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Wednesday, January 7 • 9-10 a.m. - Blood pressure and health counseling sponsored by the Lee Regional Visiting Nurse Association, Inc. and the Lee Board of Health. Phone: 413-243-1212 - Lee Regional VNA offices, 32 Park Street, Lee • 10 a.m. - Preschool Story Time. Phone: 413-662-3133 - North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St., North Adams. For information phone 413-662-3133 or visit naplibrary.com • 10 a.m. - Story time. Please call to register - there are openings in the Wednesday group. Info: 413-743-8345 - Adams Free Library, located on Park Street at McKinley Square, Adams • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. - CHP-Healthy Communities Access Project will host free health screenings, health education information and health insurance enrollment assistance. Please call Luci at 413-528-9311 ext. 2147 for additional information or questions. - Becket Town Hall, Becket • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Community Outreach Van - Free Health Insurance Enrollment & Health Screenings. Phone 413-445-9215 - Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Open House for the salon/cosmetology program. Info: 413-442-0333 - Mildred Elley School, 505 East Street, Pittsfield • 10:30 a.m. - Story time. Info: 413-458-5369 - David and Joyce Milne Public Library, 1095 Main Street, Williamstown • 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Blood pressure and health counseling sponsored by the Lee Regional Visiting Nurse Association, Inc. and the Egremont Board of Health Phone: 413-243-1212 - Egremont Town Hall • 4-6 p.m. - Free community supper - a free spaghetti supper with other members of the community! To reserve a seat phone 413-528-2810. - Berkshire South Regional Community Center, 15 Crissey Rd., Great Barrington • 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. - S.H.A.P.E. Club Weight Loss Support Group - Lee Council on Aging Community Room. For information phone 413-446-5925.l • 5:30 to 7 p.m. - VNA & Hospice of Northern Berkshire offers bereavement support group - Info: 413-6644536 - VNA & Hospice of Northern Berkshire, Inc., 535 Curran Memorial Highway, North Adams • 5:30-6:30 p.m. (beginners) and 7-8 p.m. (intermediate) - Get 2009 started right with a tai chi class, where you can banish the winter blues & refocus your energy. Jim Pullaro brings his very popular tai chi classes back for both beginning & more experienced students. Registration requested. For more information: 413-466-0534

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or jimpullaro@msn.com. - Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave., Pittsfield 6:30 p.m. - BINGO - Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #310 located at 515 Curran Highway in North Adams. 413-664-9043. 6:30 p.m. - BINGO - Non-Smoking - Refreshments Available - Progressive Jackpots. Info: 413-443-7135 - ITAM Lodge #564, 22 Waubeek Road, Pittsfield. 6:30 p.m. - National Alliance on Mental Illness of Berkshire County book club will discuss “Hurry Down Sunshine” by Michael Greenberg, a memoir written by the father of a 15-year-old daughter about her descent into psychosis, diagnosis with bipolar disorder and the impact on their extended, blended family. Info: 413-443-1666 or namibc@namibc. org - Chapters Bookstore, North Street, Pittsfield 6:45 p.m. - Hinsdale Lions Club Bingo - Admission $1. Come early - Dinner is available at reasonable prices: hamburgers, hot dogs, cold sandwiches, hot dishes, desserts, cold and hot beverages. Monthly Door Prizes - Charity Game Tickets. Phone 413-655-2973 for details. - Hinsdale Community Center Maple Street, Route 143, Hinsdale 7 p.m. - Overeaters Anonymous - Lenox Community Center, Walker Street, Lenox. 7 p.m. - ALANON meeting. 24-hour Information Line 413-445-5852. Web site www.al-anonberkshire.org. Newcomers are welcome at all meetings. - Parish House (upstairs) behind St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Main St., Stockbridge. 7-9 p.m. - Gamblers’Anonymous. Free, confidential meetings. For more information phone Charlie at 413-637-2550. - Hillcrest Hospital, first floor conference room, Tor Court, Pittsfield 7:30 p.m. - “Sport in Society: Bridging the Racial Divide” Williams Col-

lege Athletics is honored to have distinguished activist and scholar Dr. Richard Lapchick speak at our first Claiming Williams Event. Dr. Lapchick is often described as “the racial conscience of sport” due to his commitment to equality and his belief that sport can be an effective instrument of positive social change. He led the American sports boycott of South Africa during apartheid, a stand that nearly cost him his life during a brutal physical attack in 1978. Dr. Lapchick has been named “One of the 100 Most Powerful People in Sport.” He is the Chair of the The DeVos Sport Business Management Program, named one of the nation’s top five programs by the Wall Street Journal, the Sports Business Journal and ESPN The Magazine. Considered among the nation’s experts on sport and social issues, Lapchick has appeared numerous times on Nightline, Good Morning America, The Today Show, ABC World News, NBC Nightly News, the CBS Evening News, CNN, ESPN and is a regular columnist for ESPN.com. - Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williams College, Williamstown • 7:30 p.m. - ALANON meeting. 24-hour Information Line 413-4455852. Web site www.al-anonberkshire.org. Newcomers are welcome at all meetings. - St. Mark’s Church, Commercial St., Adams • 7:30 p.m. - ALANON meeting. 24-hour Information Line 413-4455852. Web site www.al-anonberkshire.org. Newcomers are welcome at

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all meetings. - Grace Episcopal Church, Main St., Dalton • 7:30 p.m. - Overeaters Anonymous - Fairview Hospital, 29 Lewis Ave., Great Barrington • 8-10 p.m. - Firkin Madness - Organic Vanilla Bean Stout served. Benefit for The Kid’s Place in Pittsfield. Info: www.pittsfieldbrewworks.com or 413-997-3506 - Pittsfield Brew Works, 34 Depot St., Pittsfield • 9 p.m. - Eric Erickson performs. No cover charge applies. Call 413298-5545 for information. - The Lion’s Den, Red Lion Inn, 30 Main St., Stockbridge

Thursday, January 8 • 7:45 to 9:15 a.m. - “Breakfast Program”. Sponsored by Lee Bank and the area Chambers of Commerce this forum is for business owners and has the theme “Managing Your Business in Difficult Times.” Info: 413-2439264. - Crissey Farm, Stockbridge Rd., Great Barrington • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Blood pressure and health counseling sponsored by the Lee Regional Visiting Nurse Association, Inc. Phone: 413-243-1212 - Stop & Shop on Merrill Road in Pittsfield • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Community Outreach Van - Free Health Insurance Enrollment & Health Screenings. Phone 413-445-9215 - Nejaime’s, 444 Pittsfield Lenox Rd., Lenox • 10:30 a.m. - Preschool Story Craft is for children 3 to 5 years of age. The program features stories, songs & follow-along activities followed by a craft related to stories. Contact: Debby Cuthbert. Phone: 413-637-0197 ext. 105 - Lenox Library Association, 18 Main St., Lenox • 12 p.m. - Overeaters Anonymous - 9 Locust Hill Rd., Great Barrington

