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THE SPOUSE/PARTNER LOSS GROUP
Pittsfield, 10 a.m.
The Spouse/Partner Loss Group is held the third Tuesday of each month, at 10 a.m. This group is geared toward those who have experienced the loss of a spouse or partner. No registration is required. All above sessions will be held at the HospiceCare in The Berkshires, 877 South Street in Pittsfield. To register or for more information please contact the office at 413-443-2994.

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LONDONíS NATIONAL THEATRE'S 'A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE'
Williamstown, 2 p.m.
The fastest-selling production in the Young Vic's history, Tennessee Williams’ timeless masterpiece stars Gillian Anderson as Blanche Dubois, Ben Foster as Stanley, and Vanessa Kirby as Stella. As Blanche’s fragile world crumbles, she turns to her sister Stella for solace—but her downward spiral brings her face-to-face with the brutal, unforgiving Stanley Kowalski. Visionary director Benedict Andrews returns to the Young Vic following his Critics’ Circle Award-winning Three Sisters. Tickets are $18 ($15 members). To order tickets, visit clarkart.edu or call 413-458-0524.

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GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP
Pittsfield, 4-5 p.m.
A group support group to learn about the grief process; talk about your own experiences; understand how to cope with your losses; find the way to move forward; discover where help, strength and resources are available and stablish personal goals will be held Tuesdays from 4 to 5 p.m. from Sept. 2 to Oct. 7 at Moments House, 34 Depot St., Ste 301 , Pittsfield. Chaplain Dennis Castella will lead the group. Contact Hospice Services of Western MA @ 413-442-0045 to sign up or get more information.

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PITTSFIELD GREEN DRINKS
Pittsfield, 5:15 p.m.
Pittsfield Green Drinks will be held at Mad Jacks BBQ, 295 North St.  At 6:15 pm, there will be a short presentation in which Ned Wilson will discuss Zero-Energy Custom Homes, houses that generate as much energy as your family consumes in the home over the course of the year. Pittsfield Green Drinks is a very informal gathering, open to everyone with any environmental interest. The drinks aren't green, but our conversations are. For more information about Pittsfield Green Drinks, contact Elia Del Molino at BEAT (elia@thebeatnews.org or 413-230-7321).

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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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TOWN PLAYERS AUDITIONS
Pittsfield, 6:30 p.m.
Auditions for Town Players of Pittsfield's staged reading of the award winning play, "The Weir", by Conor McPherson will be held on Monday, Sept. 15, and  Tuesday, Sept. 16, upstairs at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. "The Weir" is set in a rural Irish Pub. The play depicts ordinary life of the locals,  their magical stories and their encounter with a woman with a sorrowful tale to tell. Needed for the cast are four men (thirties through fifties) and one woman (thirties). There will be a smaller role for a narrator (man or woman).  All characters except the narrator should be able to do a reasonable Irish accent. The play is being directed by John Trainor and will be performed on Oct. 26.

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'THE ROLE OF PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE BERKSHIRES CULTURAL SCENE'
Pittsfield, 7 p.m.
The Berkshire Museum Camera Club presents a panel discussion titled "The Role of Photography in the Berkshires Cultural Scene" in the Berkshire Museum’s Theater. The panel includes Aida Laleian, a professor of art at Williams College; Jay Clarke, a curator at the Clark Art Institute; Thomas C. Daly, a curator at the Norman Rockwell Museum; and Van Shields, executive director at the Berkshire Museum. The discussion will be moderated by Jen Glockner, director of the Office of Cultural Development, City of Pittsfield. The event is free and open to the public. The panelists will discuss their institutions use of photography. In addition, they will explore how the cell phone and social media is affecting their view of and use of photography and what is likely to be its future as an art form.

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PET FOOD, SUPPLY DRIVE
Pittsfield, 1-3 p.m.
Berkshire Pathways, located at 53 Eagle St., will host a pet food and supply drive to benefit the Sonsini Animal Shelter. Their special guest will be Toto the Tornado Kitten, who survived a tornado that occurred in Brimfield, Mass., a few years ago. Toto has become a celebrity since then; his owner Jonathan has written two children’s books about Toto and conducts book tours nationally. The books will be on sale for ten dollars each, half of which will be donated to Sonsini, and the rest to charity. Call 413-464-7949 for any more information.

