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Briefs for Dec. 7, 2018

December 6, 2018 08:28 am

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Ongoing

PHILMONT — The Philmont Public Library, 101 Main St., Philmont, holds the following weekly events. For information, call 518-672-5010. Meditation classes at 6 p.m. Monday; Preschool Story Hour at 10 a.m. Thursday; Book Club at 6:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month.

VALATIE — Story Hour, for preschoolers, caregivers and younger siblings, is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday at the Valatie Free Library, 1036 Kinderhook St., Valatie. Join Lauren, Marje and Posie, our wonderful, gentle therapy dog, each week for stories, crafts and fun. Newcomers are always welcome; no registration is necessary. Program lasts 30 - 45 minutes, but people may leave early if they need to.

GREENVILLE — A chess club meets 1-3 p.m. Monday and Friday at the Greenville Library, 11177 Route 32, Greenville. This is ongoing and all are welcome.

Dec. 6

COPAKE — Therese Eiben from The Writers Studio will lead a workshop demonstrating the Writers Studio technique of discovering and developing narrative voice for fiction, memoir or poetry, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at Roeliff Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, Copake. The class is free and is limited to 20 participants. To participate, sign up at the front desk at Roe Jan Library, or call the library at 518-325-4101.

HUDSON — Volunteer Rally and Environmental Talk by Mark Lytle will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth St., Hudson. Sponsored by the Historic Hudson Boat Restoration and Sailing Society, this event is open to the public and all members and new volunteers are encouraged to attend for an inspiring evening of intellectual conversation about our Historic River and Environmental Awareness. Members old and new will be invited to participate in organizing spring fundraising events. Volunteers are being sought to help with social media management, and the Entertainment Committee for the April Gala Fundraising Event at Helsinki Hudson. A major Headliner Act for the show has been named, and this name will be revealed as soon as contracts have been signed.

Dec. 7

GREENPORT — Sacred Heart-Mount Carmel Shrine, 442 Fairview Ave., Greenport, will be holding a pizza takeout on Dec. 7. Orders can be called in from noon-6 p.m. with pick up from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Pizzas are $10 with additional toppings, $1 each. For information and to place an order, call 518-828-8775. Bake at home available.

ELIZAVILLE — The Elizaville United Methodist Church, 720 County Route 2, Elizaville, Christmas Bazaar will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 1. Snow date will be 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 2. There will be a large variety of decorations, gifts, crafts, wrapping paper, curios, and baked goods.Breakfast will be available as well as lunch, with soups, sandwiches and other items. For information, call 845-756-2503, or on the day of the event, call the Church Hall at 845-756-5602.

LIVINGSTON — The Township of Livingston will kick off the holiday season by hosting its annual “Christmas in Livingston” celebration on Dec. 7. At 5 p.m., the Linlithgo Reformed Church in Livingston on Church Road will hold a supper with a choice of soups, tossed salad and fresh baked bread. Free will offerings will be accepted. The annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Carol Singing is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Town Gazebo. Following at the Town Hall will be a dessert buffet and the Livingston Recreation Association will host a children’s Christmas party. The Livingston senior citizens holiday luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 8 at the Linlithgo Reformed Church. Reservations may be made prior to Dec. 4. Leave a message at 518-851-9441 ext. 311.

NEW LEBANON — The Darrow School, 110 Darrow Road, New Lebanon, will hold its annual Winter Concert in the Tannery at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Join them for a magical evening of classics, pop favorites, and holiday tunes by the Darrow Chorus and the Darrow Jazz Ensemble. The concert is free and open to the public.

Dec. 8

WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Mass., Bark and Buds: Winter Tree ID 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 8. Discover the many plants that lend bark, buds, fruit and structural interest to the garden in fall and winter. Learn to identify winter trees by twig and bud anatomy, bark features and plant architecture and practice using a winter tree dichotomous keys. This program will be held primarily indoors, and students will work with collected specimens. Bring a bag lunch and dress for occasional outdoor fieldwork. Members, $25; non-members, $35. For information, call 413-298-3926 or info@berkshirebotanical.org.