• 12 to 1:30 p.m. - “Luncheon Program”. Sponsored by Lee Bank and the area Chambers of Commerce this forum is for business owners and has the theme “Managing Your Business in Difficult Times.” Info: 413-2439264. - Crissey Farm, Stockbridge Rd., Great Barrington • 12:30 p.m. - Spend a half-hour with a Clark curator - feed your hunger for art during Looking at Lunchtime Gallery Talks at the Clark. On January 8, Sarah Lees, associate curator of European art, will look at the painting “Musical Group” by Francois Joseph Navez. Free. Info: 413458-2303 - The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown • 1 p.m. - Food for Thought - a program that is all about the sharing of ideas. For further information, please call Nancy Maurice Rogers, programming Director at 413-442-4360 ex. 15. - Knesset Israel, located at 16 Colt Road in Pittsfield • 2-4 p.m. - Blood Pressure Screening - Learn more about controlling your blood pressure,warning signs of heart attack and stroke. Screenings conducted by registered nurses of the Berkshire VNA. Screenings do not occur on holidays.No Registration is required for this event. Information from the Berkshire Visiting Nurse Association at 413-4472862. - Hillcrest Campus, 165 Tor Court, Pittsfield. • 2-4 p.m. - CHP-Healthy Communities Access Project will host free health screenings, health education information and health insurance enrollment assistance. Please call Luci at 413-528-9311 ext. 2147 for additional information or questions. - West Stockbridge Town Hall • 5:30-7:30 p.m. - Business After Hours sponsored by the Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce. - Orion Magazine, 189 Main Street in Great Barrington • 6 p.m. - Family Net Storytime at North Adams Library - Families are invited to a special story time. Just right for ages 2-5 years. Call 413-664-

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413-445-5852. Web site www.al-anonberkshire.org. Newcomers are welcome at all meetings. - Christ Church, Route 7 and Maple Avenue, Sheffield • 9 p.m. - Quarter Life Crisis performs. No cover charge applies. Phone 413-684-0900 for details. - Mill Town Tavern, 16 Depot St., Dalton • 9 p.m. - Sandy Lord performs. No cover charge applies. Call 413-2985545 for information. - The Lion’s Den, Red Lion Inn, 30 Main St., Stockbridge • 9 p.m. - Uncensored performs. Info: 413-743-5870 - Rascal’s Lounge, 32 North Summer St., Adams

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2 Tickets. Weekly progressive game prize of $1,199, plus weekly door prize. - St. Mary’s School, 115 Orchard St., Lee 7 p.m. - “Bad Dates.” Info: 413-637-3353 - Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St., Lenox 7 p.m. - Tri School Dance Party! Sponsored by Youth Alive Step Team. DJ! Food, drinks, Red Carpet Event! - The Crowne Plaza Hotel Ball Room, 1 West St., Pittsfield 7-9 p.m. - The Kathryn Anderson Trio. Jazz vocalist Kathryn Anderson and her trio present classic song standards with sparkling retro syle. Info: 413-637-2700 - Firefly Restaurant and Bar, 71 Church St., Lenox 7-9 p.m. - Moonlight Skiing and Renga - This is a traditional Nordic ski event with a new twist. Join in a Renga poetry group after skiing to immortalize the experience. We’ll show you how. Warm up afterwards with cider and popcorn. Call 413-684-0148 for information. - Notchview, Windsor 7:30 p.m. - “What’s It? Night” An examination of items that have, as yet, to be determined. Curious? Come find out! Phone: 413-229-2694. Sponsored by the Sheffield Historical Society - Dewey Memorial Hall, Sheffield 7:30 p.m. - “Zeiss Planetarium Show” - Williams invites you to experience the wonders of our universe as astronomy students host free shows for the public from the high-precision Zeiss Skymaster ZKP3/B opto-mechanical planetarium projector. Time permitting, we will also explore our Milky Way galaxy and the universe beyond via the Ansible MicroDome digital planetarium. Reservations recommended: 413597-2188; others admitted as space allows. - Milham Planetarium, Old Hopkins Observatory, Williams College, Williamstown 8 p.m. - “The Box: music by living composers” series presents the debut

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of I/O. Info: 413-597-2425. - CenterStage at ‘62 Center, Williams College, Williamstown 8 p.m. - ALANON meeting. 24-hour Information Line 413-445-5852. Web site www.al-anonberkshire.org. Newcomers are welcome at all meetings. - Claire Teague Senior Center, 909 Main Street (Rt. 7 South), Great Barrington 8 p.m. - Screening “The Business of Fancy Dancing” Written and Directed by Sherman Alexie. Details at http://library.williams.edu/williamsreads/2009/events/ - Paresky Performance Space, L02, Williams College, Williamstown 8 p.m. - Yevgeny Kutik Solo Violin Recital - This performance is generously sponsored by Kimball Farms. Info: 413-448-8084 - The Colonial Theatre, 111 South Street, Pittsfield 9 p.m. - Karaoke night. Call 413-298-3530 for details. - Michael’s of Stockbridge, 5 Elm Street - Stockbridge 9 p.m. - Karaoke night. Call 413-623-8711 for details. - Uncle Larry’s Tavern, Rt. 20, Becket 9 p.m. - Sirsy performs. Phone: 413-637-3188 - Flavours at the Econo Lodge, Rt. 7, Lenox 9 p.m. - The Reformers perform. No cover charge applies. Call 413298-5545 for information. - The Lion’s Den, Red Lion Inn, 30 Main St., Stockbridge 9:30 p.m. - Poor House Band performs. Cover charge applies. Phone 413-443-0670 for details. - Hami’s Family Restaurant and Pub, 162 South Main St., Lanesboro

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the Busby Trail. Info: 413-743-0483 - Savoy Mountain State Forest, Florida 10 a.m. - Kids First! Film Club - “Space Chimps”. Info: 413-458-1039. - Images Cinema, 50 Spring Street, Williamstown 10 a.m. - Start with Art - a free series for preschoolers and their parents on selected Saturdays through March at the Clark. The theme for January 10 is storytelling. Start with an exploration in the galleries using a guide designed for this age group and attend short Painting Talks. Afterward enjoy art-making activities. Best suited for 3- to 6-year-olds. Free. Info: 413-458-2303 - The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Bird Banding Demonstration - Here’s a chance to observe handheld birds. Join us as we demonstrate the proper use of mist nets and band the birds that are captured. You will learn what valuable information can be obtained by this fieldwork. Participants will help gather data and release the birds unharmed. Free with regular sanctuary admission. Participants are free to come and go during the program. Sponsored by Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. Instructor: Christyna Laubach and volunteers, Sanctuary volunteer, Science Teacher, Lenox Memorial Middle and High School. Phone: 413-637-0320. - Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries, 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Free Preschool Program Uncovers Stories In The Galleries - Adults and preschoolers will begin the morning by exploring the collection with a gallery guide designed to help adults look at and talk about art in a developmentally appropriate way with their children. Info: 413-458-2303 - The Clark, 225 South St., Williamstown 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Grafting Techniques for Ornamental Trees - Participants should bring pruners and a grafting knife if available. The most challenging and rewarding propagating technique, grafting will be the focus of this workshop. Consider the history and fundamental principles of grafting plants and then learn by practicing grafting techniques. Watch a demonstration of different grafts and practice the most common and easiest side-veneer graft. Work with both conifers (pine) and deciduous plants (Japanese maple or kousa dogwood) and take several plants home to grow on. Phone: 413-298-3926 - Berkshire Botanical Garden, Routes 102 and 183, Stockbridge. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Notchview, Winter Trails Day, part of the “Winter Feels Good” campaign to get people outdoors for exercise and fun in the winter, featuring free two-hour snowshoe rentals and trail passes, free Nordic lessons (classical or skating style) at different experience levels and more. Info: 413-684-0148 - Notchview, Route 9, Windsor 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Psychic/Trinity and Tarot Readings with Shanon Phone 413-243-2834 for details. - Berkshire Soul and Spirit Center, 69 Main St., Lee 11 a.m. - Stories from Nature’s Garden - Trustees horticulturalist Anne Gannon shares the wonders of gardens in winter with indoor stories and activities for children ages 5 and under (with their caregivers). Siblings are welcome. This program takes place on the second Saturday of each month through June. Telephone: 413-243-0385 E-mail: westregion@ttor.org - Lee Library, 100 Main St., Lee 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Open Community Meditation for the Earth. The group will direct their energy towards mitigation of global warming, preservation of the coral reefs, melting of the icecaps, the health of the

