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HASKINS CENTER PRESCHOOL PLAYGROUP
North Adams, 10-11:30 a.m.
The Preschool Group at the Haskins Center, 210 State St., is for ages 2.5-5 years old.

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KNITTING AT THE MILNE
Williamstown, 2-4 p.m.
The Milne Public Library will host a knitting group every Tuesday from Feb. 24 and continuing into April. All levels of experience are welcome. The program is free and open to the public. Just bring your projects and knit. The group may explore different yarns and items to knit including socks, shawls, sweaters, hats, etc. The group coordinator will be Carole Thompson, who enjoys exploring yarns and designing her own patterns using body measurements. Sign up is required; contact the library at 413-458-5369.

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CLARK LECTURE
Williamstown, 5:30 p.m.
The Research and Academic Program (RAP) at the Clark Art Institute delivers a series of free lectures, including "The Accidental City: Representing Algiers circa 1953," with Sheila Crane, associate professor of architectural history at the University of Virginia, discussing her research on the history and theory of modern architecture and cities, especially in France and North Africa.

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GREYLOCK APARTMENTS PLAYGROUP
North Adams, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
The Play and Learn Group at Greylock Apartments' Community Room on Angeli Street is for ages walking to 8 years old.

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SPRING DETOX/WEIGHT LOSS
North Adams, 6:30 p.m.
Spring is a great time to cleanse the body. Cleansing and detoxification can help you remove natural and man-made toxins from your body and help you maintain a healthy weight. This program will improve mental clarity, digestion, sleep and vitality. This workshop is free and open to the public, held at the new Living Well offices 535 Curran Highway (Route 8) North Adams. Registration is recommended at 413-663-5500.

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GRYPHON TRIO
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
The Williams College Department of Music presents the Gryphon Trio in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. Master classes featuring talented Williams music students under the guidance of the Gryphon Trio take place at 4:15 p.m. on April 7 in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Chapin Hall, and room 30 of the Bernhard Music Center. These free events are open to the public. In this performance, part of Williams’ Visiting Artist series, the Gryphon Trio performs Haydn’s Trio in E Major, Shostakovich’s Trio No. 2 in E Minor, op. 67, and Schubert’s Trio No. 1 in B-flat Major for piano, violin, and cello.

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GRYPHON TRIO
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Gryphon Trio is dedicated to pushing the boundaries of chamber music. In this performance the Gryphon Trio performs Haydn’s Trio in E Major, Shostakovich’s Trio No. 2 in E Minor, op. 67, and Schubert’s Trio No. 1 in B-flat Major for piano, violin, and cello. This concert by these outstanding visiting artists is free and open to the public. http://music.williams.edu/events/gryphon-trio/ Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall.
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GENEALOGY WITH STEVE
, 9 a.m. - Noon
Genealogy appointments at the Claire Teague Senior Center 917 Main Street Great Barrington 413 528-1881. Free and open to the public.
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TODDLER PLAYGROUP
North Adams, 10-11 a.m.
Toddler Play and Learn at Haskins Center Lower level Playroom, 210 State St., is for ages 1 to 2.5 years.

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LILY OF THE VALLY-BERKSHIRE PAINT & SIP PARTY
Pittsfield, 6:30 p.m.
Learn how to paint this beautiful "Lily of the Valley" on a large wall-sized 16x20 canvas while sipping a beverage and socializing with friends.  This is a BYOB event at Berkshire Paint and Sip Studio 305 North St, Pittsfield, MA.  All materials and instruction included for only $30.  Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com
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HASKINS CENTER GYM GROUP
North Adams, 11:30-12:30 p.m.
Gym Group at Haskins Center, 210 State St., is for ages walking to 5 years old.

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AYURVEDA FOR SPRING
Williamstown, 5:15-6:30 p.m.
Emily Celeste Watts, who is completing her Health Counselor certification at the Kripalu School of Ayurveda, will focus on foods and herbs recommended by Ayurveda to support wellness during the transition from winter to spring. Participants will sample and learn how to make a number of seasonal dishes; and Celeste will discuss common kitchen herbs that can be made into delicious teas and spice blends to aid in the transition out of this long winter. She will provide a brief background on the history and philosophy of Ayurveda and will include a discussion of daily Ayurvedic routines and practices in her workshop. Participants will leave with a host of recipes and techniques to celebrate the start of spring. This workshop is free and open to all. To sign up, call the store at 413-458-8060 or email marketing@wildoats.coop.

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UCP OPEN HOUSE
North Adams, 6-7:30 p.m.
United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Berkshire County will host an open house at its Northern Berkshire office at 535 Curran Highway. The open house will feature information from staff of each of UCP’s 19 programs to offer insight into UCP’s diverse offerings. Spotlight programs include Assistive Technology, Children’s Programming, Individual and Family Support, Adult Family Care, Northern Berkshire Early Intervention Services, and Berkshire Talking Chronicle, UCP’s radio reading service. The purpose of the open houses is to insure that eligible consumers and families are aware of all services available to them through the agency. All are welcome. Complimentary refreshments will be offered as well as gift basket raffles. For more information on the Open Houses please contact, Kristen at the Pittsfield office 413-442-1562 or Katelyn at the North Adams office 413-664-9345.