NEW LEBANON — Mountain Road School, 4565 County Route 9, New Lebanon, Annual Holiday Fair will be held 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 8. The fair features local vendors and artisans, arts and crafts for all ages, food and drink, and is free and open to the public. Families can browse hand-made local items for gift-giving, participate in a hand-craft to take home, and enjoy a wonderful lunch in the Café. Little shoppers can select special treasures for their loved ones and pick a treat for themselves from the Pocket Lady. Festive music will tie it all together as we celebrate the season.

HUDSON — The UMW of Trinity United Methodist Church, 555 Joslen Blvd., Hudson, “Craft/Vendor Sale and Holiday Cookie Walk” will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 8. Stop by to choose from the area’s finest cookie creations baked by happy bakers both far and near. The various vendors will be selling soy candles, knitted & crocheted items, quilted items, jewelry, wooden banks, candies, pies, jams/jellies and Victorian ornaments, just to name a few.

CHATHAM — A Cabaret to benefit Hudson’s Operation Unite will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at The Chatham Synagogue, 1536 Route 28, Chatham. Featuring music from The Great American Songbook and Beyond with performers Rachel Weisman, Joel Merker, & Gary Gelfenbien, vocals; John Sauer, piano & Otto Gardner, bass. Tickets are $25 and include dessert table, glass of wine, coffee and tea. Tickets available at www.moodsandmelodies.eventbrite.com; or at the door as room is available.

CHATHAM — Kathryn Schneider will talk about her book “Book on Birding in Hudson Valley” on Dec. 8 at the Chatham Bookstore, 27 Main St., Chatham. The book is a guide to birds and birdwatching in the Hudson Valley. Book signing at 4 p.m. as part of Chatham Winterfest. Conversation with Thomas Chulak from the bookstore and Q & A follow a brief reading at 5 p.m. Refreshments will follow. Admission is free. Portion of proceeds donated to Columbia Land Conservancy. For information, call 518-392-3005.

VOORHEESVILLE — The Old Songs Concert Series will present “In Praise of Christmas,” a program of songs and carols of the Christmas story and midwinter celebrations from England, Wales, and Spain, all in English translations. The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 South Main St., Voorheesville. Performing will be John Roberts on hurdy-gurdy, concertinas and vocals; Lisa Preston on baroque triple harp, gothic bray harp, celtic harp, accordion and vocals; and Armand Aromin on violin, viola, concertina and vocals. Tickets are $25 for adults; $12 for youth 13–18; $5 for children 12 and younger and are available at oldsongs.org or by calling Old Songs at 518-765-2815.

PHILMONT — Create a holiday decoration 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Philmont Community Center, 14 Lake Drive, Philmont. Choices will include a basket of greens centerpiece, decorative snow measuring stick or a handcrafted wooden tree ornament. All ages are welcome. A light lunch will be served. The event is free of charge and all materials will be provided. Pre-register by calling or texting 518-567-8220.

ANCRAM — The Material Girls of St. John’s Lutheran Church will be holding a holiday clearance sale 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 8 in the church hall behind the church, 1273 County Route 7, Ancram. Sale of one of a kind hand sewn items.

VALATIE — The Tri-Village Branch of the Columbia Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will hold a Christmas Boutique 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 8 at Barnwell Nursing Home, Church Street, Valatie. All proceeds directly benefit patients at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

HUDSON — Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth St., Hudson, presents an author reading and book signing: The Legacy of Anne Frank by Gillian Walnes Perry 4-5:30 p.m. Dec. 9. In Legacy, Walnes Perry, co-founder of the Anne Frank Trust UK, explores the influence Anne Frank’s life and diary has had on young people all over the world. It contains the stories of a diverse variety of readers, including Nelson Mandela and Audrey Hepburn, brought together by the extraordinarily articulate and wise young victim of the Holocaust. This reading is an excellent respite and refocus during the hectic holiday season and the book is certainly a great gift idea. Refreshments follow the reading. The book will be for sale with a portion of the proceeds going to the library thanks to Spotty Dog Books & Ale. The author will be available to sign copies. It will take place in the community room, which is wheelchair accessible. For information, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

