Northern Berkshire Community Coalition

Organizing and supporting the Northern Berkshire community for over 33 years!

nbCC Events in November


Here is a list of some of the events that nbCC is offering this month. To see the nbCC and UNO calendar, click here.


nbCC’s Monthly Forum: Invisible Crises: Vaping and Alcohol Use in North Berkshire

Friday, November 8

10:00am to noon

The Green, 85 Main Street, North Adams

This forum will focus on concerns regarding alcohol and vaping and how to raise awareness about their use in order to improve community health. The first half of the forum will be devoted to introductions and announcements and please bring your flyers for distribution. For more information, contact Wendy Penner at nbCC at (413) 663-7588. Please bring a healthy non-perishable food item with you to the forum to benefit our local food pantry, The Al Nelson Friendship Center.


Family Fun Skate Day

Monday, November 11th


Vietnam Veterans Skating Rink located at 1267 South Church Street in North Adams.

Free Rentals and Ice Skating. No need to register. Transportation provided upon request. Free snacks, hot chocolate and raffle. Call Stephanie Puc at (413) 663-7588 for more info.


nbCC Bike Collective Open Hours

Mondays, November 11 and 18


The Armory, 206 Ashland St., North Adams (look for the garage doors in the back)

Bring your own bike or work on a bike at the bike collective. You’ll have the opportunity to learn from other community members on basic bike fixes, or team up with more experienced bike mechanics to rebuild a bike. Tools and stands are provided. All residents from Northern Berkshire are welcome! For more info, call Bret Beattie or Amanda Chilson at 413-663-7588.


Holiday Meals on a Budget Workshop

Tuesday, November 12th

11:00 a.m. to 3:00p.m.

UNO Community Center located at 157 River Street in North Adams.

First 5 to sign up will receive a $10 gift certificate for Walmart. It will start with a demonstration on how to cook a turkey dinner, appetizers and dessert and end with enjoying our meal.  You will also receive a recipe book including what we prepared and also left over ideas.  Registration required by November 8. To register, call Stephanie Puc at (413) 663-7588.


Wow Workshop: Introduction to Herbal Medicines for the Cold Season

Wednesday, November 13


UNO Community Center, 157 River St North Adams.

Learn about simples, tinctures, teas, infusions and decoctions, along with what herbs are good for the winter cold season. Samples will be available. For more information, contact Bret Beattie at (413) 663-7588 or


Positive Discipline for Preschoolers

Thursday, Nov. 14th 1

10:30 – noon

nbCC’s Conference Room, 61 Main Street, Room 213, North Adams.

This workshop focuses on age appropriate positive discipline techniques for parents. View real-life scenarios of common challenging situations with your child then brainstorm new ideas to handle the same situation with successful positive discipline techniques. Featured are easing bedtime battles, responding to aggression, and dealing with defiance.  For parents with children 3-5.  Light snacks provided. Transportation and childcare are available upon request. Registration is free, but space is limited. To register, contact: Stephanie Puc at (413) 663-7588 ext. 11 or


The Neighborlies

Wednesday, November 20

5:00 to 7:00pm

MCLA Church Street Center, North Adams (Please note venue change)

Celebrate someone who has made a positive impact in your life or community. Recognize someone at Deadline for recognition submissions is November 4. For more information, call Glenda at the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition at (413) 663-7588.


nbCC Meet and Greet for Adams Residents

Wednesday, November 20

12:00 to 1:00pm

The Daily Grind, 37 Park St., Adams

The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition would like to get to know the residents of Adams better and hear about their concerns and interests! Stop in and chat with some of the friendly nbCC staff! No brochures, no flyers, just talk! Join Us! It’s nice to meet you!


Christmas Tree Lighting Downtown Bike Around

Wednesday, November 27

Call (413) 663-7588 for time

Downtown North Adams

Decorate your bike with Christmas lights and lead Santa to the tree lighting ceremony. Wear a helmet, warm clothing and be sure to have lights on your bike. Call Amanda Chilson at (413) 663-7588 for more information.


Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Tuesdays, November 5 & 19


The Family Place, 61 Main Street, Suite 208, North Adams.

 This is a group for grandparents who are actively parenting their grandchildren giving them a safe and confidential space to share similar experiences with other grandparents. For more info, call (413) 663-7588.


Youth Leadership Program

Tuesdays in November

5:00 to 7:00pm

nbCC Conference Room, 61 Main Street, North Adams

UNITY staff engage local teens in a wide variety of exercises related to leadership skills such as communication, problem-solving, team work, identifying community needs, and project/event planning. For more information, email Tim Shiebler at or call the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition at (413) 663-7588.


Beacon Recovery Community Center Open Hours

Tuesdays in November from 5-7:00pm

Wednesdays in November from10am – 2:00pm

The Beacon Recovery Community Center is a program of Northern Berkshire Community Coalition (nbCC) to provide peer support to those seeking recovery from addiction. BRCC is a peer led effort that provides support groups, connections to networks that can assist anyone seeking recovery, and opportunities to socialize with others. The community center is free and open to all. For more info, please Susan at or call 413-663-7588.


nbCC’s Teen Writing Workshop

Wednesdays in November

5:00 to 7:00pm

nbCC Conference Room, 61 Main Street, North Adams

An afterschool writing program for teens of all writing experiences. Teens will hone in on their skill with professional local writers and peers. For more information, call Tim at the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition at (413) 663-7588.


UNO Open Hours

Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9am - 12pm, Fridays 12pm - 4pm

UNO Community Center, 157 River St

Come to the UNO Community Center to meet members of our Steering Committee, learn about our programs and events, and get to know your neighbors. The coffee will be hot and the snacks will be on display! Come in and say hi. For more information, contact Matt at (413) 664-4612, or


After School Program

Tuesdays, 6:30 - 7:30, Thursdays 4 - 5

UNO Community Center, 157 River St

Stop by the UNO Community Center for some homework help, structured/unstructured activities and fun in general with Greylock Elementary’s own Mary Jirkovsky, aka Ms. J. For more information, contact Matt at (413) 664-4612, or


4-H Wacky STEAMsters Club

November 12, 26

4 - 5:30pm

UNO Community Center, 157 River St

The 4-H Wacky STEAMsters are a fun filled STEAM group (ages 5-18). We tackle it all! From physics, to beadmaking, to breaking down scientific principles with fun, user-friendly, hands-on experiments. Healthy snacks provided. Parents are welcomed and encouraged! No drop off hours available. Option to register as an official member of 4-H and participate in other local groups and events. For more information, contact Matt at (413) 664-4612, or


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