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FAMILY ART-MAKING SESSIONS
Williamstown, 1-4 p.m.
In celebration of the summer exhibits “Women Artists in Paris” and “The Art of Iron”, the Clark Art Institute invites families for free, weekly art-making sessions on Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning Wednesday, July 11, and continuing through Thursday, Aug. 30. Clark educators provide all materials for the workshops, which are held outdoors in the visitors’ picnic tent near the reflecting pools. These activities are weather dependent.
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'ART OF IRON' WORKSHOPS
Williamstown, 1-4 p.m.
In celebration of the special exhibit "The Art of Iron" the Clark Art Institute has scheduled free art-making activities on Wednesdays from July 11 through Aug. 29. The family-friendly “Form/Function” sessions include a metalworking demonstration by a local blacksmith. Participants create a unique piece of wire sculpture inspired by the intricate forms on view in the exhibition. Located outside under the Visitors’ Picnic Tent, these free activities are designed give creative context to gallery experiences. Clark educators provide instruction and all materials.

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LET'S GET READY FOR KINDERGARTEN
Lenox, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
South Berkshire Kids presents Let's Get Ready for Kindergarten at the Lenox Library, a weekly caregiver/child program for children who will be entering kindergarten or preK in the fall. Each week we will be working on a different skill: letter and number recognition, print awareness, social skills, and much more. No registration necessary.

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CLARK ART WALKING TOURS
Williamstown, 2 p.m.
The Clark Art Institute will hold twice-weekly walking tours of the institute's campus on Wednesdays and Saturdays through Sept. 1. “Did You Know' A Guided Walking Tour” is a free, one-hour exploration of the Clark's picturesque landscape. Tour guides highlight features unknown to many visitors, from outdoor installations to the Institute's ongoing sustainability initiative. Registration is not required, but space is limited to 20 visitors. Severe weather cancels this event.
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'A TASTE OF RUSSIA'
Pittsfield, 3 p.m.
OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College, hosts Darra Goldstein, Williams College Russian professor emerita, food historian, and award-winning author, presenting "A Taste of Russia," in which she will explore Russian national identity and cuisine from the 18th century into the present. Tickets are available online, by phone at 413.236.2190, and at the door. Admission is $15 for the general public and free to Berkshire Community College students and youth 17 and under.
 

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BIKEFEST 2018 AT THE DOWNTOWN CELEBRATION
North Adams, 5 - 8 p.m.
Eagle Street, North Adams Bring your bicycles and helmets and pedal to Eagle Street. There will be bike give-aways, bike decorating, a bike rodeo, bicycle education and safety information and free basic bicycle maintenance provided by local bike mechanics. Join the fun on your bike! For more information, call the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition at (413) 663-7588.  
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DOWNTOWN CELEBRATION
North Adams, 5:30 - 9 p.m.
This yearly street festiva/community block party brings thousands downtown to celebrate with food, shopping, entertainment and conversation. The celebration will include numerous areas dedicated to family games and activities thanks to dozens of local nonprofits and churches. Children will also enjoy face painting, balloon animals, hula hoops, live music, magicians, and dancing performances! Rain Date: 8/16

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BERKSHIRE HIGHLANDERS
Adams, 6-7 p.m.
The Berkshire Highlanders will perform a free concert at Bascom Lodge atop Mount Greylock.

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CONCERTS IN THE PARK
Lenox, 6:30 p.m.
Free concerts are held in Lilac Park on Main Street through Aug. 29. In the event of rain, the show is moved to Town Hall. The schedule is as follows: July 11, Tupper and Sweet; July 18, The Last Minute Jazz Ensemble; July 25, Lade Di and the Dukes; Aug. 1, Sister City Jazz Ambassadors; Aug. 8, Misty Blue; Aug. 15, Moonshine Holler; Aug. 22, The Eagles Big Band and HBH Band with Wanda Houston; Aug. 29.
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VIETNAM VETERANS MEETING
North Adams, 7 p.m.
The Hoosac Valley Vietnam Veterans Chapter #54 will meet to elect officers at 30 River St., North Adams.
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"MEET JOE GREEN" FEATURING THE MUSIC OF GIUSEPPE VERDI
Windsor, 7:30 p.m.
Berkshire Opera Festival presents the music of Giuseppe Verdi sung by the internationally renowned cast of Rigoletto. Concert takes place at St. James Place, 352 Main Street, Great Barrington. This Free Concert gives our audience the opportunity to hear out 2018 singers for the first time in the season and whet their appetites for our Rigoletto performances. Bring your friends and family, enjoy the music, and get to know "Joe Green." ​This concert is made possible through the generosity of Judith Goldsmith. Advance Tickets Required: visit www.BerkshireOperaFestival.org The Berkshire Opera Festival, 352 Main Street, Great Barrington,  413.213.6622
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NBCC’S BACK-PACKED FOR SUCCESS – NORTH ADAMS, WILLIAMSTOWN, CLARKSBURG, ADAMS, AND CHESHIRE
North Adams, 1 - 3 p.m.
North Adams Armory, 206 Ashland Street, North Adams This event is offered to all families with children entering grades K-12. Each child will receive a free backpack filled with school supplies. Pre-registration is required. Call nbCC’s The Family Place at (413) 663-7588 until August 10th to register.  
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FAMILY ART-MAKING SESSIONS
Williamstown, 1-4 p.m.
In celebration of the summer exhibits “Women Artists in Paris” and “The Art of Iron”, the Clark Art Institute invites families for free, weekly art-making sessions on Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning Wednesday, July 11, and continuing through Thursday, Aug. 30. Clark educators provide all materials for the workshops, which are held outdoors in the visitors’ picnic tent near the reflecting pools. These activities are weather dependent.
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TALK ON WRITING HISTORICAL FICTION
Lenox, 11 a.m.
Martha Hall Kelly, New York Times bestselling author of "Lilac Girls" discusses the process of writing and researching works of historical fiction at The Mount. Tickets are $20 and available online. EdithWharton.org.