VALATIE — The Valatie Free Library, 1036 Kinderhook St., Valatie, will have its annual cookie decorating party 1-3 p.m. Dec. 8. All ages are welcome to attend. Come decorate sugar and gingerbread cookies. Special guests will be Tots the Clown with holiday balloons and Santa Claus. Registration would be appreciated so there will be plenty of cookies, frosting and other decorations available. Call 518-758-9321 to register.

MILLBROOK — Grace Church, 3328 Franklin Ave., Millbrook, will hold its St. Nicholas Bazaar 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 8. The Bazaar will include the sale of fine handcrafted items made by 25 local artisans, and beautifully decorated holiday cookies and delectable chocolates. Shop from a variety of hand-made crafts including hats and capes made from Alpaca fiber, hand-painted children’s stools, knitted and felted clothing, beaded and gold jewelry, one-of-a-kind decorations, locally produced yarn and knitting needles, leather dog leashes and collars, pottery, unique tree ornaments, upcycled natural Christmas décor, wooden treasures, clothing for infants and young children, and much more. Choose your own assortment of festive holiday cookies from the traditional Linzer, ultimate sugar, Santa shortbread, spritzes, peppermint canes, and decadent chocolate truffles and caramel toffee, to the extraordinary gingerbread men. Cookies and candy will be boxed and sold by the pound. Admission to the event is free. For directions and information, visit www.gracemillbook.org/bazaar/or call 845-677-3064.

SPENCERTOWN — St. Peter’s Presbyterian Church, 5219 County Route 7, Spencertown, Annual Christmas Bazaar will be held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec.8. This family event includes a cookie walk, jewelry sale, handcrafted items, and a silent auction. Also featured is a raffle for a unique handmade quilt. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. At noon, the Sunday School will be performing Santa Lucia.

GERMANTOWN — A holiday bazaar will be held 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Palatine Manor, 32 Church Ave., Germantown. Many vendors including crafts, food, silent auction, podiatry coupons, door prizes, 50/50 raffle, and more. Santa Claus will also be making an appearance.

VALATIE — WinterWalk and Winter Parade will be held 6-9 p.m. Dec. 8 on Main Street, Valatie. The parade begins at 5 p.m.

Dec. 9

KINDERHOOK — The Kinderhook Sportsmen’s Club fifth annual holiday dinner will be held 3-6 p.m. Dec. 9 at the club, 376 Fowler’s Lake Road, Kinderhook. Menu includes ham, roast beef and all the fixings. Eat in or take out. Adults, $20; children under 12, $10. Tickets available Sundays at the club or by calling Sheila at 518-653-5519 or Kathy at 518-669-0101.

NORTH CHATHAM — The North Chatham Free Library will host the Dancing Hands Puppet Troupe performing The Shoemakers and the Elves From the collection of the Brothers Grimm at 3 p.m. Dec. 9 at the North Chatham Free Library, 4287 Route 203, North Chatham. The Shoemakers and the Elves is a delightful tale of generosity and faithfulness. This familiar story, performed by Dancing Hands Puppet Troupe, and told with marionettes, is filled with the mystery and magic of the season and can be shared with the whole family. Admission is free. Following the performance, we will have our traditional Holiday Party and an ornament making activity. In addition, the drawing for the winner of a beautiful Log Cabin block quilt will take place. This handmade quilt (queen size) was created by the Sew ‘n Sews quilt group, which meets twice monthly at the Library. Tickets for the quilt can be purchased at the Library and all proceeds benefit the library. For information, call 518-766-3211 or nclibrary@fairpoint.net.

