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Great Barrington, 11:30 a.m.
Sarah Aroeste will perform at a free family concert at Hevreh at 270 State Road. Families are invited to encounter this vibrant part of Sephardic culture in an interactive workshop and performance. Sharing music from her brand-new all-original Ladino children’s album, Ora de Despertar, (Time to Wake Up!), Aroeste will get young and old on their feet singing about brushing teeth, meals of the day, body parts, animals on the farm, and more - all in Ladino!
PAINT & SIP FOR THE CHATHAM LADIES AUXILIARY
Connecticut, 2 p.m.
Join us Sun 10/23 at the Chatham Firehouse, 10 Hoffman St, Chatham, NY for a paint & sip fundraiser to benefit the Chatham Ladies Auxiliary. You'll learn to paint this beautiful seasonal image of "Winter Stroll" on a large 16x20 canvas. All materials, light snack and donation included for $35. BYOB. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346
WEST STOCKBRIDGE CHAMBER PLAYERS
W. Stockbridge, 2 p.m.
The West Stockbridge Chamber Players, a world-class ensemble of Berkshire-based musicians who regularly perform with the Boston Symphony and other prestigious orchestras, will perform several rarely heard pieces: Astor Piazzolla’s Two Tango-Études for violin, Jacques Ibert’s Entr'acte for violin and harp, Carlos Salzedo’s Chanson dans la nuit, Osvaldo Golijov’s Omaramor, and Heitor Villa-Lobos’ The Jet Whistle, Camille Saint-Saëns’ Fantasy Op. 124 and Astor Piazzolla’s Three Tangos, in this case written for clarinet, cello, harp, and — for the first time in a concert by the West Stockbridge Chamber Players — accordion. Tickets are $35. The concert will be held at Town Hall on Main Street.
'A GOOD DEATH'
Lenox, 4 p.m.
Professor Deborah Golden Alecson will speak at the Lenox Library as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series, established at the library in 2007 by Boston University Professor of Music Jeremy Yudkin. All Distinguished Lectures are free. Alecson teaches “Ethics of Health Care,” “Death, Dying and Bereavement,” and “Spirituality in Life Transitions” for Excelsior College, as well as a new course in medical humanities which she designed and is also teaching.
Williamstown, 2 p.m.
“Meet Me at the Clark,” a free gallery talk program specially designed for persons with dementia and their caregivers, will be held at the Clark Art Institute. To register in pairs (persons with dementia and their caregivers), call 413 458 0410. Groups are welcome. The Clark is currently closed on Mondays, providing a safe and private atmosphere in which specially trained docents facilitate open-ended conversations about art. This session will be held in the Clark’s permanent collection galleries, located in the Museum Building.
FORUM ON MARIJUANA
Dalton, 5:30-7 p.m.
The First Congregational Church, 514 Main St., will hold a Community Education Forum on Marijuana. This community conversation, which is sponsored by Berkshire United Way and Onyx Specialty Papers, features guest speakers Dr. Jennifer Michaels, medical director of the Brien Center and Jo McGuire, co-chair of the International Marijuana Education Committee, who served on the Colorado Governor’s Task Force to recommend Legislative Frameworks for Marijuana Regulation in 2013. Presentations will address the impact of marijuana on a young person’s brain and ways you can foster healthy decisions during this critical time in the lives of our youth. The event is free.
SENATE, HOUSE DEBATES
Pittsfield, 7 p.m.
Berkshire Community College will host two debates in the Koussevitzky Arts Center, Room K-111, on BCC’s main campus at 1350 West St. At 7 p.m. there will be a State Senate Debate (Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden District) with Christine Canning and Adam Hinds. At 8 p.m. there will be a State Representative Debate (Third Berkshire District) with incumbent State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier and Christopher Connell, a Pittsfield city councilor. The public is welcome to attend the free events or watch live telecasts on Pittsfield Community Television. PCTV will also provide internet feeds (live and post-event on-demand) at www.pittsfieldtv.org.