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Amazon Basin, clean water, or the Health of the Earth in general. Info: 413-243-2834, www.soulandspiritcenter.com. - Berkshire Soul and Spirit Center, 69 Main St., Lee 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Hot Chocolate Saturday - Chill out, then warm up. Climb Hurlburt’s Hill, then slide, sled, ski, or trek back to the warmth of our Visitor Center and enjoy complimentary coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. Telephone: 413-229-8600 E-mail: westregion@ttor.org Bartholomew’s Cobble, Weatogue Road, Sheffield. 11:30 a.m. - Overeaters Anonymous - Fairview Hospital, 29 Lewis Ave., Great Barrington 12 p.m. - Covered dish lunch with games. Participants must bring a covered dish. Info: 413-528-1881 - Claire Teague Senior Center. 909 South Main Street, Great Barrington 1 p.m. - “After the Holidays” children’s party. For children up to age ten. Phone: 413-663-5516 - Salvation Army, River St., North Adams 1 p.m. - Met Opera Live in HD “La Rondine” – Info: www.mahaiwe. org or 413-528-0100. - Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St., Great Barrington 3 p.m. - Author Ruth Bass will be reading from her first novel, “Sarah’s Daughter”. Info: 413-443-2665. - Chapters Bookstore, 78 North Street, Pittsfield 5 p.m. - Overeaters Anonymous - Trinity Church Annex, Walker Street, Lenox 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. - Epiphany Celebration with Liturgy at St. Joseph’s Church 5:30 p.m. and Pasta dinner at Itam Lodge at 7 p.m. 7 p.m. - “Bad Dates.” Info: 413-637-3353 - Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St., Lenox 7 p.m. - Robert Ronnow will read from his poems and those of other poets. Info: 413-662-2099 or papyribooks.net. - PapyriBooks, 45 Eagle St., North Adams. 7:30 p.m. - ALANON meeting. 24-hour Information Line 413-4455852. Web site www.al-anonberkshire.org. Newcomers are welcome at all meetings. - Congregational Church, Route 41, Richmond 7:30 p.m. - ALANON meeting. 24-hour Information Line 413-4455852. Web site www.al-anonberkshire.org. Newcomers are welcome at all meetings. - Zion Lutheran Church, 74 First Street, Pittsfield 8 p.m. - Albert Cummings performs - “Feel So Good”, recorded earlier this year live at The Colonial Theatre, debuted at # 5 on the Billboard Charts in September. AllMusic.com said of the CD, Albert Cummings has been hailed as the next Stevie Ray Vaugha Cummings’ explosive, soulful and emotional guitar style adds credence to that claim. Feel So Good gives a glimpse of Cummings in his natural setting, and this is a straight-ahead rocking show. Info: 413-997-4444. - The Colonial Theatre, 111 South Street, Pittsfield 8 p.m. - Lindsay Mac performs. Info: www.missionbarandtapas.com Mission Bar & Tapas, 438 North Street, Pittsfileld 9 p.m. - B.O.B. performs. No cover charge applies. Call 413-298-5545 for information. - The Lion’s Den, Red Lion Inn, 30 Main St., Stockbridge 9 p.m. - Karaoke night. Call 413-298-3530 for details. - Michael’s of Stockbridge, 5 Elm Street - Stockbridge 9 p.m. - Pariah performs. Phone: 413-637-3188 - Flavours at the Econo Lodge, Rt. 7, Lenox

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Forest in Pittsfield • 9 a.m. - Christian Education for all ages - 9 a.m. Service of Worship - 10:15 a.m. Children’s Church (nursery - age 9). Call 413-464-1287 for information. Rev. Roberta Heath, Pastor. - Berkshire Community Church, Congregational, 45 Cemetery Rd., Richmond • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Adult Writing Workshop: Writing from Life - Join author and editor Vivian Dorsel, founder of Ledgetop Publishing and editor of the literary annual, upstreet, to discover how your own experience can inspire and inform your writing—from fiction to creative non-fiction. Bring your journals, letters, and other mementos to stimulate your memories of the people, places, and events that are important to you. This workshop will help infuse your writing with a richness of detail and your own unique voice. Bring your favorite writing materials and lunch; beverages and snacks provided. Registration required. Visit www.nrm.org - Norman Rockwell Museum, 9 Glendale Rd., Stockbridge • 12-5 p.m. - Psychic and Trinity/Tarot Readings/Heaven & Earth Yearly Forecast with Shanon. - Phone 413-243-2834 for details. - Berkshire Soul and Spirit Center, 69 Main St., Lee • 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. - Star Sitters - Get your hands wet in the touch tank! A Berkshire Museum educator will answer questions about New England tidal pool animals such as sea urchins, sea stars, and horseshoe crabs. - Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield • 1 p.m. - Pariah, Static, Lick Morgan ...A Benefit For Meg. Info: 413-6841730 - The Dalton Depot, 450 Housatonic St., Dalton • 1-4 p.m. - Sneak Peak Snowshoe Trek and Track - Traverse the hills and fields of Little Tom before this scenic reservation is open to the public with our new Superintendent. We will shoe if there is snow, or hike if there is not. Rugged, warm clothing and footgear is suggested in either case. Snowshoe rentals available or bring your own. Please pre����� ��� register. Reservations required for snowshoe rental. Call for direc����� �� tions and details: 413.532.1631 �������������������� x13 - Little Tom Reservation, Holyoke ������

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• 1-4 p.m. - Writing the Winter Landscape - Explore the beauty of winter through the written word on the second Sunday of each month. This writing group combines outdoor walking and indoor writing. Facilitated by local writing instructor Pauline Clarke and Trustees of Reservations naturalist Tammis Coffin. Writers of all levels are welcome. By donation. Please pre-register to 413-298-3239 x3003. - Bartholomew’s Cobble, Weatogue Road, Sheffield. • 1-5 p.m. - Sixth annual Snowfest, a family frolic to beat the winter doldrums, featuring caricature artists, arts and crafts, obstacle house and bounce house, ice skating, pickup sports and more. Info: 413-458-5925 or williamstownyouthcenter.org. - Williamstown Youth Center, Williams College Towne Field House and Chapman Skating Rink, Williamstown. • 2 p.m. - “Bad Dates.” Info: 413-637-3353 - Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St., Lenox • 2-4 p.m. - Bill Koch Youth Ski League, for parents and children ages 513 to enjoy the outdoors, community, each other, and introduce them to the world of cross country ski racing. Info: 413-684-0148. - Notchview, Route 9, Windsor. • 7 p.m. - Sunday Night Dance - Champagne Jam performs - cover charge applies. Call 413-443-7135 for info - ITAM Lodge #564 on Pontoosuc Lake, 22 Waubeek Road, Pittsfield • 9 p.m. - The Kerry Boys perform. No cover charge applies. Call 413298-5545 for information. - The Lion’s Den, Red Lion Inn, 30 Main St., Stockbridge

