The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main St., Ridgefield, Conn. 

Beardsley Library, 40 Munro Place, Winsted, Conn. 

Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Mass.

Berkshire Pulse, 420 Park St., Housatonic, Mass. 

Berkshire Theatre 

Blue Studio Dance, 228 Sharon Road, Lakeville, Conn.

Bushnell-Sage Library, 48 Main St., Sheffield, Mass. 
Ageless Yoga, Wednesdays, 2 to 3 p.m.

The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck, N.Y. 

The Clark Art Museum, 225 South St., Williamstown, Mass. 

Claverack Free Library, 629 NY-23B, Claverack, N.Y. 
Tai Chi with David Haines, Tuesdays, 10 a.m.

Gentle Yoga, Thursdays, 10 a.m.

Energia Yoga with Daniela Bertol, Wednesdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Copake Grange, 628 Empire Road, Copake, N.Y.

Sheffield Contra Dance, Dewey Hall, 91 Main St., Sheffield Mass.
Contra Dance, Dec. 30, 6 to 9 p.m.

Fisher Center at Bard, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. 

Hancock Shaker Village, 1843 West Housatonic St., Pittsfield, Mass. 

Hollister House Garden, 300 Nettleton Hollow Road, Washington, Conn. 

Hudson Hall, 327 Warren St, Hudson, N.Y.
Kwanzaa - Operation Unite NY, Dec. 16, 5 p.m.

Innisfree Garden, 362 Tyrrel Road, Millbrook, N.Y. 

The Institute for American Indian Studies Museum & Research Center, 38 Curtis Road, Washington, Conn. 

Jacob's Pillow, 358 George Carter Road, Becket, Mass.

Kaatsbaan Cultural Park, 120 Broadway, Tivoli, N.Y. 

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, Mass. 

MASS MoCA, 1320 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, Mass.

Mattatuck Museum, 144 West Main St. Waterbury, Conn. 
Chair Yoga, Thursdays, 9 to 10 a.m.

Millbrook Arts Group, Millbrook, N.Y. 

Millbrook Library, 3 Friendly Lane, Millbrook, N.Y. 
Senior Exercise Program, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m.

The Mount, 2 Plunkett St., Lenox, Mass. 

The Moviehouse, 48 Main St., Millerton, N.Y. 

Noble Horizons, 17 Cobble Road, Salisbury, Conn. 

Norfolk Library, 9 Greenwoods Road East, Norfolk, Conn. 


PS21 Chatham, 2980 Route 66, Chatham, N.Y. 

Race Brook Lodge, 864 Undermountain Road, Sheffield, Mass.

Sharon Playhouse, 49 Amenia Road, Sharon, Conn. 

Spencertown Academy Arts, 790 State Route 203, Spencertown, N.Y. 
“Like Swimming in Air” - The Art of Tai Chi for Beginners, Thursdays Oct. 19 to Jan. 18, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

The Stissing Center, 2950 Church St., Pine Plains, N.Y. 

Town of Cornwall, Conn. 

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main St., Hartford, Conn.
CONNetic Dance | Nutcracker Suite & Spicy, Dec. 15, 16, 8 p.m., Dec. 17, 2 p.m.

Warner Theatre, 68 Main St., Torrington, Conn. 

The Workshop Experience, Hillsdale, N.Y. 

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