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UP CLOSE: LIVE BIRDS OF PREY
State, 1 - 3 p.m.
Bullitt Reservation, 332 Bullitt Road, Ashfield, MA Conway resident and founder of The Birds of Prey Rehab Facility, Tom Ricardi, knows a lot about birds. He will share his stories, knowledge and arrange for you to meet - in person - the hawks, owls and eagles that he cares for. Afterwards, feel free to hike the nearby Pebble Trail. Trustees of Reservations or Hilltown Land Trust members: $5. Nonmembers: $15. Children 12 and under, FREE. Call 413.532.1631 x 10 for information. Registration strongly encouraged.
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OUR AMAZING SPRING WILDFLOWERS: GUIDED WALK
State, 10 a.m. - Noon
Bartholomew’s Cobble, 105 Weatogue Road, Sheffield, MA Sheffield is a global hotspot for rare species – and Bartholomew’s Cobble puts on one of the best shows of spring ephemerals from mid-April to mid-May. Greet the rich variety of wildflowers, and leave with an understanding of how to help identify and protect these gems of our native flora – not just in conservation lands, but in your own yard and community. A Trustees of Reservations naturalist will reveal what makes this environment so well-suited to rare and diverse plants and explain what the Cobble is doing to protect this resiliient landscape. You’ll see trilliums, trout-lilies, Dutchman’s breeches, wild ginger and many more! Trustees of Reservations Members: Adult/Child $5; Family $15. Nonmembers: Adult/Child $8; Family $20. Please pre-register: call 413.229.8600 or e-mail bcobble@ttor.org   
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PROM DRESS SALE
Pittsfield, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Goodwill Industries of the Berkshires will hold a special sales event featuring evening gowns at the Goodwill Regional Center, 158 Tyler St. Reservations are required to attend the event. For reservations, call 413- 442-0061. Five lucky students will be chosen for complimentary hair styling and makeup consulting on prom day. Thanks to a generous donation of approximately 1,500 new and nearly new evening dresses and wedding gowns, Goodwill is able to offer exceptional buys for the savvy shopper; most of the dresses for sale are priced from $9.99 to $34.99. Dresses will be available in an array of colors and styles, in sizes ranging from 00 to 28. In addition to Goodwill’s one-day sales event on April 25, hundreds of prom dresses are currently available at Goodwill Retail Stores in Berkshire County and Southern Vermont and are restocked daily at each location.

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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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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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'SLEEPING BEAUTY'
Pittsfield, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The talented young performers of Berkshire Children’s Theater present a family-friendly musical version of the classic tale "Sleeping Beauty," adapted and directed by Kara Demler. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children; museum members are $5 for adults and $3 for children. Children 3 and under are free. Tickets include museum admission. Tickets are available in advance by calling 413-443-7171 ext. 360.

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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 or register here for a 10-minute period. 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.

*Research finds that students who read to dogs have better outcomes than students who read to humans. They experience a gain in reading ability and attitudes toward reading. Sponsored by Canine Link.

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BLUES ENCHANTED ADVENTURES
Great Barrington, 11:30am-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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FOUR WAY PRESS POETS
Great Barrington, 5 p.m.
The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers will host an event titled "Four Way Press Poets" at the Olga Dunn Dance Studio, 46 Castle St. The event will be hosted by Michelle Gillett and has a $15 suggested donation at the door.

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MS SUPPORT FOUNDATION'S 7TH ANNUAL GALA
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
Please join us for our 7th Annual MS Fundraising Gala, at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Our largest fundraising event of the year it features dinner and both silent and live auctions. For more information or to purchase tickets you can contact us at (413) 664-2011; or llawson@msresource.org
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PRAVADA INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE SOUND HEALING
Great Barrington, 7 p.m.
Pravada Integrative Medicine Sound Healing Evening with Nina Umai Spiro MSW Saturday April 25th 7-9:30   Pravada is a very powerful self-healing system that teaches simple tools, which people can easily use at home for ongoing healing.  Pravada has been specifically designed to offer unusually rapid transformation in the areas of: pain release, stress reduction, listening to and trusting your wisdom, healing from injuries and chronic illness, increasing clarity, receiving ongoing guidance, and becoming more fully present. The power of your own voice brings you back into full union with all of life, returning you to your natural state of blissful health and peaceful well being.   Upstairs at Crystal Essence Wellness Center 39 Railroad St., Great Barrington, MA 413.528.2595  
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WILLIAMS GOSPEL CHOIR: LET THE CHURCH SAY AMEN
Williamstown, 7pm
Williams Gospel Choir: Let The Church Say Amen   The Williams Gospel Choir is joined by their rhythm section and horn section to present thier spring concert in Chapin Hall titled “Let The Church Say Amen.” The concert features gospel hits such as “Our God is an Awesome God,” “I Will Bless The Lord,” and “Do You Know Jesus'” All welcome!   http://music.williams.edu/events/williams-gospel-choir-6/   4/25 Williams Gospel Choir, 7pm, Chapin Hall
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LGBTQAI + LIVE OUT LOUD COMMUNITY CONFERENCE
North Adams, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Several area agencies and interested individuals have combined forces to sponsor the second all-day LGBTQAI+ Live Out Loud Community Conference at MCLA. The conference focuses on issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer-identified residents of the Berkshires. Those working with this population, as well as allies and anyone interested, is welcome. The conference will include a video produced by the Live Out Loud Youth Project, a keynote including several youth and older Berkshire residents relating their own stories; workshops for professionals seeking CEU credit; and non-credit presentations. A continental breakfast and lunch are included. The suggested non-credit donation is $15; the credit fee of $40 (walk-in fee after April 17 is $50) includes course materials and certificate of completion. Complete information about the schedule, registration, fees and workshops is available from Berkshire AHEC at www.berkshireahec.org.

