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PTA MEETING
North Adams, 6 p.m.
On the agenda Save Around Fundraiser results, Teacher Conference Basket Raffle, Prize Calendar, field trips and an interesting guest speaker! Brayton Library

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BOTANICAL TALK
Williamstown, 7:30 p.m.
Michael Balick, vice president for botanical science at the New York Botanical Garden, will present “Ancient Wisdom and Modern Medicine: Plants, People, and Cultures in the Tropical Rainforest” in Paresky Auditorium. It is free and open to the public. In his lecture, Balick will discuss the use of plants for traditional healing in indigenous cultures. He will discuss his work with Rosita Arvigo to inventory the ancient and modern uses of plants in Belize. Balick is also working on a similar inventory project with a team in Micronesia, located in the Pacific Islands. His team has observed the disappearance of traditional plant knowledge in these cultures. He will introduce his new book, "Rodale’s 21st Century Herbal: A Practical Guide for Healthy Living Using Nature’s Most Powerful Plants."

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CAMILLE A. BROWN & DANCERS
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
The ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance’s CenterSeries will present Camille A. Brown and collaborators Kamilah Forbes, Scott Patterson, Liz Nelson and Burke Wilmore, creating a multimedia work that depicts the complexities of carving out a positive identity as a black female in urban American culture. There will be one performance only on the ’62 Center’s MainStage, located at 1000 Main St. Tickets are $10, $3 students.

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EQUAL OPPORTUNITY TRAINING
Pittsfield, 1-4 p.m.
Multicultural BRIDGE and The City of Pittsfield will be cohosting a training on equal employment opportunity and Affirmative Action Law. The training will provide both public and private sector supervisors and managers, tasked with hiring responsibilities and/or supervising a dozen employees or more, with crucial information on the regulations for fair hiring and employment practices. Personnel Directors will substantially benefit from the training as either a refresher course or an introduction to the laws. To register, please email adminsupport@multiculturalbridge.org with the subject line EEO/AA Training.  Spaces are limited. The fee for attendance is $50.  Checks can be made to Multicultural BRIDGE and mailed to 17 Main Street, Suite 2, Lee MA 01238. Questions can be directed to 413-394-4029.

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ELDER SERVICES SENIOR AIDE PROGRAM
Pittsfield, 10 a.m. to Noon
BerkshireWorks, 160 North Street, 3rd floor, Pittsfield Elder Services Senior Aide positions available. Must be over 55 and income eligible. Meet with representatives  from Elder Services of Berkshire County to learn more. Offered every Wednesday from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. For more information or to register, please call Linda at 413-499-0524. Walk-ins are also welcome!
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BERKSHIRE CO-ACT'S BELIEFS WORKSHOP
Pittsfield, 11 a.m.
160 North Street, 3rd floor, Pittsfield Underneath all we achieve, the filter we see the world from is our beliefs. Explore a key to lasting change. To register, please call 413.499.2220 ext. 110
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ADULT FAMILY CARE INFORMATIONAL MEETING
Pittsfield, 5:30 p.m.
Berkshire County Arc is offering a free informational meeting about its Adult Family Care Program, which is available to individuals who cannot live safely on their own and need help or supervision with daily living skills.  The meeting will be held at Berkshire County Arc, located at 395 South St. To qualify for the program, an individual must be 16 years of age or over and have MassHealth or be eligible to receive MassHealth. There will be a light dinner and refreshments, and advance registration is required.  For more information or to register, contact Amy Robandt at 413-464-7262, ext. 22 by Monday, Nov. 3.

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PROJECT SCREENPLAY
Williamstown, 7 p.m.
Rated R for "Real Good Time" Whether you’re an aspiring screenwriter or a fan of movies in general, Williamstown Film Festival’s Project Screenplay invites you to take part in a live-action game show about the art of the pitch hosted by screenwriter Andrew Osborne. You decide who gets the green light when aspiring screen scribes pitch the audience and act out scenes while industry pros offer tips and advice for bringing a script from page to projector. Screenwriters can submit their scripts at projectscreenplay.org  
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DOVER QUARTET
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Dover Quartet catapulted to international stardom following a stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, becoming one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world. The Dover Quartet offers an evening of chamber music. In the first half of the concert they feature Haydn’s Quartet in G Major, op. 76, No. 1 followed by Shostakovich’s Quartet No. 7. After an intermission they will perform Beethoven’s Quartet in E-flat major, op. 127.  http://music.williams.edu/events/dover-quartet/   Brooks-Rogers
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WILLIAMS CONCERT CHOIR & CHAMBER CHOIR
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Williams Concert Choir and the Williams Chamber Choir present a concert titled ”Night Music: a cappella choral music of and for the night,” The concert features unaccompanied choral works by Rachmaninoff, Whitacre, Lassus and others. http://music.williams.edu/events/williams-concert-choir-williams-chamber-choir 11/7 Williams Thompson Memorial Chapel
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OPEN INTERVIEWS WITH UPS
Pittsfield, 10 a.m. Noon
160 North Street, 3rd floor, Pittsfield Hiring for Seasonal Delivery Drivers.
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INTERVIEW MORE EFFECTIVELY
Pittsfield, 10 a.m. Noon
BerkshireWorks, 160 North Street, 3rd floor, Pittsfield Present a positive first impression, know what to expect, and be prepared for each stage of the interview. Plan answers for potential interview questions and develop self confidence in the process.
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NORTHERN BERKSHIRE RETIREES CLUB
North Adams, 10 a.m.
The Northern Berkshire Retirees Club will meet at the Greylock Community Club. The speaker for this meeting will be a representative from the North Adams Police Department. The Board of Directors will meet immediately after the regularly scheduled meeting to discuss next year’s dues. Coffee and doughnuts will be available. Any questions call 413-743-9476 or 413-663-9263.

