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BLUE RIDER STABLES FUN DAY
Egremont, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Blue Rider Stables will hold their annual Fun Day at French Park in North Egremont. The day will feature pony rides, a bounce house, games and crafts, hay rides, music and more. Admission is free; there is a suggested parking donations to help fill the hay shed for the winter. Info at bluerider.org.

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KNIT íN STITCH
Great Barrington, 10:30-11:30am

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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OPEN STUDIO TOUR
Richmond, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Richmond: Artists' Guild hosts end of summer Open Studio Tour Aug 29 The Richmond-West Stockbridge Artists' Guild invites the public to a free Open Studio Tour  11 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday,  Aug. 29.  Artists include: Karen Andrews, photographer and watercolorist of Inner Vision Studio; Helen Febbo--watercolor, encaustic and acrylic, Leon Nesis - oil painter, and Joel Hotchkiss of Hotchkiss Mobiles. All studios are located in Richmond and West Stockbridge. Maps and additional information may be found by going to  the Guild's website: RWSAG.org/art-studio-tour The Richmond-West Stockbridge Artists' Guild offers plein air sessions at Hancock Shaker Village, the Mount and other central Berkshire locations, as well as artist talks, critiques, life drawing sessions and group exhibitions. Information: www.RWSAG.org.
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BOOKSIGNING WITH ARLO GUTHRIE
Pittsfield, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Arlo Guthrie will be signing copies of his new children’s book "Old Bill: The Famous Berkshire Moose" at the Berkshire Museum. Illustrated by Kathy Garren, the book tells the story of Old Bill, a moose who lived in October Mountain State Forest that was immortalized in an essay by Walter P. Eaton and ended up at the Berkshire Museum.

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21ST ANNUAL BEL CANTO OPERA
Tyringham, 7:30 p.m.
The Blandford Historical Society will present the 21st Annual Bel Canto Opera at 7:30p.m. on Saturday, August 29th at The White Church of Blandford. Join us again this year as Maestra Eve Queler brings stellar new voices to The White Church of Blandford for the annual Bel Canto performance. The Opera will be directed by Eve Queler, Emerita Artistic Director and founder of Opera Orchestra of New York and a 2010 honoree by the National Endowment for the Arts, and accompanied by Douglas Martin. Maestro Queler will introduce new and exciting voices in the wonderfully intimate venue of The White Church of Blandford: Jami Leonard (Soprano), Ewa Plonka (Mezzo Soprano), Thorstein Helgi Arbjornsson (Tenor) and John Viscardi (Baritone). Vocalists will present arias and duets and a trio from Mozart’s Magic Flute, Donizetti’s La Favorita, Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Rossini’s Cinderella and more. Tickets are $35 per person. The event benefits the preservation and maintenance of The White Church, listed on the National Registry of Historic Buildings. For more information and to purchase tickets: Online through Eventbrite Call (413) 848-0108 Email info@thewhitechurch.org
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PARSONS DANCE
New York, 8 - 10 p.m.
$40 general admission/$35 PS21 members/$20 students PS21 – The Tent at PS21: 2980 Route 66, one mile north of Chatham Village http://ps21chatham.org/event/parsons-dance/'event_date=2015-08-28  
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BERKSHIRE FARMERS MARKET
Lanesborough, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Berkshire Mall will host the Berkshire Farmers Market for the 10th year. Located in the Sears parking lot every Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Nov. 25, the market offers the finest locally grown and raised produce, plants and specialty foods.

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CHURCH TAG SALE
North Adams, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
First Baptist North Adams presents a church-wide tag sale at the Greylock Community Club at 548 State Road. Proceeds will benefit the community and church activities.


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POPCARES GOLF TOURNAMENT
Adams, 8 a.m.-noon
PopCares will hold its third annual golf tournament at Forest Park Country Club. The format will be four-man captain and crew. The cost is $40, which includes 9 holes of golf, lunch, prizes and raffles. Tee times available from 8 a.m. to noon. Call or visit Forest Park Country Club or go to PopCares.org and pay with the donation option and include your info and your tee time request.

