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ADAMS PLAYGROUP
Adams, 10-11 a.m.
Play and Learn Group at Adams Youth Center, 20 East St., is for ages walking to 5 years.

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LANESBOROUGH PLAYGROUP
Lanesborough, 10-11 a.m.
A Play and Learn Group at Lanesborough Town Hall Community Room, 83 North Main St., is for ages walking to 5 years old.

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EVERY CHILD READY TO READ
Great Barrington, 10:30-11:30am

Help your child develop pre-reading skills that will help them be ready to read in school. This is a FREE 5-week series for families with young children that includes a literacy workshop, story time and playgroup all in one! Each family will receive picture books, a book bag and helpful information & resources.
This series is for parents/caregivers and their child(ren) ages birth through five years.
You must register for the full five-week session: Fridays March 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th and April 3rd, 10:30-11:30 am. Please call (413) 274-3738 or sign up at the Ramsdell Circulation Desk.
Learning to read begins at birth! This program
is at our Ramsdell Library at 1087 Main St. in Housatonic. Please see our website at http://gblibraries.org for more details.


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SING-A-SONG PLAYGROUP, SESSION MARCH 6 - 27
Great Barrington, 10:30-11:30am

Join Kim Waterman for a fun Sing-A-Song Playgroup. We're limiting each 4-week session to eight families. Please register! If filled, register for the next 4-week session.* (Please register for only one session at a time.) Good for children ages 2 to 5 years with their caregiver. This program is at our Mason Library at 231 Main St. in Great Barrington. Please see our website at http://gblibraries.org for more details.
*Sing-A-Song Playgroup is also at the Sheffield Library on Thursdays at 10-11:30, open for drop in every week.
Sponsored by Community Health Programs (CHP).


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'THE WORLD WAS OURS'
Great Barrington, 10:45 a.m.
The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires will present the documentary film "The World Was Ours" at Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 270 State Road. The hour-long film will be followed by a Q&A with its Executive Producer, Mira Jedwabnik Van Doren, whose family left the city just before the outbreak of hostilities in 1939.  The program is part of the Federation’s ongoing Knosh & Knowledge series. The program will be followed by a fresh farm buffet lunch from Freund’s Farm. Admission is $11 which includes the lunch. Participants may attend the program only for $5. Advanced reservations are required before March 24 and can be made by calling the Jewish Federation at 413-442-4360, ext. 10 or emailing jfb.officemanager@verizon.net.

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HEALTHY COOKING FOR KIDS
Williamstown, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
"Stone Soup! Healthy Cooking for Kids & Parents" will be led by Heather Mumford, a member of Wild Oats' Prepared Foods staff and the program manager for Wild Oats’ Healthy School Lunch Program at the Pine Cobble School in Williamstown. Heather prepares healthy and delicious lunches for the kids at Pine Cobble. Stone Soup!, her class for children ages 6-11 and their parents, is aimed at getting kids involved in choosing healthy foods for cooking and eating, so that even the most finicky eater will be excited about “what’s for dinner.” The class will begin with a short tour of our store to shop for ingredients. Then Heather will take the class through the steps involved in making “Stone Soup,” giving the young participants age-appropriate tasks to help the process along. Everyone will take home a jar of prepared ingredients for making their own “stone soup” at home. Cost for this class is $5 per child (parents are free), payable at the class. Sign up in the store at Customer Service, or call us at 413-458-8060, or email marketing@wildoats.coop.

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FAMILY MOVIE, "PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR"
Great Barrington, 6:15-8:15pm

Penguins of Madagascar is a nonstop action movie/spy thriller about the four madcap penguins from the Madagascar movies. Expect lots of explosions and chase scenes -- by plane, gondola, pest control truck, etc. -- that put the penguins in frequent peril; at one point, the team fears that one of their members has been killed. The penguins are fighting a team of evil octopi that are killed in different ways. There's a bit of crude humor (a penguin is cursed with a "butt hand") and one small, mild romantic subplot, but kids who like action, the Madagascar movies, and the penguins' TV show will enjoy the movie. Plus, there are positive messages about not judging others based on their appearance, as well as loyalty and bravery under pressure. Rated PG, 92 minutes. Popcorn & drinks provided. This program is at our Mason Library at 231 Main St. in Great Barrington. Please see our website at http://gblibraries.org for more details.


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THE BREAKFAST CLUB 30TH ANNIVERSARY IN HD
Great Barrington, 7 p.m.
Join the Brat Pack for the 30th Anniversary celebration of The Breakfast Club plus a newly remixed bonus content featurette titled The Breakfast Club: A Retrospective that takes a look back at the film that defined a genre. Mahaiwe
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'GUYS AND DOLLS'
Pittsfield, 7 p.m.
Taconic High School Theatre will present "Guys and Dolls: A Musical Fable of Broadway." "Guys and Dolls" is a musical romantic comedy involving the unlikeliest of Manhattan pairings: a high-rolling gambler and a puritanical missionary, a showgirl dreaming of the straight-and-narrow and a crap game manager who is anything but. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door.

