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CHRISTMAS AT THE COLONIAL WITH MARY VERDI
Pittsfield, 2 and 7 p.m.
Mary Verdi is returning for her fifth annual Christmas at the Colonial Theatre, featuring special guest Rev Tor, the Dalton Ballet, Berkshire Music School’s violinists, a children’s vocal group, Berkshire Gymfest and, of course, Santa Claus. The shows will land on Mary Verdi’s 50th birthday and to celebrate this day, Mary will be joined by her daughters, Madilyn & Kate McCarthy, from Austin, Texas.Her brother, John Handley from Grand Junction, Colorado will also be performing with Mary. For tickets visit www.berkshiretheatre.org or call 413-997-4444.

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THE SPOUSE/PARTNER LOSS GROUP
Pittsfield, 10 a.m.
The Spouse/Partner Loss Group is held the third Tuesday of each month, at 10 a.m. This group is geared toward those who have experienced the loss of a spouse or partner. No registration is required. All above sessions will be held at the HospiceCare in The Berkshires, 877 South Street in Pittsfield. To register or for more information please contact the office at 413-443-2994.

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ST. JOE'S DINING FOR A CAUSE
Pittsfield
The St. Joseph High School Crusader Club will be the beneficiary of a fundraiser at The 99 Restaurant on Merrill Road in Pittsfield. The restaurant will donate 15 percent of each check to the school to support student co-curricular activities (guests must first present a coupon to their server). The coupons are available from any St. Joe student or at the school’s office, located on 22 Maplewood Ave. For more information call 413-443-9686.

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PITTSFIELD'S CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
The Department of Community Development Recreation Program has announced that the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, sponsored by Republic Services, will be held at Park Square. The Taconic High School Chorus will perform a variety of carols, Santa & Mrs. Claus will arrive following the tree lighting, and free hot chocolate will be available, courtesy of Patrick’s Pub. Those planning to attend the ceremony are asked to bring non-perishable food items that will be donated to the Christian Center’s food pantry. For more information please contact Becky Manship, Recreation Activities Coordinator, at 413-499-9370.

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5TH ANNUAL TOY DRIVE
Pittsfield, 7 p.m.
HELPING HANDS IN THE BERKSHIRES - 5th Annual Toy Drive, at Fairways at the A Bring a toy & be entered to win an ipad Air ($400 Value!) Tons of Raffles! Bring Your Friends and Family for a fun night out! Tickets available at: Bella Tan Fairways @ the “A” Moments House See Kristi Marchetto, Ang Penna or Danielle Trumbull or online at www.momentshouse.org All toys will be distributed to local children at Moments House and other local nonprofits working with children.
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HANDMADE HOLIDAY FESTIVAL
Pittsfield, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Alchemy Initiative’s sixth annual Handmade Holiday Festival, a curated holiday market featuring contemporary artisans, designers and food producers, will be held at the Paterson Field House at Berkshire Community College. Shoppers will find a wide variety of artisanal goods including jewelry, ceramics, bath and body products, silk-screened apparel, wooden cutting boards, children’s toys and more. Food producers will also have a presence at this year’s market. For more information, visit AlchemyInitiative.org or contact Jess Conzo, executive director, at jessiconz@gmail.com.
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CRAFT WORKSHOP
Pittsfield, 10-11:15 a.m.
An evergreen “make and take” craft workshop at the Berkshire Museum with naturalist Aimee Gelinas, director of the Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center in Windsor.  Learn how to make your own balsam fir balm and evergreen sachet.  More info www.tamarackhollow.com. Register at www.berkshiremuseum.org.

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HANDMADE HOLIDAY FESTIVAL
Pittsfield, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Alchemy Initiative’s sixth annual Handmade Holiday Festival, a curated holiday market featuring contemporary artisans, designers and food producers, will be held at the Paterson Field House at Berkshire Community College. Shoppers will find a wide variety of artisanal goods including jewelry, ceramics, bath and body products, silk-screened apparel, wooden cutting boards, children’s toys and more. Food producers will also have a presence at this year’s market. For more information, visit AlchemyInitiative.org or contact Jess Conzo, executive director, at jessiconz@gmail.com.
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THE SPOUSE/PARTNER LOSS GROUP
Pittsfield, 10 a.m.
The Spouse/Partner Loss Group is held the third Tuesday of each month, at 10 a.m. This group is geared toward those who have experienced the loss of a spouse or partner. No registration is required. All above sessions will be held at the HospiceCare in The Berkshires, 877 South Street in Pittsfield. To register or for more information please contact the office at 413-443-2994.