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DRURY HIGH SCHOOL BAND CAR WASH & BAKE SALE
North Adams, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Drury High School Band will hold its annual car wash fundraiser at Carr Hardware, 179 State Road. The cost is $5 per vehicle and all proceeds will help support the band’s planned trip to Washington, D.C., in 2016, as well as band programs and events throughout the year. The Drury Band Front will also hold a bake sale during the car wash. Tickets are available in advance from any member of the band or at the car wash.  For more information or advance tickets please contact Tom Bernard at 413-664-4932 or email drurybandparents@gmail.com.

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NORTH ADAMS FARMERS MARKET
North Adams, 9 a.m.-noon
The North Adams Farmers Market at the St. Anthony’s Municipal Parking Lot welcomes more than 20 vendors offering a variety of local foods including, fresh local produce, locally raised meat, cheese, preserves, eggs, bread, granola, baked treats, plants, handmade goods, and more. The market is great place to find a wide variety of fresh local produce and prepared foods in the northern Berkshire County area.

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RESTORE GRAND REOPENING
Pittsfield, 9 a.m.
The Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity ReStore will cut the ribbon on their new location at 399 Hubbard Ave. Raffle prizes and celebratory deals will be announced hourly for the grand opening until 5 p.m. This space is more than three times the size of the original ReStore, allowing staff to receive a greater number of donations. All proceeds from ReStore operations supports building homes, communities and hope in Berkshire County. To date, ReStore has kept 750 tons out of the waste stream through the reuse of donated materials.

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SUMMERFEST
Great Barrington
The Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce will host SummerFest Weekend Aug. 28-30. The event kicks off Friday, Aug. 28, with music in the Great Barrington Band Stand at 5 p.m., a Ping Pong Ball Drop in the center of Great Barrington at 5:15 p.m., a barbecue on Main Street at 6 p.m., music in front of town hall at 6:30 p.m. and a screening of "Spinal Tap" at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. The event continues Saturday, Aug. 29, with business specials all day, David Grover at 10 a.m. in the bandstand, more music downtown and Ski Butternut, where there will be vendors, children's activities and fireworks. The event concludes Sunday, Aug. 30, with a pet parade at 1 p.m. in downtown Great Barrington, pet activities after and a screening of "Best in Show" at 8 p.m. at the Mahaiwe. Details online.

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TOWN PLAYERS READINGS
Pittsfield, 2 p.m.
Town Players of Pittsfield will present two readings at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave. The first will be a romantic comedy, "Thread Count," written by Lisa Soland.  What could possibly instigate a love match between a NYC luxury linen sales clerk and a practical, down-to-earth woman from North Dakota' The second will be a story written and read by Richard Matturro from his collection "Porch of the Maidens." "Electra" is about a young woman who, after the death of her beloved father, seeks the destruction of her mother. Admission is $5.

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CHESTERWOOD MUSIC SERIES
Stockbridge, 5:30 p.m.
A wide range of contemporary American musicians, from folk, alt-country and rockabilly to garage, punk and psych-folk bands, are scheduled to perform this summer at Chesterfest, a new Americana music series presented by Chesterwood, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The concerts will be held at Chesterwood on Sunday evenings from July 19 through August 30, rain or shine. Artists perform at 5:30 p.m., followed by a second artist at 6:30 p.m. The grounds open at 5 p.m.; attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for lawn seating. Tickets are $15 per person; children under 18 are free. Chesterwood is located at 4 Williamsville Rd. Call 413-298-3579 or www.chesterwood.org. The schedule is as follows:

July 19: 5:30 p.m.: Dan Blakeslee. 6:30 p.m.: Jonah Tolchin
July 26: 5:30 p.m.: AJ MAC from Thunderosa. 6:30 p.m.: Swisch Wagon.
Aug. 2: 5:30 p.m.: GABI. 6:30pm: Elison Jackson.
Aug: 9: 5:30 p.m.: Lys Guillorn. 6:30 p.m.: The Meadows Brothers
Aug: 16: 5:30 p.m.: Niall Connolly. 6:30 p.m.: The Rambling Kind
Aug: 23: 5:30 p.m.: Hack Monet. 6:30 p.m.: Sunlea
Aug: 30: 5:30 p.m.: Lexi Weege. 7:30 p.m.: Bernice Lewis

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MAGGIE MAILER TALK
Adams, 6-7 p.m.
Artist, and a recent Creative Resident at Bascom Lodge, Maggie Mailer will present and talk about her work in a free presentation at Bascom Lodge atop Mount Greylock. Dinner will be served after; reservations are required for dinner at 413-743-1591.

