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TALK ON ISLAMIC EXTREMISM
Pittsfield, 3 p.m.
Temple Anshe Amunim, 26 Broad Street, presents "Inside the Mind of Jihad: The Roots of Islamic Extremism." Dr. Lawrence Lowenthal, a national Senior Advisor at the American Jewish Committee, will share his extensive experience as lecturer, university professor and member of the Israeli Army.  A question and answer session will follow, and light refreshments will be served. Those interested in attending should contact the Temple Anshe Amunim office at 413-442-5910 or email templeoffice@ansheamunim.org.

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'A GRAND OPERA SPECTACULAR'
Pittsfield, 3 p.m.
Berkshire Lyric presents "A Grand Opera Spectacular" at the Colonial Theatre. The 80 voice Berkshire Lyric Chorus will be joined by a solo quartet of internationally renowned Metropolitan Opera artists: soprano Maureen O’Flynn, mezzo-soprano Marjorie Dix, tenor Raul Melo and bass John Cheek. The concert will include well-loved solos, ensembles and choruses form Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, Bizet, Wagner and other great composers of opera. This is Berkshire Lyric’s annual Masterworks Concert, which has been presented the last few years at Tanglewood’s Seiji Ozawa Hall. The concert will be conducted by Lyric’s artistic director Jack Brown and accompanied by Joe Rose and Noah Palmer. Tickets are available from the Colonial Theatre box office at 111 South St. or at 413 997-4444

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'ALICE IN WONDERLAND' CELEBRATION
Lenox, 3-5 p.m.
The spirit of Lewis Carroll’s topsy-turvey world will come alive at a Mad Hatter’s Tea and Garden Party at The Mount. Guests can snack on petit-fours, wander the magnificent gardens, and may even catch a glimpse of Alice herself. Alison Larkin, who has recorded the 150th anniversary edition of "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass" for British Classic Audio, will read an excerpt of the famous tea party scene for all assembled. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $12 for Mount members. Children 18 and under are admitted free. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 413-551-5100 or visit EdithWharton.org.

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FIRST ANNUAL GENERATION BLOCK PARTY
Great Barrington, Noon - 6 p.m.
Railroad Street Youth Project (RSYP) will be holding the first annual Generation Block Party!, a celebration of young people and RSYP programs at Memorial Field in Great Barrington from 12PM to 6PM on May 31st. The event will honor youth who participate in the Railroad Street Apprenticeship Program, Mentoring Program, Jobs and Careers Services, Youth Operational Board, and Drop in Center. Join RSYP at 12PM for the Skateboard Jam and live music from DJ BFG. Bring a picnic blanket, and spend some time playing lawn games until the pig roast and barbeque prepared by Chef Zee Vassos of The Kitchen on the Commons at 2PM. Immediately following the barbeque will be the Awards and Recognition Ceremony in which young people will be recognized for their contributions to RSYP and the community as a whole. This is a free event. Tickets for the pig roast are on sale at RSYP by phone at (413) 528-2475 and online at www.rsyp.org. Tickets are $25 for those over 25, and $10 for those under 25.

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SAND SPRINGS BIG SPLASH CARNIVAL
Williamstown, Noon-4 p.m.
Sand Springs Pool, a nonprofit community organization, will host its inaugural Big Splash Carnival at 158 Sand Springs Road in Williamstown. The event will have an old-fashioned carnival-theme and will feature a dunking booth, ring toss, sack races, and balloon toss as well as a bouncy house, pie-eating contest, hula hoop and magic performances, live music, and great food from local vendors. There will be activities for kids and adults of all ages. Tickets are: $10 per person or $35 per family. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance online at sandspringspool.org. Proceeds will be used to support summer programming at the pool.

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WILLIAMSTOWN PLAYGROUP
Williamstown, 10-11:30 a.m.
Monday Play and Learn Group meets at the Williamstown Youth Center, 66 School St., for ages walking to 5 years old.

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HASKINS CENTER GYM GROUP
North Adams, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
The Gym Group at Haskins Center, 210 State St., meets for ages walking to 8 years.

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BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
North Adams, 6-7:30 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 Tuesdays from early May to early June, including May 5, 12, 19 and 26 and June 2. Each session will be held 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. 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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NORTHERN BERKSHIRE RETIREES CLUB
North Adams, 10 a.m.
Northern Berkshire Retirees Club will meet at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, at the Greylock Community Club. Speaker will be Steven Roy from the North Adams Veterans Benefits Office. All veterans and/or their spouses are invited.Coffee and doughnuts will be available. Any questions call 413-743-9476 or 413-663-9263.