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3RD THURSDAY
Pittsfield, 5-8 p.m.
Upstreet Pittsfield's award-winning street festival, 3rd Thursdays returns with a Touch A Truck event that will feature more than a dozen vehicles from police and fire to construction. The largest free outdoor event series in the Berkshires, 3rd Thursdays are family friendly and open to all.  North Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from West Street to Linden Street and will be filled with music, performance, food and community activities. The entire half mile of 3rd Thursday will once again be smoke-free.  Touch A Truck offers children a hands-on opportunity to explore working trucks of all types and to meet the people who build, protect and serve the Pittsfield community.

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'ROOTED IN TRADITION' TALK SERIES
Stockbridge, 5:30 p.m.
In conjunction with its summer/fall exhibit "Keepers of the Flame: Parrish, Wyeth, Rockwell and the Narrative Tradition," Norman Rockwell Museum will present The Narrative Tradition, a series of talks and performances to be held at the museum Thursday evenings during July and August. The events are free for museum members, or included with museum admission. A full lineup is available online.

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DOWNTOWN BIKE AROUND
North Adams, 6 p.m.
Every Thursday at 6:00p.m. Meet at St. Anthony’s Parking Lot, North Adams. Help shift bicycle culture in North Adams for drivers and people on bikes by joining in on a casual and group ride. There is safety in numbers as we take to the streets to create a safer environment for sharing our roads! For more information contact: Amanda Chilson, achilson@nbccoalition.org.
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‘DEATH WITH DIGNITY’
Pittsfield, Noon
Temple Anshe Amunim will host a discussion on “Death with Dignity” with Dr. Larry Pellish, a retired physician. The main focus will be the need to dialogue with oneself, one’s family and friends, and with one’s physicians regarding how you define death with dignity. The program is part of Temple Anshe Amunim’s “Lunch and Learn” series. Guests are invited to bring their own lunch; beverages and dessert will be provided. Admission is free for Temple members and $5 for non-members.
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KATE BOLICK IN CONVERSATION WITH POROCHISTA KHAKPOUR
Lenox, 11 a.m. – Noon
Author Porochista Khakpour will discuss her career and struggles with Lyme disease, as detailed in her memoir Sick, with cultural critic Kate Bolick. Proudly sponsored by Canyon Ranch Lenox. $20 General, $15 Members, 11:00 a.m. The Mount, 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox, Massachusetts 01240-0974   413-551-5111
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DUšAN TýNEK DANCE THEATRE: MIDDLEGAME AND ROMANESCO SUITE
New York, 8 p.m.
Known  for his striking blend of theatricality and musicality, Týnek employs tactics of game strategy and seduction, taking inspiration from the game of chess and 19th century café life. $35 general $30 members $10 students. For more information, visit our website. Get tickets here. PS21: OPEN-AIR THEATER, 2980 Route 66, Chatham, NY 12037
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SHAKERFEST
Hancock, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
A new kind of festival curated by Anna & Elizabeth. Imagine a day of music, ballads, storytelling, harmony workshops, and dance. Anna and Elizabeth are Appalachian singer/songwriters who nestle in the space between ancient ballads and new sounds, and  “are not only extraordinary musicians; they are also visual artists, historians, and storytellers” (No Depression) who have created a day of music with friends. Come for a heritage-inspired festival and stay for the close harmonies. From food to free tours of ancient medicinal herb gardens, this festival offers numerous experiences to enjoy the music. Afternoon harmony & dance workshops. An evening performance in the barn that combines traditional song and dance with new compositions, movement, and projections inspired by the Shakers who built the barn. Followed by a rollicking barn dance. Tickets: $25 Members for Concert and barn dance. $25 Advance or $30 Day of barn dance. Only $15 Advance $20 Day of all access $65 Advance $70 Day of  
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KINDERGARTEN DAY
Pittsfield, 10 a.m.-noon
Kindergarten Day will be held Berkshire Museum. Designed for families with children who are preparing to enter kindergarten, the event includes activities, skills practice, and a magic show. The event is free and open to the community.

