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ECONOMIC SPEAKERS
Great Barrington, 4 p.m.
The American Institute for Economic Research announces its 2016 Summer Speaker Series on consecutive Tuesdays: July 26: “Mom and Pop vs. Big Box: How Small Businesses Compete with Larger Rivals,” by Max Gulker, senior research fellow; and Aug. 2: “Using the Business Cycle to Manage Your Investments,” by Bob Hughes, senior research fellow. The lectures will be held in the ballroom of AIER’s Stone House at 250 Division St. and are free and open to the public. Reservations suggested at 413-528-1216, ext. 102.

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TALK ON BRITISH ARISTOCRACY
Lenox, 4 p.m.
Gary Darden, associate professor of history at Fairleigh Dickinson University will give a talk titled “The British Aristocracy from Victorian Decline to the Great War” at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum at 104 Walker St. at a Tea & Talk followed by a Victorian tea. Tickets are $24 for advance reservations and members and $29 day of the event. Reservations are highly recommended at 413-637-3206.

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ADULT COLORING SOCIAL
Adams, 6 p.m.
The Adams Free Library will host a therapeutic, creative, relaxing and stress releasing hour of coloring for adults. The library has purchased a small supply of coloring pages and pencils or guests can bring their own favorites in. Library events are free and open to the public.

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BERNICE LEWIS CONCERT
Williamstown, 6 p.m.
Singer-songwriter Bernice Lewis presents an evening of lively folk music for all ages at the Clark Art Institute. The free concert, the last of the Clark's annual summer series, will be held on the lawn adjacent to the Clark Center. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, and picnic meals.

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SCREENING OF 'A SMALL GOOD THING'
New Marlborough, 7:30 p.m.
"A Small Good Thing" by Pamela Tanner Boll follows six people in the Berkshires who, despite economic concerns and high levels of stress, have found a way to have more meaning in their lives. Free screening at the New Marlborough Library in Mill River, 1 Great Barrington Road.  
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SUMMER 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, on Tuesdays and Thursdays evenings. Summer 2016 shows will be hosted by Williams College student Timothy Nagle-McNaughton ’18 and John Nuciforo of the Pittsfield School District. Shows will last approximately 50 minutes. 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.

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'STORYTELLING' PERFORMANCE
Pittsfield, 1 p.m.
The Berkshire Athenaeum will host “Storytelling” performed by Tom Lee. This 40-minute performance is for children of all ages and includes myths and stories from cultures around the world; some are centuries old, some originated thousands of years ago.  Children under 10 must be accompanied at all times by an adult over 18 years of age.

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'THE LEO FRANK CASE'
Pittsfield, 11:30 a.m.
The Leo Frank case, which inspired the Anti-Defamation League, helped rejuvenate the Ku Klux Klan and continues to incite violent disagreement to this very day. Temple Anshe Amunim at 26 Broad St. will host a two-hour dramatic presentation by playwright/attorney Jesse Waldinger. The account will be illustrated by photographs, diagrams and readings from Mr. Waldinger’s play "The Knights of Mary Phagan." Guests are invited to bring their own lunch to this program, which is part of Temple Anshe Amunim’s Lunch and Learn series. Admission is $10.

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HVA BEGINNERS PADDLE
Lee, 3-6 p.m.
The Housatonic Valley Association will host a free introduction to canoeing on a flatwater stretch of the Housatonic River in South Lee. Canoes and equipment provided. Learn how to safely enter and exit a canoe, the basic strokes, appropriate attire and pre-trip preparation and enjoy a short paddle upstream to enjoy beautiful views of Beartown State Forest. Registration required at 413-394-9796.

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GENTLE YOGA FOR CANCER SURVIVORS
Vermont, 5 p.m.
Southwestern Vermont Health Care will offer a weekly gentle yoga class for cancer survivors and members of their support teams. The hour-long classes are scheduled at 5 p.m. each Wednesday starting Jan. 6 in Conference Room C of the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center at 100 Hospital Drive in Bennington. There is no charge. Participants will learn basic balancing postures, breathing, and visualization techniques for relaxation, stress reduction, flexibility, and strength. For more information and to attend call 802-440-4244 or rebecca.hewson-steller@svhealthcare.org.