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“SILVER SALUTE” SENIOR CITIZENS SAVINGS EVENT
, All Day
Ocean State Job Lot, (401) 295-2672, oceanstatejoblot.com, is offering a “Silver Salute” Senior Savings Discount from June 4-10, 2015 at all Job Lot locations. Shoppers aged 62 and older (with valid ID) are eligible for 25% discount on many of their in-store purchases. Some exclusions apply. For more information, visit oceanstatejoblot.com.
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AUTISM SPEAKS PAINT & SIP FUNDRAISER
Great Barrington, 6:30 p.m.
Help us raise funds to benefit Autism Speaks on 6/5 at the Egremont Country Club, 685 S.Egremont Rd, Great Barrington, MA. You'll learn how to paint this inspiring "Puzzle Cloud Beached Boat" on a large 16x20 canvas.  No experience required, just bring your creative spirit!  All materials and instruction included for $35. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com
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GOD MOUNTAINS AND FENGSHUI FORESTS
Pittsfield, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Dr. Chris Coggins, a professor of geography and Asian Studies at Bard College at Simon’s Rock will discuss his research on village sacred landscapes in the Tibetan and Han culture regions of western and southern China.  The author of The Tiger and the Pangolin: Nature, Culture, and Conservation in China (University of Hawaii, 2003) and co-editor with Emily Yeh of Mapping Shangrila: Contested Landscapes of the Sino-Tibetan Borderlands (University of Washington, 2014), Coggins has been conducting field research in rural China since 1990.Berkshire Museum
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HARRY A. BATEMAN MEMORIAL JIMMY FUND FISHING DERBY
Pittsfield, 6 a.m.-noon
The 23rd annual Harry A. Bateman Memorial Jimmy Fund Fishing Derby will take place at the Frank Controy Pavilion at Onota Lake in Pittsfield. No fishing license is required. Free fishing weekend for the state of Massachusetts. The fishing derby is open to the public and its purpose is to raise money for the Jimmy Fund - Dana Farber Cancer Institute For Children. All of the proceeds will be donated to the Jimmy Fund in memory of Harry A. Bateman a former member of Central Berkshire Bowman & I.U.E. Local 255 who was well known throughout Berkshire County and who became a victim of cancer in 1992. Trophies and prizes are given away to the winners of the fishing derby for children and adults. The fee is $10 for adults and $5 for children 14 years old and younger, which includes food and beverage. All children receive a free gift and a children 5-14 years old a chance at winning a Mountain Bike boys girls. More information on Facebook.

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JAMES BAGWELL CONDUCTS BACH'S COFFEE CANTATA
Great Barrington, 6 p.m.
James Bagwell conducts Johann Sebastian Bach’s uproarious "Coffee Cantata," his Cantata 150, which inspired Brahms's final symphony, and the rarely heard Vivaldi Stabat Mater, sung by noted mezzo soprano Hai Ting Chin. Rounding out the program will be Bach's Orchestral Suite #2 in b minor played by the Bard College Baroque Ensemble. A pre-concert “kaffee klatch” for mingling with the musicians prior to the concert in Leipzig-like tradition is designed to enhance the engagement and communication between musicians and audience before rather than after the concert. Kaffeehaus with Musicians at 5:30pm. (Coffee by Barrington Coffee Roasting Company) $50 Preferred Seating (by Reservation) $30 General Public – open seating $45/$25 Berkshire Bach Members Students with ID are welcomed as our guests. Advance Tickets are available at: BrownPaperTickets.com (event #1443678)   First Congregational Church, 251 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA   www.berkshirebach.org  |  413-528-9277  |  info@berkshirebach.org  
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FISHING DERBY
Windsor, 9 am - 1 pm
Open to children & youth up to age 16. Prizes generously provided by Kiwanis Club of Sheffield. All registered participants receive a complementary lunch of hot dog, chips and a beverage. Please bring your own fishing gear and a bucket for your catch. Registration takes place at a Lake Mansfield beginning at 9:00 a.m.Berkshire South Regional Community Center
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IN-HOME CARE TRAINING FOR CAREGIVERS
Windsor, 9 - 4 p.m.
Are You a Family Caregiver' Please join us for a Free Six-Hour Training to Help you Care for Your Loved One at Home. In-Home Care Training for Caregivers offered as a day-long program, 6-hours per session in a series of three identical classes. Class is free, and is open to anyone in Berkshire County who provides care to populations that are 60 and over. Classes includes valuable information on day-to-day care such as patient safety and other hands-on practices such as transferring skills, incontinence care and toileting, bathing, hygiene, grooming, and dressing, dental care, feeding and nutrition, dealing with behavioral issues along with caregiver self-care. Time is allowed for interaction with other caregivers, and sharing of information in a confidential setting. Location: Elder Services of Berkshire County, Conference Room, 488 South Street, #4e, Pittsfield. Registration: Call Berkshire AHEC at (413) 447-2417 This Caregiver Training is funded in part by a grant from Elder Services of Berkshire County, Inc. and The MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs.
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"SUMMER BEACH CHAIRS" PAINT & SIP
Lee, 7 p.m.

