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FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER "WATCH ME GROW"
Williamstown, 10 to 11 a.m.
“Watch Me Grow “ An Ages and Stages Event Thursday, at the Williamstown Youth Center As our children grow, we watch and see what new skills they learn and master. Join FRC staff for a morning of fun and learning. Children will play at activity stations with balls, blocks, beads, drawing and movement activities. Parents will have timeto fill out an “Ages and Stages Questionnaire “ which hasquestions specific to their child’s age. This event is for any families with children ages 3 months to 5 years old. It is a great way to find out where your child is developmentally. Each child will receive a FREE new book. Each parent will receive a packet of fun activities to do with their child at home! To register please call 664‐4821.
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LECTURE ON SLEEP
Williamstown, 4:15 p.m.
Matt Carter, assistant professor of biology at Williams College, will present “The Neuroscience Behind a Good Night’s Sleep” for the college’s semiannual Sigma Xi lecture in Wege Auditorium, located in the Thompson Chemistry building. The event is free. The presentation will focus on recent research that suggests that sleep quality is about more than sleep quantity. Carter will discuss what happens to our brains and bodies during sleep and offer a neuroscientist’s definition of a “good night’s sleep.” He will describe recent studies from his and other sleep labs and explain simple lifestyle changes for improving quality of sleep.


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BRPC'S FIFTH THURSDAY DINNER
Pittsfield, 5:30 p.m.
BRPC's Fifth Thursday Dinner will feature Billie Best, the Community Land Trust Program Director for the Schumacher Center for a New Economics and President of the Board of Trustees for the Community Land Trust in the Southern Berkshires. Best will discuss the Community Land Trust (CLT) housing model, and how it’s flexibility and land acquisition characteristics can provide housing opportunity in all Berkshire communities: Southern Berkshire communities facing a dearth of affordable housing, and Central and Northern Berkshire communities facing an abundance of affordable yet low quality housing options. The event will be held at Mazzeo's on South Street and costs $36. RSVP to Linda Ludwig by Oct. 24 at Lludwig@berkshireplanning.org.

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HALLOWEEN PARADE
New York, 6 p.m.
HAYC3 invites the community to the annual Halloween parade at Wood Park. The parade is free and open to the public.  Each year this event brings out some great costumes and is a fun-filled family event. This event is tradition for many families, and is a great way for kids to show off their costumes ahead of the big trick-or-treating night. Prizes will be awarded to those with the cutest, funniest, most original, and scariest costumes. For more information, call HAYC3 at 518-686-9050.   

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OPENING RECEPTION
Lenox, 6:30 p.m.
Well-known local Berkshires artist Sophie Breton and several other local artists will celebrate the opening of their group exhibit at Stockbridge Coffee and Tea on Elm Street. In the past Breton has had installations at State Sen. Benjamin Downing’s offices in Pittsfield and was the featured artist at the O’hana Exhibit in Honolulu, HI.  She has had other notable exhibits around the globe as well.  This is her first group showing in Stockbridge. The exhibit will run at least through December 2014 and is open to the public.

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VENTFORT FILM SERIES
Lenox, 7 p.m.
Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum will present a second series of four films to be shown in the mansion’s restored 1893 library under the title of “Ventfort Films: A Berkshire Connection” on consecutive Thursdays. Selected by the Ventfort Hall program committee, the four films in some way have connections to the Berkshires and will be introduced by film aficionados in the manner of Turner Classic Movies. Up this week is "The Cobweb," starring Richard Widmark, Lauren Bacall,  Charles Boyer, Gloria Grahame, Lillian Gish, John Kerr, Susan Strasberg, Fay Wray and Oscar Levant; directed by Vincent Minnelli; novel and some screenplay dialogue by William Gibson, 1955. Suggested free-will donations of $10 per person will gain admission to the film showings. For information call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206 or visit info@gildedage.org. The historic mansion is located at 104 Walker St. in Lenox.

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ROSELLE CHARTOCK AND BOOK
Lenox, 7 p.m.
In remembrance of the seventieth anniversary of the establishment of Windsor Mountain School in Lenox, author and educator Roselle Kline Chartock of Great Barrington will discuss the famed boarding school. Dr. Chartock, whose book “Windsor Mountain School: A Beloved Berkshire Institution” is scheduled to be out in mid-October, will visit The Lenox Library  to discuss the history of the school. This talk is sponsored by The Lenox Library and The Bookstore, which will provide copies of the book hot off the press. The book may be purchased and signed by Dr. Chartock at the talk. For further information about this and other library offerings, call 413-637-2630.

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'VOICES OF TERROR'
Pittsfield, 7 p.m.
The Taconic High School Theatre Program presents “Voices of Terror,” an original collection of Halloween inspired stores, written and directed by the students of the acting class. This is a free, one-night-only performance in the Taconic High School Auditorium.