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GENEROSITY ECONOMY CIRCLE
Great Barrington, 10:30am-12:30pm

The Generosity Economy Circle is a group of local individuals who come together to practice fulfilling the needs and wants of their lives and of the community, primarily through the practice of gifting. This meeting 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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HOOSICK FALLS ARTISAN EXCHANGE AND FARMERS MARKET
New York, 4-6:30 p.m.
The Hoosick Falls Artisan Exchange and Farmers Market features farmers who produce fibers, flowers, vegetables, eggs, cheese, and other food products, picklers and canners, syrup makers, bakers, artisans, artists, jewelry makers, knitters and crocheters, quilters and other people who sew, wood workers, metal workers and more. More information and forms can be found at www.hayc3.org or at 518-686-9050.

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MARTHA DAVIS TO SPEAK AT MCLA
North Adams, 5 p.m.
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will observe the 227th anniversary of the enactment of the U.S. Constitution with a talk by activist attorney and legal scholar Martha Davis, a professor at Northeastern School of Law, in Murdock Hall’s Fitzpatrick Room, room 208. Davis was the vice president and legal director of the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund in New York, N.Y., and served as counsel in six U.S. Supreme Court cases, including those regarding immigration rights, health care and women’s rights. She will speak on, “Brown at 60: The Promise, and Limits, of Law.” Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas (1954) was the landmark Supreme Court decision that declared the doctrine of "separate but equal" unconstitutional and led to the abolition of segregated schools, public schools, workplaces, and more. The event is free and open to the public.

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BOREAL FOREST ECOLOGY SLIDESHOW/WALK
Lanesborough, 6 p.m.
Learn how to identify key species that live in high elevation, boreal spruce-fir forests of Massachusetts then see some species on a short summit walk atop Mount Greylock.  Stay for dinner afterwards at Bascom Lodge (separate registration). Visit www.bascomlodge.net for dinner info. Email aimee@gaiaroots.com for slideshow info. Free; donations accepted for Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center.

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'DISRUPTION'
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
A free screening of a new film "Disruption," sponsored by 350MA-Bershires, will be held at the Fellowship Hall, UU Church, 174 Wendell Ave. The film takes an unflinching look at the devastating consequences of our inaction on climate change and also takes us behind-the-scenes of the efforts to organize the Sept. 21 march.

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EVENING AT THE BEAVER PONDS
Lenox, 6-7:30 p.m.
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, 472 West Mountain Rd., will host an evening in the valley visiting the beaver ponds. Search for beavers and other kinds of wildlife that are attracted by the series of ponds that the beavers have created. Learn about the natural history of beavers and how they continue to change our landscape 80 years after their reintroduction. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Registration not required.

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HEALTH AND NUTRITION LECTURE
North Adams, 6:30 p.m.
A health and nutrition lecture will be held at Eat To Total Health, 14 Ashland St.,  North Adams. The lecture will begin at 6:30 and will be about the connection between our health and our food, how much protein do we really need, why you need to cleanse and how to stay healthy. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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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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RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
Williamstown
Upcoming blood donation opportunities in the Berkshires include:
* Wednesday, Sept. 17, 1-6 p.m.: MCLA's Venable Gym, 375 Church St., North Adams
* Wednesday, Sept. 17, noon-5 p.m.:  First Congregational Church, 906 Main St., Williamstown
* Thursday, Sept. 18, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Dalton American Legion, 258 North St., Dalton
* Monday, Sept. 22, 1-6 p.m.: St. Joseph's Church, 414 North St., Pittsfield
* Saturday, Sept. 27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Berkshire Mall, Old State Road & Route 8, Lanesborough
Simply call 800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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GENEALOGY CLASSES
North Adams, 10 a.m. - Noon
The North Adams Public Library will be offering beginner genealogy classes with Alan Horbal on Thursday mornings starting September 4th ending October 2nd. All classes will begin at 10 AM and end at Noon. Mr. Horbal will give an overview of how to use sources such as the WWI draft registration, Naturalization Records and Census records. He will also go over using Ancestry.com and LDS Family Search. Participants are asked to bring their laptop computer, if they own one, for the last three sessions. Library computers will be available for those participants who do not have a laptop. Class size is limited to 12. Call to reserve your spot. A small fee will be charged for copies. For more information and to sign up call 662-3133 ext 13.

