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WILLIAMSTOWN PLAYGROUP
Williamstown, 10-11:30 a.m.
Monday Play and Learn Group meets at the Williamstown Youth Center, 66 School St., for ages walking to 5 years old.

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HASKINS CENTER GYM GROUP
North Adams, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
The Gym Group at Haskins Center, 210 State St., meets for ages walking to 8 years.

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HASKINS CENTER PRESCHOOL PLAYGROUP
North Adams, 10-11:30 a.m.
The Preschool Group at the Haskins Center, 210 State St., is for ages 2.5-5 years old.

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BRAIN BUILDERS! PLAY & LEARN PLAYGROUP
Great Barrington, 10:30-11:30am

Read, sing, play, & talk during circle time & continue with fun table time activities, combining STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) & Every Child Ready to Read. No registration required, intended for children ages baby through 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. Sponsored by South Berkshire Kids (funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant provided by the Department of Early Education and Care), and the CHP Family Network.


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LEGO GROUP
North Adams, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
The Lego Group meets at the North Adams Library Community Room, 74 Church St., on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month for ages 4 to 8 years old.

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NORTH ADAMS CHAMBER NETWORKING EVENT
North Adams, 5-7:30 p.m.
The North Adams Chamber of Commerce will hold its next networking event at the NoCo Pastaria at 896 State Road. RSVP here.

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GREYLOCK APARTMENTS PLAYGROUP
North Adams, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
The Play and Learn Group at Greylock Apartments' Community Room on Angeli Street is for ages walking to 8 years old.

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COMPUTER CLASS - INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS
Great Barrington, 5:30-6:30pm

Sign up for a one on one - we'll spend twenty minutes going over anything computer-related that you'd like to learn or are having difficulties with. Registration for this one is required - please register at the desk or send an e-mail to jmagelaner@townofgb.org. 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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BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
North Adams, 6-7:30 p.m.
The Berkshire Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice is offering a series of support group sessions for hospice families and others in the community grieving a recent death. The sessions will be held in North Berkshire on consecutive Tuesdays from early May to early June, including May 5, 12, 19 and 26 and June 2. Each session will be held in the first floor meeting room of the First Congregational Church on Main Street in North Adams. Participants can enter through the glass doors connecting the church with the education building. Registration is required. To register, please call Marie Coody at the Berkshire VNA and Hospice, toll free at 800-788-2862 or 413-447-2862, ext. 5634.

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'HOW TO TALK TO YOUR PHYSICIAN'
Pittsfield, 10 a.m.
Hillcrest Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation Center will offer an informational session on effective communication with physicians at the Ralph Froio Senior Center in Pittsfield. The event will include a free continental breakfast. Part of Hillcrest’s “Berkshire Senior Subjects” monthly series, the presentation will focus on “How to Talk to Your Physician – Be Your Own Advocate.” The guest speaker is Pat Tremblay, MS, RN. The presentation is free and open to the public; registration is requested by calling 413-445-9747 by May 25.

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HVA INTRODUCTION TO RIVER CANOEING
Lee, 4-6 p.m.
Join HVA for a free introduction to canoeing on a flatwater stretch of the Housatonic River in Lee. Canoes and equipment provided. To preregister, call HVA at 413-394-9796 or email adixon@hvatoday.org. If you have never been in a canoe, then join us to learn how to safely enter and exit a canoe, the basic strokes, appropriate attire and pre-trip preparation. Enjoy a short paddle upstream to enjoy beautiful views of Beartown State Forest. Families with children 10 and older are welcome. Program support provided by Housatonic Heritage.

