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MOROCCO TALK
Williamstown, 4 p.m.
Sweetwood of Williamstown will welcome Williamstown residents Robert and Carolyn Behr, who will present a slide travelogue of their trip to Morocco. All are invited to come enjoy an intriguing journey to the North African country of Morocco. Light refreshments will be served after the program. Call Sweetwood at 413-458-8371 for more information. Sweetwood is located at 1611 Cold Spring Road (Route 7).

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NBCC TO HOST FALL "NEIGHBORLIES"
North Adams, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition (nbCC) will host the Fall Neighborlies celebration on Wednesday, at the Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue, 53 Lois Street in North Adams. Due to limited parking at the Synagogue, overflow parking will be available at the Stop and Shop Supermarket on Route 2 (the side closest to Williamstown). Twice a year, nbCC's Northern Berkshire Neighbors welcomes residents to consider people of all ages who have performed acts of kindness or made a positive difference in their lives, in their neighborhoods or in their community. Nominations will be accepted through October 17th. Nominate someone online by visiting http://bit.ly/neighborlies or call Annie Rodgers at (413) 663-7588.

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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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LECTURE ON ISIS
North Adams, 7:30 p.m.
Adam Hinds, who has participated in various United Nations efforts to bring peace and security to the Middle East, will discuss “ISIS and the Implications for the International Community” at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in Murdock Hall room 218. This event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by MCLA’s International Conflict Prevention and Resolution Speaker Series, and is made possible by a generous grant from The Boschen Peace and International Understanding Fund. Stationed in Baghdad, Jerusalem, Geneva and New York, Hinds since 2005 has contributed to international efforts to resolve territorial disputes between Iraq and Kurdistan, and to support the Israeli/Palestinian peace process and the work toward the elimination of the chemical weapons program in Syria.

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AFTER PARTY WITH JOHN 'PAPA' GROS
North Adams, 10 p.m.
Following Allen Toussaint & Preservation Jazz Hall Band, MCLA Presents! after party with John 'Papa' Gros. massmoca.org for tickets. Booty shaking party music best sums up the inimitable John “Papa” Gros Band. Rooted in improvisations, the group of all-star musicians is led by Hammond B3 keyboardist and lead vocalist John Gros.  Featuring Brian Stoltz on guitar, Eric Bolivar on drums, Eric Vogel on Bass, the John “Papa” Gros Band has built its enthusiastic vibe on a long-standing musical tradition that dates back to the hot jazz of legends Fats Domino and Lois Armstrong. mcl a.edu/presents for more info.  
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NEW YORK COLLEGE EXHIBITS GREAT BARRINGTON ARTIST
Great Barrington, 3 to 6 p.m.
The Teaching Gallery at Hudson Valley Community College, 80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy, N.Y., will exhibit "Following a Line," a retrospective of paintings, drawings, prints and ephemera by late Great Barrington artist Susan Hartung, on view Sept. 18 through Oct. 25. Curator Peter Dudek will discuss the works on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 3 in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium, followed by a reception in the gallery. Both events are free and open to the public.

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MCBA BOOK CLUB
Great Barrington, 3:30-4:30pm

This after-school book club is for 4, 5 & 6 graders to explore the Massachusetts Children's Book Award nominees. We will discuss and do fun activities related to the books. Children participate in the state voting for their favorite!

We'll have a pizza party for the last book club.

Drop in program (no registration required)
Parent or school bus drop off (Check with Massini Bus company 229-7962)

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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NOT SO SCARY STORIES
North Adams, 6 p.m.
Michael Nethercott, mystery author, returns to the North Adams Public Library to share some scary and not so scary stories. He will also be reading from his new book “The Haunting Ballad.” All programs are free and open to the public. Call 662-3133 for more information.

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VENTFORT FILM SERIES
Lenox, 7 p.m.
Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum will present a second series of four films to be shown in the mansion’s restored 1893 library under the title of “Ventfort Films: A Berkshire Connection” on consecutive Thursdays. Selected by the Ventfort Hall program committee, the four films in some way have connections to the Berkshires and will be introduced by film aficionados in the manner of Turner Classic Movies. Up this week is "Before and After," starring Meryl Streep, Liam Neeson, Edward Furlong; directed by Barbet Schroeder, 1996. Suggested free-will donations of $10 per person will gain admission to the film showings. For information call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206 or visit info@gildedage.org. The historic mansion is located at 104 Walker St. in Lenox.