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PIANIST JEFFREY SWANN AT WILLIAMS
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Concert pianist Jeffrey Swann presents a program titled, “1914: The World on the Brink of the Abyss.” He performs Leos Janácek’s “In the Mist” (1913); Sergey Prokofiev’s “Sarcasms” (1912-14); Alexander Scriabin’s Sonata No. 9, op. 67 ("Black Mass") (1913); and Charles Ives’ Sonata No. 2, "Concord, Mass. 1840-60" (1914).   http://music.williams.edu/events/jeffrey-swann-piano/   Chapin Hall
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'HOUSE' SCREENING
Pittsfield, 8:30 p.m.
Berkshire Museum’s Little Cinema will present a special showing of the Japanese cult classic horror movie "House" (Hausu). For this Halloween screening, audience members are welcome and encouraged to bring their own food and drinks and to come in costume. Tickets are $7.50 and $5 for museum members or anyone in costume. Released in 1977 and directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi, this unrated film is in Japanese with a run time of 87 minutes.

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WITCHING HOUR GHOST TOUR
Lenox, 10:30 p.m.
The Mount presents a special midnight tour on the spookiest night of the year! 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 tour is not recommended for children under 12. Tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for youths ages 12 to 18 and are available online at EdithWharton.org.

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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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SENIOR CITIZEN FAIR
Pittsfield, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Senior Citizen Fair will fearture healthcare providers, at-home providers, public safety, energy saving, community services and more, including refreshments, at the Boys and Girls Club on Melville Street. Parking will be available across the street from the Boys and Girls Club; no tickets will be issued for permit parking in that lot (lot 1) between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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PRESCHOOL HALLOWEEN PARADE
Pittsfield, 11 a.m.
The Berkshire Athenaeum will host its annual Preschool Halloween Parade. Come dressed in your best costumes and we will show them off to the whole library and each department will be giving out treats. Parade will begin in the Children’s Department at 11 a.m.

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DOLLAR "CENTS" LEARNING TO STRETCH YOUR DOLLAR
North Adams, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Dollar “Cents”: Learning to Stretch your Dollar, at Haskins Center in North Adams All of us could use some help with stretching our dollars these days! Join us to learn ways to save money swap coupons and share your own budget tips. Come to one or come to them all! Oct. 31st –Ways to make your budget go further Nov. 14th ‐Using coupons and sales flyers to save Dec. 5th –Learn about credit and eliminate debt January 23rd ‐Reflect on your budget and make new goals for the new year. In October, each parent will receive a FREE calculator and notebook Call 664‐4821 to register if you need transportation or child care. For child care please reply by Oct. 24th. Presented as a collaboration with The Family Resource Center, Berkshire Community Action Council
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SHEFFIELD HISTORICAL SOCIETY TRICK-OR-TREATING
Sheffield, 5-7 p.m.
Trick-or-Treaters can go door-to-door at the historic buildings on the society's grounds to fill their bags with candy. Enjoy fun, spooky activities and a classic Halloween movie. For more information, visit sheffieldhistory.org or call 413-229-2694.

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TRICK-OR-TREAT AT LEE OUTLETS
Lee, 5-7 p.m.
Stop by the Lee outlets for its annual trick or treat event. Participating stores will distribute tricks and treats to costumed children and will be identified with a Halloween sign on their window. Stop by the Information Center located in the food court for a trick or treat bag, and a treat to get you started. premiumoutlets.com.

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ALL SOULS: A HALLOWEEN READING
Lenox, 7:30 p.m.
Listen to Wharton’s last ghost story as read by Ariel Bock in the Drawing Room of one of the most haunted homes in the Berkshires. Appropriate for children ages 10 and up. Seasonal refreshments will be available. Tickets are $10 and are available online at  EdithWharton.org.

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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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BOARD GAME DAY
Pittsfield, 1-3 p.m.
The Berkshire Athenaeum will celebrate Board Game Day at the library. Kids of all ages are welcome to come play and compete in a wide variety of games, all provided by the library. Remember the joys of Candyland, Chutes and Ladders, Scrabble and Jenga while trying out dozens of exciting, new board games. This family event is free. No registration is required but children under 10 must be accompanied at all times by ann adult.

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CRAFT AND COUNTRY FAIR
Richmond, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Richmond School PTO will be hosting its annual Craft and Country Fair that will showcase the work of more than 45 area crafts people and artisans. There will be a book fair, silent auction, bake sale, chance auction and homemade lunches. Admission to the fair is $2 per person and kids under 12 are free.  For more information, contact the school at 413-698-2207 or email the PTO at richmondpto@gmail.com.

