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Now – Dec. 17, Adams Hoosac Valley Train Rides Tinseliner train rides offer a look at Christmas in America during the 1950s. Guests will get a visit from Father Christmas with a small toy for each child. Also includes a 20-min. layover at a Christmas tree lot where trees can be tagged for later pickup. (Tree sales benefit PopCares.) See website for days & times.

Dec. 14, Rhinebeck Clinton Library Lunch & Learn: FDR’s Fireside Chats. FDR Museum Education Specialst Jeff Urbin will talk about how FDR demonstrated his understanding of the importance of bringing accurate and unfiltered information directly from the source to the people. A light lunch will be served at 12:30, followed by the lecture at 1 p.m.

Dec. 14, Hudson Drop Forge & Tool Make Your Own Gift Wrap: Kate Moore will show you how to make your own wrapping paper using white and craft paper, ribbon, washi tape, paint and brushes, colored pencils, stickers, glitter, foraged plants, stamps, markers, scissors, tape and glue. 6 p.m.

Dec. 16, Ghent Flower Blossom Farm Sip-n-Snip: Enjoy a glass or two of wine provided by Hudson-Chatham Winery and create an all-natural holiday centerpiece. 1:30 p.m.

Dec. 16, Sharon Sharon Historical Society & Museum William Hosley will deliver the picture show and lecture “American Chairs: A History.” 2 p.m.

Dec. 16, Kent Kent Library The first class in a new henna workshop series with Elyse Sadtler will cover the basics of drawing lines, dots and borders. 4 p.m.

Dec. 16, Lenox The Mount Sibyl McCormac Groff discusses her new book, A New York Christmas: Ho Ho Ho at Gothamtide, and shares stories of how diverse people observe their holidays, incorporating components that are universal and secular. 4 p.m.

Dec. 16, Hillsdale HGS Home Chef James Beard award-winning cookbook author Sarah Owens presents the next class in her series of dinners titled “By Hand.” She will prepare a meal starting with appetizers and botanical cocktails based on locally foraged ingredients. The menu will be built around fresh local lamb, with side dishes suited to the season, and paired with wine. 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 17, Pittsfield Hancock Shaker Village Shaker Peg Rail Workshop: Assemble, sand and finish a 24” cherry pegboard – a beautiful and practical gift. No prior wood-working experience needed. 1 p.m.

Dec. 17, Sheffield Bartholomew’s Cobble Photographing the Night Sky Workshop: Learn to capture images of the moonless, star-filled sky. Bring your DSLR, film, camera or smartphone/tablet (along with a long exposure app and tripod). Rain, snow or heavy clouds cancel this event. 7 p.m.

Dec. 21, Washington Depot Valley Spirit Cooperative & Wellness Center Winter Solstice Cacao Ceremony & Sound Healing: Sean Flanagan and Pauline Koinis offer support and guidance to connect with the heart. The sound healing, meditations and reiki will help support people’s experience of connecting with their bodies and opening their hearts. 5 p.m.

Dec. 28–30, Sheffield Bartholomew’s Cobble Lantern Walk: ledges trail will be magically lit with hundreds of luminarias as a guide. Feel free to bring your own magical lantern on this self-guided walk. There will be a fire and s’mores back at the visitor’s center. 4:30 p.m.

Dec. 29, Windsor Notchview Brew Moon: Moonlight Ski & Snowshoe. Ski or snowshoe the trails on a self-guided woodland adventure. Afterwards, gather inside the Visitors Center for a beer or wine and cheese tasting. 5-7 p.m.

Jan. 6, Rhinebeck Clinton Community Library “Happy Gut, Healthy Life” Nutrition Lecture: Jordan Schmidt, a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Associate Instructor for the Nutritional Therapy Association, will explain the role probiotics play in optimal health. She’ll talk about what it looks like when things go right and when things go wrong. 12 p.m.

Jan. 6, Chatham Old Chatham Quaker Meetinghouse “Health Care: Where do we go from here?” presented by Michael Kaplan, MD and Charles Wohl, MD. Both Berkshire physicians have been advocates of a single-payer healthcare system for the U.S. and are members of Physicians for a National Health Program, the leading national organization of healthcare professionals in the single-payer movement. Potluck at 6 p.m., talk at 7 p.m.

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