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Monday, January 12 • 9:30 a.m. - Caregiver support group, for those who provide care to a loved one, sponsored by the Lee Regional Visiting Nurse Association, Inc. Phone: 413-243-1212 - Lee Regional VNA offices, 32 Park Street, Lee • 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Blood Pressure Screening - Learn more about controlling your blood pressure,warning signs of heart attack and stroke. Screenings conducted by registered nurses of the Berkshire VNA. Screenings do not occur on holidays.No Registration is required for this event. Information from the Berkshire Visiting Nurse Association at 413-447-2862. - Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. - CHP-Healthy Communities Access Project will host free health screenings, health education information and health insurance enrollment assistance. Please call Luci at 413-528-9311 ext. 2147 for additional information or questions. - Sheffield Senior Center in Sheffield • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Community �������������������������� Outreach Van - Free Health Insurance Enrollment & Health Screenings. Phone 413-445-9215 - Berkshire Mall, Old State Rd., Lanesboro • 11 a.m. - ALANON meeting. ���������������������������� 24-hour Information Line 413����������������������������� 445-5852. Web site www.al-an����������������������������� onberkshire.org. Newcomers are ������������ welcome at all meetings. - St. John’s ������������������������ Episcopal Church, 59 Summer St., ������������������������������� North Adams ��������������������� • 1-3 p.m. - CHP-Healthy Com��������������������������

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munities Access Project will host free health screenings, health education information and health insurance enrollment assistance. Please call Luci at 413-528-9311 ext. 2147 for additional information or questions. - Senior Center, Gt. Barrington 1-3 p.m. - Needle Felting Workshop - also described as painting with wool, workshop. This class will be taught by Cara Petricca -Carnevale, owner and fiber artist of Twin Hearts Handworks of Pittsfield. For further information, please call Nancy Maurice Rogers, programming Director at 413-442-4360 ex. 15. - Knesset Israel, located at 16 Colt Road in Pittsfield 2:30-4:30 p.m. - A symposium on aging with an accent on health for seniors with several medical and law guest speakers, Free. Info: 413-2290444. - Bushnell-Sage Library, Main Street, Sheffield 5 p.m. - Screening of “Smoke Signals”. Based on Sherman Alexie’s collection of stories “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven”. Info: library.williams.edu/williamsreads/2009/events/ - Images Cinema, 55 Spring St., Williamstown 5 p.m. - Zonta Club of Berkshire County, monthly meeting featuring Debra Blatt of Group Restorations leading a discussion on “What Goes Wrong with our Communications” Info: berkshire@zontadistrict1.org or 413-637-2722 - Crowne Plaza, Pittsfield 6 p.m. - Monday Night Ballroom Dance Lessons - instructor is Cheryl Wendling - 413-443-6263 for information. - Itam Lodge #564, 93 Waubeek Rd., Pittsfield 6-8 p.m. - Solo Performance Workshop - The course will deal with dramatic structure and writing for performance and look at other solo performance artists’ scripts as a reference tool. For additional information, please contact Cynthia Quiñones at 413-499-5446 x 118 or by email at education@barringtonstageco.org - BSC Stage 2, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield 6-9 p.m. - Drop-in life drawing open studio - Open to all levels and abilities. Providing ongoing access to a live model working in both short and long poses, this class is a service to practicing artists and a complement to other coursework. Bring your own materials. Call 413298-5252 ext. 100, or visit www.is183.org for details. - IS183 Art School, Willard Hill Rd., Stockbridge 6:30 p.m. - Preschool Story Time. Phone: 413-662-3133 - North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St., North Adams. For information phone 413-662-3133 or visit naplibrary.com 7 p.m. - Overeaters Anonymous - Unitarian Universalist Church, 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield 7 p.m. - Overeaters Anonymous - St. Patricks Parish Center, 53 Southworth St., Williamstown 8 p.m. - ALANON meeting. 24-hour Information Line 413-445-5852. Web site www.al-anonberkshire.org. Newcomers are welcome at all meetings. - Fire House, Main Street, South Egremont 9 p.m. - Christopher John performs. No cover charge applies. Call 413298-5545 for information. - The Lion’s Den, Red Lion Inn, 30 Main St., Stockbridge

Tuesday, January 13 • 9 a.m. - “Playful Parenting” classes. Pre-registration is requested for this program sponsored by Berkshire Families and Children’s Services. Phone: 413-458-5369 - David and Joyce Milne Public Library, 1095 Main Street, Williamstown • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Community Outreach Van - Free Health Insurance Enrollment & Health Screenings. Phone 413-445-9215 - Christian

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Center, 155 Linden St., Pittsfield • 9:30 a.m. - Toddler Time - For one to two-and-a-half years. Phone: 413662-3133 - North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St., North Adams. For information phone 413-662-3133 or visit naplibrary.com • 10 a.m. - ALANON meeting. 24-hour Information Line 413-445-5852. Web site www.al-anonberkshire.org. Newcomers are welcome at all meetings. - Hevreh of South Berkshire, 270 State Rd. (Route 23), Great Barrington • 10 a.m. - Health consultant Joan Ury will speak on changes in Prescription Advantage. No registration required. Info: 413-528-1881 - Claire Teague Senior Center. 909 South Main Street, Great Barrington • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. - CHP-Healthy Communities Access Project will host free health screenings, health education information and health insurance enrollment assistance. Please call Luci at 413-528-9311 ext. 2147 for additional information or questions. - Senior Center, Gt. Barrington • 10:30 a.m. - Story time. Info: 413-458-5369 - David and Joyce Milne Public Library, 1095 Main Street, Williamstown • 10:30-11:30 a.m. - Blood pressure and health counseling sponsored by the Lee Regional Visiting Nurse Association, Inc. and the Lee Board of Health. Phone: 413-243-1212 - Brown Court, Lee • 11 a.m. - Luncheon. “Tourism Tuesday.” Berkshire Visitors Bureau. Speaker: Bo Peabody. Info: 413-743-4500 - Crowne Plaza, Pittsfield • 11-11:30 a.m. - Toddler Story Time is for children age 18 months to 3 years. Children & their caregivers sing songs, learn finger plays & listen to a story. Following the structured program, participants are invited to stay so that the children can play together & their caregivers can visit. Contact: Debby Cuthbert 637-0197 ext. 105 - Lenox Library Association, 18 Main St., Lenox • 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Blood Pressure Screening - Learn more about controlling your blood pressure,warning signs of heart attack and stroke. Screenings conducted by registered nurses of the Berkshire VNA. Screenings do not occur on holidays.No Registration is required for this event. Information from the Berkshire Visiting Nurse Association at 413-447-2862. - Big Y, 200 West St., Pittsfield. • 12-1 p.m. - Blood pressure and health counseling sponsored by the Lee Regional Visiting Nurse Association, Inc. and the Stockbridge Board of Health. Phone: 413-243-1212 - Heaton Court (street parking only), Stockbridge • 1 to 2:30 p.m. - Blood Pressure Screening - Learn more about controlling your blood pressure,warning signs of heart attack and stroke. Screenings conducted by registered nurses of the Berkshire VNA. Screenings do not occur on holidays.No Registration is required for this event. Information from the Berkshire Visiting Nurse Association at 413-447-2862. - Stop and Shop, 1 Dan Fox Drive, Pittsfield. • 1-3 p.m. - Needle Felting Workshop - also described as painting with wool, workshop. This class will be taught by Cara Petricca -Carnevale, owner and fiber artist of Twin Hearts Handworks of Pittsfield. For further information, please call Nancy Maurice Rogers, programming Director at 413-442-4360 ex. 15. - Knesset Israel, located at 16 Colt Road in Pittsfield • 1:30 p.m. - Gallery talk titled “Over Here: Winning World War I at Home” with William Cohn, visiting professor of American Studies, Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., in conjunction with the exhibition “Over the Top: American Posters from World War I”. Free with admission. Info: 413-298-4100 or nrm.org. - Norman Rockwell Museum, Route 183, Stockbridge. • 3 to 4:30 p.m. - McInerney Parent Services.“Parents as Teachers,” educaJanuary 6, 2009

