATHLEEN JACOBS, NOW THROUGH DECEMBER 21. LOCATED IN THE DANIEL ARTS CENTER’S HILLMAN-JACKSON GALLERY, THE EXHIBIT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC WEEKDAYS FROM 10 A.M. TO 6 P.M. AND WEEKENDS 2 TO 6 P.M.

(12/20) WANT TO GET INVOLVED WITH THE COMMUNITY? THE RAILROAD STREET YOUTH PROJECT HAS BEEN WORKING TO OPEN LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AND PROMOTE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT FOR YOUTH SINCE 1999. THEIR MAIN GOAL IS TO EMPOWER YOUTH AND LET THEIR VOICES BE HEARD. DROP IN FOR THEIR WEEKLY YOB (pronounced: yee-ah-buh) MEETINGS FOR SOME REFRESHMENTS AND BI-WEEKLY RAFFLES EVERY TUESDAY AT 4PM IN FRONT OF THE GREAT BARRINGTON SKATEPARK. FOR MORE INFO, CALL: 413-528-2475.

(12/23) PHOTOGRAPHER LYLE OWERKO’S “THE BOOMBOX PROJECT” IS ON VIEW AT THE HUDSON OPERA HOUSE. THE EXHIBIT FEATURES FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHS OF VINTAGE BOOMBOXES, THOSE ICONIC PORTABLE MUSIC BOXES. THE EXHIBIT MAY BE SEEN THROUGH DECEMBER 23 AT THE HUDSON OPERA HOUSE, 327 WARREN STREET, HUDSON, NY.

(12/27) SHEFFIELD KIWANIS GATHERS EVERY TUESDAY AT THE BRIDGE RESTAURANT, RTE 7, SHEFFIELD. AN OPTIONAL DINNER AND SOCIALIZING BEGINS AT 6:30 FOLLOWED BY THE MEETING AT 7:15. YOU ARE WELCOME TO COME AND LEARN WHAT KIWANIS IS ALL ABOUT. SHEFFIELD KIWANIS PROUDLY SERVES THE TOWNS OF ALFORD, EGREMONT, GREAT BARRINGTON, MONTEREY, MT. WASHINGTON, NEW MARLBOROUGH AND SHEFFIELD. VISIT THEM ON THE WEB AT SHEFFIELDKIWANIS.ORG .

(12/30) SATURDAY DECEMBER 30 AT 7PM, SHEFFIELD CONTRA DANCERS & DEWEY HALL PRESENT THE FOURTH AND FINAL SHEFFIELD CONTRA DANCE OF 2016. SUGGESTED DONATION IS $10-15 FOR ADULTS, $8 FOR STUDENTS, AND THERE’S A $25 FAMILY MAXIMUM.

(12/30) BERKSHIRE BACH PRESENTS: “BACH AT NEW YEAR’S”: A CELEBRATION OF BRANDENBURGS – ALL SIX CONCERTOS! FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30 AT 7:30PM AT THE ACADEMY OF MUSIC, NORTHAMPTON, MA AND SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 AT 6PM AT THE MAHAIWE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, GREAT BARRINGTON. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR THE NORTHAMPTON PERFORMANCE AT (413) 584-9032 X105 OR ONLINE AT ACADEMYOFMUSICTHEATRE.COM . FOR DEC. 31ST AT THE MAHAIWE, CALL (413) 528-0100 OR VISIT MAHAIWE.ORG.

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