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SHYNE
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
Greylock Federal Credit Union and Live 95.9 WBEC FM have released the summer lineup for their Live on the Lake community concert series. For the fifteenth consecutive season the concerts will be offered every Wednesday evening, beginning July 6 through August 24, from 6 pm to 8 pm at Burbank Park on Onota Lake in Pittsfield.

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DUBLIN PORTER
Adams, 6 p.m.
Berkshire trio Dublin Porter, which plays traditional Irish music, will play at Bascom Lodge, atop Mount Greylock. The concert is free.

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MORNINGSIDE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH MEETING
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
The Morningside Initiative Neighborhood Watch and Ward 2 Councilor Morandi are combining the July Ward 2 meeting with the Neighborhood Watch meeting at the Rice Silk Mill Apartments. Morningside community members will discuss ongoing steps we can take as a community to build a safer neighborhood. RSVP to petewhite78@yahoo.com.

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CONCERTS AT WINDSOR LAKE
North Adams, 6:30 p.m.
The annual concerts held at Windsor Lake runs every Wednesday through Aug. 31 (excluding August 10). Windsor Lake is located at 200 Windsor Lake Road at the intersection of Bradley Street and Kemp Avenue. Bring blankets or chairs. The schedule is as follows: June 15, Bernice Lewis; June 22, The JP Murphy Band; June 29, Champagne Jam; July 6, Rev Tor; July 13, Spurs USA; July 20, Rebel Alliance; July 27, Bang-on-a-Can; Aug. 3, The Brave Brothers; Aug. 17, Long Journey; Aug. 24, The Eagles Band; and Aug. 31, Moonshine Holler. In the event of bad weather cancelations will be announced by 3 p.m. on the day of the concert on Facebook.
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CLIMATE CHANGE ROMANCE 'PASSAGE'
Pittsfield, 8 p.m.
Kickwheel Ensemble Theater (the creative arm of The Berkshire Fringe) will perform "Passage," which weaves together two parallel storylines of survival: the tale of Sir John Franklin's doomed 19th expedition to conquer the famed Northwest Passage and the story of a modern day couple on a luxury wellness cruise through the now melting arctic. All performances take place at Shire City Sanctuary, 40 Melville St.. Seating is limited and tickets are available online.

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NORTH COUNTY TRIAD
North Adams, Noon
The next meeting of the North County Triad will be held at the North Adams American Legion. New members always welcome.

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SENIOR CITIZEN PICNIC
Williamstown, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Williamstown Commons Nursing & Rehabilitation Center invites seniors in the community to a picnic at 25 Adams Road for delicious food and to learn more about the community. Those wishing to attend may RSVP to 413-458-2111.

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HOMEMADE PIE SALE
North Adams, 5 - 8 p.m.
Naomi Chapter No. 17,Order of the Eastern Star, is sponsoring a Homemade Pie Sale, Thursday July 28 from 5:00-8:00 PM at the DownStreet Art Night, Holden Street, North Adams, MA.  Whole Pies-$10.00 By the Slice-$3.00      
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DOWNSTREET ART
North Adams, 5-8 p.m.
DownStreet Art, a program of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, will host the second DownStreet Art Festival in downtown North Adams. This free event will include works of visual art on display in museums, galleries and non-traditional spaces, the openings of four new visual art exhibits, live podcasting, musical and theatrical performances, and a night market that features local food and craft vendors. The theme of the season, “Meet Your Neighbors,” highlights artists who live and work within 20 miles of North Adams at exhibitions throughout the downtown, and encourages area residents to create art at a variety of community events. For more information go online.

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WILDFLOWERS OF THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL
Great Barrington, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Join Appalachian Trail Conservancy to celebrate the incredible biodiversity along the Appalachian Trail. Learn to recognize some common flowers, and identify our own blooming specimens. Come hear about the natural heritage in your backyard at the Mason Public Library at 231 Main St. RSVP to rcarden@appalachiantrail.org.