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MORE THAN EBOLA: A TROPICAL MEDICINE UPDATE
, 6:15 - 8:15 p.m.
This program will address gaps in knowledge concerning the emergence and persistence of infectious disease and seeks to improve preparedness about diagnosis and management of the Dengue, Chikungunya and Ebola viruses. Presenter:  Dr. Esteban A. DelPilar-Morales Registration:  5:45 - 6:15 p.m. Credits/Clock Hours:  2 CME, PA, Nursing, SW, LMHC, NHA, Substance Abuse Counselors, Medical Assistants, Registered Dieticians. Registration Fees:  $35 if paid on or before April 3, 2015.  Walk-in Fee:  $45.00  General Public Fee:  $20, pre-registration is required, does not include a certificate of completion. AHEC
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'CITY FARMERS'
Great Barrington, 7 p.m.
The Center for Food Studies will host a screening of Meryl Joseph’s documentary “City Farmers” in the Simon’s Rock Lecture Center. This event is free and open to the public.

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R.S.V.P. OPEN HOUSE
Pittsfield, 1-3 p.m.
The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (R.S.V.P.) will be holding an open house to introduce Cheryl Whalen, the new director, to welcome potential volunteers and to share information about new R.S.V.P. volunteer offerings. Information about R.S.V.P.’s longstanding and ongoing opportunities will also be provided. R.S.V.P. places persons ages 55 and up as volunteers throughout Berkshire County. Volunteers are able to contribute their skills and lifetime experiences, to help others, be productive and grow personally. RSVP to 413-499-9345; space is limited.

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ADAMS PLAYGROUP
Adams, 10-11 a.m.
Play and Learn Group at Adams Youth Center, 20 East St., is for ages walking to 5 years.

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LANESBOROUGH PLAYGROUP
Lanesborough, 10-11 a.m.
A Play and Learn Group at Lanesborough Town Hall Community Room, 83 North Main St., is for ages walking to 5 years old.

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LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST FORUM
Pittsfield, 7:30 a.m.
The 15th annual Legislative Breakfast forum for individuals with disabilities, their families and support organization staff will be held at the ITAM Lodge. Legislators scheduled to appear include State Sen. Benjamin Downing, North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright, Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, Rep. Paul Mark, Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli and Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier. Issues impacting human service agencies and individuals with disabilities and their families will be addressed during the event. The cost to attend is $10, which includes a continental breakfast. The deadline to register is March 27, and the registration form is available online.

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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 Friday evenings at 8 p.m. beginning on Feb. 6 and running through May 1 with the exception of Spring Break March 20, March 27 and April 3. 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.

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'LIAISONS PROJECT'
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
The Williams College Department of Music presents Anthony de Mare performing “Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim for the Piano” in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public. In addition, de Mare presides over a master class featuring talented student pianists on Thursday, April 9, at 4:15 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall. "Liaisons" is a landmark commissioning and concert project, conceived by acclaimed concert pianist Anthony de Mare. It is based on the songs of legendary musical theater composer Stephen Sondheim, a Williams graduate from the Class of 1950. The project has brought together 36 of the world’s foremost contemporary composers to “re-imagine” one of Sondheim’s songs as a solo piano piece. Among the pieces featured on this concert is “Finishing the Hat - Two Pianos” by Steve Reich, based on Sondheim’s “Sunday in the Park with George,” and “That Old Piano Roll” by Wynton Marsalis, based on “Follies.” In all, Mr. de Mare will present a dozen works from his repertoire.

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CREATURE FEATURE: LIFE IN A VERNAL POOL
State, 10 a.m. - Noon
Saturday,  Bartholomew’s Cobble, 105 Weatogue Road, Sheffield, MA Vernal pools are teeming with life during the month of April! They're the only places where many amphibians breed. Join us for a visit to a large vernal pool where we’ll look for egg masses of wood frogs and salamanders, fairy shrimp and fingernail clams, and learn about the ecology of this complex natural community. Come prepared to get wet and muddy! You’ll leave with pointers on how to identify – and protect – these important, but temporary, ponds in your own community. Trustees of Reservations Members: Adult/Child $5; Family $15. Nonmembers: Adult/Child $8; Family $20. Please pre-register: call 413.229.8600 or e-mail bcobble@ttor.org   
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THINKFOOD CONFERENCE
Great Barrington, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Center for Food Studies at Bard College at Simon's Rock (BCSR), now in its second year, announces the second annual ThinkFOOD Conference to be held. This year’s theme is “The Future of Food Activism: Issues and Answers to Hunger in the Berkshires.” Co-sponsored by The Nutrition Center, this conference will feature a keynote address by Andrew Morehouse, executive director of the Food Bank of Western Mass., and two panel presentations. Central to this year’s ThinkFOOD theme is the idea that the future of food justice lies with students. The conference hopes to educate and inspire the community and Simon’s Rock students to work together to find solutions to food security issues. The event will include food activism presentations by Simon’s Rock students from their Spring Break projects. Due to limited seating, registration is required for the ThinkFOOD conference. For more information about the Center for Food Studies and to register for the conference, visit: http://simons-rock.campusguides.com/foodstudies.