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MOTORAMA
North Adams, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
The city of North Adams, will host its fifth annual Motorama on Main, Holden and Eagle streets, which will be closed to all but pedestrian traffic as downtown North Adams is filled with cars, trucks, motorcycles, snowmobiles, tractors and more. Anything with a motor is welcome. In addition to looking at meticulously restored and maintained vehicles, attendees can enjoy live music, 50/50 raffles, food, and shopping. Those interested in exhibiting their vehicles can register beginning at 7:30 a.m. the day of the event. The cost to enter a vehicle is $10 pre-registration, and $15 registration on Sunday, but the public can enjoy the event free of charge.

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SUMMERFEST
Great Barrington
The Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce will host SummerFest Weekend Aug. 28-30. The event kicks off Friday, Aug. 28, with music in the Great Barrington Band Stand at 5 p.m., a Ping Pong Ball Drop in the center of Great Barrington at 5:15 p.m., a barbecue on Main Street at 6 p.m., music in front of town hall at 6:30 p.m. and a screening of "Spinal Tap" at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. The event continues Saturday, Aug. 29, with business specials all day, David Grover at 10 a.m. in the bandstand, more music downtown and Ski Butternut, where there will be vendors, children's activities and fireworks. The event concludes Sunday, Aug. 30, with a pet parade at 1 p.m. in downtown Great Barrington, pet activities after and a screening of "Best in Show" at 8 p.m. at the Mahaiwe. Details online.

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TALK ON WOMEN ARCHITECTS
Lenox, 4 p.m.
“A Girl is a Fellow Here: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Women Architects” is the title of this Tea & Talk that covers two films and background material to be presented by the renowned architect and philanthropist Beverly Willis.  The program is being offered at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum followed by a Victorian tea. The first film is a documentary, “A Girl Is a Fellow Here: 100 Women Architects in the Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright” and the second is an interview of Lois Davidson Gottleib, who was employed by Wright, by Suzannah Lessard, a descendant of  architect Stanford White. At a time when women architects could find little work, Wright unhesitatingly employed women, providing them with both training and practice.  Ultimately over 100 women architects, designers and artisans worked with Wright, creating a foundation for remarkable careers of their own. Tickets for the Tea & Talk are $22 for advance reservations and $27 day of the event.  Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited.  For information or reservations call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206. The historical mansion is located at 104 Walker St.

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DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
The Diabetes Support Group at Berkshire Medical Center will meet and discuss issues surrounding diabetes, good nutrition, risk factors and care options in the BMC Private Dining Rooms, adjacent to the café. The program is free and open to all, but pre-registration is required as space is limited. To register, call the Diabetes Education Program at 413-395-7942.

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TOWN PLAYERS AUDITIONS
Pittsfield, 7 p.m.
Town Players of Pittsfield will be holding auditions for a staged reading of "Professor's Roth's Will," a drama written by Joe Starzyk, at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave. Needed for principal roles in the cast are two males and two females between 40 and 55. Additional roles are available for males in their 40s and 50s and females in their 30s and 40s. This staged reading will be presented on Sept. 27.