Williamstown, 5:30 p.m.
Stephanie Porras, the Mellon Decade Fellow at the Clark Art Institute, presents the free lecture "Maerten de Vos and the Renaissance in Between" in the Michael Conforti Pavilion at the Clark. de Vos (1532–1603) was a Flemish artist who worked in Italy. Twice a religious convert (from Catholicism to Lutheranism and back to Catholicism), de Vos was an export artist whose work could be found across Europe, Southeast Asia, and the Americas by the time of his death. As a figure “in between,” he is largely absent from Renaissance art history. Porras’s lecture questions this gap and de Vos’s place within the so-called global Renaissance.
Adams, 6 p.m.
The Adams Free Library hosts a therapeutic, creative, relaxing and stress-releasing hour of coloring for adults. The library has purchased a small supply of coloring pages and pencils for your use or you can bring your own favorites in. The event is free.
TOWN PLAYERS AUDITION
Pittsfield, 6-8 p.m.
Town Players of Pittsfield is holding auditions for staged readings of both "Overtones" by Alice Gerstenberg and "Ezra's Noh for Willie" by Frances Benn Hall at the Whitney Center for the Arts at 42 Wendell Ave. Sides from the play will be provided.
North Adams, 7 p.m.
Chris Tomlin presents "Worship Night in America," an evening of unity and prayer for our country, at the First Baptist Church at 131 Main St. Tickets need to be purchased online no later than Oct. 20.
PIANIST ANGELA HEWITT
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
One of the world’s leading pianists, Angela Hewitt appears in recital and with major orchestras throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia. Her interpretations of Bach have established her as one of the composer’s foremost interpreters of our time. She presents an all-Bach program that includes the French Suites No. 1, 2, and 4, followed by an intermission. In the second part of the program she plays Bach’s French Suites No. 6, 3, and 5. http://music.williams.edu/'post_type=event&p=11415 Free Chapin Hall Bernhard Music Center, 54 Chapin Drive, Williams College, Williamstown, MA @ 8 p.m.
WATERFRONT LIFEGUARD REVIEW COURSE
Great Barrington, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
October 25 & 26. This course includes a two-year renewal certification in Lifeguard Training, Waterfront, CPR/AED and First Aid. Please provide a copy of your current lifeguard certification in order to be eligible to renew. Participants are expected to supply their own lifeguard training book, which is available as a free download, or available for purchase. Members $136 Guests $151 (price includes materials & certification fee) Berkshire South Regional Community Center
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 email@example.com.
INTRO TO SCREEN PRINTING- ONE COLOR PRINT
Pittsfield, 6 - 9 p.m.
An introduction to silkscreen-printing workshop on the techniques of creating single colored prints. Skills taught in this class are the foundations to all silkscreen-printing processes. All inks and emulsions are water based and non-toxic. Our paper is 100% recycled. Join us in the print shop at Shire City Sanctuary, 40 Melville Street. The cost of the workshop is $35.00. (25% off to Shire City Members). All inks and paper are included in tuition fee. Bring a t-shirt and print your very own custom designed t shirt!! Please send high resolution images (300 dpi) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Intro to Screenprint. Remember: one-color bold designs will work best for this class.
PAINT & SIP FOR THE HUNT LIBRARY
Connecticut, 6 p.m.
Join us Wed 10/26 at the DM Hunt Library, 63 Main St, Falls Village, CT for a paint & sip fundraiser to benefit the library. You'll learn to paint this locally inspired image of "Mt Greylock at Dusk" on a large 16x20 canvas. All materials, donation, snacks and drinks included for $35! Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346
'FIVE WISHES' WORKSHOP
Williamstown, 6 p.m.
Williamstown Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation center invites the public to a workshop facilitated by HospiceCare in The Berkshires that will help participants understand the "Five Wishes" living will and guide them through the process. The "Five Wishes" is a document that can help individuals express their desires for end-of-life care. The discussion will also cover health care proxies, "do not resuscitate" orders and medical orders for life-sustaining treatment (MOLST). The event is free, but RSVP to 413-443-2994.