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RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
Dalton, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities in the Berkshires include:
* Wednesday, Sept. 17, 1-6 p.m.: MCLA's Venable Gym, 375 Church St., North Adams
* Wednesday, Sept. 17, noon-5 p.m.:  First Congregational Church, 906 Main St., Williamstown
* Thursday, Sept. 18, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Dalton American Legion, 258 North St., Dalton
* Monday, Sept. 22, 1-6 p.m.: St. Joseph's Church, 414 North St., Pittsfield
* Saturday, Sept. 27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Berkshire Mall, Old State Road & Route 8, Lanesborough
Simply call 800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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CHP FARMER'S MARKET
Great Barrington, 3-6 p.m.
The fourth annual CHP Farmers Market will be held every Thursday from June through Sept. 25 and will feature fresh produce, flowers, fun activities, cooking demonstrations and more. WIC & Senior Farmer's Checks, SNAP, EBT and credit cards accepted.  Sponsored by Community Health Programs at 444 Stockbridge Road (Route 7) Great Barrington.  Call 413-528-0457 for more information.
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'FAIR USE OR FOUL PLAY''
Stockbridge, 4-5:30 p.m.
Wondering what use you can make of someone else’s creative content' Thinking of “sharing” a video created by someone else' Or “sampling” some hit music into your new hip-hop beat' If so, be informed: copyright rules are in motion, and continue to evolve. At the Norman Rockwell Museum, Cain Hibbard & Myers attorney Sarah Kohrs and Managing Partner Lucy Prashker present an engaging and interactive talk, “Fair Use or Foul Play' Shaping the Rules for the Digital Age.” Kohrs and Prashker will answer the easy questions and consider the hard ones, with examples from real-life cases involving well-known, and not so well-known, works of art.  They will identify the legal guideposts, debunk common myths, and explore evolving views about fair use, examining the different perspectives of artists, academics and jurists.

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CLARKSBURG SCHOOL'S CHICKEN DINNER
North Adams, 4:30 - 7 p.m.
Clarksburg School's 8th grade class will host a chicken dinner at Mingo's restaurant, 41 Roberts Dr, 413-663-3761 on Thursday, A bake sale and basket raffle will also be held. Tickets are $10.00/adults and $8.00/child under 10 and seniors. Tickets are available at Clarksburg School or at the door the night of the event. Proceeds are to benefit the 8th grade class's end-of-the-year field trip. 
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MS SUPPORT FOUNDATION
North Adams, 5 p.m.
The MS Support Foundation Our next monthly support group meeting will be held on Thursday evening, This month’s speaker will be Linda Caesar, Physical Therapy Director for Gentiva Health Care. All are welcome. 85 Main Street, Suite 212, North Adams, MA 01247 Phone: (413) 346-4116 Toll free (844)280-7292  
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SEPTEMBER THIRD THURSDAY
Pittsfield, 5-8 p.m.
Third Thursday returns to celebrate the city-wide support of the International Men's March, to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence. The "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event will begin at the city stage at Park Square with The Roaming Jazz Ambassadors performing while the registrations and donations are taken. Preregistration is encouraged at www.elizabethfreeman.org.  One of the other main events of the evening is the Funkdation 4 dance competition at Palace Park from 5 to 7 p.m. Register in person or go to the Funk Box Studio in the Crawford Square building. Also accompanying the dance competition and then finishing the evening off at the Palace Park stage will be the Berkshire Bateria and Samba Corps from 6 to 8 p.m.  Cliff Brodeur Square Dance caller and instructor will be holding square dance demonstrations and encouraging participation at the St. Joseph's lawn at 5:30 p.m.  A Peace Drumming Circle will be held also on the St. Joseph's Lawn at 6:30 p.m.

