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SPAGHETTI DINNER
North Adams, 4 to 7 p.m.
Come join us with the family for an event to benefit a great cause... All proceeds to benefit our local scholarship funds for our graduating seniors from Drury and McCann. In memory of Peter W Foote, Henry Hill, and Michael Demarsico Adults $7 Seniors $6 Children 4-10 $5 Children under 4 free. VFW Post 996
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LOCAL CELEBRITIES GUEST BARTENDER
Williamstown, 6 p.m.
A local "Celebrities" charity bartender event will be held at Hops and Vines, 16 Water St. Images Cinema and WilliNet will supply guest bartenders Debby Dane and Sandra Thomas pouring specialty cocktails. The best tipper/donor wins a $50 gift certificate. Details at www.facebook.com/hopsandvinesma.
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AMERICAN WOODCOCK WALK
New York, 7 p.m.
Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center in Cropseyville sposnors a viewing of the amazing courtship ritual of the American Woodcock performed each evening at dusk. The program is free but pre-registration is required.
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POETRY AT BERKSHIRE HUMANE SOCIETY
Pittsfield, 7-8:30 p.m.
As part of National Poetry Month’s festivities, Berkshire Humane Society’s Coffee Hour Speaking Series will host “Celebrating Animals in Poetry,” a poetry reading by three Berkshire County poets. Peter Filkins, Hannah Fries and Barry Sternlieb will read their own as well as others’ poetry about the animals in their lives and beyond. Reservations aren’t necessary, but anyone who preregisters by calling Mary at 413-447-7878, ext. 28, or emailing her at mkoncel@berkshirehumane.org will be eligible for a raffle.

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LECTURE ON AMERICA'S FOUNDING
Williamstown, 7:30 p.m.
Joseph Ellis, one of the country’s foremost scholars of U.S. history, will present a lecture at Williams College titled “Leadership at the American Founding" in Griffin Hall, room 3. Ellis is the second annual James MacGregor Burns Distinguished Speaker. The event is free and open to the public.

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PERC ANNUAL MEETING
Pittsfield, 7:30-9 a.m.
Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corporation will hold its annual meeting in the Susan B. Anthony Center of Berkshire Community College. A panel of small business owners that have been assisted by PERC
will discuss how PERC funding helped their businesses. A breakfast buffet will be served. For details contact
Ann Dobrowolski at adobrowolski@pittsfieldch.com or 413-499-9371.

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AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
North Adams, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at Drury High School. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767) or log onto redcrossblood.org.

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AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
Great Barrington, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at Monument Mountain Regional High School. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767) or log onto redcrossblood.org.

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INTERFAITH MEETING
North Adams, 10 a.m.
The Northern Berkshire Interfaith Action Initiative will host a presentation on Catholic Social Teaching by Sister Natalie Cain at its monthly meeting, which happens to fall on the day Christians call Good Friday. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. in the Eagle Street Room of the First Baptist Church of North Adams. All are welcome. Sister Natalie, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, is well-known in Northern Berkshire and a former longtime employee of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition. We will reserve some time to reflect on community response to the recent announcement of the closing of North Adams Regional Hospital. Call Mark at 413-664-0130 for more information.

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STORY TIME
Great Barrington, 10:15-11 a.m.
Story time at the Mason Library is for children (babies through preschool) and their caregivers to listen to stories. We sometimes have songs and crafts. Parents learn to foster early literacy skills to prepare their children for learning to read. Librarians can answer questions about books and library services for families.
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BLUE RIDER STABLES EASTER EGG HUNT
Great Barrington, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Event will feature refreshments, pony rides and a hay bale maze. Blue Rider is located at 16 Farm Lane in Great Barrington.
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MCLA FACILITIES DEPARTMENT RIBBON CUTTING
North Adams, 11 a.m.
MCLA will unveil its new facilities building with a ribbon cutting at the building at 341 Ashland St. This dynamic space will promote collaboration and efficiency, and provide space equal to its commitment, dedication and professionalism of our facilities staff. This event is free and open to the public.

