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START A GARDEN WORKSHOP
North Adams, 1 to 2 p.m.
UNO Community Center, 157 River Street, North Adams Come join the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition’s The Family Place for an informational workshop on how to begin your own vegetable/flower garden. Each person will receive a small pack of seedlings of their choice to start. This workshop is FREE for all parents/caregivers. Registration is required; please call The Family Place at 413-663-7588 to reserve your spot by April 18th. Childcare and transportation available upon request.
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VETERAN FLAG PLACEMENT MEETING
, 10 a.m.
The City of Pittsfield and the Berkshire Veterans Coalition will hold a coordination meeting  in the City Council Chambers to welcome volunteers, both existing and new, to discuss this year’s veteran flag placement at the city’s cemeteries. Each year, many veterans, groups, and individuals of all ages assist in the flag placement at Pittsfield’s cemeteries, helping to place over 8,000 flags and markers.  Flag placement for all Pittsfield cemeteries will begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 1.

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EXPOSION! 2018
Williamstown, 10-noon: Media Panel and noon to 3pm: Open Floor
EXPOsion! 2018  is a premier press conference, public exhibit  and trade conference that highlights the season of arts, entertainment, and performances throughout Southwestern Vermont, Eastern New York, and the Northern Berkshires.  This year, we are adding a panel discussion at 10 am to allow members to discuss the challenges of getting their messages to their following. "Advertising in a Multi Media World" will feature representatives of several different media outlets who will discuss and answer questions about how they address the seemingly cluttered mass of electronic and print options, and how to maximize your budget.  http://www.benningtonareaartscouncil.org/exposion
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BART SHADOW DAY
Adams, 12:15 to 3 p.m.
The Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School (BART) will host a “Shadow Day” for students interested observing 6th grade. Attending a Shadow Day provides students with an opportunity to experience classes alongside current BART students. Pre-registration is required and can be done by calling BART Enrollment Counselor Monique Nottke at 413-743-7311 (ext. 732) or by emailing her at monique.nottke@bartcharter.org. There will be two opportunities for interested students to sit in on Grade 6: from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. or from 12:15 to 3 p.m. The next enrollment deadline for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year will be Thursday, April 26, at 12 p.m. Applications are available at the school or on the BART website, www.bartcharter.org.
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COOKING MATTERS COURSE - WHAT'S FOR DINNER' WE CAN HELP!
North Adams, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
All Saints Episcopal Church, 59 Summer Street, North Adams You want the best for your family, but time, money, and picky eaters can make it hard! nbCC's The Family Place joins WIC to offer a 6-week Cooking Matters course. Receive a free bag of groceries each week to practice your skills at home. Registration is required. Call Michelle at (413) 447-2114, ext. 6361. Transportation in North County is available upon request.
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TALK ON ADULT IMMUNIZATIONS
Lenox, 5-6 p.m.
Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center in Lenox will host a talk on immunizations. Dr. Thomas Consolati will discuss “Adult Immunizations: What You Need to Know.” The talk will focus on the importance of immunizations and local resources available. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, and those who are interested in attending are asked to RSVP to 413-637-5011.

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NORTH ADAMS CHAMBER NETWORKING
North Adams, 5-7 p.m.
Grazie Italian Ristorante will host a Chamber Networking Event at the very popular 24 Marshall St. location. Enjoy delicious food, while reconnecting with fellow Chamber members and meeting new business owners. As always remember to bring your business cards and enter to win one of our door prizes. Register online.

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WILLIAMS CHINESE MUSIC ENSEMBLE - A MOONLIT RIVER IN SPRING
Williamstown, 7 p.m.
The classical piece for pipa-zheng duet “A Moonlit River in Spring” sets the tone for this performance, which highlights the final performance of featured soloist Bingyi Wang ’18, zheng. http://music.williams.edu/'post_type=event&p=12624
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WOODCOCK'S SKY DANCE
Lenox, 7:30-9 p.m.
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary will host "Woodcock's Sky Dance." Guests will visit our meadows at dusk and listen and watch for the woodcock’s performance on their breeding grounds, just before darkness envelops the sanctuary. Adults are $7; children are free. Register by calling 413-637-0320.

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SHADOW DAY @ BART CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOL
Adams, 8 - 11:30 A.M.

The Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School (BART) will host a “Shadow Day” for students interested observing 6th grade.  Attending a Shadow Day provides students with an opportunity to experience classes alongside current BART students. Pre-registration is required and can be done by calling BART Enrollment Counselor Monique Nottke at 413-743-7311 (ext. 732) or by emailing her at monique.nottke@bartcharter.org. There will be two opportunities for interested students to sit in on Grade 6: from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. or from 12:15 to 3 p.m.  The next enrollment deadline for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year will be Thursday, April 26, at 12 p.m. Applications are available at the school or on the BART website, www.bartcharter.org.


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LIVE UNITED CELEBRATION
Great Barrington, 4-6 p.m.
Berkshire United Way's Live United Community Celebration will be held at Crissey Farm located at 426 Stockbridge Road. The event, which celebrates the organization’s volunteers, will spotlight some of Berkshire United Way’s investments in south county and will include the presentation of the Robert K. Agar, Jr. Volunteerism Award to Jim Murray and Ray Murray of Ray Murray, Inc. In addition, Cara Davis, former executive director of Construct, Inc., will be honored with the Daniel C. Dillon Helping Hands, Caring Heart award and the winner of the Target Employee Campaign Coordinator Award will be announced. The cost of the event is $25. To register, call 413-442-6948. 

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DINING IN THE DARK
Pittsfield, 5 p.m.
The Berkshire Benevolent Association for the Blind will be holding its fourth annual Dining in the Dark at the Housatonic Academy formally the St. Mark’s School located at 400 Columbus Ave. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 5 to 10, and children under 5 are free. Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a pasta dinner blindfolded. The meal will be prepared and served by the members of UNICO. Along with the meal, there will be a 50/50 raffle, an international raffle, and live entertainment. Tickets can be purchased by contacting the Association’s President Phil Schallies at 413-442-6600. Proceeds from the night will stay in Berkshire County to assist people that are visually impaired.

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'HUMAN CONDITION' OPENING
North Adams, 5-7 p.m.
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will present this year’s senior class show, “The Human Condition,” opening with a free reception. This annual exhibition serves as the culminating event that provides graduating artists with the tools they will need to further their careers, as they learn how to display and install their art, and more. The artists featured in this year’s show are seniors Molly Gurner, Halie Smith, Jacqueline Smith, Nicole Stearns and Samantha White. The show runs through May 20.

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SONSINI ANIMAL SHELTER PAINT & SIP FUNDRAISER
Pittsfield, 6:30 p.m.
Cancer couldn't stop him, so let's be inspired by Courageous Kane and create some art to support the shelter that saved his life! Join us on THU 4/26 6:30-8:30pm for a Paint and Sip fundraiser to benefit the Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter. You'll learn to paint this inspirational image of "Courageous Kane" on a 16x20 canvas. At the Polish Falcons Club, 32 Bel Air Ave, Pittsfield, MA. All painting materials, instruction and donation included for $35. Cash Bar. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346.
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WILLIAMS BRASS BASH 2018
Williamstown, 7 p.m.
Williams Brass Ensemble Director David Wharton leads the group in a celebration of brass, including Raymond Premru’s “Movements from Divertimento.” Also, music of Holburne, Adson, and Gabrieli.   http://music.williams.edu/'post_type=event&p=12620 Free Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall Bernhard Music Center, 54 Chapin Drive, Williams College, Williamstown, MA @ 7 p.m.
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PURPLE VALLEY PLAYS: A FESTIVAL OF NEW YORK FOR THE STAGE
Williamstown, 7:30 p.m.
Back for its third round—under the freshly minted title of Purple Valley Plays—this festival will present original works for the stage written, directed, designed, and performed by current Williams students. In the fall term, all works submitted will be anonymously read and selected by a committee made up of faculty, staff, and students. During the spring, each new work will be given full production support by a company of artists, who will meet to conceptualize and rehearse, transforming the CenterStage into a flexible venue for world-premiere theatricality. All Williams students are eligible to participate. Come one, come all!
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'I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO'
Adams, 5-7 p.m.
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will present a community film screening of the James Baldwin documentary, “I Am Not Your Negro,” at BART Charter Public School. This event is free and open to the public. The film will be followed by a discussion, which was organized by Dr. Jenna Sciuto, assistant professor of English at MCLA, and students from her “African American Literature” course. This collaborative event was organized by faculty and students at MCLA, as well as faculty and administrators at BART Charter Public School.