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CLARK ART WALKING TOURS
Williamstown, 2 p.m.
The Clark Art Institute will hold twice-weekly walking tours of the institute's campus on Wednesdays and Saturdays through Sept. 1. “Did You Know' A Guided Walking Tour” is a free, one-hour exploration of the Clark's picturesque landscape. Tour guides highlight features unknown to many visitors, from outdoor installations to the Institute's ongoing sustainability initiative. Registration is not required, but space is limited to 20 visitors. Severe weather cancels this event.
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'THOSE WHO CANNOT REMEMBER THE PAST'
Sandisfield, 4 p.m.
Historian Bill Cohn will give a talk at the Sandisfield Arts Center on the legendary statement from philosopher George Santayana, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”, as well as historian Stephen Engle’s observation that today, “we live in a world in which what people believe happened is all that matters” – facts are not relevant. The cost is $10 and tickets are available online.

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LENOX CONTRA WITH SPARE PARTS AND DELA MURPHY
, 7:45 - 11:00 p.m.
Music by Spare Parts - Liz Stell (flute), Bill Matthiesen(keyboard), Eric Buddington (fiddle) with caller Dela Murphy. Come join us contra dancing on Saturday nights in Lenox, Massachusetts in the Lenox Community Center, at 65 Walker Street. Experience the pleasure of dancing on a beautiful wood floor, in a high-ceiling second floor (handicap accessible) ballroom with a raised stage. Admission is $12 and $6 for students. New Dancers - 2nd dance free!  Dances begin with a 15 minute beginner introduction at 7:45 followed by dancing from 8:00 to 11:00. Refreshments are offered during the social break from dancing. All the dances are taught. Come alone or bring friends.    
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DUšAN TýNEK DANCE THEATRE: MIDDLEGAME AND ROMANESCO SUITE
New York, 8 p.m.
Known  for his striking blend of theatricality and musicality, Týnek employs tactics of game strategy and seduction, taking inspiration from the game of chess and 19th century café life. Tickets: $35 general $30 members $10 students. Visit our website for more info. PS21: OPEN-AIR THEATER, 2980 Route 66, Chatham, NY 12037
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COME TOGETHER: BARB JUNGR & JOHN MCDANIEL PERFORM THE BEATLES
, 8:30 p.m.
This is Barb Jungr’s third trip to the Ancram Opera House, and she’ll partner with another cabaret titan, John McDaniel, to deliver an internationally acclaimed show based on their 2016 album of the same name. Shortlisted as one of the Best Duo Shows by broadwayworld.com, Barb and John perform some of the most sublime and beloved songs every written.  Saturday, Aug. 18, 8:30pm.  Ancram Opera House, 1330 County Route 7, Ancram, NY, 12502   518-329-0114
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NORTH ADAMS FARMERS MARKET
North Adams, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The market is located in the St. Anthony Municipal Parking Lot, at the intersection of Rte. 8 (Marshall St.) and St. Anthony Drive. Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., June 9 – Oct. 20, 2018. The market is dedicated to providing the community with fresh, locally produced foods and supporting area farms and food producers. The market proudly accepts SNAP benefits and doubles them through the Market Match  Program. We also accept cash, credit, debit, and WIC & senior coupons. Thank you to our lead sponsors: Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Hardman Fund, Green Pastures, MountainOne, and Storey Publishing.
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SUMMER PICNIC - OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY
Cheshire, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Assumption Parish will host their annual summer picnic at St. Mary's Church in Cheshire on Sunday, August 19th. Advance tickets are available through August 12th at a discounted rate of $8.00/adults and $4.00/children 12 & under and are available through the parish office at 413-743-2110, email at office@saintmaryscatholic.org, or online at www.saintmaryscatholic.org. For each advance ticket, you will be entered to win a door prize. After August 12th, the ticket price will be $10/adults and $6/children. Tickets include all you can eat picnic foods, along with games, volleyball, badminton, music by "After Five", an inflatable waterslide and more! There will also be a cash pub with beer and wine. More details are available on the Assumption Parish website and social media pages or through the parish office. https://stmaryscheshire.com/parish-picnic
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FILM: “L’ANTIQUAIRE” (“THE ART DEALER”)
Amherst, 2 p.m.
This drama from renowned French director Francois Margolis follows a Jewish woman who embarks on a journey to recover family paintings stolen by the Nazis. During her investigation, she discovers some family secrets are best kept hidden. For more information and to purchase tickets: http://support.yiddishbookcenter.org/site/Calnedar'id=7710&view=Detail Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West Street, Amherst, MA 01002  413-256-4900
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