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NATURE ART TO MAKE YOUR HOME GORGEOUS & “GREEN”
New York, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
As technology becomes a larger part of all of our lives we must make a greater effort to get outside and enjoy nature. The best way to do this is by coming together to create beautiful nature crafts that can then be used to decorate your home and remind you to get back outside again. We will be decorating Mason jar with a fall leave decoupage and floating acorn candles. This will make for a festive Thanksgiving or Christmas meal centerpiece. Registration is limited. Please call (518)-658-2055 to reserve a space. The cost for the workshop will be $3 for materials.
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CENTRAL BERKSHIRE HABITAT BENEFIT CONCERT
Pittsfield, 4:30 p.m.
Local singer-songwriter Bobby Sweet will headline a "Giving Thanks Dinner and Concert" event to benefit Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity programs and services at First United Methodist Church at 55 Fenn St. The event is a homemade turkey dinner followed by a benefit concert lineup that features Sweet and The BSweet Band along with Zink & Company. In addition to dinner there will be refreshments and a raffle. Doors open at 4 p.m. There are two dinner seatings, at 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Doors to the show open at 6:30 p.m. Dinner tickets are $15 and show tickets are $15. Combo tickets are $25. Tickets can be purchased online at berkshirehabitat.org or at bobbysweet.com.

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HALLOWEEN PARTY AT THE MASON
Great Barrington, 5-9 p.m.
The Trustees and Friends of the GB Libraries are throwing a free Community Halloween Party at Mason Library on Main Street in Gt. Barrington. The kids party starts at 5 p.m. with "spirited" storytelling by Tim Van Egmond, a folksinger and storyteller who performs throughout New England.  Devilish pizza and creepy cupcakes follow from 6-6:30. Children of all ages are welcome. At 6:30, the grown-up's party begins with performances by Berkshire Sings and Berkshire Ukelele Band. The free party includes a buffet with fiery grilled quesadillas, the devil's q-tips, warm cider, beer and wine. The lights will be off and projections, including the silent film Nosferetu, will play against the library walls while a dimly lit bat chandelier dangles from the center of the room. Costumes are encouraged. Please call Holly Hamer 413-528-3122 for further information or to volunteer.

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ARTIST TALK
Monterey, 6 p.m.
"Brece Honeycutt: underfoot" opens at the Knox Gallery, Monterey Library with an artist’s tal and a reception immediately following.  The exhibit/installation will be on view during library hours through Nov. 29.
 Honeycutt takes inspiration from the everyday plants right outside her Sheffield home and studio door, as both motif and material, to make images in her signature sculptural books, prints and installations.

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LENOX DALE HALLOWEEN PARADE
Lenox, 7 p.m.
The Lenox Dale Fire Company will host its annual Halloween Parade, which will begin at 7 p.m. at St. Vincent dePaul Church on Crystal Street and proceed through the village, ending at the fire station on Elm Street. A party for the children will follow at the fire station; prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.

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VICTORIAN BOUDOIR: A HALLOWEEN MASQUERADE
Lenox, 8 p.m.
Party like it’s 1899 at The Mount’s first ever masquerade ball for adults 21+. Berkshire Shenanigans presents an evening of sinister good fun featuring DJ BFG, Victorian costumes, and dancing ‘til dawn. Cash bar. Tickets are $25; advance ticket purchase strongly recommended and are available at EdithWharton.org.

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WILLIAMSTOWN FILM FESTIVAL: TONY GILROY: THE ART OF SUSPENSE
, 8 p.m.
Special guest writer-director Tony Gilroy comes to the Hunter Center on Friday, November 7, at 8pm, for an evening titled Tony Gilroy: The Art of Suspense, presented by the Williamstown Film Festival and MASS MoCA, constant collaborators for 15 years of fantastic film events. Gilroy is best known as the keeps-you-at-the-edge-of-your-seat writer and director of thrillers such as the acclaimed Michael Clayton, starring George Clooney and Tilda Swinton, who won an Academy Award for best supporting actress. The film - Gilroy's directorial debut - captured six more Oscar nominations including best picture and best original screenplay for Gilroy. His other credits include screenplays for the four wildly popular Bourne films - The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, and The Bourne Legacy (which he also directed).
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FALL FEST
Windsor, 9 a.m.
The Montessori School of the Berkshire's Fall Fest! Arts & Crafts, Guided Hikes, Corn Cob Quidditch, Scavenger Hunt, Hot Cider & Treats, and more. FREE and open to the public! www.BerkshireMontessori.org/FallFest
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MAP & COMPASS PROGRAM
, 1 - 4 p.m.
A GPS may be handy, but learn the basics of map and compass and increase your confidence and skills in the woods. Topographical maps and compass will be used to navigate a series of treks through the forest at Dyken Pond Center. Pre-registration is required and class is limited to 12 people. For adults and youth aged 12 and older. $5 per person; $3 members. 1 - 4pm.
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