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GENEALOGICAL HELP WITH RICHARD POPE
Great Barrington, 5:00-7:00pm

Are you interested in researching your family's genealogy' Don't know where to start or have a specific higher-level question'  Sign up for a free 20 minute personal session with local expert Richard M. Pope. Ask at Mason's circulation desk to see what time he has available! 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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"STARRY NIGHT" PAINT AND SIP
Pittsfield, 6:30 p.m.
Learn to paint one of the most famous paintings in the world... Van Gogh's "Starry Night".  Join us on 5/27 at Berkshire Paint and Sip Studio for a night of exploring your inner artist.  No experience required.  All materials and instruction included for you to go home with your own masterpiece on a large 16x20 canvas for only $30.  BYOB. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com
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POWDER KEG SESSIONS: WRITING WORKSHOPS FOR MOTHERS & OTHERS
Great Barrington, 6:30-7:45pm

Are you ready to blow the roof off of your silence'  If you opened your mouth to speak your truth, would you know what to say'  Join author, blogger, mother and artist Suzi Banks Baum for the Powder Keg Sessions writing workshops. The series will take place at Ramsdell on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:45pm, at 1087 Main St. in Housatonic. Please see our website at http://gblibraries.org for more details.

 


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BIRD WALKS AT PLEASANT VALLEY
Lenox, 7 - 9 a.m.
Bird Walks Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary Wednesdays May 6, 13, 20, 27, June 3, 10, 17, 24 / 7:00 am-9:00 am Free member; $3 non member Join Pleasant Valley's caretaker on a weekly bird walk past beaver wetlands & through woodlands observing changes in bird species. Beginners & advances birders will enjoy this walk. Preregistration is not required. Bring binoculars or please call ahead to reserve a pair.
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HASKINS CENTER GYM GROUP
North Adams, 11:30-12:30 p.m.
Gym Group at Haskins Center, 210 State St., is for ages walking to 5 years old.

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BATTLE OF THE BARTENDERS
Williamstown, 5 - 11 p.m.
Berkshire Realtors from across Berkshire County will challenge their bartending skills in three fun county-wide events on May 28th, 2015 to raise money for three Berkshire County organizations. The Real Estate Charitable Task Force, also known as REACT, will sponsor their second annual Battle of the Bartenders in three locations on May 28th. Berkshire Realtors will be tending bar at the Olde Heritage Tavern, 12 Housatonic Street, Lenox, MA, from 5 to 9 pm to raise funds to support The Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter in their campaign to build outdoor animal coverage. More Realtors will be at Hops & Vines, 16 Water Street, Williamstown, MA, from 6 to 9 pm to raise money for the Louison House FLSC, a North Berkshire organization that provides transition and permanent housing solutions for the homeless. A final group of Realtors will be at The Brick House Pub, 425 Park Street, Housatonic, MA, from 8 to 11 pm to raise funds for the Breaking Bread Kitchen who provides community meals for those in need in Southern Berkshire County. 100% of tips collected on May 28th will go directly to the cause at the specified location. Realtors will be competing in teams to see who can bring in the most tips for their cause. The events are open to the public; and donations are also being collected online if you cannot attend the event and would like to donate. Please find us on Facebook at At Home in the Berkshires for how to donate. In May of 2014, REACT hosted their first ever Battle of the Bartenders at the Olde Heritage Tavern and raised $2500 for the American Cancer Society. Following this success, REACT decided to expand the event to three venues across the county so more people could participate. REACT is a committee of the Berkshire County Board of REALTORS®. Berkshire REALTORS® work together with the community to identify, support and sustain charitable organizations that improve the quality of life in Berkshire County. The Berkshire County Board of Realtors® is a strong and thriving trade association of professional real estate agents in the region. For more information, visit www.BerkshireRealtors.net or call 413-442-8049.
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BOOK LOVERíS BOOK CLUB
Great Barrington, 5:30-7:00pm

For May we are reading All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge. 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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'TOUGH LOVE'
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
In recognition of May as Foster Care Awareness Month, Berkshire Children and Families will host the film "Tough Love."  "Tough Love" chronicles the lives of two parents — one in Seattle and one in New York City — as each fights to be reunited with children taken out of their custody. A discussion will follow at Berkshire Children And Families, 480 West St. The screening is free.

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JAZZ VESPERS SEASON FINALE
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
Zion Lutheran church hosts its Jazz Vespers “Season Finale” at 74 First St. Bishop James Hazelwood, bishop of the New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, will attend. “Vespers” is the name of an evening service, which specifically includes prayers for the close of the day that has been observed in the Christian tradition for at least the last 15 centuries. Jazz Vespers at Zion Lutheran Church incorporates modern elements of jazz, blues, and gospel into this historic tradition, from the song arrangements, to the harmonies, to the instrumentation. There is never an admission fee or cover charge to attend Jazz Vespers.