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tion and support group for parents of young children through age five, offered by McInerney Parent Services of Berkshire Children and Families, child care provided. For more information phone Nancy Paquin at 413-499-3556, Ext. 13. - 48 Elizabeth St., Pittsfield. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. - Laughter Meditation for Fun and Health - The class will begin with gentle stretching, the laughing meditation for 20 minutes and then deep relaxation. Info: 413-243-2834, www.soulandspiritcenter.com. - Berkshire Soul and Spirit Center, 69 Main St., Lee 6 to 7:30 p.m. - Beginning of three-week “1-2-3-4 Parents” workshop on parenting children 1-4, with advice on discipline, routines and more. Free; registration required - 413-664-4821. Continues Jan. 20 and 27. - Northern Berkshire Family Net, Haskins Community Center, Route 8, North Adams. 6:30 p.m. - Happy Bookers book discussion group will discuss “Nathan Hale: The Life and Death of America’s First Spy” by M. William Phelps, Free. Info: 413-662-3133. - North Adams Public Library, Church Street, North Adams. 7 p.m. - ALANON meeting. 24-hour Information Line 413-445-5852. Web site www.al-anonberkshire.org. Newcomers are welcome at all meetings. - South Congregationalist Church, 110 South Street, Pittsfield 7 p.m. - ALANON meeting. 24-hour Information Line 413-445-5852. Web site www.al-anonberkshire.org. Newcomers’ meeting is held at the same time and place. - First Baptist Church, 88 South St., Pittsfield 7-9 p.m. - Ballroom Dancing Lesson. Info: 413-637-3188 - Flavours at the Econo Lodge, Rt. 7, Lenox 8 p.m. - ALANON meeting. 24-hour Information Line 413-445-5852. Web site www.al-anonberkshire.org. Newcomers are welcome at all meetings. - Congregational Church, Main St., Stockbridge (Next to the

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Town Hall) • 8 p.m. - Clark After Dark: Renaissance Revelry - It’s back in time to when the Tudors ruled the palace and ruffs were all the rage. Bring your friends or any of your eight wives and Shake-espeare your booty to tunes by DJ Sound Choice. Shakespeare and Company will be on hand to help you learn the art of making mayhem and how to dance the Pavane. Not sure what to wear? We’ll provide the crowns and knightly shields. With wenches serving up mead wine, it will be a party fit for a king. Clark After Dark, a series of hip happenings at the Clark, takes you around the world and transports you through time with music and dancing, out-of-the-ordinary activities, exotic snacks, and late-night encounters with art. - The Clark, 225 South St., Williamstown • 9 p.m. - Tom Carroll performs. No cover charge applies. Call 413-2985545 for information. - The Lion’s Den, Red Lion Inn, 30 Main St., Stockbridge

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wool used in sweaters, blankets and many other textiles before it is processed and spun into yarn. Drumm will describe how llamas are shorn, and how the raw wool is transformed into soft yarn used for weaving and knitting. Info: 413-499-1992 - EPOCH Assisted Living at Melbourne, 140 Melbourne Road, Pittsfield 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. - S.H.A.P.E. Club Weight Loss Support Group - Lee Council on Aging Community Room. For information phone 413446-5925.l 5 to 6:15 p.m. - Yoga for Your Everyday Life. Call 413-269-0075 or visit the Web site www.HealthyBoomerBody.com to register or for more information - Healthy Boomer Body Center in Otis 5-7 p.m. - BYP Networking Social and Ski Night - Free socializing event open to all young professionals who live and work in Berkshire County. - Ski Bousquet, 101 Dan Fox Drive, Pittsfield 5:30-6:30 p.m. (beginners) and 7-8 p.m. (intermediate) - Tai Chi classes - Banish the winter blues & refocus your energy. Jim Pullaro brings his very popular tai chi classes back for both beginning & more experienced students. Registration requested. For more information: 413466-0534 or jimpullaro@msn.com. - Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave., Pittsfield 5:30 to 7 p.m. - VNA & Hospice of Northern Berkshire offers bereavement support group - Info: 413-664-4536 - VNA & Hospice of Northern Berkshire, Inc., 535 Curran Memorial Highway, North Adams 5:30-7:30 p.m. - “AfterHours@NRM” features “Just for Laughs,” a lively evening of music, improv comedy and caricatures, designed for the young and young-at-heart. Info: 413-298-4100 or nrm.org. - Norman Rockwell Museum, Route 183, Stockbridge. 6-8 p.m. - Caregiver support group, for those who provide care to a loved one, co-sponsored by the Lee Regional Visiting Nurse Association, Inc. and Elder Services of Berkshire County, Inc. (ESBC). Information: 413-499-0524 - ESBC Offices, 66 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield 6:30 p.m. - BINGO - Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #310 located at 515 Curran Highway in North Adams. 413-664-9043. 6:30 p.m. - BINGO - Non-Smoking - Refreshments Available - Progressive Jackpots. Info: 413-443-7135 - ITAM Lodge #564, 22 Waubeek Road, Pittsfield. 6:30-7:30 p.m. - Wednesday Evening Tune-Ups - Pilates for all skill levels. Call 413-269-0075 or visit the Web site www.HealthyBoomerBody. com to register or for more information - Healthy Boomer Body Center in Otis 6:45 p.m. - Hinsdale Lions Club Bingo - Admission $1. Come early - Dinner is available at reasonable prices: hamburgers, hot dogs, cold sandwiches, hot dishes, desserts, cold and hot beverages. Monthly Door Prizes - Charity Game Tickets. Phone 413-655-2973 for details. - Hinsdale Community Center Maple Street, Route 143, Hinsdale 7 p.m. - Laurel Hill Association, annual meeting, with business meetings followed by talk by Kirin Makker, scholar-in-residence at the Stockbridge Library Historical Room, on the historical impact of the Laurel Hill Association. Info: 413-298-5595 - Stockbridge Library, Main Street, Stockbridge 7 p.m. - Overeaters Anonymous - Lenox Community Center, Walker Street, Lenox. 7 p.m. - Written In Stone Lecture - “In the Beginning, There was the Word...” - An illustrated presentation on sacred texts. Info: 413-4585369 - David and Joyce Milne Public Library, 1095 Main Street, Williamstown 7 p.m. - ALANON meeting. 24-hour Information Line 413-445-5852. Web site www.al-anonberkshire.org. Newcomers are welcome at all