MORNINGSIDE NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
The Morningside Initiative Neighborhood Watch invite residents and all community members to continue the discussion on making the Morningside neighborhood stronger at the Rice Silk Mill Apartments.
TOWN PLAYERS AUDITION
Pittsfield, 6-8 p.m.
Town Players of Pittsfield announces an audition for the lead role in its Spring 2017 fully staged production of "The Whale" by Samuel D. Hunter directed by Jackie DeGiorgis with performances the weekends of March 17 and 24, 2017. Set in rural Idaho, surrounded by computer screens and food containers, "The Whale" is about Charlie, a 600-pound recluse who is determinedly eating himself to death. Auditions for the role of Charlie will be at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave. Men between the ages of 45-65 with a stocky build are encouraged to audition at that time or you may contact the director at email@example.com to arrange for a private audition. No monologues are needed. Sides from the play will be provided. A fat suit will be built and used to supplement the weight of the actor. Auditions for the other four roles will be the last week in December and rehearsals will begin in January.
MUSIC FROM CHINA & TALUJON PERCUSSION
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
The New York-based ensembles Music From China and Talujon Percussion partner in a rare concert of contemporary music for percussion quartet and Chinese instruments. The program features works by Zhou Long, Qu Xiao-Song, Xie Peng, Wang Guowei, and a new work by composer Harold Meltzer commissioned especially for the two ensembles. Master Classes take place at 4:15pm on Thursday Oct. 27. http://music.williams.edu/'post_type=event&p=11418 Free Chapin Hall Bernhard Music Center, 54 Chapin Drive, Williams College, Williamstown, MA @ 8 p.m.
North Adams, 5-7 p.m.
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Gallery 51 will host a reception and artist talk featuring Shelley Chamberlin and Michelle Daly, held in conjunction with their collaborative exhibit "Everything I Never Told You: Secrets Too Beautiful to Keep." Chamberlin and Daly will discuss their individual creative processes, as well as their shared moments of artistic exploration and dialogue.
FAIRVIEW COMMONS NURSING HOME
Great Barrington, 6 p.m.
Join us Thu 10/27 at Fairview Commons, 151 Christian Hill Rd, Great Barrington for a paint & sip fundraiser to benefit Fairview Commons Nursing & Rehab Center. You'll learn to paint this fun holiday image of "Jack O Lantern Scarecrow" on a large 16x20 canvas. All materials, donation, food & drinks included for $40! Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346
Adams, 6 p.m.
Ed Popielarczyk's Magical Halloween Program will be held at the Adams Free Library. Popielarczk is a professional entertainer who takes pride in bringing smiles to his friend's faces. An adult must accompany children under 8 years of age Library events are free.
IMPORTANT VISITORS TO THE NORTHERN BERKSHIRES
North Adams, 6:30 p.m.
Paul is well-known in the area for his guided, historic walks and for several presentations to local history associations. A self-described “walking encyclopedia,” Paul finds local history to be of special value to children, giving them a sense of pride and place. His 6:30 p.m. presentation in the main living room at North Adams Public Library promises to be an evening of fascinating glimpses into our past. For more information on this and other events, visit http://www.naplibrary .com or call the library at 413-662-3133. North Adams Public Library, 74 Church Street, North Adams
NEEDLE FELTING WORKSHOP / PUMPKIN
Windsor, 7 p.m.
Join us Thursday October 27th from 7-9 pm for a Pumpkin/Jack-o-Lantern needle felting workshop led by sisters Melissa & Jen Vansant of Going Gnome! $45 per person includes the 2 hour class, materials to make your pumpkin as well as Champagne and light refreshments. Take home your Pumpkin creation and we will also have additional felting kits & supplies available in the shop for 15% off during the event for attendees. Great way to learn a new craft and make beautiful handmade gifts! This workshop is an adult beginner level workshop. Limited seats available! (Promo codes, coupons & discounts not applicable to cost of workshops) We are located at 8 Castle Street, Gt. Barrington MA, next to the Mahaiwe theater in the downtown shopping district. Purchase seats at www.onemercantile.com . All felting workshops are 7-9pm.