HUDSON — “Christmas Jukebox,” a musical, will be presented by Upstage Productions & Columbia County Sons & Daughters of Italy at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Columbia County Sons and Daughters of Italy Hall, 27 Bridge St., Hudson. Take a musical trip to celebrate with holiday favorites. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door and are available by calling 518-828-3824. Mingle with the performers and audience after the show. Light beverages and dessert will be provided after the show.

HUDSON — 3rd Annual Columbia County “Write for Rights,” Write A Letter. Save A Life, with Amnesty International 3-5 p.m. Dec. 9 at Mexican Radio, 537 Warren St, Hudson. Join us as hundreds of thousands of others around the world meet to sign letters about various cases and issues important to human rights (such as to free prisoners of conscience, support human rights defenders, end urgent cases of abuse, and much more). This is a drop-in event - you can come for a few minutes or the whole time to write/sign letters. Also come by to let us know if you have any interest in forming a local group for regular meetings (monthly or bi-monthly) to continue organizing for global human rights — including right here in Columbia County and the Hudson Valley. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. All ages welcome, kid friendly. Open to the public. RSVP to Scott Langley, Amnesty International USA member leader, at 518-249-8094.

Dec. 10

STOCKPORT — Hudson American Legion Post 184 will meet at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Post, 107 County Route 25, Stockport. Veterans interested in becoming a member of the Post need to bring a copy of their DD214. If interested in renting the hall, call either the Post at 518-828-4707 or Ed at 518-828-5071.

Dec. 11

WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Mass., Berkshire Backyard Beekeepers meet at 6 p.m. Dec. 11. Join local beekeepers on the second Tuesday of each month on the grounds of Berkshire Botanical Garden. Each month’s meeting will involve season-appropriate discussions and demonstrations using the BBG apiary, weather permitting. For information, call 413-298-3926 or info@berkshirebotanical.org.

LATHAM — The local group of The Society of American Magicians, Assembly 24 meets at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the S. W. Pitts Hose Co. of Latham, 226 Old Loudon Road, Latham. We welcome all persons, 16 and older, with any interest in the art of magic. For information about the organization, or for a link to a local magician, visit WWW.SAM24.SYNTHASITE.COM.

CHATHAM — The Columbia County American Legion will meet at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at Chatham American Legion Post 42, 34 Wood Bridge Ave., Chatham. For directions, contact Jeff at 518-672-4757. If interested in becoming a member of the American Legion, contact Jim Garvey at 518-821-7366.

Dec. 12

NEW BALTIMORE — The Food and Fellowship Luncheon Program at the New Baltimore Reformed Church, Route 144 and Church Street, New Baltimore, will be holding the next monthly luncheon noon-2 p.m. Dec. 12. The luncheons are held every second Wednesday of the month through May 2019. The menu (subject to change) is baked ham, escalloped potatoes, French style green beans and bread pudding. Following the meal Shannon Friel will provide harp music. This luncheon is open to all members of the community. To facilitate planning, reservations are encouraged by the Sunday before the luncheon. To make reservations, call the church at 518-756-8764 or email nbrchurch@aol.com. Include name, contact number and the number of reservations being made. If transportation or physical assistance is needed, leave that information as well. Dining space is limited to 60 seats. Free will offerings are graciously accepted to offset food costs.

Dec. 13

CHATHAM — Editorial Freelancers will meet 4-6 p.m. Dec. 13 at Chatham Town Hall, 488 Route 295, Chatham. Learn the five things to do when responding to the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA) job list postings, which are prescreened “help wanted” ads to connect clients and freelancers. Access to these job opportunities is a lauded benefit of membership in the EFA. Discussion will cover guidelines for determining whether and when to apply to a Job List post. Networking and light refreshments. Free for EFA members. For information, email chap_upperhudson@the-efa.org or contact Terese Platten, chapter co-coordinator, at editplatten@fairpoint.net; 518-781-3621.