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AUTISM AWARENESS RALLY
Pittsfield, 5-7 p.m.
The Autism Collaborative of Berkshire County will hold an Autism Awareness Rally at Park Square as the capstone celebration of Autism Awareness Month.  The goal of this month-long campaign has been to increase access/heighten awareness of services available to individuals and families impacted by autism and to celebrate the accomplishments of those with autism.

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SPRING SALAMANDER & FROG SEARCH
Lenox, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox will host a Spring Salamander & Frog Search for adults and children 5 and up. Visitors will search the woods and wetlands of Pleasant Valley for these fascinating animals and learn about their interesting lives. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Register at 413-637-0320; adults are $8 and children are $4.

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MONUMENT GIRLS WRITE ON
W. Stockbridge, 6 p.m.
Monument Girls Write On The sixth annual “Monument Girls Write On” event will once again be held this year at the West Stockbridge Historical Society Old Town Hall, upstairs in the auditorium. Ten fabulous young female writers at Monument Mountain Regional High School, ages 14 to 18, will present selections from their poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction and hybrid work. Students are chosen to participate by MMRHS English department faculty, who will also introduce the writers. Friday, April 27 – 6 PM   Free and pen to the public. Reception to follow.  
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EXHIBIT OPENING
New York, 6:30 p.m.
Darrow School's Joline Arts Center will hold a reception to announce the opening of a new exhibit titled "Signals and Disruptions" by Darrow Artist in Residence Maggie Mailer. Mailer will hold a question-and-answer session at 7 p.m. Student artwork will also be on view. Visitors are also welcome to attend the Spring Music Showcase following the reception at 8 p.m., featuring an eclectic selection of music performed by the Darrow Chorus and the Darrow Jazz Ensemble in the acoustically excellent Tannery. Darrow is located at 110 Darrow Road in New Lebanon, N.Y. Please RSVP by email.

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BARN BUDDIES 4H PAINT & SIP FUNDRAISER-BEACH SLATE SIGN
New York, 7 p.m.
Get your brush on for the Barn Buddies 4H Group! Join is on FRI 4/27 7-9pm for a Paint and Sip fundraiser to benefit the Barn Buddies 4H Club. You'll learn to paint this summer image on an authentic roof slate tile - various sizes and colors available. At Mount Washington House, 2627 Rt 23, Hillsdale, NY. All painting materials, instruction and donation included for $35. CASH BAR. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346.
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"JOURNEY" TRIBUTE BAND "VOYAGE"
Dalton, 7 p.m.
Concert Will Benefit UCP of Berkshire County A concert featuring the Journey tribute band, Voyage, will benefit UCP of Berkshire County on Friday April 27 at the Stationery Factory, 63 Flansburg Ave., Dalton, MA.  Doors open at 7:00pm. Swingtown, a Steve Miller Tribute! featuring Randy Cormier, Dave Vittone, Dan Teichert and Darren Todd will kick off the evening at 7:30pm, followed by Voyage. Additionally, Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli will be honored during the evening as “UCP's Person of the Year.” “UCP of Berkshire County is excited to bring Voyage to the Berkshires,” said Sal Garozzo, Executive Director, UCP of Berkshire County. Tickets are only $25. To purchase tickets and learn more about how to make a tax-deductible donation, please visit www.UCPBerkshire.org tickets can also be purchased by going to Eventbrite.com. About Voyage: Voyage has been hailed by fans and critics alike as the #1 Journey tribute band in the world, performing Journey’s music with chilling accuracy! Since 2005, Voyage has dominated America with more sold out shows than any other tribute band. About UCP of Berkshire County UCP of Berkshire County — an affiliate of the United Cerebral Palsy Association — was established in 1961. UCP of Berkshire County offers support and advocacy for any individual, regardless of disability, to pursue a fulfilling, self-determined, high-quality community life — a life without limits. The UCP mission is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities. For more information go to http://ucpberkshire.org, or contact Sal Garozzo at (413) 442-1562.
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'GROWING AN AGRICULTURAL ECONOMY'
Great Barrington, 7 p.m.
The annual meeting of the Berkshire Community Land Trust and the Community Land Trust in the Southern Berkshires will feature a talk titled "Growing an Agricultural Economy" by Sarah Waring, executive director of the Center for an Agricultural Economy based in Hardwick, Vt., and Matthew Derr, CAE board member and the president of nearby Sterling College, a liberal arts college specializing in environmental stewardship.  The event will take place at the First Congregational Church in Great Barrington. The entry fee to the lecture is $10 or 10 BerkShares at the door.

