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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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FACULTY RECITAL WITH SOPRANO ERIN NAFZIGER
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
The Williams College Department of Music presents Erin Nafziger, soprano, in a faculty recital in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the college campus. The event is free and open to the public. Nafziger offers an evening of classical song. Her performance includes "O Quand je dors," and other selections by Franz Liszt. She also sings Antonin Dvorak's “Song to the Moon” from the opera “Rusalka,” and “The Hermit Songs” by Samuel Barber.

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SECRET SCIENCE CLUB
North Adams, 8 p.m.
The Secret Science Club is a regular gathering in New York City featuring mind-bending lectures, volatile experiments, and thematic chemical libations (special cocktails, that is). It’s like the coolest science class you’ve ever been to, but with drinks and a DJ. SSC rockets into MASS MoCA with a special screening of Particle Fever, a “dazzling, dizzying documentary” that follows six high-energy scientists as they seek to unravel the mysteries of the universe. Plus, get your brain on with our audience pop quiz. Door prizes!
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ERIN NAFZIGER, SOPRANO AND DORIS STEVENSON, PIANO AT WILLIAMS
Williamstown, 8pm
Soprano Erin Nafziger offers an evening of classical song along with her colleague pianist Doris Stevenson. Their performance includes "O Quand je dors," and other selections by Franz Liszt, as well as selections by Antonin Dvorak and Samuel Barber. http://music.williams.edu/events/erin-nafziger-soprano/  Brooks-Rogers
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NORTH ADAMS FARMERS MARKET
North Adams, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Patrons of the market, located in the St. Anthony Municipal Parking Lot, at the intersection of Route 8 and St. Anthony Drive, can find fresh fruits and vegetables, greens, canned goods, baked goods, eggs, flowers and meat. People can also enjoy music, entertainment, and info booths, all of which change week to week.  All of the food at the market is grown or made by the farmers themselves. This year’s market includes vendors reaching from Berlin, New York and Southern VT all the way to Washington, Mass.  http://explorenorthadams.com/THINGS-TO-DO/Events/Farmers-Market.aspx
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MONSTER DASH
Great Barrington, 9:30 a.m.
Fairview Hospital’s Outpatient Rehabilitation team will host the 2014 Monster Dash, a fun 5k run/walk and a 1-mile walk starting at 10 Maple Ave. in Great Barrington, the site of Fairview’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Service.  All ages and abilities are welcome to run and walk and people are encouraged to wear a costume. Race day registration takes place from 8 a.m. to 9:20 a.m. in the Rehabilitation Department.  The pre-registration entry fee to run is $20 (by Oct. 22), $25 the day of the event.The fee for the 1-mile fun walk will be $7 per person with a maximum of $20 per family. Registration is available online at www.berkshirerunningcenter.com . Proceeds from the race will be directed to Fairview Hospital’s 2014 Annual Equipment Fund, which will be used to purchase medical technology used at Fairview Hospital.

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HALLOWEEN PET ADOPTION PARTY
Great Barrington, Noon-3 p.m.
Berkshire Humane Society will be hosting a Halloween Adoption Party at Purradise, located at 301 Stockbridge Road. In addition to shelter animals up for adoption, there will be lots of fun activities for the entire family, including face painting, games and a costume contest. For more information, call 413-717-4244.

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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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GREENAGERS FARMER OLYMPICS
Great Barrington, 12:30-5 p.m.
Rollin’ Round Bales, Farmer’s Carry, Stackin’ Bales, Gathrin’ Gourds, and more happen at the second annual Greenager Farmer Olympics at the Route 7 Grille in Great Barrington. This year’s event coincides with Greenagers’ Annual Appeal, which supports the organization’s youth work programs in farming, agriculture and trails management. Participants of all ages are welcome; there is no charge to compete. Registration runs from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Games begin at 1:30 p.m. and awards wil be handed out at 4. Lunch is available all afternoon! For more information about Greenagers, visit www.greenagers.org.

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LIONS CLUB HALLOWEEN PARADE
Adams, 4 p.m.
The Adams Lions Club’s annual Halloween Parade for children will step off from a new location this year — the Adams Community Bank at Center and Myrtle Streets — and end in the spacious Depot Street parking lot. Children, in costume, are asked to gather at 4 p.m. at the Adams Community Bank Center Street parking lot. The parade will step off at 4:30 pm, with marchers heading from Center Street to the east side of Park Street, then turning right onto East Maple Street to the Depot Street lot. In the Depot Street lot, the Adams Lions Club trailer will serve hot dogs and refreshments and the club will award prizes for the best costumes.

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MCLA 'BOO BASH'
North Adams, 6-8 p.m.
The Residence Area Advisory Boards and the Center for Service and Citizenship at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will host the 20th Annual “Boo Bash” for children and their parents at the Berkshire Towers on the MCLA campus. This event is free and open to area children between the ages of 6 and 11, when accompanied by a parent or guardian. The Berkshire Towers residence building will feature a decorated entrance, trick or treating and a costume party for the expected crowd. Berkshire Towers is on Church Street, across the street from Murdock Hall. For more information, please contact Devon O’Dowd at the Residential Programs and Services Office, 413-662-5249.


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HEALTH INSURANCE TALK
New York, 6:30 p.m.
Two New York State experts will speak about affordable health insurance under federal law, for families, singles, unemployed, high and low income people at the Stephentown Memorial Library. Individual help on library computers available, and appointments made. For information, call the library at 518-733-5750.

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