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ANIME CLUB
Great Barrington, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

This month's film is Brave Story. When 11 year old Wataru's father leaves home and his mother is in the hospital, he decides to change his fate by travelling through the door shown to him by his friend Mitsuru. In a land of magic and monsters, Wataru must summon all his courage and embark on a journey with several comrades to meet the Goddess of Destiny and change this "mistaken fate". This one has some darker themes that might be a little too scary for our youngest fans, but in general it's family friendly. As always, the film is shown in its original Japanese language with English subtitles at the Mason Library, 231 Main St.


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POET ROBERTO TEJADA
Williamstown, 7 p.m.
Poet Roberto Tejada will give a poetry reading and lead a discussion at Williams College in the rotunda of the Williams College Museum of Art. The event is free and open to the public. Tejada is the author of three volumes of poetry: Mirrors for Gold (Krupskaya, 2006), Exposition Park (Wesleyan, 2010), and Full Foreground (Arizona, 2012). In the 1990s, he founded the journal Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas, which emphasizes innovative writing in its original language and in translation.


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WILLIAMS PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
The Williams College Department of Music presents the Williams Percussion Ensemble in a concert titled “Sextet” in Chapin Hall on the Williams campus. This free event is open to the public. "Sextet" features two recent works for percussion trio, and Steve Reich's masterpiece "Sextet" for percussion and keyboards.

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PIANIST PEDJA MUZIJEVIC
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Hailed by critics as a thinking musician with engaging stage presence and a gratifying combination of virtuosity and eloquence, pianist Pedja Muzijevic has defined his 35 year career with creative programming, unusual combinations of new and old music, and lasting collaborations with other artists and ensembles. He will perform in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus.
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BIRD WALK
Pittsfield, 8-10 a.m.
Berkshire Sanctuaries will host a bird walk at Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary on Holmes Road led by Noreen Mole, a volunteer and Hoffmann Bird Club past president. The cost is $3; registration not required and beginners are welcome.

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EASTER EGG HUNT
Williamstown, 1-3 p.m.
Williamstown Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation Center will host an Easter Egg Hunt  on the front lawn at 25 Adams Road, Williamstown. Children 10 and under can join in the Easter Egg Hunt, visit with the Easter Bunny and take home eggs filled with treats. RSVP to 413-458-2111 by April 11.

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PITTSFIELD REPAIR CAFES
Pittsfield, 1-5 p.m.
Pittsfield Repair Cafes are held on third Saturdays between 1 and 5 p.m. in the basement of St. Stephen's Church, 67 East Street (enter through the Allen Street door). Volunteers fix guests' broken and damaged items for free. Anyone is welcome to bring non-working but repairable lamps, vacuum cleaners and other small appliances, all types of clothing and fabric items, bicycles, and blades for sharpening (but not watches, jewelry, shoes, CRT monitors, TVs, or small electronics, such as phones). The aim of the Repair Cafe is to have a friendly, casual atmosphere where people feel comfortable. There are free refreshments and piano or guitar players to provide music. Everyone is welcome. Get more information on Facebook or call 413-212-8589 or email jmh227@hotmail.com.

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THINKFOOD CONFERENCE
Great Barrington, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Nutrition Center and the Center for Food Studies at Bard College at Simon's Rock will hold a conference for those interested in the local food movement, featuring three anel discussions. The conference will be held at the Kellogg Music Center, at Bard College at Simon's Rock. The registration fee is $15 for the conference only and $25 for conference and lunch. Register online.

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BUNNY RUN-WALK-HOP TO END HOMELESSNES
North Adams, 10:30 a.m.
The second annual Louison House Bunny Run-Walk-Hop to End Homelessness will be held on Main Street. The one-mile walk starts at 10:30 a.m. and the 5k run starts at 11 a.m. There are fantastic prizes for fundraising, free T-shirts for the first 100 registrations, a discount for early registrations and more. Register online or for more information contact Lindsay Errichetto at 413-743-7957, ext. 14, or email at Lindsay@familylifesupport.org.