CLARK AFTER HOURS
Williamstown, 7 p.m.
Meet up with friends and colleagues at Clark After Hours, a supernaturally fun evening filled with live music, local spirits, and ghost stories in the galleries. Relax by fire pits on our terrace (weather permitting) with artisanal cheese from Cricket Creek Farm and craft cider provided by Hilltop Orchards. Enjoy late night snacks with a gourmet popcorn bar and oatmeal raisin cookies. Gallery Talks (sign up during checkin): 7:30 pm - "The Phantom Image". Register early to save - $20 in advance; $25 week of event. Free drink with costume! http://www.clarkart.edu/ImportedEvents/814-26626
FILM SCREENING WITH ROBERT HITE
Pittsfield, 7 p.m.
Artist Robert Hite will lead a special Berkshire premier of two films about his work at the Berkshire Museum. "Little Corn" follows Hite during a trip to Central America in the winter of 2015 to photograph and film rural houses along the Atlantic coast of Nicaragua. "Living" on Earth is a documentary portraying Hite and his preparations for this summer’s dual exhibitions at Hancock Shaker Village and Berkshire Museum. Both films are directed by award-winning filmmaker Okin Khan. Admission is $7.50.
Windsor, 10 a.m.
Presented by Raymond T. Heipp, PhD, Director of Assistive and Educational Technologies at Westminster Technologies. Assistive Technology means a lot of things to different people. Unfortunately, people don’t always know what assistive technology works best for any special need. The common perception is that assistive technology is a one-size-fits all, while it is not! Join UCP in exploring technology that greatly benefits those with autism, physical challenges, visual challenges, veterans and the elderly. Experience firsthand devices like the TAPit, the Skoog, and the ProxTalker, while understanding the best fits for those and other devices based on the need. Location: United Cerebral Palsy, 208 West Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
AUTUMN LECTURE SERIES AT SWEETWOOD
Williamstown, 3 p.m.
Sweetwood of Williamstown is pleased to invite you to our Autumn Lecture Series beginning Friday, On Friday, October 28th, Williams Professor of History, Magnus T. Bernhardsson will speak on U.S. / Iran Relations. All three presentations will begin at 3pm in the Sweetwood of Williamstown Auditorium. These programs are free and all are invited to attend. Please let us know you’ll be attending by calling or emailing Amanda Plaine, Director of Marketing at 413-458-8371, ext. 13, firstname.lastname@example.org and please visit us at www.sweetwoodliving.com
Windsor, 5:30 - 8 p.m.
The Spectrum Playhouse will continue its Annual tradition of a “Halloween Haunted House” tour. As a thrilling way to celebrate the Halloween season, the Spectrum Playhouse (the converted former St. George’s church) and it’s adjoining community center will be carefully transformed into a macabre mansion. Guests who dare to be scared will follow a path through the monster maze and the haunted cemetery then tiptoe down a series of dark winding corridors opening to many chilling scenes with actors dressed to frighten as mad scientists, zombies, ghosts and ghouls of all sorts. Tickets are $5 per person and may be purchased at the door. The event is most appropriate for ages 10 and up, but if younger children want to take the tour, the haunted house actors will be signaled to pull back on the scare factor.
- Halloween program
- Artist talk
- Morningside Neighborhood meeting
- Senate, House Debates
- Members of ORCHESTRA OF ST. LUKE’S
- Adult coloring
- Tag sale/bake sale
- Town Players audition
- Oct, 11 - Girls Who Invest
- Oct, 07 - It?s Mountain Day!
- Sep, 28 - Kite Day?Reimagined
- Sep, 01 - Don Graves ?92, Head of the Cancer Moonshot Task Force
- Sep, 01 - The Mathematics of Coral Reef Health