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meetings. - Parish House (upstairs) behind St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Main St., Stockbridge. 7-9 p.m. - Gamblers’Anonymous. Free, confidential meetings. For more information phone Charlie at 413-637-2550. - Hillcrest Hospital, first floor conference room, Tor Court, Pittsfield 7:30 p.m. - ALANON meeting. 24-hour Information Line 413-4455852. Web site www.al-anonberkshire.org. Newcomers are welcome at all meetings. - St. Mark’s Church, Commercial St., Adams 7:30 p.m. - ALANON meeting. 24-hour Information Line 413-4455852. Web site www.al-anonberkshire.org. Newcomers are welcome at all meetings. - Grace Episcopal Church, Main St., Dalton 7:30 p.m. - Overeaters Anonymous - Fairview Hospital, 29 Lewis Ave., Great Barrington 9 p.m. - Dan Hamilton performs. No cover charge applies. Call 413298-5545 for information. - The Lion’s Den, Red Lion Inn, 30 Main St., Stockbridge

Thursday, January 15 • 9:30 a.m. - The Berkshire Area Health Education Center (AHEC) will present a continuing education program in honor of Martin Luther King’s birthday entitled “Genes vs. Racisms: Exploring Racial Inequalities in Health.” The registration fee includes continental breakfast, course materials and CE certificate. Please visit www.berkshireahec. org to register online and for more information. - Crowne Plaza, One West Street, Pittsfield • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Blood pressure and health counseling sponsored by the Lee Regional Visiting Nurse Association, Inc. Phone: 413-243-1212 - Stop & Shop on Merrill Road in Pittsfield • 10:30 a.m. - Preschool Story Craft is for children 3 to 5 years of age. The program features stories, songs & follow-along activities followed by a craft related to stories. Contact: Debby Cuthbert. Phone: 413-637-0197 ext. 105 - Lenox Library Association, 18 Main St., Lenox • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Young Family Breastfeeding Group - Berkshire Nursing Families is starting a group for young families (parents 23 years and under). Free Pizza Lunch. - Haskins Community Center, North Adams • 12 p.m. - Overeaters Anonymous - 9 Locust Hill Rd., Great Barrington • 1-3 p.m. - Needle Felting Workshop - also described as painting with wool, workshop. This class will be taught by Cara Petricca -Carnevale, owner and fiber artist of Twin Hearts Handworks of Pittsfield. For further information, please call Nancy Maurice Rogers, programming Director at 413-442-4360 ex. 15. - Knesset Israel, located at 16 Colt Road in Pittsfield • 2-4 p.m. - Blood Pressure Screening - Learn more about controlling your blood pressure,warning signs of heart attack and stroke. Screenings conducted by registered nurses of the Berkshire VNA. Screenings do not occur on holidays.No Registration is required for this event. Information from the Berkshire Visiting Nurse Association at 413-4472862. - Hillcrest Campus, 165 Tor Court, Pittsfield. • 4-6 p.m. - Chamber Open House - Find out more about the benefits of membership and the opportunities available with the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce by stopping by our Open House. Interested in becoming a member of the Chamber? Stop in to find out how. Phone: 413-499-4000. - Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, 75 North St., Ste. 360, Pittsfield • 6-8 p.m. - “Meet the Artists” reception for “Woodshed II: the Next Hundred Hours”. For more information, call 413-664-8718, or go to www. January 6, 2009

mcla.edu/Gallery51. - MCLA Gallery 51 is at 51 Main St. in North Adams • 6:30-9:30 p.m. - Reiki Share - Open to all Reiki Practitioners with Annie Rogers, Reiki Master. Info: 413-243-2834, www.soulandspiritcenter. com - Berkshire Soul and Spirit Center, 69 Main St., Lee • 7:30 p.m. - ALANON meeting. 24-hour Information Line 413-4455852. Web site www.al-anonberkshire.org. Newcomers’ meeting: First Thursday of the month at 7 p.m - United Methodist Church, Water & Main Streets, Williamstown • 8 p.m. - ALANON meeting. 24-hour Information Line 413-445-5852. Web site www.al-anonberkshire.org. Newcomers are welcome at all meetings. - Christ Church, Route 7 and Maple Avenue, Sheffield

Healthy Boomer

Kathi Casey, the healthy boomer body expert announces the opening of her new center in Otis. Classes begin Jan 14, and include: “Yoga for Your Everyday Life” - Wednesdays from 5 - 6:15 pm “Wednesday Evening Tune-Ups” - Pilates for all skill levels 6:30 - 7:30pm Call 413-269-0075 or visit Kathi’s Web site www.HealthyBoomerBody. com to register or for more information on Kathi’s up coming workshops for Ending Back Pain, Reducing Symptoms of Menopause, Increasing Your Vitality and more. Kathi Casey , RYT, CPI, brings you her powerful programs that blend Western strength training with Eastern health practices for a total mind/ body program that builds stamina, increases vitality, strengthens core body, improves circulation and enhances the immune system. She is currently training, coaching, speaking and providing Corporate Wellness programs all along the Eastern Seaboard. Kathi’s gift is discovering easy ways to relieve pain, strengthen weak muscles, lower blood pressure and stress levels while having fun at the same time. Kathi is a Registered Hatha Yoga Teacher; a Certified Acu-Yoga Teacher (Acupressure Points combined with Yoga Poses); and a Certified Pilates Instructor. In addition, she has taken numerous advanced courses in Pilates, Yoga, Energy Healing and more. She’s been teaching people how to take better care of themselves for the past 7 years.

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New Writer’s Group in Sheffield

A nature-inspired writing group begins this winter at Bartholomew’s Cobble on the second Sunday of each month. Sessions combine outdoor walking with indoor writing. Emerging and experienced writers of poems, songs, memoirs, essays and fiction are welcome! The group will be facilitated by local writing instructor and poet Pauline Clarke with Trustees of Reservations naturalist Tammis Coffin. They will share techniques for tuning into moment and place with the senses and the imagination. Bartholomew’s Cobble is a place of great interest and beauty, with winter ducks and eagles appearing along the river, the tracks of bobcat and coyote in the fields, and some very large trees. It is registered as a National Natural Landmark for its exceptional scenic value and natural diversity. Former New York Times nature columnist Hal Borland lived

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just down the road from Bartholomew’s Cobble, and many of his fine pieces of writing center around the hills, forests, fields, and river of the Weatogue Valley that this group of writers will explore. Pauline Clarke holds a Masters Degree in Writing from Vermont College. From 1990-2005, she published a column of nature related and local color essays in the Berkshire Record. She is a writing tutor and has taught writing workshops through Berkshire Community College. Tammis Coffin, M.A. has led nature-inspired writing workshops for Inkberry, The Thoreau Society, Massachusetts State Parks, and National Fish & Wildlife. The cost of the writing group is by donation to The Trustees of Reservations. The location is at the Bartholomew’s Cobble Visitor Center on Weatogue Rd., Sheffield. The group meets January 11, February 8, and March 8 from 1-4pm. To learn more, or to register, contact Tammis at The Trustees of Reservations at 413-298-3239 x3003 or send an e-mail to tcoffin@ttor.org. About The Trustees of Reservations in the Berkshires: The Trustees of Reservations preserve for public enjoyment, 13 great properties in the Berkshires, and 100 properties statewide. The Berkshires Regional Office is based in Stockbridge, MA. To learn more, to volunteer or to become a member, please call 413.298.3239 x3000, visit at www.thetrustees.org, or email westregion@ttor.org.