 

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CAREER CENTER SEMINAR
Pittsfield, 2 3 p.m.
BerkshireWorks, 160 North Street, 3rd floor, Pittsfield An overview of services, resources, and options available at BerkshireWorks. All attendees must pre-register by calling 413-499-2220, ext. 110 or with our online form.
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TASTE OF THE BERKSHIRES
Pittsfield, 5-8 p.m.
The Junior League of Berkshire County will hold the seventh annual Taste of the Berkshires at the Crowne Plaza in Pittsfield. Tickets are $30 per person or $50 for two people. A teacup raffle will be available ($1/ticket, 6/$5, $10 arms' length.) Proceeds will support the JLBC’s initiatives to benefit the health and well-being of women and children. Tickets are available in advance or at the door. To purchase in advance, visit  www.jlbc.info or call 413-443-5151.

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READING: SCOTT CHESHIRE
Lenox, 6 p.m.
Last year’s Sirenland Fellow and the Visiting Writer at this year’s Wishing Stone writing workshops in the Berkshires, Scott Cheshire’s debut novel "High as the Horses’ Bridles" has been called “powerful and unflinching” by Column McCann in The New York Times Book Review, “something of a miracle” by Ron Charles in the Washington Post, and named a must read by The Millions, Time Out, New York Magazine, and Grantland; Scott Cheshire’s debut is a “great new American epic” (Philipp Meyer) about a father and son finding their way back to each other. Book signing will follow the reading, to be held at The Bookstore, 11 Housatonic St.

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PITTSFIELD PRESERVATION SUMMIT
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
After the demolition of the Plunkett School and the ongoing discussion surrounding St. Mary’s, the city of Pittsfield will be hosting a community conversation about historical buildings and their important role in our community. All are invited to attend the panel discussion on Pittsfield’s historical treasures, followed by a community conversation, at Shire City Sanctuary, 40 Melville St. The event will culminate with a tour of the repurposed former Notre Dame Church led by Crispina Ffrench.

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NEW PARENTS GALLERY TALK
Williamstown, 10:15 a.m.
The Clark Art Institute welcomes new parents and their infants to a series of New Parents Gallery Talks on select Friday mornings through late winter. The free hour-long sessions will be held at 10:15 a.m. on Nov. 7, Dec. 5, Jan. 2, Feb. 6 and March 6. New Parents Gallery Talks are designed to give parents a cognitive break from thinking about “all things baby” and are best suited for parents with pre-toddlers. The talks offer a chance for parents to engage with the Clark collection with their infants and participate in open-ended guided conversations about the art in a way that welcomes all contributions. No registration is required. Strollers and front-style baby carriers are permitted. For information, call Nadine Dosa at 413-458-0410.

 

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DINING TO DONATE
Lenox, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Arizona Pizza will host a dining to donate event for the Vietnam Veterans of America James E. Callahan Berkshire Chapter # 65 at Arizona Pizza in Lenox. During the event , 20 percent of sales will be donated when customers present a flier or tell their server they are dining to donate. Sales for food and beverage for dine in as well as takeout at the Lenox location are counted for the fundraiser.

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PINE COBBLE SKI AND SKATE SALE
Williamstown, 3-8 p.m.
Pine Cobble School will hold its annual Ski and Skate Sale one day only. The sale offers a vast array of new and gently-used winter sports equipment, including both adults’ and kids’ sizes. It features an assortment of ski clothing and equipment from top brands. Major credit cards are accepted, and Pine Cobble community members will be on hand to help you carry gear to your car. Pine Cobble School is at 163 Gale Road in Williamstown.