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'TWO NATURES TALKING' EXHIBIT
North Adams, 6-8 p.m.
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Gallery 51 will open “Two Natures Talking,” a text/image exhibition that pairs up visual artists Wilma Rifkin and Ellen Joffe-Halpern with poets Stephen Rifkin and Annie Raskin. The public is invited to join the artists and poets at a free, opening reception for this exhibit. Artist Wilma Rifkin and poet Stephen Rifkin will present paintings and poems they created primarily as a result of their experiences from living for 20 years in the woods of Deer Isle, Maine.

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'AN EVENING OF VAUDEVILLE'
North Adams, 7 p.m.
"Sidewalk Sketches: An Evening of Vaudeville" will be presented in the DPAC Drury Hight School auditorium. Songs, narratives, images, music, dance, parody, sketches, jokes and novelty acts  will be featured, paying homage to vaudeville and its influence in North Adams. Tickets are $5 at the door.

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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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SING-A-SONG PLAYGROUP
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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JEREMY YUDKIN TALK
Great Barrington, 10:45 a.m.
Popular Tanglewood pre-concert lecturer Jeremy Yudkin will be talking about music appreciation at Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 270 State Road in Great Barrington. Yudkin’s presentation, “Listening in 3-D - How to Get the Most out of Music,” will cover various different types of music ranging from Beethoven to the Beatles. He will explain how, with a little special effort, music can be made even more meaningful and enriching than it already is. The program is part of the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires’ ongoing Knosh & Knowledge series and is open to the public. It will be followed by a farm fresh buffet lunch from Freund’s Farm. Admission is $11, which includes the lunch. Participants may attend the program only for $5. Advance reservations are required at 413-442-4360, ext. 10, or email jfb.officemanager@verizon.net. 

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CANCER SURVIVOR CELEBRATION DINNER
North Adams, 4 p.m.
Relay for Life of Northern Berkshire will hold a Cancer Survivor Celebration Dinner at Noel Field. Registration required online at relayforlife.org/northernberkshirema or by phone to Laura Healey at 413-493-2100, ext. 2118.
Survivors ceremony and lap to follow dinner.

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INTER-GENERATIONAL SERVICE
Pittsfield, 5:30 p.m.
Temple Anshe Amunim, 26 Broad Street, will hold an inter-generational service. This event is open to the public, and a dessert reception will follow. Entitled "L’Dor Va’Dor" – “from generation to generation” – the service will unite temple youth with long-standing temple members and temple leadership in preparation of the service.  Religious School students actively participate in temple services, and this intergenerational service will strengthen the bonds they have with temple members and their faith.The service will be coordinated by Esther Benari-Altmann, Director of Education. Those wishing to attend are asked to R.S.V.P. by May 25 to 413-442-5910.

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RELAY FOR LIFE
North Adams, 6 p.m.
Relay for Life of Northern Berkshire kicks off with an opening ceremony at 6 p.m. at Noel Field and runs through Saturday, May 30. Register online at relayforlife.org/northernberkshirema or by phone at 877-957-7848.

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FAMILY MOVIE, "SONG OF THE SEA"
Great Barrington, 6:15-8:15pm

PG 93 minutes
Popcorn & drinks provided

Parents need to know that Song of the Sea is a beautifully hand-drawn animated adventure about Irish myths and legends, predominantly selkies -- creatures that live as humans on land and seals in the water. While Song of the Sea is less intense than the director's previous film, The Secret of Kells, it can still be intense and heartbreaking at times -- like when it seems the kids might not survive, that Ben will drown, or Saoirse will succumb to her mysterious illness. It's implied that their mother dies early in the film (right after baby Saoirse is born), and the Macha and her owls can be creepy and scary, particularly when they go after the kids. But in the end this is a powerful movie about the importance of sibling relationships, about accepting everything you feel (no matter how sad or scary), about literally and figuratively finding your voice, and about doing everything possible to protect the people you love.

 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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