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BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
North Adams, 6 p.m.
The Berkshire Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice is offering a series of support group sessions for Hospice families and others in the community grieving a recent death. The sessions will be held in North Berkshire on consecutive Wednesdays from mid-August to late September, including August 19th and 26th, and September 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd. Each session will be held from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in the first floor meeting room of the First Congregational Church on Main Street in North Adams. Participants can enter through the glass doors connecting the church with the education building. The facilitators for the bereavement support group are Corinne Case, LMHC, Berkshire VNA & Hospice Spiritual Counselor and Bereavement Coordinator and the Reverend Ann Clark-Killam of the First Congregational Church.  Pre-registration is required. To register, please call Marie Coody at the Berkshire VNA and Hospice, toll free at 800-788-2862 or 413-447-2862, ext. 5634.

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TOWN PLAYERS AUDITIONS
Pittsfield, 7 p.m.
Town Players of Pittsfield will be holding auditions for a staged reading of "Professor's Roth's Will," a drama written by Joe Starzyk, at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave. Needed for principal roles in the cast are two males and two females between 40 and 55. Additional roles are available for males in their 40s and 50s and females in their 30s and 40s. This staged reading will be presented on Sept. 27.

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BERKSHIRE FARMERS MARKET
Lanesborough, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Berkshire Mall will host the Berkshire Farmers Market for the 10th year. Located in the Sears parking lot every Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Nov. 25, the market offers the finest locally grown and raised produce, plants and specialty foods.

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BIRD WALKS AT PLEASANT VALLEY
Lenox, 8-10 a.m.
Join Pleasant Valley's caretaker on a weekly bird walk past beaver wetlands and through woodlands observing changes in bird species.  Beginners and advanced birders will enjoy this walk. Preregistration is not required. Bring binoculars or please call ahead to reserve a pair at 413-637-0320.

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NORTHERN BERKSHIRE RETIREES CLUB
, 10 a.m.
The Northern Berkshire Retirees Club will meet at the Greylock Community Club. Speaker for this meeting will be Patricia Walsh from the Environmental Police. Coffee and doughnuts will be available. Any questions call 413-743-9476 or 413-663-9263.

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MAINTAINING HEALTHY EATING HABITS
Pittsfield, 10:45 a.m.
Nutritionist Deb Phillips will speak about maintaining healthy eating habits. Focusing on summer in the Berkshires, Phillips will show how local residents are fortunate to have opportunities to eat locally, support sustainable agriculture, and to buy foods from local farm markets that are situated throughout the county. The lecture at Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, is part of the Federation’s Connecting With Community series. The program precedes a kosher lunch at noon ($2 suggested donation for adults over 60 years of age, $7 for all others). Advance reservations are required for lunch and can be made by calling 413-442-2200 before 9 a.m. on the day of the program.

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RICHARD STEVENSON READING
Lenox, 7 p.m.
Richard Stevenson returns to The Bookstore, 11 Housatonic St., with his latest addition to the Donald Strachey Mysteries, “Why Stop at Vengeance'” In the style of the noir mysteries, Stevenson takes a look at the impacts that a Christian ministry can have in Africa.

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SEPTEMBER 4TH FIRST FRIDAYS ARTSWALK
Pittsfield, 5 to 8 p.m.
September First Fridays Artswalk Friday, September 4th, 5 to 8 pm Enjoy seventeen different art shows featuring work by over 25 accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield’s bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Fridays Artswalk and all month long! In most venues, artists will be present from 5 to 8 pm on Friday, September 4th! Join us for a free guided tour beginning at 5pm on September 4th at the Intermodal Center @ BRTA, 1 Columbus Ave! The fun doesn't stop at 8! Join us for the Afterwalk Dance Party from 8-10 pm at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Avenue. Free and open to the public! Visit our website for a full list of venues!
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SEPTEMBER FIRST FRIDAYS ARTSWALK
Pittsfield, 5-8 p.m.
The September First Fridays Artswalk will encompass 17 different art shows featuring work by more than 25 accomplished regional and international artists in Pittsfield’s bustling Upstreet Cultural District, with venues as far south as the Berkshire Museum and as far north as Berkshire Medical Center. There will be a guided walking tour beginning at 5 p.m. at the Intermodal Center at BRTA, 1 Columbus Ave. The evening will culminate with an Afterwalk Dance Party with DJ from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave.,  free and open to the public.

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