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'FOOTLOOSE'
Sheffield, 7 p.m.
"Footloose" will be performed at the Thomas A. Consolati Performing Arts Center in Sheffiel. General admission tickets are $9.  Tickets for students and seniors are $7.00. There will be a brief intermission during which concession items will be available. Tickets are available at the box office the day of the performance. The cast and crew feature more than 25 students from the seventh through 12th grade. The show is directed by Kathy Jo Grover. The Musical Director and Pit Orchestra conductor is Carlton Maaia II. Choreography by Thomas Masters. Costumes by Ellen Maggio.

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'CARRIE: THE MUSICAL'
North Adams, 8 p.m.
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Harlequin Musical Theatre Club will present their production of “Carrie: The Musical” in the Venable Hall theater at MCLA. Based on the novel, “Carrie,” by Stephen King, “Carrie: The Musical” is by Dean Pitchford, Lawrence D. Cohen and Michael Gore. “Carrie: The Musical” tells the story of Carrie White, a misfit and an outcast who is bullied by the popular crowd in her high school, and is virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she’s at the mercy of her loving, but cruelly over-protective, mother. However, Carrie discovers she's got a special power, and if pushed too far, she’s not afraid to use it.  “Carrie: The Musical” is directed by Benjamin Baylon. Courtney McLaren is the assistant director, and Mikaelle Olivier is the executive producer. Tickets are $1 for students, $5 general admission, and may be reserved at harlequincarrie@gmail.com. All proceeds from this production will benefit KidsAct! at the Barrington Stage Company.

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EGG HUNT
W. Stockbridge, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Toddler to 6 years. Welcome in Spring with a traditional egg hunt. Rain or Shine. Bring your own basket, or borrow one of ours. For everyone’s safety and enjoyment, please arrive 15 minutes before starting time to hunt with the appropriate age group. Avoid the rush: register in advance! $5 per child, $2 for each additional sibling, $9 family maximum Age 2 and under: 10 a.m. Ages 3 & 4: 10:30 a.m. Ages 5 & 6: 11 a.m. Berkshire South Regional Community Center
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SLAVIC EASTER EGG DECORATING WORKSHOPS
Lenox, 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m.
Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum will offer its annual Slavic Easter egg decorating demonstrations and instructional workshops. Lenox resident Tjasa Sprague, who will again lead the workshop, learned the technique many years ago from her Czechoslovakian mother, Maria Krofta. The fee for each workshop is $25 for advance reservations and $30 for day-of admission.  Children should be at least 12 years of age.  Reservations are recommended as the workshop size is limited. For more information or reservations, call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206 or www.gildedage.org . The historic mansion is located at 104 Walker St.

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VVA CEREMONY
Pittsfield, 10 a.m.
VVA Chapter 65 will hold a ceremony at Park Square. Anthony Pastors will be singing the National Anthem. Mayor Daniel Bianchi will be doing the opening remarks.

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FUN WITH FINE ARTS
Great Barrington, 10:30-11:30am

Looking for something to help you be creative during the winter? Come make art with us at Ramsdell! This program is good for ages 4 and up, and is at our Ramsdell Library at 1087 Main St. in Housatonic. Please see our website at http://gblibraries.org for more details.

 


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KNIT ’N STITCH
Great Barrington, 10:30-11:30am

Bring your handwork for an hour of chatting and project help. All ages and all skill levels welcome!  This program is at our Ramsdell Library at 1087 Main St. in Housatonic. Please see our website at http://gblibraries.org for more details.


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READ TO BEAR, THE LIBRARY THERAPY DOG
Great Barrington, 11:00am-12:00pm

Read to Bear, our reading therapy dog who is huggably helpful for school-age children who want to improve their reading. This adorable dog loves kids, and loves to make people smile. Check for availability in the Children's Room at Mason. This program is at our Mason Library at 231 Main St. in Great Barrington. Please see our website at http://gblibraries.org for more details.


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BLUE’S ENCHANTED ADVENTURES
Great Barrington, 12:00-12:30pm

Join us in the Ramsdell Children's Room for a story time for young children. This program is at our Ramsdell Library at 1087 Main St. in Housatonic. Please see our website at http://gblibraries.org for more details.


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ART IN THE AFTERNOON FOR ADULTS
Great Barrington, 1:00-2:30pm

Looking for time and space to work on your art? Join us for Art in the Afternoon at Ramsdell. Beginners are welcome, and help is available for artists looking to try new things!
Please Call 413-274-3738 to sign up and/or discuss details. This program is at our Ramsdell Library at 1087 Main St. in Housatonic. Please see our website at http://gblibraries.org for more details.


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THE LANGUAGE OF BIRDS WITH KEVIN BOSE
Great Barrington, 1:00-3:00pm

Birds are vocal creatures. Many bird species communicate with a variety of sounds: songs, companion calls, begging and alarms. Join Kevin Bose to learn how the National Audubon Society is using Bird Language to create land stewards within the next generation of leaders! This program is at our Mason Library at 231 Main St. in Great Barrington. Please see our website at http://gblibraries.org for more details.
 


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APRIL FOOL’S INTERGENERATIONAL PLAYSHOP WITH JEANNE BASSIS
Great Barrington, 1:00-3:00pm

Intergenerational members of our community will together create more joy, celebration and delight. Join us for some wild and wonderful playfulness - lots of fun and laughter guaranteed!