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'THE RENTAL'
Pittsfield, 5:30 and 7 p.m.
Town Players of Pittsfield presents a staged reading of the very funny 10- minute play "The Rental" by Mark Harvey Levine at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave. The play is being directed by Milton Lestz. In this play, Sonya receives an extraordinary birthday present — a rented boyfriend. He’s the perfect man for her — but he’s only there for a day. This is a free Third Thursday event and will be performed at 5:30 and again at 7 p.m.

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4TH ANNUAL BERKSHIRE WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
On Third Thursday, September 18 at 6 pm, hundreds of men, women, and children will step off the curb at the corner of North Street and Park Square in Pittsfield to walk a one mile loop in women’s shoes. The event will be Berkshire County’s fourth annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” to raise awareness about all forms of gender-based violence while raising funds for the Elizabeth Freeman Center (EFC), the county’s provider of services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Registration forms are available at all Elizabeth Freeman Center offices, Bagels, Too and Flavours of Malaysia in Pittsfield, and Guido’s in both Pittsfield and Great Barrington. In addition, this year for the first time walkers can register online at elizabethfreemancenter.org. Walkers can also register on the 18th at the corner of North Street and Park Square from 5:00-6:00 pm. Questions or further information contact info@ or (413)499-2425.

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ARIEL SCHRAG READING
Williamstown, 6 p.m.
Novelist and graphic memoirist Ariel Schrag will read from her new novel "ADAM" during a visit Williams College in the Goodrich Coffee Bar. The reading is free and open to the public, and will be followed immediately by a discussion with the author. Prior to the reading, Schrag will be a guest on the college radio station, WCFM, to talk about the novel, in which music and the compilation of mix tapes plays an important role. Songs mentioned in the novel will be played throughout the hour.

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'ALIEN CITIZEN: AN EARTH ODYSSEY'
Williamstown, 7:30 p.m.
Actress and writer Elizabeth Liang will visit Williams College to give her solo performance "Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey" in the Adams Memorial Theatre at the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance. Admission is free but tickets are required and can be obtained in person at the box office or by calling 413-597-2425. The show is 80 minutes long with no intermission; a 20-minute Q&A with Liang with follow. As a “third culture kid” (a term that refers to someone who has had a significant living experience outside their own culture), Liang shares her personal experiences growing up in such diverse places as Costa Rica, Panama, Morocco, and Egypt. Liang attempts to weave cultures together and explores how multitudes of borders, languages and cultures shape the “global nomad.”

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MCLA PRESENTS! BROADWAY'S NEXT H!T MUSICAL
North Adams, 7:30 p.m.
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BRCR) presents Broadway’s Next H!t Musical as the first performance of  MCLA Presents! “The ReWind Season” on Saturday, MCLA Church Street Center’s Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium. Broadway’s Next H!T Musical, uses audience participation to create a brand-new, fully improvised musical comedy, where every lyric, melody and jazz hand is made up on the spot. TimeOut New York called Broadway’s Next H!t Musical, “A musical of, for and by the people... That’s entertainment!” Admission to MCLA Presents! performances are $10 for general admission. Tickets for MCLA alumni are $8, $5 for staff and faculty, and members and students are free. Tickets may be reserved by calling MCLA Presents! at (413) 662-5204. For more information, call (413) 664-8718, or go to www.mcla.edu/presents .
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JOAN RUBEL FROM THE TOBACCO-FREE COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP
North Adams, 10 a.m.
Joan Rubel from the Tobacco-Free Community Partnership at Berkshire AHEC will come to our Family Resource Center Parent Advisory Council Meeting on Friday, for an informal information session about the tactics that the tobacco industry is using to attract kids to tobacco and nicotine addiction. She’ll talk about actions that communities are taking to protect young people and give you information to bring home. We will also discuss FRC participation in the Fall Foliage Children’s Parade. Children will play as we meet. Light refreshments. All welcome. Call 664-4821to RSVP.
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