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EASTOVER RETREAT - HEALTHY HOLIDAY COOKING OR KAYAKING RETREAT
Lenox, 4 p.m .
Join Chris Jenkins for Healthy Holiday Cooking & Kayaking Adventure.  Enjoy  X-country skiing, hiking, cooking or kayaking with the whole family, or snuggle in front of the fireplace and read You can opt out of cooking classes for one free Kayak trip with Hilary Kashara Class 1: Friday evening: an introduction to the macrobiotic way of eating and macrobiotic holiday food. Class 2: Saturday morning: Savory Holiday Dishes.  Class 3: Saturday afternoon: Holiday Desserts. Class 4: Sunday morning: Festive Sunday Brunch. All dishes will be vegan, macrobiotic, sugar-free and delicious.
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PANCAKES AND SAUSAGES BENEFIT SUPPER
Vermont, 4:30 - 6;30 or gone
The Pownal United Methodist Church located at the corner of RT 346 and Church ST, will be serving a Pancakes and Sausages Supper for the "Beeper Snyder Benefit Fund". Tickets at the door-$7. Eat-in or Take-out. The menu includes: Pancakes, Sausages, assorted toppings, home fries, and beverages. Beatrice "Beeper" Snyder is the daughter of our organist, Joan Cannell. Beeper continues to model "hope, courage, strength, and faith". Please come and show your support for Beeper and her family. For more information contact Mary Louise at 802-823-7769. Can't make the supper? Send donations to: "Beeper Snyder Benefit Fund", Pownal United Methodist Church, PO Box 4, Pownal, VT 05261
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FIRST FRIDAYS ARTSWALK
Pittsfield, 5-8 p.m.
The Upstreet Cultural District of Pittsfield will host “First Fridays Artswalk” featuring more than 20 accomplished regional art shows to view encompassing three blocks of North Street businesses, as well as a section of South Street. “Opening Night” receptions offer opportunity to meet the artists, see newly hung art show, and engage in the many retail and cultural opportunities Pittsfield’s main corridor has to offer. These art shows will stay up all month long. For more information go to www.FirstFridaysArtswalk.com or call Downtown Pittsfield Inc. at 413-443-6501.

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WEEMUSE PAJAMA NIGHT
Pittsfield, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
As part of November’s Family Literacy Month, Berkshire Museum presents WeeMuse Pajama Night. The event, now in its third year, is free and open to the public. Each gallery will feature different stories and storytellers – for example, visit the Aquarium to hear a story about the ocean; explore Spark!Lab and hear about inventors and inventions; and in Berkshire Backyard, listen to stories about woodland creatures just like those who live right here in Western Massachusetts. Mary Pope Osborne, author of the Magic Tree House series, and her sister, Natalie Pope Boyce, author of the Magic Tree House Fact Tracker series, will be special guest readers. An array of local officials and personalities will also be guest readers, including Van Shields, the museum’s executive director.

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DARROW PRESNTS 'OUR TOWN'
New York, 7:30 p.m.
The Darrow Theater Workshop will join the storied list of companies who have staged this American classic by Thornton Wilder. Darrow will present two performances of "Our Town," both of which will be held in the Darrow School Theater in New Lebanon, N.Y., and are free and open to the public. For more information about attending the play, contact Sarah Fitzgerald, Events Coordinator, at fitzgeralds@darrowschool.org or 518-794-6555.

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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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WILLIAMSTOWN FILM FESTIVAL: TONY GILROY: THE ART OF SUSPENSE
, 8 p.m.
Special guest writer-director Tony Gilroy comes to the Hunter Center at Mass MoCA 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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'CRIMES OF THE HEART'
North Adams, 8 p.m.
Mill City Productions will perform "Crimes of the Heart" by Beth Henley. The production is directed by Jackie DeGiorgis and features Lauren Andrews, Brad Botto, Michelle Jensen, Andrew Rosenburg, Sam Therrien and Liz Urban. Performances will be Nov. 7 and 14 at 8 p.m., Nov. 8 and 15 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 9 and 16 at 2 p.m. at the Mill City Theatre in Building 4N (next to the Visitor's Center) of the Western Gateway Heritage State Park in North Adams. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for students/seniors. Tickets are available at the door or can be purchased in advance by visiting www.millcityproductions.org.

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COMMUNITY BABY SHOWER
Lanesborough, 10 a.m. - Noon
The 19th annual Community Baby Shower will be held on Saturday, at the Berkshire Mall Center Court. This FREE event, co-hosted by Child Care of the Berkshires and Berkshire North WIC, is for pregnant women and their partners, parents, and grandparents of young children. Agencies from throughout Berkshire County will be present and will have information on a variety of topics related to pregnancy and parenting young children. Some of the topics include infant development, nutrition, breastfeeding, infant care, preparing for baby’s birth, the importance of early literacy, and selecting child care, as well as many community resources for families and children. Additional activities at the event include blood pressure screening, craft activities for children and parents, and a StoryWalk featuring the book, Where the Wild Things Are. Over 20 donated items will also be part of a raffle at the event. For more information call Becky at 413-445-4324 or 413-664-6104.

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ELSKA
North Adams, 2 p.m.
Indie pop siren Elska, who has purportedly discovered a newly formed volcanic island off the coast of Iceland, makes “crazy awesome electronic funderworld faerie tunes for the whole family,” says our friend, Mikael Jorgensen, of Wilco. She’s the Bjork of kids’ music!
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