  • Creative movement
  • Non-competitive games
  • Relaxation strategies
  • Imagination

No registration required.
This program is at our Ramsdell Library at 1087 Main St. in Housatonic. Please see our website at http://gblibraries.org for more details.

 


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BLUEBIRD NEST BOX BUILDING WORKSHOP
Lenox, 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Provide much needed nest sites for cavity nesting birds. Participants in this family-friendly workshop will assemble pre-cut bluebird nesting box kits and take one home. The nest boxes are also suitable nest sites for other small, cavity-nesting species including Tree Swallow, House Wren, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, and White-breasted Nuthatch. Necessary hardware will also be provided. Workshop participants will also learn where and how to place their boxes in the right habitat.
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BLUEBIRD NEST BOX BUILDING WORKSHOP
Monterey, 1:30-3 p.m.
Berkshire Sanctuaries will host a bluebird nest box building workshop at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, 472 West Mountain Roud. Participants in this family-friendly workshop will assemble pre-cut bluebird nesting box kits. The nest boxes, which utilize white pine, are also suitable nest sites for other small, cavity-nesting species including Tree Swallow, House Wren, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, and White-breasted Nuthatch. Necessary hardware will also be provided. Workshop participants will also learn where and how to place their boxes in the right habitat as well as about Eastern Bluebird Conservation efforts. The cost is $25 for adults; children are free. Registration is required at 413-637-0320.

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'GUYS AND DOLLS'
Pittsfield, 2 and 7 p.m.
Taconic High School Theatre will present "Guys and Dolls: A Musical Fable of Broadway." "Guys and Dolls" is a musical romantic comedy involving the unlikeliest of Manhattan pairings: a high-rolling gambler and a puritanical missionary, a showgirl dreaming of the straight-and-narrow and a crap game manager who is anything but. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door.

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'CARRIE: THE MUSICAL'
North Adams, 2 and 8 p.m.
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Harlequin Musical Theatre Club will present their production of “Carrie: The Musical” in the Venable Hall theater at MCLA. Based on the novel, “Carrie,” by Stephen King, “Carrie: The Musical” is by Dean Pitchford, Lawrence D. Cohen and Michael Gore. “Carrie: The Musical” tells the story of Carrie White, a misfit and an outcast who is bullied by the popular crowd in her high school, and is virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she’s at the mercy of her loving, but cruelly over-protective, mother. However, Carrie discovers she's got a special power, and if pushed too far, she’s not afraid to use it.  “Carrie: The Musical” is directed by Benjamin Baylon. Courtney McLaren is the assistant director, and Mikaelle Olivier is the executive producer. Tickets are $1 for students, $5 general admission, and may be reserved at harlequincarrie@gmail.com. All proceeds from this production will benefit KidsAct! at the Barrington Stage Company.

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BOOK LAUNCH PARTY
North Adams, 4-6 p.m.
A book launch party for local photographer Gillian Jones's first book, “B is for Berkshires,” will be held at the Parlor Cafe on Ashland Street. A children’s alphabet book, “B is for Berkshires” was written by Joan Duris, and features Jones’ photographs of various scenes from throughout the region. The book combines short verses with informative text to introduce children to the Berkshires. “B is for Berkshires” is available for pre-order at www.islandportpress.com/b-is-for-berkshires.html.

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'MEET THE ARTIST' EVENT
Stockbridge, 4-6 p.m.
The Gift Shop at The Red Lion Inn is hosting a “Meet the Artist” event in the Side Parlor of The Red Lion Inn. Featured artists include Linda Toscanini and friends, Lisa De Feo, Laurie McCleod, Ken Musselman, Marge Bride, Airmeith Naturals, Anna and Tony Kelly-Niziolek, tephanie Abrams, Laureen Vizza and Jessica Roemischer. Visitors may chat with the featured artists, who will be on hand to discuss their creative process and showcase their work. The Red Lion Inn provides complimentary light fare.

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PORK CHOP DINNER
Cheshire, 5-6 p.m.
The Cheshire United Methodist Church will be holding a dinner to assist Pastor Christa Levesque and her son, Zachary, on their mission trip to Nicaragua this coming July.  Along with other members of the United Methodist Church (UMC) throughout New England, they will be traveling there as part of a long-time covenant between the UMC and Nicaragua. The dinner consists of breaded pork chops, roasted potatoes, broccoli florets, applesauce, Italian bread and key lime cake for dessert.  The cost for the dinner is $9 for adults and $4.50 for children.  For reservations, please call Karen by 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, at 413-664-4851.

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SKATING SHOW
North Adams, 5:30 p.m.
The Christmas Brook Figure Skating Club will hold its annual show at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Rink.

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SUPERNATURAL EVENT
North Adams, 6 p.m.
The paranormal team at the Houghton Mansion is hosting  an evening with Jeff Belanger,  one of the most visible and prolific paranormal researchers today. Belanger will be offering a multimedia lecture on his findings at Houghton Mansion. Tickets are $75 per person and can be ordered online.




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