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E-WASTE (ELECTRONIC WASTE) COLLECTION DAY
North Adams, 8 a.m.-noon
The Stamford Volunteer Fire Department is holding an E-Waste (Electronic Waste) collection day to collect up old, used or just unwanted electronic equipment in the parking lot at 1000 Mass Ave. Costs vary by items.

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'THE BODY UNBOUND'
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Contemporary dance ensemble CoDa, directed by Erica Dankmeyer and Janine Parker, presents "The Body Unbound", an evening featuring five original works that reflect the multifaceted world of contemporary dance today.  This performance includes a special collaboration with guest artists Wendy Rein and Ryan Smith, directors of San Francisco's RAWdance, whose work is declared "visionary dance at its best," by CriticalDance.com.  The performance will be at the ’62 Center’s MainStage, 1000 Main St.. Tickets for this event are $3.

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EARTH DAY WORKDAY
Great Barrington, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Great Barrington’s Housatonic River Walk will hold its annual Earth Day Workday. Meet at the DuBois River Garden Park at Church and River streets, Great Barrington. Volunteers should wear safe, protective clothing: shoes with good traction, gloves and eye protection.

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LIBRARY BOOK SALE
Vermont, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Bennington Free Library will hold its annual used book sale at the First Baptist Church, 601 Main St. All proceeds benefit library programs and services. For more information, call 802-442-9051.

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USED BOOK SALE
Williamstown, 9am-4pm
Huge used book sale run by the Friends of the Milne Library.  Benefits the Williamstown library.  Thousands of Books & Media Items Silent Auction of Special Books (bidding closes Saturday @ 2 pm) Vintage books table Breakfast, lunch, and baked goods at Friends’ Café Winner's Choice raffle - iPad air, iPad mini, or Samsung S10.5 Sale held at the Williamstown Elementary School - 115 Church St, Williamstown For info, call 413-458-4639 / 413-458-2276 or visit https://www.facebook.com/milnelibraryfriends  
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HEALTHY KIDS DAY
Pittsfield
The Pittsfield Family YMCA and the Northern Berkshire YMCA are celebrating Healthy Kids Day with a free community event for kids and families in the surrounding area. The Pittsfield Family YMCA’s event will take place at 292 North St. from noon to 3 p.m. Activities include Family Zumba, family fitness classes, and parachute games. Guido’s, Bagels Too and Ayelada Yogurt will also be present with samples. Activities also include bike safety tips from Berkshire Bike & Board, vision screenings from the Lions Club of Pittsfield, blood pressure screenings from Berkshire Health Systems and informational tables from Operation Better Start and Hillcrest Dental Care. The Northern Berkshire YMCA’s event will take place at 22 Brickyard Court,  from 10 a.m.-noon and will feature the MCLA Dance Company, open swim, basketball, an obstacle course and parachute games. For more information, call the Pittsfield Family YMCA at 413-499-7650 or www.pittsfieldfamilyymca.org or Northern Berkshire YMCAat 413-663-6529 or ymcanb.org.

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BOLSHOI BALLET IN HD: IVAN THE TERRIBLE
Great Barrington, 1 p.m.
Following his coronation as the Tsar of all the Russias, Ivan IV must choose one of the 13 Boyar daughters as Tsarina. He selects Anastasia Romanovna, and their union proves to be a happy one. But as the Boyars continue to plot against him and eventually poison his beloved wife, Ivan sinks into madness. Mahaiwe
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RELAY FOR LIFE FUNDRAISER
Dalton, 1-3 p.m.
The Progressive Pallette will host a painting party fundraiser for in support of Relay for Life (Berkshire County Central South) at the Wahconah Country Club in Dalton. The cost is $40 includes the two-hour painting party/lesson, all supplies needed to create an acrylic painting on stretched canvas and a donation to Relay for Life. This event is for adults only; tickets can be ordered here.