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‘What’s It? Night’

At the start of every year, members of the Sheffield Historical Society take up the mantle of artifact identification, search where no one has gone for years, and seek to uncover the name and function of some highly unusual objects. Society members invite you to join them in this standout program, the annual “What’s It ?” Night, which will be held Friday, January 9, 2009, at 7:30 pm in Dewey Memorial Hall. Society member and past-president, Chris Coenen, will lead and engage the audience in its quest to identify all types of objects brought from near and far. So bring along that item that’s been sitting in your closet, on a shelf, in the garage or attic, the one you just can’t seem to figure out. What is it? How was it used? During the process of discovery, the objects are displayed on tables for all participants to view. Time is the master as audience members consider the size and shape of an item and the material it is made of in order to determine how previous members of the community once used that object as a tool or prized possession. The winner identifies the greatest number of these rare and old things. Will you be the one to grasp the purpose of each and every object? Even if you fail to identify everything (most people do), the evening always makes a fun and educational night out for friends and family.

The program as ever is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. If unfamiliar with Sheffield and its environs, Dewey Memorial Hall is the historic building located on the Sheffield Green immediately south of the Post Office. The Sheffield Historical Society is a non-profit organization that seeks to promote a wider understanding of the people and events that preceded us in this area, and to preserve and transmit that heritage to current and future generations. For further information on Society programs, contact the Sheffield Historical Society, 159-161 Main Street, P.O. Box 747, Sheffield, MA 01257, 413-229-2694 or email us at shs@sheffieldhistory.org.

‘Writing from Life’ Workshop Join the Norman Rockwell Museum and Magazine editor Vivian Dorsel on Sunday, January 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a “Writing from Life” workshop exploring ways to use your own experiences to inspire your writing. Pre-registration required at 413-298-4100 or nrm.org. The Norman Rockwell Museum is located at Route 183, Stockbridge.

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Power of Words at Berkshire South Come and share your voice at the Power Of Words Open Mic nights at Berkshire South! This is an open opportunity to share poetry, readings, music, and other spoken word. Monthly sessions occur on the third Tuesday of each month from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Center. Power Of Words is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For information phone Phone: 413-528-2810. Berkshire South Regional Community Center is located at 15 Crissey Rd. in Great Barrington.

Free Community Supper Berkshire South Regional Community Center will be hosting the first Community Supper of the New Year on Wednesday, January 7 from 4-6 p.m. Dinner’s ready, so bring your friends and family to share a supper with others in your community. The Center will be hosting this free spaghetti supper the first Wednesday of every month. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the delicious food and great fellowship. The previous supper, held in December was a great success, seating over 230 individuals from all over the region. To reserve a seat, call 413-528-2810 at least 24 hours in advance, as space is limited. Berkshire South Regional Community Center is located at 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington.

Nutritional Information Reminder from CHP Nutrition Services Dont be afraid of carbs! When they are complex carbohydrates such as green and leafy vegetables, whole fruits, beans, nuts, seeds and whole grains. These “good” carbs are unprocessed carbohydrates in their natural state that have been minimally altered by man or machine (or not altered at all). This message has been brought to you by CHP Nutrition Services, at 94 West Avenue in Great Barrington, where we serve all community members regardless of age, insurance status, immigrant status or ability to pay. 413-429-8110.

Tarot Study Course On Sunday, January 11, an in - depth, 5 week, Beginning Tarot Course will start at Berkshire Soul & Spirit Center in Lee. It will be taught by Shanon, a professional Tarot reader, teacher and medium from Australia. Shanon has taught practical and insightful uses of Tarot as a tool for personal guidance for 25 years, as well as having created her own Tarot deck. The Tarot offers insights into the archtypal influences on our life journeys. Shanon will demonstrate how understanding these influences can be a tool to empower our choices and solve problems, dispelling the myths of ‘fortune telling’. The course will explain the meanings and messages portrayed in the Tarot as well as offering hands on experience with the cards so participants may gain confidence. Pre-registration required. 10 a.m. -to 12 p.m. Berkshire Soul & Spirit Center is handicapped accessible at 69 Main St, Lee. Information: 413-243-2834 or www.soulandspiritcenter.com.

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Smoking Cessation Program

Solo Performance Workshop

For those looking to kick the smoking habit once and for all, Berkshire Medical Center offers a smoking cessation program to start the New Year. The BMC program meets on consecutive Thursdays for a five-week period. The program includes the availability of nicotine replacement therapy. Preregistration for the classes is required. The classes are for any smoker who has been trying to cut down or quit altogether and can’t do it alone. The smoking cessation program at Berkshire Medical Center will be offered on Thursdays, from January 8th to February 5th from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hillcrest Campus of Berkshire Medical Center, 165 Tor Court. The program is limited to 12 participants. The cost of the program is $10 per session, unless covered by the participant’s insurance. To register, interested participants may call the Berkshire Health Systems Tobacco Treatment Services program at 413-499-2602 or 800-459-8762, ext. 9414.

Do you have a story that would make an interesting monologue? You can make a performance piece based on your own personal experiences in a solo performance workshop to be held Mondays, January 12, 19, 26, & February 2, 9, 16 at Barrington Stage Company, Stage 2, 36 Linden Street, in Pittsfield. Each participant will create a short solo-performance piece that will be presented informally at the final class. The course will deal with dramatic structure and writing for performance and look at other solo performance artists’ scripts as a reference tool. Instructor Frank La Farzia leads the six-session workshop from 6-8 p.m. For additional information, please contact Cynthia Quiñones at 413499-5446 x 118 or by email at education@barringtonstageco.org.

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Open Mic Nights The Lion’s Den Pub continues its Open Mic Nights on Sundays. The event, held the first Sunday of each month, has developed into a showcase for new musical talent in the Berkshires, while providing an opportunity for emerging musicians to play live. Musicians are invited to perform during one of five 30- to 45-minute sets beginning at 7:30pm. This monthly event is hosted by singer, songwriter and recurring Lion’s Den entertainer, Graham Sturtz, who will also perform between several sets. The Lion’s Den is located in The Red Lion Inn on Route 7. Information: 413-298-1654.

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NAMI Book Discussion

Laughter Meditation for Fun and Health

On Wednesday, January 7 beginning at 6:30 p.m., the the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Berkshire County book club will discuss “Hurry Down Sunshine” by Michael Greenberg, a memoir written by the father of a 15-year-old daughter about her descent into psychosis, diagnosis with bipolar disorder and the impact on their extended, blended family. Info: 413-443-1666 or namibc@namibc.org. The discussion will be held at Chapters Bookstore, North Street, Pittsfield.

Llama Demonstration On Wednesday, January 14 EPOCH Assisted Living hosts live llama, spinning demonstration beginning at 3 p.m. Lynne Drumm will give a spinning demonstration. Drumm’s llama will provide a living example of the wool used in sweaters, blankets and many other textiles before it is processed and spun into yarn. Drumm will describe how llamas are shorn, and how the raw wool is transformed into soft yarn used for weaving and knitting. EPOCH Assisted Living is located at Melbourne, 140 Melbourne Road, Pittsfield. For information 413-499-1992.