TIVOLI — Tivoli “12 Days ‘Til Christmas” will be held 4-7 p.m. Dec. 13. Village businesses and artisans welcome all to celebrate the holidays and enjoy Tivoli. Sponsored by Tivoli Merchants + Artists and Hotel Tivoli. Admission is free.

CASTLETON — The Rensselaer-Columbia-Greene Counties Board of Cooperative Educational Services will meet at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Questar III Central Office, 10 Empire State Blvd., Castleton, in the first floor conference center.

Dec. 14

HUDSON — A special evening of Dances of Universal Peace takes place 7-8:45 p.m. Dec. 14 in Hudson. The December Dances are a Rumi celebration honoring the 13th century Persian poet Jelaluddin Rumi. The poet is celebrated around the world in December each year. Bring a favorite Rumi poem. The Dances are participatory simple circle dances and songs drawn from diverse sacred traditions. Each dance is taught by certified dance leaders of the Hudson Dance Circle. No experience needed; all ages welcome. Comfortable, loose-fitting clothing recommended. Requested contribution $10 for space rental at Sadhana Center for Yoga and Meditation, 403 Warren St., Hudson. For information, call 518-860-3108; farid@taconic.net.

Dec. 15

OLD CHATHAM — ‘Speed Sisters’ will be shown Dec. 15 at the Old Chatham Quaker Meetinghouse, 539 County Route 13, old Chatham. Potluck at 6 p.m. followed by the film at 7 p.m. The Speed Sisters are the first all-woman race car driving team in the Middle East. Grabbing headlines and turning heads at improvised tracks across the West Bank, these five women have sped their way into the heart of the gritty, male-dominated Palestinian street car-racing scene. Weaving together their lives on and off the track, SPEED SISTERS takes you on a surprising journey into the drive to go further and faster than anyone thought you could. Free and open to the public. Free refreshments will be served and a moderated discussion will follow. For information, call 518-766-2992.

HUDSON — A Winter Swing Dance Party will be held 7-10 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth St., Hudson. This program, sponsored by the Senior Center and Hudson Area Library, is free and open to all ages. Registration is appreciated. Refreshments will be served. Bring your dance shoes and your attitude and get ready to swing to music from the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s. The Fabulous Versatones are a 5-man swing band based in the Hudson Valley with members from Hudson, Millbrook and Red Hook. To register, visit the front desk at the library, call 518-828-1792 ext. 101, or email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org.

HUDSON — The City of Hudson Senior Center and Hudson Area Library will host Watercolor with your Grandperson Dec. 15 at the library, 51 North Fifth St., Hudson. There will be two sessions: 1-2:15 p.m. and 2:30-3:4 p.m. with watercolorist Gretchen Kelly. It is open to grandparents, parents, children, and grandchildren. Youth and adult participants paint a picture or card in watercolors with a holiday theme using pine cones, wreaths, candles, menorah, Christmas trees, holly, gift boxes and much more. All materials will be provided. This event is free and wheelchair accessible. Registration is required. To register email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org call 518-828-1792 ext. 101 or visit the main desk in the library.

COPAKE — Cub Scouts Pack 2130 will be hosting Breakfast with Santa 8-11 a.m. Dec. 15 at the Copake Park Building, 305 Mountain View Road, Copake. The menu includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, juice, coffee and tea. Adults, $8; seniors and children under 12, $6. Advance tickets are available or at the door. To reserve, call 518-303-3644.

EAST GREENBUSH — Capital Community Voices will present a program of classical and popular holiday songs at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at Genet Elementary School, Route 4, East Greenbush. General admission, $10; seniors and students, $8. A reception follows.

LOUDONVILLE — The Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease (YOPD) Support Group will meet at 2 p.m. Dec. 15 at The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 510 Albany-Shaker Road, Loudonville. This is the group’s holiday party. If you would like to attend the event and plan to bring a dish to share, RSVP to 518-783-3492. Patients (any age) and caregivers are welcome to attend to learn more about Parkinson’s disease. The event provides an opportunity to celebrate the holidays with friends. For information regarding the YOPD, contact 518-783-3492 or 518-541-2021, after 3 p.m.