It's gonna be another super fun night at Sullivan Station, 109 Railroad St, Lee on 6/9. You'll learn how to paint "Summer Beach Chairs" on a large 16x20 canvas, while you sip a beverage, and socialize with friends.  No experience required. All materials and instruction included for only $30. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com


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CAMP VISION PAINT & SIP FUNDRAISER
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
Berkshire Paint and Sip Studio, 305 North St, Pittsfield for a painting party to benefit Camp VISION. You'll learn how to paint this darling image "Dog and Cat Sunset" on large 16x20 canvas. All materials and light snack included for $35. BYOB. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com
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IN-HOME CARE TRAINING FOR CAREGIVERS
Windsor, 9 - 4 p.m.
Are you a Family Caregiver' Please join us for a Free six-hour training to Help You Care for Your Loved One at Home. In-Home Care Training for Caregivers offered as a day-long program (6 hours per session) in a series of three identical classes. Class is free, and is open to anyone in Berkshire County who provides care to populations that are 60 and over. Classes includes valuable information on day-to-day care such as patient safety and other hands-on practices such as transferring skills, incontinence care and toileting, bathing, hygiene, grooming and dressing, dental care, feeding and nutrition, dealing with behavioral issues along with caregiver self-care. Time is allowed for interaction with other caregivers, and sharing of information in a confidential setting. Location: Community Health Programs, (CHP), Conference Room, 444 Stockbridge Road, Gt. Barrington Registration: Call Berkshire AHEC at (413) 447-2417 This Caregiver Training is funded in part by a grant from Elder Services of Berkshire County, Inc. and The MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs.
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"WINE BOTTLE FROG" PAINT & SIP PARTY
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
How do you spark some creativity'... frogs and wine... need I say more' Join us on 6/11 for a super fun evening of painting a personalized creation of "Wine Bottle Frog" on a large 16x20 canvas. All materials and light snack included for only $30. At Berkshire Paint and Sip Studio, 305 North St, Pittsfield, MA. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com
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IN-HOME CARE TRAINING FOR CAREGIVERS
Windsor, 9 - 4 p.m.
Are You a Family Caregiver' Please join us for a Free six-hour training to Help You Care for Your Loved One at Home. In-Home Care Training for Caregivers offered as a day-long program (6 hour per session) in a series of three identical classes. Class is free, and is open to anyone in Berkshire County who provides care to populations that are 60 and over. Classes include valuable information on day-to-day care such as patient safety and other hands-on practices such as transferring skills, incontinence care and toileting, bathing, hygiene, grooming and dressing, dental care, feeding and nutrition, dealing with behavioral issues along with caregiver self-care. Time is allowed for interaction with other caregivers, and sharing of information in a confidential setting. Location:  Berkshire Family & Individual Resources (BFAIR), Conference Room, 771 Church Street, North Adams Registration: Call Berkshire AHEC at (413) 447-2417 This Caregiver Training is funded in part by a grant from Elder Services of Berkshire County, Inc. and The MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs.
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'HOFFMANN HACKERS GOLF CLASSIC'
Williamstown, 4 p.m.
The Hoffmann Bird Club of Western Massachusetts will hold its third annual “Hoffmann Hackers Golf Classic” which could otherwise be known as “The Longest Bird.” The event will take place at the Donnybrook Country Club, 775 Williamstown Road, Lanesborough, starting with a “shotgun start” at 4:00 PM.  The public is welcome to participate.  The 9-hole golf tournament is a fundraiser for Berkshire County’s premier Ornithological Society. The entry fee for the event will be $40 per head, which includes placement on a team, 9 holes of golf, with carts included, and a barbeque/cook-out following the event. The format will be a “Captain and Crew” or “Best Ball,” but comes with a twist; Each team of four golfers is also responsible to note as many different bird species as possible during the tournament.  The number of birds identified may be deducted from that team’s final golf score. Each team will be encouraged to have at least one “Birder” and one “Golfer.” There will also be prizes for “Closest to the Pin”and “Longest Drive.” Special prizes will also be awarded for “birdies” and “eagles.” To sign up, request an application by emailing donnybrookgolf@earthlink.net.