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EGGSTRAVAGANZA EGG SCRAMBLE
Pittsfield, 10:30 a.m.
The annual Eggstravaganza Egg Scramble (formerly known as Easter Egg Scramble) will be held at Pittsfield’s Morningside Community School, 100 Burbank Street, rain or shine. The schedule for the differing age groups has changed this year and is as follows: 10:30 a.m. for 9 year olds; 10:40 a.m. for 7 and 8 year olds; 10:55 a.m. for 5 and 6 year olds; 11:10 a.m. for 4 year olds; and 11:25 a.m. for 2 & 3 year olds. The event is free and open to all Pittsfield children.  One winner in each age group who finds the golden egg will receive a special prize, courtesy of the Greylock Federal Credit Union. Children are required to bring their own baskets, and bring a camera because there will be a special appearance by the Easter Bunny. For further information, please contact Rebecca Tefft, Recreation Activities Coordinator at 413-499-9370.

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DAVID GROVER AT BABY ANIMALS
Pittsfield, 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
David Grover & Friends will perform at Hancock Shaker Village as part of the annual Baby Animals on the Farm. The village is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through May 4 for Baby Animals; admission is free for children 12 and under. General adult admission is $18 and teens 13-17 are $8.

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DAD AND ME: A FATHER AND CHILD PLAYGROUP
Great Barrington, 11 a.m.-noon

Dads are invited to bring the kids for a story time and playgroup, complete with coffee, donuts and juice. Sponsored by A collaboration between CHP Family Network and the Mason Library.


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EASTER EGG HUNT
Lenox, 11 a.m.
The Lenox Community Center hosts an Easter Egg hunt at Lilac Park (or in Lenox Community Center Ballroom if it's raining). The Easter Bunny will also be there; kids should bring their own Easter basket and parents should bring their own cameras.

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DALTON EASTER EGG HUNT
Dalton, 11 a.m.
The Dalton CRA at 400 Main St. will hold an Easter egg hunt and visit with the Easter Bunny.


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WILLIAMSTOWN HISTORY TALK
Williamstown, 11 a.m.
The story of an early Williamstown family will be told in a free lecture at the Milne Public Library. Cousins Judith Wilson and Louise Dudley, great-granddaughters of Williamstown natives, will trace the history of the family of Nehemiah Smedley. His house, which dates to 1772, is a local landmark situated at the east end of Main Street. The talk is free and sponsored by the Williamstown Historical Museum.
 

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'SHAKESPEARE AND THE LANGUAGE THAT SHAPED A WORLD'
Lenox, 2 p.m.
"Shakespeare and the Language that Shaped a World" returns to Shakespeare & Company for another fun-filled, whirlwind tour through the life, times and works of William Shakespeare. A terrific event for the whole family, "Shakespeare and the Language that Shaped a World" is a theatrical presentation that mixes historical information with scenes and monologues from many of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, including "Hamlet" and "Romeo and Juliet," with a little clowning and sword-fighting to add to the excitement. All Shakespeare and the Language that Shaped a World presentations are followed by a hands-on workshop, during which audience members will get their own shot at playing with scenes from Shakespeare’s "A Midsummer Nights Dream." Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for adults, with a maximum admission fee of $30 per family (up to six people per family discount). Tickets are available the day of the presentation, or in advance from the Box Office at 413-637-3353 or tickets.shakespeare.org.

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GARDENING ORGANICALLY PROGRAM
Lenox, 2:30-4 p.m.
Berkshire Sanctuaries will host a Gardening Organically program that is required for all new participants in the Community Gardens Project. Diane Wetzel, master gardener and a community gardener herself, will share information about the benefits of organic gardening and impart practical information on how to incorporate this approach. The program is free for those registering for the Canoe Meadows Community Gardens; registration is required. The program costs $6 for the general public. Register online or call 413-637-0320.

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KNIT ’N STITCH
Great Barrington, 3-4 p.m.

Crafters can bring their handwork to the Ramsdell Library at 1087 Main St., Housatonic, for an hour of chatting and project help.


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