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SUSTAINABILITY TALK
Williamstown, 7:30 p.m.
Winfried Fuchshofen will present “The Evolution of Fair Trade and the Role of the Fair Trade Sustainability Alliance” at Williams College  in Griffin Hall, room 3. In his presentation, he will discuss competing models of fair trade and offer a tasting of Grenada chocolate produced in accordance with FairTSA criteria. This event is sponsored by the Sustainable Food and Agriculture Program as a part of the college’s Food Week from Oct. 19 to Oct. 26.

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ALLEN TOUSSAINT AND PRESERVATION JAZZ BAND
North Adams, 8 p.m.
As both a brilliant pianist and as the city’s premier composer, arranger, and producer, Allen Toussaint is New Orleans’ musical foundation, having worked with a who’s who of Big Easy musicians including Dr. John and the Neville Brothers – as well as other luminaries such as Paul McCartney, the Band, and Albert King. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been a musical treasure chest of traditional New Orleans sounds for half a century.
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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.


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'COYOTE GIRL AND RILEY ANN'
Lenox, 5 p.m.
Outcast Cafe presents from “Coyote Girl and Riley Ann Visits the Outcast Cafe," a dramatic short play and musical with Robert Biggs, at The Bookstore at 11 Housatonic St.

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GHOST TOUR AT THE MOUNT
Lenox, 5:45 and 7 p.m.
Creaky floors, slamming doors, and ghostly footsteps are all part of The Mount’s guided tour of the most haunted parts of the estate. This spooky tour is not recommended for children under 12. Tickets are $22 for adults and $18 for youths 12-18 and are available online at EdithWharton.org.

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HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
The Tyler Street Business Group will sponsor a Halloween Costume Contest for those participating in the Halloween Parade. Show up, in costume, at the Goodwill dock (on Burbank Street) at 6 p.m. before the parade starts. Have your picture taken for our Facebook Page. Adults and children alike. Photos will be posted on Facebook.com/DiscoverTylerStreet on Saturday, Oct 25. The public will be invited to vote for their favorite costume by 'liking' the photo. Winners will be announced on Oct. 31 and notified by email to pick up their prize. For more information, visit Facebook.com/DiscoverTylerStreet.

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MILHAM PLANETARIUM SHOWS
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Williams College invites you to experience the wonders of our universe at the Milham Planetarium, located inside the Old Hopkins Observatory at Williams College. Astronomy students at the college will host free shows for the public on the following Friday evenings at 8 p.m.: Sept 12, 19, and 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24,  and 31; November 7, 14, 21, and 28; and December 5.  Audiences will be treated to shows from the high-precision Zeiss Skymaster ZKP3/B opto-mechanical planetarium projector, installed in April 2005. For reservations (recommended) contact Michele Rech at (413) 597-2188 or email at mcr4@williams.edu. Others will be admitted as space permits. Large groups should call for special appointments. Shows will last about 50 minutes.

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ZAMBEZI MARIMBA BAND FAMILY DAYS
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Williams Family Days highlights the verve and energy of Zambezi in a free performance open to all. Inspired by traditional Zimbabwean marimba music as well as contemporary African styles. Fun for the whole family!.  http://music.williams.edu/events/zambezi-marimba-band/  Chapin Hall
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COMEDY SHOW BENEFIT
North Adams
"Comedy for Carrick" dinner/comedy show will benefit Carrick Wood, who was born July 4 with a rare form of leukemia. It will be held at the North Adams Eagles and is for adults only. Tickets are $30 and are only available in advance at the Greylock Club or by calling 413-652-2095 or 413-652-2287.