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TOUR OF 'ROCKWELL AND REALISM'
Stockbridge, 5:30 p.m.
In conjunction with its newest exhibit "Rockwell and Realism in an Abstract World," Norman Rockwell Museum will present talks on the abstract expressionist movement. Stephanie Haboush Plunkett, the museum’s chief curator, will offer a walking tour of the "Rockwell and Realism in an Abstract World" exhibit, tracing the shifts in 20th century art and the art of illustration. Free with museum admission.

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AUTHOR READING
Lenox, 5:30 p.m.
The Bookstore, 11 Housatonic St., will present author Susan Merrill reading from "Cool Evening," a compilation of stories about a generation of children growing up in a family's summer house in Stockbridge. Merrill has read chapters from these two books, as well as other stories, in Berkshire County and in Baltimore. She was a regular part of the Williamsville Sunday evening reading series and has read also at the Berkshire Theater Festival Sunday Afternoon winter series, the annual Music Theater Group's Berkshire Writers' Evening, the Berkshire Women Writers evening and more.

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WHISKEY CITY
North Adams, 6 p.m.
Greylock Federal Credit Union joins radio stations WUPE FM and WNAW 1230AM in sponsoring the North Adams’ “Party in the Park” each Thursday from July 7 to August 25. Free concerts will entertain the public from 6 to 8 pm at Noel Field behind the Steeplecats’ baseball diamond. These are family-friendly events and alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

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MOTION MAN
Adams, 6 p.m.
The Adams Free Library hosts Jody Scalise, "Motion Man," an evening of physical comedy, magic, mime, illusion, circus and more. Library events are free and open to the public. An adult must accompany children under 8 years of age. 

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AUTHOR TALK
Lenox, 7 p.m.
Author Dave Fromm will be at the Lenox Library to give a talk on "The Duration." Set in the haunted hills of Berkshire County, the Lenox native's debut novel follows four childhood friends as they reunite in their wintry hometown to revisit the ghosts of their pasts and confront the mysteries that occupied most of their youth.

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SUMMER 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, on Tuesdays and Thursdays evenings. Summer 2016 shows will be hosted by Williams College student Timothy Nagle-McNaughton ’18 and John Nuciforo of the Pittsfield School District. Shows will last approximately 50 minutes. 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.

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CLIMATE CHANGE ROMANCE 'PASSAGE'
Pittsfield, 8 p.m.
Kickwheel Ensemble Theater (the creative arm of The Berkshire Fringe) will perform "Passage," which weaves together two parallel storylines of survival: the tale of Sir John Franklin's doomed 19th expedition to conquer the famed Northwest Passage and the story of a modern day couple on a luxury wellness cruise through the now melting arctic. All performances take place at Shire City Sanctuary, 40 Melville St.. Seating is limited and tickets are available online.

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AUTHOR JENNIFER LOVETT
Williamstown, 1-3 p.m.
Local author Jennifer Lovett will sign copies of her new book "Beavers Away!" at Water Street Books. "Beavers Away!" tells the true story of a game warden named Elmo Heter, who devised a method to safely reintroduce beavers into a remote wilderness—by parachuting them from the sky. The event is free and open to the public.
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CABARET TRAIN
North Adams, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Berkshire Scenic Railway's newly restored Hoosac Valley Line, which runs between Adams & North Adams, will host Friday Night Cabaret Trains on July 29 and Aug. 12 and 26. Musical duo Samantha Talora & Ron Ramsay are entertaining on these one-hour leisurely excursions. Tickets are $25; walk-ins are welcome or tickets can be purchased online.

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PAINT & SIP FOR THE ROY FAMILY
Dalton, 6:30pm
Paint & Sip to benefit the Roy family, a local family battling cancer, featuring the inspirational image of "Rainbow of Hope" on a large 16x20 canvas. All materials and donation included.  Reserve seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call 413-205-8346. Held at Dalton American Legion, 258 North St.
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