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PUPPET PLAYS
Great Barrington, 10:30 a.m.
Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School’s Spring Puppet Series for children ages 2 to 6 returns to usher in spring, starting Feb. 28 with “The White Bird,” the story of an old couple visited by a mysterious white bird one cold winter’s night. GBRSS early childhood teachers will perform two free morning shows using their own handmade, needle-felted puppets at 10:30 and 11:30am, at Matrushka Toys and Gifts, 309 Main St. As spring advances, puppet plays continue with “The Straw Broom,” on Saturday, March 21, also at Matrushka, and “Little Rabbit Finds Spring,” Saturday, April 11, at 10:30am in the GBRSS Early Childhood building, 35 West Plain Road, Great Barrington. Based on an original story by GBRSS kindergarten teacher Somer Serpe, “Little Rabbit Finds Spring” will be followed by playtime in the classroom and an opportunity for parents to learn more about early childhood programs at the school. All events are free. To learn more, call Robyn Coe at 413-528-4015, ext. 106, or visit gbrss.org

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'MAKING COMICS' WORKSHOP
Williamstown, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
The Milne Public Library in Williamstown will host “Making Comics,” a workshop facilitated by Hancock artist Melissa Mendes.  Participants will create their own characters and learn about cartooning and comic books.  They will leave the workshop with pages that they have drawn, and with a foundation of knowledge to continue their cartooning adventures. Sign up in advance is required in the children’s room at the library or by calling 413-458-5369.  No previous cartooning experience is necessary.

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BELLEFONTAINE TEA & TALK
Lenox, 3:30 p.m.
Illuminating a splendid decorative arts exhibit at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, “Treasures of Bellefontaine: Giraud Foster’s Legacy” will be the topic of a Tea & Talk presented by Richard S. Jackson Jr., co-author of Houses of the Berkshires. Jane Foster of Palm Beach, Fla., will add a personal commentary about her grandfather’s exquisite and carefully chosen possessions that belonged to one of Lenox’s grandest estates. 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 or visit info@gildedage.org. The historical mansion is located at 104 Walker St.

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GET BART SMART 2015
Adams, 6 - 9:30 p.m.
Now in its 8th year, Get BART Smart is an annual fundraising event designed to support BART’s college preparatory program. The event pits teams of four to six people against one another in fevered battles of trivia and SAT questions. Teams follow a “school-day schedule” and travel from classroom to classroom throughout the evening. The winning team at the end of the night will be crowned “Valedictorian” and, along with prizes, win untold fame, fortune and adulation throughout Berkshire County. The event features a school picture booth manned by photographer Kate Drew Miller, food by Mezze catering and a bar provided by Spirited. Many of the questions throughout the evening come directly from BART students’ curriculum and past SAT exams, giving teams a chance to experience the rigorous expectations of the middle and high school students at BART. We hope to see you there! Please use this link to register or learn more.
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ARTIST RECEPTION
North Adams, 6-8 p.m.
Artist Dawn Nelson will hold a reception for her exhibit "365 Sweet Nothings," featuring 365 little expression in paint, from her first year of retirement, at the Eclipse Mill Gallery on Union Street. The show will run from March 25 through April 19.

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STAR GAZING
State, 7 p.m.
Saturday evenings, April 11 and May 09 at dusk Notchview, Route 9, Windsor, MA Arunah Hill Natural Science Center members will bring telescopes and share their expertise on observing the night sky. Dress warmly. Cloud cover or rain will cancel. Free; no need to register.  Call 413-684-0148 for information.
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PROJECT NATIVE FILM FESTIVAL
Great Barrington, 7 p.m.
On the weekend of April 11 and 12, eight award-winning environmental films will be shown free in Great Barrington as part of Project Native's fifth Film Festival. On Saturday, April 11, at 7 p.m. there will be a special screening of "Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story" at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. The directors and subjects of the film will conduct a Q & A following the film. On Sunday, April 12, seven award-winning environmental films will be shown at the Triplex Cinema in Great Barrington. The day will begin at 10 a.m. with a family program featuring "Deepo - A Fish Story" and "Watermelon Magic." For more information, visit http://www.projectnative.org/Film_Festival.html.

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