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PAINTING PARTY FOR BERKSHIRES GUARDIAN ANGELS RELAY FOR LIFE TEAM
Pittsfield, 6:30 p.m.
Have a fun night exploring your creative juices, while you help to raise money for a worthy cause.  Join us on 6/12 at the Polish Falcons Club, 32 Bel Air Ave, Pittsfield and learn how to paint "Blowing Dandelion" on a large 16x20 canvas.  No experience required.  Cash Bar. All materials and instruction included for $37.  Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com
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FATHERS DAY CRAFT EVENT
North Adams, 1 - 4:30 p.m.
Give Dad the best gift of all!  Hand make this beautiful Tool Box Picture Frame! FREE for Ages Newborn - 12 years old Instructor: Cindy Vilayvanh Creation Time: Approx 1/2 Hour Materials: Will be provided at no cost (Donations are welcome to help keep Free Crafting Events) Professional Photography by Casey Alberts Photography-Design 3.5 x 5in Photos will be included although you are able to bring your own photos too if you'd like. Father's should be present to take photos with their little ones. Please RSVP with the time that best suits you and how many children. 1:00pm, 1:30pm, 2:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:00pm, 3:30pm, 4:00pm or 4:30pm. We might have to contact you to change times if we have too many people. We have a MAX of 8 Children per half hour MAX of 40 Children TOTAL for this event. FOLLOW US ON TWITTER @ KitnKaboodleNA #FathersDayCrafting www.facebook.com/events/690899397705684/
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LEARNER'S LAB: BOOKBINDING
Pittsfield, 10 - 11 a,m,
Local artist Michael Vincent Bushy will present several bookbinding techniques that can be used both at home and in the classroom. Starting with a simple accordion and moving on to a single-signature pamphlet stitch, the demonstration will then present Japanese stab binding, and a long stitch for binding multiple signature books. Reference materials will be provided. The Learner’s Lab is sponsored in part by the Appelbaum-Kahn Foundation. Berkshire Museum 
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KIWANIS BIKE RODEO AND FAMILY SAFETY DAY
Pittsfield, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Kiwanis Club of Pittsfield will host annual Bike Rodeo and Family Safety Day at Clapp Park on West Housatonic St. Event is open to all children with target age K-4 grade. Bring your bike! It will be 18 stations included Bike Doctor, Fire and Police Departments, Community Health Van, Safety Kids of Western MA, Olympic Taekwondo, Personal Trainer, food, ice cream and more. Free helmets and two bikes to ruffle off!
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BERKSHIRE BOMBERS PAINT & SIP FUNDRAISER
Pittsfield, 6:30 p.m.
Mark your calendar for this awesome event! Join us on 6/17 at Berkshire Hills Country Club, 500 Benedict Rd, Pittsfield, MA for some creative fun to benefit the Berkshire Bombers and the Travis Roy Foundation. You'll learn how to paint "Spring Blossoming Branch" on a large 16x20 canvas. All materials and instruction included for $35.  Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com
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MS SUPPORT GROUPS
North Adams, 5-6:30 p.m.
MS Support Foundation hosts support group the third Thursday of each month at its office at 85 Main Street, Suite 212. This month, Denise Vigna, Clinical Liaison, and Kira Beard  will discuss how to prepare for expected or unexpected hospitalizations the new programs and renovations at Sweetbrook of Williamstown.
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"LILY OF THE VALLEY" PAINT AND SIP
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
It will be another night of uncorking your creativity on 6/18 at Berkshire Paint and Sip Studio, 305 North St, Pittsfield. You'll learn how to paint this powerful painting "Lily of the Valley" on a large 16x20 canvas. All materials and light snack included for only $30. No experience required. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com
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PHS FOOTBALL PAINT & SIP FUNDRAISER
Lanesborough, 6:30 p.m.
This is going to be a great event!  Join us on 6/19 at the Skyline Country Club for a couple of hours of creativity to benefit the Pittsfield High School Football Booster Club. You'll learn how to paint these "Summer Beach Chairs" while you dream of a relaxing vacation. All materials and instruction to create a large 16x20 canvas painting are included for $35. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com
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