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GROWING AN AGRICULTURAL ECONOMY
Great Barrington, 7 p.m.
Please join us on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 7:00pm for a talk by Sarah Waring, Executive Director of the Center for an Agricultural Economy (CAE) based in Hardwick, Vermont and Matthew Derr, President of Sterling College and a board member of CAE.  The talk will take place at the First Congregational Church in Great Barrington as part of the annual membership meeting of the Berkshire Community Land Trust and Community Land Trust in the Southern Berkshires. Tickets are $10 or 10 BerkShares at the door. Thanks to the generosity of a member of the Berkshire Community Land Trust, farmers and students who pre-register for the event may attend for free. Please email office@berkshirecommunitylandtrust.org to reserve your tickets. 
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BFAIR ANNUAL MEETING
Pittsfield, 7:30 a.m.
Berkshire Family & Individual Resources will host its annual meeting at the Berkshire Hills Country Club, 500 Benedict Road. The breakfast will include the presentation of several awards for employee recognition, as well as the recognition of the community partner of the year, Richard Alcombright, former mayor of North Adams and longtime advocate for people with disabilities who currently serves as vice president of local business and customer relations manager at MountainOne. This year’s keynote address will be delivered by Chris May, advocate and photographer.  A young man living with Down Syndrome, Chris has worked hard to advocate for himself and others at the State House and in Washington. His love of photography has flourished into an impressive hobby and job. RSVP by April 20 to Carol Fox by calling 413-664-9382 ext. 40, by emailing or by going online. The cost is $10.

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PURPLE VALLEY PLAYS: A FESTIVAL OF NEW YORK FOR THE STAGE
Williamstown, 7:30 p.m.
Back for its third round—under the freshly minted title of Purple Valley Plays—this festival will present original works for the stage written, directed, designed, and performed by current Williams students. In the fall term, all works submitted will be anonymously read and selected by a committee made up of faculty, staff, and students. During the spring, each new work will be given full production support by a company of artists, who will meet to conceptualize and rehearse, transforming the CenterStage into a flexible venue for world-premiere theatricality. All Williams students are eligible to participate. Come one, come all!  62 Center
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PURPLE VALLEY PLAYS: A FESTIVAL OF NEW YORK FOR THE STAGE
Williamstown, 7:30 p.m.
Back for its third round—under the freshly minted title of Purple Valley Plays—this festival will present original works for the stage written, directed, designed, and performed by current Williams students. In the fall term, all works submitted will be anonymously read and selected by a committee made up of faculty, staff, and students. During the spring, each new work will be given full production support by a company of artists, who will meet to conceptualize and rehearse, transforming the CenterStage into a flexible venue for world-premiere theatricality. All Williams students are eligible to participate. Come one, come all!  62 Center
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JOURNEY TRIBUTE BAND
Dalton, 7:30 p.m.
A concert featuring the Journey tribute band, Voyage, will benefit UCP of Berkshire County at the Stationery Factory, 63 Flansburg Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m. Swingtown, a Steve Miller Tribute! featuring Randy Cormier, Dave Vittone, Dan Teichert and Darren Todd, will kick off the evening at 7:30 p.m., followed by Voyage. Additionally, Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli will be honored during the evening as “UCP's Person of the Year.” Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online.

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MILHAM PLANETARIUM SHOW
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Williams College astronomy students will host free shows for the public at the Milham Planetarium, located inside the Old Hopkins Observatory. Audiences will be treated to shows from the high-precision Zeiss Skymaster ZKP3/B opto-mechanical planetarium projector, installed in April 2005. Shows will last about 50 minutes. For reservations (required) contact Michele Rech at 413-597-2188 or by email. Others will be admitted as space permits. Large groups should call for special appointments.

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