Renowned Yoga instructor Kathi Casey will hold a Laughter Meditation at Berkshire Soul & Spirit Center in Lee on Tuesday, January 13. Laughing has been proven to have healthful benefits; reducing stress hormones, boosting immunity, increasing levels of vitamin D and reducing the risk of heart disease. The class will begin with gentle stretching, the laughing meditation for 20 minutes and then deep relaxation. Pre-registration requested for the class from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Berkshire Soul & Spirit Center is handicapped accessible at 69 Main St, Lee. For more information call 413-243-2834 a or visit www.soulandspiritcenter.com.

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Chapters Bookstore Welcomes Ruth Bass Chapters Bookstore will welcome author Ruth Bass to the event room on Saturday January 10, at 3PM for a reading and signing of her book Sarah’s Daughter. A career newspaper woman, Ruth Bass published her first novel, “Sarah’s Daughter,” in 2007 at the age of 72. She was born July 18, 1934 in Amherst, Massachusetts, and grew up in various New England communities. A graduate of Westfield (MA) High School and Bates College, she earned a master of science degree in journalism from Columbia University where she also received the Tennessee Williams Award for creative journalism. She has been a police reporter, newspaper feature magazine editor and Sunday editor for The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. She still writes a weekly column for The Eagle and one year was named by United Press International as the best columnist in New England. She is also a freelance travel writer, a member of the Society of American Travel Writers, author of ten published cookbooks and has worked as an editor at Storey Publishing Co. in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and The Independent, a twice weekly newspaper in Hillsdale, New York. She has won many prizes for writing and editing and a few years ago was inducted into the New England Newspaper Association’s Hall of Fame for her contributions to community journalism. Her first journalism experience came in sixth grade when she created a school newspaper. At Bates, she was editor of the student newspaper. She has also been a selectman in her town, a commercial bank director and a member of the town finance and health boards. She was named Woman of the Year by the Professional and Business Women’s Association of Pittsfield and is a winner of the Charles and Mary Kusik Citizenship Award in her town. Her novel is based on a tiny ������������������������������� kernel of knowledge about how ���������������������������� her grandmother, at the age of 14, ���������������������������� faced bringing up two siblings, ������������������������������ �������������� running a household, coping with her increasingly alcoholic father. “I was a Girl Scout leader for years and became aware that my scouts faced many of the same problems ����������������� that confronted my grandmother ��������������������������� in the 1880’s and decided a book ��������������������� might be in there somewhere.”

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Since her grandmother did not talk about her experiences as a teenager, the book is almost entirely fictional, although its historical aspect - especially the daily life in a rural community - was carefully researched. She is married to novelist and newspaper columnist Milton Bass. Chapters Bookstore will welcome author Ruth Bass to the event room on Saturday January 10, at 3PM for a reading and signing of her book Sarah’s Daughter. A career newspaper woman, Ruth Bass published her first novel, “Sarah’s Daughter,” in 2007 at the age of 72. She was born July 18, 1934 in Amherst, Massachusetts, and grew up in various New England communities. A graduate of Westfield (MA) High School and Bates College, she earned a master of science degree in journalism from Columbia University where she also received the Tennessee Williams Award for creative journalism. She has been a police reporter, newspaper feature magazine editor and Sunday editor for The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. She still writes a weekly column for The Eagle and one year was named by United Press International as the best columnist in New England. She is also a freelance travel writer, a member of the Society of American Travel Writers, author of ten published cookbooks and has worked as an editor at Storey Publishing Co. in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and The Independent, a twice weekly newspaper in Hillsdale, New York. She has won many prizes for writing and editing and a few years ago was inducted into the New England Newspaper Association’s Hall of Fame for her contributions to community journalism. Her first journalism experience came in sixth grade when she created a school newspaper. At Bates, she was editor of the student newspaper. She has also been a selectman in her town, a commercial bank director and a member of the town finance and health boards. She was named Woman of the Year by the Professional and Business Women’s Association of Pittsfield and is a winner of the Charles and Mary Kusik Citizenship Award in her town. Her novel is based on a tiny kernel of knowledge about how her grandmother, at the age of 14, faced bringing up two siblings, running a household, coping with her increasingly alcoholic father.“I was a Girl Scout leader for years and became aware that my scouts faced many of the same problems that confronted my grandmother in the 1880’s and decided a book might be in there somewhere.” Since her grandmother did not talk about her experiences as a teenager, the book is almost entirely fictional, although its historical aspect - especially the daily life in a rural community - was carefully researched. She is married to novelist and newspaper columnist Milton Bass.

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Networking Social & Ski Night

‘Food for Thought’ Discussion

The BYP is hosting a networking social and ski night on Wednesday, January 14. This event is free and open to all young professionals who live and work in Berkshire County. Participants are encouraged to come early and stay late (3-9:30 p.m.) to take advantage of discounted lift ticketes, lessons, and rentals. At 5 p.m. warm up in the Tamarac Lounge with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Don’t forget to bring your business cards for the door prize! Mention “BYP” to take advantage of discounted ski prices! The event is held at Ski Bosquet, 101 Dan Fox Drive, Pittsfield.

On Thursday, January 8 at 1p.m. Knesset Israel presents an in house program that involves some sharing of ideas. “Food for Thought” at with Rabbi Jeff Goldwasser is presented by the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires. The program is free, unless otherwise stated, and open to the general public. The program is presented at Knesset Israel, located at 16 Colt Road in Pittsfield and begins at 1p.m. For further information, please call Nancy Maurice Rogers, programming Director at 413-442-4360 ex. 15.

Felting Workshop Open Community Meditation for the Earth Michaelene Wojtkowski, a Pittsfield native, will lead a monthly meditation/visualization for the health of the Earth on Saturday, Jan. 10th. The meditation will be held at Berkshire Soul & Spirit Center on Main Street in Lee. The group will direct their energy towards mitigation of global warming, preservation of the coral reefs, melting of the icecaps, the health of the Amazon Basin, clean water, or the Health of the Earth in general. The group will work on reducing the ‘carbon footprint’ which will benefit all life and our human family. Berkshire Soul & Spirit Center, opened in June of 2007, holds classes and workshops that explore and deepen alternative paths of connection with spirit. Pre-registration requested for the meditation from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Berkshire Soul & Spirit Center is handicapped accessible at 69 Main St, Lee. Information available at 413-243-2834 or www.soulandspiritcenter.com.

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On January 12, 13, and 15 from 1-3 p.m. there will be a needle felting workshop at Knesset Israel, located at 16 Colt Road in Pittsfield. The programs each begin at 1p.m. Needle Felting, also described as painting with wool, workshop. This class will be taught by Cara Petricca -Carnevale, owner and fiber artist of Twin Hearts Handworks of Pittsfield. The classes will focus on “needle felting,” a technique used to work wool with a barbed needle and participants will complete a purse of their own design. Pre-registration required by calling Nancy Maurice Rogers at the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires at 413-442-4360 ex. 15. There will be a $65 materials fee for all the wool that you will need. The following program is presented by the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires. For further information, please call Nancy Maurice Rogers, programming Director at 413-442-4360 ex. 15.

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