STAATSBURG — Presentation & Christmas Cracker Craft Workshop at 10 a.m. Dec. 15 at the Staatsburg Library, 70 Old Post Road, Staatsburg. Staatsburgh State Historic Site staff, Maria Reynolds and Pam Malcolm, will offer a brief description of Christmas traditions in the Gilded Age, then lead participants in making a Christmas cracker, a traditional British gift that was also popular in the American Gilded Age. Participants, 12 and older, can create a cracker to give as a gift. Crackers are pulled apart with a crack, to reveal small presents inside. Bring your own special (small) presents to place in your cracker, or use the ones we provide. For information, email staatslibrary@gmail.com or call 845-889-4683.

Dec. 16

STUYVESANT FALLS — The Church of St. Joseph, 1820 Route 9, Stuyvesant Falls, will hold the eighth annual Holiday Cookie Walk 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 16. Delicious holiday cookies baked by talented members of our faith community will be sold by the pound.

Dec. 19

HUDSON — Columbia County VFW Post 1314 will meet at 7 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Post, 544 Union St., Hudson. Veterans interested in becoming a member of the Post need to bring a copy of their DD214. If interested in renting the hall, call Randy at 518-858-9212.

POUGHKEEPSIE — The Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will present the movie “Prison Dogs” at 7 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Fellowship, 67 South Randolph Ave., Poughkeepsie. Incarcerated for murder and armed robbery, inmates at Fishkill Correctional Facility learn to love again by raising puppies behind bars. In this inspirational tale, prisoners battle self-doubt, anger and regret in their attempt to transform dependent pups into service dogs for injured veterans. Bound together by fate, this uniquely vulnerable trio of puppy, prisoner and veteran come to discover the redemptive power of second chances. Suggested donation, $5. Seasonally-appropriate refreshments will be served.

Jan. 8

WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road. Stockbridge, Mass., presents Science of Plant Propagation 5:30-8:30 p.m. p.m. Jan. 8. Learn the art and science of plant propagation with a focus on the basic botany needed to understand and successfully propagate plants. Sexual and asexual propagation methods including sowing seeds, cuttings, grafting, layering, and division will be covered. Students will learn the fascinating science behind propagation along with the various techniques used to create new plants. Four classes. BBG Members: $175/Non-Members: $185. For information and to register, call 413-298-3926 or email info@berkshirebotanical.org.

Jan. 10

WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road. Stockbridge, Mass., presents Organic Vegetable Gardening 5:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 10. Designed for those starting or caring for a vegetable garden, this course will include a comprehensive discussion of regenerative agriculture practices including: soil and nutrient management, no-till practices, seed selection, crop rotation schemes, bed preparation, seeding and planting, pest management, and specific plant cultivation. Each week, students will investigate a different vegetable family to ensure all questions are answered about cultivation of these important food groups. Five classes. BBG Members: $220/Non-Members: $230. For information and to register, call 413-298-3926 or email info@berkshirebotanical.org.

Jan. 12

NEW LEBANON — Grow the Valley will be offering a panel discussion and information session about local conservation 10 a.m.-noon Jan. 12 at the New Lebanon Town Hall, 14755 Route 22, New Lebanon. Three experts will discuss three commonly asked questions about conservation and its impact on the community, followed by questions and answers. All are welcome.

Jan. 16

WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road. Stockbridge, Mass., presents Planting Plan Design Studio 5:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 16. Learn how to design a planting plan for private and public garden spaces. Explore the manipulation of space by using plant material through a series of exercises dealing with form, color, and texture. Students will consider the nature of plant characteristics in specific design settings. For prerequisites and materials list visit http://www.berkshirebotanical.org/. Eight classes. BBG Members: $350, Non-Members: $385. For information and to register, call 413-298-3926 or email info@berkshirebotanical.org.