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SHRINERS 'AUTUMN FANFARE'
Pittsfield, 1 p.m.
The Small Drum Corps Association, (SDCA) based in Hebron, Ill., will hold an “Autumn Fanfare” drum and bugle corps show hosted by the Boys and Girls Club. Doors will open at 10 a.m. The program will include seven small Senior Drum and Bugle Corps from the Northeast United States. The program will be a benefit for the Shriners Hospital for Children of Springfield and the Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade Committee. Tickets are $20 in advance; checks may be made to “Autumn Fanfare” and mailed to Paul Christopher, PO Box 84, Pittsfield, MA 01202.  Please include a return address. Tickets will be available on the day of the show for $22.

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BERKSHIRE ORCHID & TROPICAL SHOW
Pittsfield, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Berkshire Community College Foundation will hold its third annual Berkshire Orchid & Tropical Show at the Paterson Field House, BCC’s Main Campus, 1350 West St. The show will showcase fifteen unique exhibits and a variety of vendors selling plants, accessories and artwork. Workshops and educational talks will also be open to attendees. Proceeds from the event will benefit BCC’s Ralph Hoffmann Environmental Science and Sustainable Energy Center and Greenhouse, as well as the Foundation’s Annual Fund. Admission to the show is $5 per person. Children 12 and under are free. For more information, contact Ann Phillips at 413-236-2185 or aphillips@berkshirecc.edu.

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STAMFORD LIBRARY BOOK SALE
Vermont, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Stamford Community Library will hold a one-day book sale at the Stamford School. The sale, which features a wide variety of titles for all ages, is running in conjunction with the annual Stamford Seniors Craft Fair. In addition to the book sale, the library will hold a silent auction for a unique wooden mailbox, built by the late Stamford resident Edson Slade. Further information can be obtained at www.stamfordlibrary.org.

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

Join us for an hour of arts and crafts fun at Ramsdell. We'll use a variety of materials to make different crafts each week. 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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'BEETLEJUICE'
North Adams, 11 a.m.
The North Adams Movieplex presents a special free screening of "Beetlejuice." Those who bring in a non-perishable food item will be entered to win prizes.

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BLUE’S ENCHANTED ADVENTURES
Great Barrington, 12:00-1:00pm

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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WATERCOLOR DROP-IN
Great Barrington, 1:30-3:00pm

Drop in for relaxed watercolor painting at Ramsdell. This is a friendly, unguided session; no teacher, just fellow artists. We have supplies available, and you are also welcome to bring your own. This program is at our Ramsdell at 1087 Main St. in Housatonic. Please see our website at http://gblibraries.org for more details.


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SPIRIT WALK
Sheffield, 2 p.m.
The spirits of past Sheffield residents come alive during the annual Spirit Walk.  Actors playing the role of those residents stand alongside their respective graves at the Center Cemetery on Berkshire School Road, eager to tell the stories of their lives. The cost is $5, free for kids & Historical Society Members. Rain date is Sunday, Oct. 26. For more information, visit sheffieldhistory.org or call 413-229-2694.

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FLU VACCINATION CLINIC
North Adams, 2-5 p.m.
Berkshire Public Health Alliance will present a flu vaccination clinic through a public health nursing contract with the city of North Adams at St. Elizabeth’s Parish at 70 Marshall St. The flu vaccine and the flu mist are available at no charge to individuals ages 6 months and older. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. If you have insurance, please bring your insurance card(s) with you. Please wear short sleeves, or a shirt that has easily rolled-up sleeves.

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KNIT ’N STITCH
Great Barrington, 3:00-4:00pm

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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'MY TWO ITALIES' READING
Lenox, 4 p.m.
The Bookstore, 11 Housatonic Street, presents a reading of "My Two Italies" by Joseph Lucci in which the child of Italian immigrants and an award-winning scholar of Italian literature straddles these two perspectives to link his family’s dramatic story to Italy’s north-south divide, its quest for a unifying language, and its passion for art, food, and family.

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HOFFMANN BIRD CLUB WALK
Lanesborough, 8 a.m.
Trip to Constitution Hill, Lanesborough, which has hay fields, shrub fields, large wetland, and mature hardwood forest. Meet at the BNRC parking area at the end of Bridge Street in Lanesboro; park at map kiosk. Contact Doug Bruce (499-0596; dbruce@bnrc.net) for details.

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