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STRIDES IN SOLIDARITY 5K RUN
Williamstown, 11:30 AM
Strides In Solidarity 5K Sunday, April 26, 11:30am, Paresky Center, Lawn Please join the Williams College chapter of PIH Engage on April 26th for its second annual Strides In Solidarity event! Run or walk with us in solidarity with Partners In Health community health workers around the world, especially those who have given so much to fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Community health workers walk miles and miles every day to the most remote areas, finding sick patients and delivering critical medical care to the ill and the poor who would otherwise be without care. All proceeds will support Partners In Health in its effort to strengthen health systems and build community health worker networks in West Africa to prevent future outbreaks of Ebola and other infectious diseases.

 Register for the event here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/williams-college-strides-in-solidarity-tickets-16525994695. Event day registration begins at 10 am on Sunday the 26th; the run will kick-off at 11:30. We will also be tabling in Paresky during the week leading up to the event, so please stop by to register there and/or purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win gift certificates to Spring Street Market, Tunnel City, Freight Yard Pub, and other local businesses/restaurants. Raffle drawings will take place on the morning of the 26th before the start of the run. Those who select the t-shirt registration option can pick up shirts at lunch in Paresky during the week leading up to the event or on the day of the run! Contact Kirby Neuner at ksn1@williams.edu with questions.
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TOWN PLAYERS READING
Pittsfield, 2 p.m.
Town Players of Pittsfield will present a reading of "Ariadne" by Richard Matturro, "Chocolate" by Frederick Stroppel and "Wedding Duet" by Lauren Wilson at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave. Richard Matturro will read his own work, "Ariadne," about a strange journey through a labyrinth, which is from his new collection, "Porch of the Maidens." The other two staged readings will be directed by Denise Roller. "Chocolate" depicts a detective investigating the disappearance of a husband and "Wedding Duet" is about a newly married couple on their way to crossing the threshold when it all comes to a screeching halt. The cast includes Kevin Paul Wixsom and Amy Drown. Admission is $5.

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UKE N BREW FESTIVAL
Williamstown, 3-7 p.m.
Ukulele performances at Parsley's Pub at Waubeeka Golf Links all afternoon featuring: Lita Williams from Hawaii via Nashville, The Lords of Lichtenstein of NYC, 2013 Berkshire Idol winner Sophie Lane, The Ladies Auxiliary Ukulele Orchestra of Williamstown and The New England Ukulele Ensemble from Connecticut. There will also be lesson/jam at 6:30 p.m. and raffles. One raffle ticket included with paid admission of $15 for adults and $10 for students. Kids under 12 are free.

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WILLIAMS CHAMBER CHOIR PERFORMS WORKS OF ORLANDO DI LASSO
Williamstown, 4pm
The Williams Chamber Choir, under the direction of Brad Wells, will perform works of Orlando di Lasso. This 16th century Flemish composer produced more than 2000 sacred and secular compositions, and left an indelible mark on western musical tradition. The Williams Chamber Choir is a mixed, sixteen-voice group, just the right size for the performance space. The Rotunda of the Williams College Museum of Art is a small, round, domed room. This unique venue possesses perfect acoustics for this music, and for this group.    http://music.williams.edu/events/williams-chamber-choir-5/   4/24 Chamber Choir in the Rotunda, 4pm, WCMA
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BIRDING IN WILLIAMSTOWN
State, 7:30 a.m.
Field Farm, Sloan Road, Williamstown Join the Hoffman Bird Club at this Trustees of Reservations property for a leisurely morning walk looking for birds in Williamstown & South Williamstown, starting at Field Farm. Dress for the weather, wear proper footwear, and bring binoculars if you have them. Please RSVP with Carrie Jones at 413.884.2661 or carriejones2011@aol.com. Free  
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VOLUNTEER TRAIL WORK DAY
Windsor, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center will host a Volunteer Trail Work Day at Tamarack Hollow conservation area in Windsor. Come help this non-profit conservation area clear trails and prep the building site for the up and coming nature center building. Food provided, please bring your own gloves. Email aimee@gaiaroots.com to register and for directions.

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OPEN SCHOOLING GYMKAHANA
Lanesborough, 9 a.m.
Equus Therapeutic will hold an Open Schooling Gymkhana at Wedgewood Stable at Wirtes Farm, 705 North Main St. The event will start at 9 a.m. for all assisted riders in Wedgewood’s beautiful indoor, with the Open riders starting up at approximately 10 a.m. in the outdoor ring.  Gymkhana is games on horseback, the most familiar to a majority of people being barrel racing. These games showcase precision and speed and are a lot of fun to watch, thus spectators are always welcome. Admission for spectators is free. There will be a food booth serving breakfast and lunch for reasonable prices.

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SETH BROWN TALK
Pittsfield, 1 p.m.
The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires will host a talk by local author and columnist Seth Brown, who will discuss his book "From God To Verse," a line-by-line translation of the Five Books of Moses into rhyming couplets. The talk will follow the Federation-sponsored Older Adult Kosher Lunch at Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road in Pittsfield. The presentation is open to the public, and is free with the Older Adult Kosher Lunch. Program only is $3.

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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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