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'100 CATS FOR CHRISTMAS'
Pittsfield, 7 a.m.
Berkshire Humane Society (BHS) is once again sponsoring “100 Cats for Christmas,” a low-cost spaying and neutering event for cats in Berkshire County. To participate, residents of Berkshire County need to come to BHS to complete a registration form and pay a non-refundable $25 fee, which include a rabies vaccination. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. On the morning of the event, cats will be dropped off at one of three locations–BHS, Greylock Animal Hospital in North Adams, or Purradise Feline Adoption Center in Great Barrington between 7 and 8 p.m. BHS staff and volunteers as well sales associates from Haddad Subaru of Pittsfield will then drive the cats to their appointments at veterinarians and return them for owner pick-up in the afternoon. All cats must be in carriers with proper identification–the owner’s name as well as the cat’s name. For more information about “100 Cats for Christmas,” contact Erin Starsja at 413-447-7878, ext. 24. 
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FX IN THE BERKSHIRES
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
Berkshire Museum’s Little Cinema will host a new film series "FX in the Berkshires – Middle Earth to the Matrix," featuring films accompanied by talks with area filmmakers who are active in the special and visual effects fields. The series opens with "Fellowship of the Ring," with a commentary by special effects expert John Nugent. The series is presented in partnership with Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative. The cost is $10.

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'BEER AND CAROLS'
Pittsfield, 7 p.m.
Zion Lutheran Church of Pittsfield hosts “Beer & Carols” in the back room of Baba Louie’s Pizza, 34 Depot St. “Beer & Carols,” the seventh installment of Zion Lutheran’s already-popular “Beer & Hymns” series of sing-alongs, is intended to gather many people together in a non-church space for a loud and lively night of popular Christmas carols and songs. Everyone is welcome — there is no admission fee or cover charge — and all seating is general admission. A free-will offering will be taken to support the Pittsfield Area Council of Congregations Emergency Fuel Fund.

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'CHRISTMASTIME IN THE CITY'
Pittsfield, 8 p.m.
Town Players of Pittsfield, the oldest theater in Berkshire County and one of the oldest nonprofit theaters in the country, presents "Christmastime in the City" at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave. A holiday variety show directed by Monica Bliss with accompanist Jeff Hunt, "Christmastime in the City" will celebrate the many varieties of entertainment you would expect to find in the "City": music, theater, dance, stand-up comedy and slam poetry, all with a holiday twist! Tickets are $15; $12 for seniors, students and groups of 10+; and $10 for members of Town Players. Tickets may be reserved by calling the Town Players' Box Office at 413-443-9279.

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'CHRISTMASTIME IN THE CITY'
Pittsfield, 8 p.m.
Town Players of Pittsfield, the oldest theater in Berkshire County and one of the oldest nonprofit theaters in the country, presents "Christmastime in the City" at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave. A holiday variety show directed by Monica Bliss with accompanist Jeff Hunt, "Christmastime in the City" will celebrate the many varieties of entertainment you would expect to find in the "City": music, theater, dance, stand-up comedy and slam poetry, all with a holiday twist! Tickets are $15; $12 for seniors, students and groups of 10+; and $10 for members of Town Players. Tickets may be reserved by calling the Town Players' Box Office at 413-443-9279.

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2014 HOLIDAY SHINDY
Pittsfield, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Shire City Sanctuary is hosting its annual Holiday Shindy at 40 Melville St. The event will feature more than 50 hand-selected vendors from near and far selling holiday greenery, jewelry, ceramics, winter woolies, party dresses, luscious soaps, twinkling candles, tasty treats and so much more.

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'CHRISTMASTIME IN THE CITY'
Pittsfield, 2 p.m.
Town Players of Pittsfield, the oldest theater in Berkshire County and one of the oldest nonprofit theaters in the country, presents "Christmastime in the City" at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave. A holiday variety show directed by Monica Bliss with accompanist Jeff Hunt, "Christmastime in the City" will celebrate the many varieties of entertainment you would expect to find in the "City": music, theater, dance, stand-up comedy and slam poetry, all with a holiday twist! Tickets are $15; $12 for seniors, students and groups of 10+; and $10 for members of Town Players. Tickets may be reserved by calling the Town Players' Box Office at 413-443-9279.

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2014 HOLIDAY SHINDY
Pittsfield, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Shire City Sanctuary is hosting its annual Holiday Shindy at 40 Melville St. The event will feature more than 50 hand-selected vendors from near and far selling holiday greenery, jewelry, ceramics, winter woolies, party dresses, luscious soaps, twinkling candles, tasty treats and so much more.

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THE SPOUSE/PARTNER LOSS GROUP
Pittsfield, 10 a.m.
The Spouse/Partner Loss Group is held the third Tuesday of each month, at 10 a.m. This group is geared toward those who have experienced the loss of a spouse or partner. No registration is required. All above sessions will be held at the HospiceCare in The Berkshires, 877 South Street in Pittsfield. To register or for more information please contact the office at 413-443-2994.

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LYME ALLIANCE OF THE BERKSHIRES SUPPORT GROUP
Pittsfield, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Lyme Alliance of the Berkshires (L.A.B.) is a support group for those suffering from Lyme Disease and their loved ones as well as for individuals who would like to become further educated about Lyme and it's associated diseases in Northern Berkshire County, Western MA, Southern Vermont and Upstate NY. Meetings are held every third Thursday of the month (unless otherwise noted). Berkshire Atheneum (Pittsfield Library) 1 Wendell Avenue Pittsfield, MA  2nd Floor Conference Room  Fall Lyme Alliance of the Berkshires Support Group Meeting Dates   Thursday October 16th, 2014 Thursday, November 13th, 2014 Thursday, December 18th, 2014   Website: http://berkshirelyme.blogspot.com/   Contact: berkshirelyme@yahoo.com  
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